31 January 2012

January Favourites

I didn't think I'd have too many favourites this month as I haven't bought anything new and have just been using old favourites which I didn't want to repeat.
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N-Spa Hot Butter Fudge & Angel Cake bath syrup - These are my two favourites from the set of four I bought in the sale. They smell amazing and make a good amount of bubbles. Angel Cake smells a bit like Lush's Snow Fairy which I didn't actually buy this year for some reason. Hot Butter Fudge smells like you should eat it! Definitely going to be buying the full sizes.

N-Spa Jojoba and White Jasmine body scrub - Another great product from N-Spa! I'm not normally a fan of jasmine but for some reason I love the scent of this. It's what made me buy it in the first place. I always prefer body scrubs that are named body polish. The grains or seeds are usually much smaller which I find works better with my skin. I bought the mini bottle to see if I liked it but am going to buy the full size once this runs out. I'm also thinking of trying a few more products which have the same scent.

Ahava Mud Mask* - I use this on my t-zone and it works wonders. I apply it, leave on for 2 minutes then use a Liz Earle sponge to take it off. You can see an immediate difference and blackheads are much smaller or have disappeared completely.

Rimmel Disco Ball Nail Polish - I've been applying this on top of most of my manicures recently, I just love it. I haven't posted any NOTD's using it yet but I have one scheduled for Thursday.

Benefit Eyebright - This is a re-discovery as it's been sitting in my drawer unused for quite a while. I got it when it was free with Glamour, along with everyone else! I used it for a while but stopped for some unknown reason. I've been applying it on my waterline every morning just to make my eyes look more awake and works really well. Not sure I'd buy it when it runs out, £14 just seems a bit too expensive.

Topshop Infared Lipstick - This is my latest edition to my lipstick collection and has quickly turned into a favourite. I find oranges suit my skin tone and hair colour better than most reds. It also makes my teeth look whiter which is always a bonus. The formula is great too, really creamy and easy to apply. It's made me want to try the other shades. I really want to try one of the darker colours but they'd sold out when I was buying this one.

Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Solid Perfume - I've had this perfume for a long time, I won it in one of Steph's giveaways but just didn't use it that much. It smells amazing but as you can only apply it to your skin I found it quite hard to use. With normal spray perfumes, I spray my wrists and then clothes/hair. Obviously with this you can't do that. Instead I've just been using it when I'm around the house or want a more subtle scent.

What are your January favourites?

29 January 2012

Week In Photos 071

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Started reading the Uglies series on my Kindle - now up to book 3 // Finished jigsaw // New Tulips // Started Paris jigsaw // What my bedside table looks like from not knowing what polish to wear // Watching Lovefilms - Chuck is one of my favourite TV programmes at the moment.

28 January 2012

Living Nature Blusher In Warm Summer

I've only tried the odd few bits of make-up from Living Nature so thought I'd give one of their blushers a go. I couldn't find many proper photos of the actual shades so I totally guessed and went with Warm Summer*. The other shade being Cool Winter which is brown.

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I always think the little words on the cardboard packaging are such a nice touch. Most of them have been "smile", but I really like "breathe". The blusher itself is encased in cardboard with an elastic band to secure it. Like with the Benefit box powders, I can see this getting quite battered after being kept in a make-up bag for a while or even just being in a make-up drawer. It's really slim though could have been made smaller by not including the brush which is pretty useless.

As for the colour, Warm Summer is a nice neutral pink. It's quite sheer which is perfect for a more natural look but it can be built up for more colour. You can see this on the last photo, bearing in mind the sunlight is horrible at the moment.

This Living Nature blush costs £14.99. Despite being a really nice colour I don't think it's worth the price when you compare it to other blushers with the same price.

27 January 2012

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I've been looking for the perfect cookie recipe for such a long time and I've finally found it. I prefer soft chewy cookies. Like those you can get from Subway or Supermarkets. All the recipes I've tried, even those saying they're chewy, have turned out hard or even cake like.

This week The Guardian has included recipe cards and one of them was for cookies. I tried it last night and it was a success! The best recipe I've found so far so thought I'd share it. These are just chocolate chip cookies but you can add whatever you want to it. The original recipe had brazil nuts and cinnamon in it.

chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients (makes around 20 cookies):
125g unsalted butter, softened
225g light brown soft sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1 medium egg
25g cocoa powder
175g plain flower
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g milk or dark chocolate chunks (I used white and milk chocolate chips)

Heat oven to 180c/gas mark 4.
Mix together butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Beat in the egg then stir in the cocoa.
Add the flour and soda and work until combined.
Mix in chocolate.
Pinch off nuggets of dough the size of a ping-pong ball and roll between your palms until smooth.
Cover a baking tray with baking paper and place cookie balls on it 3-4cm apart.
Bake for 12-14minutes.
Leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a rack.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how they went! I think they're perfect and my dad loved them too.

22 January 2012

Week In Photos 070

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Addicted to Tiny Tower // Homemade scones with jam and cream // Cinderella Panto at the Everyman Playhouse. 

21 January 2012

Living Nature Kowhai Flowers Nourishing Body Bar

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I usually prefer shower gels over soaps, as I find them less drying. But then I come across a few soaps that are incredibly moisturising and this is certainly one of them. It's so creamy and I can really tell a difference in my skin after using it. The name, Nourishing Body Bar*, is perfect for it. It's made up of olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter. The scent of this is lovely, very floral but not too over the top. You can see all the little flower petals through out the soap. Just a really nice soap that I've used up so quickly! It's also huge so definitely worth the money.

17 January 2012

Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Just a few photos I took whilst at the Albert Dock and Tate Gallery.

15 January 2012

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Tulips, my favourite flower // Pretty Sunsets this week // Albert Dock // Tate visit to see Alice In Wonderland Exhibition.

001 Went to see the Alice In Wonderland exhilaration at the Tate today as it ends in a couple of weeks. I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with it. It costs £7.20 to get in which I really don't think is worth it and way to expensive. Luckily I have a Tate card so I get in for free. There was some work by Salvador Dali and Max Ernst which I loved. Dali being my favourite artist. I wasn't very impressed with the rest and some I just didn't get. 

14 January 2012

Today I've Been ...

... Organising my nail polish. I finally got my nail wheels in the post, along with a nail polish remover bottle that I've been wanting for a while. You know those ones that you press the top of and nail polish comes out onto the cotton ball?? organising nail polish wheel
I just love these nail wheels, I don't use them for photographing nail polish really, I prefer to actually paint my nails for blog posts. Instead I use them to decide what colour to go for. It's an easy way to look at all my polishes at the same time as I do have quite a lot.

I've decided to keep one nail for each brand as before I had various brands on the same wheel which I didn't like. It meant that if I bought more nail polish it would be all messed up. Next I'm going to add labels to each wheel but I think I might try printing them out, not sure yet.

13 January 2012

Lush Yuzu And Cocoa Bubbleroon

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It's not often I'm disappointed by a Lush product but sadly this bubble bar is a bit of a let down. It's one of the newer products from Lush and I smelt it when I was last in London and put it on my Christmas list immediately. The scent is a mix of chocolate and citrus but once in the bath, the scent completely disappears.

That's not the only let down though. I used half of it for one bath and it took a long time to crumble and melt, I haven't had this problem with any other bubble bar. It also didn't create a lot of bubbles and the ones it did make didn't last for very long.

Lastly, Yuzu And Cocoa looks tiny compared to all the other bubble bars which I can normally get 4 baths out of. It's also not one of the cheapest being £2.95. Definitely not buying this one again!


11 January 2012

Second Blog

I've started a second blog, RottenOtter Eats, where I'm posting photos of my meals in the quest to become healthier and eat better. I know it's not going to be for everyone but thought I'd let you know in case you want to have a look. I'm also going to be posting recipes to go along with some of the meals I make. 

Really looking forward to the summer so I can actually take photos of my dinner and it still being light outside! All the photos I've taken come out really yellow and have had to alter them a bit in photoshop. 


10 January 2012

Next Diamonds

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This is my latest edition to my perfume collection, although I had to get a new bottle as my other one stopped working when I dropped it. Luckily Next swapped it for a brand new one! I've been meaning to pick this perfume up for a while but as Next isn't a shop I go into very often it went to the back of my mind. After reading Cat's post about it, I decided I had to go and get it!

Next Diamonds is said to be similar to Miss Dior Cherie (which has been on my perfume wish list for a long time), Soap & Glory Pink and Katie Price's Stunning. Although I haven't smelt Stunning, I'm going to take Cat's word for it :)

Miss Dior Cherie is described as freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, popcorn, vanilla, caramel and patchouli. The Soap & Glory scent is described as bergamot, summer rose, peach, strawberry, gardenia blooms, jasmine, patchouli, warm amber and lush musks. Stunning is described as mandarin, violet and jasmine. Although Next Diamonds isn't described as well as the others, it is described as an opulent white floral fragrance entwined with fresh fruit nectars and crystalline musk.

As you can see they all have very similar notes which I haven't come across too much. I'm now thinking do any of the other Next scents smell like more expensive perfumes?

I have the little mini bottle, 30ml, which I can easily carry around in my bag or take away with me if needed. It's only about £6 as well which is a bargain compared to the price of Miss Dior Cherie, £50. The bottle is cute too and sits nicely with my other perfumes on my book shelf.

Out of all of these four, Diamonds is the cheapest by a lot, being only £10 for 75ml. 

09 January 2012

Week In Photos 068

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Enjoying breakfast of panatone and banana smoothie // Decluttering my ring tray // Childhood Jigsaw // Current make-up // Banana and peanut butter smoothie // Spiced butternut squash soup with croutons - both homemade // Painting make-up storage // Cucumber refresher // Maple syrup pancake with strawberries and cream // Peppermint patty green monster smoothie. 

001 My internet has been down for the past two days and only came back on an hour ago so couldn't post this on my usual day, Sunday. Haven't been able to read any blogs, write any blog posts, watch youtube or catch up on American tv online. Although I did manage to finish reading Linger by Maggie Stiefvater which was really good. just started the third and final one and have no idea what's going to happen in it.

002 This past week has been all about breakfast and trying new drink recipes. My favourite being Cucumber Refresher which I posted about on Saturday. I'll probably be writing a blog post with recipe for each one as I love making and drinking smoothies. Also really enjoyed making the spiced butternut squash soup the other day. I'm not a huge fan of soups but I've really been liking them recently. I'm actually in the middle of making a barley and veg soup while I write this.

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