Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Revisit to Star Buds Café for Hot Chocolate and Cake.

Hey all! :-) Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. It’s been a little quiet on my blog this week mainly due to going on holiday and being busy with other things. Today I’m back with a catch up post and to share my latest visit to Star Buds tea room based near Redcar. It’s a quaint little place to stop for a cuppa and homemade cake. My family and I have visited a good few times now and I recommend it if you live nearby. While I was there I had a giant hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream as well as a tiramisu inspired cake.

Both portions were huge, the cake came up a lot smaller on camera but it was a good chunk. I just about managed to munch it all down, it had a lovely sweet flavour and was really moreish. I was impressed with the hot chocolate, and its luxury taste. I will definitely be having the hot chocolate again, perfect for the colder months to warm me up. They offered different sized cups, I found the large a little big just because I had the cake as well. My Mum, Dad and I enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the café and we had a quick wander around the garden centre but it was raining so we made a dash for the car.

Do you like hot chocolate too? How’s your weekend been so far, been to any nice cafes? :-) xxx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fashion Colouring Book for Adults

I received this gorgeous colouring book for Christmas last year and have slowly been colouring away at the different fashion illustrations. I’ve noticed in the past year colouring books for adults have become a big thing and especially popular in the blogging community. For those of you who are unsure of what an adult colouring book is, basically it’s where adults can enjoy colouring in often more detailed illustrations for fun. It has been said it can be good for mental health and in my experience this kind of thing is really therapeutic. This particular book has a catwalk theme which I love. The illustrations are of a high quality and are just the kind of thing I would like to colour in. I have been using coloured pencils but I know felt tip thin liners would work equally well. There are different brands of colouring books out there, this one is more budget friendly but the Millie Marotta ones look incredible too. Buy the featured colouring book here or one I recommend by Marotta here.

Have you jumped onto the adult colouring book craze? Did you find this post helpful/interesting? :-) xxx

Saturday, 7 May 2016

M&S and Superdrug Beauty Haul

I’m back today with an online beauty haul that I am really excited to share with you. I bought somethings from Marks & Sparks as well as Superdrug. I was browsing online at M&S and found that their beauty section was spot on, I loved the brands they have available and many new ones that I’ve never come across before. I bought three items from Nature’s Ingredients, the products sounded super lovely and the values of the brand seemed excellent. I will go into further detail in another post but I will say they offer affordable products which are not tested on animals, BUAV approved, paraben free, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I will be doing a review shortly on the hand cream, shower gel and shower scrub! One last thing I bought from there was a moisturiser by Pure which got me super intrigued and has lots going for it including being made with 95% natural ingredients. Their ethos is great and I will be reviewing the product very soon, I can’t wait to test it out!

I repurchased some holy grail items from Superdrug that I keep coming back to time and time again. I have rebought the Rimmel Hide The Blemish concealer so many times now, it has a great coverage and the colour Ivory 1 is perfect for me. I treated myself to the Johnsons pampering wipes, these include a relaxing moonflower aroma perfect for bedtime. I find them so comforting and gentle on my skin. Finally I bought the Aussie Miracle Shine shampoo, and I forgot how good this was, it smells divine and leaves me hair shiny and tangle free. So I have a few items to keep my going now, but I think I will be shopping on M&S again, their delivery was quick and I was pleased with the products from initial testing. I often buy the odd thing from Superdrug, I’m a beauty card holder meaning I always get free delivery. I will link the review posts from my repurchases where I can too!

Hope you are having a pleasant day so far! Out of the products I bought, which caught your eye the most? Do you like M&S/Superdrug beauty too? :-) xxx

Extra Info

Marks & Spencer’s
Nature’s Ingredients Strawberry Hand Cream 100ml £1.00 (BUY)
Nature’s Ingredients Mandarin Shower Gel 250ml £2.00 (BUY)
Nature’s Ingredients Lemon Verbena Shower Scrub 250ml £3.00 (BUY)
Pure Daily Skincare Moisture Plus Day Cream 50ml £9.50 (BUY)

Aussie Shine Shampoo 300ml SALE £2.08 (BUY)
Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer Ivory 1 £3.57 (BUY)
Johnson's Make Up Be Gone Pampering Wipes £2.72 (My Review) (BUY)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

April Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Favourites

Hello to you all, hope you are having a nice bank holiday weekend so far. This year I’ve started introducing a monthly favourites post and these are fast becoming my most enjoyable to create. I actually shot the photos for this post earlier in the month, as even by then I had lots of items to show you. So there’s a mixture of things like entertainment, beauty products and miscellaneous that I am excited to share with you. I bought the Martian DVD earlier in the year, after watching it at the cinema it was something I wanted to rewatch on DVD. I was considering buying the book but from reviews the dialogue has quite a lot science speak in it that can be hard to follow. The film is very inspirational, Matt Damon plays the role of astronaut Mark Watney incredibly well.

Papertowns was a DVD I enjoyed this month too, I loved the mystery element of this film and it was a nice watch. I finally finished watching my Dawson’s Creek box set, it was the first time I had watched all the episodes in order, there was a mixture of okay episodes to some brilliant ones. The end made my cry too! I’ve been really into reading at the moment, I finished a book called ‘The Way We Were’ by Elizabeth Noble which I found on a second hand book stall for 25p. The book is about two childhood sweethearts Susannah and Rob who reconnect after meeting at a wedding. The book was written very well and the characters relationships are very central in the story.

I picked up April's edition of Elle which is currently my favourite type of magazine to read, I love the articles and focus on high end fashion. The glossy pages make it lovely to keep on a coffee table. I’ve been trying to use up items in my wardrobe that for whatever reason I have forgot about. I find I’m always reaching for the same things, so I’ve I decided to use up my brightly coloured scarfs particularly this pink one. I have the same one if so many colours from Primark, they just add a pop of colour to any outfit.

I bought this Garnier hand cream, the subtle mango scent is lovely and works nicely to smooth out my hands. However I was later informed the brand do animal testing so I’m unlikely to be repurchasing after using the tube up. I’ve been mixing this collection matte foundation with another, it’s a bit too dark for me at the moment but the formula is whipped and applies well to the skin. Technically it was the end of March but I painted my nails for Easter day and I choose this beautiful gold glitter colour by the Fearne Cotton brand, the formula is spot on. I rekindled my love for the Pukka Elderberry and Echinacea tea, and have been enjoying a mug of this every other day. On my playlist has been Fleur East's first album, it’s very catchy and poppy, I love ‘Sax’ so much!!

How has your month been? What have you been loving? Do we have a favourite in common? :-) xxx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Boots Salon Performance Paddle Hair Brush

Hi! In today’s post I wanted to change it up a little and do a review of a hair brush. It’s been in my blog notebook to review a good while now and my thoughts are really positive so I wanted to share it with you. A lot of hair brushes that I have tried previously haven’t been the best quality, and often I find the handle snaps off after lots of use. I bought this hair brush at the end of 2014 so that in itself shows it has lasting power. I have very long hair and hate when it gets tangled, and getting knots out can be frustrating sometimes.

With the combination of this paddle brush and a shine serum, my hair routine has become a lot easier. I find the brush glides through my hair and gets rid of knots remarkably well. Like the packaging suggests my hair feels much smoother and a nice shine is created after each use. The handle has a lovely grip to it, and the style of the brush is quite classic. Overall I would really recommend this hair brush, it retails at £6.99 in Boots (buy here) which compared to some other brands seems quite reasonable.

What kind of hair brush do you normally use? Does this item interest you? :-) xxx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Peacocks Spring Clothing Haul

I was quite excited to share my latest clothing purchases with my lovely blog readers as I feel like it’s been too long since I last went clothing shopping. For the past couple of months I’ve been saving my pennies for other things and I feel like I’ve just been wearing up what I already had in my wardrobe. But now we are into spring I wanted a bit of a refresh. Clothes are one of my favourite things to buy! A couple of weeks back I popped into Peacocks, they had a mixture of new trends and things on sale. I bought four items, two of which were in the sale. So I will tell you a bit about them…

I was first drawn to this pair of capri pants with a floral design on them, I think these will be lovely when the weather gets a little bit warmer. I bought a khaki top with a knotted detail going across the shoulders, the style is quite classic but the knots make it more on trend. The two sale items I bought included a white cowl neck jumper with rose gold zips down each side and a blue and grey striped tunic dress. I think I will get most wear out of the tunic dress, as it’s a versatile piece and the kind of thing I reach for on a everyday basis.

So which item is your favourite? What shops have you been lovin’ for clothes at the moment? :-) xxx

Info on items
Blue Striped Tunic Dress £16 £12 (SALE) (Buy online)
White Cowl Neck Zip Jumper £18 £12 (SALE) (Buy online)
Khaki Knot Shoulder Tee £12 (Buy online)
Flower Print Cropped Jeans £14 (Buy online)

Monday, 18 April 2016

I Made Walnut & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hope you all had an amazing weekend, today's post is a baking one; the other day I made cookies and wanted to share it with you all. I used a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and modified it slightly by adding chopped walnuts and chopped dark chocolate. I have a few recipe books that I just go back to time and time again, with this bake I used a recipe from Cakes & Cookies for Beginners by Fiona Watt, which you may have seen me mention before. But cookies are very easy and there are lots of good recipes for this out there.

I often adapt recipes by adding extra bits at the end. We had chocolate and nuts in the cupboard so I used those; however sultanas, seeds, cinnamon, mixed spice etc. can be added, the options are endless. I was really pleased with the finished result, they looked and tasted delicious and they went down well with my family. The chocolate and walnuts came through really well, and they were quite moreish.

Thanks for popping by my blog! Do you like cookies? What kind are your favourite? Have you been inspired to do some baking of your own? :-) xxx

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Makeup & Bits Superdrug Haul

I bought a few bits from Superdrug recently, the main aim was to purchase some new shower gels as I had been running out, luckily I found these two Original Source ones. They are 100% natural fragrance and smell insanely fruity and delicious, I’ve been enjoying using them very much. I thought as you do I would add a few more items to my online basket. My hands have been a little dry lately so thought I would experiment using a new hand cream, I will let you know my further thoughts soon!

I bought a mascara which is very similar to one of my holy grail mascaras that I think either went discontinued or changed slightly, L’Oréal do the best ones and the Telescopic range is just my favourite. I’m yet to use this false lash version, so keep your eyes peeled for a review. I seriously need to refresh my makeup stash, go through things and figure out what needs repurchasing. I’ve always loved trying out new makeup, I love testing products out and finding a gem. I think I really have with this Makeup Revolution highlighter, so I’m looking forward to reviewing it sometime. Just as a side note, Superdrug have now decided to give free delivery for beauty card holders which I think it brilliant if you are trying to save pennies.

Have you been makeup shopping recently? What’s your go-to place to shop for affordable beauty products? :-) xxx

Superdrug Purchases...

Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights £3.00 (buy)
L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Magnetic Black £10.99 (buy)
Garnier Mango Hand Cream 100ml £2.99 (buy
Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree Shower Gel £250ml £1.00 (buy)
Original Source Lime Shower Gel £250ml £1.00 (buy)