London Calling 101.

London Calling 101.

London is full of exciting, new things to do! But, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do in a city that never sleeps. So I thought it might be nice to capture a little of what you can do when the ‘touristy’ things have been done and you need something new to do.

So first up is Pizza and Prosecco!

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If that hasn’t got you sold I don’t know what will! Whether it’s a week day or the weekend pop into Neal’s Yard, as tucked away is Homeslice- the best pizza I have ever tasted. With prosecco on tap, and pizza by the slice or whole your sure to find something you like. It’s quick, convenient and oh so good that you’ll leave wanting more. We sure did!

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Leicester Square is just around the corner and so we finished the evening watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was amazing!

Love,
Lou x

A Few Of My Favourite Things, March

A Few Of My Favourite Things, March

Apart from fluffy bunnies and mini eggs at this time of year, here are a few of the things that I have loved throughout the month:

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Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lipgloss- Meli Melon

This super pretty lipgloss is fun and perfect for Spring. Simply shake the petité cocktail inspired shaker to mix the colour and apply to your lips. The oil base formula contains sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil making them smell divine!
It feels hydrating and smooth whilst adding a touch of colour. It’s non-sticky or drying and makes you want them in every shade.

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Jo Malone- Pear and Freesia Cologne

This is one of my all time favourite scents that never gets old, but especially when the spring and summer comes around I wear it all the time. Smelling of ripe pears, white freesias, amber, patchouli and woods its hard to not want to spray it all over you all the time. I would highly recommend giving this a good sniff next time you’re by a Jo Malone counter.

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The White Company- Lime and Bay Diffuser

Another scent inspired favourite this creates an uplifting and beautiful oasis in any room. On the website, it is described as ‘stepping into a colourful tropical garden’ with exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, orange, lime, lemons, jasmine, and ginger to name but a few.
The White Company’s diffusers last forever and are totally worth the extra bit of money.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

After just having my room redecorated and everything being moved into the spare bedroom I decided to give this a read to see if it would help declutter some of my things. At first, I was a bit sceptical and didn’t think it would really work. But. Yes. It. Does. Using her methods and ideas I have managed to get rid of so many pieces of clothes and random bits and bobs that it is actually quite difficult to have a messy space. That even includes if I can’t be bothered to make my bed. It is an actual miracle and the hype around the book is for a reason.

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TOMS

I have been a fan of TOMS for many many years and in March, I decided to pick up a new pair. Not only are they super cute and go with jeans and a tee perfectly; I love that everything that they do is for a good cause- one for one.
If you don’t know much about TOMS and what they do I would highly recommend checking their website out.
By buying a pair of TOMS they give a child in need of footwear a pair of shoes. They also do amazing eyewear where they give people eyesight,  bags contribute towards a safe childbirth, and coffee goes towards fresh, clean water. Their footwear is expanding all the time but they always come in handy in the warmer months.

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Love,
Lou x

Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation

Review: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation

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Can a foundation really be magic? The hype around Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation has been overwhelming! Every blogger, vlogger, and YouTuber seemed to get it and LOVE it expressing it all over their platforms making everyone who saw it want it! But what is it that makes it so magic? And is it really worth the hype? Not owning any other products from her range I wanted to start with base products and branch out from there.

I decided to purchase the Magic Foundation in 3 fair after using the foundation finder on the website. That really is amazing and makes an online purchase so much easier! I managed to get a shade that matches my skin perfectly, as well as The Retoucher to match.

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First off the packaging of course. That really is magic and sends you into makeup heaven. The bottle is clever in the way you can remove the top and uncover a pump, or you can screw off the lid and tip it out onto the back of your hand for a larger amount.

I tend to use the pump when using it. It pumps out quite a lot and is quite thick but this quickly and easily blends out when you apply it on your skin. The coverage is great leaving you with fresh, radiant, dewy skin that isn’t too glowy.

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It definitely lasts all day which is a massive bonus. I have danced in it and it stays put and feels comfortable. I would also say that it does give you perfect looking skin. But, a couple of claims that I wouldn’t agree with is that you can definitely feel it on the skin when you apply it and have to wait a while before that feeling of it goes away. If not applied with a moisturiser or primer before hand I don’t feel like it blends out as well or looks right? Maybe that’s why it goes with the range of the magic creams. Despite this, I have been really enjoying wearing the foundation and applying it in the morning. If anything, it reminds me to do a cleanse, tone, and moisturise before applying my makeup. It 100% covers up redness and blemishes and gives you that perfect skin feeling. So maybe it is magic after all! It is the perfect foundation to get rid of that dull winter skin and get you feeling great for spring and summer.

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The retoucher is also amazing. It is referred to as a conceal and treat stick that really does banish blemishes and uneven skin tone. It is highly pigmented with colour correction and works well with the foundation for an all over perfect finish. When applying the product I swipe it onto the skin using the pen and blend it with a brush. It very easily blends in and creates a natural yet flawless finish. I also enjoy using the concealer by itself for days where I want my makeup to be lighter and more natural.

So the ultimate answer to whether a foundation can be magic is yes. It covers all the bases that you want a foundation to do and works perfectly for day to day uses as well as special occasions. All I can say is that now I have tried some of Charlotte Tilbury’s products I want to try more!

Love,
Lou x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Chocolate Mini Loaves

Easter Chocolate Mini Loaves

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Easter is fast approaching and I feel like it is the perfect time to get with friends and family. I have created some yummy chocolate mini loaves with mini eggs for you to bake and enjoy together! They are super easy to make and require no effort whatsoever.. well apart from adding the ingredients together and mixing!
Here is how to make them…

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Ingredients:

Makes 12.

175g Butter
175g Golden Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
140g Self Raising Flour
85g Ground Almonds
4 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
100ml Milk
100g Chocolate Chunks
Mini Loaf Cases (mine are from Waitrose)

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For the Icing:
140g Softened Butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
Piping Bag
Piping Nozzles (optional)
Mini Eggs for decoration

Method:

1. Set the oven to 160° fan/ Gas mark 4.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric whisk.

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2. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, and add in the eggs, milk, ground almonds, and baking powder. Mix all together until all the ingredients have combined.

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3. With a wooden spoon or spatula fold in the chocolate chunks. When completed start spooning the mixture into your loaf cases. About 3 to 4 teaspoons make the perfect amount.

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4. Pop into the oven for about 20/30 minutes or until completely cooked through.
Once cooked leave aside to cool and move onto the buttercream.

5. For the buttercream, whisk your butter until pale and fluffy. Then sieve in half of the icing sugar with half of the milk.

6. Add in the remaining icing sugar and milk with the vanilla extract. Beat together until your mixture resembles buttercream.

7. Pop a piping bag into a tall glass and spoon in the buttercream. If you want to use a nozzle add this before the buttercream. I decided not to use a nozzle in the end as it would give the same effect with or without. Snip off the bottom of the piping bag and push the buttercream down to get an even distribution.

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8. Ice three little nests onto the loaf. Make sure your cake is completely cool before doing this. Add a mini egg on top of your nest to complete.

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And that’s it! Perfect to share and bake over the Easter weekend with friends and family. They taste delicious and look so pretty!

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I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend.

Love,
Lou x

A Few of My Favourite Things, Feb

A Few of My Favourite Things, Feb

IMG_0940Can you believe that we are already in March! February has gone and Spring is upon us and I cannot wait for some sunshine! But before we jump into March I thought I would share some things I loved throughout February.

Jack Garratt- Phase
I recently discovered the Album ‘Phase’ by Jack Garratt from hearing the song ‘worried’ on the radio. He has also just won a Brit for Critic’s Choice Award and so decided to give the whole album a listen. If you like electric guitar, drums, keyboards, and a bit of friendly R&B electro pop then I would highly recommend giving this a listen. My choreographic brain screams MOVE because it just makes you want to dance to it and groove about. There isn’t one song on the album that I want to skip and is constantly on. I can’t recommend it enough if you like that kind of sound.

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Liz Earle- EyeBright
After a long tiring day all you want to do is remove your makeup, get into your PJs and relax. After cleansing my face I use Liz Earle’s eyebright to remove any stubborn eye makeup and to also make my eyes feel refreshed, clean, and revitalized. The formula is really soothing and gentle so if your eyes are feeling tired and irritated this will instantly calm the situation.I have been using this all month by soaking two cotton pads in the lotion and pressing onto my eyes. After about 30 seconds I wipe away any left over makeup and that’s it! Pretty simple and works wonders.

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Cowshed- Wild Cow Body Lotion
I have been a big fan of Cowshed for many years, and so when I looked in my stash of body lotions for a new one to use I instantly picked up the Wild Cow one! With essential oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary the smell is really uplifting and just puts a smile on your face. It is nice and creamy and feels luxurious on the skin. Also containing shea butter and cocoa butter it keeps your skin soft and silky for the whole day. If these scents don’t sound like your kinda thing then check out the other types of cows they have to offer.

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The Body Shop- Jasmine & White Frangipani Room and Linen Spray
Sticking to the theme of relaxing my next favourite is a room spray that makes your room smell like a spa! (heart eye emoji). You only need a few spritz and your room smells heavenly. I’ve enjoyed using this after cleaning up my room and making my bed and this just ties it all together. The spitz also contains fair trade honey which is a lovely touch.

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getbuzzing- banana nut free flapjack
What I love so much about these flapjacks is that they are only made from natural ingredients, and they taste amazing! When you get that peckish feeling in the afternoon this fills the spot and gives you the energy you need to survive the rest of the day. There are lots of different flavours to pick from and come in packs of three.

And that’s everything!
Hopefully, I will be able to do this every month and come up with some exciting new products,
Love,
Lou x

Feeling Fresh Faced with Amie

Feeling Fresh Faced with Amie

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Finding skincare that is affordable, in price range, and actually works on your skin can be somewhat of a challenge. I picked up a cleanser from Amie back when I was at University and couldn’t afford to re-stock on Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish and wanted something creamy to remove make-up. I have been buying the Morning Clear Purifying face wash ever since because it works very similarly to cleanse and polish as well as being organic and natural for a fraction of the price. Moreover, if you happen to run out of your favourite cleanser and can’t get ahold of it very easily then Amie can be found in your local Waitrose or online. The price range is great for all of the products in the range and there are great kits if you are new to the world of skincare or are on a budget.
I have recently tried out another 3 of the products in the range and thought I would review them on here for you.

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Amie Moring Clear Purifying Facial Wash -£4.95

I use this cleanser morning and evening to remove make-up and to freshen up my skin. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised and clean and is really gentle. The super-effective natural solution helps to control and re-balance your skin with the use of Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, and Malva Syvestris extract. These active ingredients are beneficial to the skin and contain high levels of fatty acids helping to moisturise. They also soothe and soften and help control breakouts, oiliness, and dryness. At £4.95 for 150ml, it’s not going to break the bank and is going to last you a really long time.

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Amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash– £4.95

It is vital to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and help new ones to grow. I wouldn’t use this one on a daily basis like the name suggests as I use the morning wash, however, when it comes to exfoliating on those couple of days it really gets to work. The face wash Contains green apple, lemon extract, blueberry seed, and vitamin E which all smell incredible! Again, the wash is 150ml so will last you a good amount of time.

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Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser– £4.95

After cleansing, I think it is equally as important to moisturise. This one from Amie is light weight and absorbs into the skin well. It does what it says- controls oiliness and shine, hydrates, and softens. What more could you ask for when it only costs £4.95! This moisturiser can be used morning and evening and also works really well as a primer for makeup. Lemon fruit extract is used as a natural and effective antiseptic so if you are prone to spots and breakouts this will stop them from spreading and act as a soothing treatment. Orange blossom is also used to clarify the skin and helps to remove excess sebum and oils. The vitamin E protects against sun damage and pollution. I’ve been loving this product and think it will become an essential in the summer months.

 

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Amie spring clean deep cleansing mask -£5.95

Perfect for detoxifying, purifying pores and combating blemishes this face mask is the perfect pick me up when your skin is being troublesome. Using peppermint, white clay and lime butter, it draws out any dirt and impurities while soaking up excess oil. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and would work amazingly on teenage skin.

 

What amazes me about all these products is that they all work really well and are so affordable! They contain natural and organic active ingredients so will work together with your skin to leave it feeling refreshed and brand new. If you are looking for new items to try out as part of your skincare regime then I would definitely recommend picking them up and giving them ago. At this very moment in time, I know that the range is buy one get one free in Waitrose and you can also add some of them to your ‘Pick your own offers’ to get 20% off every time you buy them.

Please let me know if you give them ago and how they might compare to the skincare you are currently using!

Love,
Lou x

 

 

 

 

Chocco Fruit Bites

Chocco Fruit Bites

IMG_0822If you have a bit of a sweet tooth you will know that the struggle with chocolate is real. With these chocco fruit bites they are very easy to make, giving you one of your five a day, and of course, chocolate!! What’s more is that they have a bit of bite to them from putting them in the freezer. Wanna make them? Here’s how!

Ingredients:
Any fruit of your choice.
Dark/milk/white chocolate

I decided to use dark to try and make them a bit healthier.
I found that the best fruits to use were strawberries (of course), bananas, oranges, and melon.

How to make them:

  1. Prep your fruit and lay out onto a plate or chopping board. Basically anything you can fit into the freezer.
  2. Simply break up the chocolate into chunks and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. By doing it in 30 second intervals, it allows you to stir the chocolate and stop it from burning.
  3. Then simply dunk your fruit into the chocolate and lay back out onto the board. With the banana, I covered it completely and with the other fruits I went for half and half.
  4. Pop the fruits into the freezer for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

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When taking out of the freezer leave to thaw for a couple of minutes and then they are ready to eat! The chocolate and banana ones taste like ice cream and the other fruits are really refreshing with a hint of chocolate. They are great for after dinner and will come in really handy for the summer months. What makes them so great is that they are so simple to make!

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Let me know if you make them!

Love,
Lou x

My Little Home Box

My Little Home Box

IMG_0817For the month of February My Little Box is all about your home. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to find when opening it up and was still unsure when I had opened it.

Although this month’s box did have lots to offer, for me, it was just a bit ‘meh’.
When opening it up this month’s quote was framed in a very pretty blue frame, and the quote was double sided. When trying to inspect the other quote the frame was quite difficult to open up and in doing so it broke. I know that for the price your not going to get a good quality frame so to speak. However, I did expect it to be a little better than flimsy cardboard.

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You also received a pillow case which is double sided. The print is geometric on one side and blue with white polka dots on the other. The cushion is nice but again I don’t think the quality is that great. I would perhaps use it as a dust bag or try and find another use for it.

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One thing I did really like about this month’s box was the magazine all about home improvements and interior design. I have just started an interior design course and so this has lots of cool ideas that are quite easy to achieve.

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The beauty products I received were an English Leaf body cream from Mitchell and Peach, the Noxidoxi mask and peel face mask, and a morning moisturiser from My Little Beauty. If you read my post from last month’s box then you will know that I actually received the face mask in the last box so to get the same product twice in a row was a real disappointment. The body cream smells quite nice so I am looking forward to using that in the spring/summer months as it doesn’t suit this time of year, and the easy morning face cream is light and felt smooth on the back of my hand.

When looking at other people’s Instagram’s from this month’s box, I noticed that there were other products put in people’s boxes that I had already received.
Considering the amount of brands that My Little Box are associated with you would imagine that the boxes would be changed up every month but I feel like this month was a recycling process of lots of left over products from previous boxes.

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And that was everything! Overall definitely not the best box in the world and I feel a bit disappointed. I decided to unsubscribe until I find out what is in next month’s box because at the moment I have received so many body creams from them I don’t know what to do with all of them!

If you are subscribed to My Little Box what do you think!

Love,
Lou x

A Little Trip to the Sea

So my wellies are still hanging over the radiator as I went a bit too far into the sea to take a photo (fail). But! I have just had the most lovely escape to Bournemouth with some of my bestest friends for the last weekend of January. Two of my friends live down there for University and so we were able to stay with them over the weekend and camp out on their floor but I had such a great time that I didn’t want to return home!

Here are some photos of the weekend and what we got up to!

Love,
Lou x