Monday, 27 June 2011

Need a little lift? - Batiste XXL Volume

So I have another Batiste Beauty here for you. This one is slightly different to their usual range, yes it is a dry shampoo so will banish the oil from your roots, however what it will also do is give your roots volume. I'm not much of a fan of the backcombing trend (not on other people, just I don't like to do it to my hair) and to be honest, never quite mastering the "knack" of getting that extra lift without looking like a bird has made a nest. For this reason voluminous roots/hair is something I can never achieve. However with Batiste XXL this is a thing of the past....

Now here I haven't styled my hair, just simply spritzed my roots, gave it a rub through and then brushed and as you can see there is a clear lift from the roots. This dry shampoo would work wonders for creating fabulous updo's as it adds a texture to the roots almost allowing you to mould your hair. I think it would also eliminate the need for any hairspray too.

So would I recommend this product? Yes! I think it would work well for many situations, whether it be to give an extra bit of lift to the roots whilst wearing hair down. It would be great for adding volume to the hair whilst curling or creating masses of volume when creating updos. Lets face it, a spray of batiste has to be better for your hair than backcombing, I just worry about damage to the cuticle and it also makes your hair look less shiny however with this product I still had a lovely shine to my hair.

The texture of your hair with this product feels different to that of the normal dry shampoo however this is due to the texturising property of the product, however it's not a sticky feeling as many find with "root boosting products". It also washes from the hair with ease.

Batiste XXL is available in the new 200ml bottles for £3.99 so it is a little pricier than the normal shampoos. It is available from Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury's and independant pharmacies.



So will this be a product you will be trying? Is creating volume and lift in your hair something you struggle with?

Charlotte
xx

Disclaimer - this product was sent to me for review purposes, however all opinions are honest and my own.

F is for Flamingo!

Hello Lovelies, hope you've all been enjoying this gorgeous weather!

Yesterday I had planned to wear a dress I bought last weekend from Dorothy Perkins using the 20% online discount and 25% Closer discount, however when I woke up to see glorious sunshine I realised dress and tights was not an option and so out came my new summer dress that has been sat in my wardrobe for a month longing for some sunshine!

Tall Hawaiian Print Dress - New Look - £24.99

Wedges - New Look - Now £7

Flamingo Necklace  - Avon

We went for a lovely meal at Bella Italia and then had a few cocktails at some bars. I finished the night off with a yummy chicken bacon and avocado salad from Chiquitos!

Next weekend we are off to a Holy Communion so my new dress shall be saved for that occasion unless we have another bought of this glorious sunshine although I doubt we will be lucky for it to last.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend, what did you get up to?

Charlotte
xx

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Batiste Gets A Makeover

So, for those of you who don't know, Batiste cans have had a design overhaul. Gone are the dated yet iconic green lids and in come a new white lid. The cans have also put on a few lbs (so to speak) as the 150ml cans have increased to 200ml.
Old 150ml can (Diva) new 200ml can (Tropical)
The New 200ml cans retail at £2.99. The handbag sized versions are still available at £1.55 for 50ml and you can now get a 400ml can for £4.99 (proving more cost effective than 2 x 200ml cans)

As well as an update to the size of the cans, the design has also had an overhaul, gone is the tiny writing on the back and in come simplified instructions in the form of a handy cartoon.

New instuctions
Old instructions


















Now, I think by now pretty much every man and his dog will have tried Batiste Dry Shampoo and if not where have you been? It's really simple and easy to use but for those of you who don't know it simply requires a quick spray into the roots, a gentle massage in and then you brush out leaving you with oil free roots and a lovely scent.

Now I have tried Batiste before but what I hasn't tried was the Tropical scent. I was sent this can for review purposes but sadly it isn't the one for me. As a dry shampoo it works wonders just as the rest of the range, however the scent just doesn't agree with my nose as it is very very coconutty and I could smell it all through the day....fabulous for all you coconut lovers but for me who isn't keen on the stuff, not so good.

I would recommend this for anyone who is a lover of coconut however for me I was hoping it would be a bit more fruity however the only scent I found coming through was coconut so I shall still to my much loved Batiste Blush

So are you a dry shampoo lover? Will you be heading out to pick up one of the larger sized cans?

Charlotte
xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Raspberry and White Chocolate Cake

Firstly, apologies for the lateness of this post, the other week I tweeted that I had a white chocolate and raspberry cake in the oven. A few of you seemed eager in hearing the recipe so here I am with just that!

Now, this is a recipe I have taken from a book called "perfect cupcakes, cookies and muffins" I originally bought this book as I was intrigued by the savoury muffins in the book. I am yet to try these out however!


Now, even though this recipe is for cupcakes, I decided to stick the whole cake mix into a loaf tin I'd bought to make banana loaf cake using the Wherearemyknees recipe (which is yummy btw) rather than making individual cupcakes. Which thankfully turned out rather well. One thing I will say about this recipe is that the choc chips added into the batter seemed to melt into the mixture when making a larger cake, however this doesn't happen with cupcakes. It still tastes yummy either way!

Ingredients
1/2 cup (3oz/90g) white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup (5oz/155g) self rising flour
1/4 cup (2oz/60g) sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125ml) milk
3/4 cup (3oz/90g) fresh or frozen raspberries

Method
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Prepare your cake/loaf tin by greasing with a very small amount of butter. (Or if making cupcakes line your muffin pan with cases or grease)

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt half the white choc chips with the butter and stir gently until smooth then leave to cool.

Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and stir in the remaining white choc chips. In another small mixing bowl combine the egg, milk and the melted choc/butter mixture - add this all at once to the flour along with the raspberries (I used frozen). Stir until just moistened.


I then emptied the batter into my greased loaf tin, if you were making cupcakes then obvious divide evenly between the cases. (The recipe states you should make 6 cupcakes)



Then bake until the top of the cake springs back when tapped. For cupcakes this takes around 20-25 minutes however I found this to be a little longer for my loaf.


Leave the cake to rest for a couple of minutes before turning out


Then take a generous slice and enjoy!



Hope you all enjoyed this recipe post and it is clear enough for you to understand. Let me know if any of you decide to make this yummy cake! Also are recipe posts something you would like to see more of on the blog?

Charlotte
xx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Your feet look gorgeous.....

Ok, so I am not a lover of feet, but what I am a lover of is shoes! My room is just shoes galore, infact I have that many it's hard to store them all (any storage tips would be greatly appreciated)
But my favourite type of shoes are New Look Shoes.....cheap, gorgeous and rather long lasting....I'd say around 80% of my shoes are from New Look.
The thing I love most about New Look shoes is not only their price...but their wide fit range. Now my feet aren't ridiculously wide but I do often find myself struggling with finding shoes a little too narrow but with wide fit shoes from New Look this isn't a problem. I normally take a size 7 in shoes but with wide fit I can fit into a 6 meaning that the narrowness of shoes must be causing me to have to "size up" to compensate.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to share with you a few wide fit delights I've picked up from New Look in the past few weeks......


Round Toe Frill Court - £12.99 
What a bargain these were! £12.99 but at the time I bought there was also 20% student discount meaning they cost me around a tenner! When I ordered these I also ordered the second pair of shoes.....I was of the thinking (silly me) that I would wait until the two arrived and see which I preferred as I was undecided from their pictures online but typically I ended up keeping the two as I fell in love with both!

Bow Detail Court - £19.99
Now I'd like to apologise for my shoddy photography skills here as I've made it look like the shoe possesses no heel. It does however and if you click on the link above you will see the shoe in all it's glory.

Wrap Bow Sandals £10
Now the purchase of these shoes was down to my Mother. Whenever I'm down at the few shops there is on Salford Precinct I like to drag her into New Look and it was actually her that pointed these out, they were on promotion from £19.99 to £10 meaning I could get student discount and so got them for £9!!!! If you click on the link below the picture you will see that they are also available in black and white. My store only had the gold version, however if I had the choice I still would have picked the gold as I have the black and white lace up wedges also from the Wide Range (black are no longer available online).

Of these 3 shoes I've only worn the 1st pair (frill courts) however they were extremely comfy and the heel is of a comfortable height and is also chunky meaning they don't feel like heels to walk in so I would definately recommend them!

So are you a fan of New Look shoes? And do you prefer their wide fit range?

Charlotte
xx

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Motivate me.....

Hey guys, so I have a few posts that I've not quite got round to doing.....motivation doesn't seem to have much of a presence in my life atm....damn you post exam slump!

Well I shall be back with vengeance soon! In the meantime I have a couple of dresses size 10-12 up on eBay. They're all going at a bargain price and will be sent 1st class recorded delivery so go grab a bargain! They've all only been worn a couple of times so are in great condition....they just don't fit me so well any more

Monday, 6 June 2011

And we have a winner........

Thankyou to everyone who entered my giveaway. I'm sorry that there was only one chance for you to enter an no "tweet for extra entries" as I wasn't wanting a big influx of followers due to a giveaway prize. I like to think people follow my blog because they enjoy reading it and not simply because they're after a freebie.

I used random.org to select a winning comment number


So, drumroll please.....the winner is......

Well done my love! I'm thrilled as Charlotte or Lottie and she likes to be called is a lovely girl who I have got to know through the wonder of Twitter!
Go add her @lottie2310m

Sorry to everyone else, hope you all enjoyed this little giveaway and I hope to host another if I ever reach another milestone!

Thanks for following!

Charlotte
xx

Friday, 3 June 2011

Penchant for Polka

Okay, so as I have previously mentioned I have somewhat of a fondness for all things polka-dot so I thought I'd round up a few spotty goodies I've spied whilst browsing online!

1 - Belted Spotty Skirt £22.99 On the site it has been paired with a stripy top for the "clashing prints" trend. However as someone who isn't much of a lover of the style, if I were to wear this I would pair it with something such as a contrasting red vest top and some chunky tan wedges.

2 - Spotted Purse. This has disappeared from the site now as it was out of stock. It's such a cute purse and I love the contrasting red bow. It's cheap at only around £5 so I'm hoping I might be able to find one lurking around in store!

3 - Spot Frill Umbrella £7.99 How amazingly cute and girly is this brolly! Spotty and frills - What more could you want?

4 - Dotty Peep Toe Sandals £19.99 I just love the cute bow detail on these shoes and they are also available in black. However I wouldn't be able to wear these as for some reason my feet and slingbacks don't always go so well!


 1 - Blue Spot Shift Dress £31.50 So this dress isn't quite what I'd refer to as being a "polka dot" dress but it's spotted and I love it! The scalloped hem and the gorgeous blue along with the gentle frill around the neck = girly cuteness!

2 - Coral Spot Shirt Dress £32.50 I do love this dress as it will be cool enough to wear in summer but would look equally as good come those cooler months with a pair of tights. I am also an admirer of the sleeveless shirt of the same print.

3 - Black Polka Dot Flare Dress £45 I love the huge polka dot print and the fullness of the skirt of this dress however, the thing I am not so keen on is the price along with that neckline. I just feel it is a neckline would be rather uncomfortable for myself being so high up to the neck. This dress was also available in red which was even more beautiful a polka dot print than this (minnie mouse-esque) however it appears to have vanished off the site.


Well I hope you enjoyed my polka dot delights.....are there any prints or patterns any of you have a penchant for??

Charlotte
xx

P.s. Don't forget to go enter my giveaway!!
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