Winding Down for Autumn

Autumn and winter are definitely my favourite seasons, I love the weather and the festive holidays, and of course I love the excuse to drink hot chocolate (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) without it being weird. But this time of year comes with its disadvantages. The cold weather makes it hard to keep my disability under control, and the gloomy days makes it all the more difficult to fight my biggest demon: depression.

One thing that’s been useful to me for the last few years is making sure I have good night-time-routines to keep me grounded if things start getting rough. So, I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I like to relax after a crappy day.

A Cup of Tea a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I think the first thing I do is make myself a cup of tea in one of my favourite mugs. I recently got a couple of new mugs, one of them is a super cute, spooky cat mug.

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How About Some Bubbles

Now I don’t get to do this very often, but when I do, I go ALL OUT.

A bath can be such a simple self-care step, and it can feel so good. I like to use Radox Bath Cream in the Coconut fragrance or a bath bomb. I recently used the Lush Rocket Science bath bomb and loved it.

If I think I’m gonna be spending a while in the bath, I’ll take my laptop into the bathroom and put it on the toilet seat, so I can watch some YouTube. And if I’m feeling extra adventurous I’ll take a cup of juice and maybe a snack!

I’m Gonna Have My Cake and Eat It

Speaking of snacks, one thing that always cheers me up is chocolate. I had my birthday earlier this week, so me and my boyfriend made the most chocolatey cake you could eat.

Other comfort foods of mine include macaroni cheese, chocolate spread on toast, and kettle chips.

Colour Me Pretty

This next thing is something that’s become quite popular. Adult colouring books are something I’ve enjoyed for a few years. I have 4 or 5 of these books: fantasy, snowflakes, cats, crazy patterns and more. I have a set of really lovely Crayola colouring pencils that are perfect for shading and they sharpen really easily. Colouring books are something you can really throw your imagination into and let go of whatever’s on your mind.

 

Crochet My Worries Away

Crocheting might seem like something that a lot of people would think of as stressful, or something you really have to concentrate on, and it can be. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now, and I find it both relaxing and rewarding. It’s very therapeutic and definitely creative, similar to adult colouring books. You can choose what to make, what stitches to use, what colour you want it to be. And when you have your final product it’s mood lifting, sometimes it’s truly amazing the kind of things you can create! If you have the patience to learn, I definitely recommend giving this a go. You can get a cheap set of crochet hooks and some inexpensive wool from places like Wilko, pound shops and craft stores. Use these to practice with. You can find plenty of beginners books, YouTube videos and maybe you even know someone who can teach you.

 

Dont Judge a Book By It’s Cover¬†

I love books. Reading allows you to enter a different world. It gets you invested in the characters to a point where you can forget your own worries, even if it is for 30 minutes of the day. It’s a great way to wind down before bed. I’ve been loving Louise Pentland’s book Wilde Like Me.

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If you wanna feel cosy while you get stuck into your book, why not light a few candles, turn your bedside lamp on and turn the main light off. You could also get yourself one of those cool lamps that clips onto your headboard or your bedside table, I don’t have one but they’ve always seemed handy!

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This is the candle I’ve been burning. I can’t describe the scent, but it’s sweet and yummy, and really is perfect for autumn. It was 99p from Home Bargains and it burns really well!

Time to Rest Your Head

When I’ve had a crap day, sometimes it’s beneficial to get an early night. I like to make sure I’ve had a drink of water or milk, been to the loo and taken my makeup off. It’s always cosy to have a matching pyjama set, and sometimes I like to have a soft toy to hold. I’ve been cuddling up with my new Crush Tsum Tsum.

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I do also live with my boyfriend so it’s nice to have some quality time with him to chat about our days. And this is usually the time of the evening when our hamsters are awake, so sometimes we’ll get them out for a cuddle and to give them a little treat.

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And then it’s time to drift off into a deep sleep. I can’t sleep with total silence, so I usually put on some YouTube. I’ve been loving falling asleep watching either Zoella or Tanya Burr Vlogmas playlists.

I’d love to know what you guys do to relax on a chilly autumn evening, so leave me some comments! Be sure to follow me and subscribe via email if you want to see more of my content ūüôā

 

My 20th Birthday: Shopping and Cake

Coming to the realisation that I’m no longer a teenager was no easier, nor harder, than I thought. I still feel 17, so turning 20 was no hardship. I never really bother celebrating my birthdays. As you get older, it matters less. You’re either working, or your partner is working so you’d be spending it alone. But this year I had the time off, and so did my boyfriend. My birthday was on Tuesday 19th (September), but I wanted to spend that day doing absolutely nothing. So, on the Monday me and Stephen (boyfriend) made out way into town so I could do a little bit of shopping courtesy of my birthday money. I thought I’d do a chatty post to talk about what we got up to and show you what I got. I’m not 100% sure I can remember all of the prices, but I’ll try my best to give an educated guess.

Primark

First things first, we nipped into Primark (we finally have a Primark in our town!). I always pick up way too many things in Primark, and I’m great at bargain hunting. If there’s a cute top hiding somewhere, and it’s in the sale: I’ll find it.

Primark are going full force with the Disney merch at the moment, and it’s really not a bad thing. I picked up this huge Mickey Mouse coffee mug. It’s like two normal size cups of coffee in one. It’s great if you’re exhausted, but need to stay up late doing assignments, or writing blog posts. Not so great if you don’t want a caffeine high. I’ve actually been using it more for drinking tea. I’m pretty sure this mug was ¬£4.

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I was browsing around the clothing section, and came across a rack of super soft jumpers. On further inspection i realised it was again Disney merch. I had to have one. They were only £8 I think. I went with Donald Duck because I loved the (rather Christmasy) green colour.

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The next thing is something I never leave Primark without buying: Socks. Usually I get those pack of 3, cartoon character decorated, trainer socks (or shoe liners as Primark sometimes labels them). But I thought I’d live life on the edge and buy some ankle length Harry Potter socks. I plan to wear these over tights when I’ve got my dungaree dress on. I think the socks were around ¬£2.

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Next thing i grabbed was something I’d needed for a while. A new purse. My old purse was covered in scratches, wouldn’t close and was just too big. I wanted something small and plain, but then, as I walking around the key-ring stands after Choosing my purse, I found a huge black pom-pom. It looked super fluffy and they all had letters on them, so I grabbed one with a K for Katie. It may seem tacky to lot of people but for some reason I was drawn to said pom-pom and it matched the purse. So it went in the basket. The purse was ¬£4 and the pom-pom was probably about ¬£1.50??

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This next item was something I’d been eyeing up in Primark for a couple of weeks. Every time i went in I wanted it, but I couldn’t¬†justify spending ¬£3.50 on it. So when I saw it reduced to ¬£1 I couldn’t say no. It’s this funny little fake grass plant. It’s not the most amazing looking fake-plant, but none the less, it’s cute. And the pot is pink.¬†

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Another tiny purchase was this pretty candle holder. It’s a sparkly gold reindeer who cost ¬£1.50. How could you say no to this? (it did come with an unscented tealight but I’ve already burnt it).

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The last thing I grabbed from Primark were some gorgeous black, velvet/suede thigh high boots. I have chubby legs, so finding thigh high boots that fit is a nightmare. When i tried these on I couldn’t have been happier! ¬£18 well spent. They have ties on the back with gold ends, and they’re super comfy to wear over jeans with a pretty jumper.

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Home Bargains

I only bought two things from home bargains. That was a Halloween candle and a plastic Christmas tray. The candle was only 99p and it smells AMAZING. I’ve been burning it constantly and it’s barely moved, so if you’re looking for some yummy festive candles that’ll last forever, get yourself over to Home Bargains. They had Christmas and Halloween candles, and they had some cute ones in stained glass jars. I got the plastic tray to put candles on when I’m burning them. I have sticky back plastic covering my little side table, and sometimes the heat from candles make the candle jar stick to the plastic. The tray was only ¬£1 so it saves ruining my table. And it’s pink, so I probably would have bought it anyway.

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Cat Rescue Charity Shop

I love going into charity shops and so does my boyfriend. I’m a sucker for cute ornaments, anything girly and anything pink. First thing I saw was the Hello Kitty money jar for ¬£1. We always have change lying around, so I thought we’d start using that and try and save up some cash. But it is just damn cute whether you wanted to use it for money or not. Then upstairs they had more items. And I found this tiny sleeping cat ornament for 50p. I love cats and as soon as I saw this I knew I was buying it.

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Copenhagen Flying Tiger

I don’t know if many of you have this store in your town, but when this shop opened in my town I was instantly obsessed. Some of the items in there are so bloody cool, stuff you’d get on websites like Not On The High Street. Flying Tiger has such a wide range of items: stationary, kitchenware, candles, storage, plushies and even cool drinks/snacks. The prices are shocking. Shockingly cheap. I once got a surprise goodie bag from Tiger, it was only ¬£2 so I wasn’t expecting miracles. I got mostly crafty bits in it (which I love anyway) but the stuff would have added up to around ¬£10! Anyway, when I went in the other day I saw these bunny rabbit lamps. They slowly change colour and look so pretty at night time. They were either ¬£2 or ¬£3 each. They also had owls too!

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Clintons

I originally went in Clintons to get myself a Tsum Tsum (to add to my already way too big collection). As soon as you walked through the door there was a feature table with spooky Halloween items on. Now, I’d already bought myself a new mug from Primark (cute mugs being another thing I collect) but I couldn’t resist when I saw this spookily adorable cat mug. It’s an off white with gold sparkles and stars, and a cat design the whole way around. And the handle IS A CAT. ¬£10 I didn’t need to spend but I wasn’t leaving it behind. And then we went over to the Tsum Tsum table. I picked up a small Baby Dumbo (¬£3.50), and then took a quick peek under the table where I saw a medium Crush Tsum Tsum (¬£10). Yep. I got both. No regrets. And then by the till I saw a Disney Inside Out shopping bag with Anger on the front (¬£1.80). If you keep up to date with me on twitter you’ll know I have an obsession with fabric shopping bags. So I got that too.

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The Rest of the Day

I did pop into Superdrug to get some concealer, and ended up getting concealer, eyeliner and a setting powder from Collection on the 3 for 2 offer. With the offer, my student discount and some points I had on my loyalty card, it all came to just over £4. Bargain. Then we had to nip into Wilko to get some food and treats for the Hamsters. After that we went to Burger King for some well earned food.

My Birthday Day!

So as I said, I wanted a chilled birthday. Me and Stephen spent it in bed watching TV. We also baked me a birthday cake! The recipe we used was Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake recipe. If you love chocolate cake then go and check it out because it tasted amazing. We went way over the top decorating it, but had plenty of decorations left over to munch on that night. I’d already seen my family in the days leading up to my birthday, my dad took me out for a birthday meal, my mum popped round with my card and some cake.

I had a lovely birthday and I definitely enjoyed treating myself (even if I did buy too much).

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The Tastiest Chocolate Brownies – How To

I’d been begging my boyfriend to do some baking with me for weeks, and finally we had a day off together. So, I marched him down to the shop to get the ingredients, and we spent 4 hours cooking up some yummy treats. We made more Oreo cupcakes, and I already did a blog post on those so go and check that out cause they’re truly amazing.¬†

I’m gonna show you how to make the best brownies in the world. No exaggeration. They didn’t even last more than a day, everybody loved them.¬†

Here’s how to make Marshmallow Chocolate Brownies.







Ingredients

150g Dark Chocolate
50g Cocoa Powder 
180g Butter
270g Caster Sugar
80g Plain Flower
3 Eggs
1 Handful of Mini Marshmallows

Method

First of all you need to break up your chocolate into squares (I used Bournville Chocolate), and also dice your butter into good sized chunks so that it can melt easily. Pop your chocolate and butter chunks into a bowl and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. heat this gently until the mixture is melted. Once done, allow this to cool. 

Now preheat your oven to 180 Celsius¬†/ 350 Fahrenheit¬†/ Gas Mark 4. Line the base of your tin using baking parchment¬†if you have it, we didn’t so I just greased the tin with butter and it worked perfectly fine.¬†

Next you need to whisk together the eggs and caster sugar until it turns thick and creamy. Then sift in the cocoa powder and flour, and ensure there are no lumps. Fold those dry ingredients into the egg/sugar mixture. 

This is where your melted chocolate comes in. Pour it into your brownie mixture and gently fold it in. Now you need to throw in your marshmallows (these melt,  making the brownies super gooey on the inside)


Pour your brownie mix into your lined/greased tin and bake it for 25 minutes. My brownies took a little longer to bake but this depends on your oven. When ready, check your brownies. It may appear as if they aren’t cooked properly if you place a knife through the middle, but this is because it’s a gooey mixture and the marshmallows melt. You can gently shake the tin, and if the brownies wobble then they’re not done cooking, so pop them back in for another 10 minutes or so (but keep an eye on them).


When your brownies are done cooking, take the tin out and leave it to cool down slightly. I cut my brownies into squares when they were still quite warm so the knife went through nicely. 


You can also put some marshmallows on top to finish them off, or drizzle some melted chocolate over the top. 

Let me know if you have a go at making these brownies! Be sure to comment and let me know what your favourite thing to bake is. 

Keep up with me on social media, all links are on my main page. And I’ll speak to you soon!




I’m Obsessed With: Floral Embroidered Fashion

*Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with BoomOutlet.com! If you use my 10% off discount code: “xarixlla” I do get a commission of 30% and a possibility of free products to try out for every 3 times my code is used. I don’t get anything for clicking links/website views. *


So now that that’s out of the way, hi!

I’ve recently been obsessed with anything embroidered with floral patterns, roses, blossom etc. Everywhere I turn, there’s some sort of embroidered piece of fashion: backpacks, ankle boots, dresses. I thought as been as I’m working with BoomOutlet.com, I might as well show you some of my favourite embroidered pieces from their site. They do sell plenty of other gorgeous items, so go on over and have a browse (there’s also some pretty cute makeup brushes that may look familiar to a lot of you, which would be perfect to use for flat-lay props if not makeup application).¬†


I’m gonna start off with this perfect Autumn/Winter jacket.¬†



It’s a sleek, back jacket with large embroidered patches. It also comes in a khaki green colour.¬†

The detailed embroidery can also be seen on the back of the jacket. This would be a great piece to size up on and use as an oversized coat on top of a knitted jumper, some skinny jeans and your favourite boots. 




Now I wanna show you a few hoodies you can cosy up in when you have those lazy nights in on the sofa with a hot cuppa. 

These Golden Rose hoodies are probably my favourite out of all of the items in this post. When I think of embroidered fashion, red roses and pink blossom spring to mind; but these are gold roses. The gold roses really compliment the beige hoodie, but they’re all equally as comfy looking. The roses just run down both sleeves.¬†






 This comfy hoodie has a simple design. The front of the hoodie is plain, and the main attraction takes place around the edge of the hood. 

This is available in black or cream.




This hoodie also has a simple design. A single rose. Easy to throw on with a pair of pyjama shorts and some slippers. Nothing too fancy for getting ice-cream drunk in bed while you watch all the best Disney movies. 




This next item is definitely something your wardrobe needs this Autumn. 



Easily styled with a skirt or skinny jeans, it’s a dainty knit with traditional roses and also comes in black!



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This t-shirt goes to show that not ALL embroidered fashion has to be about flowers. 



A pretty little doodle-style design. Wear with a cardigan, jeans and a cute pair of flats. Also available in black! 



Most of the bags I’ve seen that have had embroidery on them have been faux leather handbags/clutches, or when it’s been a backpack, it’s been silk and covered in floral design.¬†



I thought these backpacks were a little more unique. The fabric is a canvas type fabric and the dainty roses are placed perfectly. This also comes in a black design too.






I just want to reiterate that this is an ad, it is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. I would never promote clothes I wouldn’t wear myself! (I only get commission¬†for purchases, I DO NOT get commission of any kind just for clicks).¬†

I hope you enjoyed scrolling through some of my favourite items at the moment, and if you do purchase anything from BoomOutlet.com, make sure you get your 10% off by using my special code: “xarixlla”.¬†All links are in pink font, so you can easily see where the products links are!¬†

I’ll be back soon!



Sewing: How To Make a Bunny Ear Hair Scrunchie

Hi guys!


Today’s post is going to be a little different, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. You may know that I love to sew, crochet and do many other crafty things, so I thought I’d start doing a few posts here and there on my little makes. I wasn’t sure how popular this kind of post would be, or whether I should make a separate¬†blog if I was going to post this kind of thing, but after giving it a think, I decided that blogging is all about expressing yourself. And you all read my blog because you either like what I post, care for my opinion, or enjoy seeing what I get up to. And sewing happens to be a big part of my life. I’m still going to do beauty/lifestyle posts, but I want to try this style of post for myself. It would just be a huge plus if you all enjoyed it. So I’ll get into it!¬†

Today I’m going to show you how to make this style of pretty, pink hair scrunchie (I usually just call it the Bunny Ear Scrunchie).

The Scrunchie (Piece A)

1. Piece A will be the main part of the scrunchie. Here are your measurements:

I usually start at the edge of the fabric, this way there’s less waste, and the rough edges won’t matter. Mark 3.5 inches width, and do this several times along the fabric to ensure that you get an nice straight line. Do this until you reach 16 inches length ways. Join up your marks, and cut out Piece A.¬†

Now you need to fold Piece A in half along the short edge, so that the patterned side (or side you want to be showing when your scrunchie is done) is on the inside. Use 3-4 pins to hold this in place (I use Hemline Pearl Head Pins). 
You want to leave roughly 2 inches either end and do NOT sew them, leave the ends open. You’ll see why later on. Once you’ve sewn along Piece A, turn it out so that the pattern is facing outward.¬†


2. Next you need your elastic. The elastic needs to be roughly 9mm width, and it needs to be between 6-7 inches long. 

 

Threading the elastic through Piece A is the next step. To make this easier I usually attach one end of the elastic to one end of Piece A using a safety pin, this prevents the elastic from pinging out of the other end. You can also put a safety pin on the other end of the elastic so you can grab onto that when threading your elastic.


¬†Once you’ve got both ends visible, you need to overlap them and run a stitch over them to secure them in place. Do this a few times to make sure its nice and strong.¬†


3. This part can look tricky, and can be quite fiddly if you’ve not done it before so be patient and take your time. This is where the two ends on Piece A that weren’t sewn come in. You need to grab each end and put them back to back (patterned sides touching) ensuring they aren’t twisted.¬†

Go ahead and sew the edges together. Once done, the scrunchie should fall into the right shape. 

I’ve popped a pin through this to hold it together.

All that’s left to do for this part is to sew along the scrunchie to close the hole. It will then look like this.


It doesn’t matter that you can see the stitching, as this is where you’ll tie on the ears. And here is the scrunchie!

The Ears (Pieces B+C)

1. First of all you’re going to need to make a template. You’ll need a piece of card, A4 size will be plenty big enough. Or you could use some cardboard from something like a shoe box. Anything will do as long as it’s fairly stiff. I’ve written the rough measurements on my template so you can get a rough idea of how big it needs to be, but it doesn’t have to be exact.¬†





Its a case of trial and error. You may want to practise the template sizing by doing a few good ones and testing them on some scrap fabric. The easiest way to do it, and how I make mine, is to fold the piece of card in half, just drawing on the half of the shape. Then while it’s still folded, cut it out and it will be symmetrical. I’ve folded my template in half to show you what I mean. Just draw that half on the card, and once you cut it out you’ll have the full template.¬†
2. Once you’ve got your template sorted, you’ll want to fold your piece of fabric in half. Then place you template on top and trace around the edge, but leave roughly half an inch to allow for the seams.¬†

You can now take off your template. At this point you’re ready to cut out pieces B+C, but to make this easier you can use some pins to hold the two together neatly while you cut the pieces out. Leave the pins in when you’re done as they’ll help to keep the pieces in line when you sew them together



3. So, now you can sew carefully around the edges, following the curves and making sure you get those pointed tips. However, you need to leave a gap along one of the straight edges because this is how you’re going to turn your work out.¬†


Before turning your work out, you need to trim any excess fabric from around the outside of the seem. This gives the seams a neater finish and they’ll fold a lot nicer.¬†


4. Once you’ve completed step 3, you’ll see that there’s an open seam again. A bit like how you did on the scrunchie, you just need to sew along that edge to close it. The fabric should fold nicely into itself. And then it’ll look like this.


5. TIE THE EARS ONTO YOUR SCRUNCHIE!

Just tie the ears around your scrunchie so that they hide the stitching, and fiddle around with them until they’re in the perfect position. And then it’s done!¬†




I hope you enjoyed this post! If you don’t fancy making these yourself, you can head over to my facebook page where I sell all the accessories I make. There’s anything from hair scrunchies, to chokers, to crocheted matching baby sets. I also make seasonal hair scrunchies, my christmas themed ones are my best seller. And this year I’m adding Halloween scrunchies to the range!

So head over to my page for a browse, give it a like and invite your friends. Keep an eye out for more sewing tutorials on this space!

Thank you for reading, and let me know if you decide to have a go at making these. If you do, tweet me the pics (@peachmilkshakes).









Zoella Beauty: Jelly and Gelato – A Very Positive Review

Hey guys!


I hope you’re all doing well!¬†

I’ve got something super exciting for you today so sit back, get a cuppa ready and enjoy.

Purchasing Jelly and Gelato 

I first tried to purchase the range last Sunday (23rd July) at Telford Superdrug (Telford is my neighbouring town, I live in Shrewsbury). After walking around for 5 minutes, slightly confused, I spoke to one of the girls on the shop floor. She said that although they had the products in stock, they weren’t allowed to sell any of them yet. Oh. I was so eager to get my hands on this oh-so-instagramable beauty range (not to mention that it was a Zoella beauty range, a favourite youtuber of mine who has been for years) that I was actually too early. I ended up making an order online to collect at the Shrewsbury Superdrug, my more local store. I originally ordered the body mist, shower shake, cream body scrub and the bath frosting, but when I was in Superdrug collecting my things, I thought that I might as well buy the rest of the range. The only thing i didn’t manage to buy was the beauty bag, I’ll probably purchase this another time as it is exceptionally pretty, and I’m sure I’ll put it to good use. So, I basically ended up with every single product, and after a few people requested that i write up a blog post, I got to taking some flat-lays and thinking of what I was going to say. And here it is! ¬†



Gelat’eau Body Mist (¬£8)


This is probably my favourite thing in the whole range.¬†The design on the packaging is bursting with colour. This made the best flat-lays. It’s shiny, gold lid really complemented the pastel colours that lay lower down on the ceramic bottle. This feels expensive. The scent is another big talking point. It’s easily my favourite range from Zoella Beauty purely for the scent. It’s fragrance is that of elder flower and pomegranate, and this theme runs throughout the products, but somehow feels different for each one. The scent from the body mist is strong, a beautiful kind of strong. It isn’t overpowering and definitely smells of summer walks and drinks with friends. Not only does it look good and smell good, but it’s a perfect bag sized bottle.¬†


Shower Shake РMoisturising Body Wash (£6)


First of all – HOW CUTE! The details on this packaging show the thought process behind this entire range. The gold, playful font that’s present across each of the products really stands out against the pastel pinks and oranges. I haven’t tried this yet, but i did put a small blob on the end of my finger and I could instantly tell how gorgeous it’s going to feel when I do use it. The pomegranate scent is ever so present, making it the kind of product you’ll wanna use every day this summer. THE SMELL IS KILLING ME!

 

Shower Sauce РBody Wash (£5)

The name makes me chuckle. Shower Shake and then Shower Sauce. It makes me think of a big ice cream milkshake with drizzly strawberry sauce; and that’s exactly what this body wash looks like – strawberry sauce. This smells so refreshing out of the bottle, so I can’t wait to smell this in the shower. This really does give off summer vibes, but could definitely¬†work all year round if you love the scent.¬†

 

Cream Scrub РBody Scrub (£8)

The first thing that attracts me to this cream scrub is the pale grey rimmed lid, and pink candy stripes around the tub. 

I was initially shocked when I opened this. I think I was expecting a white cream with pastel coloured beads (a little bit like the Body Cream in this range, I guess). However, when I dug my finger into the bright orange, gel like substance, I was again shocked. It felt good, so soft and gentle, but at the same time those little ‘polishing sprinkles’ really told a story of how they were destined to give me the most luxurious exfoliation. I’m a body/face scrub addict. My drawers are full to the brim of numerous scrubs¬†from different brands and a range of prices, so I know a good scrub when I see one. And this has already become one of my favourites.¬†


Body Pudding РBody Cream (£8)

This certainly does look like pudding. At first I thought “hang on, when I rub this in, what do I do about all of the sprinkles? Do you use this in the shower??” NOPE.¬†Once you massage this cream in, the sprinkles just.. disappear. Yes. They just melt away. I immediately called my boyfriend over to witness this magic. Once he’d tried it, and I’d tried it again, we were both in awe. This leaves your skin feeling very moisturised, very soft and very smelly. A good smelly, of course. And it’s just a plus that it has magic pink sparkles in it!


Body Frosting РBath Milk Powder (£7)

Again, this packing was exciting and had me intrigued. A soft pastel paper wrapped around a lilac tin/tub. The lid pops off to reveal four cute sachets of the bath milk powder.

¬†¬†I was expecting there to be loose powder inside, but seeing the sachets I realised how much of a bad idea loose powder could have been. This is a good way to avoid wasting the product. And to make this even easier, at the bottom of the tub was a little sticker hat reads “re-seal me”

Pink Bath Wafers РMoisturising Bath Fizzer (£5)

The packaging reminds you of little ice cream wafers, the paper surrounding the product is embossed with a waffle pattern, and the peachy colours make you feel bad for tearing open the packaging (saying that, I managed to get into the packaging without damaging it!). 


If the pastel pink coloring of the wafers wasn’t enough, they’re also embossed with little Z’s. The plastic wrapping is accompanied by a sweet but informative “Do Not Eat!” sticker, which definitely¬†needs to be said, cause the fruity smell that these wafers give off is enough to make your mouth water. They even smell fizzy. My senses are tingling. Zoe, you have outdone yourself.¬†



My Overall Thoughts (£0)

I couldn’t be more proud of Zoe. The whole range shows off the hard work, thoughtfulness and love that’s gone into designing these more than amazing products. I definitely won’t be able to get enough of this range. From the refreshing smells of the body spray, to the creamy texture of the body pudding. I don’t usually get involved in beauty hypes, but this is different. It’s not like a beauty hype at all, in fact, it isn’t your usual beauty range full stop. The elder flower and pomegranate scent is so unique and you will not get bored of it!



The range is available at Superdrug (in store and online) and over at FeelUnique.
You can watch Zoe talk about her new range here! It’s also a great vlog, containing¬†the cutest product launch you’ve ever seen.¬†

So, let me know what you all think of the new Zoella Beauty range, and I’ll speak to you all soon!

Bye ūüėô











Oreo Cupcakes Courtesy Of Tanya Burr!

Hey guys! 

So I’ve decided to stray away from my usual posts and do a proper foodie post. I love baking (I make an amazing banana loaf) but I never blog about it, and I think it’s time I started documenting¬†my baking adventures.

¬†To start off easy though, I’m gonna write a quick post about the time I tried out Tanya Burr’s Oreo Cupcake recipe. I am NOT¬†trying to pass this off as my recipe!! I just thought as been as they turned out so well that I’d show you some pics and talk you through the recipe, and how I personally took my own twist on it (okay, all I did was use 3 different¬†Oreo flavours but give me some credit!).

Here goes..

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

175g butter

165g caster sugar

3 eggs

40g cocoa powder

125g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 pack oreos

Frosting:

2 packs oreos

100g butter

200g icing sugar



First thing I did was take a trip down to my local supermarket to grab 3 packs of Oreos. I picked up the original flavour for the frosting, mint for the base of the cupcake and chocolate for the decoration (Tanya kept it less complicated and stuck with the original flavour for all 3 parts, which I’m sure was just as good, but I was feeling ridiculously¬†adventurous).¬†

Once I got home I did as instructed and turned my oven to 180 Degrees. I then realised I’d forgotten my cupcake cases and ended up using some blue with snowflake patterned cases left over from christmas.. Once I realised how cute they were actually going to look I put them in the cupcake tins ready for pouring the mixture in, and continued to mix together the butter and sugar until it was the creamy/smooth texture described by Tanya. Next step was to pop the eggs in with the butter/sugar mixture. Then I folded all of the dry ingredients into that mixture (flour, coco powder, baking powder). I just want to add that I used a stand mixer for this part, but it doesn’t matter whether you do this or do it by hand!

As I said, I got 3 different flavours of Oreo, so I placed one mint Oreo in the bottom of each empty cake case. I thought the mint would look great in the bottom because the cream filling is a cute green colour, and I thought that when the cupcake was cut in half (always thinking about getting that perfect insta-shot!) you’d be able to see that minty green layer! Then I poured the mixture into the cases and let them cook for about 20-25 minutes (Tanya says 14-17 minutes, but the oven I used at the time wasn’t great with baking cakes, so mine took a little longer).¬†

This is the part I found most fun: Frosting!

All you need to do is mix together your icing sugar and butter until it’s looking smooth. Then you wanna take half a pack of oreos and crush them into Oreo crumbs! I used the original flavour Oreo for this part. I didn’t use a blender on an account of not having one, so did like Tanya said and used a sealed¬†food bag instead which worked just as well. Now add your crumbs to your frosting and stir them in!¬†

The frosting was incredibly easy to make and I thoroughly enjoyed licking the bowl after I’d used as much as I needed. I actually found I had enough frosting left to ice another couple of cupcakes, so I’m not sure where I went wrong, but it just meant I got to eat the remaining frosting (why waste it!?).¬†

Once my cupcakes were cooked and cooled (I put them on a cooling rack for this bit), I spread on my Oero frosting. I didn’t want to do it neatly, I thought they looked good with a messy vibe going on. Then with the chocolate flavour Oreos, I used them as decoration by breaking them in half, and putting one half on top of each cupcake.

And we’re all done!¬†




What’s on my iPhone 6 Plus?

Hi guys!

So I’ve seen a few people do these posts, and it really made me want to give it a go. Now, it’s got to be said, my phones actually pretty boring, but I’m sure some of you will get a kick out of having a nosey around my phone. Here goes!



My Phone & Phone Case
I have a 16gb iPhone 6 Plus in white and silver. I’m with EE, and I’ve had my phone now for nearly 2 years. I’m due for an upgrade next month and I really don’t know what to get next!

(yes, this pic was taken last August BUT I loved the photo)
 The phone case above is a Sailor Moon silicone phone case.I got it from an app called Wish, and it came with the cute little charm! I did recently have different phone case on, but I only had it a few weeks before a pen exploded in my handbag, and the ink dyed the gorgeous pink, marble effect into a not so aesthetic smudged blue.. It was a plastic snap case and did only cost about £7 from Amazon, and it made me realise how much I loved my big squishy phone case. 


My Lock Screen/Home Screen Wallpapers

Sticking with the Sailor Moon theme, my wallpapers are just a gorgeous, pink/purple gradient, Sailor Moon inspired background I got from a twitter account that just asked for a retweet if you used any of their stuff, unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the account, or else I’d attach a link!




My Home Screen Apps and Folders

As I said, my phone’s quite boring really. From top left to bottom right my apps are as follows:

Twitter / Snapchat / Instagram / Facebook / Facebook Messenger / WhatsApp / Camera / Photos / Depop 

My Folders then read:

Games / Bookmarks / Extras

And finally, the little row of 4 apps at the bottom are:

Music / Messages (iMessage) / Safari / Phone


I’m one of those people who leaves her apps with a million different notifications for weeks on end. I also have over 4,000 pics in my camera role, and probably a quarter of those are worth keeping. I kinda ordered my apps by most used-rarely used and then put my folders last, and the ones at the bottom have always been like that (I think that’s how they come when you first get the phone up and running?). I only ever usually have one home page, because (this may shock you) I like it to be clean and organised (yes, I’ve kind of contradicted¬†myself there. I am indeed a notification hoarder, but I’m not a complete mess, jeez ((totally a complete mess)) ).


Games

I don’t usually have many games downloaded. I DO usually have Pokemon Go and WWE Supercard, but I got rid of them for a little while as I haven’t been playing on them much and the take up so much room, but I’m sure I’ll probably re-download them soon and complain when i have no free storage. I always have Disney Emoji Blitz and Neko Atsume cause they’re my two fave games, I get so lost in them, so if you want a couple of games that can help you escape reality for a while then I recommend¬†downloading these (plus they’re both sickeningly cute). The other two games are just a couple of random games, I don’t tend to play on them much. I find Roll The Ball quite difficult and my boyfriend gets annoyed at me asking for help, and 100 pics was one of those games that makes you forget to sleep at night and you play on for a solid 3 days, and then never open it again. I often play on 100 pics if I’m out and about on my own, and I’m feeling a bit anxious and I need something as a distraction, something I can concentrate on to ground myself (so again, if you need a little escape or suffer with anxiety, this has been particularly helpful in calming me down in social situations). Last but not least, Flappy Bird. I don’t play on it. I never really did. But I will not delete it. I don’t know why cause it was so bloody annoying. Sentimental reasons maybe??


Bookmarks

This isn’t gonna be a long description. My bookmarks are usually something I’ve seen that I’d love to buy next payday, or crochet patterns I want to jot down in a note pad sometime. Nothing really that interesting.¬†



Extras

The apps in the extras folder never really get used, so I like to have them hidden away. The ones on the first page get used occasionally. I actually use the notes quite often, there’s probably about 40 different notes in there, and the only one i ever refer to is the passwords note. And obviously the other one that gets used fairly often is the app store, but as you can tell from my home screen, I don’t tend to bother downloading new apps, and as you can see from the 11 notifications, I don’t update the apps I have. I used to use the news app quite often, and have a good read if I was bored, but I don’t think I’ve bothered with that for a while.¬†


Overall Review/Conclusion


I need to sort out my phone. I need to delete some pics, some notes and get rid of those pesky notifications. I need to do a technology spring clean (summer clean??). But then again, in a months time I’ll probably have a new phone and that makes me think that maybe there’s no point, but I’m also really lazy and who can be bothered to sort through over 4,000 pictures?

Not me, that’s who.¬†


So thanks for reading guys, I apologise if I ramble a little too much, and also that there wasn’t much to show, but that’s what these posts are about I guess. The point was to show you whats on my phone, what kinda apps I use etc, and I think I’ve done just that.
Speak soon!