How to: Creme Egg Easter Cheesecake (No Bake)

Every year, the minute Match rolls round I basically go into a Crème Egg induced food coma. They’re a seasonal thing, so really I’ve only got a few months to eat as many as I can, right?

Now I’m no chef, but I decided to try making a Crème Egg Cheesecake after reading my friend Josephine’s recipe here. I wanted to make a slightly larger offering, so I roped my best friend Abi and her 4 year old son Riley into it to (him mainly with the bribe of being able to lick the bowl and eat mini Crème eggs throughout…). It’s pretty simple and fun to get the kids involved!

Here’s an easy, no bake cheesecake perfect for any Easter parties or Easter weekend itself. You can of course adjust this accordingly if you want more filling/a thicker base or if you just want a tonne more crème eggs in it. I promise I won’t judge.

Ingredients:

  • 9″ Springboard tin (meaning the side unclips to remove the cheesecake. I got mines from Home Bargains for £2)
  • 80g digestive biscuits
  • 150g unsalted butter, melted
  • 560ml of double cream
  • 3 x 180g tubs full fat Philadelphia
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of Mini Crème Eggs
  • 3 normal Crème eggs

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Recipe:

  1. BASE: Place the digestives into bags and crush them until they reach a consistency you like. I prefer to leave it more chunky but you can roll them out until they’re like sand if you prefer.
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    We gave Riley his own little bag to crush too!

  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or hob, then add in the crushed biscuits and mix.
  3. Press this to the bottom of your tin
  4. TOPPING: Whip up your double cream until its fluffy and making peaks, but not to dense.IMG_1050
  5. Add your Philadelphia and vanilla extract to the cream and fold in
  6. Chop up the bag of mini crème eggs and add to the filling
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    Pop the eggs in the fridge before cutting to stop them being too runny.

  7. Spread the topping over the base and smooth
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    Neatness definitely isn’t key here!

  8. Stick in the fridge to set!

 

Allow the cheesecake to set for around 2/3 hours, and add your large Crème eggs to decorate.

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And tada! Not the neatest by any means but a surprisingly easy and fun recipe to get the kids involved with too. I don’t know what our little Easter Bunny enjoyed more, the actual cooking or the cheesecake afterwards!

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What’s your favourite Easter treat?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

How To: Fresh Smokey Eyes

One thing I absolutely love playing around with is new eyeshadow palettes. I mean, I definitely don’t need anymore, but somehow I always manage to find space in my drawer for yet another.


When I received the “Kick Into Neutral” palette from Soap & Glory, I was so excited as I already own one of their old quad palettes which I used to use to death. I’ve been using the palette to do an everyday light smokey eye, which I’ve been absolutely loving. If you’re new to smokey eyes or just unsure on how to do them, the amazing Rosanna has a fantastic video here which is so easy to follow.

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I applied the matte shade in “Cuddly Bare” in my crease as my transition shade. It’s a really lovely cool toned brown which would do with pretty much any of the other colours in the palette. I then applied the shade “Bright Spark” on the inner 3/4 of my eye, and finally I used a flatter shadow brush to pack on the shade “Mice-tro” on the outer 1/4 to deepen it up. 


The key to smokey eyes is blend, blend, blend. It doesn’t have to be a neat application as long as you blend it out. I use a Zoeva 231 and find it works a dream to blend the shadows out. I use the shade Cuddly Bare again to run over the crease and blend out the dark colour.

I then applied the Soap & Glory “Supercat” pen liner to create a wing. I used to be extremely loyal to this liner so already knew I really liked it. The liner nib is a nice size as it’s not too thick or thin. Pen liners are by far my favourite as I find them easiest to control.


Finally, I coated my lashes in some of the “Thick and Fast” mascara to finish the look.


Overall, I’m really impressed with the pigment and performance of the eyeshadows considering they are only £13 for 10 shadows. The colours “Rich Tea” (a gorgeous shimmery gold) and “Pink-a-little” are also so so pretty for daytime use. The shadows last all day and don’t budge.

Hope this tutorial was helpful! 

What’s your favourite eyeshadow palette?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap and Glory. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Clean: Wardrobe Edition

As the lighter nights roll in, it’s perfect time to insert some colour into your wardrobe and give it a spring shake-up. If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder like me, it can be daunting to get rid of any old clothes. Here’s a few simple steps to take to spring clean the old and bring in the new (pastel coloured most likely) goodies!

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Clear out

Turn all your coat hangers to face one way in your wardrobe at the start of the month, and turn it the opposite way when hanging the clothes back up after wearing/washing etc. If come the end of the month your hanger hasn’t moved sides then you know you aren’t wearing it. Then comes the time to look at these items and decide if you will wear them within the next week, or it’s time for a clear out!

Have a clothes swap

Once you’ve delved through your wardrobe and decided which ones are no longer staying, why not get your girls round and do a clothes swap? Or, start an event at your University or at work to get a larger group together. This is a great way for someone to give your no longer used item some love and for you to find some great new pieces to revamp your Spring style. Don’t just leave it to clothes either, I bet there’s a few unused handbags you’ve been eyeing up from your colleagues too!

Donation

Donate your old clothing items to local charity shops or give them to someone who would get wear out of them. Local Facebook pages in your area are always a great place to post your donations and it’s really fantastic to be able to help someone in your local area. Charity shops rely on donations so please don’t hand in anything of poor or unwearable quality as it’s simply not worth the volunteers’ time to search through the stuff that should have been binned in the first place.

If you don’t have a local charity shop, try searching for Woman’s Aid or children’s charities in your area. Most of them are highly thankful for any donations.

Selling

If they items are new or have only been worn a few times, try sellingthem on websites like eBay & Depop to earn some cash. I personally prefer eBay just because its the most familiar and has an extra level of protection with PayPal.

The eBay app is also fantastic as it means you can take all the images of your items for sale and upload them from the one device, even on the go on your morning commute.

  • Good images are key as people are more likely to buy it. Take it in the daytime when the lighting levels are best if possible.
  • Timing is also a crucial factor in making sure your item sells. More people are active on eBay in the evenings in general, due to busy work life’s and studies during the day. Sunday is the best day for selling as most people are online.
  • Make sure the name of your item includes all the vital information, eg size, brand, condition, colour. This gives it better search engine optimisation, aka will pop up on Google for people searching for any of these terms.

I wrote an old post here all about how to utilise searching eBay effectively, which is great to search the page for new items. Or, treat yourself with your hard earned cash to these ASOS bits which are currently on my wish list.

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  1. Jumpsuit
  2. Jumper
  3. Jacket
  4. Cullotes

 

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  1. Leopard court Shoes
  2.  Frill Dress 
  3. Star print bag
  4. Stila Matte and Metals palette

And just in case you need a soundtrack to help you Spring Clean:

Music

Isn’t it amazing how a simple playlist can put us in the best mood ever? I use my Spotify app on a daily basis whether I’m in the car, on the train or tidying my room. Get yourself some motivation by making a fresh playlist with all your favourite songs. If you use Spotify, try the Monday Motivation,Throwback Thursday and Feelgood Friday playlists: instant happiness just when you need it! Ed Sheeran’s new album was also released this morning, the soundtrack to my future posts no doubt (whilst I sob onto my keyboard listening to Perfect and Supermarket Flowers)

Will you be Spring Cleaning your wardrobe this Spring?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All views are my own.

 

 

 

How To: Celebrate Galentines Day

Whether you are planning a romantic night in with your other half this Valentine’s day, or spending the night with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s in your pyjamas, February 13th is all about celebrating your kick-ass girls. Here’s some easy ideas for a night to remember:img_6211

Have a girls night out

Get your best LBD on and hit the town for some cocktails with the girls. Make sure there’s plenty of selfies to capture just how 10/10 you all look.

Or a girls night in

If you fancy missing those crowded bars, have a night in with some of your favourite wine, plenty of snacks, Bridget Jones on repeat and an abundance of gossip to catch up on. Dominoes and a Beyonce playlist are essential.

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Have a DIY pamper night

Fake a spa day in the comfort of your own home! Grab your favourite face masks (my favourite at the minute is Lush Mask of Magniminty for calming my stressed skin) or go all Pinterest and make your own. Don’t forget the wine!

Have a throwback party

Celebrate the good old days by taking a step back in time. Blast some Steps or S-Club 7 on your speakers, grab the hair crimper and look back at the old cringeworthy pictures of you. How did our mums ever let us out like that?!

Try somewhere new

Whether it be a new restaurant, a new nail bar or an activity you’ve never done before, step out of your comfort zone and do something new together. Even if it ends up not being your cup of tea, it’ll be a story to remember. Read other peoples blogs and Google to find new and exciting ventures. I recently went to a local trampoline centre and absolutely loved it!

Have a makeover night

Get everyone to bring their favourite makeup products and spend the night giving each other a new look. It’s a great way to get some inspiration for both new products (sorry bank balance) and looks. Needing some ideas or tips? Pop Youtube on and try recreating the tutorials on there. Practise makes perfect!

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How will you be spending your Galentines day?

C x

*Blog supported by Soap & Glory. All views are my own.

 

 

 

 

How To: Save Money on your Supermarket Shop

supermarket shopMaking the leap to University means many students leaving home and leaving the comfort of home-made meals and food shopping done by our lovely parents. Whilst I chose to stay at home during my studies, here’s my top tips (with a little help from my dad) on how to save money on your food shop.

  1. Make a weekly meal plan

We usually plan our meals from Monday to Friday as these are the days when everyone in the house is busy with work/university. Changes can be made fairly easily to our lists as we try and stick to “base” ingredients such as mince allowing a variety of meals. I find this really effective as it allows us to ensure we use up everything in our stocks.

  1. Always take a shopping list

Before going food shopping, check the cupboards, fridge and freezer to effectively plan what you actually need to buy and make note of this. My dad never enters a supermarket to do the big food shop without a list in hand and will try and stick to this unless he sees the odd bargain reduction.

  1. Don’t shop hungry

Yes, I know it sounds like a bit of an odd one. However, entering a shop full of every possible food you could crave whilst hungry is a recipe for disaster which will probably overrule both of the above tips.

  1. Know your store reduction times

As I have a job in a supermarket part time, I’ve actively done and watched the reductions occur in store and you really can get some fantastic items with nearly 85% off. Many of these items, bread for example, can be bought and frozen as it is simply reduced due to its “display until” or “best before” date and NOT the “use by” date. Food can still be frozen to extend the “use by date” however which this article explains.

  1. Ignore the branding

Skip the branded products and try and lower cost own brand alternatives. I guarantee if the labels were covered on a branded tin of beans and a supermarket own brand, it would be almost impossible to tell the difference.

  1. Stick with basic ingredients

Instead of buying pre-made meals, buy the ingredients and make them yourself. This is something that we never used to do in our household but slowly but surely we’ve began making meals from scratch and have noticed this has saved us money. My dad often makes a larger batch at the weekend and then freezes the meals for throughout the week. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, my friend Josephine runs a fantastic food blog which is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

7. Start a spice collection

Start buying a few pots of spices from your local supermarket which can be added to basic meals to completely change the taste. Steer clear of the packet spices and buy the tubs instead as this is cheaper in the long run and they last for ages if stored correctly. Our favourites are mixed herbs, chilli flakes and paprika.

How do you save money on your weekly shop?

How To: Search eBay Effectively

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eBay is one of my favourite websites for finding well priced items and the occasional bargain. If the search function is used correctly, the possibilities are endless.

Benefit from sellers mistakes

Many sellers will list items in a rush or without proof reading their post, causing them to misspell vital words in their titles. A fantastic website to use for this is FatFingers, which allows you to enter the term you are looking for and it will then list all the common misspellings.

If you’re searching for a clothing item or a quantity of a specific item, use both the numerical and the written term for the number. For example, “dress size 10” is much more common than “dress size ten” however many sellers do still use the later.

Time your watched items effectively

eBay is most active on a Sunday evening, and the weekends are also a busy period for listings to end. If a listing ends during the day when many people are at work, or during a big event such as the X Factor final you will have less competition for bids and therefore more chance of winning your desired item.

The eBay app which can be downloaded is great as it sends reminders to your device before the listing ends, meaning you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to place your bid.

Use the sort by function

Within the search facilities, use the drop down function to change the format of the search results. The most popular function is “price & p&p lowest” which will then bring up the lowest priced items in your search terms. This function can also be used to find the items “ending soonest” which is a fantastic opportunity to buy a last minute bargain.

Lastly, the Advanced Search facility allows buyers to really narrow down their search. If you are looking for a large item which would require collection, such as a coffee table, the advanced search allows you to input your postcode and the distance you are willing to travel. It’s a really handy tool which I recommend playing around with to suit your own search requirements.

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What are your eBay search tips?

How To: Find Student Discount Codes

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Online shopping can be a dangerous game. You’re bored, find yourself browsing Topshop’s website and before you know it you’ve placed an order for £100 worth of clothes. We’ve all been there. However, being a student has more perks than just the university degree (yes, unbelievable I know), and allows us to have some amazing discounts to aid our weeping bank balances. There are various websites I use to source these codes.

Unidays

You simply register with Unidays with your University details and it then allows you to view an array of different discount codes. The website has separate sections for online and in store discounts so gives the best of both worlds.

You can visit the site here.

Student Beans

Again, you have to register with your University details to gain access to the site. Student Beans is aimed specifically at students and is separated into various sections from tech and mobile to home and utilities so covers all the bases regardless of what you’re shopping for. They also have a magazine section full of quirky articles (think BuzzFeed style) which I frequently find myself reading instead of actually shopping, so that’s got to be a bonus!

You can visit the site here.

Money Saving Expert

Whilst not solely featuring student discounts, Money Saving Expert is a fantastic website filled with discount codes and general money saving tips. Founder and editor Martin Lewis is a fellow journalist with a thirst for money saving tips and covers everything from fashion and beauty to cutting your electricity bills. This website is fantastic for the whole family to use and is one that my dad personally loves due to the straight forward layout and helpful posts.

You can check out Martin’s tips here.

What’s your favourite student discount website?