Tuesday, 28 February 2017

3 Simple & Sweet Pancake Recipes

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY! I hope you're all having a fabulous day whatever you are doing and I hope you all get the change to indulge in some wonderful doughy treats at some point today. As I'm a huge crepe lover, I decided to step out of my comfort zone today and create some American-styled pancakes. I absolutely love the look of them - so aesthetically pleasing and mouth-watering. After looking at several recipes and topping ideas, I've decided to share with you 3 simple, easy-to-make pancake ideas for those of you with a sweet tooth like me. I will honestly never understand why anyone likes savoury pancakes...



As I'm new to this style of pancake, I decided to step with the BBC Good Food's standard recipe to ensure that my pancakes were light and fluffy. It would have been too risky to create a recipe of my own at this early stage! However, my boyfriend and I adapted parts of the recipe and altered some of the ingredients to suit our taste buds and change the standard pancake up a little. Feel free to experiment like we did if you have the time!





Banana, Maple Syrup & Cinnamon

To try and perfect the recipe, we decided to create a few standard ones to ease us into the process. Luckily, I had a small frying pan to help make us the (almost) perfect spherical shape of the classic American pancake. The mixture was super light and fluffy, making the pancake taste delicious - especially eaten fresh and warm. We added a little drop of vanilla essence into the mixture given to add that extra sweetness and topped the stack off with some chopped bananas, a sprinkle of cinnamon and finally, drizzled a tonne of maple syrup over the top.





Blueberries and Cream

For this version, we decided to explore putting fruit inside the pancake. We separated the mixture into a little jug, cut half a packet of blueberries into quarters and popped them in. Making sure they were all randomly floating in the mixture, we poured it onto the mini frying pan and awaited results. I think they look super cool and to be honest, these were probably my favourite of the three. The amount of blueberry flavour was divine, making the sweetness and saltiness of the mixture completely balanced. I also had to top off the stack with some whipped cream and blueberries for the aesthetic...





Double Chocolate & Raspberry

Something I was super excited about trying was chocolate pancakes. I've never tried them before so we thought, why not make them now as we have the time? All we did differently was simply add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture, to add the choccie flavour and brown colour. Single chocolate wasn't enough for a chocaholic like me, so we melted a bar of chocolate and poured it over so it oozed over the edges. So yummy and pretty! I also love raspberries with chocolate so added them on top too.

What are you favourite Pancake toppings? Do you prefer American-style or crepes?

Lots of love

Thursday, 23 February 2017

A POP of Colour This Spring! | Ft. Beauty N Brushes



Despite the cold weather and blustery days, spring is swiftly approaching. For me, this means changing up my wardrobe a little bit, re-arranging my desks, buying lots of pretty flowers and having a switch up in my makeup bag. One thing I love to do every season is switch up my makeup, according to the stereotypical, corresponding colours. Thus, today I've decided to incorporate a little pop of green into my look, some peachy cheeks and a golden glow. Spring is when all the colours seem to come out and I cannot wait to change up my every day makeup routine. 

In today's post, I've gone for something a little bit out of my comfort zone but I'm absolutely loving it! I've added a green to my water line, a simple golden/pink sheen on the lid, a nude lip and warm, peachy cheeks. I love how this look all came together and it has really inspired me to add some more colour on a daily basis. The green on my waterline really brought out my eye colour, making my brown/hazel eyes look lighter than they actually are. I think experimenting with coloured liquid liner is next on my radar...

Also, this blog post is in collaboration with the lovely and sweet Emily from Beauty N Brushes. Make sure to head over to her blog post next to see her spring makeup look and give her some love! She has just got her own domain so this is super exciting for Emily, make sure to comment and check her out.




Products Used: 

Moisturizer - Moo Goo Skincare Full Cream Moisturizer
Base - Bourjois Healthy Mix and MAC Strobe Cream
Concealer - Nars Creamy Concealer
Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte
Blush - Dusty Girls Golden Delicious
Bronzer - Urban Decay Beached Bronzer
Highlight - MAC Soft & Gentle 
Eyebrows - Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate
Eyes - Sleek Au Naturel (pink shade on lid), NYX Milk (inner corner), Giles Green Liner (Barry M do some amazing coloured liners)
Mascara - Benefit They're Real
Eyeliner - L'Oreal Super Liner and Collection Fast Stroke
Lips - Runway Rogue in Super Model





What is your favourite Spring lip? What is your favourite season makeup-wise?

Lots of love

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Secret To Lengthening Your Lashes...





 Something every girl wants is a long pair of lashes. I always seem to struggle to perfect a wonderful, long natural lash. No matter what mascara I use, or eye lash curling tool, nothing seems to beat a good ol' pair of falsies. Over the past couple of years, brands have began introducing a new concept - lash serum that is said to increase the length of lashes without any sort of costly beauty treatment or last temporarily. Lash serum has seriously intrigued me as it has progressed through the beauty industry and I cannot wait to see the results it will have for gals like me, with rubbish natural lashes, in the near future!


 "Lashbang is an award-winning formula with a success story of over 1.5 million units sold worldwide!"

LashBang Eyelash Enhancing Serum is an all natural eyelash enhancer formulated to increase the length, volume and density of your lashes. I've never managed to find a lash product that achieves all three so this sounds perfect! LashBang's unique proprietary formula is made up with 100% all-natural ingredients composed of pro-vitamins, natural oils and proteins that work together to create longer, bolder eyelashes. The brand has been tested in multiple research institutes in cosmeceutical facilities and is clinically proven to guarantee the safety and effectiveness. This #1 rated eyelash enhancing serum is approved and recommended by the top doctors and ophthalmologist nation-wide. 


Lash serum is something I am eager to get my hands on this year! I cannot wait to see the difference it has on my lashes and whether the impact is significant. I would love to see if I can notice any major change or if any of you guys have tried anything similar to this. The idea of lash serum is super alternative to me and really simple to incorporate into a daily routine - you don't need to make time for a semi-permanent lash appointment or spend 20 minutes fiddling with falsies. Just a swipe of serum on the lash and you're essentially good to go - I know what beauty product will be popped in my virtual shopping basket this year! 

Have you ever tried eyelash serum? What is your favourite lash lengthening/thickening product?

Lots of love

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This post is in collaboration with Lash Bang; however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

When in Doubt, Just Add Glitter!



Let's be honest, you all know by now how much I'm obsessed with glitter. Glitter outfits, glitter eyeshadows, glitter notebooks and glittery shoes...I'm all about the sparkle. I think glitter can really make (or break) an outfit - literally, every time I go out I have to fight the urge to wear glitter somewhere. I'm always telling myself that I will do a matte eye look for a night out but I'm forever placing glitter all over my lid. I just can't help myself... Just like a little magpie, I'm a drawn to anything that sparkles so when I got in contact with Prima Makeup I was more than excited to share these beauties with you. Let's indulge in the sparkly, happiness that is...GLITTER EYESHADOWS!





Every single day either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, I see people swatching the prettiest glitter pigments in the world. I've only ever used loose glitter for eye or makeup looks so was thrilled to own 3 pressed pigments for my own. Seeing as my best friend bought me a Z Palette for Christmas, I thought I'd pop the glitter shadows in there to start of a sparkly row. I absolutely love how stunning they look inside my palette, how different the glitters are to my usual gold/silver (finally venturing out into the vibrant colours) and the overall service of the company. My glitters arrived very quickly - the packaging was standard and the only thing I can fault was that the green glitter had a slight dent on arrival. Nothing to worry about too much though, the product is still as sparkly as ever - just a little bit missing from the middle. Product-wise, the eyeshadows are pigmented, best applied with a wet brush straight to the lid and are no way near as messy as loose pigments. This is definitely a bonus for me, being the clumsiest muppet in the universe!




A deep purple with silver, cool undertones. Perfect for evening glam or out partying with your girls.




A true, bright red - the most pigmented of the bunch! Cannot wait to try this out throughout the summer in some bright, fun and colourful makeup looks. Make sure to head over to my Youtube channel to stay tuned...




A rich green with light green glitters. The perfect forest colour - so excited to incorporate these into some Halloween looks later on in the year, as well as trying some cute fairy looks and alternative glam eyeshadow.

Which is your favourite glitter? Do you love glitter eyeshadow as much as I do?

Lots of love

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This post is in collaboration with Prima Makeup; however all opinions are honest and my own.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Inside My Head...




Right, I'm delving into an area which I've never covered over here on my little blog before. If I'm honest, I'm sat here worried to death in hope that this will go down well with you. I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I've decided I want to embed more personal things, stories and thoughts onto this space. When it comes to emotions and thoughts, I always find it very hard to say what I am feeling aloud. Therefore, I've learnt that writing down how I'm feeling into a journal can help me feel  like I've let off some steam and at least tried to get rid of a progressive pile of emotions weighing me down. I feel like sharing how I'm feeling on a most complex, personal level will allow me to connect with you more and hopefully making those of you out there who can relate, feel like you're not the only one suffering. I seriously don't want to trigger anyone, or for anyone to see this post as passive aggressive, so if you feel like you are easily offended by negativity or don't deal well with it, then I advise you stop reading. The main priority of this post is to basically get some stuff off my chest, as well as letting you in on a different side of me. Just to clarify, this is not for sympathy.


SELF-HATE

Being in such a strict routine has had a large influence on how I feel towards myself. We are our own worst critic, and it is so true. If someone takes a photo of me, I will pick every tiny, insignificant detail out and lower my confidence whilst doing so. Why are my eye bags so prominent? Why do my legs look horrific in this outfit? Why does my makeup look shit on camera? Does it look like that to other people in real life? All these things spiral around in my head every single time I take a photo. People will probably be like...stop taking photos then, dumbass. I love taking photos and they are my favourite things to keep to treasure memories. I just wish I had more self-love and have more of those days where you actually feel comfortable in your own skin. I hate saying that them days are very rare; I wish self-love was more prominent in my life but routine has taken that away from me. Every day I go to Sixth Form, come home, revise, stress, stress-eat, go to bed and then realise how much weight I've put on as I get into my pyjamas. I literally have no time to exercise anymore and it is really impacting on the negativity I feel towards my self, my health, my appearance and weight. I barely wear anything I used to because I'm disgusted of how I look in it, I used to be all up for wearing the latest fashion trends but whenever I step into a shop and try clothes on, I feel sick as I look in the mirror. I really don't want to trigger anyone in this post and as much as I want to spread positivity and happiness on this blog, it is just not realistic. I feel like I need to share these moments to show that life isn't always lipsticks and sparkly dresses, smiling in front of a camera or doing fun things every single week. In reality, we just smile in a photo because it is the social norm - from just one tiny smile and an upload, people will presume you've got your life together and that you are so happy. That brings me onto my next topic...judgement.


JUDGEMENT 

As much as I tell myself I don't give a shit about things, I sometimes do. Recently, I'm happy to say that I've learnt not to give one itsy bitsy shit about what people say about my hobbies. If people are going to drag you down on things you love, you need to delete them out of your life ASAP. There are so many people I know who've laughed about my blog or Youtube, and I literally don't care whatsoever. Blogging and creating videos are hobbies I'm extremely passionate for and things I love to do whenever I have spare time. Why should I let anyone stop, or make me think to stop, something I'm so happy about doing? I get that there are some nasty people in the world (TRUST ME, I've met a few) but I've come to an age where I just block out those dickheads who have nothing better to do in there life than criticize yours or mock you. I just think of it as a compliment; it seems that someone is so invested in your life for the wrong reason, and it's quite frankly embarrassing and immature on their behalf. Laugh it off and ignore them. That's what I do. I'm not saying that I don't judge anyone, because everyone judges, it's human nature but I've tried to find a way to filter the negative things. For instance, the other day, my boyfriend and I were driving and this car cut in front of me and about 4 others cars. It sped into the roundabout and almost caused a huge collision - our instinct was 'WHAT A TW*T!' but then I said to my boyfriend 'it's funny how we just assume he's an idiot for driving that fast'. How did we know that he wasn't rushing someone to hospital? What if a family member has fallen and he was speeding to get there for help? It just struck me how every single day we judge people, and it may not always be for the right reasons. If you are going to take anything from this post, please just try and see the opposite side to a situation - doing this has made me more mature and makes you generally think a lot differently to before.


MENTAL HEALTH

For a significant part of my teenage life, I've struggled with mental health. For some reason this topic is forever being misconstrued - 'everyone has anxiety these days' or 'you looked happy yesterday you couldn't possibly be depressed'. I'm literally SICK to death of hearing all this bullshit. People who know me, or better-phrased 'think they know me', seem to believe my life is happy because I smile sometimes at school or out on the street. It literally makes me laugh so much that people are that close-minded they think people are happy because of a single facial expression. This next comment makes me ANGRY to the next level - 'you have such an easy life'. OKAY MATE. I've heard a few people say this about me and it literally makes my blood boil. People who I have barely spoken to, or haven't spoken to in months seems to think they know how I feel and what I get up to out of school or whilst at home. In terms of health, a roof over my head and food, I have a good life. However, these people have no idea what is going on inside my head, especially how bad my mind was in last year. I seriously struggled with mental health last year; I ended up having regular meetings with a councillor to try and bring back the life into me. I'd dug a dark hole of negativity in my life that I thought I would never come back from - I wanted to quit school, hide in my room, pretend and wish that I never existed. I went through so much last year - I had serious family issues, lost many people in my life I never thought I would and went through the worst emotional battle. Every single night I would cry myself to sleep, wake up with sore puffy eyes, and beg my parents to let me stay home and away from school. I stopped speaking to a lot of people, cut myself out from social situations and spent every single night in my room, alone. Luckily I've recovered a lot since then and I seriously do not know now - I am definitely not perfect and happy as ever now but at least I'm feeling a little brighter. A message I'd like to get across from this is simply : DO NOT let rats tell you how you feel and about your life when they have absolutely no idea what goes on behind closed doors. I share a lot on social media platforms, don't get me wrong, but there are a lot of things people don't know; things too personal to share but somehow are apparently 'non-existent' in my life if they don't know about it. 


SIXTH FORM AND POPULARITY

School was a place that I used to love. It used to be fun getting up everyday to see my friends, time away from home and I used to love learning. Education has always been one of the top priorities in my life; I think it is such a privilege that we get to learn so many incredible things and I am super grateful that I am able to receive that. However, this has seriously worn off over the past year and a half at sixth form. Every single morning I dread entering the school building, sitting in the library studying or going to lessons all day - I basically cannot wait until I can just get in the car and go home. Popularity used to be a novelty back in the day - everyone always wanted to keep in with the fashion trends. Loosen the school tie to mid-chest, buy the latest shoes and wear the exact same Superdry jacket as your entire year group of 200 people. I cannot give an absolute shit about being 'popular' - this is such a poignant moment for my future and future career so why would I want to waste that time getting pissed every weekend or being invited to a house party? One big regret of mine was trying to fit in with 'popular' people - why did I always try to fit in with people? I've learnt that I'm very different to a lot of people in my year group at school. I don't get along with many people because I have a different mindset. I just want to be there to get work done so I can get off the university and find a group of people who I genuinely get along with. I'm not saying everyone at my sixth form are bad people, it's just I've been let down by so many I find it very difficult to trust anyone anymore. I'd rather just keep myself to myself just for this final period of school so I can start a new chapter somewhere else. Also, I don't want to build fake relationships with people either - you aren't going to like everyone and everyone isn't going to like you. It's a big part of life. I've been surrounded by bitchiness, judgment and downfalls the whole time I've been at secondary school and I will literally cry of happiness the day I leave. 


UNIVERSITY

I thought I'd leave with the topic that I'm feeling super positive about - university. If I get the grades I need, I will be studying a Forensic Science degree at the University of Lincoln. How sick is that? I cannot wait to start a new chapter of my life, far away from where I live, in an environment of various-cultured people.  I'm exciting to hear about other people's lives, how their stories differ from mine, people who love and hate the same things as me and exploring a place I barely know. I have so many positive, good vibes whenever I think or go to Lincoln and I've never been more excited about something in my life. I've needed this fresh start for a long while - change is good, but scary. There are the little paranoid parts at the back of brain telling me 'you won't make any friends there' or 'it won't be any different' but the positivity is definitely overriding my nerves and anxiety. This is the main reason I'm focusing so hard on my studies and keeping myself to myself - I NEED THESE GRADES TO MAKE ME HAPPY AND START A NEW LIFE. I hope university brings me all the goodness I deserve and have been lacking over the past few years. Here's to a new, happier me. I can't wait to see what the future holds.


Could you relate to any parts of this post? Would you like me to get personal more often?

Lots of love 

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Rose Gold Watch Edit


A staple time piece is something we all need in our lives. For some reason, I always forget how important it is to have a watch on my wrist. I think it's so annoying how we all seem to turn to our phones nowadays for a time update, leading to a distraction of endless notifications. My phone is literally the biggest distraction in the universe; I'm obsessed with social media and I have decided to try and cut down to (slightly more) healthy amount. Wearing a watch on an everyday basis will definitely help this as I won't have to delve into my pocket every time I want to check the clock. 

Thankfully, I've given the opportunity to work with Boom Watches - a company specializing in luxurious time pieces. However, there is something specific that stood out to me about the brand, which urged me to work with them and share their style with you...you can create your own luxury watch! From dial, to case and strap, you literally can form your own, personalised baby from scratch. Although I didn't do this myself, I think this is a wonderful addition to the brand as well as providing a beautiful array of pre-designed watches to choose from. 



Cradled in a sleek wooden box, the different parts of the watch are organised separately. Despite most luxury watches arriving in a leather box, I loved the idea of a thinner box - it was more convenient for me as the post man could slip it through the letterbox instead of having to fetch it when I wasn't busy and I like the idea of putting my watch together. This would be amazing if the watch was personalised as you feel like you're physically putting your creation together. The 4 components fit together with ease and I popped the correct time in straight away. Originally, the strap was too loose for my wrist but my boyfriend's mum's boyfriend (if that makes sense...haha!) managed to sort it out for me. I'm not a 'handy-man' when it comes to small gadgets and accessories like this because I just know I will end up breaking them! The strap was easily adjustable and now fits my wrist just perfectly. 

In terms of appearance, I really liked the rose gold edge. I know you all probably are over the rose gold trend by now but I'm still loving it! I can't stop staring at my wrist every where I go. The colour is fierce, but not tacky, and pairs with every outfit. Whether I'm in a casual jumper or in smart attire for sixth form, this watch never fails to partner each outfit I put together. I love how diverse the colour is - I decided to opt for an all-round colour for the entire watch because it gives the accessory a sleek, classic feel. Personally, I think this looks so elegant and feminine, yet can be dressed down to chic and edgy, so fits both sides of my style.


My Watch:





Dare I say it, but I think this watch will also be welcomed into my ever growing collection of blogger props. This looks incredible just sitting on my dresser as it does when I pair it with my outfits. I have non-stop photographed this since I put it all together and I'm just loving how aesthetically pleasing it is. Watch this space if you want to see plenty of outfits involving this beauty - I'm sure it will be featuring a lot this year in my outfit posts.

What is your favourite watch brand? Do you still love rose gold as much as I do?

Lots of love

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This post is in collaboration with Boom Watches; however, as always, opinions are honest and my own.