Sunday, 1 February 2015

2015


Hello all! I apologise for my long absence on this space. I have gone through the process of ‘what purpose does my blog have and where do I wish to take it’ journey. After a long time away from posting anything on here, I have realised that the topics of culture and lifestyle interest me just as much as beauty. This year I hope to have many posts churning out of my fingers that revolve around the people I meet and places I visit, what clothes, make up and novels are grabbing my attention, the goals I wish to achieve for the year ahead and updates on where each month is continuing to take me. As of yet, I have not penned in an official uploading schedule, however I am thinking along the lines of once every fortnight or even a larger post once a month to give me time to give quality over quantity as I ease myself back into writing more frequently. Please let me know if you like the thoughts on this! I hope you all have a wonderful week and I shall speak very soon. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Lush Hauling






Todays post is going be a big one, I have gone above and beyond with Lush purchases and as I love the brand so dearly I thought it was only fitting I share the products with you. 

To start things off I will talk about the 'Happy Hippy' Shower Gel. I've spoken about this in a previous post but it definitely deserves another mention. The scent on this alone is phenomenal; citrus scented and very refreshing. It's very nourishing and soothing on the body and I love using it as my go-to shower gel. The 'Popcorn' Lip Scrub is great for a general exfoliation, or for when you need that extra scrub before applying a lip product of sorts. It has a delicious scent and taste that leaves my lips feeling silky smooth! Moving on to the 'Honey Trap' Lip Balm, I think it's safe to say that this product has transformed my thoughts on what a good lip balm is and should be. It has a perfect consistency of being creamy yet not too heavy on the lips. It works perfectly in the morning, day-to-day touch ups or as a nourishment in the evening. Underneath lipgloss or lipstick it is perfect, giving a really nice finish to the lips. The way it is produced is much more natural, although I think package-wise it's slightly too thin and sometimes frustrating to open! In terms of the product itself; fantastic.

For Bath Bombs the ones I have tried, tested and loved are: Dragon's Egg/ Sex Bomb/ Twilight/ Luxury Lush Pudding/ Father Christmas/ Christmas Eve (Bath Crumble). Let us all first acknowledge the fantastic aromas that all of these bath bombs emit. They make a bath much more enjoyable and fun, with all of the fizzing multi-colours swirling around the bath. I found that all of these products were very moisturising for the skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. They give a relaxed feel to the body with fantastic properties such as lavender and Shea butter. I have been thoroughly impressed with all of the bath bombs I have used so far, so it is a big thumbs up for me!

The 'Rehab' Shampoo is a product perfect for a nice thorough clean of the hair. It has scents that remind me of a lot of products from Aesop which I love. It lathers up really well and keeps the oil in my roots at bay for a good few days which is a definite plus. To condition the hair well I like to use the 'American Cream' Hair Conditioner. It nourishes the hair just the right amount which I love. It isn't too heavy on the ends of the hair which is perfect as if you like to add a bit more moisture into your roots it would not weigh the hair down. In terms of a good exfoliate of the body, the 'Rub Rub Rub' Shower Scrub is one I have been using for quite a few months now and still continue to enjoy using. The smell at first is quite peculiar, yet when applied to the body it transforms into this wonderful smell that's almost edible! The scrub has really fine grains that help to exfoliate the skin yet nourish at the same time. I was actually surprised and how moisturising to the skin this product is; using it alone is enough for exfoliation and moisturising. I highly recommend this one.Last but not least we have the 'Daddy-O' Shampoo, a product designed for those who colour their hair colours of the rainbow or blondes, but works just as well on coloured brunettes. This shampoo has a much more stripping feel to the hair so I only use it every second or third wash, but what I love is when I need my hair to be squeaky clean with little to no oil, I go to this shampoo. 

Have you tried products from Lush? Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes!




I have always loved and enjoyed pancakes. Over the past 6 to 12 months, I've been dabbling in the changes of eating dairy and gluten free and have really loved the process of making food in a much healthier way. Recently I've gone back to eating fairly normal but with still a few things I like to have free from any dairy or gluten, and pancakes is one of them! 

The recipe I want to share is a really basic one, but I have substituted the main ingredients for other products. The pancakes taste seriously incredible as is or with as many topping variations as you wish!


You will need:

1 cup x Gluten Free Plain Flour
2 x Eggs
1 cup x Almond Milk (or any variant milk of choice)
2-3 tbsp x Oil (or dairy free butter if you prefer)


Method:

The way I like to do it is by cracking the eggs into a bowl and whisking, then adding the milk to combine. I then gradually add the flour and whisk at the same time to get a smooth consistency. My last step is to add in the oil, or butter if you prefer (having it pre-melted in a pot or bowl first). 

I then pour the mixture in small amounts into a heated pan and cook away!

**Quantity-wise, the measurements above are quite standard so it's up to you with how many pancakes you wish to make and how much mixture you like to pour in the pan at one time.

**A quick tip: the gluten free flour really thickens the mixture, so if you like your pancakes slightly thinner then I would add more milk until you get the consistency you are after.