Friday, 30 June 2017

Beauty - My June Favourites

Liz Earle, Makeupgeek, Mac. Bare minerals, Spectrum

Hey lovelies,

June has been a funny old month, with some terrible things happening in the world, and a heat wave and then a taste of winter here in the UK, but on a lighter note here are some of my favourite beauty products from this month, some new to me some old faithfuls.

I'll start of with an old faithful friend Liz Earls Cleanse & Polish, I have talked about this product before, but it is amazing my go to cleanser and I can't see that changing anytime soon. It leaves my skin feeling clean but never dry or tight, in fact my face feels so smooth and soft I just bloody love this stuff.

Makeup wise, I love love love these Makeup Geek eyeshadows, I got a couple for my birthday, but just had to add two more to my Z palette. I have Anarchy, Roulette, Mango Tango and Grandstand, and I cannot recommend them enough for a quality product at an affordable price.

Another newbie for this month is a liquid lipstick from Bare minerals this is a generous sample size tube that I received, when making a recent Boots order. I have the shade Swag, it's so pretty a perfect everyday pinky nude shade, the formula feels lovely on and doesn't dry my lips out. I have never used anything from the brand before but am now keen to try more.

Foundation wise, in the warmer months I generally wear a lighter formula and recently I have been swapping between my Charlotte Tilbury light wonder and Mac's face & body both quite similar in consistency and feel weightless on the skin perfect for summer. 

Last up I am a massive highlighter lover and have been after a fan brush to apply it, for a while but just hadn't got round to picking one up, until recently when I made a Beautybay order and found this cute Spectrum one that matches the set of brushes I already have, so it was of course fate. As you probably know spectrum brushes are great quality and oh so pretty.

What have you been loving this month? any recommendations ?


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Beauty - Joan Collins I am woman fragrance

Joan Collins I am Woman fragrance review

Hey lovelies,

As you may know I have tried quite a few products from the Joan Collins Timeless beauty range and have loved everything, I would defo recommend checking out the Lipsticks they are gorgeous. Today I am gonna talk about the fragrance, as you would expect I am woman* is elegant and sophisticated like Joan herself, It comes in a gorgeous cut glass bottle that looks really pretty on my dressing table, and is available in 2 sizes I have the 12ml, perfect for trying out a new scent, to pop in your handbag or as a cute gift, but its also available in a full size 50ml bottle.

The fragrance itself is what I would call a very grown up, sophisticated scent for the woman who has got her sh*t together, haha! It's both woody and musky, but with added citrus and floral notes keeping it unquestionably feminine.

I would wear this for an evening occasion, maybe dinner or drinks, for me it's not an everyday fragrance but more something for special events.

If you like a heavier perfume, that's a real statement with staying power I think you would love I am Woman* and this 12 ml bottle will only set you back £15 so certainly worth a try.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fashion - one shirt dress two looks

Day look

Hey lovelies,

I'm finally back with an outfit post, and this is a post I have wanted to shoot for a while but with one thing and another it hadn't happened, but now we have shot this fab New Look Gingham shirt dress, in not one but two looks so this is kinda a bonus, I am so happy how they turned out and I am excited to share them with you.

As you know I am not a massive dress wearer so when I do buy a dress I want it to be versatile and practical, that is why for me the shirt dress is perfect, it can be worn casually in the day as I have shown here, and dressed up for an evening out for dinner or drinks as I will show later on in this post. What I love about this dress is its lightweight fabric is cool but it's not to short or exposes too much flesh as I am not a fan of that.

For this day look, I've plumped for simple lace up sandals, an oversized canvas bag and rose gold sunnies.

Dress - New look
Bag - New look (old)
sandals - Asos (old)
Sunnies - Primark

Evening look 

For evening I went for black everything, we all know a black leather jacket literally goes with any outfit, add black mules, belt and bag and tada you have taken the shirt dress for day to night.

Dress - New look
Mules - New look
Bag - Topshop (old)
Belt - Asos (old)

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments which look you liked best?


Friday, 23 June 2017

Lifestyle - Baking Chocolate Olive Oil cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

wheat & dairy free chocolate cake

Hey lovelies,

I haven't written a baking post in yonks, as truth be known I haven't done very much baking, due to my son currently having to follow a strict restrictive diet for health reasons, it just didn't seem right to bake a cake he couldn't eat, so I made it my mission to find one he could eat, and was chocolate his favourite.

That's where this Nigella Chocolate olive oil cake comes in to play, I was sceptical at first could a wheat and dairy free chocolate cake actually taste nice, but you know what it tastes amazing and is a huge hit with all my family. what I love about this recipe is its really easy to make and doesn't use loads of fancy expensive ingredients just store cupboard products the only thing I had to go out and buy was the ground Almonds.


  • 150 millilitres regular olive oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 50 grams good-quality cocoa powder (sifted)
  • 125 millilitres boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons best vanilla extract
  • 150 grams ground almonds 
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs


  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C/gas mark 3/325ºF. Grease a 22 or 23 cm/ 9inch springform tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Measure and sift the cocoa powder into a bowl or jug and whisk in the boiling water until you have a smooth, chocolatey, still runny paste. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then set aside to cool a little.
  3. In another bowl, combine the ground almonds with the bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
  4. Put the sugar, olive oil and eggs into the bowl of a freestanding mixer and beat together vigorously for about 3 minutes until you have a pale, aerated and thickened cream.
  5. Turn the speed down a little and pour in the cocoa mixture, beating as you go, and when all is scraped in you can slowly tip in the ground almond mixture.
  6.  Pour the liquid batter into the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the sides are set and the very centre, on top, still looks slightly damp. A cake tester should come up mainly clean but with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, still in its tin, and then carefully remove from tin. Leave to cool completely or eat while still warm with some ice cream, as a pudding.

So if you or a family member have wheat or dairy allergies and miss Chocolate cake in your life I 100% recommend giving this cake a go.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Beauty - Summertime essentials

Frezyderm velvet skin protection

Hey lovelies,

Boy oh boy is it hot, us Brits are melting in this unusually hot spell, we just can not handle the heat can we? and I think most of us have been guilty of saying it's to HOT, which is ironic as normally we moan about the lack of sun and hot weather in this country, this warm weather has given us something new to MOAN about! 

Anyway this hot weather does cause us challenges, when it comes to protecting our skin and not looking like a sweaty greasy mess.

First up protection, we now all now the dangers of the sun to our skin and the importance of SPF, but I dunno about you I have always struggled to find one suitable for my face, that does not make me look greasy and shiny, step up FrezyDerm suncream velvet face*, FrezyDerm is a Greek brand that has been around for about 30 years and has recently started expanding around the world, they produce everyday skin care including sun protection.
It has recently featured in some publications as one of the top SPF for your face.

I can see why, the Velvet face* sun screen comes in two levels of protection the factor 30 which I have and also factor 50 for anyone with particularly sensitive to the sun skin. The cream itself is not really a cream at all but a super lightweight gel, that absorbs immediately into the skin, and leaves the skin feeling  velvety smooth, with none of that greasy feel traditional suncreams can leave, not only that it dries matte so no more shiny face. On top of all that it softens the appearance of lines is water resistant, and sits beautifully under makeup.

 In the Summer I prefer a lightweight base, and I am currently enjoying Light wonder from Charlotte Tilbury, as it feels so light and fresh on the skin while still giving enough coverage. 
For popping in my handbag for on the go touch ups my Joan Collins duo compact* is perfect containing a silky soft powder and a lipstick of choice, all in a pretty compact with a large mirror.

In warm weather we also need a bit of help keeping our makeup actually on our face, that's where Urban Decay win for me with their Primer potion for eyes, that helps to keep eyeshadow on my greasy eyelids, and the All nighter* setting spray is the best setting spray I have tried and is also great for freshening up makeup throughout the day.

So there you go my Summertime essentials, what are yours?


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Beauty- My first Makeup Geek eyeshadows + swatches

Makeup geek Anarchy & Roulette

Hey lovelies,

Can you believe it, until now I have never tried anything from Makeup Geek, I know bad blogger! well that has been rectified since I received 2 eyeshadows and a Z palette from my bestie Hayley from HaySparkle for my birthday this month, I needed to know if they lived up to the hype, and I can honestly say I am already obsessed.

Left to right - Anarchy & Roulette

Anarchy is a stunning shimmer pinky/red shade, and Roulette is also a shimmer in more of an orangey/bronze, both shadows are highly pigmented, a buttery formula that blends a dream. 

They are both so pigmented they can easily just be swept over the entire lid and blended out for a simple day look, both the above swatches are just one swipe. The quality of these shadows defo hold up to more expensive brands such as Mac and cost half the price. I also love the idea of making my own palette, perfect for me, no more having shades I just won't use.

I'm looking forward to building my perfect palette, in fact I have just placed an order for 2 more pans, whoops!!

What Makeup Geek shades do you recommend?


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