Beauty | Mini Illamasqua Haul!


Oh deary me, look what happened.. My will power is seriously tested when my favourite brand Illamasqua puts on their amazing sale. It's no surprise that more often than not my need of new products over comes how much I want to save money. But when most of the products are over 50% off how can I say no?! Initially I  only made a small order, but then when I got the 'New lines and further reductions' email I just had to go back for more.

Soooo what did I pick up? Well it's no secret that I'm absolutely in love with my Illamasqua Neutral Palette, so when they had eye palettes in the sale I couldn't hold back. I picked up both the Fundamental and Complement palette (oops)! I've been wanting the Complement palette for ages so I couldn't pass on it and although the Fundamental palette isn't my usual eye colour go-to I thought it was too good a bargain to turn down. You never know when you might fancy changing up your eye game, am I right? Next up I picked up my biggest Illamasqua vice - lipstick! This time in Magnetism. Maybe I didn't actually need this but I don't have a matte pink of this exact shade in my collection.. so it filled a void and will undoubtably be used! I also treated myself to a Fine Pencil in Uncanny, purely because it was only a fiver (bargain!) and can be used for anything on the face (I'm thinking brows and nose contouring). Lastly I picked up the Pure Pigment in Android as I'm obsessed with my Pigment in Ore, and a Cream Foundation in shade CF133 because it was only a tenner and my current pale foundation is running out so why not treat myself to a high end alternative!

I think all of these were perfectly justified... are you with me? What do you think of my purchases? xo

Beauty | Soap & Glory: Archery


Hello beauties! It’s that Soap & Glory time again! I’ll be the first to admit I went a bit mad for it in my Boots Haul, and today I’ll be telling you my thoughts on the Archery Brow Tint and Precision Pencil. It's no secret that I love a dark brow and find it hard to get away from my Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake, but sometimes I fancy a more natural look so I picked this up in the colour ‘Love is Blonde’.

If you watched my Boots Haul video you’ll know that I was so excited about trying this – especially the felt tip end. But I have to be honest and say that I was majorly disappointed and I didn’t love it one bit. The pencil end was fine and gave the same result I’d expect from any old High Street pencil, but the felt tip end was just meh. That’s the only way I can describe it. I didn’t find it improved the fullness of my brows whatsoever, even after using a lot of product! I found there was minimal colour pay off and I was seriously gutted.

I’ll be honest and say that it may have been because I picked the blonde colour and maybe it was too light for me. But my brows aren’t all that dark to begin with so I really thought it would just nicely fill them in!

After reading such rave reviews about this product I have to say I am seriously underwhelmed. Unfortunately this product just wasn’t for me and I will no doubt be sticking to my ever-faithful Illamasqua. Have you guys had better results with Archery than me? xo

EDIT: Since I wrote this I believe S&G have released a new version of Archery that I'm yet to try out. Typical!

Lifestyle | Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.


Oh ho what is this we have here? A baking post, say what?! Okay so it’s not official baking but I thought I’d share with you all the recipe for my famous Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake! If there’s any kind of function or family event happening I am always asked to make this – and for good reason, it is super yummy!

So before we start these are all the ingredients you’ll need:
  • digestive biscuits, 180g
  • butter, 75g melted
  • milk chocolate, 100g
  • cream cheese, 300g
  • double cream, 200ml
  • sugar, 75g
  • raspberries, 150g
  • a flake to serve, (optional)

(Side note: When I make this it’s usually for a large number of people so I tend to double the recipe.)
So, first up we have to make the base. To do this you have to crush your digestive biscuits into a fine crumble. You can do this by hand but I like to use a food processor as it makes them nice and uniform and a bit more professional looking!

Once you’ve crumbled these and put them in a bowl you need to melt your butter over a low heat and add it to the digestives. I like to do this gradually to ensure the butter is evenly spread throughout the mixture. You then want to place this mixture into a cake tin that you can pop the bottom out of, or in my case a large plate with a circular mould on it. Once you have this done put the base in the fridge to help the butter harden and hold it all together.

Now is time for the fun part, the topping! To make this you need to mix your cream cheese, double cream and sugar in a big mixing bowl. A little tip here is to put the cream cheese in first and then give it a good stir with a wooden spoon. It can be really tough to manoeuvre if you just chuck it all in together. When this has all been mixed to a smooth, creamy consistency you can leave it aside and start melting your chocolate. You can either do this in the microwave or in a bowl over some hot water (my preferred method as it’s less likely to burn).

Whilst the chocolate is melting wash your raspberries and roughly chop them. You can just lob them in whole but I like to do this to ensure the flavour is well dispersed through the mixture! And it gives a lovely pink colour.

Once the chocolate is smooth and melted simply add it to the mixture and give it a swirl around. You can mix it as much or as little as you like but I tend to give it a good old stir! Once this is done you simply pop it on top of your base as evenly as possible and leave over night! Leave it in the fridge or somewhere cool to allow the topping to thicken. As a finishing touch (and to hide any messy bits!) I crumble a flake over the top as a little garnish as I think it looks a bit bare without.

And there we have it! This cheesecake gets me so many compliments; I’d go as far to say it’s my signature dish! What do you guys like to make? I’d love some inspiration! xo

Beauty | Blistex MedPlus


It is no secret to anyone that I have an unhealthy obsession with all things matte. Especially lips.  So when my last lip balm (the Blistex Relief Cream) ran out I popped straight to Boots to pick up another one. Of course as luck would have it they were out of the Relief Cream, but they did have the Blistex MedPlus balm available so I opted for it instead. I had to - I cannot go a day with out lip balm!

This little blue pot contains several medicated ingredients (too complicated to list), as well as Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter to condition and menthol to add some refreshing coolness. I knew I’d like this as I’ve always favoured medicated lip balms over any other. Vaseline and lip butters just never worked for me! And this little gem has certainly not disappointed. It’s smooth texture glides on the lips and you can feel it working the minute it’s on.

Due to excessive use of a lip plumping gloss aged 13 (yep…) I have rather large lips so I have to take good care of them. I exfoliate with my Lush Lip Scrub every night before bed and then apply a thick layer of MedPlus. When I wake up in the morning my lips feel amazing! So soft and replenished from whatever product I’ve used on them the day before (usually a matte - lets be honest) and they’re primed for the next day’s wear. Sometimes if I’ve been particularly hard on my lips I will wear this product during the day. I used to be wary of this when I used the Blistex Relief Cream as it left a white residue – but this balm is clear and just leaves a subtle shine.

This has become my new staple in my handbag! And I’ve repurchased since I first bought it. It is definitely the best lip balm I’ve used in a long long time and I know I’ll be using it well into the future! What are your favourite lip balms? Do you like medicated products too? xo

Books | The Ocean at the End of the Lane


Book time again! I have to say these reviews are fast becoming my favourite to write. But that may just be because I love reading so much. This months’ book was ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman. I picked up this book way back in my Liverpool Haul so I was glad to finally squeeze it into my reading list!

This book follows our narrator (we’re not given his name, something I find quite annoying) as he journeys back to his childhood home and relives some rather peculiar memories, involving death, an ancient girl, a housekeeper from another world and an ocean at the bottom of a garden. As the narrator sifts through his memories he begins to realise that back then, things may not have been as he remembered. And just when he thought all was lost, it was actually saved.

Vague as always but again, I don't want to spoil anything. As intriguing as it all sounds, I just didn’t really like this book. I didn’t hate it by any means; but I wasn’t constantly itching to pick it up and find out what happens. I could easily put it down for weeks at a time, which is something that never happens with me. Parts of the dark fantasy theme, although well written, kind of freaked me out a bit! I didn’t necessarily enjoy reading them to be honest. As far as characters go, although they were all likeable, I didn’t get attached to any of them. I wasn’t really rooting for anything to happen and only finished it to see if it improved.. which (to me) it didn’t.

In saying all this my older sister Carla absolutely adored it and read it in about 4 hours, she literally couldn’t put it down. I’m not sure if I expected more from Gaiman, after loving his Doctor Who episodes and ‘Stardust’ or if the book just wasn’t my thing. I may have to read ‘Coraline’ by him to make my mind up completely.

I can appreciate why people do like this book as it is well written but unfortunately it just wasn’t my cup of tea. This means that unfortunately I’m only giving it a 2/5! Have you read this book? Or anything else by Neil Gaiman? xo

Fashion | My New Favourite Accessory!


Okay so I know i'm not technically a fashion blogger but I just had to post about my new beauties! Some of you may not know but I actually have quite bad eye-sight and should wear glasses 24/7 (boo). I don't actually adhere to this - mainly because I haven't had new glasses in 5 years and I don't like my old ones that much anymore! But a few weeks ago I finally went and got my eyes re-tested and was told they haven't gotten too much worse, yay! But I still had to get new glasses as the optician told me off for not wearing them.

I don't know if any of you wear glasses but choosing a new pair is one of the hardest decisions ever. They have to:                                                       - contrast your face shape
                            - suit your skin tone
                            - be wearable with anything
                            - suit your eye colour

That's quite a-lot to ask from one little pair of glasses! Prior to my eye-test I knew I wanted a deep frame (think geeky glasses) as all my previous pairs were quite narrow. So after trying on about 30 pairs I settled on a Guess frame that I am slightly in love with. I had originally wanted a tortoise shell frame but unfortunately those ones just didn't suit my face. My Guess glasses are black, with a deep frame and a tortoise shell effect at the sides. Not exactly what I wanted but they won me over with the cat eye feature at the edge. It is so so flattering on my face and I feel amazing when I wear them! Which I guess is a good thing as I have to wear them all the time.

What do you think of my new specs? xo