Archive | April, 2014

April Empties 2014

30 Apr

I haven’t done an empties post for a whole year on here, so I thought it was high time I shared some of the products I’ve used and loved recently.

Black Cherry Yankee Candle:

This was a christmas present from my brother, and I’m sad it’s finished. I’ve burnt it loads and it’s lasted all this time. For those of you who don’t get the whole Yankee Candle thing, and wonder why they cost so much I have to say that they are worth every penny. The smells are all amazing and fill a room after just a few minutes burning. This particular one is perfect for all seasons and smells so delicious. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one and getting a few more scents. I recently bought my mum the Lemon and Lavender and the Fluffy Towels candles and love them too.

Treacle Moon Bath and Shower Gels:

These are available in Tesco and cost about £3 each. I always pick up a couple when I do my Tesco food shop. There is  a huge range of scents and I’ve tried most of them. This month I’ve got through Warm Cinnamon Nights and Ice Cream Soda. You get a really large bottle and they create loads of lovely luxurious baubles. Both of these smell amazing and are great for comforting baths before bed. Next time I think i’ll pick up some of the fresher fruitier scents for the spring.

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean:

I bought this lovely cleanser in the January sales and have used it most days. I usually remove my make-up with cold cream and then use this to get my face really clean. I apply a couple of pumps all over my face and then wash off with a muslin cloth. It smells absolutely beautiful and makes my skin feel squeaky clean, fresh and healthy. I love this one because it doesn’t dry out my skin at all. This will definitely be getting a re-purchase next month.

Along Came Betty Skin Tone Corrector:

I’ve talked about Tesco’s Along Came Betty Range quite a few times on the blog and I still love them as much as ever. They are fab products at affordable prices and I love the retro styling of the packaging. This product is applied before moisturiser. I use it both morning and night and it’s great for evening out skin tone and brightening the complexion. I’ve already bought a new bottle of this as it’s a great product which does everything it’s supposed to. I’d highly recommend this one.

Botanics Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream:

This is another favourite for me. As I reach the end of my twenties my skin needs a little more care and attention than it used to. This is a great face cream with SPF and it protects and moisturises my skin without feeling heavy. As you can see the pot looks a bit battered, thats because I have taken this everywhere with me over the last few months. I was really sad to see the bottom of this pot and will be getting a new one as well as the night cream from the range next time I’m in Boots.

Nivea Creme:

I get though a small pot of this most months, I’ve reviewed it properly here. I absolutely love this product and use it as a night cream and hand cream. It’s so moisturising and although it’s quite heavy I feel like it works all night and my skin always feels great the next day.

I think that’s all the products I’ve actually finished this month and will be re-buying. I might also do a favourite’s post next week as I’ve tried loads of new things recently that I’m absolutely loving, so watch this space.

New Fabric and Sewing Projects

29 Apr

This week I’ve started a few new sewing projects. I’m supposed to be finishing my unfinished sewing, but as usual I’ve started something new! I decided I wanted a few new skirts and drafted up a pattern for a simple vintage style gathered skirt which I can make in lots of different fabrics. I also paid a little visit to Fabric Land today to get some new fabric to make them from.

I did a trial run, using a vintage duvet cover I got at a car boot sale, as I always like to try a new pattern before using special fabric. I have absolutely loads of this one. I’m really happy with the style although my sizing was terrible so this will need a little work before I can wear it.

I wanted to create something quite 40’s looking so this gathered skirt is perfect. I also wanted some gingham as I’ve seen so many beautiful clothes from the era in gingham prints. They are also the easiest fabrics to sew because the pattern has so many straight lines.

I picked up these four fabrics which are all quite different so I can’t wait to see what they all look like as skirts. I especially love the watermelons! I might do a tutorial for the skirt next week once I’ve perfected it. I’ll update you soon with my progress.

What do you think of my skirt and new fabrics? Do you have any sewing projects lined up?

 

Amazing Rainbow Cake Recipe

27 Apr

Today I’m sharing a recipe I created for this absolutely gorgeous cake, and it’s surprisingly easy. It would be perfect for a quirky afternoon tea or for a birthday cake and it tastes completely delicious.

You Will Need:

200g caster sugar

200g butter

200g self raising flour

1tsp baking powder

4 eggs

2tbsp milk

Assorted gel food colouring. I used red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple

Instructions:

Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients until smooth.

Divide the mixture into 7 bowls.

Add a little food colouring to each bowl of mixture, until you are happy with each colour.

Place in a well greased cake case, I used a silicone one.

You will need to carefully add the mixture in thin layers.

Place in the centre of the oven for around 40 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked all the way through.

To Make The Icing:

You will need:

200g Icing Sugar

100g Butter

2 tbsp milk

Hundreds and Thousands

How to ice the cake:

Mix the icing ingredients together until you are happy with the consistency. I use an electric mixer.

Trim the top of the cake so that it is completely flat.

Apply a thin layer of icing with a spatular all over the cake.

Then apply another layer and smoothen with the spatular.

Sprinkle the hundreds and thousands all over the cake.

Allow to set before serving.

Enjoy with a nice big cup of tea!

Let me know if you give this one a go and how it comes out. xxx

My New Favourite Skirt

26 Apr

I’ve been after this gorgeous Primark gingham skirt for absolutely ages. I’ve seen lot’s of other blogger style it to perfection and I knew it just had to be mine. I finally got my hands on it the other day when I spotted just one hiding behind a few other skirts in my local store and thankfully it was my size.

The skirt is made with a generous amount of soft flowing fabric and has a really pretty vibrant print. It could be styled in many ways to make it work with a vintage look but today I just chucked it on with a plain white t-shirt. It was one of those casual mummy days of running errands, playing and relaxing so this outfit was perfect.

I wore it with a comfy pair of flats and my only accessory was my leaf bracelet. The skirt is so pretty that even worn really simply I think it looks absolutely lovely.

 

Outfit Details:

White T-shirt – £3 – Primark

Pink Gingham Skirt – £12 – Primark

Leaf Bracelet – Primark (old)

Flat Shoes – £4 – Primark

(I’m dressed all in Primark don’t tell the vintage police)

Little Girls Bedroom Wishlist

26 Apr

With the spring, comes spring cleaning. And with spring cleaning comes fresh starts and decorating plans. The rooms I find that change the most are my two daughter’s rooms. As they grow up their tastes change and their rooms get the most wear and tear.

If a full re-decorate seems a bit daunting a few new accessories can really brighten up a bedroom. I’ve chosen a few pretty bits that would look lovely in a little girls bedroom. And don’t worry I’ll have a post later in the week for boys rooms as well as a neutral room for those who don’t like pink and blue or who have siblings sharing a room. So watch this space.

I’ve included a cute table and chairs that would be great for little craft activities and colouring as well as a couple of storage options and some very pretty accessories. I love fairy lights in kids rooms as well as night lights which make a restful light for sleep and story time, especially for little ones who don’t like the dark.

1. Ballerinas Duvet Set – Cath Kidston – £45

2. Fairy Lights – Next – £14

3. Pink Chair – Ikea – £13

4. Baby Squirrel Night Light – Dot Com Gift Shop – £3.95

5. Floral Storage Bag – £25 – John Lewis

6. Blue Chair – £13 – Ikea

7. Collapsible Storage Box – £7 – Matalan

8. Bird Cushion Cover – £16 – Cath Kidston

9. Yellow Chair – £13 – Ikea

10. Patchwork Cushion Cover – £16 – Cath Kidston

11. Pink Table – £22 – Ikea

Why not make your own bunting in similar fabrics to add a personal touch to the bedroom, or even make a memory quilt from your children’s old clothes. 

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