Eye shadow palettes you need.

If you don’t get a new eye shadow palette for christmas has santa even been?

Now, I am a bit of a makeup snob so I tend to buy and wear higher end products but there are some great dupes which I will include!

Here are some I think you should get:

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1.Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals palette £45.00 

I got this palette last year from Santa.. I truly love it. I use the matte browns as a shadow shades in my crease then build the glitters on top. The colours are so pigmented so you only need a little on your brush to work with.

2.Naked palettes…£39.50

I love all the Urban Decay Naked palettes, Maddey and I also own all the Naked palettes. My all time favourite is now the Naked HEAT with SMOKY coming a close second! Once again the pigments are crazy strong. Stronger than a double vodka coke. The HEAT is a copper palette which works best with my blue eyes and pale skin. The purples in this palette are too diiiie for! The Smoky palette is full of pressed glitters. The ‘blue’ trio; Amour, Slanted and Dagger are my go-to’s in there.

3.Hourglass Modernist palette- Graphite £56.00

 Just like Maddey, this small palette packs a hefty punch. It is made up of five colours (off-white, gold, brown, blue and silver), the only colours you need for any outfit. This palette doesn’t give you a massive range of colours like the UD’s but it does create a beautiful eye.. its just a shame about the price!!

4.Charlotte Tilbury…£39.00

In case you don’t know, I am a massive CT fan. A foam finger-t-shirt wearing super fan. Mad and I are slowly collecting her Luxury palette looks. So far we are on 7 out of 10. I hope once you have collected them all you get something free. I really rate these palettes, each palette has 4 colours… all you need for a red-carpet look. They also last for agggggeeesss. My day to day go to is Vintage Vamp!

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1.NYX ultimate palette £16.00

I often wonder how we survived before this palette. It puts the pop in popular eyeshadow looks. We love the pink row of colours, I also dabble into the yellow and orange to create a ‘sunset’ eye.

2.No.7 stay perfect smoky palette £15

Over the years I have used no.7 eyeshadows and they are great! I would place the eyeshadows at no.7 on my list….sorry terrible joke.

3.Max Factor Jades £9.99

When you don’t have £56.00 to spend on the hourglass one, buy this one!

4.NYX darling damsel £9.00

NYX eyeshadows are fabby. The NYX shadows blend beautifully! This snazzy palette is very similar to the CT Vintage Vamp! If the CT is Kate Winslet this dupe is Kate Winsless. Luckily with the price of this palette you won’t watch your money sink into the unknown!

I hope you get some nice new eyeshadows for christmas.. FYI christmas is around the corner so you really need to start hinting now. *walking around Fenwick ooooh this palette..wink wink.



(All photos taken from links)

Halloween Cupcakes.

If you need a reason to do some baking, or if you still feel need to cry into a large bowl of sugar and flour over the gut wrenching exit of Liam last week. He didn’t deserve that. Then i’ve got just the thing.

You might as well put down the pumpkin and re-think the dead cheerleader costume, because nothing will beat these this Halloween. So you might as well trick or treat yourself.

Halloween Monster cupcakes.  (my recipe makes 10). A chocolate orange cupcake that even Terry would be jealous of.

You will need:

  • 100g of butter
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 80g Dark chocolate, melted
  • 1tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Orange, juiced
  • 125g Self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
  • splash of milk (if your mixture looks dry)


Whack the oven on 180 (conventional oven.) I’m no Mary Berry, so just throw everything into the bowl and mix. My only tips are, when you add your eggs put some flour in at the same time as this will stop it from curdling. I melted the chocolate by leaving it by the AGA. But if you don’t have an AGA, even though everyone has an AGA. oooh AGA,AGA,AGA. Melt it over hot water, making sure the chocolate bowl doesn’t touch the water. Fill the cupcake cases, about 3/4 full. Then put them straight into the oven, cook for 17 minutes (15-20 minutes).

Now put last weeks bake off on and cry into the bowl of leftovers.

Icing and decoration.

Buttercream icing is simple. 2:1, Icing sugar:butter.

  • 180g icing sugar
  • 90g soft butter
  • food colour (I’m going purple)

Put the butter in the bowl and cream until light, fluffy and pale, add the icing sugar whilst mixing it all together at the same time. You can either do this by hand if you have Popeye arms, or just take the easy route and use an electric whisk. Next, fold in the food colouring (add as much as you want!). Put the icing straight into a piping bag, pipe a big ol’ swirl onto each cupcake.

As Mcfly said, it’s all about you, decorate your monsters creations in whatever way you want. I won’t judge #lovewins

Anyway! Here are some I made:IMG_2891

DSC_0174DSC_0171Just remember to add the Candyfloss just before serving other wise it will dissolve!  Drumstick lollies make great heads and bodies for monsters and fizzy laces makes #hairgoals.

I would recommend baking them on a Wednesday so you can watch the Addams family. Bet you sang that. 

Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures, we want to see them! #tpsmonsters



PS, you can leave out the chocolate and cocoa powder to make a simple orange flavoured cupcake. You might want to add orange food dye to make them look fangtastic.


Baking Mad: Yummiest Chocolate Cupcakes

Thought i would develop a little segment on this blog called Baking Mad…because it’s about baking…and my name…funny right?!

So, one thing you’ll quickly learn about Ellie and I is that we love baking (…and eating)!! It has got to the point were we watch bake off and rather cockily say “hmm..i could do that”. This passion developed from our granny who has her own successful wedding cake business, you could say she taught us everything we know! When i was little i used to LOVE watching her make her cakes, whilst i sat there and ate fondant icing and chocolate chips!

Anyway…I thought I would start off easy, so here are some yummy, quick and easy chocolate cupcakes!!

..and hey my recipe doesn’t call for calories so that means they’re guilt free right?!*


For the cakes:

  • 70g Unsalted butter, softened (or stork)
  • 170g Plain flour
  • 250g Golden caster sugar or ‘normal’ caster sugar (the ‘golden’ version will give a more buttery flavour)
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Baking powder (if using self-raising flour instead of plain do NOT add as its already added part of the flour)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (simply used to enhance flavour, can miss it out)
  • 200ml Semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 100g dark chocolate

For the icing:

  • 60g Unsalted butter, (at room temperature so easier to cream)
  • 30g Cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. Semi-skimmed milk
  • 250g Icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas mark 3, and line the cupcake or muffin tray with paper cupcake cases
  2.  Mix together the butter, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together until they form a crumb-like consistency. This can be done in either a freestanding mixer or by hand, the choice is yours!
  3. In a separate container, beat together the milk and eggs.
  4. Gradually pour the liquid into the crumb mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. Beat until the batter is smooth and thick, with no visible lumps.
  5. Melt the chocolate over a pan of boiling water, once melted bring off heat and place on heatproof mat to cool down and mix into the cake batter.
  6. Spoon or pour the batter into the cases, filling them two-thirds full.
  7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when lightly touched (place a skewer into the centre of a cupcake in the middle of the tray, if clear when pulled out they’re cooked!!). While the cakes are cooking, make the frosting.
  8. Weigh all ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Place in a covered container or piping bag and place in the fridge.
  9. Take out cakes and leave to cool slightly before removing from the tray and place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  10. Spoon or pipe generous amounts of the icing onto each cupcake, then gently smooth over with a palette knife.
  11. Pop on a plate or cake stand, take a picture, use #tpsbakingmad, put your feet up, eat and enjoy!!

Happy baking!!!

Maddey x


*calories included