Thursday, 18 December 2014

Yes! It's that time! Christmas is only 7 days away and my Christmas giveaway has arrived!

As a small thank you to all my readers I am doing this little giveaway. I have had a very busy and mixed up year, but I have really enjoyed blogging through it all and I want to show you how much I appreciate you all for sticking with me through the journey!

One lucky winner will recieve Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Mango Pie', Rimmel Apocalips in 'Out of this World', Collection Glam Crystals Gel Liner in 'Rock Chic', a Set of Eye Candy False Lashes and some adorable Pastries&Pearls Cupcake Wrappers!
PLUS 2 runners up will each receive a set of the Pastries&Pearls cupcake wrappers, too! So you have 3 chances to win!

You can enter easily with the Rafflecopter widget below!

Good Luck Everyone - Merry Christmas & a Happy New year to y'all!

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*The Giveaway is Open from Thursday 18 December 2014 and Closes on Thursday 1 January 2015.
*Winner will be announced across all social media on 1 January 2015 and will be contacted personally too.
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The Liebster Award

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Yeyy! My Little blog has been nominated for another Liebster award and I couldn't be happier.
My blog started to go quiet a few months back - mainly due to pregnancy sickness, but now that I'm feeling more human again I have got back into the swing of things and its so nice to know that I still have readers around.
Thank you so much to the gorgeous Sarah from 'Diary of a beauty Padawan' for nominating me. If you guys haven't seen her blog then you should definitely check it out! She is so creative and really fun to talk to :)

So, if you haven't seen a Leibster award post before, the idea behind it (among various adaptations) is to nominate a few of your favourite blogs with under 300 followers. This is great as it gets smaller blogs new readers and in turn it shows readers some fantastic new blogs that they may just get addicted to.
Along with Sarah's nomination I also have to answer some questions so that y'all get to know me and my blog a little better and then I will nominate some of my favourite bloggers and ask them some questions, too!

My questions from Sarah;

1. Which do you think may come first; lying cars or teleportation?
What an awesome question! I'm not sure if my answer is swayed by the fact that I want this to come first but I'ma have to say ... teleportation. How cool would it be to just pop to some far off land for the day and still be home in time for tea?! Well, a girl can dream!
2.You get to be any Monarch of any nation from any point in time for a week. Who are you and why?
Ah, I'm sorry, I might sound really thick, but I actually have no idea about this sort of thing, so I have no idea!
3. What are your thoughts on the new Pantone Colour of the year?
Ooh, its gorgeous. If I was braver I think I'd give it a try myself as it's 'out there' but still wearable. Good choice in my opinion!
4. Are you an Apple or an Android person?
To be honest, I've never owned an apple product (except an iPod of course!), so I'd have to say Android. I am very jealous of all the gorgeous phone cases for the iPhones but I have to say that Android offer much better apps and the phone camera's are just so much better! I'm not saying I wouldn't want to own an apple laptop, though ;)
5.What's your favourite lip product?
Now that winter is here I am really into keeping my lips hydrated. So, I'd have to say that, right now, it's the Mayelline baby lips Dr Rescue!
6. Have you ever watched 'Power Rangers'?
Haha! Yes I watched it when I was a child, but never religiously - I always loved Nickelodeon and Disney channel more!
7. Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Call me boring but it has to be Strawberry. But not that normal soft scoop kind - I love it with pieces of strawberry inside and sprinkled with a ton of hundreds and thousand strands!
8. If you were a character from 'Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory', which do you think you'd be?
Right now I feel like Violet Beauregarde. You know that scene where she turns blue and rolls around the place? That's me with my ever expanding baby-belly. Although, thankfully, I haven't turned blue yet! Well, either that or Augustus Gloop, 'cause I literally feel like I could eat every Christmas chocolate going! Haha!
9. Are you a cat or dog person?
Owh, I love kitties, but I am gonna have to say dogs. They're so much more fun! They're more dependant and much more of a family member. I'd love to have a dog to take on long walks and get super muddy with!
10. Have you ever been overseas?
Yes! Mostly to Turkey but I've also been to Spain, Greece, oh, and New York! <3
11. If you could live in any country, where would you live any why?
If you've read my blog for a while you are already gonna know the answer to this. Give me a farm house in Georgia, USA anytime. With a big back yard, a pickup and a horse. A small, friendly community, blue jeans and all the country music you can listen to. That's my dream and I keep promising myself I'll get there someday!

So, now for my nominations. Instead of choosing 11, I have narrowed it down to a few less that I really love and that work really hard on their blogs. I didn't want to nominate people for the sake of it, I wanted to chose blogs I enjoy reading. They are all different in their own ways but each one is equally exciting and really deserves their own Leibster award!
1. Lauren | YourFashionPenpal
2. Meaghan | xoxomeaghan
3. Bess | bsarahoates
4. Celeste | Celestralite
5. Emma | LemonNailFiend
6. Kirsti | SilentSweetheart
7. Holly | HollyDolly88

And my questions to you all are;

1. Tell me your biggest inspiration! What inspires you daily and keeps you positive?
2. Recommend one dupe that you love! Makeup, beauty or haircare - just whatever you love most!
3. What is your favourite Winter 2014 trend? Fashion or Otherwise.
4. New year is coming up! What is something you would love to do or see in 2015?
5. Name something you want to achieve in your lifetime. Big or small, what is your dream?
6. Do you prefer to give a gift or receive it?! (Be honest!)
7. Would you rather live a year without your phone or your computer/laptop?
8. Are you dreaming of a summer holiday to a beach or a city?
9. What inspired you to chose your blog name? Do you still like it now?
10. What did you think of the 2014 Victoria Secret show?
11. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would you say?

To my nominees; I hope you enjoy answering these questions and nominating your favourite blogs - make sure you link back to me too!
To my readers; I hope you enjoy reading some of my favourite blogs and that you liked reading my answers to Sarah's questions!

Thank you, Sarah for my nomination, I had great fun answering your questions!

ELF Smudge Pots Brownie Points

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I love ELF. I think we all do. So, its no surprise that I made yet another order from their website and when my goodies came I just couldn't wait to show you this!
It is an 'elf smudge pot'.
I've had my eye on them for some time but, up until recently, they were only available in the US .. Boo!
When I spotted them on the 'New' section of the ELF UK website I popped one into my basket, to see if the hype was worth while and now I wish I had gotten one in each shade!

I chose the shade 'Brownie points' as I thought it looked like the one I would get the most wear out of  and I am so pleased I got to try this one first.
These little pots of cuteness are only £2.95 each and come in 6 different shades (a little disappointing, seeing as ELF US have more shades still - but some is better than none!).
I love the packaging
As with all ELF products it does come attached to a cardboard sleeve - which I quickly discarded to test the product out - but the actual pot is very cute. It is made from plastic with a little white lid and it is very robust. I like that you can see the product inside, too!
 The only thing I would say for improvement would be to make the pot from glass, like the Maybelline color tattoo eyeshadows. Having said that, the ELF smudge pots actually hold more product than the Maybelline color tattoos and are £2 cheaper, so I guess you cant have it all!

The pigment of the product is lovely, It does have to be built up in order to be the same shade as it is in the pot, but this is no bother.
It is so shimmery and gorgeous! The formula is a gel one, and I found it really easy to apply with my fingers. This would work perfectly as a nice alternative to your usual black eyeliner, too!
I love that the formula is enriched with Vitamin E to hydrate your delicate eye skin - what a lovely touch.
The wear time of this is great and I found it didn't crease either, which was a concern I had had about it. I love to sweep this over the lid alone but I feel 'Brownie Points' would work well to smoke out an eye look when built up, or it would work great to highlight the inner corner of the eye when applied more lightly.

I cant wait to order some more of these - I already have my eye on shade 'Cursing chic'! For £2.95 they are an absolute bargain and they work so well for days when you don't have time to sit and blend endless amounts of eyeshadows! You can view the full range here.

Make Up Academy Elysium Palette

Monday, 15 December 2014

Its not often I come across something which changes my entire make up routine. But this little treasure just changed that. It is the Make Up Academy 'Elysium' Palette and it is just dreamy!
Well, just look at it!
I had seen the palette about before but was never that fussed over it. However, I was looking it over in Superdrug recently and decided that it was only £6, so it was certainly worth a try. And now I don't know how I did without it.

Full of pinks, neutrals and earthy tones in a mix of matte and pearl shades this is just the perfect palette. I feel like it has somewhat of a 'Victoria's Secreat' feel to it. Allowing you to create that barely there yet glamorous smoky eye.
10 shades for £6 can't be bad and, although they may look a little less than natural, don't be fooled, the shades blend so well that you really feel like an angel when wearing them.

From bottom left to right, the shades are;
Astral; A beautiful rose gold pearl shade which is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eye.
Grace; A pearl taupe shade with hints of bronze running through. Perfect to smoke out the outer corner of the eye for a soft yet sexy look.
Smoke; A simple matte black shadow. An eye shadow palette staple but exciting nonetheless. Great pay off and blends very well.
Seraphic; A shimmer bronze which is perfect for everyday use,. Although it shimmers it is a great natural shade which will blend well with a matte pink tone.

From top left to right the shades are;
Air; A simple light shade perfect for creating a base or highlighting the brow bone.
Cherub; An adorable pearl rose shade which works brilliantly to give the inner corner of the eye a pop of colour. It is pink, yes, but it is also natural enough to pull of from day to day.
Charm; A gorgeous matte dusty pink shade which I love to apply all over the lid and smoke out. Looks perfect when paired with 'cherub'
Refine; A beautiful matte pink shadow with hints of brown which is perfectly bendable and buildable.

Entrance; A taupe brown with golden shimmer. Works perfectly on the outer corner of the eye to create a smoky look and is beautiful when paired with 'Refine'
Adore; A deep plum shimmer which gives immediate glam to any smoky eye - just blend it out and build it up slowly.

In place of a sponge applicator the palette also comes with this handy duo eye pencil. 
One end works as a standard black pencil liner while the other is a wonderful pencil highlight to  bring some light and life to the eyes!

This really is the ultimate palette and you can create so many looks with it; both simple and more dramatic. I love this palette so much and I cant believe that it only cost me £6 - it is said to be a dupe for Urban Decays' 'Naked 3' palette and I can see why -  and even if not, there is no grumbling at £6 for 10 shadows plus a duo pencil.
All of the shadows have wonderful pay off which can be built up and blended easily and they stay in place incredibly well, the packaging is sturdy and robust and Make Up Academy definitely remain a firm favourite with this release!

Make Up Academy Twelfth Night Palette

Saturday, 13 December 2014

As a Superdrug exclusive, Make Up Academy have launched the gorgeous 'Twelfth Night' palette. 
This little treasure comes free with any MUA purchase of £8 or above and it is just perfect for the party season.
Filled with 12 rich, jewel toned shades it left me dazzled in the make up aisle and I knew I had to try it for myself.

It's just so pretty and all those shimmer shades just scream festive glam to me. As usual for MUA, this palette comes with a sponge applicator, which, although it doesnt work well for blending, is great for swatching and highlighting the inner corner of the eye and brow bone.

The top row L-R are;
Ice; A pearlescent highlight with a golden tone.
Myth; An eye catching yellow gold shade!
Frost; A wonderful blue toned silver shade perfect for adding some winter sparkle.
Oudth; Although I'm not sure how you pronounce the name I am sure that this copper tone is a winner. Perfect when on the lids and smoked out!
Coal; A very wearable brown shade with gold running throughout.
Fir; A wonderful brown with copper running throughout.

The Bottom row L-R are;
Hush; A simple matte shade perfect for highlighting.
All Spice; A seasonal red brown with hints of gold for Christmas sparkle.
Ivy; A rich shimmer green for a smoky eye with a difference!
Plum; A deep purple. Perfect for injecting some subtle colour into your look.
Enchant; A pearlescent charcoal grey with hints of silver.
Star Shine; As the name suggests, a sparkle blue black shadow.

This palette is just bursting with shades that are perfect for the party season. The shadows have great pay off, blend very well and last on the lid 'til the end of your party and further! A firm seasonal favourite, MUA have certainly impressed me again!

OOTD | Christmas Morning

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas is almost here and I'm sure that I'm not the only one looking forward to opening some lovely gifts! I love to give gifts and its always so exciting to see what you receive in return ;)
From the moment you walk down the stairs and start giving out gifts from underneath the tree. Its all so exciting and magical and, I don't know about you, but I like to do it in comfort!

This will be mine & Dan's first Christmas in our own home and I'm sure it'll be quieter than I'm used to but I am still really, really looking forward to it! I prefer to stay warm and cosy on Christmas morning so I love to stay in my pyjamas during present opening and breakfast eating! These Check Bottoms from New Look look so cute and christmassy and, when paired with this comfy cami, also from New Look, they will make the perfect Christmas morning combo!

I will probably start the morning by putting on a Cosy Dressing gown like this adorable hooded one from New Look, and stepping into some toasty slipper socks like these sunggly ones also from New Look. I'll sneak downstairs and light the fire, as well as lighting a festive candle, like this Gingerbread Yankee Candle ready for when Dan gets up! Festive scents really make the home feel more magical and its so pretty to have candles burning around the house.

I'll stuff the stockings full of treats and hang them neatly, and then I'll put on some cute festive earrings, like these ones from Claire's accessories before waking Dan up, because I just know I wont be able to wait a minute longer than 8am! Then we can open our gifts, eat an oh-so healthy breakfast of Christmas chocolates and mince pies and finally, we will get ready for Christmas dinner and more gift opening with my Dad & Sister at their house!

I am so excited for Christmas, I love everything about it! What is You favourite part of Christmas morning?

Make up Haul!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

We all love to see a good haul .. its a great way of finding out what products are on the market and what deals you can get!
I have been on a bit of a make up rampage lately, there's' just so many things I'd been wanting to try and I couldn't wait any longer, so here is a peek at what I bought!

I am going to do some more 'in-depth' posts about some of these  items, with swatches and things, so keep your eyes out for that, and if there's something here you'd like to learn more about let me know!

First up, some Make Up Academy pieces.
I spotted that Superdrug were running an MUA offer of 'spend £8 and get the Twelfth night palette free' .. so I did just that.

This gorgeous Elysium palette was £6 and I am totally smitten with it. It features dreamy matte and shimmer shades which are ideal for creating a smoky eye look. It also includes a mini duo pencil with a black eyeliner end and a highlighter end.

I picked up another 'Brow define' brow mascara, as the last one I bought seemed to have gone walkabout before I could even try it! These are £2 each an come in a variety of shades.

I was so happy to get the 'Twelfth Night' palette for free. It only costs a tiny £4 anyway, but it is just perfect for the party season and beyond. This palette will be brilliant for giving smoky eyes a twist and a pop of metallic glam.

I went  a little crazy with Collection Cosmetics too.
Superdrug were also offering a deal on this brand - 'Spend £5 and get Super Size Ultra Black Mascara free'. I couldn't say no.

I picked up a 'Cream Puff' Lip cream in 'cotton candy'. This leaves a matte finish on the lips, much like the MUA Lip Velvets. I had seen pictures of this around Instagram and I wanted in! It was only £2.99 and comes in 4 delicious shades! Its so cute and smells super good!

I was lucky enough to get this 'Super Size Ultra Black mascara' for free as I had spent £5. This is only £2.99 anyway so its very affordable! It has a lovely full brush and it promises good things - I'll let you know my thoughts soon!

If you've been reading my blog a while then you'll know that I am addicted to the Collection Eye definition liquid liner. It has a fine brush which is great for creating all sorts of liner designs and is only £2.99. I love it! I find that it stays in place all day and doesn't flake or smudge!

I grabbed something I have been wanting to try for ages. It is the 'lasting perfection' concealer' and its all the rage amongst bloggers and YouTubers so I wanted to see what the fuss was about. This retails at £4.19 and is said to be long lasting and non-creasing so I can't wait to see if that's true!

I also picked up a couple of collection items on eBay - brand new of course! I thought I'd try one of the Glam metallics eye liners in 'Ripped Purple'. I got this for £1.99 and thought it might make an interesting change to my ordinary black liner!

I also got, on eBay, one of the Glam crystals glitter eyeliners, in shade 'Rock chic'. I have tried these before in 'Le Freak' and 'Funk' and I love them, so I thought this addition would be great for days when I don't want something too 'out there' but just a little more glam. I got this for £1.99 also.

I picked up a couple of Maybelline items on eBay for half the retail price - oh eBay!

First off, something I have wanted for ages but has only just become available in the UK. This is the 'Baby Skin' instant fatigue blur primer. This sells in stores for £7.99 but I picked it up on eBay (brand new) for £4.20! I absolutely love Maybelline and have previously tried the original baby skin primer so I cant wait to see the results of this one. The product comes out pastel pink and the tube is super cute - I'm a sucker for packaging!

I also picked up another one of the Color tattoo eyeshadows, this time in 'Endless purple. I love these, they are vibrant, the pay off is great and they last agggesss! I prefer using them as an eyeliner than an eyeshadow but they are great for both.These retail for £4.99 but I bought this for £2.40 on eBay, brand new of course!

I bought one of the amazing Revlon photoready foundations in Superdrug, too. These are £12.99 each but they are so worth it. I first got one of these earlier in the year and I fell in love. The coverage is amazing but it doesn't feel heavy or cakey. It makes my skin feel refreshed and it looks, well, photo ready! These blend so well and don't go patchy or leave a 'tide line' .. just perfect in every way!

I actually got this one on the Superdrug website on an incredible offer.  It is the Bourjois 'Volume 1 Seconde' mascara. They usually retail for £9.99 but they were on offer for £3.30 and buy 2 get 1 free! 
I love Bourjois products - I am totally addicted to the little round pots of blush so I thought I'd give this a whirl. I just love the chrome, shiny packaging and the brush is full and flexible! It has small bristles on the edge to catch all the smaller, pesky lashes too!

And finally, I got a couple of new nail polishes from
I had never heard of this website before but came across it when searching online for China Glaze polishes and ordered immediately
Incredibly, all of the China Glaze polishes were only £3.95 and the delivery was free, they also had other big brand nail polishes at discounted prices, such as O.P.I & Zoya, so definitely take a peek!
I have a feeling that these may be older shades but it doesn't bother me - especially at such a low price. I love China Glaze polishes, they stay so shiny and apply so smoothly, so I was happy to find them so cheap!
I picked up shades 'Diva Bride' and 'Inner Beauty'. I am loving nudes and neutral shades right now and I am on the hunt for a perfect polish for my wedding so I thought I'd give these a try!

What bargains have you picked up lately?

REVIEW | Make Up Revolution The One Fluid Blush

Thursday, 4 December 2014

As part of it's new products launch, Make Up Revolution have given us 'The One Fluid Blush'. I saw a lot about this little treat on the Make Up Revolution social media, so I knew I wanted to try it myself.
'The One Fluid Blush' liquids are a great follow up product to 'The One Blush Stick' which bloggers and make up lovers went crazy for. There are 5 shades in the collection costing just £3 each - Oh, Make Up Revolution, you do spoil us!

I  really love the packaging of these blushes. They come in an adorable cardboard box with a strip of colour around the top to reflect the shade within. The bottle itself is so sweet - made from flexible plastic with a nozzle dispenser the fluid is easy to control and the cap screws on tightly to ensure no leakages!
I decided to pick up a couple of shades to try out. 
'Pink Dew', a delicate, candy pick which gives a beautiful highlight to the cheeks and 'Pink Sea', a brighter pink which gives a beautiful rosy glow to the apple of the cheeks.

You can see here that, as you would expect, the product is very liquidy. This is not a bad thing, however, it means that the blusher is easy to blend and, even better, you can build it up to create the exact shade which compliments your skin tone. 
I have found that 'Pink dew' takes a fair bit of building up or it doesn't show up too much on my skin, but that's okay as it means it is great for days when you want just a touch of colour on the face.
And, don't panic - 'Pink Sea' doesn't come out such a shocking pink on the first application to the cheeks - the colour shown above is built up so you can get a god idea of its full potential.

The product sits beautifully on the skin, it is lightweight and delicate - giving a gorgeous sheen and illuminating effect to the cheeks. The formula is also water-resistant and budge-proof, so you can be confident that once you have applied it and let it set it wont go anywhere until removal time!

I have practised applying this blush in a number of ways. I have never used a liquid blush before so I wasn't sure which way would be best, but I have found that I like to give the bottle a good shake and dispense some of the liquid onto the back of my hand and then pick a little at a time up on my kabuki brush and apply it to the cheeks. I have found this the best way as it is easiest to get even coverage and it also means you can start off with a lighter amount which can be built up. 

You can buy 'The One Fluid Blush' On Make up Revolutions website here, or in Superdrug stores .

REVIEW | MakeUp Revolution Viper Mascara

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

As Im sure you know by now, I just love Make Up Revolution. The amazing quality for the teeny prices you pay is addictive and when I noticed recently that MUR had some new items on sale I just couldn't help myself but place an order.
As well as ordering 'The one Fluid Blusher' and the new 'LipHug', I picked up this unusual 'The Viper' Mascara.
I didn't really need a new mascara as I have just bought the Rimmel Wonderfull mascara (which I love, by the way), but when I saw this I just wanted to try it for myself.

I'm not afraid to admit that I am a total sucker for packaging. One glance at a pretty design and it has to be in my basket., and this mascara was no exception. 

The packaging is actually what finally swayed me to buy the product. I'm not totally sure why but I just thought it looked really expensive, almost reminiscent of something Urban Decay might print on a packet. It features a gorgeous snake skin design printed onto a luxe bronze tube.
'The Viper' mascara will set you back a minuscule £3.00, and let me tell you, it is worth every penny.

When I  first opened the tube I was so surprised at the shape of the wand. It is curved to fit the eye which gives great ease and comfort when applying. I hadn't tried one like this before and it certainly made me even more pleased with my purchase.

'The Viper' Promises to give lashes with bite - and it did not disappoint.
You use the top of the arch on the brush to inject volume and lift into the lashes while the side and tip of the brush focus on catching every individual lash for a real power packed result.
I was so happy that this mascara did not make my lashes clump or stick together, it just exaggerated each one for a gorgeous finish.

I was so impressed with how this mascara made my lashes look, They are so long and so black and I was super happy that the mascara didn't flake or dry out throughout the day. I also felt that it did an amazing job of catching all of my outer lashes - something I have struggled to do with many other mascaras in the past.

I am totally addicted to this mascara and I'm still amazed that it only costs me £3! This is another fantastic Make Up Revolution product that is sure to be a make up bag staple for many women. The results are impressive and lasting and I know that the tiny price tag will make it a firm favourite!
You can buy 'The Viper' Mascara here, or in Superdrug stores.

Travel | Longleat Safari Park

Monday, 1 December 2014

I'm pretty sure that I have posted about a day out to Longleat Safari Park before, but Dan & I went again on Saturday and it was just so amazing that I couldn't help but write another post!

Longleat has to be my favourite park (of all the ones I've visited, anyway!). There is just so much to do and I really love how interactive it is. This sounds like something that would make it great for children, which it undoubtedly is, but its also so much fun for us 'grown ups' too. It takes away the whole 'zoo' feeling where you just wander round looking through bars and glass at various animals and makes it feel as though you have been transported into the heart of the safari where you can explore and get stuck right in with everything on offer.

It is quite a long journey to Longleat from our home, 2 hours in fact. But this was made easier by the yummy homemade pastries we packed and the beautiful countryside that we drove through.
It is a long way but it is worth every minute because as you drive though that grand entrance, the feeling of excitment sure takes away the feeling of a numb bum!

We started the day by visiting the 'safari' portion of the park. This is the part where you stay in your car and drive round designated enclosures, so you can really get up close and personal with some of the worlds most iconic animals! You are given an adorable CD to play in your car, which talks and teaches you all about the animals as you drive round - what a brilliant idea.
As we expected, some of the animals were away sleeping as they are not accustomed to the cold winter weather, but this was no biggie - there were still a thousand and one things to see and, on such a clear day, we had a perfect view.

We saw a herd of absolutely gorgeous fallow deer lying in the morning sun and we even saw some young stag's play fighting, we were so close that you could even hear their antlers butting together. The surroundings were so peaceful and the view was just beautiful. We spotted a few zebra grazing on the grounds and they were such a treat to see up close - their coat is amazing!
Next we ventured into my most favourite enclosures - the big cats! Big cats are my absolute favourite animals. They are elegant, they are wild, they are stealthy and they are so so beautiful, so to be this close was a dream for me.
First we saw a pride of beautiful tigers. At first I thought the tigers were hiding in the warmth but then Dan told me to look out of my passenger window, so I did, and there was a the most beautiful tiger walking alongside me so stealthy, getting ready to pounce on its brother! I was so desperate to put the window down and see what its thick fur felt like, but I vale my hand too much, so I decided against it ;)
We drove on through to the second of two prides of lions, and they did not disappoint. We first saw them from a distance, eating some grass - something I thought only smaller and domestic cats did. But, then, one of the females spotted something in the distance and they came racing toward us. Once again, one stopped dead at my window, giving me the perfect view of its shiny eyes, long whiskers and those impressive teeth! It was amazing!
We carried on though and came to the Cheetah enclosure and, although we did not see them running anywhere, they were so beautiful. I love their coat and their muscular form is so streamlined and beautiful to see so close up. I wish we could have stayed all day!

After an exciting 2 hour safari drive, we parked up and decided to get some food in one of Longleat's own restaurants. These were, as expected for any attraction, quite costly, but the food was so delicious, so we didn't mind too much! We ate in an Italian style eaterie and chose a yummy pizza and the best wedges ever (which I could easily eat again now looking at that picture!). The restaurant was clean and tidy, family friendly and had a great choice of food.
There were lots of little kiosks situated around the park, selling everything from sweets and popcorn, to ice cream & donuts, to hotdogs & burgers. So, even if you prefer a  more informal lunch there was something for you too.

After stuffing our faces we wanted to see some more animals so we visited a cute litle interactive section of the park where we saw this amazing ant-eater (which was masssssivveeee!) amongst other things.
We got to walk around the Meerkat enclosure which was so cute. The meerkats are so inquisitive and they seemed to have a great time treading on and running over my boots - leaving some adorable footprints on them!
We got to touch some stingrays too, which was such fun. Last time we visited Longleat the stingrays were still in their eggs waiting to hatch, so seeing them this time was so great! They were so elegant and mesmerising and they felt all smooth, although I couldn't touch them for too long as their tank was absolutely freezing - just how they like it. There was a wonderful park worker around the stingray tank who knew so much about them, it was lovely to listen to him and learn all about them!
We visited Dan's favourite animal - the penguins! In this enclosure you were also allowed to walk through so we got to see the penguins as close as can be!
We stopped at a small aviary where you could buy little pots of bird food and walk through. The birds loved it and landed all over you to eat the food in the cup - Dan definitely made a few friends in this enclosure haha!

We had a look around the beautiful Longleat house. Only certain areas of it are open but they are definitely worth seeing.
We saw the kitchen, decorated with copper pots and cookware, as well as servant bells and original ovens and fittings, and we saw the amazing grounds where every inch of the grass is mowed to perfection and there are flower displays and even a secret garden too!

The day we visited was the first day of Lonlgeat's 'festival of lights'. This was a really good thing to see. As well as being decorated for Christmas there were amazing Chinese lanterns and sculptures around, and even a Chinese acrobatic show to be seen.
The show was fantastic and I loved it when the sun had set and all of the lights were turned on. There were elephants and pandas and floral displays which all lit up, and there was even a massive dragon constructed from over 15,000 pieces of porcelain which lit up and and even blew smoke!

Longleat really is a brilliant day out - and not just for families, there is always so much going on and I cant wait to go again! You can find out more on their official website and you can even get discount on your tickets when bought on line!

*These photos are all my own!*

Baking | Rocky Road Treats

Friday, 28 November 2014

It's almost the weekend and, although they're not really a festive treat, I was really craving some rocky road. I made these yesterday and they turned out so well - fudgy chocolate, crunchy biscuits, fluffy marshmallows, juicy raisins and even some white chocolate drops, too!
So, I thought I'd share the recipe and get y'all into the baking spirit!

These are such an easy treat to make, and are so popular with everyone - It's just a shame you have to be patient enough to let them to set haha!

To make your own rocky road treats you will need;
75g Butter
300g Chocolate (whichever kind you like best!)
3 Tbsp Golden syrup
100g Broken Digestive Biscuits
100g Mini Marshmallows
75g Raisins (or cherries, if you prefer)
White chocolate drops to sprinkle on top
Icing sugar to dust

. Start by melting the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a low heat. Keep stirring until combined.
. Remove from the heat and mix in the broken digestive biscuit pieces.
. You can then add in the marshmallows and fruit and combine, making sure all of the fillings are covered with the chocolate mixture.
. Line or grease a tin and slowly tip the mixture into it - levelling it off with a knife.
. I then sprinkled my treats with some white chocolate chips, this is optional of course, but I did not want to stir them into the mixture in case they melted & disappeared!
. You then need to place this in a fridge for at least 3 hours to let it set - try to be patient!
. Once set you can remove from the fridge, cut into squares or bars and dust with a little icing sugar!


These are so yummy and are a great bake to make with children as there is very little heat involved! They are super easy and can be made with ingredients you already have in the cupboard!

Let me know what you thought and show me your turn out on Instagram with #peacelovevintage!

OOTD | Christmas Lunch

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In case you hadn't heard - Its almost Christmas! 
I am so excited and I just love to pick out a new outfit to wear at Christmas lunch.I have put this post together to show you some outfit ideas appropriate for whatever you may be doing for Christmas lunch this year - whether it be a family dinner, a restaurant dinner or even a party style dinner.

On Christmas day I usually have lunch with my family, and, while it is not necessary to wear anything too dressy, I like to keep it smart-casual with a nice daytime dress and some festive accessories.
This adorable Tartan dress from New Look is just perfect for the occasion - I actually already own it and, as well as being super seasonal, it is just so comfortable. It is a slip on dress with a little bit of give - so its perfect for harbouring that food baby after lunch ;) I like to wear tights with this dress as it keeps the look a little more casual, as well as keeping my legs nice and warm.
Although heels are not really necessary to wear to my family lunch I like to dress for the special occasion, so I would opt for these cute ankle boots , also from New Look. They are comfortable and fashionable and work well with the dark colours of the dress.
I'm not sure why, but when I know I am going to be eating a big meal I like to keep my hair tied back, so I think a slicked back ponytail finished off with this darling hair bow from Claire's Accessories would do just the trick!
I don't wear too much make up to Christmas lunch but I think a swipe of this festive red lipstick in I'm Ready' by Make Up Revolution would look lovely and would really compliment the tartan fabric of the dress perfectly, and this gorgeous gold glitter polish in 'Champagne Kisses' by China Glaze would pull everything together perfectly!
I'll mostly only be bringing sacks of presents to Christmas lunch for my family, but of course I'll need a place to keep my phone, that lovely red lipstick and my camera - and this adorable gingerbread man bag from New Look is just what I've been looking for!

Some families or couples like to have Christmas lunch at a restaurant, it takes the stress, hassle and cost out of the day for a potential host and means everyone can relax with a delicious hot meal while having a few drinks.
If I were having a restaurant Christmas lunch I would want to keep it formal but comfortable so I would team these gorgeous ripped skinny jeans from New Look with this dainty lace top from Forever21. It's classy and feminine but still formal enough to wear in a restaurant setting.
Since most of the day will be spent sat down I would choose to wear a nice pair of kitten heels like these from New Look, they have a subtle sparkle and are oh-so comfortable and on trend!
Because the top is quite fancy already I would keep accessories to a minimum. This lace effect bracelet from Claire's Accessories is just right - it compliments the pattern of the top and is just the right size to accessorise the outfit without taking it too OTT.
As far as make up goes, I would keep it simple with a slick of mascara and a swipe of this beautiful deep berry lipstick in 'still missing my baby' by Make Up Revolution. It is very seasonal and will bring a nice boost of colour to the outfit.
I would finish the look with a fun statement bag like this cute unicorn one from New Look. It's fun and sweet but keeps in with the monochrome theme!

Some families attend a big party on Christmas, where it's nice to get fancy and dress up to the nines. It is important to remember that comfort still comes first and to choose something you are happy to stay in from day to night.
This amazing emerald sequin Dress from H&M is the perfect party season piece and, amazingly, costs only £10! It is clearly a statement garment so anything you pair with it needs to be plain and simple. These shoes from Matalan will work perfectly with it and, because they have a low heel, will be comfortable for long wear-time.
I would wear my hair up with a dazzling dress like this and this heart hair bun piece from Claire's Accessories is just perfect. It's quirky and fun but still elegant enough for a Christmas party!
Make Up wise, I would keep it simple and natural to stop the look being too overbearing. I love this lip crayon in 'Peach on the Beach' by Bourjois. It is natural but will give your lips a dainty peach glow.
To finish the look I would wear this beautiful bracelet by New Look. It s intricate but elegant and that golden tone will compliment the emerald dress well.
To keep belongings safe, choose a small clutch bag like this one from New Look, it is plain enough to not take away from the dazzle of the dress but matches with the shoes wonderfully. 

Whatever you are doing for Christmas lunch this year, do it in style and have some lovely photos to look back on! What are your plans this Christmas Day?