Beauty: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette



I got my hands on this little beauty a few weeks ago, when my brother's girlfriend went to New York and asked for any requests while she was out there. My Mum bought this early last year and although tempted, I decided to give it a miss as have the Urban Decay Naked palette. I quickly learned that this was just as much of an essential as the UD Naked palette as everytime I visited my Mum I would end up using this!

This is a dinky palette, filled with six matte neutral shadows and a handy mirror. If you are a newbie to make-up, or just want a small core collection of products then this is a great item to own as you can use it for all kinds of make-up looks. The shades can even be used as eyeliner, and to fill in brows!

I tend to use the first four lighter shades the most often, and the other two more for evening make-up. Just like all UD shadows, they are a creamy consistency and really easy to apply.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics is £22 from Feel Unique  - get it here.


Recipe: Brookies


What is a brookie? It's basically a mix between a cookie and brownie and oh my goodness, it is just divine. It's melt in your mouth, light, crunchy, chocolatey goodness. I made these twice over Christmas as they went down so well the first time - they are also really difficult to mess up which is a big thumbs up in my book!

All credit goes to Lily Pebbles - who first shared the recipe on her blog and YouTube channel - and who coined the wonderful word 'Brookie'!

The recipe makes quite a few Brookies so feel free to halve the amounts.

Ingredients


85g good quality cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil (we used sunflower oil)
eggs
teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
60g icing sugar

Method
1. Mix together the cocoa, caster sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the flour, baking powder and salt into the cocoa mixture.

2. Cover dough and chill in the fridge for 4 hours (the first time I chilled it for 4 fours, the second time for 2 hours and both times they turned out delicious)

3. Preheat oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Line baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Pour icing sugar onto a plate and then spoon and roll the mixture into small balls, coating each one with the icing sugar before placing onto the baking trays. I found this bit the most tricky as the mixture kept sticking to my fingers! The best thing is to cover the mixture quickly with the icing sugar and it then becomes far more workable and easy to shape into balls.

5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes and let them stand for a few minutes to cool.

6. Enjoy your Brookies!