Thursday, 18 December 2014

Boozy Bailey's & Orange Hot Chocolates

Now that the cold has set in and the festive season has dawned on us we are looking forward to cosy nights in watching Elf, or is that just me!?

Sometimes a cold drink just doesn't tickle your fancy on these dark dreary nights, but you still fancy a cheeky tipple? I have the perfect mix!

A Boozy Orange & Baileys Hot Choc-tail. A little twist on the fabulous name Rosie from The Londoner came up with for them, she refers to them as 'Hot-tails' which I love! So Sounds good right? Right!

So here's what you will need:

-Hot Chocolate Powder
-Terry's Chocolate Orange
-Whipped Cream
-Sprinkles (Optional)
-Candy Cane (Optional)

So now you have your ingredients, let's begin.

1. Pour your milk into the pan and add your hot chocolate powder, stir until bubbles develop. This means you've reached boiling point.

2. Break in your Terry's Chocolate Orange segments and stir well.

3. Add a good slug of Baileys (the more the better in my opinion!) Please excuse my nails, they will be repainted soon!

4. Now pour the mix into your cup, add a good dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

If your feeling a bit cheeky you could use Orange Liqueur instead of the Terry's chocolate orange, for an even more boozy concoction! These sweet treats are perfect for house parties, or just enjoying on your own. I'm drinking mine as I write this post! Enjoy.

Let me know if you try this Orange Chocolaty goodness!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Wonderland Nails

My standard 'Christmas' nails consist of either something red, something sparkly or something sparkly red. This time I thought I would have a go at something a bit different!

I picked up these pretty penguin false nails from Primark for just £1.00 and thought that they would be adorable for this time of year! I work in retail so a lot of people see my hands when I'm working and I like to try and keep my nails looking nice.

I decided to pair this Navy blue gel polish 'Iris Midnight' by Beauty UK with this silver glitter that came in a set from Primark (last year though!). Any blue/navy polish and glitter will do!

First paint one coat of the Navy polish all over the nails, and stick your Penguin on! You can choose any finger I just went for the ring finger.

To help the gel polish set I used the Ultimate Fix Nail Setting Spray*

I was gifted this spray at a recent blogging event and decided that this would be the perfect time to try it out. All you have to do is shake the can, hold it 30cm away from your nails and give them a spray. Do this for every coat in order to help them set. I found that my nails dried so much quicker than usual and there was no flapping the hands around or cursing when they smudged. I'm really impressed!

Add Some silver glitter to the tips of the nails and give them another spray of the Ultimate Fix setting spray, Et Voila! Perfect Pretty Penguin nails for this festive season!

Does any one else struggle painting one hand!? as you can see from the odd navy splodge I certainly do haha.
Do you try out something different on your nails at Christmas?
*This product was gifted to me at a recent blogger event. I was not asked to review the product and have not received anything for doing so. All the opinions I have given are my own honest observations.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lifestyle | We Celebrated 6 Years

Friday 5th of December was a very special day for us, it marked the fact that me and my other half had been a couple for 6 years! We met back in school, went to prom together and here we are now.

I don't want to over personalise this post, but we have had some amazing memories these past years and what better way to celebrate than go for a meal and chat about them all?!

pizza express

We went for a personal favourite of ours, Pizza Express, and devoured 3 courses each! and a few cheeky drinks. We munched our food and whiled away the evening chatting about the past and our future escapades.

We both had starters, Pizza for main and a dessert! The desserts were scrumptious, both of us went for a chocolate option. I had gooey chocolate brownies and he opted for a sweet chocolate log.

After we had eaten our fill, and boy had we! We pottered off home to settle down in front of the T.V. A perfect evening.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Beauty | *Xenca Five a Day+ Review

As some of you may recall from my previous post about the Nottingham Blogger meet-up I had heard a fantastic talk by Suzie, a representative of Xenca.

Suzie had come to the blogger meet to talk about two of Xenca's products, the collagen supplement and the Five a Day+ powder. I was immediately taken with Suzie as she was all about natural beauty and beauty from within. Which I think stands for a lot, you can have all the beauty products in the world but what you do with your insides counts the most. Although I am no advocate to healthy eating as I have a never ending love affair with Wispas, I do try to eat a varied diet (minus the meat!) However, have you ever found there's just not enough meals in a day to get all your nutrition? This is where Five a Day+ can help. It's by no means a replacement, more of an additional helping hand.

First things first, do not be put off by the colour! It is a very pond like looking substance, but I can assure you that if you mix it with orange juice it tastes really good. I wouldn't recommend just mixing it with water though as I find it is an acquired taste, however if you use orange juice you get an extra one of your five a day right there!

Xenca Five a Day

I like to take mine in the morning with my breakfast to give me the best start to the day. Working full time means I need as much energy as I can possibly muster and this has certainly helped. The powder contains some super food's such as; Spirulina which is important in bone health and heart health, as well as Chlorella which has been found to have more protein than meat! That bit was key for me as I don't eat meat (very long story involving food poisoning!) and therefore finding an alternative source of protein is very important.

So I have been using the Five a Day+ now for nearly 3 weeks and although differences have been subtle, there are definitely differences. Suzie informed me that it would take a few weeks of use before I would notice any changes and that was fine by me, there aren't any miracle products out there that work over night and I didn't expect this to be any different. I have however started to notice that even though I work the same hours I always have I don't seem to hit a wall of tiredness anymore. Usually I would get home after a shift and want a nap, now I don't! That's an amazing bonus for me as I always want to do a lot of stuff when I get home and I just didn't have the energy. I have also noticed my skin has been a lot better, I don't know if this is coincidental or not, but I am liking it!

Xenca Five a Day

It's recommended that you have 1tsp a day for normal use, but if you are injured or an athlete you can increase this. I just stick to 1tsp. Suzie also said that if you drink this before a night out drinking then drink it again when you get in you shouldn't get a hangover!  I haven't tested this out yet but with Christmas coming up I will definitely be giving it a go. Anything for a headache free day!

If you fancy trying the Five a Day+  out for yourself you can purchase it here.

I may do a follow up post when I have finished the pot to let you know how I get on in a few months time.

Have you tried any of the Xenca products?
* This product was gifted to me at a recent blogger event, however I was not asked to review or even try the product it was simply a gift. All opinions I have given are my own.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Fashion | Top Trend Oversized Scarves

If there's one trend that I've been loving this A/W 14 it's the oversized scarf trend. There have been so many different styles around, Primark being having some of the best selection. I picked up this burgundy tartan scarf from Primark for around £6.00 and I absolutely love it.

One of the reasons that I love this trend is that they have so many different uses. You can either wrap it around numerous times and it really keeps all the heat in so you stay nice and toasty all day.

Or you could use it as a cape, which is another top trend this season. A 2 in 1 product? right up my alley! But it doesn't stop their.. they also make excellent blankets, particularly useful if you are doing any travelling this winter as planes are often quite cold.

For £6.00 and so many uses I think this is definitely a trend worth investing in this year.

Have you gotten an oversized scarf this winter?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Beauty | Make-Up Revolution- One palette, More looks.

Make-Up Revolution

So, there's a new kid on the block, and if you haven't heard of them then you have definitely been hiding under a rock. Yep I'm talking about Make-Up Revolution.

I've seen them popping up everywhere on the blog scene, twitter and in superdrug. So I thought why not jump on the band wagon and give them a go myself. I decided on the 'Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection''. There is so much choice of colours, and so many looks that you can create it just seemed the perfect palette.

The colour pay off is excellent, even with the lighter colours.

I thought that in order to give you a better look at just how broad the colour scheme is I would take a few close ups.

make-up revolution

make-up revolution

Although I'm a neutral girl at heart I love the fact that there a few bold colours to choose from for when the occasion arises, the blues and greens are another of my favourite selection alongside the pink toned gold's.

The palette was on offer when I bought it at just £10.00 when it should usually retail at £20.00! A steal in my eyes for how many good quality shadow's there are, even if the bright oranges and purples might not get used very much the neutral and jewel toned shadows really make up for it.

If your a bit of a shadow fiend like I am (I already have Naked 1,2 and 3!) then I think this would be the best palette to add to your collection, or if you have a friend who loves make-up this would be the perfect present this Christmas without breaking the bank. You can purchase the collection from Superdrug or Make-Up revolutions own website.

Have you tried any of the Make-Up Revolution collection?