Monday, 18 April 2016

Biscuits fit for a Queen | Biscuiteers

The Queen's 90th Birthday | Biscuiteers

The Queen's 90th Birthday | Biscuiteers

The Queen's 90th Birthday | Biscuiteers

I was delighted to receive this lovely box of hand iced biscuits from the company  Biscuiteers, who specialise in luxury baked gifts and are pretty much biscuit royalty. Upon opening the tin, I initially thought wow these biscuits are fit for a Princess, ironically forgetting that they are of course in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday, which is coming up soon on 21st April 2016, although I believe the main events will be held throughout May and June.

The biscuits themselves are so pretty and beautifully decorated that I almost don't want to bite into them, although we so know I will. I've pictured here a selection of my personal favourites from the tin including an elegant three tier cake, a pair of royal crowns, Buckingham Palace, a golden carriage and of course the Queen's cutest Corgi dogs. Also in the tin are sweet little Union Jack Flags, Buckingham Palace Guards as well as the Queen's hat and handbag. The designs are so creative and imaginative!

I know I basically committed a British crime and accompanied my Biscuiteers set with a hot chocolate as I'm so not a tea drinker, but if you are I think they'd make for such a cute afternoon tea addition. I know that lots of people are already planning parties to celebrate the Queen's birthday (any excuse to party!) and these would be perfect for such an occasion.

The tin that the biscuits come housed in is really special, and something I will be keeping after they've all been scoffed (trust me, it won't be too long once I'm done admiring them). It's a nice keepsake to look back on the special occasion in years to come, it's not often that you'll live to see your Queen turn 90! Even those that aren't too bothered about the British monarchy, the tin has such a gorgeous, floral design that you'll want to keep it around anyway. I might use mine to store some of my nail varnishes in! You can browse and purchase the Biscuiteers Queen's 90th Birthday selection  here, and I've noticed they also have a 10% discount code at the moment if you enter 'CORGI' at the checkout, (expires 20th April 2016).

What do you think?


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

H&M Makeup | Hit or Miss?

H&M Makeup | Hit or Miss?
If you're as much of a makeup geek as I am then you'll understand the excitement when a new beauty range is released, it's almost like a beauty themed Christmas. Now whilst having a makeup range is definitely still a new thing to H&M, it's not quite so shiny and new to the beauty community anymore, as it moves so friggin fast that me and my purse can hardly keep up with it. That being said, I decided it was about time I took a peek at what their new(ish) makeup line has to offer!

H&M Nail Polish | Chalky Pink, Bubblegum & Sepia
Nail Polish | Chalky Pink, Bubblegum & Sepia

I feel like they've really hit the nail on the head with the packaging, it's cute yet classy at the same time and I love the cream and gold shades. The nail polish packaging is such a winner for me, it's adorable and for some reason it reminds me of a little fairy toadstool (anyone? just me.. yep). I picked up Chalky Pink which is a lovely mauvy pink shade, Bubblegum which is the prettiest pastel, Barbie-esque pink (I've been obsessed with this one), and Sepia which is a brown toned, pinky mauve and really on trend at the moment. So far I've only used Bubblegum, but it applied evenly and was opaque with two coats. They also come with a nice wide brush which makes it really easy to apply. I'd definitely pick up more!
Verdict: Hit

H&M Lipstick | Pomelo Juice & Powder Puff
Cream Lip Colour | Pomelo Juice & Powder Puff

H&M Lipstick | Powder Puff
Cream Lip Colour | Powder Puff

H&M Lipstick | Pomelo Juice
Cream Lip Colour | Pomelo Juice

You just can't make a beauty haul without adding a few lipsticks can you, it just wouldn't be right if you didn't (says the lipstick horder). I bought two Cream Lip Colours, one in the shade Powder Puff and another called Pomelo Juice. Powder Puff is literally the prettiest nude pink colour and basically the kind of shade I always reach for, it reminds me a little bit of Mac Creme Cup which is my all time favourite lipstick. Pomelo Juice is literally Creme Cup's peachier sister, it's a really lovely peachy pink shade, perfect for Spring/Summer! The formula of these is just as you'd expect from the name, they are really creamy and have a nice sheen to them, pretty much just like the Mac Cremesheen formula. Again, I'd 100% want to try a few others out as these two have really impressed me!
Verdict: Hit.

H&M Eyeshadow | Pop The Question & Vintage Doll

H&M Eyeshadow | Pop The Question
 High Impact Eye Colour | Pop The Question

H&M Eyeshadow | Vintage Doll
 High Impact Eye Colour | Vintage Doll

I also got two of their solo eyeshadows in the shades Pop The Question and Vintage Doll. Pop The Question is a pretty powder pink shade with fine silver glitter and it looks so pretty and shimmery in the pan (the photo does it no justice). However I was really disappointed with it as the pigmentation really just isn't there and you're just left with a few specks of glitter on your lid. As they are supposed to be 'high impact' shadows I did expect more.
Vintage Doll is a matte pink toned cream shade and luckily this one has really great pigmentation, which can be quite hard to find with not only matte shades but also pale creams and white colours. It also feels lovely and soft and blends out nicely, although I'm not sure if I'd ever find myself reaching for this shade! 
If you're thinking about getting any of the eyeshadows I'd avoid buying online, and buy from the store instead so you can swatch them as they seem a little bit hit or miss. I feel like the packaging of these may look super cute but when you actually hold them they feel really lightweight and a little bit naff to be quite honest.
Verdict: Miss.

H&M Raspberry Lip Balm
Lip Balm | Raspberry

The last thing I bought was a Raspberry Lip Balm and the packaging is just so cute! It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Castor Oil so it has lots of lovely nourishing ingredients. The scent is a little artificial and smells a bit like those lollipops you'd have as a child with the bubblegum in the centre, great if you like that kind of thing, but it doesn't smell anything like raspberries! The actual texture of the lip balm is lovely though, it feels nice and buttery but not too thick or sticky, and makes my lips feel nice and soft. Deffo one I'll pop in my bag when I'm out and about!
Verdict: Hit.

What do you think of the H&M makeup range?


Friday, 8 April 2016

March 2016 | Photo Diary

March 2016 | Photo Diary

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons, By Terry Bubble Glow Ombre Blackstar & Urban Decay Sin
Go To Eyeshadow Look | By Terry, Urban Decay & Too Faced
You know when you find a look you love so you become best buds and stick with it for what feels like all eternity?! Well that's what's happened at the moment with these guys. I've been obsessed with using my By Terry Bubble Glow Ombre Blackstar as a base, which gives a lovely pink vibe to the whole look. Then I'll go in with Almond Truffle from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette on the outer corner of my eye and blended into the crease, a little bit of Sprinkles over the centre and inner part of the lid and Bordeaux to deepen the outer crease. The cherry on the cake though, is Urban Decay Sin which I pop over the top of the lid and in my inner corner, I spritz a little Mac Fix + on my brush when I apply this shade as it makes it extra shimmery and metallic! The finished look has a lovely pinky mauve tone to it which looks so pretty and girly, yet still totally wearable too.

Valentino Donna Perfume
Valentino | Donna Perfume
I received the nicest gift from the site  Fragrance Direct (they sell loads of amazing high end brands at discounted prices!) in the form of the  Valentino Donna perfume. I was having a really rubbish day and this totally cheered me up! I love everything about it from the powdery rose and vanilla scent to the beautiful blush pink glass bottle. Definitely one that's too pretty to not display on your vanity!

Little Miss Bath Bombs Etsy
Little Miss | Bath Bombs
I came across the cutest little Etsy gift shop whilst I was browsing the site looking for cute homemade bath products. Little Miss was exactly what I had in mind as they sell lots of sweet bath items that are all packaged so pretty and pink. I bought a cute Unicorn shaped bath fizzer, some Fairy Dust bath fizz, and my favourite little pastel egg shaped bath bombs that come inside an adorable pink egg carton! They smell really lovely and fresh when you pop them into the bath and turn the water the same shade as they look.

Yankee Candle Bunny Cake & Mini Eggs Chocolates
Easter Treats | Mini Eggs
Obviously during the start of Spring and the run up to Easter, there are so many seasonal Easter themed chocolates and my faves have to be Mini Eggs! They are the yummiest and look so cute! See you next year little ones *sobs*

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | Light Neutral
Urban Decay | Naked Skin Concealer
I decided it was about time I tried out the Urban Decay Concealer that everyone seems to rave about, so I could see what the fuss what about for myself. I will say it is an amazing concealer, it's got so much coverage that I think a little of this would even work well all over the face for minimal makeup days. It also feels lovely and creamy to apply, blends out nicely and stays put! I purchased the shade Light Neutral which I think is the lightest shade, but unfortunately I think it's a little too light for me even though I am super pale! I can get away with using it as a highlight though which it seems to be fab for, but I'd really like to try one for concealing underneath my eyes, and even another shade that's my exact face colour to conceal blemishes!

Bomb Cosmetics Bath Bombs
Bomb Cosmetics | Bath Bombs
Feeling spendy was a slight understatement when I made a order on the Bomb Cosmetics website. So. Many. Cute. Things! I did do a blog post about everything I bought if you'd like to read it  here, but my favourite designs are Baby Shower which has a baby blue outer shell and sparkly pink bow, and Ice Cream Queen which is pastel pink with an ice cream on the top and lots of little pearls dotted around it. I also love Over The Rainbow which has the cutest little fluffy blue cloud design with a rainbow and gold stars, and Fairytale Fantasy which has a pretty little rosebud in the centre of it.

Easter Bunny and Mini Eggs Cake
Easter Cake | Easter Bunny & Mini Eggs
Obviously I couldn't see Easter come and go without doing any Easter baking so I made this cute Easter Bunny and Mini Egg themed cake. It's a victoria sponge cake with jam and vanilla buttercream in the centre and I piped buttercream roses all around the cake before popping the cute Easter decorations on top! I've got the recipe  here if you'd like to have a little read. 


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

A Bath Bomb Haul That Isn't Lush?!

Bomb Cosmetics Haul

A bath bomb haul that isn't Lush?! I know, practically unheard of! Lush is basically bath bomb royalty and whenever I fancy frittering my money away on lavish bubble bath items, I instantly head for them. I've known about the Bomb Cosmetics brand for a while but it's pretty rare finding a store that stocks them. Plus it's kinda like cheating on Lush isn't it.

That being said, I found myself on the Bomb Cosmetics website one night (why is it always late at night when I decide I want to empty my bank account?!) and I discovered lots of adorable products, including some new items too. As you can probably tell by the above picture I had a bit a lot of trouble narrowing my selection down and clearly went heaps overboard. which I'm feeling thoroughly guilty about but I'll never learn. It all arrived in a giant pink box and was packaged with lots of little pastel coloured foam packaging pieces, which I though was a cute touch. They're more affordable than Lush, so I'm excited to see how they compare.

P.S sorry if it's annoying that everything is still in the plastic wrap but it's obviously going to take me a while to use it all, so I'd like to keep it as fresh as I can haha!

Bomb Cosmetics | Baby Shower & Cotton Candy

I think the idea of the Bath Blasters is that they all have a classic bath bomb outer shell, which will fizz away once it hits the water, and then the addition of Cocoa and Shea Butters piped into the centre of them, which I assume will melt away at a slower pace. They majority are priced at £2.29 which I think is such a reasonable price.

 Baby Shower | Bath Blaster
This one has a glitzy pink bow on the top, so obviously I needed it (eye roll). It contains Chamomile and Clary Sage oils and has quite a strong scent of freshly washed sheets and laundry, which I personally love as it smells really clean and refreshing.

Cotton Candy | Bath Blaster
The design of Cotton Candy is simple but seriously cute, I love the baby pink outer shell with the swirl of candy pink inside that's sprinkled with chunky silver glitter. It's got a yummy marshmallow and strawberry scent which is a little similar to Lush's Snow Fairy range but much subtler, which is great if you find Snow Fairy a bit overpowering.

Bomb Cosmetics | Over The Rainbow & Cotton Flower

Over The Rainbow | Bath Blaster
I think this is one of their more popular items, as I have seen it in pictures before! It looks so lovely like a fluffy blue and white cloud that has a pretty rainbow embellishment with twinkly gold stars scattered on top and flecks of icy blue glitter sprinkled around it. Designing all of these pretty bath bombs would probably be the best job ever, right?! It smells like Jasmine but also has a fresh linen vibe to it aswell. 

Cotton Flower | Bath Blaster
More of an understated one, with a pale blue shell and little flowers pressed into the Cocoa and Shea Butter white piping. It has a gentle, fresh cotton scent which smells quite similar to the Yankee Candles Soft Blanket and Fluffy Towels. 

Bomb Cosmetics | Fairytale Fantasy & Fuchsia Falls

Fairytale Fantasy | Bath Blaster
I was definitely swayed by the name with this one, because who doesn't want a princess bubble bath?! It has a really sweet girly design with pink and white casing and a pretty rose trinket in the centre. It contains Rosemary and Cedarwood oils which make it smells quite floral but sensual and if it were available as a perfume I would totally wear it! 

Fuchsia Falls | Bath Blaster
The website image of this one had lots of sparkly pink glitter dusted over it, and mine arrived completely devoid of any glitter...It's still pretty but my face basically looked like the side eyeing Chloe meme when I saw it #wheremyglitterat #firstworldprobs. It has a Lavender and Rose scent, which is nice but very low-key!

Bomb Cosmetics | Ice Cream Queen & All That Glitters

Ice Cream Queen | Bath Blaster
How cute is the design of this one with the little pink pearls and ice cream decoration?! I just had to. It has a rich, creamy scent with Sandalwood and Bergamot oils, not quite what I was expecting as I thought it would be very sweet, but it's lovely all the same.

All That Glitters | Bath Blaster
This one has a sparkly disco ball design and the website stated that it's a 'glitter bomb full of surprises' which makes me think it might also contain glitter inside it too. It has a sweet candy scent which smells very similar to Cotton Candy but with a slight cherry kick to it.

Bomb Cosmetics | Spring Fling, Bunny Hop, Swing Into Spring & Feel The Love

Spring Fling | Bath Blaster
The last Bath Blaster I bought was an Easter themed one with adorable little Easter Egg embellishments pressed into it. It has Ylang Ylang and Sandlewood oils and smells fresh and floral, a perfect Spring scent!

Bunny Hop | Bath Mallow
The Bath Mallows cost £2.24 and are made from Cocoa and Shea butters combined with essential oils, which will melt into your bath to nourish and moisturise your skin, as opposed to a typical bath bomb which fizzes away instantly. I had to buy Bunny Hop as it looked so sweet adorned with the pink bunny and tiny butterflies! It contains Amyris and Frankincense oils which give it a sweet spicy scent, which was totally unexpected but it smells amazing.

Swing Into Spring | Bath Mallow
Again, the cute Easter Egg trinkets just got me! This one has a Coconut and Orange scent which I know that lots of people would love, but personally I'm not a fan of Coconut scented products so I will gift this little one to someone else. Probably should've read the description before buying it...face plant.
Feel The Love | Bath Creamer
The Bath Creamers are £2.09 and are made with pure Cocoa and Shea butters which also melt into your bath water. I think these might be richer than the Bath Mallows, which would explain why they are quite small, but don't quote me on that. I bought Feel The Love because of the lovely little heart design not gonna lie. It contains Ylang Ylang and Rose oils and also Patchouli which gives it a fresh, green yet woody scent. 

Bomb Cosmetics | Pink Polka Cocoa Swirl

Pink Polka | Cocoa Swirl
The last item I bought is a Cocoa Swirl which are £2.99 and I think they are just like the Bath Mallows, only bigger. This means you can reuse them and pop them back into the cute little cupcake case to store them. Pink Polka has a fresh, herbal scent with a slight Lavender kick to it and I just love the cute rosebud design.

I don't think I'll need to buy any more bath products for the next 10,000 years. 

Have you tried Bomb Cosmetics?