Friday, 14 October 2016

Cinnamon Buns

Autumn is now here. The trees are turning all shades of orange, yellow and brown making actually want to get out of the house at the weekend and go on lots of lovely walks, just to look at the beauty of nature surrounding you. When I think of autumn, I think of beautiful trees, pumpkins, hot chocolate and the smell of sweet cinnamon. Something I love to treat myself to at this time of year are cinnamon buns - so yummy! So, last weekend, my boyfriend and I did some baking and found the perfect recipe from Tanya Burr's latest cook book, Tanya Bakes. I usually bake cakes and cookies so I wasn't sure how they were going to turn out but they actually turned out great! They are so delicious as a mid-morning snack with a big cup of coffee. I hope you enjoy this recipe taken from Tanya Bakes!

1. Line the baking tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl, stir in the yeast and rub in the butter.
3. Crack one of the eggs in the centre along with the milk, add the cinnamon
 and bring together to form a dough.
4. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is elastic.
5. Put in a bowl and allow to prove for 1½ hours.

6. Meanwhile, you can make the filling by mixing the sugar, cinnamon and
 butter together in a bowl until it is soft and creamy.
7. When the dough has risen, knock the air out and roll into a large rectangle. Spread 
the cinnamon butter all over the dough right up to the corners. Sprinkle over the raisins evenly.
8. Roll up the dough and cut into 12 slices. Place each slice end up, side by side 
in the baking tin and allow to prove for another hour.
9. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Beat the other egg and use it as a wash over the
 buns. Bake for about 30 minutes.

10. Meanwhile, make the icing. Mix the sugar and vanilla and add 1 tablespoon 
of warm water slowly until you have your desired consistency, then pour over the buns.

Have you read Tanya Bakes? What's your favourite recipe?

Friday, 7 October 2016

The Prettiest Makeup Brushes

Spectrum Collections source the most magical and aesthetically pleasing brushes I have ever seen. You may have seen them all over the blogosphere, Twitter and Instagram as everyone is loving their princessy makeup brushes right now. They continually bring out the most prettiest unicorn mermaid-esque brush collections, the latest being the 'Bomb Shell'; containing ombre pink and rose gold brushes encased in an iridescent seashell bag. Another set I have my eye on is the Marbleous collection which are grey, white and rose gold (the bloggers dream interior combination in the form of makeup brushes). The set I am reviewing in this post is the gorgeous 8 Piece Eye Blending Set* from their best selling original collection. This set consists of eight high quality eye makeup brushes displaying an ombre effect of blue, purple and pink hues. There is everything you need here to create the most beautiful make-up looks from a dramatic and dark smokey eye, to a more natural every day look. 

I have been testing these brushes out for a few weeks now and I totally get the hype surrounding them. Not only do they look amazing, but they are so incredibly soft and are vegan friendly too. They are without a doubt the softest brushes in my collection which makes them the perfect brushes for blending and perfecting different eye looks. I am no expert when it comes to applying makeup and these totally make application much easier and more effortless. The eight eye makeup brushes in this set consist of the precision crease, tall tapered blender, small angled shader, medium fluffy shader, stubby shader, short smudge and tulip eye contour. My favourite brushes have to be the medium fluffy shader and the stubby shader. I love to use the stubby shader to pack on eyeshadow if I want the colour to be intense and the medium fluffy shader is the perfect shape to blend eyeshadow out beautifully in the crease. Although these are eye blending brushes, they can be multi-purpose too. I like to use the tulip eye contour for contouring my nose when doing a night out makeup look and the small angled shader is perfect for blending in concealer under my eyes as the hairs on the brush are so delicate and soft. I love these brushes and I'll definitely be adding more to my collection; the marbleous set and the glam clam are now going on my wishlist!

Which makeup brushes do you love? Have you tried anything from Spectrum Collections?

Friday, 30 September 2016

A Weekend in Scarborough

A couple of weeks ago, Jonny and I went to Scarborough for the weekend. We stayed at Ox Pasture Hall, the most amazing and luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in (you can read the review here). After checking into our hotel, we had a couple of hours to spare before our dinner reservation so we decided to go to Peasholm Park, an oriental inspired uniquely beautiful park and a place to relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Imagine being transported into a Japanese garden, sights of children can be seen giggling and attempting to row bold red dragon pedalos in the right direction, a peaceful glen runs through the majestic and rare trees and flowers and with every corner you turn, something new is found, as the oriental theme is evident as you wander down each pathway. The pea green pond looks ever so calm as cute little ducks swim softly through the powder pink lilies. If you're looking for a place to go for a nice walk, an ice-cream and a boat ride then Peasholm Park would be a great place to visit. It's very family friendly so is a guaranteed fun day out for everyone!

After a walk around the park, we decided to go and row a boat around the little island. I really wanted to go on the fun looking dragon pedalos, but because Jonny would be rowing the boat, he chose the rowing boat, perhaps because they are a little more 'manly' and less childish than the dragon boats (even though I would totally have gone on the dragon boat). The park wasn't overly busy and there were only a few others on boats. I sat back and enjoyed the view of the park whilst Jonny rowed the boat. I think if I had tried we would have taken well over an hour to get around the glen! You can hire either one of the rowing boats, canoes or dragon pedalos for half an hour - this will allow you to go around the lake approximately two times. If you both want to sit back and enjoy the sights, then I'd recommend going for a sail in one of the swan launches where someone else will steer the boat for you.

After a lovely stroll around Peasholm Park, we headed to the beach which was only a two minute walk away. It couldn't have been a more perfect day; the sky was a crystal clear blue and not one cloud could be seen. The sun shone brightly and the sea looked ever so calming. My favourite thing about Scarborough beach had to be the beautifully vivid and colourful beach huts; they looked like a beautiful rainbow nestled at the front of the sandy shore. There's nothing more relaxing than walking along a sandy beach and watching the waves. Before heading home, we got some chips from the nearest chippy, North Bay Fisheries. There was a huge queue even before it had opened so we knew that we had chosen a good one! Chips are a must when you go to the seaside aren't they? They were so delicious too and the perfect ending to an amazing weekend.

Have you ever visited Scarborough?