Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How to make: Halloween no bake mini cheesecake potions!

These super cute cheesecakes are so easy to make and quick, you can easily make them on Halloween day ready for the party! Get the kids involved too! Make it a fun Halloween night in!

So, here's what you'll need;


- your favourite biscuits (I choose shortbread, these work really well!)
- a little bit of butter 
- extra thick cream 
- a flavouring of your choice (I chose Vanilla)
- gel food colouring of your choice (I choose red and green)
- sprinkles/any Halloween toppings you like
- and little jars to put them in!

Everything I bought was enough to make two jars. I found these cute little jars in Wilko for £1 each! Make sure you give them a wash before putting food in them though! 




Place the biscuits of your choice in a big bowl. I used 6 for two people. Now looking back on it I wish I used a little more! Hopefully you'll have better judgement! You then want to smash them up into crumbs with an end of a rolling pin. This can get super messy! Really fun for the kids to do!





So next you want to add a little bit of butter, it's just to make it abit wet so you're able to mush it down in the jar. Your judgement will come in handy here too! I found it easier using my hands as the heat melted the butter faster and you can judge the texture easier. 








Once you have a damp texture, evenly put the mixture into the jars like this.









You then want to get a small spoon and press down on the mixture to form a cheesecake like base. You'll end up with something like this. If you don't feel like it's enough feel free to repeat the previous stage to add more! I wish I did this!





In a bowl, empty out all of the cream and add your chosen flavouring. Remember to keep tasting as you go, I had to add a lot of flavouring to get my desired taste!








Separate the cream into two bowls or into how many different gel colours you are using. 







Now for the magic! Add the whole tube of the gel colour to each bowl. If you use a tiny bit it will come out pastel colours. I wanted the colour darker than this but it was my first time working with colour gel! Keep mixing until the colour and the cream are all mixed together evenly. 





Pour the coloured cream on top of the biscuit base in the jar so you end up with something like this...







And finally, add your sprinkles or any toppings that you like! 










You can paint the jars all Halloween-y (with acrylic paint) and add cute little characters on cocktail sticks! Get your kids to draw little characters, cut them out and stick them on with blue tac, easy peasy! 

Let them chill in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes then they're ready to eat! They last in the fridge for about three days! Like I said, these are so quick and easy to make you can make them on the day for a Halloween party or even make it a little fun activity for you and your kids to do this Halloween!

Any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact me down below and good luck! 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Review: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Ever since Dainty Doll has discontinued (well, in my Boots store it has!) I've been on the hunt for a new foundation. It's been very difficult. I have super pale and dry skin and finding a foundation when you're pale is an absolute pain, especially in drugstores, as some of you may know.
I've always wanted to try NARS products but it isn't sold where I am and buying it offline without testing the colour just seems abit silly to me, especially because of the price! It would be an absolute waste if it was wrong. 
A few weeks ago I managed to find a Sephora in France and just fell in love with the place. I found the NARS station and was super excited! I don't like full coverage foundations as my skin isn't that bad and I find they can be really cakey and show my dry skin. I always mixed my foundation with moisturizer so the tinted moisturizer really interested me. It was the only foundation products of the brand that I tested and it really was just love at first sight. It was a perfect match and I loved the texture and the glow of the formula. It's SPF 30 which is amazing and pretty high for a foundation. They also have a great range of shades and also describe what colour undertones it has. My shade is Terre-Neuve and it is the lightest with neutral pink undertones. 

That night I used it as we were going for dinner and cocktails and I was extremely impressed! It's very lightweight and I'm still able to use my concealer under it and for it all to blend together beautifully. A little does go a long way with this product and it leaves a wonderful glow on your skin. It also photographs lovely and makes you look very healthy and glowing! I'm completely impressed with how long it lasts, I didn't remove my makeup the night before (bad I know!) and it was still in place the next morning!
The only downside I could possibly see is if you have oily skin this product may not work for you. I get a touch oily on my forehead and around my nose but just apply powder. You could possibly just pop a powder compact in your bag!

I'm so happy this product exists and will continue using it as my main foundation, I love it even more than my Dainty Doll foundation. I don't think I could ever go back or go to another foundation. Now that I know my shade, I can now happily buy it online! I bought it for 38€ and its £28 on the NARS website which I will happily pay out for such an all round wonderful product. I highly, highly recommend this product to anyone and everyone!

What NARS products do you have? I want to expand my collection! xo

Monday, 15 September 2014

Review: Kelly Osbourne MAC Lipstick in Dodgy Girl

I know this is probably a bit of a late review, but I love this lipstick a lot and you could say, it's well tested! I bought the Kelly Osbourne lipstick in Dodgy Girl a couple of months ago, I thought it was out of stock, as it is a limited edition range but I managed to purchase it from the official UK MAC site! 

You can still get this lipstick and her range from Ebay and Depop! A little bit more expensive but so worth it!
It is a matte lipstick but like a lot of the matte lipsticks from MAC it is surprisingly moisturizing! I have terrible chapped lips all the time and I exfoliate before putting on lipsticks and this glides on beautifully. I like to pat the lips with tissue after applying the product, then apply the lippie again and pat. It works really nice. The only downside to this lipstick, I feel, is that it lasts a really long time but it tends to turn a pinky colour and stains your lips rather than staying purple. I found myself re-applying it through out the day/night, a lot more than what I normally would when wearing a MAC lipstick! 

It retails at £16.50 which is a standard price for MAC cosmetics! Like I said, it will unfortunately be a little more now when buying from sellers online.


All in all, I love this product and re-applying it isn't the biggest deal in the world! Also, it matches my hair! (review on this hair dye coming soon!)

Did you get anything from this range? 

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cruise to France

At the end of August I went on a 2 day luxury cruise to France. Me and a small portion of my family went with The Royal Carribean cruises. The little holiday was just absolutely perfect.
If you're ever thinking about going on a cruise but not too sure, I would definitely recommend a small trip like this one!
 We set off from Southampton and sailed through out the night to France. The ship was just unreal, it has everything you could ever imagine. Here's just a few of it's little luxuries, a spa, dinning rooms fit for a king, casino, arcade, 3 swimming pools, all day buffet, shops, cafe, fast food, pubs.
Just everything! Even a chapple to get married in at the top deck!
Again for most of this trip I used my Diana Mini camera and promise to get all of the films developed soon! I will write out a huge photo dump and also a little review! 

I did however get a few photos (:

  
  
(The food was so insane! Best food I've ever had!)
                                                 I had my first macaroon in France! was SO good!)

 In France I found a Sephora! I was so excited and ended up buying my first Nars product! Which I shall definitely be writing about! 
The whole trip was just mind blowing and I would LOVE to do it again but for longer! Honestly, two days on a ship this massive is not long enough. If you ever are lucky enough to get the opportunity to do a trip like this, take it!

In other news! Last night me and Craig went and watched Box of Light in our hometown. The show was amazing, they performed so well and I was lucky enough to meet Helen after the show! I was so incredibly happy and she was everything I expected and more! What you see her like on her channel is exactly what you get in real life. 

Also, I finally have a Pusheen plush! Craig surprised me with her a few days ago! She's so cute hehe!
More travel blogs soon! xo

Sunday, 10 August 2014

London + Anberlin

So, on Friday and Saturday I was in London having the time of my life with my boyf. I can confidently say I am suffering with holiday blues big time right now, also knowing I have work today is making it worse. 
(train selfie!)
 
We left quite early on Friday for London to see Anberlin live in the Electric Ballroom in Camden. I've only been listening to them for the past few months and I have completely fallen in love with their music. They're Craig's favourite band and knew we had to see them as this is their final world tour! The show was absolutely amazing! I've never seen a lead singer sing with so much passion and emotion, just such an incredible show and has made me so excited for all of the gigs we have booked for this year!

 (before gig bathroom selfie!)

 
(Can kinda see them! The crowd were insane!)
 
We unfortunately could only afford one night, but we managed to get up in the morning to go around the Camden markets, which was just so incredible! I ended up buying a ring and eating the most delicious noodles I've ever had! It was an amazing experience and we can't wait to come back! You could literally just spend more than a day looking around, was so baffled by how much there was!
 (Stuffing my face with deliciousness!)

 I also got to try my first ever bubble tea! I though it was so freaking delicious! I took a whole film of photos on the camera pictured above, hopefully be able to get it developed this week and upload them! The main problem with shooting film is not having the photos instantly! 

I was going to vlog and take a lot more pictures digitally but I was seriously having way too much fun and wanting to experience it all that I completely forgot! 

In about 3 weeks I'm off on an amazing two day cruise and stopping off in France! I honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world, I have the most amazing partner, we can't wait to explore and I can't wait to share it all on here!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Review: Sleek true colour lipstick and eau lala liner

I've had this review written down for ages and finally getting around to it! This combination of lipstick and liner is just the best and so cheap!

A few months ago I was looking for a dark red/purple vampy lipstick but was having no luck! Even looked in MAC and just nothing stood out! I've been absolutely loving Taylor Momsen's look for ages and wanted to recreate her fabulous look!


Sleek had been gone for a few months from my local Superdrug and I was so bummed! It's such an amazing makeup line! For some reason I just went into there and there it was! Sleek makeup back in my life! I noticed first the liner, Sleek Eau La La Liner in Raisin but was afraid it would be very drying on my lips, so just picked up Sleek lipstick true colour in Cherry too and just thought about mixing them! Best combination ever! I'm so glad I did it! Doing it this way creates an amazing vampy colour and it lasts so long!
I wore it to a family get together, we had Chinese food and a lot to drink and I only had to reapply the lipstick twice! Result! What's even better is that the liner can also be used on your eyes! They have loads of colours and I would love to stock up on more! I really recommend this combination or even your own using Sleek makeup! It is such an amazing brand, amazing quality for an amazing price!




It cost £4.99 for each product, that's just under £10 for and amazing colour! Can't get any better than that!

I'm traveling to London right now with the boyfriend! I will be taking alot of photos and possibly a vlog so keep an eye out for that! (:
Happy train photo! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Depop + update!

Good morning everyone! 

First of all, great news! I'm now selling my prints on Depop! I'm absolutely in love with this app! If you're a fan of instagram then this is a great app for you! 
The set up is the same as instagram but you sell and buy items just like ebay! It's brilliant! 

So please feel free to follow or buy from my account: @pixiesmess



Notice anything different on the blog today? That's right! I've updated it a little bit! It's been the same for around 3 years now so felt like it needed a little change! It hasn't changed too much though! 

In the next few weeks I have some reviews to post of products that I am loving! So keep coming back to the blog to check that out or you can follow me on my social networking sites (linked below) to keep up to date!

I'm also excited to announce that I'm going to university in September! I'll be studying illustration and I can't wait to start! I can't wait to be able to develop my skills and have better artwork in the near future! 

Thank you for your support and believing in my work and I hope you're all enjoying the hot weather! 

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My favourite spot fighting products!



Ever since I've hit my 20's spots have been a real pain for me! I've always had pretty good skin as a teenager, but lately spots have appeared and dry skin... great! Here are my favourite products to use when I get a break out;

 
Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash

I use this every day, I love the soft brush which really cleans deep and feels very refreshing afterwards. It's also a spot fighter and proves you can see results from day 1 (as most products claim) On its own, it's great, but it does need a little help to reduce those spots!  It's a great product for those who are lazy with ex-foliating your skin as it's all in one! It's a little bit pricey at £7.99 but I have seen products like these be a lot more expensive, I got this one on offer for £4, so just keep your eye out! 

Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel 
 
This is a new product I've tried this month and I love it! I usually use the Simple spot zapper, but I feel you need to use different products on your skin so it doesn't get used to one product.  This claims you can see results within 4 hours! For me, it wasn't 4 hours but I definitely saw an improvement the next morning. It says you can use it on top of makeup or under makeup, I haven't tried this as I don't like to wear makeup when I'm trying to fight off the little buggers! It really helps to reduce the size of  the spots and redness, its a great little product for on the go, small enough to keep in your bag. It retails at £4.59, I feel this is a good price as it does work and you do not need to use a lot!

 
Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes

This is another new product that I've added to my skincare routine. I felt I needed something better than just a makeup wipe for night time and these are a great alternative. They help fight spots but also remove makeup. 2 in 1. They smell lovely, and no harsh smell or chemicals as Simple always is! a lovely little product to use before bed time, I then apply the gel to wear over night. They retail at £3.85 but a great investment. In the UK Boots usually have a 3 for 2 sale on Simple products a lot of the time, just use your 'smarts' and you can find good bargains! I also like to use the Simple Spotless Skin Cleansing Pads but I don't want to overload my face with too many products! But these are a great deep cleaning pad that actually does show great results in getting rid of spots!

What are your favourite products to use? 

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Review: 17 Va Va Voom Mascara

 I'm a huge fan of full long lashes. My eyes, I feel, are my best feature and I love enhancing them anyway I can, usually by mascara. I've used Maybelline's Colossal Mascara since I was about 14/15 and felt like trying out a new product. I didn't want to try anything out too expensive as I know cheap products work just as well, I spotted all kinds of different mascaras on the 17 counter, but I liked the description of the Va Va Voom product (and the name is fun too!)
 
It says. 'Dramatically volumised lashes with carbon black pigments. Extreme volume building brush for a false lash effect.' Sounds amazing! and to be fair it's pretty spot on! I was a bit afraid of the brush to begin with because it was very thick, but I used the little trick of wiping the access pigment off in a tissue before apply and ended up with beautiful, thick lashes!
I use about three coats to gain the 'false lash effect' 
 This would be a great alternative to using false lashes for a night out when you're in a rush to get ready! The brush really grips onto your lashes and grabs each one. The tip is easy to use to get to the outer and inner lashes. This mascara will last all day and night, it stays put pretty well, I wore it to work one night and it smudges a little bit under my eyes but nothing too noticeable, plus what mascara doesn't?! 
 
 I'm so impressed with this product and completly converted! I didn't think I would ever love another mascara other than my trusty Colossal but Va Va Voom has completely stolen my heart!
 It retails at £6.29 at Boots stores and online and is a complete bargain! (also cheaper than Colossal!) Finally a product that doesn't lie and does exactly what it says on the tin! 

What's your favourite mascara? xo