Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Makeup Revolution | Wednesday Wishlist

I haven't done a beauty wishlist in what feels like forever. Makeup Revolution is a brand I really want to try after seeing such good reviews of certain products (brow arch & shape and blushing hearts to name just two). I really want to be more adventurous with my makeup when I'm out of work. I don't usually wear eyeshadow or bold lipstick, opting for a small flick of eyeliner and sweep of clear lipgloss instead. Makeup Revolution have some incredible products and their prices are so affordable, how could anyone not want to try them?!
Makeup Revolution Wishlist

Have you purchased anything from this wishlist? What's your favourite product from Makeup Revolution?

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentine's Day | Lifestyle

Whether you're spending today with your other half or you're giving yourself some 'me time' I want to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day and I hope you have a beautiful day and too a wonderful weekend! Shehzad and I won't be doing anything for Valentine's Day as we're both working but I am looking forward to going for brunch and shopping next week on our day off :)
So today I thought I'd just share an easy peasy recipe for the brownies above, I whipped these up yesterday morning and they went down a storm. He didn't even realise they were from a packet :p We also exchanged cards and gifts, I was shocked at the gorgeous gifts he picked out for me!

First up the delicious brownies. When I'm feeling lazy and don't have much time I will admit I reach for the packet mix. But what's wrong with that? Everything is weighed out for you in the packet, all you have to do is add an egg a little water and some oil, mix and bake. EASY! These brownies are the Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix, with three added extras. I like a little extra texture so I chop up a standard bar of Galaxy Milk Chocolate (cheeky I know) and a carton of glace cherries (cherries and chocolate, delicious!) and I pop a rolo on top just to make them extra special! After baking in a normal cake tray for around 20 minutes, I simply used a heart shaped cutter to make two little heart shaped brownies. I then cut up the rest into squares for my colleagues and work lunch boxes. They're so moist and gooey in the middle with a perfect crunch on the top. Next time you're craving some warm brownies I definitely recommend reaching for the Betty Crocker mix!

Next, my absolutely stunning gifts and the first two are so perfect I just didn't have words when I opened them. Just like a Christmas present post, I am no way boasting. I just wanted to share how spot on my fiancé is with gift buying and come on, who doesn't like a gift post really?! It's like he reads my blog because I literally just featured them on my Disney wishlist recently! The Anna Animator Doll and Merida Animator Doll. They are so adorable and the perfect start to my collection! I don't want to unbox them until I get a new bookshelf to display them on but when I do I will be doing a video and post about them :D

And finally two ever so thoughtful pieces from Links of London. The Secret Eclipse Love Pendant. Such a gorgeous locket-style necklace featuring a revolving disc with a secret message inside. The letter T charm in silver for my charm bracelet. Eventually I want to have my initials across it with my initial when I change my surname after marriage :)

Don't worry, I did get him some gifts (not pictures because I didn't get a chance before he started using it all). But I treated him to a Grey Skull Friendship bracelet from Links of London. Trust me, he loves skull bracelets and has all the Thomas Sabo ones -__- He also got a selection of The Body Shop goodies including lots of cocoa butter scented goodies (his favourite). The main treat I guess was the F1 2014 World Championship Review - something I knew he had wanted for a while. He is a massive Lewis Hamilton fan!

What did you do for Valentine's Day? I'd love to see your Valentine's posts if you've done any so please share them in the comments below :)

Sunday, 8 February 2015

#nyLDNmeet - The day and a thank you!

Two months of planning and the day finally arrived. Myself, Lauren and Amy wanted to host a bloggers meet up for so long. Inviting a range of fabulous bloggers from in and out of London for a day of cocktails, beauty treatments and lots of chatter in-between!

The venue, Bittersweet Soho. A gorgeous underground members only cocktail bar, comfortably nestled in Carnaby Street was the perfect location for a large group of bloggers to congregate for the afternoon!

c/o Loved By Laura - Laura and Mel cocktail making!
The cocktail making session for many of our bloggers who signed up went down a treat!
Every blogger loves a presentation from a brand. Moogoo Skincare kindly came along to share their natural skincare secrets and the real treat, the first UK launch of their makeup line Dusty Girls. Every product is all natural, a concept that is growing within the beauty bloggers community. Definitely a brand to look out for in 2015!

c/o Pretty Chit Chat
Of all the new products from Dusty Girls, I think it's safe to say all the girls fell in love with this blusher - Pink Ladies Natural Mineral Blush

c/o The Elle Next Door
c/o Robowecop
A massive thank you to Vix Meldrew for bringing along the Stella & Dot range for a trunk show! All the gorgeous stackable rings and stunning statement necklaces got the girls cooing and I must say, I have added a few and even some scarves to my wishlist.

c/o Bella Rae Blabber of Xtine Loves hair styling by Fordham Soho!
c/o Jade with Envy
We wanted our guests to enjoy some beauty treatments and were incredibly happy that FordhamSoho could come along to spruce up our bloggers' hair, especially after the wind and rain may have swept through it on their way to the venue! And along side them, a beautician from Cucumba joined us to do some simple manicures for everyone who wanted it!

Alongside the hair and nail treatments, we wanted another treatment the girls would love. It was only when thinking about the most unique that we haven't really seen at blogger events, and me making my wedding plans, that we came up with the idea of Henna! We found the most wonderful artist, Henna of Designed by Henna, who we welcomed with open arms and cannot thank enough for producing such gorgeous art for our guests! (and for helping us set up for the day!)

c/o Im Thuy Vu
We had so many sweet treats to offer our guests during their time with us, (sad times I did not get to try any of these mallows) including; a range of marshmallows from Mallow and Marsh; Nakd bars; Propercorn; Pop Chips; Honeybuns; some delicious cakes c/o Lip Glam.

During the event I was collecting money for a charity raffle with all proceeds going to the Look Good Feel Better. LGFB provide skincare and makeup workshops with beauty volunteers within hospitals and cancer care centres within the UK.
We had a range of gorgeous beauty products, stylers and accessories up for grabs including Moogoo hampers, Lee Stafford products, Toni & Guy hair tools, ProBlo Curl ME stylers, Dorothy Perkins Jewellery, Billie X Shoes gift voucher, Stella & Dot gift (courtesy of Vix Meldrew), W7 cosmetics range, Blanx Whiteshock hamper.
We managed to raise £175. So a massive thank you so much to everyone who donated! And a massive congrats to everyone who won something in the raffle! We can't wait to see your reviews of your wins!

c/o Bella Rae Blabber
Without the help of the many fabulous beauty, skincare and food brands we could not have put together such a generous array of treats at the event and in the goody bags for our guests. So a massive thank you to
Propercorn, Mallow & Marsh, Honeybuns, Nakd Bars, Your Tea, Graze, Results with Lucy, My Protein, Moogoo, Crabtree & Evelyn, Dream Dots, Andrew Barton, Girls with Attitude, Lee Stafford, Halo Wipes, Blanx, Kiss Nail Wraps, Macadamia, Lipcote, Lip Glam, Egyptian Magic, Revlon.
I will be posting my goody bag in my next post so keep your eyes peeled for that :)

The day went so fast but we really hope you had a fabulous day with us! Thank you to everyone for coming. I loved every minute, seeing familiar faces from the blogging community and getting to speak to some of you :) A big shout out to Philippa for all the support throughout the day *high five*
If you couldn't make it to #nyLDNmeet, do keep your eyes peeled for more events like this throughout the year :) And don't forget to follow our Twitter page: LDNmeetup

I'd love to see your posts from the day so please share them in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Disney Loves | Wednesday Wishlist

It's Wednesday, so it's Wednesday Wishlist time! Does anyone else find themselves adding more and more to their wishlists online these days? The likes of my Amazon Wishlist containing a wide range of everything. I'm not even kidding and now I've discovered the Wedding Wishlist too. Absolutely perfect for adding every single pink or polka dot kitchen item and all the pretty homeware items. Oh my gosh.
But today I am thinking about Disney. After receiving a brochure for DisneyWorld Florida I now more than ever want to go! I don't think it can happen (with the wedding and the rest being top priority) but I can dream! I've been eyeing up so many gorgeous Disney items recently, here are my favourite items!


What are your top Disney wishlist items at the moment?

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Lush Sales Haul | Beauty

very belated post but I thought I would share the one and only Christmas sales shopping I did before New Years Day when I decided to start a spending ban. I couldn't resist popping into Lush to pick up a few festive bargains for myself and the fiancé, who believe it or not doesn't mind having a bath and coming out covered in glitter and smelling like candy :p

First I just had to treat myself to the Christmas Candy Box containing a few items that had already sold out. First the box, containing Butterbear bath bomb, Rock Star soap, Candy Mountain bubble bar and Snow Fairy shower gel.

Next I couldn't resist this little Mr Frosty linen gift wrap set containing three little bath treats! I thought this would be a lovely little gift for my fiancé, he just loves Lush at the moment! Containing, Cinders bath bomb, Big Blue bath bomb and Blue Skies bubble bar.

Finally some individual bath products, Golden Wonder bath bomb, Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar, Magic Wand bubble bar, Butterbear bath bomb and Cinders bath bomb.

I just love Lush products and now our bedroom is just full of gorgeous scents, oops. Not so bad really to be honest. I am looking forward to using them all, and maybe treating myself to some new products I've seen everyone blogging about recently... Valentine's themed? How gorgeous!?!

I'd love to know if you'd tried the Valentines range, do let me know if you have and which item is your favourite! I'd love to try a few once I've used up the Christmas ones!

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