Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Skinny Bakery Review! Tasty Treats That Keep Your Waistline Happy!

Hey beaut's!

If you've read my blog for a while now you will probably know by my endless baking recipes that I have a super sweet tooth, the only problem with having a sweet tooth is that you crave everything naughty and it's never good for the ole waistline! However I was recently introduced to The Skinny Bakery and instantly I feel like all my sweet-toothed prayers have been answered... cakes, biscuits, gingerbread men.... all lower in calories...yup I'll have a lorry load please he he!
The Skinny Bakery was founded in 2013 by passionate home baker Mariella Forte! The Bakery sells guilt free, handmade treats which contain alternative healthier ingredients such as beetroot and sweet potato too quark and tofu making them a 'not so naughty treat' and they typically only contain 30-40 calories per piece! Theres so many yummy treats to choose from too, theres brownies, flapjacks, biscuits, meringue cookies and mini cake bites in so many flavours, they call the mini cake bites 'pearls' which is so cute. All of the baked treats come packaged really well, the biscuits come in little clear bags and the pearls come in grab and go style packs perfect for at home grazing or if you on the go their not too bulky and fit into your picnic basket perfectly!
The treats I received where...
Skinny Mini Gingerbread Men* £2.99 - These are the cutest little gingerbread men, you get three in a packet - each one contains just 36 calories! Their super tasty with a real ginger kick and a nice amount of sweetness, their also a dairy-free!
Skinny Choc Orange Cookies* £2.99 -  These are basically like a Terry's chocolate orange but in biscuit form, you get five little cookies in the bag and again they are a dairy-free recipe!
Skinny Chocolate Pearls* £2.99 - A pack of five little chocolate sponges filled with a tofu-chocolate frosting, these are so moist and tasty in fact I found all of the pearls super moist and are 42 calories each. Don't forget to store these beauties in the fridge though!
Skinny Beetroot Pearls* £2.99 - A pack of beetroot sponges pipped and filled with a quark based low fat cream cheese frosting.
Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies* 2.99 - A pack of six chocolate cookies made with egg whites and dairy-free chocolate. Just like meringue's they are crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, yum yum yum!

Skinny Carrot Cake Pearls* £2.99 - A pack of five carrot cake sponges made with real carrots and piped with a quark based low fat cream cheese frosting and are only 39 calories each, what's not to love.

You can shop the skinny bakery by either buying anything you fancy separately or theres some really good multi-buy deals that are pic'n'mix style and such good value. Theres also vegan and dairy-free options on the website too. If your looking for a sweet treat that isn't too naughty them I cant recommend these enough, they where all tasty, super fresh, not dry or hard and kept perfectly in the fridge for 7 days! I think my favourites would have to be the gingerbread men and the chocolate pearls, I'm a sucker anything chocolate-y and the gingerbread men just make me think of all things Christmas and Autumn he he!

You can shop The Skinny Bakery HERE.

nopin

Friday, 20 July 2018

Amazing Eyeliner Alert!! Flawless Eyeliner By Loreta Reviewed!

Hey beaut's!

If you know me then you'll know I don't go anywhere without my trademark winged liner on, I literally don't feel like myself unless I'm sporting a winged liner look so when the Flawless Lashes by Loreta Flawless Eyeliner* recently dropped onto my doorstep I whipped that out of it's packaging to try quicker than you can even say the word liner!! 
Flawless Lashes by Loreta is a brand pretty new to me, after a little investigating it seems that they are best known for their professional lash extension products and have recently launched the Flawless Eyeliner to go hand in hand with their extensions! The liner itself is by far one of the easiest liners I've used to date (and I've tried a lorry load, trust me), the handy felt-tip style fibre tip is perfect at delivering smooth, precise lines whether you want them thick or thin, it isn't too hard or too soft and has the right amount of flexibility to create wings/flicks with absolute ease, I would highly recommend this liner if you do struggle with creating liner flicks as this shape makes it so easy, I certainly wish I had this when I was perfecting the art of liquid liner as it would have been so much easier for me to learn.  The point of the fibre tip is so sharply precise though, I can literally draw the smallest of lines right into my tear duct area which is usually so difficult but not anymore he he!
The formula of the Flawless Eyeliner is fantastic, it claims that it lasts all day with no smudging and has even been tested in extreme conditions such as a humid climate and 30 degree temperatures without budging...This claim had me shook! Lucky for me we have been having a never ending heatwave here in the UK which meant I could really put this baby to the test and I have to say it bloody works a treat! It doesn't smudge, run or flake all day long, it honestly looks the same late at night as when I applied it first thing in the morning. The worry then turned to 'bugger, how will I get this liner off' but fear not it comes off just like any regular liner with a makeup wipe or your normal cleanser, I didn't have to rub my eyes to get it off or anything which was good!
If your looking for a new liquid liner to try I really cant recommend this one enough, it stays put like no other liquid liner I've tried before, it's so easy to use and as you can see in the picture above it's so precise and smooth looking. The only negative I have if I'm being picky is that it is £19.99 however it is on offer at the moment for £14.99, I'd still say that's more on the higher end side of things but when you take into consideration the quality the price is quite justifiable I guess!

You can find the Flawless Eyeliner for £14.99 HERE.

nopin

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Stronger Nails With Leighton Denny!

Hey beaut's!

I haven't been blessed with the best natural nails in the world, I take after my Dad having funny sausage fingers with super short squared off nails that are quite brittle, thanks for that Dad lol! I'm also quite heavy handed at home and at work and my nails really suffer with breakages and little nicks here and there, their always in need of a helping hand so these Leighton Denny polishes couldn't have arrived at a better time really, especially the strengthening treatment.
Leighton Denny's Rock Solid* (£12.00) is a one coat strengthening treatment for all nail types but especially for fragile, soft, sensitive nails that are prone to damage, just like mine. This lovely stuff can be used as a base coat before your normal polish or you can apply it to bare nails to start getting that growth and strength back. I always use Rock Solid as my base coat and it really does work well, it forms a protective coating that instantly bonds to the nail bed, rebuilding with fibres so that my nails look and feel strong and it creates that perfect smooth base for nail polish to sit over. I've been absolutely loving this stuff since I got it, I've noticed a huge difference in my nails since using it, their definitely not brittle or thin like they was and the ends of my nails used to be quite flimsy and bendy but now their super strong and sturdy and don't break like they used to. If your having trouble with nail breakage, weakness and lack of growth I cant recommend Rock Solid enough!
The Leighton Denny Nail Polish in Just Perfect* (£12.00) is literally the perfect Summer shade, it's a stunning coral-apricot cream which is warm and so easy to wear on fingers and toes. As usual the formula of this shade is lovely, it's opaque after two thin coats, it isn't streaky and doesn't bubble up at all and it's dries pretty quickly too which is always a bonus. Lasting power was really good too, like I said before I'm really heavy handed at work and at home with housework and what not and this shade kept up really well and didn't start chipping away until 3-4 days of wear which is really good for me.

You can find the Leighton Denny Nail Polishes for £12.00 each HERE.


nopin

Saturday, 14 July 2018

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! 
Firstly this month we have a Mighty Fine Salted Caramel Honeycomb Bar (£1.00),  this was soooo yummy and if your a fan of Crunchie bars and salted caramel then you will love this because it tastes quite similar!
I mean who doesn't love a jelly bean or two, I know I bloody love them! I'm a real sweetie lover so when I saw this packet of The Jelly Bean Factory jelly beans (£1.25) inside this months box I was a very happy bunny! 
I love dunking a biscotti or two in a cuppa and these Great British Biscotti's (£1.30) where delish, these ones actually contain white chocolate, cranberries and pistachio's which is such a yummy combination together!
 Theres quite a few drinks in this months box starting with two bottles of Orangina (£1.20 each), I used to love Orangina when I was little, it was always such a treat drinking out of a heavy glass bottle however...Orangina now have plastic bottles which are so much better for those lunch boxes or when your on the go! 
Theres also a bottle of Frylight Cooking Spray with Avocado Oil (£2.99) in the box this month, I often use Frylight when cooking but I don't think I've ever tried the avocado version so I'm keen to give this one a go and see what it's like!
We also have two cans of FYRE Fruit Drinks (2 x £1.29), FYRE is a super sweet sparkling drink which has an added kick of spices, it's quite bizarre really and I've never tasted anything like it but they are really refreshing!
This months products of the month are the Capsicana Cook Sauces (2 x £1.99), these are perfect for mixing with your chicken for fajitas, they are quite spicy though and really do have a kick so just bare that in mind if your a little scared of spice like me he he!
Next up is a bottle of no&more spring water which has been funked up with raspberry and blueberry, I love flavoured water so this didn't last long, it doesn't contain any nasties either like sugar, sweetener or artificial ingredients, it's all round yummy-ness! 
For cider lovers we have a can of Rosie's Pig Raspberry Rolle (£2.00), this is a raspberry and cucumber flavour sparkling cloudy cider, with a refreshing berry flavour with citrus notes! It's perfect for these hot days we've been having in the UK recently!
 These Brioche Pasquier Pains au Lait (£1.79) are a staple for your BBQ, we used ours when we had hot dogs at our BBQ and they went down an absolute treat!
 I think my favourite thing in this months box was these Peckish Rice Crackers (£1.79) in tangy barbecue flavour, you get five snack bags which are perfect to throw in your bag and their so yummy, I'm going to be buying some more of these that's for sure! 
Finally this month we have this Idahoan Gratin Bake (£2.30), all you have to do with this is add milk and butter and voila... you have a yummy cheesy potato oven bake, this was soooo good!

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

nopin

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Mini Revolution Haul + First Impressions!

Hey beaut's!

I recently treated myself to a couple of Revolution's products that I'd been eyeing up for while, of course I couldn't find any of them in-store so had to place a cheeky online order, it seems every Revolution product is like bloody gold dust to get hold of these days but never the less I grabbed the things I wanted and they where on offer 3 for 2 which is always a Brucie bonus!

Revolution Soph Nude Lipstick in Cake £4.00

Firstly I had been after the Revolution Soph Nude Lipstick in the shade Cake for ages! I actually went into three Superdrug stores to get this one and this particular shade was out of stock in all three stores so it seem to be the most popular out of the three shades Soph has launched! The lipstick itself is so nice, it has an extremely creamy satin finish which almost melts onto the lips as you apply it and feels very soft and nourishing as you wear it too. The colour is right up my street, it's a pink toned nude and definitely the best shade for me out of the three because I cant do beige or brown toned nudes at all. I get a good 3-4 hours wear time out of this one before I could use a top up which I think is pretty good for such a creamy lippie, oh and did I mention it's only £4.00, what a bargain!

Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Eyeliner in Black £5.00

If you know me then your'll know I don't go anywhere without my winged liner on, I literally don't feel like I have my s**t together until I'm sporting a winged liner so when I saw Revolution's new liquid liner in all of it's rose gold glory I couldn't wait to buy it to try! The liner itself is a felt tip pen style liner which is my favourite and by far the easiest to use in my opinion because you just draw it on the you would if it was a marker! So far I've found it really easy to use, the tip can create thin or thick lines with ease, it doesn't drag on my eyelids at all and it's so pigmented and super inky black! The lasting power has really impressed me too, we've been having some never ending tropical heatwave at the moment and my liner hasn't smudged or run in the heat at all, so far so good with this one!

Revolution Renaissance Lipliner in Chauffeur £2.50

Finally I went for the Revolution Renaissance Lipliner in the shade Chauffeur, I actually had the rose gold Chauffeur lippie and used the entire bullet up so I knew I would love the shade of this I just wasn't sure on the quality but WOW! Chauffeur is soft nude pink shade which is so pretty and so versatile, but what I was blown away by was the fact that this lip liner stays put for hours and hours, you could even eat a 99 ice cream with a flake and this wouldn't budge (oh gosh I want one of those now lol). This lip liner actually has a waterproof formula so I'm guessing that's whats helping it stay put for so long, but it's very creamy and easy to apply and whacking this underneath your lipstick works wonders for longevity! I'm going to collect all of the other colours in this lip liner now because the formula is probably the best I've ever tried, and for £2.50 it's such a steal!
What Revolution makeup should I buy next? I need some suggestions on what else is good beaut's!

nopin

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Cute Party Ring Cupcakes!

Hey beaut's!

I've been in the kitchen again baking up a storm, this time I knew I wanted to make something a little bit cute and girlie so I decided to not only incorporate party rings in the decorating but also some gorgeous sprinkles and sugar decorations from Cake Angles! This recipe is very easy and will pretty much be to every ones taste because it's basically a Victoria sponge cake but in a cupcake, it has a yummy vanilla sponge which is stuffed with jam and finished off with vanilla buttercream, I mean whats not to love!
What You Will Need For The Cupcakes
125g butter
2 large free-range eggs or 3 medium
125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
1/4 bicarbonate of soda 
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk (optional)

What You Will Need For The Icing/Decorating
150g butter
300g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk (optional)
2-3 tablespoons of jam 
Cake Angels Blush Sprinkles*
Cake Angles Under The Sea - Aloha Sugar Decorations*
Mini Party Rings
How To - Cupcakes
1. Firstly pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4 /180 and line a muffin tin with your cupcake cases.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whack in all of your cupcakes ingredients and mix until smooth with a hand whizzer. If the mixture is a little thick add in some milk a tablespoon at a time until you get your desired constancy!
3. Once the cupcake batter is smooth pop a heaped tablespoon of the cupcake batter into each cupcake case and bake in the oven for around 18 minutes or until the top of the cupcakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool.
How To - Icing/Decorating
1. Once the cupcakes are completely cool your going to want to stuff them with some jam before you start on the icing, to make the holes in the centre of the cupcakes I used a drinking straw to make a small hole in the centre of each cupcake and then I used a piping nozzle to make the whole a little bigger, if you have an apple corer this would be ideal *I must remember to buy one lol*! Then pop some jam in a piping bag and stuff those cupcakes!
2. Once your cupcakes are filled to the brim with jam grab a large bowl and beat the butter until it becomes smooth and whippy, then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and again mix until combined. Then add in your vanilla extract and any milk if you feel like your buttercream needs it a mix again!
3. Pipe or spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes and then go to town on the decorating, I used a Wilton 2D piping tip to pipe my buttercream then I decorated six of my cupcakes with Party Rings and six with the Cake Angles Under The Sea - Aloha Sugar Decorations, I then finished off every cupcakes with the Cake Angels Blush Sprinkles and voila!!
And there you have it beaut's, a very basic but very tasty cupcake which looks so adorable, these are so perfect for parties I tell ya!

nopin

Saturday, 7 July 2018

New Releases From Technic Cosmetics!

Hey beaut's!

If you've read my blog for a while now you will know I'm a HUGE Technic Cosmetics fan, not only is their makeup super affordable but it's really good too. Something else I love about Technic is that their always working on new projects and releasing some amazing new collections and I've been testing out a few brand new products by Technic over the last month or so that I just have to share with you!

Technic Colour Max Face And Eyes Palette In Show Stopper* £6.00
This little palette is perfect if your going off on your holidays or if you like your makeup bag to be quite lightweight, it's a multi-use palette that contains four eyeshadows, a blusher, a highlighter and a bronzer! The four eyeshadows within the palette are all warm toned - super wearable shades for day or night, theres two matte shades and two metallic's which all blend easily with only a little fall out and they look so nice on the eyes around this time of the year! The blush, bronzer and highlighter all work beautifully, their well pigmented and blend with ease and I have to say the highlighter is absolutely blinding, I love it!

Technic Mega Blush Quad* £4.00
Another great little palette if your on your travels or if you like a nice selection of shades all in one place is this little Mega Blush Quad, it contains four all matte shades in different tones of pink to add a nice pinky flush to the cheeks! Again these pick up on the brush well, they blend really easily with very little fall out, they are buildable which I like because if you have an over pigmented blush you can end up looking like a clown and ruining your base makeup but these shades aren't like that at all, and for £4.00 you really cant go wrong,  

Technic Shade Adjusting Highlighter Drops* £5.50 + Get Gorgeous Liquid Highlighter in Bloom* £4.50
These little highlighting drops have to be my favourite things, I'm all glowy skin and a few drops of this gorgeous stuff mixed in with my foundation creates the perfect dewy, radiant skin, ahh its lovely! You can also use them alone as a liquid highlighter and at the moment I've been loving mixing them in with my body moisturiser or sun cream to give my body that all over Summer glow! Honestly beaut's if you don't have any liquid highlighter drops in your collection you need some pronto!

Technic Prism Luna Rocks*

The Luna Rocks are a brand new addiction to Technic's popular Prism range, their essentially individual little square rocks of pale lilac, baby pink and white highlighter! They remind me on bronzing pearls my mum used to have when I was little, I used to be totally obsessed with them and now I can get them in highlighter form I'm pretty shook!! To use the Luna Rocks all you have to do is simply swirl a damp or dry brush around the rocks and then go to town on your face and body and get that glow going, these rocks look particularly good dusted on your shoulders and collar bone! 

Technic Lip Primer* £4.00
This lip primer is an essential for me, I pop it on my lips whilst I apply my makeup and it preps my lips to perfection ready for me to pop on my chosen lip colour. The primer itself contains aloe vera and vitamin e which really softens and nourishes the lips and creates the perfect canvas for any lip product but especially dryer formula's like liquid lipsticks and matte lippies!

Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighting Powders* £4.50 each

Oh my, I think I've saved the best until last, how frickin' stunning are these highlighters! If you know me you'll know I'm not happy unless I am laced in highlighter and these really don't disappoint! Theres four shades to collect...Canary Diamond - this one looks icy white in the pan but when applied it has a beautiful golden shift to it, Perwinkle - a stunning violet highlighter with a pink shift to it, Virtuoso - this one is a super intense silver it almost looks like a foil sheen and lastly theres Galaxy Girl - this one is a cross between a galactic blue but with a lilac shift! Each highlighter comes in a sturdy plastic compact with the cutest star and moon raised design within the pan, they certainly look pretty cool. They have a super blendable formula which glows on the cheeks so nicely, theres a tiny amount of shimmer within each highlighter but nothing crazy, I love them!

You can find all of Technic's new launches along with the rest of their products on their website HERE. Also look out for full reviews and swatches on each product coming on my blog soon!

nopin