Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Lush Review: The carrot and fluffy egg

I couldn't wait to try this Easter bubble bar from Lush, but sadly I am disappointed with the result. I always give an honest opinion on my blog & I regret to inform you all that I have come across a lush product that I hate! Shocker I know, I am a huuuuge lush fan and all my reviews are rave after rave. However The carrot may be insanely cute, I didn't enjoy my bath as I normally would with other lush products. 

As you can see in the video above The colour isn't very appealing, there isn't any bubbles even tho I had swished for around a minute, the green part fell off and there wasn't any nice strong scents I would normally get when using a lush product.
The one good thing was I came out of the bath feeling super soft! I wouldn't recommend this at all. Sorry lush! :(

I want to make a positive note now, about a Easter product that I love,the fluffy egg. I didn't expect any bubbles from this as it is a bath ballastic!

Who doesn't want a bath full of shocking pink candy scented water? Lush! I recommend the fluffy egg :)

Can you guess their secret?

I do it every day too!

To be continued.......

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mothers day butterfly red velvet cupcakes!

Since it's mothers day this Sunday, I decided to bake some cupcakes with my daughter!
I decided to go for red velvet cupcakes. I have never made these before, but found it so easy! I decorated with pink glittery butterflies and red cocoa frosting.
Here's the recipe if your wanting to give it ago! 
What you'll need;
1 large mixing bowl, 1 small bowl and one medium size bowl

12 hole muffin tin

12 cupcake cases

For the cakes;
60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g caster sugar
1 egg at room temperature
20g cocoa powder,sifted
2 tbsp red food coloring
150g plain flour
140ml buttermilk
2tsp baking powder
4tsp white wine vinegar

For the frosting
8oz butter
160oz icing sugar

and any decorations you require.
I really love my new mixing bowl! its huuuuge!
Here's the cupcake cakes I went for. Pink with butterflies on them! The one mistake I made was using  bigger then average cases and you'll see why it didn't work later on.
Firstly you need to preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line your muffin tin with cases.

Add the butter and caster sugar together with an electric mixer or whisk until creamy and fluffy.
Add the egg and whisk away for another minute.

In a separate bowl mix the cocoa powder and food coloring together with a teaspoon.
Add this to the cake mix until incorporated.

Your mix should be looking like this!

At this stage add the flour and buttermilk and mix for  2 minutes, then add the baking powder and vinegar and mix for a further 2 minutes.
What the mix should now look like.
Now it is time to scoop the cake mix into the cases. I made a mistake of adding too little to the cases, as these are extra large! opps! Mistakes noted for next time..
Bake the cakes for 25 minutes.

Whilst there baking away and smelling Delicious, I like to wash up and then make a start on the frosting. I use silver spool icing sugar and butter.

Mixing both ingredients together until you are left with a lovely fluffy butter cream.

I added cocoa to mine for extra sweetness 
and 2 tsp of red food coloring!

The cakes are done! as you can see the cupcake cases are way to big and over towering the cakes, slight error there but they will still be tasty!

I added the butter cream once the cakes had cooled down by swirling them on with a knife.
and added a pretty icing butterfly! :)
And there we go! So easy. Lovely treats for mothers day! My daughter had so much fun making them with me, and even more fun eating them! I'll leave you with a few more pictures of my creations, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Lauren x

Monday, 12 March 2012

Instagram #1

I have had an iphone for about a month now, and i'm loving instagram! I know alot of bloggers do weekly photos, and I was thinking of doing that, but so far have failed taking photos of certain parts of my day and even a day all together, so here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks that I have taken, i may do these posts every so often (: add me if you like! laurenrose182
1. My new kitten puss in boots. 2. Addicted to those bunnies
3. My new David and Goliath hoodie. 4. Nesquik hot chocolate?! Just had to get it!

5. Daisy picking in the sunshine.  6.Pink skinny's and converse!
7.Lush! my little lush corner on my dressing table. 8. My awesome phone case!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Lush haul! New Easter and Mothers day range

I was unwell for a few days and my ever so lovely boyfriend said I could cheer myself up by getting some lush goodies! (best boyfriend ever)
I was eager to try the new delightful s out. The Easter range and mothers day range!
Being a mummy myself I received the flower last year that came on the stick which isn't sold at lush anymore. I thought it was way to pretty however and never used it, it sat on my shelf for ages. That never happens with lush products with me! Anyway to what I got..
 The carrot bubble bar
How cute is this! Lush has brought us a sparkly new product for Easter 2012.
When I first saw the carrot on the website I bagged it straight away. The cuteness sold me!
The scent is a blackcurranty,lemon and bergamot, very tropically!
The carrot can be used again, you just swish around your water until your satisfied with the amount of bubbles!

 Fluffy egg bath bomb
Another Easter product! I bought this for my mum back in 2010 and regretted not buying for myself! This is such a sweet smelling product. The scent comes from candy fluff dusting powder. 
 Tulip bubble bar
A new mothers day product, a re-usable bubble bar on a stick!
For this wand the scents used are chocolate orange (yum)Yuzu and cocoa bubbleroon fragrance. A upli
fting treat!

Plant the label full of seeds to grow your only flowers! exciting!
Madame butterfly re-usable bubble barAnother newbie for mothers day!
The magic wand at chrismas was so popular lush have brought out TWO wands for mothers day! hurrah!
This is the one product I have used, and the smell is so light but lovely, leaving my bath water a very light rose pink. The scent is the same as rose jam bubbleroon.
I have put a video up on youtube of me using the wand for the first time which you can see below. I used mine for a minute and yet i still have a lot left!

Magic mushroom bubble bar
I was surprised to still see this on the site so added one to basket in case they sell out soon.
Its a valentines favourite of mine, even tho the smell isn't that strong, i would love to smell the strawberries more!

If you would like further reviews or videos demoing any of the products be sure to let me know! :)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

My kitten, Puss in boots

Meet my little kitten Puss in boots! I've had him for nearly a week (a week tomorrow) and I am so in love with him! He was born on the 1st of January,his mum is a ragdoll norwegian forest and his dad is a British short hair. He is doing so well and just loves to cuddle up on you and fall asleep, as you can see from the photos. He loves loads of attention and purrs all the time. He also loves to sit/walk on my keyboard!

He does have his playful moments, and loves his 'da bird' toy, I've put a video up on youtube which you can see below of him playing. I love my little puss in boots!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Cute wallet

I have been after a new purse/wallet for a while now, I couldn't find any that I actually liked! I wanted something colorful, big enough to hold my cards,I always carry lots of coins; so coin space, and most of all I was after something something cute.
I recently received an email letting me know of a range of Anna Nova cosmic bags, coin purses and wallets. This email caught my eye, as there were attached photos of the colorful range, with cute wildlife prints, butterflies, owls and giraffes! I was lucky enough to be sent a wallet to review for you all. I picked the pink giraffe wallet.
 The wallet comes in an Anna Nova pull string pouch.

 Cute embroidered Giraffes!
 A flower magnetic clasp
 Inside you can see enough room to hold your cards etc.
 A pretty floral pattern in the coin section.

I really love my new wallet! I am actually going to purchase a cosmetic bag, as the wallet is really good quality, I'm normally skeptical when it comes to laying out a lot of money on something like a purse or make up bag, but I can honestly say that it is brilliant quality and will last a long time.
The wallet costs £24.95  and you can purchase here