Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Monty Bojangles 'Milky Mischief' Truffles.

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles, Blogger, Review, Favourites
Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles
Recently, Monty Bojangles were kind enough to send me some of their Milk Chocolate 'Milky Mischief' Truffles to try and I was very excited! Although I absolutely love them, I don't tend to eat truffles very often. I always feel like they must be reserved for special occasions and eating them just on a Tuesday afternoon just because I wanted to, felt a little wrong. However... also very, very right.

As the name may indicate these are a really milky, light truffles. If you love really creamy, milky chocolate then these are for you. Being milk chocolate, they are a little sweeter, yet still manage to be really light, delicate and smooth. They also had really good mouthfeel (yes, its a horrible term, it is however correct). The outside was soft but still with a little bite and then the inside was really smooth. They melted perfectly as I sunk my teeth into them, solving all life's problems in one, delicious bite!

Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles Review, Blogger, Food Blogger
Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles
They also looked like proper truffles, handmade. Not all completely uniform and a little wonky here and there. I would however have liked them to be coated in a little more cocoa powder as they seemed a little sparse, however that is just preference.

Finally, the packaging was absolutely beautiful and felt really special! I feel like the packaging takes it from 'delicious truffles' to a really nice gift or treat for yourself. Sadly however, the box got pretty badly beaten up in transit so it was hard to get a picture that would have done it justice! I would like to point out that this isn't due to a packaging fault but an apparent addiction to stomping on my parcels my postman has developed! :|

Overall I really enjoyed the Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles and would definitely buy them again soon. At £3.50 they are actually really good value for money and would make a lovely little gift for friends and family. Available at Tesco now! :)

Take care!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Micellar Waters: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Left to Right: Garnier Micellar Water, Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water & LO'real Skin Perfection Micellar Water.
I have been using Micellar Waters religiously for the past few years now. I was never one of the OG Bioderma Fans, importing from France but I have tried out my fair share. Here are 3 Micellar Waters that have made an impression on me, not all for good reasons. I think I will start with the 'good' and work my way down...

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water - This is definitely staple product for me. Firstly it is really gentle on both my skin and my eyes. I have fairly sensitive skin and suffer badly with acne but this stuff has never irritated my skin and has definitely helped keep it balanced oil wise. It also cleanses really well and I never have trouble removing cleansing my skin or removing makeup from my skin or from my eyes. It is also really well priced at around £4.99 (although often on sale) and lasts me a very long time. I tend to use the green cap for Combination and Sensitive Skin but also really like the original pink cap version. Overall I would highly recommend it and give it a 9/10.

LO'real Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water - Now this is technically the 'bad' but it isn't terrible. It doesn't irritate my skin but I have noticed a few more breakouts whilst using it.  The morning after I sometimes find it hasn't removed all my makeup quite as well as it should and I suspect this is the reason. I find this extra annoying considering how fast I went through it. I found myself having to use much more than the Garnier micellar water in order to feel like my skin was clean. It did an okay job at removing my eye makeup, but again not as good as the Garnier. It is also the same price but at half the size, definitely not worth it. Overall I would probably give it about a 5/10.

Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water - Now for the Ugly! I usually love the Superfacialist by Una Brennan products and their Rose Intense Moisture Mask is something I use a lot, so I was expecting great things from this micellar water. Sadly, I cannot use it. For some reason it burns my skin. I don't have any reaction to it, it doesn't even make my skin redder but it burns pretty badly and when I try to use it on my eyes it gets really bad. Again, no visible reaction, just pain. My skin is mildly sensitive, so this may contribute but my eyes are not so I have no idea why it hurts quite so badly. Despite perhaps sensibility I have come back to it a few times but it doesn't seem to get any better. Overall I give this stuff a 2/10 as it did do a good job at removing makeup but the burning is slightly hard to forgive!

Are you a Micellar Water fan? 

Let me know!

Friday, 29 July 2016

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair Review, Oil Blend, Oil Treatment
Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.
This stuff is amazing. I am probably far too enthusiastic about it and this probably isn't the best way to start a review but goddamn, I love it!

I have been using the Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair for about a month now and been frantically recommending it to everyone I know. My hair is in such good condition, really soft and shiny and the least frizzy it has ever been. It has become a firm staple in my haircare routine!

It is a blend of around 7 different oils, including Avocado, Coconut and Grapefruit. I am not sure what it is about the blend but it works. I use about 6 or 7 drops on wet hair after my leave in conditioner. Using my fingers or my Tangle Teezer to distribute it. Most days I don't even use a styling product with it as it doesn't need it anymore. It feels really nice to use and smells amazing.  Although I mostly use it on wet hair , I do sometimes use it on dry hair to smooth out any areas that need a bit of extra attention, usually just my ends. I think the most important thing about this product it that it has really improved the condition of my hair. Days when I don't use this product I still feel the benefits, it has definitely made it healthier!

The only downside is the bottle is a little small. However you only need a few drops and even for my very long hair that is enough. I am so glad that I found this stuff and cannot wait to try more Jessicurl products in the future. I would especially recommend it for anyone, curly hair or not with damaged hair or trouble with frizz. I wish I had this product years ago!

Have you tried any Jessicurl products?

Let me know!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Etsy Homeware Wishlist.

Clockwise: LightandLadderGoldenBiscottLaurenbyDesignThePaintedPressNelliannaSquirrelyMindsPaper
I am a bit of an Etsy addict. I know, me and every other millennial with too much time on their hands. It occurred to me the other day that I have probably wasted entire days of my life, obsessively scrolling through all of the pretty things. Whilst fun, I don't think I can really argue that it is the best use of my time... So, I thought I would put all of this to some good(ish) use, and share with you guys some of the things on my wish list at the moment. If you guys like it, let me know, I would love to do these kind of posts regularly!

 I will keep this short and sweet as I think the items speak for themselves. At the top of my list is the 'Phases of the Moon' jewellery dish by The Painted Press followed closely by the Nelliana 'Origami Lampshade' to add some colour. My office is looking a little bleak at the moment desk so I have been looking at the "Watercolour Birthstone Print' by SquirrelyMindsPaper and the desk organiser by Golden Biscotti as they would make really simple but effective additions. Finally I have been admiring the 'Glitter Agate' laptop decal from LaurenbyDesign for months now and have been dropping some pretty hard hints for my birthday.

Here is a list of all the shops included! Go check them out and enjoy!


Have you got any favourite Etsy shops? 
Let me know!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Caudalie Vinosource Range & Launch.

Caudalie Vinosource range. Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin,Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin, Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin.
Caudalie Vinosource range.
 Caudalie have launched their new Vinosource range! Last week I was very luck to attend the Vinosource launch in London and I am very excited to talk about the moisturisers from the range. There are 4 moisturisers, the Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin, the Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin and the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin. All of which are now out in store and online.

Caudalie Blogging Event, Vinosource Launch Party.
Such a beautiful party, roses, cotton candy & cocktails! Shame my camera died after about 10 minutes...
The range uses grape water, to sooth and hydrate skin, whilst strengthen and nourishing. It is also free from parabans, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate and animal ingredients. I have been using the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid and have been seeing some great results from it.

I have a bit of a tricky relationship with moisturisers, my skin is combination, with very oily areas but it's also very sensitive. I suffer with acne, scarring and a lot of redness, means I have to be super careful with what I use lest I face the consequences. Having such oily patches, means my makeup also likes to slide of my skin, landslide style, after only a few hours. Whilst dryness is never an issue, redness and sensitivity really are, meaning my skin does need looking after and soothing.

Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
I give you this, rather unpleasant sounding, analysis of my skin just to demonstrate how gentle the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid really is. It is an oil free formula that helps mattify the skin but still hydrates it. I have noticed my makeup has been staying on longer since using it and also applying really smoothly. My skin has also been feeling softer and I have noticed an improvement in it's overall texture. It hasn't triggered any breakouts since using it and it has also helped keep my redness a little under control. It's also great as a little goes a long way, spreading and absorbing really nicely into the skin.

Are you a Caudalie Fan?

Let me know!


Sunday, 17 April 2016

5 Amazing Vegetarian & Vegan Blogs.

The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen
Clockwise: The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen x 2.
I am a vegetarian but eat about a 90% vegan diet. I love to cook, but I'm super lazy. I am also really fussy about what I eat and am very indecisive. This makes dinner time somewhat... challenging. In order to make life a little easier I have a stash of amazing vegetarian and vegan blogs that I turn too when nothing is taking my fancy and I need some inspiration!

The PPK/The Post Punk Kitchen -  Run by the wonderful Isa Chandra-Moskowitz, really is the vegan holy grail. I have all of her books and I reach for them constantly! The PPK is amazing because it has hundreds and hundreds of recipes, all different cuisines, but all equally delicious. I have been so inspired by all of Isa's recipes over the years with some of my favourites being Everyday Pad Thai & Black Bean & Quinoa Soup If you are looking to impress, then this is the place for you! Isa also writes amazing cookbooks and even though I love going online for recipes, these are worth having a hard copy of!

The Tofu Diaries/Natalie Tamara - Natalie is a gifted food photographer who makes really tasty but really healthy recipes that seriously give me the hunger. Her recipes are so easy to follow and she uses a lot of really basic ingredients that are readily available. Although simple her recipes are still inventive and I really look forward to cooking them! Natalie also writes about other things too like Travel and her site is a lovely place to spend an hour!

Oh She Glows - Oh she Glows has been a favourite of mine for a while now. Angela creates such delicious recipes that are super healthy but also manage to feel really indulgent at the same time. Angela started Oh She Glows as a way to record her recovery from an eating disorder and show the impact that food has on our lives. As someone who has been through something similar I really relate to not only her story but also her focus on feeding to body and nutrition but still enjoying the process and feeling healthy and nourished. Just take a look at her Next Level Vegan Enchiladas and try and tell me your not hungry.

Sprouted Kitchen - Two words. Food Porn. Sprouted Kitchen both makes me hungry and envious. It is such a beautiful blog, simple, clean and so well crafted! It's a vegetarian blog but they also have loads of great vegan recipes that are really veg focussed, healthy and nutritious. What I love about Sprouted Kitchen is that everything is just a little bit fancy and special but still relatively simple to cook using pretty basic ingredients!

Buzzfeed - It sounds weird but Buzzfeed are actually a deep well of Vegetarian and Vegan knowledge! They're more of a place to find other peoples recipes, rather than their own but I have found so many new blogs to follow through them! They write great themed lists, like 41 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (not so relevant in the UK, but still delicious) and its great if you wanna try out some new recipes.

Have you got a favourite Vegetarian/Vegan Blog?

Let me know!

Monday, 4 April 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.
NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.
The past few weeks I have been wearing the NYX Lip Lingerie, every, damn, day. I had been eyeing them up for a while but only got around to ordering them recently. I have been curious to try NYX out for a while, ever since they landed on Boots online. After being tempted by everyone on Instagram, looking so great in the Lip Lingerie, I decided that is where I would start. At only 6.99 each I thought I couldn't go too wrong, so after some pretty intense research (about an hours Instagram spree) I chose the shades Lace Detail and Bedroom Flirt.

The formula is lovely. Very matte but applies smoothly, evenly and is really easy to work with. I find that I don't even really need a lipliner for everyday, making them very quick and perfect for busy mornings. The staying power is amazing. I go most of the day without any reapplication, even after eating a giant burger (Sunday proved this) which means they are super low maintenance. I am terrible with touching up my make up throughout the day and generally rather lazy, so they are an all round winner for me. The staying power however does also mean that they can be a little tricky to remove without the right stuff but anything oil based works a dream!

A slight (but expected) downside is that being so matte, means they are a bit drying. I am someone who suffers with unusually dry lips so I have a bit of a battle wearing any lipstick on a regular basis (it doesn't stop me, of course!) but even I didn't find them any worse than any other matte lip colour, possibly even a little better. As long as I maintain my lips with balm and a lip scrub, like the Lush ones, I am fine, even with my sandpaper lips. God, I am such a catch?!

Are you a NYX fan?

Let me know!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Jewellery Favourites!

H&M Crystal Ring and Bracelet Set, Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star band Set, Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.
Clockwise: H&M Crystal Ring and Bracelet Set, Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star band Set, Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.

I have recently been buying a lot more jewellery and I have found some really great pieces. I am a bit of a jewellery obsessive, and have always been known amongst my friends for it. I thought I may as well put my obsession to good use and show you guys what I have been wearing recently and the kinds of things I love! Most of this jewellery, although a bit of a luxury for me, is reasonably priced and pretty affordable and I have got a ton of use out of all of it!

Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.
Wolf & Moon 'Ripple Necklace' in Mint.

Wolf & Moon are a brand I think are amazing. This necklace above is from their Fjordland collection, which is my favourite of theirs but I would happily wear anything they make! I have been wearing this necklace for a few months now and have yet to get tired of it. They also sell some of their designs through ASOS, which is very convenient but for their fun collection check out their website!

Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star Band Set.
Orelia Mini Peace Ring & Cut Out Star Band Set.

The four rings in the picture above are all made by another brand I love, Orelia. I actually bought these from Topshop but first Orelia on ASOS a few months back and have loved their designs ever since. These were a little bit of an impulse buy for me. The Mini Peace Ring was £10 and the Cut Out Star Band Set was £22 so it was kind of a luxury for me and I probably should have, but I am so glad I did! I have been wearing them everyday. The Mini Peace Ring is my favourite but I am really glad I got the set as well as they are great for stacking. The colour of the jewels is also lovely for spring and they really just finish off an outfit nicely.

H&M Crystal Jewellery Set.
H&M Crystal Jewellery Set.
The three rings above and the two crystal bracelets in the background all came together as one set from H&M. At only £12.99 I could not resist as I thought they were such a good price and so pretty. I have  loved this kind of crystal, simple gold set, jewellery for a while now but they are always so expensive  and no matter how beautiful I just can't pay it! So when I found this set I would over the moon! Sure, unclose they do look very plastic and fake but from a few feet away no one would know the difference! Whilst the rings are a little on the large side for me, the bracelets are so delicate but really stunning.

Fair Trade 'House' Earrings.
Fair Trade 'House' Earrings. 

Finally these little guys definitely deserve a mention as I have been wearing them everyday since christmas. My sister bought me these after seeing them in Oklahoma in Manchester. Sadly, I don't think they are available anymore, but there are some similar umbrella versions here, from they same brand. They are really cute and easy to wear and I am so glad to have them as my everyday. go to earrings!

Which is your favourite (if any)?

Let me know!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Taking a Break & Rant.

Taking a break from blogging

I have been having a really bad few months blogging wise. I have barely posted and just had no motivation to. I feel so down on a number of aspects of blogging recently as well as myself and the combination has just meant a blogging standstill.

I have been feeling somewhat lost. I feel like I have never really found my 'niche' blogging wise and whilst this isn't a bad thing for everyone, I feel like I am just missing something. I see so many amazing blogs around me, that show so much personality and individuality but I just don't feel like I am expressing mine. I just can't seem to put my finger on it. I want to be making the best content I can and enjoy it too. Recently it has felt like such a chore. I know what I want to be doing most of the time, I just dont know how to do it. It never looks or feels right. I think I need some distance.

I am also finding the blogging community increasingly stressful. I feel like there is a lot of bad energy (a term I have literally never used) in so many ways. There is so much supposed love and support but a lot of it feels disingenuous. People are so quick to judge and I feel like there is a lot of pressure to keep up. Even though so 'talk the talk' about wanting everyone to just be themselves and love each other not many 'walk the walk'. It all feels so cliquey and whilst there are many trying to do good, I am finding it hard to distinguish and I don't even think many are doing it consciously. It isn't all 'bad intent' or even all that obvious but the sheer volume of it is getting too me.

Whilst it isn't all bad intent or on a high level, there is still so much fighting, people taking digs at each other and straight up openly mocking of others, it doesn't feel like a safe place. The judgement is very real.

On top of this I have been a bit overwhelmed recently. I returned to university after a 3 year break and whilst it is going better than I ever could have imagined and been so beneficial in all aspects of my life, it has taken a lot out of me. Although very hard, I am so happy to have done it and I think it is really helping me grow as a person, again. It has meant though, I have been a little unstable and changeable. I think I just need a little break and hopefully I can come back better than ever! Hopefully just for a few weeks!

Be back soon!!


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Favourite Cat Videos pt. 1.

Nyan Cat

Cats. are. my. favourite. Yes, I am that person who will sit and watch those 5 hour youtube compilations of cat videos from start to finish and honestly love every minute. I frequently cry at cat videos, sometimes in public... to the embarrassment of everyone I know. I though I would share some of this love with you, so I present some of my favourite cat videos. Believe me, I have about 1000 more I would love to show you but I will keep it short and save them for my next 100 instalments. Most of these are classics, so you may well have heard about them before but hopefully will enjoy them nonetheless!

1. Okay! A short but sweet one to start with, sideways cat. I think all cat owners know the strange eccentricities of cats oh so well but my cat has, sadly, never quite managed this level.

2. I won't lie. This video made me cry. Twice.

3. As you will no doubt find unsurprising, I have been compared to this lady and this video multiple times by friends and family and you know what? There is nothing wrong with loving cats this much, the internet has proved this time and time again.

Both the original and the songify version are hilarious, I personally love the signify version above.

4. Sad Cat Diary is just one of my all time favourite things. If you do not find this amusing, get in the sea and find a sense of humour or a love of cats whilst you are there.

5. And to round up nicely, how about the classic that is Nyan Cat? To anyone that hasn't seen or knows of Nyan cat, I have one question. Do you reside under a rock?

P.s I take no responsibility for the madness that may ensue, when you cannot get this earworm to leave your brain.

Do you have any favourite cat videos?

Let me know!

 (Seriously, I need more)


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Best Vegan Food in Brighton!

Best Vegan Food in Brighton
Clockwise: Food For Friends, Food at Pompoko, Creperie & Food at The Prince George Pub.
Food for Friends has been serving up gourmet vegetarian and vegan food for over 30 years now and never fails to amaze! They are always coming up with new amazing dishes and it is must to visit if you are in the area. Not only is the food delicious but the staff are lovely and very knowledgable.
Recommended dish: Sharing Platter for Two.

The Prince George Pub, Trafalgar Street, is a vegetarian pub that serves amazing food but the absolute best Roasts!! My favoutite is the Mushroom Wellington, pictured above. I don't actually like mushrooms but somehow this still manages to be one of my favourite meals ever.  You will find me here on any given Sunday stuffing my face with a giant grin. This is by far the best vegan roast I have had in Brighton and not only that but also the BIGGEST. Congrats if you finish it!
Recommended dish: Sunday Lunch.

Pompoko Brighton
Pompoko, Church Street - Tofu Chilli Don.

Pompoko, Church Street has been a firm favourite of mine for years. So many amazing vegan options and their tofu is cooked to perfection. It's incredibly budget friendly with the average price of a vegetarian/vegan main being about £4.50. Although relatively small, meaning you have to wait for a table, the service is speedy and the food, delicious.
Recommended dishes: Yubamaki & Tofu Chilli Don.

Vbites Brighton
V-bites, East Street, Brighton.

VBites, East Street, has been a staple for vegan food for a while now. Since moving right into the heart of The Lanes I have been here a lot. Vbites, formally The Redwood Wholefood Company, have their own range of foods that are used in the restaurant and you can also buy in shops. They are great if you are looking for 'mock meat' style food and their burgers are fantastic. They also have freshly baked cakes and desserts daily.
Recommended Dish: Vegan Donner Kebab (one of their alternating specials)

Creperie Brighton
Creperie, Ship Street.
Next up, Creperie, Ship Street, isn't necessarily aimed at vegan's but their savoury crepes are vegan and they have a range of fillings to choose from, with a little editing. The reason they are on here is that they are really flexible, suggest options and are willing to accommodate different dietary requirements. Creperie is also great to go to with non-vegan friends and is quite different from the rest on the list. Not only that but it is so beautifully decorated inside and a lovely place to wile away a few hours on a Sunday morning.

Finally Beelzebab at The Hope and Ruin, Queens Road. The people at Beelzebab have recently taken over the kitchen at the Hope and Ruin. Loaded fries, Kebabs and Hot Dogs make this a junk food fans dream! Their speciality is their vegan kebab but everything on the menu is delicious and worth giving a go, especially the loaded fries.
Recommended Dish: Jackfruit 'Pulled Pork' Loaded Fries - you will not regret it.

This was a post written with Wriggle, who are launching their service in Brighton today! Wriggle lets you discover and tap into exclusive daily offers at handpicked independent eateries, watering-holes and happenings. Not only does Wriggle guide you to great local places you might not have heard of, but it also helps support and promote local places! You can download the app for free on iPhone and Android right now at

Do you have a favourite vegan spots?

Let me know!


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Photography Project

My Windowsill.

  A little while ago I did a photography project for uni, in an arts option module. I thought I would show you what I did! Apart from blog photography it is the first project I have ever done! Let me know what you think about it!


Friday, 1 January 2016

A New Years Wrap Up: 2015.

I am trying to share more of myself on here so I thought I would do a catch up/wrap up post, reflecting on the year I have just had and how it has changed me.

2015 has been a HUGE year for me, in many ways. I honestly feel like a different person to a year ago. It's not really that my life has changed massively (although, it has) its more that I have. I feel like this year has really been about grounding. I am much more secure in myself and for the first time, I feel more present and secure in myself. I still struggle with a lot of long term issues (health etc) that I think will always be there to an extent, but this year, they have slowly slipped to the background. My life is finally starting to come first, I have some semblance of clarity and I can focus on new things.

This has really been the year I have realised that it doesn't matter where my life is, it matter where I am. If I am not at home in myself, I will always be lost. Self-esteem, self-love, self-acceptance, whatever you want to call it, is everything. All of the energy I was using to beat myself up and hate myself could finally be used to try and change, or work on accepting the things I couldn't.

I have also finally grasped that the things I want in life I have to jump towards and create those opportunities. Although it has been a little scary, it's actually kind of reassuring, as I am taking control of them, they aren't taking control of me. It's okay to take a leap of faith, there is finally ground beneath me.

How has 2015 treated you?

Let me know!!

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