Saturday, 13 October 2018

Reasons Why I Love Visiting A Pumpkin Patch!

 Hey beaut's!

I bloody love autumn, theres something about the cosy vibes, the colours, the scents, the hearty meals and the all important pumpkin that just gets me all fuzzy inside. This year I'm visiting two pumpkin patches, one of which I have already been too with my girlie Kate - that particular patch was quite small and quite chilled and relaxed and then I'm actually off to a much larger pumpkin patch today (Saturday), I actually visit this one every year, it's a little tradition me and the boyfriend have now. So today I thought I'd share the reasons why I much prefer going pumpkin picking than buying your standard ole pumpkin from Tesco! 
* The Variety - Yes you can get Pumpkins in the supermarket but 1 - wheres the fun in that and 2 - the variety just isn't the same. Visiting a pumpkin patch means you can get your classic pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, theres also white pumpkins, spooky pumpkins with warts all over them which are a personal favourite of mine, theres loads of different squashes and munchkin pumpkins to choose from and one of the patches I go too also do glow in the dark pumpkins, it's fab!

* The Photo Op's - Come on, we are always thinking about the gram opportunities and theres nothing more autumnal than getting some cute shots in a field full of pumpkins, their actually some of my personal favourite pictures to browse through on Instagram at this time of the year. 

* The Food - The larger pumpkin patch I visit every year has quite a few food and drink stalls which are so nice, I got some amazing Halloween cupcakes last year and the best pumpkin soup I've ever tasted, aswell as the hot chocolates which are divine and warm you right up if it's a cold day! 

* The Experience - The whole vibe of going to the pumpkin patch makes me feel so much more autumnal (if that was even possible) and really gets me excited for Halloween and pumpkin carving! Theres always a corn maze to try out, hay stacks to climb and the best pumpkin carvers ever carving the most amazing things I've ever seen into a pumpkin, I love it!

Will you be going pumpkin picking this year beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Thursday, 11 October 2018

My Current Netflix Favourites!

Hey beaut's!

I'm such a TV and movie addict so Netflix is well loved by me, it's also getting to that time of the year again where getting cosy and watching Netflix  happens a whole lot more and I for one am happy about that, so today I thought I'd share my current favourites with you!

Power - I think Power has to be my current favourite TV show, I'm totally and utterly addicted to it! If you haven't watched Power before it's basically a super intense drug, crime, drama that's based around a guy called James St Patrick or 'Ghost' as he's known in the drug world. Ghost is a pretty big deal in the drug world but is trying to get his life back on track but certain things drag him back down to that bad lifestyle all the time, it also surrounds his family, children and best friend Tommy who all play a part! Season 5 has just finished and it's left me chomping at the bit for more I tell ya, roll on season 6. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before - This Netflix original film was hugely hyped up online but actually it took me a while to finally sit down and watch it, but once I had watched it I totally saw what all the hype was about because I loved it! The film is focused on Lara Jean a sixteen year old student who has written letters to all of her crushes whilst she was growing up, the letters then accidentally get sent out and she has to deal with the aftermath. I found it a really lovely film with plenty of sweet moments and it really gets you wanting certain relationships to form (you'll know what I mean if you've watched it), I love that when a film has that effect on me! It also has the gorgeous Noah Centineo in it, I mean he's a bit of a dream boat isn't he!

Gavin & Stacey - If your after something a bit light-hearted that will have you lol'ing then Gavin and Stacey will really hit the spot. Me and my boyfriend never actually watched Gavin and Stacey when it was on TV years ago so when we saw it was on Netflix we gave it a whirl and managed to finish it all within a week. We are currently watching it again every night whilst we eat dinner because we love it that much, and it's still just as funny the second time round!

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser - Another Netflix original rom/com which I totally love, in fact I love it more than To All The Boys I've Loved Before which is really saying something because I love that! The plot here is quite confusing to explain but.... it's all about Sierra Burgess, a student who isn’t part of the cool crowd and only has her best friend Dan, Sierra ends up texting Jamey played by the lush Noah Centineo from To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Jamey goes to a different school nearby and has a crush on the most popular girl in Sierra's school - Veronica! Veronica pretends to then give her number to Jamey (who thinks all of his Christmas' have come at once) but actually she's given him Sierra's number, Jamey starts texting who he thinks is Veronica when in fact it's Sierra, it's basically a cute catfish if that's ever a thing lol! I have actually watched this film a few times now and still love it each and every time I watch it!

Jessica Jones Seasons 1 & 2 - If your lover of all things Marvel and superhero then I think you'd really enjoy Jessica Jones! Despite it being super hero based it's not a 'kiddy super hero' watch its definitely for the adults and sees some really gripping stories and cliff hangers going on, plus Jessica is such a bad ass, I love a bit of girl power! It also goes hand in hand with all the other Marvel TV shows of Netflix such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Defenders and The Punisher, I've watched all of these too and I really recommend them, especially The Punisher!

Let me know if you’ve watched any of these TV shows or films beaut's and if you enjoyed them, also I'd love some more Netflix recommendations too!

nopin

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

My 'Updated' Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

I've been back in the kitchen again... On Sunday I had a real craving for some gingerbread cupcakes so I went through my baking cupboard and decided to whip up a quick batch and wow they hit the spot let me tell ya... I did share a gingerbread cupcake recipe on my blog before but I've tweaked the recipe ever so slightly, and I've also switched up the buttercream to my super scrumptious brown sugar buttercream so I thought I'd share my updated version with you all today!
What You Will Need For The Cupcakes
150g Unsalted Butter 
150g Light Muscovado Sugar 
150g Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 pinch Nutmeg 
3 Free Range Large Egg
1=2 tbsp Milk

What You Will Need For The Buttercream
125g Unsalted Butter
55g Soft Brown Sugar
200g Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Splash Of Milk

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, beat the butter and the light muscovado sugar with an electric whizzer until well combined, then start adding in the eggs one at a time, mixing between each one.
3. Then add in your flour, ginger, cinnamon and the nutmeg and mix until you get a smooth batter, I had to add in some milk just to loosen things up.
4. Pop a 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, brown sugar and cinnamon until it becomes super whippy, then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix again until combined. As usual if the buttercream is too stiff then pop in some milk until you get your desired constancy.
* Pipe or spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes and decorate with some sprinkles if you wish, I got the little gingerbread men sprinkles from Home Bargains, and voila!
These cupcakes where so incredibly easy to make and they taste and look so good, the cupcake itself is super light and has just enough spice within it without being too spicy and the brown sugar buttercream is such a game changer. If your a lover of gingerbread then you HAVE to make these cupcakes over autumn/winter, .

nopin

Sunday, 7 October 2018

PMD Clean Review

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 also been trailing and testing the PMD Clean* - a smart cleansing device - so I thought I'd share with you how I've been finding the results today!

Its no secret that I love PMD as I brand, I have their Kiss Lip Plumping System which works an absolute treat so I was so excited to try a skincare device out by them! The PMD Clean is a smart facial cleansing device which is made of ultra-hygienic silicone and is odour-resistant, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and waterproof, so you can take it in the bath or shower with you without a care in the world! With SonicGlow™ technology the PMD Clean removes skin’s impurities by breaking down dirt and oil from within the pores resulting in a much deeper cleanse whilst also toning, firming and smoothing the skin!
The ultra-hygienic brush head has two sides, one for cleansing which is made up of small bristles to deliver a deep cleanse, while the other side has a more wave-like appearance which can be used to massage the skin or to work serums in which I think is super clever and feels like such a treat! The device itself has four customisable modes and over 7,000 vibrations per minute, woah there. Theres two vibrating settings - one at a normal speed and the other faster - and two pulsing settings again one at normal speed and the other faster, all of which I love, I actually go through all the settings whilst cleansing as I don't like to miss out on anything (lol) but obviously you might find a favourite setting that works for you more than the others. 
The way I like to use the PMD Clean personally is by whacking on my normal cleanser all over my face - my personal faves are either my Liz Earle Cleanser and Polish or my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm - then I simply rinse the brush head under warm water and massage the device all over my face working through the different settings, once I'm satisfied I just rinse my cleanser off with a flannel and warm water and voila! I also have to add that it doesn't hurt to use and it doesn't feel scratchy at all so if you have slightly sensitive skin you don't need to worry! It does really stimulate the skin too, I can visually see the blood flow increasing as my skin does go a little red whilst I'm using it but I like that about the device, at least you can see it really working!
It's a battery operated device and requires 2 AA batteries so theres no need for long wires or waiting on charging, all you need are a couple of batteries on stand by for when the two that are included run out! It's freestanding too and doesn't take up any room at all and isn't it so cute, I have the baby pink one which has rose gold accents at the base which I love but their are other colours available too.

I've been using the PMD Clean for around a month or so now and I have to say I'm loving the results, my skin does indeed feel a lot smoother and supple now and when I first starting using it - it brought up a cluster of blackheads around chin which I never knew existed so I'm pleased their now gone. Overall I feel like it does a fantastic job at giving my skin a super deep cleanse and my skin has looked so fresh a polished since using it!

You can find the PMD Clean HERE for £89.00!

nopin

Friday, 5 October 2018

30 Autumnal Blog Post Ideas!

Hey beaut's!

It's finally my favourite time of the year again... Autumn/Winter!! Yayyyyyy! As you can probably tell I get stupidly exciting for this time of year I just love the cold crisp days, autumn leaves, hot chocolates, knitwear, boots, spicy/warming candles, pumpkin carving and of course the build up to Christmas! I love to blog and Instagram so much at this time of the year - more so than any other - so today I thought I would share with you all a few of my Autumnal blog post ideas in case your after a bit of inspo...

1. Share Some Autumnal/Halloween Recipes.
2. Favourite Dark Lippies.
3. Share Your Visit Pumpkin Picking.
4. Autumn Makeup Favourites.
5. DIY Autumn Decor.
6. Sharing Your Perfect Cosy Night In.
7. Autumn Nail Polish Picks.
8. Favourite Autumn Candles.
9. Your Favourite Halloween Movies.
10. What's In Your Autumn Makeup Bag.
11. Share How Your Decorating Your House For Halloween.
12. Do The Autumn Tag.
13. Pumpkin Carving Tips.
14. How To Create The Perfect Autumnal Flatlay For Your Instagram Pics.
15. Favourite Autumnal Outfit.
16. Slow-Cooker Recipes.
17. Autumn OOTD.
18. Autumn Skincare Routine.
19. Autumnal Drinks Recipes
20. Favourite Knitwear.
21. Autumn Homeware Wishlist.
22. TV Favourites - Autumn Edition.
23. Share A Pumpkin Recipe - I Done Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes Last Year.
24. Autumn Look Book.
25. Share Your Favourite Autumn Props.
26. Things You Can Do On A Rainy Day.
27. Autumnal Haul.
28. Autumn Boots Collection.
29. Create An Autumnal To Do List/Bucket List
30. Halloween Outfit Ideas.

I hope this gave you a few ideas if your planning on doing lots of autumnal blog posts and Instgrams this year like me! I'd love to hear some of your ideas to beaut's! 

nopin

Thursday, 4 October 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 not one but three YES! Fruit and Nut Bars to try (£1.20), these are perfect for snacking on the go as you can just throw them in your handbag and eat them wherever and whenever! Each bar contains one of your five a day and had no added sugar, only the natural sugars so their not too bad on the waistline either he he!
Next up is some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (89p), my boyfriend absolutely loves Reese's so these went down an absolute treat with him, I mean whats not to love about peanut butter smothered in chocolate!
Then we have a bag of CHOC CHICK Cacao Nibbles (£1.85), I've heard a lot of good things about cacao, it's 100% organic cocoa which is packed full of anti-oxidants, magnesium, iron and is a powerful probiotic so yeah, as you can see it's pretty good stuff. You can have these nibs as a snack on your desk, sprinkled over porridge and they can even been used in healthier baking recipes and smoothies too!
Next up is a box of Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps (£1.80), these are yummy buttery cookies that have a slight caramelised taste to them, their absolutely gorgeous with a cuppa!
Then we have a bag of Indie Bay Pretzel Bites (99p), these are baked spelt and wheat pretzel bites with a smokey BBQ seasoning. I loved these because I'm a fan of anything pretzel like and BBQ so putting the combination together was a complete winner for me, their the perfect movie time snack!
Then theres a sharing bag of Mallow & Marsh Raspberry Marshmallows (£2.79), I'm a huge lover of marshmallows but I've never tried anything like these raspberry mallows which are covered in dark chocolate by the way, and I can confirm these are totally delish!
Next up is a bag of Dr. Karg's Tomato & Mozzarella Wholegrain Snacks (£1.60), these are so good to have in the office if your a real snacker but want to cut out snacking on the sweet stuff, their so moreish that once you start you just cant stop so be warned he he!
Next we've got some Good Hemp Seed Hearts (£3.99), these can be used in baking, for toppings and sprinkling on stir fries, salads and yogurt and will add a dose of protein, fibre and omega 3!
I love Oreos and I love hot chocolate so the fact theres a tub of Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate (£2.99) inside this months box made me very happy, it's now that time of the year where I'm drinking lots of hot chocolates on cold autumnal days so I cant see this tub lasting long in my house!
We then got a can of Juicy Fuel Cola (£1.50), this cola is 100% natural  with no added sugar or chemicals and I was super intrigued to try it, it actually has the same taste as those gummy cola bottle sweets you get in the sweet shop but it's in liquid form he he!
Theres one alcoholic beverage in this months box and that a Jack Daniel's Tennessee Cider (£2.29), this is a yummy combination of crisp apple cider and smooth Jack Danial's whiskey, it's so good!
Finally this month we have a big bottle of a2 Long Life Whole Cow's Milk (£1.50)! a2 milk is a natural cows milk with a difference, it's naturally free from the A1 protein found in regular cows milk so it's much better and gentler on the tummy! It's always good to have a bottle of long life milk in the cupboard for emergencies!

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

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Real Techniques Brow Set Review

 Hey beaut's!

I'm so into perfecting my brows at the minute, it's strange really because I used to hate doing my brows and would rarely do anything with them but now I find it so satisfying getting them perfect and on point, no makeup look is complete without a pair of gorgeous brows after all is it. In order to get my brows on point I've been using my Real Techniques Brow Set which contains all the tools you need to get the best brows in town!
The Real Techniques Brow Set features a pair of Angled Tweezers which are stainless steel with an angled tip for overall shaping, Detailing Tweezers which again are stainless steel with a pointed tip to catch fine hairs, a Brow Spoolie perfectly sized for brow grooming and shaping, a Slanted Arch Definer which allows you to plot your perfect brow shape and then the all important Slanted Brow Brush for applying your brow products to fill and define those brows! The set comes complete with a panoramic case which you can use to keep your brushes organised at home or on the go, and you can pop your brushes in it upside down  after washing too so they dry out properly, it's really handy!
I find everything in this set super useful apart from one thing which I'll get onto in a moment...However both pairs of tweezers feel really well made and are super sharp and get every brow hair, I'm talking even the smallest of hairs! I use the brow spoolie everyday to brush through my brows before and after filling them in, it gives such a natural, fluffy effect to my brows which I love and to be honest I couldn't live without my little spoolie now! The slanted brow brush is the perfect size and shape for any brows and can used with powders, creams, liquids and even brow wax and is super precise! Then finally we have the slanted arch definer which personally I think is a pretty pointless item to have in this set, yes it allows you to plot in the perfect brow shape from the beginning, the arch and the tail but you can literally use any makeup brush or even a pencil to rest on your face to do this, even if your a complete beginner you would still have something in your makeup brush collection that you could use to plot out your brows! I do however love how each brush has a special 159 degree angle which means they never get in the way of your vision as you are using them. Brilliant!
Overall I think whether your new or a pro at brows this set really does come in handy, the tweezers are great and I had actually been after some good quality tweezers for a while and these certainly cut the mustard and the brow brush and spoolie work a treat!

You can find the Real Techniques Brow Set for £7.79 HERE.

nopin