Monday, 31 July 2017

Current Beauty Favourites

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, haven’t I? I’ve been working on a lot of things “behind the scenes” - nothing exciting, it’s just work! - but it has made my put the blog on the backburner. I’ve been feeling mega guilty about it, so I am hoping to get back in to a routine. 

I have been trying lots of beauty products and I’ve been up to a lot of exciting non-worky stuff, I just need to get my butt in gear and blog about them! I thought I’d start with the easiest; my current favourites products. Products I’ve been loving lately and want to recommend.

The warmth of the Summer is doing wonders to my skin, it’s the best it has ever been (touch wood). It has never been so clear but actually, I do have my stash of beauty products to thank for. As I rummage through my rather (embarrassingly) large collection of lotions and potions, I can reach for products that will fix any of my skin woes; whether this be an oily T-zone, dry patches, blemishes, or general dullness.

Looking after my skin has become a top priority for me, especially now that I’m in my 30’s. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing or where I am, I will do my skincare routine twice daily - without fail. I think the results are paying off as I am telling people at work that I’m 22 and they actually believe me. Brilliant! “What’s your secret?” they ask me. A solid skincare routine, I tell them. 

I always incorporate a few extras to my skincare routine, so as well as the basics (cleanse, tone, and moisturise), I also add essence waters, serums, oils, spf, etc etc.

Bio-Essence 24k Bio-Gold Range

The incredibly Instagrammable Miracle Finisher and Gold Water by Bio-Essence have been miracle workers (available at Superdrug). I use the Gold Water (£16.99) in lieu of toner as it gives the similar results; Gold Water tighten pores, plump out fine lines, softens, mattefies, energize, and gives skin a luminous gold. It is a unique fusion of 24k bio gold and herbal extracts to protect skin from free radicals and signs of ageing. 

Bio-Essence Miracle Finisher (£29.99) is applied after face moisturiser as a last step to the routine. The lightweight cream protects your skin from pollutants and potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients by forming a layer over skin. Don’t worry, that isn’t as grim and sci-fi as it sounds. It’s like a light cream that has a matte finish and sinks in straight away. It keeps the shine away and makes my skin feel amazing throughout the day!


Monday, 24 July 2017

Recipe: Blackcurrant Jam Puddle Chocolate Brownies

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Surprisingly, my most-read blogpost is not a fashion or beauty related one. It’s my recipe for chewy, fudge chocolate brownies!

Since it's been a couple of years since my previous chocolate brownies recipe, I thought it was time to post a new one! This time, I present to you, the richest, yummiest, Blackcurrant Jam Puddle Chocolate Brownies! They are easy to make - anyone at any level of baking skill can make these delicious brownies! The addition of the blackcurrant jam makes it taste like a black forest gateau. The sticky, syrupy sinks in to the brownies and the fruitiness balances out the rich and sweetness.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cooking Made Easy | How To Make Dinner Time Exciting

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Well, this isn't my usual type of flatlay, is it?! Today's blogpost is going to be about food. Forget beauty for a moment, food is actually my favourite topic.

I used to be really good at cooking and sticking to a meal plan but for the past 4 months, I've found myself raiding the fridge or cupboard after getting in from work at 7pm. Oven chips, jacket potato, pasta salad, tinned soup and a couple of slices of toast... pretty boring, tbh. 

I don't actually like how convenience food taste, but it is just that. Convenient. It has become habit because there's no one here to judge me but also because I really am pushed for time on the evenings (I know, timing isn't a good enough excuse to eat crap!) but I'm ready to break out of it.

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Cooking Made Easy | How To Make Dinner Time Exciting

HelloFresh*, a subscription food box, was something I had heard about from other bloggers. This is how I've been getting brand new information for the past 5 years... bloggers are so quick and on-the-ball. HelloFresh was something I was intrigued about; what's not to love... a delivery of fresh produce to make delicious, healthy meals. But I was wary about how fresh HelloFresh fresh produce could be (tongue twister). Turns out... it is very fresh!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Take A Seat On My (Virtual) Sofa & Let’s Have A Catch-Up

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I consider myself an introvert so I’ve come to recognise that I have what I call a ‘social battery’. If you ever catch me at the end of the day being slightly quiet, withdrawn and not as talkative… it’s only because my social battery has drained and it’s likely that I’m dreaming about retreating to a night in front of the TV. My comfort zone. 

Does this sound familiar to you? I love nothing more than settling on the sofa in front of the TV with a nice cup of tea and a copious amount of snacks! Don’t we all?!

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