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25 October 2014

Lifestyle - Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake


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Another gooey chocolate-y recipe for you today! Perfect for them late night sugar cravings or if you want to whip up something yummy in 5 minutes. Yes, this literally takes minutes to prepare and 2 minutes in the microwave!

What you will need 
Serves 2
  • A good sized coffee mug or dessert bowl
  • 4Tbsp. self raising flour (but plain will do)
  • 4Tbsp. sugar
  • 2Tbsp. cocoa powder 
  • 1 small egg
  • 3Tbsp. milk 
  • 3Tbsp. oil
  • splash of vanilla extract 
  • 1Tsp. nutella, peanut butter or any chocolate spread  
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1. First add all the dry ingredients to your mug (flour, sugar, cocoa powder) and mix together well with a fork. 

2. Next crack in your egg and again mix together well until combined. 

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3. Add all the remaining wet ingredients to the mug (oil, milk and vanilla extract) and mix together until you have a smooth batter. 

4. Last step to turn it into a gooey chocolate cake! Drop in a dollop of your chosen spread to the centre of the batter; here I went for Nutella. You could also add lots of small blobs instead so not only the centre is gooey. 

5. Finally place the mug in your microwave on a plate and cook for 1:30 - 2 minutes on the highest heat setting (750-800 watt). Once done leave to cool for a few minutes and then eat straight from the mug or turn out onto a plate and eat with an extra dollop of Nutella or Ice-cream! 

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 As you can see this is beyond easy and also can be adapted - think choc chips sprinkled in, mini marshmallows or even a white chocolate spread in the centre.

A perfect treat for lazy cold evenings or chocolate emergencies!
 Let me know what you think if you make the recipe, either in the comments below or tweeting me @makeup_savvy.

Fee xo.

24 October 2014

eBay Bargains #5 - Makeup Storage Edition

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 1. Acrylic 24 Squared Lipstick Tiered Holder (£2.57 here) - First up one of my favourite and most handiest purchases from eBay. This keeps all your favourite lipsticks in one place and looks great out on your desk. Also for the price it's pretty sturdy. A must buy if you have a large lipstick collection. You can see my own lipstick holder in use here.

2. Laser Cut Rose Pot Organisers (£1.98 here) - These cute pots come in a choice of 4 colours and are ideal for keeping brushes, eyeliners and mascaras in. Inexpensive and cute!

3. Multilayer Acrylic Makeup Organiser (£10.49 here) - If you are looking for a complete makeup storage unit for your everyday makeup then this is pretty much perfect. I love how this comes with a top organiser to put essentials in. Also comes with removable non-slip liners so products don't roll around.

4. Three Drawer Storage Unit (£3.93 here) - Granted not as aesthetically pleasing as the others but this comes in handy for extra products. You can also find slightly smaller versions in Poundworld for only £1?!

5. Ikea Large Drawar Tidy (£4.99 here) - This large compartment tray is one of my favourite picks - great for large drawers or to keep out on your desk as minimal looking storage. You really could storee a lot of makeup in this! 

eBay truly is the best place for budget storage solutions! 

Fee xo.

23 October 2014

Under £3 High Street Beauty Must-Haves! #4


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I'm back again with my budget finds... and yes, everything you see above is under £3! As always this just goes to show that you don't need to spend a small fortune for good quality products. Whether it's checking out the makeup section in Poundworld or snapping up half price products there are always bargains to be had - fact!

So here are my bargainous beauty must-haves this week...

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter
On Offer £1.23 (RRP still cheap at £2-ish) - Tesco in-store
Over the years I've gone through countless Vaseline tins but for the past year other lip balms have taken over and I forgot about the little silver tins of Vaseline. That is until they created a new retro look to the tins and I realised they did a Cocoa Butter scent. This is pretty damn yummy and a great lip balm to throw in your bag for cold autumn/winter days.

Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer
£1 each (RRP ££6.49) - Poundworld in-store
I think I've possibly been the slowest beauty blogger in trying these but at £6.50 each I just wasn't so sure I needed them. What was until I picked up one on offer in Tesco and then later discovered they're currently in Poundworld and proceeded to pretty much snapped up the entire range. At £1 it's a no-brainer and there are some great berry shades perfect for this time of year.

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Natural Collection Lipstick in Raspberry
£1.99 - Boots in-store
This was a lipstick that was flagged up to me by a post from Miss Budget Beauty and I'm very glad it was as Natural Collection is a brand I tend to walk past in Boots as the packaging is pretty bland and nothing ever jumps out at me. However Raspberry is actually a very nice lipstick that I've been wearing quite a lot of recently. The shade I'm sure will pretty much suit everyone, is fairly autumnal and comfortable on the lips. It's a thumbs up from me.

L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourishing & Taming Shampoo
£2.99 (half price on entire range RRP £6) - Tesco Direct here or in-store 
I try not to babble on about avoiding SLS's in shampoo for the fear of boring everyone but I really honestly believe it's the best switch you can do for your scalp and hair. I've tried countless SLS free ones now in an attempt to find a good foamer-upper (yup.. that is a word) and one that isn't moisture sapping and discovered my holy grail shampoo in the process! This wonderfully white creamy shampoo works wonders on dried out hair that needs, well nourishing and taming, and regardless of if you avoid sulphates or not it's a pretty damn good shampoo. Plus it smells like an Estee Lauder fragrance! Super cheap at the moment so worth giving a go if you haven't already.

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Herbal Essences Breakage Defender Intensive Mask
£1 (RRP £3.99) - Poundworld in-store  
I've been using the Herbal Essences hair masks for a long as I can remember (though I can't stand their chemical laden shampoos) as they do the job and only require a minute on the hair before washing off. So last week when I saw this on the shelves on Poundworld I was pretty pleased and stocked up on a few. I like all the different ones for different hair types but I especially like this as you can apply it from root to tip... great if you are prone to breakages near the roots and end up with a halo of frizz - like me! So far so good with this one... especially as it's rivalling my favourite 3 Minutes Conditioner from Aussie at the moment. The mask also comes with a fruity mango and coconut scent that is pretty delicious.

You can find my past under £3 bargains here

Fee xo.

22 October 2014

Fragrance Direct Haul - Autumn 2014


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Fragrance Direct & I have a relationship were I try my best to avoid the website as best I can... until I inevitably succumb. Which is exactly what happened last week and here is clearly the outcome.

But really it's not all bad as this pretty lot only set me back £20 with free delivery at the time. A savvy shopping spree I'd say. So as I'm pleased with everything I went for I thought I'd show you and be an huge enabler!

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HD Brows Powder Base Foundation
£3.99 (RRP £21.95) here
 I already adore my HD Brows palette so as soon as I spotted this foundation at only £3.99 I didn't hesitate to add it to my basket. I've yet to try it but from a quick swatch the powder feels very finely milled and looks light enough for my pale skin. Excited to try this out! Choice of 6 shades available from light to dark.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
£4.99 (RRP £8.99) here
Oops, another foundation seems to have found it's way into my online basket! Again not a needed purchase but I shockingly had never tried a Revlon foundation before and knowing this was quite a recent release made me go for it. Thankfully this has a touch more coverage than L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation and looks oh so natural on the skin. If you love light coverage foundations I'd highly recommend this. Choice of 9 shades.
 
Mudd Original Mask
£2.99 (RRP£4.99) here
After buying sachet after sachet of this face mask I decided I would finally get the pouch version which gives you 5 applications (I'm thinking I will be able to get more out of it than that). What I love about this mask is that it is amazingly deep cleansing; really sapping out all that excess oil out of the pores. Super cheap but super great for oily/blemish prone skin types. 

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Essie Nail Polishes
£2.49 each (RRP £7.99) here
Ahhh discounted Essie, how I love you so. Fragrance Direct are known for selling Essie nail polishes and offering a great selection of shades. I could have gone overboard here but I was restraint and opted to get two glitters that are just perfect for the upcoming festive season. Hors D'oeuvres is the most mesmerising shade and Peak of Chic is just screaming to be worn over white nail polish come December. So pleased with these two babies! Choice of 30+ shades, plus Essie Luxe Effects here for only £2.50.

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L'Oreal Colour Infallible Eyeshadows
£1.99 each (RRP £6.99) here
Metallic eyeshadows are my bag at the moment so at only £1.99 I couldn't resist this stunning gold eyeshadow. I will admit I only own one other L'Oreal eyeshadow which I don't really love but this shade and soft formula has me wanting to pick up more from the Colour Infallible range... though I don't know if I trust myself to place another order! Choice of 10 shades available. 

Revlon Photoready Cream Blusher
£3.99 (RRP £7.99) here
Last but not least quite a popular blusher in the beauty blogging world and now I can totally see why. This cream to powder finish blusher applies beautifully and looks perfectly natural on the cheeks also how stunning is the shade? One pet peeve though Revlon... please place your stickers on neater! 3 shades available.

Hope you've enjoyed this savvy haul!

Fee xo.

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