Saturday, 18 November 2017

Exploring Make Up

I can find the world of make up quite intimidating at times, as there are so many brands and products to choose from, it can be really hard to know what to buy. For years I've just been repurchasing the same old make up products, I guess it is just because I've found what works for me and the products that I truly love. I recently made a couple of online orders after deciding that I wanted to reach out of my comfort zone to try and find some new holy grail products, not necessarily new launches but mainly things that I haven't tried before. After using the new products for a about two months, I've definitely found three new favourites!

Laura Mercier setting powder
When it comes to setting my make up I've always used a pressed powder, loose powders seemed too time consuming and not worth the mess. After seeing this powder featured in many youtube videos, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I'm so glad that I did! The powder itself is very fine, super soft and pale in colour, it is perfect for smoothing over any lines and imperfections. It comes in a sleek, sturdy, plastic jar with a screw on lid- great for travelling. The velour powder puff is not included with the product, which is a shame as it does retail at £29, so definitely is an investment but has been worth every penny. 

Urban Decay naked skin concealer
Urban Decay have always been one of my favourite make up brands to buy from, the products I've tried have been amazing quality, so I had high expectations for this concealer.  The product has a creamy, lightweight formula making application and blending super easy. This is definitely a perfect concealer for carving out eyebrows and brightening under eyes as it doesn't crease or fade away. The packaging is simple; a clear glass tube with a silver screw on cap, the minimalistic design works really well. In the collection there are fourteen different shades with a range of undertones. The concealer is £19, so a little on the expensive side but I can't imagine using anything else!

Kevin Aucion sculpting powder
For me contouring is always something I've struggled with, I've never really found the 'perfect' product with the right shade for my skin tone. I'm super pale so its hard to find a contour colour that doesn't make me look orange or like I've caked myself in mud. The Kevin Aucion sculpting powder has ashy undertones which create a more natural looking shadow on areas that you want to add depth to. The powder doesn't disappear once blended; it stays put whilst not looking too harsh. The price point is reflected in the luxurious packaging, it looks and feels expensive. Although a little bit of product goes a long way, I do feel that £35 for one contour shade is definitely too much money. 

Have you tried any of these products? Which one is your favourite? 

Thanks for reading
Alice x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Millionaire Shortbread | BasicallyBakes

Millionaire shortbread have always been a favourite
of mine since childhood, a crunchy biscuit base topped with rich gooey caramel, finished off with a silky smooth layer of chocolate, what more could you want?

       Shortbread: 200g Unsalted butter
                      100g Caster sugar
                   300g Plain flour

Salted Caramel: 300g Unsalted butter
                       100g Caster sugar
                        100g Golden syrup 
                            400g Condensed milk

            Topping: 100g White chocolate
                        400g Milk chocolate 

Step 1: Firstly preheat your oven to 180°C and line a square cake tin with greaseproof paper, ready to make the shortbread.

Step 2: Next, place 100g of caster sugar and 300g of flour into a bowl, rub in 200g of butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Step 3: Now, knead the mixture together until it forms a dough and press evenly into the pre-prepared tin.

Step 4: Place the shortbread in the oven and bake for 40 minuets or until golden brown, then leave aside to cool.

Step 5: Next, for the salted caramel add all the ingredients into a sauce pan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. 

Step 6: Bring to the boil, stirring continuously so it doesn't burn. Now pour over the shortbread and leave to set for around 3 hours.

Step 7: Once the caramel is set, melt 400g of milk chocolate and 100g of white chocolate in separate bowls over a sauce pan of boiling water, stirring occasionally.

Step 8: Pour the milk chocolate over the caramel and swirl the white chocolate in with a skewer or fork to create a marble effect. 

Step 9: Finally, once the chocolate has set cut into 16 even squares, serve and enjoy!

Thanks for reading
Alice x