Monday, 21 March 2016

Links I've Been Loving #2

1. I don't know why I proceeded to scroll through the pictures of this copper kitchen pot set after I saw the price tag, but they were too beautiful not to share and drool over.

2. This travel blog is one of my favourites, from Morocco to this lovely beach cottage in East Sussex, it covers many Pinterest worthy locations. 

3. What's a 'Links I've Been Loving' post without a baked goods recipe, right?!

4. I am currently in search of a new apartment for next year so I am loving these bedroom decor ideas and will definitely be trying some things out.

5. Just a little something to satisfying that burrito craving...

6. If your a sucker for illustrations, stationary and jewellery, and you click on this link it's more than likely you will spend all of your monthly earnings here. Sorry in advance.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

My Brow Routine

Recently I have started filling out my brows and I really don't know what I was doing before this. Since I am a brow 'newbie' quick and easy products is what I search for, and the combo I am currently using does just that. 

The first brow products I used were the NYX eyebrow gel in the colour 'blonde' paired with the NYX tinted brow mascara in the colour 'blonde' to set them. While I did like these products I found filling out my brows with the eyebrow gel was a bit of a faff, it just look too much time and not a great brow outcome every time.    

To replace the eyebrow gel I decided to pick up the holy grail of all eyebrow products- the Anastasia Brow Wiz in the colour 'Caramel'. This new combo I am using is perfect for my colour and super simple to use in my opinion. If you are a redhead like me, I find it pretty hard to match the colour of my brows and Anastasia products definitely does the job. I still use the NYX tinted brow mascara in 'blonde' to set them which does wonders and makes sure they do not budge throughout the day. 

Let me know what your favourite brow products are in the comments below  

Sunday, 28 February 2016

8 Healthy Snack Recipes

I love snacking so I am always searching Pinterest for new, healthy and quick snack ideas. So I thought I would share these are some recipes I have come across. Enjoy!

 1. Avocado Toast by

 2. Apple Sandwiches by

 3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls by 

4. Veggies and Greek Yogurt Dip by

5. Green Smoothie Bowl by

 6. Frozen Banana Bites by

 7. Crispy Chickpeas and Edamame by

8. Apples and Peanut Butter Honey Yogurt Dip by 

Thursday, 25 February 2016

TRESemmé Expert Beauty Full Volume Reverse System

I have tired many volume shampoos, many of which are great shampoos but they don't really give you that volume effect that it says of the bottle. Until I found this gem. This really does what it says on the tin, and to add to this it smells like a dream (if you dream of trips to a fancy hair salon of course). I love trying out new shampoos and seeing the result on my hair, so this one was exciting for me- not only it is a new volume shampoo but I also got to try out the reverse system, and let me tell you, I am a big fan. This reverse system paired with the shampoo and conditioner does wonders to your hair. 

If you want to know a little background on my hair type it's a little on the thin side and very straight naturally when air dried. So when I find something that gives it volume and a little bit of omph I am all for it. If you have the same hair type as me then this might have the same effect for you but I think this would suit all hair types. 

Let me know if you have given this shampoo and conditioner duo a try and what you thought of it. I 100% recommend this if you haven't tried it yet!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set

You can imagine the pure joy I felt when receiving this beautiful set, then imagine the joy when I actually used them. Everything about this set screams luxury, from the sleek black handle to the touch of rose gold.

 Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set £56.95

Aside from the look of the set, the quality is one to rave about too. This set includes a mix of natural and synthetic bristles shaped to perfection. First, lets talk about the 'Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush' aka the ultimate contouring tool. This brush fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks and picks up the perfect amount of product onto the brush (avoiding the dreaded mud face look). Another favourite of mine includes the 'Silk Finish Brush', also perfectly made for applying product in the best way. The 'Silk Finish Brush' creates a flawless finish to any foundation type, my personal favourite is to use this with the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. Last but not least, the 'Petite Crease Brush' has also made it into my favourites of this set. Granted this may be due to failed attempts in finding a really good crease brush, but also because the shape of the brush fits perfectly in my crease and packs on a great amount of product. 

All in all, I think you can tell that I am definitely a fan of Zoeva brushes and may be already eyeing up the Rose Golden Complete Set, Vol 1... 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

My Pinterest Guide To Food Shopping

When it comes to food shopping its all a bit confusing figuring what things you actually need rather than want, then you find yourself with a basket of chocolate and snacks that go way over the budget. This has taken me a long time to get the hang of but I have finally found the ultimate guide to food shopping and eliminates all the things you don't need and sticks to the budget- all with the help of Pinterest.

So first I like to start out with a list of the basics, the stuff you always buy that won't change. Here's an example of what I add to my 'basics list'. 

The Basics
• Milk
• Butter
• Eggs
• Bread
• Fruit
• Pasta
• Rice
• Tea
• Coffee

I find it quicker and easier to do an online food shop so I will go through this list in my kitchen to see what I have in and add thing to the items I am out of to my basket. If you prefer to go into the store to do your shop then I recommend to keep this basic list on your phone then copy and paste this list to an new list with only the items you need to buy. 

Now comes the fun bit... Yes I think meal planning is fun.

Before my food shop I will find recipes that I want to make for the week ahead on Pinterest or online then add them to my Pinterest board. I have two broads that I use for this... my 'Meals' board and a board I make up each week for the meals I will be making.

The 'Meals' board is a collection of recipes I have pinned to make in the future, like an online collection of recipes. Then each week I will make a board of meals for the week and pin recipes from my 'Meals' board onto my weekly board. I will mainly pin dinner meals instead of lunch and breakfast since those meals are normally a 'make up on the go' type of thing with the ingredients I have in the kitchen.

Now that I have made my weekly recipes board, I start going through the recipes and add ingredients into my online basket. I normally do this pacing around the kitchen like a mad women searching through my cupboards to make sure I don't add something I already have.

Voila, that is my 'Pinterest Guide to Food Shopping'. This save so much money when cooking things from recipes and saves me craving for takeaway- but don't get me wrong, I still LOVE a good takeaway. This allows me to get more creative in the kitchen and play around with new recipes!

Let me know if you give this a try and how you guys like it      

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Blush: Powder, Loose, Cream or Liquid?

Nowadays you can find blush in pretty much any form, from liquid to mineral powder, the beauty brands have got you covered. This post is going to go through the main types of blush, where and how to wear them, with some recommendations thrown into the mix. 

Loose Powder Blush
This is the riskiest one of them all, but the finish is beautiful. Any skin type would suit this blush, as this product tends to be very finely milled and avoids the cakey look. So you won't find this clinging onto dry skin patches. I would recommend using a sparse brush for this type of blush product, you want to make sure that minimal product is picked up on the brush when you are applying. Remember you can always add product but it gets a little tricky taking it away! My favourite brush to use for this is the Real Techniques Blush Brush, the tapered end is great for applying product to the apples of the cheeks and the sparse bristles only pick up the amount needed. 

Cream Blush
The perfect one for that natural wash of colour. If you have dry or mature skin this is the blush to go for, its moisturising and will give that youthful glow. I find the best brush to use is a stippling brush, my favourite being the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. After I apply the product with the brush I use my fingers to blend it into the skin a bit more and you end up with a muted wash of colour and a lovely dewy glow.  

Liquid Blush
The product I go for when I want that 'pinched cheeks' kind of look. If you have oily skin, liquid blush would be perfect for you as a stain will stay on you cheeks all day and not budge. This one is safest applied with your fingers, but you have to act quick with blending. Just put a drop or two on your fingers, apply on the apples of the cheeks and blend. If you need to eliminate that clownesque look then grab your foundation brush and lightly go over the blush to soften the colour.

Powder Blush
Last but definitely not least is the trusty powder blush. Powder blush is good for any skin type dry, oily or combination. This one gives a simple but sophisticated look with a matte finish on the skin. These blushes tend to be quite pigmented depending on what brand you go for so I use a sparse tapered brush for this product, typically the Real Techniques Blush Brush (you can never go wrong with Real Techniques Brushes).