26 March 2016


No bake baking recipe's are my absolute favourite because there's absolutely no way you can do it wrong! I popped one up on my blog just before Christmas (Chocolate Orange Krispie Cakes, read it here) and in true form I've got a Spring themed one for you today...

White Chocolate and Raspberry Rice Krispie Bars! They're honestly so delicious. 


You will need: 

100g Butter (ideally unsalted but salted is fine too)
175g Marshmallows
100g White Chocolate
Handful of white chocolate chips
150g of Raspberries
150g Rice Krispies


1. Fill a saucepan, 1/3 full of water and leave to boil. Once bubbling, turn to simmer and pop a glass (or ceramic) bowl over the top and melt the butter and marshmallows. You will need to stir almost consistently to make sure the marshmallows don't burn and both ingredients combine throughout! 


2. Add in 50g of white chocolate to the mixture, stir occasionally until completely smooth.


3. Take the saucepan off of the heat but leave the bowl above the hot water. The marshmallows cool quickly so keeping them above the hot water will slow the process down. Add the rice Krispies and mix together. 

4. Using greaseproof paper, line any baking tin you have to hand. The great thing about this recipe is you can use dishes of all sizes and shapes. I just used a rectangular swiss roll tin but you could be more creative.


5. Pour the marshmallow and Rice Krispie mixture into the tin and spread it out evenly. 


6. Top with as little or as many raspberries and white chocolate chips as you like, then pop it in the fridge to cool for 1 hour. 


7. Whilst cooling, melt the rest of your white chocolate. Once smooth, drizzle over the top of the now completely cool giant Rice Krispie bar. You can be as messy as you like for this. Then, pop it back in the fridge for 30minutes to set the chocolate. Finally cut and serve...



These treats are honestly so yummy but if you're not so much a fan of the fruit you can just switch it out for your favourite candy or chocolate bar! It would be really nice to use mini eggs instead and give them to your family for Easter.

Love always,
Melissa


19 March 2016


Spring is upon us and I finally feel like it's acceptable to wear colour on my nails again. It's time to put away the burgundies and the navy shades and splash out the fun pastels. I did a similar, spring inspired nails post last year (you can read it here) and this time around I wanted to make it a little more factual. So I did some research and using Pantone's official colours for Spring 2016, I have picked out 5 of the best nail shades for the season!

Pantone 13-1520 // Rose Quartz


When I think of spring or Easter, this colour always comes to mind. It's a super pretty, dusty pink. I'd say it's almost pastel but not quite, it doesn't have that cleanliness about it that a baby pink does, which I like a lot. According to Pantone, it's supposed to be gentle and calming but will look great on the nails, particularlu if you're retricted to neautral shades.

Essie - Like to be Bad
Rimmel London - Caramel Cupcake
Tom Ford - Show me the Pink

Pantone 16-1458 // Peach Echo


Coral shades have been 'on trend' for a couple years now but I've never seen them come into season this early in the year, they're normally reserved for summer. Unlike the summery shades however, this one isn't quite so in your face. It's a much softer, more wearable coral which emulates warmth and playfulness but in a gentler, more friendly quality.

Essie - Tart Deco
Chanel - Miami Peach
Tom Ford - Coral Beach

Pantone 15-3919 // Serenity


I love this colour but surprisingly I've never worn it on my nails before. Pantone describe it as "light and airy, like the sky above us" but it still has dustier tones to it much a like the sky in the UK. It's not te bright, ocean blue of the sky in Thailand that's for sure.

Butter London - Periwinkle
Rimmel London - Pillow Talk
Essie - Show me the

Pantone 19-4049 // Snorkel Blue


A great shade to ease you into the lighter and brighter shades of spring. Snorkel Blue is the darkest shade of the season, it's almost navy, almost royal blue just not quite dark enough to be either. If you're still not ready to busy out the pastel brights yet, then this shade is for you!

Revlon - Midnight
Chanel - Blue Rebel

Pantone 16-3905 // Lilac Grey


It wouldn't be spring without talking about Lilac in one form or another, whilst this shade is pretty far from the pastel version I love, it's definitely wearable and much more 'grown up'. It's edgy and fashionable but bold and fun at the same time.

Ciate - Pillow Fight
Butter London - Muggins
Essie - Love & Acceptance

So it turns out I couldn't break it down just into 5 shades, so here's a bonus one. This shade isn't really new to this season, I've seen it around a lot particularly on home design Pinterest boards...

Pantone 13-4810 // Limpet Shell


This aqua colour is really fresh and clean and I would say would be a great transitional colour in to Summer when that time finally comes around!

Essie - Where's my Chauffeur
Barry M - Sky Blue
Dior - Bleuette

What do you think? I probably wouldn't have picked some of these shades myself, but put altogether they look great and paired together could create so really pretty nail art.

Love always,
Melissa


12 March 2016


Spring feels like it's starting to make an appearance here in the UK. I mean the daffodils sprouted before January even kickstarted but the weather finally seems be warming up a little and the birds are singing again. My makeup has definitely been representing something much lighter and brighter too, so I thought I'd share with you some makeup picks that I thought would be perfect for Spring...

Urban Decay // Naked 3 Palette

I honestly can't think of an eyeshadow palette that is better suited to spring that this one right here. It's full of pretty pink, rose shades that get you excited for dewy mornings and little lambs lining endless patchwork farm fields. Well, maybe not but you get my gist...


Benefit // High Beam

I picked up a travel sized of this product last summer and haven't reached for it since the nights started getting darker in September. It's got a stronger tint to it than the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, it's a much more obvious glow to your skin. Which I think is so necessary at this time of year, where it's almost spring but not quite and your skin just needs a real pick me up!

Bourjois // Radiance Reveal Concealer

This concealer was a new release in February and it's been sold out in every drugstore since. I only managed to pick this up just this week. It's quite watery but that just adds to the dewy, glow that it gives your skin. It isn't called radiant for nothing!


Tarte // Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush - Fearless

This isn't a blush I reach for often, in the pan it looks very pink. On the skin, it just looks like a perfect transitional shade from spring to summer. I know I'm a little early on the bandwagon, I'm just so eager for long days, butterflies and the bright sun.

Revlon // Colourburst Lip Butter - Peach Parfait

I wear a lot of matte lipsticks, most of which are deep reds, burgundy's and the occasional purple on my lips in the winter. This lip butter from Revlon is much lighter, glossy on the lips but very natural. It embodies natural beauty which is what I think Spring is all about!

Daniel Sandler // Watercolour Liquid Blush - Cherub

Okay, another blush but I couldn't not include this one and I guess the Tarte one is a little premature... This blush goes on so naturally, imitating the look of blushed cheeks from the morning breeze. It's organically glowy and doesn't necessarily need a highlight with it but why not, it's Spring, when else can you go overboard on the dewy products!

What products are you eager to dig out of your drawer for Spring?

Love always,
Melissa


5 March 2016


Whilst I don't have the biggest makeup stash in the world, I've been trying to find ways to be content with what I do own and hold back from adding to the collection. So I'm introducing a new segment called 'Mix It Up', sort of like a 'Shop my Stash' post, well, exactly like a shop my stash, I just liked how 'Mix it Up March' sounded! ;)

Here Goes...

Tarte // Lights Camera Splashes

I talked about this product in my 'Over-hyped Products I didn't like' post in January but it's pretty expensive for a mascara so I'm desperate to give it another go and not waste all that money. Especially as my Too Faced Better than Sex is running extremely low and my NARS Audacious Tester can't have much of a life left either.

Benefit // Gimme Brow

Again another product that got pushed to the back of my drawer because I wasn't as impressed as what the hype led me to believe. It is great for keeping your brows in one place but even though it's tinted I still have to fill my brows in beforehand and what's the point in that? But I'm going to try and fall in love with this product none-the-less, that's my main aim this month.

The Body Shop // All-in-One BB Cream

I loved this product when I first picked it up, back in the day when foundation wasn't an everyday necessity and the 'no makeup look' was something I lived in. It comes in 2 shades; 01 and 02, I have 02 because I generally tend to be on the warmer scale of the spectrum but what's cool is it adapts to your own skin tone so you can't really go wrong. It's a light coverage but I think it'll be great for those days when I'm in a hurry to get out the door and don't have time for perfectly blended face base.

Becca // Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight

I've never used this, well, I swatched it on my hand when I first got it but that's it! It came in a pack with the pressed powder version in Opal and that stole my heart and this kind of just got lost. But I'm bringing it back in an attempt to reduce the size of my makeup brush washing list!

Maybelline // Colour Tattoo

I used to love the Colour Tattoo's, last summer and the summer before the shade On and On Bronze was my all time favourite. I still use some of the other shades occasionally but not as often as I used to. I've been feeling down recently because it's been cold and rainy so I'm going to try emulate summer in my makeup and hope the weather man takes the hint.

Rimmel // Scandaleyes Shadow Crayon

Another summer loved but disregarded this winter product. I used this product every day in 2014 with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo to create a super easy golden brown smokey eye! They make eyeshadow application so easy just a quick swipe on my eyelids, blend with a MAC 217 and you're good to go. The only thing I dislike is they're not so easy to sharpen and they wear down fairly quickly due to the softness of the eyeshadow!

NARS // Isolde Duo Palette

Not so much of an unloved or lost product, I only picked this up in New York last November and used it pretty much throughout all of December. Well, up until I received the MAC Warm Neutrals Palette for Christmas and it got a little forgotten about. The colours are a beautiful rich gold and a dark shimmery brown, both of which will go perfectly with my Colour Tattoo and Scandaleyes shades.

There are some products here that I have really loved and I'm exciting to rekindle my love for them this month. As for the products I'm not so sure about, here's to hoping they surprise me and I can write about them later this month!

What are your tips for mixing up your makeup routine and saving a bit of cash? I'd love to learn some new tricks, I'm running out of idea's and my will power when walking past the beauty aisle in boots is slowly running low.

Love always,
Melissa