Friday, 15 March 2019

The Snack Diaries | Part Thirteen

Pukka Blackcurrant Beauty Fruit Tea
(From Co-op, £2.00 for twenty tea bags)
I’d been wanting to try this specific tea for ages, and I picked it up after seeing it reduced in the Co-op. I wasn’t disappointed, the taste was very authentic and probably my favourite blackcurrant tea I’ve tried.

Co-op Rhubarb & Vanilla Infusion Fruit Tea
(From Co-op, £0.99 for twenty tea bags)
I often gravitate towards supermarket own brands for tea among other things. Own brand teas are always affordable and this particular product is one of my favourites. The combination of rhubarb, and the sweetness of the vanilla is perfect. I can see myself repurchasing which I don’t often do.

Aldi Pantry Carrot Cake Mix
(From Aldi, price and weight unknown)
I found this cake mix very reliable to use, as it rises well in the oven, and the carrot taste is amazing. I managed to get twelve buns and a small loaf which seems an ideal portion. The cakes were scrumptious fresh from the oven!

Harvest Moon Yogurt & Fruit Bars
(From Aldi, unknown price for six portions)
I went through a period of trying lots of healthier breakfast type bars, these ones appealed to me because of the yogurt coating however they came across a little dry unfortunately. They were rather average really.

Do you buy supermarket own brand food products? 
Do you have any snack recommendations for me? :-) Xx

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Gosh BB Cream

Today I’m going to be reviewing this Gosh BB cream in Sand 1. I’ve actually purchased this product twice now and I’m excited to finally share my thoughts. I’ve always liked the brand Gosh, in my teens I was obsessed with their eye shadow pencils, and lately I’ve been getting back into their make-up. I find the quality is excellent for the price, and fortunately they are cruelty-free.

Foundation, primer and moisturizer in one. Gosh BB Cream has a natural coverage that adapts to the skin tone and furthermore leaves the skin soft and smooth. SPF 15 and cruelty-free. 

I struggle getting the right colour in base products as I have rather fair skin. I was browsing the Superdrug website one day and came across this product, the reviews were excellent and a lot of people commented saying Sand 1 is a good match for very pale skin. Sand 1 is perfect for me in the winter months, and the consistency makes it easy to blend. It gives off a very natural glow, and the look is quite flawless. There are two other shades, and when summer comes around I might go for beige 2.

It’s originally priced at £9.99 but on my second purchase I got a few pounds off in an offer which I would recommend to look out for. One tube lasts me months, so the price point is pretty okay. I like the simple, but striking packaging too. I can totally see why this product is popular, I fully recommend. Buy here.

Have you tried anything by Gosh before? 
What base products are your fav at the moment? :-) Xx

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Healthier Mocha & Almond Cookies

Thanks for stopping by, today I have a baking project to share. These cookies are my own recipe, and great if you are looking for something guilt-free but still tasty. I enjoy the taste of coffee in baked goods, and with a bit of cocoa the mocha flavour is really nice.

I also added almonds as I had some left over in the cupboard. I used a recipe out of one of my baking books as a guide, but changed it quite a bit, adding my own things in such as coffee, almonds and sweetener instead of sugar. They came out pretty well, and I can see myself making something mocha inspired again. This sort of thing could be handy for putting in a lunch box or having as a snack mid-way through the day.

Let me know if you’ve been baking lately.
Do you like mocha flavour in baked goods too? :-) Xx

Friday, 1 March 2019

B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Hope you are all well. Today I’m going to be reviewing these B. Pure wipes I’ve been experimenting with. My all-time favourite drugstore wipes are the Boots No7 wipes as well as Johnsons pamper time wipes which have been discontinued. While writing a beauty blog, I’ve had the pleasure of trying a few natural brands too.

So far I’ve had success with the Pacifica coconut wipes, which I would recommend if you want something special. The Faith in Nature 3 in 1 facial wipes are great if you want natural on a budget. I tried Burt’s Bees wipes too, which initially were promising but I don’t think they are as natural as I first thought.

I do love the convenience of wipes when I’m unable to take off make-up properly and I’m still on the hunt for my holy-grail cruelty-free wipes. I spotted the B. Pure brand on Superdrug, and the reviews were amazing. Here I have wrote the positives and negatives I found while using them.

Very moist.
Generous size wipes.
Packaging keeps the wipes fresh.
Removes make-up well.
Cruelty-free leaping bunny logo.
Very affordable at £1.49.

Left my skin a little tight.
Didn’t work as well with my skin as other brands I’ve tried.
Not sensitive enough for my skin.

Have you tried anything by the Superdrug B. Pure range? 
Any face wipe recommendations for me? :-) Xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Recent Reads Reviewed #10

The Creative Photography Handbook by Lee Frost – 5/5

I was gifted this book for Christmas years back now, and last year I decided I would finally read it cover to cover. The glossy photos, and clever photographic ideas really won me over. It’s split up into two parts; creative techniques and creative subjects. In each section, many topics are covered such as composition, colour, darkroom as well as people, landscapes, nature, movement and so on. On the most part the text was easy to digest, and paired with large photographs to represent each topic. I would say any beginner, novice or experienced photographer could appreciate this book.

The Minimalist Budget by Simeon Lindstrom – 5/5

This was a fascinating book which covered all aspects of living within your means. Many of the ideas struck a chord with me, particularly the philosophical ones about our relationship with money and time. I learned a lot and would definitely recommend you give it a read. (Read as an eBook)

The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel – 5/5

This is one of my all-time favourite books and last year I reread it. Based on a true story, Angela shares her ups and downs as a broke student through diary entries. She is both resourceful and hilarious, making her writing jump off the page. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this book, it’s a quick read that I recommend to all.

Me Myself Milly by Penelope Bush – 4/5

This story follows Milly and her experiences of being a twin through journal entries. There was a slow build up to the reveal of Milly’s secret of what happened to her last summer which kept me wondering. It starts off as a sweet story, and then about half way through the plot twist reveals it’s self which shocked me a little particularly because of its younger target audience. I thought the characters were believable and found the overall story compelling.

Learning to Fly: The Autobiography by Victoria Beckham – 5/5

I’ve had this book on my shelf since a teen and it still remains one of my favourites. I’d forgotten just how good it was but picked it up to reread last year, and I loved it just as much as I did the first time. Since the spice girls began, I’ve been a fan and this book really delved into the life of a spice girl in the early days. I enjoyed hearing about Victoria’s childhood, background and how she met David Beckham as well. The writing comes across like Victoria’s talking to you over a cuppa, and it’s a very easy read. I would fully recommend.

Out of these books, which ones interest you? 
Do you have any current recommendations for me? :-) Xx

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Film & Music Reviewed #1

After a little break I’m back with a new series featuring film and music I’ve been listening to lately with short reviews. There will be a mixture of current and slightly dated stuff but each DVD and CD will be new to me as a treat to myself. Please let me know what films and music you’ve been currently loving and any thoughts on my picks.

Film // La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams and finding each other in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams and love.

I remember when this film came out at the cinema a few years back, and there was a big buzz about it. I never got the chance to see it at the pictures so I purchased it on DVD. I was highly impressed by this film even though I’m not big on musicals. The acting particularly by Emma Stone was outstanding. I really enjoyed the 50s setting and cinematic photography.

Rating: 5/5

Music // Younger Now by Miley Cyrus

This was a 2017 release that seemed to get some good reviews on Amazon. After Bangerz, Younger Now took a different direction, with a more laid-back, country sound. Miley’s gone back to her roots, as her music has matured. Malibu, Thinkin and Bad Mood are a few of my favourite tracks. I’m also appreciative of the retro, funky CD cover design, as it’s really eye-catching.

Rating: 3/5 

What are your favourite film and music genres? 
Do any of my picks interest you? :-) Xx

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Sitting Room Café Review and Tour

Today I’m going to be sharing with you a café located in Saltburn which I visited with my parents at the end of last year. It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing as another café we tried was closed. The feel of The Sitting Room café is definitely trendy, while my parents weren’t sure it was there scene, I personally really enjoyed the visit.

I’ve been a couple of times now and the tea selection is extremely good. On the day I visited with my folks, I had an earl grey tea and shared some buttered toast with my Mum. Both were really tasty, and the presentation of the food and drink was lovely. They had some cakes available which looked promising but I’ve been avoiding any sugary things.

I think this café would appeal to bloggers because it’s a very photogenic place. The cakes tend to vary depending on when you go and their drinks list is impressive. They also open in the evenings if you ever fancy going for a cocktail. The menu is a little pricier but the service is friendly. I would recommend you give the place a try.

Does this café look like a place you would want to try?
What do you normally order when visiting a cafe? :-) Xx

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Winter Clothing Haul

Hi – hope you are all well, today I’ve got a few clothing items I’ve been purchasing over the winter months to share. These days I don’t buy as many clothes, but winter is probably my favourite time to shop as I love cosy knits and things that keep you warm. I went shopping two times, the first time I popped into Peacocks just before Christmas, I had a voucher and managed to get some money off. Often they give you them at the till, and I recommend you look out for them.

On the day Peacocks seemed to be stocking some really lovely pieces, and I spent a while trying things on and I came out with some great, staple items. I picked up two jumpers, each with a different detail to make them special. I saw this pale blue slouchy jumper and loved the colour as well as the lattice detailing on the sleeve. The second jumper has a beautiful role neck with an intricate pattern and feather quality all through the fabric. I had a quick look at the sports wear, and this asymmetric striped top had the softest fabric and the style I felt would be very wearable.

On another day, I popped into Shoe Zone which I think is actually an underrated shop in my view. I loved the pastels colours of these cosy socks, and I needed to restock so I got those along with some super cosy gloves, lined with fleece. I was pleased with my purchases as I know they will get a lot of wear.

What I Purchased:

Blue slouchy lattice detail jumper £18.00
Navy feather detail roll neck jumper £20.00
Cosy asymmetric striped tee £15.00

(I used a £10 off voucher which can be
 used if you spend over a certain amount)

Shoe Zone
Two pack of cosy socks £2.99
Ladies cosy lined lilac gloves £6.99

What’s your favourite season to shop for clothes? 
Do you shop in Peacocks or Shoe Zone too? :-) Xx

Friday, 11 January 2019

New Year Misc. Haul

Welcome back and happy 2019! I took a little break and thought I would start off the year with a collective haul. Most of these items are very inexpensive, and I picked them up in the sales or otherwise over the winter months. As always I picked up a diary and calendar for the year, I’ve grown to love The Works selection, and was so pleased to snap up this funky flamingo calendar and a sophisticated navy diary. I really do recommend The Works, for their prices and quality.

I bought some cruelty-free make-up bits including a Gosh BB cream and a Barry M concealer. The Gosh item is a repurchase, but I still have a little review to write up about it. The concealer I’ve never tried before, but I’ve been getting into the Barry M brand lately. I’ve slowly made my way through the different scents of the Superdrug treat me shower gels, they’ve all been amazing, the honey and ginger was my last to try.

I needed to fill up my basket for free delivery, and this bath bomb crumble caught my eye, I haven’t got around to using it yet but I’m looking forward to it. Lastly I picked up this cute battery powered light up star, it sits very comfortably on a shelf in my room, and gives off a cosy light.

What I purchased:

The Works
Flamingo calendar £1.50
Hello 2019 navy diary £3.00

New Look
Mini light up star SALE £5.99 £2.99

Superdrug ginger & honey bath & shower soak 500ml OFFER £1.45
Superdrug Lab Prism bath bomb crumble OFFER £3.00
Gosh BB cream in sand 1 OFFER £9.99 £7.99
Barry M All Night Long concealer in milk OFFER £4.49 £3.10

Have you picked up any bargains lately? 
Which of these items caught your eye? :-) Xx

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Winter Photo Diary

The New Year is fast approaching and I thought now would be a nice time to share some of my photos from the winter months. There’s a mixture of outings, baking, books, Christmas & more. Hope you enjoy!

I’ve been reading a lot of Christmas fiction lately, here are a few of the books.

A little snippet from Christmas day, we had a turkey dinner.

What’s Christmas without baking? 
Here are a few of my recent bakes that I haven’t previously shared.

I was impressed with our local chemist window display this year, so much effort has gone into it so I had to take pictures.

My family and I have been doing jigsaws, we were kindly given this one thousand piece Christmas jigsaw from a friend. I contributed but it was mainly my Mum who did most of this one. I loved having it out to put in pieces when I was in the mood and the picture is super festive.

My friend Kate is a wiz on the sewing machine, here are some of here owl dolls she created.

We are lucky enough to live by the beach, and winter walks are my favourite. These little dogs we met were so adorable.

If I don’t chat to you before, wishing you all a happy New Year! :-) Xx