Friday, 29 May 2015

Mini Chocolate Coconut Tartlets (Vegan + Gluten, Dairy and Grain Free)

These tartlets are so little that it seems acceptable to eat a few of them. Maybe five. They're light and fresh, a perfect way to welcome in summer. 

The crust is light and flaky, everything a good crust ought to be. I'm not entirely sure how I did it, but let's thank whatever luck helped me to make a near perfect crust on my first try.

 Quite unexpectedly, the coconut cream helped thicken up the chocolate filling. Don't worry about a small filling to crust ratio, it's fairly heavy. 

Of course, the raspberry topping is entirely up to you. But I wouldn't want one of these without it. It makes the whole experience fresh and tangy.
Here's what you'll need for 24 tartlets:
Crust:
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4  cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup
A pinch of Salt
Filling:
260 g or 2 cups chopped dairy free dark chocolate 
4 tsp coconut cream
Raspberries to top

* A word on coconut cream: coconut cream is found on the top of your can of coconut milk before you stir it up. All you need is a little bit from the top, so make sure you don't mix it! *
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Let's start with the crust!
1. Preheat your oven to 350
2. Line 2 mini muffin tins. If you want to try, you could probably grease them with coconut oil, but I'm not sure how that would work. 
3. In a small bowl, mix all of your ingredients together. Don't forget to melt the coconut oil! 
4. Press about a teaspoon of dough into the bottom of each muffin tin. It should look something like the photo blow.
5. Bake for about 6 minutes. You will know that they are done when the edges are golden brown.

While you let the crusts cool, you can go onto your filling!
For the filling:
1. Melt the chocolate using whatever method you want. While the chocolate is melting, you can start washing your raspberries.
2. Stir the chocolate to make sure that no more lumps are left. Then mix in the coconut cream.
3. Here is where time starts to matter: spoon in a little of your filling so that it reaches the top of the wrapper. Use your finger to make a dent on top for the raspberry. You should try to do this before your filling cools and becomes hard to work with!
4. Now all you have to do is let the tartelts cool. Wasn't that easy?

If you try these, I would love to know! Leave a comment below or email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com

~Amy~

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Little Peek into my Hair Care

Last year, I didn't take care of my hair at all. It was always knotted, tangled, in my face, and very dry. Because of that, one of my new years resolutions was to take better care of my hair. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm doing better already. So I decided to give you guys a peek into my hair care routine!
I'll link to most of the products that I use, too, just in case you want to give them a try.
Before bed:
When I go to sleep, I always try to put my hair up unless it's very wet. I usually go for a bun for loose waves and a little body, or a braid for tighter waves. I find putting my hair up prevents it from getting really sweaty and gross, and in turn getting my face sweaty and gross. I only put it in a pony tail at night if I'm extremely tired, and wouldn't recommend it as it can cause breakage. I usually try to put a little smoothing cream into the ends as well to protect against dryness.
I also like to massage coconut oil into my hair before bed if I have the chance to wash it in the morning. I find that it keeps my hair so much healthier and aids with how fast it grows along with the thickness of my hair.

In the morning:
I only put my hair down after I've gotten dressed and done my makeup. I'll usually only use a little smoothing cream, if I didn't use it the night before, and brush it out. Sometimes I'll use a little hairspray if it is particularly unruly.

Washing:
When I wash my hair, I actually use shampoo twice. I find that one wash usually only touches the surface, but the second will foam much more and clean more deeply. As long as you rinse thoroughly, it shouldn't make your hair more oily. I also like to use a little conditioner on the ends.
I don't wash my hair everyday a week if possible. On weekend mornings, I will try to just use dry shampoo.

Tools:
This paddle brush is, in my opinion, the best brush ever. It's perfect for getting out stubborn knots. I do use a comb in the morning to try and make my hair look a little nicer, but I usually end up loosing my patience and going back to the brush.
I like to use thicker hair elastics for ponytails and buns and such. I find that skinner elastics can break my hair, and I try to be really careful taking out elastics.

If you want, you can also check out the easy beauty tricks that I shared in this post.
How do you like to take care of your hair? I would love to know!

~Amy~

Friday, 22 May 2015

{Make an} Easy Zipper Pouch

A simple pouch like this can be used for so many things. You can use it as a pencil case, makeup bag, mini emergency kit, or whatever you set your mind to.
This pouch is also really easy to make. I didn't even use a machine to sew any of it, but you definitely can if you want to.
You will need:
+ A zipper
+ A solid piece of fabric (I used this for the outside)
+ A patterned piece of fabric (I used this for the inside)
+ Matching felt
+ Matching thread

I used a 14 cm by 2.5 cm zipper. If you use another type, all you have to do is adjust the lengths.

1. Cut the pieces out of your fabric.
For the solid and patterned fabric: cut out a 21 cm by 15 cm rectangle
For the felt: cut out a 10 cm by 3.5 cm rectangle, then round it on the bottom

2. Put the right sides of your solid and patterned fabric together and sew all around the edges, except for a small hole.
3. Use that hole to turn your fabric right side out and finish sewing it up.
4. Fold your rectangle up and position the zipper how you want. Sew up one side, and repeat on the other.
5. Turn your pouch inside out and sew your felt rectangles into the gaps on either side. 
Turn right side out, and your pouch is finished!

If you try making this, I would love to know! You can leave me a comment below or email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com ♥

~Amy~

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I love spring storms. They bring with them the promise of renewal and rebirth. Soon tiny green shoots will start pushing out of the fresh earth. And while all of this happens, you can sit on your couch and daydream with a cup of tea.
This was a really simple outfit and was also shot in my backyard, but I'm hoping that the extra writing that I've been doing lately will make up for it. Enjoy!
You may be wondering why I'm talking if rainy days when the photos were obviously not taken on one, but this dress reminds me of a rainy day. Maybe it's the dark blue it's made of, or the rose texture that can look like storm clouds. Whatever it is, I think that this outfit is perfect for the classic rainy spring day. Now if we could only have a few more of those!
In all honesty, I picked out the rest of the outfit to match the brooch. The butterfly is the perfect symbol for spring and summer, and I love the darker colour scheme used on this one.
Ah, these shoes. While not the most practical, I think they are adorable. Mint green is one of my favourite colours, and I love the spattering of cute flowers across the background.
Outfit Details:
Dress: H&M Similar//Similar
Brooch: Belle Hibou Similar
Shoes: old
I don't know why, but it was really hard to find anything from this outfit. I tried my best to find similar things, though!

Have a lovely week everyone
~Amy~

Friday, 15 May 2015

6 Ways to Look Refreshed

We all have those days. The one where you wake up with a drool stuck to your face, panicking because your alarm didn't go off. Maybe you've been woken up by a rowdy pet or neighbor, or maybe just by nature itself. Maybe you forgot to set your alarm last night, or maybe it just broke. But whatever the case, you've slept in, and you look like you've just fallen headfirst into the dump truck.

Or maybe your alarm has just waken you up. It's morning already, but it feels like you've only had two hours of sleep. Probably because you have. Maybe you went out last night and stayed out way past the time you had intended. Maybe you had a ton of work/homework to do that kept you up past dawn. Or maybe yesterday was rough for you, and you stayed up late watching Netflix and eating chocolate. Whatever that case, you look and feel like a raccoon that got left on the side of the road.
You stumble into the bathroom and look at yourself in the mirror. You've got some serious work to do to look like a normal human being again. Or maybe not! Here are some of my favourite ways to look refreshed.

1. White or cream eyeshadow 
A little dab of this in the inside corner or your eyes will instantly brighten your face. Just make sure to blend it!
2. Drink water
This will not only make you look more refreshed, it will make you feel more refreshed. Add lemon for an extra pop! It will also help clear your skin.
3. Light colours 
This especially goes for eyeshadow. A nice, light shadow is best for those mornings that you wake up exhausted, as it won't emphasize any dark circles.
4. Blush
Everyone knows this, but it doesn't make it any less true! A swirl of pinky blush on your cheeks will instantly brighten your face.
5. Go easy on the eyeliner
Yes, you can do a killer cat eye. But maybe it's not the best fit today? 
5. Mascara
Just a few coats of a good mascara will make your eyes look much more open. 
6. Put your hair up
Nothing makes you look more tired then a clump of hair hanging in your face. Use the day to try that cute new updo! 

Before your try any of these, I just want to say that what works for me might not work for you.
What does work for you? Please let me know ♥

~Amy~


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

{Make} The Marsh Family

Hello lovelies!
As promised, I'm posting the tutorial for The Marsh Family today. It's been a while since the winner was announced, but it did take me a little while because there was a few plushies to make.
The pattern is here. I tried to colour code it to make it a little easier.
I decided to use Milo as the example, you do the same for all of them, just use different patterns.
1. Sew on the eyes using white thread
2. Sew on any facial features
3. Sew the circles on the top and the bottom right side in. Sew everything together except a small hole at the bottom.
4. Turn right side out and stuff. Finish sewing up.
5. Sew on any other features.

Some tips on each plushie:
For Marshall, make sure to position the eyebrows right. You don't want him to look angry!
For Martha, embroider a heart with red thread for her mouth.
For Misha, make her bow before sewing it on.
For Milo, you can sew on his curl either before you start or after you finish.

If you have any questions, just email me at littlemoondragon@outlook.com

Thank you to Ari, and to everyone that entered or voted in the contest! I really appreciate it ♥
Check out Ari's blog here.

Also, if you try this, please let me know! I would love to see it.

~Amy~

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

{Review} Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Glitzy Gold

Hello Lovelies!
I've got a review for you toady because I'm both lazy and busy. I mentioned the Avon Dazzlers Top Coat in Glitzy Gold in a past post, and a few of your seemed interested. I also think that this is a really fun polish! 
Drying time: 
About 20-30 minutes will make sure that it's nice and dry. I like to take a little longer to make sure that it doesn't dent.
Lasting: 
Pretty good, about 3 days if you're gentle (unlike me).
Coats:
One thin one is just about right.
Sparkles:
This has a really good sparkle-to-polish ratio, they're not hard to get on your nails. I love the glitzy look that they give.
Overall:
 I think that it's a really good polish, I love the look that it gives. I also think that it looks really pretty over a pastel polish for spring.

I used this top coat over another Avon polish, Luxe Lavender. It's one of my favourite colours for spring!
Have you tried this topcoat before? What do you think of it?

~Amy~

Friday, 1 May 2015

April Favourites

Hello lovelies!
I can't believe that April is over. I made some really big changes to my blog this month, including changing the URL, and I  want to thank everyone who stuck by me.
This was the first real month of spring weather where I live, and it's been lovely. It's finally been warm enough to go outside without a jacket on!
My beauty favourites were:

I've been trying to find a good face cream for my sensitive skin, and I think that this may be it. It's also really nice and light for summer.
This has been my go to shower gel this month, and it smells so nice! It is perfect for spring and is really gentle on my skin.
This has been my favourite body scrub in April, it's really nice to my skin. It also smells amazing! You can read a little review here
I know that spring is usually a time for brighter colours, but I've been loving this stick for my lips lately. If you would like to learn more about it, I wrote a review here
I got this ages ago, but I've been using this a lot this month. It's a nice heavier lip balm for before bed.

If you would like a review of anything that I haven't already made, just let me know and I'd be happy to make one.
My other favourites were:

1. Tetly Peppermint Tea
This is a prefect tea for unwinding after a long day, and it's very soothing. There's just something relaxing about peppermint tea.
This is such a perfect candle for spring! It has a nice, light, fresh, floral scent.
3. Pippin (New Broadway Cast Recording)
I've been obsessed with this show all month, even though I've only seen bits and pieces of the revival on youtube (I've seen the full old one). Something about it is just so...magical.

What were your favourites this month? Also, don't forget to vote in my contest!