Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween essentials!

Hello Everyone,
Happy Halloween, I hope you all have a good day. I'm going for a spot of shopping with a few of my closest friends today, which is super exciting. Tonight I have got one of my friends 'crashing in my crib' (quote from herself) which is also very exciting, because nothing beats a bit of a spooky sleepover on Halloween.
Trick'or'Treat!!
Today to stick with the theme of Halloween I thought I would do a little Halloween essentials post, because although my family don't really celebrate it like we used to any more, I still celebrate and
enjoy it. Most of my essentials are of course sweets, because Halloween is not Halloween without some yummy sweeties and chocolate, but I have thrown in a couple of beauty essentials too.
My Halloween Essentials

Sweets (candy)

Now I don't know about you but I love sweets, but I also like to look after my teeth, so I only really indulge in lots of sugary treats during Halloween and Christmas time. Probably one of the most popular sweet bumper collections people buy for Halloween are by Swizzles Matlow. My favourite two selections are the Bumper Bag and the Chew Crew. They contain sweets such as Love Hearts, Refreshers, Fizzers, Drum Sticks and Banana Skids. All of these are great sugary sweets and are good for filling up you treat bowl for the Trick'or'Treaters.
The next chocolate based treats I enjoy Maltesers. The great thing about the fun bags is that you don't have to share the packs and share out your nasty cold and flu germs that are spiralling around at the moment. Also, along they still aren't that healthy they are still healthier than most chocolates *the lighter way to enjoy chocolate'. I also love the malt biscuit in the middle of the Maltesers because it makes them melt in the mouth delicious, yet a lighter more enjoyable treat.
Finally, I am loving Butterkist's limited edition Toffee Apple popcorn at the moment, as you may have guessed if you follow me on instagram. I am already a big fan of popcorn (although salted isn't my favourite) and I also love apples, so when I saw this on the shelf, now 80p at Sainsbury's I had to get my hands on them. I have had a few bags of them now, and I think they are perfect for Halloween sleepovers.

Beauty

Of course, I couldn't make this post without putting a little bit of beauty related bits in it. The items I am going to talk about are ones that are great if you don't have a Halloween outfit but are still looking for a quick makeup look. The items are black lipstick and felt tip eyeliner. The lipstick I used I found with some old Halloween costumes the other day, and it is Miss Sporty's Extreme Black Perfect Colour Lipstick. I have no idea whether they still sell this lipstick, but any black lipstick will do. The felt tip liner I used is Collection's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner. I used the felt tip liner to draw spiders hanging from webs on my face. Don't worry if you aren't great at drawing because it is a quick and easy doodle you can do on your face to add a bit of creepiness to you Halloween look. Also, don't forget spiders have eight legs and not six *yes, I did make that mistake*.
Again I hope you have a spooky Halloween, and have enjoyed my slightly different post, because I have certainly enjoyed writing it.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Beauty wars... Soap&Glory vs Bodyshop body butter

Hello Everybody,
Can you believe it's already Tuesday? No, me neither. I have had a really relaxing day actually, done a bit of homework, housework and baking, and somehow I'm feeling surprising chilled. In fact, just a moment ago I managed to sit down and write a list of future posts for my blog. I am so happy about this because recently a bit of 'writers block' has been kicking in and it has been really hard for me to be creative and think of some ideas. Finally, I am really excited for some posts that are coming in the near future. I think this half term is really doing me some good.
Due to the great response I got on my first 'Beauty wars' post I thought it was about time I treated you all to another one. It took me a while for me to find some similar products that I had that I could do a comparative review on, but credits to my friend (also named Emily) she suggested body butters.
The two body butters I am going to be reviewing are Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter and Bodyshop's pink grapefruit body butter.

Round One

Packaging, to be honest the packaging on both of these products are very much similar. Both body butters are in a round screw top plastic tub and are also both light shades of pink. My Soap&Glory Body butter is smaller but that is only because of the fact that it is 50ml sample pot and my Bodyshop body butter is a 200ml full size pot.
The image on the lid of the Soap&Glory body butter is a traditional, but personally I find it a bit too over the top for some packaging. The image is basically a woman having a shower, in a vintage back and white effect. Every little place that needs to be censored in the image is covered by advertising, and information, but seriously, is there a need for a nearly nude picture? I guess it isn't as bad as Lady Gaga's outfit on X factor on Sunday though, as much as I love Lady Gaga's, what she was wearing was a little bit weird.
The Pink Grapefruit's body butter is a little bit more simple. There is a large picture of a grapefruit on the lid of the pot, and then their logo in the middle of it. I have to admit that the lid is a little bit boring, but it is much more appropriate for what the product is in comparison to the Soap&Glory 's lid. All of the essential information is around the sides of this product rather than on top.
Bodyshop 1- Soap&Glory 0

Round Two

Use, both of these products are clearly used to moisturise and hydrate your skin, and I think they both work well for that. I don't really have much to say for this round, but I would definitely  that Soap&Glory probably scrapes this round. With Soap&Glory your skin stays just that little bit more hydrated than Bodyshop's for a short while longer. You can also feel the difference between the products, because Soap&Glory's body butter actually feels like it is sinking into your skins pores and feeding it with plenty of moisture, whereas Bodyshop's still moisturises but only feels like it is sitting on top of your skin.
Bodyshop 1- Soap&Glory 1

Round Three

This is the final round and it is on fragrance. Both of these products smell wonderful yet are very different at the same time. Soap&Glory's body butter smells very fresh and soapy, which I don't normally like, but I don't mind it in body products. This product contains shea butter and aloe vera, if that helps with anyone who is currently trying to figure out what on Earth this body butter smells like, because let's face it, my descriptions are awful.
Bodyshop's pink grapefruit body butter clearly smells of grapefruit. Personally, I prefer the smell of this product because it smells very fruity and has a nice citrus twang to it, which is definitely more up my street.
Bodyshop 2- Soap&Glory 1
 
Clearly, the winner of this beauty wars for me is Bodyshops Pink Grapefruit body butter. Don't forget that this is only an opinion and I hope that this helps with any of you who are debating over what to buy. I am going to be honest and say that normally I would buy a product on it's actually use, rather than scent and packaging. But, to be honest they are both very good products and it was a very close call.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Are they Leopard print boots?

Hello Everybody,
It has been a while since since I have done a little fashion post. Today, as I was standing on the sideline of a very cold and windy hockey pitch watching my brother play, someone said to me, "Woh, look at your boots." At first I thought that was a bit of a weird reaction to get for just a pair of boots, especially when I've already seen them so therefore do not need to look at them. Then I thought to myself, I suppose my boots aren't the sort of boots you'd see on any ordinary teenage girl.
Last year I found an interest in the ever so popular, and continuing trend of Doc Marten's, and so for my birthday and Christmas present (my birthday is on the eighth of December and is why I like to have joint presents with Christmas) I thought I'd ask for a pair. I didn't want the same boring pair that everyone else had, I mean yes the black Doc Marten's are beautiful, but I didn't want to have the same shoes as half of the girls I know, I wanted to be different.
At first I quite liked the look of the floral DMs as they seemed quite girly, which sort of matches my personality. When I got the shop they had no floral DMs left but I noticed in the corner of the display a lovely looking pair of leopard print Doc Marten's with a beautiful black ribbon used as the laces. What struck me about these boots, was that they made leopard print look nice and fashionable, and not cheap and old fashioned.
I'd never seen anybody with leopard print boots before, in fact I still haven't but I love them. They stand out, but in a way that makes my outfit look more sophisticated, yet unique and quirky. The colours in the print are more on the neutral side, which is great because it means that they can be paired with pretty much any colour. Obviously, I don't wear anything too patterned with my DMs because I always think that one pattern is enough in an outfit. Yes, I have made the fashion faux pas of wearing a floral Ra-Ra skirt with a lacy floral tank top, and regret every moment of it. Why would I in the right mind think that looks good?
Anyway, I mostly like to wear my DM's with some skinny jeans, coloured or plain denim tucked into a pair of rolled down plain knee high socks, which are normally grey or cream. Not only do the socks poking out of the top of the boots look cute, it also makes the boots a lot more comfortable, and stops them from rubbing the tops of my ankles.
I hope you like my Leopard print boots, and have now been inspired to try something new, quirky and perhaps a bit different.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Another BodyShop review. What?!

Hello Everybody,
Firstly, I am really sorry if this post turns out short and rushed. My school were let out early today, but I decided to spend hours revising for a mock geography test I have tomorrow, I know, I'm so productive. In fact, I didn't get distracted once. So after getting home and making myself a linguine and cheese, I went upstairs and spent a hour and forty-five minutes revising.
Anyway, I'm in a rush now because I have to head off back to school, because I am helping out the catering department for open evening. Two and a half hours of catering this evening is going to kill me! Only joking, but I will probably look like a hot mess when I get out the kitchen, because I've decided to make something that may take a while.
I am going to do a really quick review on another Bodyshop product today, and it is their body butter in passion fruit. Yet again I believe passion fruit is quite summery but for some reason the smell still seems so autumnal. This is probably because it is a sweet and refreshing smell, without the sharpness of citrus fruits, like may all time favourite, pink grapefruit.
I wouldn't say that the body butter is life changingly (I know that isn't a real word) moisturising, but it does smell absolutely delicious. Personally, compared to my vineyard peach body lotion, I think it's formula isn't very good. It does moisturise your body, but not to the noticeable extent that the Bodyshop's body lotions do. But, I have to admit I do prefer that smell of the passion fruit body butter.
I have the 200ml pot of the body butter, which is plenty big enough, because you don't need tonnes of the product. Some people may use more than me though, because I like my skin to be pleasantly hydrated and not disgustingly greasy. I believe that the passion fruit body butter is currently selling at £13.00 but watch out for some sales, because I have noticed that Bodyshop do regularly have good deals going on.
I hope you enjoyed today's post even though it was written in a massive rush, and also that you are okay with my many Bodyshop posts at the moment.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

What am I using on my hair??

Hello Everybody,
Now I know this was ages ago, when I first started blogging I did a post about what I used in the shower, in fact it was my 3rd ever post, which you can look at here. It is a little bit awkward and embarrassing, but in some ways looking back at my old posts makes me think about how much my blogging has changed already, and how much it has improved and I have already settled into a fairly nice blogging style.
Recently I have been changing what I have been using on my hair quite a lot. I think my mum has probably found it pretty annoying, because to be honest I am quite fussy when it comes to choosing a shampoo and conditioner. Finally though, I think I may have found a combination I really love.
I would describe my hair as be pretty healthy, except I do have a pretty picky scalp. Cheaper own brand  shampoo dries out my scalp and give me dandruff *I know, it's gross!* and an itchy and irritated scalp. But, then some other ones, such as shampoo for coloured hair, which I should add my hair has never been died I just borrowed my Mum's shampoo, gave me really greasy hair. I guess it's a bit like my skin, it's pretty combination hair *Is that even a technical term?*.
Originally I asked my Mum for both the Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo and conditioner, which didn't make much sense considering it's for damaged hair and my hair is perfectly healthy. What made me really want to try this shampoo was the fact that it contained honey, which from the little knowledge I had learnt from the blogosphere, I knew was great for your hair also. Also, Nicole Scherzinger was the face of this product, and is just me or is her hair looking so beautiful at the moment?
Unfortunately, my Mum didn't get me the Bee Strong shampoo, but she did get me the Garnier Fructis fortifying strength & shine shampoo. This particular shampoo is for normal hair, which I suppose is my hair type. What sold this to me was that it contains grapefruit extracts,  and if you don't know already I love the smell of grapefruit. The basic idea of this shampoo is that it makes your hair stronger on the inside and shinier on the outside. I struggled to find the price of this online, but £1.99 kept cropping up, but don't take my word for it.
Although I didn't get the Bee Strong shampoo, I did conditioner, and oh my, it smells so sweet and yummy. Also, it pairs up so well with my shampoo because they both have a strengthening formula. Normally it costs £3.89, but if you get down to your local boots quick enough you could get it on offer at a bargain price of £1.94.
Overall, my hair feels strong, soft and shiny. I am so glad I found this pair, and I would highly recommend these for both people with damaged hair, and people with healthy hair.
If you would like any tips on how I keep my hair frizz free and healthy, then please don't be afraid to contact me and I may do a little post about it.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Bodyshop Vineyard Peach Body Lotion

Hello everybody,
Today I thought I'd share my thoughts on one of my favourite body lotions at the moment. I suppose body lotion is one of those things that everyone enjoys using but either forgets to moisturise occasionally, or just cannot be bothered. I admit I am just the same, I see the bottle hanging around on my dressing table after already putting my clothes on after a shower and think "Oh bum, I forgot again!".
To me re hydrating my skin is an important part of my beauty routine, and as the cold weather is drawing in, it is getting more and more important that we remember. Personally, I believe, whether you young or old, male or female, everybody needs to moisturise. Dry, flaking, tight skin is just not nice, whether it's on yourself, or it is visible on others.
The reason why we find our skin drying out more in the colder months is believe it or not the heating indoors. It takes all of the moisture out of our skin, and removes that lovely rosy glow in our cheeks. Obviously we can't just turn off the heating and freeze at nights to keep our skin looking nice, and that is why we need to get the body lotions out and pamper ourselves.
Oops! A bit of a lopsided picture, but you get the gist xx
I've always loved using Bodyshop body butters and lotions, as they are quite heavy and actually feel like they are doing something beneficial for my skin. At the moment I am loving my vineyard peach body lotion.
Firstly, this body lotion smells amazing, but me being me I have no idea how to describe it. Just like any bodyshop product that I have tried, it smells exactly like what it says in the name, so of course, it smells like peaches. Normally I would associate peaches as a summer fruit and would probably use a more spicy scented product, but to be perfectly honest, I want to smell sweet and not spicy, so I am thoroughly enjoying this body lotion.
Another great thing about the body lotion compared to Bodyshops body butter is that it comes in a pump bottle. This means that you can get the product out with great ease, and that a good amount comes out in one pump. Sometimes I find using a body butter is a little bit messy, although don't get me wrong, I still love them.
Finally, I should talk about the skin benefits of this product. Firstly, it definitely hydrates my skin. Of course, the body lotion doesn't leave my skin perfect after one use, but with regular use it leaves my skin wonderfully smooth and healthy feeling. Oh, I also almost forgot to say that Bodyshop are completely against animal testing, which completely sells it to me.
The pump bottle contains 250mls of product and costs £8.00. Personally I think this is a great price for a 250ml bottle of body lotion, but if you are trying to look after you pocket, you should be aware that Bodyshop often do great deals on their products.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Beauty Wars... Nivea lip butter vs Vaseline

Hello everybody,
 As winter is drawing in so are the dreaded chapped lips. I am a lip balm freak, with loads of different lip balms filling my beauty drawer, and never leaving the house without them all of my friends know where to come if their lips are feeling a little sore.
I thought that as I have a little collection coming together that I would have a little competition between my most used and favourite lip balms. Both are fairly similar in design and use, and fairly hyped about, but they also are quite different. Obviously, the two lip balms I am reviewing are the Nivea lip butter in the flavour caramel cream, and the other is Vaseline in the cocoa butter flavour.
First of all, let me talk about the packaging. Both lip balms come in cute little tins, both also of similar sizes. Nivea's lip balm comes in quite a thin tin, and the lid is so easy to slide off. The tin is a pretty white colour with a a cute picture of what I believe is a piece of fudge. The Vaseline packaging is also a little tin. It has the traditional Vaseline design, which I suppose it quite well known by everybody. Also, because I have the cocoa butter Vaseline the tin is brown and white. I find that the lid is a little tougher to open than the Nivea lip butter, especially if you do not have long nails. So that brings the score the Nivea 1- Vaseline 0
Next I am going to talk about the smell. Out of these two lip balms, the Nivea lip butter is definitely my favourite smelling one. The Nivea lip butter smells like a fudge shop, and I would certainly eat it if it was edible. I can't really describe the Vaseline fragrance, but I if you know what cocoa butter smells like then it is pretty self explanatory. So that leaves the score at Nivea 2- Vaseline 0.
I suppose you are all wondering what application of these two lip balms are like. Nivea's lip butter has quite a creamy texture which means it is quite messy to apply, because if it isn't smothered on properly it is still quite visible, and undoubtedly looks a bit stupid if it isn't applied fully. Vaseline is quite greasy, but that means it is quite easy to administer to your lips without any fuss, and also it is clear, which means you don't have to worry about any messy bits left on you lips. So the score is now Nivea 2- Vaseline 1.
Finally I am going to review their overall effect. Nivea seems to have an amazing stay power and leaves my lips feeling silky smooth for a good few hours. Also, because the lip balms consistency is reasonably creamy, it leaves my lips feeling comfortably smooth without it being too greasy. I find that Nivea's lip butter is also unquestionably moisturising, so it definitely does it's job. Vaseline also is awesomely moisturising, and works very well. Unfortunately, due to it's greasiness it makes my lips feel quite unclean and it doesn't last quite as long as Nivea's lip butter. The upside of this greasiness is that it can be used for other things, such as putting on you cuticles before painting your nails so you don't make a mess. I think that means that they both deserve a point because they do both have some pretty good upsides about them, which leaves the score at Nivea 3-Vaseline 2.
Overall, that means that Nivea is my favourite, although just remember that this is just my opinion and I will recommend them both of them because they still both do their appropriate jobs, and are definitely great to use for those dreaded winter chapped lips.
I hope you enjoyed my first beauty wars edition, and if would like me to do another, then comment below, or drop me a message on any of my links at the bottom of this post.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Hello Everybody,
I am so excited to do this makeup review for you. I have had this on my list of thing to do for forever. The reason why it has taken so long is purely because I was waiting for a good amount of light in my room to take half decent pictures. Also, I have no idea why I didn't put this in my September favourites post, but the reason I can think of is that I wanted to surprise you guys with this little review.
The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette has been in my possesion for well over a month now, and I think I may have fallen in love. For a long time I was if-ing and but-ing about purchasing this because it is quite a lot of money for six shade a natural eye shadow, but I can now fully understand why it has such a high price tag. Obviously, other bloggers raving on about the Urban Decay Naked palettes didn't really help me from refraining on such an expensive makeup item, but luckily stock did.
I bought it from Sephora whilst I was travelling back though France on my way home from the Netherlands. I was actually looking to buy the full sized original Naked palette, as the swatches in the shop were  absolutely  beautiful, but unfortunately in their stock drawer there was none left. I then look in the Naked 2 palette drawer, and yet again there was none left. So, I then looked at the basics palette. It surprised me actually, because I would say that the colours are actually a lot nicer on this palette because they are mostly matte. Also, this palette is about £20 cheaper than the bigger Naked palettes, so when I opened the drawer to find a full stock I was astounded.
Left- Right//Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave
As I mentioned earlier, there are 6 colours in this palette, they are all pressed powdered eyeshadows and they are called, Venus: a shimmery white colours, and also the only shimmer colour in the palette. I use this colour for my inner corners and occasionally my lower lash line. Foxy, a nice matte yellow toned cream colour, which I use for my lid. Walk of shame, a pretty pink toned cream colour, very much similar to my skin tone, I use this for my browbone because it is very subtle, yet hides any of my veins on my browbone, as the skin is very thin in that area. Next is Naked 2, a beautiful light brown colour with use from the centre of my lid outwards, and blend up to my crease. Also, there is Faint, which is a darker brown colour, in which I use in my crease, and blend into my outer corners. Finally, there is Crave, an almost black/dark brown shade, this is super for my outer corner, and my water line.
I find that these eyeshadows are super pigmented and have brillant stay power. I don't use primer and they still stay on for a whole day at school. I believe it retails for around £20 in the UK, but it is definitely worth it as the palette is absolute bliss.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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Saturday, 12 October 2013

EmBakes- Vanilla chilli churros with hot chocolate sauce

Hello Everybody,
I have another EmBakes post here for you today. As many of you know I have taken Catering as one of my GCSEs and at the moment we are in the middle of our final coursework piece. The criteria is to make a two-coursed international meal. I have chosen Mexico, which have some amazing Spanish decended dishes. Obviously, presentation for Mexico is a slight challenge, so bare in mind in the pictures that this is only a first trail.

Ingredients

For the Churros
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
75g butter
200g plain flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 dried red chilli, chopped
1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped from the centre
110g caster sugar
For the hot chocolate sauce
75g caster sugar
200g dark chocolate, chopped

Method

  1. Heat a whole bottle of the oil in a saucepan until just boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in another saucepan with 250ml water and bring to the boil.
  3. Stir in the flour and baking powder and beat to a smooth batter.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and beat in the egg until the mixture is well combined and shiny.
  5. Fill the piping bag with the mixture and carefully pipe directly into the oil, in a line. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden-brown, remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain onto kitchen paper.
  6. Whilst the churros are draining put the chilli into a bowl and crush with the end of a rolling pin. The stir in the sugar and vanilla. Roll the churros into the sugar mixture until fully covered.
  7. For the chocolate sauce, heat the sugar and 110ml water in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.
  8. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth, then remove from the heat.
  9. Then serve.

I hope you enjoy todays little recipe.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Chat time!!

Hello Everybody,
I suppose I should explain myself as to why, yet again, I have failed to put a post up for you lovely readers in the morning, and the truth is, I have been quite busy. I never actually noticed until now how busy school is getting at the moment, being in year eleven. But, this isn't going to stop me from blogging, and you guys are now at the top of my priorities when it comes to Sunday free time. Usually on Sunday's I do absolutely nothing for hours, feel sorry for myself for having no friends (I do have friends, they're just all very busy people also) and end up watching about 5 films, which no doubt, I watched the week before.
I thought I'd give you the run down on life recently, and to be honest, I'm pretty happy. After being totally grumpy for the majority of the summer, due to me thinking about all of the negative things that have happened or may happen in the future, I have decided to live in the present and look forward to the good things in life.
For example, for ages I was feeling pooey when I got an E for my 'Of Mice and Men' controlled assessment in English. I was beating myself up about it for months, but this week in particular I have thought, why dwell on that when it is in the past? Yes, you can retake it and do better because you know you can, but don't wind yourself up about something that has already happened that you can no longer change.
I suppose what I am trying to say to everybody, is to live for today, and not yesterday or tomorrow. We can all have aspirations and work hard for them, but when we're worrying or feeling rubbish about something that has either happened or not happened, we forget to enjoy the moment. It would have been so easy for me to sit in English today and be in a miserable mood, but why should I be when my teacher has just shared a whole tin of celebrations to her class, and told us that we can retake our reading essay on a different book?
Of course it's hard to say positive all the time, especially with hormones, exams and most of all, negative friends, but nobody said life would be easy, but they did say it would be worth it. Even I have surprised myself when I say that I haven't even noticed the fact that I am doing coursework in practically every subject and exams in others. Obviously I'm revising, but because I am living in the moment the stress and the worry has drifted off elsewhere. Even for me it isn't normal to wake up on the day of a maths exam and actually be confident and happy, but I was. It felt good sitting in that maths room and doing my practice exam, and feeling calm and in control.
I know for some people feeling in control at crucial moments in there life is hard, but the easiest way to feel in control is live in that moment, and forget what may have happened or might  happen.
I hope you didn't find my repetative ramble to tedious, and you find it somewhat profitable.
Enjoy your Friday,
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Bourjois color boost- Red Sunrise 01

Hello Everybody,
Another one of my late posts, and I will certainly get back into the habit of scheduling posts because it makes my life so much easier. I'm going to start my post by asking, how are you? I am great, although I am skipping hockey training because I am letting my shin recover from a little injury I recieved on Saturday I am actually in a great mood.
Also, I have noticed how awesome television is lately, normally I don't watch much telly and am glued to watching all of my favourite youtubers, but at the moment it is quite the opposite. With Holby city being awesome at the moment, Great British bake off being awesome, and X Factor and Stictly in full swing, could life get any better? Oh yes it can, the Pride of Britain awards are on tonight a Surprise surprise is also back in full swing (both of which make me sob in a very much ugly manner).
Okay okay, I have been rambling about television for quite long enough now, so on to the review I think...
Well, what can I say about the Bourjois Color Boost? It is a lovely lip crayon with a lovely moisterizing and creamy feel to it. Although I am not as impressed with this as I was with the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, I was still happy with this lip crayon. According to the packaging has waterproof colour, and as much as I'd love to agree with this, it isn't a lip stain and therefore does need reapplying after dinner.
I bought mine in the colour 01 Red Sunrise because it is a lovely strawberry red colour, which is fabulous for autumn if you are brave. The good thing about this colour is that although it is red it is not to dark, so if you are a bit shy when it comes to lip colour this is a great place to start. Also, the colour does have a slight gloss to it so if you are looking for a matte red then this probably not for you. But, the gloss does wear away fairly quickly.
I bought this particular lp crayon from superdrug for *goes and check on the superdrug website* £7.99. There are 6 colours in the collection overall, and I most probably will be picking up more in the future. But, like many beauty bloggers I do spend maybe a tad too much money on makeup that I want but don't neccisarily need, so I am currently challenging myself not to buy any more makeup products until November.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
 
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Saturday, 5 October 2013

EmBakes- Chocolate éclairs

Hello everybody,
On Monday at school I made some yummy chocolate éclairs that I was very proud of, and of course because The Great British Bake off did sweet pastry (including choux pastry) I thought today would be an appropriate day to post this recipe.
First of all, I suppose I should do a bit of explaining as to why this post has been put up so late in the day *and for that I am sorry*. Basically, I've been up at the hockey pitch all morning playing and spectating. When I got home I thought I'd have rest to recover from a bit of a nasty whack I recieved around my shin, which still bruised and turned into an egg despite wearing shin pads *by the way, this is a normal thing to happen to hockey players and I am fine, just a little sore, so don't worry*.
Then when I went onto my laptop, to blog after a quick stint on facebook, but choosing to ignore my laptop telling me to plug the chrager in wasn't such a great idea, because it died, and blogging at that point got pushed away quite suddenly. Consequently, I decided to watch last night glee episode, which I thouroughly enjoyed, and now here I am blogging *at last*.
And on to the recipe...

Ingredients:

For the choux pastry
50g diced butter
150ml water
65g sifted plain flour
2 large eggs, beaten
 
For the filling
300ml whipping cream
 
For the icing
50g plain chocolate
15g butter
2 tablespoons of water
70g sifted icing sugar

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 220'c/fan 200'c/gas 7. Lightly grease 2 baking trays.
  2. To make the choux pastry, put the butter and water into a small pan and place over a low heat. Allow the butter to melt and then slowly bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the flour all at once and beat until the mixture forms a soft ball and leaves the side of the pan. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add the eggs into the mixture a little at a time, beating really well between each addition to give a smooth, shiny paste. It is easiest to use a hand-held mixer for this.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.Pipe onto prepared baking trays into éclair shapes, about 13-15cm long, leaving room for them to spread. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 190'c/ 170'c fan/gas 5 and bake for a further 20 minutes, until well risen and a deep golden brown.(It is important that the éclairs are a golden brown all over. Any pale, undercooked part will become soggy once they have cooled.)
  5. Remove the éclairs from the oven and split them down one side to allow the steam to excape. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Whip to cream until it is just firm enough to pipe. Fill the cold éclairs with whipped cream, using a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle.
  7. To make the icing, break the chocolate into pieces and put into a bowl set over a pan of hot water, making sure the water does not touch the base of the bowl.Add the butter and water to the chocolate and place the pan over a low heat until the chocolate and butter have melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the sifted icing sugar, beating well until smooth. Spoon the icing over the top of each éclair, then leave to set.
 
Obviously, becasue I was doing this in the true spirit of The Great British Bake off, the recipe is one of Mary Berry's. I hope you enjoy this little bake of mine, and I''ll talk to you all on Tuesday.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
 
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Thursday, 3 October 2013

25 Random Questions Tag

Hello Everybody,
I was tagged by the ever so lovely Sarah to do this tag, and I think this is quite cool considering that it means that you guys can get to know me better, so here we go...
Question 1: Do you have any pets ?
Nope, I wish I did. When I was younger my brother and I had some Guinea-pigs called George and Rooney. Then when I was about 10 I had a hamster called Hamilton. I've always wanted a dog, but my mum won't let me have one.
Question 2: Name three things that are physically close to you:
Of course my laptop is pretty close to me right now, my phone is pretty close to me and so is my duvet (yep, I'm on my bed).
Question 3: What’s the weather like right now ?
Hmm... I guess that means I have to get off my bed to look at of the window *gets up and looks out of the window*. Well there are few fluffy clouds in the sky and the sun is setting, but I would definitely say that it is jacket weather out there at the moment.
Questions 4: Do you drive ? If so, have you crashed?
I'm 15 so I have never driven, otherwise that would be naughty.
Question 5: What time did you wake up this morning ?
I wake up at seven on a weekday and at weekends I wake up when ever my body feels capable of awakening from ones slumber, unless I have an early hockey game on a Saturday, which would mean I'd have to get up at eightish.
Question 6: When was the last time you showered ?
Last night, I'm going to have one later on though, why would anyone want to know that anyway??
Question 7: What was the last movie that you saw ?
Marley&Me
Question 8: What does you last text message say?
"Would you be able to put oven on at 5:45 and then put chicken and sauce in at 6pm. 180 degrees approx. Thanks xx" from my mum. Can anyone guess what I've got for dinner tonight? I must remember to do that in a minute.
Question 9: What is your ringtone ?
Hakuna Matata- need I say more.
Question 10: Have you ever been to a different country?
Yep, in fact I've been to a fair few, Spain, Switzerland, Florida, France, Tenerife, Belgium (for about thirty minutes), Germany (for half a day), the Netherlands, Scotland and Wales (I'm not sure the last two technically count).
Question 11: Do you like sushi?
Believe it or not, I have yet to try sushi. But, I do plan on giving it a taste test in the near future.
Question 12: Where do you buy your groceries?
I don't really know, my mum does it. I suppose ASDA, Sainsbury's or Tesco. We shop around.
Question 13: Have you ever taken any medication to help you fall asleep faster?
Nope
Question 14: How many siblings do you have ?
I have one twin brother and that is all.
Question 15: Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have my ever so reliable laptop, which believe it or not, I am using this very second.
Question 16: How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
16 (whoopee!!!!)
Question 17: Do you wear contacts or glasses ?
I wear both, which reminds me, I have an opticians appointment on Sunday *fun times... NOT!*.
Question 18: Do you colour your hair ?
Nope, I stick to 'au naturale'.
Question 19: Tell me something you are planing to do today:
Do homework, yep, I have a life.
Question 20: When was the last time you cried?
At the end of Marley&Me.
Question 21: What is your perfect pizza topping?
I love a bit of Hawaiian pizza, I do. So I suppose pineapple is pretty nice.
Question 22: Which do you prefer, hamburger or cheeseburger ?
Why isn't Big Mac included in this question? I suppose cheeseburger will have to do.
Question 23: Have you ever had an all-nighter ?
Yep, I've done a twenty-four hour challenge with my explorer scout group twice now.
Question 24: What is your eye colour ?
Sometimes hazel and sometimes brown, I guess it depends on what light you look at them in.
Question 25: Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
There is a definite difference between the two, and if you can't taste it then you have funny taste buds.
I hope you enjoyed my little tag and I am going to tag...hmmmm... Heather.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

September Favourites

 
Hello Everybody,
First of all I would like to say that this is my first ever monthly favourites post, but I am not going to guarantee that I am going to do this every month, because lets be frank, do my favourites really change that often (probably not).
Okay, so I am going to do a beauty, food, drink, fashion, music, television, movie and lifestyle favourite. Without further ado, here it is:

Beauty:

At the moment I think my beauty favourite has to be my Maybelline Baby lips in the colour cherry me, because it has a lovely red tint which looks lovely in Autumn and it is also keeping my lips moisterized.
I think the Maybelline colour tattoo in the colour Eternal Gold is my second favourite, because it is a lovely warm tone for the cooler months ahead of us.
I know this is more than one favourite but \I thought I should also mention the Nivea lip butter in Caramel cream because it is great to put on at night, to avoid the dreaded chapped lips, also it smell so yummy.

 

Food:

Hmmm... I'm not really sure about this, but I am sort of loving Jacob's oddities at the moment. There is so many in a packet and they are like hollow shaped mini cheddars, and are great for a quick snack. I don't have any in my house at the moment, but I will probably be getting my mum to get some more soon.

Drink:

Most of the time I drink water because it is good for my skin, and is hydrating, but when I fancy I little treat I do love the Tassimo Milka Hot Chocolate. This hot chocolate is so creamy and make me feel so warm and cosy when the weather is miserable outside.

Fashion:

A few weeks ago I bought a pair of hunter green jeggings from Dorothy Perkins, and was gutted when I saw a little pull in them and took the back for an exchange. Unfortunately, in the store they had ran out of my size and I was so annoyed, but later I ordered them online instead (I say I, but my mum treated me, as it was a nessessity for my wardrobe).
I love the jeggings so much, they have such a wonderful autumnal colour and go with pretty much everything. I love wearing them with oversized t-shirts and my cable knit cardigan.

Music:

Currently I have two songs that I am listening to over and over again. Both of these songs are fairly different from one another, but I am loving Panic Cord by Gabrielle Aplin, because is such a pretty, cheering and calming song, also the lyrics are beautiful. Here is the music video for Panic cord.
My second favourite song is Counting Stars by OneRepublic, I'm not really sure why this is one of my favourites, I think it's the acoustic guitar in the background, the lyrics and the fact that it is pretty catchy. Here is the music video for Counting Stars.

Television:

I am loving Great British Bake Off at the moment, if you follow me on twitter then you will know literally how excited I get to watch it. I am definitely backing Ruby all of the way, purely because she quite often wings her recipes and I always do that. Also, I am a huge fan of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, so that's even more of a reason to love Great British Bake Off.

Movie:

This one is easy for me, and it has to be Pitch Perfect, I know it's been out for ages, and I think I've spoken about it in a previous post, but it is such a feel good film and the music is great. I also think that I can relate to Beca and that Fat Amy is just pure hilarity.

Lifestyle:

My favourite thing to be doing this month is watching a good movie before bed with a nice hot chocolate and great big slice of cake.
 
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my September Favourites and that you all have an amazing October. Love you lots xx
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
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