Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Haunted House Halloween Cupcakes

An early happy Halloween! In the lead up to the day I’ve been doing some themed baking along the lines of chocolate cupcakes decorated with white chocolate cobwebs. For the actual cake bit, I got a readymade chocolate cake mix, adding eggs and water and then dividing into cupcake cases. This made things a little easier and great if you want to bake something last minute. When they came out of the oven, I left them to cool and later I heated up 100g of white chocolate and piped messy cobwebs onto the top. I tried to incorporate a classic spider web by drawing two or three circles onto the top of each and then drawing a few lines from the centre outwards. Some came out better than others, but it was a fun process and the messy designs worked well for the Halloween theme. The cake was very rich and chocolatey, quite firm, not crumbly and the white chocolate was a delicious alternative to regular icing. Any chocolate cake mix will be fine, I used one from Asda. If you are baking this time of year too, I recommend making these or anything really that fits the theme.

Do you like baking too? What are your plans for Halloween? :-) Xx

Saturday, 22 October 2016

My Thoughts on Three Books.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

I’d first heard of this book through the blogging/YouTube community as it’s a bit of a cult classic. It had been on my to-read list for quite some time, and after receiving it for my birthday over the summer I finished it. The author Marie Kondo has some great tips and insight into the way of clearing out rubbish and tidying up. I liked the personal stories mixed in with helpful knowledge. The book is short and easy to finish but the chapters feel very thorough and specific. Towards the end is where I enjoyed it the most, it kind of wrapped things up in a pleasing way. I think tidying can be fun and loved the way the book showed this. I rated it 5/5

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I’m actually still in the process of reading this one, it’s kind of on hold as I feel it’s more of a summer time read. So far though I’m thoroughly enjoying it, it’s my first Morgan Matson book so I’m super excited. The story revolves around Andie the congressman’s daughter who has summer all planned out with a pre-med internship. Sadly due to a political scandal it doesn’t work out so she has to find another way to spend her summer. The antics of Andie and her close knit friendship group is entertaining and hopefully will continue. The writing style is lovely while the storyline is very relatable for young adult readers. I will let you know how I get on!! :-)

A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke

Saving the best to last, this was probably one of my top reads of the year so far. I finished it very quickly due to the past-paced, thrilling narrative. I’ve wanted to read a book by Cat Clarke for a while, and now I’m keen to read others from the author. The plot is unusual and unexpected as well as something which is best left to be a surprise. The characters are very realistic and relatable, plus the twists throughout the book were quite something. I felt engaged throughout the book, and believe it could be interesting to a variety of age groups. A great autumn/winter read! I rated it 5/5

Are you a book worm? What have you been reading lately? :-)

Friday, 14 October 2016

My Thoughts on Organic Surge Products

Wow I was so impressed with this brand, I loved all three products that I purchased and look forward to trying more from them. I’d only recently heard of Organic Surge after browsing the website. As the name suggests they are organic and cruelty-free as well as being vegan, free from parabens, sulphates, colourants, artificial fragrance, and genetically modified ingredients. I would say they compete with brands such as Faith In Nature and the price tag is around the same mark too. The shampoo and conditioner at £7.95 and the shower gel at £6.99. Here's my little write up about each item, hope you enjoy!

Organic Surge Shine Boost Shampoo

This shampoo claims to clarify, boost shine, leaving hair smooth and glossy. I would agree with the product description completely, my hair felt shiny, healthier and clarified. I find natural products leave my locks in better condition and this range has reinforced my thoughts on this. It has a scent of apple, rosemary and nettle extracts. In my opinion the aroma of this is gorgeous, very refreshing and lovely. It’s become one of my favourite shampoos for sure and I can see myself repurchasing.

Organic Surge Shine Boost Conditioner

I’m very fussy when it comes to conditioners and don’t use them often unless I see a clear improvement. This one definitely is better than most out there, and doesn’t weigh down my hair like others do. It works in perfect harmony with the shampoo. The lovely apple scent is less obvious in this one but that doesn’t bother me too much. The price is the same as the shampoo, and although the bottle is 50ml smaller the treatment is more intense. Again I can see myself repurchasing as it’s a great product!

Organic Surge Citrus Mint Body Wash 

Another fabulous product by Organic Surge. Scent is an important thing for me in shower gels and the citrus mint was really unusual, it grew on me quite quickly. It lathered well and was a lovely experience to use.  After looking back on today, they now are offering a slightly different product. It is in a dispenser bottle and is described as a body wash but also a hand wash. The brand also have a similar shower gel in a slightly different fragrance. Both options look just as good.

I would thoroughly recommend Organic Surge, I’m delighted to have stumbled across the brand. Other items I want to try include their volume boost shampoo/conditioner, tropical bergamot body scrub and other shower gels. Click here to view their range!

Is buying natural important to you? 
What products do you reach for in the shower/bath? :-) Xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

September Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Favourites

Hope all my fellow bloggers had a nice September, a lot of my month was taken up with a holiday so blogging has taken a little back seat. It’s nice to be back with my favourites from last month so let’s begin… I had a little autumnal shopping trip to Primark (haul post here!) and stocked up on two jumpers, this one in a classic nautical style is gorgeous and has been keeping my warm as the days are getting colder. In the same haul I bought some slippers which are now very well worn but I’m finding them so comfy and practical for around the house plus they are easy to slip in and out of. I had a bit of a chocolate themed splurge this month, starting with this wonderful Coco Chocolatier earl grey tea & bergamot organic chocolate, perfect to have with a cuppa and has such an authentic taste. The packaging is stunning too! Speaking of cuppas, I’ve been trialling and enjoying a new tea, this one by Yogi Tea is very unusual and is named choco. It’s a substitute for hot chocolate and I believe it’s heathier too. A review will be up with my details into this.

Faith In Nature do some gorgeous products as you’re likely to have heard me say in previous posts. I’ve been into their chocolate shower gel and foam bath, the scent smells like the most wonderful chocolate factory, and I just can’t get enough. I’m in the process of being a little more minimal with my beauty stash, and using things up. This Cacharel Noa perfume is a beaut, and something I’ve been reaching for on a daily basis. The scent is musky vanilla and a great autumn perfume I would say. On a final note I’ve been very prolific with my reading over the month of September, I’ve been reaching for a book quite a bit. Two books both of which I loved and rated 5/5 on goodreads I wanted to include in this post. I’m most excited to share with you ‘A Kiss In The Dark’ by Cat Clarke, my first book by this author. I raced through it, and loved all the plot twists, it’s a great one to delve into if you are in a reading slump. 'Loving Spirit' by Linda Chapman is aimed at a younger audience but I enjoyed the relationship between Ellie and her horse Spirit. I found it informative in regard to life looking after horses too! :-)

How was your September? What things have you been loving? :-) Xx

Monday, 26 September 2016

Early Autumn Beauty Haul

Today’s beauty haul is collective from throughout the past months and includes some natural, supermarket and highstreet brands hence it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Faith In Nature is one of my most loved natural brands so I researched the best place to repurchase some things from them. Amazon has a great selection and offered some products I was struggling to find elsewhere. I’ve been using their rejuvenating facial wash a good while now on and off but unfortunately it’s not easily available to buy these days. It’s certainly a holy grail item though, review here. I wanted to re-try the FIN face wipes, the scent is very fresh but in general not as good as I remembered them to be. I’m totally loving the FIN chocolate shower gel and foam bath, the chocolate fragrance is just amazing and addictive. A review of this is due!

A little present from my Mum were these Asda sensitive skin cleansing wipes, I’m yet to try them but want to see how they compare with the others I bought. Plus online they were priced at £0.75 what a bargain! Finally I bought a foundation, I was dreading trying to find a new one, as this sort of makeup product can be so difficult to get right particularly when buying online. Although it’s not a natural/organic choice I picked up the Maybelline dream matte mouse in light porcelain. I struggle with shade matching with my pale skin but this is okay. I used to use the brand in my teens and liked it. It will keep me going but let me know if you have any foundation recommendations that are well priced/natural/good for pale skin.

Did you like this beauty haul? Have you been shopping lately? :-) Xx

Faith in Nature Organic Rejuvenating Facial Wash 150 ml £6.25 (BUY HERE)
Faith In Nature Chocolate Shower Gel & Foam Bath 400ml £5.75 (BUY HERE)
Faith In Nature 3 In 1 Facial Wipes 25 Wipes £3.85 (BUY HERE)

ASDA The Skin System Sensitive Facial Cleansing Wipes £0.75 (BUY HERE)

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation 004 Light Porcelain £7.69 (BUY HERE)

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Wensleydale Holl Souvenirs and Related Thoughts.

Last week my family and I enjoyed a campervan trip to Wensleydale staying for five nights in different places around that region. I had never been to Wensleydale before to my knowledge and area was so scenic. I bought some things from the trip including books and chocolate. Today’s post I will be chit-chatting about this giving prefaces into the books and a short review of some gorgeous chocolate I found.


My Mum and I popped into a charming little second-hand book shop. They were trialling an alternative way of selling recycled books in good condition. I paid £2.00 and £2.50 for two books and they were charging 50p entry, which can be taken off the price of books bought. I don’t normally pay so much for used books but the book shop was really quaint and the selection was pretty good too so I felt I was paying for the experience. My Dad and brother were waiting back at the van so my Mum and I didn’t have as long as I would have liked. I did pick up two books so let me tell you a little bit about each.

I spotted ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Susan Lewis and immediately picked it up as I’ve read one of her other books this year and loved it so much. She writes detective/mysteries. A fourteen year old girl goes missing one night, and although it looks like she’s run away from home, a police investigation unfolds. I love the cover of this with the autumnal colours, and can’t wait to get stuck in. I bought ‘Maybe This Christmas’ by Sarah Morgan for when the winter nights get longer, I’ve been enjoying Christmas themed genre books for a while now. It’s appears to be classic chick-lit located on a ski-resort over Christmas centred on family ties and there’s a promise of a little romance.


I went into a few little gift shops with my Mum and the Rhubarb & Roses Greengrocers was one of my favs we visited. They had a range of posh chocolates and healthy snacks. Coco Chocolatier, an organic and vegan chocolate brand caught my eye. They had a large choice of lovely flavours but I picked up earl grey tea & bergamot. The different designs on the packaging were stunning, this particular one with the floral artwork is so pretty. After tasting it, I was pleasantly pleased with the unusual taste, and the chocolate was very luxurious to eat. The price for this was £3.99, a little steep but a special holiday treat. The chocolate lolly was a gift for a friend.

I hope you enjoyed this chatty post! Which item was your fav? :-) Xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

A Photo Diary: Campervan Touring In North Yorkshire.

Back in June my family and I went on holiday in our campervan. There were a fair few photos to edit through but I thought now would be a perfect time to show you a little photo diary of the things we got up to. We visited different spots around North Yorkshire such as Runswick Bay, Staithes and Sandsend. The weather was good to us most of the time although we had a rainy day too. I enjoyed coffee and lunch outings as well as visiting a gorgeous garden centre near Whitby which really inspired me with my efforts in my own garden. I’d never been to Sandsend before, which is a beach spot just outside of Whitby and very picturesque. The experience of touring different campsite locations was interesting, and different from going to our holiday cottage we had visited past years. We have been on another break since then, we toured more places earlier this month around Wensleydale which was lovely too, and this will be shared in a post soon. I hope you enjoy my photos from North Yorkshire, there is a mixture of foodie, landscape, macro, selfies etc.

Have you been away this year? What are your favourite places to visit? :-) Xx