Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Zoella Beauty: Jelly & Gelato Range

Hey everyone :)

I was on holiday when Zoella (Zoe Sugg) brought out her new range. However I got the email from Superdrug with a 25% off introductory offer and couldn't resist buying the entire range (well bar the clutch bag).

Now I'm a sucker for pastel colours, and fruity scents so this new range was right up my street. Now I would say that the entire range is more marketed towards teen girls ... but considering Zoella's channel is marketed towards that same demographic it's no surprise.

The entire scent is themed with pomegranate and elderflower - which is a very fruity scent. When I first smelt it - I actually thought it was a peachy/mango smell but I was wrong but the scent is still AMAZING!

There are 8 new items in the range:

Zoella Gelato Bath Wafers
This is a pink block that snaps in two diagonally to mimic wafers. You can either use the entire thing in one bath or you can keep half for another bath. I used the whole block and the bath smelt amazing.

Zoella Gelato Shower Shake
This is a thick creamy yellow body wash that moistures as you wash too. It's very thick and I would recommend using a sponge or body poof as if you just smear it over you it tends to take a good rub under the water to get it off.

Zoella Gelato Bath Milk
You get a few packets of powder in a lovely lilac pastel tin. Once you've ran your bath you can just sprinkle one of the packets over the water and give the water a swish/swirl to mix it in.

Zoella Gelato Body Pudding
One of my favourite products - it's a creamy lotion that has little red beads that dissolve when you massage it into your body. It's not a greasy lotion and it leaves a lovely smell on your skin.

Zoella Gelato Cream Body Scrub
An odd bees wax yellow body scrub. I wouldn't really say its a "cream scrub" like the name suggests. It's very sticky but that doesn't really matter when your in the shower and can wash it off. It does leave your body nice and smooth.

Zoella Gelat'Eau Body Mist
Gotta love a body mist ... at first I thought it was an air freshener for the room. But it smells great on me and my work colleagues have commented that its a lovely sweet scent but not too sickly. The only thing I would comment on is that the spray does shoot a load out so it tends to dampen your clothes if you spray it on. It's not really a spray more like a spurt.

Zoella Gelato Shower Sauce
A fancy word 'sauce' for shower gel. It's a lovely pink colour and has subtle hints of elderflower and pomegranate. It's very foamy and I much prefer this to the shower shake.

Zoella Gelato Beauty Clutch
As I mentioned previously in the post - I didn't purchase this as I obviously don't need a clutch and it's more for girls than guys. So no comment!!

Overall I'm very impressed with Zoe's new range and would definitely buy the body mist and the body pudding again. Have you bought anything from the range? Let me know in the comments below.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Summoners War

Hey everyone :)

Last year I was working in Coventry and one of my colleagues from Hemel Hempstead came to the depot for a couple of weeks and he was playing the above game: "Summoner's War". At first I wasn't interested and then I saw what it was and thought I'd give it a chance and 7 months later here we are!

The game was developed by South Korean game developer, Com2Us. It is a mobile turn-based strategy MMO. You summon monsters, level them up, rune them with magical runes and use them to fight in scenarios and dungeons.

On the outside the game seems just like levelling and fighting but its so much more. As I mentioned you start with the scenarios and you can follow the little story woven into the scenarios. Then the dungeons open, their is the tower of ascension, there is raiding, world bosses to fight. You can also join a guild too and play with friends you know in real life (if they play it) or friends online.

This game will take up lots of your time but it's fun and something you can have on in the background while you do other things. There is an "auto-battle" mode!

If you play the game - please let me know in the comments and I'll add you as a friend :)


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Cupcake Jemma: Neapolitan Cupcakes

Hi everyone :)

So I'm a big fan of ice cream and especially different flavours together. Vanilla, strawberry and chocolate are some of my favourite flavours so when I saw Cupcake Jemma's recipe for Neapolitan cupcakes I just had to make them :)

Ingredients (chocolate base layer):
200g bourbon chocolate biscuits
50g melted butter
1 tbsp golden syrup

Ingredients: (vanilla second layer):
125g self-raising flour
125g caster sugar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g unsalted butter, soft
2 large free range eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp whole milk

Ingredients (strawberry buttercream top layer):
200g unsalted butter, soft
450g sifted icing sugar
6-8 tbsp strawberry jam, seedless and smooth

1. Pop the bourbon biscuits into a food processor and buzz until fine crumbs (or just put in a sandwich bag and bash with a wooden rolling pin until crumbs).
2. Add the bourbon biscuits crumbs, the melted butter and the golden syrup into a bowl and mix until combined. Spoon 1 tbsp of the mixture into 12 liners in a cupcake tray and press down with your fingers or a 1/2 cup measuring spoon as this fits perfectly. Leave to one side.
3. Using a stand mixer - in the bowl add the flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, butter and the 2 eggs. Mix for about a minute on medium so that all the ingredients are combined and you have a golden yellow batter. Slow the mixer down and add the vanilla and milk and beat for another 15-30 seconds until combined.
4. Spoon a ping pong sized ball of mixture onto each biscuit layer. Bake at 170℃ for 20-22 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when pressed into the centre. Let the cakes cool completely before doing anything else.
5. Using the stand mixer again add the butter to the bowl and beat on medium to high for about 5 minutes until its gone nice and pale.
6. Stop the mixer and add half of the icing sugar. Beat again for another 5 minutes. Stop and add the last of the icing sugar and beat again for another 5 minutes. You should end up with pale, white, fluffy buttercream.
7. At the the time of the recipe strawberries were not in season so Jemma used a high-fruit content strawberry jam (I found it in Tesco). Just whizz it in a food processor to make it smooth. You can sieve it too if you don't want seeds in it.
8. With the mixer of slow - add as much or as little jam as you want to colour and flavour the icing. Jemma added around 6-8 tbsp of jam. I think I added around 4 tbsp.
9. Optional: Because of the amount of icing vs jam - the icing will go a pale pink - Jemma did colour her first batch of cupcakes with pink food colouring to get a really vibrant pink colour - but the choice is yours. Pale pink is just as good :)
10. Decorate your cupcakes with wafers like Jemma or I forgot to buy them so I just decorated with some leftover jam I had.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite flavour of ice cream is ... or cupcake for that matter!!


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Mary Berry's 'One Step Ahead'

Hey everyone :)

Hope you are doing well ... it's a lovely warm sunny day in England ... and I suppose I should go out and enjoy it as we don't really get many ...

I managed to pick up another Mary Berry book last week and it's taken me ages to take some pictures. For those of you who don't know I am a big Mary Berry fan and I love her recipes!!

I've picked out a couple of my favourite recipes - the "italian meatballs" and the "lemon fudge cake" - both great, easy and scrumptious recipes!

Have you bought this book and have you made any recipes from it? Let me know in the comments below.

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