Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mozzarella, Spinach and Tomato melts



Something different today. I jumbled these ingredients up to make a delicious and healthy lunch which is also super quick and easy.

How to make:

  • Gently fry the spinach in a little olive oil or butter on the hob until it has wilted down into juicy greens. 
  • Toast some bread and butter (to make this a healthier snack instead of using normal sliced white bread as I did here, you could use wholegrain or rye instead.)
  • Put the cooked spinach on top of the toast and add a couple of slices of mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. 
  • Place in the oven or under the grill until the cheese has melted.
Voilà! A healthy lunch in under 10 minutes :)



What healthy lunches do you like to make? 
Another healthy favourite of mine is mashed avocado and boiled egg on toast. Mmm....

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bondi Sands Self-tanning Foam review



Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium – Buy HERE

Thought I'd give tanning a try. I'm not unhappy with my extremely fair skin tone but as summer approaches I thought I might spice things up with a bronzed tan! This is an Australian made tan which has recently been introduced to Superdrug in the UK. This is the only tan I've ever used, so I don't have anything to compare it to but I thought I'd share my first experience and what I think of this product. I got the shade light/medium and the foam formula, which I would recommend for beginners as you can see where you are applying the product and the application is pretty fool-proof.

So, here are my steps for a smooth, even, streak free application!

STEP 1: EXFOLIATE.

Before applying your tan you need to ensure all dead skin cells are removed by exfoliating. For this I use exfoliating gloves (I purchased some cheap ones from Superdrug: buy HERE) but you can use a mitt or any exfloiating tool. I will then follow with a body scrub just to be extra sure my skin is well polished and will be smooth all over. I usually will use one of the two body scrubs mentioned in my Battle of the Body Scrubs post.

STEP 2: MOISTURISE.

This shouldn't be done on the day that you tan. I will exfoliate and follow with a moisturiser a day before I tan so that I have chance to make sure my skin is oil free before application. I will moisturise my whole body to make sure it is well hydrated and that there are no dry patches. I'm loving the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion at the minute (buy HERE).

STEP 3: APPLY YOUR TAN.

To apply your tan I would suggest using a tanning mitt. They're really cheap and ensure you don't get stained hands and they provide a smooth application. I use 2 pumps for each part of my body massaging the product into my skin in circular motions. I use whatever is left on the mitt for my hands and face.

The tan has a guide colour so you can see where you have applied the product so you don't miss any patches. The guide colour is a lot darker than the actual results so don't worry if before you wash it off your skin tone looks a lot darker than you wanted. 

application with the guide colour still on

It doesn't smell unpleasant. It has a sweet coconut scent which is actually rather nice. It was very easy to blend into the skin without leaving the skin feeling sticky. After applying, I leave it about 2 minutes before putting on something baggy, which is a onesie for me. It does transfer onto clothes so I'd suggest wearing something old and something that's not white. However, it does wash off clothes so don't worry too much.
 
STEP 4: WAIT...THEN WASH OFF.

This tan can be washed off after one hour but for a deeper tan it can be left on for 6-8 hours. I left mine on for 6 hours before washing off when I took the photo below.

RESULTS!

Before pictures of me without any tan and a picture of me after washing off the product. 

Bear in mind the first picture is from when I was in Greece, you know, in the hot sun all day... and I STILL didn't get a tan haha. Also, believe it or not my arms are actually naturally slightly darker than my legs. 



Tan after washing off guide colour

This tan is supposed to last for up to 7 days. I have found that with regular moisturising it can last for up to 10 days. It fades nicely and doesn't look uneven.

Overall a very good product. It's not really cheap but it's not very expensive either, so for the result it seems worth the money. Will I purchase again? Most likely. Self tanning is not something I want to do on a regular basis but if I do this is the product I will turn to :)

What self-tanning products have you tried and loved?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Do whatever makes YOU happy

© Copyright Olivia Plumb 2015

This post is fuelled by something that happened to me last night which, if I'm honest, was pretty ridiculous and rather silly. But it got me thinking...

So, I've only ever faked tanned once very recently as a kind of experiment. And I intend to review the product (it's the Bondi Sands range for anyone interested :P). I'm not unhappy with my very fair, porcelain skin, but I thought it would be nice to try tanning as a temporary change for the summer months where I want to get my legs out. I applied it last night for the second time, and as you will probably know, the guide colour is usually a lot darker. On my face it did look a bit muddy and bright. I KNOW. I know that it looks different from when you first apply it to when you wash it off. Anyway, I bumped into a couple of my guy house-mates and they instantly just started taking the mick about how I looked. I was so upset and annoyed I went upstairs and washed it off only after 1 hour of application instead of sleeping in it which is what I intended.

After I calmed down and got over what they said, I thought about it and got more angry at myself. Why did I wash it off? It is what I wanted not them! I had wasted time and effort and money applying the product only to have to wash it off and not have it work just because of some stupid comments made at me!

DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY.

If you want to be pale? BE PALE. If you want to be tanned? BE TANNED. If you want to dye your hair all the colours of the rainbow. GO AHEAD. As long as it is what YOU want. If what you want to do is sensible, healthy and not going to harm yourself or others around you then nobody should stop you from doing what you want for yourself. Don't let people put you down or make you do things because that's what they want. Don't take other people's comments to heart and let that influence your decision, especially about how you look and want to look! Don't change the way you look because you think it will impress someone else if it's not what YOU want.

Ahhh glad I got that off my chest. Be happy people! ♥  

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Battle of the Body Scrubs

Body Shop Cocoa Butter Cream Body Scrub vs. Palmers Cocoa Body Scrub

Body Shop Cocoa Butter Cream Body Scrub - £13 – Buy HERE




Palmers Cocoa Body Scrub - £4.99 – Buy HERE 



Now the first difference to point out in these two products is definitely the price. The Palmers scrub is considerably cheaper. So, is the Body Shop scrub worth the extra cash?

Pros and Cons of Body Shop Cocoa Scrub
  • Smells divine...
  • Very creamy consistency which moisturises the skin.
  • Packed full of grit (feels like sand in this one...) so really exfoliates the skin removing all dead skin cells.
  • Leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and smelling lovely.
  • Don't really have any cons...

Pros and Cons of Palmers Cocoa Scrub
  • Again, smells divine...although I think this smells slightly more 'chocolatey' than the Body Shop one.
  • Has a jelly-like consistency. Not as thick or creamy as Body Shop scrub but still moisturises.
  • Not as full of grit. This uses crushed cocoa beans which is nice and does polish/exfoliate the skin, but it's not as jam-packed as the Body Shop one.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smelling sweet. 
  • Again no glaring cons.  

My Verdict?
They are both amazing products but I think the Body Shop Scrub slightly outweighs the Palmers one. Mainly because of how thick, creamy and gritty it is. However, the Palmers scrub is still incredible and does the job more than fine making skin smooth, soft and smelling delicious all for an incredible price. So, I definitely will be buying it again, probably as my regular body exfoliator, and maybe splash out on the Body Shop Scrub once in a while :P

What body scrubs/exfoliators do you love? I've never tried a salt scrub actually so let me know your opinions on those!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Product Review: Tresemme Keratin Smooth 7 Day System


First of all, Id like to apologise for my blog literally just being product reviews at the moment. I'm in the middle of revising for my finals at uni so I've done nothing that's worthy of blogging. So, sorry about that but after exams I'll have loads more time to do lots of different posts :) 



On to the review! I've had these products for about a year now so I've tested the system out a few times. I tried the whole 7 days system again about a week ago and took photos of my hair so you can see the results. What you're supposed to do is use the shampoo and conditioner, then follow up with 8-10 pumps of the heat activated treatment in towel dried hair. After the hair is dry you then straighten the hair, going over each piece a few times. It is designed for use with straighteners and boasts straight, smooth hair for 7 days and after 3 washes.

I followed the process and I can't really say I noticed any difference in the smoothness of my hair after it was straightened. My hair is always pretty silky smooth after a straighten. One thing I did notice that was different is that I could feel that my hair had some product in it...which wasn't visible but I could feel it. Like a hardness to my hair.

Here is a picture of the first day of using the product and after straightening (there is a little kink near the top of my head which I must have missed with the straighteners which is annoying)

Day 1

On the second day it was less straight from sleeping on it but this is usually exactly what my hair behaves like after straightening and sleeping on it. 

Day 2
 
The third day is where the real magic is supposed to happen. Straight hair AFTER washing it?! Hmm... You're supposed to stick with the 7 day smooth shampoo and conditioner throughout the 7 days which I did. After washing and drying my hair it was straight (my hair is naturally quite straight anyway, but its very frizzy and not very smooth) but it was very frizzy, especially at the ends of my hair. It was surprisingly more frizzy than usual actually. 

Day 3
 

My hair remained in this straight-ish but frizzy state for the rest of the 7 days and after the three washes...

Day 7.  Very dry,  frizzy hair with lots of fly-aways


If I'm honest I believe this product dried my hair out and I couldn't wait to get lashings of Argan oil onto my dry locks. I don't believe this product works. It didn't make my hair any more straight or less frizzy than it usually is after washing it. Perhaps if you have really wavy/curly hair you would notice more of a difference. However, this product didnt work for me and I wont be repurchasing. 

 

Did this product work well for any of you? I plan on doing a haircare routine soon so you can see what products I abolutley love that make my hair feel amazing :)

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Product Review: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara






HOORAY!! 

A new product I bought that I actually REALLY REALLY like! This definitely does what it says on the bottle ('lashes look visably multiplied and fuller'). And for a fantastic price too (link to product on title).

Now, I've had my fair share of mascaras. I kind of think they all do the same thing, with no product being better in my books than another no matter what the price. Until I came across this new favourite mascara! I don't have very long lashes. And after one thin coat of this product they do seem a lot fuller, thicker and longer without being clumpy compared to other products I've used. I find that if I add too much product it can be sightly too clumpy but that is the case with most mascaras. It has a slightly curved plastic wand which emphasises the lashes curl. The wand is not too tiny but not so big that you get mascara all over your eyelid...

I am very impressed with this mascara and definitely will repurchase it.

Great find at the drugstore! What drugstore mascaras do you enjoy? Have any of you tried and loved this product as much as me?!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Product Review: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water



Am I the only person ever to not like this product?! All I have heard is praise and amazing reviews. Raving about how ALL makeup is removed effectively with no rubbing/rinsing and how it gets off a lot more makeup than most other removers. It also boasts about how there is no stinging to the eyes as it is for sensitive skin.

I have had this now for a fair few months and I have tried it multiple times and as much as I try I just do not like it at all. Is there something I'm doing wrong?! It appealed to me specifically because it says for sensitive skin and that there is no perfume so it can be used around the eye area without stinging. This stings my eyes like mad! Like really bad. And even after all the stinging it hasn't actually removed much of my makeup at all... sooo, after a few attempts at using it and various occasions with seriously stinging eyes, I decided to try it on my face only and see if it does anything there. Obviously there is no stinging to the face but I found that it didn't actually remove my makeup very well at all. I went over it with a Simple face wipe and I got more makeup off than with the micellar water alone. I don't see what all the hype is about... 

The product is very cheap and if it worked for me it would be great as the bottle will last a very long time. Because I have a lot of product left I will continue to use it to take off face makeup as best as it will but I definitely won't be repurchasing... Think I'll stick to my Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Lotion (which works a treat by the way! I bought mine from Savers.)

Has anyone else had a bad experience with this product or is it literally just me?! Haha.