Toffee Apple Recipe

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Now that it's nearing to Halloween and Bonfire night what best to get me in the mood than making some home made Toffee Apples. This is my first time ever making these as it's something I've never thought of really and my husband looooves them.
I thought I would coat them in some sprinkles because why not?! We need to have them looking pretty enough to picture and eat nom nom nom

If you would like to make these too you will need....

4 apples *this recipe will be enough for 5/6 apples*
200g Caster Sugar
50ml Water
2 tbs Maple Syrup
Lollipop Sticks
Baking Paper
Red food colouring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

  1. Place your sugar and water into a stainless steel pan and put on to a medium heat *do not mix with a spoon at this stage as you will crystalise the sugar*
  2. Whilst you are waiting for your sugar to melt in the pan, wash your apples and dry well as this will take the wax coating off them and help your toffee sauce to stick and put your lollipop sticks into the bottom of the apple
  3. You can now add your Maple Syrup and stir with a stainless steel spoon and put onto a higher heat until it starts to bubble, you can also add red food colouring at this stage to make your sauce a brighter colour.
  4. If you don't have a thermometer, you can test if its read by dipping a spoon with sauce on it into a glass of cold water, if the sauce hardens when removing the spoon it's ready!
  5. Now swirl your apples into the toffee sauce letting the excess drip off and then dipping them into a bowl of your chosen sprinkles.
  6. Place them on to baking paper to set, do not put onto your worktops as they are very sticky and you don't want to ruin any of your kitchen worktops


Let me know in the comments below if you will be making these?

Love Gill x

Battle of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara's

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been a firm favourite of mine for around a year now and it's my go to mascara as I know it will just work for me without fail, when I knew my brother was getting married I really wanted to use my lash sensational but it's not waterproof so I went looking and hadn't realised they done it in waterproof formula so I knew I had to get it.
Upon looking in Boots for a little browse I just so happened to see they had lash sensational in another formula, luscious with oil blend. I knew I had to add this to my collection and try it out.
I decided I would do a battle of the Lash Sensational Mascara's - which formula wins me over?!
Lash Sensational, Original
As I said previously, this has been a firm fave for me for about a year now, the wand is a curved silicone wand and I don't even need to use eyelash curlers with this, it curls them and keeps that curl for a long time too. It can transfer on to my lids if i'm not careful to set my eyes properly and it's super easy to take off
Lash Sensational, waterproof
This is exactly the same as the non waterproof mascara except it's a lot harder to come off, which you would expect from a waterproof mascara I just felt there was too much tugging at my eyes *wrinkles stay away* I would definitely use this for events though just not everyday wear.
Lash Sensational, Luscious with Oil Blend
I was really surprised when I opened this mascara up as the wand was different, it's still a silicone wand but it's not curved, this is a tapered wand chunky at the bottom gradually getting slimmer to the top. I wasn't wowed when I used this, it seems to be a lot deeper black in colour than the other two which I really like but it felt too wet and clumped my eyelashes slightly, I had to go in with the original one to separate and give them more of a lift.

The winner for me is definitely the original, I love everything about it from the wand to the formula and it's so easy to get off with no tugging.

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

Love Gill x

5 Apps to Help you Relax and Sleep

Sunday, 16 October 2016

I can go through episodes of not being able to sleep at night so I start checking all my social media channels and before I know it 2 hours have passed and I've got 6 hours before I need to get up for work. We all know that feeling of fear knowing we don't have much time to get to sleep before we are up for a busy day at work.
Some nights I still go on my phone and check my socials but I ensure I give myself a time limit to get off and go onto my relaxing apps which help me unwind and get into a soothing environment ready for sleep.
My favourite apps for doing so are as follows:
Relax Melodies
This app is a soundboard with lots of different relaxing sounds from waterfall to flute and you can select different sounds at the same time to make your own little melody.
There are quite a lot of sounds available on the free app but if you upgrade you can get even more.
My favourite sounds to listen to are Flute, Zen and Waterfall.
This is one of my favourite apps as there is something for everything on this. You can listen to motivational talks to easing anxiety and also relaxation and sleeping.
I have Sleep Deeply and T-Break stored on my phone and it's a bit of meditation listening to a soothing voice getting you to relax and clear your mind.
It may not be for everyone but I strongly recommend you use this when you are in a dark room closing your eyes and really listening to what they are saying. I literally fall asleep in minutes with Sleep Deeply!
Relax Lite / Complete Relaxation
The Relax Lite version is free and a male's voice helping you to relax and sleep through meditation, it's about 20 minutes and helps soo much. The upgraded version which is Complete Relaxation gives you an additional recording read by a female. You also get a statistics page keeping a record of your meditation progress, you also get four additional soundtracks. Costs £2.29.
Rain Rain Sleep Sounds
This is another soundboard which comes with all sorts of relaxing noises but also comes with an option to put a timer on it so it will fade out once you are sleeping, saving your phone battery or in my case an angry husband waking up to noises having to turn it off for you!
This is a really good app especially if you pay for it but it is rather expensive at £9.99 a month. This has everything in it from helping you with depression and anxiety to helping you relax and sleep. This app gets really good reviews by all, it's free to download and you get access to some things for free but to get everything you will need to pay.
Does anyone else struggle to relax and sleep at night? Let me know in the comments below if there are any apps you listen to.
Love Gill x

Ghost Deep Night Perfume

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


Who doesn't love treating themselves to a new perfume? I am certainly no exception but it makes you feel that little bit less guilty when you get it for a bargain price.
I was having a little shop on FragranceDirect to get a new scent and one that isn't overly summery now that we are in Autumn. I didn't want to buy an expensive one as I will be receiving some come Christmas but just one to get me by for the next few months. I've always been a fan of Ghost perfumes so had a little browse and came across the Deep Night perfume.
At £12.99 for 30ml this is pretty darn good I think! It has a fruity vanilla scent with a musk base, I can wear this for both day time and evening as it's not too strong and overpowering, it's really nice and subtle which I quite like as it's versatile.
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite perfume is?
 Love Gill x

October Birchbox 2016

Sunday, 9 October 2016

I love it when this time of the month comes, that knock on the door and there is the postman standing with my Birchbox! eeeep
October's Birchbox is astrological and based on your star sign so I got Birchbox Air as I'm a Gemini! This month's box is also an exciting one as it glows in the dark! yes, really!
Inside the box is just as good too, as always.

I received a Bodyism Body Brilliance food supplement which you can stir in to water or a smoothie which is full of antioxidants helping you to feel your best, I'm excited to try that out.
Next up is the Doux Me pure spring mist which you spray on your face before moisturising helping to soothe and hydrate your skin.
Rituals body cream was included which I can't wait to try as I've used a few items from this brand and loved them all.
A restore and repair oil by Number 4 was also included which transforms dull hair into shiny, sleek locks. I'm not a fan of hair oils but will still be giving this a go
A brand we all know and love Olehenriksen with their collagen booster serum used after cleansing to smooth those pesky fine lines.
Last but by no means least and my favourite out of everything is Lord & Berry Matte lipstick crayon in the shade Intimacy I looooove this shade and couldn't wait to try it on as you can see from the state of it in the picture haha - this is going to be a staple lip product for me this month.
What do you think of this months Birchbox, let me know in the comments below.
Love Gill x

How To Keep That Glow in Fall

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Now that Autumn is in full swing those summer days are gone, which I actually don't mind as I am more of an Autumn / Winter person, I love everything to do with the cold weather and cosy nights but one thing I do miss is having that glowing tan you have in the summer.
Let's be honest, when it's cold you just want to wrap up and be warm the last thing you want to do is standing around naked putting fake tan on not being able to put clothes on until it all dries etc etc.... I do sometimes go for a cheeky sunbed to keep me warm and tan at the same time (I know I know)!

One thing I have found which keeps a nice shimmering glow to my skin is Ted Baker's Body Shimmer Souffle I bought this to use for a wedding to give my skin a glow.
I've kept on using this and it's so moisturising and keeps my skin healthy with a golden shimmering glow. As you can tell it's a really thick formula which is great for this time of year I think as it has really helped my dry skin.
You can buy this in Boots at a cost of £10.00 for 300ml, I've already used this a few times and it's as though there hasn't been anything taken out of the pot, I know for sure this will last me a really long time and it's a great price point for how much you get.
What are your favourite Autumn skincare products? Let me know in the comments below
Love Gill x 

10 Exciting Things For Autumn

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Autumn is here can I get a wahhhooo?! I say this all the time but it really is my favourite time of the year, here's what I'm excited for....
1. Cosy Pyjamas and hot water bottles
2. Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
3. Candles lit in every room with fairy lights
4. Dark berry lips
5. Coats, scarves and boots
6. Festive Lush baths
7. Huge tins of Roses
8. Festive baking
9. Christmas décor shopping
10. Dark wintery evenings with the fire on

There are sooooo many more things that I am excited for, the list could be endless but I have put my top 10 things I can't wait for eeeeep. Who's excited with me?!
Let me know in the comments below what you are most excited for?

Love Gill x