Sunday, 3 December 2017

WHITE CHOCOLATE BANANA LOAF RECIPE




I've not baked in quite some time and thought I'd do something that both me and my husband like, so after doing quite a bit of research I came across quite a few white chocolate banana bread recipes. I love banana bread and I love White Chocolate so I thought this would be such a good recipe to try out. I couldn't not use Mary Berry's recipe just because she is the best! :) 


you will need:

100 grams of softened butter
175 grams of caster sugar
a pinch of salt
2 medium sized eggs
2 bananas 
225 grams of self raising flour
1 tea spoon of baking powder
2 table spoons of whole milk
As many white choc chips or Milkybar buttons as you like (which is what i used)




 You will need a loaf tin, I got this ceramic tub from Matalan, they have them in various sizes, this is the medium size and worked perfectly. I pre-heated the oven to 180 degrees and lightly greased my tin to avoid the cake sticking to the bottom. 

You want to mash your bananas up into a bowl and then add in your butter, eggs, caster sugar and milk, give it a good ol' mix and then add in your flour and baking powder. I then added in my white chocolate which were giant milky bar buttons i just broke them up into quarters and probably used just less than half the bag.

Pour your mixture into your tin and pop into the oven to bake for around 30 mins, i then reduced the heat to 150 and baked for another 20 mins. 

Try it for yourself! Hope you enjoy :)

Love Gill x 



Monday, 27 November 2017

THE BEST DRUGSTORE SHOWER GEL ?



So this is a bit of a random post, which isn't sponsored, I bought these products with my own money. I've been hearing and seeing sooo many blog posts and YouTube videos featuring Original Source shower gel. I have obviously been living under a rock my entire life as I have never tried this brand and I felt like I was missing out after always hearing about raving reviews. 

Here I am now, raving about these shower gels, they are just amazing. I think I have found my favourite shower gels, drugstore that is, I am gutted I haven't tried these sooner as there are so many different scents to try from and they are so cheap too, I got these for £1.00 each in Superdrug - I know right?! How amazing is that. 

The scents I picked up are Mint & Tea Tree, Green Banana and Bamboo Milk, Cherry & Almond Milk and Lime & Coconut Milk. I think my faves so far are the Mint & Tea Tree and Cherry & Almond Milk. I've heard a few people say that the Mint & Tea Tree one can sting some people and I can agree with that, it stings my armpits lol a bit tmi but many people have said this, it's sooo refreshing though and makes me feel super clean. The Banana one reminds me of something from my childhood and I can't for the life of me think what - please go in to superdrug and have a sniff of it for me! Cherry & Almond Milk smells just like a Mr Kipling Cherry Bakewell YUM. The Lime & Coconut has a very subtle scent in the tube but once using it the scent is a lot stronger, albeit not as strong as the others. 

I just had to share this brand and urge you to try them out, I love it ! 

Let me know in the comments below if you have used these shower gels and what you think ? 

Love Gill x 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

HOW I KEEP A WORK/LIFE BALANCE



How do I keep a Work/Life balance? With great difficulty is the short answer haha. I have a full time job, I run my blog and I have a dog and husband, that is a lot to juggle and get the balance right. Obviously my full time job comes first, it's what pays my rent and lets me buy nice things and I'm 100% committed to it. It can be quite a stressful job with long hours some times albeit I choose to work longer hours to get stuff done and feel a sense of achievement. 

When I get home in the evenings I work on my blog and try to get on to social media as much as i can to promote my blog and interact with other bloggers. Then on top of that I have a dog to walk and give cuddles too along with housework and cooking dinner for my husband albeit he is amazing with helping me out, I just like to do my fair share too as I feel it's very unfair if i'm like sorry you need to do it all so I can blog. He also works full time as a mechanic so has a physically demanding job which would also be unfair of me to sit on my bum all night asking him to do everything. 

So now you have a bit of a background back to the original question, how do I keep a work/life balance? In all honesty I probably have 90% work 10% life which to some people is probably a bit like, you need to get a life haha but I enjoy what I do so much, I enjoy my work and I love my blog so is that not more important that you love what you do ? I mean for sure it would be my dream to blog full time or even be in a job that's really creative. 

There are times where I have taken a step back and I've taken time out of blogging when my job is really hectic and feel guilty for not spending quality time with my family. As much as I hate to give up blogging temporarily from time to time I know it needs to be done as my family is the most important to me at the end of the day. I've also been working my contracted hours, 8-4 which lets me get home, get a blog written up and tidy the house all before my husband comes home so I can spend time with him which has been really nice. I really hope I can keep up this balance as I now want to try and go to the gym more often... we will see how that goes! 

I would love to know in the comments below what your work/life balance is like? 

Love Gill x 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

WINTER NIGHT TIME SKINCARE ROUTINE





Now that the winter weather is here this is when I start to change my skincare routine up ever so slightly. Can we just talk about how cold it is getting? certainly up in Scotland, I mean no change there but I got in my car this morning and it was 1 degree. This is when chapped lips and dry hands come out which is not attractive to look at nor does it feel nice. 

I always keep a chapstick on me at this time of year as I use it constantly so when I want to wear a beaut of a matter lipstick my lips wont look flaky yuk. I also always keep a hand cream on me as my hands get super chapped and can become quite painful in this weather, I hardly ever wear gloves just because i'm always on my phone lol! 






Onto my actual skincare routine, an absolute classic, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish this is one of my absolute faves for taking off my make up and cleansing. I take off my make up with Micellar water and then cleanse twice with Liz Earle to make sure my face is completely make up free. I then go in with the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic which I use as a toner. 

Whilst I wait for that to dry a little and do it's thing I move on to moisturising my body which I have to admit this is probably a once or twice a week job because it's far too cold to be standing around and I'm just lazy in all honesty but I'm loving the Clarins Body Lotion at the minute. 





I always switch to a thicker eye cream in the winter to keep them nice and hydrated and less dry looking as my make up tends to go on cakey under my eyes and creases when they aren't well moisturised. Khiels Creamy Eye Treatment is my go to winter eye cream, I just love it. Highly recommend you go in and get a little sample to try before you buy :) 

Next up is my Emma Hardie Amazing Face Age Support Cream, now I know I'm not even in my 30s yet but prevention is everything so I use quite a few age defence products and this is one of them, I use this in place of a night cream as it's very moisturising and also gives my skin a really nice glow. 

Another reason I don't use a night cream is because I use face oils which are super hydrating and I just feel my skin doesn't need a heavy moisturiser along with the other products I use. Right now I am loving the AD Skin Synergy Oil which I got in a beauty subscription box, I've used this quite a lot now and it's one of these never ending products as you can see the bottle is still full. 





It's quite a simple night time skin care routine but I hope it was informative for you. Let me know in the comments below what your favourite skincare products are? 


Love Gill x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

5 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE



There has been a lot of negativity lately on Twitter and I'm just not about that to be honest, for sure I'm all about people having opinions etc but when it comes to whinging on the daily it just drains me tbh. I am no where near as connected on social media any more purely for this reason, I was thinking why should I take away the joy from me because of others so I'm not going to lie if there are culprits that just post negativity all the time i'm just going to be unfollowing. If this were 2 years ago there would be no way I would say something like that out loud but I like to stay as positive as I possibly can even when I'm having a really crappy day. 

I have quite a stressful job so staying positive can be somewhat of a challenge when faced with difficult situations that you just can't stay calm about, I am also a born worrier so I will worry myself sick about the slightest things and self doubt on the daily. One thing I am amazing at is having a game face, it has been mentioned many a times in work as to why I am not an actress haha as my face is as cool as ever when inside i am dying. 

So... tip 1 Have A Good Game Face honestly this is something that it either comes naturally to you or it doesn't and I am just lucky enough that it's natural for me or perhaps years of practice, who knows lol. This helps me stay positive sooo much even though i am panicking like mad inside or enraged having that positive game face can take over my whole attitude and I think ya know what it's not that bad or yeahh I can do this. Try it :) 

Surround Yourself with Positive People this is quite common sense but like me I would worry about not wanting to upset anyone etc but now I'm just like nahhh and distance myself from negative people or negative situations. This has come with age for me having the confidence to do this. 

Take Time For You whether you work long hours or are busy studying all the time, take some time out for yourself and treat yo self. This doesn't have to mean spending money but maybe watch that Netflix series you've been wanting to watch for ages or treat yourself to a relaxing bath, just focus on you and think positive thoughts. 

Research Positive Quotes this is one I do pretty often on Pinterest, whenever I start to feel a bit down or stressed I read up some positive quotes or sometimes even watch inspirational speeches on YouTube which I find really lightens my mood and puts me into a positive can do attitude. 

In the words of Demi Lovato Let It Go don't dwell on the past because it's exactly that, in the past. This also took me a long time to get to grips with and again think comes with age but it took me ages to think there is no amount of worrying that will fix a situation so let it go and what will be will be. Someone over opinionated, in a negative manner? who cares, that is there issue, don't let them get to you. 


I have to say I'm feeling pretty positive after writing this ! Maybe write a positivity post ? haha. 

Let me know in the comments below how you stay positive?

Love Gill x


Monday, 13 November 2017

MY MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION



I'm just putting it out there, I love MAC lipsticks they are one of my favourite brand of lipsticks, you are never stuck for a shade and they come in every finish you could ever want.

Now my collection isn't much in terms of most avid beauty bloggers but ya know I'm pretty happy with it, I would love one more to complete my little lipstick holder which is from TK Maxx in case you are wondering. How annoying is it when things like this happening? If I had one more it would look perfect but I'm desperately trying not to be that insane person who will spend money on things just to look good for a picture, if this was last year I'd be buying one purely for this with next day delivery! 



Anyway, what shades do I have ? 

Back Row, L-R

Crossed Wires
Pink Pearl
Milan Mode
Velvet Teddy
Brave

Front Row, L-R

Snob
Faux
Please Me
Creme Cup
Ruby Woo 
Whirl 




I've got so many shades on my list that I want like Pure Zen, Honey Love and Pink Plaid. These will defo be on my Christmas Wishlist this year although I might just wait for some sales to crop up before I purchase them, I'll need another lipstick holder for all the new ones! :) 

What is your favourite Mac lipstick? Let me know in the comments below. 

Love Gill x 


Monday, 6 November 2017

BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION & CONCEALER REVIEW



I've been a massive fan of the Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation which is one of my all time ultimate faves and have repurchased it a few times. I love to change my foundation up, in fact all my make up as frequently as I can afford to, given I already love Bourjois I thought I'd try another of their foundations and this time I picked up the Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade No 51 Light Vanilla and 56 Light Bronze. One for when I'm pale and another when I'm tanned and I can mix them together for when I'm anywhere in between.
They recently had a little revamp in this foundation and I have to say I much prefer this packaging, I didn't try the old version so can't compare the product itself but I don't believe it has changed significantly. They have added in some more skin benefits like vitamins C, E and B5 which claims to give an instant anti fatigue effect. This foundation also claims to keep your complexion radiant for up to 16hrs.





Not forgetting the Healthy Mix Concealer which I bought in the shade Light, this also contains the same skin benefits as the foundation and claims to erase signs of imperfections and signs of fatigue.

What do I think of the foundation? well, in short, I love it, I love this as an every day foundation, it's quite a natural foundation with medium coverage and just feels very hydrating on my skin. I've not tested it out for 16hrs because that's just crazy long but I wear it for around 12 hours and lasts nice all day, I mean it's not perfect by the end of the day but I don't fix my make up throughout the day and i'd say it still looks pretty good when I get home. I have to say my skin can look slightly oily at the end of the day with this foundation and I don't have oily skin, I have normal to dehydrated so I would say if you have oily skin definitely keep a powder with you.


Does the concealer live up to the foundation? I could take it or leave it to be honest, I'm not blown away by it. By no means is it rubbish it's a pretty nice concealer I'm just not wowed by it like I am with the foundation and tend to use my Maybelline eraser concealer or Urban Decay concealer with this foundation which I much prefer. I will still use the Bourjois concealer up as there isn't anything wrong with it, as I said, it's just not anything special in my opinion.

I bought all of these in the 3for2 deal in Boots so highly recommend you take advantage of the offer, your getting a product for free so why not! The foundation cost me £9.99 which is about standard for a drugstore foundation and the concealer costs £8.99 which again is standard pricing.


Have you tried this foundation out? what is your favourite drug store foundation? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Gill x