April 19, 2015

This Week: Bonjour Paris!



Bonjour from Paris! On Friday morning - at 4am no less (snore!), we were up and heading to the airport for a weekend of fun at Disney! I think early flight times are definitely the way to go for plane-phobes like myself as I spent most of the hour long journey more concerned with going back to sleep than the fact that I was a thousand feet up in the air.

The last two days have been spent wandering around the parks, practically bursting into tears every time I see the castle and wearing a ridiculous set of Mini Mouse ears like they're going out of style. Today though we're off into the city and I've got my heart set on making my way up the Eiffel Tower, third time lucky!

On a more personal note, you may have noticed a little silence on the content front this week, including missing last Sunday's video and although I absolutely hate to let you down when it comes to uploads, I've had a bit of a tough week after losing a very special family member only a few days ago. I wanted to say a quick little thank you for all the lovely messages I received throughout the week, your kindness and concern never ceases to amaze me and every little tweet, email and heart emoji helps.

Wishing you the loveliest of weekends and see you back in England!


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April 06, 2015

Budget Dupes & Drugstore Beauty Alternatives


There's something incredibly satisfying about finding budget dupes for some of the most coveted high end products out there, especially when they come in at less than half the price of the originals with little difference in formula, colour and packaging. This week I've picked out some of my favourite drugstore alternatives that in most cases match up almost identically with their luxury counterparts and a few that I actually prefer!




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April 05, 2015

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies






Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've already found yourself in a full fledged chocolate induced coma on the sofa, but if not I've got a super easy recipe thats guaranteed to get you there! Usually I'd stick to a healthier kind of treat (see my post on some good-for-you alternatives here) but as we find ourselves quite literally surrounded by chocolate, what better time to indulge than now!

Nutella will always be a life long love of mine and what better way to spice up a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe than by adding a generous scoop of liquid brown gold in the centre. The ingredients are listed below and it's pretty much a case of throwing everything together in a bowl, creating a little Nutella parcel to achieve that gooey surprise inside and baking for 10-15 minutes at 180°c.

Last week I roped Suzie in to help me whisk up a batch if you want to see the whole process in action, plus the ensuing hilarity that generally happens when we get together. We also filmed a Q&A on Suzie's channel which makes for perfect viewing while you're waiting for your cookies to bake!

INGREDIENTS:

220g Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Soft Brown Sugar
1 cup White Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 cups Plain Flour
1 pinch of Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
Chocolate Chips
6 - 10 scoops of Nutella
Mini Eggs and any other treats you fancy throwing in!

Happy baking!




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April 04, 2015

I Covet Thee Turns Four!


Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me! Four years ago this week I opened my laptop, created a blogger account and proceeded to spend the next eight hours (in which I should have been sleeping) creating I Covet Thee. I kid you not - Darren left me on the sofa, went to bed and woke up to find me in the exact same position frantically typing away, trying to wade my way through the daunting world of HTML.

Four years on my coding knowledge may not have progressed past changing font colours and adding pictures, but to my absolute amazement I Covet Thee has surpassed any expectations I ever had when typing in those three little words in 'blog title' all those years ago.

It shocks and humbles me to see that there are now over 100,000 of you following this little space - believe me, I checked and double checked that figure too when I saw it surpass the six digit mark on Bloglovin' and even though I'd be happy just rambling away to one person who was willing listen to me chat about mascara and ambient lighting powders, I can't thank you all enough for supporting I Covet Thee and allowing me to turn a hobby into a career with so many incredible opportunities.

In the past year alone I've managed to meet and get to know some of the people that have been inspiring me since this all started, made a new friend for life and even travelled to Paris - the most beautiful city in the world, all thanks to you! So here's to the next four years, and the rest. This is only the beginning!


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April 01, 2015

March Favourites


So this post is almost a week overdue (although I was convince I'd already written it.. where is my mind!?) but I thought I'd update you all anyway as what better way to spend a rather gloomy Wednesday afternoon (Spring, see you soon?) than catching up on a new monthly favourites video! March's picks are another short and sweet bunch, but a good lot nonetheless. Some new skincare additions have finally trickled their way into my regular routine and a I'm having a moment with all things light, sheer and dewy in the make up department!




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March 23, 2015

My Everyday Make Up Bag & Routine


Since the last update on my current picks for everyday make up was all the way back in Autumn - my how time flies, and as I'm no longer craving full coverage foundations and berry lips (and for that matter dark colours and warm layers) I thought we were about due a revisit of my go-to look. Instead it's a lighter hand and more glow inducing products that I've been cramming into my make up bag, and this month it's all about keeping to subtle shades and soft blending, while not forgetting the necessary slick of liquid liner that I've been all about recently and some seriously plumped up lashes. Natural skin meets defined eyes, think of it as the 5:2 approach to make up!




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