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)


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.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Let's have a chat: Sanctuary Spa

Hey Guys! I hope you are all well and having a good start to the week. Today I'm going to talk about a brand I truly enjoy using; Sanctuary Spa [Covent garden]. Around a month ago I purchased one of their gift sets that came with a few products as well as a muslin cloth and foot scrubber (that of course I forgot to photograph, woops!). I have tried and tested them all, and I have to tell you... I love the lot! So without further ado, let us get stuck into the review shall we!

- Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser + Muslin Cloth -

This product has truly surprised me. Yes, I have found my favourite face scrub (St. Ives) and my cleansing water (Bioderma), but I never thought I would find a cream cleanser to nourish and 'polish' my skin as well as this product does. It has a wonderfully creamy consistency that really gets into the skin well and gives it a light and hydrating clean. It has a calming scent and washes off easily, using the muslin cloth that was provided in the gift set. It is one of those cleansers when you need a one-step-does-all, a product for hydration and a product for any time of the day or night. To say I am impressed is an understatement!

- Radiance Exfoliator & Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF 15 -

This exfoliator is perfect for a light scrub. It has a lovely zesty scent, and is in no way harsh or stripping on the skin. The moisture lotion works well as is or underneath make up. It is light, creamy and soaks into the skin quickly, making it perfect for the warmer months.

- Pumice Foot Scrub + Foot Scrubber -

This a foot scrub for when you cannot be bothered giving yourself the full pedicure, but still want to have your feet looking, feeling and smelling pleasant! It has lavender and tea tree oil in it, making it very nourishing to use. I love that it is a scrub and lotion in just the one product, making it very ideal for travel and day-to-day home life. A foot scrubber also came in the gift set, which would be perfect to use with this product!

- Body Scrub & Body Wash -

Both of these products are brilliant for a light and refreshing wash. They both have a really luxurious scent that soaps up well and washes off very easily. The body scrub is a re-purchase for me which is definitely a good sign! The body wash is a first-try and I love them both for my shower collection. They have a versatile scent that I think can be used for any month of the year.

Have any of you tried products by Sanctuary Spa or would like to? Let me know in the comments below and I shall speak to you all next Tuesday!


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A Maggs London Purchase

Aside from the film review post I did a couple of weeks back here, it sure has been a while since I've blogged properly, but alas I am back with regular content again once a week this time on a Tuesday! I'm excited to write posts again and not only try improve my skills, but write posts that I am proud of and would want to read on someone else's blog. A break was needed to replenish and think about where I want this blog to be headed. What better way to properly kick things off again than with a purchase I have been beyond excited to use - a makeup bag.

I began viewing the YouTube channel 'hannahmaggs' , created by Hannah and her husband Stef, and fell in love with the content created! Hannah has recently started her new collection of makeup bags that are travel friendly, practical and so pretty to look at! I found a bag I liked online and purchased it, excited for it to arrive. A couple of weeks ago I received the parcel and knew that I had to make a post about it! Each bag is named after something or someone personal to Hannah herself which I find to be a nice touch. The one I chose is named 'The Fair One', after Hannah's Mum's name meaning. The design of this bag is beautiful, I truly love the intricate detailing of the flowers and the fact that each bag is handmade and packaged very 'old school'. Hannah also personally writes a little note of the front of each parcel, and for mine she wrote: 'Work hard, stay humble', absolutely perfect!

I have been looking for a bag that is not only appealing on the outside but also practical to fit the essentials. Here is a sneak preview of all the products and tools I use on my face for the day and evening. Whether it be a casual or fancy occasion, this bag holds all that is needed! 

Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see me create looks with the products above or would like to know where it's all from! 

So thank you Hannah and Stef for creating such a fantastic channel, and for Hannah deciding to launch your own make up bag range :)