We've given our bedroom a mini makeover and I am really pleased with the new look. Simple things like a few sheets of wallpaper and a new bed really can make all the difference.
There was nothing really wrong with the bedroom before, I just fancied a change and thought that the writing on the wall was getting a little dated. As for the bed both Spencer and I like to read in bed which is a complete pain when you have gaping holes in the headboard, we also quite fancied upgrading to a king size.
Our new bed from Argos is perfect for us, it fits in well with the bedroom furniture, has lots of room and a solid headboard. Teamed with our new wallpaper from Next and light from Primark our bedroom has a whole different feel to it. I've also made a few little changes to my dressing table which I just had to show you, my new Beauty Box from Dunelm really helps me keep it neat and tidy.
Natural Brick Wallpaper - Next
Living Olney Kingsize Bedframe - c/o Argos
Light up love sign & bedding - Primark
Dressing table - Dunelm Mill
Beauty Box - Dunelm Mill
Pen holder (used as make-up brush holder) - Dunelm Mill
Acrylic Storage - eBay
Post written in collaboration with Argos.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Thursday, 5 December 2013
On the fifth day of Christmas Benefit gave to me... 2.5ml of Benetint. This is a product I've tried before but I don't think I've reviewed it on my blog.
This is a multi-purpose stain that can be used both on the cheeks and lips, I'm wearing it on both in the above photo. I'm not very keen on wearing it on my lips as I find it dries them out quite a lot, but it does look good under a clear lip balm which solves the dry issue.
The stain hangs around for ages, the swatch on my hand hung around all day and only slightly faded after watching my hands a lot throughout the day.
This works great under blusher as it gives your skin that extra 'pop'.
All this aside this is my least favourite product in the calendar so far, stains just aren't something that interest me. I'm lazy and just like to sweep my powder blush on and be done.
The full size 12.5ml Benetint costs £24.50 making this 2.5ml sample worth approximately £4.90.
Approximate total so far = £30.28.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
November was quite a busy month for me with lots of great times including celebrating my first Wedding anniversary, a Christmas event at St Davids, a fun girls night in, watching a rugby match and meeting a Welsh rugby player, watching the Stereophonics live and lots of other fun times.
Congratulations to Rosie on your engagement, I cannot wait to see your Wedding planning posts!
I enjoyed reading Hayley's open and honest post regarding sponsored posts, well done for speaking out on a topic that many bloggers/readers hate. I always love reading about Katy's life, in a completely non-stalker way. Paige is so talented, I actually commissioned her to do my anniversary present for Spencer, post to come on that soon, she is also very talented at DIYs, how cute is this butterfly frame?
Sorry I'm not sharing many posts with you this month, I have over 1000 unread posts in Bloglovin' at the moment because it has been such a busy month! I promise that I will catch up with you all soon.
On the fourth day of Christmas Benefit gave to me... 6.5ml Dandelion Lip Gloss. I'm more of a lipstick person than lip gloss but as I've never tried any Benefit lip products before I was keen to try this.
The first thing I noticed with this is the scent, it smells beautiful. The colour is a little paler than I would usually go for but would look great on blondes. It isn't sticky and hangs around for quite a while considering that it is a gloss.
The full size 15ml costs £14.50 making this sample size worth approximately £6.28.
Approximate total so far = £25.38
Sorry about the not so great photos, the downside of blogging the products on the same day is taking them in awful lighting.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
On the second day of Christmas Benefit gave to me... a 2.5ml Stay Don't Stray. Receiving this yesterday worked out really well as I went to see Boyzone straight after work so really got to put it to the test with my eyeshadow.
I can confirm that this applies really nicely and my eyeshadow didn't budge or crease at all. I applied it at around 7am in the morning and removed it around 12 midnight so that isn't bad going at all. This primer works for both eyeshadows and concealers but I am yet to try it with concealer.
On the third day of Christmas Benefit gave to me... 3g of It's Potent! eye cream. I've tried this before and I really do enjoy using it, it is one of the best eye creams that I have tried so far. You can read my review of Benefit's skincare here. This has also been mentioned in a few empties posts.
Stay Don't Try = approximately £5.10
It's Potent! = approximately £5.20
Approximate value of total contents so far = £19.10
Sunday, 1 December 2013
I gained weight this week, to be honest I had expected it after my anniversary weekend. The problem is I haven't stopped eating rubbish since then, I'm struggling to get back into it, all the Christmas food is just too tempting!
Some food this week has included stir fry, turkey baguette (my favourite), cauliflower pizza (recipe here) and slow cooked beef stew.
I went to see my favourite band ever on Tuesday - the Stereophonics! If you follow me on Instagram you may have been fed up of the video spam, sorry about that! I'll take the opportunity to apologise in advance for the Boyzone spam as I'm going to see them tomorrow.
My Christmas party dress from Chi Chi arrived yesterday, it is everything I expected and more. I also picked up a bargain dress in Primark which I'm pretty chuffed with, not bad for £15.
Today I decided to put the new bedding on. As always it was a complete nightmare with Bob. His cuteness at the end made up for the fingers that he cut to shreds.
I love this photo of him taken in my dressing table mirror.
Yesterday we went for a lovely autumnal stroll, I'm so lucky to have all of this on my doorstep, photo spam below! We went to Raglan Garden Centre today, we go every year and I always pick up a new decoration for the tree. They always have a weird and wonderful Christmas display in the entrance. My decorations will be going up after I've published this post. I'm a little excited!
Its December which means I get to open my Benefit advent calendar :) I did consider opening it all up in advance and scheduling a blog post for every day in December, but I wanted the surprise and excitement of opening one each day so put myself before my blog - bad blogger! I am going to try and share what I received everyday on that day along with a mini review, but I may miss a day here and there and double up the next day. I have a social life you know!
As well as sharing and reviewing each item I will try and work out an approximate cost and a running total of the products, lets see how much I get for
my Spencer's £50.
On the first day of Christmas Benefit gave to me... a 3g Corlaista. I've never tried this before so was super excited to see it.
It is a gorgeous colour, applies well and, as you would expect from Benefit, and lasts well. I think that it really brightens my face and gives a lovely natural flush.
The full size 8g costs £23.50, making this sample worth approximately £8.80.
Friday, 29 November 2013
I have been super intrigued by cauliflower pizza for a while now, a pizza with a base made of cauliflower, cheese & eggs must be vile surely? If something sounds like it shouldn't work apparently really works I HAVE to try it, so try it I did, and enjoy it we did. It was super tasty and healthy. The best thing is that you can make this completely Syn free on Slimming World if you so wish.
For the base you will need :
A handful of cheese
Seasoning (I used garlic salt and mixed herbs)
For the topping you will need :
Tomato purée (you can use shop bought or make your own, both are syn free)
Your choice of perfect pizza toppings, note these will need to be cooked before adding to the base.
Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 7.
Grate the cauliflower so that it resembles rice, I did this in my food processor. Heat the cauliflower in the microwave on high for eight minutes.
Add a handful of cheese, the eggs and the seasoning and mix well. Don't worry about letting the cauliflower cool before this step. I don't have patience for that kind of thing.
If you want to make this Syn free you can count the cheese as a HexA, just make sure you weigh it out and leave for some the topping if you so wish.
Spray a baking tray with fry light and transfer the mixture onto it, compacting well.
Pop in the middle of the oven for twenty minutes. Flip the base over and pop back into the top of the oven for ten minutes.
I sliced mine into four pieces to make it easier to flip over.
Add your desired toppings and put in the top of the oven for a further five minutes.
You will be presented with a very healthy, very yummy pizza.
I choose Southern Fried Fridge Raiders and cheese for my toppings. The Fridge Raiders do have a Syn value but they were quick and convenient!
I made my own tomato puree simply by adding four quartered tomatoes to the food processor with a pinch of salt, minced garlic and mixed herbs and blending until smooth.
Have you tried cauliflower pizza? What are your perfect pizza toppings?