Tuesday, 29 September 2015

What's On My Dressing Table: September

1. Dolce Dreams Lemon Meringue Body Whip - Last month I went to a Fake Bake Beauty event - yep, the tanning brand now does make-up and skincare also! I was lucky enough to be given a goody bag to take home and my favourite item was probably this body cream. It actually smells like lemon meringue which is pretty cool! It leaves my skin silky soft and I can't get enough of it. Fake Bake Beauty have a really interesting concept where you can become a consultant for the brand and earn money which is pretty awesome, if you're interested then you can find out more here

2. St Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan - I don't fake tan, I just don't. I am practically Snow White so tan just doesn't suit me. I'd seen this in shower tan around and fancied trying it as I heard it was subtle and I was going on holiday soon so it would be nice to have a little bit of a healthy glow by the pool. It was a bit risky for me to invest in this as like I said, I don't do tan, so when Daisy asked me if I'd like to try hers I jumped at the chance. I actually really like this product, easy to use and subtle enough for even the super pale like me. Daisy did a full review on it which you can read here

3. Shu Uemura S Curler - I bought this on a whim as I needed a new eyelash curler after my Chanel one died unexpectedly. I knew I wanted the Shu Uemura one as I've used it before but when I got to the counter there was a fancy new 'S Curler' and I thought I'd give it a go. It's basically a smaller eyelash curler with no frame, which allows you to focus on specific sections of your eyelashes. My verdict? Stick with the original, I find the S Curler hard to use and you couldn't possibly use it for all your eyelashes as it would just take too long. It is good though for those pesky eyelashes that just refuse to be curled

4. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask - I bought this at the beginning of the month and have been loving it so far. It's really easy to use and I can't get over the amazing smell. You can read my full review of it here

5. Korean Beauty Samples - Last month I was very lucky to win Little Miss Fii's twitter giveaway! The prize included loads of Korean beauty samples to try out which I have been working my way through. The brands included Etude House and Tony Moly which are some of my faves. I've also been storing all my samples in this little bowl I got from Oliver Bonas and it has helped to keep them all tidy

You might know by now that I always feature flowers in my 'What's On My Dressing Table' posts - these ones are orange lillies from Waitrose that Olly bought for me :) What products have you been loving this month?

Saturday, 26 September 2015

DIY Disney Shorts

Yay time for a new DIY post! This week I've been customising some plain old denim shorts to turn them into super cute Disney shorts. I bought some denim shorts from Primark for the grand total of £5 in the sale and knew they would be just perfect for a little DIY project. I found loads of cool Disney iron on patches on eBay, seriously there are so many good ones I found it so difficult to choose which ones I wanted. I thought it would be fun to have Minnie and Mickey on each back pocket and then chose Donald, Daisy, Ariel, Dumbo and Buzz for the front. All the patches were really good quality so I was very happy with my selection. 

Once I had all my patches I laid them out on the shorts to decide where I wanted to place them all and then ironed them on. It's really that simple! So simple anyone could give it a go. To be honest some of them didn't stick as well as I hoped so I'll probably finish them off with a couple of stitches but overall I'm really happy with the look of the shorts. I think these will be perfect for my trip to Florida next year! What do you think of my Disney Shorts? Have you done any Disney DIY's recently?

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Cute Gift Idea: Mini Rainbow Heart Cookies

Recently I found a cook shop near where I live which has an amazing baking section. I was like a kid in a candy shop looking at all the cutters, moulds and edible glitters. Needless to say I came away with about a gazillion packets of icing because I just love making biscuits with icing, and I usually have to order the icing from Amazon. I also bought a cute mini heart cookie cutter and thought I could make the cutest gift for a friends upcoming birthday. 

I started by making the heart biscuits using the cutter (you can find the recipe here) and then once cooled I cut out the hearts from the ready to roll icing and stuck them to the biscuits using glace icing. I packaged them in a cute little brown box I bought from Paperchase which was only £1.75, and used a little bit of tissue paper to make it look pretty. I think this is such a cute gift idea and so easy to make! Have you tried making any DIY gifts for friends or family?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Prairie Charms Pizzazz Box: Luau Party

Prairie Charms are a brand that I've seen around a lot on blogs and social media so when they contacted me and asked whether I would be interested in being part of their blogging team I was so excited! 'Prairie Pizzazz' are monthly boxes full of handmade accessory and lifestyle goodies with different themes. The theme of this pizzazz box was 'Luau Party' which basically means flowers, flamingos and pineapples - amazing! Now it did feel a bit like my box took forever to arrive, I first signed up to the pizzazz team in June, and received my box in September.

Here's the goodies I received...

♥ Sweet As Honey Studio 'Make a Mess' Confetti
♥ Caterina 'No Snag' Knot Ties
♥ Acadia Tropical Punch Drink Set
♥ Hana Bow Tie Scrunchie
♥ Paloma Vintage Bead Drop Anklet
♥ Eda Bespoke Floral Lei
♥ Dakota Custom Nail Glitter
♥ Una Coconut S'more Snack Pack
♥ Faryn Hair Clips
♥ Kawaii Memo Notes

What I like about the Pizzazz boxes is that they're all personalised to suit you and your personality - so they're all slightly different. As Prairie Charms know I am a little bit obsessed with kawaii they included a cute little extra for me which were some kawaii inspired memo notes, I thought this was really sweet and I think this is my favourite item from the box.

I also love the floral lei, I've always wanted one of those big over the top flower crowns for holidays and festivals and now I have one, and even better it's pink - yay! I think all the items in this box are super cute and I can certainly tell that they put the time and effort in to ensure I would like every piece and select colours I would like. The packaging and presentation is also so lovely. The box costs £20 but the items inside are worth over £75 in total and you can check out Prairie Charms here

Saturday, 19 September 2015

LFW Inspired Outfit Of The Day

A couple of years ago I was sat on the bus wearing my Burberry trench coat when a stranger approached me and asked me whether I was on my way to the Burberry show. Unfortunately I wasn't (oh how I wish I was!) but this shows the strong association people have between Burberry and LFW. Burberry is such an iconic british brand and without doubt one of my all time favourites. I have 4 of their classic trench coats and they are my go to pieces in the Spring and Autumn seasons.

LFW is well underway and today's OOTD focuses on the Burberry stone coloured mac, which just looks so beautiful combined with red and black that I could cry. I styled it with my Burberry check pleat skirt which is one of my favourite winter skirts (I actually bought this in the children's section!). I think this mac looks so chic with black opaque tights and ankle boots.

I also need to mention how perfect this little old red telephone box is that's near my house! I walk past it everyday and always think it would be perfect for an OOTD, and of course you can't pose next to a red telephone box and not pretend to be on the phone inside! You might notice I haven't got my pink hair in these photos (!!) but I'm going for a more natural look and I hope you like it.

♥ Mac - similar here
♥ Skirt - similar here 
♥ Boots - H&M

Writing this has got me all excited for LFW! The Burberry women's show is on Monday 21st September and you can watch it live here

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Disney Nail Art Book

When I find something that combines my love of Disney and all things Japanese I can't help but contain my excitement, so when I found this book on Etsy I immediately knew I needed it in my life. If you've seen my Disney Princess Nail Art post then you will know that I love a bit of Disney nail art, but I've only used decals before so thought this book might inspire me and give me some new ideas. Nail art is something I've always been really into, that doesn't mean I'm good at it, but I love looking at designs.

Now as I mentioned this book is Japanese, which does mean most of it is written in Japanese, but I don't think that matters too much as you're more just looking at the pretty designs and following the step by step guides. The book is split into 6 sections - Mickey & Friends, Disney Princess, Popular Characters, Event Nail Collection, Pixar Characters and Disney Villains. My favourite section is Mickey & Friends as the designs are simple yet effective and some of them are more 'subtle' Disney. The Donald and Daisy ones in particular are some of my favourite as I just love the colours. Seriously though how cute is the circus Dumbo one below?!

I like that each character has an overview section first which show you colour palettes, patterns and icons. Some of these designs are quite complicated so I probably wouldn't be able to re-create them myself, I'd probably take the book to a nail salon and ask the nail artist to do some of the designs for me. I would have loved to photograph every single page in this book as all the designs are so amazing If you think this book is as cute as I do then you can get it here (FYI this seller also has loads of other crazy cute Disney DIY books). Have you tried any Disney ail art before?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Our Holiday To Palma

Last week me and Olly went on a little holiday to Palma in Majorca. We decided on Palma as we wanted to go somewhere relaxing in Europe that wasn't too expensive. We went on a few big holidays last year to Florida and New York so wanted to do something smaller this year. We're also saving up for our holiday to Florida next year so didn't want to spend too much.

Palma is the capital on Majorca and the location was perfect for us - lots to do but a really relaxed atmosphere and beautiful weather. We spent our days exploring the old town and sipping cocktails by the pool, and spent our evenings dining Al Fresco and sipping cocktails at the bar. My favourite cocktails are Mojitos and much to my delight they seemed to be served everywhere in Palma! 

One of our highlights was definitely visiting Aqualand which is Majorca's biggest water park. They have all the usual slides and we had such a fun time. I also have to mention Palma's beautiful architecture - the cathedral is stunning and I just loved all the windy, cobbled streets. One day we walked through the forest on the hill up towards the castle, and despite feeling like I was lost in the outback at times, the view when we got up there was breathtaking. Lots of lush greenery and beautiful views of the harbour where there were dozens of expensive yachts moored (a girl can dream right?)

If you're looking for a really easy holiday that isn't going to break the bank then I would definitely recommend Palma. We flew from Gatwick with Monarch Airlines and it was all very straightforward, no problems and our hotel was only about 20 minutes from the airport. Have you been to Majorca or have you been on holiday anywhere else this year?

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Super Cute Cloud Cookie Pops

Guess what? I've been baking cute stuff again! When I see a cute cookie cutter I just can't say no. I bought this cloud cookie cutter from eBay and just look at his little smiley kawaii face, aww. This time I decided to try something a little bit different and make the cookies into cookie pops...like cake pops, but with cookies. I used stripey paper straws which worked really well, and I attached them to the cookies using edible glue. It was a little bit tricky trying not to mark the icing while attaching the sticks but I think it worked out ok in the end. 

If you'd like to follow the recipe then you can find it in my Cinderella Cookies post, I used the same ingredients and method, although this cutter was a bit different as the the cutter and stamp weren't separate. I think these cookie pops would be so fun for a party, what do you think? 

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