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Lets Bake: Chocolate cupcakes

 Lets Bake:  Chocolate cupcakes

Hello again ;)

Seems like a long time since I last posted a blog post on here.  Today I am going to share with you an easy Cupcake recipe with yummy chocolate nests and mini eggs. 

Since Easter is just around the corner I thought I would bake some yummy cakes.  Who doesn't LOVE Easter.  Chocolate is my favourite and I probably eat it way too much.  These Cupcakes were delicious, the recipe I used was a good old Mary Berry Chocolate Cupcake recipe which I found on Baking Mad. 

Lets get into it then shall we......

You will need:

For the cakes:

4 Tbsp Boiling water
40g Cocoa powder
3 Eggs
175g Butter
165g Caster sugar
115g Self raising flower
1 Tsp Baking powder

For the chocolate nests:

1 Bar of chocolate (  I used Green & Blacks Organic Milk Chocolate with Butterscotch Pieces)
1 Box or Rice Krispies
1 Pack of mini eggs

For the icing:

Your going to want to stick the nests onto the cakes with some icing so they don't fall off!!

60g Butter
30g Cocoa powder
3 Tbsp Milk
250g Caster sugar

 Lets get started...
Step 1:  Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake cases and pre heat the oven to Gas Mark 6. 

Step 2:  Sift the Coco Powder into a large bowl and add the water.  Mix until a paste is formed.  (I needed to add a little more water to mine) Now add the rest of the cake ingredients and mix well.

Step 3:  Divide the mixture into the cupcake cases and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the a soft and springy to touch but a little brown onto top.  Or until a cocktail stick comes out clean. 

Step 4: Leave to cool.

Step 5:  To make the chocolate nests all you need to do is melt the chocolate.  I melt mine by bowling a pan of water, breaking the chocolate into pieces and putting the chocolate into a glass bowl and putting it carefully into the pan of boiling water.  You can also melt in the microwave.  I would suggest doing it 30 seconds at a time, taking it out and stirring the chocolate to make sure it doesn't burn. 

Step 6:  Once the chocolate is melted your going to now add the Rice Krispies.  Add as many as you like I just guessed the amount and made sure the chocolate covered each Rice Krispie. 

Step 7:  Divide this mixture into 12 cupcake cases and pop in the fridge to harden.

Step 8:  To make the icing all you need to do is pop the icing sugar, caster sugar, cocoa powder and butter in a bowl and mix until it is all combined. 

Now lets decorate:

To decorate the cupcakes all you need to do is add a small amount of icing to the cake and pop the chocolate nest on top.  Then add a tiny amount of icing to the mini eggs at the bottom and stick them to the nests.  I had enough mini eggs to put two on top of my cakes but to wild and add as many as you need.

And that's it!!  I used to make chocolate nests all the time as a child.  try them with Corn Flakes or Shredded Wheat they taste just as great!!  Enjoy your scrummy cakes.  Leave me a comment with how your cakes turned out.

How To: No Heat Beach Waves

Two ladies who can really rock the beach waves look.

How To: No Heat Beach Waves

Now that Summer is almost here, well I say almost it's still winter but we can dream, its time to start thinking about them Summer beach waves.  I LOVE a beach wave kinda hair day.  I enjoy waking up on a morning and pampering myself, doing my hair and make up.  One thing I have noticed is that I use my curling iron and hair straightener way too much. 

I've noticed that my hair becomes dry and pretty much dead when I apply so much heat to my hair.  Today I bring you no heat beach waves, a hair style that's probably gonna rock pretty much every day.  It's effortless and super easy to master. 

Top Tip:  I find this hair style works best with wet hair.

Lets embrace that inner mermaid.....

No Heat Beach Waves:

The best way to achieve this hair style is with wet hair.  Not soaking wet but just damp.  So towel dry your hair so it's damp and not soaking!  Now let me show you 2 ways:

#1 Sea Salt Spray - This will give you beach waves like no other.  With damp hair, bring your hair forward and spray a small amount of Sea Salt Spray in your hair, not too much as sea salt spray can make your hair look dirty if you spray too much.  Now begin to Scrunch up your hair to allow the spray to settle in.  Keep scrunching up your hair until you hair is completely dry.  (If your hair is usually frizzy then spray some No Frizz spray on to your ends)  BOOM! Fresh and stylish hair with no effort.

#2 Overnight Beach Waves - Once again best with damp hair.  Separate your hair into 2/4 sections and braid loosely.  Leave the braids in overnight.  Wake up freshen up and undo the braids and WHAM!  Easy beach waves to go!

Beach waves are my go to hair style.  Especially in the summer time, it takes seconds to create such an amazing look.  My hair is naturally slightly curly so instead of straightening my hair this is perfect!

Give it a go and let me know in the comments what you think!!

We Could All Do With A Little Inspiration Sometimes!

Today I felt like being a little bit different. This post idea came to mind whilst sat at my desk (in my office) drinking a good cup of coffee. Sometimes we all need a pick me up and I've got just the right thing for you. A post full of inspirational quotes to help make anyone's Monday better, I'm sure we all get the Monday blues.
Hopefully my quick pick me up post has done the trick and helped us all have a better Monday afternoon.  Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more posts like this. 

Come Fly With Me! Top 5 Life Tips for Traverlers

Come fly with me... Flying is something I'm rubbish at, I never seem to know what to pack or what important things I need to take with me.  I have travelled a lot to some beautiful countries like Egypt and Turkey and I have come across some tips for travellers that might be useful to all the explores out there.

I pack WAY too much.  When I say too much I don't mean like one or two things, I go all out and pretty much take my whole wardrobe with me.  I've come to realise that half the stuff I take I don't wear or use.  When it comes to packing I am very last minute (when I probably should be organised and prepared) Lets get on to Tip No 1...

# No 1

When packing try and think ahead and pack at least a week before you travel.  This will mean you have more time to pack and probably won't forget anything.  I ALWAYS forget something.  Packing ahead of time means you don't have to rush around and worry about having what you need.  I'm that typical late packer who will always need a shirt or skirt that's in the wash!  Thinking ahead will help when you need certain clothes that you want to take, no last minute quick washes and creased shirts.

Sometimes I panic on the day.  Making a checklist of what you need to take is probably the most useful tip I can give you.  So how to make a great kick ass checklist, Tip No 2...

# No 2

Check lists are pretty easy to create but there not something to be rushed.  Making a goo checklist is vital when traveling.  It helps you plan what you need to take with you and makes sure you don't forget anything, getting to the airport without your Passport would be a DISASTER.  To create a kick ass checklist make sure you write down everything you need and use it.  Things like your passport, travel documents and boarding passes and holiday insurances are pretty important so make sure there on the list.  Remember to always have another form of ID just they know who you are.  Tick of what you have collected together and put them in your bag as soon as you do.  No forgetting things on your next flight.  

Beauty products and make up are essentials for all girls.  So having a make up case full of the products you LOVE is probably one of the most important things for a girl besides have the correct travel documentation of course!  Tip 3..

# No 3

Take a beauty case full of mini sized products perfect for travelling.  I did a whole post on travel sized make up products - You can read it here I find that Benefits and MAC have some great make up kits but I am sure there are many high street beauty brands that are just as good.  Want me to do a post on this?  Let me know in the comments below.

If your like me then you'll understand this next tip and hopefully find it useful.  Calling all fashionistas!! Tip 4....

# No 4

Do you find yourself running out of space in your suitcase?  Do you feel the need to purchase a new suitcase?  This ones for all those who answered YES, just like me.  I know that I over pack and I'm terrible for it but you just gotta have all the cute dresses right?  Instead of ramming your case full and dreading check in try and pack carefully and lightly.  The best thing to do is check where you are going first, is it a hot country or a cold country?  Once you've established what the weathers like, it's time to pack.  Pack what you KNOW you will wear and not what you THINK you will wear.  pack one pair of sandal that are universal, a pair you can wear with almost anything like black or brown.  Take one pair of party shoes and one pair of casual trainers.  NOW for the greatest help of all,  roll your clothes up in to a roll like shape.  Example:  lay a pair of jeans/skirt/shorts on the floor and put a matching t-shirt with it, then pop any accessories that go on top.  Roll it all up and BOOM.  Do this with all your outfits and there will be lots of space for the rest of your things. 

And finally..... a more serious tip... Tip No 5 coming at you now.

# No 5

Know what you can and cannot take.  I learnt to research into what you can take into a country when planning one of my next trips to Australia.  Some countries can be very strict and there will be a lot of things that you cannot take.  Make sure to look up what you are allowed to avoid any embarrassing problems at Customs!!

So there we have it.  5 tips on traveling that we all should know.  Remember that traveling doesn't need to be stressful and it shouldn't be.  Once all the boring adult stuff is out of the way your ready to have a fun packed a fun packed adventurous holiday in the sun relaxing by the beach (looking at cute guys).  Happy travels...

PS.  I was sat reading this with a hot chocolate, what was you all doing?? Let me know in the comments.  If you have any fun Christmas themed posts you'd like to see let me know!!

Calling All Students – Money Saving Tips!

Finding your way in the world is tough especially when it’s time to move away from home.  For most students it’s exciting but for others it’s a worry.  Not only are you moving in with people you don’t know but you’re moving away from family, people you have lived with forever.  It’s a big step.  The biggest stress of all is how you’re going to pay for it, that’s certainly on my mind.

University is supposed to be a fun time a time when you spread your wings and grow up.  But growing up brings the responsibilities of paying bills and having your own place to look after.  I’m here with 5 money saving tips for all you Uni Survivors!

Tip No 1: 

When it comes to paying bills I know that gas and electricity can be very expensive especially now that the colder months are coming, everyone’s going to want to turn up the heating.  So to tackle the colder weather why not throw on a jumper or grab a blanket.  This will save you money on your heating bill and is probably more snug. 

If you’re a new student and haven’t paid for your own gas and electricity before then Money Supermarket might be right for you.  There are hundreds of offers on their website that will help you.  They usually have some great deals if you’re new to their company.  Take a look and see what you could save.

Tip No 2:

Broadband charges can be one of the most expensive bills you have to pay.  Not anymore.  As the world of technology changes its becoming easier and cheaper to get on the net.  Vodaphone have brought out a new kind of internet box where you don’t need to pay for a phone line as well. BONUS!  If you’re a student who doesn’t need a sky box or a phone line then opting for this kind of internet service is probably the best option.  Keep a look out for great deals.

Tip No 3:  

One thing that is a big issue at the moment is Council Tax, it’s not cheap and can see you massively out of pocket.  Councils rarely advertise that students get a reduced Council Tax or even sometimes it’s FREE yes FREE!!  If you’re a student and you live with other students then your Council Tax could be dramatically reduced or even FREE.

So that’s more money in your pocket for those days where you need it most.

Tip No 4:

Most Students in the UK opt for a Maintenance Loan meaning they get a certain about of money from Student Finance England. Instead of blowing all this at once why not open an ISA with your bank and earn some interest on the money you get.  If you have a student bank account then there are some great deals out there on savings accounts.  The money you save could be part of what you pay back.  Let’s face it we all like to spend money but saving it is probably best in the long run.

Tip No 5:

Earn cash back on the things you buy, I recently found this out when I was on my banks website.  Most banks have jumped onto this recently including Barclays and Lloyds.  You can earn cash back on everyday items that you buy, free money great.  Check out the Lloyds site and Barclays for more information. 

I know saving is hard not just when you’re a student but for everyone.  Hopefully these tips will help you out and help you survive uni.

Share some more tips in the comments. 

2 Of the Best MAC Lipsticks, Ever!

2 0f the best MAC Lipsticks, Ever!

The first ever high-end makeup product I bought was Russian Red lipstick by MAC, and since then MAC lipsticks have been some of my favourites.

When I first got to the counter to find my very first lipstick, I was baffled by what the MAC finishes meant, but now that I’ve gotten to grips with the entire system, I can’t help but add to my collection every now and then. However, there are two that have stuck in my mind as favourites for many years, and I’ll always find myself returning to them.

Here are two of my favourite MAC lipsticks (and why they’re so amazing):

#1 | Patisserie

My favourite nude lipstick of all time is Patisserie and it’s probably my all-time favourite makeup product. I got this on Anna's recommendation a few years ago and I've been through about 3 tubes since… That’s how obsessed I am!

It's achieved holy grail status due to its ability to make my pale skin look less-washed out than other nude lipsticks do. It's a Lustre finish, meaning its sheer and easy to apply - so much so that you don't need a mirror to apply it.

I've applied this whilst on the bus before and the result came out much better than expected! No smears across the face and no patchiness… Result.



#2 | Rebel

Another favourite is Rebel; a classic staple that is basically my everyday look in the Autumn/Winter months.

It's a gorgeous deep purple that comes out brighter on the lips than it looks in the tube. This is the most versatile lipstick I own - you can wear it on its own, lightly patted onto the lips as a subtle stain or mixed with a red lipstick to create a deep burgundy colour. It's a Satin finish so it's long wearing and has an opaque colour.

What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

Author:  Elise Dopson

Sun Sun Sun! My Summer Essentials 2016


Now that summer is almost over I thought I would share with you some of my summer essentials.  When it comes to Summer I LOVE all things bright and colourful, my all time summer essential would have to be a good pair of sun glasses. 
When it comes to summer there are numerous things I think about, the warm sun, ice cold drinks, ice cream and many more, most of which I have included here.  The nights are getting lighter which means more time for fun in my opinion. It also means it’s time to pull out the bright summery lippys, skirts and dresses.  Any excuse for me to wear a dress or a skirt is a win win situation.

For me the best part of summer is been able to relax during weekends and been able to go on long walks.  I pretty much love everything about summer, well when it is sunny.  Summer always gets me thinking about childhood and the long summer holidays you used to get.  Playing on bikes, chasing ice cream vans and water fights were the highlight of my summer when I was younger.
Usually in the Summer I have to look after my skin much more, taking extra care to make sure I apply that sun cream so I don’t turn into a bright red tomato, something that has happened to me a lot.  Recommending a Sun Cream for me is easy; I adore the Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Spray with SPF 30.  I find many Sun Creams leave white marks because they either don’t rub in properly or they are too thick and greasy which affects my skin.  Garnier seem to have the right balance with their Sun Cream, it isn’t too thick or too watery and it doesn’t leave white marks on the skin.  By far the best Sun Cream I have ever used.

On hot summer days make-up is deffo not on my list especially those hot, muggy, sticky kind of days that we get a lot here.  I would highly recommend a good BB cream rather than a heavy foundation.  Most BB Creams have SPF in them also another plus, two products in one!  If you’re looking for something to cover up those blemishes and imperfections I’ve got you girl!  BB Creams not only are good because they have SPF but there lightly tinted colour makes it a great alternative to foundation.  I 100% dig into my makeup case to find the trusty BB Cream when it gets to Summer, it is so much lighter on the skin!

Let’s recommend some Lippys.  Another summer essential of mine would be a nude lip colour and Kate Moss’s collection with Rimmel London has got us all covered for the nude lip! My go to nude colour from this collection is the Boho Nude, pairs well if you’re going for that simple but elegant look. What’s your Nude colour?

On days where I am feeling a little more adventurous I would probably switch up the Nude lip for a brighter pink colour, Pink is of course my favourite colour.  Barry M do a great pink colour which I pretty much am obsessed with.  I particularly like their Pink Ribbon colour, its long lasting and overall a great colour.  Deffo a must for those days where you just want to be a girly girl. 
During Summer I like to jump out of my comfort zone particularly when choosing outfits.  I am a lair it up winter kinda gal so I mainly wear Jeans, T-shirts and dresses.  In the Summer I like to mix it up a bit.  My go to Summer outfit at the minute would be a good old denim dungaree dress, trainers and a baggy T-shirt, stepping back a few years and re-living my childhood - fantastic.  Finding a decent dungaree dress for me isn’t easy, who knew there were so many choices!  At the moment  I have been loving New Looks black simple dungaree dress with a green oversized long sleeve T-shirt and of course a pair of trusty old white trainers. 

Sun glasses are a must in the summer time.  I have been loving a pair that a recently picked up from New Look, just a simple pair that were really inexpensive.  I take my sun glasses everywhere with me and love the fact that they pair well with anything.  I have been contemplating picking up a pair of Ray Bans but I think mine are perfect for now.

My hair freaks out during summer and nearly always looks a mess.  Well definitely in the mornings but we all have that “bed head” kind of look. Right?  I switch up my hair care during summer and take better care of it, something I should do all year.  I use a frizz protector each morning, it smoothes my hair and makes it much easier to style.  My hair product essential must be the Batiste Dry Shampoo, its amazing! My favourite one is the limited edition Ella Henderson, Sweet and Seductive.  It smells great and really works wonders on your hair.  I use it on a morning before styling; it makes styling easier and gives you a better finish on your hair style.

Bourjois do a really good face powder.  I love using this in summer it’s great for touching up your make up on the go.  It helps reduce shine and removes sweat from your face without having to wipe away the rest of the make-up.  I pick it up from my local Superdrugs and it’s very inexpensive.

As for essential body mists and deodorants I use the Dove Go Fresh as for the scent well it is summer essentials so I would say the pomegranate one that’s my favourite.  I am a big fan of The Body Shop and they usually have some pretty good summer body mists I use the White Musk Body Mist and it’s great, it smells fresh and well it’s just shouts out summer to me.  By far the best smelling body mist I have ever used however I do quite like the Victoria Secret ones too.


Food! Who doesn’t like food, my all time favourite summer snack is Watermelon.  It’s deliciously tasty and full of water so keeps you hydrated even on the hottest days of summer.  During summer I LOVE to eat fruit, it’s probably the only healthy snack I eat.  Ice creams are always great too in summer especially the Mr Whippy ones oh and you’ve got to have a flake or two or even maybe three!  You’re never too old for a Mr Whippy from the Ice cream van, wait are they even still around?  Drinking in the summer is pretty important especially when it’s very hot.  I love drinking an iced cold glass of water, so refreshing.  I like to make jugs of water and add fruit to it to make flavoured water; makes water taste 100% better.
What are your summer essentials?  Leave a comment below.

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