OOTD // May Day





T-shirt dress / ASOS |  Leggings / H&M | Sneakers /  Converse | Denim Jacket / H&M  Studded Belt /  H&M | Shoes Necklace / Topshop |  Bracelets /  Gina Stewart Cox 

How was your May day weekend guys? 

We celebrated a few birthdays and headed out into the sun while it was here and spent a lot of time together doing family things such as visiting our local shops, parks and finishing off the weekend watching Rise of the Guardians DVD which was awesome. 

I wanted my outfit to be classic but comfortable, again being a mummy means a lot of running about and skyscraper heels are pretty much out of the question so these Converses are funky enough to be current and purple enough to be AWESOME! I really love them, can you tell? 

When hubster was taking the picture my belt slid down so this image makes my hips look strangely huge, they aren't actually that shape but all in all I like that it shows the less done up version of me. The more natural mummy blogger and to be honest I'm not ashamed of wearing a naked face as skincare is my number one beauty priority. I fear the wrinkles, it's a fault and I'm dealing with it *hehe* 

How was your May day weekend guys? did you go anything fun or exciting? 


Models Own // Splash Collection Available



How yummy do these polishes look. Juicy summer tones with that extra za-za-zoom glitter to wear as a light wash of colour, or layer for a bright pop of summer right on your fingertips. This collection is inspired by the sea and those tropical destinations we all dream about.

As you can tell from the main image there are five polishes in this collection. 

The shades are: 

Aqua Splash - A crystal ripple of sea blue. 
Pink Paradise - A precious mix of flickering pinks. 
Red Sea - A wave of energetic fuchsias-reds. 
Golden Shores - Warm sandy coral. 
Mermaid Tears - Enchanting droplets of aqua violet. 

The splash collection are iridescent polishes containing five types of chunky hand cut glitters. Wear these over your favourite polish for a full on sparkling manicure or build them up layer by layer for a juicy summery sparkle. I can see these looking amazing over both pastel  and darker tones of polish. 

These polishes at the time of writing will be available in one hour. I am eagerly waiting with the Models Own website sitting open in another browser ready to get my shop on. I will be so stoked if I can get my bare mitts on the whole collection but if things sell as fast as I'm anticipating I'll settle for the Pink Paradise and the Mermaid Tears.  Head to the Models Own website HERE to get your mitts on these asap. 


Tag You're It // Shopping Habits


I was recently tagged to do the 'Shopping Habits' quiz so here it is. If you want to take part just copy the questions, publish to your page and tag at least three other shopaholics. 


1. How old were you when you realised you were a shopaholic? 

I was probably around 9 years old. I remember asking my mum for clothing catalogues and the Argos catalogue so I could tick which items I would be getting (if I ever had any money). It all kind of went downhill from there.

2. How do you feel after shopping, and do you have any weird habits after shopping?

It varies on what I've bought. If there is something I've been wanting for ages or something that we need for my sons or the house, I feel great. If it's a spontaneous buy or something that is expensive or just for me, I feel guilty. Not sure why, I suppose it's a mum thing.  

3. What are your top 5 favourite stores to shop at and why? 

Urban Outfitters - Kooky style, unique items and they seem to always have something that I 'NEED' in my life. 

Next - I love Next I really do, as a petite lady Next always caters to my short whims. I adore each seasons styles and the home decor items are so on trend that you can't not love them. As a family of 5 I love that we can go to Next, get hubster something, get the kiddies kitted out and get something for the home and myself in one trip. 

Amazon - I'm a book wh@re plain and simple. Believe it or not when it came to the whole Amazon tax fiasco, I actually said to my husband that the government should let them off so I could keep buying cheap books.... selfish I know. 

Etsy - I support handmade. As a crafter (sewing & misc) I like to support my fellow creative types. I also love the versatile items you can get and you can literally get anything on this site. I use to be an avid user of the old alchemy system, where you could request your own custom items. I'm actually gutted they done away with it. 

& Other Stories - As apart of the H&M family I automatically knew I would adore this company. When I browse online I really feel as if they have scooped up my personality and created it. I love the innovative ideas, dainty but crisp fashions and the right amount of colour and embellishments. This company is one of those companies that you can shop from, but never look bad. 

4. What item do you have most of in your closet?

Tough one as I have a lot of similar items. I tend to live in leggings, dresses or trousers. Vests are a staple and in the house lounge wear and slippers are my uniform. I'd say I have equal amounts these garments, I'd have a wardrobe especially for my comfy PJ's and lounge wear if hubster would let me, but nope he won't.  

5.  What’s the most you’ve ever spent in one shopping trip?

About £700 but it was for Christmas and with young kiddies it was one of those trips that didn't result in shoppers regret. Oh actually I lie, we spent over £12k on a car paid in one go which was a huge shock to the system but a necessary purchase at the time. 

6. Do you ever experience shoppers regret?

Always, especially when I'm buying something for myself. If it's an item that I don't 'really' need. It's a mummy guilt thing I think, I'm always thinking it's selfish especially when the money could have been saved for a rainy day or spent on the kiddies or hubster. 

I tend to use sites such as Topcashback or Quidco when buying items or shop via Shopcade as I can earn money over on there too in a similar way to Quidco, I also tend to add the items I feel I need or desperately want to a board and then let it sit for a few days. If I still feel that I must have that item then I know it's worth getting. 

7. What was something you regretted buying?

I tend to buy lots of things I regret. The last thing was Japanese Mochi. I have been hearing so much about mochi recently and have seen them online but never in person. Mochi ice-cream, mochi cakes and mochi peanut butter flavour was what sold them. I did buy 2 different types of packs from Ebay and to be fair they really weren't cheap. 

They were delivered I tried the peanut one and it was ok, strange but ok. I then tried another and went ' Oh hell no!' and spat that beast out. It's basically a stretchy dough with flavouring inside it. It's squidgy and well, strange. Do NOT try the black bean one it is gross, just a heads up guys. 

8. What is your favourite thing to buy? 

New bedding, accessories or dresses, shoes and makeup. Please don't make me choose just one. 

9. Do you buy the same item in different colours? 

No never. Everything I buy is usually different in some way. I tend to stick to trends and of course what suits my body shape. I think if I bought 2 or more of the same items it would be a waste as I know I get bored so easily. 

10. Do you ever use dressing rooms? 

I tend to do most of my shopping online and can't remember the last time I used a dressing room. If I was buying something, say in my local Next then I would use one just to check that the item fits correctly.  

11. Do you prefer to go shopping alone, or with others? and who is your favourite shopping buddy? 

I use to love shopping with my friends but now as a mum everything is about time and organisation. I rarely have a few hours to myself to do anything and when I do it's spent at meetings, blogging, swatching or photographing products, oh or walking our puppy. 

12. If you could go shopping with a celebrity who would it be and why?

Jeannie Mai. She never fails with fashion in my eyes, she also comes across as being really down to earth and a heap of fun. That shopping trip would be totally awesome. 

13. If you could go shopping with a Blogger/Youtube Blogger who would it be and why? 

It would be Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury blog. That woman's fashion sense is incredible and she seems like she would definitely inspire me with what to purchase.  

14.  What’s your favourite treat, snack, drink during or after shopping?

Coffee especially iced coffee's with a vanilla syrup for sweetness. Cake always goes down a treat too, especially pecan swirls. 

15. What is something you’ve always wanted to buy but never had the money to do so?  

Oooh good question. Probably a blue Ulfaria Malene Birger dress. It's within reach but I know it would cause major spend guilt afterwards.   

16. If you had £1000 to spend on anything you want, what would you splurge on? 

A camcorder and new laptop for sure. I keep all of my 'wants' on varied boards over on my Shopcade, this helps ease my need for shopping by making me feel as though I have shopped. When I'm ready to save or splurge I head over to my boards and shop without the guilt knowing it's on items that I really want. 

17. Are you a proud shopaholic?

I'm a proud thrifty shopper. 


You can see what my favourite items are and what new trends are coming soon over on my Shopcade guys. It's over HERE or you can even join and start adding your favourite items to your own Shopcade by clicking HERE

Estee Lauder // First Perfume in 10 years!


Estee Lauder are the powerhouse company behind many iconic scents. Beautiful, White Linen, Sensuous  Pleasures are all big names in the fragrance world and are created by Estee Lauder. The last fragrance created was Beyond Paradise in 2003 and I feel it was one of the most modern scents they have released, also the bottle was gorgeous! crushed rainbows in glass comes to mind. 

Estee have decided to get out of their dark perfume depression, whip back the covers and pull up their socks. To get themselves back on the top spot they will be releasing a new fragrance called Modern Muse, created by the famous perfumer Harry Fremont.

Harry Fremont is the nose behind Lancome Miracle, Ralph Lauren Romance (my wedding scent), Vera Wang Princess and CK One.  Each of these are feminine, floral and utterly adorable and I'm hoping that Modern Muse is not the exception. 

Modern Muse is about getting back what's yours, being sure of yourself and your femininity. It's soft modern, floral and pink. 

Scent notes

Top: Mandarin Orange 
Middle:  Tuberose, Lily, 2 types of Jasmine, Honeysuckle, 
Bottom: Patchouli, Patchouli Leaf, Amber, Wood Notes, Musk & Vanilla. 

There is also a little bit of symbolism with this advert. The chosen model is Arizona Muse with the surname being simply coincidence. The dress that Arizona wears in the ad is embellished with eight bows and the bottle also has a bow cap. So you're wondering 'yeah, they're bows so what right?' The bows are representations of the nine Greek mythology muses. The nine muses were those ethereal beings who helped us become better in dance, comedy, astronomy, hymns, history, love poetry, epic poetry, song and tragedy. 

All though many of those 'skills' are outdated I am hoping that this fragrance ignites that something-something that's deep within, possibly my intense femininity and ubber sultriness (we can all dream). 

There will be 3 bottle sizes. 30 ml, 50 ml, 100 ml. (1 oz, 1.7 oz and 3.4 oz) I'm not too sure what the price will be but I'm guessing it's not going to be cheap. If you want to further layer up your perfume you can do so with a Modern Muse body lotion and shower gel which will also be released shortly after the perfume. I will be sure to keep you posted on a release date guys. So what's your take on this new hyped fragrance? do you think it will be a huge hit? 


Most Reached For // April


It's May! 

I can't believe that's another month swept by quickly. I wanted to post my most reached for products as I always post my empties and I know you maybe getting bored of seeing just empties. April seemed to be the month of natural looks and trying to get my skin back to a somewhat healthy appearance after my hormones went cray-zee. 

I can happily say that it's back to normal, well even better to some degree due to the Etat Pur. I really need to get my finger out and publish that post don't I. So here's what I reached for last month. 

Vaseline Rosy Lips Balm - This really needs no introduction does it? 

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Toner - This is the equivalent of me pulling out the big guns. This is strong but does the trick mopping up the excess oil. I do need to moisturise after using this though or face the tight skin look. 

Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck Perfume - This is one I received in a Christmas gift set, the normal bottles are so much fancier and cost around £20 for 30 mls. I'm not a huge fan of Taylor Swift. There's no real reason for it and it wasn't because of her that I purchased this fragrance. The perfume's note will explain why I reach for it as it contains the perfect perfume notes, maybe ever. 

Top notes: Apple, Raspberry & Freesia Middle notes: Vanilla, Honeysuckle & Hibiscus Bottom notes: [yummy] Amber, Peach & Sandalwood.

Etat Pur Citric Acid AHA - This product is for dull complexions and loss of radiance, it exfoliates, cleanse and regenerates healthy skin. Think of this as an at home (non painful) skin peel. It costs £11.60 and has been money well spent. I will be buying this for sure. 

Sally Hansen Age Correct Growth Treatment   - This goes on like a nude polish and cost only a couple of pounds from my local B&M's. Although I seemed to have corrected my skincare issues, my nails on the other hand are in terrible condition. So far this seems to be stopping them flaking and breaking so I will keep you posted. 

Aveda Smoothing Fluid - This is a sample size that has been sitting going unused for a while. With this rain-sun-rain weather my hair doesn't know if it's coming or going. This is a great smelling fluid that I use to smooth down those fly-aways. This costs £21.50 for 100 mls and will be on my to buy list as soon as it's finished. 

Senna Stardust Powder - This is the highlighting powder duo from the Stardust set and although it's not specifically an eyeshadow, that is what I've been using it as. It leaves a gorgeous nude shimmer and can be used on the eye's brow bone and even the apples of my cheeks. I love it. 

FCUK Polished Bodyspray - Again this was another gift set product that was sitting gathering dust. I adore the scent of this and this lasts longer than most perfumes believe it or not. 

Along Came Betty Butterly Devine Butter - This is so much better than Soap & Glory I swear. This smells like a tropical paradise and it leaves my skin feeling silky and soft rather than greasy. I doubt I could live without this product. It's available at Tesco's for around £5 for a large tub. 

So what did you guys reach for? 
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OOTD: Give Me Peace

It was raining cats and dogs yesterday and I had a ton of things to do. What's a girl to do.... chuck on your old trusty and get to it that's what. I wanted to layer up because this weather has some real PMS and in case the sun decided to show it's face I could take off each layer ooh la la. 

Also apologies for the poor quality photography my husband is terrible. I will be giving him a full tutorial asap so bear with me. I feel that this outfit has a real Rita Ora style as I did wear my H&M denim jacket and beanie (as the rain fuzzed up my hair do which is clearly show in this picture). Funny thing is I don't particularly like Rita's grunge style... hmmm, how the heck did I end up wearing it? 




What did you guys wear today? 






Bohem // Sterling Silver False Nails



I recently heard about a new company who had created a range of precious metal accent nails so I simply had to find out more. I've seen mirror shine silver nails and I've seen gold and silver polish manicures but never actual Hallmarked precious metal and enamel ones. 

The brainchild of these nails are a company called Bohem and they do indeed sell Sterling silver and gold accent nails! I have to say that this is the only company I have come across doing this so I had to get some nails to show you what they're really like, and if they are worth the money.  There are 11 collections. Each collection is organised by either colour or a particular style such as Gothic, Vintage, Gypsy, Black and Choc for example. Here are my favourite nail designs from each collection. 

The price ranges from around £35 to £150+ and there are 3 sizes to ensure you get the right fit. There are also a range of lengths from short to long and nail shapes vary too so be sure to take a look at each collection. You may surprisingly find a favourite in a collection you never thought to look in. 

My nails are from the black collection and are the 'print' design. These cost £55 for one or £100 for two and come with a set of sticky tabs and a polishing cloth. The sticky tabs simply stick to your nail and really do secure your Bohem beauty down ensuring it doesn't fall off but doesn't damage the nail plate. I'm sure there is a picture of someone on their Facebook page who actually ran miles and the nail still remained in place firmly. Here is a picture my nail applied, apologies for not fully manicuring my nails I simply had to try this baby on for size asap. 


Personally I love these nails. I love the innovative concept and how unique they are, we wear silver and gold necklaces, palm rings, ear cuffs so why not accent nails? are we not in an era where the more bejewelled the better? I really wish Bohem were around in 2004 when I got married as I would have definitely had a nail from the blue collection on my ring finger, ensuring my husband didn't try to put the ring on the wrong finger like he ahem, did on the day. 

Each of these nails are officially stamped by the British Assay office down in Birmingham so you know you are buying genuine precious metal, you can take a peek at Bohem's website and take a look at their wonderful gallery of pics over on their Facebook here. 

So guys instead of putting a ring on it, why not put a nail on it until the ring appears down the line? 

Nails Inc // Shine Bright Like An Emerald



Another new collection from Nails Inc, another squee or two from me. I adore Nails Inc and anyone who follows over on my Facebook page would be able to tell you that. I'm sure over half of my nail polishes are by Nails Inc and for some reason I just don't have that many green's or green tones (check my Instagram for swatches I own). I'm not sure why I don't have much green polish because I really love it but, it could have been due to a Revlon green polish that seriously was dire and may have put me off with it's ugliness  I know with Nails Inc that the shades are pretty true to what they look like in the bottle so these should be a winner.  

Here are the newly released products...


 Bling It On Emerald // Get Jewel encrusted nails with the Queen Victoria Street polish and emerald green glitter, complete with dusting tray for easy application and tidy up. This kit costs £18.

Battersea Polish // Apply 2 coats of this gorgeous emerald green glitter polish for easy bling. This would look amazing teamed with the Queen Victoria Street polish from the Bling It On Emerald Kit. This costs £12 and a web exclusive, I can see this going fast so be quick. 

I wanted to show you how versatile a green polish is when putting together an outfit so I made this quick boho bling mood board of yummyness for you. 

Boho Bling


Green represents Mother Nature, Celts, Ireland, Summer days in the countryside and festivals. I wanted this outfit to not be about the typical combinations of greens and brows so I threw in the hypothetical fashion spanner in to the works and brought out the purple. 

I still stuck to a functional earthy-bohemian babe outfit but you can clearly see how well the green and the purple compliment each other. The green jewel tones would also look hot with a chili pepper red or vibrant orange too.  How darling also are those Charlotte Olympia Kitty shoes? I'm going to be adding a few DIY fashion tutes to the blog very soon so you may see your bohemian fashion dream being more achievable sooner rather than later.  So what's your opinion of these emerald tones? will you be buying any of these? 



Coming Soon // Rihanna's 'Riri Woo' Lipstick for MAC



Rihanna Woo Coming Soon

Mac's Ruby Woo red lipstick is one of their bestsellers which is worn by so many celebrities on the red carpet including Rihanna. Rihanna tends to rock a red lip at most events and no-one can say she doesn't look beautiful when she does so. Red definitely shows off her features and fiery confidence so it was only natural that she would take the next step into this sort of collaboration. 

Rihanna has created a reworked version of the famous Ruby Woo lipstick which she has named 'Riri Woo'. I can't give her points for being unique with the name, I would have loved to have seen her name it something major but, we can't win them all can we.

Riri Woo is packaged in the normal way but this limited edition has Rihanna's signature embossed into it. The colour is one of those reds that suits everyone and makes your teeth look whiter instantly. I'm hoping by applying this I may turn into a sexy sultry singing goddess so I WILL be purchasing this in 2 days as an early birthday present and will keep you posted (we can all dream right.)

Riri Woo is released on May 3rd in the U.K and will cost around £14 and it is released on May 2nd in the USA and will cost around $16. Will you be rocking the Riri Woo shade this Spring/Summer? 

April // Empties


Another month gone and another load of empties. I have to say my husband thinks I'm a weirdo for keeping my empties but I just put it down to the crazy male-female divide. So April's gone wow how quick did those 4 weeks go, I feel like I've been routed to my laptop continually but I love what I do and they say good things go fast or something along those lines.

April's empties are mostly positive which 'may' be a first for me to be fair. I'm normally one of those fussy one's always searching for the next best thing or the next low cost product that will hugely overshadow my expensive products. I really want one of those light bulb moments, the type that you get when you think you have found something that no-one else has.. alas I've still to find it though. 

Back on track, here are my last 4 weeks empties guys. 

300 ml Tigi Catwalk 'Your Highness' Volume Collection Shampoo  (Review HERE) // I-adore the scent of this shampoo and if there was a perfume available it is something I would wear. This is a sulfate free shampoo containing lavender, wisteria, jasmine and violet infusions. Thickens, shines and leaves my hair soft and supple. 

Garnier Moisture Match - Dull Skin // This was more gel like and not what I expected. I didn't see any improvement with my dull skin though. 

Caudalie Premier Cru - The Eye Cream // *sings* L-oved this! This was the first time I had tried Caudalie after hearing many good reviews and I can vouch that those reviews are probably true. This was nourishing and soothing but I don't plan to re-purchase just now only because I have fallen head over heels in love with Etat Pur. 

Caudalie Premier Cru - The Cream // Again I used this in combinations with Caudalie's 'the eye cream' and I was seriously impressed but not enough to re-purchase. This doesn't beat my Etat Pur.  

Burts Bees Radiance Exfoliating Body Wash // This contains Royal Jelly and jojoba beads that slough away the dead skin. This has a fresh scent and is quite thin and liquid like for a wash product. I found that this worked well on the face and neck but didn't really scratch the surface of my body which was disappointment so I won't be re-buying. 

Peachface Honey Bee Moisturiser // This is an organic moisturiser with the perfect cream consistency. It smells natural and slightly sweet herbal due to the rose, honey and geranium. This nourishes the skin well and settled my sudden oily phase. Although I love this product I won't be re-buying just now but may do so in the future. 

150 ml Morrisons Own Brand Vitamin E Toner // This is own brand, no frills no fancy marketing or packaging but it leaves many of the big brands when it comes to doing what it's suppose to. It's gentle enough to be used on delicate and sensitive skins and around the eye area and it's tough enough to remove waterproof mascara and heavy makeup. Unlike many other brands this doesn't hurt or sting your eyes and I always notice an improvement in my skin and especially my pores after using this. (alcohol free)

Steamcream Gris Gris Limited Edition Moisturiser // This is my second Gris Gris moisturiser and I love it. Steamcream is one of a few brands that do moisturiser well and I will be re-purchasing after my spending ban is up. The cream itself is a plain Jane of a cream but it works wonders. 

Oxygen Skincare Blemish/Acne Gel // I love this product as it really does settle pimples and boils and ease inflammed skin. It contains Manuka honey, aloe vera and Canadian Willowherb so it's really made to calm and heal the skin, this does however seem to 'turn' quite quickly which I don't see as a huge problem as it shows how natural it really is. I will be re-purchasing this depending on availability as it has limited suppliers here in the UK. 

Soins Experts Hydra Expert Mosituriser // Oh gosh this stuff is amazing. I received this in a beauty box and it sat for a while doing nothing. When my Steamcream ran out this was my go-to product and I'm so glad I did go to it. It's a thick and luxurious cream that is absorbed really well on all areas of the body and it actually leaves my skin softer for longer than other brands with the exception of Dirty Works believe it or not. I used this tub up so quick I even shocked myself.  It's packaged in a super thick glass jar also which shows just how fancy sh-mancy it is. 

Burts Bees Radiance Day Cream // This is a 'meh' moisturising product. I hated the scent which was too waxy smelling and it felt a little bit too clumpy on the skin, there were some hard wax pellet parts still in it. I didn't notice any improvements, and my skin was left looking shiny. I won't be re-purchasing this. 

Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser // This is a little sample sized product but I was really impressed. It contains neroli which I love and I did pop it onto my neck and decolletage n many occasions  It's thinner than a cream and thicker than a lotion and absorbed into the skin easily. This didn't provide enough nourishment for me to re-purchase it though. 

Guerlain La Petite Robe // I really like this perfume. It has the right amount of deeper notes from the patchouli and tonka that it doesn't end up to sweet and girly. The deeper notes also make sure it lasts for hours. I would probably buy this... probably. 

Elie Saab Le Parfum // Honey, cedar, rose, jasmine and orange flower notes make this fragrance really wearable. I adore this as it's not too sweet and smells like a girly grown up scent. The cedar is the note that makes this scent adorable.  

L.I.L.L.Y by Stella McCartney // This smelled floral and fresh, it was a huge let down as the scent was neither sultry or pretty which are 2 things I look for in a fragrance. 

Lancome La Vie Est Belle // Blackcurrant, tonka bean, jasmine and praline. La Vie Est Belle is similar to La Petite Robe but I think the praline and vanilla as base notes send this over the edge into toothache sweetness. It's very heavy duty and does last but not in the right ways.

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Tutorial // How To Make Bubble Tea


I am officially a hipster. I have joined the ranks of many a hipster before me and jumped on the bubble tea bandwagon and what a tasty bandwagon it is guys. 

So bubble tea, you may or may not know what the heck I'm talking about and if you don't then let me tell you bubble tea started off in Taiwan years ago, probably around the 80's and slowly made it's way to us here in the UK. I stay in Scotland and there isn't any bubble tea bars close by so I simply couldn't wait for one to open and decided to just go buy the stuff myself. 

The picture above shows what items I got, you will have seen this all ready if you are following via Instagram. In my kit was the super chunky straws. These straws are huge and my sons had one of those 'oooh can I have, gimme-gimme moments' I also opted for the green matcha powder for flavouring and of course the boba's tapioca pearls that make the bubble tea 'bubbley'.  If you're searching for these pearls try searching for tapioca pears, bubble tea balls or boba. 

There are so many ways to make bubble tea and originally it was a milk tea that was made, but you can now find fruit juices, milkshakes and the milk tea's with hundreds of flavouring powders and syrups to choose from. Some bubble tea bars offer flavoured jelly balls instead of the tapioca pearls but being a bit of a traditionalist I had to opt for the pearls... I just had to. 

Here is a snap of my yummy bubble tea waiting to be gulped down... 

Nom-Nom

Here's the step by steps for making your own bubble drink. 

You Will Need - Milk Tea Version 

Tapioca Pearls // Either the black or coloured, it really doesn't make a huge difference. 
Chunky straws // These bad boys need to be big enough for the pearls to fit through. 
Tea // If you're having a tea version then you will need tea. 
Flavouring // Powders or Syrups. 
Ice // To chill. 
Optional Sweetener // I didn't use the sweetener as I feel the pearls make it sweet enough but some use honey, stevia, agave or regular sugar. 
Milk Product // Creamer, milk powder, UHT, normal milk or soya milk for example. 

You Will Need - Fruit Tea/Juice  

Tapioca Pearls // Again coloured or black or even a jelly flavoured pearl. 
Chunky Straws // Whip those bad boys out! 
Tea // If you're opting for a chilled tea no milk you can use any type. 
Fruit Juice // If you're using fresh fruit or fruit juice do not add milk or creamer as it may curdle. 
Ice // To chill. 
Milk // Again any type of milky product if you're opting for a fruit milkshake drink. 
Optional Sweetener // As before. 

How To

1. Take enough pearls to cover the base of your cup, you don't need many.  Add these to a heat proof microwavable bowl and cover with water. Heat for around 6 minute or boil for a likewise time. You will see the pearls float in the water, if they aren't floating then cook them for another minute or two. 

2. Boil your kettle as you would making a normal tea drink and fill a mug with water and let your tea ( I opted for green tea) soak in the water. Place your mug in the fridge to allow it to chill. 

3. Drain your pearls from the water and chill them in the fridge separately from your tea. 

4. Dairy
- Get your final mug/cup/beaker and fill it 1/4 of the way with your chilled tea( My second drink I filled it 1/2 and it was more tea-ish than creamy treat like). 
-Top up your beaker with your dairy product
-Add your pearls
- Add your flavoured powders ( I used green matcha) or syrups.
- Add any optional sweetener 
- Add ice (optional) and your chunky straw and you're good to go baby! 

4a. Fruit Juice/Fruit Tea 
- As before but top up with a fruit syrup and if you have opted for flavoured jelly pearls add those. 

4b. Fruit Milkshake 
- Blend your milk and fruit to create a milkshake
-Add ice into your blender to give it an icy chill. 
-Add your pearls and straw and you're good to go. 

When I first got this it did sit for a few days because I couldn't see how green tea would taste good with milk, I just really couldn't get my head round it. I was brought up that herbal and healthy tea's were simply steeped in water and my green tea has been sitting idle for a while. Now I know that I can enjoy green tea daily and actually enjoy it. 

Have you jumped on the bubble tea bandwagon? What type would you opt for?