February 01, 2015

The Best Healthy Cookies

I'm a bit of a sweet tooth fiend when it comes to the weekends, especially when chocolate biscuits are involved - wave a packet of McVitties dark chocolate digestives anywhere near me and I'll be salivating. In order to avoid the inevitable mid-day sugar crash though I decided that making my own sweet treats would probably be best and began searching for the perfect healthy cookie recipe. For a long time it was an almost impossible task but just as I was about to give up hope and resign myself to the fact that flavour and 'good for you' ingredients just couldn't coincide I discovered Ella's blog.

This place is literally a dairy, gluten and refined sugar free heaven and while I haven't quite taken the steps to eliminate all of those from my diet just yet, cutting down always makes an amazing difference to my energy levels. A year on and the Deliciously Ella cookbook has just hit the shelves and I made sure to grab myself a copy and devour it as quickly as possible.

One of my favourite recipes from both the blog and book are the Chocolate Chia Cookies. These couldn't be easier to make (anything that can be thrown into a food processor all in one go gets a thumbs up from me) and they taste delicious, honestly better than any other biscuits I've tasted and bonus - they're packed full of good ingredients! A batch of these make for the perfect fuss free Sunday bake and will have your home smelling gloriously chocolaty without any of the guilt!

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January 27, 2015

Disappointing Products

It's not often that I focus on products I don't like or didn't get on with, as one person's least favourite mascara is bound to be someone's Holy Grail and I try to keep things as negativity free as possible when it comes to content. January always has me itching for a clear out though, particularly when it comes to my ever-growing make up stash, and whilst rummaging around in various drawers, baskets and containers I came across a handful of products that in one way or another really let me down, most of the time due to the hype that caused me to buy into them in the first place! For now they'll be making their way to new homes, but before that I thought I'd let you in on why these handful of products just didn't do it for me.

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January 25, 2015

This Week: Lunch at Jamie's

It's been a while since I had the chance to snap some mouthwateringly tasty food, as for the last month I've been keeping to my new year's resolutions pretty well (save a few squares of Dairy Milk here and there!) and have been avoiding eating out too frequently. My tastebuds ended up getting the better of me last weekend though and I practically skipped through the door of Jamie's Italian with one thing on my mind - the Baked Chestnut Mushrooms, probably my favourite restaurant dish ever. If you've yet to try it, do. The non-alcoholic refresher cocktail is an absolute must too - think liquid sour skittles over ice, perfection.

I can't quite believe we've already reached the last This Week post of the month, and next Sunday we'll be in February. It'll honestly be 2016 before we know it! I've got a couple of exciting things coming up over the next few weeks, which include visits to my two favourite cities - London and Paris! After a few failed vlogging attempts since Vlogmas I'm determined to document it all properly, so expect to see some vlogs making a slightly more regular appearance on my channel over the next few months!

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January 18, 2015

Drugstore Make Up Favourites

The drugstore weekend take over continues with a look at my all time favourite budget make up products! I was aiming for a top ten, but after a good look through the archives and an hour or two playing with products at my dressing table it was impossible to narrow the selection down. I was so enthusiastic in fact, that I managed to ramble through this at almost hundred miles an hour (you may need to pause to get your breath back) and committed the ultimate beauty blogger sin of forgetting swatches - oops! Overlooking that though I let you all in on my love for L'Oreal eye products, make a case for a very convincing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder dupe and pick out my top three bold lip options from the drugstore.. a very tough choice indeed!

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January 17, 2015

New In: Three from the Drugstore

Another day, another Boots haul! Checking the 'New In' section of beauty sites is a bit of a weekly ritual for me and when I spied an interesting looking green edition of my all time favourite mascara, I let out what was definitely a small squeal and mentally booked in a trip to the L'Oreal stand.

The Miss Manga Punky Mascara boasts the same amazing formula but with a new plastic wand and some seriously fluorescent packaging. It actually physically pains me to say I was disappointed with this. The bristles are short and spiky as opposed to the long fibres of the original and left my lashes looking clumpy, uneven and actually wonky in places instead of the thick, full and separated look I've come to expect from Miss Manga. I've tried to love it, but really can't. Stick to the original ladies!

I was also running low on another drugstore favourite - the Archery Pencil from Soap & Glory and (partly swayed by Suzie and this video) I decided to go for the lighter of the two colours, Blondshell. When swatched on my hand this is definitely too blonde for me and a lot warmer than my usual shade, but surprisingly fills in my brows really naturally. I find I can be much more heavy handed with this than the darker Hot Chocolate, which I've now been reserving for shaping the arch of my brows and filling in any super sparse areas.

Of course, it's always hard to escape a good deal in Boots and I ended up picking up a second product from Soap & Glory in the form of their Solar Powder. I really don't need another bronzer in my life, but I'm determined to find the perfect drugstore formula. On first use this actually reminded me the Clarins Bronzing Duo - a firm favourite in the bronzer rankings, and I have to say I'm impressed. This has none of the chalkiness I've come to expect of budget bronzers and is well pigmented with the perfect not too orange, not too muddy shade.

Two loves, one unexpected leave from the latest trip around the aisles. Have you tried any of these three? P.S - If you're into drugstore products, tomorrows video will be very much up your street!

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