Benefit Haul!


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I recently stumbled into a Benefit Store and found some products that were either really nice or really cheap.. CHEAP MAKE UP.. How could I refuse?

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** Benefit Fake Up- 01 Light £18.50

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** Radiant Skincare Travel Set £12.50

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** Benefit lipstick- La La Land £3

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** Benefit Lipstick- Pillow Talk £3

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** Benefit Lipstick- My Treat £3

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** Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow- Gimme Some Plum £3

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How to make a red velvet cake.. Differently!


For my second post I thought it’d be nice to give you a good option as its half term (spring break) for the kids and it’s such a lovely day in London, this one is perfect for picnics!

Ingredients:
125g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
63eggs
1 tablespoons red food colouring
1 & 1/2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
180g plain flour
250ml buttermilk/milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 bars of chocolate

Always start your baking by preparing the things you will need at the end of your mixing so have your cake tin lined with baking paper (I put something inside the tin to keep the paper weighed down).

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Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/ 170 C

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Whenever there is butter and sugar in a recipe, be sure to use room temperature butter because you’ll have to cream them together and having a softer butter makes this easier.

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You then want to add your eggs in one at a time and mix well after each one

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And your mixture will begin to look like this

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Add your cocoa powder and food colouring and mix until it begins to look a vivid red colour! I used a food colouring powder as that’s all I had

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Add your salt, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda to the mixture

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Then add a little of your milk/buttermilk and flour alternately, mixing well between each addition

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Pop the mixture into your cake tin and put in the preheated oven

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I left my cake in the oven for over an hour (it is quite a low heat, though)

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When you take the cake out, it’ll be a gorgeous bake with a few cracks on the top if its anything like mine. Stick a clean knife in and out and if the knife comes out clean, your cake it ready!

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Because I’m a chocoholic, I melted 2 bars of chocolate (I used Galaxy cookie crumble and plain Dairy Milk). I then carved a hole in the middle of the cake and poured the melted chocolate within the whole and spread the other bar of chocolate all over the top. To help the chocolate set, I put the cake in the fridge using a bowl to prop it up so that the chocolate in the middle didn’t pour out.

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And you can then enjoy…

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My top 10 lipsticks


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I was cleaning out my make up recently and wondered what lipsticks I wore the most and why.. Then lightbulb moment! I thought I’d share it with you!

I’ll tell you the three main factors I look for in lipsticks and I’ll rate my faves for you!

Moisturising: 1 to 5 (1 is worst, 5 is best)
Pigmentation: 1 to 5 (1 is worst, 5 is best)
Application: 1 to 5 (1 is worst, 5 is best)

MUA- Lipstick Shade 7 £1

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Moisturising: 3
Pigmentation: 4
Application: 2

Body Shop- Born Lippy lip balm in Pomegranate £3

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Moisturising: 5
Pigmentation: 2
Application: 5

Barry M- Lip paint in TMLP £4.49- Only available in store

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Moisturising: 4
Pigmentation: 5
Application: 5

Barbara Daly- Stay pout long lasting in Perfect £5.25

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Moisturising: 3
Pigmentation: 5
Application: 3

Revlon- Super lustrous in Pink in the afternoon £7.49

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Moisturising: 5
Pigmentation: 5
Application: 3

Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait £7.99

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Moisturising: 4
Pigmentation: 4
Application: 3

No. 7- Sheer Temptation in Bewitched £9.50

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Moisturising: 4
Pigmentation: 3
Application: 5

MAC- Amplified lipstick in Cosmo £14

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Moisturising: 5
Pigmentation: 5
Application: 5

Christian Dior- Addict lipstick in Wild £24

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Moisturising: 5
Pigmentation: 4
Application: 5

Christian Dior- Rouge Allure in All star pink £25

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Moisturising: 3
Pigmentation: 3
Application: 5

Swatches:

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