Tuesday, 10 October 2017

TOP 5 DRY SHAMPOO'S






There is no denying that I looove a dry shampoo and probably verging on being a dry shampoo hoarder. I'm also guilty of being a bit of a snob when it comes to choosing my dry shampoo, is that even a thing?! Just about everyone I know uses dry shampoo, even my husband, so I thought I would share my favourites with you all in case it helps anyone out. 

First up is trusty ol' Batiste, I mean, you just can't go wrong with Batiste there are a few scents I'm not overly fussed on but that's just personal preference. I love the 'Bare' scent as it's just fresh and doesn't leave any scent behind really, this is my go to dry shampoo throughout the week on work days. 

Next up is Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Dry Shampoo I'm a huge fan of the regular shampoo and conditioner in this range which I've used for a while now so when I seen he had released a dry shampoo in this range I just had to pick it up. This is quite simply holiday in a bottle, if you want a sweet coconut scent that will linger, this is for you. It doesn't leave any white patches and brushes out really well. 






I managed to pick up Toni & Guy's Perfect Tease dry shampoo in Poundland for around £2.00 I believe which I thought was so good and have used this for a few weeks now, it has made the cut to my top 5 purely because it has such a luxurious scent and feels luxurious in my hair, it feels like i've just come out the hairdressers when i use this. I can also style my hair a lot easier when I use this. 

Batiste is in my Top 5 twice and don't they deserve it, this is the Heavenly Volume one which I use on around day 3 or 4 as my hair can tend to get a bit flat so this just gives it the right amount volume, i wouldn't say it gives a lot which I quite like as I have thick hair so don't need a huge amount. If you have fine flat hair I would maybe look for a different volumising dry shampoo. 

Last but by no means least is Soap & Glory's Rushower dry shampoo, the scent! omg it's their classic scent and just smells oh so good. It lasts in my hair too so I get a whiff of it throughout the day, it doesn't make my hair feel as clean as the others but it definitely helps, I mainly use this alongside another dry shampoo and this one just keeps my hair smelling super nice. 


What is your favourite dry shampoo? I'd love to know as am keen to try out even more! 

Love Gill x 




Sunday, 8 October 2017

A COSY WEEKEND



I don't know about you but sometimes it's just great to have a cosy weekend doing nothing, catching up on all the housework and watching too much tv, who's with me?! 

This weekend has gone way too fast even when I've not done anything, I have been super productive though and so lazy too, Saturday was filled with going on various dog walks, an afternoon nap and then a chinese, movies and snacks at night. Today I was up really early, tidied the house done my hair and make up and out the door at 08.30 for breakfast with my husband, it was deeelish we done the usual Sunday food shop with some candles and reed diffuser's thrown in which is becoming too much of a habit but i love it so much .

I then got home and organised all my cupboards as i can not stand mess and clutter, done a few blog photos and even done the gym this afternoon which i feel so much better about now! I'm having the yummiest Sunday dinner, chicken pie with mashed potato and just look what I have for dessert *inserts love emoji* 




I'm going to have an early night watching some tv series in bed with a nice cup of tea and some biscuits for good measure. 

Let me know in the comments below what you got up to this weekend?


Love Gill x

Sunday, 1 October 2017

THE BEST AUTUMN LIPSTICK SHADES





There is nothing I love more than make up trends in Autumn, the burnt orange eyeshadows to berry red lips hello Autumn. I thought I'd share my favourite Autumn lips for this season and maybe give you some inspo to change up your make up for the A/W this year. 

First up is Maybelline's Divine Wine I tend to wear this at weekends or if i'm out at night as opposed to a work day as it's quite bold and out there considering i wear a lot of nudes. This has a really creamy texture which is perfect for the colder months when we get oh so annoying dry lips! 

Probably my most worn shade is Mac - Whirl  this is a bit of a classic, I can wear this from day to night and absolutely love it, I team this with the lip liner to make sure it stays put for a lot longer.

Revlon's Berry Couture is for the pink lipstick lovers as it's a subtle pinky berry lip which isn't too bold and can be worn throughout day and night, again this is a very smooth creamy texture which doesn't cling to dry patches on the lips. 





Nyx Copenhagen is up there with one of my all time faves, it's a matte berry red which just looks amazing, it takes a bit of time applying it to make sure it doesn't go all over my face lol and can go a bit patchy if a lip liner isn't used. Once this is on the lips though it's very hard to budge which makes it so good for wearing on a night out. 

Next up is a gloss which is super pigmented and feels amazing on the lips and Nyx have smashed it again with Toasted Marshmallow I mean even the name just screams Autumn! I absolutely love this, it's so easy to just chuck on but looks like you've spent time putting effort into your make up. 


What are your favourite Autumn Lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below 


Love Gill x




Sunday, 24 September 2017

QUICK & EASY LEMON DRIZZLE CUPCAKES




It has been way too long since I've been in the kitchen and baked up some tasty treats, I couldn't really be bothered to do something too fancy so I thought I'd bake myself into it easily haha, i'm so bad at jokes! Anyway, how cute are these Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes? 

It's probably one of the easiest cupcakes to make and super tasty too... just keep reading to find out for yourself: 


You will need

250g unsalted butter, softened 
400g caster sugar 
3 eggs
250g self-raising flour 
3 lemons - zest & juice 





To Make 

1. Preheat your oven to 160c / 140c fan / gas mark 3. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases (i used cupcake cases and had too much mixture left) 

2.  Put your softened butter into a mixer and mix on high speed for a good 4 mins until light and fluffy, now add in half of your sugar and mix again until combined 

3. Mix in your flour, eggs, zest of 2 lemons and 1 lemon juice, don't over mix just until all combined. 

4. spoon into your muffin cases evenly and bake for 20 mins, whilst waiting mix your remaining caster sugar with the juice of your other 2 lemons

5. Once out the oven pierce some holes in them with a skewer or fork and drizzle over your sugar / lemon mixture and leave to cool 

6. This is optional but i mixed some icing sugar with water to a thick paste and put this into a piping bag and piped over the top of my cupcakes and decorated it with a little jelly lemon sweet. 


What do you think of these lemon drizzle cupcakes? will you be making them?


Love Gill x 


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

THE PERFECT AUTUMN JACKET





Am I seeing things? No you are not, there is a fashion post on 'Gill McLaughlin' Yes, I know I can hardly believe it myself. If you are new around here, Hey, Welcome! I write about Beauty and Lifestyle with a dash of Baking, not fashion! Why? well because in all honesty I would not do outfit posts, I have zero body confidence. 

Today I am making an exception because I mean just look at that beautiful tan suede biker jacket which screams AUTUMN 

I seen this in New Look about a month ago and have legit thought about it ever since that I knew I just had to bite the bullet and pick it up, so I did. I could not be happier, I have been wearing this with cute tan ankle boots and autumnal blouses teamed with my tan MK bag. I am so ready for you Autumn, come at me!! 

For £39.99 I think it's quite the bargain in comparison to River Island and Topshop where they are more than double the price. They also come in sooo many other shades, I really want the Grey, Wine, Khaki and Blush one too, maybe a bit excessive but I know I will wear this all the time I think I need a back up or two. 

What do you think of this jacket? Yay or Nay? Should I do more fashion posts? Let me know in the comments below x 


Love Gill x 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

INSTAGRAM UNICORN MAKE UP BRUSHES




Can we just take a moment to appreciate the all round prettiness of these brushes?! I mean... if these aren't Instagram worthy I don't know what is. Speaking of Instagram, have you checked mine out? Instagram.com/mrsgmcx no shame! It's getting harder and harder to maintain and gain new followers thanks to the Instagram Algorithm, so let's all follow, like and interact with each other :) 

Anyway, on to these beauts which I found on Amazon, I was searching for a birthday candle for my friend and these popped up as an advert which clearly worked as I bought them straight away, at £13.00 I couldn't resist. The 10 piece synthetic brushes come with an adorable make up brush case in the shape of a diamond which is super reflective. 

Included:

Small round shading brush
Large round shading brush
Fan brush
Angled blush brush 
Angled flat bush 
Round powder brush
Flat contour brush
Small shadow brush
Large shadow brush
Flat shadow brush


I've used the flat angled brush for applying foundation and I wasn't overly keen on it, my foundation was harder to blend and took a lot longer to do so as opposed to a natural hair brush. However, I've used the contour and blush brushes with powder products and really enjoyed using them, they blended out beautifully and were so easy to use. I've only used the eye brushes for basic bronzed eye looks and again these were really nice too. I will need to put them to the test for smokey glittery eye looks and see how they perform. 


Overall they are pretty good for the price and make really nice props for Instagram pictures, I probably wouldn't use them on a daily basis but as a back up they do the job.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite make up brushes are?


Love Gill x 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

THE BEST AUTUMN EYE PALETTE | NYX Ultimate Palette



Now I know it's not Autumn just yet, oh how I wish it was, I've started re arranging my make up and putting all my autumnal palettes and berry lips to the front of my stash as I will be reaching for these the most. I mentioned in my September To Do List that I was going to re arrange it all and here we are, the autumn make up posts have begun. Can I have a Wahooo?!

The Nyx Ultimate Eye Palette in Warm-Neutral has got to be one of my favourites for Autumn, I mean just look at those burnt oranges, chocolate browns and golden shimmers. Heaven. There are 9 Mattes and 7 shimmers all super pigmented and very easy to blend. This is their 'Pro-Range' which I can't deny as it does perform very well and I would class this is a high end palette, at £16.00 I'd say it is well worth it.




I love that it is a small compact palette which is easy to travel with or even popping in to your handbag for going from a day to night look. One thing this palette doesn't have is a black shade which can be a huge no no for a lot of people but in all honesty I don't mind as I very rarely use blacks and they have a really nice deep brown at the bottom which I'd use instead.

I can see this palette being used on the daily for the next few months and can't wait to play about with it more creating some fun looks. I've already used the burnt orange shades so much already along with wearing autumnal attire - I'm ready for ya Autumn!!





I've swatched a few of my favourite shades above so you can see the pigmentation we are dealing with whaaat. They apply with just as much pigment and blend out beautifully, I sprayed my brush with some setting spray before applying the shimmer as I do with all my palettes to make that shimmer really pop and stay put for longer.


Let me know what your favourite palettes are for autumn in the comments below


Love Gill x 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

SEPTEMBER TO DO LIST



Ok, I am trying to contain my excitement but aaaaaaahhhhhh it's September, which means Autumn is on it's way!!! I love Autumn/Winter, I feel I am more motivated more upbeat and just enjoy life so much more in the A/W. I've seen 'To Do Lists' quite a lot recently and I enjoy reading them so much that I thought I would do one myself as I have quite a few things I want to do this month, albeit it's pretty boring adult life boo.


Eat Healthy & Get Fit 

 every month, every week and every day I say I am going to try to lose weight and it never happens so I'm going to plan on eating healthier and getting fitter. I'm going to take the pressure off and enjoy it a bit more as opposed to being obsessed with a number on the scales. I'm taking part in the Kiltwalk later this month so that will get me into shape a little more and hopefully motivate me to keep it up! 


Plan Ahead 

My whole life needs planned out basically. I just need to get better at the basics like planning my lunches because I spend about £10 a day in work, no joke. This.Has.To.Stop. Rushing about ironing work clothes in the morning, I need to do this at nights or on a Sunday and prep for the week. I also need to plan more blog posts in advance to take the pressure off and schedule tweets etc. 


Switch Up My MakeUp

This is pretty exciting, out goes all some of the pastel pinks and in comes the burnt oranges, deep browns, berry reds for A/W. I looove make up at this time of year, I love wearing dark lips and smokey eyes with winged liner. I have a great eye palette which is going to be perfect for this year - post coming on it soon. Sneak Peak. 




Bake

I mean, if there is any time you are going to bake it's this time of year isn't it?! Bake Off has started which gives me all sorts of ideas and inspo to try something new. The weather also starts to get that little bit colder and darker which means more cups of tea and you can't have one without cake, that would just be darn rude. 


Prepare Fresh New Content 

As most of you will know I took 3 months out of blogging, you can read all about it here but I am back and I need to get preparing and planning some fresh new content. I want to improve on my writing style, photography styles and just freshen everything up a little more. Blogging is a huge passion of mine and I just need to get that passion and love back for it. I hope you enjoy my new posts to come :)


Save Save Save and Save 

As I have said, I spend way too much at work and it's just not worth it. I am also wanting to buy a house soon as I'm still renting so I need to get better at saving. I also need to stop spending on new make up, I always convince myself that I need to have it in my collection but I really need a house more. In all honesty I could save a hella lot I just don't know how to break out of habits. Any hints and tips would be amazing ! 


I've got a lot to do this month! Let me know what your To Do list is for September in the comments below or leave me links to your posts so I can have a nosey :)  



Love Gill x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

JO MALONE PERFUME DUPE | MANDARIN & BASIL




Something I have always wanted to own in life is a Jo Malone Perfume, because why not?! They are just perfection, the packaging, the scents, just everything. What's stopping me purchasing one of these beauts? The price. At £88.00 for 100ml I just can't bring myself to see that come out my bank account. 

Whilst perusing all the prettiness in Primark I about collapsed when something Jo Malone esk caught my eye, elbows were about coming out to get to the counter to check my eyes weren't deceiving me, this couldn't be a Jo Malone dupe, in Primark? After countless sprays of different scents and scrutinising the life out of them, I found a Jo Malone dupe. I still can't believe it as I type this, best of all for a 100ml bottle it cost me £8.00 that's an £80.00 difference !!! 

Ok so it's not an exact dupe, the Lime is missing but that would be full on copyright if they done that, I tell you what the scents smell the same. To those with super sensitive noses I am sure you will smell some difference, there is an £80 difference after all but for the average person you will not notice a difference. The longevity is pretty decent, I mean it's not Jo Malone standard but it lasted me a pretty good amount of time before I had to have another spritz.

I also bought the hand soap in this scent which was £4.00, a little pricey for some hand soap but considering it's £30.00 from Jo Malone it's a pretty big saving for the same scent. Primark are also stocking 10ml perfumes and diffusers along with hand creams in the classic scents from Jo Malone, I highly recommend you go rush to Primark and pick some of them up. 

Have you tried these yet? What are your thoughts on them? 



Love Gill x 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

WHERE HAVE I BEEN ?



Wow, this feels strange, stranger than I thought. 

I've been out of the blogging world for about 3 months now and what a long but oh so quick 3 months it has been. What have I been doing ?! In all honesty, working. I found it extremely difficult to balance work and my blog as well as having a social life and it all got on top of me I just threw in the towel. I really wasn't sure I would ever blog again. 

I didn't use Twitter or Instagram throughout either as it would make me super frustrated and at times jealous of all the other bloggers having this wonderful work life balance being able to do it all, and at one point I did do it all but I burnt myself out to the point i had zero passion for it. Now I know not everyone has the 'real' work life balance and they struggle just as much as I did but seeing everything looking perfect just made me feel how much of a failure I had become at my blog.

Truthfully, I miss it. I miss the community, I miss interacting with other bloggers but most importantly I miss being creative and sharing my latest beauty finds or my latest baking recipes. 

I AM BACK! 

I'm not going to put any pressure on myself at the moment but just enjoy it again and gradually work a new routine back in to my life. 

I would love to know in the comments below if you have any struggles and how you overcome them? 



Love Gill x

Monday, 22 May 2017

FUN FILLED WEEKEND




If you haven't already guessed by the picture it is my Mum's 60th Birthday today, Happy Birthday Mum. We celebrated this weekend by going to Dobbies Garden Centre on the Friday and I spent way too much but got some cute plants for outside my house and some indoor accessories including candles, obv. We also ate way too much cake at Dobbies but I mean it's essential when it's someones birthday right?!


I made my mums Birthday cake for a little extra special effort, i'm actually pretty pleased how it came out given it was a bit of a rush making it. I'm definitely going to practice making bigger cakes a lot more now I know i can do it and it wasn't terrible! Look out for some more recipe posts... 




On Saturday all the family came around my mums house and we had loads of chinese food and a good natter, it was such a fun filled weekend, quite literally as I also got lip fillers on Saturday! I've been thinking about it for over a year but didn't want to rush into it and wanted to find the right place too and I finally did it!! let me know if you would want a full review on the process before and after pics etc and I will definitely do that. 






Let me know in the comments below what you got up to this weekend, I would love to know. 



Love Gill x 


Sunday, 14 May 2017

A BEAUTY HAUL




The day I walk in to Boots and buy just what I am after is the day I think I will really worry about myself haha! I never come out with just what I need, there are always products that seem to jump into my basket and come home with me. I love trying out new products and new brands, I mean I kinda need to for my blog, right?! Girls, we all know the struggles..

So what did I pick up on my trip to Boots? 

First up is the Oh K Sheet Mask this was right at the front door and I fell for it, I noticed it was new in and so I just had to try it out. 

I knew I wanted to try the L'Oreal Nude Cushion Foundation so I picked that up and as it was 3 for 2 I picked up the L'Oreal Blush in shade 90 - Rose Eclat and a L'Oreal Lip Liner in the shade Perfect Red.

I then noticed the new Max Factor Bronzer so obviously as it was new I had to try it out, I picked this up in the shade 05- Light Gold. Sticking with face products i decided to try out a Sleek Blush as I've never tried blushes from this brand, I picked up shade Antique. 

From Nyx I picked up the Nyx Butter Gloss in the shade Cherry Cheesecake which is such a nice summer shade, can't wait to wear it! I then picked up a new Nyx Lip Liner in the shade Pink Cantaloupe you can't have too many lip liners! I also picked up a Nyx Eyebrow Gel in the shade Blonde, I've seen many Youtubers use this so wanted to give it a go. 

The last thing from Boots is a Rimmel Eye Liner in the shade 02 - Denim Blue i think this will look really nice teamed with the coral lip butter.

I was returning a couple of things to New Look and decided to look at their make up, they had a sale on some things so I picked up a Matte Lipstick in the shade Rose Quartz and a Eyeliner Pen in black. 

Keep an eye out for some first impressions coming up on some of these products. 

Let me know in the comments below if you would like to read about any of these products more in depth and my review? 



Love Gill x 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

LIFE UPDATE - LOSING WEIGHT




Where did April go?! It's hard to believe that it's now May and we are almost half way through the year, like what?! 

I've been completely absent from my blog and all social media for over a week now, not going to lie I have been absolutely loving it! I've been thinking about getting back on twitter etc during last week but have stopped myself doing it as I've been trying to get into a routine of exercise and losing weight which I am glad to say is working well. I've lost half a stone in just over a week purely by eating better and exercising everyday.

I know if I'm on social media or blogging I spend sooo much time on it that I just wont bother doing the gym because it then gets too late, excuse after excuse. The only way I was going to put my all into it was by coming off social media all together and focus all my attention on myself. I need to work on a tight schedule where I have time to blog and also exercise but also have a life at the same time, help me!!! 

Coming up in a few weeks will be my mums 60th birthday which I'm really excited about albeit she probably wont be haha! We will likely just have a small family get together, nothing huge as she doesn't want a party or anything. I still need to figure out what I'm going to get her.

Would love it if you left a little comment with any hints and tips you may have for losing weight 



Love Gill x 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

NEW L'OREAL MASCARA - BABY ROLL




I went in to Boots to get a lip liner and as usual come out with stuff I don't need or maybe i do need, definitely need. I'm not going to lie I looked at all the mascara's in this range then noticed they are giving one of these cute eye masks for free with them it totally sold me. Marketing works and it works extremely well with me. 


The new Miss Baby Roll Mascara by L'oreal comes in 5 different options, Black, Black Waterproof, Lilac, Indigo and Teal. I went for black because I didn't feel brave enough for a coloured mascara but I'm now seriously thinking of getting the Indigo shade for my bottom lashes if I'm going to do a bit more of an 'out there' look. 





I don't own a mascara like this with this kind of wand, I always think these fancy wands are a bit of a fad and don't pay attention to them, it's not what makes me buy a mascara. This mascara claims to:

" Our mega curl roller brush curls lashes from the root, for an instant lash lift! The quick mega volume formula volumises lashes and holds them in a curl all day"

I can definitely say these claims are true, I definitely noticed a lot more lift in my lashes and they were more curled. I don't have straight lashes though they are naturally a little bit more curled so can't say if this will work for sure on straight lashes. I really love this and can see myself repurchasing it.


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



Love Gill x 




Wednesday, 19 April 2017

8 THINGS I'D TELL MYSELF WHEN LEARNING TO DRIVE




As I was scrolling through my feed reading blog posts for inspo I read Rebecca's post (From Roses) which I have linked here. Rebecca talked about being an anxious driver and just passing her test, congrats! Highly recommend you give it a read if you are currently doing driving lessons or about to sit your test.

I took inspiration from this as I remember when I was doing my lessons and just passing my test that  it was absolute hell for me and I hated every.single.second.of.it. What would I tell myself if I was to learn to drive again?!


1. Relax 

Easier said than done but just try to keep calm and relax and try to enjoy it. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has to learn and start from somewhere. Try your best, get the most out of your lessons and relax!

2. Don't cancel bookings 

This is one I done frequently, towards the end of my lessons I would cancel if I had a really bad lesson knowing I had another in 2 days time for 2 hours. I couldn't bear to think of going through it all again so soon. Do not cancel unless you absolutely have to, it drags it out even longer and gives you more time to panic over the small things. I would recommend getting lessons once or twice a week to get it done quicker.

3. It's OK to be anxious 

I always felt like I was being an utter fool for getting so worked up and anxious before and after lessons and even once I'd passed my test for a good while I after. I hated driving, I was soo nervous about it all the time. I would literally sweat before a lesson or once I had passed my husband asked me to pick him up and i just burst into tears because I was so anxious about driving. I finally figured out that I didn't hate driving, I just hated driving a manual car and got an automatic which literally changed my life. I have now been driving 6 years and will drive anywhere!

4. Take someone calm in the car with you 

We all know it's crazy expensive for driving lessons so it's great to go out with 'L' plates on with your mum / dad or partner to save money and get some experience. Take someone who is calm or even better someone you aren't as close to as you are less likely to argue or say you can't do it. My husband took me out a couple times and it was a disaster to say the least. He just didn't have the patience for it and was more worried about me damaging the car haha! 

5. You can go for an automatic license 

Now this isn't something many people advise and to be honest I am glad I didn't do my automatic license as i do have the option to drive a manual and learn again. As I have said, I was sooo nervous and anxious driving a manual that I knew I was a danger on the road. Yes, it comes with time and practice but for me it wasn't getting any better only worse. I knew I had to go automatic when I was driving (by myself) and my car broke down in a yellow box on one of the busiest junctions. Cars were beeping at me from every angle and I couldn't move the car. That to me was the last straw, I couldn't take it anymore and said I would never step foot in a manual car, 6 years later I've still never driven a manual again. 

6. Focus on your own driving 

This was something I did alll the time I would constantly be looking at my rear view mirror panicking that people were driving too close to me etc. My driving instructor always said to me to focus on what I am doing and where I am going not anyone behind me. Whatever happens behind you is their issue not yours, focus on what you are doing but still be vigilant we all know there are complete idiots on the roads. 

7. Don't tell people you have your test booked 

I told so many people I was going for my test and I got them all asking me when it was how i was feeling about it etc and it just added to the pressure and anxiety around it. It was even worse when I failed my first test and had to tell everyone, I decided not to tell anyone about my 2nd test apart from my husband and I'm sooo glad I done that because i didn't have that added pressure there. I did pass on my 2nd test! 

8. YOU CAN DO IT 

Yes, you can! Tell yourself you can and will do it, give it your all and focus. When I done my 2nd test I was all ready to go with my examiner when another guy came out with a pin stripe suit and clipboard on him and announced, I will be coming with you to examine the examiner. He sat behind me in the car and for a split second I wanted to burst into tears but thought no, I can do this, I know exactly what I am doing just get it done and I did! 



I hope this has helped some of you and let me know in the comments below if you have any tips if you are or were learning to drive? 




Love Gill x 


Sunday, 16 April 2017

SPRING DECOR




I love homewear all year round but Spring homewear is just on another level. I love the white, pink and floral look which is everywhere at the moment. There is no better place to go for it than Primark, you get so much for your money which means I buy a lot more to change it around all the time oh how my husband hates it. Girls are you with me? I mean we can't have the same decor all year round can we?! 

I recently done a '5 Things To Do in Spring' post and in there I suggested you do a Spring clean overhaul which doesn't just involve cleaning but changing up the decor, I always ensure my bedroom changes around frequently. It's where I take the majority of my blog pictures but actually spend a lot of time in there chilling out, it's a lot comfier than my sofa and it's brighter in there too which tends to give me a lot more ideas for blog posts, is that strange?






Everything you see in this picture, apart from the bed, side table and lamp and my little dog of course I am in love with this bedding though, it just screams Spring. The throw and matching cushion have pom poms around the outside, the bed cover itself is just plain white and cost me £ 12 for a king size, i know! how cheap is that? and it's actually not see through! Daisy also looks like she is loving the new bedding!

One thing I do need to add to my home is flowers and plants, I loooove tulips and daffodils throughout Spring along with some nice plants although I do struggle to keep them alive, someone please give me some tips! 





What do you change in your home for Spring? I'd love to know in the comments below.




Love Gill x 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

MINI EGG EASTER TRAY BAKE RECIPE




It's that time of year where the Easter baking starts again, rather than baking cupcakes I thought i'd do a tray bake as a little change and make it super Eastery! I had a look on Pinterest and took some inspo from there to make this sweet treat. 

There will no doubt be thousands of calories in these slices but we're all allowed a little treat once in a while aren't we?! I had one slice of this and had to put it back in the fridge as I know I will be addicted to it so taking it in to work with me so I don't eat it all.

Keep on reading to find out how I made this....






You Will Need

400g Milk Chocolate
125g Golden Syup
140g Unsalted Butter
100g Mini Marshmallows
200g Digestive Biscuits
350g Mini Eggs
100g Mini Oreo Eggs (or any you like)
50g White Chocolate


To Make 

1. Line a square tin with greasproof paper
2. Melt the milk chocolate, golden syrup and butter together

3. Crush digestive biscuits leaving them chunky and mix into the chocolate mixture along with the marshmallows, Oreo Eggs and Mini Eggs, note leave some mini eggs behind for decorating.

4. Pour into tin and press down and place in fridge

5. Melt the white chocolate and put into a icing bag, cut the tip of it off and decorate over your mixture from the fridge. Crush the remaining Mini Eggs and sprinkle over.

6. Place into the fridge for a couple hours to set then enjoy!


What do you think of this recipe? let me know in the comments below. 


Love Gill x 





Wednesday, 5 April 2017

COMPARING THE CONCEALERS





I love a good concealer and guilty of hoarding them, I mean lets face it i'm a hoarder of every type of beauty product but concealers just do it for me that sounds kinda weird. I think a concealer just completes everything making you look like you're an awake put together adult. In reality your dying inside needing 10 cups of coffee for your brain to wake up! 

I've done similar posts to this where I battled out the bronzers and shared my Top 5 Foundations now I'm comparing the concealers.

keep on reading to find out which concealer comes out on top... 






Maybelline The Eraser - Light - This is probably the darkest out of the six of them but surprisingly still works really well on my pale skin, it's very high coverage with a sponge applicator which i really like, although not always a popular opinion. As this is quite heavy I do find it can crease quite quickly under my eyes or if I don't set it properly. Costs £7.99 

Urban Decay Naked - Fair Neutral - This is the most expensive one here coming in at £19.00. This is a super high coverage creamy concealer and is amazing for highlighting as it's such a nice light shade for me. I also use this to cover up any imperfections but doesn't work as good for those dark circles. you can see a High End vs High Street post i done on this here.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal - Ivory - This is one of my favourite under eye concealers, it's really hydrating and hardly creases on me at all, all concealers crease on my eyes but this one is minimal. It doesn't feel heavy but has the pigmentation to cover up any dark circles. Love this. Costs £7.99

L.A Girl Pro Conceal - Porcelain  - Another concealer I absolutely love, the only thing i'm not too keen on is the application as it's a brush like tip as opposed to a wand but this blends out beautifully and there are SO many shades to choose from. Read more of my opinions of this here Costs £5.00

Nyx HD Concealer - Fair, C2  - This is the only one i'm not overly fussed about, it's ok and it does the job but the packaging isn't the best. I've had 2 of these, one of them the little do foot applicator came out inside the tube and the other the black lid came off. The actual product is ok though it blends out really well and covers nicely but the others wow me a bit more. Costs £6.00

Collection Concealer - Fair - This is a staple product for me which I almost wear on the daily when I'm not trying out new concealers. I only use this under my eyes as it works so well on covering those dark circles up, there is a very slight pinky under tone to it when it starts to set in which helps cover the dark circles. It's highly pigmented and blends out beautifully, I feel like most bloggers are a massive fan of this beaut and it costs just £3.99 bargain


Let me know in the comments below what your favourite concealer is? 




Love Gill x




Monday, 3 April 2017

5 THINGS TO DO IN SPRING





Now that Spring is finally on it's way, the weather is getting a lot nicer and nights are lighter for longer woop woop we can all get out and do more exciting things and still have time to take blog photos in the evening!

I've noted the top 5 things I want to do this Spring and it may give you some ideas and inspo of what you can do too! 


1. Spring Clean Overhaul 
Now I know what you will be thinking urghh Spring clean boringgg but whilst I get things all clean I also start to change up my decor from greys to pinks and florals making everything Spring like. There is nothing better coming home when it's light at night, the house is clean and your home is all pretty!

2. Go to Beer Gardens 

Don't worry if your not a drinker, I'm not a massive drinker so sometime I like to opt for a refreshing mocktail or even a nice fresh juice. I also love a glass of  Prosecco or 2 so will be making the most of going to more places for a drink and bite to eat. 

3. Have a Picnic 

There is nothing nicer than finding some really nice gardens and having a picnic, it saves you a lot more money if you make it yourself which I find a lot more exciting too. As a dog owner it's also a lot easier to take a picnic with you as you don't need to worry about them causing chaos in Cafe's etc and you get space to yourselves whilst eating and relaxing

4. Bake some Easter goodies 

As most of you will know I am a huge fan of baking, especially at Easter times. I swear Easter chocolate is the best ever! Why don't you try out some Creme Egg Brownies, some Easter themed cupcakes or some chocolate nests? 

5. Get yourself Spring ready

When it comes to the Spring time I start to get my hair lighter and change up my make up from deep brown shadow's to shimmery pinks and tanned skin. I also get my wardrobe organised by putting my black outfits to one side and bringing in the light pinks and florals, take out the boots and in goes all the cute sandals. 


What is your favourite things to do in Spring? Let me know in the comments below so i can add to my list. 


Love Gill x 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

HOMEWEAR WISHLIST





There's nothing I love more than a Homewear Haul but I've bought loads of make up lately that I can't afford to go splurging on homewear items at the moment even though I just bought new bedding out Primark, it just fell into my basket ok!! If you want to see what new bedding I picked up check out my Instagram as it will be going up tonight :)

Now that Spring is finally here I want to try and phase out the grey tones and get more pastel colours and floral patterns into the home again. Hopefully I can pick some of these items up soon and get that spring feeling in my house! 



1. Bake Letters  £ 6.99 Dunelm 

2. Checked Throw £ 5.00 Matalan

3. Neom Candle  £16.00 Cult Beauty 

4. Primark Bedding £ 14.00 Primark 

5. Flamingo Mug £ 9.95 Not on the High Street 

6. Floral Cushion £ 20.00 Next 


How are you going to be decorating your home in the Spring? Do you have any staple items that you bring out each year? Let me know in the comments below



Love Gill x 



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

MY TOP FIVE FOUNDATIONS



First of all, excuse the horrible appearance of the foundation bottles, I did try to clean them up a bit but obviously not enough!! I thought I would share with you my favourite foundations as I done a 'Battle of the Bronzers' post of my favourite bronzers and that is one of my most popular viewed posts, i will leave a link to it here.

This was a tough one to wittle it down to just 5 foundations as I have so many that I like but these are the ones i'd say I am loving at the moment and have done so for a year or so now. I'd say I have repurchased all of these foundations apart from Estee Lauder double wear purely because you don't need much at all when using it.

No messing around, let's just get straight into what foundations I am loving... 





L'Oreal True Match, 1.N Ivory 

This is probably one of the most popular foundations, I first tried this around 4 years ago when I first started watching beauty youtubers and everyone raved about it I just had to pick it up. I don't think I could count on two hands how many times I have repurchased it, I absolutely love it. It's a medium coverage with a dewy finish but defo need a powder to set this as it can slide about if you don't

L.A Girl Pro Coverage, Fair

Yes, this shade is Fair. I know. Pale girls cry with me?! I have to use this when I am tanned as you can see it's far too dark for my pale complexion but that is the only flaw it has. This gives me such a flawless look with full coverage, see my full review here.

Revlon, Buff 
I am soo glad that they finally put a pump on this foundation as it now makes it perfect for me! Revlon have such an amazing range of shades and finishes and because of this it's my go to foundation when i'm not sure what I want. This is a fairly matte finish as it's for oily skin, i meant to get it for dry skin as I have normal - dry skin but this still works absolutely fine for me, i just use less powder and top it off with a setting spray. This is a medium buildable coverage and lasts all day on my skin!

Nars Sheer Glow, Punjab 

Ahhhh another cult fave, again I bought this because of all the You Tuber's and bloggers raving about it and it's definitely worth the hype for sure. This has such an amazing full coverage making me look flawless and airbrushed, it's a dewy finish which feels amazing on my skin. I wear this to weddings and nights out or events as you don't get any flashback with it and looks amazing in photography. I can't recommend this enough 

Estee Lauder Double Wear, 1C1 Cool Bone 

This is a super full coverage flawless foundation which again is amazing for events as it's long wearing although it doesn't do well in flash photography at all, it will leave you looking very pale faced! This can sometimes be a bit drying on my skin as my skin is normal - dry I need to keep it topped up with a dewy finishing spray. If you are looking for something that is quite natural and can't feel that you are wearing make up then this definitely is not the one for you. It's pretty heavy feeling on the skin but it does give an amazing flawless look. 


What are your favourite foundations? Let me know in the comments below as I am always looking to try new ones out. 



Love Gill x








Sunday, 19 March 2017

L'OREAL COLOR RICHE MATTE LIPSTICKS




You all know how much of a fan I am of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks so when I noticed L'Oreal had released their new range of matte lipsticks I knew I had to get my hands on them. I initially bought 3 at first all pinky nudes what a surprise and loved them that much that I went to back to get another 3. Hence why the 3 pink colours are worn and the other 3 aren't in this picture.

I honestly think these are the nicest matte lipsticks I have ever bought, even over my Mac ones like whaaaat?! They are just so comfortable to wear and the longevity of them is amazing! The shades I picked up are:



103- Blush in a Rush
633 - Moka Chic
640 - Erotique
634 - Greige Perfect
227 - Hype
346 - Scarlet Silhouette







The formula of these are matte but not super matte like you would get in a liquid lipstick or Mac they are very creamy and probably more of a satin formula in Mac but just slightly more matte. They last sooo long throughout the day. I have been wearing 633 - Moka Chic to work everyday for the last 2 weeks and I have been drinking coffee / tea and eating my lunch and when i get home there is still some trace of it left on my lips and that's about 8hrs of wearing it.

I'm so glad I went back and picked up some other shades to try which aren't pinky nude shades as I think they will still be really wearable. I'm particularly excited to try out Hype for the spring and summer months. 






You can buy these from Boots as they have a 3 for 2 offer on at the moment so I only had to pay for 4 of them! They are £6.99 each and have 16 shades available from nudes to reds to deep blue, I have left the link here for you to check out what other shades there are. 


Have you tried these out for yourself yet? I really recommend you do! 



Love Gill x 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

BENEFITS OF SWITCHING FROM LAPTOP TO DESKTOP




I've been blogging for around 2.5 years now using a laptop and I found it was making my back sore from being hunched over or I would take it away from my desk and sit on the couch or lie in my bed and just procrastinate! Since I also work from home once or twice a week I felt I needed a solution to the aches and pains and help my concentration. 

I thought since I already have a desk I should get myself a desktop computer but didn't want a big bulky base unit little did I know you can get all in one desktop computers now! I don't know where I have been when this was going on, I thought it was just an apple thing and I defo do not have the budget for that!

I'm sooo pleased with my cute desktop pc and of course it had to be white !! I opted for the HP basic model as it will do me for now, I didn't want to go all out in case I didn't like it or use it much. You can also get these in touch screen format which is very fancy, I just don't like the thought of touching the screen on something like this. 





What have the benefits been you may ask?

It has definitely improved my posture and helped my back and shoulders from being hunched over

I can see things so much better and has worked wonders when I am editing pictures

I can concentrate so much more because I'm not constantly aware of my back aching or zooming in on everything to see things clearer

I actually want to sit at my desk and it makes me feel more in work mode and once i'm finished the computer gets turned off and i can relax then go on my phone on social media haha

What sort of computer do you work from? Let me know in the comments below 



Love Gill x 




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

HIGH END vs HIGH STREET: BLUSHERS




I done a High End vs High Street post back in January and it went down a treat, linked here. So naturally I thought I would do another one, this time on blushers. I specifically chose MAC vs L'Oreal as the blushes I have are very similar shades but do they have the same quality? keep reading to find out.... 


Packaging

I actually prefer L'Oreal's packaging over MAC, it's a bit more sleek and fresh looking, MAC is in their signature black packaging which is fine just nothing fancy about it but then it's the product that really matters. 

Product 

In terms of how much product you get, there is 6g in a MAC blush and 5g in a L'Oreal blush so not a huge difference. The shades I have in the MAC blushes are Peaches (coral shade) and Well Dressed (pink shade) and L'Oreal I have 160, Peach and 105 Rose Pastel. Not that it matters but the L'Oreal blushes smell amazing, they smell just like those little candy necklaces you used to get amazing. 






Price 

MAC blushes will cost you a whopping £19.50 and L'Oreal is a much nicer price at £6.99, they often have 3 for 2 in Boots so definitely check that out and you could technically get yourself one for free. 

Final Thoughts 

As you can see from the swatches, L'Oreal is a lot more creamy and smooth for being a powder and they blend out beautifully. Mac are a little more chalky and powdery which you can also see from the swatches but these also blend out amazingly well too. You get a lot more colour pay off with L'Oreal blushes so if you like them more pigmented then these are the ones to go for. Mac are a bit more of a flush of colour but can still be built up. I much prefer the feel of the L'oreal blushes as they are a smoother texture and feel a bit nicer on my skin.

Have you tried any of these blushes? Let me know in the comments below


Love Gill x