Friday, 26 July 2013

My First Baking Post!

In my last post (here) i included a picture of a giant cookie that i had made recently and mentioned in a comment that i was considering writing a few baking posts to see how they went so since this is something i make quite a lot i figured i would write up the recipe! 

I think i originally made this for the first time about a year ago because of a picture i had seen on pinterest but since then i have lost the original recipe and adapted what i think it was so here is what i use:
( I prefer to measure in cups because i find it a lost faster and easier to remember than measurements!)

2 & 1/2 Cups of plain flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
Any toppings you want this time i used
1 Large bag M&Ms
1 bag of milk choc chips
1/2 bag of white choc chips
2 Large spoonfulls of Marshmallow Fluff ( Pictured later)

You can use any toppings you want personally i prefer the chocolate M&Ms but there were no large bags in the shop so i settled on these but smarties, marshmallows, nuts, fruit anything works!

1) Preheat your over to about 180-200 Degrees and grease a baking tin/tray/sheet whatever you want to use. I actually use a pie tin because i've found its the perfect size but i have also tried this on a baking tray and it works the same!

2) Sieve together your dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour,baking powder & salt) and mix with a metal spoon.
3) In a seprate bowl cream together your butter and sugar adding the eggs and vanilla, this will make a very liquidy mixture

4) You then want to combine these two bowls together i like to add the dry ingredients a little at a time to make sure everything combines well. This will form your cookie dough.
5) To the dough add whatever toppings/fillings you want for your cookie and mix together
6) Spoon the mixture into your pie tin/ baking tray/ cake tin whatever your using! 

7) Smooth out your mixture and place on the middle shelf of your pre heated oven for half an hour
8) After half an hour you want to take the cookie from the oven and let it cool for a good fifteen minutes any earlier and it will be too gooey to slice! (This is the hardest part i hate waiting!!)

Ta da! one giant cookie and its really simple (and yummy)! All my family love when i make this, it never lasts very long though!

Let me know if you liked this sort of post and if i should do a few more!

Much Love,
Abby xx

Monday, 15 July 2013

Seaside Splash July Glossybox

Coming home from work to sit out in the sunshine and open up a brand new glossybox is an amazing feeling and this months box is so perfect for the amazing weather we've been having recently! The last couple of glossybox's haven't been too exciting for me but i'm not disappointed with any of the products at all this month! AND before i forget to mention it i loveee the pattern of this months box!

1) Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me, full size = £6.00

The first product i picked out was this Anatomicals face mist. Anatomicals seems to be a glossybox favourite brand recently and i have liked most of their products I've tried so i was excited to see this inside my box. I used it straight away since i was sitting in the sunshine and found it really refreshing. I expected the spray to be quite fine and well.. misty but it comes out in quite a thick spray so i would recommend holding it a good distance from your face. I quite like the scent which is "lavender and refreshing peppermint" and all the ingredients are good for your skin which is always a bonus! I'm not sure how well this spray would work as a makeup setter but i will definitely be keeping it in my bag during this hot weather although i can't help but wish i had gotten this before i went away to Majorca because it would of been perfect for the flight and hanging around in the hot airport! 

2) Essie Sleek Sticks, full size = £9.99

I'm really interested to give these a go! Essie is my favourite nail brand and so i would expect these to be really good quality. I've never tried foils or stickers before and would imagine they would just peel straight off but according to glossybox these last up to ten days. I received the pattern 05 a to Zebra which isn't really ideal for the summery weather as i would much rather wear a bright or pastel nail colour right now but i will keep these for when the weather dulls down. These come in a few patterns and i would of liked to have received the white ones with the writing over them but i can't complain if i like them i can always buy them myself! 

3) Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist, full size £23.00

I love this! One of my favourite things about glossybox is getting to try brands you have never heard of before as i would probably never have picked this up if i had seen it in store. I used this for the first time last night as i was going on a works night out and was running a little late, no surprise there, so didn't want to spend ages on my hair. I dried my hair till it was just a little damp sprayed some of this and scrunched my hair then finished drying it and sprayed a little more. I love messy hair and this did a great job giving me texture and volume and unlike other salt sprays i've tried it didn't leave my hair feeling dry or brittle!

4) Coola Organic Suncare Collection Mineral Face SPF 20, full size= 29.99

Another brand i haven't heard of but a perfect product for the weather right now. I will probably be using this under my makeup instead of my usual moisturiser since it has good spf protection and minimizes pores, can't really go wrong with a sun protection product right now and for the price of the full size version of this i would expect it to be good!

5) Sleek Pout Paints, full size 4.99

I have seen a couple of reviews of these on blogs before and they look pretty impressive so i was pleased to see them in my box even if the blue looks a little scary for a lip colour! I got the shades 162 milkshake and 163 peek a boo and from a quick swatch they are very very pigmented! They are designed to be mixed together but i'm hoping the milkshake pink looks nice when applied on its own to my lips! i hear the long wear factor of these is pretty good and even in my vast collection of lip products i don't have anything like this so i love the unique factor! 

Also worth a mention, buried at the very bottom of my box was this like green & black's chocolate. At the moment i'm not sure if this is a glossybox extra like they do quite a lot or just a wonderful mistake! I haven't seen anyone mention receiving a little chocolate extra and there is no mention of it in the magazine, strange! On purpose or not it was a nice surprise, who doesn't love free chocolate?!

What did you think of this months glossybox? If you have made a post please link me below i love seeing what everyone else got!!
Also did anyone else get a chocolate???

Much Love, Abby xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A little late June favourites

June favourites

I really wanted to get a June Favourites up this month but i've lost the cable to connect my camera to the laptop and so until a new one arrives (thank god for ebay) i decided to cheat a little. I could of probably used my iphone but the pictures were pretty shit and these stolen ones from polyvore look a lot better than any picture i would of taken! 

Anyyyyywaaaaay here are my favourites from June!

1) Bourjois Bronzing Primer: Not a big shock here i bet everyone has had this in their favourites or a post lately but theres a big reason for that because seriously this stuff is amazing! I already own bourjois chocolate bronzer and i really didn't think i would be sucked in to buying this but alas i was and i'm so happy. Although its a primer i only use it as a contour i was a little concerned that because i am so pale it would look orange but it blends in so nicely and lasts a long time! I can't compare it to the Chanel one but i think its definitely worth its £9.99 price tag (you can get it here from boots)

2) Katy Perry False Eyelashes in Oh Honey: These are the false lashes i always reach for and i'm surprised i've never mentioned them before, they aren't the most subtle of lashes but they aren't too much either and i find for me these are perfect for a night out or special occasion. Saying this i do already have quite large eyes and long eyelashes so although they don't look too much on me they may look dramatic on someone with smaller eyes. But i would definitely recommend them they are easy to apply and like all eyelure lashes they last till you want them off. (again, here they are in boots)

3) Real Techniques Stippling Brush: I'm a big fan of Real Techniques and own about six or seven of the brushes but for a while this was probably my least favourite. However i have found recently its perfect to apply the bourjois primer and any cream blush! I never used to be a huge fan of cream products but recently (maybe its the warm weather) they are all i want to apply! this brush is the easiest quickest method i've found to apply them. (here from boots)

4) Essie nail polish in Nice is Nice and Mint Candy Apple: These are the only two nail colours i have worn throughout June.Mint candy apple (which everyone seems to have or know of) i wore for my week in Majorca and loved it its the perfect summery blue/green colour when i got back i switched to nice is nice which i got in a glossybox and have been loving the subtle lavender colour. Essie is great for people like me who like long wearing nail polish and they have such a huge range of colours! (ger them here and here)

So that was my pretty short June Favourites, let me know if you have tried any of them and what you think!

Much Love, Abby :) xx

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

July Wishlist

July Wishlist

You have no idea how badly i am lusting over all these things right now!

1) Dog print skirt - Monki - £20 - here.
When i was browsing the monki website i clicked this skirt thinking it was quite a nice floraly pattern it wasn't until i clicked the image i even realised it has dogs on it! It's just made me want it even more!
2) Real Techniques Duo Fibre Brush Set - Boots - £23.99 - here
Like every other beauty obsessed person you have seen the hype over these and i really want to get my hands on them, i love the real technique brushes and i'm sure these won't disappoint.
3) Moto Vintage Joni Jeans - Topshop - £36 - here
I've wanted a pair of high waisted skinnys for a while now and i don't know why but these ones just look so comfy!
4) White Converse - Office- £44.99 - here
I've been going back and forth for a while now about whether i want white converse or grey vans but i think i have finally made my mind up to settle on these converse  since i already own a burgundy pair that i wear to death!
5) Daisy Necklace - Accessorise- £10.00 - here
I love daisy chains, for a while i even wanted one tattoo'd on me but never went through with it, there is something just so pretty and summery about this necklace though.

What are you wishing for this month??
Much love, Abby :) xx