The Beauty Blogger of the Month Award

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A & C: The lovely Rach at rachwat has nominated us for The Beauty Blogger of the Month Award, and we are super happy!! Rach runs a fashion and beauty blog which you should definately go and check out for some serious style inspo.

The Beauty Blogger of the Month Award is something which Cecilia over at Cecilia’s Corner has started – it’s an amazing idea which helps all of us bloggers get to know one another. Click here for her post on the award, with all of the rules and regulations.

Here are the questions Cecilia has set for nominees to answer…

1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from?

A: Chloe and my Mum I guess, I used to be super rubbish at make-up but now I love it like an addiction. My Mum has beautiful skin and hardly needs to wear any make-up so I try not to wear too much either, but Chloe has taught me the ways of contouring and blending.

C: My sister taught me so much about make-up, and I love watching Zoella and Essie Button videos for inspo.

2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?

A: Mac Prep & Prime BB cream, Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash (i know this isn’t make-up but it really is one of my Holy Grail products!)

C: Elf eyebrow kit – best I have tried and super cheap! Benefit they’re real mascara and Clinique dramatically different moisturising gel – not make up but gives me the perfect base for applying my face!

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?

A: Liquid liner and nude/brown based lip colour.

C: a smokey eye, winged eyeliner and nude lipstick.

4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands?

A: bare Minerals and Mac.

C: Mac, benefit, rimmel

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve?

A: Bad eyeliner flicks. And thick black pencil under the water line. ARGH!

C: foundation lines round your chin/jaw and bad blending!

6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!

A: Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser… I’m sorry everyone! I just don’t get it!

C: benefit browzings! It’s good… But my elf version does just as good a job and it’s a fraction of the price!

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason!

A: I don’t wear a liquid foundation but I’m not sure I could manage without my bare Minerals powder!

C: foundation. I don’t get very many blemishes etc

And our nominations are…

Act Fashionably

Beauty in Beta

Which Beauty Box UK

That Friday Girl

Cocktails & Crochet

Look Beyond Beauty

As Seen By Bea

We’ve had so much fun doing this, and we can’t wait to see your answers – good luck!!

Love Annie & Chloe xxx

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OOTD: Summertime Glamping

C: a quick ootd post for you today; I took this photo of Annie whilst we were away as I really liked her outfit/it was sunny/we actually looked reasonable.

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Annie’s skirt was from Dorothy Perkins (featured in her haul post here), her crop top was an eBay special and her sandals are from New Look. She accessorised with her vintage satchel and amazing sunglasses for a sophisticated and simple look!

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We had to look reasonable as we were at ‘the mill’ restaurant, and everyone was posh/it was super pretty.

Hope you guys like Annie’s outfit! #twolittleowlsblog

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Happy Birthtayyy to me!

C: It was my birthday on Saturday (re-named birthtayyy due to the boyfriends Stella induced speech impediment) so I wanted to share with you some of the lovely gifts I got this year. I was super spoilt as from most people I got pennies towards my new house – which we should get the keys for by the end of August!

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First up we have the lovely scarf and hat that Annie’s mum knitted me! The Mave is pretty pro at knitting nowadays – she is making us a horrendous (amazing) tassley cardigan each next!

I got this tights from my lovely work friend Danielle, who had spotted them on one of my many wishlists! I love anything Hello Kitty – yes I know… I don’t care that I am now 24 and have a Hello Kitty umbrella.

The parental2’s got me these Vans! I love them so much, I always wear Vans for work/casualness and these are so different! These were also featured on a wishlist, but the boyfriend arranged this prezzie – I did wonder why he kept running off with one of my shoes…

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Another work friend got me these super cute house photo frames, and the candle holder as she knew that I am hopefully getting my house soon! I am going to use the candle holder for putting my make up brushes in on my dressing table, and I think I am going to dry some flowers for the photo frames so they can go up on my wall! Love craft plans!

I also got this jumper with my Birthday money. I have included it on here, as everything else I bought was for the house so I will just do a little home decor post another day! This is from Sainsburys, and once again I went looking for Summer clothes that were suitable for work and got a jumper… I just love Winter clothes!

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BEST PRESENT EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD?! Annie got me this Mac lipstick in Creme Cup which I have wanted for ages! Waking up in a Yurt too sunshine, Bucks Fizz and a new Mac lipstick?! Heaven. Will review soon, when I have finished staring at it and refusing to use it cos it’s too pretty.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner is my HG eyeliner. It is true black, easy to apply and easy to remove. I needed a new one so I invested some of my birthday money, and as it was buy one get one half price I got this BB Cream to try!

Hope you guys like what I got for my birthday/spent my birthday pennies on! #twolittleowlsblog

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A Beautiful Glamping Weekend

C & A: As some of you lovely followers may know, we had a little holiday this weekend which has been planned for a while and coincided with Chloe’s birthday. We are pretty lucky that our boyfriends are pretty much as bezzie as we are so the four of us like to go on an annual camping trip, along with our friend Spen.

Last year we visited the lovely Amber’s Bell Tents in Norfolk, and wrote up a review here. We had such a good time last year that we tried to book again but Amber has been super busy with bookings, and deservedly so because her bell tents and the surroundings are beautiful (there’s a link to Amber’s website on our review if you’re interested in booking!).

Because we live close to Norfolk and we love it so much, we decided to head to a similar area and after a bit of googling we found the perfect place.

Norfolk Glamping and Yurt Holidays have two sites, one based at Yaxham Waters with traditional mongolian yurts and a train carriage, and the other in Filby with bell tents and tipis. We decided to head to the Yaxham based site because it’s a little closer to us and there’s two fishing lakes on site – perfect to keep the boys occupied for the whole weekend. Plus, none of us had stayed in a yurt before and the pictures on the site looked amazing.

We booked from Friday night for 3 nights and after a quick trip to Morrisions on Friday morning for essentials (cheese and wine), we were packed and ready to go with the Frozen soundtrack for company along the way – the boys went in their own car, I’m not sure they could’ve dealt with us being super excited and singing ‘Do You Wanna Build a Snowman’ for an hour.

Most importantly, we beat the boys to the campsite and when we arrived, Shane the super lovely owner showed us round. We unpacked the cars and got settled in, and went for a bimble around the site. There were even chickens and goats, along with the fishing lakes!

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The yurts are based in their own little camping area, and there’s also an area for caravans and tents – as well as the availabilty to hire lodges. We can highly recommend this for camping – whether you have a tent, caravan or are looking to hire a yurt or lodge, the site is lovely with a fully stocked farmshop, cafe, shower block and beautiful, peaceful views.

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Inside the yurts is a double bed (a real bed whilst camping, what more could you want?!), some cute armchairs and a sofa bed – as well as some lovely wooden cabinets full of plates, saucepans and anything else you many need.

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Super excited at having a proper bed for camping!

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There’s also a gas stove for brews in the morning and a woodburner too in case its a little chilly. Although there was no electricty, there were laterns hanging inside and a good supply of tealights which create such a lovely atmosphere and give off plenty of light. The fur rugs and cushions are lovely finishing touches and make the yurt feel super cosy. Outside the yurt is a hammock and a seating area, along with a fire pit, bbq and communal pizza oven – perfect for the evenings.

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Chloe with super cool camping hair…

On Chloe’s birthday, we had bacon sandwiches and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast, and whilst the boys went fishing, Chloe and I took a trip out to Swaffham. The weather was so sunny, and we checked out the local farmer’s market, an antiques market and the local charity shops – as well as having an essential break for ice-creams. We also went out for a lovely meal in the evening and managed to get a photo of us all!

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On Sunday, we ventured out to Dunston Hall Antiques fair (and we only got a little bit lost). The hall was beautiful and the grounds too, but we didn’t stay too long at the fair because it was all very expensive and posh – we like to have a good rummage around a car boot or an emporium. So we stopped off at a village pub on the way back to the campsite for a ploughman’s lunch, because we hadn’t had enough cheese already.

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Dunston Hall – a little too posh for us!

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Best Ploughmans Ever!

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Monday was the day to come home, the weekend went so quickly! Annie knew about an amazing antiques emporium that we could stop off at on the way home though, so it made the journey a little more exciting. The Emporium in Long Sutton is jam-packed with amazing goodies, and you can always guarantee finding some sort of gem hidden away for a bargain. If you know of an emporium in your local area and haven’t been, you need to go! You can normally find information about them on the internet quite easily (Antiques Atlas is a really good website for this!).

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Creepy room at the Emporium…

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Just chilling.

We had such a lovely time that we wanted to share our photos and experience with you. If you like this post, please let us know! We would love to know what your holiday plans are too, and if you can recommend any Glamping sites in the UK!

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Chloe’s Millionaire Shortbread.

C: this is my specialty/favourite thing to bake! Every possible occasion I make this, as its so super unhealthy you need a special occasion to justify eating it, but it is totally worth the calories!

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For the shortbread you need:

250g plain flour

75g caster sugar

175g butter

For the filling you need:

90g butter

90g light muscovado (brown) sugar

2 x 400g cans of sweetened condensed milk

aaaand…

as much chocolate as you fancy putting on top ( I recommend about 300g of milk/white)

How to make:

1. preheat your oven to 180C and line/grease your tins. I use two standard cake tins for this recipe.

2. put the flour and sugar in a bowl and then rub in the butter until it forms a dough. Press this lightly into the two tins, prick with a fork and bake for approx 20 mins until firm to the touch and golden brown. Leave in the tin until cool.

3. put all of the filling ingredients (not the chocolate… duh) into a saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as it starts boiling turn down the heat and simmer until it turns golden and thickens. I would recommend using a whisk for this as otherwise the sugar sticks together and causes lumps – don’t panic if their are some bits at first that looks burnt. This happens every time to me, but by the time it starts to thicken they have disappeared.

4. pour over your shortbread and leave to thicken. I know you super want to lick the bowl out now, but be warned it is super hot and you will definitely burn your mouth. Wait til it cools and then peel it off the saucepan and eat it – much safer. Leave caramel to cool completely before moving on to step 5

5. melt your chocolate – don’t microwave for longer than 20 secs at a time else you will burn it. I usually melt my milk chocolate first and spread it over the caramel and then drizzle my melted white chocolate through it. Dark chocolate works too, so just use whatever you have/fancy!

6. wait until it cools and then use a spatula or knife around the tin to get it out. Cut into small pieces and store in the fridge else you will just have a (very tasty) sticky mess.

Let us know if you decide to try it! #twolittleowlsblog

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July’s Empties

C: look how good I am doing at using up my stash/not buying more stuff?! There should be some sort of beauty blogger medal for that… well I’m impressed anyway. So here is what I have been using up this month:

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1. Lush Tea Tree Water Toner – I wont go on and on about this as I have reviewed it before here

Repurchase? Yes once I have tried some of the other Lush toners, as I am interested to see if they are as good/better than this one!

2. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter: yes yes I know… more S&G. I have issues okay? Love this stuff. It smells like Summer and it is super moisturising without making you feel sweaty/greasy.

Repurchase? Already got 2 more tubs to get through!

3. Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner: received these samples in my Birchbox and they were teeny tiny so I only got one wash out of them, so can’t really comment on their effectiveness/hair saving qualities. They do smell nice though and my hair was clean… which is a winner?

Repurchase? Probably not as i didn’t get to try them properly but I do know other shampoos that work well for me.

4. Vasanti Nutrient Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser: another Birchbox sample that I actually enjoyed using. This did not irritate my sensitive skin and made it feel soft, smooth and clean.

Repurchase? I would do if I didn’t have loads more cleansers to use up/that are on my list to try.

5. Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life: one of my favourite shower gels. I love the scent and its delicately scrubby… meaning you can use it everyday without irritating your skin but it keeps even elbows and knees soft!

Repurchase? 100% I have withdrawal symptoms already.

what have you lovely readers been using up this month? Let us know! #twolittleowlsblog

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Chanel No.5 L’Emulsion Corps – The Body Lotion

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“Floral-aldehydic, a bouquet of abstract flowers with an indefinable femininity”

C & A: Firstly, let’s just all take a few minutes to bask in the glory of this product. The packaging is b-e-a-utiful and so luxurious. We lovely every inch of it, right down to the gold logo on the lid.

This has the iconic No. 5 scent, which has and will go down in history for years to come. We know it’s super pricey, but it’s totally worth it. This one was bought from our local department store for £42, and Debenhams sell it for the same price (here).

A: I think that everyone deserves a splurge and this would definitely be my choice. The scent is lovely, and lighter than the eau de parfum version – which can be a little heavy for every day use. Although I perhaps wouldn’t use this for everyday outings like work and boring stuff, I would use it for both casual and more special evenings and days out. The formula is so silky and smooth and hydrtaes your skin beautifully, and lasts all day – meaning the lovely floral aroma stays with you too. It is an incredibly feminine scent which is perfect for those summer evenings. I think that this is worth the hefty price tag because it makes you feel special, and after all – who doesn’t need a bit of Chanel in their life?

C: I can’t describe this product any better than Annie did… it’s just amazing. Chanel (and the price tag) are sheer luxury and this is definitely a special occasion product but I just love it! You only need a tiny amount of product for silky smooth, heavenly scented skin that is so sophisticated I feel like I shouldn’t really be allowed near the bottle. This is definitely getting added to my Christmas list… sorry parents!

What are your high end lusts? Have you tried Chanel’s Body Lotion? #twolittleowlsblog

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