Saturday, 29 June 2013

EmBakes-Chocolate custard tart

Hello everybody,
Todays post is another EmBakes post and the recipe is from a magazine I am subscribed to called Baked & Delicious. Here it is...

Chocolate custard tart

Ingredients

For pastry case
175g unsalted butter, softened
50g caster sugar
250g plain flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling
1 egg yolk
1tbsp cold water
For the filling
300ml double cream
150ml milk
4 eggs
50g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1tbsp plain flour
150g dark chocolate
To serve
Extra thick double cream

Method

  1. To mkae the pastry, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in 50g of the flour. Add the egg yolk and then mix in the remaining flour, 1tbsp at a time. Finally add the water. Turn out the dough onto a floured boardand knead lightly until smooth. Wrap the doughin cling film and chill for 3 hours or longer.
  2. Preheat the oven for 200'c/400'f/gas 6. Put the quiche pan onto the baking sheet. Roll out the pastry onto a lightly floured board to a circle large enough to line the quiche pan. Trim the top, line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Lower the oven temperature to 180'c/350'f/gas 4.
  3. To make the filling, bring the cream and milk to the boil. In a large jug, whisk the eggs, caster sugar, vanilla extract and flour together. Stir the chocolate into the hot cream mixture.When the chocolate has melted, pour into the egg mixture, whisking until combined. Pour into the pastry case and bake for 20-25 minutes or until just set. Serve warm and accompany with extra thick double cream. If you don't want to eat it immediately reheat on a low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. And then you can eat it.
Toodles,

EmilyBelleBlogs x
     


Thursday, 27 June 2013

NOTD Barry M nail polish- coral

Hello everybody,
So today's post is going to be a quicky, as I have a lot of revision to be doing for my exams at the moment.
To keep it quick I decided to do a what's on my nails post today. I am wearing my favourite brand BarryM on my nails today, which is so affordable, and  lasts for such a long time before chipping. Today I am wearing Coral, which is a fairly bright orange coral shade, and is excellent for summer and the brightness makes me feel nice and happy. Of course, it's coral as well so I really love it.
The best thing about BarryM nail polish is that they have a really good brush so it makes it quick and easy to paint. They also dry super duper fast so you quickly paint on two coats, and Bob's your uncle, you can get on with the rest of your day.




I hope you guys aren't angry at the shortness of today's post, but at least it's better than nothing. Also, don't forget to check back on Saturday because I have my second EmBakes post up and it's pretty exciting.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Sightseeing around London and watching Ladie's hockey investec world league :D

Hello everybody,
Okay, so Saturday was an amazing day for me and it was so super crazy. Me and my family went to see England Ladies hockey at the Investec world league, and it was incredible. Before we did that though we did a little bit of sightseeing.
Once we got off of the train at Kings Cross we caught the underground to Green Park where my family and I sat and had a little picnic -of course after we bought a little drink from Starbucks. It was very yummy but unfortunately the weather was a little bit pants. We also had a whole bunch of pigeons watching us the entire time, I mean what has happened to having a little bit of privacy these days.
Just a small minority of the pigeons that were crowding us.
Next we took a little walk down the park to Buckingham palace, where I haven't been since I was about four. It is such a beautiful place, and I certainly envy those people that rub past it every day on their daily jog. Afterwards, we headed towards Knight's guard, picking up an ice cream and looking at the beautiful gardens of St James' park.
 


At Knight's guard we obviously had to have a picture. Then my dad took us for a walk past Downing Street, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster abbey. We also, went to see the London eye from across the river, where we saw the top of The Shard.





Later, we got back onto the underground and went to Chiswick to watch the hockey. The first game we saw was Spain vs Australia and Australia won 5-0.  Next there was a hour to wait until England vs South Africa and everyone was so super excited. In the break my parents treated me and my brother to an England hockey shirt, and Ashleigh Ball gave me her autograph. I even spoke to Alex Danson (who I like to think is my long lost relative). My brother and I then went for a little walk, and the commentator read out our tweets, it was so funny and embarassing at the same time.
We then took our seats and the game commenced. The first half it was 2-1, but after a brilliant second half, England won 4-1, it was such an amazing game. We then went to get autographs signed, unfortunately although I spoke to Alex again I didn't get her autograph, but I did get a photo and autograph from the England Captain Kate Walsh.


We then got a McDonalds and headed home on the train. Which was the worst train journey ever, from delays and unneccisary stops, to going backwards twice. Consequently, the fast train ended up talking almost two hours to get home, instead of one hour.
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 22 June 2013

EmBakes- Chocolate Brownies!!!

Hello Everybody,
As promised I have started my EmBakes series. This series probably will last throughout my blogging life, because I love baking and it takes me to my happy place. Also, something I thought I'd tell you about me, is that I do want to have a baking business when I am older (part of my business plan has been written but was burnt in a school fire -more on that another time).
I thought I'd keep my first bake nice and easy, and hopefully this recipe also includes ingredients you already in you cupboards.

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

275g (10oz) softened butter
375g (13oz) caster sugar
4 large eggs
100g (4oz) self-raising flour
100g (4oz) plain chocolate chips- these are optional, I didn't use them as I didn't have any in my cupboard.

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180'c/Fan 160'c/Gas 4. Grease a 30x23cm (12x9in) traybake or roasting tin -but I used two smaller silicone traybakes so I didn't need to grease- the line the base and sides with a baking parchment.
  2. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat until evenly blended. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic (or silicone) spatula to remove all of it. Spread the mixture gently to the corners of the tin and level the top with the back of the spatula.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the brownies have a crusty top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil for the last ten minutes if the mixture is browning too much. Leave the brownies to cool in the tin and then cut them into to 24 square (I did 16 rectangles for bigger, cheekier portions). Store in an airtight container.
  4. And Voila!
I thought I should mention, that this is not my own recipe, as much as I'd love to claim this amazing recipe as my own, it is the ever so talented baking Queen, Mary Berry's recipe. I found it in her book called Mary Berry's Baking Bible (which if you enjoyed this recipe you should try out).
Hope you enjoy a little bit of baking fun, and Bon appetite x
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Rimmel London's Match Perfection Foundation and Concealer/Highlighter

Hello everybody,
As I mentioned in my Summertime Haul a few weeks ago, I would do a review on my favourite and most beloved foundation, and whilst reviewing that I thought why not do it's little sister (concealer).
The foundation and concealer
These are both pretty decent priced drugstore products, and if I could I would try other brands too, but I have very pale skin, so finding a drugstore foundation and concealer is a bit of a mission for me, but I love these so much. I loved the foundation so much that it is my first ever re-purchased foundation.
Match Perfection-SPF18-Light perfecting radiance foundation-Light porcelain 010
Okay, so the first thing that caught my eye when I saw it on the shelf was the colour. The colour was super duper pale which excited me so much because I am pale, but I'm the sort of person who is confident with they're skin colour, and isn't bothered by fake tan because I like to know what my real skin is like. I also do not enjoy sunbathing, 1. because I'm a fidget 2.because laying in intense heat is not very fun 3. I want to look after my natural skin, because sun damaged skin-even tanned skin= early age wrinkles. As much as a little bit of colour looks lovely, it just isn't for me, and I learnt to except that as I grew up.
The foundation has an even coverage and works lovely to hind blemishes, dark circles and redness with the concealer underneath. I have combination skin and it make my skin look clear, and gives it an illuminating glow. Also, this foundation contains SPF18, which may not be enough in the midday sun, but it is okay for a cooler, spring day.
Finally, my Match perfection skin tone adapting concealer. What really stood out for my in that it says 2-in-1 concealer & highlighter, which to me seemed like a dream come true, because my glasses give me darkish circle under my eyes, but not only does it hide that, but it also highlights the top of my cheek bone and give it a lovely natural glow. I bought mine in the lightest shade, Ivory 010, which suits my skin tone perfectly.
My foundation costs £6.99 from Boots or Superdrug and the concealer costs £5.99 from Superdrug.
I hope you enjoyed my drugstore makeup review.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Summery Sunday- OOTD

Hello Everybody,
It's been a little while since I did an outfit of the day, soI thought why not do one today. So, a few weeks ago I went on a little walk with my beautiful Mummy, and I found these awesome hand-carved stools and thought, why not do a crazy outfit of the day picture on one of these things.
Woohoo!

What I was wearing:

  • Orange cropped bandeau top- Select
  • Distressed blue denim shorts- New Look
  •  White lacy t-shirt- New Look
  • White lacy slip on pumps with a canvas detailing at the bottom- New look
I hope you enjoyed this little outfit of the day post, and if you have lovely weather you take inspiration from my outfit, because it certainly kept me cool in the hot sun. I thought I'd also add, make sure you put suncream on underneath the top otherwise you'll have really odd looking bun marks or tan marks.
Thank you for reading
EmilyBelleBlogs x
 
 



Saturday, 15 June 2013

A Little Summertime Haul.

Hello everybody,
A few weeks ago, if you follow me on twitter I went to a contact lens appointment, now if you know me then you will know how much I hate contact lens appointments and I also think my optician is super duper scary (which doesn't really help my fear). Anyway, to cut the long story short, I managed to soak myself, my optician, her desk and her chair whilst trying to wash my hands before taking my contacts out. I'm not sure whether this embarassingly awkward event happened due to me being mega nervous and uneasy, or it was karma and my head just said "I will drench my evil optician", either way, surprisingly enough I found it pretty hilarious and wasn't mortified out of my brains. Also, do any of you have to have that dye put into your eyes, because I do and makes me see yellow for ages?
Afterwards, me and mum decided to have a little window shop, which turned into more of an actual shop, although I did resist on not buying a pretty pink pinafore from Miss Selfridge's- but that was probably because I don't have anywhere near enough money for that at the moment (oh boy, I can't wait until I'm 16 and can get myself a job).
So, here is my accidental pile of purchases...
The Summertime Haul
So I suppose this isn't a massive haul, but for someone that lives off of a monthly allowance it did sort of break the bank, and can I also add that I am really thankful for what my parents give me, so thank you mummy and daddy x.
The first place I went too was Select, which is an absolutely amazing shop, that is super cheap and affordable, and has the tidiest sale rails I have ever seen (I really hate messy sales).
From select I bought a coral coloured Bubble cutout crop vest, a really beautiful and summery Rose boarder skater dress and finally a corally orange Crop bandeau.
The Bubble cutout crop vest was an amazing £5 in the sale.
The beautiful floral summer dress was an amazing £10 in the sale.
And the orange cropped bandeau was an amazing £2.50, and it wasn't even in the sale.
 
The next shop I went too was New Look where I bought white lace designed shoes and a pretty brown belt. I bought both of these items to go with my dress as I thought the dress needed a brown belt and some white shoes to give it a little more statement and to make it look a little more classy and bring in my waist slightly (as I have a pretty boyish body shape).
The belt was £3.99 and I thought it was extra pretty because of the gold studded detailing.
I also loved these shoes which were £9.99 because they had a slight lace detailing about them, and the brown canvas bit at the bottom made them look uber cute, pretty and summery.
 
The final shop I went too was Boots and I went there to repurchase my favourite foundation, which is Rimmel London's Match Perfection Foundation in the colour Light Porclain, and I really do love this foundation because it is the only colour that I can seem to find that matches little pale me at an affordable price for a 15 year old on a budget. I will go into more detail on this foundation in a makeup review though, because I think it's worthy of it's own little post.
I bought it for £6.99 which isn't bad for a foundation, is it?
I hope you enjoyed todays little haul and I hope to fill you in with more of these in the future, but perhaps not that often because I don't treat myself all too often with new stuff.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
 
 

Thursday, 13 June 2013

A healthyish Lunchtime feast :D

Hello everybody,
So one thing you may not know about me is that I am a real foodie, so watch this space because I may have an EmBakes series up in a few weeks time. Anyway, I thought I'd share with you a really balanced, filling and fairly healthy lunch with you; that is something everyone should try.
My lunch
In my lunch I had some lightly salted tortilla chips, some cucumber and hummus and a coronation chicken roll. I also had a couple of chicken nuggets and cocktail sausages, but if I was to do this lunch again they would be replaced with carrots, it's just that they were in fridge and had to be finished and we didn't have any carrots at this point in time.
Okay, so I think you would enjoy this because you have a sweet and savoury combination so it really satisfies your taste buds. The coronation chicken roll has a fairly sweet taste in it due to the raisins in the filling, and the chicken is really good because it is high in protein, helping muscle growth. The cucumber and carrot (if it was there) is good because it is part of your five a day, and because you partly eat with your eyes, so the colours make you want to eat it more. Also, the hummus is good for people who aren't too keen on eating vegetables raw and on their own. Finally, the lightly salted tortilla chips are better for you than normal crisps because they are baked, and they also don't make you want to delve into more because the more salt you have the more likely you are to chain eat the crisps, that's why I have the lightly salted flavour. Not only that, but these tortillas are great for people who like a little bit of a nibble on crisps, because they still make you feel as satisfied as you would after eating a packet of fatty fried crisps.
Hope you enjoyed this little post, and if you like the sound of my EmBakes series then don't hesitate to comment below, and if you have any recipe suggestions they are highly appreciated.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

My favourite lipstick- Rimmel London's Lasting Finish lipstick (coral in gold)

Hello everybody,
Okay, so I must admit, lately I've been a tiny bit obsessed over the coral colour, and you will notice even more in a mini haul I've got coming up very soon.


 
So, today's post is about my favourite lip colour right now. It's Rimmel London's Lasting Finish Lipstick in the colour coral in gold, and although it's not a new lip colour I only purchased this at the end of April. So, I know what you're thinking, why didn't you get it before? I suppose I didn't buy this lip colour before because I was a tiny bit scared of trying a different colour other than pink.
The colour really does stand out on my lips and lasts a pretty long time. The lipstick is also pretty moisterising and doesn't make my lips feel dry and chapped at all. Now I know the picture of my lips is pretty bad quality and my lips aren't exactly attractive, but it was just to give you an idea of what the colour looks like on.
As you can see, I am pretty pale, so I am pretty brave to wear this lip colour, but with my huge glasses on it really focuses peoples eyes away from my eyes and more towards my lips. I would only wear this colour if I have a pretty neutral eye makeup on. One of my pet peeves is people that wear really bright eye makeup with bright lips, tip here for you girlies, choose one or other, you should only have one focal point, because otherwise you look fake and tacky (even with the most expensive brands).
Hope you enjoyed todays little review,
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Saturday, 8 June 2013

The Game of Life (my first ever game).

Hello everybody,
Okay, so as promised I said I would share with you my Game of Life story with you guys.
So, it all started when I was born, and straight away I decided to go to University, which was only £6,000 which is a bargain for university funds if I don't say so myself. The thing is though, I wasn't really interested in the whole studying thing, so I went partying most nights, and skipped most of my lectures due to pretty bad hangovers.
Unlike all of my other friends who left university with jobs, such as doctors and teachers, I left and decided to live off a student benefit for the rest of my life, which was actually £6,000 every pay day which wasn't bad considering my teacher friend was only getting £7,000 every pay day. So after that I had a pretty slow start to life, but also a pretty lucky one. Whilst all of my friends were getting married (and I was pretty generous because I gave them each £1000 on their wedding days, and I was living off benefits!) I won £50,000 in the lottery and inherited £50,000 off of my Aunt who sadly passed away, but I didn't mind because she gave me money.
So, after all of my friends were building little families, or in some cases big families, my fiancé finally proposed and we got married. The wedding wasn't exactly extravagant, and neither was the honey moon, but we had a good time anyway. After returning we were involved in a car accident, which not only we got hurt in, we also broke the car (praise the lord for car insurance).
After a bit of a tough time, my good friend Becca decided to sue me which made me £60,000 poorer, which lead to me and my husband to wait until we were a little older before we tried for any babies. Then, finally we had a baby girl.
A couple of years past since my Aunt sadly went to sleep with the angels and I knew my Uncle was in a tricky state, but I hadn't realised it had gotten so bad and he ended up getting arrested. As I was the only one left in his family I was the one that ended up splashing my cash to bail him out.
A little bit later I sued my friend Becca back, which was all well and good because I ended up getting my £60,000 back.
The rest of my life was a little bit boring, but I did end up spending quite a lot of money. Not only that, but my flipping Aunt decided to dump me with 50 of her cats, pfft, family for you eh?
Anyway, that is my life summed up for you :)
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
Oh, just a little reminder to say, this is just a game and not actually my life. If you like these types of posts, please comment, and I think on Tuesday I will do something a little more beauty related :)


Thursday, 6 June 2013

5 things that I have dicovered this week.

Hello everybody I've found out some new stuff this week.
  1. I hate board games, and I really think they should be called *bored* games, my friends made me play some over the holidays, and I must admit I didn't mind the game of life, but cluedo is a terrible game.
    The Game of Life
  2. Mobile phones can get stuck down the back of radiators for 3 hours and still survive.
    The phone stuck behind the radiator
  3. Even fifteen year olds can enjoy making forts if movies, internet and food is involved.
  4. Peanut butter on slices of apples has got to be the tastiest healthy snack ever.
  5. It is possible to finish off everlasting coursework.
Also, I thought I might explain to you why I think the game of life is the only interesting game ever, but I think I can make a whole different post about that, so I'll leave that until Saturday. Sorry the post isn't really long, but I thought I'd share this with you anyway.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

My Body Spray collection

I know, I know!
I Know what you're thinking "This Emily girl must be pretty stinky if she needs a body spray collection". But my thoughts are the opposite, I'm thinking "I must smell absolutely smashing with a cocktail of fragrance wafted all over my beast of a body", and yes I am only exaggerating when I make the reference of body being beastly.
Anyway, I thought today, I'd share with you my passion for all things that smell nice, and boy do I have a truck load of body sprays because they smell absolutely spiffing- yes, I did just say spiffing, and also did any of you UKer's watch truck load of stuff when you were little, because that was an epic show, and we used to call up every Saturday to see if we could win the truck load of prizes (comment below if you know what I'm talking about, and if you are completely baffled, google it). Sooo, back to what I was talking about in the first place, my body sprays, or mists, or what ever you prefer to call them...


I have eight body sprays, all of which I use except for one because I was half asleep whilst buying it and picked up the wrong thing. I am not going to include prices in this post today, because I'm feeling fairly lazy, but I'm sure if you're desperate to splurge on these wonderful fragrances, then you can check it out for yourself.
I have two body mists from BodyShop in the flavours pink grapefruit and strawberry; they smell super duper delicious and are in quite a reasonable price range. They are quite big bottles and last a long time, but if you want to smell of them all day, then you do need to reapply because the smell  doesn't last for particularly long.
The next ones I have are from Boots, in the scents, winter musk, mango and vanilla. Winter Musk I do not use because it reminds me of a launderette smell, and I picked it up thinking it was apple, which smelt lovely and fruity. Also, if you know me, then you will know that I dislike fresh and floral scents, and only like the smell of fruit and spice, although moringa smells okay and I love the smell of lavender at night time. Mango smells super fruity and tropical and it lasts on me for a whole day at school, and the same for vanilla, which makes me think of vanilla butter cream and smells almost good enough to eat.
I then have the Laguna Beach body mist by Hollister, and lets face it girlie's, most fifteen year old girls own a Hollister spray. They are pretty affordable and this particular fragrance also has quite a tropical fruit sort of twang to it.
Finally, my favourite body spray is my Victoria Secret one, in the scent Blackcurrant and Vanilla Absolute, which smells so so so yummy, and was definitely worth the money. Now I know Victoria Secret is an underwear shop that isn't very well known in the UK, but they have a massive one in Stratford Westfield's with a huge section just dedicated to fragrance's and they all smell absolutely heavenly. Also, surprisingly enough, it isn't like Hollister where you walk in and choke to death because those sexy six-pack shop assistant's go walking around the shop spraying the body sprays like it's flipping frebreze (which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it).
Goodbye for now,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Building Forts and having picnics

Hello everybody,
Yes, I know, the title is a little bit weird, but I honestly didn't know what else to call this, so I thought I'd just make the title quite literal. So on Tuesday the 28th of May, me and my gorgeous friend Kelly, decided to meet up as we had the week off from school, and do something. As a girl living in the ever so rainy UK I thought, why not share our idea of what we did to the world wide web, as we had such a fun day.
So first of all we made a fort, with unused bed sheets, hooked over my dressing table seat and hooked into my drawers, this only took about a minute or so to put together
Our fort- you can see my cupcake money box holding it together.
 Before we did this though, we actually took a trip to the nearest supermarket, which happens to be ASDA and buy a few goodies, so once we had completed our amazing masterpiece, we set up camp, with doritos, skittles, diet coke (because it tastes better), three for a pound sweets, mini sausages, chicken nuggets, fruit winders, jaffa cake mini rolls and the new cadbury's dairy milk marvellous creations, in the flavour jelly popping candy shells.
We then watched Pitch Perfect, which is an amazing film for any of you music lovers out there, followed by a giggle at Michael McIntyre's showtime DVD, which I've watched ten billion times now (my mum has told me a thousand times not to exaggerate) but it never fails to not make me laugh out loud. We also put a blanket on the floor, just in case we made a mess and used lots of pillows and cushions to make it as comfortable as possible.
After, Kelly had left, I was so comfortable in my little boudoir, that I decided to watch another film (Paul) in the fort, and then did a little blogging, because that's how I roll.
Now I would just like to add, before I get any hate or people thinking "Oh that EmilyBelleBlogs, is a little bit strange", it was just a little bit of fun, it was a cheap get together, and it was raining cats and dogs outside, so we decided to do something fun and inventive.
Hope you enjoyed my little post today, and feel free to use my idea, on a rainy day :)
EmilyBelleBlogs x
PS: Happy birthday to one of my besties Laura for tomorrow (if you are actually reading this).