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HOMEMADE APPLE LOAF CAKE

Thursday, 10 September 2015


Today's post is going to be something a little bit different to what I would normally post. It's my day off and I really felt like baking something - I love baking ever since I was little when I used to bake cupcakes and cookies with my mum. There's something about Autumn that makes me crave homemade bakes. I decided to make this Apple Loaf Cake which is honestly one of my favourite cakes to bake. It's a really simple and easy recipe, and would be perfect for family gatherings or as a treat. 

You will need:
150g Caster Sugar
100g Unsalted Butter
100g Milk
2 Eggs
200g Self Raising Flour
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
2 Apples

Method:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 C 
2. Melt your butter in the microwave until melted and add to a clean mixing bowl. Add in your sugar and mix together until pale and creamy. 
3. Add in your 2 eggs and mix together. Then add in your Vanilla Extract and Milk. Give it a good whisk until smooth. 
4. Time to mix in your dry ingredients. First add in the Baking Powder, then the Nutmeg and then carefully sift in the flour. Combine the ingredients together by whisking until smooth and fluffy.
5. Leave the mixture to the side for now and start to peel and chop your apples up. They can be chopped to whatever size you prefer. I like to half them twice. Sprinkle some Nutmeg on the apples if preferred. 
6. Butter your loaf pan so that the mixture doesn't stick. Pour your wet mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly.
7. Use the chopped apples to poke them inside the top of the cake. 
8. Cook for around 50 minutes to an hour. Make sure to stick a knife through the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean then it's cooked.

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NEW MAC LIPSTICK PURCHASES | CREME IN YOUR COFFEE & TAUPE

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


I seem to have a problem... I cannot stop buying MAC lipsticks. They're most definitely my favourite items to collect and I manage to be collecting an awful lot recently. I made two new lipstick purchases some point last week and I have been completely non-stop using these two shades. As you can see, they both look very similar next to each other however I promise you they are different. As autumn is approaching (my favourite time of the year may I add) I've been loving the more darker nudes and plum shades, these two will fit into my autumn lipsticks very nicely. 

TAUPE is a matte finish however the formula is not like a retro matte. Instead, it's a beautiful creamy consistency that finishes as a matte whilst still manages to keep the moisture in your lips. It reminds me a lot like Velvet Teddy however it's more darker and more on the brown side and has a hint of a mauve undertone to it. I think this shade would suit every skin tone. The pigmentation is amazing, with just one swipe you get the full colour payoff. 

CREME IN YOUR COFFEE is a also a beautiful brown nude colour however it leans more on the pinkish side. It's a cremesheen formula which I sometimes can find a bit drying after a while, therefore whenever my lips are dry you can start to see flakes and it's not very flattering. If you find that your lips are on the dryer side then make sure to use a lip balm before applying this product. I also noticed the other day when I wore this out was that the colour started to bleed the tiniest bit around my mouth, however it fixed the problem straight away when I use a lip pencil with it. Again, just like Taupe, this colour would suit a variety of skin tones and it's such a gorgeous everyday shade. 

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MAC PREP AND PRIME FIX+

Monday, 7 September 2015


I have always wanted to give MAC Fix+ a try but never actually bought it myself. I got this little gem for my birthday a few weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it. 

I much prefer products that give my skin the matte finish as I feel as if it looks better on my skin, however now that Autumn is gradually approaching, my skin is getting dryer and dryer by the minute. I always make sure to use a good moisturizer day and night to help hydrate my skin but whenever I finish putting my makeup on, my skin always somehow manages to look more on the 'cakey' side and leaves a few dry patches lying around. I have recently been spraying a few pumps of MAC Fix+ onto my skin once I've finished with my makeup and let me tell you, it does absolute wonders. It makes my dry, patchy skin look a lot more vibrant, dewy and just generally healthy looking. It also helps to cut out all of that cakeyness on the skin, making it appear more natural. 

What else do I use Fix+ for?

  • Under Makeup - Spraying a few pumps and letting it dry before you put your makeup on can help with making your makeup last a lot longer on your face and also gives it a dewy finish.
  • Mixing it with foundation - If you find that you want to sheer out a very high coverage foundation then just spray this straight onto your foundation brush.
  • Eye shadows - I love using this to intensify my eye shadows making the pigment really stand out. 
This product is so versatile and can be used for a lot of things. I believe every girl should own this product.

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