Hair Update - It's all about the volume







These two products are absolute life savers, after running out of my John Freida volume spray I had no clue what to try next. I found this Bed Head Volumising Hairspray when I was at home last week alongside this Urban Sea Salt spray, so I thought why not just mix the products together and see how it goes. 

I would definitely recommend you going out and getting this Bed Head product, I remember purchasing it from a salon in Manchester quite a few years ago but I had seen it in a lot of shops beforehand, if they don't stock it anymore then Bed Head is an amazing brand so you should be able to get something similar. I just spray it around the roots of my hair, but you have to dry it as soon as possible as it can turn your hair a bit straw like.
 
I then spritz the Sea Salt spray through the rest of my hair to give it a little bit of texture, I'm not exactly sure where I picked this up from but there are loads of sea salt sprays out there, the next brand I'm wanting to try is Bumble & Bumble, I have read such good reviews. 

For me I cannot stick to one product to add volume to my hair, once one has run out I have to try something new!

Benefit 10 - Contouring Heaven



It really is all about contouring at the minute, I have never been very adventurous to try this as I never thought I had the appropriate product to give it a whirl, plus it makes me very nervous to try a new make up look. With Kim Kardashian rocking this look for many years (I LOVE HER!) I had to try and follow in her footsteps. After watching one of Tanya Burr's videos I noticed she had used the real techniques powder brush to apply her bronzer to create the contour effect, so I thought I would give this a go with my Benefit Hoola. However I still couldn't master it well at all, I struggled to get the perfect definition of my cheekbones and it was driving me crazy.

Then, I re-discovered my Benefit 10 blusher/bronzer combo in the bottom of my make up box, with it being half bronzer and half blusher/highlighter I realised it is made for contouring. The bronzer looks fairly dark in the box so you only need to apply a little at once, if your not careful you could look with grubby cheeks and that really isn't a good look.The other half is a pale creamy pink, perfect to highlight your cheekbones, both are extremely glittery which is a little off putting for me as I prefer more matte looks, but it looks beautiful on, it makes your cheeks look fresh and brighter.

The only downside and major issue here is, Benefit have now stopped making this product!! Why? I have no idea, but this makes me very sad and I am now going to have to go on the hunt to find another product just as good.

If anyone has any recommendations then please comment below, I'd love to see what you are all loving at the moment.

D.I.Y Bake a Cake







Yesterday I had an afternoon of baking, I did not have a clue of what I wanted to bake then I found the mould to this massive cupcake so I thought why not give this a go.

It was super fun and really easy to do, I followed the simple instructions to make a Victoria Sponge, however I doubled the quantity so it would fit into the mold as its pretty big.

INGREDIENTS:

4 eggs,
200g Self Raising Flour,
200g Caster Sugar,
200g butter

HOW TO MAKE:

I used an electric whisk to mix the sugar and butter together until it was light and fluffy, then added one egg at a time and a bit of flour and kept mixing until it was all gone.

I then got a bit of butter and wiped it around the inside of the cake mould so that the mixture does not get stuck when once cooked.

You then pour the mixture into each of the moulds, the bottom half with a little bit more than the top, or if your just making it in two normal cake tins then make sure that you have got the equal amount of mixture in them both. Feel free to lick the bowl clean!

Place these mixtures into the oven and leave for 25-45 minutes depending on the mixture that you used, keep an eye on it as it could be done quicker than what you think. To check if it is cooked properly in the middle, get a knife or knitting needle and stick it down the middle of the cake, if it pulls out clean that it is done.

Leave it for about half an hour to cool down then you can start decorating your cake.

I then mixed 100g butter and 200g icing sugar together to make the butter cream which I then added to the top of the bottom half of the cake along with some strawberry jam. I then placed the other piece of the cake on top of the other one and then used the rest of the butter cream to decorate the top of my cake. I placed it on quite unevenly and added hundreds and thousand sprinkles on top to make it look pretty.

Voila the cake is ready to eat!

Window Shopping Picks






Hello, I hope you all had a lovely evening yesterday, me and my boyfriend went to an Indian Restaurant where I live called Bollywood Lounge, it has to be the best curry I have ever tasted, it just so nice! I was very spoilt as he bought me the most beautiful Pandora Ring and a bunch of flowers and paid for the meal. 

Today we ventured into Leeds, I have not been since Christmas so it was lovely to walk around even if it was freezing cold. It has got to be said that the Topshop at the Trinity shopping center has to be the best one, they have a dj blasting out some dance tunes which always makes me want to go on a night out. 

I was taken back at the amount of things I really liked, I can easily walk into Topshop and back out again without seeing anything I like. I tried on a very cute basic grey bodycon dress in a jersey fabric which felt so comfortable, it was around the £25 mark, the next item I tried was the Hawaiian/palm tree print skort. It was amazing, I'm not one for big bold prints like this and normally very short shorts don't fit me properly however this was the perfect fit. It looked flattering as the fabric at the front which makes it look like a skirt hid the lumps and bumps around my stomach. Unfortunately these are on my wish list until I have enough money to purchase them *sad face*.

At the end of the trip I had to go to Trinity Kitchen to get one of the     Original Fry-Up Material burgers, they are the best tasting burgers ever, so delicate and mouth watering. I could literally eat another right now.  This place is such a unique way for a food court, each month five or six new street food vans make their way to sell their grub to the Leeds family for a month to promote their business. 

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far xxx

Hair Problems





As you have probably gathered from previous posts I have a lot of issues with my hair, it just doesn't seem to want to do anything at all, grrrr!! 

There are loads of different products out there to help add volume hair which I am steadily going through, it tends to work for a couple of weeks then somehow my hair gets used to it and goes back to being really limp. I have just run out of the John Freida Luxurious Volume Root Booster spray, I noticed a difference in my hair it seemed to have a little more bounce but not as much as what I would have liked, so now I'm on the hunt for something new.

One product which really has made a difference to my hair is the V05 plump me up Dry Shampoo, I would recommend this over the Batiste Dry Shampoo anyday. It seems to have a better consistency and stick to the hair more. However I don't really want to be using this every day especially when I have just washed it.

Batiste have recently brought out a new product which is a Dry Styling Plumping Powder, it exactly like talcum powder. You only need a small bit of it and apply it right on the roots using your hands and give it a bit of a rub, it is quite drying so it isn't something you want to be using all the time. 

I have started to take a little bit more care of the condition of my hair, I have had my hair cut on regular occasions (it's meant to be every 6 to 8 weeks) and use conditioner on every other wash. I have picked up the argan oil shampoo, conditioner and hair treatment, thanks to my boyfriends sister who told me about it. From the amount of backcombing I do my hair goes very brittle on the edges and goes quite fine, so I wanted a product which gives it more nutrients and also make it look a little thicker. I have only used it once but I did notice a little difference, so fingers crossed. If your hair is in a bad condition then I would recommend using a mask once a week and use oil two to three times a week.

But I am still in a style rut and need help, anyone out there know of some amazing products that can give my hair some volume?









Little Black Dress

Dress: h&m, Blazer: River Island, Shoes, Next, Bag: Cambridge Market*, Necklace: Dorothy Perkins

Another week gone by and another weekend to have some fun! 

I went for a slightly different outfit post today, you don't have to get really dressed up to feel good and have fun. It is a slight twist on the little black dress, I have gone with a quarter length sleeve skater dress and placed a winter blazer over the top for warmth. It really is a day to night look and something that you can feel comfortable in. 

I chose my new slipper shoes to make it look a little quirkier alongside my satchel and a small necklace to add that little something to the middle of the outfit.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend xx

Mac Obsessions

Bronzer: £12.75, Eyeshadow: £12.00, Lipstick, £14

I think it is a little bit obvious that I have a little obsession with Mac Cosmetics, these are the products that I picked up at Cheshire Oaks and they also feature in my haul post.

This bronzer in Peachtwist is quite similar to my other Mac bronzer in Buff however, when you apply it to the skin it looks completely different, it works very similarly to a blusher with brightening up my face and giving my cheeks a bit of a dewy complexion.

For a very long time I have been in search for the perfect eyeshadow which is very plain, simple and neutral to wear on a daily basis. I almost wanted to do a little dance around the shop when I found this Mac one called Sweet Satisfaction, I think the name works pretty well on this occasion! It goes on such a lovely very light beige/brown and really does brighten the eyes. 

How could I not perfect the look without getting a lipstick? It has a nice finish to it on the lips, when it is applied it is quite a mid-tone pink and has a slight shimmer to it,which is what I would expect being in the Mineralize collection. It is so nice to apply,it makes your lips feel so soft, like you have just applied some lip balm, a huge bonus is that it does not have that horrible lipstick flavour to it.

Rocking the T-Shirt





Top: Levi's, Hoody: Jack Wills, Leather Jacket, h&m, Leggings: River Island, Scarf: London Street Stall, Shoes: Next

As you can see i have a change of location, I am trying to figure out what looks good, where the best lighting is etc. as it is not so easy for me to get some images taken somewhere nice outside. I would love to know whether you like my new location or if you prefer the old one. 
 
This is actually my outfit from yesterday, I knew that today was going to be extremely busy and I did not want to miss a post. I was in lectures all day so I kind of wanted something comfortable to wear so I reached for my Levi's top which featured in my Haul post, I teamed it with some leggings a hoody and my new flats.




The Sunday Post - Cheshire Oaks, Food and More Food




Hope you all had a lovely weekend, mine really has been very busy once again. It involved shopping, all the boyfriends idea I have got to say, he either knows me rather too well or he is just as obsessed with it  - I think we shall go with the latter. My boyfriend decided on going to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet yesterday, it heavily involved trainer shopping within all the sports shops there, plus I found a really good cheap pair of Nike Free Runs *sobs*.

We had such a cute tea in an American Diner called Ed's, you sat down and at the table was a small jukebox (not quite sure if it actually worked or not). I went for a burger which is what I always pick when out for food, it was incredible I could just eat another one again, my boyfriend went for an all day breakfast burger,  it included a hash brown, fried egg, sausage alongside the burger. So weird! We ended the day in the bar trying out new Ciders and Beers.

Today has been quite a lazy day with a few errands to run, I also tried out one of the Boost smoothies, I think I had the Strawberry Burst it was sooooo nice. I can see how that place always has crowds of people stood around, it kind of makes me want to make my own smoothies. This weekend has really put my healthy eating on the back burner as tonight me and the boyfriend are ordering a Domino's and sitting down and watching the Superbowl- how exciting.

I think I might do a bit of a haul sometime this week, as I have a few bits and bobs picked up over January I would like to show you. xx