Saturday, 8 December 2018

Benefit Beauty Baubles!

Hey beaut's!

Beauty baubles are everywhere these days, I remember a few years back the beauty bauble wasn't even a thing but now their are LOADS to choose from and I'm loving the trend! I think beauty baubles work amazingly well as stocking fillers or for secret Santa gifts, their super festive because of their bauble design, reasonably priced and still great little gifts at the same time that most beauty lovers would enjoy. 
Benefit have loads of beauty baubles available on the Escentual website this year, theres everything from brow products, blushes, bronzer and even mascaras and primers - all of which are Benefit's best sellers and all come in adorable miniature sizes perfect for your travel makeup bag or they make ideal 'tester' sizes!
I have the Roller Lash Bauble* (£10.50) and the POREfessional Primer Bauble* (£10.50.), both of which come in little trinket style plastic boxes with ribbon attached at the top so you can actually hang them on your Christmas tree if you'd like too. The Roller Lash Mascara is an absolute holy grail of mine because it makes my lashes look absolutely incredible, you can ditch your eyelash curlers now girls as this mascara is all about achieving that all-important eye opening curl, the wand literally grabs, separates, lifts and curls every lash leaving me with a wide eyed fluttery effect, I'm obsessed! Benefit's POREfessional Primer is another absolute cult classic that so many of us love, this stuff has a translucent, silky formula that will diffuse the appearance of excess oil and fill in any visible pores in an instant, keeping skin beautifully matte and shine-free, great for the oily guys and gals out there and perfect for the summer months.
If your looking for a small gift for a makeup and beauty lover this Christmas then I really cant recommend these little baubles enough, not only are they adorable but the quality is amazing too and their an affordable gift too, whats not to love!

You can find the Benefit Baubles from £10.50 HERE.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Festive Reds Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Hey beaut's!

I cant believe Christmas is just a mere nineteen days away, it's going so quick isn't it, anyway I thought I would do another cheeky Christmas gift guide today and carry on my 'Festive Reds' tradition that I've done for the past couple of years. I've gone for a mixture of smaller cheap Christmas gift ideas which you could pop in for stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts, and then some bigger bits for under the tree ranging from affordable to a couple of more luxury prices.

So lets kick things off with more affordable options starting off with a good old pair of cosy socks, these are the ultimate stocking filler which everyone loves and can get some use out of! I also love how massive the beauty bauble and beauty crackers trend has got, personally I think both work amazingly well as stocking fillers or for secret Santa gifts, their all super festive because of their cracker or bauble design, reasonably priced and still great little gifts at the same time that most beauty lovers would enjoy. I also love how you can now get full boxes of beauty crackers too, I think these are great if your hosting a Christmas meal with your best friends just before Christmas, they just make such a nice change to normal crackers don't they. 

Then theres pj's, these are perfect Christmas gifts for Mums or anyone really for that matter, you literally cant go wrong with a cosy set of pj's can you, I also love that most pj's, onsies and dressing gowns are reasonably priced but when their wrapped up they look huge under the tree ha ha! If your after something a little bit bigger and maybe your wanting to spend a bit more then perfume gift sets are great, as well as the epic makeup gift sets you can buy these days! Candles are another great gift for Christmas, theres hundreds of brands and scents too choose from and I think they can work as quite a unisex gift! If you have a tea or coffee lover that you need to buy for then a nice mug is definitely going to go down a treat, I love all the festive ones that are out at this time of the year!

If your looking for some other ideas that I haven't mentioned yet you could always go for some personalised Christmas gifts, I think these are really special because it shows the person your buying the gift for that you went that extra mile for them. You can literally get everything personalised nowadays, theres everything from clothing, food, cups, candles, jewellery even chocolate spread jars, the list is endless! And finally hampers are an incredible gift to get whole family's for Christmas, it really takes the stress out of figuring out what to get each person because they can literally share what ever is in the hamper between them, you can even make up your own hampers if you'd rather add that personal touch too!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet beaut's or do you still have lots to get? I'd love to know!


* This is a collaborative post but all writing and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Popcorn Shed Review!

Hey beaut's!

I bloody love popcorn, a trip to the cinema just wouldn't be the same without a bag or two of popcorn to nibble on or even a movie night at home for that matter...the moral of the story here is that I'm a bit of a popcorn addict, sweet or salty I'm down! However...I've never really delved into the depths of flavoured  popcorn, and Popcorn Shed have tonnes of flavours to choose from, it literally blew my popcorn loving mind!
Popcorn Shed* is the UK's first super-premium gourmet popcorn brand, they incorporate texture into their popcorn through chunks of nuts, chocolate and dried fruit, not to mention the popcorn is tumbled in fresh caramel before being scattered with all of the delious treats, wow is your moth watering yet as I know mine is! Popcorn Shed have 7 sweet or savoury flavours of popcorn to choose from so theres certainly a flavour to suit everyone and they all come in a variety of sizes too, theres handy 'on the go' sized bags, larger boxed up packs for £3.50 which are perfect for the popcorn junkies out there and they even have some of their flavours in massive glass jars which are £15.00 which would work well if your looking to gift someone some popcorn for Christmas or birthdays!
The flavours I tried are....
Pop 'N' Choc - a double whammy of chocolate accompanied by a smooth cocoa-infused caramel base.

Salted Caramel - the perfect combination of intense sea-salted caramel popcorn topped with velvety, creamy Belgian milk chocolate.

Pecan Pie - nutty, buttery, smooth caramel popcorn with added pecans give it a textural sensation and nutty crunch.

Berry-licious - a magical mixture of fruity tart raspberry and indulgent smooth rich dark chocolate.

Butterly Nuts - This one has a rich creamy peanut butter Caramel base and is topped with real peanut halves for an irresistible crunch.

Sweet Cheesus - A premium take on the classic ‘Sweet and Salty’ combo! Indulgent real cheddar cheese and sweet, buttery caramel Gourmet Popcorn. 

Say Cheese - Deliciously rich, ripe and creamy mature cheddar popcorn. This sharp cheesy flavour is ridiculously addictive and tangy.
My favourite flavours are definitely the sweeter ones which I knew they would be as I have such a sweet tooth, the Pop 'N' Choc and Salted Caramel flavours are literally next level gorgeousness, Pecan Pie was so delicious too!

You can find Popcorn Shed in Superdrug, Co-op and Amazon but you can also buy from their website HERE.


Saturday, 1 December 2018

Christmas Gifts From FatFace!

Hey beaut's!

With Christmas literally just around the corner, FatFace have a huge selection of gifting options for the whole family, from stocking fillers and secret Santa gifts to novelty knits and luxe cashmere, it's so much easier if you can buy everything under one roof or one website isn't it, and FatFace literally have you covered!
Some of my personal favourites are the socks that FatFace have to offer this year, they have Novelty Christmas Pudding Socks* (£6.00) for the man in your life which I think are pretty epic and not to mention super soft, and not forgetting the women's Fluffy Socks In A Box* (£10.00) which are so cosy you will literally never want to take them off, I don't know about you but I always love received those fluffy, cosy socks in my stocking! FatFace even do Star Knickers In A Bauble* (£7.50) which I mean.... I've never seen this in my life but what a different idea if your looking to get your girlfriend or wife some underwear this Christmas!
Another gift that's sure to go down an absolute treat is a Hot Chocolate Mug Gift Set* (£15.00), I mean how many hot drinks and hot choccies do we have over the colder months, loads!!! So this is the perfect prezzie that will get tonnes of use, the mug itself is massive so you can definitely fit plenty of marshmallows and whipped cream within it and I love how it's design is festive but not too in your face!
Finally if you have a beauty lover to buy for then FatFace even have some cute sets you can grab, theres the loveliest Lip Balm Trio Cracker* (£10.00) which contains three little lip balm tins in raspberry, mint and wild berry flavour, the tins are pocket sized so you can carry them around with you easy enough when your out and about and they small divine. They also have a little Hand Cream And Lip Balm Gift Set* (£12.00) which I know my Mum would absolutely love, the whole aesthetics of this set looks perfect for someone maybe a little bit older and the sweet pea hand cream within this set smells so gorgeous that I want to bathe in the stuff he he!

Overall I think FatFace have a great selection of Christmas gifts this year, whether you want something affordable or a little bit pricey they have so much choice! You can find all of the FatFace gifts in store or online HERE.


Thursday, 29 November 2018

Festive Degustabox Review + £5 off Discount Code!

Hey beaut's!

I have a subscription box review for you all today but it's a subscription box with a difference.... it contains yummy food and drink, so say hello to Degustabox*. Degustabox works very much like how beauty subscription boxes work, for £12.99 a month (postage included within the £12.99 price) you will receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products, many that are completely new to the market! So if your a bit of a foodie like myself and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's!
The shortlist for this months box is:
- NICK'S Coconut Bar £1.45
- Weetabix On The Go Kids £2.99
- Reese's Peanut Butter Snowman £3.00
- Amy's Kitchen Organic Chunky Tomato & Vegetable Soup £1.80
- Emily Veg Crisps Sweet Potato Sticks £1.00
- Jules Destrooper Almond & Belgian Chocolate Thins
- Tabasco Red Pepper Sauce £2.00
- Kallo Organic Vegetable Stock Cubes 
- The Bees Knees Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine £1.89
- Jack Daniel's Whisky Cola + Light Cola
- Mallow & Marsh Cranberry Marshmallows
Overall I think this months box has a great variety of yummy treats to try, theres everything from Christmas chocolate, warming soups, alcohol for a festive tipple, crisps to snack on, stock cubes to help with festive dinners plus so much more.

If you like the look and sound of Degustabox you can grab your first box for just £7.99 with the code 039DB HERE.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Mince Pie Cupcake Recipe - It's Affordable Too!

Hey beaut's!

Arhhh behold the mince pie cupcake, this was a completely new recipe for me and I had no idea if that festive stuff we call mincemeat would work well in a cupcake but being the cupcake lover that I am I just had to give it a go and honestly tastes like Christmas in a cupcake! I got all my ingredients from Aldi*, which I would really recommend doing because it's soooo much more affordable, I'm talking half the price of other supermarkets, I literally wont get my baking ingredients from anywhere else now.
What You Will Need For The Cupcakes
125g self raising flour
2 tsp mixed spice 
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
65g caster sugar
60 light soft brown sugar
75g mince meat or brandy mince meat (Aldi sell both)
3 tbsp raisins/currants
140g butter
2 large eggs
1.5 tbsp milk

What You Will Need For The Buttercream
150g soft butter
300g icing sugar
1/4 tsp orange extract/juice of an orange (optional)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

How To - Cupcakes
* Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line a muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
* In a large mixing bowl, throw in your butter and whip it up for a minute or two until it's fluffy and whippy then whack in the rest of your cupcake ingredients and mix with an electric whizzer until well combined, this is such an easy 'throw it all in' recipe!
*Once your mixture is smooth pop a heaped tablespoon of the cupcake batter into each cupcake case and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
How To - Buttercream
* In a large bowl, beat the butter until it becomes super whippy, then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix until combined. Depending on what flavour buttercream your after will depend on what extract you pop in, orange extract or juice from an orange works really well with these cupcakes and makes it even more seasonal if that's even possible, however if you want to keep things simple then just pop in some vanilla!
* Pipe or spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes and decorate how you wish, I sprinkled over some little gold star sprinkles to add a festive touch, and voila!
I honestly cant believe how well mincemeat works mixed within cupcake batter, it adds such a festive taste and feel to the cupcakes but their still super light and fluffy, they where gorgeous even if I do say so myself!


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Magnitone Blend Up Makeup Blending Brush - Christmas Gift Idea

Hey beaut's!

When your trying to buy a Christmas gift for that makeup loving guy or gal in your life it can be quite tricky because you don't know if your going to buy them makeup or beauty items that they already own, but something which is always a winner in my opinion is makeup tools/brushes, we always need a supply of those don't we beaut's! One makeup tool that really caught my eye and had me very intrigued was the Magnitone Blend Up Makeup Blending Brush, and after trying it I really cant recommend it enough for a Christmas prezzie!
The Magnitone Blend Up* is a Vibra-Sonic™ Makeup brush, it flawlessly blends powder and liquid makeup like a professional makeup artist by moving across the skin over 250 times a second to give the softest looking, most natural, airbrushed effect, which is healthier for the skin and leaves it free from clumping, clogged pores, edge-lines and streaks. 
Now although the Blend Up is super easy to use, I'm not going to lie this does take a big of getting used to when you first start using it, however once you get to grips with how it feels you will notice just how quickly your makeup goes on and wow it looks so, so flawless! I like to use the Blend Up brush mainly for my liquid foundation application but I've also used it for powder, blush and bronzer too, all I do is dot my foundation around my face as usual I then blend the brush over my face for a few seconds and voila, I kind of hold and use it just like I would a buffing brush and the head of the brush and the bristles are very much like a buffing brush actually with the added bonus of 2 speed movement and vibration he he. Talking of the bristles...their super soft and feel very high quality, their also covered with Biomaster antibacterial protection to help prevent cross-contamination and unwanted breakouts.
The Blend Up brush is available in white or black, I opted for the black version because I love it's sleek design and rose gold accents, it's very me although I do love the white version too. The Blend Up brush also comes with a USB charger which fully chargers the brush within 2 hours which is pretty good, and theres also two other brush heads that you can buy separately and swap between if you wish.

Overall I think this is a such a genious idea and maybe something you wouldn't think of buying yourself that's why I think it's such an epic Christmas prezzie idea. I certainly love mine and use it everyday to apply my foundation now, it's amazing how natural it makes the foundation look on the skin, my skin still looks and feels like skin but the coverage is there without any caking, it's fab!

You can find the Magnitone Blend Up Makeup Blending Brush*  for £70.00 HERE.