Spring Forward!

Isn’t Spring just the sexiest season? 

Yeah yeah most people would say that it’s Summer, for all the hot girls in bikinis or winter for all the sophisticated, glam party looks you see pretty much daily. 

Well you’re all WRONG. it’s defo Spring. 

Why Spring you ask? Well my little loves, Spring is the first time in this fabulous New Year that you’ll be able to start getting your kit off for one! 

No no, not that far. But you’re already dusting off the ankle grazers and possibly even your shorts and throwing that puffer jacket to the back of your wardrobe with gusto! And I don’t know about you but I’m already swapping my over the knee boots for my chunky heeled sandals. 

And what beats actually being able to walk through town wearing something that’s got so much more personality, and not covering you up like a big old duvet?! 

Because that makes me feel super sexy. Not to mention the Spring brights that most makeup brands are currently sporting! 
That’s right, the layered foundation, contouring and dark coloured lips can now be freshened up to be so much more wearable! Swap out your foundation for a tinted moisturiser or BB cream, your burgundy lip for a raspberry/peach one and just ditch the contouring for a light bronzer. 

Or just get out in the sun. Saves a few extra minutes on your makeup routine (don’t forget your SPF though, because who wants sun damage? No one.)

One brand that I’m loving at the moment is L’Oréal. Their new lip lacquers and Lip Paints just make the perfect addition to your Lipstick colour wardrobe. Available in a whole array of nudes, pinks and bold brights, they have the potential to be the statement products of your look. Both Paints and lacquers have an amazing high colour pay off which is what everyone wants in a lippy.

The lip lacquers are more of a hardcore lip gloss that doesn’t give a sticky or gloopy feel, and the Lip Paints are a velvet matte cream consistency. Once applied, the lacquer should last a good few hours (longer than a regular gloss) and once dried, the paint will leave a satin matte finish that isn’t drying or heavy. So really perfect for that Spring/summer vibe. 

At Superdrug they retail at £6.99 and are also included in a 3for2 offer. You literally can’t go wrong.


Also, can I just ask how strong is your highlight game? Have you purchased your iconic illumination drops yet? No? I don’t blame you, I can think of better ways to spend £30.

However I have a cheap dupe that ACTUALLY works! Head to M&S and snap up their Autograph Liquid Highlight tubes in either gold or pink for that gorgeous glow for only….. £9.50. What an absolute STEAL.


Paired with the Rosie for Autograph complexion enhancer tinted moisturiser, you will have the perfect highlighted summer look for under £25. And those products will last all summer long! 

My little tips – pair your fab glowy skin with a gorgeous nude lip for day (I recommend Camisole Blush Lipstick by Rosie Huntington-Whitely) then vamp it up for the evening with a pair of faux mink effect lashes by Eylure and a statement red lip (Eva’s red by L’Oréal) 


But but buuuuut… how can we ever be ready for spring without cake? I’m never ready for anything without cake. So now the January blues are over and everyone has calmed down on the gym front, it’s time to fall back in love with baked goods again people! 

I’ve recently been working on recipes for the most ultimate spring/summery bakes you’ll ever put in your face. I’ve tried out classic cookies, Viennese kisses, melting blondies and many more (recipes to follow :D) 


Because I don’t think my friends or family are happier than when I provide them with fabulous, delectable, home baked goods. I don’t think the fact they’re free plays a part at all. Definitely not. (Crying) 
So guys this was more of just a quick re-intro back into the blogging game. I can’t wait to throw myself back into it! Look out for the odd vid or vlog here and there too ;)!

If there are any products you want me to try out, drop me a message on Instagram @bakingbeautyblogger

Lots of love darlings xo

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Summer Series 2016!

Good day to all of you beautiful people! Summer is finally knocking on our doors which has to be the perfect excuse to up your bronzed beauty game, not to mention getting your baking groove on! So get yourself dolled up, crack open a few bottles and invite all your loved ones round for a good old knees up in the sunshine.

The irony here is that as I’m writing this, the weather in sunny Southend on Sea is significantly un-summery, (after todays’ downpour I’m hoping that the lower region of my trousers dries off before I start work. Wishful thinking, I know, since the amount of water they’ve soaked up is enough to make them fall down every time I stand up.)

But there’s still hope! Last weekend saw some utterly glorious sunshine and I’m sure there is lots more to come (well hopefully; but then again this is England)

So, when you throw this epic garden party this summer, there are 2 things I would like you to do:

  1. Invite me, of course. I’m a hoot.
  2. Keep checked in weekly with The Baking Beauty Blog.

I say this because my new Summer Series for 2016 will be your own epic guide to summer. For all my go to seasonal recipes, naturally beautiful summer beauty tips trick and everything you will need to achieve them, plus lots of other holiday posts and fantastic summery delights.

Since the British summer usually leaves a lot to be desired, I think we need a bit of inspiration to make the most out of any scrap of sunshine we are happened to be blessed with.
So check back weekly; Firstly you’ll get a peep into my beauty archive for my go to holiday beauty favourites, then the first wondrous recipe will be the magic that is Lemon Amaretti. Which according to my family, friends and colleagues are absolutely gorgeous; not to mention ridiculously easy to make!

Watch this space beauties,
All my love,

S x

#SpringSummer16 (Did you miss me?)

Good morrow to you all! Spring is already upon us which means Summer and the warmer weather is fast approaching and I could not be happier to be back writing to you beautiful people. Heavens knows I’ve missed it! Since I’ve had a fair few weeks off from the blogging front I think it only fitting to get straight back into the swing of things with a bang and not bore you half to death with why I’ve been absent. Because let’s face it, you don’t really care. You’ve tuned in to radio Sophie due to at least one common reason; and that reason is to find a brand spanking new excuse to splurge the majority of next months salary on fancy new beauty products. And if it’s got good reviews, then you simply must have it, right? Right. Which is also your excuse to your other half when he/she asks why you’re so poor a week into the month – well, that’s what I’m assuming. 
Not that I know because the closest I’ve come to having a boyfriend in the last 6 months is having my personal bubble invaded whilst on the Jubilee Line in peak rush hour (yes, my love life really is that sad) And even if I did have a bloke I doubt he’d question my spending habits unless he actually fancied paying for everything for the rest of the month.

Anyway, I digress. What better to review first of all than some fabulous Spring newness from some fancy brands, as well as one sparkling new brand. 

First of all I can’t NOT mention the Matte lip revolution that’s happening on the high street and designer makeup front! I’ll do an in depth Lip favourites post soon enough but for now let me just tell you how wonderful the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream collection is. They come in a range of shades (not as many as I’d like) but since I’m in a Nude mood of late, it caters well to my needs.   

  
Matte lip colours have an infamous reputation for being so uncomfortable and dry to wear; however people, if you want to achieve that dreamy, flawless matte lip without your lips looking all gross and flakey, the liquid lipstick/lip cream is the route to go down. I have a whole selection of Matte lip colours ranging from a standard lipstick or a chubby crayon, to lip creams and soft matte balms, and I can honestly say the best long lasting result will always come from a liquid lip cream that dries matte. However make sure you frequently use a lip balm before applying lipstick to ensure your lips stay moisturised which will also keep your lippy on for longer.

Next on my newness list of wonderful products is the brand spanking new Rosie for Autograph makeup range. My goodness, what a joy it is to finally have these products on the shelves after months and months of anticipation. And I can honestly tell you that this range is as fabulous as you would expect anything that Rosie designs to be, and more. I have convinced many friends and colleagues to buy some Rosie products and brushes and none of them have had a bad word to say about them. Rosie’s range is a sister brand – if you will – to the already popular and highly rated Autograph makeup range; so we already knew that the quality would be top class. The range is endorsing a more natural makeup look since there are no heavy products; everything is light and buildable but made to a high enough standard to still be elegant and look exquisite.

   
 My favourite Rosie product – and I know that the majority of other Rosie fans will agree with me here –  has to be the Amazing Radiance cream. This decadent moisturising cream is the most versatile and truly spectacular face cream I have ever used. Formulated with minuscule light reflecting particles and SPF6, you can wear it on its own when you’re having a slobby no makeup day just to look a little more human, or as a perfect highlighting base for your foundation. It will make skin of any age and colour glow, which aids in giving your face some dimension. Alternatively I saw online that a few people, including the fabulous Lisa Eldridge, mix a tiny bit of the radiance cream with the foundation you’re using, which makes both products go a lot further, saves time when finishing and highlighting because it’s already done and it puts you in total control of your artwork. Because that’s what your makeup is, artwork. A true masterpiece. If you are altering products you buy by mixing them up and changing them to suit you and what you like, then painting them onto your personified canvas then you, my friend, are most definitely an artist.

Also, where the hell have all these fabulously pristine eyebrows appeared from?! Alongside the matte lip revolution has come the Big Brow Revolution. And – trust me – even if like me you have thick dark brows already and don’t think you need to do anything to them: take my advice and fill them in, or simply brush them with a clear gel as part of your morning routine. Goodness me what a difference it makes! Give it a go and thank me later. 

Nearly every makeup brand is featuring a lot more brow-defining products of late; however, here are my top products (containing a couple of affordable and a couple of high end ones too):

  1. Sleek Brow Duo Palette – £8.99
  2. Diego Dalla Palma Brow gel/pomade – £15.50 
  3. Rimmel Brow this Way defining pencil -£2.99
  4. PIXI Natural Brow gel/pencil Duo -£12.50
  5. FREEDOM Brow Studio Pomade – £5

So girls (or guys, as I’ve said before, no stereotypes here) whether you’re trying to combat the volume, shape or colour of your brows, there is definitely something on the market that will be able to do the trick. I’ll do an in depth brow know how guide soon for the novices amongst you that may need a little guidance as to what to spend your money on this month brow-wise, and how to use them correctly and get the most out of them.

Before I go, thought I’d let you know in the next week as a gift from me to you, I’ll be posting a short and sweet recipe; and all I’m going to say is MUD CAKE. And it’s delicious. 

And yes I know I’m wonderful, thank you.

All my love, S x