Showing posts from April, 2016

Spring Lingerie: Freya Zen Underwear Set

As you may have read before, lingerie is up there with my favourite things of all time. I frequently lust over it and I'm not ashamed to say so! It can be anything you want it to be; feminine, sporty, flirty, sexy, naughty... It holds tremendous power - in and out of the bedroom. It instills confidence in the wearer and the right set can make you love your lumps and bumps like never before! So, my philosophy is: make it common practice to buy yourself lovely lingerie because it is genuinely designed to draw attention to your best bits.
Although for me, lingerie buying is not an easy feat. I have a small back size (30) and a large cup size (E), which is only stocked by certain brands and in a handful of high street shops. To make my life easier, most women would suggest going up a back size and down a cup size. I've tried it. I've bought the bras. And I've given them to the charity shop a week later because they just don't fit well enough. 
It's not even just a…

Lovely Lips: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Lipstick became popularised in the UK in the 16th Century and we ladies have been lipstick-wearing lovelies ever since. Yet, it's only since Kylie Jenner's lips became a media-worthy topic of conversation that we really started paying attention to how perfect our pouts are. 
But as with most things in life, attaining perfection is time-consuming and in this busy world, sometimes our pouts aren't priority. Don't get me wrong - I love a glamorous fully-lined lip as much as the next girl but sometimes, good hydration and a hint of colour is all my lips need to go about their daily business.
So, with Spring now in full swing and the sun making an occasional guest appearance, I made it my beauty-blogging duty to find a lip balm that achieves a gorgeously hydrated, underdressed lip in a subtle springtime shade. 
I'm very happy to inform you that my mission was a massive success. Not only did I find one lip balm to meet this criteria; I found four! Presenting, Burt's…

Naughty But Nice: Red Velvet Cupcakes

In my last food blog, I shared my healthy Banana and Walnut Muffin recipe - but sometimes, a healthy treat just won't cut it and we need something a little bit more indulgent. So, today I'm sharing a Red Velvet Cupcake recipe that I found in my sister's Hummingbird Bakery recipe book.

If a red velvet cupcake was a person, it would be an effortlessly glamorous woman wearing a gorgeous slinky dress with impeccably-applied red lipstick, simply oozing elegance and sophistication. It's one of those cakes that screams luxury and for me, this is because their delicate texture is unlike any other cake. And I am quite the cake connoisseur.

A red velvet cake's infamous silky smooth texture is made using a small quantity of cocoa powder to soften the flour - and a lot of whisking! To get the best results, I advise that you use an electric whisk to avoid losing an arm (which you will inevitably need for eating them). 

So, if you're ever in the mood for a spot of baking, this …

A Rosie Old Time With Lush

There is nothing that a good soak in the bath can't solve.

One of the oldest forms of therapy, bathing is full of therapeutic potential - a watery dream, if you will. But it's not just the water that works wonders for your body, mind and soul. Bath products can create a beautifully tranquil environment, taking your bathing experience from a mediocre soak to sensory heaven.
Being my namesake, I put Lush's Rosie gift set to the test to see if their fragrant floral products were a match for my Rosie exterior.

Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb

Love is in the air! Heart-shaped and studded with seven real rosebuds, this bath treat is one for the romantics. With a calming scent of geranium, jasmine and rose, my spirits were instantly lifted and my heart soothed.

This bath bomb is not about the excitement; it's about the gentle aroma and the relaxing environment it creates. When the bomb dissolves, the rose buds are released and float around in the bath, creating a sense that you are at one wi…

Healthy Treats: Wholemeal Banana And Walnut Muffins

Most mornings for breakfast, I opt for a healthy homemade green smoothie but today, for some very strange reason I was craving banana bread. As I've recently got the baking bug - and it's Friday - I thought I'd treat myself and make some :)
I'm a massive foodie but I'm also very health-conscious, so I decided to give my banana treats a nutritious twist by using whole wheat flour, porridge oats, coconut oil and honey. This recipe is really easy to follow and makes banana muffins that are so delicious and satisfying that you won't want to start your day any other way!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

For the muffins:
175g of whole wheat flour
50g of porridge oats
75g of melted coconut oil
50g of honey
2 eggs
150g mashed ripe banana
100ml milk of your choice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon caster sugar (for dusting)
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the cream cheese topping: