Tuesday, 30 December 2014

A Quick FOTD



Digging the fifties make up vibes today!


Lipstick- L'Oreal Collection Exclusives Rouge in Blake
Base- Max Factor Skin Luminizer in Warm Almond
Eyeliner- Stila All Day Felt Liner
Mascara-Benefit Bad Gal Lashes


Becky xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

Tea Talk: To-tea-lly Overwhelmed.


It seems like this Christmas, word got out that I enjoy a good cuppa. To a fair few people. So, it's safe to say I'm completely overwhelmed with how much tea I'm going to get to enjoy the next few days..weeks.. and months! In particular, the Yumchaa 'Walk In The Woods' blend smells amazing and I love a good fruit tea so I'm excited to brew it!


I also received some mint tea (not pictured) which I think will be wonderful and refreshing to start the new year detoxing!

What's your favourite detox tea?

Becky xx

Sunday, 28 December 2014

A Note To December




Well, Christmas is nearing the end, for another year. The mince pie and milk was left for Santa, presents arrived and now I'm sat on the sofa with a massive food belly. December always feels like the most hectic of months, assignment hand ins, moving back home for a month, family gatherings. But in this month of busy bee bodies and indulgence, take a few moments to reflect and remember everything you value in life. I'm going to be continuing Blogmas for the remainder of December, so hopefully I'll get to make a few posts with some New Years resolutions and sorting out my closet - an influx of items always makes me feel the need to clear out and donate what I no longer need. I think I'll have a few more days of mince pies and cake, but then it's back to working and saying hello to 2015.

Thanks December, you've been a blast.

Becky xx


Saturday, 27 December 2014

Becky Bakes: A 'Winter Warmer' Spiced Stewed Apple Cake.


In a sea of chocolate yule logs and christmas cake, I wanted something light and warming. So i ventured into the kitchen, to whip up a spiced stewed apple cake. I was rather weary of making one, considering all of the extra liquid added to the mixture, but it turned out perfectly and it is such a simple bake!

To make this cake you will need:

  • the mixture of two large stewed cooking apples. I like this recipe.
  • 175 of butter or dairy-free alternative
  • 175g of self raising flour
  • 175g of caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger


 


Method


 Firstly,  make the stewed apples, following the recipe linked above, however add two tsp. of ground cinnamon to the mixture (or a cinnamon stick, as pictured below, however remember to remove the sticks once the mixture has stewed.)

Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees c. (Fan, higher for conventional ovens.)

Now make the basic victoria sponge cake recipe. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs , finally adding the flour, baking powder and spices to the mixture.

Combine the sponge mixture  and the stewed apples mixing thoroughly but ensuring you do not lose air that has been mixed in,

Put the mixture into greased and lined tins and bake for 35 minutes, adding a tin foil 'hat' to the cake 20 minutes in.





This cake is honestly the most warming, spicy and sweet cake I've ever tried! If you give it a go, be sure to tweet me pictures @peachesandteas !


Enjoy!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

My Week In Pictures: A Winter Wonderland





I've had the best few days in Leeds. Christmas generally makes me feel lovely, with the cold bite in the air and festive lights all around, but it has been lovely spending a little time away from home. Isn't this bauble tree amazing?  It must have been 18ft tall and while it might not fit in my small uni room, one day I have new Christmas tree goals!

What have you been up to this week?

Becky xxx

Friday, 19 December 2014

OOTD: Feeling Festive





I'm pretty much in love with this Christmas jumper. I got it from Primark last year and I've already had so much wear out of it this year over the festive period. I'm a big believer in corny Christmas traditions, drinking hot chocolate, watching Christmas films, cosy-ing up with some blankets. But most of all, LAYERS. So when I went out to the Leeds Christmas market I layered up and braved the cold northern wind (complete with this festive number).

What I'm wearing:

Coat- Red Herring
Jumper- Primark
Leggings - Topshop
Boots- New Look

Foundation - Max Factor 'Skin Luminizer' in Wam Almond
Brows - Rimmel 'Brow This Way' gel in Blonde.
Eyeliner- Maybelline 'Colour Drama' gel 
Mascara- Benefit 'Bad Gal Lash' and Maybelline 'The Rocket' layered!
Contour- Benefit 'Hoola'
Lipstick - L'Oreal 'Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Reds' in Blake


Becky xxx



Thursday, 18 December 2014

Just Grand Tea Room, Leeds




Could this place be more adorable? I honestly think I've floated into a Hepburn heaven. As soon as I walked into the doors of the 'Just Grand' tea room in Leeds I knew I would love it. There's such a great variety of teas and they are so reasonably priced. In particular, they have a great range of low caffeine and caffeine free teas! I settled on a lovely pot of roobios Chai. They also serve amazing cakes and snacks, including gluten free cakes for those with special dietary needs! The carrot cake in particular was fantastic, it had a beautiful, thick cream cheese icing. In fact.. thinking about it now is making me want to run back to the tea room!

The tea room was so beautifully decorated, with Cath Kidston-esque wallpaper and canvases of all our favourite hollywood stars, such as (my personal favourite) Audrey Hepburn. When you step into this tea room, it really as if you're stepping back in time.

Find out more about the tea room on facebook here.

Where is your favourite spot to cosy up and drink a cup of tea?

Becky xxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tried and Tested: Queen Helen's Mint Julep Range.



So for those who follow a lot of beauty blogs, this will not be the first time you've heard about Queen Helene's Mint Julep range. Here I am, joining the masses, raving about these products.

The mask in particular is perfect if you have combination or oily skin. I have never tried a mask that is as refreshing, cleansing, calms break outs down and does not over dry the skin like this one! Its got a lovely smooth texture which is easy to apply, and for a huge tube of product, the price is fantastic (around 3 pounds a tube) and great value.

The scrub is also perfect if you prefer something slightly more abrasive for a deeper cleanse, which I've really been enjoying as a change to my Body Shop aloe vera sensitive exfoliant.  However, it is fairly abrasive so perhaps this should be limited to use twice a week.

Overall, these are great budget skincare buys that I know will be in my collection for a long time, definitely worth a try if you've been suffering from breakouts over the winter period!

Becky xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Motivational Monday



A dreaded Monday has somehow rolled around again. Every single Monday I want to drag the covers over my head, snuggle under the covers and neglect all responsibilities on my to-do list. But, every Monday (usually) I get out of bed and at least attempt some of them. As someone who suffers from chronic illness, I often find myself overwhelmed with even the smallest of things, which is why, even when I fail, it is so very important to keep trying. A healthy lifestyle takes time to develop, a craft needs practise to become perfect, quitting bad habits is a difficult journey. 

So this Monday, lovelies, I want you to think about something you do not want to fail at. Make it a priority and keep going until you succeed. Get out of those snuggly covers and seize the day, because Friday will roll around eventually.


Lots of love,

Becky xx


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Becky Bakes: Santa's Perfect Cookie 'White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, with Orange'!







Could this recipe feel any more festive? I've always wanted to make the perfect seasonal cookie, and I've seen the white chocolate/cranberry duo floating aroud a lot, but I just knew adding a little kick of orange would make it just that little more festive! The perfect treat for Santa and his helpers this year!

I really love a good fruity cookie. This is definitely it, Santa approved! 

What you'll need to make these cookies is:

  • 400g of white chocolate, broken into large pieces
  • One large orange. (with the zest grated)
  • 70/80g of dried cranberries
  • 250g of self raising flour
  • 320g of sugar
  • 1 large egg and an extra yolk.
  • 170g of melted butter or butter alternative.
  • 1tsp of baking powder.




Method:

This follows a general cookie recipe, with adjustments here and there so,


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into one bowl and set aside
  3. Add the melted butter, sugar and eggs (beaten) and beat until light and frothy.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the butter, sugar and egg combination
  5. Add the juice of half an orange into the mix bit by bit, stirring thoroughly.
  6. Add the zest of the large orange into the mixture
  7. If needed, add one to two table spoons of flour into the mixture, to ensure it is not too wet.
  8. Mix the white chocolate and cranberries thoroughly into the mixture.
  9. Place small amounts of mixture on to prepared trays (ensuring they aren't too close to each other, these biscuits spread!)
  10. Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden,
  11. Allow to cool on tray for 4-5 minutes before moving onto wire racks to cool.
  12. Leave on a plate for Santa on Christmas Eve!





Enjoy!


Becky xxxx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Liebster Award: Get To Know Me.




Now, on to the rules:


You must answer all questions that are given to you


A few months ago I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Smidge of Pretty

and I never quite got around to filling out the nominated questionnaire! Now it seems, with a broken SD card reader and loads of posts i can now no longer upload, it is the perfect time to finally getting around to completing the Liebster award questionnaire!


The Liebster Award is a blogger-nominated award to bloggers with less than 200 followers, and the word 'liebster' means 'dearest' or 'beloved' in German. It's a great way to find new bloggers and promote them!Must link back to the person that nominated you
Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
Provide nominees with 11 questions of your choice
Cannot nominate the person who nominated you
Must inform nominees of your nomination
Provide nominees with a link to your post for more info


Here are my answers to a Smidge of Pretty's questions!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

New at the Drugstore: L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil.



Last week I ran out of my holy grail cleansing oil by the Body Shop, from the chamomile range. So when I was faced with an empty bottle and a desperate need for a replacement, I switched it up for this inexpensive alternative.

The first thing I noticed is it has a beautiful scent, and is still incredibly gentle (if I ever get this in my eyes, I'm not too worried about stinging) but is possibly more effective than The Body Shop's Chamomile cleansing oil. That's right, I'm going to put it out there - a five pound cleansing oil from the drugstore manages to remove all of my make-up (including a lot of waterproof mascara) in just a couple of pumps. The cleansing oil also has a high content of mineral oil, which is really good if you suffer from sebaceous filaments in your pores.

I also love the packaging of this cleansing oil, the pump is small, which I find is really beneficial to avoid dispensing too much product. The cap is also really sturdy, which means its much easier to be confident that you can travel with this cleansing oil without a huge fiasco of leaking cleansing oil all over your clothes!

While there are some set backs to the product (it doesn't leave my skin quite as soft and smooth as other cleansing oils I've tried) at the price, the quality is spot on and a perfect cleansing oil to try if you haven't dipped into the world of cleansing oils yet!


What is your holy grail skin care item?

Becky xx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peaches & Teas BLOGMAS Schedule!



Hiya from me and this festive little reindeer! I'm so excited to announce that I'll be running Blogmas this year on Peaches & Teas! 

From December 1st -12th I will be posting three times a week - that's hopefully going to be one baking blogpost, one beauty blogpost and one fashion post for the first two weeks of December!

What's even more exciting though is from the 12th of December I will be blogging daily until Christmas, with even more exciting content and festive inspired posts!

I hope you enjoy the content I have lined up for you all during Blogmas and be sure to subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin and like my page on Facebook to stay up to date with new posts!

Lots of love,

Becky xx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tea Talk: Twinings Warming Chamomile & Spiced Apple




When it comes to tea, I'm usually pretty fussy. I need something that will be calming but also a pick me up, and de-caffeinated if possible. I like the idea of chamomile, but every time I have bought it, I usually drink a couple then decide that the taste just isn't quite me. 

That all changed when I tried the chamomile and spiced apple tea from Twinings. I've heard a lot about their new blends of green tea (gingerbread is one I am very excited to try) and as i was wandering down the tea aisle, this seemed just the perfect autumn tea for me.. and it is! It's sweet and spicy, the chamomile isn't overwhelming and the spice is intensified when a spoonful of honey is added.  To add to that, the blend is so smooth, I can honestly say it has beaten any other 'wintery' fruit tea I've tried before!

What is your favourite fruit/herbal tea for autumn?

Becky xx



Monday, 24 November 2014

My Weekend In Photos : Zoo Adventures




This weekend I made a fleeting visit to the zoo farm, 
it was lovely. I got to see lions, tigers, reindeer but I also got to bottle feed a lamb and feed sheep, pigs and even some deer! I have always loved being surrounded by animals, when I was younger I climbed (and subsequently fell out of) a lot of trees and I dreamed of growing up and owning a pig farm (with the piggies as pets, of course). I still think I'd honestly be insanely happy living a country life. Life by the sea is lovely, but sometimes I really miss the rolling fields and the sights of cows and sheep on a regular basis.

Where have you visited lately?

Becky xx


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mini Drugstore Haul!



For me, going into the drugstore is a very, very dangerous thing. So when I popped into Boots today for toothpaste, I accidentally came away with some new products to try! If by accidentally, you mean managed to maneuver myself to the opposite side of the store when a "3 for 2" on L'Oreal products sign caught my eye.. I knew I had to pick up some products I'd been lusting after.



I've never really been a lipgloss girl, for me it has always been about matte lipsticks. So when I reached for the L'oreal L'extroadinaire by Colour Riche lipgloss, I knew it had to be something special. It really is a 'liquid lipstick' and although it doesn't have that matte finish I love, it feels so smooth (but not sticky) on the lips it has become a staple in my bag. The applicator is also so precise, so you don't have to worry about mirrors when applying it. I purchased the shade 500 (Molto Mauve) however don't be deceived, it has warm undertones and isn't as 'purple' as you'd assume. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more of these when I'm next at the drugstore, shade 101 (Rose Melody) seems like a perfect gloss for spring!




With this purchase, I returned to my haven of matte lipsticks.Not only was the packaging of these lipsticks super chic (hello, textured? I'm digging it) but the colour selection of the L'Oreal Colour Riche Exclusive Reds was fantastic. Pictured here is Blake Lively's red, a bright, but slightly wine pigmented rouge lip. Autumn tends to leave me reaching for dark lipsticks, however this colour is just too beautiful to leave in my make up bag. The lipstick itself is fairly pigmented, not too sheer but enough pigment so it is buildable to get that Hollywood glamour lip. I'm also really intrigued to get a peek at the Colour Riche Exclusive Nudes, because I love an understated lip for everyday wear.




Finally, I gave into the hype and bought a Maybelline colour tattoo creme eye shadow. I'd never been too convinced that these would actually stay on my eyelids for as long as everybody else boasts they do, however, for once, the product lives up to its hype! It's such a smooth, buttery formulation, which is something I've found to be quite rare among highstreet creme eye bases, however, once it is applied, it does not budge. I got the shade 'Permanent Taupe' which is a beautiful neutral and perfect for a natural smokey eye. I'm looking forward to playing around with eyeshadow more now!


What is your favourite drugstore purchase?

Becky xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

OOTD: Autumnal Arboretum Adventure!








This week I ventured to Westonbirt National Arboretum, for a beautiful walk through the autumn leaves. Though it was slightly rainy at the beginning of our walk, it soon cleared up and we had a fantastic time exploring through the trees and looking at the sculptures (hello, Mr. Gruffalo!).

I definitely tend to wear a lot of black in autumn and this black-on-black look is one of my favourite outfits lately!


Outfit:

Cossack Hat - Top Shop
Coat - Red Herring
Top - New Look
Circle Midi Skirt- ASOS
Knee-High Knitted Socks- Primark
Leather Brogue Boots- ALDO

Make-Up.

Foundation - Max Factor 'Skin Luminizer' in Warm Almond
Mascara - Maybelline 'The Rocket' Waterproof
Eyeliner- Maybelline 'Colour Drama' Gel Liner (a great dupe for the Benefit 'They're Real' push up liner)
Lipstick- Rimmel 'Moisture Renew' Lipstick in Vintage Pink

What is your favourite autumn fashion look?

Becky xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

My Week In Photos: Pancakes & Pumpkins











I think I've eaten more pancakes this week than I have last Shrove Tuesday. Luckily I managed to walk it off in a few parks (or I like to pretend I did enough walking to burn them off..) and carved a very smiley pumpkin on Halloween.

Currently listening to: Can't Stop - Theophilius London ft. Kanye West

What have you been up to this week?

Becky xx

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hello, November.



I'm feeling the post Halloween blues today. October has always been one of my favourite months, the crisp chill in the air, the leaves turning red, the nights drawing in. However, October has come and gone, and I feel like this month I've grown so much. It's no secret I've been going through a difficult and transitional time in my life, but through it all I've come out a stronger, smarter person. All in all, October has been tough but worth it. So I go into November with new goals for the final months of the year, and anticipating playing all my Christmas playlists that have been patiently waiting (Hello, Mariah Carey, your two months of glory are just around the corner).

I really want to continue to focus on my skincare throughout the winter period. The last few months I've had a big switch up in products I use (all hail the cool & creamy wash from the Body Shop) and my skin has made so much progress. Though as winter begins to arrive, I really want to focus on keeping my skin hydrated and breakout free. Also biting my nails, I really, really need to stop that terrible habit.

Next up, I really need to focus on keeping a clean, fresh diet and exercising more. Throughout October I became accustomed to taking walks around the local fields and forests, but I need to schedule time for extra cardio, yoga and ensuring I eat lots of fruit (instead of cake). I always find it so easy to eat healthily and be active during the summer, but lately all I want to do is cosy up with cookies and warm milk.

Finally, I really want to keep reading more. I've spent more time reading in the last six weeks than I have in years and I'm absolutely loving it. I've just finished 'The Lives of Stella Bain' by Anita Shreve and I've got a very big pile of books I'm planning on getting stuck into as soon as possible! There is something I love about the feeling of reading alone that feels very indulgent and cosy. Hopefully I'll end up with another pile of books to steal from my family over Christmas, because my bank account can't sustain how many I'm purchasing at the moment!

What are your goals for November?

Becky xx


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Lazy Guide To: Organization



All my life I have been disorganised. Pieces of paper lying in the bottom of my bag, important letters misplaced, a heap of pens that do not work still in my pen pot. A lot of my friends will testify also that my room used to be a huge mess. However, this year I've tried to make a few changes and tackle the underlying problem in my life, organization. Yes, a very scary word, but as I found deadline dates floating about on crumpled post-it notes, I knew a change was needed.

The biggest thing that has helped get me organised is buying a heavy duty planner from paperchase, the kind with dividers; which makes me feel like a busy entrepreneur, but in reality is really just a place  where I can see how my week is scheduled and when I can plan some down time (because who doesn't love knowing that they can look forward to a day to relax?) and I've got to say, having things on paper is pretty essential to organisation. As much as the idea of having ten different apps in my pocket to remind me of various appointments seems ideal, sometimes incessant bleeping and the constant fear of no battery makes having a real organiser appealing. Plus, can you have adorable animal print on an app? I think not.




A huge tip I've found has helped massively in keeping me organised has been checking and planning for the month ahead before it arrives. While you can't sketch out every minute of every hour, it helps to be aware of any big events (or deadlines) coming up and plan around them. This is something I never used to do and I found myself constantly surprised (and unprepared) for events that I'd managed to completely forget! Having a quick look over your planner takes five minutes and eases so many worries!

Oh, and always have a working pen on you. You never know when someone might change the date/time of a meeting or a new event pops up that you need to amend in your planner. There is no point being dressed up and ready to go to a party that happened two weeks ago!




What are your best organization tips?


Becky xx