My Weekend

Just a short post from me this week. I wanted to try out writing a post about my weekend to see if I enjoyed making it and whether there’s actually anyone interested in what I get up to (probably not). But this weekend, I had different things to do on both days, which doesn’t tend to happen too often. So here’s what I got up to…

Saturday

7:30am- I woke up which is quite early for a weekend, for me anyways.

IMG_2229My bed is an absolute state because Alfie jumps on it so I have this white teddy bear blanket to cover it.

9:30am- Shopping, its been a while since I had shopped so early in the morning. But what helped is this quick little Costa Visit.

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12:00pm- I had some Design Work to finish off which included me using my sewing machine.

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1:45pm- Workout. When I had been shopping, I’d bought myself some sport clothes for when I do some yoga. Obviously, this gave me motivation to work out later in the day.

3:00pm- I began panicking that Mothers Day was just a week away so I made some quick purchases on Amazon.

4:30pm- I decided to have an early bath because Saturday Night is usually the highlight of my week so I wanted to make sure it lasted as long as possible.

5:30pm- I don’t usually have dinner this early but I ended up having the best fettuccine. I also watched the movie ‘How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days’. It was soo good.

6:30pm- My Mum and I decided to have a mini pamper evening. So we got the foot spa out and painted our nails before watching Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

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11:00pm- I took Alfie out to do his business and then went to sleep.

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Sunday

6:20am- I know I’d had an early start on the previous day but there was no way the beginning of my day was starting at 6:20 when Alfie woke me up to go out. So 8:30 is actually the time I got myself out of bed.

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11:00am- Garden Centre. I needed some pictures for a photography shoot and obviously it was the perfect place. Walking through all of these flowers was weirdly calming.

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12:00pm- EEEEGGHH my Mum took me out in the car to show me the basics. Then I sat in the drivers seat for the first time and it was so SCARY. I realised that I could retain all of the information my Mum gave me about the gears etc. But putting that into practice I was quite bad at. I’m sure I’ll get better over time…hopefully.

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1:00pm- Baking. I baked some quiches and a orange and raisin loaf. I usually love baking but I could just tell I shouldn’t have bothered because everything seemed to be going wrong.

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2:30pm- I started to do a variety of things. So first off I took some blog pictures, I then cleaned my makeup brushes and then started writing the blog posts for the week. Also, my Mum made beef baguettes which tasted INSANE. Ugh, I’m so glad someone in the house can cook.

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4:00pm- Workout. I just repeated similar stuff to what I did yesterday, following some of my favourite Blogilates videos. Finishing off with Yoga With Adriene.

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6:00pm- It gets to the point of the evening where I’ll just be reading other peoples blog posts, maybe put a facemask on. But mainly relax with the family, bracing myself for the week ahead. I’ll try to go to sleep around 10:30pm but Sunday nights are always quite hard.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I’d love any feedback you have on it, about the set up or just the idea of the post itself. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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The Start of Spring Baking 2017

I really had no clue what to call this post. But for a Wednesday Evening I fancied sharing what I baked at the weekend; Blueberry Muffins and a Banana Loaf! Heres how they turned out…

Blueberry Muffins

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Granted they don’t look the best, but they tasted good. I think my problem was I didn’t put enough mixture into the cases and I didn’t even the mixture out but never mind. Maybe if any of you follow this recipe, you’ll do a better job.

Ingredients:

  • 100g Butter
  • 60g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • 120g Frozen Blueberries

WARNING: You have to leave the mixture overnight, so maybe plan ahead. Anyways, mix together the butter and sugar, add the eggs, and mix until it looks like a good mixture??? I don’t know maybe just take a guess at this stage… well done Sophie, clearly a master chef. Moving on, you then add the flour, baking powder and nutmeg, making sure its all combined (finally thought of a better word). This is where you now leave it over night in a refrigerator.

Next, (once you’ve left it over night of course) you place a spoonful of mixture into each muffin case to about half way. Then you stuff each muffin with as many blueberries as you’d like (but maybe like 6 maximum).

Finally, (yesss its getting closer to eating them) you bake them in the oven that needs to be set at Gas Mark 6/400F/200C for 20 minutes. I’d use that as a guideline but I basically took them out when they’re that golden colour and it looked like I won’t be poisoning myself or anyone else willing to try one.

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 Banana Loaf

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Ingredients:

  • 130g Butter
  • 130g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 130g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder

First things first, butter whatever tin you want to use for this banana thing and put some of the baking parchment in, so its easy to lift the banana loaf out, once its out of the oven. I.e so you have less time before you get to eat it. Also, you might want to heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/160C FAN/180C, before you start the mixture.

Next, you need to mix together the butter and sugar, until its light, I’d say and fluffy but I never think that’s the right adjective. Then add the eggs gradually and add a little flour while you’re at it. Then throw in the rest of the flour, (but maybe not literally cause that stuff gets messy) baking powder and bananas (which have to be mashed). Pour it into the tin of your choice and bake for half an hour until a knife comes out clean. Although I don’t know why you’d have a knife in your loaf…

Finally, you’re done, just make sure to let it cool otherwise you’ll burn your tongue. Trust me, I’ve been there, you can’t taste anything for days.

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Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Sorry for my use of vocabulary during the recipes when it may be more helpful if its a bit more formal, I just thought that it makes it more ‘me’ and maybe a bit more interesting. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Makeup Products I’d Like to Try

Does anyone else have those products in their makeup drawer, that they never seem to get round to properly testing out? I do, so I thought I’d share them with you. Many of them are sample sizes. But all the more reason for me to try them out, to see if it would be worth buying the full sized products.

Eylure No 070

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I’m starting to get much more confident with applying false lashes and these I have yet to try. The only thing that has made me hesitant until now to use them was that I have another more subtle pair of lashes I’ve been using instead.

Benefit Dew The Hoola

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I have no idea why I am yet to have tried this. Maybe its because its a liquid bronzer and I’m not used to that.

Benefit Gimme Brow

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I remember getting this and being super excited. But once I tried it I’m pretty sure I put too much product on because my eyebrow turned black…oops. However, I’m happy to try again and maybe be a bit more careful with application.

Benefit Operation Pore Proof

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Luckily there was more than just two products in this set otherwise I may have been disappointed. But these are the only two I haven’t managed to use regularly. Hopefully, I figure out how I can use them in my usual makeup routine.

Bourjois Colour Band

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This is definitely something I thought I’d use more than what I actually have. I love the shade so hopefully I find a makeup look that incorporates this.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, its something different to what I usually upload. I would love to properly try out all these products and then review them in another post. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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September Favourites 2016

Last month, was probably my busiest out of this year. What with College suddenly taking up a big portion of my time, I’ve been left stuck thinking about what I’ve been loving. Obviously, I came up with some things, so here they are…

Benefit Shy Beam


I have been religiously applying this product because I just adore it. At first, I thought that its subtle glow wasn’t too noticeable, (not that makeup should be, but I’d like to think people notice the effort I put in…) but one of my best friends commented on how nice it is. So that immediately made it one of my holy grail makeup products.

Water Bottle


At the start of September, I was on the hunt for a large water bottle for the longer days, I’d start to endure at Sixth Form.  Eventually, I found this from Dunelm, I really like the size and design. And it has had a place in my bag everyday at college.

Art Based Courses


I didn’t exactly have the start to College I thought I would (if you want to know why feel free to read here). However, I am currently taking 2 art based courses; Photography and Design. And I am loving that I get to spend most of my days being so creative. I love presenting up my sketchbooks so far, I know the work load is going to massively increase and so is the difficulty. But it is just the start of the year and that’s what I’ve been loving so much.

Music

In every favourites post I usually mention one or two songs that I have been loving throughout the month. Although, this time around I have a lot that I’ve been listening to. Therefore, I’m going to just make a list:

  • Hailee Steinfeld ‘Starving’
  • Dua Lipa ‘Blow Your Mind’
  • James Arthur ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’
  • Zara Larsson ‘Ain’t My Fault’
  • Calvin Harris ‘My Way’
  • Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash ‘Millionaire’ ft. Nelly
  • Any of the Chainsmokers Songs

Friends

Now I’ve started typing this one up, I’m pretty sure I have mentioned Friends in a blog post. However, I just want to say that I’m super grateful for the friends I made last month when I started College. Also, to my blogging friends, especially the ones that helped me with my Pyschology homework, that was much appreciated.

Phone Case


There is literally nothing special whatsoever, with this case. I have just really needed it because I put an ‘Emergency £5’ there and usually my Student I.D card. Obviously, it has made sure that my Phone has stayed safe since I drop it minimum 10 times a day. It makes sense that I always have my phone on me to keep the small necessities with it too.

Reminders App

This is already installed into apple devices, and before September I’d never used it. Now, I like to write myself a list of stuff I need to do. Usually, I’ll make one on a Friday night, for the weekend, i.e homework, writing a blog post or just anything that needs doing. It just keeps my life semi-organised.

Ted Baker Lip Balm


My lips have been very dry the past couple of weeks and its probably just down to the change in seasons. So this has definitely been a life saver for me. Its also just been a base to any lip product I put on.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I’d just like to thank you all for 450 followers because that’s just crazy. Would love it if you could comment what you’ve been loving this month, or just link your favourites post if you’ve done one. See you soon,

Love, Sophie

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Sunderland Air Show 2016

You won’t believe the time I’ve spent trying to sort this post. Nothing seems to be working for me today. I tried making a video but it wouldn’t import on my IPad, tried on my phone and it kept freezing and went to carry on sorting through the photos on my laptop and they weren’t there! okay, rant over…

Anyways, yesterday I had the pleasure to visit the Sunderland Air Show which is the largest free Air Show in Europe. So since the last time I went was 10 years ago and most of my Dad’s side of the family live there it made sense to make an effort and go again.

Also, sorry for the bad quality photos, a lot of zooming was needed…

If you were interested this was my outfit of the day

I had to include these two pictures from walking to and from the show. (IF YOU’RE READING DAD, THANKS FOR DECEIVING ME ABOUT HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET THERE!)

 image3image4image5image6BLOGBLOG 2BLOG 3blog 6blog 7blog 8blog 11blog 9blog 10I had to end the day with an ice-cream, it tasted AMAZING.

 Also, the part I have spent the most time on is this video. Obviously, it was better and more worthwhile to take videos of the planes than pictures. So if you have the time I’d really appreciate it, if you checked it out here.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. It’s definitely a different post to what I usually upload, but I had such a great day the atmosphere and the effort from the pilots was great. I have been enjoying using my twitter so much recently so feel free to follow me on there @Sophi15Samantha (I’ll follow back). And I have so many amazing posts lined up that I’m so excited to share with you, so like, comment and follow. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Christmas Boots Haul

So there is literally nothing Christmassy about what I picked. However, you could argue some shades I picked up are a Christmas colour. Anyways, I went shopping recently, so have a look what I bought…

Firstly, I repurchased the No7 Match Made Concealer. This was a really good concealer so I had to buy it again, as I love everything about it. I just used it up too quickly!

xmas boots 2This is the Bourjois Paris So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish in the shade Rouge casino. It is darker in real life I think its because of the lighting it looks more of a pink. But I swear its more of a red shade and its definitely perfect for Christmas. I will be trying this out on Friday when I break up from school.

xmas boots 5I am so excited to try this. I don’t think I have even read any reviews on this mascara. So if you have done a review or have tried this mascara comment down below as I would love to know what you thought. This is just a small tester size, so if I don’t like it that much, it’s not that much of a loss. Anyways, hopefully this Bourjois Paris Volume Glamour Max Mascara is good and maybe even replaces my Benefit Roller lash

xmas boots 6Oh no, don’t even ask me why I have gained another lip product. I feel like after purchasing a lipstick that will be mentioned later in this post, all lip products have seemed tempting to me. Anyways, again I apologise for the lighting on the photo as this lip gloss is a red and I love red lip products so I am very excited to try the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade Hot Pepper.

xmas boots 8I have been wanting to try a new foundation FOREVER! I feel like I just got too comfortable with No7. Not that I don’t love the brand, because I really, really do. But I think I just found myself not exploring other brands out there. So, as you may have noticed most of this is Bourjois. Anyways, I am really excited to try a different foundation as I have been using No7 for well over a year now. This is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

xmas bootsI love this packaging! I know its quite simple and you’re probably all sat there like “Really Sophie?”. But I don’t know, there’s just something about it that surprised me. Anyways the shades in this Bourjois Quad Smoky Stories Eye shadow Palette are perfect for me.

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Believe it or not, I have never tried Primer. I never really had it on my wish list. But after finishing my Christmas shopping, I thought, why not. So I do really look forward to seeing how well this Bourjois Paris Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer works.

xmas boots 3In support of Macmillan, Boots are doing a ‘lucky dip’. Basically, you donate a pound and then you get to at random pick something up. So I have done it a couple of times now and here’s what I’ve got the: L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream and the Rimmel London lip gloss that I was not able to find. These are both testers but its all towards a worthy charity so I don’t mind.

xmas boots 9So technically this isn’t from Boots. It’s from House of Fraser but you can purchase this from Boots. Anyways, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this yet?! It is the Dior Addict Lipstick in the shade ‘Too Much’. It is the most beautiful makeup product I own and I have already tried it and its amazing and can you not already tell how happy this makes me?!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I do apologise that there was no post on Saturday night. I was busy with friends all day and night and then I had no wifi. But my internet is good again so I can breathe haha. Anyways, see you in my next post.

Love, Sophie

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November 2015 Favourites

In this blog post I feel like I have so much to mention, that I’m scared I’m going to forget half of it. So firstly, I just want to apologise for how late this blog post will be going up. I mean I’ll be right on time if you’re reading this in America, but anyways, school got in the way so I’ve only just got into bed to start this post.

I decided I would do a really chatty November Favourites, because I feel like November has gone so quickly that I didn’t really get a chance to love anything. But I managed to have a think and realise the things that I have been using daily. So here is my November Favourites….

No. 1 No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

November fave 5Now we are into the winter months I like to add foundation, to give my skin some extra coverage from the cold. Usually, concealer is enough for me, but I have been loving this foundation so much this past month, especially for school. And I did break out quite badly during the middle of the month so this was a life saver. I’ve found you don’t need that much and its buildable.

No.2 Hailee Steinfeld.

If you don’t know who this is. YouTube her. YouTube her now. Her voice is absolutely phenomenal. A couple months back, I was listening to music on YouTube and I came across ‘Love Yourself’ by Hailee Steinfeld. I absolutely loved the song, and I was devastated when I couldn’t find any others. Anyways, to my luck this month she released an EP ‘Haiz’ it is amazing I love all 4 songs. I’ve had them on repeat now since they’ve been released.

No. 3 Hand cream.

November fave 4So I can’t remember where I bought this, but I’m sure if you google it, it’ll come up. Basically, I found it lying in my drawer a couple weeks ago and I was desperate to start using it again. It’s not that I suffer from dry hands, because I don’t. But recently, my hands have been freezing from the cold and its just been lovely on a night to just rub this into my hands. I’ve even started taking it to school to use when I can. Will definitely have to repurchase… that is when I find out where I bought it from..

No.4 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

I have been loving this show, since its started up again. I think its only aired in the UK right? Well anyways, its about celebrities being put in the Australian Jungle and they have to do different ‘Bush Tucker Trials’. I do really enjoy watching it, but could never do it myself. And if you too watch this programme, comment down below who you want to win! (I’m hoping for Vicky)

I’d like to just apologise again for this late blog post and that I don’t have many favourites at all this month. But December will be amazing for blog posts off me, I hope anyways. So on the topic December, I have decided to blog on Wednesdays as well as Saturdays during the Christmas month. Basically, what I did during the Summer, when I was off, but now I’m still at school so I don’t know why I have just added more to my work load, but oh welllll!! I am really excited for December. The plan is to have Wednesdays as blog posts I would usually post and Saturday’s posts to be Christmas themed.

Anyways, if you made it this far down on my blog, well done. Don’t forget to like, comment what you thought and catch me on twitter: @sophi15samantha

Love, Sophie

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Day at the Beach

I really want to start doing posts about what I’ve got up to on that current day. Basically cause I love my Holidays Posts. 

Anyways, today my Mum and I ended up taking a trip to the beach. By all means it’s not the best beach, nor was it the best weather. But it was really nice to get some fresh air. 

I did take a few photos during the car ride because that’s just one of the joys of having so much countryside surrounding where I live. 

Hope you enjoy the photos and short video. 

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Book Review: Paper Towns

I read Paper Towns by John Green during my Spring Holidays. Now I wasn’t as desperate to read this book as I have been with some of John Greens other work. However when the movie trailer came out it urged me to read.  (I have a thing of needing to read the book first for some reason.)

Since I had already seen the trailer, all the way through the book I pictured Margo Roth Spiegelman (one of the main characters)  as Cara Delevigne. And I’m surprised to say but it just fits. They did really well in choosing the cast cause it matches the characters, (I think.) Unlike (my opinion again) Fault in our Stars, when I hadn’t pictured in my mind Shailene Woodley to play Hazel Grace. Even though she’s a beautiful amazing actress. But that’s getting onto a whole different topic. 

But basically if you didn’t know the book is about a boy who is in love with a mysterious girl, who literally loves to be a mystery, surprising right?! However, he becomes determined to figure out her clues…

Yeah, that was a pretty bad explanation so I’m sure you can google it and find the proper one. 

If you love John Green books then you’ll love this one. But if you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about and this post has been really boring I apologise. 

With every John Green book I always find inspiring quotes so here’s a few that stood out for me…

  • “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met”
  • “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person”
  • “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty, it’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on colour instead of taste”
  • “If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all”
  • “The town was paper but the memories were not”

Ugh. I love this book so much! I was trying to limit myself to how many quotes I typed but I just love them all and John green is such an incredible writer that all credit goes to him. Sorry fan girl moment over. 

But really if you read this post and haven’t really had a clue what I’m talking about or you’re not interested in these books than I applaud you and appreciate you very much for reading till the end. Comment what your favourite book is or if you can relate to my love for this book. 

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