29 August 2013

Birthday Princess Cupcakes ♥

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As it was my little cousin's birthday recently, I thought I would be the best cousin ever and make some little cupcakes for her party. I do enjoy baking and everyone normally compliments me on my sponge cakes (thank you nan for the recipe!) But I've always lost it a little when it comes to icing and decorating. I always see lots of beautiful pictures of cakes people have made and envy them. Nevertheless, I decided to try again and see what I could do for my cousin.

One day when I decided to visit my local Home Bargains, I went down the kitchen aisle to see what I could find. I eventually ended up leaving with a piping kit with 5 nozzles for £1, princess cake cases with decorations for 99p, simple large pink polka dot cake cases for 75p and two carry boxes which holds 6 cupcakes for 75p, bargain!

As soon as I got home, I got all my ingredients out and started baking!

Pretty little castle decorations, perfect for little princesses!

I used pink coloured vanilla buttercream icing with pink glimmer sugar and white chocolate curls.

Not perfect looking but they tasted yummy :)

I got paid!! :)

Hello!

It was payday for me yesterday and since I was working all day, today was the first chance I got to go spend some dough! I only really got chance to go in Primark as it was sooo busy with it being so close to the kids going back to school but I still brought a bit.

 First time in awhile since I've had two bags full!


Brought some things from the Homeware section. Two pillows, the heart was £3 and the cat one was only £2. The little wicker heart was £1.50 and the reed diffuser was £1. Quite happy with all this for £7.50! The Jasmine and Amber reed diffuser smells so yummy as well.


I don't normally rate the jewellery from Primark as they normally break after one wear but I really liked these rings so I couldn't say no.

 
 The only clothes I brought was this Aztec top for £4, skinny jeans for I think £11 and a pair of black wedge heels for £10 which I thought were a bargain!

As I've said before in other blogs, I do really like Primark as their clothes are really cheap and most of them are really good quality. I personally, cannot justify going out and spending £50+ on dresses and shoes etc when I know I'm only going to wear them a few times where as in Primark, for £50 I'd be able to buy a full outfit and still have change to spare! Can't really argue with that!

25 August 2013

Carboot Beauty Haul! ♥

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One thing I've been dying to do for the past couple of weeks is go to a Car boot. I see lots of beauty bloggers posting about all these great finds they have and I have to say that I'm jealous. 

So I decided to get my bum into gear and got planning! I asked my best friend if she wanted to come, found somewhere local and made sure I had lots of money to take with me.


 Soap & Glory products for 20p each! I got the Righteous Body Butter, the Spray-on Body Moisturising Mist and the Heel Genius Foot Cream. All full and unused.



Two Essie Nail Varnishes for 50p each, SJP NYC Shower Gel for 20p and Christina Aguilera By Night Perfume for £1. All unused and full.


 4 Topshop Lipsticks for 50p each. Some had been used once or twice but half unused.

17 Instant Glow Pink Bronze Rocks for 50p.

 
And probably my favourite thing I brought was this beautiful vase AND flowers for £2.

I'm a little annoyed I didn't buy more vintage home decor items but I didn't really see anything I liked and I wasn't going to buy for the sake of it. I am very happy with my bargains though, especially my Soap & Glory for 20p!

I definitely think I have the car boot bug and I will be going again soon!

Maybelline Baby Lips Review! ♥♥

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One product that has gone a little crazy in the beauty world lately is the Maybelline Baby Lips collection. A few months ago, I started seeing a few American bloggers write reviews for them but since they had not been released in the UK at the time, all I could do was sit and wait patiently.

After weeks of waiting, they were finally released and to say I was excited was definitely an understatement! As soon I was done with work, I went straight to my local Superdrug  just to be able to say that I had one. Unfortunately, I think a few other ladies had the same idea as they was hardly any left. I did however get to purchase the yellow Repair lip balm and I was quite impressed. A couple of weeks later, I ended up in a larger Superdrug and managed bag three more to add to my collection!



 L-R Peach Kiss, Repair, Hydrate and Cherry Me.


A good thing about the lip balms was that a few of them are actually tinted with colour. The Peach Kiss is a nude pink while the Cherry Me is a very subtle red. The only other lip balm I was impressed with for lip tint was the Nivea A Kiss of Cherry lip balm but after a few hours, the cherry smell became abit too sickly and I had to wipe it off. Although the Peach Kiss and Cherry Me are scented, they aren't overpowering and don't last too long but I see this as a Pro and not a Con.

I did find however that after a few hours of applying the balm,my lips had dried out and I had needed to reapply. I think if i'm buying a product that promises 8 hours of moisture, then I sort of expect at least half of that time.

I do really love my Baby Lips and I will be buying more when I can find them. I think they have become my must have to take with me when i'm out and about. Baby Lips really was worth the wait. 



22 August 2013

Birthday gifts ♥

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A week ago today, I turned 23! As it wasn't a special birthday, I didn't really do much to celebrate other than a family meal and a night out with the girls. I did however want to make a small blog about all the things I got for my birthday.

 

An Swarovski elements bracelet from a friend. I don't normally wear jewellery like this, I tend to stick to more costume jewellery, but I really love this bracelet and I've been wearing it none stop!


 Two new perfumes from Avon from my parents, the Far Away Bella and Outspoken Fresh by Fergie. I've had the original Outspoken before and loved this so I'm keen to try the Fresh one to see if it's as good. The Far Away Bella one is amazing, I've also tried Far Away and it's a very "maramite" perfume, people either love it or feel sick at the smell of it but Far Away Bella is gorgeous!


This was from a gift card for Primark but I had spent it before I took a picture!


 As many of my family and friends know, I love my candles so I had quite a few little sets along with the odd bath sets too.

 

My main present from my parents :) I love my old DS and was super gutted when Nintendo weren't releasing any more new games other than the 3DS so it was time to upgrade! The inner nerd in me was very happy :)
  

Bird necklace and Jumper from my best friend :)


 Birthdays wouldn't be birthdays without a cake! 

20 August 2013

Graze Boxes: Healthy Yummy Snacks! ♥

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Time for something different!

Over a year ago, a friend came into work one day and told me about how she'd just ordered herself a Graze box. As I'd never heard of them and had no idea what it was, I asked what she meant. Graze is a company who specialises in healthy snacks and are also very environmentally friendly. I made a note of the name, but I lost it by the time I got home.

 One day in July this year, I had a little leaflet come with my post from Graze, advertising a free graze box so I decided next time I was on my laptop, I would check out their website. After looking at what they offered, it didn't take very long til I was signed up and had my first box in the mail. 

 Happy Summer!

 My picks of my third week
 
 My favourite snack by far! Yummy soy rice crackers with sweet chilli sauce. YUM!

All boxes come with a handy booklet with all the nutritional facts about your picks that week!

All you have to do is visit their website, make an account and then start picking your snacks! They have a whole range of food including flapjacks, fruit & nuts and even popcorn! When you've decided what you'd like to try, just tick "send soon" and Graze will pick four random snacks and send them to you in your next box.

As I've said above, I'm now on my third box and I'm getting ready to order my fourth. Each box is £3.89 including delivery which I don't think is too expensive for how yummy they are. I also got my first box free and will get my five one free too when the time comes! In the little booklet you receive in your box as well, are four little 'feed your friends' codes where they can get a free box for their first time. Also when a friend registers with your code, you get £1 off your next box so win win!

You can order how ever many boxes you want. When you register, you can set up whether you'd like them to come, once a week, twice a week or once a month. You can also "push back" any deliveries if you're away on holiday.

I really like this company as everything that I've tried so far has been really yummy. All package and booklets are 100% biodegradable & 100% recyclable which makes me love them all the more. I have recommended Graze to all my work colleagues!

Go check them out at Graze.com


12 August 2013

Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech Lip Tint ♥

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On one of my recent shopping trips, I went into Poundland on the off chance and found a stand full of Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech Lip Tints. Because it was Poundland and what you see is what you get, I could only pick up two shades; 82 Rouge Futuriste and 88 Neo caramel.



I normally only wear pink & red lipsticks but I thought I would venture out and give Neo Caramel a chance as it's more of a brown.

 Precise applicator makes it easier to apply.


 (Rouge Futuriste)


(Neo Caramel)

I really like these liptints. Unlike many other brands, the Bourjois Rouge are water based which I found made them much easier to apply. Normally when I apply lip tint, I find as soon as I put the pen to lip, it's dry and if you mess up, you really have to scrub your lips to get it off. But the Bourjois was very glossy to apply and then slowly dried into the lip tint.

After a few hours of wearing the lip tint, it felt like there was no moisture on my lips but after looking in the mirror, the colour was still on my lips and was still quite bright. I think if you do care about having glossy lips, just adding lip gloss or vaseline would go perfect with this lip tint. 

All in all, I was quite happy with both of these lip tints, especially for the price of £1 and i'm just gutted they didn't have them in more shades!

Rimmel Matte Finish Nails ♥♥

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After reading another beauty blogger's post about the Rimmel Matte Finish Top Coat, I have been desperately trying to find me a bottle of it as I absolutely love matte nails! When Avon brought out their own little range of matte nail varnishes, I brought two bottles but I wasn't impressed with the colour choice (black, grey, dark red, dark blue and dark purple) So when I heard that Rimmel had this mattifying top coat that could turn ANY colour in matte effect, I was well over the moon!

 

When I last went my local shopping centre, I popped into Superdrug and Boots and I could not find this at all. I looked all around the beauty and makeup area and eventually gave up but I eventually found this product in B&M for £1!

 Before and after
Wearing Maybelline MNY in Shade 342.

As many of you already know, it's always best to start with a base coat before applying colour as it makes your nail colour more long-lasting. After doing that, I applied my colour which in this case was the Maybelline MNY in Shade 342, a gorgeous coral colour. Then I just apply one layer of the Matte Finish Topcoat and wait for it to dry!

For anybody who loves matte nails then this is the product for you. It's super easy to do and it's a lot better value for money than buying separate colour matte nail varnishes. I would definitely recommend to people and for £1, I can't really moan :)

Dry Shampoo: Which is best?!

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As I have said in previous blogs, I am a BIG fan of dry shampoos as I think they're miracle workers for people in a rush and don't have time to wash their hair. As my hair is quite long and thick, I find it takes me forever to dry so I would much rather use dry shampoo!

Over the years, I've tried quite a few different brands and I thought i'd write a few review on my loves and hates and hopefully give you a reason to you buy one yourself!

 (L-R Bristows Original, Batiste Lace, Lush No Drought, Charles Worthington Balancing Act, Batiste XXL Volume)

 

First off, the Bristows Hair Fresh in Original. Personally I hate it. I know that sounds harsh but I really don't think it's a good product. You spray and spray and it didn't seem to do anything to my hair. Also the smell is vile. I tried it one day for work and I couldn't wait to come home just to shower. I know they do them in different scents but I wouldn't bother.



Next is I think the brand that's been around the longest, Batiste. I remember my aunt having an old bottle of this in the 90's and it was good stuff then. Now they've brought out an array of scents and colours and my favourite one to use for everyday use is the Lace. It's a gorgeous smell and it really does do the job without giving you grey roots. It's long lasting and doesn't clog up my hair. I think they normally cost about £2-3, depends if they're on offer. So I think it's a perfect all rounder!



I really love this dry shampoo, and even though it's been a few weeks since I brought it and i've been using it pretty much everyday, it's hardly made a dent in the bottle at all and I think for £6.50, i'd say that's good value! I have wrote a separate blog about this one, which you can read HERE.


I brought this dry shampoo from Home Bargains for about £2 which I thought was a right steal as it's normally over £5 in Superdrug! At first, I really liked this product as you don't need to spray much to feel like it's actually worked but after a while, I started to notice the typical grey roots you get with dry shampoos. I wasn't too keen on the smell of this dry shampoo but that's just my opinion! I know a few people really liked it but I think for a product so expensive, I wasn't impressed.

 

Another one of my favourites, but one I save for going out on a night. Once again, another great product from Batiste with the added bonus of volume. I brought it thinking it wouldn't do that much but boy was I wrong! I only need to sprayed a small amount on my roots and it looked like I had backcombed my hair. The only problem I found with this product is that my hair felt really clogged down the next day so it's not the sort of product for everyday use.

I know that there are so many different brands out there with their own dry shampoos claiming to do different things to you hair and it's become such a palaver to just find the right one for you. Batiste themselves have 16 different dry shampoos to choose from! 

The best thing that I could advise someone is to buy the mini travel size bottles just so you can try different ones without wasting too much money!

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