Monday, 30 March 2015

A Trip To Manchester For The Corrie Tour

Hi Everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I say a while, its only been a week but to me thats a long time as I'm so used to blogging now. I just haven't really had the motivation to blog to be honest. I'm not sure why but I just haven't wanted too and I feel like i'm running out of things to talk about, sometimes I think I just bore people! The weather is also making it really difficult to take photos for my blog! It's either too dark or the suns too bright - blogger problems I know.

Anyway, I wanted to do a post with pictures from Manchester. If you read my last post you will know that we were going away for a few days. Well we went to The Corrie Tour and it was so good! I'm such a fan of the soaps so once I heard about this, I knew we had to do it. Once we got there we met our tour guide, Martin who was absolutely lovely and we were taken around the full studios. It was so interesting to see inside the houses and see how it's actually all filmed, it wasn't at all what I expected. After that we then got let out onto the street and we were allowed as much time as we wanted to walk around and take photos. It was so strange been in this place that you see on TV all the time, but so special too. Everything is so much smaller than you would think too. If you haven't been I really recommend it whilst it's still there. I still can't believe it's all going to be gone soon!
Aswell as the Corrie Tour, we also did some shopping! You can't go to Manchester and not shop, there are some fab shops there including a huge Primark. I mentioned in my latest wishlist that I wanted to get some things for the flat and I finally got some bedding! I had been wanting a new set for ages as I want to change the bedroom up a little and I found this pretty set from Primark for only £11! I love the pastel blue colour, it will be lovely on in Summer I think.
I also bought a few clothes too. I really needed some new jeans so I got the Dark Blue Super Skinny ones from New Look and I also got a new top from there but I can't find it on the website! In Dorothy Perkins I found a nice top for summer which I can't wait to wear!
James Bay is one of my new obsessions so I was very happy to get his CD. I think I love every single song, if you haven't heard any of his music please go on youtube and have a look because he really is so good and his albums just gone to number 1 too!
I love going on these little mini breaks and going to places we haven't been before, its nice to get away sometimes. It was so lovely to spend some time together in one of our favourite places, eating good food, shopping and of course seeing the Corrie set. Have you been on the Corrie tour?

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Small Blogging Break...

I just wanted to do a little post to say there won't be anything going up on here until this weekend. We are away in Manchester from tomorrow morning to Friday afternoon and whenever I try to schedule posts it never seems to work! There has been a few new posts up this week though so feel free to have a read of those! 

I'm so looking forward to getting away, it's going to be so weird staying in the hotel we got engaged in, it feels so strange! I can't wait to get shopping and eating lots of nice food!
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser...

I was so happy to get this for christmas as I had been wanting to try it for ages. I have sensitive skin so I try to be as careful as possible and only use products I know won't mess it up. I had heard good reviews of this and somebody I watch on Youtube had said it was particularly good for those with sensitive skin.
I have been using this for quite a while now and I'm really not sure about it. The first few times I used this I noticed that I was breaking out in spots the morning after. I thought this was just a coincidence and maybe my skin was just particularly bad at the time anyway. I have never come out in some sort of rash or had a proper reaction but I really don't know if it is this that is making me break out. 

Something good about this is how soft my skin feels after using it, thats part of the reason I carry on using it to remove my makeup! It does remove it all very well and as I said my skin feels so smooth and soft, but I just feel that every morning I'll discover a new spot. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem?

Comparing this to my Garnier Micellar Water, the micellar water wins hands down. I don't necessarily get the soft skin feeling after using it but I don't seem to break out with that.

I'm just so confused! I don't know whether to persevere and see if anything improves or to give up now and just stick with Garnier!

Whats your favourite brand for skincare?

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Easter Chocolate Cake Recipe!

I made this cake a few weeks ago when we had family round and everyone loved it so I had to post the recipe! I was really worried people wouldn't like it but they ended up taking extra home with them so I think it went down well. It was just a basic chocolate cake recipe which I have made quite a few times and I added mini creme eggs to the top as we had some in at the time. I think this would be a perfect cake for Easter, you could put whatever you want on the top, mini eggs would be good, or mini malteser bunnies but it's completely up to you.
225g margarine
225g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
30g cocoa
2 tbsp milk
100g dark chocolate

For the Ganache:
200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
300ml double cream

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line two baking tins and set aside. 
2. Before I made a start on the cake, I made the ganache as it needs about an hour or two to thicken in the fridge. Break the bars of chocolate up and put into a bowl with the double cream. Put this bowl over a pan of boiling water, make sure it doesn't touch the water. Leave to melt, stirring occasionally. When it is all melted together, transfer to a jug or bowl, leave to chill in the fridge. 
3. For the cake, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix. 
4. Now add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and milk then mix until combined. I actually left the milk out as I forgot but it didn't make a difference. Add the melted chocolate and mix again.
5. Divide the cake mixture between the two cake tins and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. When they are done, leave to cool on a wire rack. 
6. When the ganache has thickened and the cakes are cooled you can put them together. I put some of the ganache in the middle of the cakes and then more on top. This is when I decorated it with the mini creme eggs. I just sliced the creme eggs in half so only ended up using 5.

Let me know if you give this cake a go! It is so good and I'm sure everyone you know will love it!

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Manchester Wishlist - New Look, Boots & More...

We are off to Manchester next week for a few days so I already have a list in mind of things I want to buy so I wanted to do a little wishlist!

We really need some new bedding so I really hope to find some somewhere. We went into their huge Primark last time but on the last day so we really didn't get much time. This time I want to have a proper look around and I remember that had a massive homeware section. I love Primark for bedding, they always have a huge selection and with spring almost here, they should have some pastel and floral sets, perfect for the theme I want for the bedroom. 
Images taken from Primark
I definitely want to get to a Boots or Superdrug to pick up a few makeup bits. I think I want to get a new bronzer as I have stuck with the same one for literally years now. I don't like change! The makeup revolution ones always get good reviews so I might consider one of those or I might try the The Body Shop Bronzing Powder. I definitely want to get myself some Bourjois lip products. I think I might have to get the Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks. The Peach Club one looks such a gorgeous colour. What that would look like on me is another thing though. I think i'm just gonna have to go for it and pick a few different ones up. They're normally 3 for 2 anyway. If you have any recommendations please let me know! 

Apart from those few things I can't think of much else! I'm sure i'll find loads while we are there! I definitely want to get a few homeware things aswell as the bedding, we could do with some little ornaments and things like that for the bedroom. I'd also love to go to Paperchase or a shop like that and get some things for the spare room. I really want it to get made into an office so I can blog in there and I've seen loads of things in Paperchase that I like! 

I could really do with some new clothes so i'll be looking for a few things for summer. New Look have some great things in at the moment so I really hope I find them! I'd also love some new pyjamas too, does anyone else get really excited over new pyjamas? 
Images taken from New Look
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Saturday, 14 March 2015

My Favourite EVER Shower Gel - The Body Shop Passion Fruit...

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Shower Gel is one I have been purchasing for quite a while now and as the title says, it really is my favourite ever!
Shower gels are shower gels, they make you smell nice and feel clean. I like them and obviously use them but I don't often find any that I think deserve a blog post, apart from this one. I'm about half way through this bottle and I am desperate to get some more before I run out, I just love it too much but I do have a feeling they don't sell this anymore. I have been looking on the site and can't find it! I don't understand why they get rid of the good ones. I haven't seen the blueberry body butter for a while either which was also a favourite so I think that has been discontinued too! I'm genuinely sad about this. 

I honestly can't explain how good this smells, nice and fruity but not too sweet. I can smell it on me after I've used it for a good few hours and it makes the bathroom smell so good. I have always loved everything the Body Shop sells, aswell as their shower gels, I love their body butters, god knows how many of those I have gone through over the last few years. I love how soapy and bubbly the shower gel goes too when you use it. 
I'm aware this blog post might be a little weird, its just me confessing my love for a shower gel. I really hope they bring this back if it has gone, I hate it when you have a favourite of something and then they go and get rid of it. 

What's your favourite thing from The Body Shop?

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Asos Wishlist...

I've always loved Asos but recently I haven't been able to find much that I like, everytime I would go on their site, I would struggle to find anything. I think it is because everyone is in that winter/spring stage. Its not quite as cold now but its not warm enough for summer clothes either so all the shops are a bit stuck. I had a look today and did find some new things which I think would be perfect for spring/summer and hopefully I'll be able to get a few! They seem to have added quite a few new things to the site so nows the time to look!
I love this Top with Raglan Sleeve for only £12! I think this is almost identical to something George has so we would have to wear them at different times! But I love it. Great to throw on and I love the sleeves. The Vest in Acid Wash is something really different to what I already have in my wardrobe and would look good in the summer. How pretty are these Mint Flat Sandals! I have wanted some like this for so long. They're a bit pricey at £35 but by paying that bit extra I think they would be better quality than others with are about £20 cheaper. I think these would be lovely in a light pink too, The Alice and You Blue Print T-Shirt is one I didn't know whether to include or not. I really liked it when I first saw it but now the more I look at it, the less I like it. I think the style of it would suit me and it might be one that looks better on than it does in the picture. 
I love this Tunic, the colour, the style, everything about it. This is the sort of thing I would wear with skinny jeans and some nice sandals or pumps, maybe the mint ones I just mentioned! I really love the sleeves. I think £16 for these Espadrilles is really good! You get a black pair and a leopard pair. I love the leopard ones, they're so different to what I would normally choose but this summer I really want to get out of my comfort zone with clothes a little bit. They look so comfy too. My favourite thing I have seen on Asos is this Maxi Skirt. Like the top, it is a khaki colour and I think that is a colour that actually suits me. I really want to get some maxi skirts for summer and they are so easy to just wear with a plain vest and some sandals when the weathers warm. Like the picture shows, they can be dressed up too! 

Do you like anything on this wishlist?

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Flowercard - The Perfect Gift For Mothers Day*

Flowercard have been delivering floral greeting cards for a number of years for all sorts of occasions. This may be a concept you've not heard of before but one which I'm sure all mums would love for Mothers Day. 
How pretty is this box that they arrive in!
On the Flowercard site there is a huge collection that you can browse now to find the perfect unique gift for someone special. As Mothers Day isn't too far away now, they have a section just dedicated to this. This range starts from £13 and goes up to £20 which is a little pricey for flowers but in comparison to huge bouquets I suppose it isn't too bad.

I was sent some of the Mothers Day flowers to review for the purpose of this blog post and overall I was impressed. Their was a few problems with delivery and as I live in the flat the courier didn't want me to get the parcel. This meant it was at the post office for a few days so the flowers weren't in as good a condition as they would have been otherwise. I wouldn't let this put you off though, as I live in a flat I am used to this happening, courier people just don't like me! If you do choose something from the Mothers Day range make sure you order before 2pm on Thursday 12th for express delivery or before 2pm on Friday 13th for next day delivery. 
The flowers were a little bit squashed but as I said there was problems with delivery so they were left at the post office and no doubt had stuff chucked on top of them. Once I had sorted them out they looked fine! I loved the flowers I was given, such lovely colours and nice and pretty. I really think this would be something mums would love. They come in a lovely little box and are wrapped up in lovely paper which keep everything intact!

Aswell as flowers, you can also buy chocolates from Flowercard. I have mentioned Sent With A Loving Kiss before and now they have created personalised chocolates which would be perfect for mothers day too! I particularly love the Strawberry Petals!
Aswell as Mothers Day flowers, you can also get personalised ones for birthdays, anniversary's,thank yous and so many more. Definitely one to consider! 

You can also keep up to date and have a look at their products on their Facebook and Twitter pages! 

*I was sent a product to review for the purpose of this blog post, as usual all opinions are my own and I wouldn't feature anything that I didn't think would fit my blog. I genuinely think this is a great gift idea!

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Monday, 9 March 2015

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

'Love Tanya' By Tanya Burr...

I am sure most of you know by now that Youtuber/Blogger Tanya Burr has released her first book Love Tanya. I pre-ordered this along with many others as I was really excited to see what it was like though I have to admit after a few days, I put it down and forgot about it.
There are many different chapters, there's a few on beauty, a skincare one, anxiety and also some on her life and journey into blogging and youtube. The chapter I was particularly interested in reading was the anxiety one. As I suffer with it too it was really nice to read about somebody elses experience and see how they dealt with it. It definitely made me think and made me realise how common it is and that it is okay and it does get better! I also really enjoyed the chapter on skincare. I am in a bit of rut with my skincare at the moment and feel like I need a proper routine with some really good products. This chapter told me how to look after my skin, what products are good and other general info about it. I can't name all of the other chapters and what they entail but basically there's a big variety. I also like the baking one but i'm yet to try any!

Something I really liked about this book was that there are parts where you can write yourself. For example in a part where Tanya was talking about when she went travelling, there was a space for you to write places you would love to visit. There are also sections where you can write about what you want to achieve, your favourite foods and plans for the future. I like this because I could look back on it one day and see if I have done all of these things I have written down and achieved everything I wanted to.
Though there are positives to this book, as I mentioned at the beginning, I completely forgot about it and it has been ages since I last looked at it. To be honest now I don't think i'll be reading it again, I think the fact that she has had a ghostwriter for this book and has had help ruins it a little. I understand that when you're writing a book, especially your first one, you may need a little help but when it is basically an autobiographical one I'm not sure why you do? Everyone went mad with the Zoella scandal as she had a ghostwriter, she didn't announce that until her book was already out but I think you can forgive that. When you are just talking about your own life for a lot of it, why do you need somebody elses help? Surely you know it best? I just don't understand. I am planning on getting Fleur De Forces' book. I meant to pre order it but didn't get round to it, what I love about her is that she mentioned in one of her videos that all of the book has been written by herself and she has had no help. She wanted it to be all her own work and I think it is great that she has done it that way, and she was also honest about it. 

As I said there are some chapters I really enjoyed and some I would go back and read but overall I would have preferred Fleur's book at the time.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A Real Techniques Brush That Has Changed My Life...

I have been using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush for a few weeks now and it has changed everything! I don't know why I hadn't started using it sooner, it's so worth a blog post, it's that good!
I got this brush in the Real Techniques Core Collection. I wasn't really sure which Real Techniques brushes to start with so I went with this so I had a few choices. I had originally been using the foundation brush to obviously apply my foundation but then one day I just used this and I really haven't used any other brush for my foundation since then. I noticed straight away how much better my skin looked and how it felt. Sometimes with foundation brushes you can get streaky lines and sometimes it just doesn't blend very well like this one does. 
It's just amazing and I can't see myself switching to another brush any time soon. What brush do you use for foundation? Have you tried any of the Real Techniques ones?

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Shopping in London - Whole Foods, Lush, Hamleys and Superdrug

If you saw my post last week you will know we went to London recently and I mentioned that I had bought a few things while I was there. I wanted to do a separate post showing what I got as the other would have just been ridiculously long and most people would have lost interest if it had gone on any longer.

So first of all, I was so excited to find a Whole Foods in Piccadilly Circus! I have been wanting to go to one for so long but obviously there are none near us. They had so many healthy foods which I wanted to try but I just didn't know where to start. One of the things we got was some assorted truffles which were amazing. You only got 3 in the box but they were all made of natural ingredients and I can't even tell you how good they were. So much better knowing they were healthy too! I'm going to have to try and make my own because I don't know if I can wait until we next go to London to get more! We also got some Clippers Organic Sleep Easy Infusion Tea. I'm yet to try this but I think tonight I might have to give it a go. My sleeping pattern has actually been good good over the last week or so but it is so easy for me to slip back into the routine of not going to sleep until about 4 in the morning so hopefully these will prevent that.
Obviously while we were there we had to find a Lush. We went past one on Regent Street which had 3 floors I think. I ended up leaving with 5 bath bombs, I definitely wanted more but I think 5 will last me a few weeks! I got Blackberry, Granny Takes A Dip, Sex Bomb, Big Blue and Sakura. The Blackberry bath bomb is one of my favourites so I can't wait to use this! I also love the Sex Bomb one too, it makes the bath a lovely pink colour! The other 3 I haven't tried before so I can't wait to see what they're like. 
While we were on Oxford Street we went into the biggest Toy Shop, Hamleys. There was about 5 or 6 floors and I have never seen so many toys. We ended up getting a few things from there for Georges brothers, they had so many sweets! I also had a look round Superdrug while we were there, I desperately needed some new nail polishes so I picked Rimmel Glitter Bomb Disco Fever, Rimmel Salon Pro Celestial Metallics Grey and Maybelline Color Show Pink Boom. I have to say so far I am really not impressed with the Maybelline Color Show or the Glitter Bomb. I have both on now and the glitter just doesn't spread out. You have to put loads on to get any out but then its too thick so it won't dry! And the Maybelline just took ages. It needed a good few coats and it ended up been quite streaky and a little messy. I'm looking forward to trying the Salon Pro so hopefully that will be better. I forgot to take a picture but I also got a Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in Pink Rose. I am so glad I got this! I love it, you don't need too much at all and it gives a lovely peachy colour. 
George bought me some lovely Boots while we were on Oxford Street from Next. I had pumps on and as I mentioned in my last london post, I couldn't walk basically. I found some comfy boots and I love them! They're different to anything I already have and I have been wearing them everyday! One of the last things I got was this book, The Girl On The Train. I had heard about this and as we were going on a train it seemed quite apt. It seems different to anything I have read before so I am planning on relaxing and starting this later on today!
We had such a good time and I really hope we can go back again soon! For now I'm looking forward to Manchester at the end of the month!

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