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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Some Favourites from October

October has to be one of my favourite months of the year, the air becomes cool and crisp and everything turns truly autumnal, so I really am quite sad to see it go for another year. But as it is the end of another month here are some things I have loved over the past few weeks.


First, yes that is cough medicine! This is kind of a favourite and a total-non-favourite, I hated the taste of this stuff when I first took it but I have to admit, it has grown on me over this last week. I caught a really bad cough from my best friends little girl -why is it when you catch the cold or a cough from a child, it is always so much worse than what they have? I bought this to help and it has a little, so it has been my favourite thing this week, even though it now seems that I am also getting the cold so I will more than likely have to move onto something else, probably Day and Night Nurse. 


As I have been not so well I have also made sure I have been wrapped up all warm and cosy, under orders from Paul! I dug my mittens out a few weeks ago because they are honestly the warmest things to wear on your hand, they leave you completely helpless to do anything other than hold a hot drink but they are warm and that is what matters. Along with my burgundy Zara beanie they have been my favourite accessories this month.


I have four beauty related products to talk about, none of which are new and I am sure I have mentioned them before but I have been enjoying them a lot lately. First is my Real Technique Buffing Brush, because I have been a little ill I have been staying away from too much on my eyes in case they get a little watery and I end up looking like a panda. So for the past little while my make-up has consisted of foundation, mascara and blush. Because it has been very basic and simple I have enjoyed using this brush everyday to buff in my foundation to give a lovely even natural finish. Some days, when I have wanted a little more colour I have been using my Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Honey, but instead of just sweeping it on I have been adding a little and blending it in with my finger. This takes away a lot of the shine and gives a less made up look, which I like and think it suits a no-make-up-make-up look. Before we even got into October I kept seeing Barry M's Raspberry nail polish everywhere! I have had it for well over a year now but forgot about it over summer with it being quite a deep berry shade. It is all I have had on my nails in October and it just looks perfect with everything at this time of year. To keep with the berry theme, this month I have swapped out my perfume in favour of Cranberry Joy Body, Room and Linen spray from The Bodyshop. This I am sure is actually from their Christmas range but it seems to pop up again each time they have a sale. It is a lovely sweet berry scent, but not sugary sweet, just very fruity. It doesn't last quite as long as a perfume does, but it is a fraction of the price and can be used everywhere. I have also enjoyed spraying it on anything I have sitting on a radiator, when it heats up it fills the room with the fragrance. 

Well goodbye October, and happy Halloween everyone! If you are off out I hope you have a fun and safe night.

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Rainy Day Wishlist

With the weather being very bad right now in some parts of the country, and mainly wet and cold in the rest, it has left me with the need to search out warm comfortable things online that will make staying indoors all the better. Even something to make having to go outside a little easier.



While having a look online for Christmas present ideas for certain people, I came across something that without exaggerating ...my life will not be complete without! I have heard of heated blankets for your bed before, but I have never seen or heard of heated faux fur throws! I got very excited when I found this and I think it would be just perfect for Winter, that along with the very lovely knitted robe and pretty little fluffy slippers. To make indoors just absolutely perfect, evenings should be filled with the smell of salted caramel. I have been lusting after this candle for a while now since they were released earlier this year, but have put off buying it as we have quite a few to get through already. As I mentioned a few posts back I would really like a new parka, I still haven't got around actually buying one yet but this one from River Island is possibly the fluffiest I have seen. That may not be great in the rain, but I bet it would keep you so lovely and warm!!



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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Halloween Cake Decorations

Because Halloween is mid-week this year, rubbish, we aren't doing anything on the actually day so we though we would have a Halloween movie weekend. I hate being scared, not even in fun, such as people hiding and jumping out at you,  thinking it is hilarious...it isn't! So I refuse to watch any scary films as the result will be me sleeping in a ball position for the next 6 weeks not being able to look out over the bed covers. We haven't yet decided on the whole movie set list but the Gremlins will be in there somewhere!

As with any other festive time of year I can't let it go by without some baking. I thought cupcakes would be a good treat for the weekend to go with movies and snacks so I thought I would share my 3 easy Halloween cake decorations. They are really easy and fun to make and apart from the spider, they really take no time at all. All you need is some coloured ready to roll icing, a sharp knife and grease proof paper.

First, the witches hat, this is the most simple of the 3. Start with a small ball of black icing and flatten it into a circle to form the base of the hat.


Then take a slightly larger ball and roll out into a cone shape, and place this in the middle of the base.


When they are stuck together with your nail or sharp knife make a indentation near the top of the hat, then press the top down so it looks slightly like a fold in the material. And that's the hat done!


Next is the pumpkin, this is my favourite and while it is simple I think its the best looking of the 3. Take some orange coloured icing and roll into a ball. Then very carefully while holding it in one hand make indentations from top to bottom with the knife. Do this all the way round your pumpkin.


When you have finished with the lines set it down with the messiest side on the bottom and lightly press your finger in the middle on the top of your pumpkin. I think this gives a slightly more realistic appearance. Then take your knife and twist it round in the top of your pumpkin to give you a small hole to add the stalk.


Take a tiny piece of black icing and shape it into a tiny cone like shape, then pop this in the hole you have made. And there you have your very cute little pumpkins!


Last is the spider, and while its not hard to do, its just a little fiddly. Take you black icing and make a large ball for the body and a smaller ball for the head, press down the body slightly so it isn't so round and shape it how you want it -I made mine into more of an oval shape, then stick on the smaller ball for the head.


Take some more icing and roll out a very long, very thin sausage shape then cut off little lengths for all the legs. The length of the legs is really up to you. Start adding them to the body, tucking a little underneath so they stick, I shaped mine a slightly by adding a bend in the legs.


When you have shaped your spider the way you want it, all you have to do is add the eyes. Make too small white balls and press them down to on it's face, then do the same with very small pieces of black and add them onto the white.


This gives you a very friendly looking little spider, you could even add a smile if you like. Leave all of your little decorations on a tray lined with grease proof paper until they are completely dry, once they are you can add the to any cake you like. I find that within 24 hours they have set enough for me to add the to cupcakes without them braking.

These little guys will be on white chocolate cupcakes this weekend and enjoyed while snuggled up on the sofa watching films. What are your plans for Halloween this year?
















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Monday, 21 October 2013

Cold weather Candles

I love burning candles, there is something about them that makes a room feel all warm and cozy, especially at this time of year! I do burn them all year round but I have to say, I don't do it that often in Summer, it can be so hot some days and adding a flame just seems little out of place. The other reason I don't burn so many in Summer is due to the fact that I love the warm Christmasy scents, the cinnamon and cloves and all the sweet sugary ones, they don't go together as well with shorts and t-shirt weather.


With us now being well and truly into the cold months I have once again been filling the house with scented candles, the two I have been burning over the past three weeks are becoming real favourites! They are both Yankee Candles -I may have an obsession with that brand! The first is Black Cherry, the smell in this little jar will fill a room within minutes and it is wonderful! I have never actually enjoyed cherries in fruit form, but anything cherry scented is a winner with me! The second one I have only recently discovered is Macintosh Spice, this is a beautiful warm apple cider scent and I am pretty sure that before it has burned down to it's last few hours I will have to purchase another. Another I love but don't have any of this year is Cranberry Chutney, this smells exactly as the names would suggest and for me is the perfect pre-Christmas candle.

Do you enjoy burning scented candles? What are some of your favourites or recommendations?

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Love for Luvocracy

Over this past week I have fallen more and more in love with a new online discovery of mine, a website called Luvocracy! I'm sure many of you will probably already know about this site but I felt like professing my love for it anyway. As anyone with a Pinterest or Instagram account will agree, they can be addictive...very addictive! You can get totally sucked in and spend hours looking through pictures of everything and anything.


Luvocracy is along these lines, you can scroll through hundreds of different items and find the most random things, but what makes it different and extremely dangerous exciting, is that you can buy anything you see! I honestly love that, how many times have you seen something on Pinterest and wished you could click "buy now"!? You can set up your own account, something I still haven't done...what I have spent my time doing has been online window shopping. When you have an account you can make up little collections of things you love and other people can shop them, and like-wise you can shop from other users collections. You can even earn reward when someone buys what you recommend, I'm not exactly sure how it all works yet as like I said, I still haven't made up an account but it does sound exciting. 

I have seen so many things I would like on the site but am trying to not buy the unnecessary, especially with Christmas coming. So maybe its a good thing I haven't made an account yet lol.

Have you used this site, what do you think of the idea?? I would love to hear your thoughts :)
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Monday, 7 October 2013

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray


Hair products claiming to give you volume have never been something I have looked for, I have quite a full head of hair and can achieve a decent amount of volume from blow drying. However...over the past two weeks I have been trying out the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. This isn't something I would have given a second thought to before, but you were getting a 50ml sample with the September issue of Elle magazine and seeing as I was buying it anyway I thought I might as well give it a go. To be totally honest I wasn't expecting very much to happen, nothing against the brand as this is the first Bumble and Bumble product I have tried, I just think sometimes the claims made on these types of products are well...not exactly true.

First of all the smell of this product is strong, I mean really strong! The best way I can describe it is kind of like alcohol or cleaning products, it is so strong in fact I almost didn't use it. Luckily though the smell doesn't seem to last long once in your hair.

My favourite way to use it is to spray it in my hair while it's still damp, I have tried a few other ways but the results weren't quite as good. At first I was very unsure of it, it felt sticky and made my hair feel as if it needed washed again, but as you continue to dry your hair that feeling goes and your hair goes back to feeling as it should. After blow-drying I have to say I have notice a huge difference in the amount of volume my hair has, especially at the roots and this volume lasts all day. This spray is also a multi-use product. It gives protection when heat styling -I didn't know this before so was using it with my TREsemme heat spray, and it acts as setting spray so helps keep your hair in shape a little longer. I have read that it claims to keep the hold and shape all day but I don't agree with that. I do notice a difference in how long my curls last when using this product, it is much later into the day but they do eventually fall out. 

I really have been converted to this product, even one or two days after styling a little extra volume still remains there and I now miss that when I don't use this. The only downside is the cost, it is a little pricey at £20.50 and with my hair being so long I think I would go through it fairly quickly so I am undecided if I will purchase a big bottle when my sample runs out. Maybe its a good thing Christmas is coming...??

I also had to share these, someone really wanted to be in the pictures...


Have you tried any other thickening hair products? Or anything else from Bumble and Bumble?


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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Some Favourites from September


I know these kinds of posts always start with "I can't believe it's now...", but to be honest September seemed to take such a long time to pass this year. Not that I want to wish time away, months are disappearing much to quickly for my liking, but compared to every other month so far this year it taken a long time!


I haven't really changed anything to do with make-up or skin care this past few weeks, so nothing new to rave about. Nearly every day I have been reaching for my little Nars palette for any looks I want. I have been mostly using the two top left shades for either all over the lids, or using the greying shade to give a little depth in my crease. The darkest colour is also great to use as eyeliner!


Last month I went back to using an old favourite of mine, my gorgeous black bag from Topshop. Because it is getting slightly cooler, some days cold, I have been able to wear my leather jacket a lot more (nearly every day). The bag just looks so good with it and it's really pretty big so I have once again gone back to carrying everything but the kitchen sink with me. Seriously...why do we carry so much around with us? Another accessory favourite has been my new necklace from Zara, I got it towards the end of the month but have found every excuse possible to wear it. I think it is going to look great with some festive outfits as we get closer to Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, one of the best things to happen last month was a pre-Christmas, Christmas dinner. Now before you think I have lost my mind I will explain. Every year since she was little my best friend has had Christmas dinner with her family at her Aunts house, this year however she wanted to have it in her own home with her husband, little girl and mum and dad. Because she has never made Christmas dinner, and because I have been making it for years...even when I still lived at home with my mum (I like to cook lol), I suggested a kind of trial to see if she wanted to do it. She did amazingly and is now definitely having it in her own home this year. We spent the day cooking while Christmas music played in the background and A Muppet's Christmas Carol was on TV, it was an odd feeling seeing as it was no where near December but it was a lot of fun.

My last favourite was a show Paul and I went to, if you follow me on Instagram, here, you might have seen a picture. The show was The Illusionists and it was quite possibly one of the best shows I have ever seen! To be honest we didn't know too much about the performers before the show, we had read a little about it and thought it sounded good but after seeing it I have been reading quite a lot about them all. They are all truly amazing a what they do and if you and interested in magic or illusion I would definitely recommend it. They were all good in there own way but a stand out from the group had to be shock illusionist Dan Sperry! I wont say to much about the show as they are still touring but I am still so confused by things I watched him do...amazing!! He also very kindly signed a playing card for me after the show so that was a great end to the night. 

Now its October...who is excited about Halloween?

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