Easter Sunday

Hoping your day is full of love, laughs and chocolate. Happy Easter to all! x

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Easter Mess

I love desserts that are easy to put together and Eton Mess is a good example of this. Traditionally consisting of broken-up meringue, whipped cream and fresh strawberries; it’s deliciously light and simple.

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Today I decided to put a fun twist on a classic and create an “Easter Mess”. I kept the meringue and fresh cream but replaced the fruit with an assortment of Easter chocolates. This is so rich, creamy and indulgent — perfect for this weekend!

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The following guidelines will make 4 generous portions. I used a few mini Malteaster bunnies, a couple of handfuls of Mini Eggs and one Cadbury’s Caramel Egg. Roughly chop the egg and bunnies. Pop the Mini Eggs in to a plastic food bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they break up but don’t lose their pastel colour.

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Whip 250ml of cream until it holds its shape. Gently fold in the crushed chocolate bits. Break up 4 meringue nests and add them to the mix. Stir well and then divide the mixture out. Use pretty dishes, ramekins, jam jars…whatever you have handy. To finish them off nicely, top each portion with any leftover Easter sweets you may have — so irresistible!

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Chocolate Jellybean Hearts

Why choose between chocolate and jellybeans this weekend when the two go so well together?! Today I used my heart-shaped mould to make some lovely Easter treats. These are easy to put together and all you need is a slab of milk chocolate and a couple of handfuls of gourmet jellybeans. The most important thing with these is to wait for the chocolate to set completely. That does require a little patience but they’re so worth the wait.

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It takes 200g of chocolate to fill my 12 piece mould. Out of a (perhaps unnecessary) concern that the jellybeans would either melt or sink to the bottom, I started off by melting 100g of the chocolate to “line” each heart-piece in the mould. Once that had completely set, I popped two whole jellybeans in to each heart. I then topped off each piece with the other 100g of melted chocolate.

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The warm weather today meant these took longer than usual to set. When they were ready though…it was such a treat! Creamy milk chocolate and chewy fruity jellybeans go so well together. These are cute, fun and insanely addictive. Stick to one jellybean per piece if you want to keep the centre a surprise but I kind of like the look of the colourful sweeties peeking out!

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Elie Saab: L’Eau Couture

This week, I decided to treat myself to a lovely new fragrance and ended up spending quite some time browsing the department stores. There are so many beautiful choices out there! After lots of deliberation, I eventually settled on Elie Saab L’Eau Couture.  I picked up a 30ml bottle of this Eau de Toilette and it was definitely the right choice.

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From the onset, this just feels special. Within a pretty pale green box is a small uniquely-shaped glass bottle. Lift off the jewel-like lid and spray a little; you’ll be hit with a sophisticated and luxurious scent. This is delicate and powdery, fresh and feminine. Notes including magnolia, orange blossom, green almond and vanilla blend well together.

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When I use this, I can get maybe five to six hours wear each time. It’s so ideal for this time of year, definitely one of the most spring-like fragrances I’ve come across yet. My only problem with this is that the lid on my bottle doesn’t fit securely so I have to be extra careful when I’m handling it. Other than that, I’m so happy with my decision and I’ll enjoy wearing L’Eau Couture throughout this season and the next.


My Kinda Midweek

Finally, it feels like Spring is well and truly here! Today was warm, sunny and bright and it felt so good to be able to swap my boots and winter coat for pretty ballet flats and light layers. As it’d been a while since we’d seen each other, I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with some good friends. To start, we got to have a lovely and much needed catch-up over lunch. Afterwards we did a little (okay, a lot of!) shopping and then, before we headed home, we grabbed some frozen yogurt. I had mine with a topping of Mini Eggs and it was so delish! It was such a sweet end to the day — who knew Wednesdays could be so much fun?!

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Love Actually

We’re halfway through April which means I’m halfway through this month’s goal which is to blog every day. So far, so good! Today’s post, however, is going to be a quick one because it’s me and my boyfriend’s fourth anniversary. I actually can’t believe it’s been four whole years since we first got together. I consider myself very lucky to have found such a wonderful guy :-). As if to prove my point, he’s just after telling me he’s finished in the kitchen so dinner’s ready — I could seriously get used to this! Have a great evening x

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Rimmel Sweetie Crush

The Rimmel Sweetie Crush collection has finally hit the shelves. I’ve been casually keeping an eye out for these since February and I only just came across them last weekend. From the looks of it, a lot of pharmacies are only stocking selected shades although the bigger branches are selling the full range.

All five polishes in this collection have a sugar texture, a little sparkle and suitably sweet names — Candyfloss Cutie; Fizzy Applelicious; Sherbet Sweetheart; Violet Swizzle; Blueberry Whizz…Although I was initially drawn to the exotic blue colour, I decided to go with the one I’d use the most.

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Violet Swizzle is a lovely lilac shade and as you might expect, it’s very pretty and girly and cute. It’s actually quite similar to the Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polish that I tried just last month (review here).

The pink and white striped detail on the lid gives it a fun retro feel. The brush with this bottle is decent enough, it’s pretty much the same as the brushes on the regular Rimmel polishes like 60 Seconds and I love Lasting Finish. With this particular polish, you definitely need at least two coats — I personally applied three. I also used a top coat simply because I didn’t have one with my Sally Hansen and it chipped a lot within a couple of days. This top coat didn’t even affect the textured feel of this polish which is evident but not uncomfortably coarse.

I’d recommend these to anyone who’s looking for textured nails that are pretty and fun but not too extreme. Each 8ml bottle generally retails at €5.49. I do like this polish but not enough to want to try the other shades in the range. I think two sugar effect nail polishes in my personal collection is more than enough…at least for now ;-).


Salted Nutella Cupcakes

In the run-up to Easter, chocolate treats and desserts pretty much tend to take over the blogosphere. I, for one, am certainly not complaining — I can’t get enough of all these luscious snaps! This weekend, I made my own contribution to the craze in the form of salted Nutella cupcakes.

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These cupcakes are fun to make and even more fun to eat! They have Nutella in the filling and topping so to ensure they didn’t turn out overly sweet, I added in a good pinch of salt. Fine sea salt, to be more specific, and it was the perfect touch. If you’re going to make these, please don’t omit the salt; it really makes these cupcakes extra special.

Use your usual vanilla cupcake recipe and when it comes to spooning the batter in to the cases, add a little dollop of Nutella in to the middle of each one (I may have been too generous here with mine as I found all the Nutella sank to the bottom!). Allow them to bake for the usual time at the usual settings and leave them to cool completely before you frost them. Oh and try to resist eating them warm from the oven…it’s almost impossible ;-).

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The frosting is definitely the best bit and it’s so easy to make too — just whip together 3 ounces of butter, 6 ounces of sieved icing sugar, a few tablespoons of Nutella and a teaspoon of salt. I always use a hand-held mixer which will do the job in a minute. Also, I whip the butter on its own first as I find that makes the frosting extra smooth and creamy!

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These are rich and delicious and so perfect for Easter. You can make them even more indulgent by playing around with the measurements. I used three to four tablespoons of Nutella in my frosting and it resulted in a lovely light chocolate-hazelnut flavour. If you’re looking for something more intense, however, just add extra Nutella — you and the buttercream will be well able for it! :-)


This is my stop…!

I don’t drive so every once in a while, I have to rely on public transport. Most of the time it’s totally fine but today made me kind of think it’s time to get my full licence…

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First of all, going in to town this morning, the bus is packed so it’s hot and claustrophobic on board. I manage to grab one of the last seats beside this guy and as the bus is pulling off, I realise this guy has just had his lunch. How do I know? Well there just so happens to be a ton of discarded sandwich crusts and wrappers everywhere. This guy had really freaking pigged out — I had to double check I hadn’t accidentally sat on some ham and cheese. He didn’t look the slightest bit bothered and I know it was his stuff because there was Juicy Fruit wrappers in the middle of it all and he was snapping the distinctly scented gum in my ear. Let me tell you, when I reached my stop, I was first out the door!

Then when it came to home time, I was patiently waiting at the bus stop when this guy comes up beside me. There’s quite a few people around so I don’t really mind him. He’s standing there a while and at one point I sense he’s watching me but when I turn, he’s looking elsewhere. I subtly inch away and go back to minding my own business and then…Suddenly I feel a hand on the back of my neck and next thing I knew, he’s slowly running his fingers through the length of my hair. Now I have quite long hair. It falls halfway down my back and he was reaching the ends before I realised what was happening. I turned to him, completely speechless and clearly disgusted. After a long pause he mumbles, ooh I thought you were someone else and then literally runs off! He had been standing beside me for a good ten minutes, there’s not a chance he thought I was someone else! It was such a bizarre moment. Fortunately my bus was just pulling in and the trip home was uneventful. I’m going to be on full alert next time I use public transport and in the meantime, I guess I’ll have to look in to getting some more driving lessons! Today wasn’t the first time I’ve reconsidered using public transport but I’ll leave the other stories ’til another time ;-). If you’ve had some weird experiences on your commute, I’d love to hear about them — I know I’m not the only one who’s encountered these people!


Garnier 7 Days Hand Cream

Do any other bloggers sometimes forget what they’ve written about?! Only after a quick search on here, I realised that I’ve never done a post on Garnier Intensive 7 Days hand cream. I’m really surprised at that because it happens to be one of my favourite products.

I’ve been using it for months now and I really love it. Like a lot of other hand creams, it claims to be fast-absorbing with a non-greasy and non-sticky formula. Unlike a lot of other hand creams, however, this one actually lives up to its promise.

Containing L-Bifidus and shea butter, this product is aimed at those with dry to extra-dry hands. Now if I haven’t been moisturising regularly, my own hands can get very dry. In colder months, the skin sometimes cracks and even bleeds a little :-(. So needless to say, it’s important for me to use a good nourishing product.

This is ideal for daily care and the results are immediate. A little dollop leaves me with smooth, supple hands every time. It has a nice clean and fresh scent as well which is a definite bonus. I always have at least one tube of this in our home at all times. If I’m looking for a more luxurious treatment, I use this but in the end, I always go back to my Garnier hand cream. Like toothpaste or soap, it’s just a simple essential item that I wouldn’t do without.

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