Triple chocolate brownies

Triple chocolate brownies

I’ve decided to share one of my favourite brownie recipes with you guys, and after one or two obligatory ‘practice runs’ (my excuse for eating *approximately* 2840 brownies) I’ve concluded the recipe is just right to share!

Ingredients:

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 85g plain flour
  • 275g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 40g cocoa powder
  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4 and fill a saucepan halfway with hot water. Leave this to boil.
  2. Measure out 50g of the milk chocolate, adding it into a bowl with 100g of dark chocolate and the unsalted butter – which should be cut into chunks. Place this bowl on top of the saucepan, occasionally stirring the chocolate and butter until completely melted.
  3. Break the eggs into a bowl and follow with the golden caster sugar. You should whisk this until it looks thick and creamy.
  4. Once the eggs and sugar are mixed you should add in the melted chocolate and butter and fold this mixture in using the figure of 8 movement.
  5. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder once this has been done and again, fold the mixture in, adding in 50g of cut up white chocolate chunks and 50g of milk chocolate chunks. Mix this until the chunks are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into a pan lined with butter or grease-proof paper and place in the oven, moving the oven up to gas mark 5.
  7. Leave in the oven to cook for 30 mins. If not yet cooked through leave for another 5-10 mins.

Hope you all enjoy!

Bethany x

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March Favourites

March Favourites

Hi guys!

It’s that time again; we’ve entered another month and find ourselves constantly wondering where on earth the last few months have gone, and striking up small talk with strangers about how it ‘feels like Christmas was only last month!’.

To try and remind myself that March did in fact happen, I decided to make a list of all my favourite things throughout the month – whether it be beauty products, clothes, tv shows, books – and put them in a blog post, so here goes!

Urban decay ‘heat’ palette
I have had this palette since Christmas but, due to having eyelash extensions on for a few months, I wasn’t able to experiment with it as much as I would have liked as I found it really tricky to apply eye makeup with them on. However, since having my extensions off I’ve been able to have a little play with this palette and I have to say I LOVE it. I was really worried I’d never use it because the colours are quite ‘out there’ in comparison to my usual makeup look as I like to keep my makeup quite natural, but that is so not the case! All of the shades are so beautiful and compliment each other really well, and if you don’t want a ‘heavy’ look you can absolutely use this palette and still keep it quite subtle.

You can buy the palette here

Strip lashes
I can honestly say that before this month I had never in my life tried strip lashes; just looking at them I knew I’d never be able to get them on! However, since having my eyelash extensions out – and consequently losing most of my natural lashes – my eyes have felt so naked I just had to get some. I picked up a pair of eyelure lashes in 114 and find that they are perfect for my eye shape and have worn them every day since! I always thought fake lashes gave such an OTT effect but actually they can look quite natural – it’s all down to the ones you get. I find that 114 is perfect for me as they’re still quite subtle but they make me feel so glam! My natural lashes still haven’t grown back entirely but even when they do I think I’ll still be wearing strips every day!

You can buy the lashes I use here

Soap and glory facial wash
I’m constantly trying new facial washes – it seems as though I can’t go into boots or superdrug without coming out with a new one! – but I always end up going back to this one in the end. I just always find that after using it my skin feels so refreshed and clean, plus it smells heavenly. I do get quite dry skin sometimes so the fact that it also exfoliates is fantastic. I find that it’s really gentle and not at all like other exfoliating products that can be really harsh and practically peel your skin off.

You can buy the face wash here

Zara perfume – Ortiental
I have been using this almost every day for the past year. I just absolutely love this perfume! It’s very floral but also quite sweet? And is an absolute bargain at £9.99. I also find that, unlike EVERY cheaper perfume out there, the scent is strong enough to last an entire outing (although I do like to carry a smaller bottle of it in my bag with me just to refresh if it’s a particularly long day).

You can buy this perfume here

Armani perfume – Because it’s you
Now I don’t actually own this perfume (yet), but any time I see it I immediately have to spritz myself with it. It’s just such a gorgeous, sweet scent. I often find that perfume’s as feminine and fruity as this one don’t last for a very long time – Jimmy Choo ‘Blossom’ being a good example of this – however that is most definitely not the case with this perfume.

You can buy this perfume here

Pinafore dresses
This may be a bit of a random one, but I am LIVING for pinafore dresses at the moment! I just find that they are absolutely perfect for this time of year as it’s starting to feel like spring (despite the snow!) so I find myself wanting to wear more dresses, but it’s still quite cold so jumpers are still pretty much a necessity. I just think a jumper and pinafore collab is such a cute, girly look, and you can still wrap up nice and warm with it!

I am loving this pinafore from Miss Selfridge (looks great paired with a mustard jumper), and this pinafore from Topshop (looks great paired with a while turtle neck).

Calvin Klein candle – Meadow
I absolutely LOVE this candle scent and think it is absolute perfect for this time of year. It just smells so fresh and floral, it just gets me so excited for spring and summer! I love my downtime in the evenings so having one of these candles burning, with all my fairy lights on, and reading a good book is just heavenly.

You can buy this candle here when back in stock

Jane the virgin – TV show
Having watched almost ALL of the TV shows available on Netflix, I decided to give this one a go on a whim one day and it very quickly took over my life. I just love everything about this show and am actually already re-watching it! It’s so funny and lighthearted but also has some quite gripping story lines. All of the actors are so talented and I now follow almost all of them on social media to see what else they are going to appear in. There is actually a narrator in the show and I was so obsessed with it that it got to the point where I was at work one day, made a mistake, and practically HEARD the narrator’s voice in my head mocking me – at this point I think it’s fair to call it an obsession!

Morganville Vampires – book series
I read the first book of this series when I was about 12 and every year since have counted down the days until the next book release of the series. The very last book was released in 2016 and although I have had it on my bookshelf all this time, I have been so reluctant to read it because I don’t want it to be the end! However, I decided the bite the bullet and do it and it was AMAZING. Although I’m so sad that I don’t have another book to look forward to, I’ve rediscovered my love for the series and am re-reading them all over again! It feels so nostalgic but at the same time it’s amazing the learn the characters all over again. Rachel Caine is an incredibly talented writer.
The series is based on a town full of vampires but isn’t written like every other cheesy vampire novel (although every vampire novel has a level of cheesiness), it’s full of science and mythology too.

You can buy the first book of the series here

So there you have it, my March favourites! Of course there were many other things I loved throughout March but these were just some of the ones that stood out for me.

Until next time!

Bethany x

Self-care

Self-care

Hello and a very warm welcome to my first ever blog post!

I have been wanting to start up a blog for a while now, however the longer I left it the more pressure I incurred upon myself to pick the perfect topic. So here I am now, at 11pm on a Wednesday night, throwing caution to the wind and, with not nearly enough pre-meditation, writing my first blog post.

You see, today I had my first ever University interview.

I know, the sentence alone is enough to induce a wave of anxiety.

As you may predict from my general tone, I don’t think it went particularly well. From the moment I stepped into the room I was comparing myself to the other candidates and therefore I immediately diminished any slight slither of confidence I may have entered the room with. This moment for me then set the tone for the entire interview process; it seemed I had given up before I had already begun.

I left the interview feeling so incredibly disappointed with myself. Why is it that only after a conversation has happened that we can think of the perfect things to have said? And why do we continue to torture ourselves by thinking of the potential consequences that could have derived had we only stuck to the scripts in our heads?

However, it occurred to me on the particularly grueling train journey home, that actually it is incredibly normal and common to feel inadequate and to second guess yourself. Sometimes you simply need to take a step back and make a mental note of things that you have done well; celebrate the small victories.

It was this thought that encouraged me to write this blog post to stress the importance of self-worth and how this can be achieved through small acts of self-care.

So for anyone who may be struggling with the stress of applying for university, starting a new job, revising for exams, or is just feeling a little bit overwhelmed by life itself (because let’s face it, sometimes simply living can be incredibly taxing), please take the time to read through my little tips and pick me ups on how to exercise a little bit of self care in our incredibly demanding lives.

  1. Have a bath –
    Whilst this seems like the most obvious and cliche solution, there really is no better way to relax than by having a bath. To make it that bit more pampering, try adding a bath bomb or some bath oil; your skin will feel great afterwards. It is also the perfect time to sit and reflect on your day and ponder all the positives that came from it.
    My personal favourite bath bomb is the Comforter from Lush. It smells so beautiful and is strong enough that you only need a small crumble at a time, meaning it can last longer than most bath bombs.
    The Comforter bubble bar
  2.  Try out a new skincare product –
    Whether it be a body butter, a facial wash, or a moisturizer, finding and testing a new product can work wonders for your mood. Something about doing so just causes you to radiate positivity and confidence; this is an immediate pick me up for me.
    The skincare product I am loving right now is the Vitamin E moisturizer from The Body Shop. It’s so great for hydrating dry skin, as soon as I put it on I feel as though my entire face is glowing.
    Image result for vitamin e cream the body shop
  3. Do something because you want to do it
    Too often we can find ourselves wrapped up in the opinions and views of others, and allow the fear of how others perceive us to limit and shape our every day lives and how we choose to live. A primary example of this being this blog. One of the reasons it has taken me to long to pluck up the courage to dive in and begin writing, is because of the fear of what people will say. Will people think I am trying too hard? Will people I know read my posts? Will people I know laugh at my posts? Will anyone read my posts? But here I am, writing my first blog post and feeling more accomplished than ever!
    It is the most empowering feeling to be doing something and not give a f*ck about what anyone has to say about it, and empowering yourself is one of the best ways to practice self love.
  4. Tidy –
    Whilst this is a verb that many of us loathe with a passion, it is strangely enough one of the best pick me ups when you are feeling overwhelmed. During times where I am feeling particularly worn down I struggle to even have the energy to reach over to put my rubbish in the bin, let alone tackle the mess in my room that is beginning to resemble Zara stores during sale. However, once it’s done you feel so much clearer and as though a huge weight has been lifted. It sets a foundation for you on which to begin solving/facing any other stresses or worries.

There are many other ways in which we can practice self-care, however this is my first post after all, and I don’t want to bore you with a seemingly never ending list just yet.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope that it was/is able to help you even just a small amount.

Until next time!

Bethany x