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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Lifestyle | Deliciously Ella Roast Veg & Chick Pea Stew



I am really not much of a cook, actually to be honest, I am not a cook. However, I like to eat yummy food and I enjoy reading recipes and thinking about how nice it would be if I could cook them! My mum sent me across a very yummy looking Deliciously Ella recipe and for once I actually understood the instructions and thought this was my time to cook and succeed. So as it went so swimmingly and it was very tasty I thought I'd pass the recipe on to you!





Ingredients

2 sliced courgettes
1 sliced aubergine
1 chopped red onion
3 chopped garlic cloves
1 can of drained chick peas
2 can tinned tomatoes
2 tablespoon puree tomato
1 tablespoon of honey
(pinch of chilli flakes)







First step is to pre-heat your oven to 180. Now it's time to prep all your veg, this part took me 30 mins but I assume with practise I'll be able to cut this time in half! Pop your chopped courgettes, aubergine, red onion, 3 chopped garlic cloves and one tin of drained chick peas onto a baking tray. Rub olive oil into the vegetables and mix them well. 

This can now be popped into the oven for 35 minutes. (I put a timer on for 25 minutes as that's when I needed to start cooking the sauce)






To get the sauce ready you need to empty two tins of tomatoes, two tablespoons of tomato puree and one tablespoon of honey into a saucepan and mix well. Ella also suggests adding chilli flakes but I decided to leave this out.

Bring this sauce to boil and them simmer for 10-15 minutes.




All the yummy roasted veg after being cooked for 35 minutes.




Mix the veg and sauce together well.





I served mine with flat bread for a light and comforting meal, Ella suggests serving with quinoa. This really was so easy to make and it makes a delicious, healthy, wintery stew.



Here is her recipe which is probably a lot easier to follow than how I wrote it! RECIPE . Let me know if you give this a go and what other recipes of Ella's you recommend! 


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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Beauty | La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur



If you've been keeping up with my blog for a little while now you would have seen my updated skin care routine, check it out here. I popped back to boots to re-purchase my moisturiser and saw this little beauty and seeing how well the skincare is working for me, I thought I'd give this a go!




 Effaclar BB Blur - £16.50 (I got this on sale for £12.37)  LINK



Effaclar BB Blur is a BB cream which has been specifically made for oily skin, and this is something I most certainly have the up-most pleasure of having! I feel more confident once I have a base on my face to cover spots and redness, however, I don't like to feel or look like I am wearing a base. First up this product only comes in two shades which are fair/light and light/medium and they're very similar shades. The medium is slightly warmer and too dark for me but both shades are suitable for white skin. It seems a shame how tiny the colour selection is as I am sure a lot of people would like to try this out!





The packaging is really lovely and simplistic and it's a decent size. I do think £16.50 is expensive for a drugstore BB cream, I can't imagine how much their foundation would be! The product reminds me a lot of the Maybelline dream matte mouse as the texture is exactly the same. It absorbs oil whilst giving you full coverage. It really does blur out imperfections and creates a smooth finish however, it's lacking the staying power I need! My skin seems to be even too oily to make this last, I definitely had to touch up throughout the day with powder, or blot my chin, as it separated on my chin. This also has SPF 20 which is great for a sunny day in London. 



I'd love to know if you've ever used this and what you think of it!



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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Beauty | What's Inside My Eyebrow Make-up Drawer



I've had a sort out of all my make-up and now have got what I like to think of as the essentials. The drawer I couldn't live without is definitely the one containing my eyebrow products as even on no make up days I'll still pop my brows on, I don't want to scare people! So here is my drawer of eyebrow products!






First up I have one Brow growing serum which I can't tell if it's working too well to be honest with you! Then I have a brow styling gel and a clear brow mascara to keep my brows in shape all day long. I bought the Rimmel styling gel after having used the Benefit Gimme Brow and unfortunately it's not half as good as it's so runny it creates a very gloppy messy look.









My most used products are definitely the pencils, they're just so easy to use and create the most natural looking brows. Most of these have a pencil or wax finish, however the Soap and Glory one also has a felt tip edge and the Maybelline one has a smudging edge which has a powder in.









I have three powder palettes which get used for more dramatic make-up looks or when I have a little bit more time to do my make-up! I am still trying to master using a powder to create a natural brow look, so any tips are welcome.








Finally, I have some tweezers and brow stencils which I use every now and then. 



So there we are that all my bits and bobs in my  eyebrow make-up drawer! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I like to use and perhaps you now have a wish list! Let me know if there is anything you recommend I give a try.




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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Beauty | NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face DUO



I've been wanting to find an easy to use contour and highlight product which would create a subtle finish with minimal effort and hey presto I've found a winner!









The product looks like your average concealer with a wand application, which makes it so easy to use! The wand means you can have more control on where you're placing the product and allows you to slowly build up your contour or highlight.







I got the lightest shade (Taupe/Ivory) and it's really perfect for my pale skin! The contour blends really nicely and creates a warm shadow and the highlight brightens up under my eyes perfectly! It creates a really lovely subtle contoured look and could easily make a more dramatic finish if applied heavier.



I think it's really good for the price as it's definitely going to last ages and it's just so easy to use that I have begun introducing this extra step into my makeup routine without any hassle!



Have you used this sculpt and highlight product before? 


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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Beauty | Nail-Aid Nail Varnish



I've always enjoyed having a good old pamper and taking care of my nails as making them look nice is rather important to me! I used to be really into nail art etc but now I am really focused on improving the strength and condition of my nails to help them grow. 






I picked up these three nail-aid beauties from TKMAXX in the aim of improving my nails and here's the 411.





Keratin 3 Day Growth - This was the polish I was most excited to try as I am desperate for my nails to grow! The Keratin amino acid absorbs into weak nails to help them stop peeling and chipping. You apply two coats of this and then apply another every 3 days. This can be used as a base and top coat with nail polish colour. I have to be honest and say I haven't noticed my nails have grown at all and they are still splitting so this definitely didn't work for me in 3 days, however I am hopeful that it will look eventually!


8 in 1 Nude Manicure - This polish also has keratin which shall help to grow your nails whilst having the addition of a sheer pink colour. This creates a really pretty pink natural manicure.


Gel Xtreme Shine Top Coat - This chip free top coat creates a really shiny gel like finish. It dries incredibly quickly and makes any brand nail varnish look like a professional manicure!







I'd love to know if you've used any of their products before and which you recommend for helping nails grow!




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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Lifestyle | The Happiness Planner Review



I have always been an avid list maker and I love a good old cheeky survey so I am a huge fan of this happiness planner! If you haven't seen this before let me introduce you..... lovely follower say hi to the planner which will change your well being and day to day life!


  
The Happiness Planner - £20.00 LINK (3 for £49)
Liberty London - £24.95 LINK



The Happiness Planner is an undated journal where you can focus on your happiness instead of just listing what arrangements you have each day. The journal gives you a chance to look to the future and think about the positive experiences you'll be having and also allows you to reflect on your day and week. This planner has 100 days to fill in and trains your mind to think positively for the future days. As it's undated you could always buy the same journal again and re-answer your questions and see how you have changed.






 Blurry on purpose to hide my answers but this is how the question pages are set out.



The first section of the diary asks questions about yourself,  your personality, strengths and weaknesses, what makes you happy or unhappy and also looks to the future and where you see yourself. It asks all of those difficult questions which out loud would be near impossible to tackle, but sat alone in the comfort of your room are relaxing to answer.






The second part of the journal is the 'diary' section. Here you plan out your week and then you take each day as it comes and think about what you're most excited about, any main tasks you need to complete, exercise you did, food you ate and what you were most grateful for. I find myself enjoying each day more and more because I am taking time in the day to think about the little things which make me happy. Sometimes I would have one bad thing happen to me in a day and I'd overthink it and allow it to ruin my entire day, now I of course still have bad moments but I'll focus on the nice meal I had, the magazine I bought, the book I finished, the lift I got home from the station etc and it out weighs the negative. The result I have unintentionally trained my brain to highlight the happy moments in the day which has maximised my well being.


The planner is available in pink, lavender, black, aqua blue, navy blue, blush rose and sage, which gives you lots of choice and also means you could buy another for the next 100 days and see your progress.


I'd love to know about your experience with your happiness planner and I hope you enjoyed this post!



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Monday, 4 September 2017

Beauty | Revolution Ghost Finish Luxury Baking Powder - AD



I was very kindly sent this Ghost Finish baking powder by Make Up Revolution and have been using it for the past month so it's about time I share it with you! Following on from the hype and success of the banana powder, Make Up Revolution have kindly brought out a powder more suitable for us paler gals.






The packaging is compact which means it's great to pop in my make up bag, however due to it being small the lid is so tiny which makes it difficult to sprinkle the powder into and then be able to dip my brush in and finally apply to my face. I think puffing some of this magically mattifying stuff on the back of your hand would work a treat though.






I have been using this powder daily to set my foundation and concealer in place, I simply put a little amount of product on a big brush and swish it over my T-zone. The powder has no scent and is very smooth on the skin. 

I have also baked (after watching many a Youtube tutorial) with this product and whilst it definitely leaves my under eyes looking bright, it does leave me looking incredibly pale, even when I've swept all the excess product away. It creates a very dramatic, flawless and contoured look when left on for 5-10 minutes and the dramatic nature of it works well for a night out.

They now also stock this baking powder in different skin tone shades and 'Lace' looks like a really lovely pale pink tone which would create a subtle finish.




Ghost Finish Luxury Baking Powder - £5.00 LINK




I'd love to know if you've given this baking powder a chance and what you think about it!!




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