Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Fashion Wishlist With justyouroutfit!

*This is a collaborative post* 

Hey beaut's!

It's been a hot minute since I last done a wish list on my blog, I love doing wish lists as I find it so satisfying when I actually buy something from my wish list, it's like ticking something off your to-do list isn't it he he! Today's wish list contains a few fashion pieces that I've actually fallen in love with on the justyouroutfit website, I'm really into knitted dresses with boots at the moment and the pink ribbed one I've featured below from justyourpoutfit would look amazing with those biker boots! It's also an outfit that can carry you through to Spring too, you know when it can still be a bit chilly but you want to add some pastel hues to your look! Also can we appreciate just how STUNNING that dusty pink ruffle edge pleated bardot top is, team it with some skinny jeans, sandals and some sunnies and you've got a super pretty Spring outfit sorted!
The women's jeans from justyouroutfit are amazing, theres so many different colours and styles to choose from, some of which are super unique! I'm actually loving the look of their charcoal stonewashed denim mom jeans, mom jeans are actually totally out of my comfort zone, I always stick to basic skinny jeans but I LOVE how mom jeans look and I think these folded up slightly with the biker boots is such a look, I need them in my life asap and for £20.00 you cant go wrong! I'm also loving the look of their distressed acid wash jeans, these are such a nice colour for Spring and will go with all the pastel colours as well as white!
Have you got much on you fashion wish list right now beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

*AD – This post is a paid advertorial with justyouroutfit, all opinions are my own!

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Vegan Biscoff Cookie Sandwiches

Hey beaut's!

It's veganuary! The perfect time to bake my very first vegan recipe wouldn't you say?? I'm not actually Vegan myself but I definitely want to try/share a lot more Vegan recipes on my blog, this time around I've actually used a recipe from Cupcake Jemma as inspiration as I need to play around with my own Vegan recipes, but these cookie sandwiches turned out so well and where delicious I just had to share them! I'm actually intolerant to eggs and wanting to cut down on dairy so Vegan bakes and cakes are definitely the way forward for me from now on!
What You Will Need For the Cookies 
100g Caster Sugar
100g Light Brown Sugar 
120g Sunflower Oil or Vegetable Oil, I used Vegetable!
75g Water 
1 tsp Vanilla Extract 
300g Plain Flour 
3/4 tsp Bicarb 
1 tsp Baking Powder 
1/2 tsp Salt 

What You Will Need For The Biscoff Icing + Decoration
75g Dairy Free Spread 
75g Shortening, I Used TREX
400g Icing Sugar 
50g Biscoff Spread + Extra for Decorating
2 Large Bars Of Dark Chocolate
A Couple Of Biscoff Biscuits To Crush
How To - The Cookies
* The cookies are so easy to make but there are a few steps involved. In a bowl, whack all of your cookie ingredients in and mix until a smooth dough appears, this part literally takes seconds and no fancy mixers are needed I just used a good old wooden spoon. 
* Once everything is combined you need to cover/wrap your dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge to chill ideally overnight or for a few hours minimum.
* Once the dough has chilled roll it into small balls trying to keep them the same size, once you've rolled all the dough into balls pop them into the freezer for 10 mins, this just stops the cookies spreading out too much when their in the oven. Whilst the cookie dough is in freezer pre-heat your oven to 170 or gas mark 4. 
* Cook the cookies for around 12-13 mins or until your cookies have a turned a golden colour.

How To - Biscoff Icing
* In a large bowl, beat the dairy free spread and TREX together until it becomes pale and super whippy, then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix until combined. 
* Then whack in the Biscoff spread and mix well throughout the icing, as usual if the icing becomes too stiff then pop in some dairy free milk like soya or almond until you get your desired constancy. 
* Once the cookies are completely cool and the icing is mixed, match up your cookies in pairs and pipe a ring of icing all around the bottom of one cookie leaving the centre empty, then pop a blob of Biscoff spread in the centre and sandwich together with another cookie!
* Once all your cookies are sandwiched together, melt some dark chocolate and dip one end of the cookie sandwich into the chocolate and finish off by sprinkling some broken up Biscoff biscuits onto the dark chocolate, then leave to set if your patient he he!
Honestly these are divine, my boyfriend couldn't believe the icing or 'buttercream' was completely dairy free, it's so tasty! What I will say is that they are quite sickly and half of one if plenty for me but if you have a mega sweet tooth your going to love these! Vegan or not you have to give these a whirl! 

nopin

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Is The Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge Worth The Hype??

Hey beaut's!

It's been a while, this is my first post of 2020 so happy new year guys and gals...arhh I cant believe we're now in a new decade, pure craziness! Anyway just after the festivities I did post my 'What I Got For Christmas' blog post and within that post I shared that I had received the Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge, I had wanted to try this best selling sponge for ages and thankfully my Mum bought it for me bless her! So is it really worth the hype?? Lets find out!
I have to jump straight in and say this little sponge by Morphe has been a complete game changer for me, it bounces on and blends my foundation and concealer with complete ease without leaving any streaks and makes my base makeup look so smooth, lightweight and natural and I never have any problems with my makeup looking cakey or going cakey during the day when I use this little beauty. The sponge itself is quite firm when dry but gets more bouncy when it's wet, I will admit though it does still have a slight firmness to it when it's wet, it's not what I'd call light and foamy but it's not rock solid either - it's somewhere in between, it feels more durable if that makes sense and like it will last longer! The shape of the sponge is absolutely amazing for all area's of the face, the roundness at one end makes it so easy to use and blends your cream and liquid products in like a dream and then the flatter almost triangular end is great for getting into the harder to reach area's around your nose, eyes and brows, also if your fond of the 'baking' trend the sharper end of the sponge works incredibly well because you can stripe on loose powder under your contour and under your eyes really precisely. 
In my opinion the Morphe  Highlight and Contour Sponge is definitely worth they hype and I can see why it's a best seller, my foundation and concealer looks so lightweight and flawless when I use my sponge - which is everyday without fail he he - it's also affordable at just £8.00 making it much cheaper than the original beauty blenders and only a couple of pounds more than the Real Techniques sponge! I feel like the Morphe sponge is really robust too, most of my cheaper sponges rip and tear so easily but I cant really see this happening to my Morphe one anytime soon! Overall I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sponge, so thank you so much Mother for buying it for me for Christmas!

Have you tried the Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

You can find the Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge on the Boots website HERE for £8.00!

nopin

*This post contains a gifted item from my Mum for Christmas...No idea if Christmas gifts from family members have to be disclosed but I'm just covering my arse!

Sunday, 29 December 2019

What I Got For Christmas 2019

 Hey beaut's!!!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and stuffed your faces with all the pigs in blankets and chocolate because I know I did! I'm so sad Christmas is all over for another year though, I absolutely love the build up, the pretty decorations and the twinkling lights but hey, today I thought I'd keep things slightly festive and join in on the 'What I Got For Christmas' bandwagon, personally I love reading these type of posts or watching them on youtube, I just love seeing what lovely gifts everyone received. I was so lucky this year and received some amazing gifts from my family, boyfriend and friends and I really am grateful and truly thankful for everything I got! Anyway lets get going...

So lets kick things off with makeup and beauty, there wasn't actually much makeup on my Christmas wish list this year which is a first for me, I did however really want to try the Morphe Continuous Setting Mist and the Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge so I did actually ask my Mum for those, she also picked me up the Soap & Glory 'The Mask Force Five Set' and the Soap & Glory 'Brow Sweet' gift set, bless her, she knows I'm a Soap & Glory addict! My boyfriend Michael was naughty and treated me to the Jaclyn Hill X Morphe Eye Master Collection which I've lusted over for years, and he got me the beautiful Anastasia Eyeshadow Vault which contains the Soft Glam and the Modern Renaissance Palettes, and honestly the vault is stunning, the pictures just dont do it justice!

Michael really did spoil me... last year he got me the Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Lego Set which I had no idea I was getting but once I completed it I got a little bit Lego obsessed so Mike got me the Harry Potter Clock Tower Lego Set this year! I couldn't believe it, apparently it joins onto/goes with the Great Hall too, I'm currently half way through and I've caught the Lego bug again, it's so addictive! Mike also got me the most precious Harry Potter music box which you wind up yourself and it plays the iconic Harry Potter theme song, I LOVE this so much and haven't stopped winding it up since I got it!
Another gift from my parents was this massive Yankee Candle Set, you'll probably already know I'm a crazy candle lady so this is the perfect gift for me, it's crammed full of different sized festive Yankee Candles which are always my favourite scents, I cant wait to get burning!

My secret Santa at work got me some Lush bit's which I really appreciate as I haven't had any festive Lush bits this year - mainly because of how pricey Lush is these days - so it was such a nice treat to get those! And finally how beautiful is my new Pandora ring, I LOVE IT!!!

So that's all of my gorgeous gifts I received this year beaut's! Me and Mike also received some tins of biscuits which I think will last us a lifetime ha ha and we received some money and vouchers to share between us so I think a shopping trip will be in order very soon!

What did you get for Christmas beaut's?? Leave me your links below as I'd love to see.

nopin

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Easy and Affordable Gingerbread Truffles

 Hey beaut's!

If your having any festive get together's, dinner parties or you just want something sweet but picky to add to your Christmas Day table then I have the perfect bite size sweet treat for you - Gingerbread Truffles covered in white chocolate, oh my! These cost me around £2.50 to make and don't require much effort either, there so easy but so effective!
What You Will Need
1 packet of ginger-nut biscuits
2-3 tablespoons of cream cheese
2 bars of white chocolate
Sprinkles to decorate (optional)

How To
* Blitz the entire packet of ginger biscuits in a food processor, once the biscuits are blitzed pop 2 tablespoons of cream cheese into a bowl and whack in the ginger biscuit crumbs and mix until you get a wet sand like consistency!
* Once thoroughly combined, mould the mixture into little balls and pop into the fridge for an hour to set, if your in a rush just whack them in the freezer! If you find your mixture is too dry and you cant roll them into balls add in a third tablespoon of cream cheese and that will help bring everything together!
* Once your balls are firm and set (oh wow that sounds interesting doesn't it LOL) melt your white chocolate a coat the balls evenly and decorate whilst their still wet! I had some Christmas sprinkles in my baking cupboard so I used them on a few of my truffles, I was also using a block of milk chocolate that day for another recipe so I grated some milk chocolate on some and drizzled some melted milk chocolate on some others, you could literally use whatever you like to decorate them really!
* Once decorated pop them back in the fridge until your ready to serve them and voila! The truffles will stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days then you'll need to whip up another batch he he!

Will you be giving these a whirl beaut's? Or have you already tried them? I'd love to know!

nopin

Friday, 20 December 2019

December 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...
Smith & Sinclair Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies £15.00 for a selection of 8.
Candy Kittens Tropical Mango £2.00
UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar
MadeGood Granola Bars £2.90 for 1 box.
Gloriously Grown Vietnamese Jumbo Wrapped Cashews £3.00
Blue Dragon Thai Holy Basil Stir Fry Kit £1.50
Blue Dragon Teriyaki Street Food Skewers £2.70
Indie Bay Snack Chocolate Pretzel Bites £1.25
Arden's Gruyere & Spinach Twists £1.75
Oteas Green Tea, Cranberry, Cherry & Strawberry £3.39
Lagunitas DayTime Session IPA £1.80
Pedrino Vermouth & Tonic Spritz £1.95
Very Lazy Chopped Garlic £1.50 


Overall I think the 'Gourmet and Fiesta' themed box is really good, it has a great variety of yummy treats to try and enjoy and plenty of things to whack out for Christmas, the pretzel bites, crisps, twists and cashews are the perfect nibbles for a festive buffet!

If you like the look and sound of Degustabox you can grab your first box for just £7.99 with the code R5R0F HERE.

nopin

*This post contains gifted items from Degustabox, all opinions are my own!

Thursday, 19 December 2019

The Pro Co Vegan Skincare That Will Leave You Glowing!

Hey beaut's!

I'm hugely into skincare and looking after my skin these days, I think it's because I'm getting that bit older now and I've realised how important it is to have a good skincare routine in place. Whilst I've been perfecting my skincare routine I've been testing out a couple of The Pro Co skincare products and I've been loving the results so far! 
To give my skin a little TLC (which is well needed at this time of the year) I've been using The Pro Co's little trio of serums starting with their Vit C Serum, I use this little beauty twice a day after cleansing before my normal moisturiser and it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and supple, not to mention naturally radiant - I love that glow!!! The Vitamin C serum is actually formulated using a unique combination of active and natural ingredients to reduce the signs of ageing by helping reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, age spots and dull, faded looking skin. It also improves skin firmness over time, evens out the skin tone and increases radiance, all whilst being gentle on the skin! I've really been loving this bottle of gorgeousness, it's great for no-makeup days when you want your skin to look glowy and healthy but then it's also great for makeup days too as it creates a lovely dewy base that doesnt go oily or greasy!

The Eye Rescue Serum is literally a god send for me and my tired, dark eyes! The serum has been formulated using advanced encapsulated natural ingredients and designed to help fade existing pigmentation and improve skin micro-circulation, so if your part of the dark under eye club girls and boys this one could be for you. Just like the Vitamin C Serum I use the Eye Rescue twice a day after cleansing, I simply pop one tiny drop of the serum onto my ring finger and gently pat the product around my eye area until its absorbed! Afterwards my eye area feels nourished, smooth and it does indeed help with the tired, dark appearance of my eyes!

Lastly I been trying the Retinol Serum, this is a proven anti-ageing powerhouse that delivers higher performance, deeper penetration and extended release to increase the benefits to your skin and improve multiple signs of ageing. I only use this serum once a day at night before going to bed, I massage 1-2 drop of the serum all over my face taking any excess down my neck and then in the morning my skin feels lovely, so smooth, moisturised and supple! I definitely feel like this is a product that will have amazing results over time so I'll have to do an updated review on this one later down the line, but so far so good!
If your after trying out some eco friendly beauty then The Pro Co is definitely one to try, not only are their skincare products vegan and suitable for vegetarians, but they help tackle the continuing environmental issues by creating Eco friendly packaging that contain less than 2% plastic. I also love that all of the serums have pipette style applicators, it makes the products feel and look much more luxurious and expensive in my opinion. 

All of the serums are £7.99 each however Amazon have a pretty good promotion on at the moment if you fancy a little pre-Christmas treat - I mean why not, you deserve it - youcan actually get  20% off each serum featured in this post making them just £6.39 each which is such a good, affordable price for skincare!

nopin

*AD – This post is a paid advertorial with The Pro Co and also contains gifted items, all opinions are my own!