Korean Mask Haul

Korea Haul Together

I decided to do another order from the ebay shop iamlove-shop.

This was mainly because I wanted another of the Baby Silky Foot masks, so that my boyfriend and I could try them out together- the review for that will be up soon. I then got tempted by other items!

The items actually arrived really quickly this time- much quicker than last time; they arrived within a week or so of ordering. This seemed exceptionally fast considering that the items were from Korea. They may vary in delivery time however, as my last order took a few weeks.

The items arrived perfectly packaged again, and with a variety of free samples. Based on the two orders I have made, both have arrived packaged in a box so I don’t think that they necessarily send parcels that would fit through a letterbox.

It was a full on mask selection this time! I really love the packaging for these items, they’re so cute.

Foot Peeling Mask

Firstly there is the Baby Silky Foot Peeling Mask by Holika Holika, this was ordered so that we had two, and my boyfriend and I could try them at the same time.

Tea tree sheet mask juicy

The Juicy Mask Sheet in Tea Tree by Holika Holika is also for the boy, we were looking through masks and he liked the look of this one due to liking tea tree. I have to say that based on the packaging I am a little jealous I didn’t get one.

Before Work Mask

I got the Before go to Work mask by Holika Holika because I liked the previous sheet masks I tried in this range, and I wanted to try another one. They come in a pack of three which seems like great value. They have a section on the back where you can write who they are for, so I think they would make great stocking fillers! I chose the before work mask fairly randomly as I couldn’t chose between them- mostly based on the picture.

Lip Mask

I got the Cherry Lip Gel Patch by Etude House because I have seen it online and it looked interesting! It is a giant lip patch that you stick over your lips to help with dry, chapped or sore lips. I get horribly chapped lips in winter so thought it would be worth getting one and saving it for when my lips get really bad. It has the side effect of looking vaguely terrifying whilst on, which I am looking forward to taking pictures of when I try it.

Piggy Bubble Mask

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask.  I really wanted to try this after seeing reviews for it online. I like clay masks, and the idea of one that bubbles sounded fascinating. I have tried this mask once, and found application and removal a little difficult but hopefully now that I have tried it I will be better at applying it when I take pictures to review! I like that it comes with a spatula so that you don’t have to poke your fingers in the pot. It is unlike any other mask I have tried.

Samples

Finally here’s a picture of the free samples, and free blotting paper that came with my items. I enjoy receiving free samples as it is a great way to try out products you haven’t heard of!

This was a very mask based post. I’d love to hear any masks you’d recommend- Korean or otherwise!

Blondies

Blondies stacked

I made these blondies for the members of my family who are not the biggest fan of dark chocolate (yet will still eat my brownies made with them!) I wanted to make something bar shaped and sweet with a nice soft texture, but something that is more to their tastes- and would help prevent me eating half the batch on my own!

Blondies were therefore the logical choice. They are similar to brownies in texture and method of making, but made with white chocolate instead of dark- this also made them a little cheaper to make than brownies as there was less chocolate required, and the white chocolate was cheaper than my usual dark chocolate.

This recipe is from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook- the same book I use for my go to brownie recipe. I also used the same tin which measures 25x22x6cm and makes thick brownies/blondies- with a different tin you may get thinner blondies. I have two different brownies tins, and use them both depending on what thickness of brownie I want.

I enjoyed these, and my dad and boyfriend (who don’t really like dark chocolate) particularly liked them so these are a great option for people who aren’t that fond of dark chocolate but still want something brownie like. I particularly like the texture the pecans add, and their flavour is more obvious than when you use pecans in a brownie recipe.

Blondies

Ingredients

  • 150g White Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 125g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ tsp Vanilla Extract (I used vanilla paste.)
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 120g Chopped pecans (I used 110g as that is what I had, and it seemed plenty.

Line your brownie tin with baking parchment.

Preheat oven to 170°C

Put the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl (I use a large mason cash bowl) and place over a pan of simmering water, ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water. Leave it until melted and smooth, mixing occasionally.

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until it is well mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla, stirring quickly so that the eggs don’t scramble. It may look a little split, so don’t worry if it does. Add the flour, salt and pecans and stir until well mixed and the nuts are evenly dispersed.

Put the mixture into the brownie tin and bake in the oven for 35-40 mins, or until golden brown with a still soft centre.

Leave to cool completely before slicing- as they will be more difficult to slice when warm.

Blondies closeup

Finally enjoy!

Adventure Time Christmas Stockings

Adventure Time Stockings

Are you a fan of Adventure Time? If you haven’t seen it you should give it a go. It is an awesome cartoon about the adventures of Finn the Human Boy and Jake the Dog. Like many kids shows it has themes and jokes which are  not just for kids (or would go above most kids heads!). Personally I think it is a show for everybody- I got my dad and boyfriend into it as well.

One of my favourite episodes of Adventure Time is Bad Little Boy, which takes place in the gender swapped land first appearing in the episode Fionna and Cake. I love the characters Fionna and Marshall Lee, so much so that at an MCM Expo a couple of years ago my boyfriend and I cosplayed them.

Marshall Lee Fionna Cosplay

I was very into putting together the outfits, and I made a plush Hambo and my hat. (Would not recommend full face/neck/hand paint however. Made it difficult for the boy to do anything! And I had to wake up super early to paint him.)

It therefore seems quite fitting that when I wanted to make a new Christmas stocking for my boyfriend (as the one I made a few years ago wasn’t lined and is  too narrow to stuff full of goodies) I decided upon a Marshall Lee themed one. And once I decided on that it seemed a logical step to make myself one based on Fionna! Apologies for anybody who thinks it is too early to be talking about Christmas- I waited util after Halloween!

I got my stocking tutorial from the blog sewlikemymom it has the perfect shape that I wanted, complete with a lining and cuff and it has a free pattern to download so check it out.

This should be a fairly quick stocking to make if you have a sewing machine. I do not, so these two took me quite a while as I am not the quickest at sewing. Even if you are super slow like me there is still plenty of time to make one before Christmas.

Make sure you have an iron/ ironing board available to keep the stocking neat and crease free whilst working on it, I borrowed my mums!

I bought my fabric from John Lewis-basing my choice on fabrics I thought suited the characters and would not be too difficult to sew.  The felt for the two finger puppets I bought from the Ebay store paper-and-string.

I used a check red and black fabric for Marshall Lee, as it looks like his shirt, and a blue starry fabric for Fionna. Originally I wanted a plain blue fabric but plans change- there were no ideal fabrics in John Lewis, and I decided I  liked the stars!

To make the stockings matching (so that we could have cute couples stockings!) I used the other fabric for the accents on the stockings, namely the cuff and pocket.

Puppetsfront

To begin with I made some finger puppets, using the Adventure Time Crafts book. If you don’t have it just make up your own template based on pictures of the character and make it out of felt- I have done so previously for Christmas decorations. As I had been bought the book as a present I felt I should use it and its templates, and make some puppets! (The book has several more characters and a puppet theatre, it’s very adorable.)

I cut out the pieces using a tiny set of scissors and sewed on the faces and bite marks using thick thread. The main body for both were sewn together using a blanket stitch, and the other pieces were glued on using craft glue, but if you had the time and inclination sewing them on would also work well.

Fionna Marshall Lee Puppet Back

I made the pockets for the puppets very simply, basically I took two square of fabric, sewed them together with their design facing inward, leaving a space unsewn to turn them through. I then sewed up the space and ironed them flat, before eyeballing where to put them on the stocking and sewing them on at the sides and bottom. What I liked about doing it this way it that it means they are lined and a little more substantial than a single piece of fabric. The inside of the pocket matches the stockings!

puppetsinpockets

I lined the stockings with some fleece (leftover from making my Fionna hat!) which worked really well, although it was quite thick to sew through. I love it however as it is so soft and snuggly feeling inside- it will be a real pleasure to use as a stocking.

Inside Stocking Fleece

The great thing about the cuff on this stocking is that it can be turned up if you need extra room, although you won’t be able to use the ribbon for hanging.

A lesson I learnt from the first stocking is to make sure your loop of ribbon goes inside the pieces once you have pinned them together, I accidently put it the wrong way round- leaving the stocking with rough edges of ribbon and no loop once turned the right way. Other than that, check out the tutorial I linked, I found it simple to follow- if you have a sewing machine you could probably make a few in a day! They would be great personalised gifts, and if you don’t fancy Adventure Time just choose your own theme.

I’m not quite sure where I’ll put these up once Christmas period rolls around, wish I had a fireplace and mantelpiece! But I will post some pictures of them up once we have decorated for Christmas.

I am really pleased with these Marshall Lee/ Fionna Stockings!

If anybody has any questions about the stockings, or would like any more pictures just let me know.

I’d love to hear about any crafty projects people have been getting up to (or are planning to do) for Christmas!