How to make fake blood for Halloween

Make your halloween costume this year that little bit more gruesome by adding this easy (but very mess) fake blood.

There are a lot of fake bloods in stores to by that are easy to use but they just won’t give you that real bloody gore effect. I always find them too bright or too pink. For you more ambitious souls, I am going to tell you how you can make your own fake blood.

Each character be it a vampire, zombie or killer bride will have a different ‘blood’ look. Some require more blood and others a darker blood.

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Ingredients

•    Water
•    Lt. Corn Syrup
•    Red, Blue & Green food coloring
•    One of these: flour, cornstarch, chocolate syrup or maple

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To make the fake blood, first mix the following together:

  • One part water
  • Three parts corn starch
  • Add drops of red food colouring

How much food colouring you use will depend on how much blood you are making.  Add the food colouring until the mixture begins to look bright red and like blood. Add a drop of blue and green food colouring to get a more “realistic” blood colour but remember to be careful because if you add too many drops of these colours you will end up with a horrible brown and have to start over.

Once you have the perfect shade mixed, you will need to add a thickener. Add some sifted flour or cornstarch and carefully whisk this into your red mixture. If you get any unsightly lumps that won’t dissolve, just strain them out with a strainer. You can also substitute chocolate syrup or maple syrup as a thickener. Adding chocolate or maple syrup as a thickening agent will darken the mixture.  Many find that the syrup addition also creates a more realistic colour and texture to the mix.

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***WARNING THIS FAKE BLOOD WILL STAIN CLOTHING***

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Pumpkin spice cheesecake doughnuts

Hands up if you love doughnuts! Of course you do, who doesn’t?

This recipe contains three of my favourite things, cheesecake, pumpkin spice and doughnuts. Yes, that right all together in one yummy treat. It makes sense right?!

These doughnuts are pretty much everything you love about autumn. Great for a snack to keep you going through the cold days.

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These doughnuts are worth every single calorie and they put store bought doughnuts to  shame. Mainly because they’re baked, not fried. And taste even better than fried.

There are rather a lot of ingredients for these doughnuts but lets be honest they are totally worth it.

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Ingredients
  • DONUTS:
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • CHEESECAKE GLAZE:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons milk
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling, optional
Instructions
  1. Prepare the donuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut-pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk pumpkin, sugar, oil, milk, egg, and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold flour mixture into liquid mixture until just combined.
  3. Place batter in a resealable plastic bag and snip off a corner. Pipe batter into prepared donut pan.
  4. Bake donuts for 10 to 11 minutes, or until a toothpick tests done. Cool donuts in pan 5 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack.
  5. Make the cheesecake glaze: Place softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until creamy. Beat in sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a thick glaze-consistency.
  6. Dip cooled donuts into cheesecake glaze and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

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*recipe belongs to Sarah

Pumpkin spice chai pudding

Yesterday I shared with you a recipe to make your own pumpkin spice just in time for autumn. So I know that everything is about pumpkin spice lattes right now but I thought would try and bring you something new.

Introducing the Pumpkin spiced chai pudding!

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice (recipe below)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • maple syrup or honey
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Mix chia seeds with milk in a jar or bowl, cover it and store it in the fridge overnight, or at least for 4 hours.
  2. Next morning just add spices and pumpkin puree, and some maple syrup or honey, if you like it sweeter. Enjoy!
For the pumpkin spice recipe click here 
This is a super easy and delicious recipe and you can have it for a breakfast or a desert!
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Enjoy your yummy Pumpkin spiced chai pudding and I will see you tomorrow for another delicious recipe!

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*recipe belongs to Green Évi

Home Made Pumpkin Spice

So I went online today to do my food shopping and I thought as its Autumn I would buy some pumpkin spice to add to my food this season. Literally nowhere sells it. I would understand not having it the rest of the year but this time of year I thought they would be selling it everywhere.

So I figured I would have a look online and get a recipe. The recipe for pumpkin spice is ridiculously easy.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ground all spice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine spices in a small bowl; mix well to combine. Store in a small spice jar or container.

That is literally it. 

Tomorrow I will post some recipes using this yummy homemade pumpkin spice. Stay tuned!

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Things to do in Autumn

Tomorrow is the first official day of autumn or fall if you are from the US, so lets put away the shorts (not that they really come out much in the summer months here in the UK), its time to pull out the coats and blankets, to watch the leaves turn from green to the beautiful shade of auburn and pick that perfect pumpkin.

I absolutely love being in fleece PJ’s with a blanket and hot chocolate in-front of the TV watching movies but there is so much more to do in autumn. Today I’m going to tell you my favourite things to do throughout this wonderful season.

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Hayrides

If you have kids, or if you don’t, hayrides are so much fun! Kids love the ride and the tractors and if you’re just a group of adults that want to have some hayride fun you can also find haunter hayrides around.

Find hayrides in your area here

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Visiting a Pumpkin Patch

This is one of my personal favourite things to do. I enjoyed it as a kid and I’m now 24 and still get super excited. Whats not to love you get to walk around the pumpkin patch and see all the different shapes and sizes of the pumpkins. What my family and I do each year is have a competition, we each have to find the biggest and smallest pumpkin to buy so we can take them home and make lots of yummy treats with them.

Find Pumpkin Patches in your area here

Go on a Nature Trail

Put on a coat and some boots and go for a long walk with your friends or family. Go and see the colours on the trees and the squirrels collecting food for the winter. Some nature trails have fun activities along the way for kids to do. Most have benches along the way if you need a rest or if you are brave enough to have a picnic.

Find a Nature Trail in your area here

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Make an Autumnal Wreath

I only came across these this year so I have to admit I haven’t yet made one but it is defiantly top of my list. They are so beautiful and the colours are incredible. I have seen a couple of different ways of making these and I will link my favourite two below. They are inexpensive and so seasonal, totally worth it! You can even add fake little pumpkins, pinecones or flowers if you wish!

For a quick and easy wreath click here

If you want a little more of a challenge with added flowers click here

*Just a little disclaimer neither of these wreaths are my ideas


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August GlossyBox Review

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Hello there! So I wanted to do an apology post because I’ve not been able to post in FOREVER! But I figured I would just keep it short and sweet and put it at the start of this GlossyBox Post.

Sometimes, no matter how much you try to dedicate yourself to your blog and your readers something in your life will get in the way. This is exactly what happened for me. The last blog post from myself was about a Job Promotion, well that went very wrong for me. I enjoy my job and I try to work my hardest all the time but sometimes things just get a little much and on this occasion it took its toll on my skin.

I suffer from eczema, I have done since birth but I have it under control, most of the time. This time though, stress took over and I ended up in a look of pain and the eczema targeted my hands and feet. For a very long time I was completely unable to walk. I demoted myself at work to try to help with my stress levels and I have been off work since MAY!

I thought about posting whilst I was off but I really had nothing to post about because I was in bed unable to move day in and day out.

BUT IM BACK!! and I don’t plan on going anywhere

So to start this blog back off I am going to give you and an August GlossyBox Mini Review…ish.

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For some unknown reason my August GlossyBox turned up on the 2nd September so this is a bit of a late review but never the less. So this month we were back to the classic pink box which I love! I keep al of my boxes under my bed, some I use for storage and others are empty but I also use them to put odd-shaped gifts in to make them easier to wrap.

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When I opened this box I was super excited to see two of the brands that I love, SASS and NAOBAY. There was also a product from a brand called MeMeMe which I haven’t got on with before and two new brands for me to try.

I though I would try the new products first as I kind of has an idea about the others already. So fist up is the Artist colour powder blush in the shade 108. This product was voted into the box by GlossyBox customers. It is a Blush/Bronzer hybrid from the Swedish brand Emite.

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I personally don’t like the colour. I am very pale and it is just too dark for me. That being said, the pigmentation is incredible and you don’t need a lot of product at all! This product is fantastic if you have a darker skin tone and it is perfect for contouring too. But because of the colour I had to pass this one on. (The photo is a little more red then the product, I tried to get it as true to colour as possible.)

Full size : £20.59

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The next product for me to try is a lash primer from the US brand Manna Kadar. The Glossybox description card says that it leaves your lashes ‘conditioned and voluminous’. Well, it doesn’t! I am not impressed with this product at all! I used it every night for a week and all it done was add a layer of product that was thick and dried very crusty on my eye lashes. I found that it was uncomfortable and I was constantly aware that it was on my lashes. It also says that it can be used under mascara for an ‘enhanced final effect’. I didn’t like it under mascara either, it made my mascara clump up. So over all I wasn’t impressed.

Full size: £14.55 

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Next I moved on the brand i didn’t get on with MeMeMe. This time I was trying a Lip glide in Playful Peach and it was PEACH!  The product is a matte-velvet chubby lip crayon and it has changed my mind on MeMeMe completely! I LOVE this product so much. It is super easy to apply and is so hydrating, the colour is very pigmented and lasts nearly all day. (I did have to touch up after food as normal.) This colour is super cute, I just wish GlossyBox had given it to us at the start of summer as it is the perfect summer shade! I will defiantly be purchasing more shades! Oh and one more thing, it’s such a great size that fits into your bag.

Full size: £6.95

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Moving on to the SASS Purifying Cleanser. This is an intimate wash that works as a probiotic to balance your skins PH levels. You use two pumps in the shower and rinsed with warm fresh water. I already use the Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate which came in the May 2015 GlossyBox and I love it. So I was excited to use this wash. I have been using the Femfresh wash and it has been doing the job but the SASS Purifying Cleanser is out of this world. It is so gentle and soothing, there was no dryness after. It’s just such an amazing fresh product. I will be purchasing both the wash and concentrate again!

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Full size: £7 (BARGAIN!)

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Now for the final (and best) product in this box, the NAOBAY Calming Face Toner which is a Spanish 4 in 1 product. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! Lets start with the packaging, it is matte white with a wooden screw lid, so simple but so beautiful. It would look great on your vanity or on you bathroom shelf. I already have the Moisturising Peeling which gets rid of any artificial skin cells and daily impurities and now I have the Calming Face Toner to work along side it. You apply a few drops to a cotton pad and dab/softly wipe your face and it effectively removes traces of make up and impurities from the skin, cleanses, tones and soothe the skin with Chamomile and Asian Cantella.

I would love to repurchase this product but I’m not sure where from, if you know where I can purchase please leave me a comment.

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Full size: £10.65

*This blog isn’t sponsored all opinions are my own

**All brands are linked

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