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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Cupcakes!

Recipe: Halloween Cupcakes!

This week is Halloween week so I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to make some cupcakes and decorate them to link with Halloween! I love looking on Pinterest to get some inspiration for baking! I have decided to make plain cupcakes but I have created two different types of decorations for the topping! I have tried to make the recipe as simple as I can so that its easy for everyone to do! In this post, I have done a step by step recipe but the decorations are the main focus of the post! If you want to see a more detailed recipe for the bun making, check this post...Cupcakes!


125g Sugar
125g Butter
125g Self Raising Flour
2 Eggs
Orange and Black food colouring

Making the Cupcakes...

The first thing that you need to do is pre-heat your oven to 150...

The next step is to weigh out your sugar and flour and mix them together!

Next, weigh out your butter and add this to the mixture. Mix well until the mixture is nice and smooth!

Then, add the eggs to the mixture, one by one! Mix well and make sure that there are no lumps of butter.

Once the mixture is done, I decided to split the mixture into two. I then added orange food colouring to one and black food colouring to the other. Mix this in well.

The next step is adding the mixture to the cases! I added the orange mixture first, then added some black mixture to the center. Add an even amount of the mixture to each case so that they are all a similar size once they're done! I bought some Halloween themed cases too!

Now you can put them into the oven! These buns usually take around 15-20 minutes to bake, make sure that they are fully cooked before taking them out!

The final step is to leave the buns to cool and move onto preparing the icing for the decorations!

Making the decorations...


75g Butter
175g Icing Sugar
Ready to roll icing

To make the butter icing, add the butter and icing sugar to a bowl. Then mix for a few minutes until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Then add orange food colouring to the mixture.

Once the mixture is done, add it to the piping bag or icing tube and add the butter icing to some of your buns! I decided to use this icing for three of my cupcakes.

I then used some black and white ready to roll icing and made some decorations for the top of them!


Icing Sugar
Ready to roll icing
Orange food colouring

For the rest of the buns, I decided to make some icing with the icing sugar. I never measure how much I use for this icing as I do it as I go along! Once I had mixed the icing sugar and water together, I added some orange food colouring. Once the icing is smooth, cover the rest of the buns!

To finish, I used the black ready to roll icing to make some pumpkin faces!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I enjoy making cupcakes for specific events as I really like decorating them in different ways! I love seeing all different Halloween cupcakes on Pinterest too!

Kellie xx


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Halloween Makeup Essentials!

Halloween Makeup Essentials

Today and Sunday's posts are all about Halloween! I thought that today I would show you some essentials for a Halloween makeup look. I have chosen a selection of beauty products which I think would be perfect for a Halloween look and they are affordable brands too! I really love Halloween because it gives you a chance to experiment with different makeup looks and wear really dramatic makeup looks too! I love looking on Pinterest for inspiration as its the perfect app! I will leave some of the looks at the bottom of this post which I think are creative and really good for Halloween!

1. Benefit Hoola Bronzer 
2. MUA Highlighting Powder

I think that bronzer and highlighter is perfect for Halloween because you can define parts of your face and make a lot of creative shadows! The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is amazing quality and I think its the perfect bronzer! You can define your cheekbones and be really creative. The MUA highlighter is a really nice shade and it has a slight shimmer inside the product which I think will be perfect for Halloween looks.

3. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow 
4. MUA Matte Eyeshadow 

I think that eyeshadow is one of the most important beauty products when creating your makeup look. A dramatic eyeshadow can change the whole look and can look amazing! All of the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyesahdows are perfect for creating any look but one of my favourites is in the shade pomegranate. They are long lasting and can bring a lot of colour to your look! A black eyeshadow seems to be a must on Halloween as dark eyeshadow is something that most people use! The MUA matte eyeshadow in black is really affordable and perfect for a dark smokey eye!

5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 
6. Maybelline Eye Studio Liner

I think having long and dramatic lashes is perfect for Halloween. I don't have any fake lashes at the minute but I would recommend them as they release loads of amazing Halloween lashes! But if you don't have any lashes, then the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a perfect alternative as this allows you to have long looking lashes! I also think that eyeliner is an important essential for Halloween as you can create dramatic eyes along with eyeshadow. The Maybelline Eye Studio Liner is really easy to use and is also really long lasting which is perfect for Halloween! You can create cat flicks which is what I will be doing!

7. Tanya Burr Riding Hood Nail Varnish 
8. Rimmel Nail Polish Black Cherries

I think that nail polish is also an essential to a Halloween look as you can make the colour match with your outfit! I think that darker colours work a lot better for Halloween as it goes with the theme. You can also wear false nails if you don't have long nails as these can look really good too! The two shades which I think are perfect are Red and a dark Purple. The first one is a Tanya Burr nail polish and this is the shade called Riding Hood. The second one is a Rimmel polish and this is the shade called Black Cherries.  

9. Kate Moss Lipstick 107
10. Maybelline Color Show Lipstick Berry Much

The final beauty product which I think is an essential is lipstick! I think that lipstick and eyeshadow are the most important products that can change your whole look! I also think that darker shades work a lot better as they go really well with the theme! The two shades which I think are perfect are a dark red and a dark purple. The first one is by Rimmel and the shade is 107. The second one is by Maybelline and the shade is called Berry Much. Both of these are really long lasting and really affordable too!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and I will be posting another Halloween post on Saturday! I will leave links below of all the beauty products featured in the post and I will also show you some of my favourite looks from Pinterest!

Kellie x

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Top 4 places I want to visit...

Travelling to different places around the world is definitely something that I want to do after college. There are so many places that I would love to see and so many things that I would love to do. I am beginning to save my money so that I have the opportunity to start travelling on my own or with friends either in 2016 or 2017. I think that travelling gives you a sense of freedom and its also an achievement as well as you have worked hard to save up the money to get there. In today's post, I have decided to pick my four top places which I would like to visit in the following years. It was quite hard to narrow it down to four, but these are the places that I have been wanting to visit for years and years and hopefully I will get the chance some day!

1. America 
Images taken from Pinterest

America is the number one place that I want to visit and I have done ever since I was little! America is a very big place and I would love to go out there and visit a few places rather than one. The top three places in the US that I would like to visit are New York, Florida and Los Angeles. New York is a place that most people would love to visit some day and I hope I get the chance! There is so much to do and going shopping there would be a dream! The second place I want to visit is Florida and the main reason for this is Disney World! I am a big Disney fan and even though I've visited Disney in Paris, I would love to go to Florida! The final place is Los Angeles! I love the idea of the Hollywood and celebrity lifestyle and I would love to go visit all of the tourist spots in Los Angeles. Especially the walk of fame and the Hollywood sign! 

2. Africa
Image taken from Pinterest

The second place which I would love to visit is Africa! I would really love to go on a safari and see all of the animals. I have watched a lot of videos on YouTube of people going to see the animals and having an experience where they can get up close with them and look after them. This would be a dream come true for me as I am a big animal lover! I have always wanted to go visit Africa and after watching the film 'blended' it has made me want to visit even more! I would love to see the culture over there and see how its different to where I live. Everyone always talks about the amazing experience that they have had and I think it would be a beneficial holiday for relaxing and getting rid of a lot of stress!

3. Skopelos
Image taken from Pinterest

If you have seen the film 'Mamma Mia' then you may recognize this place! This is a small Greek island and is the main location where Mamma Mia was filmed and I think it looks so beautiful. I think that the film really shows the best parts of the location and I would love to visit there some day. I think that it looks like the perfect holiday destination and also the perfect place to take lots of nice photos! I recommend watching the film and I can guarantee that you will want to visit Skopelos afterwards!

4. Australia
Image taken from Pinterest

The final place which I would love to visit is Australia! I don't have a lot of knowledge of Australia so I'm not sure on the specific place that I would want to visit. I think that there are a variety of places which lots of people visit for a lot of reasons as there is so much to do and see! One place which does look amazing is The Great Barrier Reef which is located in Queensland. I would love to see what it looks like and also go snorkeling too so that I can see everything in full detail! Australia is a place which a lot of people want to visit at some point and I think it would be a great holiday!

I really hope that I can visit all of these places one day and I hope that they are everything that I expect them to be! I always love going on Pinterest to look at travel pictures and get some inspiration of different places around the world. There is so much to see and I think that it is important to me to see these places! I would love to spend a full year travelling and I think it would be such an amazing experience. I think that one of the most interesting things would be seeing the similarities and differences between locations. I will leave my Pinterest below as I have a board which is specifically for travel pictures!

I hope you enjoyed reading today's post! Next week will be Halloween themed and I have been waiting for this for a while as I love this time of year! 

Kellie x


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Birthday: New Beauty Products

On Sunday I turned 18 and I was lucky enough to get lots of lovely presents! I thought that I would share my new beauty products with you as I have fallen in love with them! Birthday's are a perfect opportunity to get some new beauty products and I love looking at blog posts about new products so I can get some inspiration. I am very grateful for all of my presents and I loved spending time with my friends and family on my birthday! There are 6 new products to show you and I'm also going to give you my first impressions of them too!  

Real Techniques Collectors Edition Sculpting Set

I was so happy to receive this set from my friend Beth! I have been wanting some new makeup brushes for a while now and I love real techniques! I think that the brushes are really affordable and such good quality. The set consists of  three brushes and I love the colour of them too. The first brush is the sculpting brush, this is perfect for applying bronzer and its my new favourite brush for contouring! The second brush is a fan brush and I think that this is great for highlighting as its really light and soft. The third brush is the setting brush and I have been wanting this brush for a while. This one is perfect for setting my under eye concealer. 

Mac Lipstick: Velvet Teddy

This is a shade that everyone loves and is a very popular one! I have seen this shade featured in so many videos and pictures and I have been wanting this for a while now. My stepsisters bought me this lipstick and I absolutely love it! I think that this shade is perfect for everyday and I love the matte finish as well. My stepsisters also bought me a lip liner to go with this lipstick...

Mac Lip Pencil: Boldly Bare

This lip liner was recommended to me by the women at the Mac counter. I wanted a liner to go with my velvet teddy lipstick and she said that this one went really nicely with it. I have worn this combination twice now and I love it! I will be wearing these two products together a lot from now on and I'm really happy with the quality and finish!

Mac Lipstick: Honeylove

I also received another Mac lipstick from my friends Chloe and Elspeth, this one is in the shade Honeylove and is a matte finish too. I love the matte lipsticks from Mac as I love the finish! This colour is very similar to Velvet Teddy and I really love this shade. Its perfect to wear everyday and I know I will be using this a lot!

Rita Ora Nail Polish: Rain Rain Go Away

You will have seen this nail polish featured in my beauty post from last week! This is my favourite shade as I think that its the perfect nude nail polish! I would wear this colour in any season and I think that it goes with any outfit. I was so happy to receive this from my friend Ellie as its my favourite and I was also running out of this colour as I use it so much!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

This is probably one of my favourites as I have been wanting this for so long! I finally own Benefit's Hoola Bronzer thanks to my friend Beth! I used this for the first time today and its safe to say that I have fallen in love with this product! You don't need to use a lot of this product and it lasts all day! I love the finish and colour of it and I just think its the perfect bronzer which everyone needs!

Products featured in this post:


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Meeting The SacconeJoly's!

On Sunday 11th October I got the chance to meet the SacconeJoly's! They held a meet and greet at the RSPCA Big Walkies event and helped to raise money for the charity. If you don't know who the SacconeJoly's are, they are a family who vlog everyday and post the videos onto their YouTube channel! They have over 1 million subscribers and they have been filming their everyday life for over 5 years! If you haven't seen their videos before, I would 100% recommend watching them as they make you smile! I love that they get involved with charity events and use their channel to raise money for RSPCA. They have 6 dogs so it doesn't surprise me that they got involved. 

Meeting Anna and Jonathan was one of the best days I've had! They are honestly the loveliest and genuine people that I have ever met and I love that they can make so many people happy just by posting their videos.  They also have their own individual channels too and I love Anna's channel as it has fitness, beauty and fashion related videos which I love! Getting the chance to meet them was so amazing and I would love to meet the whole family someday (including the dogs!). We went to Leeds Roundhay Park to the meet up and waited in line with 200 other people all eager to meet the couple. The weather held out for us and I went with two of my friends, Nia and Alice! It was so surreal getting to see them and I loved every minute of it! 

I have left one of their videos below for you to watch...The video is from the day of the meet up and I was lucky enough to appear in the vlog! It is a day that I will never forget and I would love to meet them again someday!!

Video taken from The SacconeJoly's YouTube channel.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Rita Ora Rimmel London Nail Polish:

Today's post is based on Rita Ora's collection of nail polish within the brand Rimmel London. I have always loved Rimmels nail polish and when they brought out a collection with Rita Ora, I had to try them! There is a variety of different colours and I love them all! Today I have picked out my top five colours within the collection. I think that the products are really affordable and such high quality! They are priced at £2.99 each and they each last me a really long time. If I use a top coat alongside them, then they are perfect for lasting without chipping. They also dry in 60 seconds and I love this because waiting for nail polish to dry is my least favourite thing about painting my nails! The colours are really pretty and I love the names of them too, here are my 5 favourite which I have been loving at the minute...

1. Rain Rain Go Away

This is definitely my favourite colour of nail polish! Its the perfect nude shade and it goes with any outfit! Every time I wear this shade, people comment on the colour and ask me where its from. Its a neutral shade which I think will suit everyone! I always re buy this colour and its my number one shade!

2.Neon Fest

I decided to pick up this colour because I thought that it was a really nice pink shade! I love that the pink isn't too overpowering but it still looks bright and classy. I would say that this pink shade suits me quite well and I really love wearing this shade as I think it adds something extra to my outfit.

3.Go Wild-er-ness

I don't usually wear purple nail varnish but I saw this colour and thought that it was a really pretty shade. Its more of a lilac shade than purple and I think that it is a nice pastel colour. This is a great colour to wear everyday and I love the name of the product too!


This colour polish is one that I don't own in my collection so that's why I decided to pick it up! I think that this shade looks really nice with darker outfits and a red lip. I think that it is quite a noticeable shade but I really like it and I'm happy that I picked it up!


This colour was perfect to wear throughout summer! I love these pastel shades as they are really bright and pretty. I think that this colour is another shade that would suit a lot of people and goes with a lot of outfits too!

I think that this collection from Rimmel is one of my favourite from drugstore brands and I also love the Kate Moss collection too! These products are really good quality for money and are ones that I would 100% recommend. I would love to have the whole collection of colours soon and I will constantly be buying Rain Rain Go Away as its my favourite shade! I usally buy these products from Superdug and I have left the links to my top 5 colours at the bottom of the post. I hope you enjoyed reading todays post!

Kellie xx

Screenshot from the Superdrug Website

Colours that I want to try next...

1. Bestival Blue
2. Glaston-Berry
3. Sweet Retreat


Rain Rain Go Away
Neon Fest
Go Wild-er-ness


Saturday, 3 October 2015

September Favourite's: Random

On Tuesday, I posted my September Beauty Favourite's, so today I thought that I would post my other favourite's which I have been really enjoying in September. This post includes; film and TV, books and music. I have new favourites every month because there are always new things being released or I rediscover some of my old favourites. 

TV Shows:

The 100

The 100 is definitely one of my favourite TV shows! This is an American post-apocalyptic drama TV show which has had two seasons out so far and the third one is being filmed at the minute! I was a bit late starting this series, but once I started watching this, I was attached! It is now my favourite show and I could watch it over and over. I love the cast that are involved and I love the story lines too! I would 100% recommend this show!!

Once Upon A Time
Images taken from Google Images

I recently got Netflix a few months ago and I started to watch Once Upon A Time first because a lot of people had recommended it and I thought that it was something that I would really like! I am only on the second season but I am really enjoying it so far. I really love all of the characters involved and I think that how they connect all of the story lines together is really clever. I would suggest this show on Netflix because its really interesting and there is always a new story line!


Insurgent and Mamma Mia

The two films that I have really enjoyed watching throughout September are Insurgent and Mamma Mia. Insurgent is an American science fiction adventure film starring two of my favourites, Shailene Woodley and Theo James. This film has recently been released on DVD so I have been watching it quite a lot recently and I love The Divergent Series. Another film that I have watched quite a lot in September is Mamma Mia. This film was released in 2008 so its an old favourite which I really enjoy! This film is a musical and I really love how they adapt the songs into the story line. This film always cheers me up and is one that I will never get bored of. 


Paper Towns

I have only just started reading paper towns a few weeks ago but I am really enjoying it so far! I went to go see the film not long after it was released and I think that the film was really good and I also loved seeing Cara Delevingne too! The story is about Quentin and his childhood friend named Margo. He goes on a search for Margo when she mysteriously goes missing and you get to discover more about Margo and the other characters along the journey that they go on. I always love John Green's books so I definitely wanted to read this one! I haven't finished it yet but I think that it is a really interesting book that most people would enjoy! 


Ellie Goulding- On My Mind

This song was released a few weeks ago and I have been listening to it non stop since then! Ellie Goulding is one of my favourite artists and I am really happy that I have been able to get tickets to see her next year. I was very excited to find out that she is releasing new music and I cant wait to hear the rest of the music because I am really enjoying listening to On My Mind. 

Little Mix- Love Me Like You

I have always loved Little Mix ever since they were on X Factor and I really love their new song called Love Me Like You. They are also releasing a new album soon so I'm excited to hear their new music! Love Me Like You is a song that I always listen to in the car and I think that a lot of people will enjoy this song! They also released the video today and it is based on prom and I love all of the dresses that they wear! Love Me Like You has got me excited to hear their new songs from album three!

They were all of my favourites that I have been enjoying throughout September! I am looking forward to carrying on watching Once Upon A Time and finishing Paper Towns. I am also really excited for The 100 season three as I think that it is going to be the best one yet! I will have another beauty post on Tuesday and I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Kellie xx

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