24 August 2016

DIY Lipstick Artwork

DIY Lipstick Artwork


I was browsing through Instagram the other night and I cam across this image from Charlotte Tilbury new lipstick collection and it gave me an idea to create a lipstick art work for my bedroom. Now I am seriously obsessed with art prints and have a whole post about where I get mine from but making your own is something a bit more personal and a lot of fun in the process.
DIY Lipstick Artwork
Now I have seen images like this before so it isn't entirely my own creation but I thought I would share it with you none the less. All your going to need to create this artwork is a tonne of different lipstick shades, some lips and some paper. I made mine A3 size as I already had a frame lying around the house but it can be made any size and of course any shades of lipstick will work in fact you can even use different shades of purples and reds etc for an autumn theme.
DIY Lipstick Artwork

 It simply couldn't be easier just apply some lipstick and kiss the paper in various places and try to fill the whole page, just be sure to apply some lipbalm afterwards as I didn't and my lips were raw the next day so defiantly apply  a thick layer of some sort of balm afterwards. Let me know if you make this simple art work and be sure to hashtag me on instagram @mublaurenmarie

22 August 2016

Massive Makeup Declutter & Tips

Massive Makeup Declutter & Tips

 So if you follow me on Twitter you will know I have been decluttering my entire life. I have spent the last 2 weeks cleaning everything I own and putting into piles of keep, donate or throw away and last week I did the dreaded makeup collection and beauty stash but I will save that for another post. Today I am going to show you what I own now compared to what I owned about 2 weeks ago. 

First off if you haven't read or seen my makeup storage and collection post you can check it out to see my entire beauty stash and the fact it pretty much filled an entire stack of drawers. I do currently have one drawer full of foundations and face things etc for my makeup kit but what you see on the screen now is my own personal makeup collection. 
Massive Makeup Declutter & Tips
I was ruthless because I felt I had to be. I personally don't wear that much makeup and I am a serious creature of habit so I rarely switch things around which is pretty boring for a makeup artist but If I like something I stay with it so I thought by downgrading my stash It would encourage me to use more of what I have and so far it has been working I even rocked a red lip the other day...I know I am crazy wild lol. Two things for me that was hard to downgrade was lips and eyeshadow palettes both my bae's in life and both very well collected but I managed to get it down to under 9 palettes not including the Urban Decay Vice 3 in my drawer (incase I need to do some crazy looks on clients) and I got my lipstick stash to under 40 which for someone with over 100 lip products that is pretty good.

Everything went into 3 piles. A keep pile, a donate/sell pile and a bin pile. I gotta say the bin pile was rather extensive, so much stuff I had hoarded over the years it was at that moment I knew I had a serious makeup addiction....like it wasn't clear before. I sold a few things on depop and I donated a lot to family and friends, at least I know those products would be going to better homes. 
Massive Makeup Declutter & Tips
Massive Makeup Declutter & Tips

I do still have my everyday supplies on my dresser in my muji drawers as I find this the best way to easily get ready in the morning but these are just the items that would be in my makeup bag. I do plan on switching these products up thou every 3 weeks just so I can get more wear from other items. Now I have talked about my journey of trying to lead a minimal life and the process of my decluterring I thought I would share some tips. 

Tip 1: Be ruthless, don't do this if you can't you won't end up getting rid of anything. You gotta ask yourself if you have worn it in a while? does it suit you? and does it make you happy? Also gather shades that are similar do you really need 5 shades that all look the same? 

Tip 2: Donate as much as possible, there is nothing worse than seeing unwanted makeup go in the bin instead try to sell some products on Depop or ebay and of course donate to friends and family. Give your beloved makeup a new loving home. 

Tip 3: If you are really struggling, check the sell by date and ask yourself how long have you had it. Smell everything (sounds strange) but see if it smells ok, makeup expires rather quickly so just be cautious. 

Tip 4: Know what your aiming for, like I knew I wanted everything to fit in one drawer so if your task is to get it into a small set of drawers aim for that. Prepare before doing a clear out and it will be  a success.

Tip 5: When it comes to buying more makeup try to invest in products rather than going crazy at the drugstrore. I know we all get sucked in by adverts and bloggers and all but next time your out shopping ask yourself do you really need this item? Will you use it? I know myself I am sticking to a strict beauty one in one out as I don't want to have another collection get out of hand. By everyone is to their own.  

So there you have my massive makeup purge, I got to tell you it feels so good to have all my products in one drawer and be able to see what I have and be able to use it all without going through loads of drawers and searching for something.  Purging might not be for everyone but if you are looking to downsize your makeup hopefully my tips help. 

Let me know if you have recently cleaned out your makeup stash? Was it the best thing you could have done? 


12 August 2016

Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream

Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream (no machine)

Today I thought I bring you one of my recipes from my baking blog and that is Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream. One thing I missed when I discovered I was lactose intolerant is ice cream and with the warmer weather coming now its days like that you really crave some creamy tasty ice cream. After taking myself to the super markets and discovering the crazy prices for dairy free ice cream I attempted to make my own. Now I have done this in the past and failed terribly however after searching online at different recipes and techniques I know where I went wrong and so today I am happy to report I have the perfect recipe that will satisfy your dairy craving. 
Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream (no machine)


Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream (no machine)


Now this recipe is not only dairy free but it's also vegan just make sure you pick up vegan chocolate chips which by the way are hard to get hold of, try your local health store as this will probably be your best bet. For me when I was growing up I used to love Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream and so I thought I would recreate this, now if your not a lover of mint choc chip feel free to flavour as you wish you can just use this recipe as a base and then add your own flavours, I myself am already thinking of doing raspberry ripple.

Now this recipe calls for no fancy ice cream machine just a whisk and a bit of patience and of course prep is needed which I will go onto in a moment. The ice cream itself is very creamy and as we are using coconut milk it does have a slight coconut taste so if you hate coconut I don't know if you will like this but you could try and over power it with vanilla or a stronger flavour. My top tip before I give you the recipe is to make sure you take this out of the freezer at least 30 mins before serving, its takes a good while to come back to room temperature as it freezes harder than regular ice cream. So without further a do here is the recipe.
Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream (no machine)


Dairy Free, Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
(no machine)
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Ingredients:
Ice Cream Base Recipe
3 cans of full fat coconut milk (make sure they are full fat)
150g Sugar ( caster is better)
1tsp Vanilla Extract

Flavours 
100g Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
1-3 tsp Peppermint Extract/ Essence
2 drops of Green Food Colouring (optional)

Method:

  1. Start by preparing 2 tins of coconut milk and place them in the refrigerator overnight
  2. Keep your two cans in the fridge while you make a condensed milk. Simply take 1 can of coconut milk and your sugar and pop into a saucepan over a gently simmer. 
  3. Heat over a medium heat for about 10 mins, you will see the mixture turn a slightly golden colour this is normal. 
  4. Next turn right down on the lowest setting and leave to simmer for about 25-30 mins or until it has thickened and the milk has halved in size. You want your mixture to resemble condensed milk so it needs to be thick. 
  5. Leave to cool in the fridge and it will thicken as it cools so don't panic if your mixture isn't overly thick. 
  6. Next take your 2 cans of coconut milk out of the fridge and turn upside down and open them upside down, remove the water that has floated to the top into a separate bowl keep this to drink or for smoothies and then scoop the thickened milk into a separate bowl.
  7. Mix the milk into a creamy consistency it should take about 2-3 mins to get a creamy consistency. 
  8. Next add your vanilla extract and give another little mix. 
  9. Now take your condensed milk and pop in and give another quick mix and make sure everything is combined. Your mixture should now look like thick cream or regular ice cream that is melting. 
  10. Now add your peppermint, food colouring and chocolate and give one last mix, then pop into a container place the lid on and freeze overnight. It might be ready in 6 hours but I left mine overnight.
  11. Once ready to eat take out and leave for 30 mins until it's soft enough to scoop and enjoy. 

So there you have it super easy dairy free ice cream recipe and all without a ice cream machine and the flavours are endless. Let me know if you make this and be sure to #thequaycakery on instagram

13 July 2016

Loving Lately....

Lovely Lately #2

Hey everyone so first off I want to apologise for the lack of posts lately, things in my personal life have been a little hectic and finding time to blog was a little hard but everything is back on track now so the posts will be in full swing. For a simple post to get back into things I thought I would talk about some things I have been loving lately, mainly throughout the month of June and the first week or two of July, there is beauty and lifestyle in here so lets get cracking.
maybelline foundation and concealer

I will start with makeup and these last few weeks I have been keeping things pretty simple. My skin has had a few issues and been a bit blotchy and uneven so I have been using different foundations to try correct that. While I love my Revlon Colourstay I find sometimes it can be a little heavy for the days when your pores decide to be huge so while in Boots in June I picked up The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation. I got the shade 105 and it is the first time in history to get a foundation from Maybelline that A is actually light enough and B is yellow based. I will have a full review of this foundation up soon with pictures of it on the skin etc but I will say this, it leaves the skin flawless, lasts very well and feels super lightweight. I love it. Another makeup item I picked up recently is the Seventeen Wow Concealer, this is a great concealer for the under eye area or any area you want to brighten up. I know it looks like the YSL Touche Eclat but this is defiantly more of a concealer rather than a highlighter so it will offer coverage. The concealer itself is kind of peach toned so it colour corrects as it conceals, it is defiantly a product you wanna check out next time your in Boots.
skincare loves
Now moving onto a little bit of skincare, first off is a makeup prep spray from Urban Decay. I only randomly decided to use this recently and I am so happy I did. I dunno what exactly is in this stuff but it is a blessing for your skin especially when your having bad skin days. I spray this on before makeup and its tightens the pores, makes makeup absorb better on the skin and keeps my skin hydrated through out the day. You can apply this as a refresher throughout the day and it can be used before you hop into bed at night as part of a night time routine. It is enriched in Vitamin E and it has been doing wonders for my skin. Another product I wanna mention is a cream that I got in a Birchbox. The Resurfacing Cream From Puriskin does exactly what Sudocream does but it is a much nicer version in the fact it is a cream and does not leave that white sticky residue on your skin, this stuff can be used for pretty much anything, acne, scaring, burns, bruises etc. I love this stuff and will defiantly be buying the full size when this little pot runs out. 
uncharted 4 game and funko pop vinyl
Now moving onto more lifestyle items and first we have to talk about Uncharted 4, oh my lord I have waited a long time for this game and it did not disappoint. What can I say Naughty Dog just blew everything out of the water with this one. If you think the last 3 games were good you have not seen anything until you play Uncharted 4. From the story line, to the game play ability and the graphics the game literally blew my mind. So worth the wait. If you love PlayStation games you need to look into the Uncharted series you will not be disappointed.
Big Bang Theory and Snacks

Lastly I have been addicted to The Big Bang Theory, I know I literally cannot believe I love this show. Whenever it is on the telly I turn it off straight away but after being left with no binge worthy TV lately I thought I would give it a go and after going through Orange Is The New Black quicker than a bag of sweets I needed something haha. I think it took me like 4 or 5 eps to get truly hooked and now I am addicted. I just love it and Sheldon is my spirit animal and I swear to god I will hunt down his funko pop vinyl if it kills me. Little something random I have been also loving Sesame Sticks lately. They are gluten free and healthier than sweets and crisps etc and really nice. You can pick them up in health stores and supermarkets. 

So that is my lovely lately post, hope you enjoyed it and be sure to comment and tell me if you have tried any of these products and let me know what you're loving lately. 
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