Tuesday, 28 February 2012

BEAUTY: L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Hi!
I've been meaning to write this review for ages and now I've almost run out of this hand cream I thought I should get on with it. I'd consider myself as a bit of a hand cream expert as in my job before I came to uni I was a pot washer in a restaurant and every weekend my hands were disgusting, dry, cracked, peeling skin all very attractive as you can tell. I tried so many different hand creams and even slept in those little white cotton gloves you can get (and ended up looking like Michael Jackson with them on!) Some hand creams I loved but most of them I hated. I'm really funny with things on my hands and hate them feeling in the slightest bit dirty and I hate the texture of the majority of hand creams so it's brilliant to find one I love so much I only wish I'd known about this when I had my job.


What L'Occitane Say

 A super-smoothing and best selling synergy of 20% Shea Butter, honey and sweet almond extract, blended with the light and alluring aromas of jasmine and ylang-ylang essences. Texturally pleasing balm glides on and miraculously absorbs to help heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. Anti-oxidizing vitamin E helps nourish. Invites even the most hard-working hands to a fresh beginning. 

What I Think

First off I need to rave about how good this smells, seriously I think it's so lovely, quite a calming and relaxing smell too. At the risk of sounding weird I smell my hands loads after putting this on because I can't get enough of how good it smells.
I quite like the packaging too and it makes it easy to carry around with you although it does remind me a bit of tubes of oil paint I used to use in school.
This asorbs so quick it's unbelievable, with in a minute of putting this on it has completely sunk in which is a huge plus for me as I have mentioned that I hate the feel of a lot of stuff on my hands so to not have the greasy, sticky feeling I find you get with a lot of hand creams makes this product completely worth it. 
The only slight downside for me is the price, at £7.50 (from L'Occitane it is £7 delivered on Feel Unique) for 30ml it isn't the cheapest hand cream available, however to me it's totally worth the price for the texture, smell and the fact it actually works as my hands are left smooth and soft. I would definitely buy this again when I have a bit more money to spend but I am going to try a cheaper hand cream when this one runs out. 

Have you tried this product? What is your favourite hand cream?

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Happy List #45

Saturday 18th February 2012
 Mum and stepdad visted for the weekend / Mum bought me a new book / Me and my mum shared this yummy platter in Wetherspoons / I bought some new Aussie hair stuff / New Yankee candle it smells like Pina Colada!

Sunday 19th February 2012
 Costa hot chocolate / Another new book thanks to my stepdad

Monday 20th February 2012

Not much to say for today as it was really boring due to been stuck in uni all day and doing literally nothing whilst I was there

Tuesday 21st February 2012
Attempting to flip a pancake and it going really wrong / Big plate of pancakes for pancake day
Wednesday 22nd February 2012
Spent most of the day reading this for one of my uni modules
Thursday 23rd February 2012
 Wore my new Levi's for the first time, in love with them!

Also... Been a bit naughty and had McDonalds chips for lunch, watched Strictly Baby Disco and felt sorry for most of the girls on there as their mums were so pushy

Friday 24th February 2012
Getting Josh to be a modern man and use face stuff! (Sorry for crappy phone photo, Josh takes my photo's on the camera as he's usually much better than me but he couldn't be bothered today!)
 
Also... Had a lovely chicken tikka for tea and discovered the best and happiest video on the internet. Let me introduce Nyan Cat to you all (seriously watch it!)...
I'll never get bored of this!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Video: Recent Buys Video #2

Hi!
I've been meaning to film this for ages and finally got around to it the other week. Basically it's everything I've bought since christmas as I've used christmas money for everything that's in the video. I'm really pleased with everything I've bought because I lot of it is stuff I've wanted for a while so it was definitely nice to treat myself. If you want to watch the video through my YouTube channel just click the little YouTube sign on the video and then you can see the extra information such as links to reviews and other posts mentioned in the video. I hope you enjoy having a good nosey at what I've bought, I always love watching videos and reading posts like this!


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tueday Treats #15

Hi!
This Tuesday Treats is a Topshop special. I never ever buy clothes from Topshop as I find it so over priced, the quality isn't extremeley fantastic for the price and you can often find similar things in other shops. That said I do like a good browse on the website every now and then and a few things have caught my eye recently so here is my Topshop wishlist and sadly it is going to remain just a wish because as pretty as these things are they are pretty basic items and very over priced!

 EDIT: These videos have been deleted as I was no longer happy with the format and with having them on my YouTube channel. Please click here to see more recent Tuesday Treats posts.


  1. There's a few different variations on these shorts on the website but I like the more classic blue ones
  2. I have a big love for cardi's and I've a feeling that if I owned this I would live in it
  3. I really want some leggings like these but these don't look anywhere near as tacky as most of them I've seen and they're petite which is perfect for my little legs
  4. This would become an absolute wardrobe staple but I just cannot justify £30 for such a basic top even if it is a pretty colour
  5. Same as above (seen as it's the same top!) I really want these!
  6. I have a thing for skull jewellery and clothing and this would look nice with a basic little outfit
  7. Josh has described this as 'a crazy goth necklace' but I love it
  8. Again just a nice wardrobe basic however this is a little more justifiable

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Happy List #44

Saturday 12th February 2012

Didn't do anything special today but I did film a 'Let Your Boyfriend Do Your Makeup' video for YouTube. You can look at the post here

Sunday13th February 2012

(Sorry for the crappy phone photo) Went out for Sunday lunch and ate all the yummy food before I could get a picture!

Monday 13th February 2012

Baked shortbread hearts for Josh for Valentine's Day / Had a McDonalds / Painted my nails red

Tuesday 14th February 2012


Valentines Day / Roses from Josh / Mine and Josh's presents to each other / Sparkling Rose wine / Indoor picnic Josh made for me

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Another trip to the American shop to buy vanilla coke / Two new 'Happy List' books

Thursday 16th February 2012

Didn't really do much today, just went for a walk and then had a really yummy tea of fish, herb new potatoes and veg

Friday 17th February 2012

Costa chocolate cooler

Also... Watched Cars, I love a good Disney film!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

SAVING MONEY: Gift Cards

Hi!
Not got too much to report on the money saving front accept for it's going fairly good. The last time I did one of these posts I shared some handy tips on food shopping. You can look at all the previous money saving posts here.
As I said not too much has gone on no dramatic slip ups causing me to spend loads but then again I'm not quite a millionaire yet either! I get a bursary from uni tomorrow so that will help a bit however I will still be poor until the next student loan. Having to pay for accomodation so far in advance really took it's toll on my little bank account to the point where I can hear my card screaming everytime I put it in an ATM! 
Anyway I've only one little tip to share with you this week and it's about vouchers/gift cards. Josh and I went for Sunday lunch last weekend at Wetherspoons as for christmas Josh received some vouchers for there, we had dinner, dessert and a couple of drinks and only spent around £2 and that was only because the women behind the bar wasn't sure if they gave change back from vouchers. Josh also received some cinema gift cards for christmas which we've yet to use but it means we can still have days out and meals out without spending any money. I would say if your strapped for cash it's worth asking for things like this for birthdays and christmas because you can still go out and do things without having to worry about the cost.
If you have any money saving tips leave a comment and let me know. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Video: I Let My Boyfriend Do My Makeup

Hi!
I'm sure you've all seen or heard of the Youtube tag 'Let Your Boyfriend Do Your Makeup'. It doesn't really take much explaining what goes on in the video but when Josh caught on to this through videos I was watching he decided we should film it. I don't think I've ever been so scared in my life, letting a boy loose with expensive makeup which he has no idea about (at one point I did fear that he was going to squeeze my £20 foundation all over) is not good and neither is him brandishing a mascara wand at your eyes all that good of an experience!
I did have fun filming the video even though Josh did much worse than I expected, he genuinely didn't have a clue what stuff was. Anyway here's the video, hope you enjoy it.


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Happy List #43

Saturday 4th February 2012

It snowed at night at I went to play out in it / Went to a vintage fair and bought Levi shorts and a ring (you can see my post about the fair here) / Went food shopping these were the highlights - muffins and battenberg (fatty!)

Sunday 5th February 2012

 Josh bought me a tiny little Lindt bear / Yummy Costa hot chocolate

Also... all the snow had melted which was pretty rubbish so we just had a look around the shops spent the night watching Dancing on Ice and the last Mrs Brown's Boys

Monday 6th February 2012

 White hot chocolate (the best thing ever) / My new purse from River Island the detail is actually gold but it looks silver here!

Tuesday 7th February 2012

Nothing exciting happened today I just went to uni, we'd been reading Twilight which I never read or seen the films, I wanted to hate it but I actually really enjoyed it oh dear!

Wednesday 8th February 2012

Carbonara for tea quite possibly my favourite meal!

Also... Went to one of my modules and got my coursework mark back and I got a really good mark

Thursday 9th February 2012

 Been tubby having a breakfast

Also... Went shopping for Josh's valentines stuff and got some nice things

Friday 10th February 2012

My pretty new shoes from the kids section in New Look (Josh was slightly embarrassed at me buying shoes from the kids section!) / Pink cupcake

Also... Filmed a recent buys video which will be on my blog next week

Just realised how much food is on this weeks post oh dear! Oh well I'll be good next week...!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Project Perfect

Whilst reading some blogs yesterday I came across Amy's Project Perfect post. Like many people I also watched Gok's Teens this week and couldn't believe how image obsessed the teens were and how much striving for 'the perfect body' effected them.
As a teenager I wasn't exactly overflowing with confidence and to be honest not much has changed now but I was never as image conscious as the teens in the show.
Amy's Project Perfect idea is so good and it's about time we all saw how unique and perfect we are in our own way and started showing some postivity towards each other as well. Amy posted a lovely photo of herself and the other girls who I've seen taking part in this project are all equally as beautiful. So I seriously recommend you hop over to Amy's blog and check out Project Perfect for yourself and we can all start the appreciation for each other!

Here is my Project Perfect post.  

A photo of myself that I really like:

I've had to pick two because one of them I really like but the other shows of more things that I like about myself! (If that makes sense)

 I like this photo because the dress really suits me and it makes me feel pretty

 I like this photo because it really shows off my eyes

Three things that I don't like about myself but turned into postives:
  1. My teeth as although I have healthy teeth and I haven't really had any problems with them I do have a tooth which is crowned due to an accident, it's right next to my top front tooth and to me it stands out loads however I suppose my smile would be different if my teeth weren't like this and my boyfriend says he likes my smile
  2. My wobbly bits, I have quite a curvy shape all over but my bum and hips especially however lots of skinnier people would like curves like mine
  3. My nose, it has a small bump on it which sometimes annoys me, however my boyfriend says I have a little button nose which he likes!
Three things that I like about myself:
  1. My eyes, they're really blue and sparkly! 
  2. My lips as they're quite full and plump
  3. My boobs! They not too big but they're a pretty good size, I think they suit my shape perfectly! 
So that was my Project Perfect post, I really can't get across to you how great I think this idea is, you really should all get involved. If you do link it back to Amy so she can create a post out of all the Project Perfect's!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Vintage Fair

Hi!
Last Saturday I dragged Josh off to a vintage fair in Coventry (he's my photographer so he didn't have much choice!), it was the first vintage fair I've been to and I loved it. Aside from it been in a lovely building (St Mary's Guildhall, Coventry if you're wondering) there were some great stalls. Despite the fact it was very very busy I did manage to get to look at pretty much everything and it sort of goes without saying that I bought a couple of things! I had a really good afternoon and came away with a lovely silver and turquoise ring and my new favourite item of clothing ever...vintage Levi shorts! I was actually a little bit excited when I tried them on and they fitted I've wanted a pair for sooo long. There were a few pair's of Levi's at the vintage fair but none of them looked right to me or the little brown Levi bit on the back was in very bad condition (yes I know they're vintage but I'm picky!) then I spotted this pair and rushed to try them on, it was love at first site! 
Anyway onto some photo's of the day.

Vintage Fair
 St Mary's Guildhall, vintage fair

Vintage Fair
 One of the stalls

Vintage Levi's
Me Levi hunting

Vintage Fair
 Another shot of the hall and fair

Vintage Fair
 Me looking on a stall

Vintage Fair
 Lots of vintagey things, check out the pink leotard at the back!


 My new ring

Vintage Levi Shorts

Vintage Levi Shorts
 My beautiful new shorts

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

RECIPE: Peanut Butter Energy Bites

The other week in my Happy List I mentioned baking some peanut butter energy bites, they turned out pretty good and were really nice so I just thought I would share it with as I slightly changed the basic recipe I found. 
I baked these with the intention of using them as healthy snacks so I used much less sugar than the original recipe stated.
So here's my ammended recipe for peanut butter energy bites.

Ingredients

Makes around 15 bites

55g Wheatgerm
55g Sugar
200g Peanut Butter
1 Egg

Method

Measure out all the ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. When everything is combined extra's can be added such as coconut, raisens, chocolate chips etc (I added raisens). Take small amounts of the mixture and roll it into balls in your hands. Place the mixture onto a tray and bake at 220c for 15 minutes (I have to add at this point that if you follow this recipe it's best to keep an eye on them as I only have a microwave oven so things take slightly longer in it then they would in a normal oven also 220c is equivelent to gas mark 7 so it's probably worth knocking it down to 200c/gas mark 6 in a normal oven).

So as you can see they are really quick and simple to make and they taste so good. Mine were still slightly squidgy when they'd cooked by once they cool down they go like a biscuit. Here are some photo's from making them.



Ingredients, mixture, before they were baked and after.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Happy List #42

Saturday 28th January 2012

This was how my Saturday night was spent whilst watching Million Pound Drop and Mrs Brown's Boys

Also... Went for a quick look around the shops and found loads of lovely smelling Yankee Candles I really need another one!

Sunday 29th January 2012

 Cosying up with hot chocolate shortbread and more Mrs Brown's Boys

Also... did a post on my other blog of my favourite books of 2011 as I really got back into reading last year and reviewed lots of books

Monday 30th January 2012

Sorry I never have photo's for Monday's because it's the worst day, I'm in uni the majority of the day and can't be bothered with anything when I'm back!

Tuesday 31st January 2012

Finished reading Interview With the Vampire for uni, I've really enjoyed it and wrote a review for it here

Also... Watched loads of funny animal videos on Youtube it's so easy to get drawn in by them all!

Wednesday 1st February 2012

 Went for a walk in the War Memorial Park which we've never been to before, it's huge but really nice. It'll be really pretty in summer and hopefully we'll look around more then as we got too cold so went to the little cafe for hot drinks and a huge muffin!

Also... Reached 10,000 all time views on my blog which I'm really pleased about

Thursday 2nd February 2012

Went to Ikea for the cheap delicious delights above and then bought some Cadbury's chocolate trifles (such a fatty!)

Also... Finally got some quotes from people on an article I'm writing on female cyber bullying and watched an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Everyone watch this video of it and skip to 4.20 and watch the next 20 seconds, I've never laughed so much!

Friday 3rd February 2012

Josh's parent's came to visit overnight and we went out to and Indian, this is what I wore (jeans - Primark, top - Internacionale)

Thursday, 2 February 2012

SAVING MONEY: Food Shopping

Hi!
Quick update before I launch into the full post. Saving is going well so far and I've not really spent any money this week and I still have christmas money left for treats (I really do know how to spin it out!)
Anyway I'm doing another sort of money saving guide this week much like the one I did on film and cinema which you can have a read of here. So this weeks topic is...

Food Shopping

Being a student (or on a budget) doesn't have to be about empty cupboards and living off takeways, ready meals and pot noodles infact this can be more expensive (not to mention ready meals and pot noodles are horrible although I am partial to the odd takeway!). With the right tactics and knowledge you'll have cupboards full of tasty things in no time.

 Follow these tips to have full cupboards!

First off don't be a label snob, secondly and closely related to my first point is don't be a shop snob. There's nothing wrong with own brand products, infact I often prefer supermarkets own brands to things such as Heinz, McVities etc also there's nothing wrong with shopping in places like Aldi or Iceland. Aldi has some really great stuff and very cheap prices and Iceland isn't just about frozen ready meals and cheap pizza's they also have some great bargains, for example we can get a 890g pack of lean mince for £5 in there which makes 5-6 meals (by this a mean portions not 5-6 seperate meals).

We don't tend to actually go to a supermarket for our shopping as there is an Iceland just around the corner from us and a Sainsburys 10 minutes away (it's not a full sized one but it's not a little one either it's somewhere inbetween) so we manage with those as we've found Sainsburys surprisingly cheap and they often have lots of offers on. This also brings me onto the point that you shouldn't shop in the most convenient places either, we have a Tesco express at the end of our street and it's majorly overpriced on the vast majority of things, we can pick up the stuff much cheaper in other places that are just a small walk away.

Another good idea is to set a monthly food budget and try to stick to it. On the 1st of every month take your budgeted food money out of the bank and put it somewhere safe, that way when you want to go shopping you'll have the money to hand rather than been tempted to pay on your card. When you pay on your card it's really easy to ignore how much you're actually spending but if you pay in cash it's easy to monitor and puts it into perspective. 

Don't buy more than what you need, I know this sounds obvious but it's really easy to just pick up 4 pints of milk or a full loaf of bread then discover you've only used half of it by the use by date. So just take a minute to think about what you're buying and pick up a smaller loaf or less milk, that way you're not essentially throwing your money in the bin. Another good tip for not wasting food is to freeze it, if you live on your own or just as a couple you can find a lot of meals you make will serve four so rather than wasting what is left over buy some foil takeaway trays (we get ours from Poundland) and freeze what is left.

 Foil trays are ideal for freezing food in

Smaller loaves of bread means there's less waste

The same tips go for drink as well, it's cheaper to buy own brands rather than Smirnoff vodka or Malibu rum for example. Iceland do really good alternatives to a lot of things such as Smirnoff, Malibu, Baileys and Sourz and at a fraction of the price. A recent (cheap) drink discovery for Josh and I is own brand French lager from Tesco's, I don't like lager but I find this so nice and for 8 bottles it only costs £3.11 (it may be even slightly cheaper in large Tesco supermarkets) the Co-Op also do their own French lager which only £9 for 24 bottles so you really can't go wrong with prices like that.  

 Tesco's French lager

 Iceland's version of Baileys

One final tip is to try cooking your own meals, as part of my Not Quite 25 Before 25 list I've set myself the challenge to make more homemade dishes. Buying herbs and spices can initially be a bit costly however once you've got them they last ages so this really cuts the cost down, plus it's good to learn something new!

So they're my tips for food shopping. I hope you have enjoyed this weeks post and if you've missed any of the previous posts you can catch up here