Nevernight Review + GIVEAWAY!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 🌌

5/5 🌟’s.

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?”

As soon as I got this book I felt the need to start it because the cover looked so gorgeous and I had a feeling that it was going to be a good book and I was right. Nevernight is right up there on top of my favorites list with TOG series and TFK series ❤️

I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I got into it without knowing anything and that worked as a perk for me because had I read the synopsis of the book I wouldn’t have been as surprised and I would have tried to predict everything .. And frankly I think that would make the book less interesting.

The world building in this book is very descriptive and phenomenal and I was gripped by throat from the very first page ✨ The characters, oh boy the characters are just AMAZING .. I honestly was interested in every single character that was mentioned in this book even the animals 🐴 and Mia is just the perfect antihero kickass girl 💪🏼 I hated her and loved her at the same time but the love ruled out the hate and to see her grow and develop throughout the book is just heartwarming and entertaining.

So if you know me you probably know that I freakin hate flashbacks, I just do. The beginning of the book had a couple of flashbacks and I was like “Oh no…” but as I kept on reading I fell in love with the author’s way of writing and I also fell in love with this book’s flashbacks. The way the author played with the flashbacks is just amazing and I was insanely hooked! It took me longer than usual to read this book and that’s because there are so many informations in this book (especially the footnotes) and I honestly didn’t want to miss out on anything and I wanted to fully comprehend and digest everything. I also was busy with my best friend’s wedding and I really wanted to take the book with me to the wedding (IT MATCHED MY DRESS!) but yeah they had to snatch out of my hands just so I wouldn’t look weird 💁🏻 anyway as I was saying it took me about a week to finish it (I usually finish a book within 2-3 days) but I didn’t get this “ugh I’m bored I wish I could be reading something els” feeling which I usually get when I read a book for more than 3-4 days and that says a lot.

I know many people are not impressed with the author’s way of writing this book but I certainly was. I loved everything about this book and I honestly wouldn’t want a thing to change 📖 I’m a reader not a critic, the book was written for us to enjoy not to complain about (I totally don’t understand why anyone would complain). I loved it soooo much and I can’t wait for the next book to be released!! Do you have a favorite character? I really love Mia and I was also a bit obsessed with Cassius I mean they call him The Lord of Blades so that’s something ⚔

GIVEAWAY!

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I’m givingaway a UK hardcover copy of Nevernight with a poster, bookmark and a signed book plate! The winner will also receive a Luna Lovegood Funko pop figure, Infernal devices ring and ofc AN EMPIRE OF STORMS MAGNETIC BOOKMARK BECAUSE THE BOOK IS OUT SOON!!

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TO ENTER:

  • Repost this picture once on Instagram (No need to spam people!) using the tag #HAYASNEVERNIGHTGIVEAWAY
  • Mention me in your caption but don’t tag me please ❤️.
  • Must Follow @Hayaisreading.
  • The giveaway is open internationally 🌏.
  • If you’re under the age of 18, please ask your parents (or a guardian) for a permission to give out you address.
  • Mention 3 of your friends who you think are interested in this giveaway in the Instagram comment section.
  • one entry each person 👤 No giveaway accounts and accounts must be public!

 

The Giveaway will end on the 10th of September Good luck to you all ❤️

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My Reading Nook ✨

Some of you might be wondering what’s a “reading nook”? For me, a reading nook is a place in your room (or house) that you specifically read in. I know most of you are like BUT I READ ON MY BED well so do i but i also have a reading nook because every reader needs a place where your mind kinda registers that you have to sit your ass down and read.

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I know some rooms are smaller than others and you really don’t have to go all out when you’re creating your reading nook, you can simply put a comfy chair in front of your bookcase and BAAM you got your self a reading nook.I’m going to show you my reading nook and the items that are in it and from where i got everything and hopefully that will inspire you to create your very own reading nook where you get to finish many books 📚

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My reading nook consists of a sofa, table, pillows, lamp and a clock. I rarely ever show the clock in my pictures although it’s one of my favorite things in my room. I got the sticker from Ikea (I looked for a link but i don’t think it’s available anymore!) and a vintage fair clock that is super cute and i kinda love it because it reminds me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 🎪 My floor lamp is also from Ikea and it matches my old nightstand lamp and ceiling lights.

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The size of this sofa is perfect because it doesn’t take that much space yet it’s comfy and big enough for you to lie down on it. That’s not all, it’s also a sofa bed!! The two pillows at the back are from ikea as well (no surprise there, lol). “I Read Past My Bedtime” & “The World Belongs to Those Who Read” pillows are from Bookwormboutique store in Society6, and there’s absolutely nothing like bookish pillows to make your reading nook comfy and cute and Lauren has one of the best designs ever. The Throw is from Pottery Barn and it’s really cozy and warm .. plus the knitting is gorgeous.

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If this table had a mouth it wouldn’t stop complaining and whining about all of the stuff that i pile on it 😂 You can clearly see that I’m not the most organized person on earth (I try my best) and i tend to stuff random bits and bobs on that shelf but this table is great, the size fits the sofa perfectly and i use the surface of this table as a backdrop for my pictures.

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I usually change the items on my table depending on the season and as you can see I’m pretty excited for Fall 🍂 This table is where i place my bookmark or cup of tea while reading. This round wooden plate like thing is from ikea.

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Inside it i have my planner, pen, candle and some baby breath and fairy-lights placed in a mason jar.

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You thought I’d miss out on the chance of talking about my planner? that aint happenin. So i started wanting a planner around March and then i was like “Uhh it’s too late already” and then in July i went to Scotland and i visited a paperchase shop and i found this awesome planner. So it’s a 2016/2017 planner that starts from the last week of June 2016 and ends around the same time on 2017 .. so if you thought it’s too late to get a planner then you’re wrong! it’s pretty awesome from the inside too and i love it 💛.

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In case you’re wondering what’s the candle that is in the round wooden plate thingy, it’s “Brave Wizards” from FrostBeard .. It smells AMAZING! and i had to show some house pride because Gryffindors are the best 🦁

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Since we already talking about Harry Potter i thought that i could show-off this amazing sticker that i got from the Nerdy Post June box!

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I love this mug! It’s adorable and it makes life much easier for me because with this mug i don’t have to get up and throw the tea bag away after it brewed whilst I’m reading .. i can simply put the tea bag in the compartment that is in the front! Amazing, I know. Plus who can say no to a cute cat mug?

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You might have noticed a box that’s filled with books and it’s pushed against the farthest wall in my reading nook .. This is my box of shame AKA the box that is filled with my TBR books, at least it’s not a bookcase anymore 🙊

 

I hope that this blog post has helped you in case you were thinking about creating a reading nook or simply if you’re looking for cute/bookish things ❤️  I have a question: Where do you do most of your reading?

Summer Books Recommendations ☀

Many people ask me to recommend books for them and to be honest that freaks me out because I KNOW that each one of us has a different taste in books and the fact that you might not like the book i recommended to you is scary. However, I won’t let that stop me from raving about my favorite summer books and in the end you can always pick whatever suits your taste. YOU SHOULD STILL DOWNLOAD/READ A SAMPLE BEFORE PURCHASING ANY BOOK just to see if it’s something worth buying.

Summer days are long and hot so fun, fast paced and cute books are the best type of books to take with you to the beach, swimming pool or even if you’re staying at home 👙🌊

🐠 SUMMER SERIES 🐠

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  • The Summer I Turned Pretty series by jenny Han is a page turner that’s filled with emotions and adorableness. I read this series a very long while ago and then i reread it a year ago and i still felt the same way about it and i couldn’t put it down even though i already knew what’s going to happen.
  • Airhead series by Meg Cabot so this is not particularly a summerish series but it’s fun and creative. If you have read any of Meg Cabot books then you must definitely want to read this. Meg Cabot books are funny, cute and very easy to read. If you’re new to reading and you want something that will help you enjoy reading more then check this out.
  • Whispering Pines series by Jen Calonita consist of two books that are not really connected, like it wouldn’t matter that much if you didn’t read Sleepaway Girls to read Summer State of Mind but the are some characters that shows up in both books and I’m sure if you start one of them then you want to read the other but do start with Sleepaway Girls. These books are really fun and they’re about camping and meeting new people. It’s a Middle Grade/Young Adult series so it’s another easy read that’s totally cute.
  • Belles series which is also by Jen Calonita has the rags to riches Cinderella kind of story and it’s very interesting especially if you like stories like that and it’s all about the high-school drama and trying to fit in but it’s very delightful and it’s filled with cute moments. It also reminds me of Korean Tv drama so if you like Korean Tv dramas then check this out!
  • Broken Hearts & Revenge series by Katie Finn (pen name for Morgan Matson) is the ultimate summer series and it’s all about revenge. There’s a lot of high-school/backstabbing drama that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat and trust me when i say you will not be able to put this series down.

🐚 SUMMER STAND-ALONE 🐚

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  • Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin is actually a series but i only read the first book and i was satisfied with how everything ended so i didn’t feel any need to read the second book. This book is about two girls with a very different lifestyle that go through a lot but at a certain point their lives collide and you get to experience both lifestyles and that’s really interesting.
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is so good! it’s really fun and it’s really hard to put down because once you start it you want to finish it. It’s not exactly a summery book but i did read it in summer and that’s why i felt the need to add it to this pile.
  • Morgan Matson is an amazing author and Since You’ve Been Gone is one of the best books that i have read by her. Don’t be fooled by the title because i thought that it was going to be one of those books that will get me depressed but it was absolutely fun. It’s all about breaking out of your shell and trying out new and different things. It’s light but also deep… it’s perfectly balanced and It will make you laugh, tear up and smile.
  • One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin is totally underrated. So it’s about a tomboy girl who does something extremely stupid and get her self in an all girls school, having to wear a skirt and act like lady was pretty tough for her but she ends up starting this “new” business where she hire her male best friends as dates to her fellow female classmates and it’s absolutely fun until she realizes that the most sought-after guy that she’s hiring is the one that she might actually be in love with. It’s one of those fun summer books that you finish in one sitting and yeah it’s a bit cliché and cheesy but in the most delightful way.
  • Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg will turn you into a puddle, that’s how cute this book is. It’s all about friendship and love. It’s an easy, light and fun book to read when you’re in a reading slump or you simply want a fun, fast-paced book to read after finishing off a huge fantasy/sci-fi book.
  • Kasie West is probably the queen of Contemporary books because i absolutely loved all of her contemporary books and I’m dying to get the one she’s releasing soon! So you have got On the fence, The Distance Between Us and The Fill-in Boyfriend each one of them has a different story and different characters. However, they’re all set in the same world and some of the side characters show up in more than one book.
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a beautiful summery book that talks about friendship, love and being honest. The fictional male character is very swoon worthy and I’m sure you will have a major crush on him. The story is beautiful and touching and there are many cute and funny moments that you will adore.
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass is a unique story that talks about the ocean and the sirens. It’s worth reading especially if you love new, different and unique stories. It’s not a fun, light book because you see people struggle in this book but there are many cute moments and it’s a gripping story that you won’t forget easily.
  • I read Roomies by Lindy Zart last year in summer and boy was i obsessed! it was totally adorable and funny. If you love love-triangles then this book is for you. This book will turn you heart into mush from all the cute moments that are in it.

 

Talking about all of those books make me feel a bit nostalgic and i honestly think that i need to reread many of those books! i hope that you find this post useful and you enjoy my recommendations

Bookhaul!

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So many people ask me from where i get my books, i usually order them online from Amazon because bookstores in my country don’t really receive any new releases and book depository doesn’t deliver.

Ordering Books from Amazon is easy but it can be a bit pricey if you’re paying for international shipping but it all depends on the speed of delivery you’re choosing.

I just got my first shipment today and i wanted to show you all what i got

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I didn’t get any new April releases yet because they get released on the 5th of April so what i got mostly consist of books that i am really interested in.

  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes.
  • Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (Sadly i ordered that in paperback instead of Hardcover 😢).
  • Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.
  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes.
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke.
  • Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.
  • A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab.
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski.

I also got another book that was SUPPOSED to be shipped with them, however it was in another tiny box and i don’t even know why but at least they both arrived at the same time.

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  • Map of Fates by Maggie Hall.

I’m really pleased with what i got and i didn’t over do it this time .. at least not much.

March Favorites

 

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Are you curious enough to know about my favorite items of the month? if so then stick with me and if you don’t then .. well i wasn’t prepared for this part.

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Let’s start with my favorite song of the month which is Arsonist’s Lullabye by Hozier. So i first heard this song in one of the episodes of the walking dead and i got HOOOOOOKED. It’s creepy, hunting and beautiful and when i listen to it a certain fictional character pops up in my mind and that’s when you know that this song is good.

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I got those two masks from lush to try out and i really loved both of them. The first one is the “Cupcake” mask and it’s for oily skin and spotty skin, it calms your skin and it’s supposed to smell like chocolate and mint but i feel like it smells like chocolate and roses so i do recommend you sniffing it before getting it because you wouldn’t want to put something on your face that you don’t like the smell of specially that the scent kind of lingers on your face for a long time.

The second mask is “Don’t look at Me” mask and its for all types of skins. It exfoliate, moisturize and brighten face. Its made of lemon juice and ground rice and when you wash it off the ground rice scrubs away your dry skin. I love the smell of it and it’s fun to put it on because your whole face turns blue.

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So i haven’t had the legit time to watch any tv shows this month. However i got like a couple of hours every now and then and i watched some real-life shows(?). It’s just easier to watch those kind of shows when you’re busy because you don’t have to really “get” into it, you can watch it while doing your home works or cleaning your room and you won’t miss out on anything.

So i kept on watching dance moms every weekend simply because i love dancing and choreography and I’ve been watching it since it begun so it’s really hard to stop plus nobody can say no to the free drama and craziness that comes with this show.

The Voice, when they announced that Christiana Aguilera is going to be in this season i just knew that i had to watch it. Yeah i love her to the point where i’d watch a whole show just to see her in it plus i usually watch The Voice till the blind auditions end so it wasn’t that big a deal for me.

Dancing With the Stars, now i know that the stars in this season are not that great but the only reason why I’m watching it is because i feel like theres a chance that Mark can win this season because they partnered him up with a really good dancer and it’s fun to watch.

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I know what you’re thinking, what are we exactly looking at? I choose this granola as my favorite snack, it’s weird because that’s just … HEALTHY. I’m trying to eat healthy and I’m a really picky eater so i bought this granola just to see whatever i’ll be “okay” with eating something like that or not AND DAMNNNNNN i didn’t think that i’d enjoy it that much but i found myself munching on it this whole month because its yummy! and healthy! and that’s just crazy.

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My favorite drink of the month is Earl Grey Tea and I’ve been looking for a good brand and i think that that Two Leaves Tea Company is really good. The reason why i liked it more than any other brand is because the taste is so balanced, it’s not too dark or too floral it’s just perfect and it’s also organic! plus it’s in a satchel and that’s just fancy.

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Now if you know me you probably know that i am obsessed with candles and this month i kept on lighting this baby up because it’s delicious! Twue Wuv by Frostbeard Studio is a sweet scented candle that smells like a wedding cake with the real yummy frosting and not the too sugary kind but the legit frosting. So this candle is actually limited edition and i think that they will stop selling it soon so i went ahead and ordered another one because i know for sure that i’ll never get enough of this scent.

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This is weird but i love stationary and I’m obsessed with list pads because I’m always planning my day and this is the perfect to do list pad because it comes with different pages and they’re all just so cute. I got it from Paperchase but sadly i can’t find a link to it however i think that you might find it if you visit a nearby store.

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D’iris by Prada is my current favorite fragrance. It smells like baby powder and something really clean. I know it’s like weird to say that but it really does smell like a just bathed new baby born and i love scents like that.

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I’m sorry that this picture is not that clear but I’m simply showing off my FAVORITE pj of the month which has the most famous female disney villains on it and that’s just WICKED! plus it matches my cup of coffee. I got this pj from Women’s Secret and they have this whole collection of villains & princesses.

I’m also holding up my favorite book of the month which is THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall, if you’re interested click here to know more about the book.

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The Last thing that i want to talk about are those hair products. So I’ve been using this “Magic Elixir” and the cream next to it regularly and i can see the difference and effect it has on my hair. My hair is a bit dry so those products are hydrating my hair. First thing you need to do is put some of the oil on your scalp and message into your scalp and leave it for about 10 minutes then wash your hair like you usually do and after drying your hair with a towel you can put on some of that cream.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and found something useful in it.

 

Owlcrate’s March Box

I finally got my Owlcrate box and i want to share the contents with you guys, fair warning though there is going to be some major spoilers in this post and this video.

First of all, for those of you who don’t know what Owlcrate is. Owlcrate is a young adult book subscription box that gets sent monthly to your doorsteps. Each month has a different theme and inside the box you will find a new released YA book and 3 to 5 kickass bookish things (more details at the end of the post).

Starting with my favorite thing which is the CARD that gets send monthly but obviously it’s different each month because it explains the different things inside each box.

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I simply adore the details on their cards and how much effort they put into making those

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So the theme of the month is “Writer’s Block” which is really creative and fun, it’s definitely one of my favorite boxes ever!

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In this box you get a pair of Banned Books Socks from out of the print because one of the ways that an author can be blocked is by banning their books from being published even though the books they’re trying to publish are awesome.

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Bookworm Boutique is one of the best stores that sell bookish merch so i was glad to hear that its partnering up with Owlcrate for this box! These are the pins that were exclusively made for Owlcrate and they’re beautiful.

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The “642 tiny things to write about” notebook by Chronicle Books that will help you come up with awesome stories to write about specially with the cute quill pen from Kikkerland that i adore.

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AND THE BOOK OF THE MONTH IS .. THE SERPENT KING BY JEFF ZENTER! Now this is a coming-of-age novel that talks about the obstacles that the main teen characters are facing in their life, including their past/future and their own creative struggles. This book also comes with a letter from the author and a postcard (i think).

So the cost of the box is $29.99 without the shipping and it ships internationally, if you’re interested in getting one you can use the 10% discount codes in bio of owlcrate reps.

Eggs in a Nest Cupcakes

So around this time of the year i get in my “Baker” spirit and I’ve been seeing lots of different types of cupcakes but i settled on making something similar to those cupcakes, the recipe was easy and the results were delicious so i thought I’d share it with you guys.

Theres also a video on how to make those, just click here!

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Ingredients for the cupcakes:

  •  429g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 375ml of milk
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 125g softened unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt ( you can use sour cream instead)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Chocolate eggs to put in the cupcake
  • Yellow food coloring

Ingredients for the buttercream frosting:

  • 500g softened unsalted butter
  • 1020g soft icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring

Things you need for decorating:

  • Colored chocolate eggs
  • Shaved Dark chocolate

 

First thing you need to do is preheat your oven. Then add all of your cupcake dry ingredients and mix it for a couple of minutes. Afterward add your softened butter to the mixture and mix it till you get a crumbly sand-like texture.

In a measuring cup (or bowl) add all of your cupcake wet ingredients and whisk them together. Then pour in your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in a slow steady stream and beat it till everything is fully combined.

Fill in your cupcake liners with a scoop full of the batter then add in your chocolate eggs and bake it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. After it’s done baking let the cupcakes cool on a cooling rack.

Pipe your frosting in a swirl like motion and then sprinkle your chocolate shaving. Finally place 3 of your chocolate eggs in the center of the cupcake.

To Make the frosting:

You need to mix the butter in a mixing bowl till it’s fluffy and pale. Pour in half of your icing sugar and mix it with the butter until it’s fully mixed then add in the rest of your icing sugar with the milk and vanilla. You can also add in your food coloring while it’s mixing or after .. it’s really up to you.