I felt like doing a little update post this evening, simply because I've had a really fun week and wanted to share it with you guys :)
I spent the start of my week at home baking chocolate cookies (and blogging about them - see my previous post for the recipe!), filming for my everyday makeup routine and editing. I want to say a massive thank you for all the amazing comments on the video!
On Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:30am and caught the 6:30am train to London. By 9am I was in hair and makeup at a studio in Camden. Usually I do my own makeup, but since this was a really important shoot I needed a makeup artist on hand. The makeup artist needs to check the big monitor where the photos come through to on a shoot for makeup touch ups etc and I couldn't have managed to do that and be the model. Being the model was hard enough considering I am not an actual model haha. I think I pulled some rather interesting faces, but hopefully we got some decent shots! I can't wait to share with you all what the shoot was for. I was very lucky to have Adam Burrell do my makeup. He is the nicest guy and makes up the likes of Little Mix and The Saturdays. Here's a pic of the makeup look he did on me, I loved it.
The products he used included Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, HD Brows Foxy Brow Palette, Barry M Brown Super Soft Eye Crayon and Velour You Complete Me lashes.
Katherine from my favourite London hair salon, Electric, did my hair. She kept it natural and soft looking by just adding a few waves and loose curls with large GHD's.
That evening I went out in London and wore this red dress from Coast (which I think is now in the sale).
Here's me and Lucy at Ping Pong with our Lychee Rose Martinis - check out her blog soon for a post on what we ate there!
The next morning I was quite tired so had a lazy morning in my hotel room, blogging and watching the TV shows in bed with a cup of English Breakfast tea.
I then went for a quick shop around Covent Garden with Jim.
At 3pm it was time to head to my Company magazine photoshoot. I'm so excited to be in their January issue! Here's a selfie I took, the stylist on the shoot put me in this cute floppy hat from H&M and I wore my own dress from New Look.
Here's a behind the scenes shot.
Now I am back home in Norwich ready for fireworks night tomorrow night! I know it's not officially until the 5th of November, but there's always a firework show on the Saturday night here in Norwich and me and my family always love to go. We are taking our youngest family member, my sister's little boy Isaac, this year and I'm so looking forward to watching the fireworks with him :)
*photo from Pinterest*
So that's my week so far! What have you guys been up to? Let me know in the comments if you like this kind of blog post. Sorry the photos are mostly iphone ones so not such great quality!
Back in March I put up a video of me baking cookies on my vlog channel inspired by the lovely Vivianna Does Makeup and a guy named Luke on YouTube. Since then, I get tweets almost everyday from you guys saying that you just made the cookies and that you love them! I love your cute photos and seeing how much you are enjoying them, so the other day when I was baking I decided to add a little extra ingredient and blog about them for you. Sometimes I find a blog post easier to follow than a video for recipes so I thought this might be helpful! These are THE BEST COOKIES IN THE WORLD. Here's how I made this batch of gooey, chocolatey naughtiness!
To make 10 (rather large) cookies you will need:
300g caster sugar
1 large egg
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
A little dash of milk
A large bar of white, milk and dark chocolate
3 Daim bars
Now pop on your apron and set your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Then whizz together your butter and sugar until it's a smooth consistency. My butter was a little cold so it looked a bit lumpy for a while! It was fine once it warmed up though :)
Next you need to crack in your egg, I was baking with Jim and as you can see he wanted to do this bit - it's always the most fun!
Then just put in all your dry ingredients and blend together until it looks like this! If your mixture is too dry, add a tiny bit of milk. Oh dear, look at the mess I made whilst whizzing up my mixture!!
Now for the best part, the chocolate!
And don't forget the Daim bars! They give the cookies an incredible and unexpected toffee crunch.
Just break up all the chocolate and throw it into your bowl!
Once you've mixed the chocolate in, line 2 trays with baking paper or foil and then prepare to get messy! Use your hands to separate the mixture into 10 blobs (I think "blob" is the perfect word for them!)
Now pop your chocolatey blobs in the oven for 11 minutes - I have found this to be the perfect baking time. When you get them out they will not look cooked, it is vital you know this, as it will be very tempting to leave them in for longer and then they'll be hard and overcooked once they are cool. Just take your cookies out after 11 minutes and leave them to cool for about 30 minutes. During this time, Jim and I danced around the kitchen singing along to Drake. Don't know why, but this album is often our baking soundtrack!
30 minutes later your cookies will be ready to eat! Perfectly soft and still a little warm.
One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is spend time with my family. Jim and I spent last night with his mum watching Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor (Luke Friend is my fave!) and today we have been shopping with my mum, dad and little brother. Dad and I are currently obsessed with the Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates so a stop-off at Starbucks was essential. I discovered them last Christmas and have been waiting for them to bring them back for ages! They are only available October to January I think. I love shopping in Norwich (my hometown), because it's not as busy as London. It's perfect for those lazy Sundays where you just want to wander the streets, pop in a few shops and cosy up with hot chocolates whilst watching the world go by.
Oscar keeping warm in my coat (which is Ted Baker if you're wondering!)
Now it's time for a Sunday Roast! Leave me a comment letting me know what you like to do on a Sunday :)
As many of you know, before YouTube and blogging (and everything else that comes with it) became my full time job, I used to work as a makeup artist. Freelance, assisting and on counters. So I have a couple of MAC palettes, a mixture of neutrals and brights that tend stay in my pro kit. I'm busy now with my online career and other exciting work that has come my way due to my YouTube channel and blog, so I don't have time to do makeup artist jobs anymore, sadly leaving my pro kit a little neglected. Perhaps I should dig out my bright palette and do a fun tutorial on how to incorporate those kinds of colours into your makeup look? Anyway, the palette that I use every day and that you guys always see in videos and ask me to do a blog post on is my personal neutrals palette. It took me a long time to fill up and I have a lot of love for it.
This palette makes me so happy. I just like to look at it and often spend hours re-organising the positions of the shadows in the palette! I've got quite a bit of experience with using MAC eyeshadows as they were some of the first I purchased and I have to admit they are the best. The pigment is amazing, they blend beautifully and the colour range is like no other. There are so many that I love, but these are my favourite 15.
I hope you guys liked seeing a close up shot of my palette and found the swatches helpful if you were thinking about getting any of them :)
Feel free to leave me a comment telling me what your favourite MAC eyeshadow is, or one you're currently lusting after - I'd love to know!
The temperature in England has suddenly dropped, so everyone here has been feeling rather chilly and in need of something comforting and warm. Of course I've got out my fleecy PJ's and Autumn/Winter candles, but the other day I decided that homemade soup would be the perfect thing to warm me up. Homemade soup is so good for you as you can control exactly what you're putting into it. So many ready-made soups that you can buy in the supermarket are full of additives and salt. You guys all know that I have a major sweet tooth, so I think it's really important to eat healthy most of the time so I can have sweet treats every now and then and it's ok. Homemade soup is one of the healthiest things you can eat. As the weather gets colder, we start to crave lots of stodgy carby foods like warm bread, mashed potato, pasta etc. Now, because I've made this soup quite thick, it ticks the box for me of being that "stodgy" warm food that I'm craving, however it is much much better for you than actually eating stodgy food and it tastes really good. I feel like I've said the word "stodgy" too much now and I'm not even sure if it's a real word....
Anyway! On with the recipe!
To make enough for about 6 large bowls of soup you will need:
Garlic (put in however much you like, I did 3 pieces)
1 large Sweet Potato
150g Red Split Lentils
Salt & Pepper
Get a large pot on the heat and pop some oil in.
Chop up your onion and garlic and pop it into the pot, don't have the heat too high or it will burn.
Now the next bit's easy! Just chop up all your veggies and chuck them in the pot. Also pop in 150g of lentils - they are a great source of protein and also help to thicken the soup.
Add a bit more oil and let everything cook for about 3 minutes.
Now, add a litre of stock - I used chicken stock, but if you are vegetarian you can use veggie stock! Also, if you want to make your soup more "liquidy" than mine turned out, just add more stock! I like mine quite thick :)
Add salt and pepper, bring it to the boil, then just let it simmer for about 25 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft and the lentils are cooked.
25 minutes later, you need what I call a "whizzer" to whizz up the cooked ingredients and make them into soup! I like my soup quite thick and a bit chunky so I was careful not to whizz mine too much so I still had chunks of broccoli etc.
And that's it! The next thing I did was light one of my favourite wintery candles and cosy up with a bowl of the soup...
I know it's not the prettiest of dishes, but I can assure you it's delicious and so good for you too! I hope you guys like it if you make it yourselves at home, if you do, be sure to tweet me a photo or post it on instagram and tag me in it - I would love to know how you get on!