I don’t know about you but with all the Valentine’s posts going around at the moment I have been feeling quite girly all of a sudden. With Spring around the corner, which means that we can all start feeling a bit cheerful and colourful again, I have put together some of my favourite girly beauty products, which just so happen to follow a pink theme.

Some are old favourites, some are newer, all of them are very lovely.

 


This delicate pink blush is from the Bare Minerals compact range and is in the shade ‘The One’. I love this colour because it looks amazing on everyone and can be worn as a very natural every day look, as well as being vamped up for a more striking look for evening time. The colour gives a really nice dewy finish with a slight highlight in it.

 

Next I’ve got my go-to mascara at the moment which is the Maybelline Sensational Volume Effect Mascara. This mascara is amazing as it’s huge brush gives you massive volume and really gives that false lash effect. The brush is also slightly curved to make it easier to catch every lash! I love Maybelline’s mascaras and this is my current favourite.

 

The iconic “perfect nude/pink” shade that made MAC famous, Angel has been a favourite of mine since I bought it for my bridal look last year. It’s honestly the most wearable everyday lipstick I’ve ever had, being the perfect mix of natural and pretty but at the same time having enough colour pigment to make your lips stand out. For an everyday, girly look Angel is perfect.

 

This Ted Baker body soufflé is as gorgeous as the packaging looks from the outside. When you open it up you are hit with this delicious pink cream which is the girliest, most floral, sweet smelling thing I’ve ever come across. It’s like they mixed fairies and unicorns to make it! I don’t wear it every day but for a special occasion it’s the kind of smell that I really like. The packaging is super cute too.

 

Once you’ve tried a Liz Earle fragrance it’s difficult to go back to anything else every again! And that is definitely the case with me. It’s fair to say I’ve been going on about this fragrance A LOT recently, featuring it on my bridal makeup and hair blog as well as my January favourites video, but what can I say?! It’s the best. No. 20 is my favourite because it’s everything I look for in a fragrance: made from natural ingredients, fresh and light, floral and girly and it reminds me of summertime, however all of Liz’s fragrances are stunning and there is definitely a smell to suit everyone.

 

I have been a big fan of the Molton Brown body & bath ranges, particularly the body washes, for a while now but I have recently switched from my all time favourite (Gingerlily) to try out the Pink Pepperpod range! It’s still got the exotic ginger smell but it’s much more fiery and the fragrance really fills up your whole bathroom in the morning – I love it! They do the entire range in this scent from body washes and creams to fragrance diffusers.

What are your favourite ‘girly’ products?

      

I’m the baker in our family so I’m usually asked or I offer to make the cakes for special birthdays. I’ve made novelty cakes in the past, kids cakes, cakes in the shape of cars, shoes etc to suit the person. For my sister in law’s 40th birthday I was determined to make something classy, tasty and most importantly – visually amazing!

I must stress that I am more of a cake decorator than actual baker. My recipe is by no means a fail safe perfect sponge – my cakes always come out a bit dense and never rise, but it’s all about the decor baby!

I decided to make a pink ‘ombré’ cake that I had seen on Pinterest. Here is the link to the picture and method I was working to. WARNING this article makes it sounds extremely easy. It was not. Baking 5 sponges with varying amounts of food colouring in to range from lightest to darkest is a lot easier said than done and it basically took me 2 days and a fair few tantrums! But overall I am really happy with how it turned out.

It ended up absolutely huge and I needed A TON of butter icing to pipe it all which took hours but lookkkk how pretty it is! Totally worth it. And the birthday girl loved it.

So, if you fancy taking on this marathon of a cake; here’s what I did.

CAKE MIX (BBC FOOD RECIPE)

125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened

125g/4oz caster sugar

2 medium eggs

125g/4oz self raising flour

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs in with a whisk.
  4. Gradually add the flour and fold it in trying to get it all nice and air bubbly!
  5. Mix in food colouring (more on that later).
  6. Mix well and divide between 2 cake tins WELL GREASED (I lost one sponge to a sticky tin haha).
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins.

 

Right now for the tricky part: getting the ombré layers:

You will need to repeat the above method for 5/6 sponges. I made 6 but lost one as mentioned above and it was still huge with 5. You need to seperate the cake mix add varying amounts of food colouring to each mix before baking. I started with zero in the top layer and about 4 teaspoons in the bottoms layer. You can sort of guess it but REMEMBER THE ORDER before you bake because once done it’s difficult to tell the subtle differences between the levels of pink. Don’t worry though, when you cut into it you’ll get the full effect 🙂

Once all this is done, simply stack the cakes in order with some butter icing in between each layer and then decorate once cooled. I don’t follow a recipe for butter icing but I knew I needed a whole ton so I used a whole 250g pack of butter and about 500g of icing sugar plus a few drops of milk.

I decided to decorate by hand piping the entire thing – this is a BIG JOB and it look hours, but I think the effect is worth it. It was a last minute decision to add hundreds and thousands too much I love how they turned out. Everyone was so impressed with the look of the cake – and no one was expecting the colours when they cut into it! Overall it’s an amazing cake to bake for a special occasion but you need to be aware it is quite time consuming! But the birthday girl loved it and it was enough to feed a large family party so perfect for what I wanted to make.

Let me know if you give the ombré cake a go! Good luck!

xox

I am fully obsessed with this fragrance right now. I love Liz Earle at the best of times but this is one of my favourite products by far. I’m really enjoying it for summer because it’s light and floral and girly but at the same time not too sweet. It’s not cheap. To buy it from a Liz Earle counter or store it’s approaching £50, I have seen discounted ones on Amazon etc but I have no idea if they would be the real deal. In my opinion it’s definitely worth the money.  It’s just the sort of delicate fragrance that I like. Plus the packaging is absolutely gorgeous (if I’m honest it’s half the reason I bought it in the first place – and now I’m in love!).

You can see the entire Liz Earle fragrance collection here.

xox