Part one: Our 27th Birthday celebrations πŸŽ‰

If your going to celebrate you might as well go all in.

I love a Birthday, a chance to have fun, eat lots of good food & spend time with your favourite people.

& being a twin I’ve always enjoyed having someone to share the special day with.

Even though I’m not quite sure how I am now a 27 year old person, (Like, I was at sixth form yesterday wasn’t I!?!) Where did that time go!?!

But, a lot of great things have been achieved since then so why not celebrate another year of living life ✌🏻

So how did we celebrate? Here’s how…

Friday 11th May

On Friday evening we met up with our friends for a meal together. It was great to see everyone as it’s much harder for us all to get together now a days.

Nandos was of course our choice of restaurant, you can’t beat a cheeky Nandos.

Me & my twin sister Sarah have the same group of friends from school, so that makes it alot easier too.

Saturday 12th May

We started off with our usual Saturday morning tradition, Parkrun.

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A 5k course around our local park. Crazy you might think but, it was a perfect way to start the birthday weekend of indulgence. I didn’t feel as guilty knowing I’d done my run for the day.

We went our separate ways to freshen up after the run and then ‘re grouped’ at mum & dad’s for a family birthday breakfast brunch.

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I honestly don’t know why we have never done this before, because let’s be real, breakfast food is the best food.

It was good fun getting together, enjoying some yummy food and opening some pressies. We even had birthday cupcakes with candles.

We then spent the rest of the day chilling out and then me and Tim got ready for the evening.

Tim’s work friend had invited us along to her wedding reception so this is how we spent the evening.

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It was a BEAUTIFUL setting and the flowers & fairy lights were so pretty. Love a wedding.

Sunday 13th May

We had booked ourselves in for an Escape room experience for Sunday so me, Tim, Sarah and her husband Dan went off to the Escape Room in Colchester. We booked the ‘Witchcraft & Wizardry’ escape room for us to attempt as me and Sarah are big fans of Harry Potter (Don’t think Ive mentioned that before… haha)

One room, One hour…

It was really good fun and WE MADE IT OUT!! With 7 minutes to spare.

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In the evening we had our traditional family birthday meal.

We chose Byron Burger as the location (Second year running!) and it didn’t disappoint. We had a feast, it was sooooo good, especially their new Halloumi fries.

Here’s what I had…

●Clucky chicken burger

● French fries

● Me & Tim shared Halloumi fries & Chicken nuggets

● Banana milkshake

Once we had all finished we headed back to mine and Tim’s to have cake!

Tim chose the cake for us πŸ˜‚ A Paw Patrol traybake.

It was a great birthday and lots of fun was had.

I’m going to do a part 2: ‘What I got for my birthday’ so keep your eyes peeled for that πŸ‘€

Until next year,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

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A long weekend of sunshine πŸŒž

What a lovely bank holiday weekend we’ve just had here in the East of England. Weather like this doesn’t happen that often and as soon as it does boy do we know… out come the flip flops, shorts & Instagramed blue sky pictures! But isn’t it great!! & perfect coupled with a extra long weekend.

Here is how I spent the Bank holiday weekend, in the sun.

Saturday 5th

A sunny (& V.hot) Parkrun in the park.

A stroll to the local park and a go on the swings, followed by a drink in a cafe along the waterfront.

Sunday 6th

Watching the football, in the sunshine, followed by a lovely sunny picnic with my husband Tim, sister Sarah & nephew’s Noah & Casey. We had some yummy food, relaxed in the sun, played and stopped for a Starbucks.

Monday 7th

Lunch in the sunshine at one of our favourite local eateries. Pretending we are in Italy.

A drink in a cafe on the waterfront with Tim, my mum and dad. Outside in the sunshine, soaking up the last of the sun and enjoying the extra day off work!

I hope you were able to get out in the sun & make the most of that extra vitamin D 🌞

What did you guys get up to at the weekend?

Any plans for the next May bank holiday?

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

April Beauty Favourites πŸŒΈ

As its coming up to the end of April I thought that I would do an April favourites blog post as I havn’t done one of these in aaaaages! And these are some of my favourite blogs/vlogs to read and watch.

I’ve been trying out lots of different make up items this month so I thought it would be cool to make that the focus of my favourites.

So, let’s take a look at the beauty bits I’ve been enjoying throughout April 🌼

I’ve tried two new foundations this month, the Maybelline Super stay 24/7 full coverage foundation, in the shade porcelain and Rimmels match perfection foundation in the shade Ivory.

These are both really lovely foundations with great coverage and they are super affordable. The finish of these makes your skin look really flawless and they make a great base for your make up look.

Tanya Burr’s ‘Peony please’ illuminating powder.

This is just SO pretty. It is honestly one of my favourite make up items Ever.

It’s a great highlighter but also (and this is what I like to do) it is perfect for creating a pretty, fresh and glowy look. I apply this to the apples of my cheeks and along the top of my cheeks bones to give them a gorgeous glowy shimmer that makes your skin look amazing.

If you havn’t tried it I would 100% recommend giving it a go.

Benefit Ka-brow!

This is a fantastic brow product and its super long lasting. It’s creamy formula applies really easily and is great for creating a natural brow look in no time at all. The little angled brush makes it seamless when applying and creating shape and definition to your brow. This is often on offer in Boots so check it out if you are on the look out for a new brow product to try.

Some brushes that I have been loving are these two, as seen above. The large fluffyΒ  brush is by Real Techniques, I love using this to apply the Tanya Burr Illuminator to my cheeks and face.

The face brush at the bottom is also by Real techniques and it is what I’ve been using to apply my concealor/foundation recently and I am loving the finish it gives.

And finally, onto lip products.

Forever a fave… Tanya Burrs ‘Pink Cocoa’ creme lipstick. It is the prettiest nude shade and is so versatile, from everyday make up, evenings out and parties it is such a pretty shade.

I’ve also been loving pinky toned lip colours such as the Nyx soft matte lip cremes, especially the shade ‘Istanbul’. The perfect spring pink.

They are definatly a make up bag staple if you are a lover of liquid lipsticks!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into my current faves.
Maybe give some a go if your looking for something new to add to your make up collection!

See you soon.

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Bank holiday Byfords

As the Easter holidays draw to a close I thought I would share with you guys one of the cool places I visited during my time off.

It was my father in laws birthday on Good Friday and he had planned a day trip for us to do with him, and it was a really good day out.

We traveled to a place in Norfolk called Holt where a cafe (whose name was very apt for the tripees) resides…. ‘Byfords’. Byfords is (in it’s own words) a posh B’n’B, It has rooms to stay in, a restaurant, a shop/bakery that sells yummy locally produced goodies & a little bit of merch (no ‘Byfords’ travel mug though, gutted.)

Being Byford’s we thought this would be a really cool place to visit and it didn’t disappoint. The exterior and interior were really quaint and quirky and the food was delicious.

Me and Tim both had the breakfast pizza and, if like us, you are both a fan of breakfast food and pizzas then this is something you need to try!! SO GOOD.

After a small walk around Holt we made our way to the North Norfolk railway for a journey on a steam train. Now I’m not a train enthusiast but even I thought that this was really cool. The station was like something out of Heartbeat (throwback!) And the steam train itself had serious Hogwarts express vibes with its old fashioned wooden interior and compartments.

After a stroll on the beach and a slice of cake and a cuppa to refuel we got back on the train and headed to out final destination.

We ended our trip by taking a boat trip out to see the seals. They looked really chilled and are hilarious when they waddle around. Despite the wet weather this was a lovely end the day.

We had a lovely family day out & I was knackered by the end of it. Such fun!

I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend & Easter holidays 🐣🐰

 

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Leftover Easter chocolate!

If there is some leftovers after Easter Sunday… I’d be very surprised if I have any… I thought that these would be the perfect solution!

Don’t they just look delectable!?!

Grab those creme eggs that you couldn’t manage and make something yummy for yourself, or if you want to share (you might not, they are sooooo good) make them for family and friends too.

Gooey creme egg & mini egg brownies, absolute heaven 😍

I will leave a link to the basic brownie mix that I used and of course explain my eggcellent πŸ˜‚ (sorry, not sorry) extra naughty but, nice additions.

BBC Good Food ‘Best Ever Brownies’ recipe

 

 

So I made up the Brownie mix that I’ve linked above, and stirred in a pack of mini eggs, with me it’s Cadbury’s all the way people. I then halved creme eggs and pushed them into the batter so they were halfway submerged in the gooey goodness.

 

 

Perfection.

You 100% need to give these a go if you are a lover of chocolate like me, you won’t regret it.

Let me know how you get on!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Easter baskets for the kids πŸ£

Easter has got to be one of my favourite celebrations. Now I’m not a Christian so I don’t celebrate it in the traditional sense, however I do enjoy the way that we ‘celebrate’ this annual occasion.

I love the giving (& recieivng of, because your lieing if you don’t enjoy receiving chocolate!!) chocolatey treats! Picking ones out you’ll know that your nearest and dearest will enjoy (FYI my fam, it’s all about Terrys choc oranges, Cadbury Mini eggs & Maltester bunnies 🀣)

I thought that since my nephews are a bit older it would be nice to get a bit creative with their Easter Gifts this year. I’ve also done a smaller scale one for my niece as she’s only 9 months old but I didn’t want to leave her out!

So let’s take a look at the goodies…

 

 

I picked up these super cute buckets from Home bargains and some ‘straw’ to fill them with.

I picked up a yellow one each for the boys and a purple one for Evie.

Now to add the treats…

In each basket the boys have got:

● A large chocolate character, one is a pig, ones a lamb.

● Mini assorted Easter chocolates

● A wind up toy, bunny & chick

● A large bubble wand

● A decorate your own chocolate egg kit

● For Noah I’ve popped in a Easter arts & crafts pack

● For Casey (as he is a bit smaller) I popped in a soft cuddly lamb teddy, super cute.

For Evie’s little basket I just filled it with some of her favourite snack bits & sweet treats, baby-tastic. I had to include her favourite banana wafers!

 

 

 

Such a cute & simple idea for the little ones.

Have a great Easter guys.

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

A weekend away with family πŸŒΈ

This weekend me and Tim went to stay with my Auntie & Cousin in Norwich. We had planned this trip for a little while but the snow had scuppered our plans earlier on in March!

With the weather clear and our bags packed we headed off on Friday after work. We made it in good time (although a slow moving tractor on the way almost trapped us for a bit, good old East Anglia)

We were greeted with a delicious tea of pizzas which we all enjoyed, whilst catching up.

We also got cuddles with my Aunties new baby guinea pigs Digby and Tufty. They are brothers and are super cute! (Below is Digby!)

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On Saturday Morning (being the keen parkrunners that we are) me and Tim got up and went in search of Brundalls Parkrun, our first outing as Parkrun tourists. We actually found it quite easily and it was really cool doing a different course. Plus being good and still going out for a run whilst away meant we could be more indulgent when necessary over the weekend haha.

We really enjoyed the run and although it was a bit worrying not knowing the course it turned out to be pretty straight forward, A 4 lap course, we just had to remember which lap we were on!

We headed back to freshen up and have some brekky.

We spent the rest of the day watching films and playing board games. perfect weekend entertainment, especially the board games as they were vintage ones from my aunties loft (They don’t make board games like they used to these days) We found some real gems.

We went out for a meal in the evening to a local Indian restaurant that we frequent on our trips to see my Auntie, it’s lovely there and the food is really tasty.

We enjoyed poppodoms & sauces to start and for the main I chose the tandoori chicken with boiled rice, yummy.

On Sunday we all indulged in a much deserved lie in followed by a chilled out day of watching tv, chatting, having copious amounts of tea, an amazing roast dinner cooked by my cousin and playing a fun word based card game called Wordsmithery.

It’s always such a shame when a lovely long weekend ends! Back to the reality of a working week. Thank goodness it’s a short one, roll on the Easter Hols I say, I’m defiantly feeling it now ZZZzzzzz.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Testing Primark make up palettes- Dupes!

Hi guys!

Hands up who loves Primark!! βœ‹ Hell yes.

And they have really upped their game when it comes to make up recently. They have a brilliant selection of products and currently some pretty cool dupes of high end make up products. So I thought I would give some a go!

I picked up three palettes, two are eye shadow palettes and one is a contour/eye shadow palette.

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The first two palettes are dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes, I went for Primark’s ‘Berry’ and ‘Amber’ palettes.

‘Amber’ channels Autumn for sure, and is a great dupe for the highly sought after Urban Decay Naked ‘Heat’ palette that everyone was crazy for in 2017.

‘Berry’ is more of a smokey palette with a mix of shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and the ‘Smokey’ Urban Decay palette. (Okay, I’m going to stop typing the word palette now, I think you get the idea)

Let’s take a closer look at each one!

Amber

This palette is full of lots of orangy, browny, red tones, with a mix of matte and shimmer shades. This palette is perfect for Autumn make up looks and to add a lovely warm glow to your lid.

The colours were really bright and I especially love the golden toned shimmer shades. They are really pigmented and the colours were really build-able on the lid.

7/10

Berry

These pretty purples and pinks make this a great Autumn into Spring palette. Again this palette is super pigmented with a lovely mix of matte and shimmer tones. I love the darker tones that blend really nicely into the crease of your eye lid to create definition and add a smokey feel to your eye shadow look. So pretty.

7/10

Chocolate

This palette smells so yummy. Super sweet and I LOVE the packaging! It has some lovely matte shades as well as the contour shades, but all in all I was a bit disappointed. Although aesthetically pleasing, the powders aren’t very pigmented (See above) and the contour shade is very light (Even for me!!). I tried to build the eye shadow colours on top of each other and although it did add a lovely soft brown colour to my lid they weren’t as build able or pigmented as the other two palettes. It’s a bit of a shame as this would make a lovely everyday palette with its neutral tones.

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I hope you’ve found this useful! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these (& more) in Primark’s Beauty market place, in store. I can’t wait to try out some more of their products, super pleasantly surprised.

What products from Primark’s ranges should I test out next? What would you like me to review?

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

My new skincare selection!

So, I recently decided to update my skincare collection and try something new. I popped into my local Superdrug and had a browse among the shelves to see what they had to offer.

My skin is a combination of dry/oily and at the moment it is particularly dry (thanks crappy British weather haha). At times my skin has been quite sensitive to certain products so I was also conscious of this too when selecting new products.

I went for six products in Simple’s ‘Kind to skin’ skincare range. They are the sensitive skin experts and are the UK’s No 1 brand with Multi Vitamins included in their products; ‘Simple goodness’ Sounds good to me πŸ‘

Heads up, they were better than half price in Superdrug too so if you like the look of any of these products be sure to grab some soon!

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The products I chose were the ‘Kind to skin’ Vital Vitamin foaming cleanser, the ‘Kind to skin’ Soothing facial toner, the ‘Kind to skin’ hydrating cleansing oil, the ‘Kind to skin’ smoothing facial scrub, the ‘Kind to skin’ refreshing facial wash and finally the ‘Kind to skin’ moisturising facial wash.

Lets take a look at them!

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Vital Vitamin foaming cleanser

This smooth foaming cleanser is perfect for removing impurities and the toughest make up from your skin. It foams up from a liquid and is really light and soft. All you need is a couple of pumps, massaged into wet skin and you feel super clean! I’ve never used a foaming product before but I loved this, I can already tell this is going to become a firm fave!

Soothing facial toner

This product is perfect for toning and refreshing your skin. I felt really refreshed when I applied this to my skin after the cleanser and it left my skin feeling super soft.

Hydrating cleansing oil

I found this product to be super hydrating, and although it seems quite oily (because its an oil durrr) it soaks into your skin really well, it smells great too.

Smoothing facial scrub

This scrub is super gentle on your skin but perfect for getting a smooth, even feel to your face. This worked particularly well on my nose where my pores are more raised. I’m going to use this once a week, although it says if you have oily skin you can use this twice a week, so great for all skin types!

Refreshing facial wash

This is so cooling on your skin.Β  With vitamin E this is super nourishing and helpsΒ  to revive your skin. I used this in the morning and it made me feel really refreshed and awake, perfect for a bit of a pamper.

Moisturising facial wash

This face wash is great for injecting some moisture into your skin when needed. This is obviously similar to the face wash above but I couldn’t decide which one to get so picked up both haha. Like I said at the moment my skin is quite dry so this will be great for adding moisture, where as I can use the other face wash to wake me up in morning!

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This range is so refreshing for my skin and super gentle. My skin feels so soft even after just a few uses and I can’t wait to see the effect it has after using these products for a little while.

 

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Raspberry & Almond slices

Cake, glorious cake!

Need I say anymore…

If, like me, you believe that cake is life then this blog post is going to be right up your street.

I love doing a spot of baking and this time I have taken inspiration from a recent dessert I had at a family meal.

These jammy, marzipan, spongy treats are layered perfection and are a great accompaniment to a cuppa.

Without further ado here are my Raspberry & Almond slices…

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I followed the recipe on the BBC Good food website, because it’s just brill and their recipes always work so well. Check it out for yourself –>Β BBC Good Food Raspberry & Almond slices

First up,

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1. Roll out that shortcrust pastry into the bottom of your traybake tin and cut to size.

2. Prick with a fork and leave to chill in the fridge for 20 mins.

 

3. Whilst this chills prepare your almondy sponge.

4. Cream together your eggs and sugar. Add the rest of your ingredients into an electric mixer and whisk until combined. Be ready to smell the most sumptuous sponge mixture, it’s divine.

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5. Once the pastry has chilled, bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until it is cooked but not too coloured.

6. Leave to cool for a little bit then it’s time to add that fruity, jam layer.

7. Dot the jam over the pastry, no need to spread! & sprinkle over your just thawed frozen raspberries.

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8. Pour over your sponge mix, sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake for 35-40 mins.

9. Leave to cool before cutting into your slices (or desired shape)

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These jammy bars are made up of a few simple componants that work so well together. The frozen raspberries are a tangy hit to the tongue and the flaked almonds add a delicious crunch.

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Enjoy and let me know how you get on if you give these a try.
What’s your favourite flavour combination?

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚