Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween Make Up


 I think I went a bit Halloween Cray this year... I love playing with make up, I love how a bit of make up in all the right places can make the biggest difference, so why not add a lot of make up to completely transform your face! This look was very easy to do (I was still in my pjs when I started doing it). Start off with a clean canvas, I used a bit of foundation to hide my blemishes so that they won't distract from the final outcome, you can also use white face paint for an even more theatrical finish. Don't worry if you forgot to buy face paint like me cause you can use your toner water with any black powder eyeshadow, apply using a thin brush, much like using watercolors, or perhaps a more realistic comparison, liquid eyeliner. Roughly outline the shadows of the eyes and nose before filling it in. The teeth are a lot trickier to do, I did a very half hearted attempt as you can see. If you make a mistake, simply get a cotton bud a dip it in make up remover or moisturiser, this will come in handy as a sort of eraser. I added some darker patches under the cheekbone region but you can't quite see that in the photos... All in all a good practice run, even if I do say so myself ;)

 I also added a couple of smudged black marks above the eyebrows, so it almost look as though some thing is coming through and it makes me look that little bit more scary serious. To finish, I added some white glitter on my cheeks just to make them stand out a little more.

 Let me know what you think in the comments below! Or share you Halloween make up or looks, would love to see them!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Carving Pumpkins with Angelina Rose

Me and Angelina have never carved any pumpkins in our lives ever, so today's the day we get our hands dirty! We didn't have any fancy tools so we both just use knives, and it was a slightly dangerous but still highly entertaining activity. Angie had the big pumpkin and decided to go for the classic face, while I went for the easiest and cutest option I could think of...... A MINION!!! I do think he looks a little strange with the sides cut out but it kinda goes with the spooky Halloween theme I guess?

Let us know what you think of our first attempt at pumpkin carving? Have you carved yours yet?


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Monday, 27 October 2014

Easy Pumpkin Pie!

Close your eyes and think of warm pumpkin pie... now you're craving it right?! Fear not as today's post is a recipe for the simplest pumpkin pie, it's so simple that it's a challenge to mess it up!

You will need to make shortcrust pastry and the pumpkin pie filling, I've separated them into two blog posts but you can simply click here for the recipe.

Ingredients for the filling:
  • 800g pumpkin flesh, cut into small pieces.
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp grated nutmeg. or nutmeg powder.
  • 1/2 tbsp cinamon
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 25g melted butter
  • 175ml milk
  • Icing sugar and more cinnamon (around 1/2 tbsp) to sprinkle all over the pie!

 Start by making shortcrust pastry.
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C/gas mark 4. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface, then sprinkle some flour over the top so that it doesn't stick to the rolling pin. Line your loose-bottomed tin with the pastry and cut off the access. Butter one side of some tinfoil and put it on top of the pastry with the buttered side down, then put baking beads (I used lentils, a lot of lentils) on top to keep the pastry "tin shaped". Pop it into the oven for 15 minutes. and then remove the tinfoil and bake for another 10 minutes or so until the pastry is golden brown-ish.

My pastry shrunk a little on my first attempt (above) so it might be a good idea to leave a little more access when cutting to size. I did that on my second attempt and the results were much better (below).

Leave it to cool.

If you are anything like me and are planning to carve the pumpkins afterwards then you should cut the tops of the pumpkin off, and use a spoon to scrap out all the seeds. Use a knife and spoon to get enough flesh out for the pie, because the pieces will be fairly small, you won't have to cut them any smaller.

 Instead of throwing away the seeds, you can roast them with salt for another tasty treat!

Mix the sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in the beaten eggs, melted butter, and milk and mix it altogether. Push the pumpkin through a sieve into the mixture, you can blend the pumpkin before this step as it makes the process so much easier! Once the pumpkin puree is added to the mixture, stir it with a whisk until everything is evenly mixed.

Pour into tart shells and put it into the oven at 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7 for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat back to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4 and continue to bake for a further 35 minutes, or until the filling is set.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon!

and..... ENJOY!!!

I'm not entirely sure but I think pumpkin is a dish best serve cold, but you have got to try eating it when it's fresh out of the oven! It is O' so heavenly!!! I even pop it into the microwave for a few secs to warm it up when it's cooled down because it is just that good and perfectly perfect for these chilly wintery days!

Hope this post has been easy to follow and somewhat helpful for you, let me know if you've ever tasted or made pumpkin pie before, or if you have any tips I would love to hear them!


Shortcrust Pastry

Shortcrust pastry is one of the simplest things I've made, you can use your imagination to create sorts wonderful sweet or savoury treats with it!

You will need:
  • 125g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 55g butter, cut up into small pieces
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water

Put the flour, salt, and butter into a bowl and rub the mixture with your fingertips until they form a sort of chunky breadcrumbs texture. You should try your best to do this as quickly as possible so that the butter doesn't melt too much.

Then, add 2 tbsp of cold water into the mixture and stir with a knife to bind the mixture. Only add the third if you need to.

Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave for 10-15 minutes be for using.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

American Horror Story

Halloween is just round the corner and if you love thrill and horror then American Horror Story is the series for you! I've just finish watching the second series, "asylum" but I've got to say the first, "murder house" was waaaay more entertaining. I was on the edge of my seat (bed) the whole time and there was a nice pleasant ending so you get a nice feeling after all that spooky drama.

I was too busy focusing on how attractive Mr. Evan Peters was in the second series to focus on what was happening but the general story was well, not really a story. It was kinda just lots of random things happening but still highly entertaining! Also, Evan's character Kit falls for a girl named Grace and whenever he says her name... I'm just like you can say my name all day everyday babey! ;)

Can't wait to watch the latest series, "Coven"! Heard a lot of good things about the next one! 

Have you watched it yet? 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

5 ways to rock a jumper

Hey you! Jumper fever is amongst us and I am prepared to dress up or down for any occasion.
Here are 5 of my favorites!

Jumper: Mango | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Converse
The first (above), is something that oozes an effortless cool vibe. Pair a simple jumper with your favourite jeans for a simple yet chic look, perfect little outfit to throw on before popping to the shop for some milk, or for those days when effort does not appeal to you- we've all had those days, right?

Jumper: Oasis | Belt: H&M | Dress: ASOS | Skirt: | Socks: Primark | Boots: ASOS
 From the simplest outfit to not so simple, this outfit is all about the layering. Since this was such a cute and girly look, I thought I'd complete the look with my biker boots, they definitely toughen up the outfit without being too overpowering because of the grey tones, as opposed to black. If you are more of a sensible dresser than I am, you could add on some thick tights for those colder autumnal days.

Jumper: Oasis | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: ASOS
This one is for you office ladies. Who said jumpers were only for playing? It could be dressed to fit your profession too! Now, bare in mind that I've never worked in an office before and this might be completely inappropriate but I think that this is the type of thing I would wear to an office (maybe that's why I'm not working in an office...haha). It's sophisticated in it's own right and if the heels come across as too sexual than simply pair them with your favorite flats for a more practical choice.

Jumper: Forever 21 | Shorts: ASOS | Boots: ASOS
I wasn't lying when I said jumpers for any occasion... I've even got you covered for a night out as well! Ha! Bet you weren't expecting that! I am obsessed with all thing shorts, even more so when it's a high-waisted pair. I love how they give the illusion of longer legs and each pair makes me feel amazing when I'm strutting my stuff down the high streets of London. As this is an outfit for a night out, I've paired them with my most impractical super high heeled ankle boots from ASOS for an even more dazzling look. I would also wear this with my sneakers for a casual summer's day of hanging out.

Jumper: Oasis | Skirt: Oasis | Shoes: Oasis

Last but not least, it's all in the detail. If you aren't one for patterns then a simple colour block jumper is the one for you. I rarely go for the basics so my twist to this basic jumper is a bit of detailing around the neckline (image below).


These are my current favorites that I am literally wearing on repeat. I had so much fun putting the outfits and this post together, hope it's given you some inspiration to jazz up your frumpy jumpers and turn them into something with a bit more sass! If you've enjoyed this post then stay tuned as I will be posting some fancy dress stuff in the spirit of Halloween!

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Graduation Dress?

1. Cream Shift Dress   2. Purple Swing Dress   3. Check Print Shift Dress   4. 2 in 1 Houndstooth Dress

The graduation ceremony is a thing of the past for most class of 2014 graduates, but this is not the case for us University of East London's students as our not so anticipated ceremony is held in the chilly wintery month of November which makes shopping for 'that' dress even more difficult. I've been keeping my eyes peeled every time I'm out and about but nothing seems to catch my eye so I headed over to my favourite online retailer ASOS for some inspiration and picked out a few dresses that could work for me. I know that I do not want something long or flowy because my gown will already be as such. The classic choice is to go for a sophisticated fitted black dress but I feel that I want something that will stand out a little more so that there will be a contrast between the dark drapey gown, something with a burst of colour, something like the Purple Swing dress (above). Either something with colour or something bright/light coloured like the dress in 1 or 2. I haven't ruled out the bodycon dress just yet, but I still want it to have some colour or a bold pattern so that it's visible underneath the big tent-like gown. I avoided any intricate details because I think that they will be hardly visible and will be a waste of detail and money.

I still have about half a month to find a dress so maybe rummaging through the sales might do the trick. 

Sorry this weeks post is a little late, but you know what they say, better late than never eh?
Grace ;)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Making Macarons!

 I've been intrigued by the sound of the macarons ever since the craze for them began, unfortunately they are pricey little treasures and one cannot afford to just splash out whenever I'm feeling a little sweet... So the perfect alternative is to make them yourself! Now, I've already mentioned in my previous post that I am not a talented baker so this isn't going to go perfectly at all.

I used a recipe from the BBC for my "macarons" and honestly it was a bit of disaster!

 I was following the recipe word for word, apart from that one bit where it says '2 tbsp water', I may have used over double the amount but only because it just wasn't forming a syrupy texture... and when I got up to the bit where it says 'Leave to stand for 30 minutes' and I decided to say nahh and pop it in the oven straight away. My mixture was also a lot more watery than expected which meant that they expanded as they were piped on to baking paper. The first batch didn't come out as macarons as you can see below but that didn't stop me eating all of them because they were still incredibly tasty!

So for the next batch, I did leave it for 30 minutes until it formed a layer of 'skin', and then popped it in the oven for 12 minutes with the door slightly ajar as the recipe said. I kept a close eye on it but they still went brown and still was not a macaron, at this point I thought to myself that maybe the first batch wasn't a success not because I didn't wait that extra 30 minutes but because I might have added too much liquid to the mixture.

 I mean, it wasn't a complete failure because they had the taste of a macaron, they just don't have the look of one. My other half even said they were a million times better than the shop bought ones, I didn't even have to force him say that so they must have been pretty darn good! I can only describe these as a slightly moist macaroons or very sticky/sweet biscuits with cream or a mini denser spongecake or simply gorgeous little pieces of heaven...
 ...Let's just say that it was a delicious disaster...

I will be attempting to make more macarons again in the next few days so keep your eyes and your taste buds peeled,