Saturday, 9 August 2014

Style Saturday: Room Tour!

I recently have had my bedroom redecorated and I did promise that I would do a room tour when it was finished. It was finished almost a month ago but I was AWOL, so I never did a blog post on it then. But finally I am and here it is...

I didn't really have any sort of theme in mind when I was decorating it. I knew that I wanted it to be painted cream, and then I was going to go for baby pink accessories. However it ended up sort of floral as I chose a patchwork quilt and then I chose some floral bunting. Overtime I started to collected more and more things that were the colours I wanted and I have also ended up with cupcake theme stuff too. So I guess I could say that my bedroom theme is just really girly... haha, which I think just sums up me!

Back wall- other side of the bed!

View from window! 

Opposite the back wall, next to the window- dressing table area/ where I get ready in the morning!

Back wall- further along!

View from ensuite bathroom door!

View from bedroom door!

Window opposite the back wall! 

Overview of my bedroom! 

Other window opposite my bed!

I hope you liked my room tour! If you have any questions about where I got anything from, then leave them down below and I will get back to you! 


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Style Saturday: Summer Cupcakes #3

Another summer cupcake recipe this Style Saturday, and were keeping it fresh and fruity with the Peaches and Cream cupcakes. Peaches are one of my favourite fruits and peaches and cream are another perfect summertime treat. These cupcakes are really refreshing and fruity. There not to sweet as there is cream instead of icing. 

For the cupakes you will need...

400g of canned peach slices in fruit juice
115g of softened butter 
115g or caster sugar
2 eggs
115g of self raising flour
150ml of double cream

Preheat oven to 180oc and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases. Drain the peaches and reserve the juice. Keep 12 peach slices and leave to one side as you need these for decoration. Finely chop the remaining slices. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and cream together with an electric whisk until light and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs one at a time and beat after. Sift in the flour and fold into the mixture. Then fold in the chopped peaches and 1 tablespoon of the remaining juice. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. When the cupcakes are done, leave them to cool on a wire rack. Then when they are ready to decorate, place the cream into a bowl and whisk with an electric wisk until very thick, you have to over wisk the cream. Then spread the cream on top of the cupcakes using a knife and then place a peach slice on each cupcake. 

That's it. I hope you liked this recipe.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Surprise Sunday: Birthday MAC Makeover

On Friday it was my 16th birthday and as a birthday treat, my best friend and I went to MAC for a makeover. We travelled to Plymouth with no-makeup on, which is quite a big deal for us. When it was my appointment I was asked so many questions about what look I wanted, what colours, what skin type I had etc. I chose to have a purple smokey eye as purple is my favourite and my friend also chose a smokey eye but wanted berry colours. We were taught about what products we should use and how to use them and we learnt a lot from our makeover. When it was done we had £30 to spend on products but I ended up going over by £26... oops. But there was so much choice. 

Here are the products that I chose...

Mineralize Blush in Gentle

Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Hidden Motive Eyeshadow


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Beauty Tuesday: Summer Skin Care Favourites!

As the weather has been so hot lately and felt like it really is the Summer (wonder how long this weather will last) I thought that I would share with you my Summer Skin Care Favourites! 

My moisturiser of choice for the Summer is always the Garnier Intensive 7 Days, this stuff smells like Summer and is really moisturising, especially when skin feels tight after being in the sun! I have the Cocoa Butter version which is for dry, rough skin and this is by far the richest moisturiser I have found! 

In the Summer I also like to use a gradual tanner and my favourites are the Palmers Cocoa Butter and the Dove one as these give a very subtle hint of colour after one application and doesn't look fake. 

After my shower I like to use a body spary to spritz over my body as this is really refreshing! My favourite is the Soap and Glory Mist You Madly body spray. It has the original Soap and Glory pink scent and is really revitalizing in the morning time.

That's it, see you all soon!


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Style Saturday: Summer Cupcakes #2

I'm back with another Summer cupcake recipe again this Style Saturday as promised. This weeks recipe is the '99' Cupcakes as I think that '99' icecream just sums up the Summer and this sounded like a perfect recipe. These cupcakes are pretty much just plain vanilla sponge with vanilla frosting with a few added extras, so they really quick and simply to make but look really impressive. These cupcakes will be perfect for Summer parties, BBQ's and picnic's. 

There are several ways in which you can decorate these cupcakes as it's up to you and you can base it on how you like your '99' icecream... plain, with a flake, stawberry sauce or sprinkles.  I made a few with a flake and a few with strawberry sauce so there is a little selection.

These cupcakes have a delicious bake there golden brown and crunchy on the outside and the inside is light, fluffy and very moist too. There is a lot of buttercream icing on these cupcakes so there very sweet, and if your not the biggest fan of icing then there probably not for you.

For the cupcakes you will need...

175g of unsalted butter
175g of caster sugar
1tsp of vanilla extract
3 eggs
55g of ground almonds
150g of self raising flour

For the icing you will need...

150g of softend butter
1tbsp of milk
150g of icing sugar

To decorated the cupcakes you will need...
(These are all optional) 

8 mini chocolate flakes
sugar sprinkles 
raspberry or strawberry jam 

To make these cupcakes...

Firstly you need to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy with an electric whisk in a large bowl, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Then add the flour and whisk for a couple of minutes, then add in the vanilla. After gently fold in the almonds. Line a cupcake baking tray with the cases- this recipe bakes 8-10 cupcakes. Then spoon in the mixture until the cases are about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven until golden brown and are springy to touch, then allow to cool on a wire rack. 

To make the butter cream icing...

Place the butter, milk and icing sugar into a medium sized bowl and whisk until smooth with and electric whisk. 

To decorate the cupcakes...

Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle and pipe the icing over the cakes to a peak like an ice-cream cone. Press a flake into each cake and then if you like you can scatter a few sprinkles on top. If you want to add strawberry sauce you need to warm the jam and then drizzle a little over the cakes. 

I hope you like this recipe -If you bake these cupcakes be sure to send me your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #connielovesbeauty


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What I Ate Wednesday (17.6.14)

I had porridge with semi-skimmed milk as usual for breakfast and I added extra milk and blueberries on top. I had a cup of tea with 1 sugar and milk and a glass of orange juice too.

I actually made lunch from scratch today, I made chicken and corn chowder. It was made with onions, potatoes, double cream, chicken stock, sweetcorn, butter and obviously chicken too. It was actually surprisingly easy to make but it took along time, but it was worth is as it was really delicious- if I do say so myself. On the side I had a white bread roll heated up so it was warm and crispy with butter and I also had a glass of water too. 

For dinner I had pasta bake, which was made by my mum. It has leftover chicken from lunch, baby corn, green beans, broccoli, tomatoes and some other vegetables - I'm sure, as my mum likes to cook with a lot of veg. Which I actually don't mind as I have alway enjoyed her homemade meals with fresh vegetables since I was little. I was a weird child, I know.

I also had more glasses of water and cups of tea throughout the day and I may of had a couple of rich tea biscuits too.. That's it, see you all tomorrow. 


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Beauty Tuesday: My Hygiene Routine!

Hey guys, today I thought I would share with you my hygiene routine as these videos seem pretty popular on youtube and are actually kind of interesting. When you think about it is actually pretty bizarre... I mean why do we want to hear about other women's hygiene routines?  I don't why I find them interesting, its probably because I'm incredibly nosy and quite curious about what everyone else uses to keep themselves clean, sounds weird I know, but I can't be the only one as they are popular videos and your reading this post about my hygiene routine.

In The Shower
Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo (every other day)
Aussie Reconstructor Deep Conditioner (every other day)
Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash (everyday)
St Ives Apricot Scrub (twice a week)
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil (every night- to take my makeup off/ cleanse my face)
Venus Razor (every other day)

After Showering  
Garnier Intensive 7 Days Lotion (every other day)
Colgate Total Advanced Whitening (twice a day)
Oral B Sensitive Mouthwash (after I brush my teeth)
Dove Nourishing Oil Spray (After I wash my hair, when it is still damp)
Macadamia Oil (everyday)

In The Morning
Tangle Teezer (everyday to brush my hair)
Dove Pure Deodorant (everyday)
Perfume (everyday)

Extra Skincare
Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Wash (every morning) 
Garnier Moisture Match (morning and night after I wash my face)
Argan Oil Night Repair Serum (once a day at night time after cleansing face, before moisturizer)
Peaches and Clean deep purifying cleanser (I use this as a face mask once a week)

That's it.