Christmas Baking

Love a bit of baking for the chilly weather

I think we can all agree that Christmas is the perfect time for a spot of baking, whether that means making your christmas pudding, mince pies or like myself perfecting those cookies to give to Santa.

Here’s the recipe for my favourite cookies.

You will need

  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • 80g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks ( I also used some white chocolate chips)

Your first going to want to make sure your oven is pre-heated around 170-180C, we have an Rayburn which is always on at this time a year so the temperature is more an approximate.

Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until nice and creamy, I use an electric whisk but if you want to do it by hand your more than welcome, next beat in the vanilla extract and egg. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and mix in with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well, you don’t want the mixture to be to smooth at this point so the cookies will have some texture.

Using a teaspoon, place small mounds of the mixture well apart on the baking trays. My top tip is to use  a silicon spatula as it makes the mixture come of the spoon much easier. Bake in the oven for 8–10 mins until light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre.

  Then simply leave to cool down on a cooling rack.

I love this recipe as it’s so simple and you can easily mix the ingredients to your taste for example change the sugar to soft brown if your not a fan of cookies being too sweet.

What are your favourite things to bake this time of year?

Tasha xxx

LVL Lashes

So at my work if we hit our targets we are rewarded by getting a free hour’s treatment in the Salon, which I think it a pretty great incentive. So for this months treatment I decided to try out Nouveau Lash LVL Enhance treatment.

Nouveau describes it as

UNLIKE A TRADITIONAL LASH PERM, LVL ENHANCE STRAIGHTENS YOUR NATURAL LASHES AT THE ROOT, CREATING THE APPEARANCE OF LONGER, THICKER LASHES. PLUS THE ADDED LASH TINT CREATES A MASCARA-STYLE EFFECT, SO YOUR LASHES ARE PERFECT FROM THE MOMENT YOU WAKE UP.

Here is  little video from the founders explaining the treatment:

I’ve never been a fan of eyelash extensions which most people I work with find odd but then again I’m not a huge tan fan either and that’s a beauty therapists bread and butter.  I find extensions heavy on the eyes and a bit of a faff so to me they’re just not worth it so LVL sounded perfect to me, plus Michelle Keegan is a big fan and who doesn’t want to look like her

So during the treatment the therapist will first ask how much curl/lift you are looking for, there is 3 different size of shields to you find the best lift for you. She then uses special tape/shields to keep your lashes in place (this the part that feels weird as you really want to blink but can’t) She then applies a few serums while you lie back on the comfy and cosy treatment couch for around 40 mins. While the serum’s are working away my therapist did a little hand and arm massage for total relaxation.

She then removes the serums and tints and gently takes off the shields/tape to leave your eyes looking so much more awake and your lashes look like you’ve got mascara on already.

I think this is  fab treatment if your looking for bigger lashes but not a fan of extensions.

Here’s  pic of my before and after.

Is this a treatment that you think you might try?

Tasha xxx

Nails of the Week

As my Christmas Spirit has finally set it I thought it was time to finally embrace a bit of sparkle in the nail department. As some of you may know I’m a beauty/spa therapist and one of the perks of the job is treating yourself to some treatments. For me this meant finally getting my nails done.

So I booked out some time with my salon bestie so she could spruce up my nails for the festive period .

iced vpour

The colour I chose was Shellac’s Ice Vapour which I think is the perfect choice for Christmas sparkle. It’s a fine silver glitter polish over a clear base which means it looks fab on it’s own (we did have to do 2/3 layers to build it up) or you can add it over your fave shade to transform it into a whole new colour. I think it would look amazing over black to look like stars in the sky.

What is your go to nail colours for Christmas?

Tasha xxx