Hot Cross Bun Recipe

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I absolutely love baking and finding new recipes, so as it is Easter time, I thought I would make some Hot Cross Buns and they turned out pretty well, so I thought I would share them with you.

The recipe that I used was from BBC Good Food, but I changed a couple of things as I went along.

300ml milk
50g butter
500g strong bread flour
1 tsp salt
75g caster sugar
1 tbsp sunflower oil (I just used olive oil)
7g sachet yeast
1 egg, beaten
75g sultanas
1 apple, peeled and finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
75g plain flour
3 tbsp apricot jam

1. The first thing you will need to do, is bring the bring to the boil in a saucepan. Then remove from the heat, stir in the butter and leave it to cool a little bit.

2. Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl and add the milk and butter mixture. Mix with your hands and then empty onto a floured work surface.

3. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Then put the dough in a bowl and cover with oil covered cling film (to stop it from drying out). Then leave it to prove it a warm place for 1 hour.

4. After you have left it for an hour, add in the chopped apple, sultanas and cinnamon. Knead the dough so that everything is mixed well together. Cover it back over and leave to prove for another hour.

5. Divide the dough into 10-15 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Put buns on baking trays, lined with greaseproof paper. Cover again with cling film and leave to proof for one hour more.

6. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celcius/ Gas Mark 7. Then mix flour and about 5 tbsp water and mix together to make a thick paste. Put into a piping bag (I used the piping tube that you can see in the picture above). Remove the cling film and pipe a cross onto each on the buns and then bun in the oven for 20 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. My oven temperature was a bit too high, which meant that the buns burnt little, but they still tasted nice.

8. To finish, just brush them with a little apricot jam and they are ready to eat.

Let me know if you try this out.



Spring Makeup Wishlist

I love buying new makeup and I find a new season the perfect time to do this. There are many things that I would love to try and here are some of them.

MAC Cinderella Collection
MAC have recently released this collection and I am in love with the look of it. I am obsessed with Disney and makeup, so this is perfect. The packaging is gorgeous and I would love to try this. 

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick- Heatwave
I love bright colours for the spring/ summer and this is a semi-matte lipstick, which I love the sound of.

Benefit Puff Off
This sounds great to brighten up your eyes and keep them moisturised. This has been talked about a lot recently and I would love to try it out.

Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette
Spring and summer are a great time to highlight and contour your face and give it a lot of colour and light. Sleek have become a lot more popular recently and I want to try out some more of their products.

Makeup Revolution Brushes
Makeup Revolution have only recently released a collection of makeup brushes. They are very affordable and I would love to try them out soon.

What is on your spring wishlist?



New Look Shoe Wishlist

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I find New Look the kind of shop that goes through phases where there is either loads that I like or barely anything. One thing I always love the look of in New Look, are the shoes. Here is my New Look Shoe Wishlist.

Pale Blue Pointed Platform Ankle Strap Heels- £27.99

Stone Peep Toe Metal Trim Heels- £19.99

Gold Sparkle Platform Court Shoes- £19.99

Pink Gemstone Triangle Sandels- £24.99

Black Comfort Lace Up Shoe Boots- £24.99

Coral Mesh Pointed Court Shoes- £19.99

Mint Green Double Ankle Strap Heels- £24.99

Let me know which of these is your favourite.


Makeup Starter Kit

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I have been interested in makeup for a few years now, but when you start to develop this interest, it can be hard to know what products to buy. You don't want to go overboard on the price and if you are only around 12 to 13 years old, you don't want to be covered in too much makeup. I have put together a Makeup Starter Kit, which is products that I would recommend when you are starting out in makeup.

Foundation can be the scariest thing when you are starting out with makeup. It is important that you get a foundation that is suitable for your skin type and also matches your skin tone. There are a few different types of foundations that I would recommend. Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin is a good foundation, as it has good coverage, but also leaves your skin feeling moisturised. It also has SPF20, so it is good if you live in a hot climate. If you want to go for a less full on foundation, I would also recommend the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. This also has a lot of benefits for your skin, but doesn't have as much coverage. You can read my full review here. The final foundation I would recommend is a little bit more on the pricier side, but is really good for when you start wearing makeup and that is the Bare Minerals Original Foundation. It has light coverage but is good for your skin and I started out with this foundation at first.

Concealer is usually one of the first things that people buy. It can be used to cover up any blemishes or also can be used as an alternative for foundation. One that I recommend is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It has great coverage and lasts for ages and costs only £3.99. It is perfect for someone starting out with makeup.

Powder isn't something that everyone uses at first, but it is great if your skin is a little oily or you want something to set your makeup and make it last for longer. I recommend the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I have gone through countless pots of this and cannot say enough good things about it. It is only £3.99 and lasts for a very long time. It keeps your skin matte for around 5 hours and gives you a more airbrushed finish.

Blusher and Bronzer
These two products may not be necessary when you first start wearing makeup, but they can be useful to brighten up your face and give it a bit more colour. The MUA Blushers are good to start with because they cost only £1 each, and there are many colours to choose from. My bronzer recommendation is the Rimmel Natural Bronzer and it is great for both contouring or adding colour to your face.

Again, eyebrows are something that you might not want to start off with. I have only really started bothering with mine throughout the past year or so. Natural eyeshaddow palettes are usually a good way to go about your eyebrows, because most contain a matte brown. The product that I recommend is the Collection Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit. It contains an eyebrow gel, a brush and 3 different powder shades.

If you are after a eye palette, I would recommend the MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshaddow Palette. I contains 12 neutral shades, which is a great starting point and it only costs £4. There are so many great drugstore mascaras to choose from and there are several that I would recommend. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara is a great one to go for because it gives your lashes a lot of length and volume.

When you are starting out in makeup, chances are that you won't want loads of full on bright coloured lipsticks. I would recommend Maybelline Babylips because they leave your lips moisturised whilst still giving them a bit of natural colour.

Leave a comment if there are any other products that you would recommend.



Avon Mega Effects Mascara Review


I got this mascara for Christmas and at first I was so confused by it. It is not the typical mascara shape and it very different from any others that I have tried before.

It comes in rectangular shaped packaging and when you pull out the want it looks like a square-shaped paint brush. I have actually found the shape handy when it comes to applying the mascara, especially on the bottom lashes. The brush does collect the product a lot, so every 5-10 times I use it, I wipe it clean with a makeup wipe. 

As for the formula, it is not waterproof but does a very good job of staying on your lashes and doesn't smudge at all. It adds a lot of both volume and length to my lashes and only needs a couple of layers to create a great effect. It also holds a curl very well and leaves your lashes looking nice all day.

It is very easy to remove, which is good for me because I am lazy and hate mascara that takes ages to take off.

Have you tried this out before?


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I love doing these types of posts, so a big thank you to Hollie for nominating me.

The Rules:
1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the ten questions your nominator has provided 
3. Nominate ten other bloggers and share the love!
4Finally, create ten questions of your own to ask your nominees and notify them of their nomination!

The Questions

1. Who is your favourite Disney princess?
It has always been Belle, ever since I was younger. I don't think it's even because of the film, but she is my favourite.

2. Short hair or long hair? Why?
Long hair. I've had short for most of my life, but at the moment I am loving it long because it is surprisingly easier to control than short hair.

3. What is your favourite musical?
I really love Mamma Mia, both the film and the show. I am also a massive Grease fan.

4. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Probably to teleport anywhere in the world instantly.

5. What's your favourite breed of dog?
I have never had a pet dog, but if I was to get one, it would probably either be a Pug or a Yorkie-poo.

6. What does blogging mean to you?
It is an amazing hobby, which can open so many doors for the future and I really enjoy it.

7. What is your favourite LUSH product?
There are various bath bombs that I like, but my all time favourite product, is the Snow Fairy shower gel. But they only bring it out at Christmas :(

8. Do you have an ideal career?
I don't have a set career path and I often change my mind about what I want to do in the future. Maybe something down the beauty/ retail route.

9. Do you believe in the supernatural?
I'm not sure, but sometimes things happen that make me think it exists.

10. If you could live inside of a movie/book, which one would you choose?
This is such a good question. Bit of a weird answer, but probably High School Musical, or any other film where Zac Efron could be my boyfriend.

My Questions
1. What is your favourite TV programme?
2. What countries do you want to visit?
3. If you could dye your hair any colourwithout it being damaged, which colour would you dye it?
4. What is the best part of having a blog?
5. Favourite makeup brand?
6. What is the earliest memory you have?
7. Do you prefer shopping in stores or online?
8. What is your biggest goal for 2015?
9. Favourite Disney movie?
10. What made you start blogging?

4. Qthee


Boohoo Spring Wishlist


Boohoo have got some of their Spring stock in and I love the look of it. So here is my Boohoo Spring Wishlist.

1. Chloe Oversized Tailored Duster- £30

2. Cery Bustier Style Jumpsuit- £30

3. Lynn Embroided Tassle Kimono- £20

4. Etta Embellished Waist Strappy Back Maxi Dress- £25

5. Kim Contrast Wrap Front Backless Bodycon Dress- £20

6. Daisy Monochrome Stripe Crepe Skater Skirt- £12

7. Lisa Geo Shift Mini Dress- £15

8. Mandy High Waisted Belted Woven Trousers- £20

Let me know which if these you like the most.


Advertising on Beauty Billboard

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Beauty Billboard is a place where I can share all of my thoughts, but I would love for it to be a platform where other people can share their businesses or blogs too.

If you are interested in advertising on my blog, please email me at and let me know which of the following packages you are interested in.

Bronze- £3 per month
Image and link to your site in the sidebar 240w x 100.
A mention on my twitter @beautybillboard once in the month, including a link to your blog.

Silver- £5 per month
Image and link to your site in the sidebar 240w x 140.
Two mentions on my twitter @beautybillboard in the month, including a link to your blog.
A link to your site at the bottom of every one of my blog posts for the month.

Gold- £8 per month
Image and link to your site in sidebar 240w x 180.
Four mentions on my twitter @beautybillboard in the month, including a link to your blog.
An image and link to your site at the bottom of every one of my blog posts for that month.

You can advertise for as little or as long as you want (minimum one month).


Images are from We Heart It.

February Favourites


February is a pretty short month, but there were still a lot of products that I have loved throughout it. Here are my February Favourites.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
This was one of the first foundations I ever used and recently repurchased it. It is a little bit dark for my pale winter skin, but I sometimes mix it with another foundation, or just don't use too much at once. It gives a glowy finish and lasts on your skin all day. It is very easy to blend, with great coverage and I love the formula.

Avon Kohl Eyeliner
I received this eye pencil for Christmas and I have been loving it this month. It is great for lining either the top or bottom of the eye. The other end of the eyeliner has a tool to smudge out the eye liner if it is needed, which can be used to create a smokier look.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
This bronzer came in a Benefit Gift Set, so it is a smaller sample size. I have used this so often this month and it is great for contouring. It makes it easy to create defined cheekbones, but still looks natural at the same time.

Maybelline BabyLips Electro- Strike A Rose
This product was one of the first that I ever reviewed on my blog back in August of last year. Six months on and I am still loving it. I love that it moisturises your lips at the same time as giving colour and it is a great thing to add to brighten up your makeup. I love it a lot and use it almost everyday.

What were your favourite products in February?

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