I don’t know about you but with all the Valentine’s posts going around at the moment I have been feeling quite girly all of a sudden. With Spring around the corner, which means that we can all start feeling a bit cheerful and colourful again, I have put together some of my favourite girly beauty products, which just so happen to follow a pink theme.

Some are old favourites, some are newer, all of them are very lovely.

 


This delicate pink blush is from the Bare Minerals compact range and is in the shade ‘The One’. I love this colour because it looks amazing on everyone and can be worn as a very natural every day look, as well as being vamped up for a more striking look for evening time. The colour gives a really nice dewy finish with a slight highlight in it.

 

Next I’ve got my go-to mascara at the moment which is the Maybelline Sensational Volume Effect Mascara. This mascara is amazing as it’s huge brush gives you massive volume and really gives that false lash effect. The brush is also slightly curved to make it easier to catch every lash! I love Maybelline’s mascaras and this is my current favourite.

 

The iconic “perfect nude/pink” shade that made MAC famous, Angel has been a favourite of mine since I bought it for my bridal look last year. It’s honestly the most wearable everyday lipstick I’ve ever had, being the perfect mix of natural and pretty but at the same time having enough colour pigment to make your lips stand out. For an everyday, girly look Angel is perfect.

 

This Ted Baker body soufflé is as gorgeous as the packaging looks from the outside. When you open it up you are hit with this delicious pink cream which is the girliest, most floral, sweet smelling thing I’ve ever come across. It’s like they mixed fairies and unicorns to make it! I don’t wear it every day but for a special occasion it’s the kind of smell that I really like. The packaging is super cute too.

 

Once you’ve tried a Liz Earle fragrance it’s difficult to go back to anything else every again! And that is definitely the case with me. It’s fair to say I’ve been going on about this fragrance A LOT recently, featuring it on my bridal makeup and hair blog as well as my January favourites video, but what can I say?! It’s the best. No. 20 is my favourite because it’s everything I look for in a fragrance: made from natural ingredients, fresh and light, floral and girly and it reminds me of summertime, however all of Liz’s fragrances are stunning and there is definitely a smell to suit everyone.

 

I have been a big fan of the Molton Brown body & bath ranges, particularly the body washes, for a while now but I have recently switched from my all time favourite (Gingerlily) to try out the Pink Pepperpod range! It’s still got the exotic ginger smell but it’s much more fiery and the fragrance really fills up your whole bathroom in the morning – I love it! They do the entire range in this scent from body washes and creams to fragrance diffusers.

What are your favourite ‘girly’ products?

      

I’m not sure about you but I have a real weakness store; a shop that I can’t go past without going in, and equally can’t go in without buying something. For me, it’s Waterstones. Ever since I was a little girl I have loved book shops. I really feel like they are magical places full of dreams, ideas, stories and information. Book shops speak to me – and Waterstones more than most.

On this occasion, I made a purchase which I am really excited to share with you. It’s not something I ever would have thought about or even know existed but it’s such a brilliant and special idea. I wish I’d thought of it to be honest!

So what is it? 

As you can see it’s a gorgeous little hard back book, embossed with gold and gold edged pages. It really is something beautiful to behold.

But it was the idea of this little book which attracted me to it. It’s called ‘One Line A Day..’ And that’s the idea of it basically. Inside it looks kind of like a diary but with a very small section for each day – enough to write one or two lines a day. The idea is that every day you jot down a line about what you did, how you’re feeling, something funny, something sad, something – anything! And there is enough space for five years worth of lines.

I’m so excited to start it in January! I think the key is going to be remembering to do it every night, being consistent and being honest. There are bound to be ups and downs in five years and I won’t want to read how every day was ‘amazing’ in the future! I bought this book because I think looking back over the lines and comments across five years of my life will be amazing. Especially since we have so many plans for the next five years and I hope they will be the most exciting years yet!

What do you think of this journaling idea? What you take the challenge?

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I’m the baker in our family so I’m usually asked or I offer to make the cakes for special birthdays. I’ve made novelty cakes in the past, kids cakes, cakes in the shape of cars, shoes etc to suit the person. For my sister in law’s 40th birthday I was determined to make something classy, tasty and most importantly – visually amazing!

I must stress that I am more of a cake decorator than actual baker. My recipe is by no means a fail safe perfect sponge – my cakes always come out a bit dense and never rise, but it’s all about the decor baby!

I decided to make a pink ‘ombré’ cake that I had seen on Pinterest. Here is the link to the picture and method I was working to. WARNING this article makes it sounds extremely easy. It was not. Baking 5 sponges with varying amounts of food colouring in to range from lightest to darkest is a lot easier said than done and it basically took me 2 days and a fair few tantrums! But overall I am really happy with how it turned out.

It ended up absolutely huge and I needed A TON of butter icing to pipe it all which took hours but lookkkk how pretty it is! Totally worth it. And the birthday girl loved it.

So, if you fancy taking on this marathon of a cake; here’s what I did.

CAKE MIX (BBC FOOD RECIPE)

125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened

125g/4oz caster sugar

2 medium eggs

125g/4oz self raising flour

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs in with a whisk.
  4. Gradually add the flour and fold it in trying to get it all nice and air bubbly!
  5. Mix in food colouring (more on that later).
  6. Mix well and divide between 2 cake tins WELL GREASED (I lost one sponge to a sticky tin haha).
  7. Bake for 20-25 mins.

 

Right now for the tricky part: getting the ombré layers:

You will need to repeat the above method for 5/6 sponges. I made 6 but lost one as mentioned above and it was still huge with 5. You need to seperate the cake mix add varying amounts of food colouring to each mix before baking. I started with zero in the top layer and about 4 teaspoons in the bottoms layer. You can sort of guess it but REMEMBER THE ORDER before you bake because once done it’s difficult to tell the subtle differences between the levels of pink. Don’t worry though, when you cut into it you’ll get the full effect 🙂

Once all this is done, simply stack the cakes in order with some butter icing in between each layer and then decorate once cooled. I don’t follow a recipe for butter icing but I knew I needed a whole ton so I used a whole 250g pack of butter and about 500g of icing sugar plus a few drops of milk.

I decided to decorate by hand piping the entire thing – this is a BIG JOB and it look hours, but I think the effect is worth it. It was a last minute decision to add hundreds and thousands too much I love how they turned out. Everyone was so impressed with the look of the cake – and no one was expecting the colours when they cut into it! Overall it’s an amazing cake to bake for a special occasion but you need to be aware it is quite time consuming! But the birthday girl loved it and it was enough to feed a large family party so perfect for what I wanted to make.

Let me know if you give the ombré cake a go! Good luck!

xox

So today was our annual office ‘theme your team’ day. Each team has to produce costumes, food, decor and a performance in the office relating to a theme, which is your choice from an overall theme. This years choice was ‘holidays around the world’ (right up my street!) so straight away I wanted to do India and wear saaris!

I have always loved them as a little girl there was an Indian shop near my house and I always admired the beautiful materials. A lovely girl I work with knew how much I loved them and she bought one for me last week – my very own! I was so excited to wear it to work today!!! I also wore a head peice and bindi to complete the look. I am in love with it and can’t wait to wear it again to a party soon!

I recently was pondering about how to update my flat decor. Our living space has got a nice boho vibe but we don’t have much decor in the bedroom and we’ve got a really ugly curtain rail and boring cream curtains above the bed (the joys of rented accommodation!). So I had the idea of buying a dream catcher to hang from the curtain rail.

I wanted a really nice hand made one rather than a sort of tacky gift store one and I can across Blue Dreamcatchers on Etsy who makes these stunning dream catchers. This one is actually advertised as a baby girls mobile, but I love the pastel pink colours and they go perfectly in my grown ups bedroom! It’s stunning.

At 45 dollars it’s not cheap and cheerful but you can tell its painstakingly handmade and every detail is beautiful. It’s now the focal point of the room. And hopefully it might make my dreams sweeter too!

xox