19 Dec 2014

Food: Quick and easy mini mince pies recipe

One of my favourite things about Christmas is the food - the whole month of December is just one big indulgence, and it's also the perfect excuse to get in the kitchen and start baking.  I never used to like mince pies, but started to eat them a couple of years ago, so this year it seemed like a good idea to try making my own.  When I say 'making' really I mean 'assembling',  because I've used shop bought ready rolled pastry and shop bought mincemeat - you can make both yourself, but for my first attempt at mince pies, I thought I'd keep it simple!

17 Dec 2014

Pink reindeer fair isle Christmas onesie from Tipsy Elves

Taking photos for this post made me appreciate fashion bloggers on a whole new level.  I only wanted a few photos of me in my new onesie which was sent to me by Tipsy Elves, and literally, Dan managed to catch me at every horrendous angle possible - this was the only passable photo of the lot!  Fashion bloggers, I salute you - you make it look so easy.  

12 Dec 2014

Christmas gift ideas: Non-beauty Christmas gifts!

About 90% of the gifts I get for Christmas are always makeup and beauty related - not that I'm complaining, it's what I love and I think it makes me a rather easy person to buy for!  I've rambled on about beauty gifts for the past couple of weeks now, so I thought it was time I gave a mention to some of the other lovely gift options I'm giving and getting this year, even if I can't put them on my face...

11 Dec 2014

Christmas gift ideas: Stocking fillers and gifts under £30

I've very nearly finished my Christmas shopping - there are still a few niggly little gaps in my list which I need to fill, but in the main, my Christmas corner is filling up nicely!  With my friends and family, we tend to get lots of small gifts and it's quite unusual for anyone to think of one really big gift they want, so it means I get to enjoy picking out all sort of stocking filler type bits and pieces.  I felt like it was getting a bit late to do this post, so even though I have a few deliveries still to arrive (including the world's slowest ever asos order due to the Black friday madness!), I thought it was time to show you some of the smaller gifts I'm getting and giving this Christmas.  

9 Dec 2014

Christmas gift ideas: L'Occitane Sparkling Verbena Collection

Apologies for being a little thinner on the ground with content this week; I've spent virtually every evening either in a shopping centre, supermarket or some sort of retail outlet trying to complete my seemingly never ending Christmas shopping list!  I hate shopping when it's crazily busy, so I intend to get as many trips as I can in this week while it's still manageable and then I'll finish up any last minute bits online next week.  I have to have an action plan when it comes to Christmas or else I get myself stupidly stressed out and don't actually enjoy the build up!  Anyway, today's post is bringing you what is hopefully a perfect gift idea for someone on your shopping list - possibly a slightly older female with a more discerning taste than a 3 for 2 Soap & Glory set can cater to - we're talking luxurious, show-stopper bathing gift sets here, and it has to be L'Occitane.  This is the gloriously lemon scented, beautifully gift boxed Sparkly Verbena Collection.  

5 Dec 2014

Beauty: Makeup Revolution eyeliners and brow pen review

Following on from my initial taste of what Makeup Revolution has to offer (blog post here), I've now also had the opportunity to try out some of their eye and brow pen / pencil products, and some of them are serious rivals to the (far more expensive) options I usually go for.

3 Dec 2014

Christmas Beauty: KIKO Haute Punk Precious Touch shimmering body oil and Haute Flower eau de toilette

Are you sick of all the hyped up Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales already, or did you swoop in and finish your Christmas shopping with a hefty discount?  I was all up for a few special offers, but despite planning my attack and gathering up information on codes and offers, I was still left kicking myself when I realised there were a few great deals I missed out on.

2 Dec 2014

Beauty: My favourite winter lip shades

I realised last week that there's quite the theme to my lips looks of late - it's a far cry from this time last year when I was wearing Kate Moss 107 to death alongside a clutch of other deep plum shades. This winter it's an altogether brighter affair, and I'm mixing and matching my textures and brands too.

1 Dec 2014

Food: Low calorie beef stew - the perfect winter comfort food

Sometimes in winter, only comfort food will do, so yesterday I plugged in my slow cooker and set about bubbling up a cold weather stew feast.  

27 Nov 2014

UK Black Friday beauty and fashion deals and discount codes

If you're not in the market for a new TV, it can seem like Black Friday is a bit of a bore, but no - since it's become a 'thing' in the UK over the past couple of years, loads of stores and brands are getting in on the action, it's not just electricals - there are fashion and beauty bargains to be had! 

Christmas gift ideas: NEOM Organics Perfect Peace scented candle

Ahhhhhhhhh mmmmmmmm.   That's my main main thought right now as I'm sitting here typing this with NEOM's Perfect Peace flickering away on the other side of the room.  NEOM candles truly have some of the most relaxing scents of any candle I've ever tried, and burning one is a wonderful treat.  

26 Nov 2014

Christmas gift ideas: Beanies flavoured coffees review and giveaway

There's always that one person on your list that's just so hard to buy for isn't there?  The person who's got everything and gives you absolutely no help with what to get them for Christmas - I'm not like that, I have a list as long as my leg which I start up in August, but hey maybe I'm just super greedy decisive.  Anyway if your person who has everything and needs nothing likes coffee, I might have just the thing to sneak into their stocking this year.  

25 Nov 2014

Beauty: My first Makeup Revolution haul

If you've not heard of Makeup Revolution before, prepare for a Makeup Revelation!  It's got to be the most exciting thing that's happened in budget-friendly makeup this year.  Literally out of nowhere Makeup Revolution has appeared online and in Superdrug stores with an enormous range covering just about every product you can think of, and they keep adding to it with fresh launches on what seems like a weekly basis.  It's amazing and slightly overwhelming, so I thought I'd start off by showing you where I started with the brand when I hauled myself a few bits to try out back in the summer.  I do have some more Makeup Revolution products now (so, *spoiler* I liked these!), but I'll save those to chat about in another post.

24 Nov 2014

Skincare: Switch to Witch skincare range and giveaway

Today I'm having a total blast from my skincare past with Witch and their #switchtowitch campaign.  That iconic Witch blemish stick reminds me of being about 13 years old and being obsessed with the Spice Girls and Smash Hits magazine!  Witch's packaging and line has changed a lot since then, but that little blue stick is still going strong.  I have one to giveaway together with two of Witch's newer releases, so read on if you fancy switching to Witch and keeping your skin clear throughout the winter.

21 Nov 2014

Christmas gift ideas: The Body Shop glazed apple Christmas range

The Body Shop are really knocking it out of the park right now.  Not only have they got some gorgeous Christmas ranges, but they also keep tempting me with amazing offers like 40% off, £25 off when you spend £50, free gifts and all sorts.  You don't even have to hunt around for the deals - they helpfully pop the latest codes up right on their home page!  There's a distinct possibility that everyone I know is going to be getting a Body Shop gift from me this Christmas, and my favourite contender from all the ranges so far, is the juicy glazed apple.  

20 Nov 2014

Christmas beauty: My Selfridges Christmas wish list

Next weekend I'm off on a festive girlie shopping trip, and the first place we plan to hit up is Selfridges.  I'm not sure if it's those famous window displays, the seemingly never ending beauty halls, or the lure of high end luxury goods I can barely afford to touch, but Selfridges has me super excited for Christmas shopping.  I can guess we'll be spending more time than is healthy in the beauty hall swatching, sniffing and swooning, so it's best to go in with a plan.  These beauty treasures are at the top of my list for closer inspection...

19 Nov 2014

Christmas beauty: Benefit sweet shoppe gift sets for 2014

Christmas is one of the best time of year to be a beauty addict - some brands bring out gift sets which are amazing value compared to their usual lines of singular products, and Benefit is one of them.  I remember in my mid-teens Benefit was the first semi-high end brand which caught my eye, and every year I'd have some of their gift sets at the top of my Christmas list.  Fast forward more years than I'd like to admit, and I'm still their Christmas offerings are still amazing - these are my top picks for this year.

18 Nov 2014

Skincare: The new anti-ageing skincare range from TEN

You may have heard of TEN before if you're a mummy, as TEN started out with a boutique mother and baby skincare range, but this new range is focused on anti-ageing.  

17 Nov 2014

My autumn / winter bath-time pampering routine

Those cold, dark nights are drawing in, and long gone are the refreshing showers of sticky summer days.  I could insert a little moan here about cold weather and lack of daylight, but actually I love autumn and winter, plus any excuse for a long hot bath and pampering session and I'm there, with a blanket!  So this is my slightly indulgent, but super relaxing and comforting autumn / winter pamper routine...

13 Nov 2014

Christmas gift ideas: Men's fragrance - Hugo Boss Bottled and Bvlgari Man Extreme

My boyfriend hates spending money on aftershave.  To him all the nice ones seem expensive, and if there were a Tesco value aftershave out there (maybe there is? don't tell him!) he'd probably make do with that.  However, he's more than happy to wear a really nice aftershave if he gets it as a gift.  I want him to smell good, so I get him aftershave for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's etc.  I guess it's a win / win situation.