Friday, 26 September 2014

Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Recently at school I have made some, if I say so myself, delicious lemon curd cupcakes. They are a basic plain cupcake with a hole in the centre filled with lemon curd and then topped off with thick butter cream.

This recipe made 18 cupcakes.



For the cakes:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g soft butter or margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • A jar of lemon curd
For the icing:
  • 200g soft butter or margarine
  • 280g icing sugar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190c. Place bun cases in a cupcake tray.
  2. In a large bowl add all the cake incredients apart from the lemon curd. Mix the ingredients until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Divide the mixture equally between the cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. 
  4. Once cooked, place them on a baking tray and get a sharp knife and teaspoon.
  5. Cut holes into to the middle of the cupcakes, cutting halfway through the cakes. Spoon out the excess cake out.
  6. Spoon in lemon curd into the holes until full.
  7. Mix together the icing ingredients until thick and creamy.
  8. Either pipe or spoon on the butter cream over the top of the cupcakes
  9. Dig in!

I have never tried making these cupcakes before but I thought I should give it a go. They actually turned out really nice and I would definitely make them again.

Friday, 19 September 2014

My Drugstore Face


Recently I have found myself reaching for the same products for when I am going out. And since they are all drugstore products, I thought I would do a drugstore make up post and mini review of the products.

For the face...

Rimmel Match Perfection in Light Porcelain £6.99 - This base is quite dewy and makes your skin look flawless. Even though it is a very runny formula, the foundation is long lasting and has a medium coverage. I also find that it conceals blemishes and big pores very well.

W7 Cover Stick in Light/Medium £1.99 - Despite it's cheap price, this product works wonders. Blemishes, spots, dark circles, you name it and it covers it. It has tea tree oil in the concealer which is very could for clearing up spots and it has definitely worked for me. I have use this concealer for many years and I don't think I am going to stop.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent £3.99 - I bought this product around May and had already hit pan within two months of purchasing it. This powder can become a little cakey BUT if you put very little on the brush and dab instead of smear the powder onto your face it looks great. This really helps to tackle my oily T-zone and big nose pores. Also it is very reasonably priced.

For the eyes....

Natural Collection Sole Eyeshadow in Milk Chocolate £1.99 - I have a little love hate relationship with this product as some days it looks beautiful whereas others it looks like a piece of crap. It is a slightly orange toned matte medium brown which is perfect for the crease and eyebrows, if you have medium brown hair. The texture of the powder is slightly buttery and very soft which blends well on the eyes. The colour pay off is also very good for the £2 price tag. These solo eye shadows come in a range of different colours and you can also get duo eyeshadows which are very handy.

Collection Supersize Fat Lash Mascara in Ultra Black £2.99 - This mascara is beautiful. It makes my lashes very fluttery and doesn't clump them together. Also the mascara dries very quickly once applied to the lashes. Some times I also apply the Clinique High Impact Mascara.


What are your favourite drugstore products?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Skin Saviours

In my opinion, my skin isn't that bad. From time to time I get massive spots and blemishes, but they go away. However recently my skin has been having a major freak out. Now though, thanks to my three skin saviours, my skin is back on top form and looking fresh and awake. 

I suffer with acne on my neck, jawline and shoulders, so my doctor prescribed me with Acnecide which helps remove and prevent acne. So far it has really been helping remove the ance and scars. I still wasn't happy with the amount of time and applications it was taking to soothe my shoulders and jawline so I went to body shop and bought their tea tree face wash. Now, when I am in the shower I wash my face with the wash and then put some on a loufa and scrub my shoulders and neck with it. This has helped remove my acne. 
To help with the blemishes and spots on my face, I use the Clearasil Rapid Action Pads. They are quite strong and do sting in sensitive areas but they really do work. They remove excess oils, dirt and left over make up. 
This just proves that you don't need high end skincare to have great skin.


What are your skin saviours?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Do What Is Right For You...

As many of you are going back to school or college, I thought I would write this post about picking your GCSE or A Level courses. I am currently in my last year of secondary school (yipee) and am currently looking for courses that intrigue me. Potentially, I want courses that link to journalism or media, as that is what I want to do. However, just because you have your heart set on a career doesn't mean you have to do all the qualifications needed to become that job.
So I thought I would write some tips on picking your options.


  • Don't pick colleges or courses just because your friends are doing that. You are all different people with different interests, so it is more likely for you to hate a subject they picked.
  • Don't just pick subjects because it is what qualifications you need to have a certain career. Pick subjects that you enjoy and are good art. For example, don't pick art if you can't draw.
  • Go to a college or school that specialises in something you want to do. For example, an arts college or engineering college.
  • You don't necessarily have to do A levels. You could do BTECs or apprenticeships.
  • Think of more than one reason as to why you want to do a course. This technique really helped me to put things into perspective and see what subjects I may really enjoy or really hate.
  •   Read into the certain courses you have an interest in. If you do this, you can get a clear idea as to what you will do at college.
  • See what qualifications you need to get onto the course. For example if you want to do textiles as an A level you need to have a GCSE in art and design or textiles. However most courses only look for 5 GCSE A-C's. 
  • If it is GCSE's you are picking, ask your form tutor or a careers teacher. You could also look at your current grades and see what you are good at.


What courses or subjects are you choosing to do? 
What career are you wanting to head into?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Book Tag

Do you have a certain place where you read?
No not really. I usually read in my bedroom or in the living room, mainly because I can have noise in the background from the tv. 

Bookmark or a random piece of paper?
I used to use a bookmark but now I just use an envelope I got with my birthday card last year.
Can you stop reading at any moment or do you have to finish the chapter?
With books that have chapters, I try and finish the chapter but in some cases I just line up my bookmark to the line that I am on the carry on when I next pick up the book.

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Yes. 

Can you read whilst listening to music/ watching tv?
Yes as I said before, I to have background noise because it helps me focus on the book.

One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time because then I don't get confused on story lines. I also tend to read a whole book series like The Twilight Saga or The Hunger Games.

Reading at home or everywhere?
When I am not leaving the city then I just read at home but when I am going to another city I tend to read in the car journey because it makes time fly by.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Definitely in my head. However I occasionally mutter when I am reading.

Do you skip pages?
No. I used to but it made the book not make sense so I stopped.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I don't mind breaking the spine of the book because can't hold a book without breaking the spine.

Do you write in books?
No. But I do find it funny when I read a book from the school library and someone writes hilarious comments on some of the pages.