Luxury Orange & Ginger Hot Chocolate Recipe Ft The Kings Ginger

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Hello beauties, I was recently contacted but the lovely team at The Kings Ginger to try one of their bottles of Ginger liqueur as a gift. I am already a huge fan of liquors so had to snap up a bottle. I knew exactly what I wanted to make as soon as I received the bottle and smelled it, a tasty luxury hot chocolate that is the perfect winter warmer and oh so festive.

 A quirky and high-strength liqueur carefully crafted from the maceration of ginger root and lemon oils, The King’s Ginger is rich in colour and deliciously crisp to taste. Be it in a flask on one’s hip at the races or in a Collins glass over ice in one’s chair, it is indeed a splendid tonic to be appreciated all year round.

Disclaimer- this product was gifted to me for review, as always opinions are honest and my own.

What you will need:

Ingredients

  • Orange flavoured chocolate
  • Milk or Soya (for lactose intolerance)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cream (optional)
  • The Kings Ginger Liqueur

Utensils

  • Access to a stove/oven top
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Hot chocolate glass or your favourite mug
  • Grater
  • Shot glass

How to make:

  1. Fill up your glass/mug of choice with milk/soya up to just over half way
  2. Add the measured milk to a pan and set the oven top to a medium heat. Wait until milk is steaming
  3. Add the orange chocolate in squares (leaving some spare for grating)and stir until melted
  4. Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder
  1. Add one shot glass measure of The Kings Ginger to the mixture
  2. Pour into glass/mug
  3. (Optional) Add cream to the top of the hot chocolate
  4. Grate a small amount of the chocolate to create shavings and sprinkle on top of the cream

This makes such a rich and luxurious treat and you bet I’ll be drinking it throughout the winter months. If you are interested in trying a bottle (it can even be used in place of gin with a tonic) then you can find it in Waitrose if you live in the UK.

A huge thanks to the team at The Kings Ginger for sending this my way. Go check out their website (linked above) as they have many other drink and food recipes.

What are your favourite winter drinks? Let me know in the comments below!

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Rebecca

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DIY Project: Festive Cranberry Face Mask.

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It has been ages since I featured a DIY on my blog. I love creating beauty products from home and hope to do a lot more in the new year. Today’s post is a fab ‘do it yourself’ holiday face mask, with festive ingredients and properties that will leave your skin glowing and heal up blemishes with just four ingredients!.

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Not just a tasty fruit but fab for your skin, Cranberries are the holiday fruit of choice and thanks to the high percentage of vitamin B3 and B5 that sheilds skin against the harsh cold weather. Cranberries are also packed with antioxidants which fight against premature aging, making the skin look more youthful. They’re also high vitamin C that provides radiance to the skin.

If you have oily or blemish prone skin don’t worry! Cranberry is acidic in nature so helps reduce production of oils. Resveratrol found in the juice of the cranberries works effectively in eliminating spots and acne.

Not to mention the other ingredients such as the skin calming with hazel, brightening lemon juice and Egyptian red clay which is amazing at shrinking pores and healing current blemishes.

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What you will need

2 tbsp of cranberries

1 tbspEgyptian red clay

3 tbsp witch hazel

1 tsp juice of a lemon

Mixing bowl

Container with a lid

Mixing spoon

Blender or electric chopping device

How to make

1. Firstly take the cranberries and gently wash under cool water to clean any nasties off the fresh fruit

2. Place in a blender or electric chopping device to create a smooth fruity paste

3. In a mixing bowl combine the lemon juice and the witch hazel

4. Slowly add the red clay, mixing gentle as it can get quite messy. This will turn into a red paste

5. Combine the cranberries with the clay mixture and mix well.

6. If the mixture is too thick then add another tsp of witch hazel

7. Transfer into a container with a lid and put in the fridge for freshness.

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This is enough to last for two weeks as these ingredients are best used fresh. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

What are your favourite beauty DIYs? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Rebecca

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DIY Simple Spooky Nails.

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This is my last Halloween themed post of the year, if you haven’t seen my others go take a look as I had a lot of fun creating them!. Todays post is going to be on a simple nail DIY to create some spooktacular nails. When I say simple, anyone could do it, I am so rubbish at painting my nails so if I could master it then you definitely can!.

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What you will need-

  • Seventeen Colour Carnival nail polish (shade green gold shimmer)
  • Barry M Nail Paint (shade black)
  • Ebay Sheet of spooky nail stickers
  • Tweezers
  • (Optional) Clear topcoat

How to make-

I wont go into depth as how to create this as it is ridiculously simple,  paint your nails as you usually would, leaving one nail free for a different colour. Wait for  your nails are fully dry they have to be completely dry before the next step  or the sticker wont adhere properly. Then using a pair of tweezers remove sticker and place in desired spot onto your nail. Press down hard to make sure sticker is fully stuck on. As a extra step you could put a layer of top coat on to make sure nail art has more protection. These stickers were only £1.25, come in lots of different designs and have 3D gem stones on them.

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I hope you liked this quick and easy DIY. What fun things will you be creating this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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DIY Miracle Facial Oil

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Putting oil onto your skin?. Wont that just cause a breakout?. Wouldn’t it make my skin look greasy?. These are all questions I had in my head at first when doing my research on different oils. Using oils as a staple in skincare has become very popular in the last year. I wanted to show you a DIY where I made my own version of the FARSLI rose gold exlir with a much friendlier price tag and tell you the benefits to using it!.

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The orginal oil this tutorial is based on is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixer which is a lightweight mositoriser with 24K gold flakes. Used by many beauty gurus in skincare or to create a flawless base with their foundation. Sounds great huh? Yeah and so does the hefty £50 price tag that comes along with it. So I checked out the ingrediants, what benefits they have to your skin and copied the main ones to make a cheaper alternative.

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What does it include?

Rose Hip Seed Oil

The first and main base ingredient is rosehip seed oil. This is a fatty acid which is high in linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A (retinol) which all do amazing things for your skin. Rose hip seed oil has been found to help renew tissue and reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark spots, scars and stretch marks. It rejuvenates skin and is all natural. It has been used for generations by the Andean Indians of Chile who recognized years ago that Rosehip oil had exceptional healing skin care.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkins seed oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc and omega 3, 6  and fatty acids as well a being packed with antioxidants. These are great for the skin in terms of holding in moisture and maintain youthful looking skin.

Vitamin E oil

Well known for its use in body moisturisers for mums who are battling with stretch marks this is great at healing damaged skin as a antioxidant as well as a anti inflammatory, This will heal any scars and will quench dry skin.

Sweet Orange Oil

High in vitamin C and antioxidants which is perfect for improving skin tone and existing scars and marks. It also has been known to help anxiety and depression when used in aromatherapy. This also provides a scent to the facial oil so miss this step out if fragranced products are not for you. (The farsali oil uses Lemon grass oil but I don’t like the smell).

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I bought a 30ml empty bottle with a dropper from Ebay. Put 10ml of rose hip seed oil in, same goes for the pumpkin seed oil and 5ml of the vitamin e oil and filled the rest up with fragrance. Give it a shake and you’re ready to use.

How to use?

I like to use this oil three ways, firstly to apply before putting on my base makeup as it provides such a even dewy finish and stops my really matte foundations looking cakey. I used it too remove my makeup at the end of the day as this helps to get every bit off my skin before I wash my face. Then I use at night before I go to sleep so all the ingredients can work there magic, leaving me with plump smooth feeling skin when I wake up. You only need 3-4 drops max with this as a little goes a long way.

What are your favourite oils to use for skin? Let me know it the comments below.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca xox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Eyeshadow palette

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A pigmented eyeshadow is my kind of heaven, but most eyeshadow palettes do cost a pretty penny. I took it apon  myself to create my own eyeshadow palette. Keep reading to see how I got on and a full list of ingredients.

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What you will need-

  1. 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  2. Vegetable Glycerine
  3. Powdered Mica Pigments
  4. Empty eyeshadow pans/palette
  5. 2p coin
  6. Tissue or kitchen roll
  7. Wooden stick
  8. Pull up medicine syringe

Tutorial-

  1. Taking the medicine syringe, measure out equal parts rubbing alcohol and vegetable glycerine into the empty shadow pans, I ended up taking mine out of the palette as I found it got messy and this made it easier. Take both parts and fill up each pan 3/4 of the way. The alcohol is used to help with the mixing and  drying process towards the end and the vegetable glycerine will help bind all the ingredients, increase the pigmentation and shimmer.

 

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2. Taking your chosen mica pigment add half a teaspoon to the liquid ingredients. You can use any colour you wish and even mix colours to create a custom shade. This tutorial is only a shimmer based one as you need separate ingredients to make mattes, so bare that in mind when choosing your shades.

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3. Once fully mixed leave it to settle, this will allow both the liquid and the dry ingredients to fully combine.

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4. Time to press the liquid into a solid shadow. Take your clean doubled up tissue and wrap it around the 2p coin. The 2p coin fit perfectly into this particular pan with ease. Press down really hard and you will notice the tissue sucking up all the excess moisture, do this as many times as needed until you have a a cream looking mixture.

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5. Lastly leave to dry for 24 hours before swatching or using with a brush.


Look how pigmented and gorgeous they turned out!

All in all it cost me £10 for everything and I have tons more ingredients left to make extra for friends or to replace once I have hit pan. I also use the rubbing alcohol around the house and glycerine to make my own setting spray!. I cant wait to try this again and make my own highlight palette.

What beauty or makeup items have you made? Let me know in the comments below!.

Thanks for reading

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