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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Last Minute 'Undead' Halloween Makeup Look | Halloween Season

I've always been obsessed with contouring, it's a necessity in my daily makeup routine. So when it came to deciding what makeup look to do for Halloween this was the first that came to mind. I don't own much in the way of 'play makeup' as I like to call it, products that are super useful when it comes to a Halloween makeup look. So for people in the same makeup situation as me and don't want to buy it just for one night, this is a look that can be done last minute with products that most makeup enthusiast would already own.

 I made it kind of messy because what undead human has flawless under eye circles? But I didn't want to try too hard and take forever making it look realistic either. Because it was messy it was actually really quick and easy to do.
I just used a dark pinky-red colour all over the lid and in the crease, then blended a dark purple into the outer corner, inner corner and all around the eye and a matte black just in the outer corner to make the socket look more hollow.

For the contour I used a contour powder for paler skin and took it all the way to the sides of my mouth and down towards my jawline to make my face look more sallow. I put a darker cream contour over the top to add more depth. I did the same down my nose but it looked a little 'muddy' so I took the brush that I used with the matte black with the left over product on it and used that to contour instead.

For the lips I just covered them in concealer to pale them up then took a dark red lipstick on an angled lip brush and drew lines on my lips to make them look dry and cracked.


And that's pretty much it. I personally like it with the winged liner even though it's not very 'dead'-like, who says you can't be undead with style?

TTFN and Happy Halloween! :) x

Monday, 26 October 2015

My Ultimate Halloween Playlist! | Halloween Season

Who doesn't love a bit of pumpkin carving, fancy dress, or gorging on all the left over sweets because you only had 1 trick-or-treater call on your house? (the latter literally sums up my last 5 Halloweens). I've never really been a celebrator of Halloween, horror just isn't my thing. However this year, to properly get into the autumnal spirit, I've decided to embrace aspects of this whole Halloween malarkey through blogging. So for the next installment of my very short Halloween blogging saga: My Ultimate Halloween Playlist!
Yes I have the Ghostbusters soundtrack on vinyl
Whilst I'll probably spend this Halloween how I've spent the last 5, I shall do it snuggled up (probably reading or writing a blog post) listening these epic tunes.


3. Bobby Pickett- Monster Mash (1962)- You have to skip to around 
 52 secs to get to the song on this one

6. Katy Perry- E.T  (2011)- Personally, I prefer the version without Kanye West

10. Ray Parker Jr- Ghostbusters (1984)- A great film to watch on Halloween too!

15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll (2009)- Even though I prefer the Glee version, it felt rude not giving this song full credit on its own

And here's all the songs in one handy playlist!
Halloween Playlist

Although a lot of these songs aren't actually related to Halloween, any song with a sinister tune or lyric is good enough for me! Hope you enjoy the music!

TTFN! :) x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Spiderweb Halloween Cupcakes | Halloween Season

Yes yes yes, just like every other girl on the internet these days I too, love making cupcakes. But I often don't do much in the way of decoration so I thought for Halloween it would be nice to challenge myself for the sake of a blog post. So here is some Halloween cupcake decorating inspiration (as if the internet doesn't have enough of that already!)

I won't bore you with how to make the actual cakes, you can do that however you usually do. This is more about the decoration but I'll include my recipe anyways (makes 12):
  • 125g Salted Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  •  2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Orange and Black Cupcake Cases
*Quick tip for the cupcakes: Beat the butter for longer than usual until it's quite a bit lighter in colour, it makes the cake fluffier!*
When your cupcakes are on a rack to cool, you can start prepping your decoration.
 For the spiderwebs you will need:
  • Baking parchment (Grease proof paper)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 100g White Chocolate
  • 100g Milk Chocolate
    (You don't actually use the whole 100g of chocolate, it's just easier to pipe when there's more in the piping bag)
  •  Heat resistant piping bags
  • 2 Bain Maries on a low-mid heat
Break up your chocolate and put it into each bain marie, gently stirring every now and then to melt the chocolate.

While the chocolate's melting, get a piece of grease proof paper about A3 size and draw 14 2 inch crosses on it with your ruler, spaced apart as much as possible. Then draw exes in them and connect them all with curved lines to make spiderwebs, these will be your templates for the piping. Only do 2 sets of curves as the chocolate lines needs to be thick enough not to break once set.
Once the chocolate has melted leave it to cool for at least 10 minutes off the heat until it starts to very slightly thicken up/set (this makes it easier to pipe). It also means it's not too hot to hold in the piping bag. Once it is ready, fill each one of your piping bags with the chocolate and cut the tip off the piping bag off. It's useful to have a small piece of scrap parchment that you can practice on first to to get the hang of it and so you can adjust the tip size if needed. Pipe 7 spiderwebs of each flavour of chocolate onto your templates. I did 7 of each instead of 6 so I had 1 spare in each flavour in case one broke beyond use!

Once all your webs have been piped put them in the fridge to set. You can now start on your icing for which I used:
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 165g Salted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Orange Food Colouring
  • Black Food Colouring
  • Duo Icing bags + nozzle
    (Make sure you get proper gel food colouring not just the stuff from the supermarket like I did, they're rubbish!)
Again, I won't bore you with how to make the icing I'll just start from dividing the mixture into two bowls for the 2 different colours. Start by adding a very small amount of your colours into each mixture and continue to do so until you have you desired colour, it depends if you want to go for a more subtle look or something that will really stand out. If you do use shop-bought colour, it may change the consistency of your mixture like mine because I had to use so much it made the mixture less stiff and therefore made it harder to keep it's piped shape, as you may be able to tell from the pictures!
Pipe whatever design you want on your cupcakes, I did the classic swirl, making sure to get right to the edges as much as possible to fill the top of the cake (something that I didn't do too well with this batch!) Then get your spiderwebs from the fridge as they should have set by now (if not just keep them in the fridge until fully set, otherwise they bend and fall apart) and carefully take them off the paper by bending the paper away from the edges of each web and placing them on the cakes however you like.
And that's it! You should have something that looks a little like this!

I do think the white chocolate webs look better but I like the variation of the white and milk chocolate. I hope you found this helpful or useful in someway and if you want to see where I got my piping bags and cupcake cases etc all the links are on my Pinterest on the Baking board. Also, if you want me to do a post on  'the perfect cupcakes' I am happy to do so as I've made so many over the years I do feel as though I've thoroughly nailed them now and can even impress my auntie who's a chef!
Happy Halloween and TTFN! :) x