Wednesday, 20 December 2017

SLEEK 'Into The Night' Palette - GRWM | YOUTUBE


I've recently purchased this Sleek 'Into the Night' palette in Bronze and have created a party eye makeup look using just these eye shadows. Costing only £7.49, this palette contains some gorgeous powder and creme shades. You can watch my 'get ready with me' over on my YouTube channel below:  





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Thursday, 14 December 2017

5 Christmas Party Nail Varnishes



My favorite way complete an outfit over the festive period is by having sparkly nails. When spending money on Christmas presents you might not want to pay to get your nails done professionally, therefore, I've accumulated a collection of budget nail varnishes to share with you.

Rose Gold God 

These Next polishes were on 3 for 2 so I picked up 3 shimmery shades which happened to fit perfectly into this post! This is a pearl effect polish from Next called 'Rose Gold God' - costing only £4. 



Ballet Shoe 

Also from Next and costing only £4 is this glitter effect polish in the shade Ballet Shoe. This shade is sliver with sparkly gold glitter throughout. 



Well Jel

Costing £4 again, this is a Matte Effect, yet bright, polish in the shade Well Jel which is a perfect pink shade. 



Bronze Bae 

Barry M have always been a favorite brand of mine when it comes to nail polishes and I am loving their shade Bronze Bae from their Molten Metal collection. The Molten Metals have a chrome effect with a mirror-shine foil finish. There are 10 shades to choose from if Bronze isn't up your street and again, they're only £4 (£3.99 to be precise) 




Golden Brown 

I'm not entirely sure why this has brown in the name as it isn't anything like a brown, but this is a golden pink shade. It's not as bright as the pink shade above but is a lovely subtle girly shade. 




Christmas According to,
Abi
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Chocolate Gingerbread Brownies

For the Christmas season I've spiced up the classic chocolate brownie with some ginger. The strength of ginger is entirely up to you, just add more ground ginger to your desired preference. I have added 3 tablespoons, which gives a mild flavouring. If you don't like ginger at all, you can leave it out completely and just have some amazing chocolate brownie bites. 


Makes 25-30 small bites (you can keep these as 15 larger bars if wanted)

Ingredients:

For the brownie
400g dark chocolate, broken into chunks 
25g cocoa powder 
25g plain flour 
250g golden caster sugar 
250g butter, plus extra or greasing the tin 
1 tbsp ground ginger 
6 large eggs, separated 

For the icing:
100g butter, chopped 
50g dark chocolate 
50g cocoa powder 
200g icing sugar, sifted 
2 tbsp ground ginger 
Decorations if wanted - I have used white chocolate stars and Christmas coloured sprinkles! 

Instructions:

1) Heat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas 4. Butter a 20 x 30cm cake tin, and line the base and sides with baking parchment paper. Heatthe chocolate, cocoa, flour, sugar and butter together in a saucepan over a very low heat. Once the chocolate and butter have melted and the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and stir in the ginger, followed by the egg yolks one, one by one. 

2) Beat the egg whites into stiff peaks. Using a metal spoon, stir a couple of spoonfuls of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to loosen, then gently fold in the rest. 

3) Transfer the mixture to the tin. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is set and the centre doesn't wobble too much. Leave the tin on a wire rack to cool completely. 

4) Once cool, make the icing. Gently heat the butter, chocolate, cocoa, icing sugar, ground ginger and 4 tbsp water in a pan, stirring until you have a smooth icing. Pour over the cake (still in its tin), leave for 1-2 minutes to cool slightly, then scatter over your topping decoration of choice. Leave to cool completely before cutting into bars.


I took these brownies into work and they were devoured by the team! I hope that you enjoy them just as much.

Christmas according to,

Abi x




Recipe Rights: BBC Good Food 



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