My fail proof gluten free cake...

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Ingredients
  • 220grams of butter - I use Stork baking butter
  • 220 caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 200 grams of gluten free self raising flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum - this helps keep it together and not crumble
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Double cream 
  • Cocoa powder - I estimate this when blending by how dark I want the mixture, also this is optional if you want a chocolate cake or plain sponge cake 
  • 100g of ground almonds - this is optional but I didn't have any this time and it is just as nice
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius and grease 2 circular 20cm/8 inch cake tins 

I use a food processor to make cakes as I feel it gives it a lighter taste, but it can be done by hand or using a hand whisk.
  • Firstly cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time blending after every egg.
  • Add the vanilla and mix.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and cocoa powder and mix.
  • Ta da it's as simple as that, you now have your cake mixture ready to put into your tins.
  • Evenly disribute the mixture over the two tins and put in the oven for 30-35 mins (I always keep an eye on it).
  • Meanwhile whisk the double cream and a tsp of vanilla essence in a seperate bowl. If you like it sweeter just add some icing sugar.
Once the cakes are baked, remove from the oven and let them cool in the tins for at least 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn them onto a wire rack until completely cool.

When they are totally cool you can add the cream to the base cake, then add the top cake. To finish dust with icing sugar and you will have a beautiful light chocolate sponge cake, delicious!

If you want to make a plain victoria sponge just leave out the cocoa powder and add strawberry jam between the layers.

Let me know if you make this and I would love to see your pics on twitter @misslmakeup 

~Laura~







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Boots splurge #2...

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Why do boots always have good offers, so good and bad at the same time.
~Boots oval cotton pads - buy one get one half price
~Haircare is currently on 3 for 2 so I took this chance to pick up the Lee Stafford dark dry shampoo, Lee Stafford leave in hair treatment and the John Frieda leave in conditioner.
I love thick lashes so I was drawn in by this wand as I feel this type of wand gives my lashes a fuller look, can't wait to start using this.
~Max Factor eyeshadow pencil in carmel rage - I used this to take the swatch on my arm (below), then I used it once below my lower lash line to create a smokey eye, I took an allergic reaction to it within seconds and it stung/burnt my eyes. I quickly removed the makeup and sat for 30 mins with cotton pads soaked in cold water over my eyes to relieve the pain, the rest of the night my eyes were watering, not pleasant at all, this has never happened to me before. I'm so disappointed as I loved the colour. I tweeted Max Factor and they've said to get in touch with them, I would love to send it to them to see what has went wrong. 
~Max Factor colour precision eyeshadow in coffee  I'm sort of scared to use this now in case I get the same reaction as I did with the pencil.
~Maybelline forever strong nail varnish rose podure (repurchase) 
~Maybelline color tattoo in metallic pomegranate and pink gold 
~Finally I'm running out of the collection concealer so I picked one up in the lightest shade.

From left to right is the Max factor eye pencil in caramel rage, Max Factor eyeshadow in coffee, Maybelline pink gold and Maybelline metallic pomegranate. ps I'm wearing one of my favourite jumpers from New Look and my ASOS multi toned boyfriend watch.

What have you picked up in boots lately?


~Laura~


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Online beauty haul...

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I bought all these lovely items are from the online beauty store called Save on beauty.

Maybelline dream bouncy blush in 60 coffee cake - of course I had to poke it before I took the picture.lol

Laval cream blusher in 132 peach melba - again I dipped my finger in it before I took the picture.



From left to right is: coffee cake, peach melba, peach satin and hawaiian bronzer




Neutrogena sun screen - this was really cheap as it expired but I don't mind using it as suncream is extra moisturising.



I am so pleased with these items and I will definitely be buying from them again.

Have you bought anything from this site before?:)

~Laura~

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My jewellery tree pieces...

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I bought this lovely jewellery tree from boots.

I think the top one is from New Look and the bottom two are from Urban Outfitters

Top one is from Forever 21, next one is H&M and bottom is New Look


I think the top one is from H&M, next one is New Look and bottom is actually a hairband I got with a Stila lipgloss set which I like wearing as a necklace


Top two are from Forever 21 and bottom one is Topshop

Top two are from Topshop and bottom two are from New Look



This is a vintage piece from a great Aunt

What's your favourite jewellery items?

~Laura~



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Too many eyeliners?...

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Does anyone else have a problem with an overflowing amount of eyeliners?...

 

These are my soap and glory eyeliners, from left to right theres: aquabat, blue my mind, grapevine, cocoa bean and superblack, they are very similar to the Urban Decay liners below... aren't they just beautiful!? They are so smooth and have an amazing colour pay off.

As you can tell by the size of them I have used these Urban Decay liners a lot:)

Urban Decay lucky, covet, electric, lust and zero


Rimmel denim blue - I probably wouldn't buy this again as it's hard to get the colour to show and who wants to scrape their eyes trying to get colour on them?!lol!. Rimmel taupe - this is very creamy, I like to run this below my lower lash line to give a light smokey effect. Rimmel nude - every blogger/youtuber seems to have this colour, I do really like the creamy consistency and it does give your eyes a brighter look.
  

From left to right - Neals yard eyeliner in slate, bourjois grey shadow, prestige shiraz, Pure sahara, Fearne Cotton envious green and night owl, Sephora jumbo liner in black, Estee Lauder double wear onyx. The Sephora and Estee Lauder eye liners are probably the darkest blacks I've every tried.



Boots Collection black, brown, blue and purple (it took ages to get the brown, blue and purple off my arm.lol). Wet n wild liquid liner dark brown, Urban Decay perversion, Rimmel scandaleyes black (I probably wouldn't repurchase as it has the slanted nip which I just can't figure out how to use it), Bourjois noir and Eyeko skinny liner in black.

Do you have any of these eyeliners?

~Laura~


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Palette focus#2...

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The retail price for this pretty set is around £45 but I was lucky enough to be invited to a duty free night at Christmas and got an extra 25% off the duty free price.


Clarins vanity includes six eye shadow shades, a blush, a pressed powder a miniature lip gloss and mascara. It also comes with the usual mini blush brush and eye shadow applicator, I've actually started to use these type of mini blush brushes to contour with. 


I really like this type of brush gives my eyelashes a fuller look, however I usually use a waterproof mascara.

This lip gloss has an iridescence to it which is lovely, however I find it a bit sticky.

From left to right is the lipgloss, 6 eyeshadows and the blush. These eyeshadows are really smooth and feel luxurious, they are definitely my favourite kind of colours. I also love the peach/coral tone of the blusher, great for spring summer.

Do you have any Clarins makeup palettes, if so what do you think of them?

~Laura~

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Safer deodorant?...

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I have used mitchum deodorant for quite some time now but I’ve recently been thinking to switch to a more natural option. When in Holland and Barrett's recently I noticed their body care section which had a variety of deodorants to choose from.  Everything is currently on a buy one get one half price offer so I thought I might as well try two different scents.
  
Dr Organic Pomegranate deodorant - I haven't used this one yet but I love the fact that there are only a few ingredients to this product.  

Dr Organic Rose Otto Deodorant I've used this for one week and so far so good. I have an office job so if you are constantly on your feet at work I’m not sure how it would work as holding in any excess sweat.

I think I will use up the rest of my mitchum deodorants and switch to these or try other more natural brands.

Have you tried any natural deodorants?

~Laura~

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Current song & video on repeat...

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If you are big Paolo fan like me you will thank me for this share.lol... enyoy:)


~Laura~


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Nail polish collection...

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From top left:
Rimmel base and top coat, Sally hansen maximum growth, Max factor 7 days snow white (limited edition colour), Max factor 7 days pink'ed (limited edition colour), MUA sweet peach, Ciate nail paint speed dial, Barry M lychee, Maybelline super stay 7 day wear rose poudre, Rimmel soul session, Collection watermelon (can't find this online), Collection raspberry(can't find this online) , Barry M red wine, Rimmel salon pro mars, The Body Shop relish the moment, Leighton Denny viva la diva, Essie bordeaux, Barry M vintage violet, Barry M berry cosmo, Leighton Denny 20 (name missing), Barry M plum, Rimmel lasting finish black cherries, Ciate fashionista sister, Rimmel disco diva top coat, Barry M duchess, Barry M princess, Barry M white sequin effects, Models Own indian ocean, Models Own dream stream, Models Own disco mix, Models Own amethyst, Revlon slipper, Revlon sequins holiday edition, Sally Hansen guilty pleasure, Sally Hansen taffy tart and Sally Hansen spare-a-mint.

My favourite polish for a longer lasting look is the maybelline super stay in rose poudre, I want to try other colours from this range.

What colours do you have or like?

~Laura~


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Beauty shopping list #2

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1 Keihls creamy avocado eye treatment - I was so excited to order this during the recent Debenhams beauty sale online but I got an email to say my order was cancelled due to it being wait listed:(

2 Pixi glow tonic - every beauty blogger seems to be talking about this, once I've used up my Elemis rehydrating ginseng toner I might order this.

3 Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser - I used to use this religiously but haven't had it in more than year and I just loved how this left my skin feeling.

4 Giorgio Armani Si perfume - I was recently given a spritz of this during my usual walk through Debenhams beauty section and I instanly fell for this smell.

5 Vera Wang lovestruck - I'm currently trying to use up all my fragrances so I can buy this for my day to day fragrance. I find it quite similar to the Marc Jacobs fragrances which I love for spring/summer.

What's on your beauty list?

~Laura~


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Mid March Favourites...

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Beauty

MAC Crème D’Nude - I like putting this over the maybelline drama lip pencil

Snack Favourites

Bad option – I’ve had such a craving for walnut whips this past month, oh they are so good!

Favourite Meal

Homemade roasted red pointed pepper and tomato soup (I must do a blog post with the recipe)

Netflix Favourites

Pretty Little Liars (only started series 3) - who the heck is A!!!!!!
Breaking Bad (on series 5)
The Blue Planet David Attenborough – I love watching what is down in the depths of our oceans. It is just amazing to see creatures that have never seen daylight before.

Exercise Favourite

Walking!

~Laura~


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Holland and Barretts gluten free snacks...

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Holland and Barrett's sell some of my favourite gluten free goodies, so I had to make use of their buy one get one half price sale and stock up on a few things.

Mrs Crimbles apple rice cakes - if you are like me and love a coffee along with cheese and crackers at the weekends you will love these. You can get them in plain as well but the sweet apple flavour goes really nicely with cheese. These come wrapped in 4 stay fresh packs which means they are also handy for me to put into my handbag for a snack, as if have Coeliac you will know not everywhere caters for gluten free.

Mrs Crimbles cheese crackers - these are more like a traditional cracker and are perfect for topping with cheese and your favourite chutney.

Eat real quinoa sour cream crisps - I have a very bad addiction to crisps and popcorn (healthy homemade popcorn recipe here) so I'm trying to go for the most healthiest option available. These are delicious and very addictive!

Eat real chilli lentil chips - again these crisps are very 'moreish' and feel healthier than your normal crips.

Beyond Dark 70% dark chocolate drops -  this is the first time trying these and oh my word they are good! I've already demolished theses two bags, they taste so smooth and rich. I will definitely be buying these again, might even say they are more satisfying than milk chocolate.

What's your favourite snacks?

~Laura~

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