Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hair tricks

I went out the other night and I realised I left my backcombing brush at my friends house, I was planning on having my hair in a slicked back pony tail with a strong red lip as the statement piece. I needed my backcombing brush to slick back my fly aways (a necessity!). I  looked all around my bathroom for something else to use and I came across an old toothbrush I gave to my friend to use once.

This worked AMAZINGLY! 

It does the exact same thing as the backcombing brush and with a spritz of hair spray of a coating of gel I was ready to go out without any flyaways distracting from the look.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Haul #1

I went shopping today and I made a few cheeky are some pictures of what I got!

My main purchases
The first shop I went into was Zara, I got 3 items of clothing here

Black Jumper
The first was an oversized Black jumper, I'm not sure what is written on the jumper but I just got it to bum around in during the day at home. This jumper was reduced from £22.99 to £5.99

T-shirt Dress
The next thing I got was a T-shirt dress, it is a silky material at the front and the back is just a plain black cotton material. This dress was £19.99  to £9.99

The last clothing purchase I got was a simple T-shirs, it was the only item of clothing I got which wasn't in the sale. 

T-shirt Pattern
The T-shirt has a red and black Yin and Yang symbol on the front, it has a slightly rubbery feel to it. the sleeves are folded up at the top which adds a more feminine feel to it. This was £15.99, I think it was in the "new items" department in Zara. 

I went to Boots next on the hunt for a new round barrel brush. I got a barrel brush and a Scrunchie hair tie for my hair. 
Hair Brush
Hair Brush Packaging
             The brush is from Goody, I got it because it had a mixture of bristles. The hair brush is good and ideal for thick hair because it actually gets through it! I use this hairbrush when I blow-dry my hair, the brush allows me to get a lovely curl in the tips of my hair, which I love as it adds more texture to my hair. £12.99

Next up I got a Scrunchie, it is black velvet from Boots it was around £4.99. I really like this Scrunchie because it can give you a whole different style to your look and possibly make it more vintage or 'indie'.

Scrunchie in Hair

Last up was Waterstone's (book store). I needed a new book to read and I thought I would read The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks. I decided to read this because I watched the movie the other day and I thought it would be a very cute read. £7.99

The Notebook

Have a lovely day

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Blow-drying your hair

I have medium length, thick brunet hair. I have layers in my hair to make my hair lighter around my face, if I let my hair dry naturally it has a slight wave to it. I like my hair when it is natural but sometimes I want a change so I will either curl it or straighten it. At the moment I have been straightening it with my GDH's...I know these are good straighteners, but lets be honest heat isn't the best thing for your hair. I was browsing Youtube and the internet and I came across videos and posts about blow-drying your hair straight. I thought it was worth a try and I am hooked! I love how you can make your hair pin straight or have little curls at the ends of your hair.

Here are 2 Videos I watched which gave me the inspiration;

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Oreo Cookies

Today the weather was awful and there was no way I was going to venture outside in the rain. Instead I thought it would be perfect to make cookies for the family. Here is what I made;

Oreo Cookies:
cooks 18-24 cookies

Ingredients -
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter.
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract.
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 1tsp salt.
  • 1tsp baking soda.
  • 10-12 oz chocolate chips.
  • 1 pkg Oreo Cookies.

Dry Ingredients
Mixing dry and wet ingredients

Instructions -

Cookie Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and the vanilla and beat until combined. 
  3. In a large bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking soda with a wire whisk until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to place a scoop of cookie dough on top of an Oreo cookie. Place another scoop on the bottom of the Oreo. Seal the edges together by pressing and cupping the dough in hand until the Oreo is completely enclosed. Shape into a thick patty. Repeat with remaining cookies and dough.
  5. Place the stuffed cookies on the prepared baking sheet a couple of inches apart and bake for 11-15 minutes, until the cookies are cooked through. Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Oreo's coated in Cookie Dough
Cookies out of the oven

Cookie from the inside
Source: © 2012 The Picky Palate Cookbook by Jenny Flake

Thursday, 7 February 2013


Today I came across a website I thought I should tell you about. The websites called Wanelo, Wanelo stands for "Want, Need, Love" is it an American website. It has loads of pictures of cool things from outfits to nail polishes to mens clothing, you can click on the pictures and you are then taken to the website the picture is from and you can buy the item in the picture. You can create your own "wish list" and you can also share the pictures with your friends. It uses the same concept as Pintrest etc.

Feel free to check it out!

Have a lovely day

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Manicured Nails

Today I had some free time and my nail polish was chipping so I thought it would be the perfect excuse to treat myself to a new manicure. I don't have any time to get my nails done professionally during the week, which means I have to do it myself. Here is a step-by-step guide on how I do my nails.

Step 1:

I find it best to lay out all of my materials I will be using before I start doing my nails so then I can do everything in one go in front of the TV and no get distracted.

I start off by removing any previous nail polish from my nails with any nail polish remover I have at the time. At the moment I have Boots Clean off Nail Polish Remover, I use this with normal cotton pads. I then wash my hands with warm water to get rid of any residue left on my nails and hands and also to soften my cuticles.

Step 2:

I then file back my nails, they had to be short today as I have to play netball on Saturday. It is best to file your nails in the same direction every time to reduce the risk of damaging your nail.

Next I take the cuticle tool and push back my cuticles. I then use the reverse side of the cuticle tool to remove any dirt from underneath my nails (gross I know!). I now just massage some of my Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream. I let this settle and soak into my hands for a bit so it works best.

Step 3:

Now to start painting, I start off with my Essie base coat, only 1 coat is needed. The base coat is designed to strengthen your nails and also keep the nail varnish on your nails for longer.

Next is the colour, today I am using a light pink french manicure colour to keep it subtle. the colour is "Rimmel London French Manicure". I use 2 coats of this to make the colour slightly stronger.

Finally I top off the nails with Essie top coat, this seals off the nail and prevents the nail polish from pealing and means it stays on for longer.

This is my day to day nail look, because it doesn't look like I'm wearing nail polish but it protects my nails because in the winter they are very weak and peel easily.

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

January Favourites

As you all know January has drawn to a close and it is now time for January favourites! This past month has been very disjointed because of the weather and work, but heres my thoughts on the month.

Beauty and Makeup favourites: 

First up is the bog standard shampoo and conditioner. This month my favourite shampoo and conditioner has to be my Aussie Mega Shampoo. My hair has never felt so soft and seeing as I have very thick hair it is often very hard to get such soft hair but I have never had hair as soft and this combination gives me! and the bonus to this product is that it was on offer in boots so I managed to top up on my supplies.

My next favourite is my Number 7 make up brush cleanser, I use this every 2 weeks to clean my make up brushes clean and fresh. This is amazing, it only takes about 2 minutes the get the brushes back to their natural colour, which is extremely useful when you don't have that much time.

Next up is my Maybelline colossal volume express mascara, this mascara gives me the fullest lashes ever, I only need to brush the wand through my lashes once and it looks like I'm wearing false lashes. Another make up favourite is my La Source hand therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn, since I have been using this so many people have told me how soft my hands are, I use the hand cream before I go to bed and sometimes when I wake up before I have breakfast.

My 2 random favourites are my BOSE speakers, I'm not sure what the exact model is but I got them for christmas one year from my parents and I used them everyday since I lost the cable for them, but I recently found it and I have used them everyday without fail.

My other favourite has been my UGG boots, I got a new pair for christmas last year because my other ones broke and I have worn them everyday, especially in the snow last month.

Have a lovely day

Monday, 4 February 2013


Seeing as January is meant to be the month for "doom and gloom" I have decided that February is the month for change. I have decided to start a blog. The blog will be on anything and everything and I will try and have weekly posts. If you have any requests for blog posts or just want to chat feel free to email me on 

Have a nice day!!