Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Raw Nibbles - Raw Organic Treats


These tasty looking treats are from a wonderful little company by the name of Raw Nibbles - which is run by Husband and Wife Ian and Soph (read more about them here). Raw Nibbles products are free from gluten, egg, soya and dairy... they also do not contain any beet or cane sugar. They are made from simple ingredients and are full of vitamins and minerals that would usually be taken away during the cooking process of other products. I was recently asked if I would like to taste some of the Raw Nibbles Raw Organic Treats for myself - how could I say no?

A chocolate, nut and date base, stuffed with raw chocolate chunks.
Vegan, free from dairy, wheat, gluten, beet sugar, cane sugar, soya & egg. Handmade and hand-wrapped by Raw Nibbles in Suffolk.

A sweet & fruity ball with a hint of strawberry.
Vegan, free from dairy, wheat, gluten, beet sugar, cane sugar, soya & egg. Handmade and hand-wrapped by Raw Nibbles in Suffolk.

You would think that something that claims to be so healthy, wouldn't taste very nice... but you'd be wrong as both products I tried are both really tasty! Out of the two though, I have to say I preferred the Fruit & Nut Ball because I'm not too keen on chocolately things anyway, but love fruity flavours! I've got my eye on the Apple Pie Fruit & Nut Ball - sounds delish! But if you're looking for some tasty, yet healthy treats then I would definitely recommend this company. Each and every product is handmade and hand-finished. These would even make a great gift idea for the food lovers this Christmas! 
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Saturday, 22 November 2014

No 7 Autumn Make Up Collection 2014

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The No 7 make up range at Boots is one of my all time favourite brands, they are actually really good quality, and affordable - especially when Boots do the vouchers which offer you £5 off skincare and £3 off make up! You may have seen my blog post featuring the No 7 Summer Collection I shared with you a few months back but today I have the recently released No 7 Autumn Collection to share with you all! There are some real gems in this collection...


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No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour Blue Patent £6
No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour Black Patent £6

These two new nail colours really are stunning! They offer a high shine patent effect finish, with just 1 coat. My favourite is definitely the black - it's so glam! Team it with a sparkly black dress for your Christmas party outfit! The flat brushes make application super easy and the finish is opaque and streak-free. Absolute bargains at just £6 each, or £3 with a voucher!


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No 7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick in Watermelon £9.95

I've never really been a fan of cream blushes, and have always used powder versions, simply due to the fact that I can never seem to apply the right amount and then just end up with a streak of colour across my face. However, this No 7 Cream blush stick has changed my mind, it's so easy to use, even for a complete make up amateur like myself! It has a light, creamy formula with a pop of colour, you just swipe across the desired area, and blend out as needed. It's a truly gorgeous colour to brighten up your face for the darker months!

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No 7 Matte Lip Crayon Raspberry Wine £9
No 7 Matte Lip Crayon Raspberry Red £9


These beauties are my favourite products from this new collection! The colours are absolutely gorgeous and right on point for the berry lip trend for A/W14!! Raspberry Wine to me is a more wearable berry shade as its quite muted, whereas Raspberry Red is vibrant and bold - maybe more of a "going out" shade than every day wear. Both crayons have a matte finish, but neither cling to or emphasise dry patches on the lips - which is always a bonus for me because my lips are terrible for being chapped. The crayons are quite stiff at first, but as you warm them against your lips the formula becomes soft and creamy, and they glide on with ease! The colour literally lasts all day! I've gone to work wearing one, done an eight hour shift eating and drinking in between and then the colour is still visible at the end of the day! Well worth getting these for your makeup bag! I wore the Wine shade in my Autumn Style blog post if you fancy checking that out?

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No 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio In The Navy £9.50

Last but certainly not least is this adorable little eyeshadow trio - which is called "In The Navy" it contains 3 eyeshadow pans, the lightest shimmer champagne shade in the middle is to be used all over the lid and brow bone as a highlighter, the top matte beige shade is to be used on the lid and in the crease of your eyelid, before finally using the deep navy blue shade along the lash line as an eyeliner! The finished look of this is gorgeous, and perfect for parties! The formula of the shadows are very soft, and the shimmer particles aren't too large. The colour pay off is really good and they last well too, especially with an eyeshadow primer! 

Overall this collection is ideal for Autumn, and I would definitely recommend getting your hands on a couple (or even all) of these products!

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Perfect Proposal? ❤

(Image from Pinterest - Edited by me)

"Will you marry me?" - Those four words that should mark an amazing moment in your life that you will cherish and remember forever and tell your children about etc... So naturally when you hear those words from your partners mouth, or if you are the one to pop the question you want everything to be just perfect!

I was recently asked, what is my idea of "The Perfect Proposal"? And I thought it would be fun to write about how I'd have liked this to happen if I was given the opportunity to choose exactly how everything happened! Just for the record, I got engaged in February this year, and you can catch up here on my wedding blog post series if you'd like?

First and most importantly, make sure this is something you have discussed and that it's something you both want for your future together! Personally I never have been and still aren't planning to ever get married. However, marriage is an important part of life for a lot of people, but you have to make sure it's something you both agree with and want.


The ring.
Whether you decide to go and pick out a ring together, or whether you're choosing a ring as a surprise - you need it to be good, really good! I think we would all love a massive Diamond ring on our finger for us to show off to our family and friends. But a diamond ring doesn't have to be ridiculously expensive. Chisholm Hunter have an amazing range of Diamond Engagement Rings ranging from just £195 to a whopping £25,000 - so there's something for all budgets!! If I had the choice I would have chosen a simple 9ct Yellow Gold Solitaire Diamond Ring... My ring wasn't like this, and actually broke a couple of months afterwards, so I don't even have a ring to wear anymore :(

Anyway... Material things ay? What really matters is the thought that goes into the actual proposal...

Public or Private?
Personally I've never liked my life to be public. I'm a very private person, so naturally I would want to be proposed to privately (which Ashley did - maybe a little too privately and casually though - won't go into details because he won't be very happy if he reads this!) I'm glad he didn't ask me in front of a crowd of people though - that would have been super embarrassing!


The Location?

A lot of people say propose where you first met, but that would have been impossible considering it was on the car park at college, how romantic...Not! So... whisk them away on a romantic holiday - I would like just a countryside cottage holiday, here in the UK will be fine as long as the weather was nice! I would love to be proposed to in some Pinterest-worthy scenery, like the photo I featured at the top of this post that setup is so cute! - I should probably mention here that I would have liked some photos to be taken capturing the moment (so a photographer would come in handy) Maybe photographing you whilst the pair of you were out walking in the woods...holding hands... cuddling and kissing, and just being yourselves, you get the gist. And then a photograph of him getting down on one knee and popping the question and the surprised look on your face when he asks! I love photographs and this would be a great thing to have to look back on in years to come! (Just for the record, I don't have any photographs)

What would you be wearing? What would he be wearing?
As I would like to have photographs taken, maybe dress up a little wearing a cute dress, do your hair and makeup nicely, but still keep it as natural looking as possible. Not really bothered what he's wearing - whatever he feels comfortable in.

When would it be?
Popular times that people get engaged are public holidays and celebrations... i.e Christmas & Valentines Day. We actually got engaged on the day after Valentines Day. I hated this, because it takes away the fact that its YOUR special celebration. So ideally I would have liked it to have been on our dating anniversary... Which was only a couple of months ago on the 16th September we had been together 5 years... This would have been a much more unique and special time to propose... Anyway, yes, make it a memorable date for the two of you so that you can celebrate together in years to come, without other celebrations getting in the way!!

Hen Heaven took to the streets earlier this year and filmed a short video asking passers by what their idea of the perfect proposal would be. This made me laugh, so you might wanna check it out :)

So, there's my idea of my perfect proposal, what would yours be? 

Or, to put a twist on things... if you're engaged already - did your partner do well or what would you change? 

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