THE BEST PLACES FOR CAKE IN NEWCASTLE

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If there’s one thing I probably couldn’t live without, it’s cake. I absolutely love meeting up with my favourites and catching up over cake or taking a cake break whilst in town taking outfit photographs. I’ve lived in this city for my whole life now and it’s always been a little poor in the cake department, but in the past few years many places have opened much to my taste buds delight. So when I was contacted by the lovely people over at Travelodge challenging me to name where I’d recommend to anyone visiting Newcastle, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my favourite places for cake. One which is more of a sit-down cute cafe and the other a small shop which have the best selection of cupcakes to go – both which are independent and both which are incredible!

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The GB Cupcakery

Easily my favourite place to visit for cupcakes and the biggest slices of cake you can imagine is The Great British Cupcakery. It’s located a stones throw away from the iconic Newcastle Quayside, so is a must to anyone visiting the city (and anyone local who just hasn’t been). Often quite busy, you sometimes do have to wait a few minutes or so for a table to become free but it’s well worth the wait as they have a huge selection of cupcakes, cakes and scones available. Oh and the biggest milkshakes known to man, like, seriously. I’ve rather shamefully worked my way through half of their menu (not. even. sorry.) and my favourite so far have to be the Red Velvet cupcakes, Salted Caramel and Chocolate cake and Carrot Cake cupcakes – they’re all equally wonderful!

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Pet Lamb Patisserie

If you’re looking to pick up a cupcake/brownie whilst you’re exploring the city centre then The Pet Lamb Patisserie located in the Grainger Market is a great shout. Unlike The GB Cupcakery this is a small store without seats, but their brownies especially are not to be missed. I’m talking they have Nutella, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and even Raspberry variations here, all which are as amazing as they sound. Everything is baked behind the counter too, meaning you’re met by the most incredible sweet smell when you walk in too, which is a total bonus. Alternatively if you’re looking to try these goodies whilst resting your feet, there’s a cat cafe in Newcastle City Centre called Mog On The Tyne (yes, you get to spend an hour cuddling little kittens) where you can enjoy some cupcakes/brownies from Pet Lamb Patisserie there too!

So where are your favourite places to eat cake? I’d love to hear your recommendations – whether you’re local to Newcastle or not!

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FESTIVE MAKEUP FAVOURITES

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Festive makeup is one of my favourite parts of this time of year, with any opportunity to pile glitter on my face being a good one. And I often find the getting ready for a night out more exciting than the night out itself as I love playing around with my makeup collection.

I’m definitely my least ambitious when it comes to base makeup, because lets be honest here, buying pretty lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes is much most exciting. As I’m quite pale I don’t have the biggest collection of foundations going (well, I do, but most leave me resembling a wotsit so they’ve been retired) so I tend to just go with the coverage I need at the time. During the day I often favour a dewy finish but at night I much prefer to play with highlighter, so I use a powder to matte my skin and then strobe away with my favourite MAC Minerialize Skin Finish in Lightscapade on the higher points of my face i.e.cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow.

Base aside, I love to play around with my eyeshadow all times of the year, but for the festive season, I have a few special favourites. A new addition to my collection is my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette which I received in October. This palette contains a vast selection of neutrals all on the cooler side which I find complement my skin tone the best. I’m particularly loving YDK right now which is a very in-your-face frosty rose-gold which I pack onto the lid with a flat brush and Busted blended in the crease. Instead of using a liquid eyeliner which I can find looks a little too much with heavier makeup on me, I’ve been enjoying smudging a darker eyeshadow, such as MAC Eyeshadow in Black Tied along the lash line smoked out. I love how this can easily transform an eye look and it’s super easy to do as it’s certainly not about precision. For my daytime makeup, this Stila Eyeshadow in Oasis (similar linked) has won my heart. It’s more of a yellow gold with a satin finish, but it’s perfect to just sweep over my eyelids for that wash of Christmas cheer.

When it comes to lips, depending on my eye makeup I’ll either go for a neutral lip or my fail-safe matte red, for which I’ve been loving the Topshop Velvet Lips in Blood Orange (similar linked) recently. As the name suggests, it’s more on the red orange side which can make it a little trickier to wear but I love the pop of colour it can add to an all neutral outfit. Plus the formula of this is incredible, I’m talking you can go through eating a burger and it won’t have budged. Amazing. If I’ve decided to go dramatic with my eye makeup, then I head straight for a neutral lip product. Fun fact: until last year, I didn’t own any neutral lip colours. One of my favourites is the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 45 which is a dark nude colour. It’s actually slightly lighter than my natural lip colour (which would normally terrify me) but it’s satin formula means it doesn’t cling at all if I’ve been rubbish at remembering to apply lip balm and it’s one of those lipsticks you can apply without a mirror – which is great for someone like me who doesn’t like to faff around once you’ve left the house reapplying. And if I’m after a more matte finish, then I recently picked up the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm which is again another darker nude, but this time more on the terracotta/peachy side.

What are your festive makeup favourites? Any you think I should give a go?

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A FEW FAVOURITES FROM BAREMINERALS

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In all honesty, until just recently, bareMinerals have been a makeup brand I’d never really thought of trying out. However, after attending a few events hosted by a local stand in Fenwick Newcastle, I’ve been enjoying many of their products ever since so I thought I’d go through some of my favourites.

Base-wise I’m still very new to their products, however on those days I’m not wanting to wear much makeup their Blemish Remedy Foundation has been perfect for balancing out my skin tone and making it look that little bit more flawless. It’s a mineral powder foundation with a light-coverage which wouldn’t be something I’d normally choose as I tend to favour liquid formulas, however I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how this works for me. And if you’re after more coverage, it’s a great foundation to wear under what you’d normally wear – it’s formulation contains Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil which both encourage clearer, blemish-free skin and I’ve certainly noticed a difference through using it. To add a little colour to my cheeks, I’ve also been using their Mineral Blush in Cheerful* which is a very true pink shade that gives me a healthy-looking flush.

When it comes to makeup, eyeshadow palettes are my weakness. They’re that product that I always find myself attracted to the most, and this palette is certainly like none other I’ve tried. The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0* palette photographed above is The Elements which unfortunately I’m not sure is available anymore, however their eyeshadow formula in general is incredible. Highly-pigmented colours, these shadows are easy to blend and can be worn both day and night. I never thought I’d see the day I was enjoying using a pale green, amber or teal coloured eyeshadow but these shades have been getting a whole lot of wear recently. I’ve especially enjoyed using the teal shadow in the outer third to smoke out my eye a little during the day as it isn’t as heavy as the darker shadows I’d usually go for. I’m typically more of a drug-store gal when it comes to mascara as I don’t always believe that high-end mascaras are truly all that. However, when I was kindly gifted this Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen Mascara* I’ve been nothing but surprised by how this works on my lashes. Whilst it certainly by no means gives me the most dramatic look, I love wearing this on a daily basis as I know it won’t be half-way down my face by the end of the day. At first I found it a little watery, so it’s definitely one of those mascaras that work better once they’ve dried up a little = but it’s one I’d certainly recommend trying out!

Have you tried any bareMinerals products? If so, what are your favourites? I’d love to know! I’m after a few of their brushes next…

P.s. – If you live around the North East, if you pop into their stand at Fenwick Newcastle and state the name of my blog, you’ll can receive a free deluxe sample of the foundations!

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