Saturday, 21 November 2015

MAC Please Me

I was happily just walking through John Lewis, and the new packaging caught my eye like a magpie! Please Me is part of the Magic of the Night collection, but is actually a shade from the standard matte range, so save yourself the £1.50 and grab the original packaging, because although it is beautiful in the iridescent purple, I would have been annoyed if I didn't get 10% off for the price match! I'll be sure to read the shade name before running to the till next time!
    This is the first Matte shade I've tried from MAC, and it definitely doesn't disappoint! It doesn't drag on the lips, isn't at all drying, and it does not budge! It's like no nude I already have, because of the purple tones, and it's already one of my favourites. A good matte nude is hard to come across, but MAC have outdone themselves with this one!
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment



After a new design, new size, and improved scent, Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment is back, and it's earned a spot in my favourite products from LUSH! It's a bath oil, which means that you just pop it in your bath, jump in, and relax... it leaves your skin super soft and moisturised! It is rather glittery, but it doesn't stick to you or the bath - I'm looking at you Sparkly Pumpkin! The original one was a lot bigger, and double the price, and you really didn't need that much, and £2 for this heavenly scented pink delight, is a bargain!

Will you be picking up one?
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Monday, 16 November 2015

Nail Varnish Removers

Removing your nail varnish is one of those tasks that the majority of us hate, it's so annoying having to pour it out of bottle, tidy up the mess you've made my dripping it everywhere, and then it tearing apart your cotton pads or tissue. All that faff is no more, with the more practical options coming in, two of my favourites are the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, and the Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads. The Bourjois offering is a sponge holding the solution, which is very very quick to remove all traces of colour, however this does leave a lingering alcohol scent despite claiming to smell like red fruits and vanilla, and you can forget putting your fingers anywhere near your mouth for hours, despite multiple washes. The Boots option does take longer, by a few seconds, you simply take one pad, and put pressure onto the nail, I tend to use one pad per hand! This one does smell of fruit, without even stating it, and after a single hand wash, the taste disappears! The one I find myself reaching for more, and the one that is so much easier to pop in your bag is the Boots one, and coming in at £1.50 compared to £4.99 is a bargain!

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Winter TV Favourites*

When winter hits, we all love the cosy evenings spent snuggled up with lots of blankets, pyjamas, hot chocolates, snacks, and your favourite programmes on the TV! The TV is one of the most pivotal aspects of a family room, and if you're going to do it, then do it right! In my room I have a TV I picked up a few years ago on Black Friday, it does the job, but it's definitely nothing special, something I will be looking at getting next will be one of a better quality, the majority these days are 4K, Smart TVs, which make it so much easier and clearer, for not only your standard TV but also your netflix needs - there's no shame in that 'are you still there?' message - I get it! One that I've seen a lot about in particular is the Panasonic Viera 4K Range*  and if you're not very tech-minded their website explains it all for you!



Netflix is one of the main ways that I watch all of my shows, and I currently have a Chromecast that enables you to access it on your TV! My favourite shows have been discovered through their service!

If you haven't heard about PLL, and how frustrating it constantly is to watchers then where have you been?! It looks like your typical girly show, but it is so much more than that, with content twists and dark dark storylines that make you question everyone - this is definitely worth a watch! If you don't know who A is, avoid all forms of social media and you'll be fine!

I stumbled across Suits by complete accident, and oh my what a happy accident! This focuses on a law firm, and the life that one man manages to swindle his way into, you feel yourself slowly becoming more intelligent as they talk about the law, you grow to love the characters, everyone needs a Donna, and I even found myself crying at the end of series 5.... Seasons 1-3 are currently available on netflix, I purchased season 4 as I was too impatient, and then as I finished that, season 5 was premiering on Dave! Perfect timing, and now I'm left in a world without suits, praying it comes back!

It was late one night, and I wanted something corny to watch, and on first impressions I thought this was a film, it's not, and it's hilariously cheesy. Based on a young girl who has grown up in foster care and applies for emancipation, but instead gets placed in the care of her incapable biological parents, when season 2 launched I had a little squeal of delight! This is definitely my guilty pleasure!

I was so late to the party for this one, I began watching after season 3 dropped, then I binge watched for days on end, and am now left waiting on season 4, addictive, hilarious and a catchy theme tune? This one has it all!

You must think I spend all my time on netflix.... sometimes I manage to squeeze in a bit of normal tv too -

There is something weirdly appealing about seeing a group of adults failing at tasks and get their dreams dashed when getting delivered the dreaded 'You're fired', more recently I also love reading along on twitter, online commentaries are hilarious, especially Lord Sugar's himself!

I'll confess, I haven't religiously watched every season and episode, but this is one of those shows that you don't need to! You can just delve in to an episode when it's on and not have to worry about catching up! Again, classed as education right? Right...

What are your TV favourites?

*Paid collaboration with Share it Quick, all views and opinions are my own

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Monday, 2 November 2015

#WEChildhoodDream

Blogging is seen as a job that is primarily done at home, with the assumption that we all sit in our pjs with no make up on, and our hair on the top of our head - wherever did they get that idea from....

When Workwear Express asked if I wanted to get involved in their Bloggers Uniform campaign I couldn't wait, they've acknowledged that as it's not a typical job we don't have a standard uniform, and kindly provided me with one!

The campaign focuses around the changing career goals over childhood, and with the increasing popularity of blogging. When I was younger I always wanted to be a teacher, I was never one to be a vet, or a superhero, being a teacher was the dream, and I'm on my way there, in my third year of university and hopefully continuing my studies with teacher training. 

A box arrived on my doorstep containing the cosiest hoody ever!! With the front stating 'I wanted to be ___' and the back 'But blogging will do!'. There was also some goodies to help us bloggers along the way, including a travel mug which is super handy for my commute to uni, some chocolate flavour tea - definitely not to my taste - some gorgeous little notebooks which are super handy to have on you for when you suddenly get that brilliant post idea, and a little Hetty Hoover to keep your work area nice and clean!

You can get involved in the conversation on twitter by using #WEChildhoodDream


I would just like to thank Workwear Express for their lovely parcel, I've already had so much use out of it!

*pr samples, all views & opinions are my own

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Bailey Family Apple Cake

When Wren Kitchens got in contact about their Wren Family Favourites campaign and challenged me to get cooking a family recipe, I turned straight to Tom. Together me, Tom, his Mum Sandra and Grandad Les decided on their Apple Cake. It's based upon Tom's Gran's recipe, but as close as possible as we don't have the original! This cake is perfect for an alternative to chocolate and jam cakes! 

           Ingredients
- 4oz/115g Demerara Sugar
- 4oz/115g Butter
- 8oz/230g Self Raising Flour
- 8oz/230g Cooking Apples
- 1 Teaspoon Mixed Spice
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 2/3 Eggs (depending on size)
- 8 Inch Baking Tin
- Greaseproof Paper                     

        Method
1 - Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
2 - Grease the baking tin and line with greaseproof paper.
3 - Cream together the Butter and Sugar in a large mixing bowl.
4 - Whisk in the Eggs one at a time until combined.
5 - Fold in the Flour, Mixed Spice and Baking Powder
6 - Peel Apples and chop to roughly 1 cm pieces.
7 - Stir in Apple ensuring it is evenly distributed in mix.
8 - Spoon into baking tin.
9 - Sprinkle some Demerara Sugar on the top
10 - Cook for 45 - 50 minutes until golden brown.
11 - Remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 - 10 minutes.
12 - Transfer to cooling rack or plate.
13 - Leave to cool further, or carefully slice to enjoy warm


This apple cake is gorgeous both freshly baked and warm with a cup of tea, or equally as nice after it's fully cooled too. It is sweet enough to be a treat, but isn't sickly at all!

A special thank you to Tom, Sandra & Les, for your help baking, and for sharing your recipe with me! 

Wren Kitchens also have a competition on Instagram, to enter all you need to is get cooking a family recipe, and use #WrenFamilyFavourites and the winner will get to win a cooking appliance! 

You can also see other recipes and information here - including some other bloggers' family favourites too!
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