29 May 2011
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 love that several of them have been turned into films so you can see the characters come to life more.
004 This morning I went to a local car boot and found this amazing Lush gift set for only £5. It hadn’t been opened and normally costs £35!
005 I’m so excited for June! I only have 4 days left in work then I’m going on holiday for a week, then running Alternative Ascot event at work, then my 21st Birthday and then at the end of the month I’m going down to London for an Aussie event and to see family and do a bit of shopping.
What have you been up to this week?
27 May 2011
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 on what I've read/heard/seen. Not sure how long the tip will stay white though!
I've only washed it once so far but the quality hasn't changed at all and it dried to the same shape and only shed a couple of hairs which I expected. It also came with a brush guard which is perfect if you're carrying it in your make-up bag.
I was expecting the brush to be a bit denser than it is though, I own one other kabuki brush from Bare Escentuals which I like for how dense it is but it isn't very soft on the skin. This kabuki is the total opposite though and is the softest brush I've ever used. It makes applying make-up more fun and less of a chore in the mornings.
I’d really recommend giving the Sigma brushes a try, they’re great quality for the price and there’s so many to choose from!
Now I have a little giveaway for you – Sigma have kindly given me one of these brushes to give away to my readers! All you have to do is leave a comment and your email address and you’ll be entered. The giveaway will end 12pm next Friday and I’ll announce the winner later in the day. Good luck if you enter!
Have you got any brushes from Sigma? Or are wanting to try them?
26 May 2011
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.“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.”
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?
25 May 2011
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, Peony
Top notesCranberry, Blackberry
Base notesVetyver, Patchouli, Musk, Sandalwood
24 May 2011
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 know if you give it a try.
23 May 2011
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?
19 May 2011
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 favourite mascaras but I haven’t had this very long and it’s dried up so quickly. I think I didn’t close it properly and left it for a bit which is annoying! Definitely will be repurchasing this soon, think this was my third tube which says something about it as I always try out new mascaras.
What have you finished recently?
18 May 2011
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?
17 May 2011
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 glittery ones too …
15 May 2011
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 interesting to read everyone's opinions. I didn’t say anything as it was hard enough to keep up with the conversation. Looking forward to the next one!
what have you been up to this week?
13 May 2011
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!
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 with all this lovely weather we’ve been having. The lemon and peppermint surprisingly go really well together. If anyone knows what brand this is let me know! I really want to buy another bottle.
Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Scrub – I had a mini tub and loved it and bought the large tub once it had ran out. The first time I used it I hated it! I’m not sure if they’re changed the formula but it leaves my skin feeling horrible and greasy. Not what I want, it makes me feel like I need to take another bath as I feel really dirty. I hate throwing basically full products away so I’ve been using it as a foot scrub. I didn’t notice the oily-ness on my feet which was a good thing. I love the smell but I definitely won’t be purchasing this again.
Perfume Samples – I’m counting these perfume samples as one. Wasn’t too bothered about any of them so wont be purchasing. Liz Earle is in there somewhere which I definitely will be buying soon.
What products have you finished recently?
11 May 2011
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. You really can’t taste it once it’s been mixed together and cooked. Instead of diluting the marmite with the boiling water, I just add them box into the big mixing bowl and combine them later. It works the same way.
4)At this point your onions should be done so add them to the mixing bowl as well. If you’re quorn is frozen then you’ll need to fry for a couple of minutes. I use the same pan as the onions so you don’t need any extra oil. Once the quorn was de-frosted add it into the mixing bowl.
5) Now it’s time to add the breadcrumbs. I’ve used different types of bread each time and I find the best is wholemeal unsliced. Pre-sliced bread really doesn’t work so if you don’t like wholemeal go for white unsliced. Simply slice the bread, take of the crusts and put the remaining into a blender/food processer until you have bread crumbs. I find that two slices sometimes isn’t enough so I always make extra. You’ll know if you need any more when you add the egg. Once done add to mixing bowl.
6) So now it’s time to mix all the ingredients together and add the egg. You want the mixture to start sticking together and forming a large ball. If it’s too liquidy add some more bread crumbs. If it’s a bit dry add a tiny bit of water.
7) Once the mixture is combined it’s time to form the burger shape. Lightly oil a baking tray. It’s easier if you just grab a bit of mixture with your hands and shape into a ball but you can spoon out the mixture. Place the burgers onto the tray and press down to form a flatter burger. I usually fit 6 large burgers on the one tray.
8) Place tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 minutes. At the half way mark turn them over so both sides cook evenly. Check on them after 20 mins, they may need a little longer depending on how big you’ve made them.
Because they contain breadcrumbs I don’t have bread/buns with the burgers. Instead I use lettuce leaves which I actually prefer. These burgers are also really nice cold and make great left over lunches for work. I usually make a batch on Sunday and they’ll last me throughout the week.
Let me know if you try them! :)
10 May 2011
09 May 2011
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?
07 May 2011
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.“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.”
It’s £7.35 which I think is a great price for the 330g tub which is going to last a decent amount of time as you only need a tiny amount. Another great thing is if you take back 5 empty black tubs (all sizes) then you can get a free fresh face mask.
I haven’t used this as a shampoo but I just can’t see it working, if anyone has used it like this yet me know!
06 May 2011
05 May 2011
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.
04 May 2011
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.l-r: Revlon peach petal, Illamasqua torture, Illamasqua lily-rose, Barry M coral, Benefit fresh squeezed.
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 comes off as bright raspberry pink.These two are the sheer lip glosses, I can’t begin to imagine how opaque the full colour ones are. I don’t like the applicator on these so I usually use my finger.
Coral is not a coral, on the website it looks orange and in real life it’s a pink. It’s a lovely colour and has an amazing formula which isn’t at all sticky. It almost feels moisturising. Out of the 5 it’s the one with the least pigmentation but it’s not a clear gloss.
Fresh squeezed’s formula is my least favourite but I love the colour. It’s a pink grapefruit sort of colour and is really opaque. This is the only gloss with shimmer and probably one of the few that I actually like. I don’t like shimmer or glitter in my lip products. It’s almost like it’s gritty, I don’t know if that’s the shimmer or just the formula but it would stop me from buying another one of these lip glosses though.
03 May 2011
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 in it as I honestly can’t remember but mainly lavender and camomile oil. When this was thoroughly mixed we rolled it flat using a rolling pin and spread lavender buds all over it which you can see in the photo below. The dough like mixture was then rolled like sushi and we were each given a fair sized amount to take home.
The evening was completely free and we were given a little goodie bag on the way out. There was also lush products to buy, facials and eyebrow tinting and threading. It was a great night and we’re definitely going to go to another one. Hopefully they’ll perfect the bath bomb making so we can do it one time.
02 May 2011
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 spray enhances my natural wave/curl and the leave-in conditioner keeps my hair feeling soft and healthy.
Mac Quad – These aren’t all Mac shadows, think only one is, the rest are from my coastal scents neutral palette that I depotted. This is what I’ve used every day for this month and I love it.
OPI Rapidry Top Coat – I haven’t found a top coat that doesn’t chip/peel off the day after it is applied. This includes higher end brands such as OPI and Seche Vite. This mini bottle has actually worked, it makes my nail polish dry super quick and doesn’t peel off the next day. I still think top coats are over rated but I have been liking this one.
MUA Lipstick In 4 – This is the lipstick I’ve been wearing every day this month. It’s really sheer but adds a nice natural pink sheen to the lips. It’s also really glossy. A great lipstick for only £1.
Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm – This has been my day time lip balm, it’s a great base for lipstick as well as keeping my lips looking nice.
Blistex Intensive Moisturiser – This is my night time lip balm, it reminds me of a cream for the lips. Not one to be wearing during the day and it’s leaves a white cast on the lips.
What are your April favourites?