Saturday, November 30, 2013

Weekend Baking - Cocoa Brownies Recipe

 Yesterday was a baking day here,I baked some delicious brownies. They were Cakey on the outside and fudgey in the middle. This is y second baking recipe on this blog.First was Marble cake recipe, which still is my favorite cake to bake, 
This brownie recipe really is easy & if a baking dummie like me can do it , then anyone cam . ! Done in an hour.These are Rich chocolate brownies recipe with cocoa powder, butter, sugar and eggs

Ingredients you will need for this recipe! 
+ 2 cups white sugar 
+ 1 cup butter 
+ 1/2 cup cocoa powder
+ 4 eggs 
+ 1 cup all-purpose flour 
+ 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
+ 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 cup walnut halves (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour and a square pan. ( Since i didnt have a square pan , i used typical round cake pan )
  • Step 1 - In a large bowl, stir in butter ,sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Then add cocoa,  flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • step 2- Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Do not overcook.

If you want to see if they are cooked properly , just insert a toothpick in the pan , if it comes out clean with little crumble. It done.
To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor -Fuchsia Flash [Review, Photos & Swatches]

The Vivids collection is formulated with brighter pigments for a brilliant pop of color.  it's channeling the neon trend this season! I think I was more than excited when I heard about Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lip colors being launched in Pakistan couple of months ago. 

Now bright goes gorgeous, never garish with Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor by Maybelline. Brighter color from Maybelline's exclusive vivid pigments. Creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar.

Fortunately stored them as soon as they were launched. So I grabbed vivid rose, which was on my wish list for like forever. But lucky for me, my sweet blogger friend Rabeeyah , surprised me with Fuchsia Flash in our swap [Check out what she sent me here]. Color Sensational Vivids Lip colors have beautiful bright shades Fuchsia, Plums and delicious corals. These bold and bright shades aren’t for faint hearted.

Fuchsia Flash- Is a Bold & Bright Hot pink fuchsia, which has blue undertone.

First thing, the packaging is so neon - I love the bright, orange caps. The Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids have same tube designs as regular color sensational lipsticks but the cap color differentiates it from others.The lipstick is highly pigmented and it has a creamy formula which applies very smoothly with a semi-glossy finish. The color lasts about 3-4 hours on my lips without eating. It wears off leaving a slight stain behind. I will recommend to try atleast one shade from this range,Dont be scared, You can easily adjust the brightness of the color by applying less and making the color more matte by just dabbing with a tissue.

Price: Pakistan Rs 750/850  USA $7.49 USD / $9.99 each
Availability: Maybelline retaliers across nation 
Internationally - Drugstores, (online) and other Maybelline retailers 
Selection: 8 shades in the new “Vivids” collection
Overall:Overall: I absolutely love this lipstick, I am a fan of maybelline colorsensatinal lipsticks already and own a bunch of shades.Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipcolor in Fuchsia Flash does look better with complementing  makeup on ,These are so creamy and amazingly pigmented and last 3-4 hours with minimal drinking and eating.The apply beautifully and have insane pigmentation. I bought mine from for rs 850.I will definitely repurchase shocking coral next.
Rating: A-

Are you following bright lips trend this year? Which is your favorite pink/fuchsia lipstick ?