For anyone that knows me, it's pretty well documented that my favourite colour is blue. Not least because it's my team's colour (I know I'm banned from talking footie on the blog - thanks Faye - so I will leave it at that!) but because there isn't a shade of it that I don't love. Winter? Navy blue. Spring? Pastel, always. Summer? Let's whip the cobalt out. There is a blue for any season and occasion, and one thing that I am rarely without is blue nails. With that in mind, I thought I'd do another 'Four favourites' post (the last one was all about my love for orange here) and show you my four favourite blue nail varnishes at the moment!
It's been a while since we shared a gluten free recipe on here, but I came across this recipe when searching for a summery citrus cake to bake last week, so I catered it to us gluten free folk, gave it a go and fell in lemony love! If you fancy making it too, this is what you'll need.
For the cake:
226g room temperature butter
200g caster sugar
The zest and juice of 1 lemon
210g gluten free plain flour
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
30g chopped almonds
170g fresh blueberries
For the syrup:
95g caster sugar
The juice of 2 lemons
Pre heat the oven to 180°c, line a baking tray with grease proof paper and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes. When it's all lovely and fluffy, add the eggs and mix well. Now that's all combined, add in the zest and juice from one lemon and stir in.
To the mix, add the flour and baking powder. Always check the ingredients when buying baking powder and baking soda as not all brands are gluten free! I've got the Barkat brand which you can buy from Waitrose and online at various places.
With the flour and baking powder, throw in the chopped almonds and mix this all together until just combined. I used an electric whisk so it didn't take long - not even a minute! Thank you, short cuts.
Then, with a spatula, fold in the blueberries, being careful not to mush them up if you can help it!
Spoon the mixture into your baking tray and even out. This mixture is really quite thick, not like normal cake mixture, so it takes a bit of evening out to get it right into the corners!
Bake for 1 hour or until you can put a toothpick in and pull it out clean of any uncooked mixture. While it's baking, make up the syrup mixture with your sugar and lemon juice and set aside.
Have your lemon syrup at the ready as when you take the cake out of the oven, you'll need to pierce the top with a toothpick so that the syrup can seep in. Pour all over!
Allow the cake to stand for a couple of hours or preferably overnight before cutting into slices.
The syrup will have seeped in all night and leave you with wonderfully moist fruity slices. The addition of the syrup works so well especially in gluten free baking as crumbliness and texture is often an issue! The perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea. Yum!
How easy is that? Let me know if you give it a go!
We've gone and done it again, haven't we? Yep, we're firmly slapping ourselves on the wrist and vowing to get back into the blogging game as of RIGHT now.
It's the same old excuses reasons; final projects at uni (third year - you hard), Eve has a new job (same place, different department!) and in between hardly seeing the light of day, let alone each other, we've just not had time to put our heads together and get some decent content flowing. But we're back (she says), so get following us on Bloglovin to make sure you don't miss anything!
Perusing Pinterest, as I so often do (I am busy, promise), I always find myself lusting over gorgeous smokey eyes, perfectly contoured cheekbones and mermaid hair. Seriously, look at my board. I'm a woman obsessed. But in between all the "I could never pull that off"-ness, there is loads of things that mere mortals like myself can actually try at home. One such idea I saw recently was purple make-up on green eyes - it sounds a bit crazy, but with a mini palette of purple eyeshadows and green eyes of my own, I decided to give it a whirl! Here goes...
This is a MAC eyeshadow palette I got a few years ago from a friend. I'm not sure if it was a 'build your own' affair, as I can't for the life of me find it online, but it does look quite similar to the Shop & Drop Eyeshadow Quad from a few years ago. I know that isn't much help! But literally any purple eyeshadows will work for this look, you just need a few different tones to make it wearable. I used the shimmery purple on the top right and both the darkest ones on the bottom - I love the warmness of these shades and they definitely make going for a purple make-up look a lot less daunting!
To start the look, I used a wash of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze all over my eyelid as it's a perfect, shimmery bronze base colour which also acts as an amazing eyeshadow primer so anything over the top sticks to it really well. I then used Half Baked from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette in the corners of my eyes to act as a little bit of golden, shimmery highlighter.
To create the look, I had a play around with my Real Techniques Eye brushes and I think I used pretty much all of them as I got carried away with excitement of new toys! (I will do a proper post on them in the future if it's something anyone is interested in!)
I'm not going to lie, there is a slight chance that this may not be the 23rd wishlist we've done. It's a wild guess. They were intended to be weekly when we first started our blog (which was over a year ago, which is over 52 weeks ago, so yeah - they've not been weekly at all, have they?).
Having said that, the ever-popular Topshop sale going live at midnight (bit dramatic guys, c'mon) did make us want to revive the wishlist format and put a few picks together. So here they are - three outfits comprised entirely of Topshop sale goodies! Brb, going shopping...
Happy Saturday everyone - I hope you're all having a nice weekend whatever it is you're doing!
Where has all this miserable rain come from? Definitely didn't sign up for this - was really hoping for a bit of premature beer garden action today. Ah well, here's what I wore for some birthday eats and drinks with a few of my bezzies in town last week.
I always feel like I go to a different Primark to everyone else. Like, a girl at work could be wearing an amazing dress, and I'll ask where it's from and she will proudly exclaim: "Primark! 8 quid!" and I'm left wondering where the hell they hide that stuff when I go in - because all I ever seem to see is crappy leggings and ill-fitting vest tops. But, through some miracle, I was one of those lucky ones last month when I popped in and saw this silky bomber jacket nestled in amongst all the tat. I've barely had it off since - it goes with everything!
This New Look cami is super easy to wear, and only cost a tenner (hello other colours!). It's slightly sheer and creases a bit easily, but it's so good to throw on with jeans that I definitely need a few more in my wardrobe. The jeans are a super stretchy pair from H&M that I love, and the boots and handbag are as boring and familiar as ever - I'm not one for being uncomfortable or carrying a bag that can barely fit my phone in. A swipe of 17's Hot Chilli lipstick and some big silver hoops and I was done.
Okay, okay. I will admit it, this concealer is a *total* blogger cliche. But as a discoverer (just made up a word - go me!) of this gem before it made it's way onto many a blogger's Holy Grail Products list, I thought it might be worth giving my two cents on what I think is one of the best (and most reasonably priced) concealers on the market.
I never know whether I'm coming or going with Collection; it is just Collection now, right? Why is it always in Superdrug and only sometimes in Boots? Is it super cheap or are a few bits overpriced? Who knows, all I know is that their Lasting Perfection Concealer, and their Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner (another time, another post) are make-up staples that I genuinely couldn't be without.
If I remember rightly, a few years ago this concealer retailed at around the £2/£3 mark, making it an absolute steal. I picked it up on a total whim and before I knew it, I had a new favourite concealer. Fast forward to 2014, and this concealer has gone up to around £4. And is still an absolute steal for how good it is.
The formula of this is a touch on the thick side. It's by no means hard to work with, or even heavy, but its consistency is a little thicker than that of many other liquid offerings. It's for this reason that Faye isn't a huge fan, as her skin is quite dry, but on my combination/oily skin this blends like a dream. It's miles better than any other liquid concealer I've tried, though it has been likened to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer which my Mum has so I'll have to get her verdict on that!
Dabbed on blemishes, buffed in on dark circles and blotted around my nose - this concealer is never out of my collection (pun intended, obvs). The only downside, in my opinion, is the packaging. The branding rubs off in no time at all, which can mean it looks a bit grubby in your make-up bag, and it can sometimes have a little overspill on the bottom of the lid around the base of wand, which is a pain. BUT, other than that, this concealer is a miracle worker and retails at less than a fiver, so I guess you can't have everything!
Have you tried Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer? Are you a fan?
I may be about to totally jinx this, and cause a big black cloud to cover the North West of England, but it feels like spring has finally sprung! And how do I celebrate a bit of sun? A pop of ridiculously bright colour, of course.
I got this playsuit from Primark last week as I'm totally loving geometric patterns at the moment. I also love how light and airy it is, it will be perfect during whatever summer we get and it's also perfect for this temperamental "is it cold, is it sunny?" weather, as the black running through it means I can wear it with black tights and a chunky knitted cardigan! I picked up this cardigan at the weekend from Oxfam, to which Mum rolled her eyes and called it ' my big bird cardi'. Oh well - I'm a sucker for anything bright!