Blogmas day 23: Festive baking 

This is so wierd, I planned to do my festive baking today at the beginning of the week and I got a notification today on Facebook telling me that day 22 of last year’s Blogmas was festive baking too, how wierd. So looks like Dec 22nd is Blogmas baking day! Although this year I have had to post it on the 23rd as I already had a post ready for today, anyway…

I did plan to do these in more than one post but the time has completely got away from me (seriously where has Blogmas gone?!?) and so I’m doing it all in one mega baking blog post. 

So, what’s on the menu?

  • Mini heart mince pies
  • Chocolate orange cupcakes 
  • Gingerbread men 

    First up, Mince pies! I made these using a Slimming World recipe, you can check that out here

    My little helper!

    I went for a heart on top (less festive than a star I know) as I couldn’t find my small star cutter. These still look lovely and the hearts are quite cute.

    These went down a treat in class, since these were ready and Slimming World friendly I thought I’d take them to my class that day as we were having our Christmas party. They didn’t last long at all.

    Next up, chocolate orange cupcakes!

    These were made using a Mary Berry recipe, Queen of baking who else could be better!! Check out the recipe here 

    I have to admit that I used pre made icing as I didn’t have time (or enough bowls!!) to make this too, thanks Mrs Crocker for saving me 👍

    I used the chocolate orange minis in the grab bags to pop in the middle (a yummy, gooey surprise) and to decorate on top of the cupcakes as these are a better size than the large segments of a full chocolate orange 🍊🍫 That’s just my preference but it worked really well.

    This cupcake set came from TK Maxx and was only £4.99. It comes with cupcake cases of two different designs and four different Christmas cupcake toppers. I love this cute little set! It would also make a lovely gift for any baking fans. 

    And finally, gingerbread men!

    I’ve never made these before (& to be honest my sister did most of the prep for these ones anyway) but these are soooo good and they smelt so Christmassy.

    This recipe is again from Queen Mary Bez and I found it on the BBC Good Food site (best site for cooking & baking, failsafe recipes galore!) gingerbread men recipe

    These smelt amazing and taste so yummy. From this recipe they are a tasty mix of a shortbread biscuit with a yummy taste of ginger to them. If you wanted to have a stronger flavoured biscuit I’d recommend adding more ginger and the cinnamon to add that spice. I didn’t add the cinnamon to mine as I hate the stuff, yuk.

    I really liked how these looked when they were done so I didn’t add any decoration to them but you could pipe on detailing or add sweets for buttons and features if you wanted to.

    Noah was such a good little helper and he loved rolling out the doughs and cutting out the gingerbread men (and tasting them at the end too of course)

    A fun, festive and yummy way to spend an afternoon. I can’t wait to have a cuppa at work with a gingerbread man and I’m going to serve the cupcakes at our Christmas party tommorrow!

    In my beauty advent calender today…

    A gorgeous red lipstick! 💋 I love how many different lipsticks you get with this advent, it’s perfect for starting a lipstick collection & since I only really had liquid lipsticks before this has been great for me. I’ve found a new love for creme lipsticks throughout December! I’ll definatly be wearing them more often now.

    Here’s a swatch…

    You can’t beat a festive red!

    It’s Christmas eve eve, 2 days to go! 😁

    Ho Ho Ho 

    Roseanne 🎅

     

    Christmas eve part 1: Christmas arts & crafts

    Only one day to go!! Im doing Christmas eve in two parts again like last year as theres been lots going on these last few days, super festive! 

    How is it Christmas eve already, this is so mad, where has December gone?!? I’m going to miss all the festive build up, its one of the best bits of Christmas.

    I found an awesome craft set from Wilko in town and had to get it to do with Noah, I knew he would enjoy it. 

    In the set you get 12 ceramic Christmas themed ornaments, mini pots of paint, a paintbrush, 2 tubes of glitter and string to hang them up. What made this set even more amazing is that when I got it it was reduced to half price making it a bargin £2.50!! I couldn’t believe it. 

    Full price it would have been £5 which is still really good as it’s great fun, brilliant value and these would make adorable homemade Christmas presents too.

    Here’s me and Noah having a go at some crafty arty fun…

    He really enjoyed himself which is the main thing 😊 & Auntie Ro Ro did too hehe.

    Part 2 will be up later! Our annual Christmas party🎉

    In my beauty advent calender today…

    Today was a bother lipstick in a lovely autumnal plum colour.

    Here’s a swatch…

    Ho Ho Ho 

    Roseanne 🎅


    A Christmas party make up look: Blogmas day 21 💋

    Since I had my work Christmas party last night I thought I would do a Christmas party make up look for you guys. I loved this look with a red lip and bronze eyeshadow. 

    The products that I used were:

    • The body shop bb cream in Shade no 2 mixed with Bourjois healthy mix radiance reveal foundation in the Shade light beige, 1 pump of each.
    • Collection lasting perfection Concealor in Cool medium & Bourjois radiance reveal Concealor in Ivory.
    • Clinique face primer creme
    • Revoltuion blusher ‘love’
    • Make up obsession highlighter in the shade ‘bronze’ 
    • Revolution make up eye primer 
    • Make up obsession eyeshadow in the shade ‘rich’ & Maybelline Nudes palette.
    • Diorshow mascara in black 
    • Tanya Burrs perfect brows palette
    • Rimmel lip Liner in the shade 004 ‘Indian pink’
    • Tanya Burrs lipstick in the shade ‘Big kiss’

    Brushes

    • Real techniques beauty blender; I used this for foundation & concealor.
    • Real techniques buffing brush; I use this brush to apply blusher.
    • Real techniques base eyeshadow brush; I used this to apply the base colour of my eyeshadow & the darker colour into the outer corner.
    • Real Technique multi-task brush; I use this brush to just wipe away any excess and clean up the look.
    • Primark fan brush for highlighing; this Brush applies highlighter flawlessly. I only recently got this after wanting one for ages and I would 100% recommend getting one of these.
    • Revolution, Limited edition angled brush; I used this brush for my eyebrows.

      I used a mixture of two face products in order to give more coverage all night without being too heavy. I love the mix of my bb cream and the healthy mix foundation, it works really well. I used a pump of each on my beauty blender to apply it to my face.

      I used the Collection concealor for my face and any blemishes or spots and the Bourjois concealor under my eyes which is why I go for a lighter shade to make under my eyes brighter.

      I bought a few of the products listed above expecially for this make up look, these were…

      I love the colours that you can get by ‘Make up obsession’ and I went for a glowy bronze look with the highlighter and eyeshadow as I thought this would work really well with the red lip. The eye primer I used (from my beauty advent calender) was also fab and my eyeshadow stayed perfect all night.

      Tanya Burrs lipsticks from her Autumn collection are AMAZING. people kept asking me all night what lipstick I was wearing and commenting on how well it had stayed on even whilst I was eating the meal. I love the slightly darker shade of red in this lipstick, it’s party perfect.

      Here’s the finished look!

      I was really please with this make up look & it went perfectly with my outfit but would be so versatile for so many party looks! 

      I hope you liked the look too 💋

      In my beauty advent calender today…

      Today I got a baked blusher! This is one of my favorites items from the advent calender so far!! I love pink blushers and this one is beautiful 😍

      Ho Ho Ho 

      Roseanne 🎅

      Work Secret Santa 🎅 Blogmas day 19 

      This afternoon at work we did our secret santa present exchange! It was lovely to hang out together, do a Christmas quiz, have a laugh & nibbles. I love my present that I received, someone knows me well…

      It’s a postcard book version of one of the Harry Potter colouring books. I love the adult colorings books and of course Harry Potter so this is perfect 👌 

      These little postcards are so cute so I think I’m going to colour them in and use them as my thank you cards from Christmas. 

      Here is one of the pages…

      Today In my beauty advent calender…

      Today was a lovely dark purple eyeshadow with a lovely shimmer in it. This would be perfect for the party season & to create a lovely smokey eye make up look. 

      6 days until Christmas!

      Ho Ho Ho 

      Roseanne 🎅

      Christmas gift guide 🎁 Blogmas day 20

      As it’s less than a week until Christmas I thought I would do a Christmas gift guide to help anyone who is still stuck on what to buy someone or is a last minute shopper. 

      First up, 

      Presents for her 

      Make up

      • Make up obsession *make your own palette* These are awesome, you buy the palette and then choose what you fill it with from blush, eyeshadow, highlight/strobing or contour. The palettes range from £4-£6 in Boots with the individuals currently priced at; Contour £3 highlighter/strobing £3 Blush £3 & eyeshadow £2
      • Tanya Burr ‘Tanya presents’ beauty box. This is £20 from Superdrug & comes with lots of limited edition items from her Christmas collection.
      • Makeup Revoltuion London: 12 days of Christmas storage chest. This is £35 from Superdrug and is full of blush and eyeshadow palettes, make up spray, brushes and more.

      Bath time 

      • The Body Shop box of delights £28. This comes in loads of lovely scents from Vanilla Chai to Frosted Berries. In this set you get a bath foam, shower gel, body butter & lip balm. 
      • Soap & Glory ‘Foam & fortune’ gift set £20 Boots. This comes with lots in it from body butter, face wash & shower creme all in a lovely box.
      • LUSH giftsets varying from £10-£50. These are usually themed & come with different bath bombs and/or face washes/shower creme. They have some naively Christmas themed ones.

      Candles 

      • Sanctuary ‘Colour me in’ candle £10 Boots. This is so cute! You pop the candle on, relax & colour in the box. I find the adult colouring really relaxing so I just thought this would make a nice gift. 
      • Yankee candle small Pillar candle £10.99 Boots 

      Perfume

      • DKNY fresh blossom £20 Superdrug.
      • Lacoste touch of pink £27 Superdrug 
      • Marc Jacobs Daisy £53 Superdrug

      Other gift ideas

      • Babyliss curl secret £89.99
      • Chopstick curler £15
      • Box of Thornton chocolates £4 Superdrug 
      • Vouchers for clothes shops (easier than trying to choose an item of clothing)
      • Books, Amazon £3.99

        Presents for him

        Bath/shower sets

        • LYNX black magic speaker set £7 from Boots. This includes a body spray, body wash, deodrant and a speaker that you can use to play music from your smartphone.
        • Nivea Sensitive gift set £10 Boots. This includes shower gel, face wash, moisturiser and deodrant.
        • L’Oréal Barber shop set £20. This set includes a shower gel, skin & stubble wash, moisturiser & shave gel.

          Aftershave 

          • Paul Smith Men £16 Superdrug 
          • Diesel ‘Only the brave’ tattoo £44 Superdrug 
          • Davidoff ‘Cool water’ £25 Superdrug

            Gadgets 

            • Amazon Echo Dot £44.99. This is a hands free voice controlled device called ‘Alexa’. You can ask it to do loads of things such as tell you the weather, traffic updates, questions etc. It’s really cool. I’ve got one of these for my husband this year.
            • Fitbit. These record your steps, activity for the day, sleep & more. A couple of options are the Flex £69.95 or the Alta £84 which is what I’ve got,I love mine.
            • Beats Headphones, on ear £59.95

              Other presents 

              • Braun series 3 wet & dry electric shaver £59.84 from Boots 
              • Braun beard trimmer £19.99 Boots 
              • Games academy table tennis set £7 from Superdrug. This comes with two bats, 2 balls & a net.
              • Cadbury Chocolate selection box £2
              • Retro sweet boxes, you can do these as a one off or as a monthly subscription and are only £3.69, a bargin for those who have a sweet tooth and a lovely little treats each month! My sister did this for her husband birthday.

              Presents for kids 

              Bath stuff 

              • Minion bath set & squirtle £2.50 Superdrug 
              • Avengers bath & soap set £5 Superdrug 
              • 3D Unicorn bubble bath £3 Superdrug

              Toys/games 

              • Cyber flyer £12.99 Argos. This is a child’s droid which they will love flying around and is a bargin price.
              • Board games such as pie face, junior monopoly or a compendium of games with classic games like snakes & ladders, ludo etc. They have a great set in Argos for £8.99 with 12 different board games in 1.
              • Wilko colouring books & craft sets are from £1 onwards depending on the size of the pack. These are fab!
              • Lego is always a winner! Boys and Girls love it and it’s hours of fun for the young and old.

              Other ideas…

              • Cadbury Chocolate selection boxes £2
              • Chocolate Santa’s £1
              • A cute animal hot water bottle £7 You can get these in Superdrug. These are really cute and come in lots of different animals like a monkey, an elephant or a bear.
              • Christmas hair grips between £5-£8 from John Lewis.

              I hope these ideas have helped you out if your stuck & need some inspiration! 5 days to go 🎁

              Today in my beauty advent calender…

              Today was an Angled make up brush, this is super handy. I used this to do my eyebrows this morning and it worked really well.

              Ho Ho Ho 

              Roseanne 🎅

              Blogmas day 18 🎄Sunday lunch

              Today me & my husband Tim met up with some of our friends that we havnt seen for a little while. We thought it would be nice to go for a meal together just before Christmas so we met at a little pub called the Westerfield Swan. 

              Since its almost Christmas (1 week to go!) we thought we’d go in our Christmas jumpers.

              The pub is so cosy & it looked lovely and festive 🎄

              The food was super delicious too, I went for the fish & chips for main and my favourite dessert.. 

              The warm white chocolate tart! It’s amazing.

              It was a lovely afternoon catching up, seeing little Harvey whose now 7 months old 😱 (Its scary how time flies) and just having a laugh.

              In my beauty advent calender today…

              I got this little eyeshadow brush, super handy for popping in your bag or for travelling. 

              1 week to go until Christmas! 

              Ho Ho Ho 

              Roseanne 🎅

              Blogmas day 17: The Panto

              Every Christmas The Wolsey theatre in my home town does a rock n roll panto! It’s full of fun, laughs, colour & songs and this year was no exception. The panto this year was;

              I was unsure about it when I heard what the panto was going to be as I don’t really know the story of Sinbad but it didn’t disappoint! It was quite cool not knowing the story and what was going to happen next actually.

              Me & Tim go every year as a little Christmas tradition but he had his work Christmas meal on the day we booked the tickets (obviously not realising at the time) so I went with my sister Sarah instead. 

              It was so good, the songs were great and the set and costumes were really good too. All the actors are so talented playing all their different instruments, singing & acting.

              I would definatly recommend going to see a panto it’s so much fun 😊

              Me & Tim are going to try and get him some tickets so we can go together, we don’t want him to miss out!!

              In my beauty advent calender today…

              Todays was a lovely shimmery sheer lip gloss. I’m definatly getting a good collection of lip glosses now, but since I like lip products I don’t mind! 

              What’s yours favourite lip product/s?

              8 days to go!

               

              Ho Ho Ho 
              Roseanne 🎅

              Festive Lush Haul ❄ Day 16

              I grabbed a few items from Lush’s festive range when I was in town with my sister last week and I thought I would share them with you. 

              Here’s what I got: 

              • Butter bear
              • So white
              • Star dust
              • Father Christmas 

              Let’s start with Butter bear; 

              ‘Father Christmas gets softening, Fair Trade cocoa butter from the Colombian Peace Community of San José de Apartadó especially for his gentle polar pal. Pop him into the water to infuse your bath with a warm and creamy perfume and dreamy softness for sublime skin. This comforting bear is also filled with fragrant cocoa powder and calming ylang ylang to melt hearts young and old.’

              This was one of my favourites, it smells so good, is super cute and I love the ones that make your skin feel all soft and smooth as well as clean.

              Price: £1.95

              Up next; ‘So white’…

              ‘Snow White had a tough time of it. If you too are likely to spend Christmas day evading evil stepmothers, stroppy mirrors, not to mention cooking and cleaning for seven singing men, you certainly deserve a dip in the bath. Crisp, apple-scented waters, as pure as the driven snow, fizz and foam, while bergamot oil and rose absolute restore peace and calm. At the core, a heart of fruity, uplifting neroli oil and orange flower absolute is sure to revive your (Christmas) spirit.’

              It looks & smells amazing in the bath as the colours comes through…

              It makes the water this gorgeous dark green with the yellow and blue mixed together from the core, festive! 

              Price: £3.75

              Star dust 

              ‘Follow yonder twinkling, shimmering star all the way to the bathroom. The earthy spice of rosewood harmonises with the sweetness of vanilla absolute and bergamot oil for rejuvenating celestial waters. If you need a little post-party recovering this Christmas, just look skyward. Note: wise men not included.’

              Price: £2.95

              Father Christmas

              ‘Before making this, Father Christmas must have stopped at a sweet shop for stocking fillers because it smells like freshly spun candy floss. Soak away the hours in sweet, mouthwatering waters as the blushing red of Santa’s cheeks fizz away to reveal a vivid, holly-green centre.

              I havnt tried this one out yet but I can’t wait as I love sweet smelling ones. 

              Price: £3.75

              I hope you enjoyed this mini Lush Haul!

              What are your favourite festive treats from Lush? Any recommendations? 

              In my beauty advent calender…

              I got this lovely baked highlighter today! I’m a big highlighter fan so I can’t wait to try this out!! 

              Ho Ho Ho 

              Roseanne 🎅

                

              Blogmas day 15! Beauty advent calender 💋

              1o days to go until Christmas day!!

              How exciting, the 10 day countdowns begun & it will soon be here before we know it.

              I’m still not feeling great today which is so frustrating, I’ve missed a whole week of festive fun 😔 but best not to dwell, let’s take a look at my beauty advent calender today. 

              As you’ll know from previous posts (Beauty advent calender) I have a beauty advent calender this year for the first time! In today’s window I got…

              A mini compact mirror. This is so cute & super handy to pop into your bag.

              It’s a lovely matte black finish with ‘Join the Revolution, Make up Revolution London’ written in rose gold/copper on the front. So cute.

              What have you guys got in your beauty advents? What’s your favourite piece so far?

              Ho Ho Ho 

              Roseanne 🎅

              Christmas home haul: Blogmas day 14

              As you’ll have guessed by now I love this time of year! So I decided to show you some of the home bits that I have been picking up throughout late November & December so far.
              This candle is a lovely frosted matte red colour with snowflake patterns on it.

              Inside its silver with the red snowflakes printed on. It’s so pretty ❄

              I also picked up this candle holder…

              This is like a clear bottle with a gold glitter star on the front. There is a gold frame suspended inside the bottle for a tea light to sit in, super cute! 🌟

              These both came from Tiger and were not more than £3 each.

              Also from Tiger my lovely friends got me this cute little lantern light. I didn’t technically buy this so I’m unsure of the price.

              It’s a lovely ceramic matte lantern with little holes in it. It looks lovely and snowy and when it’s lit it like a starry sky…

              I also picked up these little Yankee candle wax melts. I picked these up from a garden centre and I can’t wait to burn these in my wax burner. 

              ‘Christmas cookie’ is so yummy smelling and smells just like Christmas baking. ‘Strawberry buttercream’ isn’t particularly Christmassy  but it smells sooooo good. I really want to pick up ‘Candy Cane lane’ before Christmas as it is super christmassy & smells so fresh and minty.

              & finally Christmas bedding ♡

              I love this so much and I can’t wait to put this on closer to Christmas 🎅

              I love the pattern, it’s so cute with little Father Christmas’s, penguins & reindeer with little red stars. This comes from Asda and was only £12. 

              I love Christmas and these little additioms make me feel even more festive 🌲

              What have you guys found for your home to add a touch of Christmas? 

              My beauty advent calender…

              In today’s window I got a mono eyeshadow in the colour ‘New tral red’. This is quite different to the eyeshadows I have but I think this would go really well with some of the pieces I’ve got for my Christmas make up look so keep your eyes peeled for that!

              Ho Ho Ho 

              Roseanne 🎅