Tuesday, 28 April 2015

MyChocolate Blogger Event

Anything featuring the word chocolate catches my attention so as soon as Lauren from Blonde Vision told me she was planning on organising chocolate making I was straight there!  The workshop was run by MyChocolate, a company who offer these fun chocolate making workshops for all kinds of events such as hen parties, birthdays and corporate entertainment. The workshop we attended was based in their London venue which was a lovely location overlooking Regent’s canal. They also offer workshops in other locations around the UK so don’t worry if you aren’t from London, all the details are here on their website.

They kindly let a group of bloggers take over their venue for the morning and it was so much fun. We started by having a quick lesson about how MyChocolate began which was really interesting. We learnt how to distinguish between higher and lesser quality chocolate and had fun tasting flavoured chocolate and trying to guess what it was – I got it completely wrong!

Then the real fun began – we watched a demonstration from one of the MyChocolate team members who showed us how to make chocolate truffles. We then split into pairs at our tables and attempted to make our own. I have to say it was not as easy as it looked! We struggled with the first couple but then got the hang of it after a few, the key was to keep the chocolate warm so it didn’t go hard.

As you can see at this point they didn’t look very pretty, but this was just this inside of the truffle and the next stage was to shape and decorate them. I wanted my truffles to look as pretty as possible so I shaped them into neat balls. I then covered each one with a thick layer of milk chocolate – yum! MyChocolate provided a lovely choice of decorations we could use for our chocolates and I went for some of the white chocolate sprinkles and nuts. We were also given a square of fudge and some marshmallows which we could decorate and shape how we liked. I started off well and tried to make them look as pretty and presentable as I could but towards the end I just tried to get as much chocolate as possible on them!

All throughout this I did try very hard to resist just picking up a spoon and getting stuck into that huge bowl of chocolate – it looked absolutely amazing.

We made such a mess getting chocolate absolutely everywhere and it was chaos with everyone trying to protect their cameras and phones! But was so much fun, I felt like a little kid again. Making the truffles is definitely something that could be recreated at home as well, this is something I would love to do with my little cousins as they would love it.

Once we had finished decorating and let our chocolates dry, we were each given a gorgeous little gold cardboard box and some ribbon to put our chocolates in and take them home.

After the workshop finished a few of us went for lunch in Islington. This was really nice as I got the chance to meet and chat to some of the bloggers who weren’t on my table at MyChocolate.

When I got home, I tried one of my truffles and it was gorgeous – they definitely tasted much better than they looked! I took a few into work with me the following day and everyone loved them. I will definitely be making some more of these to show off to my family at some point!

The workshop was so much fun and I really enjoyed my day at MyChocolate. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a fun activity for a group of people.  They also mentioned they often do gift vouchers and deals through websites like Groupon or Wowcher so it’s definitely worth looking out for these.

Do you like the sound of MyChocolate? Have you ever made chocolate before?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Hot Hair - Clip in Pony Tail

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a blogger event hosted by Hot Hair. Hot Hair is an online company providing a range of different hair pieces.

I have been a huge fan of hair extensions for a few years now. I have quite thin hair and it is very difficult to get it to grow and thicken, despite the number of products I have tried! Extension are my saviour, they allow me to give myself the hair I dream of in just a few minutes! I have always just gone for normal clip in extensions and not really thought about trying any other hairpieces. This was until the Hot Hair event, I had no idea there was so many different types of hairpieces available and I was in my element browsing and trying different ones out.

One particular piece that really caught my eye was the clip in ponytail. In the past I have never been able to tie my hair up with my extensions in as the clips always show, so I have always had to wear them with my hair down. When I saw how this piece instantly transformed my small, thin ponytail into this long and thick ponytail I was in love. Hot Hair very kindly let me keep the piece which absolutely made my evening as I didn’t want to ever take it out! I kept it in all evening and had so many lovely complements about it.

The best thing about this clip in ponytail is that it is so easy to put in your hair. In fact, it is actually much easier and quicker than applying lots of rows of clip ins and trying to make sure they are hidden and firm in place.

You start by tying your hair up using a normal hair tie, then place the attached black clip into the top of your ponytail to secure and wrap around the hairpiece using the Velcro to hold it tightly in place. You can then wrap the separate attached piece of hair around to hide where the ponytail has been clipped in. The best way to secure this is with some bobby pins to make sure it is not going to come loose.

As you can tell, it is so easy and quick to apply so you don’t have to be a pro at hair extensions!  I had this in for a good few hours and it didn’t come loose at all, so as long as you secure it well with bobby pins you don’t need to worry about that.

I went for the straight ponytail piece, and as it is synthetic hair you can’t put heat on it if you wanted to style it differently. However, Hot Hair have obviously realised straight might not be to everyone’s taste and this piece is available in wavy and curly as well. I think the curly one in particular is gorgeous and would be perfect for a sophisticated up do. I can definitely see myself investing in this one next, they are so reasonably priced at £24.

The quality is great as well, I couldn’t tell it was synthetic hair, it feels just like my human hair clips ins and I thought it actually was human hair until they told me!



As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of this hairpiece. I’m so happy I can now give myself a lovely long, voluminous up do and I don’t have to worry my hair looks thin and boring. As far as everyone else is concerned, its my real hair - who’s going to know?! ;)

Do you like the sound of this clip in ponytail? Have you tried anything else from Hot Hair? You can find all their hair pieces here.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

It’s not often I say this but the day has come… I have found a new foundation that I absolutely love. I always struggle to find foundations I am happy with, I have oily/combination skin so I like them to be really mattifying with no shine at all. For the last couple of years I have sworn by MAC’s Matchmaster foundation (and I still do, see my review here), but now I have found a more affordable alternative – The Loreal Infallible Matte Foundation.

I have seen quite a few reviews about this so far and the feedback is very mixed, I knew I had to try it for myself as anything with the word mattifying appeals to me and the affordable £6.99 price tag was very tempting as well. I went for the shade Vanilla which luckily was a good match, I definitely recommend trying out the product on your hand to make sure you get the right shade as I do think it looks a lot darker in the packaging.

I really like the packaging of this foundation, it comes in a tube with a long nozzle which allows you to really control the amount of product coming out.

When I applied the foundation the first thing I noticed was how quickly it dries on the skin – you really do have to be quick when blending it in. It is quite a creamy formula and when it dries it gives a powder–like finish. This kind of finish is great for oily/combination skin and is exactly what I look for in a foundation, if you are looking for shine control and have fairly smooth skin I definitely recommend trying it. However, if you have dry skin I don’t think this is the foundation for you, as it is so matte and dries so fast it would draw attention to any dry patches.

It gives a good medium coverage and has such a lightweight feel which is one of the things I love most about this foundation – it didn’t feel cakey at all which I sometimes worry about with really matte foundations. I definitely recommend moisturising well before applying this foundation, even though I don’t have dry skin on my face at all it can feel a little bit dry after putting it on if you don’t moisturise. As for whether or not it lasts 24 hours, I can't say as I don't leave my makeup on for that long!

This is definitely a foundation I recommend for the summer months due to its really lightweight feel on the face, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this. It has already become my everyday go to foundation and I will be saving my MAC matchmaster for special occasions as it is much pricier. The oil control really is amazing and I have been finding I don’t need as much powder. If this is what you are looking for I seriously recommend trying it. I know it can be risky trying out new foundation but the great thing about this is the price is so reasonable. If you don’t like it, you won’t feel like you have wasted too much money - but hopefully like me you will love it and have discovered an absolute bargain considering how good the quality is.

Have you tried this foundation as well? What do you think?

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils

Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencils - £4.99
A couple of weeks ago, Boots had one of their wonderful (yet very dangerous) 3 for 2 offers across all makeup. I only went in to get one thing but when I saw this offer I obviously couldn’t resist making the most of it. I have wanted to try one of these Maybelline Colour Drama lip pencils for a while now so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I went for the shades ‘Keep It Classy’ and ‘Minimalist’.
Keep It Classy is the most gorgeous girly pink shade - it is quite light and has a gorgeous subtle glittery finish to it. This has become a daytime favourite for me, as I am a lover of pink shades and it isn't too bright so it goes with most outfits. Minimalist is a lovely raspberry dark pink shade - though it can look more red at times depending on what light you are in. It has such a nice creamy texture but gives a more matte finish and doesn't have the glittery finish that Keep It Classy has. 

The lip liners are so lovely to apply, both are really creamy and moisturising. The staying power is good, but not as good some other pencils I have tried. I think that is because these don't have a matte finish, which does mean they tend to rub off the lips easier. They are perfect if you have dry lips like me as they are not drying at all, whereas I find quite a lot of lip pencils can be. I love lip pencils like this - they are so convenient for a quick top up of colour if you are in a rush and don’t have time to properly apply a lip liner and lipstick. I find them absolutely perfect to keep in your handbag for when you are on the go. 
Left - 'Minimalist' & Right - 'Keep It Classy'
These lip pencils cost £4.99 each which I think is such a good price! They have so many other shades available and I hope to get my hands on some more soon. Have you tried any of these Maybelline lip pencils? What do you think?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Pastel Wishlist

When summer is on its way there is nothing I love better than saying goodbye to all the black in my wardrobe for a while and getting out all my brightly coloured summer clothing. I am such a massive fan of bright colours, especially pink (shock) but this year I have found myself really admiring all the pastel shades out there. I recently went a bit mad and couldn’t stop pinning everything pastel on Pinterest and since then I keep seeing it everywhere I look. There are so many pieces I have got my eye on at the moment and I have put together a few of my favourites which I hope to get my hands on for summer.

1.Miss Selfridge - Playsuit - £45 I spotted this gorgeous playsuit whilst in Miss Selfridge, I love playsuits and I think this colour is absolutely gorgeous. Even better that they have it in their petite range if you are a shorty like me.

2. Boohoo - Sandels - £25 I have massively fallen in love with these sandals from Boohoo, they come in a range of gorgeous pastel shades. I will hopefully get my hands on these!

3. Misguided - Crop Top - £8 I am really loving mint coloured items at the moment, it is so fresh and would look great with a tan. I love this high neck crop top and think it would be lovely with a pair of white jeans - plus it's only £8!

4. Miss Selfridge - Yellow Crop Top - £10 Yellow is another colour I think looks gorgeous with a tan in the summer. This lemon shade crop top is so pretty and I would love to pair this with a pair of white denim shorts in the summer.

5. River Island - Bikini Top £16, Bottoms £12 Like most other female on the planet at the moment I absolutely love the Trangl style bikini. I have been desperate to get my hands on one since last summer but unfortunately they are not sold in the UK and the shipping costs is just not worth it. Luckily, high street shops have caught onto the craze and there are lots of similar styles around. I spotted this gorgeous lilac bikini in River Island and I am in love.

6. ASOS  - Skinny Jeans - £39.99 I love brightly coloured jeans during the Summer and these ones from ASOS caught my eye when I was browsing the site. The minty/turquoise shade is so pretty and I would love to style this with a white top.

7. Misguided - Pink Skirt - £20 Last on my wishlist is this pastel pink leather look skirt. I love this style with the split down the side and it would be perfect for a summer night out. 

Are you loving pastel shades this spring/summer? Do you like any of these pieces?


Saturday, 4 April 2015

10 Tips For Applying Fake Tan

As you may or may not have worked out already, I am a massive fan of fake tan. With the exception of summer when I have the chance to get a natural tan, I don’t think I have ever gone longer than a few days without applying some kind of fake tan, whether that’s instant or gradual, for at least a few years! I hate looking pale, and I feel so much better in myself and more confident with a tan. As a result of my love for fake tan, I have tried so many different ones and experimented with different techniques and ways of applying it. I have picked up quite a few tips that work for me, so I thought it would be nice to share these with you all.

1. Exfoliate – It is so important to make sure you exfoliate before applying fake tan. If you have any dry or rough patches on your skin these will attract the fake tan to hold in these areas and you will be left with blotchy patches in areas such as elbows and knees. Exfoliating will leave your skin smooth and soft and you will be able to get a much more even and flawless application. I like to exfoliate using a body scrub with exfoliating gloves and I usually do this in the shower before applying the tan. This means your skin is fresh, clean and smooth right before application. My current favourite is The Body Shop's Coconut Scrub.

2. Moisturise before – For the same reasons as exfoliating, it is good to moisturise your skin a few hours or the night before to make it as silky and smooth as possible, so the tan will glide on nicely. Also just before applying fake tan it is good to moisturise the drier areas such as hands, elbows and knees to stop the tan building up in these areas.

3. Shave at least 24 hours before – I think a common misconception about fake tan is that it is best to shave right before you apply the tan as you don’t want to shave after and then rub it off. Although this seems to make sense and I used to believe it as well, it is definitely not the right way. I have learnt from experience that shaving just before applying fake tan only means you are going to open pores that the fake tan will sink into and your legs will end up looking very spotty. It’s best to shave around 24 hours before, so no open pores and then hopefully you won’t have to shave again for a few days after so you won’t rub any tan off.

4. Always use a mitt or gloves – It is essential to use a mitt or gloves when fake tanning – you really don’t want to be that person that has orange hands! I prefer to use a mitt rather than gloves, this is because I think it allows you to cover more area and apply it evenly and quickly before it dries. You can buy mitts from a lot of places and some are rather expensive. I tend to just buy a cheaper one from Amazon as they always need to be replaced eventually. Gloves are better when it comes to areas like your face and hands where you might need to be more precise, you can use any kind of plastic gloves to do this. I also recommend a back mitt – I have spent so much time struggling to reach all areas of my back with fake tan and a back mitt just makes it so much easier and they aren’t expensive.

5. Be careful in certain areas – It is really important to be careful when applying tan in areas such as elbows, hands, ankles, neck , face, eyebrows. What I sometimes do when applying to these area such as elbows and hands is mix the tan with moisturiser or use a gradual tanner so it doesn’t all gather up in those areas. You can also use Vaseline whenever you want to protect an area from fake tan, such as around the eyebrows and hairline. On my face I like to use a face tanner and this St Tropez one is my favourite, it is sensitive to the skin and very moisturising. 

6. Wear loose clothes after – This is such a simple one but so important. Always remember to wear loose clothing after applying fake tan. This allows it to fully develop without any being rubbed off onto clothing. I made the mistake in the past of wearing tight leggings after applying fake tan and most of it ended up on the leggings not my skin. Loose clothes also reduces the chance of you smudging or moving any tan before it has developed.

7. Keep moisturising after – It is good to moisturise everyday after applying fake tan to make it last longer. It hydrates the skin and reduces dry skin which stops the top layer of your skin cells fall away and taking the tan with them. It will also prevent any cracking or flaking. My current favourite moisturizer is Xen Tan Scent Secure - it is made to help reduce the smell of fake tan and it works so well.

8. Apply tan before bed – When you apply a fake tan they normally tell you to leave it on for at least a few hours to give it time to develop. This can be a pain as it limits what you can wear – and it has a very strong smell! I find it works best to apply the tan just before going to bed, so it has more than enough time to develop and you can wash the remainder off in your morning shower and get rid of the fake tan smell. The only down side of this is getting fake tan all over your bed sheets, but it should wash out fine and I always buy black bedding to hide stains (seriously recommend this).

9. Use a tan that suits you – There are so many different types of fake tan available and it is really important to make sure you use one that suits you. It can take some experimenting with creams, mousses, sprays etc but it is definitely worth it. I personally prefer using a mousse and I’m not really a fan of sprays as I feel a lot gets wasted. My favourite developing mousse is St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse an my favourite instant mousse is Fake Bake 5 Minute Mousse. Gradual tanners are also great if you want an easy and quick option. If I’m not in a rush to have an instant tanned look I will normally apply this Garnier gradual tan every other day and let it build up. They are great as you don’t have to worry about getting streaks and you get the benefits of a moisturiser as well.
10. Removing tan – The best way I have found to remove fake tan is using baby oil – this is a tip I read online a while ago and it really works! Basically you coat your skin in baby oil and leave on for around 45 minutes, then have a bath or shower, exfoliate and all the excess tan will be removed effortlessly!   Another quick way to remove fake tan from a smaller area is by rubbing lemon juice on the area. This is really useful if you overdo the tan on your hands or other awkward areas.

Do you use any of these tips? Do you have any others that work for you?

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