Happy Halloween..♥

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Hey sweeties♥

I just wanted to do a little post today to say Happy Halloween to you all - I don't really go over the top with Halloween but I still like to get into the spirit of things by taking part in something spooky related.

As I was browsing through my blgoger dashboard I came across a Spooktacular Tag from the lovely Gemma, so I have decided to give it a go and share with you all my favourite things about Halloween, I hope you enjoy and feel free to do it yourself too.

Spooktacular Tag ♥
Do you still trick or treat? Sadly I do not; I think that I am far too old for that at the grand old age of 22. But I used to love trick or treating around the local streets and getting lots of yummy treats to eat during the night

Do you like going to haunted attractions? To be honest I haven’t ever been to any haunted attractions, I would probably be too scared to do so anyway as I am such a wussy pants when it comes to anything like that. The only thing that I can think of this is remotely related that I have been to (but not for Halloween) would be the London Dungeons.

Favourite Halloween Candy? Being a sweetaholic I am not fussed when it comes to my favourite candy at Halloween, I will literally munch on anything and everything. But I did buy some of the mini Haribo Halloween sweetie bags and have tried a couple out myself, well I don’t want the kiddies getting sick from them now do I?
Image and video hosting by TinyPicFavourite Halloween movie? A lot of people will probably be saying Hocus Pocus for this (which is a brilliant film by the way), but as soon as I saw this question The Witches instantly popped into my mind. I used to love/hate that film when I was little as it does creep me out at times, but it is still a brilliant film non the less.

Favourite Scary Movie? As I have said in a previous question I don’t really like anything too scary, as I can be a total wussy at the slightest bit of blood. So I really haven’t watched that many scary movies and the one’s that I have watched I cannot remember for the life of me when they were called, probably because I want to forget them?

Favourite Costume you wore as a child? Gosh I used to wear so many, but the memory that is sticking out for me at the moment is the witches costume, but made out of a black bin liner. Along with the black bin liner would be a witches hat, nose and those fingers that glowed up in the dark and a Halloween themed goodie bag for all of our sweet treats.
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First costume you ever wore? I have no idea about the first that I ever wore, but it would be something along the lines of that mentioned in the previous question.

Favourite Fall Food and Beverage? My favourite food in fall has got to be a homemade stew/soup – there is nothing better than coming in from a nice walk around the parks/fields and smelling the food cooking and tucking in with some nice fresh crusty bread. Without a doubt when fall arrives so does the hot chocolate, I don’t tend to drink that much hot chocolate any other time of the year, but with some whipped cream and mini marshmallows it is a must in fall.

Do you have a festive background on your phone? I don’t actually, I don’t tend to do that anymore, I used to when I was in school so we could all compare. But at the moment my background is Alfie.
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What are you going to dress up as this year? Well I have brought quite a few bits and pieces to make an outfit of my own this year, but in all honesty I have no idea how or what it will turn out to be like. But something along the lines of a witch/mummy – I shall do a blog post on my outfit next week as Liam and I are off to a Halloween party on Saturday night.

Do you decorate your house? Since this is the first year that we are celebrating Halloween we have brought a few bits and bobs to put up inside and outside of the house. We’ve got a HAPPY HALLOWEEN sign in the window with some glow in the dark pumpkin stickers, pumpkin mini lights inside a square vase with green crystals, glow in the dark ghost cut out and a pumpkin wreath for the door.   

What Candy do you still have left in your stash after you've ate everything else? Now come on, this is me we are talking about here, as if I would actually save any of my candy. I usually end up eating it all on the same night and feeling sick, but if there were any left overs it would be something chocolate orange flavoured as I don’t tend to eat those – yack!
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Batiste Graffiti, Paisley & Red..♥

Hey beauties

So I am now back into the swing of the dark early mornings for work *sobs*, but every other morning I get an extra half an hour in bed, no not because I start work later and not because Liam gets up to sort Alfie out, but in fact down to the wonderful Batiste dry shampoo.

For those of you who have followed and read Life of a Sweetaholic since the very first few posts you will know that I am a big fan of this particular dry shampoo - it really does work wonders on keeping oily roots at bay and giving texture, volume and life into hair, plus the extra half hour in bed is a major added bonus.

I was recently sent the latest three new releases from Batiste - Graffiti, Paisley and Red* and thought I would show you all as I am totally in love with them once again - they never fail to amaze me at all.

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Graffiti*- the scent of this is so lovely, it is a very soft scent with apples, wild berries and coconut running through it which just reminds me of the summer months. The can is very vibrant and in your face which is something I love, it really does look like graffiti and will stand out. Stocklists: Exclusive to Boots
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Paisley* - is a burst of fresh air and really wakes you up in the morning with it's refreshing grapefruit and lime scents running through it. The design is probably one of my favourites from the Batiste range, the colours are beautiful and complement each other very. Stocklists: Exclusive to Superdrug
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Red* - just WOW!! This is what all us redheads have been wanting for so long and now our prayers have finally been answered, this is especially for redheads and contains a hint of scarlet. For me the scarlet showed up a little too much, but after a few quick rubs it was soon gone, I would say this is more suited for Rhianna redheads - perfect though. Stocklists: Exclusive to Superdrug and Boots.
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How to use: Shake it up like an aerosol can and hold approximately 30cm from hair and spray lightly and evenly. Massage through hair using fingertips and then leave for a moment, shake again in-between sprays then brush out fully and style. RRP: £2.99, 200ml

What do you all think to the new Batiste additions? Are you a lover of dry shampoo too?
Disclosure: this product was sent as a PR sample, all views are 100% honest and the product has been/will be tested fairly for the use of this blog post. PR items within this post are fully related to Life of a Sweetaholic.


Smile of the Week #43 - New Edition

Hello lovelies

If you are a regular Life of a Sweetaholic-er then you will have seen my Smile of the Week feature quite a lot over the past year but it has slowly died out, sad I know. I used it as a place to post a cute image or lovely quote that I'd found during the week, but I don't have that much time to freely browse for pretty images anymore, as a little Alfie seems to want to play a lot more.

So I have decided to tweak it a little and re jig around with it, it will still be known as Smile of the Week, but I will be posting a mixture of images/quotes and telling you all about the things that have made me happy and smile during the week - kind of like a mini diary of happy thoughts.

Welcome the first post of the new edition, things that have made me happy and smile this week:

1. Not setting an alarm Sunday night, having the week off is the best

2. Warm cuddles from Alfie on a cold Autumn night - perfect

3. Endless cups of hot chocolate and tea during the day, the simple things are the best

4. Seeing how happy Alfie is when Liam walks through the door after work - too cute

5. Buying mini bags of sweets for Halloween, but of course having one to 'test out'

6. Mini Crunchie - it means I can have 5 at a time, no?

7. The rain on the windows at night, makes it so much easier to sleep

8. Knowing I am seeing some lovely friends tomorrow for shopping, food and giggles

9. Yankee Candle wax tarts, Christmas Cookie is the best scent ever!!

10. This cute face makes everything 100% better
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Hope you all have a lovely week and remember keep smiling and be happy!!

Cupcake Decorating At April Delights..♥

Hello cupcakes!

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend, I would usually start to moan about now with getting the Sunday night blues, but oh no not this weekend as I have the rest of the week off of work - let's give that a big WHOOP!!

This weekend has been pretty damn good, yesterday was spent totally chilled out, seriously I didn't get out of my pj's all day - I even took Alfie a walk around the close in them it was so comfy. But today I was up super early, yes on a Sunday I know it doesn't sound right does it?

I went along to a cupcake and cakepop decorating class at April Delights which is located in Nottingham.
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It is such a beautiful little place and I had such an amazing time. I brought a deal for 2 off of Groupon a few months back now so I took my best friend Lisa with me and we were in heaven - cake, sweeties and lots of tea. We were shown how to make certain flowers, how to use the textured patterns and how to make different colour sugar paste - it was so brilliant. We then got to decorate 6 cupcakes ourself and Liam and I were in our element, having giggles, supping on tea and decorating cupcakes how we wanted. I have to say that I am SO pleased with how my cupcakes turned out, I didn't think I had it in me to actually decorate cupcakes in such a beautiful way.
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Calla Lilies, Bow, Rose
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Pearls, Glitter, Flower&Butterfly
During the 4 hour session we were called up in groups of 6 to then make 6 cakepops each to take home, we were shown the techniques used to coat the cake pops and to decorate. I feel that I could actually master doing them on my own (finally), so watch this space as I shall be doing some Halloween styled cakepops during my week off so will pop a post up of those.

What do you all think to the cupcakes that I designed? My favourite has got to be the Calla Lilies - they were tricky to do to start with but then once I'd got the hang of it I was SO impressed with the outcome, as for the bow as well, that was difficult I almost gave up but I wanted to keep going at it.


Introducing The Sweet Club & Giveaway..♥

Hello sweeties

Long time no blog ay? It feels like I have been away for so long but it has only just been over a week, the time has gone so fast lately and my evenings are now spent walking Alfie and relaxing as much as I can, but fear not I shall be back in full blogging mode very soon.

Today I am back with an amazing sweet treat to share with you all - I know you are going to love it as I sure do! I'd like to introduce you all to The Sweet Club - no I haven't set my own random club up, this is in fact a sweet box filled with the sweets that you love, you can enjoy these brilliant boxes either monthly or fortnightly . Monthly will cost you £9.95 and fortnightly will cost you £16.50 with FREE postage.

I was kindly sent a box to review and to share with all of you sweetie lovers, I have to say I really was like a kid in a sweet shop choosing what sweets I wanted to get in my box, as this is the best part of the box - YOU have control over what comes - so it is fully made to your needs and sweetie wants.

Within two or three days my box arrived and I couldn't believe how fast it came, but also how gorgeous it was, the box is a glossy red which is wrapped in shrink wrap to ensure the ultimate freshness for the sweets - and of course so nobody tampers with the box. Then opening the box my eyes lit up like there was no tomorrow - heaven comes to mind, 8 bags of sweets before my very own eye and I knew I'd love them as I got to choose them myself. The bags are of a reasonable size and after 2 or 3 at a time you could possibly get sick, the bags are great for taking to work or snacking on during the bus ride home or something like that.

Seeing as though I am a major sweetaholic, these boxes to me are prefect, the size is perfect, the methods of ordering and chosen sweets couldn't be any easier and the customer service is second to none - I would urge all of you sweetie lovers out there to at least try this box once and see what you think - perfect for Christmas gifts too.

Now as I love this product SO much I am going to be giving ONE of these boxes away to ONE lucky winner, this is only open to the UK. Simply complete the Rafflecopter form below, please read all T&C's before entering, anyone with a blog just for giveaways will not be entered.

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Alfie Diary #1

Hey sweeties

Today is the first of a new series on Life of a Sweetaholic, as promised I would update you all with how Alfie is going on every month, I would like to do it more often but I think a monthly post is good enough for now to see how he is progressing.

There will be a lot of images which may make you melt, go 'awwwwwwww' and you'll no doubt say 'I want him'. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Alfie 5 weeks old, 7 weeks old, 8 weeks old and 10 weeks old
So we have had Alfie for a month already, I cannot believe how fast the time has gone, but then at the same time it feels like we've had him for years. The first week was surreal, getting use to the very early mornings and caring for something so small and cute was really overwhelming at times - he was only 7 weeks and 2 days when we brought him home so he was a little tiny tot. Over the first week he got use to the different sounds and smells around the house and he was slowly getting use to his toys in the house too.

Since the first week Alfie has grown so much and developed both in size and in confidence around myself and Liam, the house and visitors he has - mainly family and friends. He has had both of his injections so on Saturday he will be able to go out for walks - I am so excited about getting wrapped up and taking him out on small walks to start with and then eventually longer and more exciting walks and places.
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Without a doubt he is a mummy's boy, he is all for me when he wants food and a place to sleep, I swear I must be so comfy as whenever I hold him he tends to snuggle up and go to sleep. But he loves his daddy for fun and playtimes - result. He has many toys but his favourites are his teddy, a plastic pop bottle and a small blue bone, over the last week he has started to think that his comfy bed in the living room is a toy too and tends to dig under it and flip it around, it is so funny to watch.
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Alfie is such a sleepy puppy - well it is a hard life being a puppy right? He sleeps in the most random places, one of which is the bathroom floor matt - cuteness or what? He has mastered going upstairs like there is no tomorrow, we now have a baby gate at the kitchen door to stop him bolting off, he can only go upstairs when myself or Liam are up there. He isn't that confident on going down the stairs yet, he tends to bark at the steps and waits for one of us to carry him down, bless his little paws.
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I am seriously so in love with my little puppy, I didn't realise just how much love I could get from him, he makes me heart melt everytime he does something new or sleeps in a new place. At the moment one of his favourite spots to sit is on a pillow in the conservatory in the sun, I just think he wants free highlights!
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So that is the first month of Alfie being in his new home, he is such a wonderful puppy and I cannot wait for the next month to see how he develops.

Models Own Sale Haul..♥

Hello sweeties

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and having lots of yummy sweet treats too - that is what the weekend is for right, oh and not forgetting having a pj day too. My week has been another busy one which has made the week fly by, I love it when it gets to Friday afternoon - Crunchie O'Clock!!

Today I have my Models Own sale haul to share with you all, as most of you are probably aware Models Own reached 100k likes on Facebook (WOW!) and did a 50% off sale - how bloody amazing is that? So I decided to take full advantage, there were only like 2 polishes that I wanted to try that were sold out, so they'll be put onto the Christmas wish list. But I did buy myself a lovely range of shades and I also added a few of my favourites to run giveaways with in the future and some for Christmas gifts for my lovely friends.

So my sale haul for myself included: Hedkandi Beach Party, Hot Pink, Peach Sherbet, Lemon Meringue, Pink Punch, Nyla Nude, Hedkandi Disco Heaven and Hedkandi Hedonist. I now have all of the Hedkandi range apart from Balearic Cool as I don't think blue shades suit me at all, so I gave that one a miss.
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Of course I have swatched each polish for you to see as well, these have been swatched on clear nail wheels with no base coat, only one coat of polish and no top coat.
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My favourite so far has got to be Hedkandi Hedonist - It simply screams out SUMMER! Yes I am ready for autumn but my nails are still in summer mode, I always love wearing bright nail varnish. I shall be doing a NOTD with each of the polishes so keep an eye out for those too

Which is your favourite Models Own polish, am I missing some in my ever growing collection?
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