[BEAUTY] 5 DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas…

Hello my lovelies! I can’t believe how quickly blogmas has passed! Only Christmas Eve left and then it’s Christmas and then BAM, 2014 is over. Literally that’s how December goes from now, right guy?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, even though you only have a day left to organise some presents for Christmas, I have a few ideas for you all that are absolutely lovely, super affordable and I can bet you any money that you will have this stuff in your kitchen already. So if you want to read about some easy last minute present ideas, keep reading!

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1. Make them an array of Body Scrubs. Body scrubs are lovely, I make them for myself all the time, and I know that anyone would appreciate receiving one. There are so many different ones you can make, I’ve shown you how to make a coffee body scrub before and also a honey one. A mixture of candy cane crushed and sugar and coconut oil would also make the perfect festive body scrub, and you can pop it all into a mason jar with a cute gift tag! Here are some of the best body scrubs.

2.Bake some cookies! Who doesn’t love receiving more food for Christmas?! I certainly don’t mind! There are so many recipes out there, gingerbread men being a classic but also my Cookie Monster Cookies are always a winner. I actually made them today, however there aren’t many left….

3. Make them a CD filled with their favourite tracks! Such a personal, but wonderful gift to receive and everyone loves music so making this is truly the perfect way to their hearts.

4. Fill a scrapbook or photo frame with your favourite photos. This is one of the nicest things to receive, I actually got a few photo frames from my best friends this year and it makes me so happy because it’s filled with so many memories and happy times! I can guarantee printing off a few of your favourite pics and arranging them nicely will put a smile on their face ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Make them a Voucher Book. For all of you out there looking for a way to please someone all year round, a voucher book is what you need! Parents, especially, love to get these and will use them constantly! Basically, you staple small pieces of paper together and on each paper you put a job/chore/something they’d want from you on, e.g. Hoover the house, take me on holiday, Have a movie night with me, etc etc. You can personalise these for each person, I’m sure they’d even work for a husband or wife! It’s completely original and doesn’t cost a penny, so you’re both winning.

So guys, they are my last minute DIY gift ideas! I hoped you enjoyed hearing about them and will try them out ๐Ÿ™‚

Will you be trying these gift ideas out? Do you have any last minute gift ideas? Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] Pre-Christmas Detox Smoothie!

Hey lovelies! 3 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! Raise your hand if you’re excited -*waves*

So we all know that this season is basically filled withย junk food and unhealthy eating, and to be honest there’s nothing we can do to stop that and I’m not complaining either – I am a HUGE food addict.

Nonetheless, it’s always nice to have a smoothie or a little detox before the heavy eating starts, or even after this season would be brilliant. So I conquered up a smoothie with some very unusual ingredients that you’re all bound to have in your kitchen, so no late night/early morning supermarket runs needed!

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You will need:

– 1/2 an Avocado

– Honey or Sweetening syrup

– 2 handfuls of Blueberries

– 1 Banana (the riper the sweeter)

– Water or Milk

– A squeeze of Lime

The Method:

It’s quite simple, wash your ingredients and cut/peel them and chuck them all in a blender, and keep test tasting to see what your smoothie needs. Pour into a nice glass and it’s ready to drink! Yummy! So simple, so cleansing and so delicious.

Let me know if you’re going to try this smoothie! Do you have any detox recipes or any smoothie recipes?

Thanks for reading! See you in tomorrows post ๐Ÿ˜€

Love,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] The Oreo Cupcake Recipe

Happy Monday! Just kidding, I know Happyย should never be associated with the word Monday. I’m sorry. Anyway, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing my oreo cupcake recipe that I promised a while ago when I wrote about my Nutella Cupcake Recipe (read here). These were excellent and can I just say my buttercream was on point. Sounds cocky, but damn it was good. I am actually eating this whilst eating a red velvet cupcake hehe! I love cake, okay?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So the Oreo Cupcakes have exactly the same cake batter as the Nutella cupcakes, so I’m going to just put that in here.

The Content:

For the cake:

– 40g Butter, room temperature

– 1 egg

– 120ml Milk

– 100g Plain Flour

– 140g Caster Sugar

– 20g Cocoa Powder

– 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

– Oreos!

For the frosting:

– 200g Icing Sugar

– 80g Unsalted Butter

– 20ml Milk

– Packet of Oreos

The Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with cupcake paper cases.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar using a whisk and gradually add in all the dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, beating well until all ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Add the egg in and beat well.
  5. Before you put the batter into the cases, plonk an oreo in each cupcase for a cheeky surprise at the end!
  6. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases and fill each one up two thirds of the way.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until sponge bounces back when touched.ย Leave the cupcakes to cool completely while you get on with the frosting!
  8. The frosting is simple. All you need to do is whizz together the ingredients using a hand whisk or fork and then simply crush up half of the oreos in a sandwich bag, and add these in too! Mix well and you’re ready for piping.
  9. Decoratively ice the frosting on and finish with half an oreo on each cupcake for even more yumminess!

And you are done! The perfect recipe for the most delicious oreo cupcakes. I couldn’t recommend trying this recipe enough – I’m not a massive fan on oreos but these are just divine!

Do you prefer Oreo’s or Nutella? Will you be trying this cupcakes out?

Thanks for reading,

Kavi xox

[LIFE] Christmas Room Decor…

Holaa lovelies! I hope you’re all well ๐Ÿ™‚ How slow is this week going?!

For today’s post I am going to be posting some photos of the Christmas decorations I have put up in my room. On Sunday I popped on a good Christmas playlist and did some brilliant singing (not) whilst doing a bit of DIYing and getting a little festive! We still haven’t got the big house tree up but I’m sure we will have it up soon! If you want to see some pictures and get a little inspiration for your room this Christmas, then keep reading…

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My room overall looks like the picture above^ I do think it looks very pretty and feminine with a hint of festivity!

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Firstly, my chair has got a new update with a little santa hat on the top! Gotta love a santa hat, right guys?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My Christmas tree is tiny and I purchased this a couple years back for really cheap from B&Q! It’s decorated with lights and white baubles! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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My bed has new bedding which is pink and girly, with love cushions, because Christmas is all about love and family isn’t it?!

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And finally I have made a little Christmas tree on my wall out of very old photos that are very embarrassing! But I think it looks cool and I even made a little paper star to put on top! Haha, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all my Christmas Decorations so far! I’m sure I’ll have a lot more soon… I’d love to see your Christmas Decorations, why don’t you link me up?

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] DIY Nutella Chai Latte + Collab!

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well and having a great Saturday so far ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post I’m going to be sharing one of my absolute favourite recipes for this time of year! It’s a Nutella Chai Latte, and it’s so simple but oh my god, so delicious. Everyday when I walk home and I’m freezing, I feel so motivated because I know I can have this lovely warming drink. Nutella and Chai and Coffee really do not sound like they’d go together, but I can assure they 100% do!

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Before I get onto the post, I just want to tell you all that this is a collaboration post with my gorgeous blogger friend Sophie! She always looks stunning and does the best make up looks, as well as being a lovely kind person too. I love all her posts, and I’m sure you will too, so check out her blog here. She’s doing a festive biscuit recipe, which look delicious and I definitely will be trying them out. We decided that the biscuit and drink will go together perfectly, so let us know what you think about them!

You Will Need:

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* Nutella or Hazelnut Spread

*Chai Latte Mix

*Milk

*Mug

*Small Saucepan

*Whisk

The Method:

1. First fill up your mug with half water and half milk.

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2. Pour this into the saucepan, which is on the gas on lowheat.

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3. Add in 3 tablespoons of Chai Latte and mix.

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4. Add in a large teaspoon of Nutella and whisk whisk whisk!

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5. Once it’s hot enough, take off the heat and pour into your pretty mug! Et Voila ๐Ÿ™‚

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Absolutely delicious, I’m drinking one as I type it! You should definitely try it out! If you do, please write a post on it or tell me because I’d love to know what you think. If your a nutella or coffee addict you have to try this out.

Don’t forget to check out Sophie’s post and give her a follow here!

Thanks for reading loves,

Kavi xox

[FOOD] DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Hello hello my lovelies! How are you enjoying Blogmas and December so far? I’m loving blogging everyday, it’s definitely not as stressful as I thought!

For today’s post I’m going to be doing a gift idea, I’ve got a few coming up and I think it will be great for those looking for cute gift ideas that are cheap and affordable too. Personally I think homemade gifts are the nicest because they’ve had the most thought put into them and are just generally a lovely thing to receive.

So if you guys want to know how to make a Hot Chocolate Set then keep reading!

Of course you need to buy a few things for it, so here are my recommendations:

~ A cute mug

~ A cute box or basket to display everything in

~ Hot Chocolate Stirrers (these are basically different varieties of chocolate on plastic spoons)

~ Mini Marshmallows

~ A good hot chocolate mix

~ Sachets of Nutella or their favourite chocolate

~ Tissue Paper

Now I’m really sorry but I don’t have any photos of the creation! I tried but the lighting and quality was very poop so I didn’t want the photos on here. However I’m hoping my brilliant descriptions will help you imagine ๐Ÿ˜‰

Firstly, stuff some good old tissue paper in the box/basket to make it look all pretty!

Nowย you want to get some cute plastic bags and fill it up with hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows. The idea here is that it looks like a piping bag, so tie it up with a pretty ribbon at the top! Pop the bag in the mug, and put this in your basket. Now all you need to do is place the other items in the box/basket nicely! Add a gift tag with a lovely message and decorate your box with festive Christmas stickers and ribbon. I’ve got a few examples down below (credit to Pinterest)

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I hope you guys try this gift idea out! I’m so sorry that I didn’t have any photos… However on Saturday I’ve got a festive drink recipe coming up so if you want to use that drink mix for this gift set then keep an eye out for the post!

Thanks for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

P.S. Do you have any DIY gift ideas?!

[FOOD] The Nutella Cupcake Recipe

Hello lovelies! I hope you’re all well ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post I’m going to be sharing with you a recipe, which I haven’t done since June/July?! Feels like forever!

Anyway, I was in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday and I decided to try and master my cupcake making skills, and lemme tell you, I didn’t do half bad!! I made a batch of Oreo cupcakes (recipe soon) and a batch of Nutella cupcakes. They were both delicious and I actually just demolished one of each before writing this post, oops… ๐Ÿ˜‰

The cupcake recipe is SO simple and there’s no fancy decorating required, so I’m sure any person of any baking ability could make these! If you’re addicted to nutella or you’re a chocoholic just like me, then get off your bum and get your apron on because you’ll want to be baking these now!

The Content:

For the cake

– 40g Butter, room temperature

– 1 egg

– 120ml Milk

– 100g Plain Flour

– 140g Caster Sugar

– 20g Cocoa Powder

– 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

For the frosting

– 200g Icing Sugar

– 80g Unsalted Butter

– 20ml Milk

– As much Nutella as you desire!

The Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with cupcake paper cases.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar using a whisk and gradually add in all the dry ingredients.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, beating well until all ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Add the egg in and beat well.
  5. Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases and fill each one up two thirds of the way. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until sponge bounces back when touched.ย Leave the cupcakes to cool completely while you get on with the frosting!
  6. When cupcakes are cold, hollow out a small section in the centre of each one and fill with a BIG dollop of Nutella ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. To make the frosting, beat the icing sugar and butter together. Once combined, add the milk. Make sure it doesn’t go too runny!
  8. Stir in the Nutella by hand until evenly mixed in. It’s important to keep trying it so it doesn’t get too sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes and decorate with hazelnuts (I did about 3 per cupcake).

And that’s it! You should have something that looks like this:

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Are you tempted to make these? Do you love Nutella too? Would you like to see an Oreo cupcake recipe too?

Thanks so much for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

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[BEAUTY] DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

Hello there lovelies!

For today’s post I am going to be doing a DIY, and I haven’t done one of these since forever, literally! I love experimenting with ingredients to make a good old beauty product, becuase it’s fun and you can save a lot of money!

I’m a big fan of making body scrubs, so when I was looking around my kitchen and I saw coffee granules, I knew I had to try something with it.

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This body scrub is super simple and easy to make and I’m sure you all have these ingredients in your house too. It makes your body smell amazing, all day long, and it makes it look and feel 10 times softer. I was so amazed by how much softer it looked and felt – I didn’t even need to moisturise! It also gives your body a gorgeous glow and because of the strength of the coffee, it adds a slight tan to your skin!

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The Content:

– Coffee Granules

– Coarse Sugar (brown or white)

– Coconut Oil

– Container to store it in

The Method:

Firstly fill 3/4 of your container with coffee granules. Then add sugar to the rest of the tub and mix it all up. Add around 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into the mix and stir until it holds together a little. Don’t add too much oil as you still want it to be rough and scrubby!

Use the scrub on dry skin for an invigorating and blood circulating massage or on wet skin for a gentle exfoliation.

I love this scrub so much – it’s exactly the kind of scrub I need, especially as I love the smell of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for this post! Do you like the smell of coffee? Will you be making this scrub? Do you have any DIY’s I should know about?

Thanks for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

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[BEAUTY] How To : Watermelon Nail Art

Hey lovelies! I hope you’re all well ๐Ÿ™‚

So I have officially broken up for Summer now, which is great because I love having time off school and being able to do what I want. My last day was so fun, and on the weekend I performed in the West End as some of you may know, and that went brilliantly and was a lotta fun!

When Summer starts, there’s one thing on my mind; paint my nails. Summer is the time where I try out lots of nail art, so I’m warning you now that there will be a lot of nail art on my blog in the upcoming months!

This particular design I had seen a lot of, and I really love watermelon so I thought why not do a nail art tutorial on them?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a picture of how they look:

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How To Achieve The Look:

1. After using a basecoat, paint a bright red/pink colour on your nails. I chose this one from Barry M which is called Coral.

2. Now take a green nail polish and paint a thick strip to create the skin.IMG_1350

3. Once the green is dry, splash a lighter green on top of it to make it look more realistic.IMG_1352

4. Lastly, draw some black dots on the red to create the seeds and seal everything in place with a topcoat.

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Tadaa! Simple and quick Watermelon nails that anyone can do! I think these are so funky, I love them ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think about Watermelon Nails?

I hope you try this out, if you do send me a picture on Twitter (@kavichick2000)

Thanks for reading,

Love

Kavi xox

[FOOD] DIY Nutella Milkshake

Hey there my lovelies! How are we all?
I was feeling quite inspired to make something, and recently I’ve been getting quite bored with the content in my kitchen, so I decided to make a milkshake! Personally, I love milkshakes and whenever I see a milkshake shop I always stop to have one. A flavour that I’ve never really messed with in a milkshake is Nutella, although I’m not sure why as it is so darn good.
It’s so quick and easy to make, it literally took me 5 minutes to make! Whatever your cooking experience is, everyone will find this a whiz to make as it only requires blending a few ingredients together. If you want to see how I made this beauty of a drink, keep on reading!

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You Will Need:

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* Milk
* Ice Cream ( I used vanilla flavoured)
* Choice of Flavouring (I used Nutella but you can use anything from chocolate orange to Jaffa cakes to literal oranges)
* A blender
* A cup to store it in
* A straw
* An Ice Cream scoop

The Method:
I started off by scooping around 3 scoops of ice cream out into my blender.

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Then I filled a quarter of the cup with milk, and poured that into my blender too.

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Afterwards, I spooned 3 tablespoons of Nutella into the jug, but you can vary the amount you use due to your taste buds.

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Then I whizzed it all up for around 2 minutes and ta daa! Your milkshake is ready to pour into the cup.
That’s it! So simple yet so damn delicious.
Will you be trying out this milkshake? Do you love Nutella as much as I do?
I’d love to see what your milkshake turned out like!
I hope you enjoyed this post, thank you so much for reading!
Love
Kavi xox