RECIPE:Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Fall in love with chocolate (like we ever fell out of it) with this delicious Chocolate Fudge Brownie recipe. These gooey treats will leave you wanting more so read on to discover the recipe.

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Ingredients

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250g Unsalted Butter                                 plus extra for greasing

275g Good Quality Dark Chocolate        70% cocoa solids

3 Large Eggs

275g Caster sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract

225g Plain Flour

1/2tsp Salt

70g White Chocolate Chunks

70g Mini Fudge Pieces

Walnuts to decorate

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/ 35o degrees F/ gas mark 4.

Grease and line the base of a square cake tin (approximately 23cm).

Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally. After both the chocolate and butter have completely melted remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Next, whisk the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined.Then stir in the flour and salt.

Then you can add what you want to go in your brownies. I chose to use mini fudge pieces and white chocolate chips.

Afterwards, pour the mixture into the prepared tin – it was here that I sprinkled walnut pieces onto the top.

Cook the brownies for 20-25 minutes, until they are just set – the centre should still be slightly gooey.

Once the brownies are ready to remove from the oven, leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer it onto a cooling rack.

Leave the brownies to completely cool before cutting the cake into squares.

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And Voila!

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How to stay calm on Results Day Eve.

So it’s 6 o’clock you’ve been trying not to think about the impending doom of tomorrow but you can’t escape it any longer. Whether you’re picking up your AS or A Level results tomorrow – keep reading to discover my three step guide to staying calm on Results Day Eve.

Step one to staying calm on ‘Results Day Eve’ is to analyse your options. What is the worst case scenario if your results are worse than expected tomorrow? Try and think of a true depiction of what would happen tomorrow if your results were worse than expected. If you prepare yourself for the worst then it can only get better.

Step two is easier than the first. I recommend orgainising to do something with your friends after collecting your results – whether thats on the night of the 18th or at the weekend. You need something good to look forward to. I’ll be celebrating/drowning my sorrows with my friends by going out for a meal on the Friday.

Step three (you’re doing so well). All you need to do now is take your mind off results tonight.  You could go out, watch a film, cosy up with a blanket and some youtube videos- whatever you think will help you to not think about results day. Seeing as I’m currently ill anyway, I’ll probably be in bed watching Harry Potter or some other film I will have no doubt of watched 900 times before.

Good Luck to everyone who is collecting their results tomorrow, I’m sure everything will turn out fine.

Leah Pelly xxx

Dreaming of Gibraltar…

Today, I’m dreaming of Gibraltar sunsets, summer strolls and inky blue sea.

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Can’t wait to visit this beautiful place next year again!

Where are you dreaming of?

Leah Pelly xo

OOTD: Summer Wedding

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Dress– Debenhams. Shoes – New Look. Clutch bag – TK Maxx

Summer is definitely Wedding Season and I was lucky enough to be invited to one the other week. I thought I’d show you how I styled my outfit for a wedding in England. Congratulations Karen and Claire!!

Let me know if you’re off to any weddings this summer.

Leah Pelly xxx

REVIEW: Max Factor Lipfinity

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I was browsing my local Boots store at the weekend when I stumbled across these liquid lip colours at the Max Factor counter – a brand which I rarely buy from. I was drawn to them by their classy gold packaging and resemblance of the Kylie Jenner lip kits (really want to try them!!) There are a wide variety of shades but these two were the ones that managed to jump into my basket: 003 Mellow Rose and 160 Iced. Iced is a lovely brown, nude, nineties vibe shade whilst Mellow Rose is a blue toned pink. 

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So that I could give you a full review of them I wore ‘Iced’ to college today. As these lip products come with two products the box describes how firstly you apply the lip colour and then when dry, you apply the clear balm.

On application of the product it goes on quite smoothly and the doe foot applicator makes it easy to put on. I did find that when applying shade ‘Mellow Rose’ it went on quite streaky and so I had to put two coats of the lip colour on in order to achieve the desired opaque effect, but one coat was fine for ‘Iced’. Next, you have to keep your lips apart whilst the liquid lip colour sets. This isn’t great if you’re in a hurry but is a vital step if you want your lip colour to look good – as I found this stage to feel sticky and in all honesty a bit gross. After the colour drys you then put on the much needed balm on top which helps to stop the feeling that your lips have been dried to an inch of their life. This balm can then be used to touch up throughout the day. I feel that this is definitely needed – especially if you don’t like the feeling of very matte, dry lips.

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However, despite the not so great application process I do have to give it to Max Factor that this is definitely a product that lasts! It did not come off throughout the day, even after eating. I highly recommend this product, if you don’t mind spending a little bit more time on the application process, if you’ve been looking for a ‘stay-all-day’ lip colour. It definitely lasts 24 hours!

BUT, and it is a big but. Although these durable lip colours will stay throughout the day they just want to stay all night too. I have found that they are nearly impossible to get off. I have tried a combination of ‘Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water’ and ‘Lush’s lip scrub’ in an attempt to rid myself of the product. It does recommend on the back of the product to use an oil based remover which may be where I have gone wrong. Please listen to that advice if you are going to purchase these products as it feels as though your scraping paint off otherwise.

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Lastly, I feel that  I would probably only recommend these products if someone was looking for a good drugstore liquid lipstick that has all day staying power as the hassle of trying to remove it pushes me to recommend more pricey products. Therefore, I am going to give this product 3 * / 5.

Thanks for reading,

Leah Pelly xxx

UPDATE

So it’s the 8th of June and I’m currently sat outside writing this in England’s, what is bound to be short period, of summer sunshine.

I want to apologise for not posting on here for the last 9-10 months. It seems that college is definitely not what I thought it was going to be. It’s very hectic and busy and if you think that you will have more time to do the things you want because you’ll only be studying 4 subjects (if you do A Levels) you are wrong. It seems that every waking moment when at college is spent either doing homework, looking at Universities or revising. This no excuse for not posting on here and it actually makes me feel quite sad that I have been unable to post in such a long time as I loved posting things on here. It’s just that my college timetable would not allow it.

But it seems that as this term is close to ending I have told myself that I am going to be doing a lot more of things that make me happy. There’s really no point in simply just surviving for education and revising in order to pass a test,  which lets face it, I’m going to forget the answers to in less than 3 hours of sitting it. Doing more of what makes me happy includes posting on here and so if I have to sacrifice some small college homework that the lecturer might not mark or I have to not attend a none compulsory meeting that I normally would have done, then I’m going to do it.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Pinterest or Instagram as I have actually managed to keep those things updated. I am also going to start announcing on my other social media sites when I post on here so it will be easier for you guys to know.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back here later in the week or sign up to me by Email so that you never miss a blog post,

Leah xxx

 

Beauty Haul

Recently I seemed to have gone on a huge beauty splurge- so that I am all prepared for the start of college next week..eeeek! Lets just say I’m very nervous but very excited about that.

So the first place I went to was Boots where I finally picked up a Boots Advantage card for myself and also went a little bit crazy. Is it just me or does Boots draw you in with the little ‘3 for 2’ or ‘Buy 2 get the cheapest free’ offers they seem to always have on?

I picked up a new mascara for myself – the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I’ve seen this used in lots of Gabby’s (VelvetGh0st) videos on Youtube and her lashes always look amazing so I thought I’d give it a try. Gabby also inspired my next purchase (another Maybelline product) a Color Drama intense Velvet lip Pencil in the shade 150 Fuchsia Desire. I wore this yesterday, and I have to say I’m loving the formulation of this product – it’s so creamy on the lips yet still has got this lovely matte finish that feels like you haven’t got anything on your lips at all. I think I should really look into purchasing some more of these. I also purchased some strawberry Carmex from Primark.


It’s reached that point in the year again when I run out of concealer and feel the need to try a different one. This time I decided to pick up Soap and Glory’s Kick Ass Concealer. It is slightly different to the concealers I’ve brought before in terms of application but it works like a dream and the packaging is super cute- as it always is from Soap and Glory. Due to them cheeky little Boots deals I picked up another S&G product: the Archery Brow filling pencil and brush in shade Hot Chocolate. This makes my brows look incredible – a much neater and natural finish than products I’ve used before. However I don’t really like how the pencil part is one of those ‘twistable’ things… you know them ‘twisty’ things that push the product up instead of you sharpening it? Yeah, I don’t like them, I feel like they work for a bit but then they always end up breaking on me- do any of you have this problem?

I purchased 2 Rimmel products: the Rimmel Wake Me Up anti-fatigue Foundation and the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Two basics really. I usually buy the Rimmel Match Perfection but the Wake Me Up was on offer so I decided to mix it up a bit and I thought the Stay Matte Powder will be great for those days in College when I need to touch up.

And Finally, from Boots I bought the Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set. I have wanted these brushes for soooo long and when I saw that they were on offer (there’s £10 off them in Boots go grab them now!) I had to get them. I’ve been using them for the last couple of days and they are amazing- they have totally altered the way I put my makeup on and the finish on my makeup is so much better than it was before. I LOVE THESE BRUSHES! If you follow me on Instagram you will already know this.

Ok, Skincare. I went into Poundsaver recently and I know what your thinking Poundsaver and Skincare? but yes when I went to Boots I forgot to pick up my usual Tea Tree Moisturiser so instead of going back to Boots I picked up this Tea Tree daily use, cleansing facial scrub suitable for all skin types. It was only a pound so I wasn’t expecting miraculous results but so far I am loving it. I’ve used it twice already – last night and this morning and my skin feels really soft. I think I’m going to continue using it for a week and then do a review on it for you. When I was in Poundsaver I also picked up these Tea Tree deep cleansing nose pore strips. I have heard Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) talk about something similair to these on her channel before and so because they were a £1 I decided to pick them up. I used one last night and they worked like a treat.

Finally, I picked up these Nspa Body Mists from Asda. They smell absolutely incredible. I’ve been seriously loving the smell of Passion Fruit recently so I picked up the ‘seriously intense passion fruit’ one along with the ‘fresh, sweet raspberry’ scented one. They are so strongly scented and smell really girly and pretty. (I’m not good at describing scents but hey ho).Next time your doing your shopping go give them a smell. They’re also on 2 for £4 so your saving a pound too.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What beauty products have you been loving lately? Please let me know down below.

Leah xxx.

Youtubers Mentioned:

Gabriella (VelvetGh0st)

Sprinkle of Glitter