Tuesday, 30 July 2013

What is on my nails??

Hello Everybody,
It has been a while since I have done a 'what is on my nails?' post so I thought it was about time a treated you to one...
I was having quite a pink and glittery week last week, so I thought, why not make my hand look pink and glittery too.
I've had the Barry M strawberry ice-cream for some time now and I love it. It is such a cute pastel pink colour and goes with pretty much everything (apart from red, do not try it). It is quite a buildable colour, so the more coats you put onto you nails the brighter and more opaque it gates. I had to put on three coats before I got my desired shade, but I really wasn't too worried by that because it drys super duper quickly.
For my thumb and my accent finger (forth finger) I used the pink silver glitter Barry M nail polish over the strawberry ice-cream colour. I did this to add a little bit of girliness (made up word) and sparkle to my finished nail look.
I was really pleased with the finished look, and overall love Barry M because I know it'll last a good week without chipping. I cannot wait to buy and try out their Gelly collection soon.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleblogs x

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Reading...

Hello everybody,
Reading, it's not really something I have the motivation to do very often. I suppose I'm a bit like my Dad, I can enjoy a book when I get into it, but read slowly and never get the time to do it. My slow reading has nothing to do with my English skills, its purely down to the fact that my brain just doesn't  want to process the information quickly, so if I read to fast I forget what just happened.
When I was younger I used to be an absolute bookworm. I could read anywhere and not get bored, unless I was travelling because that makes me sick. Anyway, when I was in lower school, I used to read traditional books, such as A Christmas Carol, and newer ones by Jacqueline Wilson, but now I just can't get into them.
I am currently reading Miranda Hart's autobiography called 'Is it just me?'. Which don't get me wrong is absolutely hilarious, and whenever I read it, it puts me into fits of giggles. But, I do have to hold my hands up and admit that I have been reading this book since February. It's not that bad is it? Personally, I am ashamed of how long it is taking me to read this thing. I don't think I've even picked it up in about two months. Honestly, I wish I had the motivation to read and to not switch on my telly every single night, just to watch Big Brother, which is a pile of nonesense anyway.
So, I have decided to set myself the challenge of finishing this book off, and then reading a whole new one whilst I'm on holiday this summer. I suppose to some of you book worms out there this absolutely appauling still, but for me it is an objective that is doable, but not neccassarily easy.
I hope that because I have six weeks away from school I can manage to fit in a little bit of reading a day, even if it does only consist of ten minutes, because I do love reading. Also, now that I have so much time to spare it actually seems like a possible target.
Hopefully, my next post will be something beauty related, because I know I have only really done lifestyle posts lately. But, I'm lazy, and rambling about my thoughts on life and nothing, seems so much easier right now then looking through my drawers and finding something to do a review on.
Speak to you on Tuesday,
Toodles,
EmilyBelleblogs x
 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

School's out for the summer!!

Hello Everybody,
Today, is the first day of the summer holidays (6 weeks off) and I am so happy. I must say, this year has been an absolute rollercoaster ride, but you know what?  That is life!
Only the other day I noticed that I was becoming significantly wound up by little things, and maybe a tad more argumentative. With that said one of my friends said "Don't worry about it, we are all getting a little bit fed up with eachother and we've got the summer holidays to freshen up a bit." and how true could she be?
In this post I have decided to look back on my year, which seems to have zoomed past.
I guess I should start at the beginning, and think about the excitement of starting year 10, and only having to do my option subjects, rather than awful lessons that I knew I would never benefit from having. I remember my nerves of having my first catering practical lesson, in case I choppied my fingers off or something. As well as that, I had to write a business plan in business studies before I'd learnt any business words. My first french lesson involved a terrible vocabulary test which surprisingly I did pretty well at, and then Geography we did a hostile world topic, which I failed and got a U in, but now I'm predicted an A in the subject.
I don't really have loads of highlights the next term, apart from an awesome Christmas shopping trip with all of my closest friends. Then I had my core science exams, which went surprisingly well also. Not only that but we went to a poetry live concert, which really made me think that some poems are actually quite good, and not the boring nonsense that most of them are.
The next term, my geography and catering controlled assessments all started and the pressure was on. For geography, we had to go on a trip to Cambridge and study tourism in this area, and as much as I found this a slight challenge, if I do just as well next year I could get an A*. My practical exam in catering also went really well, although the research and evaluations did drag for a long time, but I also got an amazing grade for that.
Then, the teachers decided to be absolute bullies and make my year do mock exams six months early. Consequently, everybody was in grumpy moods and the anger started brewing. Everybody was becoming increasingly grumpy and worn down, and suddenly school became a rubbish place. There was tension in my friendship group, but somehow, we all managed to push through it, and we had some great final days of year 10.
From an amazing trip to the beach, to an awesome last few days watching movies, eating junk food and celebrating with the rest of the thankful year. We had made it halfway through our GCSE years, and now the hardwork truly began...

Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

How to cope with heart break...

Hello Everybody,
I kmow that the title of this post may be a little glum, but just the other day I had my little heart crushed. I won't go into details about what happened because I was never exactly in a relationship, but nevertheless I was still hurt.
Firstly, I want to say, it isn't the end of the world. As much as you might first be like "I just want to shut myself away and cry!", it is absolutely pointless. You just need to move on and think "There is bound to be somebody better than this idiot".
Also, if you have been told by the one that you have a crush on that they don't feel the same way back, give up. Although most people will say to always follow your dreams and never give up on things that make you smile, the likelihood is that you will just get hurt even more. Not only that, but even if it does work out after years of waiting, it is almost certain that this person doesn't love you, they have just taken pity and feel sorry for you.
Next, you should get far away for him (or her) as possible, even if it is just for a weekend. Go somewhere with your friends, it helps you think of other things. You shouldn't think that you have to cope with the heartbreak alone, all of your friends will understand. Just tell them that you don't want to talk about what happened, and you want to move on and think about other things.
I always find listening to music that has lyrics resembling the situation I am in helps me cope. Even if it does occasionally (HOLY BANANAS, THE ROYAL BABY HAS BEEN BORN!!) make you become angry, take that anger out on some crazy dancing, it always helps.
Other than that, don't be afraid to have a little cry. Nobody said that you are not allowed and besides you've had your heart broken. All of your friends would understand if you had a little tearful moment, so don't feel alone.
 
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
PS: I hope you find somebody you truly deserve, whether it is now or later.
PPS: I was writing this when the announcement of the royal baby was born, that was why I had a sudden outburst mid sentence.
Congratulations Prince William and Kate (Duchess of Cambridge).

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Sun protection

Hello everybody,
As you may have realised. The UK had been unbelievably hot lately, and it certainly is not quite the rainy miserable weather that we are used to. I am the type of person who like to keep myself completely protected from UVA and UVB rays. A few rules that I follow religiously are:
  • Put high SPF suncream on and reapply regularly
     
  • Wear a hat during the sunniest parts of the day
  • Find shade whenever possible
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
  • Use heat protecting spray in your hair
  • Avoid using hot tools on your hair
  • Use lip balm on your lips to keep them hydrated and to stop them from chapping
  • Wear plenty of deodorant because you don't want to be smelly now do you?
And rememer, if you stay safe in the sun, you can have fun in the sun!
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Let's go to the beach, each, Let's go get away...

Hello Everybody,
Just over a week ago I went to the seaside. To be honest it was actually a geography trip to study coastal erosion, but who cares? It was a trip to the beach so I was happy. We went for a walk along the coast, from Happisburgh (pronounced hays-bu-ra) to Sea Palling.
First of all, in the morning I was absolutely fuming, because we were told that we had to be at school for seven o'clock in the flipping morning, to find out that the coach driver had reversed into a bollard in the school car park, and we had to wait in the school canteen for another hour for a spare part to arrive.
Finally, when after hours on the bus, and everyone realising that we were almost there we ended up even further away from where we were meant to be. This resulted in us being on the bus for another fabulous hour on a hot, squishy and sticky bus.
Yep, I'm rocking my cupcake earbuds.
Once we arrived we went for a well deserved urinate, and the sea breeze hit us with an almighty slap around our pale, bare legs. I was wearing a nice tee-shirt with a denim skirt because the weather had been so wonderful before then. Luckily had come prepared and had my topshop jacket packed ready in my beach bag- because I always check the weather forcast.
Whilst on the beach we had to take pictures of previous coastal protection, because the council are now letting Happisburgh retreat because there is not a lot of point trying to save it any longer. We even saw bricks of buildings that had sadly fell down, whilst the soft clay rocks were being eroded away.
 
I'm not going to bore you into any dull geographical details about this trip, because it would make me sound like a nerd, which I must admit I can be a bit nerdy sometimes. So anyway, when we got to Sea Palling all of the girls fantasized over a gorgeous kite surfer in the sea, whilst the boys looked as bored as ever and the teachers wowed over the beautiful wide lush beach caused by the nine off shore reefs. By now everybody was just excited to eat lunch and have fun at the seaside.
Once we got into town, instead of going to have fish and chips like all of the other cool kids I sat and nibbled my little tuna and sweetcorn sandwich. This didn't stop me from running into the local 'yummy' shop and bought four fresh doughnuts (which I could not finish) and a bag of scrummy candyfloss. I then wasted £2 on two races on a kiddy karting thingymajig.
 
 
 
Finally, we all took the long journey home, but luckily this time the rubbish coach driver did not get lost.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x



 


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Well I'm shattered!

Hello Everybody,
Many of you may not know that I am an Explorer scout and that every year there is a camp held for all of the Explorers in the country. The camp is called Gilwell 24 which is funnily enough held at Gilwell Park on the outskirts of London. The whole consept of this is to be able to do activities for 24 hours without any sleep.
At 9 o'clock on the 13th July we started. I went Quad biking, mountain boarding and played archery; I also did some other smaller activities. I then filled my tummy up with pot noodles and doritos and carried on with more activities.
During the night not many activites were going on. Apart from the "rave" which isn't my scene and the fair ground rides where the lines were super duper long. We did go down a giant slide a few times though, and also had a game of lazer quaser (I was really bad). We then watched the sun rise, which somehow we missed because we were looking in the wrong direction. A few times during the night a few of my mates and I had a few deep conversations of The Quick (a hill) which killed a lot of time.
We finally took all of our tents down and played frisbee for the final hour of the challenge. Some people didn't survive the 24 hours though, because a few of our unit member were asleep in the grass or in their deck chairs.
I must admit, I felt so giddy and weird after staying up for so long, and considering we finished at 9 in the morning of the Sunday, we couldn't sleep during the day because that would mess with our body clocks.
Doing hair, whilst roughing it on camp.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 13 July 2013

EmBakes- Vanilla Cupcakes

 
Hello Everybody,
This has got to be my most used recipe ever, and it never gets old. I have always been a little bit obsessed with cupcakes and especially the classic vanilla flavour, but I must admit that the buttercream is always the best bit.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

for the cupcakes
125g unsalted butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
125g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
for the buttercream icing
75g unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
(I sometimes double the amount of buttercream I make, and also if it is hot I do not add any milk.)

Method

  1. In a large bowl beat the softened butter and sugar together until they are light and fluffy.
  2. Whisk in the beaten eggs, a little at a time, adding a spoonful of the measured flour to prevent the mixture curdling.
  3. Use a metal spoon to gently fold in the remaining flour and add the milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Stand the cupcake cases in a bun tin or a large baking tray and divide the mixture equally between them. Bake in oven preheated to 190'C/375'F/gas 5 until well risen and golden. This will take between 15 and 20 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire tray.
  5. In a large bowl beat the butter until completely soft. Tip in the milk and vanilla extract, add half the sifted icing sugar and beat for several minutes. Add the remaining sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  6. Put all of the icing into the piping bag and pipe swirls, working from the outside in, with a star tip on top of the cupcakes.
  7. Finally, the cupcakes are ready to be eaten.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Thursday, 11 July 2013

My Yankee Candle collection

Hello Everybody,
I must admit when it comes to things that smell sweet or spicy I just cannot keep away from them. I do tend to veer away from floral scents though, because the smell of flowers make my nose itch.
I never really got into candles until Christmas time last year, and I must admit I still don't have a huge bunch of them because I just don't get the opportunity to burn that often, mostly because I get scared that I might accidently burn the house down, but I do like a nice smelling bedroom. So here is my collection:
Christmas Tree, Strawberry Buttercream, Red Velvet, Vanilla Cupcake, Christmas Cupcake
 The first one is Christmas Tree. I promise I do not burn this unless it is Christmas time, but I thought I'd include this candle in my post anyway, because at the end of the day it is never to early to start preparing for it. I mainly bought this candle because I like the smell of Christmas tree, and because my bedroom one is pink and artificial, the candle was the only way of me getting the Christmas tree smell in my bedroom. Unfortunately though, it is just a tad too strong and it makes my eyes and nose itch, so I only brun it for about ten minutes at a time.
 The next candle is my favourite one. It is called strawberry buttercream, and I think that it smells of strawberry starburst with a hint of cakeyness. I mean just imagine that, a starburst flavoured cake, yummy!
 My next candle is called red velvet, and it smells exactly like what it says on the tin. It has a hint of chocolate with maybe a tiny fruity smell.
 
 The candle that I am currently burning at the moment is the Vanilla Cupcake one. It fills my room with a lovely fresh vanilla fragerance and I love it. Vanilla is by far my favourite scent purely because of its true sweetness.
My final yankee candle is called Christmas Cupcake. It also has a vanilla scent to it, but also has a fruity smell to it it, and possible a little bit of a christmas cake likelyness. Not only that but it has a nice cinnamon smell to it too.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

My revision Tips

Hello Everybody,
Now I know that this is a bit of a rubbish time to actually post something like this, considering that for most of you your exams are all over and you are now on your summer break. My last exam was yesterday, they do year 10 mocks at my school and it was a maths calculator paper (boo!). I thought I could share with you some of my revision tips with you, and whether it'll help you now or later, I hope that it can benefit you as much as possible.
 The first thing you could do is make some bright and colourful posters and plaster your walls with them. I tend to use highlighters in fancy bright colours for key points to make them eye catchy. At the bottom of each poster I like to draw little helpful diagrams (even though I despise drawing of any kind).
 Another good idea, is that when you are doing your classwork, if there is an important fact or key word that you must know for your exam highlight it and draw and big bubble around it. This means that when you are quickly flicking through your book before a big test your eyes will be drawn to the important shizzle.
 One of my favourite ways to practice, for my French speaking tests, and learning key words is by using index cards. For example, when learning French questions, I write the questions on one side and then my response on the other.
 Another great idea is to get some revision guide because they are very straight to the point and are great to use if there is a particular subject that you really did not understand in the lesson.
 Did you know that the best way to revise is to test yourself? You can find practice exam papers online and some revision guides also include them. They are great for confidence boosting, and many of the practice questions do actually come up in the real exams (or similar).
Finally, I use post it notes, for key points and reminders because they are pretty colours, and are easy to read if you are in a hurry. I also like them because when I look at them I don't think "Oh gosh! That's a lot to read and learn".
I hope you found these tips handy.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 6 July 2013

EmBakes- Chocolate victoria sandwich (my Dad's birthday cake) x

Hello everybody,
Last Sunday it was my Dad's birthday and I couldn't celebrate it without getting a bowl and a spoon out and baking him a cake.

Chocolate Victoria Sponge

Ingredients

2 tbsps cocoa powder
3 tbsps boiling water
225g softened butter
4 large eggs
225g self raising flour
2 level tsps baking powder
For the filling and topping
50g softened butter
175g icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
coarsely grated plain chocolate to decorate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180'c/Fan 160'c/Gas 4. Grease two 20cm (8in) sandwich tins then line the base of each tin with baking parchment.
  2. Blend the cocoa powder and water in a mixing bowl and then leave to cool slightly. Measure all the remaining ingredients into the mixing bowl and beat until thoroughly blended. Divide then mixture evenly into the tins and level out.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for  25 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then turn out, peel off the baking parchment and then put on the wire rack to finish cooling.
  4. To make the buttercream filling and topping, blend together the butter, icing sugar and milk until smooth. when the cake is completely cold, use half the buttercream to sandwich the cakes together, then spread the remaining buttercream on top and decorate with the grated chocolate.
  5. And then enjoy x
 
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
Ps: This is another one of the one and only Mary Berry's recipe.
     
     



Thursday, 4 July 2013

Rimmel London- Volume Flash Scandal Eyes mascara

Hello everybody,
Today I am going to do a little review on Rimmel London's Scandal Eyes mascara. For a long time I had been swapping between all of the Collection brands mascara, which I always played safe by getting the waterproof ones. As much as I loved those mascaras I found that they started drying out within a week, which was so irritating because the first time you use it after opening your eyes look beautiful.
Then, one day I thought to myself "why not try a different brand?" and that is exactly what I did. I wanted a mascara that suited smokey eyes and had minimal clumping. Eventually, I decided to try out the Rimmel London Scandal Eye mascara because I heard a lot about it, and I love it, it seperates my lashes, gives them plenty of volume and adds on about double the length. The only thing I was a little annoyed about is that I didn't do any research before and the week after purchasing it they released the lycra version of it. But being good I have said to myself that I will not be buying that mascara until I run out of this one. Also, I do not wear this mascara on bad hayfever days, because obviously it isn't waterproof and wouldn't be able to withstand eye rubbing and watering without running and smudging.

Also, I would like to apologise for not having any example of what this mascara looks like on my eyes because I was having trouble taking a photo of my eye without blinding myself with the flash.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

OOTD- Barbeque

Hello everybody,
So on Saturday my family went to our family friends house for a barbeque which was very scrummy. The main reason why they invited us was because it was my Dad's birthday the next day, and it was also going to be a lovely warm evening. The night was filled with fun, laughter and most of all food. But that is not what I am going to be talking to you about today, I am going to show you what I wore that evening because of course it was a sunny eveing.
Now I know that most of what I wore on Saturday are things in which you have already seen because most of the clothing that I wore were in my Summertime Haul (which you should look at if you haven't seen it already).
Here is what I wore...
Floral Dress- Select
Brown Belt- New Look
White Lacy shoes- New Look
Denim jacket- Krisp
I finished the look with some loose curls, to make my outfit look a little more summery.
Toodles
EmilyBelleBlogs x