Earlier this year something VERY exciting happened. I launched my own beauty brand that I'd been working on for 18 months and dreaming about for many years! I had no idea what to call it, but decided to go with my name just like Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier etc. However, the hashtag for the brand needed to be something more distinctive. It couldn't be #TanyaBurr as that hashtag has all sorts on it, so I've gone with #TanyaBurrCosmetics. That way, you guys have a place to talk about the products and post photos and I know where to find your photos and chat to you about my makeup line! I know we initially started with #TanyaBurrsLipsAndNails, but that one will no longer be relevant by the end of the year when *whispers* some new products will be coming out!
I had a little look on the #TanyaBurrCosmetics hashtag today on twitter after asking you guys to post photos of you wearing the product and holding it (so we know which one you're wearing). I found so many amazing photos!! You guys are so lovely and sweet, it makes me so happy to see you loving something I've worked so hard on. Here are some of my favourite photos from you, sorry if you posted a photo on the hashtag and I haven't used it in this post - there were so many photos! I might have to do another post like this soon :)
I have loved looking through your photos so much and will continue to check #TanyaBurrCosmetics so keep posting your photos! Also, just wanted to let you know that I am in the process of planning a meet and greet to celebrate the launch of the products in Superdrug. It will be in a Superdrug store in London, hopefully in June. I don't have a date yet, but will let you guys know as soon as I know!
Sunday night I attended the TV BAFTAs. Although I'm not actually on the TV, myself and a couple of other bloggers (the gorgeous Ruth & Becky) were invited along to join the fun! St Tropez are one of the official sponsors and they invited me to sit on their table. I was so happy to be going with them as it meant I got to sit next to one of my favourite people - Jules. Jules works for St Tropez and often comes to my flat and spray tans me. He's hilarious and kind and we always have a fun time together. I had so many lovely tweets from you guys on Sunday saying you loved the look I went for, so I thought I would do a post to show you what I wore and give you all the details! Also, I just want to say a massive thank you to all of you who tweet me, although I can't reply to everyone, I do see all of your lovely messages and they make me really happy.
Here is me just before I left for the Corinthia (where I was meeting the St Tropez peeps). I wore this beautiful, silky, blue, floral dress from the Matthew Williamson Spring Collection.
I'm very lucky that I often get these amazing designer dresses lent to me just for the night to wear for red carpet events, but since they carry a high price tag I thought I would suggest some high street options to achieve a similar look. You can find these 3 on ASOS. I know they are not the same as the one I wore, but they have a similar shape and colour and would look really lovely.
Hair stylist Samantha Cusick braided my hair into a boho style up-do. Oh and the earrings are Swarovski!
I wore these killer heels from YSL. I think they might be the prettiest shoes I have ever worn, I'm in love with the colour. Although I'm not going to lie, they were SO hard to walk in!!! Jim said I walk like a little dinosaur in heels by the end of the night when my feet are hurting!
My tan is all down to the St Tropez Express Tan, it's literally amazing and I'm not saying that just because they took me to the BAFTAs! It is a product I can truly recommend as I use it all the time. Even when Jules spray tans me I go for the express as I like to wash it off after a couple of hours. I used to use the St Tropez one that you put on, sleep in and wash off in the morning, but it's so much nicer to get it all done in an hour or two! Depending on how deep you like your colour.
After taking my outfit snaps, I jumped in a cab to the Corinthia Hotel to see Jules for some "skin finishing" as he calls it. He gave my arms and legs a gorgeous golden glow using the St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator. Here's me and Jules looking like we are up to no good!
Then it was red carpet time! I always get butterflies in my tummy before a big red carpet. It's very nerve-wracking with photographers everywhere and lots of screaming and shouting, but it's so much fun at the same time.
One of my highlights was meeting Mary Berry. Hers was the first cookbook I ever baked from when I was 5 years old, so I guess she is responsible for my love of baking cakes!
It was such a lovely day and evening! Now I'm back in Norwich as today is my little nephew Isaac's 4th birthday and I'm going to go and have a tea and cake party with him! I can't believe he's 4, seems like yesterday I was instagramming photos of me holding him as a newborn. Where does the time go?
Brunch at the weekend is something I really look forward too! I love that you're allowed to mix breakfast and lunch, so you can sleep in, take your time getting ready after a busy week and technically you haven't been lazy enough to miss breakfast! Also 'brunch' has always sounded like a special occasion to me! I'm currently sat with Jim deciding on where to go for brunch tomorrow, (we are thinking Riding House Cafe), and he suggested I share my photos from where we went this morning to give you all a little inspiration for tomorrow! Jim and I woke up in the happiest of moods as the sun was shining. We made our way to The Good Life through the Hyde Park, which felt so summery and I got excited about all the picnics we will have there over the summer. I have mentioned The Good Life on my blog before, it's a small little cafe that does amazing fresh, healthy food. I went for the Eggs Royale on wheat-free bread. The green vegetable juices there are the best too! We then went for a lovely walk in the park and I forgot to take photos - sorry! Here are the photos of what I ate to make up for it...
Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations for brunch spots in London, as I'm always looking for new places to go! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
I posted a video tutorial of how to make these brownies over on my YouTube channel last week and since then I have been sent SO many lovely photos of people making my recipe! I went to go and make them myself today for me and Jim and realised it would be really helpful to have the recipe written out on my blog for those who don't want to follow a video tutorial every time. This recipe can't be found anywhere else online as I made it up myself. Mine are in the oven right now and they smell INCREDIBLE. The best part about these brownies is they contain much healthier ingredients than a traditional brownie. They are still high in calories like a traditional brownie so definitely a treat, but they are dairy free (depending on what type of choc you use), gluten free and made using healthy fats. People get scared of coconut oil as it's high in saturated fat, but honestly guys, I have spoken to a nutritionist and he said it's a special type of saturated fat that is actually good for you! My trainer at the gym even tries to get me to eat a spoonful of coconut oil before a workout sometimes, but I find it too gross and oily on it's own! The avocado is another type of healthy fat and I use it in this recipe for a creamy texture - you don't taste it don't worry! The coconut sugar works like regular sugar apart from it's unrefined and doesn't spike your blood sugar levels like regular sugar does. I am no nutritionist, but these are just some helpful healthy facts I have learnt recently!
To make my brownies, you will need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
300g dark chocolate
2 cups coconut sugar
1 cup ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1 mashed avocado
cap full of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Start by turning on your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Then you want to put a large saucepan over a low heat and pop in your coconut oil and chocolate. Once that's melted, turn off the heat and add in your coconut sugar, ground almonds, baking powder, avocado (make sure this is really well mashed and stirred in), vanilla extract, pinch of salt and eggs. I like to have already beaten the 3 eggs together in a cup before pouring them in. Then just pour your mixture into a tin and pop in the oven for 26 mins! When you take it out it should look cooked on top, but will still be squishy in the middle. Leave it to cool for 20 mins (if you can wait that long!) then serve with whatever you like! My top serving recommendation would be with frozen yoghurt and berries.
These are the tastiest brownies I have ever made - so rich, chocolatey and gooey! I hope you guys have fun making and eating them. Send me a photo on twitter or instagram of your finished brownies or you making them using my twitter handle @TanyaBurr and the hashtag #TanyaBurrsBrownies
Last night I attended the premiere of Godzilla. I have to say the film wasn't for me (too many monsters!), but let's be honest, one of the most interesting parts of film premieres is the fashion on the red carpet! So I thought I would do this little blog post to show you what I wore. I went for quite a casual looking white mini dress, (it felt like quite a day-time dress due to the cotton material), but I glammed it up with lots of gold for a kind of 'Golden Goddess' look. I wore gold toned makeup, accessories and shoes! I felt like the look really needed an injection of colour so I opted for 'Riding Hood' nail polish from my new line of cosmetics. (I say 'line of cosmetics', I have only launched lip gloss and nail polish so far, but I am constantly working on new products, I just don't want to release them until they are perfect so it could be another year from now!) I wore my hair in a deep side part with a braid one side, then the rest of my hair just in loose waves across my other shoulder - I am loving hair braids at the moment, I find they make any hairstyle have a pretty and boho feel to it. Here is a list of where everything is from!
I think this dress is like marmite - you either love it or you hate it! (You know they say that about marmite right?!) I personally love it as I think the crisp white cotton, simple shape and bow at the waist looks quite chic. Let me know what you think in the comments! I hope you're having a wonderful day.