Saturday, 21 April 2018

Easy Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

I've been baking again, this time around I wanted to make something super quick and easy with a slight summery twist seeing as the weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week, so I went for a yummy lemon drizzle cake! I don't know why but lemon drizzle is always something I like to have in the Spring/Summer months and I don't think I had baked one since last Summer so it was well overdue! This is probably my simplest, easiest recipe because it literally only has a couple of steps and not many ingredients at all, but it tastes so, so nice!
Cake Recipe -
175g self-raising flour
175g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
100g Stork with butter
2 eggs
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
juice of half a lemon
2-3 tbsp milk

Drizzle/Glaze Recipe -
100g icing sugar
a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice or a couple of teaspoons of water. 

How To -
1. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 then line and grease a loaf tin.
2. Pop all of your cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together with an electric whizzer until everything is smooth and well combined.
3. Then pop the cake batter into the loaf tin and bake for around 30-35 minutes.
4. Once your cake is cooked and cool you can make the yummy drizzle which is so simple, just mix your icing sugar with either lemon juice or water a teaspoon at a time until your icing is the consistency of thick cream and then drizzle it all over the cake anyway you like, if your drizzle/glaze does become too thin just add some more icing sugar. You could always do a crunchy sugar topping instead if you like by mixing some granulated sugar and juice of a lemon together, it's completely up to what you prefer.
And there you have it, a yummy lemon drizzle cake that hardly takes any time or effort at all. It was so tasty even if I do say so myself he he.

nopin

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Unicorn Beauty - Because Everyone Want's To Sparkle Like A Unicorn!

Hey beaut's!

Everyone is going slightly gaga over Unicorns right now, you literally cant go into a shop without seeing something Unicorn themed whether it be clothes, makeup, skincare, body care and I for one am loving it! The bright colours, the shimmer, the glitter, arhhh it's all so pretty! This whole unicorn craze is actually quite nostalgic for me, it really reminds me of the 'My Little Pony' days when I was little, I think that's why I'm drawn to it all so much. Anyway here's just a few unicorn themed things in the beauty world right now that I think are pretty awesome!
Too Faced Festival Rainbow Strobe Highlighter £25.00, Too Faced Magic Rainbow Strobing Brush £30.00Colab dry shampoo spray unicorn £3.49Imperial Leather Foamburst Unicorn Marshmallow Shower Gel £3.15Nails Inc Face Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Illuminating Sheet Mask £5.00Carmex Skinny Dip Limited Edition- Unicorn Sugar Plum £3.95Elegant Touch Fantasy Nails - Unicorn Storm £9.95Missguided Unicorn Dreams Body Mist £10.00Nails Inc 'Sparkle Like A Unicorn' Nail Polish Duo 
Set £15.00Too Faced - 'Life's A Festival' Eye Shadow Palette £35.00.

What do you think of the Unicorn love right now hun's? I'd love to know!
nopin

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Essence 'The Gel' Base and Top Coat Review

Hey beaut's!

I love my nails to look like I've just walked out of the salon all glossy and perfect, well lets face it who doesn't, but sadly I don't have the time or the dollar to keep going and getting my nails done, however recently I discovered a gorgeous little duo by the budget friendly brand Essence that gives any of my manicures a salon look but in the comfort of my own home and what's even better is that it doesn't break the bank either!
The Essence Gel Base and Top Coats have really changed my nail polish game, which is really saying something because usually I'm not at all bothered with base and top coats if I'm honest but these two work so well together! The Essence Gel Base Coat* applies evenly smoothing everything out on my natural nails creating the perfect base for my chosen nail polish shade to go over, and despite being gel based these beauties don't need an LED or UV lamp making them so quick and easy to use. The Essence Gel Top Coat* is really what had me blown away, again it applies evenly without any bubbling or streaking and it dries in no time at all, I'm talking less than 60 seconds. What I love so much is that the top coat leaves a gorgeous glossy shine to my nails exactly like what I'd get if I had Shellac done on my nails in a salon and the durability and lasting power is incredible, I'm really heavy handed at work, in general and at home doing housework and washing up and my nails stayed chip free for 7 days, in fact I just had wear and tear right at the very tips of my nails and that's it, the main bulk of my nail was fine, I'm honestly shook! 
I also noticed that my nails feel a lot more hard wearing and stronger and the fact these are just £2.50 each is insane to me, their just so good. I would suggest using the two together though and not skipping a step, I have a feeling if I used the top coat without the base coat the lasting ability and durability wouldn't be as good but together they are dreamy!

You can find the Essence 'The Gel' Base and Top Coat for £2.50 each instore or on line at Wilko HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Feral Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lipstick Review

Hey beaut's!

Back in January I got my first taster of Feral Cosmetics, I tried three of their liquid lipsticks and was totally blown away by the gorgeous formula (review here). If you haven't heard of Feral Cosmetics before their a US based, cruelty free and vegan beauty brand which is sold here in the UK on the Beauty Chamber website. Feral Cosmetics currently have two lip product ranges available on Beauty Chamber - the Liquid Matte Lipsticks and the Ultra Satin Lipsticks which I've finally been able to try recently!
The Feral Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lipsticks* come packaged in sturdy silver aluminium casings and have handy magnetic lids which I love, theres nothing worse than when your lipstick lid becomes loose in your handbag is there, but you don't have to worry about that with these beauties! The Feral Cosmetics Lipsticks are available in five gorgeous shades that's can take you from day to night with ease and the formula is absolutely stunning, my all time favourite lipsticks are satin finishes so I kinda knew I would like these lippies to a certain degree but after trying them theres honestly nothing I would change about them! The pigmentation is so rich and opaque after one swipe and their so creamy and easy to apply without dragging or tugging on the lips. The satin finish is lovely and feels so comfortable to wear and doesn't dry my lips out at all and lasts a good 4-5 hours before I could use a refresh. I honestly love the satin formula of these as much as I love the formula of my MAC satin lippies and these are cheaper at just £12.95 a pop but still feel like high end quality!

The five shades are....
Euphoric - A pastel lilac shade fit for any unicorn lover he he.
Envy - This is the most beautiful classic red shade, it's one of my absolute favourites out of the five shades.
Rose By Goar - This is the most natural and some would say the most wearable out of the five shades, it's a pretty blush-pinky nude, I love it!
Rapture - I'm getting extreme 'Autumn' and 'night out' vibes from this beauty, it's a vampy dark red which I think would look gorgeous with a bronze smokey eye!
Fetish - A lovely pinky-coral shade that will be perfect for the Summer months.
(From left to right - Euphoric, Envy, Rose By Goar, Rapture, Fetish)
Overall I've really been loving these lippies and can see myself getting so much wear out of them because theres a shade for most seasons and occasions. Rose By Goar is my most worn shade at the moment because it's so versatile and perfect for work but I love them all so much, the formula is so nice too and if your after a bit of a MAC satin finish dupe these are super similar. At £12.95 a pop I really cant recommend them enough, theres super pigmented, long wearing, comfortable on the lips and apply like a dream, whats not to love!

You can find the Feral Cosmetics Ultra Satin Lipstick's for £12.95 each HERE.

nopin

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Getting Your Feet Spring & Summer Ready!

Hey beaut's! 

It's finally Spring which hopefully means warm and sunny days are on the way, well I'm keeping my fingers and toes firmly crossed anyway as it's currently raining cats and dogs out there as I type this, anywho moving on......Now seems the right time to get pampering those tootsies and get them looking their best ready for the pretty sandals to come back out, oh how I'm longing for the days I can whack on some flip flips without even thinking and walk out the door, c'mon sun! 
The first essential for me to get my feet looking half decent is getting rid of any dry, hard skin and my Scholl Express Pedi does this in a matter of seconds, I actually got mine for Christmas last year and I cant believe I didn't buy myself one before hand, it buffs and smooths out the skin on my feet so quickly and the results really last. It's pain free too which surprised me as I thought it would hurt and I find it somewhat relaxing if I'm honest he he.
After the gross dead skin is gone I love to nourish my feet with my favourite foot moisturiser - Soap and Glory's Heel Genius! I've been using this stuff for years because it actually works and lots of other foot creams I've tried before talk the talk but definitely do not walk the walk like Soap and Glory's Heel Genius! It keeps my feet extremely soft, smooth and moisturised and you can even use it as an overnight treatment if you apply a thick layer to your feet before bed and sleep in some cotton socks, it works a treat I tell ya!

 Finally after giving yourself a cheeky pedicure your going to need some pretty sandals to wear and the latest addition to my sandal collection are these gorgeous Casey Bronze Metallic Studded Slip On Sandal Sliders* by XY London. These pretties are so comfy and easy to just slip on and they go with literally anything whether it be mini dresses, shorts, skinny jeans, maxi dresses, you name it they work. I also love the colour of these, the bronze effect sometimes looks gold, rose gold or even copper depending on the lighting, I always tend to go for bronze/gold sandals in the Spring/Summer as I find them so versatile so much nicer than wearing Black!
You can find the Casey Bronze Metallic Studded Slip On Sandal Sliders for £19.99 HERE, they are also available in Black, White and Silver!

nopin

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Leighton Denny's New Havana Heat Collection

Hey beaut's!

When it comes to nails Leighton Denny are where the parties attttt... They have so many pretty colours and finishes to choose from and their new Spring/Summer collection 'Havana Heat' is just gorgeous, who else just let their inner Camila Cabello out.. 'Havana, ooh na-na'! 


The Leighton Denny Havana Heat Collection consists of six shades all of which have been inspired by the colours, sights, and fiestas of Cuba’s capital city, think bright, tropical and eye catching. I've been giving the shades Street Dance* and Mariposa Pearl* a whirl and I have to say their so pretty. Street Dance is literally a party in a nail polish pot, it has a clear base but is jam packed with all different sizes, shapes and colours of glitter, and after a couple of coats it literally takes any manicure to a whole new level, it's stunning! Mariposa Pearl is probably the most subtle shade within the Havana Heat Collection, it's a light peachy-gold shade with a pearlescent sheen to it, you need about three coats of this one before it's completely opaque but it looks super cute on the nails and perfect if you want something a little bit understated.
I always try and finish any mani with a top coat but I HATE the drying time but that's where my Leighton Denny Crystal Finish Top Coat* (£12.00) comes in, I love this one because it's a quick drying top coat so dries in no time at all, yasssssss... It also leaves my nails looking super glossy as well as sealing my mani into place for a lot longer. 
Something else I've been trying by Leighton Denny is their Bio-Build Serum* (£12.00), this stuff intensely restores moisture, rebuilds the nail structure and strengthens each layer of the nail to bond them together and creates a more resilient nail. This is such good stuff and perfect for my nails because they are so weak and break so easily, and my cuticle area is always so dry but I've noticed a huge improvement in the quality of my nails since using this gorgeous stuff. I just massage a tiny drop into each nail every night before I go to sleep and it works wonders, I cant believe I've never tried anything like this before seeing as the quality of my nails has always been so bad. 
You can find the Leighton Denny Havana Heat Collection for £12.00 each HERE.

nopin

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Accessorize Happy Daisy Perfume Review

Hey beaut's!

I'm so ready for all things Spring and Summer now, I'm slowly but surely switching things up in my makeup bag, wardrobe and in my perfume caddy and putting those warm, musky scents to the back and pulling forward my more fruity, floral scents. You might remember that last year I got a bit obsessed with the Accessorize Love Lily Fragrance, I featured it in quite a few favourites posts last year and I'm even on my second bottle of it now so when I heard Accessorize had launched a brand new scent for this Spring/Summer called Happy Daisy I just had to give it a whirl!
Happy Daisy* is a floral, fruity fragrance with a tiny hint of musk so it basically has a little bit of everything going on and I love it! It definitely reminds me of the Accessorize Love Lily Fragrance because they both open up with juicy top notes of raspberry and orange and I can definitely tell they smell similar, but Happy Daisy has heart notes of pepper, violet, cyclamen and jasmine and then finishes with base notes of caramel vanilla, delicate musk, orris and sandalwood.
The scent of Happy Daisy itself is so easy and comfortable to wear, it has light hints of sweetness and mixed with the floral notes it's a match made in heaven. For me it's the perfect scent for everyday wear because it isn't too strong or overpowering, it's not one of those scents that's going to get stuck in the back of your throat that's for sure. The fragrance has good lasting power too despite being quite lightweight, I mean it's not going to last all day long but I get a good couple of hours out of this one and I can always smell those caramel vanilla notes within the fragrance on myself throughout the day too, it's so nice and I can defietly see myself getting so much wear out it from now on. 
I love the bottle too, it's shape reminds me of a vintage perfume bottle that my Nan used to have when I was little, it looks so pretty and simplistic and is finished off a coral flower which is encased within the cap! 

 You can find the Happy Daisy  Eau De Parfum for RRP £19.00/75ml from Accessorize and The Perfume Shop

nopin