Daily outfits...

 Zara boots, Primark skinny jeans, Sheinside top, Rose gold fossil watch.

Black and white pumps from internacionale (I think it's closed now), skinny navy trousers from H&M, Sheinside bird print top and a two tone Rotary watch.

Newlook boots, leigh jeans from Topshop, basic grey T-shirt from H&M and a black and white polka dot cardigan from H&M.

Zara boots again (rainy day), Leigh jeans from Topshop & a star print blouse from Forever21.

Black and white pumps from internacionale, H&M jersy stretch dress and my polka dot H&M cardigan.


Gluten free baking...

As you all know now I live on a strict gluten free diet, this doesn't mean I have to eat uber healthy all the time, as I love my treats.  I've recently got back into baking as I've had bad experiences buying buns that said they were gluten free then an hour later I was being sick... hmmm gluten free I don't think so! This has given me the passion to try and make nice cakes and buns that I know are 100% gluten free.  Below are a couple of my recent baking creations.

This victoria sponge recipe is from the Gluten free baking book by Michael McCamley.  I was amazed at how this turned out, lovely and light and it tasted amazing! It looks like this book has sold out and can only be found on ebay now:(

These buns are from the Good housekeeping easy to make wheat free  book.  I love little buns like this especially with this type of icing.  These are the easiest buns I have made as you basically throw all the ingredients into the bowl and blend.

These chocoloate fudge cupcakes are from the Gluten free baking book by Michael McCamley. I'm not the best at doing this type of icing yet and as it was fudge it was even harder to try and shape.  I think I made the fudge too thick so next time I would make the fudge a thinner consistency.  Apart from the dodgy looking top they were delicious! 

My mum picked me up this brownie mix from Asda.  All you have to do is add your eggs butter and water, very easy! They turned out really well and I would definitely buy this again, yummy! 

Have you baked any gluten free treats lately, if so how did they turn out?:)


Moisturiser overload...


I decided to rearrange all my beauty, haircare and skincare products... turns out I must be addicted to buying moisturisers! I forgot I had most of these so it was good finding them again, I can now switch up my skincare routine.

  1. No7 protect & perfect intense day cream
  2. No7 protect & perfect intense night cream
  3. Olay anti-wrinkle sensitive day cream SPF 15
  4. Estee Lauder daywear anti-oxidant cream SPF 15
  5. Sephora instant moisturizer
  6. Nivea daily express hydration primer
  7. Origins daily SPF 25 naturally protective sunscreen, sometimes I use this instead of a moisturiser.  It looks like you can't buy this at the minute:(
  8. Avon solutions balanced matte SPF 15
  9. Oilatum natural repair face cream
  10. Eyeko 3 in 1 beauty cream - this is a highlighting cream which I mix with other moisturisers
  11. Avene creme riche rich skin recovery cream
  12. Neal's Yard rehydrating rose daily moisturiser - I think I got this free in a magazine:)
  13. Neutrogena oil free moisturiser
  14. Simple replenishing rich moisturiser travel size
  15. Superdrug simply pure aqua hydrating serum - it looks like this has been discontinued:(
  16. Olay anti-wrinkle nature fusion day lotion SPF 15
  17. Garnier moisture match wake me up for dull skin
  18. Superdrug optimum advanced firm & lift perfecting serum - it looks like this has been discontinued:(
  19. No7 Beautiful skin dry skin rescue
  20. Simple age resisting day cream
  21. Simple age resisting night cream
After taking the above picture I have since found two other moisturisers, the body shop vitamin E &the clean and clear oil free dual action moisturiser! At the minute I'm using the Simple age resisting day and night creams.  My skin agrees with all of the above creams but I think I'll use the Olay anti-wrinkle lotion next as I remember it was lovely and light but moisturised well.

Have you tried any of these, if so what's your favourite?

Superdrug 50th anniversary splurge...

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On my many travels around the shops at lunchtime I noticed that it was Superdrug's 50th anniversary which meant they had brilliant offers to celebrate.  I didn't really need to buy any of this as I have so many other products that would probably do the same thing but as always I couldn't resist.

Loreal texturising volume spray was on offer, buy one get one half price and of course I had to get that deal as I use so much of this stuff, it gives my hair brilliant volume.

I just ran out of my collection illuminating concealer in naked 1 (It's hiding behind the face wipes.lol) and if you spent over £4 you got a work the colour nail polish free, I picked this beautiful lilac colour called lilac daze. 

I usually use the revlon photo ready concealer but recently I think it's quite cakey around my eyes.  I have tried the Rimmel wake me up concealer before but I had it in the wrong shade so I thought I would try it again the in the right colour, I got the lightest shade which is Ivory 10.

I already have the B. CC cream but as it was still on offer I thought I would buy another tube of it as I really enjoy using it to mix my foundations that are too dark for me.

I've nearly used up all of my simple wipes and spotted the superdrug own brand face wipes for combination skin which are only 99p, I love that Superdrug own brands are not tested on animals:)

Finally I had a quick look at the MUA stand and couldn't resist this highlighting powder, firstly I just love the design of it secondly when I swatched it gave the most beautiful gleam to my skin.   I cannot believe this stuff is only £3!!

Have you bought anything from Superdrug recently?


Belfast beauty event 29th April...

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This sounds like a good night:)

Is there any Northern Irish beauty bloggers out there going to this?

Spring on the go makeup...


I always carry makeup around in my handbag to touch up during the day... at the minute these are the products I'm using:

Bourjois bronzing powder in 51
B. lipstick in dolls house
Collection illuminating highlighter in Naked 1
Tweezerman tweezers ( I got these in TKmaxx for £3.99!)
Bourjois liner feutre felt-tip liner in 11 noir
Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in 040 rendevous (lovely orange colour)
Dainty Doll cream blusher in 002
Cosmopolitan sponger blender (very dirty and needing cleaned.lol)
Eco tools travel blush brush
Jessica makeup brush

What's your favourite Spring makeup items?:)


Easy to follow gluten free recipe books...

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It has taking me quite some time to master the art of gluten free baking.  Sometimes the final product can be too crumbly/dry, other times it can be too dense and hard.  Finally along with the help of the below books I've been able to make tasty treats.  I would recommend these to any fellow Coeliac's as they are easy to follow .  A bit of advice is that Xanthan Gum is a must have in gluten free baking as it reduces the crumbling.  Also make sure that you buy gluten free baking powder as that was something I didn't even think would have contained gluten.

Gluten free baking book by Michael McCamley

Good housekeeping easy to make wheat free (I make sure everything I use is gluten free not just wheat free)

The next books on my list are the Honeybuns Gluten Free baking & Gluten Free on a shoe-string.  My goal is to be able to make perfect gluten free bagels, croissants & scones!!!

A blog post with images of my baking is coming soon:)

Does anyone know of any other good gluten free cooking/baking books?


I'm back with a Sheinside haul...

Hi all, I'm back after taking a break from my laptop at Easter.  A couple of weeks ago I watched a few youtubers who had recently been sent items from Sheinside, of course I quickly went on and had a look to see what I could buy.  I usually go straight to the sale section on any website as I am a complete bargain hunter. I always wear blouses with jeans or tucked into skirts and I found a lot to choose from on this site!  

From left to right I bought:

White Batwing Short Sleeve Birds Print T-Shirt which was £5.89.

White Long Sleeve Polka Dot Epaulet Blouse which was £13.38. 

Beige V Neck Long Sleeve Birds Print Blouse which was £11.89.

Black Long Sleeve Leaves Print Dipped Hem Blouse which was £10.11.

I placed the order on the 7th of April and received it on the 22nd of April... 15 days later. When I opened the packaging I straight away noticed the poor quality of the items,threads hanging out and bad stitching.  These four items came to a total of £36.25 which included a 20% off code.  As you can see they have lovely prints on them and I do love the shape of these blouses however I think I could have got similar items on ASOS for the same price and better quality. 

Have you bought anything from Sheinside... if so what did you think of your items?


Favourite heated hair tools...


When I'm going on a night out I like to have a hairstyle that will stay in place.  When I use my Herstyler baby curls curling iron  it makes the perfect curls which last all night.  I like to curl my hair then run my fingers through it to give a loose curl look.  This brand has curling wands in different sizes and I would highly recommend.  However I have heard that the babyliss curling wand is supposed to be great and is half the price of the herstyler.

I recently got this Tresemme Salon Professional Volume Hair Styler to dry my hair as when I dry my hair with a blow-dryer it makes it really frizzy (also I'm not very good at blow-drying my hair).  This really helps tame my hair and dry's it in no time.  You can also use it to give volume and to make loose curls which is great.

I have had these GHD wide straighteners for probably 7 years now and they are still working brilliantly. I bought a new slim line pair of GHD's last year and they weren't able to straighten my hair as well as these ones so I ended up selling them.  I have shoulder length hair and these are brilliant for creating loose waves which give that messy natural look that I love.

What's your favourite hair tools?

Fighting spots with drugstore products...


I'm lucky that I usually don't get spots but around the 'time of the month' I usually get a few mammoth sized ones. As they are normally quite big I use the following  products to try and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Botanics mattifying cleansing mousse has the natural ingredient of willowbark that contains a natural source of salicylic acid which cleanses, clarifies and reduces excess oil. I really enjoy this cleanser and it seems to help clear up my hormonal redness.

I like to use the Superdrug mud therapy sensitive deep cleansing mud mask a couple times throughout the week when I have spots, this really helps dry out he spots and has rosewater in it which helps sooth my skin.  Unfortunately it looks like Superdrug has revamped their range and now have different types of masks

Superdrug deep action anti-blemish gel is hands down the best thing I have ever used to minimise the size of spots.  I apply this on the spots and leave overnight and also put it on under my daytime moisturiser and makeup... within two days my spots have cleared up.

The only moisturiser that helps ease my spots but at the same time really hydrates my skin is the Clean & Clear dual action moisturiser. This is oil free which which wont clog my pores and leaves my skin feeling refreshed when applied over a cleansed face.

I would love to hear what products you use to keep your skin under control.


B. cruelty-free makeup....

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I was recently in Superdrug and couldn't go past this B. makeup range firstly because B. products are not tested on animals are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. All their products have been dermatologically approved and are paraben-free. Secondly all their products are currently half price! Yay!!!  Ive never tried anything from this range before so this was brilliant time to try a few things.

~B. Rich Intense Colour Lipstick Doll's House 21 retails at £7.99 and I got it for £3.99. This lipstick is lovely and creamy and has a spf 15 in it which is good for he summer.


~B. Groomed Eyebrow Kit Hazel 128 retails at £4.19 and I got this for £2.09. I've never seen an eyebrow pencil like this before, it has a wax pencil on the other end. I think this will be really good as it'll be precise. 

~B. Confident CC Cream Light 30 spf 45 retails a £10.99 and I got it for £5.47.  I've been looking for a light natural looking foundation for summer, I've used it once and it gives a lovely glow.  The only bad thing about this is that it comes in two shades light and medium which obviously wont suit everyone.

Overall I'm really please with these products and would like to try more things in this range. Has anyone else tried the B. makeup before?


Gluten free snacks...

Five years ago I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, this means I have to stick to a strict gluten free diet.  I had been sick most of my life and the doctors I went to were basically useless and never sent me for any tests. It was only when I moved to a new doctor that they couldn't believe I had been left unseen and not knowing what was wrong with me.  I was then sent to see consultants who immediately knew it was coeliac disease by the gastroscopy test. 

I never enjoyed bread, even when I was a child I can remember my mum trying to force me to eat pancakes as she thought I was just a fussy eater and the doctors didn't tell her otherwise (quite a funny story to tell people now).  If I accidentally eat products containing gluten I get violently ill and it takes a few days for me to feel better again.   Some people who have Coeliac don't seem to get as severe side affects but it is still doing damage to their bodies, not sticking to your gluten free diet can lead to possibilities like bowel cancer. People ask me if I miss eating 'normal' products and they feel bad when I'm out and can't eat certain things, my mind tells me not to eat those products and therefore I don't seem to crave gluten food.

Below are some things I would have in work or on the go when I can't find anything that is gluten free.

Urban Fresh Dried Mango Slices & Urban Fresh Dried Pineapple these have recently been revamped and are very nice, I like putting handfuls of these into snack bags and putting them into my handbag.

Having Coeliac means that sometimes you can get an upset stomach so I enjoy drinking a peppermint tea after meals as it helps your digestive system.  Having Coeliac also means you are at higher risk of catching colds/flu's and feeling run down as it's an autoimmune disease. I try and take a echinacea & raspberry tea every day as echinacea helps with your immune system. 
It can be hard to figure out what to have for lunch, I usually bring in left-overs from the previous nights dinner.  If I sometimes forget lunch I usually like to eat rice cakes with banana or some organic peanut butter on them, they are actually quite filling.   
Bananas are always a good food to have as they release energy slowly and are a great snack for in between meals.  If I'm having a craving for chocolate I enjoy eating these Kelkin chocolate covered rice cakes. I now and again buy these 9 bars which have all natural ingredients which give an energy boost, they are quite big so I tend to half them, the peanut flavour is my favourite.

At the weekends I enjoy having rice cakes with cheese and piccolo cherry tomatoes on the top, these are so delicious!

You can never go wrong with yoghurt and fruit when you are feeling peckish, natural yoghurt is my favourite then I usually add fruit to it.

For breakfast I sometimes have natural yoghurt with banana in it, this is so yummy and very filling.

At the minute this is my favourite bar to eat in the morning in between breakfast in lunchtime.

Does anyone else have Coeliac Disease, if so I would look to see what you all like to snack on:)


Current mascaras...

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Firstly I have a Clarins sample of their Instant Definition Mascara.  I really enjoy using this mascara however the price tag is putting me off buying the full sized product, it's £21 which isn't too bad but when I can get a mascara I like for less than £10 I don't see the point in splurging. 

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Lycra Flex mascara, this is the mascara I've been using for the past few days and I have to say I really love it.  It gives me lots of volume which I really like and it doesn't smudge, it's currently £6.99 from boots and I think that's a bargain product.

The next mascara I have is the Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet mascara which I think I received in a glossybox, it's currently £14.75 from ASOS.  The mascara product itself is great but the wand it just too big for me.  You can't get it into the corner eyelashes properly and I end up smudging the bottom lashes using it.

My eyes started to get sensitive so I decided to use this N07 Lash Adapt Mascara as N07 products never irritate me. I got this at Christmas in a N07 gift set, it retails at £12.95. When I put this product on it gives me the nicest volume/length however it doesn't last very long and when I get into work it seems to be barely noticeable.

Maybelline Rocket volum' express waterproof mascara has to be my favourite mascara at the minute, it's £7.99 from boots and gives me the volume and length I like.  However I find it quite hard to remove at night which can be annoying.

Maybelline the falsies waterproof mascara gives me great definition but doesn't give me the volume I like but I can wear it to work, it's currently £7.99 in boots.

What mascara's are you currently using?


It's all about the eyes... felt tip & liquid eyeliners ...


The first two items are Collection2000 extreme 24hr felt tip liner in number 1 black & 2 purple.  These are only £2.99 from boots. I use the black or purple one every day for going to work and it lasts all day on me.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner, I've only used this product once and didn't like it but I'm going to give it another chance.  I think I got this free when I spent a certain amount on Rimmel so I'm not too bothered, it retails at £5.49.  Has anyone else tried it and loved it? 

Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner, I use this when I'm going out as it's an intense black colour which is great, I think you do get a better colour pay off with liquid liners.  This currently retails at £14 from Debenhams.

Finally I have the Bourjois Liner Feutre Eyeliner which retails at £6.99 in Superdrug.  This is a lovely liner to use and also has an intense black colour.

What's your favourite felt tip or liquid eyeliner?


Single eyeshadows/pigments...


I have quite a few eye-shadow palettes so I tend not to buy as many single eyeshadow pots unless they really stand out to me, below are some products that ticked my standing out list... 

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Android - This is the only Illamasqua product I own and I love it, such a beautiful colour.  I've heard good things about Illamasqua foundations and I'm interested in trying some of their other products, what's your favourite Illamasqua product?

These are all pigments from GOSH cosmetics, they seem to be discontinued as I cannot find them anywhere on-line, this is such a shame as they are an amazing product and if I can remember correctly they had lovely colours in their range.

This is a Too Faced eyeshadow in Galaxy Glam Cocoa comet.  I may have got these two names mixed up as they look pretty similar.lol.  I've had these for a while now and have used them a few times, they are really different from anything I've used before as the colour is multi toned which is beautiful.

This is the Too Faced eyeshadow in Galaxy Glam Mocha Meteor (I think)

Natural Collection duo eyeshadow in Mocha/latte which is only £1.99 & Natural Collection solo eyeshadow in Milk chocolate (I think) which is only £1.79.  I actually use the duo eyeshadow as a eyebrow colour and it works really well.  The light brown colour is a lovely colour for putting into the crease of your eyes for a day time look as it's quite subtle.  If you haven't tried any of their products I suggest that you do, also boots has this brand on the 3 for £5 offer at the minute, such a bargain!:)

This is a limited edition product from MAC called 'Togetherness Mineralized Eyeshadow Trio', I absolutely love this... the grey tone in this is brilliant to use when doing a smokey eye.

This is a models own eyeshadow pigment in white pearl.  I've always wanted to buy MACs pigment in Vanilla but I wanted to try and get a cheaper alternative, I think this was less than £5.  This is truly a lovely glimmery product which I love putting in the corners of my eyes.

I had to show you a close up of it as it has a beautiful iridescent sheen to it:)


Eye-shadow base collection...

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I use all these products as a base for putting my eye-shadows on, I'm going to show you close ups of the ones I'm currently using.

Benefit creaseless cream shadow in sippin' n dippin, this is currently only £7.80 on amazon.

From left to right NYX jumbo eye pencil in 604 milk, collection eyeshadow pencil in gunmetal glitz 2 and NYX jumbo eye pencil in 615 slate. I use the darker shades for a base when I'm creating a smokey eye and the white shade for a base in the inner corner of my eyes.

Rimmel colour mousse 8hr shadow in 012 mocha these have unfortunately been discontinued.

What's your favourite base products for eye-shadows?

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