Saturday, 31 August 2013

EmBakes- Strawberry Pavlova

Hello Everybody,
Strawberry pavlova is definitely one of my most popular desserts that I make when people come round our house for dinner. I also find my strawberry pavlova one of the most enjoyable things to make. Not only that, but I think it's a can't go wrong recipe, because *touchwood* I am not yet to burn it.
Another reason why I think many people love this pudding is because it is really light and is totally sweet.

Strawberry Pavlova recipe

Ingredients

For the meringue
3 egg whites
175g caster sugar
1tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp cornflour
for the filling
A large carton of whipping cream
2 punnets of strawberrys sliced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 130'c. Using a dessert plate as a guide, draw a 20cm circle on a sheet of baking parchment. Turn over the paper and use it to line the baking tray.
  2. Seperate the eggs very carefully, putting the whites into an absolutely clean, dry, large bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add half the sugar and whisk until the meringue is stiff and glossy.
  4. Gradully whisk in the remaining sugar, then the vinegar and cornflour.
  5. Use a metal spoon to spread the meringue within the marked circle and make a slight hollow in the centre to hold the filling later. Bake for hour or until crisp outside and soft inside. Allow to cool on a baking tray.
  6. Use a metal spatula or fish slice to ease the pavlova off the paper and onto its serving plate before starting to fill and decorate it.
  7. For the filling, whisk the cream until it is stiff and pile it into the hollow of the meringue case.
  8. Finally, scatter the strawberrys onto the whipped cream.
Bon appetit, et toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow- Attitude Attitude

Hello Everybody,
Today I am doing a little review on my favourite, drugstore natural smokey eye palette. I use it pretty much daily because it is so natural, and looks absolutely gorgeous on my eyes. The palette is called Revlon colorstay attitude attitude, and I really recommend this to anyone that is only just starting out doing makeup.
The great thing about this little palette is that not only does it look great with any outfit, it also includes a little application guide on the back. This means that if you are new to the whole eye shadow thing you can easily learn how to apply it, with just a simple diagram. The palette also comes with a little applicator, which is great for newbies, but I personally prefer to use different brushes because it gives it a more precise and tidier finish.
The reason why I thought I'd share with you this makeup product today is that it is a fabulous back to school product, because if you are allowed to wear makeup to school you want to be able to keep your look as natural, yet as beautiful as possible. Also, the colours are matte, so they aren't too glamorous for everyday wear.
This product costs £7.99 which I think is pretty good for four lovely colours, and is definitely worth the money, and they are fairly pigmented, which makes them even more worth the spend. I will certainly be trying some more, and it will probably be the blue one, because my eyes are brown, and opposite colours to your eye colours make you eye colour stand out more.
I look forward to sharing another EmBakes post with you on Saturday.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleblogs x

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Collection- Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner

Hello Everybody,
Now, I must admit, I am one of those people that is generally pretty scared of eye liner, and I think most people that love makeup find eye liner the hardest. The particular felt tip liner is actually something I had never thought to try until it was on some sort of offer where you get it free if you spend a certain amount of money on their brand.

If I'm honest I did forget I had this, as it was hiding under the rest of the makeup I own. I think I just accepted that I generally wasn't very good at eye liner. In fact, for a long time I'd stuck to just wearing a little bit of pencil liner on my water line, and put my mascara on near to my eyelash roots to give it the illusion of me wearing eye liner instead, because I had simply given up trying.
But, a month ago when I found this eye liner I thought "Stop being a wimp and give the thing ago" and with a little bit of practise it was definitely the easiest eye liner to apply that I have ever tried.
Another reason why I struggle with eyeliner is because I have bad eye sight which means I can see a lot less whilst applying it on my eyes. But it is so easy to apple with a bit of practise.
The felt tip is super fine which makes precision much easier, it also glides across my eyelid very smoothly. Another brilliant thing about this felt tip liner is that unlike liquid eye liner it applies quite like gel liner and hardly smudges at all. Obviously, that means that the eye liner dries really quickly, and last all day. Unfortunately though the eyeliner isn't waterproof, but hayho, nothing can be perfect.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Saturday, 24 August 2013

EmBakes is back!!- Grasshopper Pie

Hello Everybody,
I am back with my EmBakes series, and I have got to be honest right now and say that I hadn't baked for quite a little while. I did bake a cake for my mum's birthday, but since then I lost the recipe, so  I didn't do a post on that. But last week my cousins came round, and I thought "I should really bake something", so I baked two things, grasshopper pie, and another surprise, which will be up next week.
Now, I know what you are probably thinking, "Why would you want a pie made of grasshoppers?"and I will be  honest and say, not only you thought that, but so did the rest of my family. Fortunately, the recipe has nothing to do with grasshoppers and is actually a very big dessert in America. The pie has a chocolate biscuit base, and green peppermint marshmallow filling and is then topped with whipped cream.

Grasshopper Pie Recipe

Ingredients

For the biscuit base
250g chocolate-flavoured biscuits
175g unsalted butter, melted
For the filling
180g large white marshmallows (I bought a big bag of marshmallows and ate all of the pink ones)
180ml whole milk
1/4 tsp peppermint essence
1/8 tsp green food colouring
700ml double cream
chocolate shavings to decorate (I didn't bother with this bit)

Method

  1. In a food processor with the blade attachment, blitz the chocolate into a fine breadcrumb. Alternatively, place in a plastic bag, seal the bag shut and crush with a rolling pin (I did this). Pour the crumbs into a bowl and add the melted butter, mixing until all the crumbs are coated and can be squeezed together.
  2. Tip the crumb mixture into the pie dish or tart tin, pressing it into the base and sides, then place in the fridge and leave for 30-40 minutes to set completely.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a saucepan over a low heat, melt the marshmallows in the milk. Remove from the heat, then add peppermint essence and food colouring and stir into the marshmallow mixture until it is evenly green in colour. Set aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Pour 300ml of the cream into a bowl and whip into soft peaks either by hand or using a hand-held electric whisk, then fold into the marshmallow mixture. Pour the filling into the chilled biscuit base and leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set completely.
  5. Once set,  whip the remaining cream and spoon on the top of the pie. You can also sprinke with chocolate shavings if you wish.
I hope you enjoyed todays EmBakes post and if you have any questions don't forget to email me at emilybelleblogs@gmail.com
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Revlon colorburst lip butter

Hello Everybody,
I know what you fellow beauty lovers are thinking "Emily's a bit late on the bandwagon with these things!", well, you lie... I've actually had the two colours that I own for ages now, I just forgot that I have never actually reviewed them. I've had them them for so long that one of them was so lovingly used by myself  (and my mum, most probably) that it snapped, it snapped I tell you. I was not happy. So, guess what I did? Rather than watch Michelle Phan's video on fixing broken makeup, I was lazy, and just stuck it back together, which means basically it is still broken *thought to self, I really need to watch that video*.
But, I am not going to dwell on the thought that one of my lip butters is in a bit of a sorry state because it is still useable (YAAAAY!). I have two colours, both of which are pinks, one is a darker pink called strawberry shortcake, and another which is a pale, baby pink called cupcake (and no, I didn't just buy it for the name, okay, I did). Both are very beautiful pinks and I love them both.
Swatches!!
As many of you would know, these lip butters are very creamy and moisterizing, which makes you lips feel very healthy. Although, the creamyness does come with a warning:
  1. If you keep the lip butters in a hot place, they WILL melt.
  2. If you have chapped lips, they look absolutely awful.
  3. They are not massively long lasting.
Other then that both of the colours are beautiful, even though they are fairly sheer and not very pigmented, they both look super duper pretty, especially when layered over lip stains. My favourite combination at the moment has to be wearing cupcake over my revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in the colour honey.
The Revlon lip butters are fairly affordable at £7.99, but overall I think you could do better, considering it really just is a tinted lip balm. Plus, maybelline have now released their ever so popular, baby lips, and a couple of them are tinted, but they are only £2.99, so are much more better value for their money. Although, that being said, I would happily buy some of their other colours to try.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
PS: Don't forget, if you have any questions to email me at emilybelleblogs@gmail.com
     


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Balance me- pure skin face wash

Hello Everybody, 
Firstly, I'm sorry if this post is rushed or looks funny at all, for some reason every time I go onto my laptop to update my blog, the Internet is like "no" which is totally random because every other website I've been on this morning is working, even my actual blog URL. 
Anyway, today's post is about Balance Me pure skin face wash which is absolutely fabulous. I've never really tried anything different from clearasil's skin perfecting wash, so this was definitely a surprise.
This particular cleanser was actually a freebee in the glamour magazine, so it was definitely a bargain. The pure skin face wash is for normal/combination skin which is perfect for me because I can get fairly oily skin in my t section but also a quite dry chin, but other then that my skin is fairly normal. 
For 125ml the cleanser is £16 which is too pricey for me but was definitely worth the freebee sample size of 50ml. The cleanser removes nearly all of your makeup and daily grime which helps your skin achieve a healthy and clean look without taking away it's moisture. 
One thing I didn't like about this particular product was the smell, which is frankincense, grapefruit and ylang ylang which smells awfully strong, and as many of you know I just do not like. I would prefer it if it had no scent or was slightly fruity. 
Other than that though, the cleanser cleared my skin, de clogged my pores and made my skin feel totally smooth and lovely. Also, the size of the bottle is perfect for summer travelling. 
I hope to have my blogger up and running properly as soon as possible because it has really bothered me this morning and is rather annoying. 
Toodles, 
Emilybelleblogs x
PS: I have finally managed to get onto the site so a nicer picture of the product is up. Thank you all for cooperating with my technical difficulties this morning, and if you have any questions, please comment below or email me at emilybelleblogs@gmail.com.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Just say yes!

Hello Everybody,
Before I properly start with this post, I would like to say, that I did get this idea from Zoe Sugg, mainly because this was the main reason I was inspired to start blogging in the first place. If you read blogs then you've probably already read Zoe's, but here is her blog link anyway.
It's not snowing where I am at the moment, it just reminds me of a day I said yes :)
 
Saying yes for a lot of people can be a challenge. In fact, in most people there will be something they are absolutely terrified of doing. I will be the first to admit, that even if people think I am brave, I am actually a bit of a scaredy cat. But, a lot of the so called "brave" things that I have done has come from inner strength.
Another thing that has made me say yes to things, is experience. I am not saying that I am all grown up and very wise now, because I've only been on this Earth for a good fifteen and a half years. But, there are things that I regret not saying yes to because I was too scared to try to do something that looked terrifying in the first place.
Here are two examples of my biggest regrets of saying no:
  1. When I was about ten, I went on a trip with the scouts to Switzerland, and one of the days, we did a high ropes course across a valley. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and I'm sure, something that I will probably never do again. After picking up the strength to do all of the zip-wires, tight ropes and Tarzan swings, and even an abseil down to the bottom of the valley from a bridge. After this everyone was on an adrenaline high, and picked up the courage to do a pendulum swing, which is a bit like a bunji jump, except  your whole body is strapped on and it was done with a climbing rope and not a bunji cord. Anyway, everyone did it, except for me, I was too scared of the idea of plummeting towards a river filled with big boulders, and the rope snapping; even though it was exactly the same rope that I had been attached too doing all of the other things. To this day, I regret not doing it, because I often get the thought 'What if I did it, and it was the most exhillerating and fun thing I have ever done?'
  2. The next thing is more of a mixture of the same fear. The fear is of rollercoasters, which I believe is a pretty common thing, especially with girls, because boys will do it even if they are absolutely terrified to look cool. I'm not scared of rollercoasters now, even though I do sometimes get that sicky feeling whilst waiting in the awfully long queues to get on, I always look past the anxiety of something going wrong, ignore that inner voice telling me that my safety restraint is going to snap off, or the person behind me is going to vomit all over me, and I just say yes. The thing is, three years ago, when I went to Orlando, Florida, the land of some of the biggest amusement parks, I refused to go on any of the big rides, because I was letting my brain tell me that I shouldn't because it could be dangerous, rather than looking deeper down and thinking, I could actually enjoy this. It was only a few weeks after I got back that I went to Thorpe Park with some friends and was forced of Colosus, that I realised I loved the feeling of freedom once riding on the coaster.
I suppose a key thing about saying yes to things is that you will then live with a lot less regrets then you would if you had said no to every little thing that freaked you out. Obviously, you shouldn't say yes to everything because some things shouldn't be done (for example, drugs), but what I'm trying to say is, rather than wondering whether it would be fun, but still saying no to something because you are worried about a few more things then what excite you about the opportunity, you will regret it more by saying no. You will get the 'What if?' thought racing around your mind more often and will regret not doing it in the end.
So, even if you are a little bit skeptical of doing something, just say yes. What's the worst that can happen? You die? Most probably not, in fact, the worst that will probably happen is that you won't enjoy it. But, the feeling of unenjoyment is a lot smaller than the feeling of regret, and as much as I don't want to say it, yolo, you onl live once. You won't get these opportunities again, so grab them with both hand and embrace them. Stop living with regrets, and not taking risks, and try something new, just say yes.
I want to say thank you to Zoe, for making me follow that message and giving me this idea. Also, I would love to hear stories of what you have just said yes to.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 15 August 2013

My Trip to Scotland!

Hello Everybody,
At 5:45am last week my Dad took my Nana and I to the airport ready to catch a flight to Edinburgh. I was very excited, but also a little bit sceptical because I knew that it was going to be an old peoples trip. Also, it was a highland railway trip, so I was a bit worried that I might find it boring. But I was wrong, and there some wonderful sights.
On the Thursday, once we got to Edinburgh, we got onto the coach, where we met our tour guide called Matt. He had an awesome Scottish accent, and wore a kilt all weekend. We drove to our hotel in Carrbridge, but stopped in Pitlochly (I think that's how you spelt it) which is such a cute little town. There was a lovely cafĂ© called Hettie's there which I would reccommend, but it is a tad pricey, and the waitresses are slightly clumsy. Finally we arrived in Carrbridge, and once we got into our room, my Nana and I went for a little walk and found some Highland cows. Later, we had tea, which was the equivalent of a three coursed school dinner, which we had every night, but it was okay. Also, the lemonade was tiny.
The bridge in Carrbridge
 
The next day, we went across to Kyle of Lochlash from Inverness, which was a bit wet, and there wasn't there, but the train journey was very picturesque, and Inverness was nice to wonder around. Also, we went past Loch Ness, but didn't see the monster (you can decide whether it's real or not).
On Saturday we went on a steam train (with a fat controller) and then to  Cairngorm mountian, and up the funicular, which was fun and had beautiful views, but was a little bit squishy on the way up. But, on the way down, the views were spectacular, and when we got to the bottom we saw a reindeer calf, and got within touching distance of it, it was amazing!
 
 
Finally, on the Sunday, the day before we flew home, we went to Malliag on a train. The train journey was okay, but not really interesting. But we did see Ben Nevis, or at least the bottom because it was very cloudy. We also saw the real Hogwart's express which was so exciting that I slipped over.


Muddy shoes from slipping!


The next day, after a quick stop in Edinburgh, for a cheeky MacDonalds, we went home and I saw my family again. Overall, it was a really good trip, and nice to have a short break for a little while. Talk to you on Saturday.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

That random cereal post- Curiously Strawberry

Hello Everybody,
Now I know what you're thinking, Emily is a little bit of a weirdo, talking about cereal. But, in all honesty we all have that weakness in one type of cereal, whether it is 'Lucky Charms' or porridge. I've always stuggled to find my favourite cereal, but when I heard out about these, I literally begged my mum to get me some. Besides, I'm only fifthteen, so it's exceptable to ask your parents occasionally for some cereal, surely?
As I said earlier, I've struggled quite a bit to find a cereal I truly enjoy. I have tried all sorts, from bran flakes (which makes you need the toilet a tad too much) to wheetabix, which I'd been eating for years but found a bit boring (and I couldn't bring myself to put fruit with it). I eventually resorted to coco pops which tastes good, but isn't the most healthy breakfast option.
So, after being on holiday for four nights in Scotland and having fry ups every morning I was relieved to just have a nice bowl of curiously strawberry. They have all the goodness of a healthy bowl of cereal, but also satisfy my sweet tooth with the strawberry flavour.
They are basically crunchy whole grain squares that are covered in strawberry swirls. The cereal is only 6% of the guideling daily amount of calories, but I guess that leaves room for a few treats throughout the day. This cereal also contains 10 different types of vitamins and minerals (which surely has to be a good thing, right?).
I'm not going to bore you with any more scientific nutritional rubbish, but I thought some people would be interested in that stuff, even though it was boring myself. All I have done this post really for is because I was super duper excited about it, and I think it is incredibly delicious.
So get off your gadgets, be it a phone or laptop, and get your butts down to the local supermarket, count your loose change, and buy this superb invention of cereal, NOW!!
Bon appetit et toodles (say it in a french accent, go on, I know you want to, it's fun),
EmilyBelleBlog x

 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

What is in my emegency beauty kit?

Hello Everybody,
We all have those days when we are out all day, and know that we are going to be super busy. Not only that, but often at school there is something that you wished you had bought with you. So, a couple of months ago I put together an emergency beauty kit, and I am so glad I did because it has come into so much handy.
I am not going to do a complete review on all of the products that it contains, but if you wish for me to review anything, I'm sure I can eventually.
I take this kit with me to school, and other places when I have room in my bag and I truely think that it is a life saver.
This is what is inside it!!
  1. Carex mini hand sanitiser- because you don't want to eat with dirty hands.
  2. Soap and Glory mini hand food- because dry hands feel awful.
  3. Dove anti-perspirant deodorant- because no one likes sweaty pits, and it can also be quite handy for sweaty and cheesy feet.
  4. Nivea pocket sized sun cream- because who likes getting burnt?!
  5. Nivea lip butter in caramel cream- because chapped lips are totally unattractive, and feel absolutely horrible.
  6. Sephora Eau de toilette in chocolate- because we all want to smell sweet ;)
  7. A nail file- because we really don't want to chew off that chipped or broken nail (yuck)!
  8. Some blister plasters- because we don't want to walk around on sore feet all day.
I hope this helped you, and if you would like more organisational posts, then please comment and respond below.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 8 August 2013

NOTD: Barry M Gelly Hi-shine- Lychee

Hello Everybody,
Many of you may have noticed how big these Barry M Gelly nail polishes are getting. For my Mum's birthday I got her three colours, dragonfruit, prickly pear and lychee. Obviously, I had to borrow the Lychee colour because I had seen many people wearing it and wanted to see what all of the hype was aboout.
Lychee is a beautiful beige colour and looks very feminine on the nails. It is also the type of colour that you can wear with pretty much anything because it is a fairly neutral colour. Not only that, but even if you are as pale as me it makes you look like you have a little bit of a tan.
It is also a really glossy colour and easy to put on. I put on two coats to get a good opaque colour, but if you were in a hurry you could possibly get away with only using one coat. This nail polish also feels really nice on your nails and doesn't chip very easily. For example, I was putting a new keyring onto my keys and I used my nail, yet it didn't chip. Although, I do have one chip, but it is tiny and you can hardly see it, and I think I may have got it in the swimming pool, which isn't exactly hard.
I hope you enjoyed another one of my nail of the day posts.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

I've done it! I've finished a book!!

Hello Everybody,
As many of you will be aware, over a week ago I did a post about reading. One of the things I mentioned I would do, was finish off my current book this summer, and read a little bit a day. I am pleased to announce, that I have finished the book, and have already jumped into reading a new one.
The book I had been reading is 'Is it just me?' by Miranda Hart.
I thought to myself, why not be all nerdy and do a book review, just to prove to you lot that I did read it. Basically, the book is by Miranda Hart and she talks about random and strange comedic things that have happened in her life, all following with the simple question "Is it just me?".
Also, during the book Miranda discusses lifes awkward but rewarding with her younger self. This was almost on a whim to pass on a little wisdom that she has picked up whilst growing up.
I really loved this book, because it contained a lot of comedy, and sort of gave me the impression that if things go wrong, or not quite how you planned them too, just brush yourself off and laugh about it later. Also, in the final chapter called Dreams, Miranda says that you should follow your dream in the pit of your stomach no matter what other people say of think.
I was reasonable surprised how inspirational this book is, and that it still has good bits of comedy in between. I highly recommend this book, whether you like Miranda or not.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Maybelline New York- Colorsensational cream gloss

Hello Everybody,
Okay, so I've done it again, another later in the day post. But, I have been having a fairly productive day for once. Firstly, I have rearranged my bedroom furniture, so my room now seems so much more practical. Also, I have been reading, as you would know from a previous post, I do not read very much, but I only have one more chapter left of my Miranda Hart book (YAY!). Not only that, but if you follow my instagram, you will know that I have also bought for new books, all for £10 in ASDA- bargain.
Anyway, I suppose I should really start with my review before I ramble on about reading again, because that will most probably bore you incredibly. Today's post is about the Maybelline colorsensational cream gloss, and boy am I excited to share this product with you.
 First things first, I want you all to smell this thing. If you have it, get out of your makeup drawer, bag or handbag now, and inhale those wonderful fumes. Is it just me, or does it smell like gummy bears? I just can't begin to think that somebody wouldn't like the smell of this lip gloss, it is smells so sweet, fruity and yummy that you just want to lick the product off of the applicator, but please do not because of the following:
  1. It might make you ill.
  2. It is not edible.
  3. I've tried to lick it off of my lips, and it doesn't taste too pleasant.
  4. It certainly is not mushed up gummy bears in a tube.
  5. It will waste such a wonderful lip product.
 The Maybelline colorsensational, had a little bit of a random name I believe, I not sure whether there are different colours (and if so I do not know what this one is) but it doesn't really have much colour in it. The particular one I have is reasonably glossy, a light shade of pink and quite shimmery- shimmery is such an awesome word.
I think this gloss is quite sheer, and really good for layering lip colours, for example, using it on top of my Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Also, it is quite moisturising, so it can be very good used with other lip colours, because many just dry my lips out.
Another thing I would like to point out about this product is the application wand thingymajig. It makes this gloss so easy to apply, and is a really good shape, so it glides across my lips perfectly. I would say that it is a little bit harder to apply on my upper lip, but the product is so blendable and workable, that I just have to rub my lips together, and kapow, a glamorous pout!
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Topsytail

Hello Everybody,
Firstly, I thought I should apologise for such a late post today, I've just had such a lazy day, and the holidays has totally put me out of routine. Anyway, today I have decided to do a hair styling review, which is something new for me, but hay ho I thought I'd give it a whirl.
The product in which I will be reviewing is the topsytail, and what a clever contraption it is?
I'd seen it in many a hair tutorial, on the ever so fellow friend which goes by the name of 'youtube' and I thought to myself "I could really do with one of these thingys!". So, a couple of months when I saw it I jumped with joy, and grabbed it off the shelf.
The particular pack that I picked up not only had the original sized topsytail, but a mini one also "How cute!".
 The idea is that the mini one can be used if you are only styling a section of your hair with it but the original sized topsytail can be used when you need to style all of your hair with it. Now I've got to be honest, my hair is only just below my shoulders (it will be long eventually) and I still find the large one quite painful to use. It may hurt because I am not making a hole big enough for all of my hair to fit through it, considering I do have a lot of hair. That being said, I love the mini topsytail for half up-dos and for twisting my fringe out of my face.
As you can see, there are quite a few styles you can give a go with this awesome hair styling item, but I'm too lazy to give you instructions, but if anybody happens to comment on my little space on the internet on how to do one or two, I may consider doing a little written tutorial, such fun (Miranda quote, I know).
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x