Thursday, 9 April 2015

Easter Trip to Devon.

Good Evening lovelies!

So this weekend I was lucky enough to visit my lovely boyfriends family down in Devon. Having only been to Cornwall previously (I lived there as a child) it was great to see more of the South of England. Despite the long drive down and the train journey back. I had such a lovely couple of days relaxing and escaping from the stress of uni and work.

Whilst there we had cream teas, climbed Haytor, explored a granite quarry, spent the evening around the chiminea after a family BBQ and visited the House of Marbles. Safe to say I had a wonderful Easter weekend. (I apologise now for the mass of photos in this post!)



Apparently this is a proper Devonshire cream tea! The Cornish put the jam on first, supposedly its a big deal?


Beautiful views from the top of Haytor with Matt, Clare and John :)





These were the stunning views of an old granite quarry. Apparently this quarry supplied the materials that made the London Bridge. The water here was also super clear and is supposedly full of really big goldfish? Over all the views from the moors were gorgeous and there are all sorts of legends like 'The Hairy Hand'. Where at night many drivers claim that a pair of disembodied hands take control of the vehicle and cause the driver to veer off of the roads. Many say that they are invisible...


Another is Jay's Grave, which is about a young housemaid who was betrayed by her lover and later committed suicide. As she hung herself she was not allowed a proper burial, so she was buried on unconsecrated ground. Despite this happening years and years and years ago, there are always fresh flowers on her grave, no matter what time of year. Some say that the locals keep up the tradition but many are not convinced!


But anyway enough of the ghost stories ;)




On Easter Sunday it was Matts' step brothers 16th, so they had a family barbecue. It was so lovely being able to sit out in the sunshine, drink beer, play games and eat. At first it was a tad overwhelming meeting such a large amount of his family at once, but they were super lovely so it was all okay in the end :) After proving to Matt that I'm actually not that bad at table tennis, we spent the evening around the chiminea chatting about pretty much everything under the sun.


On my last day myself and Matt visited The House of Marbles to have breakfast and see all the super cool marble runs. I don't think I have ever seen so many marbles in my whole entire life... But it was really interesting see all the different types of runs they had. One literally covered the whole of a wall, it was crazy! I also bought a super cute yellow rain coat ;) (something I have been after for months!)

Overall I had such a lovely relaxing weekend and can't wait to go back again. If I'm invited of course ;) Hope you all had an enjoyable easter and bank holiday! Let me know what you got up to in the comments!

Maisie xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe!

Good evening lovelies!

Slightly different post today but I thought that I would share the recipe that I use to make these super yummy red velvet cupcakes! The recipe that I use is Nigella Lawson - Red Velvet Cupcakes as it is relatively easy to follow, but I have tweaked it ever so slightly :)


Ingredients:

Cupcakes

250 grams plain flour
tablespoons cocoa powder (sifted)
teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100 grams soft unsalted butter
200 grams caster sugar
1 tablespoon red food colouring
teaspoons vanilla extract
large eggs
175 ml buttermilk
teaspoon cider vinegar

Cream cheese icing

500 grams icing sugar
125 grams cream cheese
125 grams soft unsalted butter
teaspoon cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method:

Cupcakes

1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and line your tins
2. Mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl
3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth then add the food colouring and vanilla extract
4. Whilst still beating, add 1 spoonful of dry ingredients and 1 egg into this mixture then another spoonful of dry mix and an the other egg. Finally add the rest of the dry mix.
5. To finish add the buttermilk and cider vinegar, then pour the mixture into the cases and bake for around 20 minutes or until the knife comes out clean.
6. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack


Cream cheese icing

1. Sift the icing sugar to remove any lumps
2. Combine with the cream cheese and butter, then add the cider vinegar. I tend to add a teaspoon or 2 of vanilla extract here to sweeten, but you can do it without just depends on your sweet tooth.
3. Ice the cakes once fully cooled
4. Add any decoration you wish, I tend to use either sprinkles or freeze dried raspberries! :)


Hope you enjoyed this post, I love baking so let me know in the comments if you would like some more like these! Also let me know if you try make them, I hope you find them as yummy as I do! :)

Maisie xx




Friday, 20 February 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection

Good evening!

Today I just so happened to find the Real Techniques Bold Metals range in my local Boots. Having been lusting after and looking for these brushes since they came out, I couldn't help myself and may have picked up 2 brushes from the collection.

The 2 that I opted for were the rose gold 301 Flat Contour from the finish collection (£24) and the silver 201 Pointed Crease brush (£12) from the eye collection. Oh my gosh, they are SO beautiful and there was no way I was leaving without them. For brushes they are quite pricey but being a dedicated Real Techniques user I knew that they would be worth it. Just everything about them seems perfect, the design is absolutely stunning and they are so lovely to hold and use. At first glance I assumed that they would be quite weighty brushes that may be slightly awkward to use, but how very wrong I was. They are beautifully balanced and not too heavy use but not so light that you can't feel them in your hand. They have a tapered end that makes them easily to slot in and out of pro brush belts (not that I have that need, but they do slot nicely into my brush storage!) and the softest bristles I have ever felt. 







I am so so SO excited to use these brushes! I definitely want to purchase a few more from the collection, so lets hope tips are good! ;) Are there any brush brands that you would recommend I try out? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Maisie xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Valentines Day

Good Morning!

So as everyone knows, it was Valentines Day on saturday and if you know me well, you will know that it isn't exactly my favourite holiday. I'm a bit of a misery when it comes to Valentines really, maybe it's because I'm a waitress or maybe it is just because it has never really been a special day for me, who knows? But one thing I do know is that this year, it was very adorable and special.

Now Valentines for me is normally just a regular day, it's not about presents or going the extra mile because I think that you should go the extra mile to make someone you love feel special everyday if you can. Not by buying them gifts or taking them out for dinner but the little things like saying they look good or making them smile daily. Now my boyfriend does that anyway (soppy I know) but he really did make that little bit of extra effort that pretty much made me cry with happiness. Recently he has been having a pretty rough time, he has been very badly injured and has been holed up in bed for the best part of 2 weeks :( But despite not being able to walk, he still managed to put together a little something. Him and my beautiful best friend made a plan (she was his legs!) and put together this basket of goodies for me:



It may not be jewellery, chocolate or flowers but it is all things that I wanted and adore. I love cheese, I love mugs (you should see the mug cupboard in my flat..), I love sweets and I have been DYING to see Big Hero 6 - and we went and saw it yesterday eee! Maybe I might have changed my mind about Valentines...  So really I just wanted to say thank you again and again to Matt and Jess because you two really make every day better. 

Maisie xx


Friday, 13 February 2015

Nair Easy Wax Microwave//Review

Hello lovelies!


So recently I decided to give at home hot waxing a go and I have to say that it didn't exactly turn out great... I have often used cold wax strips or an epilator so I have some idea of what I am doing. I also used to religiously get waxed at my local beauty salon, but moving to Uni made that difficult as I am that person who only likes going to that one place they know does things well. I'm exactly the same with hairdressers!

After a bit of online research (granted it maybe wasn't very in depth) I settled on 'Nair's Easy Wax Microwave for legs and body'. This is a hot wax pot that doesn't require the use of wax strips as the wax sets and becomes the strip itself.




Having read the instructions throughly, heated the wax and prepared myself to inevitably burn my legs, I applied the first strip. Now I have waxed or epilated for a long time now so I know exactly what to expect pain wise. Surprisingly it was painless, but on closer inspection I realised that this was due to the fact that it wasn't actually removing any hair from my leg. Brilliant. This may have been down to my technique or the wax itself but either way I was left feeling very unimpressed and frustrated. I also found the wax hard to work with as it was very stringy and dried to a very solid, brittle form. Meaning that it more often than not snapped instead of coming off in a whole strip...




So in the end I had to go out and buy cold strips anyway, bit of a waste of time really! What have been your experiences with home waxing? Is there any products that you would reccommend?

Maisie xx

Friday, 30 January 2015

MAC Lipsticks

Good Evening!

So today I have my current MAC lipstick collection for you, which consists of 7 lipsticks in total. Now I am absolutely IN LOVE with MAC's lipsticks and swear by them for colour range, staying power, formula and that they smell like vanilla (I think!). In my eyes they can not be faulted!

I am still expanding my makeup collection and starting am to branch out into different brands but I always seem to come back to MAC for this particular product.



As you can see I quite like pinky/purple shades and love a good matte lippy.

From L-R:

Ruby Woo (Matte)
Fashion Revival (Matte)
All Fired Up (Retro Matte)
Girl About Town (Amplified)
Impassioned (Amplified)
Plumful (Lustre)
Patisserie (Lustre)

Below I have coloured swatched them for you :) Although Ruby Woo looks a little bit pink... I promise you though it's actually a bright red! 



What are your favourite lipstick brands? 

Maisie xx