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Week In Photos 037

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001 Tuesday afternoon I attempted to make macaroons using Milly’s recipe. They don’t look as good as hers do but they worked so much better than I thought they would and tasted really nice too. I really wanted to make pinks ones but we didn’t have any food colouring. If I make them again I think I’ll try adding a bit of nutella to the butter cream middle. 
002 I love reading and always have the maximum amount of library books allowed on loan as well as carrying my kindle around with me. I go through phases though where I don’t feel like reading and last month or so I haven’t read a single book. I’m back though and am making my way through my library books so I can get another batch out.
003 The latest book I’ve read is The Rescue which made me cry like a baby! I loved it though. Nicholas Sparks has to be my favourite author, I get completely lost in his books and the characters are always easy to relate to. Each book has a sad part towards the end but it’s always a happy ending. I l…

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki

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So I’ve wanted to try Sigma brushes ever since they first appeared on Youtube, probably over a year or so now but I just haven’t got round to ordering for some reason. Probably because shipping to the uk is a little bit pricey! So today I bring you the Sigma flat top synthetic kabuki – F80, which has made me want to place an order even more. I think I’m going to order an eye kit when I get back from holiday.
When I opened this the first thing I noticed was the quality, it really is amazing. I don't own any Mac brushes but from what I've seen/read/heard these are a good comparison. And for the price too, only $16 which is about £10! I also like that the writing on the handle is holographic, small details like this always make me happy! I don't know if the letters will rub off eventually though as I've only had it for a couple of weeks. The shape reminds me of E.L.F's powder brush, another one which is on my wishlist but don't currently own so can only comment …

Lush Retro Happy Bubble Bar

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“If you're having trouble lifting the corners of your mouth into a smile, sink into a delightfully fragrant blue bath covered in mounds of fluffy bubbles. With refreshing tangerine, neroli and orange blossom, your smile is bound to return. Sandalwood oil not only helps to rehydrate and soothe the skin, it's also very, very relaxing, helps you calm your anxiety and makes you feel lovely all over. So if you're feeling down, best take a Happy Bubble bath and feel much better.” My final Lush retro review from my order a few months ago. I’ve really enjoyed trying new bubble bars and bath bombs, I’ll have to make another order soon. Sometimes the normal Lush products can get a bit samey.
I wasn’t overly keen on the bright blue bath water, wasn’t very relaxing but I loved the scent. I think I got about 4 baths out of it so about the average amount. Once again great amount of bubbles and I didn’t find it hard to break up.
Have you tried this one?

My Spring And Summer Perfume Of Choice

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I know you don’t buy a perfume for the outer packaging but I must say this one does put me off a bit! To me it looks cheap and tacky compared to the perfume bottle inside and the brand itself. It would have worked so much better if it actually looked like it was meant to go with the perfume bottle itself.

That aside, this is one of my favourite perfumes of all time! I went out and tried it in Debenhams after Vivianna raved about it in her videos and on her blog. I’ve never actually smelt it before but fell in love straight away. It works well for all seasons and lasts a serious amount of time. I could still smell it on the sample ribbon 5 days after spraying it. The same goes for my clothes.
I really can’t describe it but it changes and evolves the longer you wear it. Here’s what theperfumeshop.com say:
Heart notesDamas Rose, Violet, PeonyTop notesCranberry, BlackberryBase notesVetyver, Patchouli, Musk, SandalwoodScentWoody FloralDo you like YSL Parisienne? What’s your summer scent?

Thai Salad

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This is one of my favourite meals and it’s so quick and easy to make! I usually make extra and then take some to work with me for lunch. The lettuce doesn’t last too long though so I wouldn’t keep it for more than a day. I also just add ingredients by eye, I don’t follow a recipe so you may want more or less or certain things.
1) Heat a frying pan with a little bit of vegetable oil and add the chicken quorn. Turn quorn over once one side is cooked.
2) While the quorn is cooking I prepare the dressing. In a large bowl mix a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, little bit of garlic, little bit of freshly grated ginger and a teaspoon of green Thai paste.
3) Cut the tomatoes in half, lettuce into small pieces and mango. For the mango I use a melon scooper as it just makes it easier to chop up and creates just the right sized pieces.
4) Add the quorn and mix all the ingredients together.
5) Finally eat and enjoy!
Such a simple recipe and only takes about 15 minutes to make. Let me kno…

Week In Photos 036

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001 The church around the corner from my house is currently being demolished. I think they’re planning on building houses/flats but I’m not sure. It’s really sad as it’s my friends church and her and her family have been going there for as long as I’ve known her, which is 21 years! It’s amazing how quickly a building can be destroyed Vs how long it takes to build.
002 Another trip to Ikea, definitely my favourite shop. I go in thinking I won’t buy anything but I always do. This time I bought a lovely purple plant and a pink blanket which was on sale.
003 Apologies for random posting, I’ve been exhausted this weekend and basically spent the two days in bed so I wasn’t able to take photos and get some posts written for this week. Hopefully I’ll do some after work tomorrow. I’m also thinking of starting going to the gym, just have to find out which is cheapest.
What have you been up to?

Project 20 Pan: 15 Down, 5 To Go

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This P20P is still going surprisingly fast, I thought I’d have like a month where I wouldn’t finish any products! I’ve come to the conclusion that when I buy something I’ll use like half of it and then I’ll buy some new and use that a lot etc. Therefore I have a lot of half used products meaning my P20P will go quickly.

Liz Earle Eye Bright – THE holy grail product for me. I’ve tried a lot of eye make-up removers and they’re no where near as good as this one. I’ve gone through countless bottles over the past two years or so. I had to buy a new bottle despite being on P20P as it was on my rules. If I finished a product and didn’t have another to replace it I could buy one.
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara & Clinique High Lengths Mascara – I’ve been layering these two mascaras so they eventually ran out/dried up at the same time. I’ll definitely be repurchasing them both at some point. I also really want to try  some cover girl mascaras now.
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara – One of my …

Naughty P20P Purchases

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Yes I broke project 20 pan by ordering from ASOS. But come on, I am trying to finish 20 products!
First is this set of body butters from Soap & Glory. These were £8.55 for the set but unfortunately aren’t available anymore, they can be bought separately though. I was actually really disappointed with the amount of product in the two to the right. They’re about half full where as the one of the left is full. Anyone else noticed this if you’ve bought this set? They all smell amazing though and I can’t wait to use them. I’ve had the original formula before in a little tub and loved it.

The next product I’ve bought has been on my wish list for so a long time, is Bed Head’s After Party smoothing cream. I finally ordered it as there was a 20% off code for ASOS so it was only £12, usually £15. I’ve only been using it for a few days but so far so good!

I’ll probably be writing some reviews once I’ve used them for a while. What have you been buying recently?

Tangle Teezer

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One of my favourite buys in a long time is the tangle teezer, As my hair grows longer it gets more knotty and tangles really easily and I hate brushing it out if I’ve had it up in a messy bun. I used to use either a large paddle brush or a wide tooth comb but they didn’t work too great. But now I only use the tangle teezer to brush through my hair.

I went for the hot pink and I love it. I bought mine from ASOS for I think £10. They don’t seem to have it anymore, only this compact styler. It is amazing at de-tangling hair and works great on both dry or wet hair. As it’s plastic it’ll dry really quickly if you use it in the shower. I also found I was pulling less hair out when using the tangle teezer which is obviously great. The only downside for is that I have really small hands so it doesn’t sit as comfortably in my hands as I think it would for others. I can get over this though as it works wonders.
If you’re thinking of getting on I’d really recommend it! I really like the glitter…

Week In Photos 035

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001 I have to admit, all these photos are from today. I lost my camera charger and only found it this morning!
002 I’ve decided to give up dairy in the hope it clears my skin up a bit. I did this around August last year and it helped so hoping it helps again. Not the hugest fan of soya milk but thinking the more I drink it the more I’ll like it?
003 Started tidying my bedroom today and the light bulb went. For some reason whenever this happens I always put off changing the bulb, instead I just switch all my lamps on and wait a few days to change it. Anyone else do this? It’s probably just me :)
004 I’ve been exhausted today, pretty much spent the whole day watching CSI New York, season 7. Connect the laptop to the tv so I could watch it normal size. Love being able to do this.
005 I managed to catch the last 20 minutes of #bbloggers on twitter which was started by Fee (MakeUpSavvy). If you don’t know what this is then have a read of Fee’s post explaining everything. It was so inter…

My Mac Palettes

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So I have two Mac palettes, one which is neutrals and pinks which actually looks incredibly dull in the photo, I love it though and it’s certainly my most used. The second contains brighter and darker colours. They’re not all Mac though, I have a mix of depotted NYX, coastal scents and The Body Shop. I also have three spaces so if you have any recommendations let me know!

Top row: The Body Shop eye shimmer 02, White Frost dupe, NYX Barely There, Mac Dazzlelight, Gleam Dupe
Middle row: Nylon dupe, Mac Bisque, Creme Royal dupe, Quarry dupe, Soft Brown dupe
Bottom row: Naked Lunch dupe, Phloof dupe, Mac Et Tu Bouquet?, Mac Sweet Lust, Mac Girlie

Top row: Mac Goldmine, Carbon dupe, Expensive Pink dupe, Sable dupe
Middle row: NYX champagne, Patina dupe, Blackberry dupe, unknown colour
Bottom row: Amber Lights dupe, Beauty Marked dupe, NYX Root Beer, unknown colour
If you’ve done a post about your Mac palettes leave the link in a comment!

Project 20 Pan: 11 Down, 9 To Go

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Ok so I’m just over half way through and am in dire need of buying some beauty products! I think this next half is going to be hard as a lot of the products I’ve finished were on their last legs.

Yarden Dead Sea Shampoo – I bought this about a year and half ago when my scalp was acting up and my eczema was really bad. No other shampoos worked and it was really hard trying to find a cheap SLS free shampoo so I bought this. It smells vile! And yes I did smell it in the shop and still bought it. It worked really well though and with some eczema cream my scalp cleared up. I only had a few washes left out of this and forced myself to finish it as I could just see it sitting in my bathroom for years. I will only re-purchase if my scalp ever flares up again like it did.
Lemon and Peppermint Shower Gel – I’m not sure what brand this is as it was a gift but I really like it. I’ve been using it to refresh my feet each night when I get in which has so far stopped my eczema on my feet flaring up w…

Quorn, Cheese and Onion Burger Recipe

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This is a bit of a different post, as it’s my first recipe, but I’m hoping to do more. If you have any specific meals you’d like recipes for then let me know! Bare in mind I’m vegetarian :)

Ingredients: (makes 6 large burgers) 175g Quorn mince Vegetable oil 1 red onion 1 tsp dried rosemary 2 slices of wholemeal bread 40g cheddar 75g cream cheese 1 tbsp of marmite dissolved in 1 tbsp of boiling water 1 tbsp of fresh parsley 1 medium egg 1) Pre-heat your own to gas mark 5.
2) Heat your frying pan with a little bit of oil in. Dice the red onion and add to frying pan when hot. Once they’re been frying for a couple of minutes add the dried rosemary. You don’t want the onions to burn, instead cook them until they’re soft.
3) While the onions are cooking you can prepare some of the other ingredients. Measure out the cream cheese and add to a large mixing bowl. Grate the cheddar cheese and add to the mixing bowl. If you don’t like marmite or haven’t tried it before I’d suggest decreasing the amount. Yo…

Aussie Lusciously Light – Next Video

So here’s the next video from Aussie and this time it’s about eating healthy and drinking lot’s of water. The next video is about yoga and de-cluttering your life which I’m really excited for. Have you been doing the exercises from the first video?

Week In Photos 034

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001 I haven’t taken many photos this week and didn’t take any at all last week, that’s why there wasn’t a Week In Photos post last week.
002 Ms Wedgie sent me this drawing of an otter on twitter the other day. I love it! Definitely need to draw my own version and one that represents my blog.
003 I won Lauren’s amazing birthday giveaway and my prizes have been coming in through the post this week. Can’t wait to try everything out properly. I’ve got one of the Rimmel nail polishes on at the moment and the OPI on my toes.
004 I made veggie sushi and gyoza Saturday night and it actually turned out ok! I made the dumpling dough from scratch and amazingly it worked! I've only ever made pizza dough a few times so definitely could have gone wrong. If you’re interested in a recipe post I can do one :)

What have you been up to this week?

Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Gel

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“Sea salt shower scrub Rub Rub Rub is a bit of a variation on the normal shower gel. Sea salt is gently exfoliating, extra cleansing and mineral-rich. This new blue scrub is startlingly refreshing, with a dash of lemon juice and the tropical scent of mimosa blossom. Smooth it all over your body; you can even use it as a shampoo.” The texture of this reminds me of a slushy and I guess the colour does too. This is a great exfoliater but it’s also gentle enough for everyday use and hasn’t irritated my eczema prone skin at all. The main scent I smell is the mimosa blossom with just a little something extra which could be the lemon maybe, I’m not sure. It’s really nice but one I think you’d have to be a bit careful of the other products you use. Say, your moisturiser would have to match or not have a strong scent, I don’t think different scents would mix very well. It went well with Lush’s happy bubble bar nicely.
It’s £7.35 which I think is a great price for the 330g tub which is going to…

Models Own Blooboo - NOTD

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I love the colour but I’m not sure I like it on me, it reminds me of OPI’s mod about you. Obviously not the colour, just how it looks on my nails.
Anyone else feel like this about a nail polish?

Glossy Box

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Finally we have a Birch box equivalent for the UK, Glossy Box. You pay £10 for your box which is sent out each month. Each box will contain 5 deluxe sized samples and you can even earn glossy dots to redeem against future boxes. For anyone who is beauty obsessed and loves to try out new products this is the perfect solution. Unfortunately May’s box is now sold out but if you sign up  you will get one in June. For those of you who managed to buy your box before this then there’s a rumour going round that the first one is going to contain Nars. I have a post coming up soon about my first Nars product so I’m really hoping this rumour is going to be true.£10 per month is £120 per year is a lot of money so I’m not sure if how long I will be getting the boxes for. Maybe until I get over the hype or can’t afford it, I don’t know but I can’t wait for the first box to arrive!You can read more about Glossy Box here.

Barry M Berry Ice Cream - NOTD

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One of my favourite Barry M’s. It hasn’t got the best formula compared to others, I needed 3 coats for it to become opaque but it lasted nicely with an OPI top coat.

Favourite Five: Lip Glosses

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Once again I’m pleasantly surprised that they’re all pretty different. I actually prefer lip sticks to lip glosses but for some reason it was really hard to pick these 5. I have a couple of Revlon and Barry M that I love as well but though I’d stick to the 5.

l-r: Revlon peach petal, Illamasqua torture, Illamasqua lily-rose, Barry M coral, Benefit fresh squeezed. Peach petal is my only nude lip gloss and this one is actually opaque so the colour you see in the tube is what you’ll get in your lips. Actually pretty much all of these 5 are like this apart from the Barry M. The revlon lip glosses are a little bit sticky which I don’t really mind as it means they last longer.
These two Illamasqua lip glosses are actually my first products from the brand, I bought them from the ASOS sale though so they were much cheaper than normal. Torture is an amazing colour, it’s so bright and orange! I have a Barry M one which is similar but much cheaper. Lily-Rose looks red in the tube but actually come…

Review: Lush Supernova bath ballistic

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Lush describes this as “Celebrate bath-time with cocktails for one and a ticker tape parade.When they celebrate in New York, people throw handfuls of paper down into the street. Supernova is a party explosion in your tub. It has one of our favourite fragrances, which crops up every now and again in our celebratory bath and shower products. If it smells like a Buck’s Fizz with a splash of cognac, that’s because it’s got refreshing oranges and genuine cognac oil to make it smell like a posh cocktail. Smatterings of fluorescent bubble mixture give it a frothy topping with splashes of bright pink. The paper takes a bit of clearing up afterwards, but it’s definitely fun while it lasts.” What I think: This is one of their ballistics that fizzes away slowly releasing little bits of paper confetti. They make the bath look pretty but  they don’t stick to me whilst I was in the bath or when I got out which was a great relief. Despite it being a pretty pink colour the water didn’t particularly …

Lush Shopping Evening

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The last Thursday of every month the health place, in the building that I work in, holds a shopping evening where they bring in a brand to do a few taster sessions. For the that couple of months the company has been Lush but I’ve always had other things going on so I never went. Last Thursday though they decided to make bath bombs so my mum and I went a long. We also have a lovely bistro in the basement of the building so we went for cake and a drink before hand. I had an amazing slice of tiffin, my go to choice if I ever want a cake from there.
We were told that there had been a bit of a disaster with the bath bomb mix and that I hadn’t set after two hours so instead we were making angels on bare skin which is a cleanser. A simplified version anyway.

To make the cleanser we mixed ground almonds, which when mixed with water creates a lovely almond milk, and kaolin which is a clay mineral. We all had a go mixing it together and then it was time to add the oil, I’m not 100% what was i…

April Favourites

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Lovea Moisturising Body Milk – Since the weather’s been warmer I’ve started using a lighter moisturiser. I wouldn’t call this a milk though, more a lotion. You can read my full review here.Avon Advance Technique Mirror Shine Spray – I’ve had this for such a long time, I used to use it when I straightened my hair but haven’t so much since leaving it to dry naturally. I’ve dug it out though in the hope of using it up for P20P but I’ve actually fallen back in love with it. When I wake up I spray this through out my hair and it leaves it really shiny and more polished. I’m not sure if they still sell it, I’ve had a look on the website but can’t find it.VO5 Sea Salt Spray and Aussie Leave-in Conditioner – These are the two products I’ve been using on my hair for the past month. I spray them both through out my hair when wet. I then either leave my hair to air dry or give it a quick blast with the hair dryer. Both give the same effect just depends what time of day I wash my hair. The salt s…