Parmesan and Prosciutto Ciabatta

I’ve wanted to make bread for a while now but I’ve always been put off because of how long it takes and also because I don’t have a stand mixer so I would have to do it all by hand.

I received the Great British Bake Off – Perfect Cakes & Bakes To Make At Home book for my birthday last year and I’ve been wanting to try some of the recipes out for some time now. I came across the recipe for Parmesan and Prosciutto Ciabatta and I thought I’d give it a go seeing as it included two of my favourite things.

Making Ciabatta at home involves a lot of waiting around whilst it proves for hours and hours. I was so close to giving up and just going up to the local shop and buying one but I knew it would all be worth it. Honestly, it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever made. It felt amazing knowing that I had actually been able to make my first loaf of bread and it tasted great.

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Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go:

Ingredients

For the ‘biga’

  • 200g strong white bread flour
  • 50g plain white flour
  • 1 teaspoon fast-action dried yeast (from a 7g sachet)
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 200ml lukewarm water

To finish the dough

  • 350ml lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 400g strong white bread flour
  • 100g plain white flour
  • 1 x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 8g fine sea salt
  • 85g prosciutto, in a thick slice
  • 60g parmesan cheese

Method

  1. First make the ‘biga’. Put both of the flours, the yeast and sugar into a very large mixing bowl. Mix well with your hand, then pour in the lukewarm water and mix it in to make a fairly sticky dough. Beat this dough with your hand, slapping it against the sides of the bowl for 2 minutes. Cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm and leave to ferment at normal room temperature for 8-12 hours – the dough will rise and then collapse. I did this the night before so I could carry on with the process in the morning.
  2. Next day, to finish the dough, uncover the bowl and pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil. Work the liquids into the dough with your hand by squeezing it through your fingers and beating with your hand until you have a smooth batter.
  3. In another bowl, mix the bread flour with the plain flour, then tip half into a third bowl. Add the yeast to the flour in one bowl, and the salt to the flour in the other bowl.
  4. Add the flour with the yeast to the bowl containing the biga and mix with your hand to make a thick, sticky batter-like dough. Beat this dough in the bowl with your hand, slapping it up and down for about 5 minutes until it has been thoroughly stretched and becomes very elastic. Cover the bowl tightly with clingfilm and leave in a warm spot to rise for 1 1/2-2 hours until the dough is about 2 1/2 times its original size. I put the bowl in my airing cupboard because that’s the warmest place I could think of.
  5. Meanwhile, cut away any rind from the prosciutto, then chop in a food processor to make small gravel-like chunks. Repeat with the cheese. Set the prosciutto and cheese aside on the worktop to come to room temperature. I hand cut the prosciutto because I bought thinner slices than recommended and if I had used a food processor, it would have gone to a paste.
  6. Uncover the dough and add the flour/salt mixture. Work in with your hand to make a soft, sticky dough. Work the dough in the bowl for a couple of minutes until you can turn it out on to the unfloured worktop.
  7. Knead the dough thoroughly by gathering it up and slapping or throwing it back down on to the worktop. Do this energetically for a good 10 minutes until the dough feels silky smooth and is extremely elastic. It will still be soft and sticky, though firmer than before.
  8. Scatter the chopped prosciutto and cheese over the dough and work in until evenly distributed. Shape into a ball. Return the dough to the bowl, cover again and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size. Towards the end of this time, gently warm the baking sheets and then line them with baking paper, dust generously with cornmeal or polenta – I just used plain flour.
  9. Using a dough scraper, carefully ease the risen dough out on to the lightly floured worktop – don’t punch down or deflate the dough but treat it very delicately. Using the well-floured dough scraper or a knife, divide the mass of dough into 3 roughly equal strips. With the help of the scraper, carefully transfer the strips of dough to the warmed lined baking sheets – 2 on one sheet, spaced well apart. Use your fingers to gently stretch, not press, each strip of dough into the characteristic slipper-like shape.
  10. Sprinkle lightly with flour; then slip the sheets into a large plastic bag, inflate it so the plastic won’t stick to the rising dough, and close the ends tightly. Leave in a warm place for 30 minutes until almost doubled in size.
  11. Towards the end of the rising time, heat the over to 230C/450F/Gas 8.
  12. Uncover the loaves and bake in the heated oven for about 20 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Eat warm or the same day.

Can you see what I mean now? It takes a lot of time and effort but so worth it at the end!

Let me know if you give it a go!

Love,
Emily xo

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Get To Know Me Q&A

Hello!

A huge thank you to Azra over on https://simpleserenity.wordpress.com/ for nominating me to complete a Get To Know Me Q&A!

So let’s get started:

  1. How old are you?
    I am 22 years old!
  2. Where are you from?
    United Kingdom.
  3. What do you like doing in your spare time?
    When I’m not updating my blog, I am spending time with either my friends, family or boyfriend and of course my dog. I love baking and cooking so whenever I get the chance, I like to try to make something that I’ve not made before. Last night I attempted to make spring rolls for the first time and they turned out great!
  4. How did you get into blogging?
    I’ve wanted to start-up my own blog for years but I’ve never had the courage to do so. I finally took the plunge and look where I am now! I’m obsessed with the likes of Zoella, Tanya Burr and Niomi Smart, I watch their Vlogs and read their blogs religiously. They inspire me every single day to carry on what I am doing so maybe one day, my blog could be as big as theirs (wishful thinking, I know).
  5. What is your favourite drink?
    I love Pepsi Max, that is my go to fizzy drink. This year I vowed to start drinking more water and less fizzy drinks and I’ve actually managed to stick to it for once!
  6. What is your favourite food?
    Greek food has got to be my favourite kind of food. It’s all so tasty, but my absolute favourite is Stifado which is basically a beef stew. I’m a huge lover of crisps, I could easily sit and eat a whole “sharing” bag to myself and have no regrets.
  7. What is your favourite holiday destination?
    It has to be North Devon. I have so many great memories there and it’s definitely somewhere I see myself visiting for the rest of my life. It is such an amazing and beautiful place, if I was a millionaire and didn’t have to work for a living, I’d 100% move down there in a heartbeat. We used to stay in the same place every single time we went and because we used to go there so much, we were picked by the owners to have our photos taken for the leaflet.
    My boyfriend and I have even booked to go down to North Devon for a week in June this year! I’m so excited to show him all of the places I love and hopefully he’ll fall in love with it too!
  8. What is your dream holiday destination?
    I’d love to rent out a camper van and travel around America. I’ve been to New York and I absolutely loved it, I’m desperate to go back.
  9. What is your favourite TV show?
    Anyone that knows me knows how obsessed I am with One Tree Hill. I’ve got the complete 9 seasons boxset and I watch it over and over again, it never gets old.
  10. What is your favourite film?
    I have so many favourite films but it has to be The Devil Wears Prada. The first time I watched it was when I realised I wanted to work in Fashion. Another favourite of mine would be Titanic, it is a timeless classic and I will never ever get bored of watching it.
  11. What is your favourite song at the moment?
    There are so many songs that I have been playing on repeat recently, including:
    Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
    Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix) by Starley
    You Don’t Know Me (feat. RAYE) by Jax Jones
    If you haven’t already, you NEED to check out the new album from Rag’n’Bone Man. It really is amazing! I’ve been listening to it non stop for the past week or so.
  12. What is your favourite book?
    Of course it has to be The Devil Wears Prada. I read this book after I had watched the film just because I loved it so much. It is the book that I always pick up when I fancy reading something.
  13. What is your dream job?
    My absolute dream job would be an Editorial Assistant (yes, just like Andrea’s job in The Devil Wears Prada). 
  14. What is your favourite animal?
    Apart from dogs, it has to be either Giraffes or Elephants. 
  15. If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, dead or alive, who would they be?
    I get asked this question a lot and I never know who to say because I always change my mind. Whitney Houston would definitely be one of them, I love her music. David Attenborough would have to be there, he’d have so many amazing stories to tell. Finally, it would be Sophia Bush from One Tree Hill, just because she’s amazing.

So there it is, you now know a little bit more about me! If there’s anything else you want to know, feel free to leave a comment!

Love,
Emily xo

Mini Body Shop Haul

I’ve never been a fan of The Body Shop but last Christmas I got some shower gel in a little hamper and I loved it. It smelt amazing and left my skin feeling so soft so I was definitely converted to a Body Shop lover.

Recently, my skin has been playing up so much. One minute it’s dry, the next it’s oily and then the next it’s oily and dry so I’ve been buying product after product to hopefully try to find something that works well for my impossible skin.

This time, I thought I’d have a look in The Body Shop to see what they have to offer me. I read so many good reviews about their Tea Tree range and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

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Tea Tree Skin Cleaning Clay Mask – £11

This clay mask is perfect for blemish prone complexions. As soon as you put the mask on, you can feel it getting to work straight away. It instantly cools and refreshes your skin, it’s a weird feeling the first time you put it on and I can’t find the right words to describe why. With masks like this, I only ever put them on my T-zone because that’s where all my problems are, so maybe that’s why it felt weird for me as only half of my face was feeling cold and tingly, whilst the rest of it was at normal temperature.

You’re only meant to use this mask 1-2 times a week so it’ll be a while until I notice a real difference. One thing I did notice after one use was how much softer my skin was.

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Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner – £6

I don’t think I’ve ever used a toner so I had no idea what to look for or what to expect but once again, the reviews I had read for this product were amazing so I had to give it a go. As soon as I saw the word “mattifying”, I had to buy it. I love products that reduce the look of my oily skin. With this product, you have to shake the bottle to activate the mattifying powders which I thought sounded pretty fancy.

After a couple of uses, I began to notice the smallest difference which I thought was great. I mean, I still had oily skin but it was a lot less shiny and visible. Just like the mask, it made my skin feel so much softer than it normally does. My skin also felt so much cleaner because it helped to remove any traces of make up still left on my skin which could blog my pores if left on over night.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone, even if you don’t have oily skin, you should still give it a go because it leaves your face feeling so much more refreshed.

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Tea Tree Targeted Gel -£7

I wasn’t really expecting much from this product as nothing really helps reduce the redness or the size of my blemishes but I was pleasantly surprised. I put the gel on a couple of spots before I went to bed and when I woke up the next morning, my spots were reduced to basically nothing and the redness had completely gone.

As soon as you put it on, the gel quickly dries so it doesn’t feel like you have something sitting on your spot which I have found with a lot of products.

The only thing I’m not happy about with this product is the size, it’s so small for the price you’re paying so you do have to use it sparingly and not drown your spot. But then again, it’s a great size for you to carry round in your handbag for any skin emergency.

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Overall, I am really happy with every product I’ve purchased because I’ve been able to notice a difference almost straight away. I will definitely be purchasing more products from The Body Shop in the future.

Love,
Emily xo

Save the Date!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll remember a couple of months ago I wrote a post about my brother asking me to be his Groomsmaid at his wedding next year. If you haven’t read it, go and have a browse now: Surprise Announcement.

Look what turned up last weekend!!

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Thomas and Sean have hand-made all of their save the dates which I think makes it that little bit more personal. They both have a great eye for detail so we all knew it was going to be perfect.

I know it isn’t until late next year, but getting this through the post has made me that little bit more excited! I’m glad we’ve got plenty of time as there’s so much that I need to do and I’m pretty certain Thomas will find even more for me to do.

Love,
Emily xo

Chocolate and Guinness Cake

It was my Dad’s birthday over the weekend and as a little extra treat, I decided to make him a birthday cake as a surprise.

As my Dad loves Guinness, I thought I’d find a recipe for a Chocolate and Guinness Cake. The recipe that I decided to use can be found on the Sainsbury’s Magazine website.

I’m so glad that I picked this recipe because it was so tasty and everyone enjoyed it. Unfortunately for my Dad, it didn’t taste much of Guinness. I think it just brings out the flavours in the chocolate.

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If you’d like to give it a go, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100ml Guinness
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 175g plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • milk or dark chocolate bar to decorate

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 100g soft unsalted butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g full-fat cream cheese
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c, fan 160c, gas mark 4. Lightly butter a loaf tin that measures about 20cm x 9cm x 8cm deep and line with a strip of baking paper. Ensure there is some excess that hangs over the sides of the tin – this will make removing the loaf out of the tin a lot easier.
  2. Put the butter into a pan and place over a medium heat until melted. Remove from the heat and add the Guinness and cocoa powder, whisking together until smooth. Whisk the sugar, milk and eggs in the Guinness mixture.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and 1/4 tsp of salt. Add the Guinness mixture and whisk briefly until smooth and combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the preheated over for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool down in the tin before lifting out.
  4. To make the frosting, put the butter into a medium bowl and using an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy. Add the icing sugar in 3 stages, mixing until combined. Once all the icing sugar has been added, beat it on a high speed until it’s light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and vanilla and beat until it’s fully combined. If you beat it for too long, the frosting will become too loose. If this happens, add more icing sugar until it’s the right consistency.
  5. To decorate, spread the frosting over the top of the cooled cake and finish with chocolate shavings.

So there you go! Leave a comment and a photo if you choose to make this lovely cake!

Love,
Emily xo

Mini Morphe Haul

I’ve seen many YouTubers rave about Morphe brushes and palettes, so of course I had to see what all the fuss is about.

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If you have read my post “My Make Up Collection“, you’ll know that I was in serious need of a new contour palette. I absolutely adore my current contour kit, but I wanted to try something new out and see if it works well for me. I had my eye on a Contour and Concealer Palette from Morphe Brushes but they wanted something like £30 delivery fee as they’ll be shipping from America, so I did some research and I managed to find the product I wanted on Beauty Bay with a much smaller price for delivery.

20 Colour Contour and Concealer Palette

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As you can see, there are a wide range of colours in the palette, some of which I will definitely not use due to not being the right colour for my skin tone but there’s no harm in having them just in case.

Along the left hand side of the palette you can see the contour/concealer colours. These colours are designed to blend into your natural skin tone and hide any blemishes you may have. If you feel that some of the colours are too dark for your skin tone, you could use them to contour.

On the right hand side, you will find the colour corrector shades. Some people may be put off by putting some of the colours onto their face, but trust me, they work a treat. I have previously used Max Factor’s CC Sticks and I love them. All of the colours have a different purpose, so let’s go into more detail:

The white shade can be used as the highlighter.

The mint green shade counteracts the redness or pinkness that can be caused by blemishes. It can also help to hide capillaries around the nose and cheek areas.

The lavender shade is used to control yellow-colored imperfections, such as yellow bruises.

The pink shade helps to decrease the look of circles and blend them into your own skin tone.

The light orange shade is used to counteract blue tones in the skin tone. If you have fair to medium skin, this will help to conceal under eye circles.

The pale yellow shade can be used to conceal bluish bruises, under eye circles and dark spots.

The salmon shade helps to liven up the look of your skin and also helps to hide under eye circles.

The dark brown shade can be used as a contour.

I haven’t actually used this palette yet, I need to find some time to sit down and really try them all out. If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know that I’m a bit wary when it comes to cream based contouring so I think I will mainly be using this palette as a concealer but I will definitely give the contouring a go.

E55 Pro Flat Contour Brush

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As I was buying a cream based contour palette, I needed to find a brush that worked well with the product. In the description of the product, it says it works well with cream based products, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was only a fiver, which is a lot cheaper than most brushes out in the local drugstores at the moment.

M425 Tapered Concealer

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My concealer brushes have seen better days so as soon as I saw this one was going for £2.79, I had to add it to my basket. I mean, how good is £2.79 for a make up brush?! This brush is the perfect size for getting into all of those hard to reach places so will definitely come in handy when I’m trying to hide my millions of blemishes.

I’ve just tried to find these two brushes on Beauty Bay, but I can’t find them anywhere anymore. They have either sold out or they’ve stopped selling them.

I’ll be writing a post as soon as I’ve tried all of these products out, so keep an eye out!

Love,
Emily xo

February’s Glossy Box

At the beginning of the year, I subscribed to Glossy Box to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest, I haven’t been impressed so far. January’s box was average and February’s isn’t that much better. 3.PNG

I love that the theme of this months box is to do with Valentines Day and things that could prep you for the big day. But it’s just not as exciting as I had hoped.

One of the main issues I find is that you don’t get many ‘full size’ products. Most of the products you can only use once and it’s all gone so you don’t really get the opportunity to see the benefits. 4.JPG

Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub

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I actually used this as soon as I opened the box because I was in need for some new skin care to try out.

The instructions on the back weren’t very useful – it wasn’t until I read online about it that I figured out I was supposed to put more on and leave it on for longer but it still worked a treat. I’ve woken up with my skin feeling so much softer.

L’eau De Rose by 5Jeanne Arthes

The fragrance is perfect for Spring time, so I can’t wait to start using it!

If you like very sweet and flowery perfumes, then you’ll love this! You don’t need much because it’s quite strong, so it’ll definitely last a long time.

 

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I’m so guilty of not looking after my hair. I know it is important, but I can never be bothered to sit and wait for conditioner to work it’s magic. I just throw some shampoo on and that’s it.

My hair always gets greasy so quickly, I’ll wash it in the evening and then by the end of the next day, it’ll be greasy so I’m always a bit hesitant to try new products out, just in case they make my hair worse.

I’m yet to try this product, but I’ll keep you all updated once I’ve braved it!

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I’m always hesitant when it comes to anything with a little self tanning in it. I always worry that I’ll turn out like an orange.

I think I’ll be staying away from this product.

 

 

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I’m happy with the colour of this nail varnish and I’ll definitely be using it. I always struggle to find colours that I like – I normally stick with beige and pale pinks as it goes with everything.

It’s definitely more of a winter colour, so I’ll have to wait until later in the year to try it out.

So overall, I’m happy with this months delivery but I do still think that it could be so much better. I know I’m only paying £10 a month for the subscription so I can’t expect anything too fancy but I just haven’t been really impressed so far.

Love,
Emily xo

No such thing as too much Vogue

I can’t believe it’s been nearly two weeks since I have written a post! Oh how I have missed it! From now on, I’m going to make it my aim to write at least twice a week, so stay tuned!

First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has followed me on this journey, there’s nearly 700 of you and I wish I could thank you all personally.

For this post, I thought I’d share with you a couple of books that I am loving at the moment. I’m not a huge book reader, but since I got lots of books for Christmas, I’ve had a lot to get through!

Inside Vogue: A Diary Of My 100th Year

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Back in September last year, BBC 2 released a programme called Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue. In the programme, a film crew followed Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman to find out what Vogue is really all about and how much hard work goes into producing the issue every single month. It gives wannabes like me an insight on what really goes on behind the magazine cover and what it would be like to work in the industry.

A month later, Alexandra Shulman released the book, Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th Year. So of course, I had to have it. It’s a great read and I would 100% recommend it to any Vogue lovers like me. It is basically a hard copy of Alexandra’s diary from the year of Vogue’s 100th year, so it’s a lot more personal than the TV programme which is great because you get her personal opinion and thoughts on what’s going on in Vogue.

It was announced a couple of weeks ago that Alexandra would step down as Editor-in-Chief after 25 years. She has made a huge impact on Vogue over the years and if it wasn’t for her, Vogue wouldn’t be what it is now. She will be greatly missed, not just by colleagues but also fans of the magazine.

Vogue 100

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I cannot recommend this book enough, it really is an absolute treat. Throughout this book, you get to see some of the greatest moments in the history of fashion, beauty and photography. It includes hundreds of pictures taken over the years for Vogue, some that are well-known and some that have only just been discovered.

As I looked through the book, I was mesmerised by some of the pictures and articles that I had never seen before. My favourite page of the book includes an image of Vogue’s first magazine cover, I couldn’t help but stare at it and notice how far Vogue has come over the 100 years and how it has been shaped by many influential individuals.

The Devil Wears Prada

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Anyone that knows me, knows how obsessed I am with The Devil Wears Prada. I love the film and I love the book even more.

I first watched the film when it came out in 2006 and I remember telling myself that one day I will have Andrea’s job – I’m now 22 and I’m still waiting for the call, hint hint. I bought the book straight after watching the film and I fell in love with it even more. I know this copy looks like it has rarely been touched, that’s because I lost my first copy so I had to buy another one because I just couldn’t live without it. It is honestly one of the best books I have ever read and ever will read.

As you can tell, I’m obsessed with Vogue and anything fashion. I’d happily sit down with a cuppa and read all of these books on repeat.

Love,
Emily xo

Creme Egg Rocky Road

I know it’s a little early to start talking about Easter but as soon as I saw that Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs were already in the supermarkets, I had to come up with an excuse to buy them and that’s where I thought of making a Creme Egg Rocky Road.

I’m always looking at The Taming Twins to see if there are any new bakes I could try and thankfully I found a recipe for a Creme Egg Rocky Road.

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You can never go wrong with a rocky road, it’s so simple to make and tastes amazing.

Here’s the recipe so you can have a go yourself!

Ingredients

  • 150g Unsalted Butter
  • 250g Dark Chocolate, chopped
  • 150g Milk Chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 180g Mini Creme Eggs, unwrapped
  • 180g Mini Marshmallows
  • 150g Digestive Biscuits, crushed into chunks
  • 150g White Chocolate, chopped
  • Yellow gel food colouring
  • 8 full size Creme Eggs, unwrapped

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan over a low heat.
  2. When the butter is about half melted, add the chopped dark chocolate, milk chocolate and the golden syrup. Continue to melt it all over a low heat and stir until it’s thick and well combined.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes until it’s cooled slightly. I normally leave it for a bit longer to make sure it’s completely cooled down.
  4. Add the mini Creme Eggs, the marshmallows and the digestive biscuits. Stir until everything is coated.
  5. Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with baking paper and firmly press the mixture in.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of steaming water. When melting white chocolate, always make sure you keep the heat low as the chocolate can seize easily.
  7. Take half of the melted chocolate and put in another bowl. Using the gel food colouring, colour until a very deep yellow.
  8. Drizzle the white chocolate and the coloured white chocolate over the rocky road.
  9. Cut the full size Creme Eggs in half and sit on the top, pressing in firmly.
  10. Allow to set in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.

So there it is, a simple recipe for a beautiful creation.

Love,
Emily xo

My Make Up Collection

Hello!

Just a warning – this post is a bit of a long one so make sure you are sitting comfy with a cup of tea in hand.

One evening, I was sat looking over at my make up area and I realised how out of control it had become. My make up brushes were in desperate need of a clean and I really needed to have a clear out because half the stuff I had, I didn’t even use. So, I got myself onto Amazon and I ordered some Beauty Drawers to help me organise it all and keep it neat and tidy.

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As you can see, these drawers aren’t too big or too small, they are the perfect size. The organiser you can see on top of the drawers, I’ve had for years and luckily enough it was a perfect fit to sit on top.

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The next morning, I got up earlier than usual before work so I could take the time to clean all my make up brushes – thank God I did get up early, it look me an hour and a half! It has definitely taught me to clean them more often than I do.

It is so important for everyone to clean their make up brushes on a regular basis due to the build up of make up and bacteria. If you’re starting to notice that you’re getting more spots, it is normally due the bacteria on the make up brush being put back onto your face and left to sit there for the rest of the day.

I tend to use Johnsons Baby Shampoo when cleaning my make up brushes because it’s a lot more gentle on the bristles of the brushes and leaves them feeling soft and smooth afterwards. I also sometimes use a simple anti-bacterial hand wash  from the supermarket because I’d like to think that it helps to kill off some of the bacteria on the brushes.

Whilst cleaning my brushes and sorting out all my make up, I thought to myself “why not write a post about what I use”. So here it is…

In my first drawer, I have my two Revolution Palettes – blush and eyeshadow.

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Make Up Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3

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Anyone that knows me, knows I never wear eyeshadow because I just simply can’t get the hang of it but as it’s the New Year, I wanted to try something new out. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on an eyeshadow palette that I would rarely use, so I picked this one up from Superdrug for only £4. I thought it was a great price for the product as you get a lot for your money and it’s still a good quality.

I’ve only tried this product once and because it was such poor lighting at the time, I gave up. I need to dedicate some time to sit down and watch YouTube videos on how to do it properly. If any of you can give me some advice, I would really appreciate it!

Revolution Ultra Blush Palette – Hot Spice

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When it comes to blusher, I normally use Coralista from Benefit and I absolutely adore it but I wanted to change things up and see if there are any other products I like for a lot cheaper. This is where this palette came in handy – it’s only £6 and there are 8 different blushers so you get plenty for your money. I’ve only used the one in the bottom right hand corner so far and I’m already in love.

In my next drawer, I have products including a contour kit, an eyebrow kit, blusher and face powder.

Sleek Face Contour Kit – Light

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I’ve had this product for a couple of years now and you can clearly tell that I use it every single day. I’ve tried various ranges of contour kits but I always revert back to this one just because nothing matches up to the quality. I find that powdered contour kits work so much better with my skin – I don’t know why, they just do. When using this kit, I pair it with my Urban Decay brush.

Sleek Brow Kit – Dark – I don’t think my brow kit is in “Dark” but it was the only one available on the website. 

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Once again, I’ve had this product for years and I’ve never looked back. It is honestly the best kit I’ve used and I can’t recommend it enough. Some people may not like it, but it works well with my brows so I can’t complain.

Sleek really don’t get enough credit, it’s such a good quality brand and reasonably priced compared to other ranges.

Benefit Erase Paste

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I always struggle to find a product that can hide my dark circles under my eyes but Erase Paste works a treat. It brightens my circles up instantly and it’s difficult to see how tired I am actually feeling. The only issue with Benefit is that it is so expensive for the amount of product you get. But thankfully with this product, it lasted me a couple of years as I don’t use a huge amount at a time.

In my third drawer, I have my lipsticks. I use to wear them all the time, but over the years I’ve stopped wearing them and completely forgotten about them. I have so many lipsticks, I didn’t want to bore you with all the photos so I’ve just chosen my two favourites.

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Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick – Bewitching Coral 827

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick – Androgyne 130

We all want bigger and plumper lips but are all too scared to go under the knife. So I found a perfect lip enhancer without all the pain. Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Lip Enhancer is a great substitute. You don’t have any of the pain, you just have a slight tingling feeling and that’s it, you’ve got plumper lips in ten seconds.

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In my final drawer, it is all foundations and concealers. Some that I use regularly and some that are my back ups.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – Natural Ivory 105

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I have so many problems with my skin – one minute it’s dry and the next it’s oily. I find this foundation goes really well with my difficult skin. It doesn’t dry it out and it conceals how oily it is so it’s the best of both worlds. I also find that this foundation fits my skin colour perfectly, it doesn’t leave me with an orange face and a white neck. When applying this foundation, I use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Highlighter – Light

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Like I said earlier, I struggle to find something to cover up my dark circles. Lumi Magique works so well with my Erase Paste. I don’t know how or why they work well together, but they do.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair

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After hearing so many good reviews on this product, I just had to give it a go. I was so surprised to find that all of the reviews were spot on about how fantastic this product is. It really does cover every imperfection you can find and make you skin look so much more flawless. It is a great price compared to other products in the shops at the moment. I cannot recommend this product enough!!

Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder – Translucent

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This is another product I’ve been using religiously for the past couple of years. I’ve never tried any other product as I’ve been so happy with this one so unfortunately, I’m unable to compare it to any. One downside is that it makes such a mess, always ends up all over my trousers or top.

Right, so there you have it, the products I use and swear by. I really hope I’ve persuaded you to go out and invest.

Please leave comments below on what you use and any tips!

Love,
Emily xo