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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Some Favourites from May


Before we get into the products can we just take a minute and think about the fact that we are about to start the 6th month of the year! I honestly find that quite frightening, I know I have said it before but this year is just flying by. I am excited about what June has to bring, mainly because it will be my birthday!!! And on my birthday I will be playing with real life Meerkats, but more on that when it actually happens.

I have 5 things to share with you this month - things I have been loving due to the weather taking a very pleasant turn, so I'm sure I will continue to use them throughout this summer. First is SunSense Daily Face, this is a tinted moisturising sunscreen SPF 50+ for the face and neck. I first discovered it in a glossy box a short while ago but have started using it over the past couple of weeks as we finally have some sun. I am a huge believer in wearing sunscreen and I always go for factor 50, one because I am very fair and I'm to bothered about getting a tan and two, because I just feel better knowing that my skin is protected. So while that covers my face, for my body I have been using a new product from La Roche-Posay. This is also a SPF 50+ sunscreen and is described on the bottle as a "touch dry gel-cream". I am hugely impressed with these two products, so much so that I feel they need their own post so that will be coming soon.

My last 3 products are make-up. The first has been in a favourites post before but as I have been using it non-stop for more than a month now (really since I got it) it is only right that it is mentioned again. It is a NYX blush, sent to me by the lovely Ellie from Ellalogy and it is just such an amazing colour, she honestly could not have chosen a better one! It is a cream blush so just gives the most beautiful glowing finish to your cheeks and I love that for this time of year especially since in summer we all like to look a little more glowy and fresh faced. On my lips I have been using a new combination my very lovely friend brought back for me from her trip to America - along with lots of M&Ms and Oreos! Maybelline Color Whisper in Coral Ambition and a new EOS Balm because the one Ellie sent me along with the NYX blush is nearly gone - "my name is Shelley and I am addicted to lip balms!" I have been using them together, layering the Color Whisper over the lip balm so my lips have been lovely and soft and the colour goes on smooth and doesn't look cracked. As the name suggests it is coral, which is always such a huge shade in Summer, and it isn't to bright and is even lighter when used over a lip balm.

Hope you are all having a good week so far, do you have any plans for the weekend? I will now be counting down the days until my birthday!



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Friday, 24 May 2013

A Little Bit of Lately

Today has felt like such a long day, it has been very busy and I am happy to finally be off to bed. This is just a quick post to share a few pictures from the last couple of weeks that make me smile :)
Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have had a lovely day!


1 - Cupcakes made by my 3 year old niece...no help from me! (ok maybe a little)
2 - Amazing Derren Brown show, would love to see him again!
3 - Very tasty arancini from Jamie's Italian...yum yum
4 - Treats from our friends recent trip to Florida, the Raspberry M&Ms have gone now...they didn't survive      a trip to the cinema...oops
5 - Daisies in the sun, such pretty little Spring time flowers :)

Good Night xx





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Monday, 20 May 2013

Repurchased Products: Clinique Even Better Foundation

Last week my all time favourite foundation sadly ran out, and seeing as it is the only one I have that matches my skin colour right now - due to the lack of sun, I wanted to pick up a new one. While I was waiting at the counter I started to think about how long I have been buying this foundation. I realised it has been that long that I can't actually remember when I first did!


As the name suggests Clinique Even Better evens out your skin tone, so is great for someone like me who has a few marks and some redness, but doesn't always want to wear something as heavy as a full coverage foundation. I find this to be a good all year product for me as it can give light coverage for summer months or good skin days but then can be applied a little heavier when needed. Even when using as a more full coverage foundation or maybe building it up for night after a day of wearing it, it still manages to look very natural.

The staying power of this product is excellent, as far as I know Clinique make no claims about how long it will last like some other brands do. But lets be honest, who wears their make up for longer than a normal day? I know I don't. So from my experience I can say that I apply it in the morning and it is still in place until I take it off at night. It is a very lightweight formula so is very comfortable to wear and never feels heavy or "cakey" on the skin. It also contains SPF 15 so gives a little protection from the sun which is always a good thing.

Clinique claim that this product contains treatment benefits that both immediately and over time leave you with brighter skin and a more even skin tone. Although I have been using it for quite some time I am not sure how much I can say on that, because I have put down most of my skin improvements to my skincare. But my skin does look better now than it did a few years ago so perhaps it has been helping along the way.

This foundation cost £23 so is more expensive than say high street or drug store alternatives but I would definitely say it is worth the money. If you are looking for a natural glowing finish foundation that stays in place all day and really helps covering discolouration on your face I would give this a try.

What is your favourite foundation?
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Maghrabian Hair Oil


I may be a little late jumping on this particular bandwagon, seeing as everyone has been talking about them for so long now but I have eventually been sucked in! Months ago now - I think September time, I received a sample sized bottle of Maghrabian Oil in my Glossybox. It kind of got put away and forgotten about because I had never really been that keen on trying any. I had heard a lot of good things about them but to be honest the thought of putting oil in my hair after I had washed it just didn't sound that great to me. I couldn't imagine that it would do anything other than make it oily, and greasy oily hair isn't a look I want to try and achieve.

Well...I couldn't have been more wrong! I am now completely in love with this stuff and I can definitely see it becoming a regular in my hair care routine. After I wash and dry my hair I take a tiny amount (one or two drops) and run it through the ends, I wouldn't advise going any further than about half way up the length of your hair. For me personally my roots are always what starts to look greasy first so I wouldn't want to do anything to help with that. You really only need a tiny amount, a little bit goes a long way so a bottle of this stuff should last a long time. I have been using the 10ml sample bottle for a couple of weeks now and I haven't even used up half.

This is more than just an oil, it is also a conditioner and a treatment for your hair, this is one of he reasons the texture is a little thicker. The formula is pure argan and claims to smooth and brighten hair, remove frizz and protect the ends. I have to say I agree with those claims, I have noticed such a huge difference in how my hair looks and in its overall condition - and I am in desperate need of a hair cut! I don't think for one minute that it is repairing my split ends because as far as I know hair is dead and the only thing that can sort that is to have them chopped off, but I can definitely say it has helped with the look of them. After using it my hair looks shiny, feels softer and just falls better. From trying out this oil I think it is worth the money, it is on the pricey side at £24 for 100ml but as I said, I think a bottle that size would last such a long time. However, as I am new to hair oils I think trying out a few others - possibly cheaper options, before buying the full size of this one would be a good idea.

Have you tried hair oils? Which would you recommend?
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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Homemade Jammy Dodgers


One day last week Paul and I decided we were going to have a movie night, so we made a trip to the store to pick up some supplies, and as well intentioned as my plan were to have somewhat healthy snacks...that went very quickly out the window. We ended up picking up a few packets of biscuits that we had with tea, probably because it was quite a cold night and that just seemed perfect. While we were looking I spotted Jammy Dodgers, since that night I have really wanted to make some of my own. I have made these a few times in the past -the last I think was around Christmas time, they are so good and honestly taste so much better than the originals...also making them yourself allows you to add as much or as little butter cream as you like.

The Recipe:
Ingredients 
225g/8oz Plain Flour
175g/6oz Chilled and Cubed Butter
130g/4oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg Yolk

Filling
70g/2oz Butter
140g/4oz Icing Sugar
5/6 Tbsp Jam of Your Choice


Into a large bowl add your flour and cubed butter, work this with your finger tips until it resembles breadcrumbs. You could also do this is a food processor if you have one, it would be quicker. Then add your caster sugar and egg yolk and mix until it starts to form a dough.
When the mix comes together, turn out onto a work surface and knead until smooth. Once smooth, shape into a ball and wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 180'c/350'f and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper. I only had one so I just did one tray at a time.
Cut the dough in half and thinly roll out the first half on a floured surface, using your cutter -I used a 6cm fluted circle cutter, cut out your biscuits and keep going until you have 20.
Using a smaller cutter, I used a tiny heart shape because I have one but you can of course use what ever you want, cut out the centre of your first 20 biscuits. Take the middle trimming and add them to your remaining dough. Roll this out until you have 20 more biscuits (40 altogether).
Place your biscuits on your baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes or until pale but slightly brown. Once cooked let them cool completely then you can add the fillings!
Spread how ever much butter cream you like on the base of the biscuits and the add a small tsp of jam, when you have covered them all just add the tops of the biscuits, but try not to press them on too hard or jam will come out the heart shaped hole on top...that can become messy!


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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Maybelline Lips


As I mentioned in my last post, I have a new lip combination that I have really been loving. I have always been someone who is drawn more to lip balm or lip gloss type products when it comes to what I want to wear on my lips. The reason for this is simple...I just much prefer the "less effort" approach! Don't get me wrong, I love bright lips. I think when done properly they look stunning but for me, on and every day basis it's just too much when it comes to touching up, lip gloss is so much more forgiving...

For a while now I have been on the look out for Maybelline's " 620 Pink Brown" lipstick, it's a -your lips but better colour, and I have heard so many people rave about it. I finally found it a few weeks ago and while wondering around Boots and spurred on by the 3 for 2 offer, I had a crazy thought, I bought a lip liner to go with it! The thinking behind this mad impulsive act was due to the fact that my mums 50th birthday party was coming up and if I was going to wear lip liner, that would be as good a time as any. The liner is also by Maybelline and is "132 Sweet Pink", I picked it up as it looked like the most similar shade and they go very well together. Since the party I have found that both of these two products are very simple to wear together or alone...even for me and my somewhat lazy attitude to lips. Because they are both shades that are close to my natural lip colour I don't have to try too hard to get things perfect when I am applying them.

At night I like to apply the liner and then the lipstick a little heavier than I would during the day, again because of the shades this is a very wearable -not too much attention needed lip look. For day to day I like to apply the liner and then the lipstick but lighter, just pressing it on so the colour isn't as dark. I also enjoy wearing both products with a lip balm or gloss. They layer up very well and when worn with lip balm keeps your lips lovely and moisturised. It seems obvious to explain how to wear these products, but as someone who needs less fuss options when it comes to my lips I thought I would share this with you :)


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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Some Favourites from April


It seems appropriate to begin with the food in this picture - as I am currently eating one right now! I love flapjacks, but this past month I have been eating them more than normal. They are really good if you are out and about and don't have time to stop and eat as they really fill you up and a great for a burst of energy, but they are quite high in fat so I have been trying to not eat too many. We got our hands on quite a few of them for a really good price - got to love a bargain, so they have been sitting in the house and they are too tempting not to eat. I think some time soon I will try to find a recipe for a more healthy alternative.

For beauty I have a lip combination that I am so pleased with, especially as I have been looking for the lipstick for at least a year now, I may have even let out a little squeal of excitement when I seen it sitting in the store...I had a few looks! The colour is Maybelline's 620 "Pink Brown", and I have been pairing it with a Maybelline lip liner in 132 "Sweet Pink". To be honest I have never been one for wearing lip liners, I don't normally go for big effort lips, I am more of a lip balm or sheer colour gloss kind of girl. Something that doesn't take me a mirror and 5 minutes to reapply. But this is really simple and when applied a little lighter it is very low maintenance. A more detailed blog post will be coming soon on these.

My other beauty loves are a perfume from Jo Malone that I think may be an all time favourite, not just for April. It is from the Sugar and Spice collection that was, sadly, limited edition and is now sold out everywhere. I love it so much I had to buy a second bottle so I could have it for a little longer. If anyone from Jo Malone reads this - please bring this back! The scent is "Redcurrent and Cream" and it really does smell like the name, it is very hard trying to explain that it has a creamy smell without making it sound as if it will eventually turn out like off milk but I promise it does. Lastly is "Melvita - Orange Blossom Extraordinary Water". This purchase was down to Rachel from Blush and Brunch, after reading her post about it I knew I wanted to try it out and eventually I did. The best way I can describe what this does for my skin, is to say that I felt as if I was lacking a little something in my skin care routine and this is what it was! It seems to keep my skin a little more hydrated and with the weather getting warmer that is a good thing. It also smells wonderful, it reminds me of something I used on holiday when I was a child...I just can't think what it is.

My last two favourites are accessories. I found this scarf not that long ago and just fell in love with it, it is so bright and cheerful that I love wearing it with any outfit for an instant boost of colour. At the beginning of last month I picked up these sunglasses. I wouldn't be without sunglasses at any time of year, I hate screwing up my face when it's bright outside. This pair comes from Primark and they were only £2.50! I don't think you can really complain at that price, even if you do sit on them - as I have done in the past on more than one occasion. I love the shape of these glasses and the little gold skull detailing on the sides, they also feel and look very well made...I think making them look a little more expensive than they actually where.
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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Dog Shaming...

image from www.dogshaming.com

Some things just need to be shared among friends and this is one of those things! Last night my fiance told me about something called "Rabbit Shaming", at first it sounded odd, but after he showed me what it was I was so glad he did. Being a doggy person I immediately had to search and see if I could find Dog Shaming - and of course there it was! Is there anything that doesn't exist online? We spend quite a lot of time last night looking through the funny pictures and thinking about all the funny things our own dog does, and considering taking a few similar shots!

If you are a dog person I would definitely recommend checking out this website, it is so funny and some of the pictures and expressions on the dog's faces are just priceless.

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