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Friday, 30 October 2015

Lifestyle | My Autumn/Winter Candle Wish List

Autumn Winter Candle Wish List

There's nothing I like better than burning candles, particularly during a cosy evening in front of the tv.  My favourite are those that are strong scented so the whole house is filled with the fragrance and I love switching things up during different seasons. During Autumn and Winter I like spicy scents that remind me of Christmas which is a complete contrast to the light floral or fruity ones I choose during Spring and Summer. It makes a refreshing change. Here are some that are currently on my wish list:

I ordered this candle from Amazon last year and loved it. It has three wicks which helps the candle burn evenly and it smells delicious. It is sweet without being sickly and the fragrance is so strong I can smell this candle even before it has been lit. However, in the UK it is tricky to get hold of Bath and Body Works products without paying way over the odds for them so I'm hoping I'll be able to get another couple of these this year at a reasonable price.

I haven't seen this candle in the store before but it sounds lovely! It reminds me of my childhood because when I was little I used to make clove oranges with my mum and I am expecting this candle smells similar to this.

I've smelt this candle on a few occasions and although it's very strong I really like it. It definitely shouts Christmas so I imagine using this closer to Nov/Dec would be a great way to help get me into the festive mood. There's nothing more disappointing than buying a candle which smells amazing in the shop but when you burn it there's no scent at all but I don't think it will be the case with this one!

I'm a big fan of vanilla scents so when I saw this one by Jo Malone with the added element of Anise it was definitely going on my list.  Jo Malone candles are expensive so this is one I would use sparingly to make the most of it but as they are strongly scented I find they do fill the room with the gorgeous fragrance.

Last year I bought this candle and loved it. It has a subtle Winter scent and it's great to use at this time of year when you don't want anything too overpowering but something different from floral Summer scents. I also like that's it is red as it makes a change to have a coloured candle.

I'm a big fan of this brand but haven't tried the mulled wine candle before.. it sounds great! I find The White Company candles burn evenly and have a strong scent plus the jars are super cute. I tend to lean more towards white candles as they match my decor and the jars are great to use for storage. These are the kind of candles that look lovely being burnt on the side while you have guests as they are clean and simplistic.

Okay, this one isn't strictly Autumn/Winter scented, it's more on the Spring Summer side, however, I really love lavender so I've included it. This scent makes me feel relaxed and it also helps me sleep so if I burn a candle that has this fragrance and it lingers in the air after it is put out then it's perfect. 

I haven't tried this combination either but I like each of the elements so I'm really interested to see how they work together.

What is on your candle wish list?
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Review | Lush Sympathy for the Skin Review

Sympathy for the Skin Review
Sympathy for the Skin Review
Sympathy for the Skin Review

During my honeymoon in Barbados I spent a huge amount of time in the sun so I came back with a deep, glowing, golden brown tan. However, due to the eight and a half hour flight back to the UK I found my skin was extremely dry which is something I have never suffered with this badly before.

Usually I would rely on my Laura Mercier Body Creme Souffle, however, as I had very little left I needed an alternative. While I was away I used my Soap and Glory Smoothie Star which smells amazing (just like popcorn) but it just didn't give me the hydration I needed which was disappointing. I needed an alternative.

I didn't want to spend a lot so I wasn't looking for a high end brand but something that would nourish my skin so I turned to Lush. I'm a big fan of Lush products as they are natural, not tested on animals and there is so much variation so I was confident I would find something that would help. I wasn't too sure where to start as I hadn't actually used any moisturisers from Lush before so after seeking help from the staff I was recommended Sympathy for the Skin which is a combined hand and body lotion.

Sympathy for the Skin contains banana, cocoa butter, vanilla, lemon oil, labdanium and sandalwood. Combined these ingredients are said to condition, soften, uplift and sooth the skin due to their rich and nourishing properties plus they sound like they would smell delicious right? Unfortunately this wasn't the case for me which was disappointing. I wasn't expecting this review to turn out to be negative as before now there wasn't one Lush product I didn't get on with, however, this one just didn't work for me.

Firstly the scent is a little meh, It's subtle, pleasant and not offensive in the slightest but I was expecting something that smelt scrumptious. Don't get me wrong, this isn't what I look for in a moisturiser and it's not really important but I guess the point that I'm trying to make is that the scent just isn't what I would expect from the list of ingredients. That aside, if this product had wowed me the scent wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest, after all how it works is what is important but it just didn't suit my skin type. My skin is relatively sensitive and I didn't get any irritation which was brilliant but I found the formula to be a little greasy. It left a sheen on my skin which didn't absorb so it's not a moisturiser to use if you are in a rush. It also didn't seem to have any long lasting affects on my dry skin. I ended up applying it three times a day as shortly after use my skin would be dry again but this sadly this made no difference. 

After doing this for a week and my skin actually getting dryer rather than more hydrated I turned to my Laura Mercier Souffle. After just one application, hours later my skin still looked moisturised and I could really see a difference. Even though it's expensive I think I'll be sticking to my old favourite in the future! I actually end up using less of it as I don't have to apply it so many times a day!

What do you think of this moisturiser? What is your favourite?
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Monday, 26 October 2015

Beauty | Pampering in the Run Up to Christmas - Part 1 Laser Hair Treatment

Laser Hair Treatment
Christmas is fast approaching and I love nothing more than some pampering during the festive season.  This has given me inspiration for a new series of blog posts which will feature something related to pampering.  The first feature is Laser Hair Treatment which is something I haven't used before but have thought about trying as it's a more long term alternative to shaving, waxing or plucking. Laser hair removal is also said to be more cost effective as eventually the hair doesn't grow back.

Laser hair removal is pretty much what it says on the tin. It involves using a laser device on the skin which targets individual hairs that you  want to get rid of. Both men and women can have such treatment with popular areas on the  body for females being the upper lip, under arm, bikini areas and the legs; while side burns, chest, back and abdomen are the favoured areas for men.

A hand-held laser device is fired directly onto the skin into the hair itself. The energy emitted from the laser is attracted to the pigment in your hair and subsequently goes down through  the hair into the root of the follicle. This energy then essentially damages the follicle so that hair cannot regrow from it. Your hair goes through several stages when it grows and the best time to have laser hair removal is during what’s known as the ‘Anagen Phase’. This is when the root is thick and makes the laser more effective as the follicle is darker and will attract more of the laser’s energy.

There are home kits available but also experts who can run the treatment for you over a number of sessions. Personally if I was to do this I would rather go to a professional who has experience in thai field and can give advice as well as monitor how the treatment is going.

It has been interesting researching more about laser hair removal and it is definitely something I want to look into more. It isn't something that is quick fix but it is definitely the modern alternative to hair removal and a treatment which is becoming more popular. Given the long term time and cost benefits I think this is a hair removal method more and more people will turn too, especially those that lead such busy lives and could do with any spare moments they can get. It would even make things like going on holiday much simpler as the necessity to shave/wax etc during your stay wouldn't be needed.

What pampering will you be doing in the run up to Christmas?

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Beauty | My Autumn Beauty Picks

Autumn Beauty Picks

When it comes to beauty products to me Autumn means deep rich berry tones and plenty of nourishing skin care. Here are some of my Autumn Beauty Picks for this year.

MAC Rebel Lipstick

My all time favourite lipstick to wear during the Autumn/Winter months is Rebel by MAC. It's a deep plum tone which may look a little scary in the tube but when it is applied it isn't anywhere near as dark so definitely give it a swatch it you haven't already. This is a gorgeous shade that looks nice with a neutral smokey eye, my favourite combination to wear, and it gives my face a really lovely pop of colour. The formula is reasonably moisturising and long lasting too.

Essie Decadent Dish Nail Polish

Autumn wouldn't be Autumn without berry toned nails and my go to shade is Essie Bahama Mama. Sadly I seem to have misplaced this polish so I haven't been able to picture it here but I have included a darker alternative by Essie called Decadent Dish which is more brown toned and darker but still nice for this time of year.

After wearing paler shades, usually pink or pastels during the Spring and Summer months I love changing this to richer shades later on in the year. It's a refreshing change and I can't get enough of them!

Origins Drink It Up Face Mask

In Summer the heat can dry out your skin but equally during the colder months this weather can also play havoc. The skin care product I always rely on is the Origins Drink It Up face mask which I was 2-3 times a week overnight to re-hydrate my skin. Not only does my skin glow and look healthier but it also means my makeup applies better as my skin is not dry.

Sleek Pomegranate Blush

If you are a fan of blushes this Autumn try Pomegranate by Sleek. It's very similar to Nars Sin but is a fraction of the price and brilliant quality. The formula is pretty dry so it is long lasting when applied to the skin yet it is still very blendable, more so than you would expect. Like all Sleek blushes Pomegranate is also very pigmented so you need very little to add a subtle colour to your cheeks, too much and you could risk looking like a clown so use with caution! This is such a pretty shade I often forget about but should definitely wear more.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide

Throughout the whole year I like to mix up my make-up and this is a product I use all the time but I seem to reach for it more during Autumn and that is my Urban Decay eye liner in Smog. This shade makes a nice alternative to your usual black as it's brown with subtle flecks of gold/bronze. It adds definition to the eye and finishes off a look without making it too dark so it's great to wear both during the day and evening.

I can't rave enough about the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil's. They are the best eye liners I have tried as they are creamy and easy to apply without pulling or irritating the skin but are extremely long lasting. Once applied this eye liner isn't going anywhere until you add make-up remover to it!

What are your Autumn Beauty Picks?
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Lifestyle | Homemade Gooey Chocolate and Caramel Recipe

Chocolate Caramel Brownie Recipe

We were lucky enough to be given a Kitchen Aid for one of our wedding presents which has really got me motivated to get back into baking. I find it very relaxing but haven't had time to bake in a while particularly as doing it all by hand takes a while. I've definitely made up for that in the past week, though as I've made a StrawberryVictoria Sponge, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Lemon Victoria Sponge and these delicious Chocolate Caramel Brownies. I remembered to take a photo of the latter and as we enjoyed them so much I thought I would share the recipe with my readers in case you wanted to give them a go! This recipe is adapted from the Lorraine Pascale Baking Made Easy book and it is very easy.


2 packs of rolo's
1 pack of chocolate chips
200g / 7 oz dark chocolate broken into squares
165g / 5 1/2 oz soft light brown sugar
165g / 5 1/2 oz butter, plus extra for greasing
3 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of plain flour
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)


20cm square baking tin (or alternative is fine. I used two round sillicone ones)
Baking paper (if not using sillicone baking tin)
1 mixing bowl
Whisk (electronic or by hand)
Mixing Bowl
Microwave safe bowl
Palate Knife


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) / Gas Mark 5 with the middle shelf ready.
2. Grease your sillicone baking tin or prepare with baking paper.
3. Measure out your ingredients
4. Place the butter and dark chocolate squares into a microwaveable safe bowl. Heat the mixture in 20 seconds bursts, making sure you mix well in between. Reduce this time as the mixture softens. It won't take long so don't be tempted to leave it in for longer, if the chocolate burns it will become bitter and grainy. Alternatively you can use a bain marie to heat the butter and chocolate but I find the microwave method easier. One the butter and chocolate mixture is combined leave it to the side.
5. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and vanilla together in a large bowl until they begin to get light and fluffy. I use my Kitchen Aid for this but if you don't have a food mixer you can do this by hand.
6. Add half of the sugar around the edges of the mixture so you don't knock out the air and whisk.
7. Add the remaining sugar, again around the edges of the bowl and whisk until the mixture becomes stiffer.
8. Pour the chocolate into mixture around the edges of the bowl. Make sure it is not too hot or you will scramble your eggs!
9. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt and chocolate chips and stir until all the mixture is fully combined. You will find the chocolate has sunk to the bottom of the bowl.
10. Pour the mixture into your baking tin and press the rolo's into the mixture.
11. Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on how deep you have filled your tins and how gooey you want the brownies to be. The middle should be slightly gooey so if you insert a wooden skewer or fork it should not come out clean but should not be too messy with uncooked mixture either.
12. Once the brownies are down remove from the oven and leave them to cool before leaving them to cool on a wire rack and slicing them into pieces.
13. Dust with icing sugar

Don't be afraid to experiment, if you don't like the idea of caramel why not try using marshmallows, biscuits, Malteasers, Crunchie, nuts or another favourite?

What do you think of these gooey chocolate caramel brownies? Would you make them?
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Wish List | My Top 5 Jewellery Picks

My Top 5 Jewellery Picks

Like most women I love jewellery and with Christmas fast approaching there's lot of beautiful pieces available in stores. I decided to share some of my favourite's with you and have picked my Top 5 over a variety of brands.

Firstly, I love these pink crystal earrings as not only are they my favourite colour but they are very pretty. I wear studs a lot as they are more practical and these are ones I would wear on a daily basis. I like the oval shape too, I've seen similar ones like this which have been round so these are a little more unusual and a nice size.

Next I've chosen an adorable ring with Cubic Zirconia detailed across the unusual beautiful bow detailing. I've never seen a ring like this and I love that it is so dainty. This would look great as a every day ring or to bling up an outfit, it's so fun and girly.

I've also chosen a beautiful feather pendant which again has Cubic Zirconia detailing. I like necklaces which fall like this and this one is really different to any others in my collection. It would look gorgeous against a really simple outfit like a little black dress and would be perfect to wear over the festive season.

Last but not least I have two bangles, one in silver and one in a more unusual rose gold. The silver bangle is a twist on the more traditional plain ones and I like the simplicity of it. It would go with any outfit. Conversely, I also love the rose gold one as it has rounded edges and a delicate cut mesh which I imagine would sparkle gently as it catches the light. It also has some beautiful detailing on two sides to make this more than a simple bangle. 

I absolutely love all of the jewellery featured on my list and I hope you do too. To take a look at a wider selection click here.


Which is your favourite item on my list?

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Beauty | Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil Review

Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil Review
Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil Review

A few weeks before my wedding I did something I never thought I would - I changed my skin care regime. I assume due to stress I started getting break outs which is normally really unlike me as I've always been pretty lucky with having clear skin (touch wood) so I wanted to give my skin a boost. I also found my skin was irritated around my jaw which was itchy and uncomfortable so it just wasn't something I could put up with.

I decided to try a new Origins product as my skin gets on well with this brand and I just wanted to replace one thing - my cleansing balm as I thought that was what was causing my problems. In hindsight it had nothing to do with my well loved Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but instead was down to my Bioderma which I now seem to be allergic to after using it for many years! 

The Origins product I tried is the Clean Energy Cleansing Oil which is a very lightweight yellow oil including sunflower, sesame, and safflower oils which remove makeup, dirt and pollutants. I've been very impressed with this product. The formula is naturally oily so it feels soft and silky on the skin. You also need to use very little to get effective results.

To apply this cleansing oil I simply rub one pump into my skin with my finger tips starting with my face and then my eyes, being careful not to get any in them. I then add a little warm water to my fingers and rub this in too as it creates a milk. A finish by gently wiping my face and eyes clean with a damp muslin cloth or flannel.  Depending on how much eye makeup I'm wearing I may need to repeat this again but if you do be careful not to use too much oil, it doesn't hurt if you get it in your eyes but it does blur your vision.

Origins Clean Energy has done wonders for my skin. It leaves it glowing, clean and hydrated as well as soft and smooth.  I would definitely re-purchase it. Priced at £23.50 it is also pretty good value for money as it lasts a long time, you really do need very little. It also has a very subtle scent which is soothing and relaxing. This really is a lovely product.

You can buy the Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil from Boots for £23.50. Please note, the pump is not included but can be purchased separately.

What is your favourite product to remove makeup and cleanse the skin?

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Blogging | My Favourite Things about Autumn/Winter

Autumn Winter Faves

If I'm honest I haven't really noticed the change from Summer into Autumn as I was so occupied with planning our wedding and then when the temperature  in the UK dropped I was away in Barbados sunning myself... it was definitely a shock to the system when we came back to dull skies and rain! While pulling my boots and jumpers from their Summer hideaways I got thinking about the things I like about these colder months and this was my inspiration for today's blog post. I would also love to here your favourite things about these months so please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

Here we go with my favourite's:

Cosy Evenings

As the nights draw in and there is a chill in the air there's nothing better than sitting in front of the TV watching a movie with loved ones with a hot chocolate (with marshmallow's of course) and a candle gently flicking. I find these evenings so relaxing and cosy.

Winter Scents

This leads me onto the scents I like to burn at this time of year. Don't get me wrong, I love burning my black cherry, vanilla and floral scents which are light, happy and summery but I also love the richer Christmas like scents such as cinnamon, apples and spices.  They start to make me feel festive and it makes a nice change to switch things up for different seasons.

Changing Colours

In Spring and Summer it's great to see the leaves on the trees and bright colours from the flower displays, the baby animals being born and the bright sunlight beaming down but I also enjoy the change in nature to the orange, yellow, red and brown tones as the nights draw in and the air becomes crisper. It's just so amazing how this happens.

Berry Tones

Some of my all time makeup has Autumn/Winter tones such as MAC Rebel Lipstick, Cranberry MAC eyeshadow and Essie Bahama Mama Nail Polish. Of course you can wear these any time during the year but I always lean to them more at this time. I enjoy wearing these shades of makeup which has a deep, rich pop of colour but at the same time can still give you a natural look if you are careful how you apply it.

Winter Fashion

I'm definitely a sun bunny at heart but after wearing so many Summer dresses, sandals and strappy tops it it nice to have a change and get out those snuggly jumpers and winter heeled boots. It's like shopping without having to buy anything as I often re-discover items I completely forgot I had.

What are your favourite things about the Autumn and Winter Months?

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Beauty | My Autumn Wish List

Autumn Beauty Trends

Autumn is here already and instead of being sad Summer is over it makes me excited to re-discover my favourite beauty products and fashion pieces as well as indulge in some new ones. Today I share with you what is on my current Autumn Wish list, leave a comment below and let me know what is on yours!

I haven't been shopping in Lush for a while, shocking I know but I sadly just don't have time to at the moment *sob sob*. Of course this means I have a few Lush goodies on my wish list and the first of these is a bath melt which is a favourite of mine. Melting Marshmallow Moment is not only pink, my favourite colour but also smells amazing! It's sweet yet not sickly and it reminds me of sweets, Summer and fun!

Next on my list is a hand cream which is much needed during the Autumn/Winter months. I haven't tried one from Lush before and tend to usually buy my hand creams from The Body Shop but I fancy a change and this one sounds pretty good from what I have heard, although it is a little on the pricey side!

I love wearing dark colours on my nails in Autumn, my favourites being those that are berry toned, red or purple. I like the look of Blowing Raspberries as not only is the name supercute but it's a very pretty shade which is not quite pink but not bold red either. For those who want to add a splash of colour to their nails but nothing too bright this one might do the trick.

As well as dark nails during Autumn/Winter I also love dark berry toned lips. My all time favourite is Rebel by MAC but I'm also on the look out for something new.  The obvious choice for me is Charlotte Tilbury as I'm loving her makeup at the moment but never tried a lipstick! Crimson Lipstick is a dark, slightly red toned lip that would look great with a simple neutral smokey eye!

What do you think of my Autumn Beauty Wish list?
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Lifestyle | Life Update

Life Update
Hello Beauts! It's been a while so I wanted to explain what has been going on in my life lately which has caused my blog to be a little quieter than normal. Regular readers or my Twitter/Instagram followers will know that I have been busy planning my wedding which pretty much took over my life. Literally every spare moment I had was used booking, confirming or choosing things and with that combined with work I just completely ran out of time. I didn't even have five minutes to myself let alone any time to dedicate to my blog and I didn't want to rush posts as I take pride in quality photo's and info. If I'm honest I kept thinking I would have time particularly the week before the wedding as I was off work but in fact that ended up being the busiest time off all despite being super organised! Believe me I have missed it a lot and I can't wait to get back into it properly. It's been lovely to sit here this afternoon and get back into things so I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been patient and stuck by me!

The wedding planning was amazing and I enjoyed every second of it. All the hard work definitely paid off too as on 19th September 2015 my Husband (eeeek!) and I had the most amazing fairytale wedding we ever could have wished for. I had a picture in my mind of how I wanted everything and it was the spitting image.. we're so lucky the day went so perfectly and when the professional photo's come through (hopefully next week) I will write up a full account of our day and share some of the photo's with you! 

As well as getting married we have also been on a magical honeymoon to Barbados which my hubby did all the planning for. It was a complete surprise and I only found out in his speech on our wedding day where we were going! I will also be writing up a blog post and sharing some photo's from this too over the next couple of weeks.

When we got back from honeymoon we spent some time together which was lovely and also had a catch up with our families. We're back to reality on Monday though as we're back to work!

Keep an eye out for those wedding posts!

How have you all been?
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