Thursday, 30 May 2013

Never-Fail Chewy Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
NOT SOMETHING SIMILAR to my usual posts on here clearly, but I had to share my take on this amazing recipe I found for cookies. These cookies I promise will be chewy, large and extremely chocolatey. With them left out, they won't last long, I promise!

1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
170g melted unsalted butter
350g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar
200g soft brown sugar
325g chocolate

For the chocolate I recommend using 175g milk chocolate and 150g white chocolate. Of the milk chocolate I usually do half terry's chocolate orange (sounds unusual but trust me, it comes out delicious and different) and then split the other half between milk chocolate chips from the cooking aisle and cadbury chocolate. The chocolate orange and milk chocolate bar should be chopped into small chunks and a few larger chunks for a nice surprise. The white chocolate I like to use a chopped up selection of giant buttons and part of a rich, vanilla-y white chocolate bar.

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C
2. I combine the dry ingredients into a bowl and then mix them together
3. Whisk the eggs together with a fork and add the vanilla extract, before putting this mix with the melted butter all into the bowl with the dry ingredients
4. Whisk together thoroughly- easier with an electric whisk to make sure there are no lumps of brown sugar
5. This should be a moist consistency but should still hold together. Then add the chocolate chips and mix in until all is covered. It will seem like you are adding a lot of chocolate chips but trust me, it works
6. Cover a baking tray with baking (or greaseproof) paper and drop two tablespoons of mixture onto the middle of half of the tray. Each tray will hold about two cookies. Keep them far apart from each other as they spread out a lot during cooking and also remember to not spread them yourself when you drop the mixture onto the tray; they will spread out themselves when they are in the oven so just drop the mixture and leave it
7. Cook for 15 minutes on the top shelf of the oven and when you take them out, leave them for 5 minutes on the tray before transferring them onto a wire cooling rack, otherwise they will break. When just taken out of the oven they will be still liquid-y, so do not be alarmed and leave them to set

I hope you all enjoy this recipe, it really works well every time, and I promise when you use this once you will never try any other recipe. Good luck and enjoy!

Let me know in the comments if you've tried this recipe or if you're going to try this any time soon.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Brandy Melville- The Best Around

Brandy Melville Haul
A BRANDY MELVILLE opened up on Kings Road in London a few months ago and after looking at pictures their clothes obsessively on Tumblr and their website I knew I had to go; just to check out their stock and of course buy some of their iconic pieces.

The way this shop works is somewhat unique; they only stock one size, with the motto 'One size fits most'. Somehow despite this, on me (a smaller 16 year old) everything seemed to fit extremely well. 

They also do something else very different. They have a few select patterns and images which are used throughout (such as the famous moon/eclipse pattern shown below) which they print onto their different standard shape clothes.

I decided to get three crop tops as i'm quite obsessed with crop tops at the moment, plus these Brandy Melville ones fit really nicely. These three pieces I picked up are similar in terms of shape but with different textures. This first piece to the left and right is a red crop top with an extremely detailed black or dark grey aztec print. It's not too over the top but gives a little more than just a plain piece.

Next is this plain navy crop top in the softest fabric I have ever touched. It's a different material than the first piece and feels so delicate that it could easily tear, but -touch wood- it seems fine right now, although I do worry. It's slightly sheer, but it's dark so wearing something under it other than a bra isn't really necessary. It has very flattering shape and feels nice to wear.

Finally I had to pick up something with the famous eclipse/moon pattern on it. I don't care if every person and their mum owns this print- I still love it. It is, to me, the epitome of Brandy Melville and one of the stand-outs that had people fanatical when it first cropped up (excuse the pun) on Tumblr. This is the only one of the three I have actually worn out yet. I wore it to a party and got a few compliments.

I'll definitely be going back to Brandy Melville soon to stock up on summer clothes- also there's an extremely soft set of jumpers and I want to pick one up. So there might be another Brandy haul coming along soon.

Have you been to Brandy Melville? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below.


Friday, 10 May 2013

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks

Swatches of 101, 22 and 16 

YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD a lot about these lipsticks around, so here's just another blog post about them. I got mine from Superdrug starting around two months ago; I bought one and really liked it, so I went back to buy another, before going back for the third time. And I love the three colours that I have.

These are the 'Lasting Finish by Kate' lipsticks and I have the original ones (the black bullets) in number 22 and 16, and the newer release matte finish (red tube) in number 101.

Number 101 is a muted beige-y pink colour which is slightly darker than my natural lips so it gives a more sophisticated look without being too heavy. This one is more sheer than the other two. Number 16 can be a bit too much as it's a bright coral/peach, but I really like wearing it either lightly dabbed over my natural lips or by mixing it with a plain nude such as Nostalgic by E.l.F. to create a custom light peach colour which is amazing for spring. If you like pinky-corals, then 16 really is for you. It's just perfect.

101, 22, 16
Finishing with 22: this one is my favourite. The colour is a classic red and the fact that it has blue undertones instead of orange ones helps to reduce the appearance of yellow teeth. The formula of these lipsticks is amazing, especially highlighted in this  extremely pigmented red colour. I usually find lipsticks hard to wear as I find most just look too obvious: like a thick layer of pure product across your lips, covering them up. But these seem to glide on and then sink into the lips and become part of your own skin: like real makeup should. This is especially true with the non-matte formulas which tend to look more natural.

Any other stand-outs from the collection I should try? Let me know in the comments below.