Friday, 29 January 2016

Salted Brownie Cookies

Salted Brownie Cookies Cupcake Jemma
Salted Brownie Cookies Cupcake Jemma
Salted Brownie Cookies Cupcake Jemma
Salted Brownie Cookies Cupcake Jemma
Since the middle of 2015, I've been watching Cupcake Jemma's videos religiously on YouTube. I have tried out quite a few of her recipes and finally decided to try out these delicious cookies. I decided to bake these because they use rye flour instead of wheat flour and one of my work friends can't eat wheat, so she can still enjoy these! These cookies are definitely something to keep in mind if you know anyone that is wheat intolerant. You can find the video and recipe for these delicious brownie cookies here.
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Monday, 25 January 2016

VANS x Disney Slip-On Wonderland Plimsolls

I've been trying to get my hands on these amazing shoes for the longest time and as a huge lover of Disney, when they were back in stock on ASOS I ordered them straight-away. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite things, especially the Disney film and when I set eyes on these I knew I had to have them.
I love how the Disney Vans come in a special box with Disney artwork and even the tissue paper covering the shoes has a Disney print on it. I think I'll be keeping the shoes in the box because it's just so lovely. The shoes are so comfy and the print is just gorgeous - I can see myself wearing these a lot when the weather gets warmer.
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Friday, 8 January 2016

Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gels

The lovely people at Cocoa Brown sent me over some goodies before Christmas and now I've finally got around to trying them I thought I'd let you know what I think. Cocoa Brown is an amazing budget tanning brand, all of their tans are under £10 yet they are the same or even better quality than tans that cost £20/30! I have tried out a few different products by Cocoa Brown and they are one of my favourite tanning brands.

These Instant Tan Bronzing gels are perfect for last minute tanning and also in winter when you don't want to have to keep tanning. Let's face it, it's too cold to stand naked in your bathroom tanning every week in the winter! The velvety mitt makes the application of the tan easy and as someone with an unusual name, it's great to finally have something with my name on it! It's streak free and applies so easily, it also washes off quite easily when you exfoliate it off.

The shimmery tan is great for parties, especially for the festive season and the matte tan is great for all year round. I will definitely be coming back to these all year round for when I'm too lazy to sleep in my tan or wait for tan to develop.
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Monday, 4 January 2016

2016 Life & Blog Goals

Pass My Driving Test
This is my biggest goal of this year. My test is booked, I just need to pass it and then get my own car! I'm really excited about the fact that I may be cancelling my bus pass and actually having some freedom. It'll be so nice in Summer if I can drive to the beach or down to Cornwall.

Make An Effort
In 2015, I started off by making an effort with my hair, clothes, make-up, blog and life in general. It slowly trailed off throughout the year and by the end of the year I felt a bit down with everything. Hopefully making an effort will help me feel better about myself and I'm determined to not let it trail off throughout the year.

Exercise & Eat Healthier
In 2015, I think I exercised once. I'm starting to see and feel the effects of not exercising and eating unhealthy foods. So it's time for change as I'm not happy about it, I have already started exercising regularly and I plan to carry this on for the whole of 2016. As for food, I'm going to follow the everything in moderation rule but definitely cut down on the takeaways.

Make My Blog Fabulous
This year I've decided to start the year off without a blog schedule. With the job I have and the hours I do it's difficult to find time to blog and in 2015, I put way too much pressure on myself. I'm just going with the flow this year because this is meant to be fun and a creative outlet! I am planning on putting 100% more effort into every post and photo, as I've put some content up in the past that I'm really not happy with. I'm also planning on changing my blog name at some point this year, I've fallen out of love with Beautrina and my blog isn't mainly beauty anymore, so it's time for change.

Be More Creative
For the past couple of years with A-Levels and my beauty course I haven't created anything. I absolutely love to sew and design clothing, so I'm going to make more time for that this year. I also want to learn to knit properly, so I'm definitely going to try that this year.

What are your goals for 2016?
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Friday, 1 January 2016

My Year, 2015

2015 is the year that has flown by the quickest. Nothing very big has happened to me this year, but it hasn't been extremely unpleasant! I set myself some goals for 2015 and I thought I'd update you on them. I have started my driving lessons and my test is booked in 2016, I will update you when I pass! I passed my beauty course, which I was glad about. I didn't apply to university because I was unsure what I wanted to do and now I know I can get started. I have started to be more positive about things and I've definitely stayed rather organised. At the beginning of the year I was proud of my blog, but it started trailing off later in the year.
At the start of the year, me and Ryan celebrated our 6th anniversary together. I also turned 19, my last year of being a teenager, very scary! 

Ryan had bought me a 3DS XL for my birthday and it came out this month. I enjoyed playing Pokemon for the first time in approximately 5 years! We did Valentine's Day for the first time in about 6 years and went for a meal at the Harvester. Me and Ryan went to see Enter Shikari this month and they were AMAZING. I visited Sheffield for my friend Alice's birthday, we went to the cinema a few times and had a fun weekend.

Me and my Mom went to see Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in London which was wonderful. I hope to go again in 2016! We also went to the V&A museum to see a wedding dress exhibition, we saw Dita Von Teese's beautiful dress and shoes. I went to my first blogger event in London, alone, but it was amazing. The Amazon HQ fashion bloggers event where I met some wonderful bloggers. I went to Sheffield again to visit Alice! I went to see McBusted with my Mom and absolutely loved it. I also signed up to Netflix...less money and productivity haha!

I went to the cinema a few times this month, I saw Cinderella, Fast and Furious 7 and Avengers Age of Ultron. I also went to the FloridaTix 10th Birthday event, which was the most fun blogger event I've ever been to!

I started off the month by going to see Unfriended at the cinema. I also went to see S Club 7 which I had wanted to do since I was around 3 years old. I went to Sheffield to visit Alice. I also went to see my boyfriend's band play at the Flapper. I also watched the Back to the Future trilogy properly!

I got the Elder Scrolls Imperial Edition for PS4 and it took 3 days to download, but after that played it loads. Decided I was going to get fit and bought an exercise DVD, which I did once... Game of Thrones Season 5 finished and there was plenty of crying. Can't wait for the next season! I got my nose pierced which I never thought I would do. I went to see the live Take That concert at the cinema with my Mom. Ryan turned 19 and we celebrated by eating loads of food. Me and Ryan did our first BBQ together which was yummy and hilarious.

I started to watch Gossip Girl again from the beginning. I went to my sister's hen party which was fun. I also went to see Ryan's band play. I went to the Christmas in July event at Paperchase alone and fell in love with their Christmas ranges. I went to Solihull for the first time for a blogger event and it was lovely in the sunny weather! I went to London with my Mom for the CAT PR event and had amazing nails done by Jazz Smedley. We also went to the Fashion on the Ration exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. I went to see the Gallows at the cinema - it was a weird film and it actually scared me haha! I also went to see Ant Man and Inside Out, and I loved them both. My baking obsession began. I went to a Pinterest event which was so informative and I loved it.

I started my driving lessons. I used Bondi Sands for the first time and it is amazing! Me and Ryan stayed in his parent's house for a week together while they were on holiday and actually coped quite well being all adulty. I went to my sister's wedding reception which was quite funny. Me and Ryan and all of his family went for a meal for his Auntie's 50th birthday, which was wonderful. I made a baked New York Cheesecake!
The first September in 16 years that I didn't go back to education! Not being in education has good and bad points. I went to Birmingham Fashion Week and also Blogger's Fashion Week in London which was amazing! I went to London with my friend Emily, went to the pop-up Magnum shop and then to see Halsey at O2 Academy Islington. I did work experience at my local hospital and made my mind up on the career I want, I loved the work experience and was so happy there. I ran a table at a Fresher's Fayre which was crazy! 

I bought my Mom Muse tickets for her birthday and had to keep it secret until December! I went baby mad - meaning I couldn't stop buying baby things for people I know having babies! I went to the Next Lingerie Blogger's Event and I'm so pleased to be in the correct bra size finally. I also bought Slipknot tickets for next February. I went to Grand Central for the first time and also went to my first Baby Shower which was exciting. I watched loads of Star Wars and went to see Hamlet at the cinema. I made my first Christmas cake! 

This is the month I became obsessed with Pinterest. Me and Ryan went to the Fallout 4 midnight launch which was loads of fun. I went to London with my Mom, saw all the Christmas lights and we went to see American Idiot the musical which was AMAZING! I passed my theory test first time and was very proud of myself. I went to see my boyfriend's band. Me and Ryan went round to his cousin's house for his girlfriend's birthday and had a great time. I bought new clothes finally!

I went to see the Prodigy with Ryan, his brother and cousins and it was so good! We went out for my Mom's birthday for a lovely meal. Me, Ryan and my brother also went to see Sikth and Hacktivist who were amazing. I saw both of my sisters. I went to see Star Wars with Ryan and my brother and it was the best thing ever! I had the best Christmas.

I hope 2016 is as exciting as this year, although I hope it doesn't go as fast and I have time to breathe and take it all in!
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