Friday, 30 November 2018

Bakerdays Letterbox Cake* Review | Bows and Pearls Turns 6!

Just recently I celebrated my blog's birthday and it has been six years since I started typing away my reviews and thoughts so what better way to celebrate than with a cake! Perfect timing for a collaboration!! It was such a lovely tea time, hot cups of tea, the letterbox cake and I did a spot of baking too! I made iced biscuits with pink icing and sprinkles! The ultimate girly evening in our household!
So... Love the idea of a personalised cake that can fit through a letterbox? I know I do! I was lovingly sent a Letterbox Cake* to review and boy! It did not disappoint!

A bit about bakerdays

bakerdays is a personalised celebration cake specialist, providing cupcakes and celebration cakes for ALL types of occasions. There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, you can pick a traditional vanilla sponge to a lovely lemon drizzle option. You can even opt for a photocake so it will be very personal and they have so many themes to choose from cute girly princessy designs to a sporty football print!
They're available to deliver for 7 days a week and some cake options come with free delivery (royal mail first class) but be sure to double check all the details on the website before ordering.

My bakerdays experience
The Letterbox cake actually fits through the letterbox! That is want really astonished me, I didn't think it would be possible for a cake to fit through and I was so worried about the cake when it would drop after the postie would put it through but it was actually ok!
The cake came packaged in a very sturdy cardboard box and the cake was inside a cute keepsake tin. As soon as I opened it I could smell the fresh icing! You could tell the cake has been made with such care and quality ingredients. I opted for a floral design cake that was very ME. The Peonies cake has a lovely illustration of pink peonies with a small tag that you can add any thing you want to say. I wanted my cake to say Bows and Pearls turns 6. The font was nice and it was able to fit all of the words which I was really glad about.
I was amazed at the quality and colours on the cake, it was very vibrant and the words were placed well too!
I opted to go for the rich chocolate chip and oh my word! It tasted amazing and for something that was being sent because it literally tasted like cake out of a bakery, so fresh, moist and full of flavour. The icing wasn't too sweet so you can definitely scoff more than one slice, you get 3-4 servings out of this cake and I am so glad I chose the traditional sponge option as the icing adds just the right amount of sweetness to the mix.
A Letterbox cake costs £14.99 which I think is an ok price since it contains extras as well as being personalised too! The quality and taste of the cake is so worth it though!
We all really enjoyed this cake and I would definitely recommend bakerdays for a special occasion for friends and family.

What do you think about the Letterbox cake?

Monday, 26 November 2018

Soap and Glory Glitz The Season Giftsets 2018 Review

It's that time of the year again and I absolutely love the festive season! From looking at all those twinkly lights and decorations to trying all of the festive hot drinks. Every year I get excited to see what gift sets are released from one of my favourite pink brands ever! Soap and Glory!!
This year Soap and Glory have brought out a fantastic range of skincare and make-up gift sets that covers a huge price range, from smaller cuter ones to much huger boxed ones and it starts from as little as £5 to £60. These would make great gifts, for a secret santa at work to your pink loving bestie! They have got it all covered. I am loving the circus theme this year and the parcel came with a cute holographic brochure. I'm so grateful to have received three gifts from the babes at S&G HQ, thank you guys! Let's go through what I was sent...

Merry Kiss-much £6*
This delightful duo features a super plumping SEXY MOTHER PUCKER Lip Gloss in Plums Up and CRAZY SEXY KHOL liner in Smoulder.
This would make a lovely little gift for a secret santa or for a much younger recipient. This is one of my personal favourites because it's my favourite products but in miniature form! A very purse and pocket friendly duo. The kohl has an intense amount of pigmentation and I have been using this for quite a while, I wouldn't use any other and the plumping lip gloss is another favourite of mine but I didn't have this particular colour. The gloss has a lovely amount of shine and shimmer. A lovely set that comes in a triangular box that you can hang too!

Glitz The Girl £8*
Sparkle all through the pout-y season with this glamazing make-up set that features a mini SPECTACULIPS MATTE-ALLIC Lip Gloss in Pink Charming, a mini CRAZY SEXY KOHL Liner in Smoulder and a limited-edition gold face glitter!
Now this is perfect for all those glitter lovin' babes out there! A perfect little set that has everything you could ever need to look amazing and festive pretty! The mini metallic lip gloss is such a lovely champagne pink that could even be used as a highlighter! The gold glitter is perfect for adding some glitz into your smokey eye or for being creative and adding some designs onto your face. A must buy for all the party girls out there!

She's So Lippy £10*
Our set of THREE super-wearable mini SPECTACULIPS MATTE-ALLIC Lip Glosses! This tantalising trio features Pink Charming, Gold Dusk and Bronze Girl for the most poutrageously perfect pout.
Know someone who loves lip products then this truly is the best thing you could buy! Three mini metallic lip glosses that will complete any festive make-up look. These have a great lasting power so be rest assured your lip colour will stay put until the early hours! I like how versatile this trio is, a good colour range that can take you from day to night! You could even wear these on top of your favourite lipstick to add more depth. My personal favourite from this collection is Pink Charming.

Just look at that shine! I am so impressed with the range of gift sets from Soap and Glory this year! Forever grateful to the girlies that sent me a box full of festive make-up goodness that will keep me looking party ready all year round.

Have you checked out Soap and Glory's gift sets this year and have you bought anything yet? All of the gifts are available to buy at Boots and are currently on a 3 for 2 offer!

Monday, 12 November 2018

Burt's Bees Matte Lip Crayons and Satin Lipsticks Review

A girl can never have too many lip products. I always switch around colours and formulations depending on my mood and I was yet to try out what Burt's Bees had to offer. Burt's Bees recently launched a NEW line of glossy lipsticks, satin lipsticks and matte lip crayons. I was sent a mixture of five to review and I was quite impressed with one of the collections.

"Introducing six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip colour in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip colour. Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil. It's colour that truly cares for your lips!"
£9.99* each
One of the lip collections is the matte lip crayon. There are a total of six shades and no sharpening is required.
These crayons give a lovely wash of colour and tints your lips rather than a full on colour. Even though it states that these are matte lip crayons, the finish is shiny and this could be due to the added jojoba oil, kendi oil and shea butter. I'm not sure why these are called matte lip crayons when the finish isn't matte but that aside I love that this has been made by 100% recycled material and has no added flavours of fragrances. This also contains no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS. It also states that you are able to get 8 hour wear out of this product but I wasn't able to get past 1 hour! It just disappears as soon as you drink or eat something. I guess I had high hopes for this range but I think of this more like a tinted lipbalm that you can just easily apply on the go and as often as you like. I like the fact that it makes my lips feel nourished and hydrated but the lack of pigmentation and longevity lets this one down. Check out the collection here - link

"Burt's Bees Glossy Lipstick gives you medium coverage, glossy lip colour you'll love, with natural, moisturising ingredients that love your lips in return. These long-wearing lipsticks make lips super lustrous and keep them hydrated. Nourishing Red Raspberry Oil, Moringa Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil moisturise, leaving lips smooth and beautifully soft. Burt's Bees also offers 18 satin lipsticks in a versatile colour palette from nudes to pinks to reds to plums. All Burt's Bees Lipsticks are formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, SLS or synthetic fragrances, and made with recyclable packaging. They're 100% natural makeup products and never tested on animals."
£9.99* each
Visually this is such a stunning product! I absolutely love the honeycomb style design on the casing and you can also tell the colour of the lipstick by looking at the honeycomb design so you don't need to look at the bottom of the lipstick or even open it to see the colour, pretty neat!
I was amazed at the pigmentation of these, just one swipe on my wrist had such great colour pay off and the formulation is SO creamy and easy to wear, it doesn't drag on the lips but applies smoothly and precisely. The lipstick formula contains moringa oils and raspberry seed oils so expect your lips to be nourished and moisturised to the max. This range also has a huge colour collection, you can choose from 18 shades!! From purple berry shades to chic nude colours, there is a colour for everyone! This lipstick is made from 60% recycled materials which I think is great, despite being made out of recycled materials, it does not look 'bad' or 'basic'. The stunning design and packaging still feels sturdy and of good quality. It promises 8 hour wear, I wouldn't say I was able to wear it for 8 hours, it did however have a overall good lasting power, 2 to 3 hours max then you would have to reapply. You can really build up the intensity with these lipsticks and the 'Tulip Tide' shade is my absolute favourite! I always keep one in my make-up bag! Check out the collection here - link

Have you tried any lip products from Burt's Bees?

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Pixi The NEW Tonic Family

Pixi Beauty have taken over the beauty and make-up world by storm and due to it's ever popular and much loved Glow Tonic, Pixi have now added two NEW tonics into the collection. A Rose tonic and a Retinol Tonic.
Just recently I received a surprise parcel from Pixi and I was so over the moon to see the mint green package because I had always wanted to try out Pixi skincare/make-up after seeing that everyone loves and enjoys using their products.
I was sent three mini tonics, the iconic Glow*, Rose* and Retinol* to try out. Each tonic bottle is 100ml and sells for £10 a bottle.
These tonics are not tested on animals, alcohol free and is suitable and gentle for all skin types! How amazing is that?!

Glow tonic
The much loved and the most popular out of the three. As soon as I got this package, I opened this tonic and used this before bed and now I have been using it in the morning and evenings without fail and I have seen a significant change to my skin tone and overall appearance of my skin. The glow tonic promises to exfoliate, brighten and smooth out the skin. It's an instant glow enhancer and contains no alcohol. The added Aloe Vera, Ginseng and botanical extracts work together to nourish and treat the skin. A cult favourite that is SO gentle on the skin, it doesn't irritate which is a huge plus for me. What's great is that you can use this am or pm and it's the one to go for if you are looking for something that can tackle many skin concerns.

Rose tonic
The cute pink one. NEW in the family, this tonic naturally soothes and is rich in nutrients. This tonic helps to tone, balance out pH and minimise redness by calming the skin. If you are looking for skin renewal then this one is perfect. The delightful Rose scent is one of my favourites and it doesn't smell artificial but more like freshly cut Roses. This also tops up your skin hydration levels too, kind of like a drink but for your skin. This is suitable for all skin types and is not tested on animals too! This will leave your skin feeling hydrated and very plump, taking away all of the impurities. Another one I would definitely recommend.

Retinol tonic
NEW in the family, this potent youth preserving tonic features a unique time-release Retinol to help rejuvenate the skin for a natural glow. Powerful antioxidants and botanicals replenish the skin for a smoother, softer appearance while soothing sensitive skin. Time-release Retinol reduces fine lines & smoothes complexion, Peptides firm skin & boost collagen production and Jasmine Flower heals & balances.
Now this was the talk of the town when it launched and because of the ingredient, Retinol that is included in this tonic. Retinol is found in very pricey skincare and has said to somewhat reverse sun damage and the ageing process. I think it's great that the Pixi tonic is still affordable knowing that there is Retinol included in the ingredients, it's not known as to how much is included but having an amount in this can maybe help improve your skin. This has a herbal smell but it isn't too potent. So with the low dose in mind, this can still help but don't expect huge results.

Lastly I do think it's great that Pixi have brought out a range so you can easily pick which one is best suited for your skin or it's concern.
Well done Pixi! I am so happy to have these in my collection! Have you tried any of these tonics? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Primark Haul November 2018

It happened. I went to Primark and all of this came back home with me *hides away* I'm really funny when it comes to Primark shopping, I hate the whole crowded areas, messy clothes and the humid atmosphere but I still end up bracing the crowd and heat to pick up some essentials and some treats. I haven't been to Primark for MONTHS and I only went in to pick up the amazing new collaboration skincare range that Alex Steinherr has released and knowing that it was going to be at selected stores only, it made me want it more! After looking in two stores I was very happy to find the skincare stand and grab the four products that I really wanted to try the most. I also picked up some lovely new accessories as well as a new pair of doughnut print pyjamas, cozy socks, cute little pink lipglosses and a adorable Winnie The Pooh mirror that was on sale! Scroll down to see all of my buys, it's very photo heavy so you might want to go and grab a snack or some tea and get cozy first before you start scrolling.

This is probably the bargain of the century, the much bigger Primark  that I went to had a HUGE stack of these mirrors next to men's clothing section? and it was marked down from £6.00 to £1.00!!! I made sure to pick up a few to give to friends and family because how can you say no to a Disney Winnie The Pooh mirror, I also love how the mirror is a hexagon which represents honeycomb - bees - honey... you get my drift?

This jewellery set is sooo cute! I love that they have included extra charms so you can really personalise your jewellery. I have already worn the bracelet and choker. The neon pops of colour really looks great on any outfit and this was also half price. I only paid £2.00 for this incredible set.

This layered necklace is everything. I absolutely love the colours, detailing and tassels. I still haven't worn this one yet but I know it will look great on. For £3 I think it's a lovely necklace to have in your collection. This feels lightweight too which is great since I prefer dainty jewellery.

Tortoiseshell earrings are IN this season and these two caught my attention the most. The colourful ones are my favourite. Both of the hoops really feel like good quality and the acrylic feels sturdy too. I am mostly a stud wearing kinda gal but it's good to switch up your look now and then. I definitely recommend buying these!

I currently have this in my hair right now haha! I swear scrunchie buying is addictive and I always buy pastel coloured ones or ones that have lace detailing but I picked this up because it has the most gorgeous autumnal print/colours on it and the silk feels durable and strong enough to hold my hair in place. Having long hair means you need to look for hair bands/scrunchies that are able to go around your hair twice or three times and keep your hair secure, this definitely does!

This was a unintentional purchase. How could I not buy this?! I found this in the kids make-up section and this is basically a pack of the cutest lipglosses you will ever see! It contains 12 tiny lipglosses in total and it has all of the different types of pink you can think of! Some contain shimmer and some contain glitter! I'm in love!! I swatched some on the back of my hand and I was surprised to see that some were slightly tinted too which is great, so not all of them are just clear glosses. Perfect to keep in your purse and pocket!

If there's one thing I find difficult in make-up, it has to be applying false eye lashes. It's just so fiddly. I came across this particular one in the sale and I picked up a pair so that I could maybe try to wear them or keep them for a special occasion. I really love how these lashes contain iridescent sparkles to make them look much more interesting. Best pound I have ever spent!

What I really popped into Primark for... The Alex Steinherr skincare range. I will be reviewing these separately later because I really want to try these out properly. I heard that it was really hard to get a hold of some of the products in some places but I am so glad that I found the four products that I really wanted to try. I also really LOVE the minimalistic packaging and fonts used, it still stands out and looks super sophisticated.

Do I need to explain this purchase? I don't think so. A beauty necessity that I make sure to have stocked up in my skincare drawer. Oh and this was only 0.90p!!!

Not that I needed any more pairs of cozy socks but I couldn't resist the colour scheme on this one. Perfect for cozy days in and for travelling too. I never leave the house without it! This worn with a dressing gown = total bliss!

I can so understand the pyjamas hype now. After buying a pair after ages. I was amazed at how the quality was and the vast range of designs/finishes available. I always avoid the pj section because I don't need to buy a pair every time I visit the store but these are super comfy and the fact that they are doughnut print, clearly means that it was meant to be mine haha. The pink doughnut with sprinkles really reminds me of the Simpsons doughnut! The colour combination is perfect! Sky blue and candy pink. My favourites. This set costed me £12.

If you have made it this far, well done! Thank you for reading my loooonnnnng Primark haul post, What have you been loving at Primark lately?