Tuesday, November 25, 2014

- Baker Days Personalised Cakes + GIVEAWAY...

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Look no further! Baker Days are an online cake service where you get to create your own design. There are a huge range of Christmas cakes available for you to choose from or alternatively, you can upload your own photograph to make it even more personal - and who doesn't want cake?

I was kindly sent a Letterbox gift cake (5 inch) with the festive Snowflake Bauble design*. As you can see from the images, it arrived in a lovely pastel coloured tin which is great to reuse for bits & bobs. I can confirm that the cake is 'letterbox' size and that the tin safely keeps the cake intact as the postman decided to lob it through the door...

As well as personalising the cake, you also get to choose the flavouring. I opted for chocolate chip (obviously) but also available are: vanilla sponge, fruit cake, gluten wheat free & dairy free. I can't even think of a word that gives this cake justice. It was amazingly moist, had the perfect level of chocolatey-ness and the fondant icing wasn't too thick, unlike previous cakes I've had. To sum up, this cake was incredibly moreish and basically landed from cake heaven.

Lovely added touches were the cute Christmas Card (you also get to determine what's written inside) and the mini cracker. Not only do Baker Days create Christmas cakes, but if you visit their website you will see the vast range of occassions they cover - from Birthdays (which come with a balloon & candles) to Passing Exams!

I'm so pleased I have discovered this service and I definitely know where I'll be heading whenever a cake is required (always). As well as making Letterbox cakes (£14.99), they also bake three other sized party cakes and even do cupcakes! I'm a big fan of how much control Baker Days give you over your cake as personalised gifts really do add an extra special element!

You may have noticed in the post title that Baker Days have offered to give you the chance to win a Letterbox cake which you get to design yourself! Simply read the rules below and fill in the Rafflecopter form to enter!

- ALL 3 mandatory entries MUST be completed
- There will be 2 winners
- Those using multiple accounts to enter will be completely disqualified
- UK only
- The giveaway will run from Tuesday 25th November 2014 until Tuesday 9th December 2014 12:00am GMT (Fortnight)
- Once the giveaway is over I will contact the winner directly via email. Once an email is sent the winner will then have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What do you think of this cake? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

- Olay CC Cream...

Olay Tone Correcting CC Cream*

Never have I seen a product that looks like this. Perfect swirls of white & beige resembling a majestic Mr Whippy. I had no idea what to expect with this product; all I knew was that I couldn't wait to try it!

After the huge rage for BB creams, it's become apparent that CC creams are the next big thing. Standing for 'colour correcting', these creams aim to reduce redness and balance out skin tone.

BonjourHK, who ship Asian beauty goodies worldwide, kindly sent me this Olay version. I've heard of Olay but I've never seen this product here in the UK before so was extra intrigued! As you can see from the images above, the product is pumped out in a swirl made up of it's separate segments (I'm guessing the white is the moisturising element?) so I then blended it together. At first, I thought the product looked a little orange on my hand, but fear not, as I soon learnt that a little goes a long way and it looked fine on my face.

I've been wanting to try a CC cream for ages so this came at the perfect time! I have dry skin so countless foundations emphasise flaky areas and can appear cakey, so I couldn't wait to try something a bit lighter. I dabbed it onto my face and used my Spectrum Foundation brush to stipple it in. The outcome? I honestly cannot express how pleased I am with the results! My skin feels so fresh and this product is so lightweight it feels as if I'm wearing moisturiser alone! It really provides my skin with a glow and an added bonus is the SPF15!

If, like me, you've never seen this CC cream in the shops before, I couldn't recommend it enough! Thank the internet for online shopping!

Are you a fan of CC creams? Have you checked out BonjourHK?

Friday, November 21, 2014

- James & Co: Where Style Meets Humanity...

Faux Leather Violetta Bag, £35.50*
Faux Leather Lelia Purse, £32.00*

James & Co is an Australian based business designing faux leather accessories. As well as having their website, James & Co ship their items over to America and have recently started to reach out to the UK via Amazon. Their products are predominantly bags, purses & jackets - all of which are made from vegan faux leather.

I was kindly sent the Faux Leather Violetta Bag and the Faux Leather Lelia Purse. I selected these two items as I'm really liking different textures in outfits at the moment, so the mock croc effect of these really appealed to me. Both the bag & purse look and feel high quality, and each have many different pockets. The bag can be worn as a shoulder bag or cross-body and I love how roomy the clutch purse is! It's funny looking back at how tastes change over the years as I would have never picked out mock croc a few years ago - I guess that's what makes fashion so exciting!

Leather has remained a huge trend for years now, and James & Co are the perfect alternative to wearing real leather whilst remaining stylish - hence their caption 'Where Style Meets Humanity'. None of their products use leather, fur, wool or silk and they've been accredited by Peta to carry the 'Peta-approved Vegan' logo.

What do you think of this bag & purse? Don't forget to check out the rest of their items here!