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Designer Wish List

Being a home owner means that wish lists are often made and often nothing purchased from them for a while (but its nice to wish). I'm off to Bicester Village in the first weekend of May so have been doing a little searching around the higher end websites and totally falling for so many things...... So here is my high end wish list.
Valentino Rockstuds, just because they are just beautiful. Being everywhere on the internet right now and everyones mum and sister with them they have grown and grown on me. Would defo go for nude as I don't own any nude shoes and would be worn through the year. 

Saint Laurent small clutch, again a nude/cream colour and is more of a spring and summer item. I would go for this in black however this really caught my eye. Love the gold hard wear and long chain handle.

Burberry Mid Length Trench, such a classic and never gets old. Would go for the mid length due to my height as the mid would probably look long on me. I would wear this all year so would be …

Covering up dark circles

I'm not one that suffers with terrible dark circles, however can get them quite bad having gone a few evenings with little sleep. I'm not too bothered about them for work but if they decide to appear ready for the weekend when I have something planned I like to use a couple of different products to ensure they are under control (and can't be seen).

I first go in with the Bobbi Brown Corrector (which I am dangerously running low on) and lightly pat this directly underneath my eye and bring it down slightly onto the top of the cheeks which help to blend it in. It really helps to neutralise the dark circles and brighten the entire area. It's easy to blend into the skin with a patting motion and does a good job at sticking around. 

After correcting I go in and put on my foundation and do a few other steps before going in with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer . I sweep underneath the eye from the centre (by my nose) all the way out. I find I get a better coverage a…

A little Barry M haul

Back in the day I was always buying Barry M polishes as they were affordable and pretty good for the price. Recently I've noticed Barry M here there and everywhere, adverts, Instagram, Blogs and so on and thought I'd give a couple of their special ranges a go. 

Gelly High Shine- A nice thick consistency which makes the coverage great and only requires two coats. High shine and doesn't seem to chip much which is great for someone like me who types a lot. The only thing I'm not so keen on is the brush as its quite thin and is a little awkward to get the bottom of the nail straight. 

Matte Top Coat- This does exactly what it says. I went for the top coat as I didn't like the thought of restricting the shades I chose to just matte. Its gives such a different effect to your nails with the Matte effect and prefer for a night out along with the black!! Looks awesome.

Original- I was a little gutted I couldn't find a Gelly High Shine in black so had to go for the original…

Allergy safe Banana Bread- no need for butter

A bunch of bananas have sat in the fruit bowl for some time, and before I knew it they were over ripe and a bit manky looking. I had a recipe for a banana bread cake from a while ago and made a few changes and this actually came out pretty good.

If you have some over ripe bananas feeling unloved, give this a go!

Ingredients:3 over ripe bananas (more if you have them), 2 cups Gluten free self raising flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 eggs, xanthan gum, 1 tsp vanilla extract, half a tsp of ground cinnamon, a splash of milk if needed (I used almond milk).

Instructions

Step 1: Grab a bowl and break up all of your bananas and mash up with a fork until it resembles something similar to babies food.

Step 2: Once your bananas are mashed I added the sugar all at once and mixed well (still using a fork). 

Step 3: Mix in both eggs until completely combined and has a very running constancy. 

Step 4: Very gradually add in the flour, Xanthan gum, cinamon and vanilla to the mix and beat until smooth (still us…

Updated haircare routine

Having checked out an article in Stylist magazine on looking after our hair in the same way we look after our skin, it made me realise just how little thought I was giving to my hair routine. So naturally, I went hair shopping, did some research and got my act together and here's my vamped routine.

Philip Kingsley- Elasticizer- £16 - I use this a couple of times a week, the main reason because it's pricey! It's a pre-shampooing product that is supposed to help repair your hair from continuous dying and styling. I've seen a difference having used this frequently and my hair just feels tougher, like it can handle more without getting damaged quickly and snapping. 

Garnier Marvellous Transformer shampoo- £2.79 - When having a bath at my parents I noticed this on the side and gave it a shot. I was so impressed even after just one wash my hair was smooth without being too smooth and greasy looking. I do find I have to alternate my shampoo as my hair kind of gets used to them …

Sunday round up - 12 -

Feels like donkeys ago that I postsed a Sunday round up. This week has been a little strange as I went back to school after Easter holidays on a Thursday which felt strange that it wasn't a Monday (OCD went crazy). The weather was beautiful for my last few days of the holidays which I was over the moon about and spent a few hours in the garden relaxing. So here's what happened during last week, enjoy! 

1- Sunbathing Sammy - It was lovely to spend some time outside with my handsome cat and boy does he love to sunbath. This was taken when he had come in for a drink and clearly needed to lay on a cold floor. I'm such a crazy cat lady in the sense that I am obsessed with my cat and if I could I would hang out with him all day every day.

2- Spring nail inspo- you either love white nails or hate them, and I'm loving them right now! I bought a new white from Barry M and it's so white. The colour makes your nails look so nice and strangly enough really goes with my skin tone…

Benefit Roller Lash

Better late than never they say and boy am I glad I finally got my hands of this beauty. Since having this little guy its taken over all of my other go to mascaras even They're Real which is a major fav of mine. 

The technology behind Roller Lash is the fab brush. I normally have to go over and over my lashes but with this, you just need to roll the handle and tadah! For someone like myself who has very stubborn lashes I normally curl them every day for them to hold a curl. I was so surprised to use Roller Lash having not curled my lashes prior to applying it.  The wand is designed to catch every lash, even the little ones and with a little wriggle it latches on and draws up the lashes to add that curl you normally only get from curling. Its jet black and water resistant which everyone knows has the best staying power, and for those that cry when they laugh *waves hands it helps.  

I've taken the advice from the Benefit website and applied it and used They're Real on top as …

Keeping your face simple

Limiting yourself to only a handful of products might be something that some would shudder at the thought of. This however is what I will be doing every day during the week to keep a fresh natural, easy and fast spring look. I don't like too much fuss at this time of the year but at weekends the lip colour of choice will change to more of a bold lip, and if out in the evening maybe a little shadow.

1- Primer- There might be a gasp from a few of you but the primer of choice right now is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. This seems to work a bit better than the Benefit Porefessional on my skin with regards to working with oil and greasy through the day. It feels a bit lighter and slightly invisible, like you've not put anything on.

2- Base- I currently have 3 favourite natural looking bases that I'm really enjoying at the moment and will come as no shock to those of you who follow me on Instagram. I will be rotating the following, Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hourBourjois Hea…

For the love of grey

Coming into the sunnier weather I feel almost pressured into incorporating more colour within my outfits. An element of my staple go to outfit is grey, which I feel is actually nice and easy to bring into spring. I love a good basic (v-neck top, cami) as they can all be jazzed up or dressed down, or brighten up which is what I will be doing.

This is my current GREY wish list to help me with the spring transition. Laying is going to be something I do a lot more now as this time of year it gets quite chilly in the evenings so even if you put a jacket on that has no sleeves, it adds a little warmth to help you through the evening. 
V neck top- £12 -ASOS-Olivia Burton watch- £75 -Dogtooth trousers- £20 - Boohoo-Oversized sweater dress- £22 - Missguided-Cami- £12 - ASOS-Grey block heels- £54.99- New Look-Sleeveless jacket- £42 - Topshop
Are you a lover of grey? Is there anything here that takes your fancy? 
Hope you all had a lovely weekend! xoxo

It's all about the base by Rimmel

Having taken full advantage of the most recent 3 for 2 offer in Boots I finally treated myself to the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation in Ivory. There is so much love for Rimmel bases and having not tried any before, so I chose this. 

Shade- The shade range is pretty good and was happy to find they went pale enough to match my skin tone which I can honestly say is pretty much spot on. I could probably go lighter however like to give my face a little more colour as your face sees the sun more anyway. 

Formula- Its quite thick however not really thick and gloopy. When applying it to your skin it feel really light, very similar to how the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser feels on the skin. It has quite a strong fragrance to it which isn't off putting but is quite strong. Theres no need to have to really buff this into the skin as it's effortless to blend and sits on the skin very lightly for a full coverage base. It covers well and reduces the amount of concealer I need to …

My first Charlotte Tilbury products

My first ever Charlotte Tilbury products were bought for me as a birthday present from my mum as she knew how much I was lusting over near enough everything. I have had since the very beginning of March to try these out and it is my 100% personal opinion.

Matte Revolution lipstick-£23- I was so happy to receive something from the Matte Revolution range (being a matte lipstick fan) and needed a shade like this to go in my collection (Red Carpet red). I was waiting for the battle you normally get with a matte lipstick and the tugging of the lips however this was something completely different. There was no excessive tugging or a battle, it strangely felt like a very moisture filled lipstick, more so like a balm texture. Very easy to apply and is the most gorgeous deep bright red. I have worn this on many evenings out and has lasted well, doesn't budge and had people complimenting me on my lipstick (which is always nice). It is filled with hidden extras which are supposed to do wonder…

Late on the bandwagon: Maybelline Colour Tattoo

I've held off on buying some of these Maybelline Colour Tattoo eye creams as I had heard so many mixed thoughts on them which made me more and more hesitant about giving them a go. This changed when I was in Boots a while ago and noticed the three for two deal and nothing else really took my fancy so thought I'd take the risk and grab a couple to try out. 
To start off I am so impressed with the staying power of these bad boys. On my skin these guys stick around. I wouldn't say it's for the 24 hours that it states in the name however an awfully long time. Even trying to take off my swatch in Boots took a while and had to completely remove it with my trusty steed Clarins make up remover when I got home. 
The low down: I went for the shades Metallic Pomegranate and Permanent Taupe and will be going back for more. The shade Permanent Taupe is such a wearable everyday shade and looks great on its own or will a little darker shade popped into the crease. The Metallic Pomegran…

Allergy safe Easter rainbow cookies

For most people Easter is when you can scoff as much chocolate as you want and no one judges. This year I'm not one of those people. Since finding out that dairy is really no good for me back in September it's really changed my diet as you can imagine, and for someone who loves their food has been quite tough. Obviously being a foodie I found a way around my favourite meals and snacks and have a yummy cookie recipe to share with you as my Easter treat.

Ingredients:200g Dairy free butter, 300g Caster sugar, 2 medium eggs, 300g Gluten free Self raising flour, 1 teaspoon Xanthan gum.

Additional ingredients(if you want them gluten free do not use the lotus spread):Sprinkles, Dairy free chocolate chipsLotus caramel spreadJelly beans, almond milk.


Pre cooking steps:Pre-hreat the oven to 200C or gas mark 6 and line your baking trays.

Step one:
I tend to leave the butter out of the fridge until room temperature or you could pop it in a bowl and in the microwave until soft. Using an ele…

Pink for spring

My love for pink lips becomes quite a serious love affair in the spring time and I have carefully chosen my top five pink lippies that I'll be wearing this month. Some you have seen around these parts before however I have a couple of new and old thrown in that I have been dying to wear however needed some sunshine to do so.

Bourjois £8.99- I don't need to bore you with the amazingness of this because I have banged on about it enough. But seriously this shade is so nice.A bright raspberry pinky/red it really does brighten up your face and looks stunning on pale skin tones. With the bonus of its lasting power puts this up there as number one in the pack. 

Eyeko- I had two of these from a while back and have used one of them a lot and was time to say goodbye to it. I only opened the back up one a few weeks ago and am so happy I ordered two of the same shade by accident. Being one of the deepest in the group but remaining very pink but has a blue tone to it. Blue/pinks are quite ha…

A few products I've loved in March

The month of March has been a great one for discovering new products and also having to rediscover products in my stash due to spending out on a whole new bathroom (the joys of adulthood). A nice little group for this monthly favs.

Benefit They're Real-* Is becoming a new mascara favourite. Since getting this sample I have not stopped using it. Every single lash is coated and holds a nice curl. I still curl my lashes as they are stubborn however with good naturally curled lashes this could be the one mascara for you. It's relatively easy to take off at the end of the day and lasts for hours. Such a great overall product.

iPhone 6- Apple- Having only had this for a few days its definitely the product that has made it to a favourites this quickly. I've had a Samsung for two years so going back to a iPhone is so nice. The apps you can get, the simplicity of using it, and also the camera for instagram is epic!

Clarins instant natural light lip perfecters-£18- I enjoy using this p…