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Halloween Cupcakes

I am a little girl at heart and I still get very excited when it comes to Halloween.
Here are some red velvet Halloween themed cupcakes I baked this morning. They are extremely easy to do and really yummy too!

red velvet halloween cupcakes

I took the recipe from Jemma from Crumbs & Doilies and added a bit of Halloween fun to it.

Red velvet ingredients

To make 24 cupcakes you will need:
235g Self raising flour
15g Cocoa powder
250g Caster sugar
3/4 tsp Salt
270g Soft unsalted butter
4 Large free-range eggs
3 tbs Buttermilk
1tsp Red food colour paste
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1.5 tsp Cider vinegar
200g of plain or dark chocolate
150g of white chocolate

halloween red velvet cupcakes

halloween red velvet cupcakes

First you will need to get a large mixing bowl a sift the flower, cocoa powder, caster sugar and salt. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the soft unsalted butter and eggs and stir until everything is nice and smooth. If you have a kitchen aid your life will be much easier but don’t worry if you don’t, you can do it by hand like I did, it will just take longer.

Next mix the buttermilk colour paste and vanilla extract into a small bowl. It is very important to get a good colour paste. I bought one from Dr oedker and as you can see the red velvet cupcakes didn’t come out very red.

Pour the buttermilk mix into the bowl while stirring, and keep stirring until you have an even paste.

Now in a separate bowl mix the bicarbonate of soda with the cider vinegar and after it has stopped fizzing pour into the cupcake mix and stir.

When the mix in nice and smooth, line non-stick baking tray and fill the cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full. Set the oven to 170C and bake for about 23 minutes.

Red velvet cupcakes

As soon as the cupcakes are cooked leave them to chill. Once they are cold you can start decorating them.

red velvet cupcakes

I opted for a very simple but yummy finish. I basically melted 200g of dark chocolate and coated the cupcakes.
As for the spider webs I melted 150g of white chocolate. I then put the melted chocolate into a piping sleeve and started drawing over parchment paper.

white chocolate spider web

white chocolate spider web

chocolate spider web
halloween red velvet cupcakes

These cupcakes are a lovely treat to make for Halloween. If you do try out the recipe let me know how you get on with it!

Vanessa. x
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The Diorskin Foundation put to the test

I was on the market for a new foundation and heard that the Diorskin Forever foundation had been reformulated and it was getting good reviews. Therefore, as always I decided to test it out myself.

Diorskin forever foundation

The foundation comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle, while in might not be the most practical when traveling it does look very nice on your dressing table. The bottle also comes with a pump which I love. It disperses the foundation cleanly and efficiently.

The product in itself is equally as beautiful. The foundation blends seamlessly onto the skin. This foundation has a medium coverage and a very natural finish to it. It isn’t a matte foundation but its not dewy either, it just leaves skin looking like skin and for me that is the most important thing in a foundation. It also has spf 35 – PA +++, which is a very high protection compared to other foundations.

Diorskin forever foundation

I have combination skin and I am currently using the forever foundation daily. I love how comfortable it is to wear, the longevity and the coverage. It makes my acne marks disappear leaving my skin looking fresh.

Diorskin forever foundation

I like to apply this foundation with a stippling brush and then going over it with my beauty blender.
This is a premium brand foundation and of course it doesn’t come cheap, it retails for £33.00.
But none the less the quality of the foundation is beautiful and works really well with my skin. I have been using this foundation daily for the past 2 months it has definitely become one of my favourite foundations.

Diorskin forever foundation

The Diorskin Forever foundation is Dior´s best selling foundation and I can see why.  Next time you pass through a Dior counter ask for a sample and try it out for yourself!

Let me know in the comment section what foundation you are loving at the moment?
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Autumn Wardrobe Update

I have to admit I love going for a stroll in the park on a crispy, sunny, autumn morning.
There is something about feeling the crispy leaves under my feet that makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy.

Autumn look book

After summer I do enjoy changing up my wardrobe. Putting away all of my summer frilly clothes and taking out my lovely cosy sweaters and going shopping, hunting for new pieces to incorporate into my autumn wardrobe. This year I decided to go for a poncho. Ponchos have been around for ages but I never though of buying one, thinking I wouldn’t get much wear out of it.

autumn fashion

With this post I just wanted to show how easy to style and how versatile ponchos are.
They are the perfect peace for in between weather.

autumn hat

I don’t think I’ll be able to wear it much outdoors when winter kicks in, but let’s enjoy the weather while it last!

coach bag

autum outfit

ankle boots

What fun pieces have you incorporated this autumn to your wardrobe?

Poncho from MANGO
Jeans from ZARA (old but similar)
Hat from ZARA (old but similar)
Boots from CLARKS
Belt from MANGO

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