Friday, 28 October 2016

REVIEW | Patisserie De Bain

Recently I was approached by a lovely lady called Abbi, asking if I fancied being sent some sweet products from Patisserie de Bain and obviously I jumped at this chance because all of their products sound right up my street! I'm obsessed with sweet, fruity and floral scents so this was a no-brainer for me really!

I received a Bath and Shower Creme, Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Bath Fancies/Melts and a Lip Salve. All in difference fruity scents!

Patisserie de Bain Sweet as Cherry Pie Bath Fancies - £10.00*
When I opened the package and saw these bath melts, I immediately noticed how pretty they were and thought 'I don't want to use these because they're too pretty!!'. The design of them is super cute and they look good enough to eat! When I dropped one of these into the bath it did dissolve quite slowly (as advised on the website), but it left my skin feeling so incredibly smooth because of the cocoa and shea butter mixed with the almond oil. Not to mention I smelt like cherries - amazing!

Patisserie de Bain Sweet as Cherry Pie Body Lotion - £4.99*
I also received a body lotion in the same sweet cherry scent as the bath melts above. The cherry smell is very strong and can be a little over-powering/sickly, so I would maybe stay away if you can't stand the smell of cherry or strong scents, but I don't mind strong scents as it just means that you smell nicer for a longer period of time! I don't tend to try out different body lotions because I'm really funny with them being too thick as I hate being sticky, but I obviously gave this one go and I did quite like it! It is thick in consistency and does take a little bit of work to massage into the skin, but because of this it's extremely hydrating.

Patisserie de Bain Sweet as Cherry Pie Bath and Shower Creme - £3.99*
I was most excited about receiving a bath/shower creme because you can never have too many, right?! You get a lot of product in the large tube and for a great price! Again, the scent is quite strong but I love this because I still smell like cherry once I'm dry and out of the shower. The creme lathers up on a shower puff really well and a little does go a long way, so this shower creme will definitely last me quite a while.

Patisserie de Bain Orange Crush Hand Cream Tube - £3.99*
I have only tried this hand cream once, due to the fact that I'm intolerant (I know, first world problem..) to Orange. It's a pretty standard hand cream that is fairly thick and very hydrating and I do actually like the smell of orange so this scent was really lovely. As far as hand creams go, this one's a good'un! I will definitely purchase another hand cream from the range in a different scent for sure.

Rose and Co Rose Petal Lip Balm Tube - £3.00*
Lastly, I received this really pretty lip balm from Rose & Co. I love the design and the scent is really lovely! This is a multi-use salve that can be used on lips, cuticles, rough skin, dry patches, lashes and brows - which is awesome! I really like the slightly thicker consistency because when I wake up in the morning, my lips feel super hydrated! The application is also perfect because you don't have to use your finger as the tip of the tube is shaped to make application to your lips easy.


Have you ever tried anything from Patisserie De Bain?xoxo

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*These products were sent to me for review purposes and I will always give my honest opinion. So all loving of these sweet products are my own! :)

Monday, 24 October 2016

HONESTY | 5 Things I Struggle With Whilst Writing Blog Posts

1. Mind fog - or otherwise known as 'brain block'. I get this a l o t and it's always when I have a lot to say. I can never get the words out and I never feel like the word's flow even when they do eventually come. I'm always concentrating really hard on what I write to make sure it sounds formal enough but not so formal that I seem like a robot - know what I mean? I'm even struggling trying to explain myself here.. I'll get there one day, I hope! Just bear with and any feedback would be much appreciated.

2. Trying to show my personality in a post can be quite difficult as I don't really know who I am if that makes sense? I'm kind of that in between stage of coming across boring and shut up-now-you're-being-cringey. I'm still trying to find my feet and see what works best for me and at the moment I'm not really sure what that is.. 

3. Trying not to repeat myself - I do tend to repeat myself a lot and use the same words over and over and as I'm not an experienced writer (at all), I have no idea what other words to use instead to save repeating myself. 

4. Being engaging - I always read other people's blog posts and think 'wow, I am seriously so interested right now and I wish I could write like that'. It's kind of hard to explain but I'm hoping you all know what I mean. I just don't feel like I'm relatable (and this ties in with my 'showing my personality' point) when I read my posts back to myself. Even though I am relatable in real life. Just your average gal pal.

5. Having no help - I'm sure a lot of people are in this same boat that I am where we have no help from anyone around us. I'm always struggling with the layout of my blog and how to insert clickable images when sharing a wishlist or something similar. I just feel like such a newbie and like I'm never learning anything. I also feel a bit stuck in a rut as I have no one to ask for help but have no idea how to 'up my game', as it were.

I've just read through this post and realised that it probably sounds a bit 'woe is me' and a little depressing, but I'm just trying something new by sharing my honest opinion and seeing what kind of feedback I receive.

I love posting about beauty and fashion but sometimes an honest post makes for an easier write and gets us all engaging with one another, which I love.


What's something you struggle with whilst writing blog posts?xoxo
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

FOOD | Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake

So I'll let you in on a secret, this Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake is the best pasta bake you will ever make/eat in your entire life (ok, slight exaggeration because everyone obvs has their own opinion, but I love it and I always feel super proud that I've made it).

The recipe is from Chef Savvy and I am sooo glad that I stumbled upon it - it's a great recipe and the end result is delicious!

(Please excuse my awful photo, this post was a last minute decision and this is a photo I sent to my mum on WhatsApp because I was so proud of myself! So yeah, sorry about that cos it's really not the best - head on over to Chef Savvy's site to see mouth watering photo's that are 1000x better!)

You will need:

Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake
  • 4 ounces cavatappi pasta, uncooked
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ⅛ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ⅛ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
Blackening Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake
  1. Cook pasta per package instructions. Typically takes about 8 minutes for al-dente.
  2. Meanwhile cut up the chicken breast into small pieces and drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil. This will help our blackening seasoning to adhere to the chicken. Rub the chicken with the blackening seasoning on both sides. In a frying pan over medium-high heat add ½ tablespoon olive oil and cook chicken breast for about 10 minutes until fully cooked.
  3. Toss cooked pasta with alfredo sauce (recipe follows), and the blackened chicken. Add salt, chili powder, and paprika. Place in single serve ramekins or a casserole dish and top with cheddar cheese. Place pasta mixture in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  4. Garnish pasta with parsley. Sprinkle with extra paprika for garnish.

Alfredo Sauce
  1. Heat the butter in a small saucepan until melted. Add the flour and whisk together over a medium-high heat. Stir continuously. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the milk and bring to a simmer, stir continuously so the milk does not bubble out over the pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and add in both cheeses. Stir to melt the cheese.Take off the heat and reserve until you are ready to toss with your cooked pasta.
  2. (If you don't have parmesan - like I didn't - then just add extra cheddar instead!)

Let me know if any of you make this recipe and love it just as much as I do!

What recipe do you enjoy making the most?xoxo

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Monday, 17 October 2016

FASHION | Pink Floral Culotte Jumpsuit

This was definitely one of my favourite outfits that I wore on holiday for sure. I never thought that a culotte jumpsuit would actually suit me, just because I am very short and I always imagined that you had to be tall and slim to be able to pull these off (I know how bad that sounds..).

I love the pattern and style of this jumpsuit and how girly it looks - so thanks ASOS Petite Exclusive for being an absolute babe!

I styled this jumpsuit with some wedges that are also from ASOS (ok you caught me, I had a little splurge on ASOS especially for my summer holiday..) and I love them! They're super comfy to wear and look great.

I hope you enjoyed this post xoxo
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

FASHION | Peach Sundress

I honestly can't tell you how much love I have for this dress! It's such a perfect colour - I love peach! The lace detailing is super cute and girly and I love how floaty it is (hence the spinning shot that took a lot of effort to get!).

This gorgeous dress is unfortunately old season Topshop, but I know there are a lot of people selling this dress in this colour and others - lemon, mint, white - on both Depop and eBay!

I hope you enjoyed this post xoxo
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Monday, 10 October 2016

TRAVEL | The Amazing Menorcan Sunsets

So we ended up doing a few little 'sunset evenings' whilst on holiday in Menorca, and boy am I glad we did! We experienced some of the most magical views and sunsets that you just don't see here in the UK.

I briefly shared our first sunset evening in my first week in Menorca blog post, so I won't share any more photo's of that one otherwise this post will be unnecessarily long.

The second sunset evening we had was also during our first week and this was at the top of El Toro - somewhere we tend to visit each year we go to Menorca as the amazing view does not get old. 

Now, I think you all need to prepare yourselves for the absolutely insanely beautiful views of the next sunset evening I am about to share with you.. I've never seen anything like it and I still can't quite believe that I have photograph's this breathtaking.

Faro de Cavalleria is a lighthouse in Menorca that is in the most beautiful location (I don't quite know where or how to describe it, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves!) and I am too obsessed with the views we saw.

I wish I could visit this place every night of the week because the sunset was absolutely beautiful. The night we decided to go it was quite crowded and I can't say that I'm at all surprised! The views were breath-taking!

I hope you enjoyed this post :) xoxo

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