Victoria Sponge Cupcakes

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I've given up chocolate for November* and last weekend I was majorly craving something sweet so decided to do some baking as I had plenty ingredients in my cupboards. I used a really basic victoria sponge recipe for the cakes (which I found here) and then topped half with a pink butter cream icing and half with a peppermint butter cream icing. They were really easy to make, but since I haven't put a recipe post up here for ages I thought I'd write it up anyway. 

Victoria sponge cupcakes recipe


Ingredients 

For the cakes:
115g unsalted butter
115g caster sugar
2 eggs
115g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing:
sifted icing sugar
150g unsalted butter
1 drop peppermint extract
1 drop blue food colouring
1 drop red food colouring

Instructions

1.  Beat the butter and the caster sugar together until pale and fluffy then beat in the eggs, one at a time.

2.  Mix together the flour and baking powder then sift into the butter mixture.  Fold in and then stir in the vanilla extract.

3.  Spoon the mixture into paper cases and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 17 minutes, until they are risen and golden.  I think I might have overcooked mine slightly as the cakes didn't end up as fluffy in the inside as I'd have liked.
4.  To make the icing get 2 bowls and put about 75g of softened butter in each. Then in the first bowl add a drop of red liquid food colouring and in the second add a drop of peppermint flavouring and a drop of blue liquid food colouring. Gradually add in sifted icing sugar to each bowl and cream with the butter mixture until it seems like a decent butter icing consistency (I didn't really do any measuring, sorry!). 

5.  Once the cakes have cooled spoon the icing onto the cakes (half with pink icing and half with mint).  I then decorated with some sprinkles and sugar butterflies, but you can do what you want really (chocolate chips would have went nicely with the mint cakes).

So there you go, some super easy cakes! 

*I've given up chocolate for no reason really other than I liked the idea of a challenge and also I thought that maybe if I didn't eat it for a month then I would sort of get used to not having it and therefore not eat chocolate as much going forward. I did the same thing with crisps in October in the aim of trying to stop my sandwich and a bag of crisps for lunch routine but now it's November and I am allowed to eat crisps I've pretty much gone back to the usual routine, oh well!

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WIWTW #2

Monday, 26 November 2012
Another round up of my outfits from this week - although I actually forgot to take a photo on Tuesday and I spent pretty much the whole of Saturday and Sunday in pyjamas so it's not quite a full week :)

My Monday to Friday was pretty boring, mainly just work and then lounging in the evenings watching TV. Although I did go to the gym on Tuesday night and then went for a rake around Primark on Thursday night looking for a party dress (didn't find one, instead I bought some new ankle boots and a casual dress - ach well!).   On Saturday I was at the hairdressers for a few hours getting my hair coloured (will put a pic up later this week) then spent the afternoon lying on the sofa in my slanket watching Modern Family repeats on Sky before takeaway and X Factor in the evening followed by series 3 of Breaking Bad in bed. Sunday was another day in although slightly more productive as I cleared out my wardrobe, put stuff up on Ebay, and tidied up my beauty/cosmetics storage. 

This week my plan of action is to find a Christmas party outfit - my work party is Saturday the 8th and I really don't want to resort to late night shopping on the Thursday desperately trying to find something so I'm planning on getting up early to go shopping in town on Saturday (as painful as that may be). I do have a back up option of my trusty favourite black dress which I could buy a fancy sparkly collar for and belt/bag/shoes etc but I would much rather have a new dress so fingers crossed I'm successful! 

 Monday - Work
dress -ebay
cardigan - primark
belt - dorothy perkins
high-tops - primark

Wednesday - Work
jumper - primark
vest - very
jeans - dorothy perkins

Thursday - Work & Shopping
cardigan - primark
jeans - dorothy perkins
vest (underneath) - very
tie shirt - primark
necklace - new look

Friday - Work
jumper - primark
dip hem skirt - primark
boots - primark
necklace - avon


This is what I pretty much wore for the weekend, lol.....

pj top - primark
pj bottoms - primark
slippers - christmas present last year (i.e. no idea!)


You Go Glen Coco!

Friday, 23 November 2012
I wrote something a while back about my favourite bloggers and I've decided to make the "share the love" type post a more regular feature, but instead of just being about bloggers I like I'm going to be more specific and highlight blog posts I've enjoyed reading recently. Hopefully you find them interesting too, and might even find some new blogs to follow! 


 Blogger Pub Quiz by The Brantastic Life
I went to my first ever bloggers meetup last month organised by the lovely Paula who has written up this post with pics from the night.  I was quite nervous about going beforehand as I hadn't met anyone before and wasn't sure what it would be like, but within about 5 minutes I felt completely at ease and I ended up having a great time (despite my team not winning, ha!) - so if you're in two minds about whether or not to go to a similar blogger event then I say just DO IT!  Our next Scottish Bloggers meetup is a Christmas party next month, organised by Gillian and Roisin and I can't wait - just need to get my outfit sorted!


 Planning my wedding... by The Magpie Girl
I love reading about weddings!!!  Even though I don't have one of my own to plan yet (*does Beyonce Single Ladies hand dance*) I do find myself browsing through blogs like Rock My Wedding or searching for "weddings" on Pinterest on a (probably unhealthily) regular basis - it's really addictive!  So anyway, when two of my favourite things come together - wedding planning and lovely blogger ladies - then it's even better. 


 Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Colour Freeze Review by Pretty Polly
A fellow Scottish Blogger and blondie, Paula has written up a great review of a purse friendly shampoo for coloured hair.  If you've read my post from earlier this week on budget buys for bleached blonde hair then you'll know that this is pretty much exactly the sort of thing I'm keeping an eye out for at the moment as a good sulphate-free non-stripping shampoo that doesn't cost £20+ is quite hard to find!  Will definitely be trying this one out next time I'm shampoo shopping.



Folky by The Little Magpie
Amy is my blogger style crush these days, and even though there's no way I could pull off half of her outfits I still find myself lusting after pretty much everything she wears.  This little outfit is absolutely adorable and I am in love with those boots (and they are only £25!).


Monday's Cat Face #5 by Temporary:Secretary
I don't think I need to say much here apart from OH MY GOD LOOK AT HER CAT ISN'T HE THE CUTEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE??!!  Oh and whilst we're on the subject of cats, have you seen the live kitten feed yet?!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

P.S. If you're confused by the title then that probably means you haven't seen Mean Girls and if that's the case then I'm sorry we really can't be friends ;)

Best Budget Buys for Bleached Blondes

Thursday, 22 November 2012
One of the most viewed posts ever on my blog is this review of Provoke Touch of Silver shampoo. Carrying on the theme I thought I'd help out my fellow blondies with some tips on budget hair products for bleached/highlighted hair as from experience I know it can be an expensive business keeping coloured hair in good condition, but there are some cheap gems out there.  In this post I've reviewed a selection of my favourite drugstore products - and thrift fans, everything is under £6 each!


Shampoo 


My hairdresser has always drilled into me that with blonde hair you really need to spend money on a good shampoo as this is the most important step for keeping your hair from fading or going a horrible brassy yellow colour. If you invest in a decent shampoo then you can pretty much use any old conditioner you like - i.e. spend on shampoo, save on conditioner. 

I've religiously followed this mantra and have tried various high end shampoos over the years (some good ones are Bumble and Bumble Color Minded and Tigi Dumb Blonde) but recently I've stumbled across a few decent drugstore alternatives which are a lot more purse friendly. 

L'Oreal have recently launched a new sulphate-free colour care range called Hair Expertise EverPure.  There are 3 shampoos in the range; Colour Care & Moisture, Colour Care & Volume, and Colour Care & Smoothing.  They are priced at £5.99 each but I picked up 2 bottles (Moisture & Volume) in Superdrug when they were on offer a few months back. 

Unlike most budget/drugstore shampoos I don't feel like you need to use loads of the product each time - in fact I've been using a bottle of the moisture shampoo for about 2 months now and despite me washing my hair every second day I've still got about 1/4 of the bottle left! As with all sulfate-free shampoos it doesn't lather up as much as you're used to, but I still feel like my hair is getting a good clean. Colour wise I've been really impressed at how bright this has kept my hair - it's been almost 2 months since I had it coloured and the colour still looks really good, no brassy yellows for me! 

Another new one I've tried recently is the VO5 Beyond Blonde.  I don't like this as much as the L'Oreal ones (partly because it's a clear gel-like formula and I much prefer shampoos when they are creamier for some reason) but it has still done a good job of keeping my hair from fading, and always leaves my hair really shiny.

Conditioner 


Like I said above the advice I've been given by my hairdresser is that you don't really need to spend a lot of money on conditioner, and I'm a big fan of Aussie conditioners - they all smell amazing and always leave my hair feeling lovely and soft. 

I generally stock up whenever Boots have a 3 for 2 type offer on, so I've always got a couple of bottles in my drawer! My favourites are Miracle Moist or Colour Mate - bleached hair can get really dry and brittle so you should definitely be looking for a conditioner labeled as moisturising or for damaged hair as these tend to work best. 

Styling 


Hair oils are a bleached blondes best friend. Since I started using oil treatments I've noticed a massive improvement in my dry split ends and in general my hair feels a lot healthier. The oil treatment I use most often is Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil which I got in a Glossybox a few months ago, although the Avon Moroccan Argan Oil which is much cheaper is also good. 

I use oils on my wet hair after I've blotted out the excess water with a towel and brushed out the tangles (oh bleached hair, how annoyingly "tuggy" you get!). As I tend to wash my hair at night I usually leave it to dry naturally for about an hour or so before blowdrying (mainly because I'm lazy and it takes to long to stand and dry it from wet!). If you don't already use an oil treatment I'd definitely recommend you try it - I used to be put off by the word "oil" and expected it to make my hair greasy but it totally doesn't, it's been a lifesaver for my hair! 

Treatments 


These days I'm going for a more toned down/darker blonde but for a while I was at the other end of the scale with full on platinum/white blonde hair. This sort of colour is really difficult to maintain without resorting to getting it recoloured every few weeks, as the white/silver tone fades really quickly. I found that using Provoke: Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo made a massive difference though in keeping the silver tone for longer. 

It's a bright purple shampoo treatment that you are supposed to use twice a week to brighten up your colour (if you use it more often than this, or leave it on longer than the prescribed time, you'll end up with light purple streaks starting to appear through the blonde). If you have platinum, white blonde, or even just a very light blonde colour that you want to keep on the silvery side rather than fading to yellow then I'd highly recommend giving this a go. It's ridiculuously cheap too so even if you try it and it doesn't work for you, you've not wasted loads of money on it. 

Bleached hair really needs regular deep conditioning to keep it from breakages and becoming strawlike.  The main one I use is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (either the normal one or the coloured hair version) - this smells incredible and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and really nourished.  I use this once a week normally, and tend to leave on for longer than the suggested 3 minutes just to give my hair some extra conditioning.

Another deep conditioning treatment I've been using recently is VO5 Treat Me Right.  This contains 5 different oils (including argan oil) and always leaves my hair really soft and shiny.


So there we go, some thrifty advice for keeping your blonde hair gorgeous on a budget.  I hope you blondies found it useful, and if you have any other products you swear by let me know in the comments!

Winter Beauty Favourites

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I did a series of favourites posts in the summer but never got round to doing any in autumn, so here's my winter faves!  

This is my current fave mascara - I bought it after reading about it on Zoella's blog as it looked great in her photos and it was on offer at half price (still is!).  It gives my lashes great length and volume, and isn't clumpy or drying at all.  Also it builds to a great "false lash" like finish.  In my opinion it's just as good as Benefit They're Real, and is £10 cheaper!

I wrote a full review on this a few months back which you can read here.  I've been using this a lot recently as the chilly weather is making my lips really dry, so I've been scrubbing them with this most nights.  It helps get rid of the dry skin and also tastes amazing (did I mention that you can lick it off....?!).

I got this little bottle in a Glossybox earlier this year (I don't subscribe any more) but I've only started using it recently as it's perfect for giving my skin a moisture boost now that we're getting into winter.  During the day I use the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel but I've been using this at night instead as a more intensive treatment.  It's actually a really light formula which is perfect for my oily/combination skin as it doesn't sit on my skin for too long and means I don't go to bed with a sticky face which just ends up rubbing off on my pillow.

I've been a big fan of Aussie conditioners for years and this is my current favourite.  The Miracle Shine conditioner contains Australian Ginseng and pearl powder and as with all Aussie products it smells amazing.  It leaves my hair silky smooth and lovely and shiny - I love it.

Pretty much every beauty blogger out there has been raving about this for weeks and touting it as the holy grail of skincare products.  I wouldn't go as far as that, but I do really like this.  As directed, I've been using it every second night after cleansing - sweeping it across my face on a cotton pad just before bed.  In the morning my face looks really refreshed - like I've used a face mask - and it feels really soft and smooth.  I've only been using it for about a month and I haven't noticed an improvement in skin tone (I get quite a bit of redness of my cheeks) or blemishes, but I'm going to keep using it as I've heard so many good things that I think it might just need a bit more time.

I think this is the best makeup purchase I've made this year - I use it pretty much every day!  There is a gorgeous mix of matte and shimmery colours, with a selection of pretty neutrals (those on the left) as well as a couple of more going-out type colours (those on the right), and they all blend really well together.  

As you can probably tell from the photo below the colours I use most often are champagne and kitten for day to day wear, and then for a more dramatic look I layer this with the bronze shade (sunset) and occasionally some of the other darker colours (like night sky - the blue) to create a smoky eye.  


I bought this after seeing Louise chat about it on one of her videos - I'd been thinking about buying an eyeshadow palette for ages and was originally planning on going for the Urban Decay Naked palette but the Stila one was about £10 cheaper so I thought I'd try that instead.  I still lust after Naked occasionally, but I'm very happy with my Stila one for now.


Quick Tip - Topshop Alvin Dupes for under £30!

Sunday, 18 November 2012
Another quick tip post from me!  You've probably already seen that New Look are selling a close dupe for the popular Topshop Alvin Boots.  Well I noticed today that they are currently on sale for just £26.24 (was £34.99)!  

The boots seem to be a bit of cult product amongst fashion bloggers (you can see the gorgeous Llymlrs wearing them here), and I have to admit I've well and truly been sucked in by the hype - they just look so wearable and would go with pretty much everything!

It looks like they still have them in stock in all sizes on the website, but I imagine they'll probably sell out fairly fast so if you fancy a pair you best be quick!
New Look (LEFT) - £26.24
Topshop (RIGHT) - £90.00

  

Spot Remover Treatments: ELF vs Origins

Saturday, 17 November 2012
When I did my recent ELF haul I picked up their Zip Zapper as I noticed it had pretty much the exact same ingredients as my old faithful Origins Spot Remover (which was about to run out) but was about an 8th of the price.  Now that I've had a chance to use it for a few weeks I thought I'd do a comparison post to see if it really is a decent dupe of Origins.

ELF Zit Zapper £1.50 for ~6ml
Origins Spot Remover £13 for 10ml

You'll probably have noticed that I've got the old version of the Origins Spot Remover (it's now in a blue bottle) but I've had it for literally YEARS and it's only just running out now.

Ingredients wise these are very similar with both containing Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, and Witch Hazel.  The main difference is in the packaging of the product, with Origins in a little bottle with a squeezy top while the Zit Zapper has a rollerball application which I'm not sure is the most hygenic for a spot remover product...!

I tend to apply spot remover treatments to any blemishes just before bed after I've cleansed, toned and moisturised as normal.  This means it can get to work overnight and I'm (hopefully) almost spot-free by morning.

In terms of the product itself, as the Zit Zapper product is applied with the rollerball I can't really tell how thick it is but the Origins stuff has a gel-like consistency (I think Zit Zapper is probably a bit runnier).  They both feel very similar once applied though - drying in a few minutes with a slight tingly/nippy sensation which I quite like as you know it's working.  

The results are definitely more noticeable with Origins though - for example I've had quite a big spot near my hairline for a few days and for 2 nights I used the Zit Zapper and then on the 3rd night I used Origins, and while the spot had reduced a *little* the first two times, once I used Origins it pretty much disappeared overnight!  So the Zit Zapper does work but it takes a lot longer - I probably wouldn't use this if I had a big spot that I was desperately trying to get rid of before a party or something, but for smaller blemishes it works fine.  

So I'm not ready to give up on my old faithful yet but I'll probably keep it for the bigger spot emergencies and use the Zit Zapper for tackling the little ones!

WIWTW #1

Friday, 16 November 2012
I joined WIWT this week after seeing a few people talk about it on Twitter.  If you're not already a member - WIWT is basically a website where you upload a picture of your outfit each day and people can "star" your outfit if they like it.  There's also an app so you can upload your pics straight from your phone.  

I love how simple this is - all I need to do is take a quick snap in the mirror before I leave for work and then upload at some point during the day on my iPhone.  I've only rarely done outfit of the day posts on the blog as I don't have time to take good pictures in the morning so this app is ideal for me.  

I'm going to start doing a weekly summary of these outfits on the blog as a "What I Wore This Week" feature, so here's the first lot of outfits.  I'm only including week days this week as I've not got any plans for the weekend so am likely to spend it entirely in pyjamas! :)

Monday - Work


top - primark
cardigan - primark
shorts - primark
boots - primark

Tuesday - Work

dress - primark
cardigan - primark
belt - asos
necklace - new look

Wednesday - Work

jumper - primark
dress - primark
high-tops - primark

Thursday - Work and shopping with a friend

 dress - primark
cape - asos
belt - asos

Friday - Work and shopping

jumper - primark
dress - river island
boots - primark

One thing I've learnt from doing this this week is that my wardrobe is basically 80% Primark, haha!  I can't help it....it's just so cheap!

Quick Tip - Dorothy Perkins Discount

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Spotted this in my inbox this morning and thought I'd share it! Get 25% off* at Dorothy Perkins until this Sunday (18th) using the code DPFWD

I'm going shopping there tonight but I'm planning on just trying things on and if I like anything then I'll buy it online with the discount....haha sneaky! 

*Excludes the cringingly named Kardashian Kollection.

Beauty Crush: Demi Lovato

Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Until a few months ago I wasn't really aware of who Demi Lovato was - she was just one of those American tweenies whose names I'd heard of but I couldn't pick them out of a line up (see also Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Cosgrove).  Now that I've been watching this years' X Factor USA though she has quickly become my latest beauty crush! 

Her makeup always looks flawless and she changes up her look week by week, from gorgeous smoky eyes, to statements lips, not to mention her ever changing hairstyle.  To put it bluntly, I fancy her quite a lot.

Here's some of my favourite Demi looks along with some tips on how to recreate the looks yourself. 

Demi Lovato red lip and fringe

Demi Lovato smoky eye
 
Demi Lovato natural makeup

Demi Lovato bright pink lip

I also love the spiked denim shirt in the last pic - although they do look like they could take someone's eye out! 

Who is your beauty crush?

Tis the Season to be Sparkly

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
As we approach the festive season the shops seem to be full of glitter and sequins, with embellished detail creeping onto everything from dresses to jumpers to shoes.  I'm a big fan of sparkly details and am looking forward to glitzing up my winter wardrobe over the next few weeks as there are so many cute pieces I have my eye on!


embellished peplum top - dorothy perkins - £35
teal embellished prom dress - dorothy perkins - £65
glitter mid heel court shoes - new look - £12.74
silver beaded clutch - new look - £19.99
embellished blouse - matalan - £16
navy sequin dress - new look - £29.99
grey embellished jumper - dorothy perkins - £35
silver sequin dress - H&M - £24.99


Quick Tip - Horse Clutch

Monday, 12 November 2012
Just a quick post from me today - remember the ASOS Horse Clutch that everyone went mad for a few months ago?  Well I've just noticed that Matalan are now selling a copy in red and blue for just £8 - so you could grab yourself a bargain (the original black and nude versions are on sale at ASOS for £21 at the moment)!



Beauty Blogger Tag

Sunday, 11 November 2012
I saw this tag on Gillian's blog and thought I'd give it a go as I've not done one of these Q&A's before.


1. What are your favourite types of blog post to write? 

I’d probably say lifestyle type posts – I really enjoyed writing my Life in 2007 post, it was so much fun looking through old pictures and summing up my life back then. I also really like doing outfit inspiration type posts – like blogger challenges (this was one of my faves) or seasonal trends (like my recent Christmas jumpers one) – as it’s great fun browsing for items and putting them all together. 

2. What are your favourite blogs to read?

Lots! I really like blogs that have a mix of themes, like a bit of beauty, a bit of fashion, and anything else they are interested in. I also like blogs with a lot of life update type posts as it’s nice to get to know the person whose blog you are reading. Some of my current favourites for beauty though are Couture Girl, ETC LLYMLRS, and and Peaches

3. How did you pick your blog name?

I changed my blog name a few months ago when Gillian did my redesign. To come up with the name I basically wrote down a bunch of things I liked or that were associated with me and started pairing them up ( I liked the idea of an “X & Y” name), and “Cocktails & Daydreams” seemed to pair up nicely! 

4. Which beauty blogger is your inspiration? 

Probably Kate from gh0stparties – she’s pretty much my go-to for skincare reviews! 

5. Name one tip you've learned through another beauty blogger? 

I normally follow the #bbloggers chat on a Sunday and Wednesday night (but rarely contribute) and some of the best tips I’ve got from that are: write with some personality, turn off word verification on comments, don’t be afraid to write a negative review (be honest!) and big pictures are your friend. 

6. What made you make a blog? 

One day I was searching for something online (can’t remember what...think it was outfit related?) and I stumbled across Rani’s blog and ended up looking through about 20 pages of outfit of the day posts! From there I looked at the blogs she had linked to in the sidebar and did the same on their blogs etc until I’d found a whole load of beauty and fashion blogs – it was a world I didn’t know existed! 

After reading blogs for about a month I decided to get in on the action and set up my own one – I’m always buying and trying new beauty products and putting together outfit ideas and stuff in my head anyway so I figured it would be nice to have a place to actually put all this down. Also with the lifestyle type posts it sort of acts as a diary, so I like having this as a record of what I’ve been up to that I can look back on on in future years. 

7. Do you have a favourite blog post of yours? 

Hmmm can't think of one in particular, no!

8. Name one pro and one con of being a beauty blogger? 

 One pro is definitely being part of the blogging community (search #scottishbloggers on Twitter to find more of us!)– I’ve only been to one meetup so far but I had such a nice time and met lots of lovely people. At 27 years old you don’t get many opportunities to make new friends (unlike uni days when you’re meeting new people all the time) so this has been a great way of meeting new people who I can chat to on Twitter etc – especially about beauty stuff as not many of my real life friends share my obsession! 

A con is that you end up spending A LOT of money – reading all these blogs I find out about so many new products that I then want to try and end up spending a fortune on buying new makeup and skincare bits. Skincare has been the main thing for me as I used to just make do with Simple Cleansing Wipes day and night, that was it (so that’s what....£3.99 maybe twice a month?), but now I’ve got an extensive skincare regime involving several different cleansers, masks, serums etc which probably costs about £50 a month on average...big change! 

I TAG all you beauty blogging readers to do this too :)

Daily Makeup and OOTD #2

Saturday, 10 November 2012
Check me out with 2 Daily Makeup/OOTD posts IN A WEEK! Let's see how long this lasts....





 Products used:
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation in Ivory
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • ELF under-eye concealer
  • Benefit Hervana Blush
  • Benefit High Beam Highlighter
  • Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
  • Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille
  • AVON Glimmerstick Eye Liner in Mocha Flash
  • AVON Super Enchant Mascara in Black (top lashes)
  • Bourjois Volume Clubbing Mascara in Electric Blue (bottom lashes)
  • Maybelline Popstick in Pink Sugar
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush (for foundation)
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush
  • ELF Small Precision Brush (for putting eyeshadow under my bottom lashes)



 I'm wearing:
  • mint shirt dress - H&M
  • grey sequin knit jumper - primark
  • robot necklace - river island
  • ankle boots - primark

Festive Knits

Friday, 9 November 2012
Following on from yesterdays Boots Christmas Gift Guide post I thought I'd continue the festive theme and do a post on Christmas jumpers.

I've never really had that tradition of being given a tacky festive jumper and forced to wear it all Christmas Day which I guess makes me quite lucky!  I've also never really noticed shops selling lots of jumpers around winter/Christmas time either but this year they seem to be everywhere! 

I'm getting into the spirit of things and have actually become a bit jumper obsessive which totally isn't me (asides from the fact that jumpers are completely unflattering on me and make my boobs look even more massive....I've just never been a fan of wooly/knitted jumpers in general).  I've already bought myself 4 jumpers in the last month or so, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up buying more next time I go out shopping.  There are sooo many cute ones out there at the moment though it's hard to resist! 

Take a look at some of my favourites in shops now:

 
 L-R
 red christmas fairisle jumper - river island - £35
 farmer reindeer cardigan - matalan - £30
blue christmas fairisle jumper - river island - £35
fairisle pattern sweater - next - £20




 L-R
 snowflake jacquard crop sweater - very - £27
woodland fairisle jumper - asos - £35
reindeer fairisle jumper - asos - £35
christmas pattern jumper - asos - £32


 L-R
 knitted polar bear jumper - topshop - £50
knitted fairisle yoke jumper - topshop - £48
navy yoke detail fairisle jumper - new look - £24.99
fairisle pattern lambswool rich sweater - next - £38


So what about you, are you into the festive jumper trend or is it all a touch too tacky?  I have to admit if you'd shown me the selection above a few years ago I would have turned my nose up and most of them and been like "urghhhh there's no way I'm wearing that!", but now I love it - the cheesier the better!

Boots Christmas Gift Picks

Thursday, 8 November 2012
 

B and I went to see Skyfall at the weekend (my first ever Bond film) and as we were in Ocean Terminal I couldn't resist a little look around Boots.  On my way out, after stocking up on Aussie conditioner in their 3 for £10 offer and finally buying the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, I picked up a copy of the Boots Christmas Gifts catalogue.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE browsing through this every year and circling the things I like.  This year since I've now got this blog I thought I'd also put my picks up here to share them with you lovely lot!

link - £29.50
Benefit Away We Glow Gift Set
a selection of mini Benefit products in a cute little box - apart from foundation it has everything you need in a travel makeup kit


link - £19.99

Elephant Snuggle Hottie
I love this, it's so cute!


link - £16

Fearne Bag of Treats
I've never tried any of Fearne's beauty/cosmetics products before but I really like the packaging on this so I think it would make a nice gift

link - £14
Joules Pretty Practical Cosmetic Purse
Love this little purse and the packaging on the hand, nail and lip products inside.  Again I think this would make a lovely gift for someone.



link - £5
 Kiss Me Quick Nice Ice Lip Balm
I LOVE flavoured lip products and these flavours sound amazing - mint choc chip, strawberry sundae, hot fudge sundae and very cherry - yum yum!!

 
link - £14
Philosophy Christmas Cookie
A bath/shower gel that smells like cookies......? Sign me up!
 
 
link - £20
Sanctuary Spa Winter Facial in a Box
For £20 this has got a lot of great sounding products in it from a thermal detox mask, to a hot cloth cleanser, to a firming youth serum.  Also it comes with a muslin cloth, and you can never have too many of them.
 
 
link - £30
 Soap & Glory Glow Business
I love the Soap & Glory brand - the products always have brilliant names and the packaging is super cute.  I've been wanting to try a hot cloth cleanser for ages and their Fab Pore cleanser sounds great.  The set also comes with a Bright Here Bright Now moisture balm and You Want Believe Your Eyes serum.


Have you had a look at the Boots gift guide yet - what's made it onto your wishlist this year??

Daily Makeup and OOTD #1

Wednesday, 7 November 2012
I've been meaning to do a daily makeup post for aaaaaages but I'm always in such a rush getting ready in the mornings that I never have time to take photos.  I had a little bit of time before I had to leave for the bus the other morning though so I decided to take some quick face and outfit photos for the blog.

I've called this Daily Makeup and OOTD #1 but I'm not sure when I'll actually get round to posting a #2 so this might not end up being that regular a feature!

Daily Makeup

 



Products used:
  • Benefit Porefessional
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation in Ivory
  • ELF under-eye concealer
  • Rimmel Stay Matte powder
  • Benefit Hervana Blush
  • Benefit 10 Highlighter
  • Stila Into the Light Eyeshadow Palette (kitten and gilded gold)
  • ELF Liquid Eyeliner in Black
  • Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara
  • Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Cupcake
  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush (for foundation)
  • Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (for concealer)
  • Real Techniques Powder Brush
  • ELF Eyeshadow "C" Brush

Outfit of the Day



Working in a marketing office I don't have to stick to a dress code (although on days I have client meetings I obviously dress fairly smart), so I can pretty much wear what I want which is great!  On this day I went for a fairly casual look with a summer dress dressed down with a hoodie and high-top trainers.

dress - matalan (last season)
hoodie - primark
belt - evans (old)
high-tops - primark