Monday, 16 February 2015

Pop My Collar

fashion beauty

My Instagram feed reveals a bit of a theme in my clothing items: collars. Even as I type this I’m wearing a collared top, and not one photographed in the little collage above. I like all kinds of cuts of collar, from ‘masculine’ to pretty ‘feminine’. If I had the money my ideal collar (and shirt) would have to be from Vivetta. I mean, look:


beauty fashion

Do you have a theme running through your wardrobe?

Featured in my collage:

ASOS Tie link
ASOS scallop collar blouse link
COS mock collar link
River Island mock collar link

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Current Skin Care Favourites


Hello! It feels like absolutely ages since I’ve last blogged. Having a one year old is hectic. Having a one year old and chronic pain is draining. So this is why I haven’t blogged for a wee while. Fatigue and life in general is taking up all my time and energy. But I have some free time so here I am writing about my current skincare favourites. When I’m fatigued or run down my skin suffers. I don’t really get breakouts ( I put this down to using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm), instead my skin just looks dull and sallow. Here’s a few items I’ve been using, some are pictured others not.

Lancome Hydra zen Neurocalm  All skin types, even sensitive skin- Initially I thought this would be too rich for my sensitive/combination skin but it sinks in completely, leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth and well hydrated. I love this moisturiser, one of the best I’ve tried and it’s great for sensitive skin too- link 

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Face Primer (Silicone Free)- This is an odd one because I don’t think it’s a particularly great primer. However, as a skincare product I really like it. It perks my skin up and feels fresh. A really nice product but not as a primer. - link  

English Rose Nighty Night Cream- I’m quite impressed with this night cream. Some night creams can be too rich for my sensitive skin but this sinks in beautifully. I wouldn’t recommend this for dry skin types though, it might not feel moisturising enough but it’s great for sensitive/combination - link

Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm- This is just the best cleanser I’ve used. It doesn’t strip the skin or irritate. It works amazingly given how gentle it is. A brilliant all round cleanser, especially great for sensitive skins. I previously reviewed it here -link

I’ve just started using The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask so I’ll do a proper review when I’ve used it some more but I really like this so far. The texture is unusual, it’s kind of squidgy with some give in it. It takes a wee while to sink in but when it does it provides a smooth, protective cover over your face. It’s lovely. I’ve experienced no irritation on my sensitive skin as yet- link

What skin care products have you been enjoying lately?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

vegan cakes

It was my little boy's 1st birthday the other day and that means CAKE. My son has a dairy and egg allergy though which I initially thought meant no cake or rubbish cake, wrong! I found a rather wonderful vegan cake recipe on Jamie Oliver's website (here) . These are absolutely beautiful cup cakes. Incredibly moist and soft. My little boy and everyone else loved them.

Soya yoghurt, dairy free margarine, and oil are used instead of milk, eggs and butter. I swear you wouldn't be able to tell the difference .

Here's the ingredients

  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 500 g dairy-free soya yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • For the vegan vanilla icing

  • 200 g dairy-free soya spread, chilled
  • 660 g icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • You can find the full details of how to make them here .And a very special thank you to my mum who made them. She said the recipe was easy to follow.

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