ALICE HOWARTH MUA

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Ferrero Rocher & Nutella Cupcakes






I may have just recently joined the gym and decided to get a little bit healthier in prep for my holiday in 2 months 15 days (not that I'm counting, or shopping for it, or packing..), but I do still love baking and I've got a huge household to help me out with eating any creations. In fact, I used up the lasts of my Ferrero Rocher's from Valentines day so that I couldn't sit and eat them, so it really was a decision best for my health.. 

This recipe for the sponge is the best cocoa-based recipe I've come across, and I think I'll definitely keep it as a base for any chocolate cupcakes I make in the future. I had a lot of fun playing around with these and it's something a bit different to your standard cupcakes. The sponge itself is moist, the chocolate in the middle adds a nice texture, and the Nutella buttercream is all sorts of heavenly. It's rich, super Nutella-y and I've never liked a buttercream so much. The method is simple and if I can follow it, so can anyone! Overall they're definitely the best cupcakes I've ever produced, much better than a box mix- too!


To serve 12:
Cupcake ingredients-

  • 230g Lightly salted butter
  • 230g Caster sugar
  • 230g Self Raising flour
  • 60g Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 12 Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Nutella buttercream ingredients-

Method
For the cupcakes-

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C for fan.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • In a seperate bowl, sift together the flour and cocoa powder. Gradually add the eggs and dry ingredients to the butter and sugar, mixing until well combined.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract and milk.
  • Line a cupcake tin with 12 cases and divide the mixture evenly into them, reserving a few tablespoons amount in the bowl.
  • Gently press a ferrero rocher into each cupcake, pushing right down in the mixture. Spoon the remaining mixture on top of the chocolates to cover them.
  • Bake for about 15-17 minutes, or until the cupcakes feel firm to the touch.
  • Cool completely.
For the buttercream-
  • Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the nutella.
  • Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Finally beat in the milk until you have a creamy mixture, still firm enough to pipe with.
  • Pipe the butter cream on top of the cupcakes.
  • Decorate with the hazelnuts and any other decorations you wish to use.

Let me know if you try these!
Alice.

BOOTEA 28 Day Teatox | First Impression






Yesterday- I love you, Amazon Prime- I ordered the BOOTEA 28 Day Teatox. I've heard lots about it and as you're probably aware, it's a very popular detox tea.
I've tried a 'teatox' before, with SLENDERTOXTEA (post here), and I was really happy with the results. For a slightly cheaper, and shorter teatox I'd definitely recommend it. I'm excited to compare the two. 

Here's the information you're given to start with:
The 28 day box contains 28 daytime teabags and 14 bedtime teabags. You're supposed to drink the daytime tea in the morning/whenever you can if you forget, and the bedtime tea every other night, starting with day 1, for the entire teatox. 
You brew them for 3 minutes with boiling water just as you'd expect. It's not massively advertised as it, but as far as I'm aware it's supposed to aid weight loss and help with energy levels.


My first impressions of the BOOTEA, after having one of the daytime teas:

  • I'm really impressed with the price, I think it must be a deal *update- it's for Amazon Prime users, but if you start the free trial you can get the deal and cancel at any time!* but for £18.49 for the 28 day box on Amazon I'm very happy. 
  • I really like it so far, the daytime tea tastes really pleasant and a little bit like lemon.
  • The packaging and the box that it comes in are really cute, I like the design etc.
  • The bag of nighttime tea doesn't smell so pleasant- I'll let you know in the next post.


You can buy the 28 day box where I did here.

I'll definitely post a final update with some before/after shots, weight update etc, and maybe even some updates in-between! After one day my boyfriend's looking to join in, so I might have two opinions by the end!


Have you tried bootea? Are you going to join me?

Alice.

5 Cheap Makeup Products Every Beauty Junkie Should Own





As you can tell by the pictures, I love and have used these products a LOT. They're easily the five best drugstore products I've used, and I can hand-on-heart say that I've repurchased each of these multiple times (except the blusher, that I've only repurchased once! - I never get through an entire blusher though, so it is still a statement).

Let's start on the left. Maybelline's Anti Age Eraser Concealer in the shade Light has a permanent spot in my daily makeup bag for three reasons. It's easy to apply, because of the sponge built-in applicator (not the most hygienic thing in the world but it doesn't go near spots so, meh, I'll put up with it), the packaging in genius in that you get to use every.last.drop of the stuff thanks to the wind-down technology going on - if you're as cheap as me, this means a lot with your £7.99 concealer - and finally, it works a miracle on your under eyes. It's the most brightening concealer I've tried and I feel so happy in just applying an upside-down triangle of the stuff under my eyes and that being the area sorted. If dark under eyes is something you struggle with - you'll love it.

Next up, a cult favourite, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01. It's under a fiver, it's my go-to to cover literally anything on my face and it blends like a dream. That is all.

My go-to foundation of the ... past 4 months? ... and probably for the rest of my makeup days - Maybelline Fit Me foundation in 115/120. I love this foundation so much that I purchased every single shade for my college makeup kit. I've used it on so many skin types and it doesn't fail to give an even finish, not too dewy, not too matte. I'd buy it even if it were Chanel prices.

Maxfactor False Lash Effect mascara in Black. I featured this in my Rose Gold Makeup Menu eye look, it's great for length and definition. It's quite voluminous, there are definitely thicker looking mascaras out there, but it's the perfect middle that makes it a must-have for, well, everybody.

Finally, the NYX High Definition Blush in Amber. This is the only blusher I've ever repurchased, and I know it'll happen again a few times over. The texture and pigmentation is strong enough to not need much, but light enough that you aren't stepping on eggshells wondering if you're going to look like a rag doll today. This particular colour is something different from the other blushers I own - which are much more baby pink - and I reach for this daily. It suits a lot more skin tones than pinkier blushes, too.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know of other bargain products!

Alice.




Makeup Menu | Rose Gold Glitter



I'm definitely one of those still clinging on to the 'Rose Gold Everything' trend, and I don't think I'll ever back down. It's crept so far in my life that it's now on my face. 

For the base of this eye look I used MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly (it's a huge cult product, but for a reason- It's a creamy texture that thickens a little once you've applied it to the eye, and it does a good job of cancelling out veins and whatever else goes on ontop of an eyelid that you don't want in your smokey eye). All of my eyeshadows and including my brow colour came from one of Smashbox's new Cover Shot palettes, Ablaze, which I bought with the intention of using it for travel since it's so teeny and has a great little mirror, but I haven't put the thing down since I got it. For my brows I used Dark Horse, and for the brow bone and inner corners I used Moccasin and Relaxed mixed together. For the inner third of my eye I used Siesta, a shimmery rosy-pink shade, and for the centre my lid I used Nirvana, which is a matte burgundy colour. I copied all of these shades in the respective places beneath my eye, and then applied more Dark Horse on the outer third of the eyelid and beneath, joined together. Blended together this created a more-than-your-everyday smoky look. 


For mascara I used Maxfactor's False Lash Effect, my current favourite, in Black. The lashes I applied are from Eyelure's new Luxe Mink Effect Lash collection. The type I used are Solitaire, a gorgeous, wispy set. I'm a complete noob with applying lashes and I manage to apply these fine every time - so they're great if you feel like you can't hack the application of strip lashes too.

To complete the look, and my favourite part, I used Kryolan's Multi Gel in Copper. Kryolan is unfortunately a professional makeup brand and their main store, the only one I've ever seen, is located in Covent Garden. Otherwise, it's quite hard to get hold of without ordering online here where the postage costs more than the product. If you weren't looking to buy a few more colours to make the postage worth it, I've found a very similar one here.


What do you think? Would you try this look?

Alice

Lemon Drizzle Traybake



If you've watched this year's Great British Bake Off kick off then you've seen some weird and wonderful variations of the classic Lemon Drizzle cake, and are probably still drooling over the thought of them. This encouraged me to whip up my own lemon drizzle, a recipe from Mary Berry herself. I'll be honest, this is a regular occurrence in my household but at least this time there was an excuse. It's the basic recipe, which has been so good to me that I've never thought to change it as the contestants did. Maybe one day! 
The recipe makes 16 slices, of decent size. You'll need a 30x23cm (12x9in) tin that's 4cm (1 1/2in) deep (I found mine at sainsburys).

  • Preheat your oven to 180 celsius, (fan 160C, 350F or Gas4). Grease your tin and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Place 225g butter, 225g caster sugar, 275g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 4 large eggs, 4 tbsp milk, and the grated zest of 2 lemons in a large bowl and beat until smooth. The butter should be room temperature. If not, cut into cubes and microwave for 10-20 seconds. Be careful not to melt it. The mixing should take 2-ish minutes with an electric mixer or 3-4 with a wooden spoon.
  • Turn the mixture into your lined tin, and use a spatula to smooth it out.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until risen and springy to touch.
  • Once removed from the oven, loosen the edges from the tin with a knife and transfer the cake onto a wire rack.
  • Mix the juice of 2 lemons with 175g sugar and spoon over the cake whilst it's still warm, this will ensure the lemon sinks into the mixture and keeps the cake moist. 
  • Once the cake has cooled, cut into 16 rectangular slices. 

It is really that simple! The prep takes 10-15 minutes before cooking, and a few minutes after. If your family are like mine, the 16 slices will turn into 1 within a day or two.

Top tip: To get the most juice out of the lemon, either roll them on a chopping board to loosen the insides, or cut them in half widthways and pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds. Be careful - they'll be hot after, but you'll be shocked at how much more juice will come from them. To juice them, press half of a lemon over a lemon squeezer (these are cheap and can be found in any supermarket, or stores with kitchen departments. Think Lakeland and Tiger). Twist and turn until the lemon looks empty, and then drain the pith and pips before adding to the recipe for the glaze. If you're doing this slightly in advance, pop the juice in the fridge in an airtight container to keep it fresh. 

Let me know if you try this recipe!

Alice.




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