Sunday, 30 October 2016

Hallowe'en Gingerbread Skeleton's


Halloween has to be my second favourite season to do baking obviously Christmas is first so this year as I had virtually zero time I thought I was going to have to give it a miss but today I had a spare hour and did this and I am pretty pleased with how they turned out I also thought this are perfect for last minute as of course you could just get shop bought and decorate, perfect if you have kids or like me are just a big kid yourself!

Ingredients: 
100g Soft Brown Sugar
50g Butter
225g Flour
2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
100g Golden syrup

White Chocolate for decoration

(or as i said early you could cheat and opt for shop bought) 

Method:
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5 
Stir together all dry ingredients
Then heat butter, sugar and golden syrup on a low heat until melted.
Let this cool a little then pour into dry ingredients a mix into a dough
Roll out the dough and cut into gingerbread men shape
Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Once cool pipe on the melted white chocolate into little skeletons, you could even add some red icing to make them a bit gory as mine are still quite cute for Halloween aha! Let me know what you baked for Halloween or if you give these quick and easy skeletons a go.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

How To: Blog Photography


If you aren't a blogger you are probably thinking the photo's us bloggers take is the quickest and easiest part of blogging, well my friend you are very, very wrong. Although it is my favourite part it can also be full of frustration when the lighting just doesn't go how we want, or the background, or when you think you have taken the perfect photo until you load them up to your computer and have to start again, the stress is endless so to help out any new bloggers or any body just wanting to improve there photo's I thought I would share my tips.

The Camera

When I started blogging it was the time where photo quality of bloggers took a massive jump to the feeling that everyone who wanted to be successful needed a professional camera, however, this is completely wrong, it's your skill rather than the price of the instrument you use as you need to learn all about apertures, exposures and god knows what else that all quite frankly goes over my head. When I first started I used my iPad which worked well at the time but as I improved my blog I decide to invest into a better camera choosing the Samsung CSC which is good for what I do even if I long for a Canon DSLR. With the quality of phone camera's now, I would say you don't even need to buy any sort of camera until your blogging gets serious or you have another hobby that will use it such as a passion for photography or taking a course which needs it, both in which I have. If you really feel it is needed then make sure to do as much research as possible as it is very much a huge investment! I actually took the photos above on my phone just to prove beginners really don't need the huge investment.

Stock Photo's

I have seen quite a few bloggers use stock photos and to be quite honest as soon as I see them I click off the post as I feel I can't trust the review as how do I even know they own the product, I also see it as pure laziness and would much prefer to read a post where time and effort has been put into the photos with used, well-loved products sitting on a dressing table. However, it can work for some people, it's just my personal view.

Taking The Photo

This is where I first struggled but also is where you can show your creative side, it's all about finding the right settings for you on a camera and the angle which is best for you to take the photo's as you don't want too much shadow, high exposure or bad focus it takes quite a while to get used to your camera and to get the best photo and I still can spend what feels like a life time fiddling with different buttons. You also have to find the best lighting whether it be natural, studio or with a flash, personally I like natural and absolutely hate the flash setting. Even though it is very, very hard to get good lighting in the winter months I pull through and overall find it works best for me.

Focus

This is pretty straightforward and most of you probably know that if the writing on the product cannot be read then it's pretty much useless, whilst if the products in less focus than the background it can look a bit messy and unprofessional. On the other hand, it is good to have the focus on the product and the background slightly blurred which can be achieved by certain lenses. Another way to get a good focus is to use the macro setting on a camera so you have the ability to get clear and closer photographs.

Editing

My favourite step of photography is messing around with editing software, usually I will use pic monkey for brightness, contrast and exposure whilst also using it for adding overlays. I have also used Photoshop but as you have to buy it I don't think it is really necessary unless you want to take your photography to another level such as for school, a job or you have a massive passion. I also scarcely edit a photo of a product as I never want to change the appearance of a product.

I hope you found this post helpful but photography is for fun and these are just my personal opinions, photography can be anything you want and as long as YOU are proud and happy with the outcome they are perfect!

Do you have any photography tips or posts about photography I would love to read them!

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumnal Essentials!

I think from my blog the past few weeks you probably know my love for Autumn and every time the season rolls around there's a few things I always start to get out when its began to get colder and darker nights meaning staying cosy, layering clothes, hot drinks and my personal fave of berry lips.
However, we all know Autumn isn't all crisp leaves and a time to celebrate Halloween it also means I have to start looking after my skin a bit more especially my hands from the bitter wind, I usually pop a hand cream in my handbag then somewhere around the house my favourite at the moment is The Body shop ones as they feel non-greasy and moisturising. I also have to look after my lips a lot as the freezing cold wind and matte lipsticks make them so dry, at the moment I have rediscovered an old favourite of Carmex which is really nourishing. When Autumn hits I love baths and particularly a bath which smells of spice and all things nice meaning a lot of bath bombs, bubbles and oils which help to destress and relax too. 
Of course when Autumn here its essential to wrap up warm with jumpers, scarves, cosy pj's and blankets for watching a film preferably a little bit scary when Halloween hits or reading a cute book. I have been obsessed with this burnt orange tartan scarf which just screams Autumn and the adorable Hedgehog slippers both from Primark, however, I think these slippers just show everything in my life suddenly appears to relate to the season. Whilst wrapped up cosy a hot drink is essential and preferably a hot chocolate as if you can't be a bit unhealthy this time of year when can you?! 
Finally Makeup, this, of course, is my favourite part and a berry and copper shades are an essential. I love Berries with undertones of purple such as MAC's Rebel and dark reds like Rimmel Kate's 107 my all time favourite drugstore lipstick. For eyeshadow, I am also obsessed with a purple shadow giving a smokey night time look and coppers, golds and oranges for the day time. I found an amazing orange shadow in Boot's I hadn't ever even heard of the brand 'Makeup Obsession' but the pigmentation is unreal and the best part of it was it was only £2. I have also loved MAC Amber Lights and the MAC Amber Nines Palette which you can see in use in my Autumn Makeup Post (Link HERE).To finish off the eyes a must is winged eyeliner, I wear this all year around but for some reason, in the colder months a wing just looks the perfect addition.

What are your Autumn Essentials?

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Autumn Makeup Look


Autumn is my all time favourite season and as soon as acceptably possible I am grabbing for the berry red lippies and copper, red toned eyeshadows so I have already become obsessed with this look and know I will be wearing it virtually every day!

So as I said when Autumn comes around I head for the berry lip and copper shadow, winged liner is a must along with matte skin and quite a lot of bronzer as I am seriously not prepared to go back to being a ghost after summer just yet.

Products:

The Body Shop Tea Tree Primer
L'Oreal Infalliable Matte 24hr Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder
NYX Contour Stick
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
The Body Shop Blush - 02
Makeup Revolution Highlight
Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Palette
Benefit Ready Steady Brow Gel
MAC Eyeshadows - Amber Lights, Creative Copper, Cork and Aromatic
Soap & Glory Supercat Liner
Benefit Roller Lash
Rimmel Kate Lipstick- 107

What are your Autumn Makeup go to Products?

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn Evening OOTD


Autumn clothing is possibly my favourite of all the seasons as I love the colours, so as soon as October hit it was time to pull out the thick black tights and boots, but as the colder weather isn't quite here I went for a short sleeved top however I will probably start pairing this with a coat very soon. I also tried to make this as affordable as possible as like me many of you are probably on a student budget if not then who doesn't love a bargain. 

Skirt - Primark - £4
Top - Newlook - £6
Boots - Primark - £15
Nail Varnish - Barry M Speed Dry Pomegranate
Lipstick - Rimmel 107

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