26 Nov 2015

DIY Christmas Present: Festive Cookies in a Jar

I've been loving all the Christmas related pins on Pinterest recently (follow me here!) and thought this Cookies in a Jar gift would be fun to make on a lazy Sunday afternoon. These jars are often for sale at Christmas markets for around £10 but it's so much cheaper to make your own! I think this cost me less than £2 to make and it makes the perfect gift; the best thing is that you can personalise them using any kind of packet mix to suit whoever you're making it for.

You will need:

  • A packet of cookie mix 
  • A medium to large sized jam jar
  • A small piece of wrapping paper or festive material
  • Some festive ribbon

You can buy all the dry ingredients individually (flour, sugar etc) which is great if you're making a few jars but if not, a packet mix from a supermarket is inexpensive and works perfectly. If you're looking for a gift for someone who doesn't like baking you could fill the jar with hot chocolate powder and add a layer of marshmallows and chocolate chips to the top. To keep the cost down i've chosen to use a jam jar but you could also use a clip top Kilner style jar if you prefer.

To achieve the same layered effect as the jars you see in shops simply sieve the chocolate chips out of the mix and add them in on top. I've seen Gingerbread mix in a few supermarkets so if you want to keep to a festive Christmas theme this would be a good choice - you could also attach a gingerbread man cookie cutter to the jar too.

I used a small square of wrapping paper to cover the top of the jar (with cling film underneath to keep the mix fresh) but festive material would also work well too. To measure how much wrapping paper i'd need I drew around the bottom of the jar and then cut around it in a square shape leaving about a 1cm gap around the edge.

For the label simply print the instructions from the packet out in a nice font and stick them inside a festive gift tag and attach it with some festive ribbon. Alternatively you could write the instructions on some brown textured paper or card for a real home made effect.

17 Nov 2015

Recent Favourites: Barry M, Nip + Fab and Max Factor

Its been a while since I sat down and wrote a beauty related post so I thought i'd share a few of my current favourites. By chance i've managed to pick a nice mix of products and these are all things i've been loving for the past few months so they're highly recommended!

Barry M Speedy Nail Polishes - Kiss Me Quick, Eat My Dust & Lap Of Honour (link!)
I love the Barry M Speedy Nail Polishes and i've found myself reaching for this brand over all my others. My favourite is definitely Eat My Dust which is a pastel blue shade that i've worn so much in the past few months that i'm probably going to have to buy another bottle! These nail polishes are great if you're short of time as they dry quickly in a few coats and i've never had a problem with smudging or chipping. There are lots of shades in the range and for £3.99 they're better than some of the high end brands that are three times the price! With all the 3 for 2 offers on at the minute i've got my eye on some of the darker red and purple shades for winter too.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Range (link!)
After reading lots of good things about the Nip + Fab range I thought i'd try a couple of products for myself. I definitely think it's worth spending a bit more on skincare and as a huge fan of the Origins range it was nice to find something a little bit more affordable. Both of these were on offer at Superdrug for 1/3 off (I think!) so i'd recommend having a look around for any offers before buying from the range.

I chose the exfoliating facial pads and the scrub and after using them a few times a week I noticed a real difference in my skin. I love the way they leave my skin feeling really refreshed and clean and you can tell that the glycolic acid is actually working. Out of the two I like the scrub the most as I feel like it actually works at keeping my skin clear and smooth especially when I use it with my face brush. I found that the pads do leave your skin looking a bit shiny so I tend to use them at night and then wash my face as normal in the morning but that would be my only criticism.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink (link!)
I dropped my favourite Accessorize blusher about a year ago and after falling out of love with all the others I have I decided it was about time I found a new one. I looked at every make-up stand before settling on this blusher but I wasn't expecting to love it as much I do. It's a really pigmented peachy pink shade and you only need to touch it with your brush so i'm sure it will last a while too. There are a few different colours in the range so there's something to suit everyone and they'd be perfect as part of a Secret Santa gift as they don't break the bank at £6.99 each.

20 Sep 2015

You Should Be My Ritual, Gravitational Force

.1. I used to write a post like this every Sunday so after a few months away from blogging I thought i'd bring it back! A lot has happened since I last sat down and wrote a post; i've graduated from university, bought my first car, got a job and i'll be 23 tomorrow!

.2. Going back to working full time has made me appreciate my evenings and weekends a lot more after wasting days doing nothing at uni and i'm enjoying spending time with all my favourite people. I love going out and finding nice places to drink cocktails and eat nice food and judging by my instagram recently i've got my priorities right!

.3. I spent today at a spa in Leeds with the girls as an early birthday treat so now i'm feeling really relaxed but maybe not ready for another week of work! I've been feeling a bit uninspired with my blog recently but i've got a few ideas for new posts so i'm looking forward to sitting down and writing again as i've really missed it! My favourite posts to read are definitely lifestyle and food although I haven't followed any new blogs in months so if anyone has any suggestions please leave them in the comments!

♥ A few to follow: Milk Bubble Tea, The Michalaks & Stephaniedjl

♫ I'm currently listening to: Oh Wonder - Landslide, Duck House - Tether and Kwabs - Love & War