Friday, 29 August 2014

August Favourites

Body Moisturizers, Body Butters, Hand Creams galore. It was summer, and this was the time to call out the big guns and I certainly did this year. I don't think I have ever brought so many products, and I thought I would share a couple of my favourites with you all today! Here are some of my August Favourites...


 My Body Shop body butters are just incredible. I know they are such a well loved product but that just shows how fantastic they are. Previously I have stuck to Cocoa Butter ones, but this time I got a Papaya one and I love it. Its so summery and feels lovely on my skin too. I think that they are such a bargain at £13, especially as they last absolutely ages. The Body Shop have also recently brought out the Body Sorbets (I'm sure you all know that though!) but they are divine. I love the way they make my skin feel, they become instantly so smooth and they smell DELICIOUS. I have the Strawberry and Mango flavours which were my favourite, but I would like to try the Satsuma flavoured one as well. These are only £8 which is another brilliant price for a fantastic product.




 When in America, I found this Burts Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, which is a really thick scented creme which I not only use on my hands, but on extra dry areas such as my knees. It is such a thick consistency which means that I only really use this product when I don't have to do anything in particular because otherwise it would get everywhere. Although it takes a while to sink in, it smells amazing and really works magic as well. I love this product. I haven't physically seen this product in the UK but you can buy it reasonably here.


My Ted Baker hand cream has been my go-to hand cream this summer. It smells beautiful, does just the trick and isn't too thick which means I can put it on in a rush without having to worry about what I can't touch! I'm not sure how much this product cost as it was part of a gift set I got for Christmas but I love it.






 Another product I have been loving is the Calcot Manor, Country Spa Retreat 'The Lazy Evening Creamy Shower Wash'. I haven't been using it as a shower wash, but instead as a bubble bath. It smells incredible and just generally helps me to feel relaxed when I'm having a Bubble Bath. It is infused with Chamomile, Sweet Fig and Vitamin E which is probably the reason why it smells so lovely.






Finally, I have also tried the Nivea Diamond Touch Creme Oil, found here, which I absolutely adore now. It smelt so nice and I liked the way it felt on my skin, I have tried an in-shower moisturizer from Nivea which felt too thick and like I had a layer on me even though I'd washed it off so I was reluctant to try this after finding it on offer, but I'm so glad I did. I would really recommend this product, its a lovely shower gel!






There you have it! Some of the products I have been using and loving recently. What have you been using? Are any of the products mentioned in the post your favourites?

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Turkey Bound

Just a reminder that I am going to be on holiday from tomorrow until the 10th of September. I'm so excited to be going back to one of my favourite places ever, and hopefully I will have lots of blog posts to share with you all when I return. Is there anything specific you would like to see me blog about?


 I hope you all have an amazing fortnight, and that those heading back to school, work or University have a good first few weeks (especially those getting ready to start university this year, you will love it!) back. 

I have scheduled posts for every Monday and Friday whilst I'm away and this will be my schedule come to September due to commitments at University. Please leave me feedback on posts you especially enjoy, I love to hear what you think!

 Don't forget that my giveaway to win a MAC lipstick of your choice. The competition continues until the 22nd September so you have plenty of time to enter! 


Adios for two weeks!!!
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DIY | Homemade Necklaces

 My Grandma goes to a crafts group called the 'Lavender Ladies' and she recently showed my sister and I how to make these gorgeous necklaces. They are so easy to make but look so lovely so I thought I would show you all how to make them. 



This is the finished product, and after making this I realised I should have taken photos to show you all so I recreated it. I have been wearing this necklace loads to jazz up some of my less colourful outfits, it goes perfectly with the dress I was wearing in these pictures and my pink spanish sandals and zatchels bag!

Step One:

You need to make a tube out of material (this can be done by folding a larger rectangle piece of material in half and sewing up the top. bottom and some of the side), leaving a hole at one end of the tube so you can thread through the larger white balls which are in between the external beads.


Step Two:

Thread on a coloured bead at the end of the tube with the hole in it, and make sure it is threaded all the way down to the other end of the tube.


Step Three:

Then put the larger white ball inside of the tube through the whole and push it down so it is next to the coloured bead.



Step Four:

Thread another colour bead on the outside of the tube to go on the other side of the white ball inside.



Step Five:

Repeat until you have an equal amount of material left at the end of the tube with the hole in it. Sew up the hole. Remember you must finish with a bead.

Step Six:

 With the remaining material, create a knot. We chose to do a reef knot because it meant that both of the end pieces faced downwards! 

Your necklace is finished!

How easy was that? and how lovely is your new necklace? I hope you enjoyed this necklace making tutorial! Hopefully it was easy to understand and you will like your necklace as much as I love mine...Please let me know what you think!

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Friday, 22 August 2014

CLOSED: Giveaway | 50 Follower Giveaway - Win a MAC lipstick of your choice!

 Recently, I reached 50 followers over on my bloglovin. As a thank you to those who have followed me and those of you who read and enjoy my blog, I have decided to hold a giveaway. I will be giving away a MAC lipstick of your choice, as I would absolutely love to win a MAC lipstick myself in a giveaway and I thought this would be the perfect first giveaway for me to do! 


 Good luck to everyone who enters, and thank you so much to all of those people who read my blog on a regular basis. I can't really believe that people even do, so thank you! The giveaway is open now and will end on the 22nd September 2014 at 12am.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Terms and Conditions:
  • I will only consider UK entrants who are over the age of 16 years of age
  • The winner can choose a MAC lipstick up to the price of £16
  • I am using Rafflecopter to choose my winner so it is fair
  • I will be checking the winner's entries so that a person who has falsely entered will not win 
  • It is not my responsibility (once the MAC lipstick is ordered) if it goes missing or is damaged
  • If the winner does not get back to me after 48 hours of me contacting them, I will be drawing a new winner
  • The Giveaway will end of the 22nd September 2014 at 12am.
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Recipe | Oven-Baked Garlic Chicken

 Dan and I have decided to start cooking together more. For a start, we both enjoy it, it helps my parents out whilst they are so busy and we are moving in together in a years time so we need some tasty dishes to keep us alive. I came across the Taste - One Pot recipe book somewhere like the Works and we flicked through and came to the 'Oven-Baked Garlic Chicken'.

We followed the basic recipe shown here, although added some more Veg to our meal and a few more potato wedges too. Additionally, we replaced any oil with Fry Light as we try to use this as a healthier alternative when we cook. This recipe serves 4.

You will need:
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Potatoes for the actual dish
  • Potatoes for the Wedges (how many depends on how much you eat! I would say maybe 4 - 6)
  • 2 - 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 onions
  • Fry Light or Oil
  • 175ml of Water and a Stock cube 
  • 1 Leek




Firstly, we heated the oven to 200°C (180° fan) 400F, gas 6, whilst browning the Chicken on the hob. 


After this we made out potato wedges. It is incredibly easy – cut the potato into the size and shape you want. Then put these potato chips onto a baking tray – we put foil on the tray before. Spray the tray and chips with Fry light and then sprinkle on salt, pepper and herbs if you fancy. Sometimes we use Paprika on them and they are deliciously spicy. These wedges take around 30-40 minutes to cook nicely so we put them in just before the chicken was put in. 


We also cut some potatoes to go into the dish with the chicken. We added the all-important garlic cloves, lemon wedges, onion wedges and leeks to the chicken and potato too. Then you boil 175ml of Water and mix in a stock cube. It says to use chicken but we decided to use vegetable instead.


We seasoned the dish with Thyme, salt and pepper and into the oven it went for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes we took the chicken out to baste it with the juices left in the tray. It was smelling delicious already! Back into the oven for a final 15 minutes.




Sweetcorn and Peas were put on the hob ready to cook and finally we were ready. Dinner was served!

Oven-Baked Garlic Chicken was an easy but tasty recipe to make. Definitely one for any new freshers to have a look at, as it is tasty but not unhealthy (always a bonus).

 Would you fancy making Oven-Baked Garlic Chicken? Was this recipe easy to make?

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Fundraising for Imogen

 My close friend at Uni, Sophie, contacted me to ask me to share some pages Fundraising for a little girl on Facebook and Twitter, which some of you may have seen. After hearing the story, I have decided to share these pages on my blog and ask Sophie to say a little bit about Imogen and her story because, for me, a healthy 20 year old girl, it is one that I needed to share as I cannot even imagine what Imogen is going through and I cannot believe how brave she is being. I have never met Imogen but I think it is a story that will make you think twice, as it did me. 



At just 7 years old, Imogen was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer! Imogen has received various treatments including chemotherapy. Sadly the previous treatments have been unsuccessful, however on Wednesday, Imogen will be starting a new treatment. Fingers crossed this one is successful. This fundraising page is to provide Imogen and her family with the money to be able to achieve some of the things Imogen had written on her 'when I get better' list! She would love to go to Disney Land, Paris when she is better. The money may also be needed for other treatments, that may involve Imogen having to travel to America to receive the treatment she needs. If anyone could spare even £1, it would mean the world to Imogen and her family.

 If you would like to know more about Imogen's story, here are the relevant pages for you to visit, and donate if you would like to: 

YouCaring - http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/fundraising-for-imogen-battleing-neuroblastoma-cancer-/220462

Facebook -  https://www.facebook.com/fundraisingforimogen?fref=ts


Twitter - https://twitter.com/team_imogen

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Saturday Surprise!

 Its my parent's 25th anniversary on the 23rd September, and my sister and I decided to throw a BBQ for them in our garden, inviting friends and family from as far up as Leeds and as low down as Southampton. We have been planning this for months, all the way back since before exams and finally it was the day! We were so excited, but also quite stressed as there was lots to do before our guests arrived.



 We had just under 24 hours to prepare the house and the food because we sent my parents away to a hotel in Cheshunt (about an hour away from ours) called Theobolds Park for their anniversary. Little did they know the madness beginning at our house. We had the majority of people arriving between 12 and 1, with our parents arriving home at 1.30. 



 They were so surprised which was fantastic - my mum is pretty nosey and we thought she would find out but luckily she had no idea. Dad couldn't believe it at all. It was so nice to finally see their faces and reaction after 35 other people had helped us to arrange this and keep it a secret. It was so nice to see all our family again and my parents friends too, a lot of whom had been at their wedding 25 years ago. 




Once my parents arrived, we headed outside for the BBQ, looked at old and embarrassing wedding photos and my mum showed us all her gorgeous wedding dress. Very 80's.


 We spent the rest of the afternoon eating, drinking and catching up. Beer Pong was played and a lot of alcohol was consumed. We hadn't seen a lot of our family in quite a while and it was so lovely to see most of them (my cousin has just started his masters in Holland and flew over there early on the morning of the party for his induction week!). My sister and our cousin are also starting university this year which obviously makes it harder to meet up now nearly all of the cousins are there!



 The party went on into the early evening with leftovers being devoured for dinner and the drinks still flowing of course. 




 Once everyone had left, we basked in the glory of the families success in keeping this secret from my parents and dragged ourselves up to bed after a very fun but tiring day celebrating with our lovely parents, family and friends.

Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to my mum and dad!

Have you been to any family parties recently? Or thrown a surprise party for family or friends?
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Haul | Florida Findings

When I was in Florida, I brought A LOT. Its safe to say that I made the most of the shopping whilst I was there and I picked up a few bargains along the way. I have already done a post on the lip products I got whilst I was out there which you can see here. I have decided I'm going to post a picture of the favourite things I have brought whilst in the USA and if you have any questions or thoughts, please post them in the comments below! Usually I would talk a bit about the things I have brought but I have brought so much I would rather share my favourite purchases with you and you can ask questions about the things you are interested in instead of hearing about every single item! I look forward to hearing what you think about what I purchased.

 I'm going to show you a few of my favourite buys and try to remember where they are from and how much they were! If I have worked out the English price, it will be done by dividing the American price by 1.69 which was the exchange rate we got our dollars on (I may also round up for ease). Here goes...


Guess Bag, Guess Outlet, £15 roughly



Mickey Mouse Jewelry, Ring (Magic Kingdom, £15 roughly), Necklace (Epcot, Present)


Minnie Mouse, Downtown Disney, £12 roughly


Pink Pumps, Puma Outlet, £23 (I saved £39 on them!) roughly



Ribbon Bracelet, Downtown Disney, £4 roughly
It says 'the world is a magical place, choose your own adventure'


Seaworld Cup, Seaworld, £7.20 roughly
(Excuse the bikini top!)


Flip Flops and Sliders, Target overall £17 roughly 


Wet n' Wild, Sally Hansen Nail Polishes, EOS lip balm, Walmart overall £4.20 roughly


Mint Converse, Target, £7.50 roughly


Minnie Mouse Pen, Magic Kingdom, £5 roughly

As you can see, I brought alot in America, and I found some absolute bargains whilst I was away in Florida. I am already missing the shopping, and cannot wait until my next trip to America to purchase some more bargains.


 Do you like my buys? What is your favourite? Have you found some American Bargains?
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