Monday, 30 March 2015

March Favourites

Ahh, where are the months going!? I can't believe it's the end of March already. This year has started off very whirlwind like and before we know it Christmas will be upon us again! Not before a good summer though *crosses fingers*

Anyway let's get to the posts point, I thought I would share with you the things I've been loving this March.

1. Naked 2 Palette - I have fallen back in love with this palette again and its beautiful golden hues, paired with a zingy coral lip it makes the perfect spring/summer go to palette. I'll  definitely be packing this when I go away this year! I actually reviewed all three palettes last year if you fancy an old school post to have a look at- I am still working in my photography!

2. Mac 'Girl About Town' Lipstick - I bought this lipstick not too long ago and it quickly has become a favourite of mine.  What you can see poking out the packaging is actually all I have left of it! I'm trying to only use it occasionally now to savour what's left- but when it does run out I will definitely be getting another one.

3. Hand Food - In a recent blog post I spoke about my top 3 Soap & Glory products which featured Hand Food, whilst the weather is warming up it can still be very bitter at times and this is where Hand Food has really helped me. It stops my hands getting really dry and keeps them soft and hydrated.

4. Master Graphic Liner- Another product I recently reviewed (what can I say, I love them!) is the master graphic liner, it has really helped me master the art of the perfect flick.

5. Aussie Miracle Recharge leave in conditioner - After a cold winter my hair is left dry and limp, I love Aussie's products and this Miracle Recharge leave in conditioner really caught my eye. I spritz it all over my hair before blow drying and it leaves my hair lovely sleek and soft. Now its a permanent part of my hair care routine.

6. No7 Melting Gel Cleanser- I have recently switched up my skin care routine and have started using this No7 gel cleanser, it really helps to remove my make-up and keep my skin feeling fresh and clean. A review of my new skin care routine will be coming up in the next couple of weeks so if you are interested hearing more about this cleanser than keep an eye out for that post.

7. Peppermint Tea- I love love love peppermint tea! It is so refreshing and warm, I could drink copious cups of it. It really helps to settle your stomach and is nice to have after a big meal.

8. Baking- I have loved baking this month, Easter always makes me want to bake lots of yummy themed cakes and biscuits! I recently rustled up some Nutella and Malteaser bunny cakes which went down a storm with mine and my other halfs families, I even got a few requests to make more!

So there we have it, some of the things that I have been loving this month, let me know what you have been enjoying this march!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Top Three Soap & Glory Products

Soap & Glory

I am a huge Soap and Glory fan, every Christmas I ask for their big set so the products last me most of the year! Now I love all of the products I've tried but there are three that I always go back to time and time again; Hand Food, Scrub of Your Life & Heel Genius.

These three products are my all time favourites from the Soap & Glory range, and if I only could buy three these are what I would choose.

Soap & Glory

1. Hand food is so good for winter, when your hands are constantly weathered and cold, I love nothing more than to slather on a nice thick hand cream to rejuvenate them, my other half has borrowed some of my Hand Food before as his hands suffer particularly badly during the winter. It's a lovely thick hydrating formula and smells lovely too.

2. In a similar fashion is Heel Genius, perfect for pampering your tootsies. I work in retail so I'm stood up for the best part of my day, therefore I like to give my feet a treat for carrying me about! (in other words I get the Mr to massage them hehe). Like Hand Food the cream is thick and nourishing and doesn't carry the same foot cream smell that you find in other brands, which I like.

3. Finally there's Scrub of Your Life, I'm a bit of a fake tan fanatic - especially in summer, and when my tan starts to fade I love to use this scrub to try and get rid of it quickly and smoothly. Its a gritty sugar scrub that isn't too harsh on the skin. You don't end up feeling like you've been scrubbed by a cheese grater! Also the formula is very nourishing and doesn't leave your skin feeling dry at all.

I've also raved about the Soap & Glory Mascara before if you fancied a read of one of my older blog posts! Hence the difference in my photography- I'm learning slowly.

What Soap & Glory Products do you love?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Easter Nutella and Malteaser Cupcakes

nutella cupcakes

 With Easter right around the corner I thought I would rustle up some yummy Easter goodies! These little beauties are Nutella and Malteaser Cupcakes, they have a delicious nutella and Malteaser base with lashings of butter cream and topped off with Malteaser bunny ears and butterflies.

To make these sweet Easter treats you will need:

The Base:
- 115g Margarine
- 115g Caster Sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 115g Self-Raising flour
- 2 Tbsp. Nutella
- Malteasers

The Topping:
- 175g Icing Sugar
- 115g Margarine
- Green food Dye
- Malteaser Bunny Ears
- Decorations

So now you have your ingredients, let's get baking!

1. Cream together your caster sugar and margarine, once all nice and smooth beat two eggs together and add to the mixture.

2. Now you have all your wet ingredients blended together add a little of your flour gradually, keep mixing until the mixture is smooth in consistency, but not too runny.

3. Melt your nutella in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds and pour this into the mixture, ensure to mix well so you get the yummy chocolatey flavour throughout.

4. Crush your malteasers and add these last to the mixture, these taste amazing when baked!

5. Bake for around 10-15 minutes, until the cakes turn golden brown. You know they're done when you stick a cocktail stick in them and no mixture is left on it when you remove it.

6. Allow the cakes to cool for around 15-20 minutes.

7. Now the fun part! Mix your icing sugar and margarine together to make a thick butter cream, once this consistency has been achieved add your green food dye, keep mixing and adding the colouring until you get the desired shade of green. I went for a bright light green colour.

8. Use your Malteaser bunnies and cut off the ears (brutal I know!) dip the ears into the icing and stick them in the centre of your cakes, this makes it look like the rabbit is popping up out of the cake.

9. Now pipe your green icing onto the cakes using a piping bag. This makes the icing look like grass.

10. To finish add a few bright sprinkles and sugar decorations

11. Et Voila! Enjoy with a nice cuppa and good company! Yum!

nutella cupcakes

Let me know what sweet treats your making this Easter!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner Review

Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner

When it comes to my every day make-up I always go for a feline flick with a bold lip. Dark hues for winter and bright pops of colour for spring and summer. I'm not going to lie it took me a long, long time to master the liquid liner cat eye, with many a failed attempt.

I used to get one eye looking perfect, but could I get the other to match? No. During my make-up wearing years I have tried many types of liquid liner, from pens to gels and various brushes. Some good , some bad. What I have found is I'm much better at applying it with a stiff pen, rather than a soft brush.

On a recent shopping trip I popped into Superdrug and this little beauty caught my eye, it actually looks like a marker pen! If you left it in the drawer I can guarantee someone would use it to write with!

Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner

The Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner is a very chunky looking pen, with a highlighter-esque applicator. The brush is very firm and doesn't move when pressed against the eye, which is always good as it makes for a smoother line.

Now this liner could be very hit and miss, it is so useful for getting the perfect point to your flick as you can just point the pen angle in the direction you want your flick and draw straight down. However, one mistake you could make is holding the pen in the wrong direction and getting a very thick line. It's all about mastering the angle you want and getting the pen to do this for you. It may take a couple of tries but now I find it so easy to use!

The colour pay off is brilliant as it gives a sharp bold line and the durability is also incredible, it doesn't smudge or flake. Another positive is that it is so easy to remove too, no scrubbing your eyes to get it off!

Here is my every day cat eye using the Maybelline Master Graphic Liner, for an evening look I would use the thicker side of the pen to create a more dramatic line and extend the flick out even longer. However, for a day to day look the thinner angle of the pen is perfect

 As you can see the colour is very matte and not shiny which I like. It dries really fast too so you don't have to keep your eye shut and wait for it to dry, many times I've just got it looking perfect and opened my eye only to have it smudge all under my eyebrow! Not a good look!

The product can be bought from Boots or Superdrug and retails at £5.99, which I think is a good price for how well the product translates in terms of colour and longevity. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you struggle to get the right flick as the angled pen makes this so much easier.

Overall I'm thoroughly impressed with it and will definitely consider re-purchasing it in the future.

Friday, 20 March 2015

A Letter To My Younger Self

I've always wondered if I could go back in time and do it again would I do anything different, I have always thought not really no. But I would give myself better advice, both serious and light hearted.

-I would first tell myself not to stress so much over little things. Although I still do this now.

-I would tell myself not to worry about boys. Or that i'll never have a boyfriend because the reality of the matter is, future me does have a boyfriend and one who is going to be my husband!

-I would get rid of that hideous fringe (see my mothers day post!) You suit a side fringe much better.

-Let's stop wearing foundation on its own, you need some blusher on.

-Spend more time with your family than on the computer, they love you.

-Don't get hung up on the latest trends, both fashion and technology. They change that fast there's no point worrying about it.

-Don't spend so much time worrying about the paths you've chosen, things will work out in time. Even at 21 you still are a little lost.

-Appreciate your friends, they are the best.

-Do not drink Sambuca straight from the bottle. Especially not when dressed as lady gaga. You will regret it, I can promise you that.

-Try not to obsess so much over your weight and just accept yourself as you are.

-Unfortunately, not matter how nice you are there will always be people who don't like you. That's life.

-Don't take what people say behind your back to heart. They aren't worth it.

-Don't wear those massive heels to school. You may think you look cool for all of 5 minutes, until you fall in the mud.

-Be more confident in yourself, you can do this!

If you could meet your younger self what would you tell them?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A Late Mother's Day Thank You

So this past Sunday was Mother's Day, however, both me and my mum both worked this Sunday so instead celebrated Mother's Day on the Saturday. This post was going to go up before now but with work being so hectic I haven't had the time to sit down and give it the thought and attention that it deserves.

My mum is a wonderful and talented person, she is so good at sewing that she made my prom dress and is going to be making my Bridesmaid dresses. I wish I could have got some of her creativity! I can sew the odd hole up but that's as far as I go in that department.

Not only that but she is wonderfully supportive and even now at the age of 21 she jumps to defend me and protect me when I'm feeling down. I can have a good moan to her about how I feel and know that everything will be alright in the end.

When I was younger we used to always have 'Art Attack' on in the morning and try and create something together from it. She used to always enter me in our local fancy dress competitions with things she had made - I have been a scarecrow, tin man, jockey with horse! and much more. I will always treasure our art mornings together, that and I regularly won those competitions!

She always jokes that I'm a daddies girl but my mum equally has a very special place in my heart, she has put up with me through my awkward teens and moody ways and I'm glad to say we've gone through that now! I bet she is too!

I'm still going to hold this fringe against her, it was not her best decision to give me such a full thick long fringe! I love how she can have a joke with me, especially here when I thought pouting looked good- I will stick to a smile from now on I promise!

I thought I would thank her on here as it will be a permanent reminder of how important she is to me, and without her (and my dad of course) I wouldn't be the person I am today. So thank you Mum, for everything x