Tuesday, 31 December 2013

You May Have Noticed That I'm Not All There Myself

So here it is, I can't believe it's already the last day of the year! It's been such a busy year but I've loved every moment and wouldn't be where I am now, even with those little bad moments too.

So what have I been up to this year?

WELL... first of all, I started this blog! It's still young as it was only created in August, but I'm very pleased with how far it's come. I still giggle at my very first blog post... look at that NOTD image, probably should have learned how to neaten them up first! Earlier this year, I finished college and was accepted into my first choice of University, and then cheekily bunked off college to go sledging in celebration!


I was elected as course rep just a couple of weeks into the first term of University, and even had two jobs on the go all at once! I've had numerous holes put in my body throughout the year, which brought my piercings up to a total of 10, and also dyed my hair pink a fair few times. I've worn fancy dress more times than you could ever imagine, and own a fancy dress box larger than a 4 year does.


I've had a few mishaps along the way...
...but have always smiled my way through it all!

I've been clubbing countless times this year, and danced until I had blisters on my feet! I've met so many amazing people this year, including this lovely bunch of weirdos ;)


This was me with some friends at last year's New Year's Eve :')
...however I'm opting for a quiet one in this year!

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year's Eve, and best wishes for the new year to come. Most importantly thank-you to you, for being supportive of my blog and for reading my posts.

Love of love from the Crazy-Cat Lady herself,


Frankie x
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Monday, 30 December 2013

Marks and Spencer: Floral Collection Magnolia Gift Bag

When it comes to gift sets, I try to finish one off at a time so I do not have several on the go all at once. So after finishing my latest gift set, I was rummaging around my bathroom at my parents' home looking for a new one and came across Marks and Spencer's Floral Collection Magnolia Toiletry Gift Bag. I must have been given this for either my birthday or even Christmas last year; however I can't remember for the life of me who gave it to me which sucks, because it is amazing!




This gift bag consists of bath cream, shower cream, hand and body lotion, along with a body puff and the toiletry bag itself. I used the bath cream to create some bubbles in my bath and then the shower cream which with both combined, left my skin feeling so soft and nourished! I used quite a bit in my bath so had lots and lots of bubbles which smelled great. In fact, the smell of all these products is just delicious and not too strong! It is my first time using this range, but I will definitely be buying more after they run out. I wish I had a bath at University as I miss things like this, and most importantly... bath bombs!

I have yet to try the hand and body lotion as I don't normally use body lotions, but if it's anything like the other two products; I can be assured it'll be great. The packaging of the products is gorgeous, and looks so much more expensive than it actually is - a great addition to any bathroom! The toiletry gift bag itself is quite pretty with the polka dot design, so I wouldn't be embarrassed to use it as my main toiletry bag - I've actually needed one for a while now!

All in all, this is a great quality gift bag, I love it.

Frankie x
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Sunday, 29 December 2013

#PrairieXmas

How exciting, the lovely people at Prairie Charms have contacted me for the #PrairieXmas Blogger Project! This project is for up and coming bloggers to receive a personalised mystery box full of goodies from Prairie Charms, a handmade online accessories boutique, all for an amazing price. Not only that, but three of the bloggers will also get the chance to collaborate on a special blog series on style trends of 2014, and rounding the project off with a chance to design a limited edition accessory.

After participating in "Project Blogger", I'm really excited to be involved in new project. I can't wait to receive my personalised box, and you'll be the first to know what's inside it!

Stay tuned!

Frankie x
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Friday, 27 December 2013

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day everyone! Well, it's nearing the end of the day now but I hope you have all been scoffing chocolates, received lots of lovely presents and are enjoying time with your loved ones. Admittedly I am already on my 4th box of Malteses, I'm addicted to them! However I'm feeling quite sick right now.

I'm currently sat at my laptop having a movie night watching the Batman films while doing a bit of internet-window shopping. Lots of sales on at the moment! Unfortunately I would have loved to have gone in store to view the sales in person, but I had to go to work. Despite this, I've still had a lovely Christmas holiday (all three days of it!) and received many wonderful items from family, friends and "Santa". ;) I won't list them all; however I will say I've spent the majority of my free time geeking out on Mario Kart which I absolutely love!


I have also received a fair amount of Apple Sourz - not to be sniffed at at all! I am not encouraging drinking, however Sourz is my all-time favourite drink for sure, and anyone that knows me knows this! I also won the Sourz Christmas competition and won a free T-shirt, which I have now claimed as my bedtime top.

I also just wanted to take a minute to thank each and everyone one of my readers - that means you! - and to say I hope you have all had a very Happy Christmas, and all the best for the New Year! I'd love to hear what you have planned for New Year's Eve!

Frankie x
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Monday, 23 December 2013

NOTD: Barry M Nail Paint Gold Glitter

Now that it is Christmas time, it's also time to get a little festive with these glittery gold nails! As I'm working over Christmas, it was nice to bring a little colour and festiveness to my uniform. I used Barry M Gold Glittery Nail Polish, which is perfect for this season. The Red Glitter polish will also suit well, reviewed here, this was actually my very first post on this blog making my blog about four months old now!

Anyway before I get all sentimental over it, these polishes need three coats if you want to achieve this look (full coverage), and wow does it sparkle in the light! I spent most of my work shift staring at my nails at just how glittery they are. To ensure these didn't chip after all that hard work of applying the coats, I then used Barry M All In One as a topcoat. As this polish can be used for different purposes, you could also use it as a base coat which makes it a lot easier to remove from your nail when the time comes. This image above was taken on my lunch break so as you can tell, can handle the bumps and grazes of a busy job, and will also remain strong on your nail right up until the end of the day and further.

Happy Christmas!

Frankie x
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Friday, 20 December 2013

Winter Wishlist

Winter Wishlist



Pandora jewellery, £27 / Manic Panic haircare, £14 / Rose Jam / Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Here's just a quick peek at my wishlist this winter! Wanting some pink hair dye as I'm desperately wanting bright pink hair again like this. I love to bake so the cupcake Pandora charm would definitely describe my personality. Rose Jam shower gel because it smells just so delicious, and the Naked3 Palette because... well who DOESN'T want this?!

Frankie x
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Thursday, 19 December 2013

My Week So Far In Photos

My week so far has been that of an average one really. However I did submit my first University assignment and it was such a relief submitting it. It was on a topic I'm not really fussed about, but of course gave it my best. I was up the majority of the night before the deadline day making sure everything was right, and was shattered to say the least. But instead of celebrating when I handed it in... I just slept to my heart's content, which was aaamazing! Once I was awake we did then have Pizza Hut which was delicious; the cheesy garlic bread is my weakness. While I was chomping away on the pizza, my flat opened our Christmas presents we'd given each other as we had done Secret Santa, and I got this bad boy!


I went to work as I do every week, however nothing interesting really happened there. Actually thinking about it, my life is kind of quiet, but that's not to say I'm fussed about that. I don't go out clubbing much anymore like I used to last year, but spend most of my time doing uni work, going to work or gaming. It doesn't bother me that much as I enjoy these things, especially when I end up hanging out with my flatmates, spending most of the night sat together playing games.


Although as I had been feeling a little homesick, I was very happy to come home on Monday to see my family and pets. Mostly the pets. I always worry the cats don't get enough attention when I'm gone, as I used to give them the most attention. Now we have a puppy too, I do my best to spread my love and time equally when I'm home! They're all like my babies.



I also had a parcel arrive, wrapped so prettily I didn't want to open it, but of course I couldn't resist. What was it you ask? It was the prizes I had won from Charley's giveaway for #Bloggoween! She is over at Rambling of a Beauty Blogger where you can find all her lovely DIY, fashion and beauty blog posts. I'm so happy with the prizes, as I love anything purple and these nail polish colours are just beautiful, thank-you Charley!

On Tuesday after settling back in, we all helped put up the tree and decorate it - whilst trying to stop Molly from attacking it too! Mum's decorated the house so lovely; it looks gorgeous and so Christmassy. Oh, and I also thrashed them all at Monopoly on Tuesday night too. I rule!


It's now Wednesday and also time for me to head back to my University home in Lincoln. I always hate this part, leaving my mum, brothers and pets, *sniffle*. I'm set to return next Monday though, as it's my dad's birthday. He works in India so it's a joy when he comes back, as we get along so well.

So anyway that's a little peek into my week, and all these pictures and more are available to view on my Instagram. How's your week been?

Frankie x
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Friday, 13 December 2013

Boots Star Gift - Soap & Glory The Yule Monty Gift Set

Half Price Boots Gift Soap and Glory The Yule Monty Gift Bag
Boots Star Gift Offer This Week is... Soap & Glory The Yule Monty Gift Set! Originally priced at £60, and even more if bought individually, this set will be available to buy in store or online at just £27! That's nine full sized products, for a massive saving. The full size products included are;

HAND FOOD Hand Cream
SUGAR CRUSH Body Wash
THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body Cream
PEACHES AND CLEAN Deep Purifying Cleanser
HEEL GENIUS Foot Mask
BUTTER YOURSELF Body Lotion
THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE Body Buffer
THICK AND FAST Super Volume Mascara
SEXY MOTHER PLUCKER XL Lip Plumping Gloss

Along with these fabulous full sized products, you also get a gorgeous zip up toiletry bag. So whether you're purchasing as a gift for a friend, or a little treat for yourself, this gift set is by far an amazing buy, as it is better than half price.

This offer starts Friday 13th at 7am, and runs for a week while stocks last - so be quick!

Frankie x
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm

Cracked lips... who wants them during the festive Christmas season? Not me, that's for sure! So where ever I go I always make sure I carry The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lipbalm with me. I have been using this product for years, and usually have two on the go at any given time. I have tried a few other flavours from the range, however strawberry is by far my favourite. It smells delicious and I have to stop myself from eating it sometimes, I swear. I find it lasts ages, however when you get near the end of the pot, it's hard to get the balm out without getting it under your nails, ugh! It isn't very long lasting; however you only need to just reapply so it's not an issue.

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm

It is moisturising and leaves your lips feeling soft, smooth and most definitely kissable. I love that it has a red tint that gives a shine finish, and have even been complemented on it before! I adore this lip balm, and have been faithfully buying it for the past several years, and for £2 it's definitely worth your money (and quite often they have a 3 for 2 offer). So trust me when I say go out and buy it when you're next in The Body Shop!


FRANKIE
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Saturday, 7 December 2013

How To: Make A Pokeball Cake

Hello everyone!

On Tuesday it was my boyfriend's birthday and I decided to make him a very special surprise. As you may have seen on my Instagram, I made him a Pokeball cake since he loves Pokemon, almost as much as I do!

So first I gathered all the ingredients I would need to make one:
- Eggs
- Self Raising Flour
- Margarine
- Caster Sugar
- Food Colouring (black, red)
- Icing Sugar
- Ready To Roll Icing
- Jam

Additional Extras:
- Fondant Smoother
- Cake Holder

As the silicone cake mould I used was so big, I had to double the recipe as I didn't want a really thin cake. Firstly, put 200g butter in a bowl and 200g caster sugar, and mix these together until light and fluffy. Next add 4 eggs and 200g flour, and then mix until it is all combined and smooth.

I filled up the cake tin up to about three quarters of the way, giving it room to rise. When the cake is ready (approx. 30 mins in oven), leave them on a wire rack to cool. While waiting for the cakes to cool, use this time to prepare the icing. As the ready to roll icing I bought was white, I needed to split the icing into parts and then knead in food colouring as we need red and black. You can use black icing in a tube for the black detail on the cake; however I did not have any to hand at the time. Split the icing into two larger parts for white and red icing, and one small part for black. It may take a while to turn the white icing to the colour you want, and it'll also get very messy! Make sure you have a clean surface to do this on. Once this has been done, wrap them in cling film and put them in the fridge to rest.

By now the cakes should have cooled, so get started on making the buttercream for the middle! I used raspberry jam on top, and then gently put the other cake on top. The next step is to sort the white icing out, making sure your surface is spotless, and don't forget about your hands. I found it started to stick to everything, my hands, the table, and the rolling pin, so use icing sugar to help if you need to.

So for the Pokeball cake, we need one half white and the other half red. Once you have rolled out the white icing, cut a straight line on one side so you have somewhat of a semi-circle. Gently lift the icing onto the cake, making sure the straight line is in the middle of the cake. I used a fondant smoother to help press down the icing and make it look smooth. Carefully cut off the excess, and then do exactly the same thing with the red icing. To do the white button in the middle, use some of the white icing to create one large circle, and one smaller one. Place them in the middle, using a little water if necessary to make sure they stick to the cake. Use black icing to make the black band around the cake, and trace around the circles too. For personalisation, I added their initial to the cake using the same black icing, then placed the cake in an airtight cake holder to keep it safe.


And that is how to make your very own Pokeball cake!




Frankie x
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