One of the trickiest part of makeup is finding the right concealer, especially for me who has always struggle with dark under eye circles, thanks to my genes and lack of sleep. I have been on a quest to find me the perfect concealer and here is the first one I am reviewing:
MAC Cosmetics MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Collection: Studio Conceal and Correct Duo
This cake is sure to be the star of your next dinner party! It looks good and tastes even better, your guests will definitely think it took you forever in the kitchen to make this from scratch but actually this is super easy. You can make lots of variations of this Black Forest Gateaux but this is a good starter. Here are some variations that I made in the past:
For the chocolate cake:
3 large eggs
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
175g (6 oz)caster sugar
175g (6 oz) softened butter
1½ level tsp baking powder
40g (1½ oz) cocoa powder
4 tbsp boiling water
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line the bottoms of two 20cm/8in sandwich tins with baking parchment and butter the sides. Mix the boiling water with the cocoa powder to make a thick chocolate paste. Set aside to cool. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Beat the eggs lightly in your mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients together, adding the chocolate paste last. Beat for 2-3 minutes at medium speed. Leave to cool completely in the tin before turning out into a wire rack.
For the ganache, heat 300ml of double cream in a heavy duty saucepan and just before it boils (never let it boil) take it off the heat and add 375g of dark chocolate broken into pieces. Stir gently until all the chocolate has melted. Add a tablespoon of honey or golden syrup. Chill for two hours or until it reaches a good spreading consistency.
In a heavy saucepan, put 2 tins of black cherries (syrup completely drained) and 3 tablespoons of white caster sugar and a 1 tablespoon of water. Simmer of about 20 minutes, making sure it is not sticking at the bottom of your pan. Take off the heat and mash the cherries with a fork.
Whip 500ml of double cream. Grate 50g of chocolate for decorating and a few glaced or fresh cherries for topping.
Watch the video below for complete demonstration on how to put the cake together. Enjoy!
One great thing about fashion is that things that have long been categorised as ‘old’ are suddenly new again. And this Spring and Summer 2015 will see the rise of the 70’s fashion. Although the clothes in this era is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea per se, there is definitely something you can take from it and make it more wearable in the present time. Personally I think there is something for everyone in the ’70s fashion because it is so varied and ever-changing even in them days and 60’s fashion have actually carried on into the 70’s. A good example are the mini A-line skirts that were ever so popular in the ’60s were still big in the early ’70s, but then there were girls who weren’t so confident in sporting their pins hence the birth of the midi skirt! Granny dresses were also born and became popular in this era. Then there are the jumpsuits, chunky belts, flowy tops and skirts and let’s not forget the bell bottom trousers! I remember when I was a teenager I was quite chubby so I never wore skinny jeans then, not even leggings! Instead I wore flare jeans or wide-leg trousers because they balanced my legs out and my thighs did not look like tree trunks! When I was a Sophomore I was part of the cheerdance squad and we wore extreme bell-bottoms then and cropped top that ties on the front with bell sleeves. I wouldn’t have chosen that for cheerdance outfit but I guess our choreographer had a things for the 70s because some of our music were also quite retro. 70s fashion is definitely not for everyone, but you can still be trendy this Spring/Summer by taking one piece of clothing that is 70s-inspired and then work with it. Just remember that your confidence is the most important part of your outfit and if you don’t feel comfortable in what you are wearing then that kills the fun in being fashionable.
If you have great pins, take a mini skirt and pair it with a nice paisley blouse or you could wear some bright and short shift dresses. If you’re not quite into baring your legs don’t lose heart! A pleated midi or soft maxi skirt should do the trick, wear it with a nice flowy top for a boho chic feel. You could take a pair of flare jeans and wear it with a top that complements you and a nice thin scarf. If you have nice abs, the hipster jeans are for you. The list goes on really!
For this blog post though, I decided to do dungarees with a thigh rip (for that bit of modern touch) and because it is still quite chilly, I wore a roll neck jumper under it. Fringe is big this season so make sure you grab yourself some fringing And because I am a little bit of a hippie, I thought that my dangling feather headband will finish this outfit off.
So don’t be scared of the 70s fashion. Take something that you feel good in, work with it and don’t forget to have fun!