Thursday, 17 September 2020
Saturday, 12 September 2020
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As a long time fan of Urban Decay, I'm always interested to see what new releases they have to offer. I've been lucky enough to get gifted their three latest products and after trying them out for quite a while, I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
First up we have the Urban Decay Ultraviolet Palette* which has Halloween written all over it and I'm so glad that they created a palette that was completely different from their other Naked offerings. As usual, their eyeshadows are fantastic quality, offering a buttery texture and great pigmentation. For me personally, I've struggled to get use out of the darker shades as I don't often where purple shades, but I feel like as the days get chillier, I may be more inclined to try out striking eyeshadow looks. I never use the eyeshadow brushes they can with as I've got a few staples of my own, but they're just as soft as ever. Dazed, a gold pink shimmer and VR described as a raspberry sparkle are my two favourites and I feel like they work with matte Hazed and the super dark black hue, Digital.
They've come out with another eyeshadow palette and this time it's a predominately a shimmery offering which wouldn't be my usual top pick, but this palette just works! Of course I'm talking about the Urban Decay Stoned Vibes* which has ten eyeshadows to play around with, from a deep burgundy to a mauve toned glitter. The green and blue probably won't get used which is a shame as I feel like they could have been switched out for more Autumnal shades, but I know that's just personally preference.
With shimmer eyeshadow you can often get fallout and they lack as much pigmentation as mattes, but this palette ticks all the boxes. As you can see from the photographs, the shimmers are tightly packed and even though I usually go through shimmers a lot quicker, I have a feeling this will last a long time. I feel like this would compliment any other eyeshadows you have, perfect for if you want to switch your look from day to night. The matte burgundy hue is my favourite as it works with all the bronze shimmers and theres still a deeper shade when I want to add more depth to my crease.
The reason why this post has taken so long to write is purely down to the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara* as I couldn't make my mind up. On one hand I love the formula with is long lasting, but I don't think it offers anything special to my lashes. This is quite a thickening mascara, so maybe it's because my preference often leans more a natural look at the moment. I also find that the plastic wand isn't for me. Plastic feeling wands often irritate my eyes and can sometimes hurt my lash line, so on the whole I wouldn't recommend this.
Have you checked out the Urban Decay new releases?
Thursday, 10 September 2020
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You can often find me scouring Etsy for individual, unique items for the home, my wardrobe and for the new season too. I've definitely spent a fair amount of there over the last few months and with Autumn around the corner, I thought I'd share some of my favourite finds with you.
If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I love a novelty mug, it feels like each season I have to buy a new one which means my cupboards are quite full at the moment. This Hey There Pumpkin Mug is one I've shared before, but I think it'd would look super cute with your drink of choice in or even a hot chocolate with all the trimmings! If that isn't your cup of tea (excuse the pun) then Boo Enamel Mug could be. I think this is one for the Halloween lovers amongst us.
To go with your new mug, you could even go a step further with accessorising your morning beverage by opting for a Maple Leaf Coffee Stamp. I've seen these across Instagram and they look so cute for Autumn and the company sells a lot of different variations.
I personally love scouring Etsy for new candles and although you can't sniff them in person, I find anything Autumnal is going to be a win for me. I found YR Candles on there who sell one called Sweater Weather as well as Cosy and Warm, so I think it's safe to say I've found my new favourite seller.
For decoration, I've been after a new banner and this Autumnal Felt Garland is super simple, but so pretty incorporating the colours of Autumn into an easy decoration for your home. If you want to go a little more out, I spotted this Fox Cushion by Pixie Porch (who also sell this Skull Cushion) and I think they're both equally as adorable.
Decorating doesn't have to stop there as I came across the most Pinterest worthy item on Etsy - this Hey There Pumpkin Doormat! A little pricey for something you'll probably only use a few months of the year, but you could bring it out for years to come.
As for Autumn fashion, I've some super cute gems you won't want to miss checking out. These Autumn Leaves Earrings are so adorable and would definitely get you a few comments if you wear them with a check skirt and big cosy jumper! I'm also currently looking at this Pumpkin Juice T-Shirt which is just one of many tees that I want to treat myself to - maybe I'll narrow it down to one soon.
Have you spotted anything on Etsy that you are lusting after?
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Thursday, 3 September 2020
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It feels like I've been waiting for months to finally decorate my house for Autumn. I love the warm tones, the excuse to have pumpkins everywhere and achieving all the cosy feels with blankets and cushions. I shared my home decor on my Instagram and Tik Tok through videos, but I wasn't expecting so many people to request a full blog post, so here it is!
Starting in my bedroom, I've never had so many want to know where a duvet cover is from before and unfortunately I have some bad news; it's not coming back in stock! It's originally from Matalan, but I've got some cosy alternatives to share with you anyway. Here is a Waffle Brown Duvet Cover perfect if you want to incorporate Autumnal tones into your bedroom space and this Galaxy Print One if you prefer a novelty duvet cover.
The cushions on my bed are all from H&M and I couldn't recommend them enough. I get the 50x50 cushion inserts and throughout the seasons, I switch out and change the covers depending on where they'll go in my house. The Velvet Mustard and Velvet Brown ones have both washed well since owning them and I always find a space for them in my home as I love the warm hues. The accompanying pumpkin shaped cushion is from Homesense, but I would recommend checking out TK Maxx too as they're owned by the same company and you may have better luck getting it.
Although it's been on my bedroom wall for a while now, I've been asked where my Mustard Macrame Hanging is from and it's from a seller on Etsy. It's one of my favourite pieces in my house as it adds a pop of colour without being too over the top.
My Autumn Leaf Garland is my favourite decoration I own, I love it wrapped around my mirror to compliment my outfit shots, but as I have two, I've been trying to work out where to put the other one. I quite like it draped across my bed as I can easily secure it so it doesn't fall down. I am tempted to get these Glass Pumpkin Fairy Lights to wrap around my headboard ready for Halloween - they may be my next purchase!
Moving onto my living room and we have my Autumn Leaf Cushion which I got super cheaply as I wanted something that could just work as a decoration for my statement chair rather than to lounge on. This isn't the best quality, but it's a canvas fabric so it's hard wearing and looks cute too!
I often get asked where I get my Bath and Body Candles as well as my Target Pumpkin Blanket which I got last year and I mainly use Facebook groups and keep an eye out on Ebay to see if people are selling anything I like the look of. I've got most of my Autumn favourites using this method and if you're from the UK, it's a great way to get US bits for your home.
My kitchen has had a bit of a makeover starting with the Wooden Cake Stand I got last year that makes the best stand for my Next Pumpkin Dishes. If they're not what you're looking for, Amazon have a few similar like this Staub Pumpkin Cocotte and this Pumpkin Shaped Mug.
I also DIY'd my own orange garland which I know is more suitable for Christmas time, but I thought it was a great way to add colour to this part of my kitchen. Although you can dry out the oranges yourself, they take a fair few hours, so I just bought my Orange Slices pre-dried, so all I had to do was string them up myself.
Mugs are a huge part of my seasonal switch up, I picked up the fox mug from Matalan a few years ago, but you can still get the Witches Brew Mug many places online. Usually I don't crack it out until October, but I just decided to start early instead.
I've got a few more bits to pick up and I'm sure I'll start on the Halloween decorating towards the end of September! Did you enjoy this blog post?
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
They're here! The very requested and awaited recipe for my pumpkin shaped mini apple pies. After spotting these Jack o' Lantern Hand Pies on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to incorporate my delicious (and famous around these parts) apple filling instead of pumpkin puree and these are the gems that I came up with.
The pastry was something that I wanted to tackle and make as easy as possible. The pastry is simple, consisting of only three ingredients plus a little sugar and salt, so if you're making these with older children then these would be perfect for an afternoon baking session. I honestly think you'll love them combined with the cinnamon and nutmeg spiced apple filling that's just so moorish and warming too.
I imagine these served with a cold Butterbeer for a themed Halloween night or with ice cream or custard for an Autumnal sweet treat. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and if you make them don't forget to tag me and let me know.
Ingredients (Makes 12) -
For the pastry
310g Plain Flour
100ml Cold Water
2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Egg and a splash of milk for glazing and crimping.
For the filling
50g Granulated Sugar
Start off by making your pastry dough. You'll want to leave this dough in the fridge overnight preferably, but if you want to make them quicker then 90 minutes will do (they just won't be as flakey).
In a large bowl, mix together your plain flour, sugar, salt and butter until it starts to resemble large bread crumbs.
Slowly pour in your water, only a few drops at a time until a dough starts to form. You want it to the be easy to shape, but not too dry.
On a floured surface, split your dough in two halves and shape into balls. Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge to chill for 90 minutes to overnight.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
I put the monthly to-do lists on hold over the last few months as I felt like most of this year merged into one, but now they're back! Today is the 1st September, Autumn is in the air, the pumpkin spiced lattes are nearly upon us and so is the everything I love about the new season. I've got a lot planned over the next 30 days and I thought I would share them with you.
Get Baking! | I really enjoyed baking throughout lockdown, turning my hand to baguettes, loaves of bread and lots of cake, but this Autumn I want to start making soups and pies too. I'm starting off with mini apple pies, slowly working my way up to more savoury bakes as well as delving into different concoctions for stews and soups.
Find Some Autumn Gems | I started to see browning leaves and pine cones a few weeks back, but it's when the conkers start to fall that's when I get really excited. Although I'm sure it'll be a little while yet, just having the vision of the orange leaves and pumpkins coming into the shops in my mind is enough to get me super excited for the new season.
Plan Outfits + Locations | There's something about Autumn that makes me feel inspired to create all the content and this year I'm not holding back. I've got lots of outfits planned to share and I'm hoping to get to some interesting local locations this year as well. I've got my birthday in the first week of October, so I like to make sure that I have something pre-planned for that to celebrate - so I need to get thinking!
Stay In A Good Exercise Routine | I've actually been sticking to a really good exercise routine over the last six months, taking regular walks and bike rides outside as well as doing HIIT, circuits and kickboxing classes a few times a week on top of it. It's helped me stay in a more positive mindset and keep me active, so although it can be a little harder to keep it up when the weather gets colder, I want to make an effort to keep in this good routine.
Seek Out Some New-In Pieces | From the latest beauty releases to the new fashion, I want to keep an eye out for what is new this season. I personally enjoy chunky knits and coats coming into shops, but I also know that Lush's Halloween range will be out super soon!
What's on your September to-do list?