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


Sunday, 12 March 2017

BISCOFF CUPCAKE RECIPE




I can't believe how long it's been since I last made cupcakes and done a recipe post, the last one was way back in November!! I think that has probably been the longest time ever that I've not made cupcakes or some form of cake. Have a look to see my previous Nutella cupcakes here. They were soooo good but I think these Biscoff Cupcakes have topped them and maybe every other cupcake I have made! now that's a statement! They are caramel flavour, really sweet but not sickly, not for me anyway. These went down a treat with my family and friends. 

Keep on reading to find out how to make these yourself.... 


Ingredients

200g Unsalted Butter at room temp. 
200g Golden Caster Sugar
100g Self Raising Flour
150g Plain Flour
3 large eggs
100g Biscoff Spread (I used crunchy)
Splash of milk

Icing:

300g Icing Sugar
50g Biscoff Spread
80g Unsalted Butter
Splash of milk




1. Pre heat your oven to 150c (fan oven) and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases

2. Cream together the butter, caster sugar and biscoff spread in your mixer

3. Add in your eggs and flour (sifted) and mix. My mixture was a bit too thick so i added a couple splashes of milk

4. Place in the oven for around 15 - 20 mins

5. Once cooked leave to cool and make your buttercream icing

6. cream your butter, biscoff spread and icing sugar together until light and fluffy, i left mine for 5- 10 mins in my mixer.

7. Once cupcakes are completely cooled pipe icing on to them and top it off with a Lotus Biscoff Biscuit

ENJOY !!


What do you think of these cupcakes? Let me know in the comments below x 



Love Gill x



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

5 REASONS I'M EXCITED FOR SPRING




Most of you will know I am such an Autumn Winter person, I just love everything about it but usually by now the weather is a little bit better and clearer. It's still cold windy and raining which I'm starting to get really bored with and just ready for the spring weather to come, I've made a list of 5 things I'm excited for Spring this year!

1. The Weather 

As I said previously I don't mind the cold dark winter months but there is something nice when the lighter mornings come, I can get out my bed easier and start the day earlier. It's also much brighter for longer, as a blogger that is essential for our blog photos! 

2. Fashion 

I love the pastel shades that come out in spring, getting to wear nice little cami tops with some jeans and sandals. I also love when the flowy light weight trousers come in to fashion too as they are soo comfortable! I just can't wait for blush pink everything !! 

3. Easter 

I mean I don't know how I kept this one to number 3 because I loooove Easter, I love Easter chocolate, Easter baking, basically just everything about it. I can't wait to get making some Easter cakes for my blog so keep an eye out for those 

4. Home Decor 

You might be thinking really? Home decor? I love spring because there are sooo many pretty colourful flowers to decorate your house with and get some nice little plants to pop on your desk or use as blog props. I'm also a huge fan of clean white crisp bedding all year round but getting to add some pretty colourful cushions just tops it off for me! I also love room sprays in spring as they bring out so many amazing scents! 

5. Make Up 

Yes, make up has to be in this post, I just love all the spring beauty releases that are coming out, the packaging is always super pretty and the products are just amazing. I love when the new bronzers and blushes come out. I also love my skin so much more in the spring and summer months, it's a lot more glowy and dewy in comparison to it being dry and dull in the winter months.

What are you most looking forward to in Spring? Let me know in the comments below 



Love Gill x




Sunday, 5 March 2017

MAKE UP FOR GLASSES WEARERS



One thing I always struggled with was making my make up look nice and last all day whilst wearing glasses. I've been wearing glasses for the past 2 years but conveniently forget to wear them a lot of the time because I don't think they suit me too much and they used to smudge my make up! I also never knew how to do my make up whilst wearing them.

After much research and trying out new looks I've finally come across a make up routine which I love to wear with my glasses. I still don't wear them all the time even though i really should because faces are just a blur when I don't wear them and I can't read signs, don't worry I always wear them whilst driving because that's just plain dangerous.

Anyway on to my make up look I wear with glasses and some little tips for you all too.....

I wear a really flawless high coverage base with amazing longevity which is Estee Lauder Double Wear this stuff doesn't budge which is great as you wont get left with make up coming off at your nose. Before I go in with my foundation though I use a yellow colour correcting concealer, my current favourite is by NYXthis reduces any dark circles I have as glasses cast a shadow you want to keep your under eye area nice and bright. To keep it bright I go in with Urban Decay Naked Concealer in a shade or 2 lighter than my skin tone.

You also want to ensure you set all of your foundation and concealer in place with a powder, I still don't have an absolute favourite but I switch between Rimmel Stay Matte and Ben Nye Banana powder.

For the eyes you want to keep them nice and bright, not too dark so I go in with a skin tone nude all over my lids with a taupe shade in my crease and that's it for shadow. To pull the look together and keep your eyes bold go in with a cat eye liner I either use the black shade from Too Faced Cat Eyes or use a liquid liner by Maybelline in a matte finish. For the lashes you want to ensure you curl them first as this will prevent them from catching on the lenses of your glasses and getting annoying! I also use a curling effect mascara which helps lift the lashes even more, I'm currently enjoying Bourjois Ultra Curl Mascara. 

Let me know in the comments below if you have any tips for wearing make up with glasses


Love Gill x

Thursday, 2 March 2017

BATTLE OF THE BRONZERS






One thing I never skip in my make up routine is bronzer! I'm super pale and need it otherwise will get all the usual comments 'ooo are you not feeling well, you're so white' pale girls are you with me?! it gets rather irritating and makes me feel self conscious so I always make sure I slap that bronzer on. You can probably imagine I have tried numerous bronzers over the years so i thought i would share with you my top 5 bronzers that I love!

First up is Maybelline I just featured this in my February Favourites which i have linked here this is a great everyday natural bronzer which is in the shade Blonde. I use this if i'm doing a very natural make up look or for work as it's not ott. This also has the bonus of a little highlighter to the side which is also pretty amazing, it's nice and shimmery just how i like a highlight! At £7.99 can't really complain.

The bronzer that everyone knows and loves it's Benefit Hoola Bronzer I mean what can I say about this? It's pigmented, it's matte, it's just bloody beautiful! I love using this for a tanned been on holiday kinda look cos it just does that! This is the most expensive one but it's sooo worth it at £9.95 for a little 4g size like i have here or full size at £24.50






If you are looking for a really shimmery summer bronzed glow then Soap & Glory have your back. This teams up as a highlighter too and looks fab on the collar bone or even down your legs in the summer when you have those pins out! I absolutely love using this in the summer for such reasons, you can pick this up for £11.00 which may be more pricey than the others but it has many more uses than just bronzing those cheeks. 


I would say out of all of the bronzers L'oreal is my favourite, this can be worn very natural for day looks or can be built up to be darker for wearing on nights out, it's extremely pigmented, matte and blends out beautifully. This comes in at £7.99 bargain 


And last but not least is the Bourjois bronzer and highlighter, I really wanted just the bronzer but they were out of stock everywhere so I went for this. I'd still like to pick this up in just a bronzer as i really like it, i just don't use the highlight. This product smells ahhhmazing and it applies beautifully too, i need to build this up a little more than the others but I love it all the same. This one comes in at £7.99 on par with the others. 





You can see from the swatches above that they are all different from each other and all have beautiful finishes and different tones which is great for me as I fake tan sometimes so I can pick and choose what I want to use when i'm more on the pale side and when I'm a golden goddess lol! 

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



Love Gill x