Monday, 29 February 2016

First time clubbing and drunk |

Hello lovelies.
Now some of you who follow me on twitter may have seen my drunken ramblings on Saturday night. Well I went out with Shannon and some of her friends, I didn't really want to of just because I only know one of her friends and the rest were strangers to me. After much persuasion at work I decide to actually go. Like I had nothing to wear and the idea of clubbing just wasn't really grabbing me.





So she picked me up after work and we went to hers for pre-drinks with her mate. Like I looked absolutely awful, but I actually attempted to make my make up look okay and I added a few more curls to my already hideous hair. I think she was a little surprised that I actually went but I think I knew I just wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone, turns out I think I've found a new zone. I had already had a cider before Shannon's, I had another one at hers and then had 2 shots of toffee apple sourz and a shot of rainbow ice sourz. In all fairness before we even left hers I was already a little bit tipsy.

I was more nervous to go just because I sort of knew I might end up drinking to much and I hadn't actually met any of her other friends. Any way the train journey was very funny and then we stopped in the pub, then off to the club. I mean at this point I was still like no I'll just go home but Shannon was like it will be fine and her friend was like look, you know me and Shannon so don't worry.  Anyway we made our way to the club and unfortunately Shannon had to queue with me, I felt bad but she insisted so thank you. Like when we got in there I felt really out of place, purely because I hadn't been in a club before and I met her other friend who was lovely but I think I just felt a bit awkward. My first drink of the night was a vodka and red bull which I actually really liked. Like it tasted a bit like calpol but apparently that's just what I like. I then had a few more of those, then a jäger bomb. That was an experience, like I didn't really like it but I think it helped me relax a little.

Anyway after a few more drinks Shannon's friends all arrived and while she went off for a few minutes I was left just sort of standing like the odd one out, luckily the guy I already knew introduced me to all her friends who were all absolutely lovely and then we all had another jäger bomb......and then later on a shot of tequila, like I liked it but I knew I was drunk. I know exactly what I did and what I said, luckily I didn't do anything to embarrassing but I do remember constantly telling Shannon how drunk I was. I mean I'm sure it was pretty evident but I guess because I hadn't ever been drunk I didn't really know what to do. Like Shannon was very good and acted like a stand in mummy and made sure I was okay, like everywhere she went she held my hand and took me with her. She is a very good friend and I mean she could have just left me drunk and on my own but she really took care of me. 

Her friend that I already knew, well he was a very fun drunk. Like I was completely drunk and so was he.....well we were all very drunk but he was just very funny whilst intoxicated. I think this could be the start of a nice little friendship.

Thankfully Shannon's boyfriend picked us up from the club and I think I was very chatty on the way home so I'm very sorry if I embarrassed you Shannon. I got in at like 3am and I couldn't sleep all night. I messaged the guy we went with and was like look I'm sorry if I said or did anything weird, he knew it was my first time drunk but said I was a natural. I had to be in work at 1pm the following day so I was dreading the hangover. In the morning he messaged me basically saying how hungover her was. I mean I feel like out of everyone we were basically like a baymax level of drunk. 


What I didn't expect is for me to be fine. Like I wasn't hungover, while Shannon was hungover at work I was absolutely fine. I'm not sure why though, like I got so drunk and I was expecting to be a mess on Sunday. To be fair my dad said he never used to have hangovers, he would sometimes get drunk but it just didn't give him a hangover. I was quite proud of myself and I sort of really want to go out again at some point. I mean even if its just on my own, like I know that's weird but as much as I'm not saying you should go out and get drunk, I'm saying that after a few drinks I felt like all the stress of the week just went away and it was so nice to just let my hair down and have fun. So thanks Shannon for letting me tag along and now you've finally seen me drunk.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Lush rose bombshell | Review

Hello lovelies,
Today I'm reviewing one of the mothers day bath ballistics. If you saw my haul then you may already know that this year lush didn't have an awful lot in the range. However the rose bombshell was so lovely and I'm a little annoyed that I didn't get a few more. If you want to see that mothers day haul then just click here.


Here's what is says on the lush website about the rose bombshell "Love is blind, which is a shame because this bombshell with a floral triplet of yellow rose petals, rose absolute and rose oil is an enthralling spectacle. As it fizzes, the outer shell breaks away and magnificent petals burst out in a sweet haze of Sicilian lemon and floral geranium oils.".

Ingredients |
  • Sodium Bicarbonate,
  •  
  • Citric Acid,
  •  
  • Fine Sea Salt,
  •  
  • Yellow Rose Petals,
  •  
  • Rose Absolute,
  •  
  • Geranium Oil,
  •  
  • Rose Oil,
  •  
  • Sicilian Lemon Oil,
  •  
  • *Limonene,
  •  
  • Citronellol,
  •  
  • Coumarin,
  •  
  • Geraniol,
  •  
  • Perfume,
  •  
  • Frosty Holly Lustre,
  •  
  • Colour 14700,
  •  
  • Colour 17200,
  •  
  • Colour 45410.

I was really excited to try this bath ballistic. I was really hoping I would like it purely because there was hardly anything in the collection this year. Luckily enough I absolutely adored it. For one I love the pink with the flecks of paste bluey green that's on it. I didn't use all of the bath ballistic at once, why? Well I like to split them in two just because it works out better value for money. When I smelt this one in the shop I thought it was a little to strong but when I got it home I loved it. The smell was very light but powerful at the same time. It honestly made the best bath to sink into and relax. It turned the water a beautiful shade of pink and even thought this products doesn't have any shea or cocoa butter in, it still left my skin feeling really soft. 

The one thing that I wasn't looking forward to about this bath ballistic was the fact that there were petals hidden inside. I'm not one for having little added extras floating around the bath but luckily these didn't really bother me. The lovely little yellow petals floating on a sea of pink shimmer really made my bath time more enjoyable. The only thing that bothered me about this product is that the lovely smell didn't really last on my skin. Normally after I have a lush bath the smell of whatever product I have used stays on my skin for a while. With this one it seemed to disappear as soon as I got into my pyjamas. Maybe its because it was such a light fragrance when it went into the water. Any those are my thoughts on this lovely bath ballistic. Have you tried this one yet? Let me know in the comments. 


Thursday, 25 February 2016

Self-harm |

Hello lovelies,
This is a post that I never thought I would write, let alone publish. You all know that I share every little aspect of my life on here, with all of you because this is like my own little world. Self harm is something that I didn't want to bring up on my blog, partly because I feel like some view it as an attention seeking thing when I know that its far from that. I guess I just didn't want to be judged about something that I have been through. That's still an on going battle on the hard days. 



This is something that I haven't told anyone about, not my family or my friends. Why am I writing this now? I'm ready to talk about it and just explain why. I'm not writing this as a poor me post, I'm writing this because I know there are a lot of people going to though the same thing and reading other peoples stories helped me.

So I don't really know where to start with this. I guess I should probably explain what state I was in mentally. It was about 2 years ago, before I started my blog. I was in a very dark place in my life. I just felt numb to everything. I had no job, no friends and my sister was making my life a living hell. I'm not one for telling my family that I'm not okay. That everything was just in my head and my thoughts were just getting darker and darker by the day. My family still to this day don't know that I used to self harm. I think my aunt has her suspicions. At the time she mentioned to my mum that something wasn't right with me, I wasn't laughing a lot, I wasn't happy and I just wasn't me. My mum said I was fine but its like she knew, she always knows when I'm like that because I think she can always see when I'm just not me.

I'm not going to say what I used to hurt myself with, I don't think that's appropriate because I don't want to give people ideas. If you're having thoughts like that then please, please just speak to someone. It doesn't have to be your family or friends, you can speak to your doctor, a therapist or even the Samaritans. I know that there's a lot of people out there who've been through or are going through self harm. So if you need to speak to anyone then I'm always here, just message me on twitter  and we chat privately. Don't feel like you're alone because it doesn't help.

I guess the reason why I started to cut myself was because I was in so much pain mentally, I didn't know how to process all the dark thoughts I had so I took the mental pain and turned into into a physical pain. That might not make sense to you but it was my coping mechanism because I would rather have a scar on my body than the dark thoughts in my mind. The pain that I felt was a relief, it felt like a weight had been lifted. The pain I felt was actually physical and I could see it and for a few minutes the pain in my mind just went. I knew I had to stop and find a different way to cope with my thoughts the day I actually questioned my life, I had suicidal thoughts and at that point I knew I needed help. I didn't speak to anyone though, instead I stared reading more blogs and then I started writing all my thoughts down. Writing very dark thoughts out made it so much easier for me. That's when I started professional daydreamer, this is more than just a blog for me and I don't think many understand that this is a hobby, this is my coping mechanism. This was started when I felt so much pain mentally and this was the only thing stopping me from cutting myself and leaving scars all over my legs, arms and stomach. 

I'm not going to lie to you and say that I'm fine, I'm not. I still have times where I get really dark thoughts and I could cut myself again but I don't. It takes all the mental strength I have not to do it. Instead I come online and I just write, I write out everything little dark thought that's in my mind. Then I read it over and over again. I pick it apart and make myself see that what I thought was so small, and then I think abut everything good in my life. Lately its been harder but I haven't self harmed in about a year and half, even when I started my blog I still couldn't cope and still self harmed but I stopped because I knew that one day it would probably be a cut to far. I don't ever publish my thoughts like that. I write them and then delete them but it helps to just write everything out. 

Its so hard because if I hadn't started this blog I don't know what I would have done, I don't know how many more scars I would have made and most worrying is I don't know if I would still be here. I have so many amazing things happening in my life right now, so many amazing people have come into my life over the last 10 months. I found love, I lost love but I dealt with that in the best way possible. I'm getting braver and doing things I never thought I would do and I'm going to be saying things I never thought I would tell anyone because I would have been scared of the rejection. I just don't really care now, its better to just say whats on your mind rather than living always wondering. I got through it. It was hard and I still have my scars. They're a part of me, but they are also a reminder that that was the lowest point I've ever been. Its a reminded that things get better, life gets better and that I can cope with pretty much anything. 


NHS Links |
Samaritans – call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email: jo@samaritans.org
Mind – call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays) 
YoungMinds Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on weekdays)


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Doughnuts |

Hello lovelies,
Yesterday was a bit of an emotional day to say the least. I cried to my mum at 8 in the morning and then cried to my aunt at like 11am. To make myself feel better and to make sure you lovely lot had a baking post, I decided to attempt doughnuts. I saw this recipe on Jim Chapman's channel and thought well if Jim can do it, why not me. Here's what they looked like, if you want to know how I made them then stick around.


Ingredients |
1 bottle of sunflower oil. 
1tsp salt.
250g strong white bread flour.
Caster sugar.
75ml water.
50ml melted butter.
2 eggs.
1 packet of fast action dried yeast.

Step 1 |
Measure out your strong white bread flour and put this in a large mixing bowl. 


Step 2 |
Add the dried yeast to the flour.



Step 3 |
Now add 1tsp of fine salt.



Step 4 |
Next add 75ml of water to the dry ingredients. Make a little well in the dry ingredients and then add your water.


Step 5 |
Add the 2 eggs and then using a mixer or a wooden spoon, mix this all until it combines into a dough.



Step 6 | 
Now that you have a dough almost formed, add the melted butter and continue to mix. keep on mixing until you have a ball of dough. Take the dough out and then knead for 5-10 minutes if your doing it by hand. Pop the dough back in the bowl and leave it to prove for an hour. After the first hour, take the dough out and split it into 8 balls and leave them to prove again for another hour. 





Step 7 |
Put your oil into a pan and then turn on the heat. Get a tray ready with kitchen roll on it to drain the excess oil from the doughnuts. Keep this away from the pan and make sure you have a damp towel to hand just in case it catches fire, yes that's my best advice and also maybe have 999 on speed dial. Any way, to test the heat of the oil put a piece of bread into it and if it sizzles then its ready to fry your doughnuts.


Step 8 | 
Pop your doughnut into the oil and then when you can see that the bottom is a golden brown, use a fork to flip it over and let it cook on the other side. When its done take it out using a large spoon, you know the one with little holes in. Neither do it but aim for something like that. Pop the doughnut on the kitchen roll and let the oil soak into it. Do this for all the doughnuts. When you are finished turn of the heat and do not touch the oil or the pan for a good few hours. I actually put the pan outside so it could cool. 




Step 9 |
Roll all of your doughnuts in caster sugar and then pop them onto a cooling rack.


Step 10 |
Fill your piping bags with your fillings, I did 4 jam and 4 Nutella. Make a small cut in each doughnut and insert the nozzle of the piping bag. Keep piping until you feel pressure on the bag and doughnut. 


Now all you have to do is sit back with a nice cup of tea and enjoy these mouthwatering doughnuts. Luckily I resisted the urge to eat them all. Here's what they looked like with the Nutella.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Giving up on people |

Hello lovelies,
This is a post that I didn't think I would find myself writing. Giving up on someone is so difficult. It easier to say that you're giving up on someone but its so much harder to actually do. I've tried countless time to be the better person and to just forgive and forget but I'm tired of it now. 



You all know the type of relationship I have with my sister, its rocky to say the least. When we were younger we got on really well. She was like my best friend and was with me in almost everything I did. That's all changed, she's changed and no one but our family see it. The most difficult part about is that at work people say how lovely she is. How funny. They don't know her like we do, they don't see the anger in her eyes when she doesn't get her own way. They don't hear what she calls us on a daily basis. They don't know that a few months ago my sister got angry and waved a knife at my dad in anger. Do you know how hard it is to constantly hear from people how lovely someone is when you know the truth.

What's changed from the last time. She's got worse. I don't care that she goes out drinking, of course she will. That's what all people her age do, that what all people my age do. It turns out that a few months ago she took cocaine. Not three weeks ago she took ecstasy. I never thought she would be so stupid. This is just a game to her. She doesn't see whats wrong with it and I don't trust her. What's worse is that when she did ecstasy she text me in the morning saying to cover for her at work. To say that she had food poisoning, I didn't know at the time that that's what she'd done. Of course she wasn't ill, she couldn't go into work because she was high. If there's one thing I cant stand, its liars. 

I just cant do it anymore. I will always love her, of course I will. Shes my big sister. I'm just giving up on her. I don't want anything to do with her anymore, I don't want to see her, speak to her or live with her. It's now basically she goes or I go. What's sadder is that my parents forgive her again and again and she never has to face the consequences of her actions. My aunts said if I want I can go and live with her for a bit. I'm actually considering it. Where she's concerned now I just feel numb. She's not the person I grew up with and that scares me.

I have to give up because when I argue with her I sink to her level. I become as bad as she can be with my attitude towards her. I don't want to be like that but she infuriates me. I'm sick of sinking to her level, so I'm done. Whats annoying is that unlike other people I don't have somewhere to escape when she gets bad. Some people can go to their best friends or they boyfriends. I don't have that. Its just me stuck in this house with her, my parents have been away over the weekend so that meant I've locked myself in my room because I cant be around her. I didn't eat anything on Saturday or Monday because she was in the kitchen all day. That's the level that I cant be around her, I love my food but even the thought of being near her made me hide away for the weekend. On Sunday I got my friend to tell me if my sister was in the canteen at work because I didn't want to see her in there. No one at work knows what she's like so I look like the bitch that won't speak to her.

If my sister ever see's this please know that I tried. My god I tried with you, you don't understand how miserable you managed to make me. How much you made me hate myself. How many times I hurt myself because of you, they're scars that won't ever fade and are unfortunately a constant reminder of how you made me feel. I never wanted things to get this way. Its not that I don't love you, its that you've pushed me to the point of no return. I never wanted things to get this way but here we are. I cant stand it when people talk about you like your something wonderful, only a handful of people will ever know the truth. No one can say I gave up easily with you but you had to keep pushing. 

I find it so weird how my friend has such a good relationship with her brothers, Ive never had that with my siblings. I don't know anymore but as much as I sound cruel when I say what you're like at work, they wont ever believe me. They still view you as this lovely young women who's caring and polite, all I can do now is just block that out when they say it. I'm just glad that you let your true colours show to our aunt and uncle, they used to think we exaggerated how bad you could be but when they got alive show of it, well that was the day me, mum and dad finally relaxed because you made us feel like it was us that was the problem.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Work night out |

Hello lovelies,
If you follow me on twitter then you'll probably know that on Friday I was out with the girls from work. Not all of them, just a select few and I had such a great night. I just thought I'd chat a little about it because I wanted to share with you everything that happened something that's made me decide to do something after Adele. How mysterious.

So I had the day off work and so did the others apart form Shannon who unfortunately had to slave away at work being moaned at most of the day. Sorry. Anyway I was basically ready by the like 2 and we were all meeting at 7. So I had time to tweak my awful appearance while I waited. I added some waves to my hair attempting to make it look like the Adele style and I also put on all my make up in an awful attempt to make my eyes look all lovely. Sadly that didn't work and I ended up cry laughing an awful lot. Thank god for waterproof eyeliner and mascara. 

Anyway I went round Shannon's at like ten past 6 but unfortunately I had to get a cab. I have never got a cab on my own before and I was like oh I don't really know what I'm supposed to do. Anyway he got down her round and drove all the way down it and around the corner, way past her house and was like what number? I didn't have the heart to tell him that he'd gone past it so I was like here's fine, let him keep all my change because I didn't want it to be awkward and then had the cold but short walk to Shannon's. I felt a little bad because I was early and also her cat didn't like me, I was getting some bad vibes from that cat. Anyway her mate came round a bit later because he was coming out with us and taking us to the station. Anyway after her leaving the room several times leaving just the two of us, we actually didn't have an awkward silences. 

I don't even know what time we left to go and get the others but it was definitely later then planned. We were going to see the guy from work in his band at this pub. When we got there I think we were all a bit unimpressed with the pub, lets just say that maybe it wasn't our type of people really. I had quite a bad headache when we got there and the band were very loud. Good but loud so there a teeny tiny chance that I put my earphones in. I'm sorry okay but if I had to listen to something when my head was killing me I wanted it to be lady gaga or Adele. 

After he had finished we all headed back and then just went to the pub, I wasn't really up for that because I was really worried my sister was going to be there. When my friends mate dropped us there (He had to go home) he was like look go in and see if your sisters in there. I'll wait here for you and then if she's in there I'll drop you home. Luckily when we got in there my sister was no where to be seen so I got Shannon to call him just to let him know. I feel a bit guilty that he was going to wait and then drop me home but its all good, I messaged him just to say thanks much to the amusement of the girls I was with what can I say I'm just a polite person and I didn't want to seem rude.

So my sister turned up drunk and no doubt high on the latest drug she tried. Honestly she an absolute embarrassment and I just wanted to go home. I felt bad but she put me in such a bad mood and I just feel like I made every ones night really bad. Oh well I think I'm done with her now. Shes making stupid choices and none of us can stop her because we just get screamed at and told to f off or that were a bunch of c*nts. It's now basically I go or she goes. My aunts said I can stay with here if I want but I'm looking for full time work anyway, I don't want to leave my job because I love everyone I work with but its a choice of stay at home and be miserable or move out and be happy. 

Well that was my night out and even though it ended with me wishing I was anywhere else but near my sister, I still had such a lovely night with the girls from work. Its nice to see them outside of the little supermarket bubble it feels like I live in.


Friday, 19 February 2016

Lush unicorn horn |

Hello lovelies,
Today I wanted to review the lush unicorn horn. This was part of the valentines range and may still be available on the website to buy for a short time. I really loved the unicorn horn last year so I made sure I stocked up on these bubble bars this time around. With lush products always think the bubble bars are worth the money because you can decided how long you make that bar last. This was around the £4 mark and I think its was worth it for product. I can get around 4 baths out of this bubble bar so that's like £1 a bath.


Here's what lush say about the unicorn horn "Unicorns are probably real. But, even if they're not (don't worry they definitely are) you won't mind! Relaxing lavender oil meets mood-brightening neroli in this lustre-filled bar. Neroli oil increases serotonin levels in the brain which makes us feel contented and cheery, so you can ponder the existence of magical creatures while building a fairytale landscape of feel-good, fragrant bubbles.".

Ingredients |
  • Sodium Bicarbonate,
  • Cream of Tartar,
  • Sodium Laureate Sulfate,
  • Laurel Betaine,
  • Cornflour,
  •  
  • Perfume,
  • Lavender Oil,
  • Ylang Ylang Oil,
  • Neroli Oil,
  •  
  • *Citral,
  • *Limonene,
  • *Linalool,
  •  
  • Snowflake Lustre,
  • Silver Glimmer Lustre,
  • Maize Starch,
  •  
  • Colour 45430,
  • Colour 42090,
  •  
  • Colour 47005,
  • Colour 19140,
  • Colour 45350.

I really loved the unicorn horns last year but it seems like they have got smaller this time. Obviously with the bubble bars they do vary a little in size because they are formed by hand and not a mould, that means you can pick the biggest in store. I just think because of the popularity of them last year maybe lush have made them smaller to sell a larger volume of the product. I adore the smell of this bubble bar and I think the pastel colours are just so pretty. It turns the bath a very pale pink and fills it will soft bubbles. Because this has got lavender in it, its made me feel so relaxed and really made my bubble bath the perfect escape after a very stressful week. The other think I love about this product is that it has some shimmer on it that makes the bath water sparkle just a little bit. Its so lovely to just immerse yourself into the bubble paradise and drift away to your only little world.

Sorry that this post was quite short. I've got a lot to do today and then I'm going out later so I need to attempt to make myself look pretty, if it was just me and the girls going I don't think id make as much of an effort.....but I feel like I need to just in case I see anyone nice.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Lush mothers day range |

Hello lovelies, 
Today I've got a lush haul of the products in the mothers day range. I was quite disappointed that they didn't actually have a lot of new products. They had a shower gel and soap which I didn't get because my skin just doesn't really get on with the ingredients in both the products. I did get everything else that was in the range but I just think that lush could have done so much more and created a wider product range. These are just from my local lush store so I'm not sure if they released products exclusive to oxford street. If you want to get any of the products then just click on the image and it will magically take you to the lush page.

Ladybird bubble bar | £3.95
The moment I saw this online I knew this had to be coming home with me when I went into a lush store. Its just so cute and I was drawn to it because one of my favourite colours is purple, I also think it goes so well with the red. This smells really nice and has a hint of peppermint to it but to me also has a slight chocolaty smells. A little bit like an after eight mint so for me this is like the perfect bubble bar. This is what is says on the lush website about the ladybird bubble bar "If you bug your mum about one thing today, make sure it's that she has a good long soak with one of these luxurious bath treats. While she relaxes with a citrusy Sunflower bubble bar, rich Honey Bee bath bomb or fruity Ladybird bubble bar, why not tackle the washing up and pour her a glass of wine? You've got this Mother's Day sorted.".
Ingredients |
  • Sodium Bicarbonate,
  •  
  • Cream of Tartar,
  •  
  • Sodium Laureate Sulfate,
  •  
  • Laurel Betaine,
  •  
  • Cornflour,
  •  
  • Perfume,
  •  
  • Geranium Oil,
  •  
  • Peppermint Oil,
  •  
  • *Citronellol,
  •  
  • Colour 14700,
  •  
  • Colour 45410,
  •  
  • Colour 17200,
  •  
  • Colour 42090.

  • Flowering tea | £4.95

This is actually a product that I've seen in the lush oxford street store but I was really disappointed with the smell. Its nice but for me its very strong floral scent. I think the whole concept of it is great though because it looks like a tea bag and that's just quite typically British so I love it for that factor. This also contains petals that will then float around your bath. I'm not a massive fan of added extras like this because then its just a hassle to clean them out of the bath afterwards. Here's what lush say about it "If fragrant, petal-filled baths are your cup of tea, look no further! Hold this reusable bubble bar under running water to release the beneficial blend. Clamber in to stew in a hot, floral brew with uplifting neroli and rosewood oils and allow your mind to drift. Turn your bath into a giant tea cup as you float amongst the exotic blue cornflowers, sunny orange flower absolute and rich rosewood, helping you tap into that inner calm.".

Ingredients |
Sodium Carbonate, 
  • Cream of Tartar,
  •  
  • Sodium Laureate Sulfate,
  •  
  • Glycerine,
  •  
  • Laurel Betaine,
  •  
  • Perfume,
  •  
  • Titanium Dioxide,
  •  
  • Rosewood Oil,
  •  
  • Neroli Oil,
  •  
  • Orange Flower Absolute,
  •  jasmine absolute, 
  • Snowflake Lustre,
  •  
  • Blue Cornflowers,
  •  
  • Amyl Cinnamon,
  •  
  • *Benzyl Benzoate,
  •  
  • *Citronellol,
  •  
  • *Farnesol,
  •  
  • Geraniol,
  •  
  • Hydroxycitronellal,
  •  
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, 
  • Isoeugenol,
  •  
  • *Limonene,
  •  
  • *Linalool.

  • Rose bombshell |  £3.95

  • The  rose bombshell bath ballistic is a gorgeous shade of pink with really pretty flecks of mint green. I really love this one because it smells divine. Its got a floral scent buts its really light and quite relaxing. This product also has little petals inside which is a little bit annoying but I'm sure I can look past that because of the colour of it and the smell. Here's what lush say about it "Love is blind, which is a shame because this bombshell with a floral triplet of yellow rose petals, rose absolute and rose oil is an enthralling spectacle. As it fizzes, the outer shell breaks away and magnificent petals burst out in a sweet haze of Sicilian lemon and floral geranium oils.".

    Ingredients | 
    • Sodium Bicarbonate,
    •  
    • Citric Acid,
    •  
    • Fine Sea Salt,
    •  
    • Yellow Rose Petals,
    •  rose absolute, 
    • Geranium Oil,
    •  
    • Rose Oil,
    •  
    • Sicilian Lemon Oil,
    •  
    • *Limonene, 
    • Citronellol,
    •  
    • Coumarin,
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    • Geraniol,
    •  
    • Perfume,
    •  
    • Frosty Holly Lustre,
    •  
    • Colour 14700,
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    • Colour 17200,
    •  
    • Colour 45410.

    Well that's most of the lush mothers day range. I could have got the shower gel and soap but for me its a bit of a waste of money because I know how my skin will react with the products.  I know there was a sunflower bubble bar but that was exclusive to one of the gift sets and that was quite expensive. If you have any of the range then leave me a comment and if you have found more in the range then I would love to see pictures. You can tweet me your pictures @daydreamawayxx

    Wednesday, 17 February 2016

    Lemon drizzle cupcakes |

    Hello lovelies,
    Because my mum loves anything lemony I decided to do a practice bake for her anniversary cake that I'm baking this Friday. I thought lemon drizzle cupcakes would be the perfect test batch that I can then take into work. 


    Ingredients |
    For the cake |
    250g self raising flour. 
    3 eggs.
    250g caster sugar.
    The juice of 1 lemon.
    The rest of 2 lemons.

    For the drizzle |
    150g caster sugar.
    The juice of 1 lemon.
    The zest of 2 lemons.

    For the butter cream |
    300g butter.
    600g icing sugar.
    The juice of 1 lemon.

    Step 1 |
    Put your butter and sugar into a bowl and then mix together until you have a pale/creamy mix. If you use an electric mixer, this should take about 3 minutes. I did mine by hand.




    Step 2 |
    Add your eggs one at a time. Each time you add an egg mix it well, it may look like the mix is splitting but it will all come back together at the end. Also add a tiny bit of flour and it will bring the mix back together.



    Step 3 |
    Add you flour 1/3 at a time. I then folded in all the flour making sure that all the little lumps of flour had been incorporated into the mix.


    Step 4 |
    Now add the juice of one lemon and the zest of two into your cake mix. I then folded it into the mix and made sure all the liquid had soaked into the cake batter. 




    Step 5 |
    Fill your cake cases about 3/4 full and then bake at 160c for 30 minutes. When they are done, use a little skewer to test the cakes. If it comes out clean then take them out and let them cool.



    Step 6 |
    Make the drizzle by adding the juice of one lemon to 150g caster sugar. Also add the zest of 2 lemons to this drizzle. When this is done, use a fork to make little holes in your cupcakes and drizzle 1/2tsp of the drizzle on each cake. Now let your cakes cool and the lemon drizzle set.



    Step 7 |
    Pop your butter and icing sugar into a bowl and mix well until you have a pale butter cream. Now add the juice of the lemon and mix it in. If this butter cream looks to loose then add a little bit more icing sugar. I then piped the cupcakes with the butter cream using my star nozzle.


    Here's what they looked liked when they were finished. This mix made 12 cupcakes and a little mini lemon drizzle loaf. you could also add candied lemon peel as decoration.