Friday, 27 March 2015

My recent favourites...

pretty honest
Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes - available here
I finally got my paws on this book, after seeing it absolutely everywhere around the blogosphere. I'm about half way through it and I'm really enjoying it so far, I love the beauty, make up and some general life tips, tricks and recommendations. I really like that it isn't littered with jargon, to me I feel like it's a friend telling you her beauty tips, it's nice and easy to read with beautiful photography. It will obviously look pretty on your dressing table or coffee table too, which is always a bonus right? I can't wait to curl up in bed later and read a little more. Have you read this book? If so what did you think?
jack wills
Jack Wills body mist
Now Spring is here, the days are getting a little bit warmer, I love carrying a body mist around in my bag. I find them refreshing on hot, sticky days. In the summer I sometimes pop one in my fridge about an hour before leaving. I promise, I'm not crazy. Do you have a favourite body mist or any recommendations I should try? I need to stock up on the Victoria's Secret ones, they always smell so good.
loreal paris
L'Oreal colour riche lipstick in the shade Rose Tendre 303 - available here
This lipstick was specifically designed with blondes and fair skin tones in mind. It's super pigmented, lasts long and I love the blue undertone. It's really creamy and hydrating which is a must for me when buying lipsticks as my lips are dry enough as it is. I really want to try more from this range now!
Pandora Charm - The Jewel Hut*
How beautiful is my second charm, 'Cherry blossom' from The Jewel hut. I love the pink, soft blush colour. I think the glass murano beads / charms always look stunning against the silver bracelet. What do you think? I love that charms from The Jewel hut also come with a gift bag and a pretty ribbon, it always makes a gift or treat to yourself feel that little bit nicer when the packaging is pretty.
Topshop 'pink cadillac' 401 available here
I picked this up whilst in the Topshop queue (as you or I always do) such a sucker for queue goodies. It's a bright coral pink with a glossy, pearl look finish. I like Topshop nail polishes, I always forget about the beauty range in Topshop and usually flock to the Essie stand in Boots. This has made me want to stock up on a few more of their pastel nail polish shades for spring / summer though.
I couldn't not share these socks with you! Tom bought me them for my birthday and I think they are quite possibly the cutest socks I own, what a great find and all by himself too (haha gold star) I think he bought them from eBay if you're wondering. Kissing sausages, on a pair of socks, the best.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Reese's peanut butter, chocolate egg cupcakes.

cupcakeseasterx I spotted these Reese's pieces chocolate eggs in Tesco, they're filled with peanut butter. I thought they'd make a great topper for Easter themed cupcakes, a little different from mini eggs! Here's the recipe and how to make them if you want to bake these for yourself, now Easter is fast approaching…

What you will need:
175g of unsalted butter
175g of white sugar
3 large, fresh eggs
175g of self raising flour

for the icing
600g of icing sugar
250g of softened butter
yellow food colouring
your choice of sprinkles
2 tablespoons of milk

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees, line a baking tray with cupcake cases of your choice. In a large bowl add the softened butter and the sugar, whisk on a high speed until it starts to cream together and is nicely combined. Now add the three eggs and whisk again until the batter becomes yellow. Sift in the self raising flour and whisk well, on a high speed until it starts to form a lightly coloured batter.
Scoop the mixture into the cupcake cases, about 3/4's full. Pop the tray in the oven and leave to bake for around 15-20 minutes (depending on cupcake size!) Keep an eye on them as these don't usually take long to bake. When done, take them out of the oven and place on a cooling tray. Place a skewer through the cupcakes and if it comes out clean, they're ready to leave to cool, for about 20 minutes.
When the cupcakes are cool, it's now time to decorate them. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, slowly add parts of the icing sugar at a time, then the milk and the yellow food colouring, mixing together until the butter cream becomes light and fluffy. If you'd like the frosting to be a little more stiff, simply pop it into the fridge for 10-20 minutes before you pipe it onto the cupcakes.
Once you've iced your cupcakes with the butter cream frosting, add the Reese's Pieces chocolate, peanut butter eggs and sprinkles of your choice! Now they are ready to eat. I think these are so cute for Easter, and great for peanut butter fans. What do you think? The vanilla sponge is so soft, I'm a sucker for cute sprinkles.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Birthday snapshots… turning twenty-five

On Friday I turned 25! Tom had came over the night before, on the morning of my birthday I was told to 'hide' in the kitchen. I came into my room and saw flowers, cupcakes that he had baked, beautifully wrapped presents. It was all so, so lovely and thoughtful there was so much thought put into everything and we had the loveliest morning before we headed to Newcastle and then to Tom's parents house.
*cheers* Oscar clearly wanted in on the Prosecco and double chocolate cupcakes, spot the super fluffy dressing gown. Yes, that's me in neon, not white, not cream, not pastels… neon! My leather look skirt is from River Island, and my Bralet is from Missguided. Dad, in case you're reading of course I didn't go out like that, I made sure to put my big fur hooded parka on over the top. Is that a sign of old age? Oh god...
We had a lovely meal in Newcastle (we are back there next week for Jimmy Carr live, eep!) When I arrived at Tom's parents house his mum and dad had put birthday banners up, and I received more lovely presents off his family, including another cake with a singing sparkler candle. I received some amazing gifts but the little things always mean the most, I was emotional at the effort that had been made for my birthday, it was nice to have such a special day with those closest to me. I also had a lovely meal with my family on Saturday, so feeling very lucky and loved at the moment. p.s Top boyfriend marks and a gold star for baking me a sausage dog cake I mean look at it... I think he can stay!

 Turning 25 wasn't so bad after all hurrah for eating all of the cake, in fact… it was the best birthday ever. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, twitter and instagram :)  photo Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 19.17.07_zpsabyvcnks.png

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

15 blogger problems...

I thought I would do a fun, light hearted post about some first world 'blogger problems' I know myself and others have experienced in the past. Let me know what you think of mine and please feel free to add in any of your own 'blogger problems' you have experienced in the comments :)
iphone 6 1. Receiving emails that are addressed as your blog name 'hi, milk' I think this was the funniest one so far. That and the postman asking if he could get a signature for the surname 'bubble tea'

2. Not being able to use your beautiful brand spanking new make up, until you've taken 1000 photo's of it first.

3. Finally realising that the letter 'J' which has been at the end of many emails is in fact a :) symbol in Microsoft outlook, really brings a new tone to the email.

4. Winter. aka eternal darkness, where blog photography goes to die.

5. Having a never ending wish list, some blogger, somewhere, is always uploading new make up, clothing and home-ware hauls.

6. Parcel slips. You wait in all day sat by the letter box  because you know a parcel will be arriving shortly, You blink and there is a red 'sorry we missed you' slip, infuriating.

7. Instagram-ing everything. Because if you didn't instagram it, did it even happen?

8. You go into boots for one thing and spend £50.00.

9. Risking your life for blog photo's. Standing on tables, chairs, balancing your fancy pants camera on a box, on top of books, to get the best shot.

10. Writing out a full post, minutes away from publishing only for your browser to crash and lose it all.

11. Filling your entire memory card up with photo's and only being happy with two.

12. Trying to attempt HTML and you end up deleting your entire blog...

13. Explaining to non-bloggers, what a blogger is. When Blogger doesn't even think blog and blogger are real words in spellcheck.

14. Emails. Spam emails, forgetting to do your emails, when you forget you are doing your emails and you put way too many kisses, or even worse... emojis.

15.  Forgetting to have fun and enjoy it, sometimes these days it can be so easy to compare, blog designs, followers, opportunities etc. Instead of just enjoying it, meeting new people and having a bit of fun along the way.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

How to: Have a pamper night in your own home.

blush candle
1. Set the mood.
Turn off your phone (or at least put it on silent) Shutdown your laptop. Light some scented candles and tea lights, to create a relaxing atmosphere in the room. I'm forever repurchasing this Lilyflame candle in the scent 'blush' it smells just like baby powder.
pyjamas 2. Get comfy
Tie your hair up in a top-knot, Have a long soak in a bubble bath, then change into your favourite pyjamas or extra large t-shirt no skinny jeans allowed here. I love these brushed sausage dog pyjamas from primark, super cosy.
hot drink
3. Make yourself a hot drink
Your favourite blend of tea, hot chocolate with whipped cream or maybe even a glass of wine. I love taking half an hour out of my night to just chill and enjoy a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows.purity
4. Wipe the day away.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise and gently massage your face. There's nothing I love more than taking my make up off the minute I get through the front door. I love the feeling of fresh, clean skin once I know I'm in for the night. bon iver
5. Listen to a relaxing playlist
Spotify is great for it's music selections, I always head to the 'mood' section there's tons of playlists to choose from, happy songs, sad songs, acoustic songs, one for whatever fits your mood. I chose a playlist full of Bon Iver.
jo malone
6. Moisturise your whole body.
Use a thick body butter, massage it all over your body. I tend to head for light moisturisers when it comes to my body but every now and again I like to use a thick, scented body butter to really nourish my skin. Whilst your just sitting and relaxing it will give it time to sink in.calendar
7. Make little to-do lists
instead of stressing about those emails you haven't replied to yet, write everything down in a list. Do them later one, by one crossing them off as you go. I always feel much more organised when it's down in writing in front of me.
8. Get rid of those puffy peepers.
If you don't have any fresh cucumber slices lying around, try a moisturising eye cream. Placing cold tea bags on closed eyes is also supposed to help reduce puffiness.

What do you think? I love taking the time out to have a little pamper night at home once, maybe twice a week. Especially on Sunday's… You could always watch your favourite DVD or series, the new Pretty Little Liars episode is calling my name on Netflix.

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