Sweets for my Sweets!

Love is in the air….and nothing says ”I love you” quite like some handmade, sugar coated goodies for your Valentine. With only a few days left until February 14th, we have found you some tasty recipes to follow so that you can romance your loved one with tempting sweet treats.

Sweets for my sweets

Candy floss cocktail, Love Heart cheesecake, Tattoo cookies, Cupid’s candy apples, Heart shaped macaroons, chocolate decoration, Candy bark,  Hot strawberry and White chocolate drink

Say goodbye to dry, winter skin…….


The cold is really beginning to take it’s toll on my very dry and sensitive skin. So I’ve had to take it in hand and pamper my skin. Here are my top tips for dry, sensitised skin.

1. BE KIND TO IT Do not have hot baths and showers. Hot water is you skins enemy (hehe a bit extreme but you get the idea)
2. CLEANSE IT Try not to wash your skin instead try to opt for mild wipe off cleansers. Cetaphil or Avene are extremely gentle cleansers.

3. TONE IT Follow this up with a moisturising toner, I know a lot of people miss this step put but it does help to seal moisture in your skin. The rehydrating Rose toner from Neal’s yard smells beautiful and is super soothing and hydrating. Avene thermal water spray is also lovely and refreshing as well as soothing, this can be used after cleansing but is also great if your flying and comes in handy in the summer for soothing sunburn.

rose tonerthermal spray

4. SCRUB IT Just because skin is dry doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t exfoliate it, you just need to be gentle about it. If you don’t exfoliate dry skin your skin can look dull and it is harder for all those lovely creams to soak in and get to work. I exfoliate my skin a couple of times a week using Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant. It is a beautiful product and yes it is a bit more expensive then some of the other exfoliators on the market but I believe that it is the best.


5. TREAT A face mask isn’t just an occasional treat it is a necessity in a good skin care regime. My personal favorites are Origins Drink Up and Lush’s Oatfix are great. I often leave the Origins mask on overnight for an extra burst of moisture.


6. MOISTURISE IT Now moisturisers are a very personal affair and I have tried many over the years but I have found two which haven’t failed to impress. The first is Dermologica skin smooting cream this is a very hydrating cream and will not irritate sensitised skin, unfortunately it does not contain an SPF so you will need to use a separate one. The other moisturiser that I have tried more recently is Dior Prestige La Crème Souveraine Rich Creme, it is pricey at £230 but is definitely worth it. I find that with moisturisers it is best to meet the consultant and discuss your concerns with them they know their products well and will be able to guide you. Buying moisturisers that don’t suit your skin can cost £100s over your lifetime so don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. It is always best to apply moisturiser to slightly damp skin so apply straight after toning, wait a few minutes to apply foundation.

7. MAKE IT PRETTY Now you have got beautiful skin we want to make it look pretty. I suggest sticking to a light weight base of your preference. If you want to try a foundation that is good for dry skin I can highly recommend Dior Sculpt and it even comes in a very light shade, suitable for those english roses out there. Finish of with a quick coat of mascara (Estee Lauder Double wear Mascara is great), a cream blush (Benefit Posietint is brightening and long lasting) and a bright lipstick to lift those winter blues think rich pink (Revlon Cherries in the snow) or a cherry red (MUA Shade 13 – a bargain at a £1).

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…with love from Betty x

New year recipes

So it’s freezing outside and most of us are probably losing some of that willpower for our new year diets. What we need is something warm and filling. Why not try this hearty and wholesome soup recipe?


Chickpea, lentil and chilli soup


2 tsp cumin seeds

A large pinch chilli flakes

1 Garlic Clove

1 tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion chopped

140g red split lentils

850ml vegetable stock or water

400g can of chopped tomatoes

400g tin of chickpeas drained

Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

  1. Add the cumin seeds and chilli flakes to a large saucepan and heat until they release their aroma.
  2. Add the oil onion and garlic to the chilli and cumin to soften
  3. Add the vegetable stock, lentils and chopped tomatoes.
  4. Cook until the lentils are soft, this will take about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the lentils are cooked you can then blend the soup if you prefer a smoother consistency. I personally like to keep it quite chunky.
  6. Add the chickpeas and heat through for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the coriander just before serving
  8. Serve and enjoy.

And now for a little of what you fancy…

We just love indulging in our favourite sweet treat cupcakes! However, the new year health kick rarely features cake. Good thing we found this delicious low calorie cupcake recipe from the BBC’s Hairy Dieters series.

Skinny Lemon Cupcakes 

skinny lemon cupcakes

(167 calories per cupcake!)


200g self-raising flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

75g golden caster sugar

100g blueberries

Grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon

2 large eggs

150ml low-fat natural yoghurt

2tbsp semi-skimmed milk

50ml sunflower oil

Lemon icing

100g icing sugar

4-4 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C Convection/180C fan/Gas 6. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2.  Sift the flour and the bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir in the sugar, blueberries and lemon zest. Make a well in the centre of the mix.
  3.  Beat the eggs in a separate medium bowl, then beat in the oil, milk and yoghurt until well mixed. Stir in the flour mixture and a large metal spoon until lightly mixed.
  4. Now quickly divide the batter into the paper cases, and bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 16-18 minutes. Once cooked the cupcakes will be well risen and will be golden brown. After a couple of minutes of cooling, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For the lemon icing, mix the icing sugar together with the lemon juice in a bowl until smooth and runny.  Drizzle the icing over the cooled cupcakes using a spoon. Leave the icing to set for at least half an hour.

Who said healthy eating has to be boring! Enjoy! x

Create a Memory Jar for the New Year

memory jar


What a great way to remember the year. This memory jar project is simple: Decorate an empty glass jar to your taste. Starting in January and continue throughout the year, write down happy thoughts and events as they happen and put them in the jar. If you want to be detailed, add dates to your memory notes. When December 31st rolls around, empty the jar and enjoy looking back on the fun you’ve had this year!

Girlie Gift Guide

Christmas shopping still to do? Here are some girlie gift ideas to help you find a special something for every kind of gal. You might want to jot a few down on your own wish list too!

…with love xx


Inspired by the thrifty and creative Kirsty Allsop …

thre craft queen

Sewing kit, Tape measure, Sewing box, Necklace, 101 Things to do with glitter, How to make Jewellery, Sewing jar, Knitting needle set

Annex - Monroe, Marilyn_013

Inspired by the fun and flirty Marilyn Monroe …

the girlie gal

Rollers, Bracelet, Night dress, Lashes, Perfume, Bath set, China set, Dressing table


Inspired by the sassy and sultry Dita Von Teese …

the glamourpuss

Underwear, Nail rock, Make-up compact, Lips clutch, Perfume, Lipstick, Raspberry liqueur, Fur wrap


Inspired by the domestic goddess Nigella Lawson …


Macaroon making kit, TimerLuxury truffles, Baking bible, Preserve labelling kit, Cake stand, Measuring cups, Weighing scales


Inspired by the cool and edgy Alison Mosshart …

the rock chick

Candle, Eyeshadow palette, Leggings, Earrings, Boots, Ring, Nail colour

stevie n

Inspired by the mystical and enchanting Stevie Nicks…

the boho babe

Soap, Solid perfume, Candle, RingBoots, Shawl, Fantasy eyeliner, Salt hair spray