Sunday, 10 September 2017

Summer of Spanish Sun | Favourite Holiday Dress


A few months ago I went to Cambrils, Spain with my boyfriend. This was possibly one of my most favourite holidays. The weather was the best we'd ever had, we did so many exciting trips and it was just an all round fab holiday! 

We stayed in a hotel which had Cambrils on one side and Salou on the other. Both very easily accessible by public buses. We were also lucky enough to have a white sandy beach on our doorstep.


One of the trips we did was to Barcelona; this was such an incredible city. The buildings are just gorgeous with cute small streets. So much to explore. We also took a visit to the Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuic. As it gets dark these fountains come to life with music and the atmosphere was amazing. 





When packing for holiday, I always throw in so many evening dresses and never end up wearing them all... but a couple of years ago I bought a black maxi-dress from asos and it has become one I will take on holiday every year. When I first bought it I thought it was a little 'out-there' for me. Not something I would usually buy. It's the only maxi-dress I own. It's hard to see from the photos, but it has a wrap around bit with a tie around the front.  







 Dress was under £20 and it's perfect for holidays! 

Sandals from TK Maxx £14

Watch from New Look £10

Bag from Peacocks (bought it in the sale years ago..)

Friday, 1 September 2017

Gooey Brownie Recipe


Recently I made these delicious gooey brownies and they were so good I made them again a week later! See the recipe below. 

I don't actually own any proper measuring scales...I found some plastic American baking cups in poundland so I use all measurements in cups. If you did need to convert it to grams this is easily done by searching for a measurement converter online. 

You will need: 

3/4 cup melted butter

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup self-raising flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Regular chocolate bar of your choice (I just used a regular milk chocolate bar)


Method: 

Mix the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs.


Chop the chocolate bar in half. Melt one half and chop the other. 

Pour in the melted chocolate to the mix. 

Fold the dry ingredients into the mixture (you may want to sieve the flour to avoid lumps)


Fold in the remaining chocolate chunks. 



Transfer to a baking dish and bake in an over at 180 degrees for around 20-25 minutes




Leave to cool for around 30 minutes before slicing into squares.


The first time I made these, I cooked them for 20 minutes and they went EXTREMELY gooey. Stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-crazy-gooey. I actually really liked them like this. The next time I made them they were in the oven for 25 minutes and they were more like chocolate cake slices than gooey brownies... so it might take a bit of trial and error to get them exactly how you prefer.

Enjoy! mmm...



Sunday, 20 August 2017

Eat Smart | Niomi Smart | Review




Recently I made the decision to go vegetarian. Well pescetarian to be specific, I still eat fish and shellfish occasionally. I will do a separate post on why I decided to change my diet another day. But since I cut out meat I have found it fun to explore new recipes which don't involve meat. I get bored of the same meals, so I wanted something to excite my taste buds. Considering I used to eat meat nearly every day, this was quite a challenge!

I decided to invest in a couple of cook books to get my imagination flowing... I think it's important to remember that you don't have to follow the recipes exactly to make tasty meals. They can be great for fuelling your own ideas for different meals.

Today I will be reviewing Eat Smart. The plant-based cook book by Youtuber Niomi Smart.

I found Niomi's channel about 3 years ago now, and really enjoyed her content. She makes different videos from beauty to fitness and health. Her 'what I eat in a day' videos have inspired me to try new healthy recipes. Don't get me wrong... I love my junk food. But I also crave and adore healthy food, and feel better for it afterwards..

This book has a variety of recipes, for breakfast, lunch and tea including snacks, deserts and drinks. I have made quite a few of the recipes in this book and found that they are not challenging and the instructions are easy to follow. Some of the ingredients are a bit on the pricey side, so sometimes I just substitute them for something more easily accessible, or just don't use some of the ingredients if I think they are not essential to the meal.

One of my favourite recipes is the vegetable skewers with satay sauce. This is so simple and easy to make. If you love peanut butter as much as I do, this is a sure winner.


I also have made the Chocolate-Coated Banana Lollies which are a healthier sweet snack for those chocolate cravings! 


On top of the fab recipes, the photos are beautiful and of course, Niomi looks gorgeous too...


For an inexpensive book, this is a great one for anyone who has decided to go vegetarian/vegan and needs ideas!  

Saturday, 4 February 2017

COLAB Dry Shampoo: Paradise



I'm a great lover of dry shampoo. It's a great way to get by if you don't want to wash your hair, or to give clean hair that extra boost it needs to create a textured look. But one aspect of dry shampoo always bothers me. White residue. This is where COLAB dry shampoo comes in. Created by one of my favourite bloggers, Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends. I love her posts; she writes extremely well, full of humour and her posts are extremely entertaining to read!

The formulation is weightless, with no white residue. All of the original scents smell lovely (the London one is my absolute favourite) and so I purchased the new Paradise scent. It smells divine! The formula is the same, but they have completely revamped the packaging, which is a bit more fun! I purchased this in store at Superdrug, but if you bought online, it came with free flamingo themed stationary.


I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a new dry shampoo, which smells good but also works as well as it says!  

Friday, 27 January 2017

Eyelash Extensions: Cluster Lashes

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a local salon, and got some cluster lashes. I have always wanted to try the individual lash extensions, but these are a little more pricey, and so I thought I would try out cluster lashes first.

Never again...

The process took around 20 mins and cost only £10. The therapist told me that some people can make these last for up to two weeks, in what world?! The application was fine; she applied the cluster lashes, and after each was was applied, I was told to open my eyes, to stop it from sticking to the bottom of my eyelid. The glue fumes did sting my eyes a bit and made them water, but the therapist reassured me this was normal.

They looked ok.... not amazing. The same as if I had applied them myself, except they were stuck like super glue.



'Be careful when showering, as the steam can loosen the lashes!' Yup...Wise words. As soon as I got home, I jumped in the shower, begging the steam would loosen them away. It didn't. Instead I used a pair of tweezers, and pulled out the ones closest to my inner corner. Not my best idea. I did end up ripping a few of my natural lashes out, but not enough to make me worry.

After I had ripped out the ones near my inner corner...

This made them slightly more bearable. I just found them so irritating! Every time I blinked I could feel them. The rest lasted around a week, with me filling in my other lashes with a bit of mascara to hide the gaps...  

After the week had past I desperately wanted them all off, so with a bit of research, I found that leaving your head over a bowl of boiling water, loosened them. Then used a bit of olive oil to remove the rest. Ahhhhhhhh relief!


After this episode, even though I think the individual lashes would be better, it is a definite no no for me!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Primark false nails...V.2



£1.

Yes. You heard me. £1.

100 little 1p coins bought me this set of nails. (glue included)

Reading this post is not deja-vu.... I just had to post about these nails!

Again, I have been shocked at the quality and I am fully convinced now, that you need spend no more than £5 on DIY acrylic nails. I did have to file these down a lot, but that is because I don't really get on with really pointy, long nails. I have had these on since Sunday, it is now Tuesday and I have already had compliments from strangers. Only today I had a full conversation with a lady on the bus about how I do it, how long they last, is the glue any good? and when I tell her I did them myself and they only cost me £1, she's just as shocked as I was!


Love falsies? For a quid you've got nothing to lose!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

I don't believe it! Primark false nails...





£1.50. No, this is not a joke. £1.50 is what these nails cost.

I couldn't believe my eyes! After years of being a loyal Elegant Touch customer, handing over notes rather than coins for good quality false nails, I thought there was no way, sturdy false nails could ever cost less than a fiver. Oh how wrong I was!

I picked these up from Primark as the shiny rose gold mirror effect was something I could not resist... the glue they come with works very well. The only thing for me was these were too pointy, but this is easily rectified with a nail file, elbow grease and patience. I have since gone back and stocked up on numerous other designs, some on sale for as little as £1. They lasted around a little more than a week, during which I received many compliments. Even a girl on the tram stopped me to compliment my nails! 

Primark, you never fail to surprise me.