Festive Treats For A Cosy Day In

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hi Lovelies!

Todays post I thought I would choose something more festive since it's now the 7th of December!! As some of you might have noticed I'm not taking part in Blogmas this year and thats because I was recently promoted to Supervisor at work so I have been working non stop recently!


During winter. especially the christmas period I love drinking hot chocolate and eating cute cupcakes so I thought I would share with you my quick and easy recipes. 


To make the adorable festive cupcakes you will need:
- 110g softened butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 110g self raising flour
- 1tsp vanilla extract 
- 2 eggs lightly beaten 
- 1tsp baking powder

Icing & Decoration 
- 140g butter softened
- 280g icing sugar 
- green food colouring 
- white chocolate 
- red sprinkles 
- drop of vanilla extract
- mini mint matchstick chocolate 

METHOD:
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line your cupcake tin with cases.
- Cream the Butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until pale, then slowly beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
-  Fold in the flour and baking powder until the mixture is combined
- Once combined evenly fill your cupcake cases and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

- For the buttercream you want to beat the butter until it is pale and then slowly add the icing sugar, keep beating until it is much paler.
- Then add a little green food colouring and vanilla extract.
- put in to the fridge until you need it.
- To create your christmas trees melt the chocolate in a bowl add green food colour, once its all melted put the chocolate in a piping bag.
- place the mini match sticks on grease proof paper and begin creating your christmas tree.
- once they have set you can decorate your cupcakes :)


- First you want to select your favourite mug
- You then want to pour some milk into your mug and heat it up in the microwave.
- Next add 3-4 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate (I like cadburys), stir until it is all mixes in.
- You then want to use squirty cream on the top, add some marshmallows, sprinkles and a candy cane. Voila a delicious christmassy drink.

Tip: The candy cane gives your hot chocolate a hint of peppermint, delicious!

What are your favourite treats for this time of year?







What's on my TBR list

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Hi loves!

Okay so I'm sure a lot of you have been wondering where I have been recently and in all honesty, work has been taking over my life, hopefully I'll be able to keep up from now on. I am in love with reading, so much so I even have an app called Goodreads which allows me to log what books I have read & what books I want to read. This year I have read 44 books meaning I am 6 away from my target of 50, ambitious but doable!


5 of the books I want to read are in book form and the 6th is on my kindle, which I haven't been using as much as I should. 

I have had this book for quite a while now and have heard nothing but amazing things about it so its about time I pick it up. This book is about Jude and her twin brother Noah, Noah is isolated draws constantly and is falling in love with the boy next door. However Jude is more of a daredevil who cliff-fives and wears red lipstick. 

I have wanted to read this for such a long time and even more so now the movie has been released, but I definitely want to read the book first! This book is a love story following an ordinary girl with an ordinary life until she lands a new job caring for a man who is wheelchair bound after an accident.

This book is one of many I bought for an absolute bargain in a charity shop, I had never heard of it before but loved the corny title, lets face it we all love a corny book from time to time. This book is about a journalist called Kat whos ex-bestfriend, Lauren comes back into town and wants to make amends by teaching Kat the secret to her success, 'the popularity rules'.

Sylvia Days Crossfire series has been one of my favourites since reading the first one a couple of years ago. This is one of the books I am currently reading which is also the last in the Crossfire series. I cant give too much away other than it is the last book following Gideon and Evas fight for love. 

This is another book I have heard a lot about and have been meaning to read for ages but never got around to doing so. This book is about Anna and her friend looking for a summer romance, a lighthearted cheesey read.

This is the second instalment in the Laws of seduction series which so far I am really enjoying, this book continues to follow Lainey and James' story, secrets from their past and forces beyond their control threatens to break them apart. 

What books have you been reading recently? comment below -xo















Lush Haul

Sunday, 16 October 2016


Hi loves!

So todays post is a little Lush haul, I haven't done one of these in such a long time which is crazy! as you may or may not already know but I am obsessed with Lush, well like every other blogger on this planet really! However I go off Lush products during the warmer months, but now it is autumn and getting much colder I thought it was the perfect time for a Lush Haul.


Butter Bear - £1.95

I always get really excited when the christmas range is released at lush as there are so many gorgeous products which I cannot wait to get my hands on, Butter Bear is one of those products. This bath bomb is really sweet which I love, the cocoa powder and cocoa butter leaves your skin smelling and feeling amazing. It is perfect to use late at night to calm and sooth your mind and body before bed.


Think Pink - £2.75

Think Pink has been one of my all time favourite Lush products for a really long time, this bath bomb is floral yet sweet. Personally I don't like strong floral scents I prefer warm, musky sweeter scents however Think Pink has the perfect balance of floral & vanilla giving you bath a beautiful sweet scent. Not only does this bath bomb leave your bath smelling amazing it also turns it a vibrant pink.


Star Dust - £2.95

Star Dust is another bath bomb from the christmas range, I bought this last year and loved it so much I just had to buy it again, it has a really buttery sweet scent which is incredibly relaxing. It is designed to be uplifting which I will 100% agree with, this bath bomb turns your bath a beautiful vibrant blue which I adore, which is one of my favourite things about lush, the beautiful colours the products turn your bath water.


Candy Mountain - £2.95

Candy Mountain has got to be one of my all time favourite bubble bars as it has the infamous scent of snow fairy which is so sweet! As I have said before I am a sucker for sweet scents, what I really love to hate about this particular product though is the glitter, it looks really pretty in your bath but it is such a pain to clean once you get out but the sparkly, bubbly pinkness makes it all so worth it. I find with bubble bars you get so much for your money as you only need to use a little amount to create loads of bubbles. love love love!

Expect to see more Lush hauls from me, as it is now autumn I am wanting loads more baths with lush products! If you have got this far comment your favourite Lush product, I'd love to know -xo











October Goals

Sunday, 9 October 2016



Hello Lovelies!

So October for me is the beginning of Autumn, it's when I start to drink hot drinks more and wear fluffy socks. If you know me I love season changes especially spring and autumn, when spring starts I am adamant it's my favourite season and same goes for autumn. What can I say..I'm an indecisive person!

I have seen quite a few bloggers post their October goals and it got me thinking 'what goals do I have? What do I want to achieve'. Although my goals aren't life changing I thought I would share them as other peoples posts left me feeling inspired.

1. Buy Some Warm Scented Candles
I bloody well love warm/sweet speed candles, any cake or vanilla scened candle I want and need, I always have wax burners burning in my house as I love my house smelling nice but I especially like burning candles in the colder months, theres just something so nostalgic about burning warm candles in the autumn.

2. Try To Be More Consistent On Social Media
I started my new job in September so I have been getting back into the routine of having a job which means I have been awful at keeping up to date with my Twitter, Blog and Instagram. I just want to use October to get ac into the swing of things and find a balance between being a blogger and working.

3.Plan Future Blogposts
Similar to the last goal, I want to start to plan my blogposts again because if I'm honest I've been slacking. I find no only do my blogposts turn out 10 times better if I have planned them but I also find it easier to stick to my blogging schedule as I know what needs to go up and when. Ideally I would like to plan blogposts up until the new year.

4. Start Saving For Christmas
Okay, It's no secret but I friggin love Christmas it is literally my favourite time of year! Now I only have a part-time job so I don't earn a huge amount of money so if I want to buy people some nice presents I need to get saving like now! Saving for me is really hard as I love spending money so hopefully I a successful (wish me luck!).

5. Lose Half A Stone
I have been trying to lose weight for like 2 years now and I well and truly suck at it, I just love chocolate too much! Since being with Scott (3 years) I have put on a lot of weight which not only makes me unhealthy it also has made me feel unhappy so I want to set myself some goals on how much to lose each month to help me on my way.

6. Read More Books
I love reading, so much so I have a goal for this year to read 50 books so far I have read 38 which isn't bad going! However I haven't been reading as much as I would like really I think I am currently reading 5 books! So my goal this month is to finish all the books I am currently reading to help me on my way to completing this years reading goal.

Wish me luck with all of my October goals, some are more achievable than others but I hope to complete them all. I will be posting a follow up post at the end of this month to keep an eye out!

Do you have any goals this month? let me know in the comments below -xo


New Favourite Self Tanner?

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Hi Loves!

I hope you're all having a good weekend so far! Todays post is going to be a review of some amazing Loving tan products* As many of you may already know I am a huge lover of self tanning, I just love being brown. I have been using the same handful of products for years and I felt like I wanted a change. Like every other beauty blogger I took to Twitter and asked for everyone else favourites. Loving Tan was suggested a few times, so when they contacted me offering to send me some of their products I of course jumped at the chance and well...here we are.



I have seen this product used by quite a few beauty YouTubers and they have all raved about it so I was really exited to receive one myself to try out. Loving Tan have the most to die for packaging which is a huge bonus as I adore pretty packaging. Mousses are my favourite type of self tanner as I find they apply easier and look much nicer, they just work better for my skin in all honesty. This one however is insanely good and basically pushes all others I've tried aside, not only does it apply like a dream it doesn't smell awful like most self tanners and it also lasts amazingly well. On me this tanner lasted a week without looking patchy or gross, when it did start to fade it didn't leave weird patches in the annoying areas like my wrists elbows etc. I have without a shadow of a doubt got a new favourite self tanner. Although it is a little more expensive than a lot of the others on the market, it is seriously worth it!



I've got to be honest, I was slightly hesitant when I saw this product as I have used other 'wash off' tans and they weren't very good. I have to admit this product is very good, I love it, although I wouldn't choose to use this day to day as I do prefer to use a mousse which lasts days but this is perfect for a night out or an event. This product is perfect to use for a night on the town when you want a darker more luminous tan, the shimmer in this product is subtle and very pretty, it gives your skin a natural glow which makes you look and feel like a grecian goddess! seriously! I like the fact it washes off as I wouldn't to have a shimmery tan day to day. It applies really evenly and streak free and doesn't smudge or smear like a lot of others I have tried before, which is great as you don't have to worry about your tan streaking throughout the night, you then just need to wash it off in the shower, easy peasy!


Loving Tan - Tan remover & Mitt 

Tan remover Mitt: I love these types of products as they are amazing for removing your tan and this one is no exception. I love that the black side is for rougher exfoliation, perfect for the difficult areas like knees and elbows and the pink side is for lighter exfoliation. It removes old tan really well and leaved your skin felling baby soft, these types of mitts are essential in my opinion especially if you fake tan regularly.

Tanning Applicator Mitt: Okay if I'm honest I have always bought cheap tanning mitts because I never thought there was any point in buying a pricey one however this mitt is a game changer. It is more expensive than most but it applies your tan seamlessly without having to buff the hell out of your skin to blend the tan in. It is super soft and very well made meaning your fingers wont poke holes through the mitt like most of my cheap ones have! It is for sure worth spending a little extra on a better mitt! 

VERDICT:

I am OBSESSED with Loving Tan! I now have an all time favourite tanning company, their products are better than any I've tired by far. Yes they are more expensive but they are so worth it! Once these products have run out I will for sure be repurchasing! Technically it will work out cheaper using these products as they last longer on the skin and you don't need to use as much to get the beautiful dark tan  you desire compared to the cheap ones which last only a couple of days and you need to use buckets full to get a dark enough tan!

What is your favourite self tanner?






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Beauty Products Worth The Splurge

Monday, 26 September 2016


Hello Lovelies!

In todays post I thought I would share with you beauty products I think are worth the splurge, although I might not have any Chanel etc but I do have a fair few high end products some are worth the splurge and some not so much.


 Mac Lipsticks
Although £15.50 isn't a huge amount of money, for a lipstick it is but MAC ones are so worth it. They are by far my favourite brand of lipsticks they are so comfortable and long wearing and to top it off they smell really nice too!




Liz Earle - Gentle Exfoliator
I'm sure this is of no surprise as I have spoke about this product several times before. This products is literally a gift form the gods! I love that the exfoliating beads in this product aren't too course on the skin which gently removes all of the sea skin cells without hurting my skin. Since using this product my skin has been so much better and I can really tell when I haven't used it for a while! Definitely worth £15.75



Urban Decay - Naked Palettes
Urban Decay have some of the most beautiful eyeshadow palettes ever! I love all the Naked palettes so much, but my all time favourite is the Naked 3 though! I find the urban decay eyeshadows are so pigmented and blend like a dream, the variation in the palettes allow you to create so many amazing looks which for me makes £38 so worth it.


Origins - Active Charcoal Mask
Similar to the Liz Earle gentle exfoliator since using the origins mask I have noticed huge improvements to my skin. I ave always had big pores but this product reduces the size of my pores. I like to use this mask at lease 1-2 times a week as I feel thats when I see the best results.  I will always repurchase this product as it is so amazing, charcoal masks have always worked really well for my skin but this one is a while different level of amazing. To me £23 is nothing compared to having year skin, you don't need to use a huge amount of this product either so it does last really well which is a bonus.


Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle 
Chanel fragrances are incredibly stunning, although they are very expensive they are for sure worth it! This particular Chanel fragrance smells so warm, sweet and feminine which lasts all day. I have several cheaper perfumes and they don't last half as long as my Chanel ones which means they run out a lot quicker, so technically spending £68 on this perfume will save you money!

What products do you think are worth the splurge?



Shadow Switch | A dry brush cleaner

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Hello Lovelies,

Todays post I am going to be reviewing a product which was kindly sent to me by Beauty Essentials, this products is called 'Shadow Switch' it is a dry brush cleaner, I know right what?!


This product is literally every beauty addicts dream, I know I personally have a handful of favourite brushes I like to use for different shades when creating a makeup look. I know there are spot cleaners which essentially do the exact same thing but I find they leave my makeup brushes feeling damp which seems to affect how my shadow applies. 

However this amazing little beauty is a DRY, yes you read right a dry makeup brush cleaner which can be used to clean your brushes if you want to 'switch' colours. Not only is this an amazing product it's also super easy to use, all you need to do is pop the lid off and swirl your brush around and voila! 

When I received the email about this product I was so intrigued but also a little skeptical but let me tell you it works so well! You can find this amazing invention on Amazon (until their website launches) retailing for £5.99 which is super inexpensive, it is also washable and re-useable! Since receiving this product I have been using literally everyday, I can't get enough! 

P.s. The picture above is the old packaging, the pictures below shows the new packaging :) 





What do you think of the concept of this amazing new product? 













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