Monday, 27 July 2015

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Bark

Hey guys! Back with another recipe! (should this be a regular thing? Let me know in the comments). This recipe is super quick and is perfect if your in a hurry or have had a bad day, and you just want a quick treat to keep you going! 

  • 99g white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil
  • Green food colouring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 226g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • optional: 1/3 cup chopped Andes mints
  1. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt the white chocolate Use a double boiler or microwave. If using microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds to help avoid seizing. Once melted and smooth, stir in oil, peppermint extract and 1 drop of the food colouring. Set aside.
  3. Melt the dark chocolate in the same way you melted the chocolate in step 2. Pour onto prepared baking tray and spread out into a large rectangle. Drizzle the white chocolate mixture on top in lines. Use a toothpick to swirl the layers together. Optional: Sprinkle the top of the bark with Andes mints.
  4. Allow the chocolate to set at room temperature in a cool & dry environment. My bark usually takes around 45 minutes. If needed, you can put it in the refrigerator to help speed up the process. Once hardened, break into pieces as large or as small as you would like.
  5. Store in an air tight container at the back of the fridge and snack on it whenever you want!
This recipe is so simple and so yummy! Enjoy!

Random Favourites!

Hey guys! Sorry for not posting last week! School just got back and wow I was not ready for that.
Anyway, these are some random favourites of mine. Enjoy! 


  • Bad Habit - The Kooks
  • What You Know - Two Door Cinema Club
  • Belmore St - The Vanns
  • Addicted - Bliss n Eso
  • The Cat Empire
  • Sticky Fingers
  • The Vanns
  • The Jungle Giants
  • Chet Faker
(i have some spotify playlists on my account lily_bells)

  • Harry Potter Series (all time faves)
  • The Book Thief
  • Looking for Alaska
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • We're the Millers
  • What we did on our Holiday
  • X-men: United (or any of them)
  • The Shawshank Redemption
TV Shows
  • Jam'ie Private Schoolgirl
  • Masterchef Australia
  • Orange is the new Black
  • Friends
  • Zoella
  • Cartia Mallan
  • Brittney Lee Saunders
  • Lauren Curtis
  • Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balm (225)
  • Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Mascara
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (003 Peach Glow)
For more detail into my beauty favourites see my June/ July Favourites post

  • Baking
  • Going on Tumblr (smile-like-them)
  • Watching Youtube
  • Going for runs
What are some of your favourite things? x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Tag: 40 Beauty Questions


  • How many times do you wash your face daily? I usually wash my face twice a day, once in the morning and once before i go to bed. But sometimes I don't get time in the mornings so I only do it once.
  • What skin type do you have? I have dry-combination skin. During the winter months I find that my skin dries out quite a lot.
  • What is your current facial wash? I use the 'Clean and Clear Daily Facial Wash'.
  • Do you exfoliate? Yes, I usually do it twice a week.
  • What brand do you use? I use 'Formula 10.0.6'. (their range of face-masks is AMAZING)
  • What moisturiser do you use? I use the 'Clean and Clear Daily Moisturiser'(they came in a set aha).
  • Do you have freckles? Yes I actually have quite a lot (i have very freckle-prone skin!!). They go very dark in Summer but they are less noticeable in Winter.
  • Do you use eye cream? No i do not.
  • Did you or do you have acne prone skin? No, luckily enough I have not and do not have acne prone skin (yet..)
  • Did you ever have to use Pro-active?  Um no
  • What foundation do you use? I prefer not to use a super full coverage foundation so I like to use the 'Rimmel Matte BB Cream - Light'.
  • What about concealer? I like to use the 'Rimmel Wake me Up Concealer - Ivory' as it also isn't too heavy-duty.
  • Do you know your undetone colour? I haven't been actually matched by somebody but just by looking, I definitely have a pink/ red undertone rather than a yellow one. 
  • What do you think of fake eyelashes? I personally don't wear them as I am a bit too young just yet but I do think they can make your eyes look great if you choose to wear them.
  • Did you know you're meant to change your mascara every 3 months? Well, I mean I do now.. Did you guys know??
  • What brand of mascara do you use? I use Covergirl mascara (the Lashblast Fushion).
  • Sephora or MAC? I live in Brisbane and there isn't a Sephora near me unless you count online, but I prefer to shop in person anyway. So I'd have to say MAC.
  • Do you have a MAC Pro-card? No..
  • What tools do you use when applying make-up? I mainly just use a small range of brushes (both for face and eyes) and my finger tbh. (I could never get the hang of beauty blenders)
  • Do you use make-up base/ primer for your eyes? I do not own a proper one so I use a dab of concealer with a sweep of translucent powder on top instead.
  • For the face? No to that as well.
  • What is your favourite eyeshadow? I actually don't have one and have been looking for a palette of good-quality natural shades for AGES!! Do you guys know of any? xx
  • Do you use pencil or liquid liner? I like to use liquid (like a felt-tip) as I find it the easiest to use.
  • What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
  • Do you use mineral makeup? I have never tried  actual mineral makeup but 
  • What is your favourite lipstick? Probably MAC's 'Twig' because it is such a lovely colour. I also really like the Sportsgirl 'Pout About It' lipstick in 'Mystic' (see my June/ July Favourites for more info) 
  • How about lipgloss? I love the 'Snowsicle' lipgloss from Limecrime.
  • What is your favourite blush? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 'Peachykeen' blush from MAC!!
  • Do you buy your makeup off ebay? No I have never bought any makeup off ebay. 
  • Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes! But I have trouble finding a decent eyeshadow from the drugstore.
  • Do you go to CCO's? No..?
  • Did you ever consider taking makeup classes? I wouldn't mind maybe taking a few when I'm older but for now I'm fine with learning from watching youtube :)
  • Are you clumsy when putting on makeup? YES. I can be very clumsy when putting on makeup. Especially eyeliner!
  • Name a makeup crime that you hate? I don't like when people wear TOO much blush!
  • Colourful shades or neutral shades? I much prefer neutral shades.
  • If you had to leave the house with just one makeup item, what would it be? My Rimmel 'Wake me Up' concealer to hide any blemishes and my dark under-eye circles.
  • Could you leave the house wearing no makeup? I do if I'm going to a friends house or down to the shops but most days (like to school) I just wear a light concealer.
  • In your opinion, what is the best makeup line? Highstreet: MAC Drugstore: Rimmel 
  • What do you think of makeup? I think makeup is great but it is a personal choice. You can start wearing makeup whenever YOU want. If you want to start wearing it, then great, you go for it! But if you don't want to, then you shouldn't feel pressured to do so, just because others around you are. It's your choice.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Recipe

These are the fudgiest, richest, yummiest brownies. I love this recipe, it's so simple and quick - and they are DELICIOUS!

Prep Time: 40 minutes  Cook Time: 25 minutes

Makes: 20

  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (230g) cooking chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sat
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356F). 
  2. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk the raw sugar and brown sugar into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth between each.
  4. Whisk in the vanilla extract.
  5. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Once combine, fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan and poor the batter in.
  7. Bake in the over for 25-35 minutes or until when you place a skewer in the middle, it comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.
  8. Let it cool and cut into squares.
This recipe is SO nice and goes really well with a nice cuppa tea!! 
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do haha. 
Comment down below your favourite desert!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Zoella's Influence

Some of you may have heard of the blogger/ youtuber Zoella. I have been watching Zoella's videos for about two years now and she has had a massive influence on me.
During my primary school years I was bullied by a group of girl's at my school. My self-esteem and confidence levels dropped dramatically and overall I really just wasn't happy. That was when I discovered Zoella. I began to watch her videos weekly and I always wished that she uploaded more then once a week.
She sparked my love for beauty and inspired me and gave me
the courage to start this blog! 
Zoella's videos taught me that you will enjoy life more when you start to say 'yes' to things. So, I said 'yes' to moving schools early and now I am certainly enjoying life more!
She never fails to cheer me up and I don't know where I would have ended up if it weren't for her and her videos. She has inspired me so much and I hope one day I am as successful as she is! 
If you have never seen her videos before then definitely check them out. You don't know how they will help you!! 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

June/ July Favourites

These are my favourite products of June/ July!

Bodyshop Vineyard Peach Body Mist

When I was 10 I went to Melbourne. We visited the Bodyshop on Brunswick street where they were selling limited edition fragrances like peach and raspberry. Since then, I had never seen the Peach or Raspberry fragrances again..until they came to my local Bodyshop for a limited time! When I saw them I new I had to get I did! The scent of this spray is AMAZING!! It smells just like a fresh peach (not sickly sweet). It is a great Spring/ Summer scent and it refreshes you as soon as soon as you put it on. I love love love this body mist.

Bodyshop Early-harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette

This fragrance is also AMAZING! As you can probably guess, it smells exactly like a raspberry. This scent is  sweeter than the peach spray and is perfect for the winter months. As this is a perfume and not a body mist, it lasts a lot longer. So I tend to wear this when I'm going out all day. It is also a good size for carrying in your handbag as your back-up perfume. And it was only $18!

Sportsgirl Pout About It Lipstick - Mystic

I have been very eager to try the 'Pout About It' lipsticks from Sportsgirl. So last time I was in store I spent ages standing at the makeup table trying to decide what colour to choose! (there are so many to pick from, it was hard to pick just one!) The lipstick I ended up choosing is a gorgeous dark pink that suits my skin tone (light-medium) perfectly. It is super creamy and pigmented and it applies very easily. It has a matte finish, which I LOVE. I am definitely going to be growing my collection of these lipsticks in the future.

Lush Sympathy for the Skin Hand and Body Lotion

This body lotion makes my skin feel so smooth! It keeps my skin moisturised for ages, unlike others I've tried that only last for a little while. The scent is so nice - like vanilla and banana and chocolate all rolled into one! The other good thing about this is that you only need a small amount. I have used this for a fair while and I still have quite a lot left.  

Glasshouse Tahaa Vanilla Caramel Candle

 I cannot even describe to you how GOOD this candle smells!!! If you have ever walked past Peter Alexander and been like 'wow it smells good in there!' that's because they're burning this candle. You can even smell it when it's not burning , which i think is a sign of a good quality candle. It lasts a super long time and makes your room (and a few surrounding rooms) smell like heaven. I have actually repurchased this candle a few times because it's that amazing. This is definitely a very sweet scent so if sweet scents are not your favourite you might not like this. But to me it is so gooood!

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - Intense Black

This eyeliner is fantastic! The pointed felt-tip allows me to draw very thin lines and get the perfect wing. I have had this liner for about 4 months and it hasn't dried or run out, which is amazing. In the past, I have had felt-tip liners that dry out within 1 month! On my budget, this eyeliner was a bit pricey but I'm glad I bought it as the quality is awesome! If you're looking for a decent felt-tip eyeliner then this is for you.  

Saturday, 11 July 2015

10 Ways to Enjoy a Sick Day

Having a sick day at home can be very dull. Basically every time I have a sick day at home I just end up lounging in front of the TV! (which really doesn't make me feel any better!) I have finally realised that being at home sick doesn't mean you have to sit around doing nothing all day. Here are 10 relaxing, fun things you can do on a day where you are feeling under-the-weather.

Before you start, gather up everything you will need for a day in bed. This may include: tissues, cough drops, snacks, extra pillows, your laptop and your phone. I would also recommend making a soothing honey and lemon drink if you have a sore throat.

  1. Read a book - this is a great way to relax and pass the time when you are sick. 
  2. Watch a few episodes of your favourite show - comedies can make you feel better. Some of my favourites are: Friends, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Summer Heights High, Orange is the New Black and The Big Bang Theory.
  3. Pamper yourself - you could paint your nails, put on a face mask or have a warm bath. When I'm feeling sick my favourite thing to do is treat myself to a nice warm bath and a face mask and it always makes me feel better.
  4. Listen to music, a podcast or an audio book - sometimes staring at a screen or reading a book can only make your headache worse. So lie back, close your eyes and listen instead! I feel that getting involved in the story in this way can help you to forget how bad you feel.
  5. Sit or walk outside - sometimes just some fresh air can help you feel better.
  6. Shop online - sitting in bed sick? It's the perfect time to go for a browse through your favourite online shops. My personal faves are: Topshop, Peppermayo, BeginningBoutique, and MadebyGrace. 
  7. Sleep - sleeping is the best thing you can do to fight off a cold. Always make sure you get a couple extra hours sleep when you are sick.
  8. Do some arts and crafts - art can be very calming. You could draw, paint, work on a scrapbook or whatever you're into.
  9. Scroll through Pinterest - this is one of my favourite things to do on a sick day. Just go through Pinterest and test out some strange DIY's or try to do a new wacky hairstyle. 
  10. Use Social Media - either go through Instagram, scroll through Tumblr or watch some Youtube. All are great ways to relax and pass the time.
I find that these are the best 10 thing to do on a sick day! What do you like to do on a sick day? xx

Friday, 10 July 2015

Make-up Q&A

  • What’s your favourite eye shadow colour to wear? Natural golds and browns/ bronzes as these colours help to bring out my blue eyes.
  • What’s the one product you wouldn’t leave your house without? My trusty Blistex lip-balm for when my lips are feeling a bit dry.
  • What’s your favourite makeup look?  I prefer a light and natural make-up look with a gold & brown eye look. I also quite like to apply a pink blush (usually MAC's 'Peachykeen') to the apples of my cheeks to create a more flirty look. 
  • Which feature do you play up the most? My eyes.
  • Which feature do you try to downplay/cover up? My nose and any blemishes that may have appeared (do they count ahah).
  • Your favourite makeup brand, if you could pick only ONE to exist? MAC !!
  • Which product have you re-purchased OVER and OVER again? The 'Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer' as it is my favourite low-medium coverage concealer and I wear it basically everyday (which causes it to run out rather quickly too).
  • Which product would you NEVER repurchase again and why? This is a hard one as I like pretty much any product I buy but if I had to pick one it would be the 'Garnier BB Cream' because I purchased the lightest shade and it was still a few shades too dark. :(
  • One beauty treatment you would always PAY to have done? Manicure/ Pedicure.
  • One beauty treatment you would NEVER pay to have done? Probably a facial.
  • One beauty trick you can share with everyone? If you have dark under-eye circles, sweep a light shade of concealer on the "crease" of the bag and then apply your normal shade of concealer on the rest of it. This illuminates and lifts the circles and gives a more flawless finish.
  • Best advice you've ever been given regarding beauty and makeup? Drink plenty of water! Your skin, hair and nails will thank you. 

First Impressions on W7

Recently, I was shopping in the drugstore and I came across this brand of cosmetics called W7 that I had never seen before. I asked the shop assistant about it and she told me it is a brand from the UK. You see, the reason I was so interested in this brand was because everything was $5! So naturally a picked up a few different products to give them a try.

The first thing I bought was the 'Lashtastic mascara' in black. The bristles are fairly short and taper slightly towards the end, allowing you to easily build up to the amount of product you like to wear. This brush is very similar to the 'Lashblast Fusion mascara' by Covergirl, but I have found that it creates more volume with each stroke when compared to the Covergirl mascara. The only downside with this product is that it can sometimes cause your to lashes stick together instead of separating them. But, if you are looking for a slightly cheaper Covergirl dupe then this mascara is the one.

My second purchase from W7 was the 'London Eyes Eye Shadow Palette'. After the results from their 'Lashtastic mascara' I had fairly high hopes for this eye shadow. Unfortunately, this product is more on the flaky side and it isn't as pigmented as I would have liked. Also, I found that when applying this eye shadow quite a lot of it spills (but maybe that's just because I need a better primer). However, with careful application this eye shadow can be built up to the desired amount.

Overall, I am quite happy with the results from this brand and, if I can ever find it again, will definitely try some of their other products.