I know some people may say it's too early to start getting excited for Christmas, but I think it goes so quickly that you've got to start early! (Also I need mince pies in my life for more than one month of the year). I'm sure you guys know from watching my daily vlogs how excited I get when I walk into a Lush store. Now, imagine that excitement (got it in your head?) now times that by a trillion and picture Lush full of their Christmassy products! I don't know whether it's the fact that it's limited edition, the glitter or that everything is either in the shape of a snowman, santa or some other Christmas character, but I get the most magical feeling when I see the Lush Christmas products for the first time each year. I picked up quite a few things, of course, so I thought I would do a little blog haul! I bought these when they first came out and have used most of them now so I can tell you what I think of them scent-wise and bubble-wise etc.
The Christmas Penguin: I had to pick this one up as I love penguins so much! The way they walk is just too cute! This one you crumble under your running water to get amazing bubbles. He smells like oranges, so good.
Magic Wand: I used this one in my bath last night, you just swirl it under your running water and it creates huge bubbles and smells like sweeties. Bit like the Snow Fairy scent.
The Melting Snowman: This little guy is a spice-scented bath melt, although he has a bit of a sweetness to his scent too as he contains cocoa butter to soften your skin. This was one of my favourites.
The Christmas Hedgehog: I didn't get to try this one as when Zoe was running a bath at mine Jim got a bit excited and threw the whole thing in! Haha. I think there is vlog footage of this somewhere on YouTube. What I do know is he is very bubbly and smells like Rose and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
Butterbear: This little bear is basically a bear-shaped Butterball (if you are familiar with that Lush product). It's one of my faves, it doesn't make your bath an exciting colour or very bubbly, but it just really moisturises your skin and smells like vanilla.
Holly Golightly: I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan so was instantly drawn to the name of this product (Holly Golightly was the character Audrey played in Breakfast At Tiffany's incase you haven't read that book/watched the film). It is MEGA glittery and I haven't actually used this one in my bath yet, but I know it's a bubble bar and it smells like Christmas spices.
Dashing Santa: Santa is a bath bomb so he literally dashes around your bath tub. So much fun! He smells like oranges and makes your bath orange too.
Snow Fairy: This is a super sweet smelling, sparkly shower gel. I love using this when I am in the mood for a candy-sweet scent. It's also just a really nice quality shower gel.
That's everything I got on my first trip to Lush since the Christmas bits have been available! Bath-time is my favourite way to relax and unwind after a busy day and I love having a little collection of exciting things to use in my bath. Let me know in the comments what your favourite bath product is!
I am definitely not an advocator of fad diets, I try to live by the 80/20 rule (inspired by fellow blogger, Rose). 80% of the time I try to eat fresh healthy foods and not much sugar, the other 20% I eat cookies, cupcakes and cheesy pasta! I love food too much to be healthy ALL the time and the 80/20 thing seems to work for me. However, every now and then I will have a bad week (or two) where I end up eating far more than my 20% of the naughty stuff and I struggle to get back on track. That's when I like to do some sort of little detox. A detox is not a diet, it's purpose is not to lose weight, it's just to pump into you a ton of superfoods which contain incredible ingredients for your body and have a bit of a cleanse. Sometimes I'll just do a day of detoxing with lots of green juices and fresh veggies or sometimes I'll do three days. It always leaves me feeling refreshed, happy and good about my body, which gets me back in the zone with my 80/20 way of life! A couple of weeks ago I tried the Honestly Healthy detox. Tash (the founder of the company) emailed me and said I could try the 3 day fridge-fill if I liked (fridge-fill is where they deliver the food and juices to your door). I just want to make it clear that I am not being sponsored to do this blog post, I just was so impressed with the food and I took lots of pictures so I wanted to blog about it! I know that Honestly Healthy might not be in some of your budgets, so I thought if I took photos of what I ate/drank you could try and recreate this detox at home if you wanted :) I did three days and all three days were different and the food was delicious. Here's what I had on one of the days...
Breakfast: Raw Cacao & Hazelnut Granola with Vanilla Yoghurt & Blueberries
Morning Snack: Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookie (this tasted amazing considering it contained no sugar and only natural ingredients!)
Lunch: Carrot Salad with Spinach, Lentils & Fresh Mango
Afternoon Juice: Berry & Beetroot Juice
Dinner: Veggie Burger, Beetroot Chips with Crushed Peas (apologies for my presentation here!!!)
I get asked all the time what I eat so I hope this post has answered some of your questions and maybe inspired you to try Honestly Healthy or just make these meals at home for a little detox!
Last Thursday evening I was joined by all of my favourite people to celebrate the launch of my false lashes for Tanya Burr Cosmetics. It's an indescribable feeling seeing everything come together after months of designing and planning, but I have to say, the most special part of the evening was having the love and support of Jim, my family, my friends, bloggers and press. It always makes me a bit emotional seeing all of my family and friends in one room as they mean the world to me and I feel astonishingly lucky to have their support along with all of you guys reading this too. The tweets I have had congratulating me on the launch and expressing excitement for the new lash range have made me smile every day since last Thursday when I made the announcement. Sorry for getting a bit rambly and soppy, I just think it's important to sometimes sit back and realise how exciting this all is. I am so grateful for every moment and I want to thank you reading this for being a part of this journey *group hug* Now, let's reminisce with some photos from the party shall we?
Oooo and if you want to get hold of the lashes, they are back in stock on Feel Unique (just click here) and also in store at Superdrug!
I hope you guys enjoyed seeing lots of snaps from inside my launch party and that you love the lashes as much as I do!
I am incredibly happy and excited to finally be able to share with you guys something I've been working on for the past few months. When it comes to keeping secrets, I'm the worst (pats self on back for not spilling the beans this time!) so it brings me silly amounts of excitement that I can now announce the next big thing for Tanya Burr Cosmetics; FALSE EYELASHES!
They are available online at Feel Unique and in store at Superdrug TODAY! I can't wait to hear what you guys think of my false lash line. I designed 6 different styles so there is something to suit everyone, but I have to say, they are all very wearable. I wanted the line to reflect my own personal style, so I didn't make any super long, big spidery lashes. They are all fluttery, beautiful and just add a little something special to your makeup look. I hope you love the lashes as much as I do! *jumps up and down with excitement*
Finally! I am sitting down to write a blog post. The past few weeks have flown by due to my hectic schedule and I feel like blogging always takes a back-seat when I get busy (which is most of the time - sorry blog!) However, I got a new camera lens *squeals with excitement* and I did a spot of baking - there is nothing I love more than getting creative and taking cute photographs of cupcakes, so here we have a new blog post!
Last Sunday my friend Maddie came over to watch Harry Potter films back to back, drink lots of tea and catch up on a multitude of subjects (her love life being the most exciting one!) We ended up baking Oreo cupcakes and they were so delicious, I knew I had to show you guys how we made them.
For the cupcakes:
165g caster sugar
40g cocoa powder
125g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 pack oreos
For the frosting:
2 packs oreos
200g icing sugar
Start by switching your oven on to 180 degrees celsius and putting cupcake cases into your cupcake tins. Next, mix together your butter and sugar until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Now crack in your eggs and whizz them into the butter and sugar. Then you need to fold in all of your dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour and baking powder). Now for the exciting part - pop an oreo into the bottom of each cupcake case. This means that you'll have a surprise hidden oreo at the bottom of each cupcake, I think this is a really cute touch. Next, spoon your mixture into your cupcake cases on top of the hidden oreo and aim to fill the cases almost to the top. Now pop them in the oven for 14-17 minutes (it depends on how fast your oven cooks your cupcakes, they took 17 in mine!)
Whilst your cupcakes are in the oven, you could either do the washing up or make the frosting - obviously you're going to make the frosting ;) All you need to do is mix together your butter and icing sugar with a wooden spoon to make a smooth buttercream. Then you need to make half a pack of oreos into oreo crumbs! It's up to you how you do this, I used a blender, but you could also pop them into a sealed bag and bash them with a rolling pin. Stir your oreo crumbs into your buttercream and there you have your oreo frosting!
Once your cupcakes are completely cool you can spoon on your frosting and for a finishing touch, break an oreo in half and push it on top.
Now it's time to get your bake on guys! Don't forget to tweet me pictures of your oreo cupcake creations or post them on instagram using the hashtag #BakingWithTanyaBurr - then I can find your pictures easily. I may very well make these today myself, it is Sunday after all.