Happy New Year!

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2010 is the Year Of The Tiger. I fucking love tigers! And lions and cats of all sorts and sizes :) I was born in 1991, the year of the goat. Hah, I hate that, there's so many awesome animals in the Chinese Zodiac like tigers and dragons and monkeys and rabbits.. but no I'm a goat. A metal element goat, apparently! "Metal Goats – Years 1931 and 1991: Metal Goats are tough on the outside, fragile inside. Those close to Metal Goats understand and accept this. Metal Goats are very cultural and they’re most appreciative of the arts." Haha, shut up chinesezodiac.com!

Anyway, I digress! I want to wish all my followers and friends a very happy and prosperous new year, and may the beauty blogosphere continue to bloom and grow! :D I've had such a great six months getting to know you all - I don't really have any friends so you guys mean a lot to me. No one ever normally listens to the crap I have to say so I always feel privileged to know that you lovely ladies do! I'm not gonna get all mushy, but thank you all so much :)

May the Year of the Tiger bring you everything you want and more, you all deserve it! Have a great time girls. Cheers!

Lots of love <3

Happy New Year!


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Thank you all for another fantastic year of beauty blogging!

I hope you've all had a good year in 2010, and wish you every success in 2011. Thank you for sticking with me and I hope you continue to do so!

Whatever you're doing to celebrate the New Year, I hope you have a fabulous time.


Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011! Cheers!

Margarita cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes
Margarita Cupcake
Margarita, Blue Hawaii & Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes
Margarita cupcakes (makes 12 muffin size cakes)

Ingredients
125g (4.5 ounces) butter, softened
150g (5.2 ounces) caster sugar
2 eggs
225g (8 ounces) self-raising gluten-free flour
1 lime zest
1 lime juice
3 tablespoons tequila


Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160-180 deg C (325-350 deg F).
  2. Line muffin tray with paper cases.
  3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture turns a pale colour.
  4. Beat in eggs, flour, tequila, zest and juice of lime.
  5. Divide mixture among cases.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Place cakes on a wire rack to cool.


To decorate (for 12 muffin sized cupcakes)

Ingredients
1 cup Unsalted Butter
3 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp triple sec
4 tbsp tequila
2 tbsp milk
3 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
Green food coloring
36 7up jelly belly beans

Instructions
  1. Beat butter, tequila, milk and juice.
  2. Slowly beat in icing sugar.
  3. Add desired amount of colouring.
  4. Fill piping bag with the tequila frosting and pipe in swirl on top of cakes.
  5. Place 3 jelly beans in centre of each cake.
  6. Push cocktail umbrella into side of cakes.


Oops! I forgot to post this recipe back in September as part of my cocktail cupcakes posts. So, at long last here it is, and the timing couldn't be better as they are great party cakes!

Have a sweet day!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year by Torie Jayne


Hello Sweets!

"Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year".

Thank you to all of you my friends for your wonderful love and support this year! I have loved getting to know you all.

Have a sweet year! x

White chocolate truffles

White chocolate truffles by Torie Jayne

White chocolate truffles (makes 35)

Ingredients
400g white chocolate drops
6 tbsp double cream (heavy cream)
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Bowl of silver vermicelli for rolling them in.

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the chocolate drops and cream in a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir until chocolate has completely melted and has a smooth texture.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.
  4. Pour into small bowl and refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours, or until set.
  5. Scoop tsp of chocolate mix into your hand and roll into a ball shape.
  6. Roll in vermicelli to coat.
  7. Refrigerate to store, for up to a week (but best served at room temperature).


Hand-made white chocolate truffles

Hotel Chocolat sent me some 40% milk chocolate drops and some White chocolate drops to play with. Knowing how much my older sister loves Hotel Chocolat chocolate I thought I would make some chocolate truffles to sit on my Winter Woodland dessert table. I started off with rich milk chocolate ones, then went onto mixing other flavours in them like the delicious Baileys ones and seasonal toffee apple ones. Then it was time to turn my attention to the white chocolate drops! I again started off with simply indulgent plain white chocolate ones.

Have a sweet day!

Review: Sleek MakeUP Molten Metal - Sound Familiar?

We all know that drugstore brands (particularly in the UK) are becoming more and more adept at making products from high end brands more accessible to those on a tighter budget - some might call it blatant copying, some might call it resourceful to be cashing in on the success of a more expensive product. Think along the lines of MeMeMe blush boxes - if you don't recognise what that's inspired by then you can hang your head in shame - call yourself a makeup addict? ;P

I'm kidding. Anyway, more often than not I tend to find that the drugstore versions of high end products tend to be just what they appear to be - cheap imitations with no hope of even coming close to matching the quality of their high end counterpart. I think that Sleek MakeUP have broken the mould and come up trumps with this offering, though.



No prizes for figuring out that this metallic cream duo draws its inspiration from my beloved Illamasqua and their cult Liquid Metals. I have four liquid metals, but I have to admit that I barely use them because creams, by their very nature, crease! I occasionally use them as eyeliners but they largely lie untouched in my eye product drawer. I knew it would definitely be interesting to see how the Sleek MakeUP counterpart would hold up, especially after reading the accompanying press release which makes some very bold claims indeed.

"The intense coloured cream eye shadow smooths on to the skin like a dream and lasting long after the night has finished. Unlike most cream eyeshadows, Molten Metal stays in place whilst never creasing thus giving you a strong metallic look that will stay perfect."

*Cough*. Sorry Sleek, as much as I love you, there's no such thing as a cream eyeshadow that will stay perfect and never crease. But I will certainly test your application and longevity!



The duo contains two colours named Pewter and Gold Leaf. Naturally, I couldn't help but compare colours to Illamasqua's Surge (a pewter colour) and Solstice (true gold). You can see that the colours aren't dead ringers for each other, but colour isn't the main concern here - performace is! Top ones are Sleek, bottom ones are Illamasqua.



I first gave the Motel Metal a whirl as part of my Christmas Day makeup. Here's the photo again if you missed that post - I used the gold side of the duo and set it with Urban Decay's Maui Wowie eyeshadow, and I used a mixture of Inglot black eyeshadow and a touch of MAC Satin Taupe in the crease. Not setting a cream with an eyeshadow is just asking for trouble.



I must say, I found the Molten Metal easier to apply than Illamasqua Liquid Metal. I have to use Liquid Metal with a finger as it doesn't spread nicely with a synthetic brush (don't even bother trying to use cream products like these with a natural hair brush - NOT happening!), but Molten Metal glided on easy as pie with a synthetic brush. I also found it easier to blend powder shadows over it than the Illamasqua ones which sometimes end up being a bit too sticky to blend powders over. Nice job on the application, Sleek!

As for longevity, I did check how it was holding up in the mirror every couple of hours. It remained looking the way it did when I put it on for at least 6 hours, which I was actually very impressed with. No matter how much of a thin layer of Illamasqua LM I use, it's always started creasing before I've even finished the rest of my makeup. I took it off after about 10 hours of wear, when it had reduced to this:



Not very sexy, but certainly a bloody good job for a drugstore product that costs less than half the price of it's high end cousin. So to say it will last all night whilst never creasing and always looking perfect is definitely an exaggeration, but overall I am really, really impressed.

You should know how much it pains me to admit this, as Illamasqua is my favourite brand, but Sleek MakeUP have absolutely rocked this. Nice one, Sleek!

I don't know if there are plans in the pipeline to come out with more colours, but I would love it if they did. A rich Cadbury purple would be amazing!

Sleek MakeUP Molten Metal launches on the 5th January 2011 as a permanent product in Superdrug stores nationwide as well as on the Sleek MakeUP website. RRP £6.99.

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles (makes 16)

Ingredients
200g 40% milk chocolate drops
3 tbsp double cream (heavy cream)
1 tbsp toffee apple flavouring
Metallic gold sanding sugar for rolling them in.

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the chocolate drops and cream in a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir until chocolate has completely melted and has a smooth texture.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in toffee apple flavouring.
  4. Pour into small bowl and refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours, or until set.
  5. Scoop tsp of chocolate mix into your hand and roll into a ball shape.
  6. Roll in sanding sugar to coat.
  7. Refrigerate to store for up to a week (but best served at room temperature).


Hand-made toffee apple flavoured chocolate truffles

Hotel Chocolat sent me some 40% milk chocolate drops to play with. Knowing how much my older sister loves Hotel Chocolat chocolate I thought I would make some chocolate truffles to sit on my Winter Woodland dessert table. I started off with rich milk chocolate ones, then went onto mixing other flavours in them like the delicious Baileys ones yesterday. Now here are some toffee apple flavoured ones using toffee apple syrup I picked up on a trip to Paris earlier this year.

Have a sweet day!

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