Thursday, 30 October 2014

Kate's Cakes Cake Squares


Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

Lately I've been fairly stressed out over the blog as it's the busiest time of the year for me (it's worth it of course and I hope you'll enjoy what I have in store for you as well!). Although I did well with losing weight before Summer, it's gradually going downhill again as I tend to binge eat when I'm stressed out, so I try to avoid full size cakes, in case I feel like eating the whole thing up.

Kate's Cakes has recently launched a selection of Cake Squares in Tesco that not only have just the right serving size, they are really delicious too.


Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

The fabulous PR has sent us a couple of boxes of Kate's Cakes cake squares to try, as well as a really lovely tea set (plus tea bags too which I forgot to capture in the picture). The cakes we've received are Lemon Drizzle, which is Abby's absolute favourite (she never really like cakes), and Chocolate Fudge, which Clay can gobble up within a couple of bites if we don't keep an eye on him!

Each box are retailed at £1.99 and contains 5 individually wrapped cake squares. The cakes are really fresh (sponge are soft and moist) and fully covered with lovely sprinkles on the top. Both Lemon Drizzle and Chocolate Fudge are packed with real lemon and chocolate flavours (unlike those using artificial flavourings), and both go really well with a good, hot mug of tea.

Although the sprinkles for the Lemon Drizzle cakes are a bit too "candy" for me, I really love the lemony cake, and the whole chocolatey Chocolate Fudge cake. These are exactly what I'd expect when someone mention "treats", and I have been looking forward to my relaxing tea breaks.

Oh, and did I mention how yummy they will make a tea set look?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Shupette - shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld 2014 Holiday Collection



I'm loving Christmas in October! This year apart from all the gorgeous and fun gifts for children, I've also discovered a world full of pretty things for the adults (mostly ladies hehe), including shu uemura's limited edition Shupette collection by Karl Lagerfeld! I couldn't make it to their launch event last Friday, but the lovely PR has sent me a few gorgeous products from the range, and I really love it!
For its latest collection shu uemura introduces a unique collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. Inspired by the world's most fashionable feline, Karl's cat Choupette, Shupette is a hand-picked selection of the brand's best-selling product reinvented for AW14. 

I was sent:

Shupette's flair eyelash curler (rrp £20)
- the fit is so much better than the one I have been using, and there is a cute Shupette charm dangling on one of the loop.

eye-need-shu trio #02 (rrp £29)
- a gorgeous set of Shu Uemura's pressed shimmer eyeshadow for a bright pink Tokyo kawaii cat eye (burgundy brown, bright pink and a lovely golden yellow)

rouge bonbon fantasy trio #01 (rrp £29)
- for Parisienne chic look, using Shu Uemura's innovative Lumicolor Matrix Technology to turn up the color and luminosity



Quick swatches for the lip and eye trios.



Eye trio:
It's very easy to get a good amount of product from this eye shadow onto a brush, and the formula makes it great for building up colour intensity. This is perfect for me as I have scared myself a few times using some other products, as the colour from them was too intense for me.

In the above picture I used the light golden yellow as base and highlights for the inner corner of my eyes (probably not showing very well in the picture), pink for the eye lid and burgandy brown for the outer corner of my eyes. I also used an eye liner.

The colour is actually pretty strong but the picture isn't showing it very well.


Lip trio:

This trio has a really creamy formula, I love it! The light pink is more like a gloss, where as the stronger pink is more pigmented (see arm swatches above). As I'm really into Korean style gradient lips at the moment, this trio is perfect for creating one, and the gradient style makes the bright colour much more wearable too.

All you need is lighten up the edges with foundation or concealer when you are doing your base makeup (I could probably lighten it a lot more in the above picture), and apply the light pink on most of the areas (avoiding the concealed edge), then the bright pink on the fullest part, and the burgundy red on the inner part for a stronger gradient.


I really like the Shupette collection, it's really cute and not only does it come with eye and lip colours (there is also an amazing Shupette has-it-all eye & lip palette for £129 that comes with a fluffy cat light pouch!) as well as other makeup, they also have a lovely range of beauty tools too, including the eye curler, travel size brush set and makeup trunk!

If you are, or know a cat lover who loves make-up as well, the Shupette collection is a must for you!

The Octonauts at Sea Life Manchester this Half Term


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

It's half term! It was such a relief as I literally felt like I was falling apart (from tiredness)! I've been adding an additional hour to my sleep (on top of the hour gained from the time change) these few days, while trying to have fun with the family as well.

Last Sunday we popped into one of the latest Sea Life centre at Manchester Trafford Centre as The Octonauts are visiting during the half term holiday. They are still Clay's favourite characters, and because we didn't reveal what we were doing that day until we reached the door, he was really excited and kept saying "Octonauts! Octonauts!!" Abby claimed that she's too old for the event, but she really enjoyed doing the Octonauts and Sea Life activities, and she knows her sea life pretty well (she learned a lot from watching The Octonauts on TV of course!).


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Apart from meeting and greeting Peso and Kwazii every hour, there is The Octonauts sign boards at each area, a colouring and badge making stall, as well as a play corner near the Green Sea Turtle area (which is one of the Sea life Manchester's main attraction), and a good selection of The Octonauts toys are also available at the gift shop. Clay was giving us silly grins when he saw all the Octonauts toys, hinting that he wanted to add more to his already big collection!


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

They was also another 2 activities for the children to complete - find the questions at each section and get the correct answer on the sheet they were given, and press stamp the booklets they were also given for prizes. The kids absolutely loved going around collecting answers (Abby) and stamps (Clay), and they were both given 2 The Octonauts stickers, The Octonauts magazine and a Sea life badge at the end of the tour. But these are just additional fun to the fairly well designed Sea Life centre.


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

As mentioned above, the star sea creature of Sea Life Manchester is the Green Sea Turtle, which has been featured at least a couple of times in The Octonauts show as well (Tweak's best friend Sandy I think?). The Sea Life centre tour (it's more or less a one way system) started with the Turtle Beach, which projects a fairly realistic show on the "stage". I was most impressed with this part of the tour!

We then encountered Ernie, the rescued green sea turtle later on. He's really big but he's actually still very young because they can live for over hundreds of years.


Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

Sea Life Manchester half term, The Octonauts at Sea life, Family Half Term Day Out

So glad to have the ISO function on my camera!


I like how fun this Sea Life centre is. Not only is there an indoor play area inside the centre (with slighly uncomfortable benches so that parents won't linger long perhaps? Haha), and a motion sensor game towards the end of the tour as well as in the gift shop, they also made it possible for visitors to change the light of the Jelly Fish tank, and people can book for a sea bed walk too! Even the diver was funny who swam by just to clean the plaque and wave at us.

We also love the giant orb shaped fish tanks, which look really impressive, even though they do make the fish inside appear much bigger (and i thought I have met the biggest puffer fish ever!). The children had lots of The Octonauts fun, and I think that, even without The Octonauts, they would have still enjoyed Sea Life Manchester.

We enjoy most of our Sea Life centre visits, and really like it that each of them are designed differently, with the new Manchester one using different displays and technology to make it more fun and interactive for the kids. If you have an Octonauts fan, you must bring them to the Manchester branch this half term, before they set off to somewhere else!

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