30 September 2014 · 19 Comments

I decided to make some blueberry muffins, à la Bree Van Der Kamp for you Desperate Housewives fans out there, to welcome in our new neighbours, and they looked so pretty I thought I would share with you how they turned out.

A quick and simple recipe - you can find it here - all I had to do was combine all the ingredients together in the mixer, put it in some cases, wait twenty minutes for them to cook and voilà, a sprinkle of icing sugar and they are ready to go!

They were definitely gratefully received and it's made me want to bake for people more often, such a kind and thoughtful gift and it really doesn't take too much effort at all.

What about you, do you like baking for others?

Lipstick Case.

28 September 2014 · 27 Comments

I’m sure many of you know by now that I’ve been selling my phone cases on etsy for a couple of weeks, but I wanted to share with you the one that I have for myself. It’s a bit of a difficult post to write, without coming across as big-headed, since I did make them myself, but I thought I would do it anyway. The lipsticks case is one of my favourites on there, obviously you know that I love lipstick, haha, but I also really like the colours and think it is such a cute way to brighten up a phone. The quality of these cases is so good, I’ve had mine on for coming on for a month now and still no sign of a scratch, and although this makes them a little more expensive, I do think that the extra cost is worth it. 

I wanted to reiterate that the cases are not just for iPhones, but can also be bought for Samsung and Blackberry phones, as well as the new iPhone 6. I hope I have tempted you enough to get one for yourself, and they would make perfect gifts for others too. 

I’ve got my eye on the whale one for my next purchase, how about you? 

Shop the rest of the range here

Revlon Favourites.

24 September 2014 · 35 Comments

I haven’t had lot of exposure to Revlon before, but over the last couple of months I’ve built myself up a little collection of their products and I thought I would show you the best of the lot. They are a drugstore brand, but in my mind, the quality of the packaging and products, makes them almost quasi-high-end, and a lot more luxurious than your average drugstore product. Luckily for me, the prices don’t reflect that at all! 

My first pick has to be the Nearly Naked, which if you’ve been reading this blog for a little time; you should know my love for. A light coverage, satin/dewy finish foundation this became my go-to for everyday as soon as I bought it, and has only just found a competitor in the form of the Clarins True Radiance foundation. It’s a mental battle everyday to decide which one to go for #beautybloggerprobs The only problem – no pump – why must brands continue to do this to us? Although I am a massive fan of the luxurious glass bottle and minimalistic product design. 

Then come the lip products, the area where I feel Revlon really excel itself. The Revlon Lip Butter is an everyday pick for me, a creamy glossy and slightly sheer formula these are great for slapping on when you want a bit of easy maintenance colour – my favourite is Tutti Frutti. The quilted bullet is such a cute design, and I love that you can easily pick out the colour that you want. Plus, they’re a dupe of the ever-so-lovely YSL Rouge Volupte Shines – do I need to give any more reasons to get one? Another one that gets cracked out on a regular basis is the Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito, a true MLBB shade which is good to pull a look together. Again, the formula is on point, long-lasting and creamy and I’m definitely looking to add a few more to my collection from this range. 

Last but not least, the Matte Balm Stick in Complex – my favourite summer colour. I won’t lie, it’s gone out of my rotation a little because I feel like it suits a tanned complexion a lot more, but it’s a gorgeous caramel pink nude that I think would work really well with a darker eye to tune it down a little bit. The stick form makes it a dream to apply precisely and it’s another one that I’m looking to add more of to my collection. 

So, those are my Revlon favourites at the moment, what are yours?


21 September 2014 · 23 Comments

The Benefit releases usually take over the blogosphere for a couple of weeks around there arrival, so I was a bit in two minds as to whether to post this one or not, but I loved it so much (plus you all know about the obsession that I have been having with blush recently - evidence of that here) that I just had to share it with you... 

Benefit Majorette Blush (£23.50) is unlike any cream blush that I have used before. Designed to be used as a 'booster blush' it adds a gorgeous peachy pink flush to the cheeks, without looking like you are wearing anything at all. On me, it enhances the natural flushed colour of my cheeks, perking up the face, and increasing the intensity (or mood - if you could call it that) of the other colours that you layer on top. The formula itself is super creamy and almost melts into the skin, allowing for a really natural finish that blends in perfectly and really smooths the skin. The smell, a clean and fresh slightly fruity scent, also makes it lovely to apply every morning. 

I've been trying it out both alone and with other blushes. For me, the perfect accompaniment is Dandelion, which together create a really cute, girly pink with a youthful glow which is perfect for me for everyday wear. I'll definitely be investing in some more of there boxed blushers to play around with combinations though, I think it is such a great idea! On the other hand, I've also been loving wearing it alone, as it's such a unique shade and unlike anything that I own already. The creamy texture looks like it would be too sheer, but don't let that fool you, it provides a beautiful punch of colour, without ever looking over board, no matter how much you put on. 

Definitely a favourite of mine, and perhaps even a favourite release ever from benefit, and that's saying something seeing how I use GimmeBrow everyday. Perfect for creating flushed autumn cheeks, as well as transitioning into the rest of the year as well, I can't see this leaving my makeup bag any time soon. 

What about you, do you want to try this out?


18 September 2014 · 21 Comments

There's a new foundation that's worked its way into my current rotation recently, and I have to say that it's a little bit of a miracle worker. My heart was pledged to the Revlon Nearly Naked for a long time, a drugstore gem if you're ever in need of a bargainous but amazing foundation, but I think it may now have been surpassed - the only thing that's sad about this is my bank account. The Clarins True Radiance Foundation, a perfecting but light base, has become my go-to for everyday and I now don't know where I would be without it. 

Released in August, I haven't heard a whole lot about this yet in the blogosphere but I'm sure the buzz is imminent. With an excellent shade range, which is something that I really struggle with in the drugstore, despite having 'medium' skin - whatever that means - so I can only imagine how difficult it is if you are at a more extreme end of the spectrum. I opted for shade 110 Honey, which sits just paler than my currently tanned skin, meaning that it can hopefully get me through autumn and winter too - it's all about being economical with these pricey foundations. And off chance that it does get too tanned for me, it's easy enough for me to sheer out by buffing it in a little more, that it will hardly even matter at all. 

A lightweight and moisturising formula (it actually makes my skin feel better for wearing it rather than worse), this glides onto the skin like silk perfecting issues such as my ruddy cheeks, whilst still letting the natural texture and look shine through. The radiance it adds to my skin isn't overly noticeable - although in the light the light reflecting pigments do add a nice subtle highlight, but having somewhat oily skin anyway, this actually makes me more comfortable wearing it, as I don't feel that it is going to turn me into a grease ball by the end of the day! The science-y bit behind it is pretty cool too, with the anti-pollution action of Moringa seed plant extract to reveal natural luminosity and 24-hour hydration*: it infuses the epidermis with moisture to leave it glowing with vitality.To apply, I use a clean buffing brush to work it into the skin and then go in with a second layer wherever I need more coverage. On its own, it lasts a good 6 hours on me, and with powder it can get me through a whole school day - pretty good going I think, especially for something on the dewier end of the scale. 

The only problem? The price. It's no Revlon Nearly Naked, but in terms of other high end foundations, coming in at only £24 it's on the cheaper end, and something that I would definitely recommend to anyone willing to pay a little more. In this case, I really do think you get quality with it. 

That's my foundation of choice at the moment, what's yours? 

Erika's. (plus giveaway of up to £110)

14 September 2014 · 123 Comments

It may seem like a bit of an odd post, as we rapidly approach winter time, to be posting about sunglasses but the truth is that it is important to look after your eyes all year round, not only in summer when the threat seems the most obvious, and if you can look stylish whilst doing it then all the better. Plus, with all the mood swings the weather has been having recently, who knows if we are forecast another summer or not! 

That's where I come in. The Sunglasses Shop, who you may remember I collaborated with at the beginning of the summer have offered me another pair of sunglasses, and the chance for one of you lucky people to win one too! Of course I leapt at the chance to give something back to all of you, you support me with everything that I do, and I honestly can't tell you how much it means to be, so anything that I can do for you is a lovely feeling. 

The pair of glasses that I chose for myself are the Rayban Erika's in Matte Black, which I love because they looked really classic, with an almost wayfarer shape, which I love, but with a more feminine twist and I love that not everyone has them. They go with literally everything and I feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn every time I wear them, it's love! As usual, the customer service that you get from the Sunglasses Shop was on point, and for anyone looking to invest in a good quality pair of sunglasses I would definitely recommend them. They arrived by the next day, packaged really well and complete with ray ban case and cleaning cloth. 

To win a pair of Rayban sunglasses of your choice for yourself (of value up to £110), enter using the rafflecopter widget below. This competition is open internationally and to all age ranges. Good luck!