Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Best Beauty Poundland Finds and Hacks!

 Hi beaut's!

I'm an absolute Poundland addict, mainly because every thing is an absolute bargain but you can actually find some amazing, good quality bits and pieces for around your home in there these days. Today I thought I would share what I do with a few of my Poundland finds, all of them are beauty related this time *well I am a beauty addict after all* he he.
Firstly how gorgeous is this little tray that I'm using for my perfumes, it's actually a mirror and not a perfume tray at all, but whilst I was browsing I spotted it and Poundland had actually stacked them up flat and immediately cute perfume tray ideas where swirling through my head. It isn't a huge mirror so you wouldn't be able to hold loads of perfumes on it, maybe just your seasonal ones but I love it. You could easily use it for makeup, nail polish and jewellery too.
Next up I have this little glass storage jar, the uses for this are literally endless from a pen pot, vase for your daffodils, cookie jar and even a cotton wool ball holder but I actually use mine as a makeup brush holder. It's a good size and fits loads of brushes within it and because it's clear glass you can find your brushes easily and it's super easy to keep clean when it gets grubby too, I love it!
Sticking to glassware I got a couple of these little trinkets which I thought where an amazing find, I use mine to store my cotton pads and cotton buds in because they look a lot nicer in my bathroom in the trinkets instead of the plastic packaging they come in. The trinkets are great for hair bands, bobby pins and jewellery too.
I spoke about these little white storage baskets on my Instagram a while ago because they are amazing for makeup storage inside my IKEA Alex drawers. You actually get two little baskets in a pack for £1.00 and you can fit five in one IKEA Alex drawer so I use mine to separate all of my makeup so I can get to everything so much quicker and easier! 
Lastly is acrylic storage, Poundland actually have a really good range of acrylic makeup storage, I remember looking on Amazon and eBay for acrylic storage and thinking 'wow that's pricey' so when I came across a few in Poundland I had to get some. I opted for a nail polish holder which you could easily use for your lipsticks too, and then two other general makeup storage holders that I use for lipsticks, lip liners and smaller palettes.

What's your best Poundland find beaut's? I'd love to know!


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Simple Water Boost Sheet Mask Review

Hey beaut's!

Pamper nights are my favourite, theres nothing like snuggling up in your favourite Disney PJ's with plenty of choccies to hand, a chick flick on, nail polish at the ready and of course a face mask, and recently when my skin needed some TLC I picked up the new Simple Water Boost Sheet Mask to try!

The Simple Water Boost Mask is actually a sheet mask which are my absolute favourite type of face mask, their so easy to use as well as being fuss and mess free, all you have to do is simply remove it from the packaging, whack it on your face until you look scary and then terrify everyone who you live with for 15-20 minutes *my dog always gives me so many funny looks*, and then simply peel it off to remove it without any need of scrubbing or rinsing, perfect! 
As the name would suggest this Simple Water Boost Mask is perfect for when your skin is in need of a huge dose of moisture, it's fabulous for dehydrated skin, dryness, dullness, dry dehydration lines, tightness, and roughness. I don't know about you but my skin doesn't know whether it's coming or going at the moment with this weather we are having, the dreaded 'Beast From The East' completely dehydrated my skin so I this mask was well needed. Whilst the mask was on it felt really refreshing, cooling and was absolutely drenched in serum, personally I love this because once I take the mask off theres still plenty of serum left on my face to rub into my skin, so my skin really gets all the benefits. Once the mask was off and all the serum had soaked in I really noticed a HUGE difference, my skin was hydrated, supple, dewy, healthy looking and so smooth. The mask is also great if you suffer from sensitive skin like myself because it doesn't contain any artificial colours, perfume or harsh chemicals!

Overall I really enjoyed using this mask and it done exactly what it said on the tin or should I say sachet, my skin felt amazingly nourished and hydrated after use and I'm all about that dewy look on the skin. I'm definitely going to pop back into Superdrug and stock up on a few more of these, I find it so comforting that I've found a mask that is perfect for my sensitive skin and Simple is a brand I've used and loved for years so I'm so happy they've gone down the sheet mask route!

You can find the Simple Water Boost Sheet Mask for £3.49 HERE, although when I bought mine it was on offer in Superdrug for £1.69!


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Chocolate Oreo Drip Cake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

Recently I've been making quite a few cakes for birthdays and occasions and one cake that I'm particularly chuffed with is my Chocolate Oreo Drip Cake, this has three yummy layers of rich, moist chocolaty sponge, it's filled and covered with Oreo buttercream and finished off with dark chocolate ganache and more Oreo's to decorate! I love making drip cakes, I love seeing the whole process come together and creating the chocolate drips is so satisfying, luckily for me this cake was for my father-in-laws birthday so I got to have a cheeky slice for myself and it was pretty epic even if I do say so myself!
Cake Recipe
525g plain flour
550g caster sugar
95g cocoa powder
3/4 tsp salt
1.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
5 large eggs
350ml cold coffee (this really brings out the chocolate flavour in the cake)
350ml buttermilk
320ml vegetable oil

Ganache Recipe
150g dark chocolate chips
1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Buttercream Recipe
400g stork with butter
850g icing sugar
3-4 tablespoons of milk
2 packets of Oreo's 

How To
1. Firstly pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line and grease three cake tins.
2. Pop all of your dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together slighter then in a separate bowl add in all of your wet ingredients and mix. Once both your wet and dry ingredients have been mixed together add in your dry mixture to your wet and give it a good mix to combine, then divide between the three cake tins. If you have any mixture left over you can always make a few cupcakes which is what I did.
3. Whilst the cakes are cooling I like to get on with the buttercream, I give the butter a good beat and gradually add in all of the icing sugar until my buttercream is pale and fluffy, then it's time to add in an entire packet of crushed Oreo's, I used a mini blender to crush mine to a breadcrumb consistency but you can just crush them in a sandwich bag with a rolling pin if you like. Once crushed mix the Oreo's through the buttercream in stages and add a couple of tablespoons of milk into the buttercream if it becomes stiff. 
4. Once the cakes are cooled it's time to fill and crumb coat the cake, you can be quite messy at this point and just whack on the buttercream and use your scrapper to smooth down the sides, if you don't have a cake scraper a ruler works just as well. The only thing I would suggest doing is making sure your cakes are all level, if your cakes have risen with a dome shape at the top you will need to trim and flatten them off before you cover your cake.
5. Once the cake has been crumb coated whack it into the fridge for 30 minutes or so to set and then repeat again with another thin layer of buttercream and set again.
6. Then it's time for the fun drippy ganache, for this all you need to do is simply melt your chocolate chips and mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, this just makes the chocolate super glossy and really runny which in term makes a great drip effect.
7. Once the chocolate and vegetable oil is mixed together I pop it into a piping bag and quickly snip off the end and drip the chocolate around the top edges of my cake first and then squeeze the remaining chocolate on the very top of my cake.
8. To finish off the cake I pipped the remaining buttercream in swirls on the top and wedged Oreo's into each swirl and them used some more crushed Oreo's to sprinkle over the top of the cake and voila!
It does sound like quite a lot of steps but it really is quite easy to make, the only time consuming parts of making this cake is the whole cooking, cooling and chilling process, other than that it's pretty easy to make and really is a showstopper for any birthday! It is quite a rich cake so one slice is plenty and it can easily serve between 12-15 people depending how thick you slice it!

Have you ever made a drip cake beaut's? What flavour did you go for? I'd love to know!


Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Prettiest Phone Case For Under £3.00

Hey beaut's!

I got my shiny new iPhone 7 Plus just before the new year started and I couldn't wait to go phone case shopping for it, I wanted something that was pretty and inexpensive that also protected my phone slightly because I'm the worst when it comes to dropping my phone! 

After having a good search online I stumbled upon good ole eBay, a few scrolls later and I came across the bargain of all bargains, a gorgeous granite/marble/colour contrast phone case that ticked all of my boxes and was less than a teeny tiny £3.00, that's with postage included! What a bloody result!
When the case arrived I was in love, I mean who doesn't love a bit of pink and marble on their phone case, it's so aesthetically pleasing and perfect for those Instagram flatlay's too, how 'blogger' of me (lol)! The only thing I was worried about with this phone case was the quality, of course it's not as thick as more expensive phone cases but I actually like that because I hate bulky cases! The back also has a matte/slightly rubberised finish which means it doesn't slide straight off my bed or sofa when I put it down like previous cases have and it feels a lot more comfortable to hold too. I've had my case for around 2 months now and theres not a single scratch or mark on mine so I totally recommend it, I mean whats not to love!

You can find this little beauty HERE for £2.89 with free P&P! 


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Spectrum Brushes 'The Bomb Shell' Collection Reviewed!

Hey beaut's!

Spectrum are my absolute favourite brand when it comes to makeup brushes, not only is the quality seriously impressive but all of their brushes come in the most beautiful designs and colours, and whats even better is that all of their brushes are vegan and cruelty free, I mean what more could you ask for! My Spectrum collection does already consist of their Unicorn eye brushes and the amazing Mean Girls brushes new Bomb Shell brushes have to be my absolute favourites, I mean just look how stunning they are.
The Bomb Shell -Pearly Queen* set includes 12 gorgeous brushes which is all you need to create a full face of makeup including your base, eyes, lips and brows. Each brush is so pretty and aesthetically pleasing to look at, the handles are blush pink which then go into rose gold ferrels and the bristles start with that blush pink colour and finish off with hot pink tips, their so pretty and super girly, I love them so much! But that's not all, oh no, the brushes come housed in a beautiful holographic shell with a rose gold zip and detailing, complete with a gorgeous sky blue lining which keeps the brushes secure but also doubles up as a cute handbag as it has a detachable rose gold chain, how cute!  

Aside from looking drop dead gorgeous the quality of this set is amazing, all of the brushes are made from the highest quality synthetic hair which means they can all be used with cream, powder and liquid makeup. The handles are really sturdy and robust and the bristles....well the bristles are sooooo soft and fluffy and easy to work with and they blend like a dream. Even the quality of the bag is really good, it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy and that duo chrome finish is EVERYTHING!!! 
The brush set includes...
A00 - Luxe Powder Brush
C03 - Tulip Powder Brush
A02 - Angled Foundation Brush - a new, softer, version
C02 - Flat Top Contour Brush
A05 - Precision Blush Brush
B05 - Luxe Blender Brush
A07 - Colour Applicator Brush 
B06 - Tall Tapered Blender Brush
A12 - Fluffy Pencil Brush
A13 - Short Smudge Brush
A14 - Winger Definer Brush
A15 - Lip Liner Brush

The Bomb Shell brushes have also been designed to be makeup bag and travel friendly, the brush heads are full size, but the handles are slightly shorter so you can take these babes everywhere you go to keep your makeup on point at all times!
Overall I'm so impressed with this set, and to be honest I knew I would be. Each brush is so versatile and can be used in so many ways, they all work like a dream and they are easily the softest brushes I own! Whether your looking to grow your makeup brush collection or if your after a complete starter kit then I cant recommend this set enough!

You can find the Spectrum 'The Bomb Shell' Collection for £79.99 HERE.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Barry M 'Under The Sea' Nail Polish Review

Hey beaut's!

When I heard that Barry M had launched a new collection of nail paints that where mermaid themed my little mermaid loving self went straight down to Superdrug to buy a couple quicker than Ariel could say dingle hopper! I mean who doesn't want glistening, mermaid nails on a daily basis, I know I do!
The new Barry M collection is called 'Under The Sea' and contains four colour-shifting, two-toned shades. I opted for the shades Jellyfish - a gorgeous lilac with a baby blue/turquoise duo-chrome shift and Pinktail - a salmon-pinky -coral which has a stunning gold duo-chrome shift to it. These two seemed like the shades I would get the most wear out of, however I'm really lusting after the other two shades from the collection so I think I'll be needed those as well.
The formula of Jellyfish and Pinktail is lovely, they both apply evenly and smooth without any bubbling or streaking and didn't take too long to dry which is such a bonus as I hate waiting for nail polish to dry. If your wanting to wear these shades solidly by there selves then they do take quite a bit of layering up, I needed a good 3-4 good coats before they where fully opaque on my nails, however you can still get the same gorgeous effect when using them as nail polish toppers which I would recommend to be honest, it just saves on the layering up!
Overall I'm totally obsessed with these, they are so pretty to look at in the bottles but even prettier on the nails and are the perfect shades for spring/summer, I always get lots of compliments on these shades at work too, especially Pinktail, that seems to be a favourite! I really want to see a Unicorn inspired collection from Barry M now, this whole unicorn craze is huge and I think the 'Under The Sea' shimmering, duo chrome formula would work amazingly well with unicorn inspired shades! We will have to wait and see I guess gals!

You can find the Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paints for £3.99 each HERE.