Saturday, 31 August 2013

NOTW - Essie in Sand Tropez



I'd wanted to get my hands on this polish for a while, it's been sat on my wish list until I passed the Essie stand the other day, as you may've read in my August Wishlist Purchase post.

I'm a sucker for nudes... Shall I rephrase that?! ha. I have quite a few nudes and beiges in my collection, so when I spotted that Essie had this little beauty in their collection, I knew I wanted to get my hands onto it.




Essie say...
'The seductive power of soft sandy beige nail polish is not to be underestimated. Trend setting, neutral pastel is the most alluring manicure on the riviera - or anywhere else.'

TheBrunetteSays...
What they said! This sandy beige polish is from Essie's Spring 2011 collection. As soon as I'd spotted it I knew I wanted to try it as I'm a big fan of nudes and beiges, they're so easy to wear, go with absolutely everything and suit my skin tone nicely. 
I've mentioned before that Essie polishes have wide brushes, which make me happy. Application is super easy, although the formula is quite thin, and due to the light colour, it may need 3 coats for an opaque smooth finish. I only applied 2, but soon realised I may've needed another. You may see in the images that my nails look like they would've benefited from another coat.
I do love the colour of this polish, and it'll be a polish I use a lot.
By the end of the week the majority of nails had chipped, but not too much that it was noticeable to anyone other than myself. One of my nails chipped this week too, boooo. I have ordered a new nail strengthener though so I'll let you know how I find it once it arrives.



Would I recommend it?
Yes if you're a fan of natural colours, or if you're after a polish that will go with absolutely everything. 

Would I repurchase?
This is my second Essie polish, and I'll definitely be purchasing more in the future, they have a massive range of fab colours and Essie is slowly becoming a favourite brand of polish for me.

Essie Sand Tropez is available at Boots, at £7.99.


Have you used this shade before? What have you been wearing on your nails this week??

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Friday, 30 August 2013

August Wishlist Purchase

Hi guys,

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I have a Wishlist section, found in the tabs section above. It includes a list of things I want in my life. I don't currently own them for reasons as follows..
- They're favourites of mine, but I've ran out.
- I can't currently afford them.
- I've spotted it and am desperate to find it.
- I can't justify buying it right now.
- I can't find them anywhere.

And once a month, after pay day, I treat myself to something from the list..

So, this weekend I bought a few things in town, have a nose at my haul here. And I picked up 2 little beauties from my Wishlist



Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash - this is one of the newest releases from the Tangle Teezer range, designed for use in the shower. I haven't used one of the Tangle Teezers before and whilst looking for some new hairbrushes, stumbled across this and added it to my Wishlist. It is an upright, non slip, water safe version of the detangling hairbrush. I picked this funky pink one up for £13.99 in Boots.

Essie in Sand Tropez - I've had this sandy beige polish on my Wishlist since using my Essie in Nice is Nice, which I reviewed here. So whilst I was in Boots I couldn't pass the Essie stand without picking one up. (£7.99) It's on my nails this week, so look out for my Nails Of The Week blogpost this weekend to see how it looks. 





Have you used these products before? 

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

'Shopping Is My Cardio..'


So I had a little haul the other day, and thought I'd share with you what I bought..

1. New shoes for work. (Converse Dance Lace - Office - £42.99)
2. New body butter. (Rituals Magic Touch - £15)
5. Cheeky AllSaints purchase. (Upside Top - AllSaints - £45)
6. A travel size conditioner to try out. (Rituals Shikakai Secret Conditioner - £3.50)
7. Selection of PE clothes/trainers & jeans, for Bradley, from George @ Asda


Love a good ol haul now and then. ;) Keep checking back to see what I think about the new products!!


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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Starting Off - Skincare


Welcome to my first post of 'The Starting Off Project' - founded and set up by Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice. If you haven't already, read my intro post here.

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So let's talk: Skincare..
Skincare is a pretty big topic, so get comfy, it may be a long one.. ;)
I won't lie, I suck at looking after my skin. Well, not so much so now, but previously. And now I'm almost 30, my skin is definitely paying for it. And wanna know a secret? I use face wipes to remove my make up. Yes really. I can hear you all gasping from here. But more about me later..

Before you begin slapping creams and potions onto your face, it's best to work out what skin type you are. You can do this yourself by inspecting how your skin feels after being washed with water only. If you're struggling to work this out, it's a good idea to get a skin consultation.

There are 5 main skin types..
Normal - Smooth, supple, clean, elasticated, hydrated, small pores, clear complexion.. 
Sensitive - Easily irritated, blotchy, flushed, inflamed, small pores, can feel tight or sore, can by dry or oily, maybe prone to breakouts..
Dry - Tight, flaky, dull, uneven, small pores, not many blemishes..
Oily - Shiny, greasy, large pores, prone to breakouts..
Combination - Oily t-zone (forehead, nose & chin), dry on the cheeks, large pores, prone to breakouts on t-zone area..

For more information on skin types, and skin care tips for you skin type, I'm really loving the #MyLittleSkincareProject over on the Tattooed Tealady at the moment. Go take a look! 

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Once you've worked out which skin type you are, you can work out which skincare products are best for you.
So let's go back to me..

TheBrunetteSays..
As I mentioned before, I haven't been the best at looking after my skin in the past. I didn't have a regular routine, I'd just slap on the odd cleanser or moisturiser every now and then. And in turn my face repaid me which a bunch of spots, and a few fine lines. Revenge at it's best.
For the first 2 years of being with my boyfriend, I actually slept with my make up on and removed it in the morning!! How awful. My poor skin! Nowadays, 4-5 years on, the boyfriend gets to see me make-up less (poor him!) and I'm trying to make up for all the lack of love I've shown my beloved skin.
My skin type is a mixture of combination and sensitive. Clearly I pulled the short straw with that one! It's a tricky one to handle. And I'm still learning what works, and what doesn't. 
I was about 27-28 when I first realised I needed to start taking better care of my skin, especially since I'd been using make up since a really young age, and wear a full face of make up without fail, every single day. 
So, I have a slightly oily t-zone (not overly shiny or greasy, fortunately, but slightly oily) and it is here I'm prone to the odd hormonal breakout. Yes, still, at 29 years old. My cheeks waver between dry to normal, depending on the time of the month, or the weather. It can also be quite sensitive and can easily become irritated by certain products. I also have fine lines and signs of ageing, around my forehead/in between my brows. 

Let's look at the most important ways to look after your skin, before I show you what I use..
1. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water. 'Nuff said.
2. Protect your skin from the sun, every day by wearing sunscreen or using products that contain an SPF, UVA & UVB protection.
3. Try to eat healthy. Or as healthy as you can. Greasy food = greasy skin. 
4. Don't smoke. This is a given right? Unless you want dry, dull, discoloured, scaly, wrinkly, sagging, gaunt looking skin. In which case, go ahead.
4. Beauty sleep. It's not a myth, healthy skin requires lots of rest! During the night, your skin is working hard to repair itself & renew skin cells.
5. Moisturise your skin, no matter what your skin type!

My Skincare routine..
As my skin can be super sensitive, I've had to be careful what I use on my face. 
Cleansing:
It is important to remove dirt, grime, bacteria and any left over make up by cleansing in the morning. For my combination/sensitive skin, creamy, foamy, hypoallergenic lotions are best.
At the moment I wash my face in lukewarm water with my Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - it's a really gentle exfoliator made with rice powder, that activates with water to create a creamy paste that removes dead cells and brightens the skin to a smooth finish. It is suitable for all skin types, so give it a try. It is amazing stuff, and I'm gutted that mine has just ran out. Although it lasts for ages, even with daily use, it is pretty expensive stuff so I'm on the look out for something similar. Until then, it'll have to take place on my Wishlist. I reviewed it only yesterday over here, if you fancy reading more about it.
Twice a week I use The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, a facial wash and scrub that so far I'm seeing good results from. As it is gel based I only use this when I'm washing my hair as it can get quite messy. My skin is a big fan of their Vitamin E range too!

Another fave of mine I HAVE to share with you is Lush's Angels On Bare Skin. AMAZING stuff!! It evens out skin tone, reduces redness and best of all improves the health and appearance of your skin. It's lush!! Ahem.. ;)

Toning:
Toners help to tighten pores and remove leftover product residue from the skin, although it isn't essential to use a toner. It's not something I use regularly. Although I've been thinking of picking up a bottle of The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner, as always, I shall let you know how I get on.

Eye Care:
This probably isn't something you need to start using until about age 25+, then it becomes a good idea to start taking care of the delicate skin around the eye area. It is important to apply eye cream carefully, by patting the cream around and under your eyes being extra careful not to drag the skin, use your ring finger as it's the weakest finger. I'm currently using No7's Lift & Luminate Eye Cream, which is actually aimed towards age 45-60, but it aims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lift and even skin tone.. and it was on offer so I thought I'd give it a go. ;) It's a really nice product I'd definitely use again, although maybe I should try one for my own age next time :).

Moisturise:
This is super important, if you squeeze in any skincare in the morning, make it a moisturiser!! For my combination/sensitive skin I'm advised to use an oil-free, lightweight, unscented, unfragranced cream. 
As I'm heading for 30, and have already been graced with a few fine lines, I've been heading towards the anti-ageing types. 
I'm currently using Soap & Glory's Catch A Wrinkle In Time. I never thought to try any Soap & Glory skincare products, as I thought their forte was bath products, and they were just trying to cash in on their brand. I admit I was wrong, as the products I've tried so far have been pretty damn good. They smell great, and my skin feels really soft and smooth. It aims to smooth away wrinkles, rejuvenate, firm and protect skin, and as I come to the end of my tube, I'm more than happy with the result. I'll definitely use this again, it's such a purse friendly price too. But I have treated myself to a pot of Dr Nick Lowe's The Secret Is Out Lifting Cream, which promises to lift, firm and smooth fine line and wrinkles. The formula is perfect for a number of different skin types. Keep your eye out for future posts on how I get on with this little beauty.

I also use Olay Regenerist CC Cream, which includes a serum, an SPF moisturiser and a sheer foundation. They claim to instantly even skin tone, reduce dark spots and reduces the look of wrinkles in 2 weeks. It is one of my favourite products, I use it daily before applying my make up base. It really does work well to tone my combination/sensitive skin as it suits all skin types. I tend to use it as a primer too, it's a great base. It could be used in place of your foundation, but I do find it to look quite shiny on it's own.

Make Up Removal:
Okay this is where you can all slap my wrists. I confess. I use make up wipes. I know they're not great for make up removal, or for your skin. But that said, I won't use any other wipes than Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Wipes. And I've been using this for years. The reason being a mixture of down right laziness and the fact that everything else bought me out in spots. And it's worked for me. They're super kind to my sensitive skin and they're great for removing even the toughest mascara. They don't contain any oil or alcohol, as other wipes may do, they're un fragranced (perfect for my sensitive skin) and they contain yummy vitamins for my skin.
I have recently been questioning my actions, and debating trying other forms of make up removal, so watch this space. 

Anti-Blemish Skincare:
If you're unlucky enough to get the odd hormonal breakout, such as me, then it's important to find that perfect product to help combat them quick. 
If I ever find a spot on it's way, then I dab on a little Anti-Blemish Skinetica before bed. And within a day or 2, it's gone. Sorted. I received a sample pot in a Glossybox beauty box a while ago and have been super impressed with the results that I'll definitely pick up another pot if it runs out. Skinetica is a fairly new product that promises to remove spots, acne, blackheads etc within 2-3 days with no side effects. It is free from harsh chemicals, non toxic, non greasy and safe for all skin types. They also claim to work well as an all over facial toner and make up base. 

Night Cream:
Again, I can't stress how important moisturising is. As with an eye cream, there's probably no point in using a night cream before the age of 25, as the main aim of these richer creams designed to be used at night are to repair any damage and fight signs of ageing. Whilst a day moisturiser focuses on protection and hydration, a night moisturiser focuses on regeneration and repair. As mentioned earlier, our skin is working hard whilst we're asleep, so with the help of a good night cream, you wake up with healthy, recuperated skin, without doing anything. Fab huh? 
I'm currently using another Soap & Glory fave, in the form of their Night In Shining Armour Gravity-Battling Night Cream. It contains proven wrinkle-reducing ingredients, oxygen-boosters and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Perfect for all skin types, it smells lush and feels really, REALLY good on my skin. I wake up with the feeling of really soft skin which I love. Before this, I was using a rather expensive Chanel night cream, which was great, I was worried I'd never be able to find a more purse-friendly cream to use on a regular that was anywhere near as good. But I'm very happy with this one. I'll be buying this time and time again, as it works so well on my skin! It's a beauty!!


Every now and then I'll treat myself to a face mask. I don't have a regular, or a favourite, I just try to find one that suits my skin type, for a little skin treat!

So, that's my take on Skincare. Join me next week to talk Concealer. 
Remember to use the Twitter hashtag #TheSOproject to read more Skincare posts from the 120+ other bloggers taking part in this project.


Feel free to comment with your links to your skincare posts as part of #TheSOproject..

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I haven't been using a cleanser on my face, mainly because I haven't yet found one to suit my combination / sensitive skin.
I have, however, been using this little star..
I received a sample pot in a Glossybox beauty box a while ago, and even after continued every day use it has lasted me absolutely ages!!



Dermalogica say..
'Our number one exfoliant! Gentle, rice-based exfoliating powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic acid and Rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.'




TheBrunetteSays..
This product, for me, is a lot more gentler than an exfoliant, it's almost as gentle as a cleanser, hence why I've been using it in place of one. I can't explain how gentle it feels on your skin, yet knowing it is doing all the work of an exfoliator - without the harsh 'scrub like' feeling - was a big positive. It's gentle enough to be used every day, with no tight feeling, or drying out the skin. My skin always feels polished and smooth after use.
A little goes a long, long way with this product, as I mentioned before, it has lasted me a good while. Just a small amount of powder is needed, add a drop of water (or even just wet hands), rub together to create a paste like consistency and gently massage in circular movements to the skin, then rinse. My skin has felt fantastic since I've been using it, clear, bright and healthy, and I'm absolutely gutted I've ran out. 
It takes a lot for me to find skin care products that suit and work well on my skin, without bringing me out in breakouts or setting my sensitive skin off, so when I do, I want to continue using it. But at a price of £40.30, it's not something I can justify picking up. That said, a full size bottle will last forever, so I'm sure it'll be money well spent. For now it'll have to go on my Wishlist for a future pay day purchase. :)

Would I recommend it?
Oh yes! It suits all skin types. Dermalogica are top dogs in providing great skincare, so it's a brand you can truly trust. Give it a go!

Would I repurchase it?
As I said, it's going straight on my Wishlist. For now, I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for any dupes out there. If you know of any, let me know!!

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is available online at dermalogica.co.uk and in selected salons (see website for details) at £40.30.


Have you used this lil beauty before? What did you think?




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Sunday, 25 August 2013

I'm Part of #TheSoProject.. Are you?


Beauty Blogger, Stephanie from Steph's Inside Voice has founded and set up a new blogger project named 'The Starting Off Project'. The idea behind this project is to reach out to beauty and make up newbies / young teens / anyone looking for beauty and make up tips.
Myself and 120+ other bloggers have signed ourselves up for this project and will be posting weekly posts, each week will have a different subject, a different beauty related topic to discuss.

I think this is a fantastic idea. We all started somewhere when it came to make up and beauty, and I'm pretty sure even those of us that have been using make up and cosmetics for years can still learn a thing or two!

The project will run over 10 weeks. With the topics as follows..
  • Skincare
  • Concealer 
  • Foundation
  • Bronzer
  • Blusher
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lips
  • Make Up Tools
Keep an eye out for other blog posts from the project, using the Twitter hashtag #TheSOProject
The posts will include information on the product, experiences, tips, favourite items.. etc. and they will all go live at 6pm Tuesday evenings - so keep a look out for them!!

If you're also involved in this project, feel free to comment with the links to your intro posts.. :) 


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My Week - Aug17th-24th

Hi girls,

I started to feel a little better this week, a little more positive about my op next month. And I've done a lot of relaxing, as I'm back to work next week. :( The past 6 weeks have flown by!! 
This week has involved a fab road trip to Liverpool with some friends I hadn't seen for a while, cocktails with friends, baking with Bradley, a few trips to some parks, lots of relaxing and blogging, and shopping for back to school and work bits. 

A few pictures from my phone this week..


1. Bradley and I baked some cookies from The Occasional Cookie mixes. Read about it here.
2. I keep finding random selfies on my phone of Bradley. Nutter. :)
3. I received some cute handmade accessories from Prairie Charms. Read about it here.
4. Relaxing on the park whilst the little man did his thing.
5. Peepo :)
6. Bradley stuck in the spiders web.
7. My mum & Bradley at the park.
8. My nails this week. Read about it here.

Favourite Product of the Week..
I've used MAC's eyeshadow in Shroom every single day this week as a base, no matter what colour I was wearing. It's such an easy colour to work with, and I love the satin sheen of the powder. MAC eyeshadows are a favourite of mine, they're super pigmented. So yes, this has been my favourite go-to product this week. 

Favourite Fragrance of the Week..
I've been using Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture a lot this week. It's super girly, such a sexy, fresh scent. I've ran out now though, might have to put this on my WishList as I do love it!!

Favourite Bit of the Week..
Meeting up with some girl friends for a big catch up and a mooch around Liverpool. I love these girls, I spent one of the most amazing times of my life with these girls, we've been on tour with the Backstreet Boys for goodness sake!! :) We have stories that you'd never believe. :)

What I Learnt This Week..
I love being off work, too too much.

Favourite Blogpost of the Week..
I loved reading Zoella's Meeting One Direction post this week. I just thought it was fab that she got to meet such an in-demand band and feature it on her blog, I watched the videos and she did great during the interview. Well done Zo! 

Tweet of the Week..
'If I was in charge of transport I'd have pink glitter trains, mirrors to do make up on way to work, music and waiter service. #EssexStyle'@missgemcollins
Sounds like my kinda train. ;)


Hope you've all had a fab week!!






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Friday, 23 August 2013

NOTW - Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Rebel


I hadn't worn this nail polish in a long time. The first time I used it I wasn't impressed at all, and since then it has sat unused in my nail box. I decided to give it a second chance.

I love Chanel. It screams class. And their foundation is one of my all time faves! 
This nail polish, in 'Blue Rebel' was part of their Autumn range back in 2011. It was part of 3 denim inspired shades, and I snapped one up whilst picking up some foundation. At £18, I expected big things from this nail polish.. But didn't get it. So.. lets give it another go.

Chanel Say..
'Intense colour and high gloss. Designed to be a real nail care product, it respects the fragile nature of your nails. The original formula ensures rapid drying and lasting hold. Le Vernis has an original formula, exclusive to Chanel, composed of special resins. The formula contains bioceramides of natural origin for their hardening action. A precise concentration of solvents gives a hard, resistant, gloss finish.'


TheBrunetteSays..
After my usual nail care mani, I began to apply the polish over my base coat. 
The brush is very thin, which already is a big disappointment for me. I work so much better with a wide brush. With it being so thin, my application is slightly messier than normal, as a smaller brush can be quite tricky to use. It takes quite a lot of brush sweeps, and polish, to completely cover each nail. But after two coats the colour is completely opaque and I'm good to go.
I'm a big fan of the colour. I don't own many dark colours such as these. 'Blue Rebel' is a dark, navy blue and it has a lovely glossy shine to it.
I wasn't overly pleased with the finished look, my application wasn't too great. (as you can see in the pictures)
Drying time seemed to take a little longer than normal. But it seemed touch dry after a few minutes. Unfortunately I got up after 15-20minutes and proceeded to do some ironing, and managed to mess up a few of my nails. Grr. 

I removed and reapplied polish to the nails I'd ruined the following day, and left it a good while to dry this time around. So note to self, 'THIS POLISH DOESNT DRY QUICKLY!'
Okay so, they were spot on when they promise 'Intense colour and high gloss' - that box is definitely ticked! I do love the colour, it was an intense colour, it went with everything I wore all week, nothing clashed. And it was super shiny all week long. They also promise that their polish contains a special ingredient to promote hardening of the nails. Hmm. One of my nails split and broke, after 3 days, and today another nail has split. Not happy. I beg to differ when they say their fomula ensures rapid drying and lasting hold too. Both times I have used this polish, it has taken longer than your usual polish to dry, and the majority of my nails are chipped, both at the bottom and the top.

Would I recommend it?
After my experience, probably not. It's a large price tag, and in my opinion you can get polishes that are much better quality, at a purse friendlier price.

Would I repurchase?
I wouldn't purchase another Chanel polish, no. 
I'll use this polish again, for an occasion, if I'm wearing something that the colour will compliment. But I won't be adding any more Chanel to my nail collection.

Chanel polishes are available at £18, from Debenhams



What do you think of this colour? Have you got any Chanel in your collection?





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New website address

Hey lovelies!

Just wanted to let you all know that TheBrunetteSays.. can now be found at


www.thebrunettesays.co.uk

Thanks for reading!
Lots of Love,


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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Prairie Charms - handmade accessories boutique

I love the way jewellery and accessories finish off an outfit. I'm no fashionista, I wear what I want, what I think is pretty, not what the magazines say I should be wearing.. I like different, quirky accessories; the more original the better. I recently fell in love with a jewellery stall at Spitalfields Market full of quirky pieces. The silver ring and bracelet I bought from there have almost become staple  pieces in my everyday wardrobe.


So when the owner of Prairie Charms* got in contact to offer me 50% off their handmade accessories, as part of their 'Project Blogger' campaign, I clicked straight over to their website to see what they had to offer. 
Prairie Charms offer a cute and quirky range of handmade pieces such as bracelets, floral crowns, hair bows, belts and even girly gift bags. 
10% of all profit proceeds are donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the 'Kiss It Better' campaign, providing funding to pioneering, world class treatment for complex medical conditions including paediatric cancers. This is such a respectable gesture, that I didn't think twice about making a few purchases.



Prairie Charms say...
'We are a completely handmade accessories boutique specialising in all things girly, floral, quirky and whimsical.'

TheBrunetteSays...
I chose a multi-wrap, which can be worn in a number of different ways, and some Rose hair pins. I received them after a week or so, in shiny gold paper, wrapped beautifully in pink tissue paper. I wore them both today for a trip to the park with Bradley. I chose a pink hair pin to wear in my wavy hair, and I wrapped the multi-wrap around my wrist. I loved the super cuteness of the hair pin, the flowers feel almost real. The multi-wrap is very different, it is a plaited cream/light brown woollen wrap with a gold clasp. I love how versatile it can be and it's really unique and quirky. I'm looking forward to trying it out in my hair as a hair band within a few different up styles. 


Would I recommend?
If you're a fan of original pieces then definitely go take a look at their website to see what they have to offer.

Would I repurchase? 
Prairie Charms have given me a promo code for a further 50% off, to be used within a year, so I'll be checking their website for new and unique pieces without a doubt!




Visit their website at PrairieCharms.storenvy.com and follow them on Twitter @Prairie_Charms


Are you a fan of handmade accessories? What do you think of my purchases?









Comment here, or Tweet me your comments @Lianne84




*I received 50% off my purchases from Prairie Charms for this blogpost
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

We've been baking.. COOKIES!!

'Today me will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie!' 
Cookie Monster.

I'm far from an amazing cook (I'd live on roast dinners if it was upto me..) and I don't bake much either.. But I do try to do a few baking activities with Bradley when we're off work and school, as I think it's important for young children to learn simple culinary skills and kitchen safety, baking is a great activity for problem solving, learning about food and ingredients, following instructions, cleanliness and discipline.
Now, even at 9 years old, he still has the concentration span of a goldfish. So it isn't unusual for him to get fed up by the time we've measured out all of the ingredients, and I'm left finishing off. Of course he'll be back to taste test the finished product.. ;) 



That's where this amazing little company comes in..
'The Occasional Cookie' offer cookie mix jars, complete with all the ready measured dry ingredients you need for the perfect cookie. Just add egg and butter, mix together and separate into balls before popping into the oven for just 14 minutes. Sounds perfect, huh?
The Cookie mix jars come in 2 sizes. A large jar will make between 18-22 cookies, at £12.95 and a small jar will make between 10-12 cookies, at £8.95. They are available in a range of different flavours such as chocolate orange, triple chocolate and rainbow to name just a few.




The Occasional Cookie say...
'This is the perfect gift for kitchen rookies, baking experts or cookie & chocolate lovers. This delicious cookie mix includes dried ingredients layered and presented in a glass jar, finished with a gingham ribbon and complete with baking instructions on the tag. Ideal for those who like to bake occasionally but don't want the hassle of buying in all the ingredients. The recipe only require 3 more basic ingredients. One jar should make 10-12 cookies and once you are done you can store them back in the jar.'




TheBrunetteSays...
I chose a small jar of chocolate orange cookie mix and was lucky enough to receive a pack of 2 ready made rainbow cookies with it, a lovely, yummy touch!
The first thing I love about this is how pretty the jar looks. I almost didn't want to use it as it looked so nice sat on my kitchen worktop. Even Bradley mentioned that it looked too nice to tip out! 
It was super easy, Bradley weighed out the butter, beat the egg, put everything into the bowl and added some golden syrup, all by himself. Together we mixed the ingredients with our hands and rolled them into balls, placed them onto baking trays and popped them into the oven. Easy peasy!!
I'll confess I may've left them in the oven a few more minutes extra as I got carried away washing up.. Oops. But that said, they still look and taste amazing. We both really enjoyed the nice easy process, and  Bradley didn't end up leaving me to finish off half way through as he usually does. It was a perfect little baking opportunity for us, and Bradley loved being able to lead the activity himself, with little help. The cookies are now on display, keeping nice and fresh, in the pretty glass jar. 
Sticky, chocolate covered thumbs up!! :)

Bradley said, 'I didn't want to tip the stuff in the cookie jar out, it looked too nice. It was really good that we didn't have to get all the ingredients. I thought the cookies were brilliant.'



Would I recommend it?
For sure, if you have young children that enjoy easy baking or want a super easy but fun activity to keep the kids amused, definitely take a look at what The Occasional Cookie have to offer. Plus Mum gets a pretty glass jar for storage afterwards.. ;)

Would I re-purchase?
Yes I would. It works really well for us, as I mentioned before - I'm no baking expert, and Bradley gets bored so very easily.. so this was perfect. Plus I want to try all the different flavours. I think these are fantastic gift ideas too, so I may purchase a few in the future as presents too.




The Occasional Cookie also offer ready baked cookies, smaller jars for party and wedding favours, and cute little cookie mix baking bags for children's parties. 

Visit The Occasional Cookie to check out their yummy cookie mixes for yourself. 
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