Sunday, 23 October 2016

Toffee Apple Recipe

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

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Battle of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara's

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

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ghost Deep Night Perfume


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

Sunday, 9 October 2016

October Birchbox 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

Thursday, 6 October 2016

How To Keep That Glow in Fall

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 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

10 Exciting Things For Autumn

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 d├ęcor 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

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn Lips Nyx Copenhagen


I am sooo excited that it's now October, finally the weather is getting colder, candles and fire are on, cosy coats and scarves will be coming out soon and most importantly dark autumnal lips!
I never really wore dark lips until I started purchasing some the last couple of months in stead for Autumn / Winter, now that I've dyed my hair darker I feel they suit me better. I also prefer dark colours in a matte formula rather than glossy or cremesheen. The first place I go to look for lip products when trying new shades is Nyx - they have every shade imaginable and are also purse friendly so not too big a deal if you don't like the colour on you.

I picked up the shade Copenhagen from Nyx after doing many google searches on swatches, I will say a lot of swatches seem a lot more purple but on me this is very much a deep berry red with a slight hint of purple.
The application of this shade isn't too good, it's very patchy and takes a good bit of time to get it on even, definitely recommend pairing this with a lip liner otherwise you will spend a lot of time trying to pack this on to make it opaque. It is an amazing shade though and very autumnal!

 Nyx Soft Matte Cream's cost just £5.50 and you can get them from your local boots store, I have a little collection of them going on which I can't wait to add to, check out which Nyx lip products I already have.
Let me know what your favourite Autumnal shade is in the comments below?
Love Gill x