A little bit of everything

Thursday, 11 December 2014


 As my latest search began for a new foundation, it ended with me heading to my local Boots store. Being a BareMinerals virgin, I've often pondered at the idea of trying this brand. Having heard so many good things about using a mineral powder foundation, I decided to give it a try. 
My main aim when finding a foundation is, 'Will I find one light enough to fit my skin tone?' I have always found it hard to find a foundation to suit my skin tone, as I have very fair skin. I learnt my lesson a long while ago whilst still at school, was to make sure I pick the correct foundation for my skin tone. Having orange lines around your neck is no fun! So many years later I have come to the conclusion that maybe I would be better off with a powder foundation. They never really appealed to me before as I like foundation to cover spots and imperfections and to me I always thought that a powder foundation would not do this. But I overcome my fears of this and purchased a few items from the BareMinerals counter. 

After a quick tester to see which foundation suited my skin tone I decided to go for the BareMinerals foundation in Light. I also decided to get the started pack so i was able to try out a few other of their products. In the pack I got the original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder and the Warmth All-OverFace Colour, that are in the photos above. In the pack I got 3 make up brushes which I am obsessed with, they apply the powder so well and don't malt. I use the Full Flawless Face brush to apply the foundation and the Finishing Powder and I use the Flawless Face brush to apply the Warmth All-Over Face Colour. In the pack was a little tube of Prime Time, which is an amazing primer. 

I purchased separately the BareMinerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener as I wanted something to hide those dark circles. I use the brush on the left hand side in the photo to apply this. I love the Eye Brightener as it really does cover those dark circles, I highly recommend checking it out. 

I also got given a couple of samples to try, the BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara and a tester of a little compact foundation. The shade in this is quite a bit darker than my skin tone though. This included the little brush that come with it in the photo above.

I highly recommend checking out the BareMinerals range, since using it I have noticed a real improvement in my skin and I am now obsessed with mineral products. The foundation lasts all day and covers up imperfections really well. You don't need to use much of each product, so they will last a long time. 


Friday, 21 November 2014

Stuffed Peppers With Cous Cous | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

As you may know by now i am a huge lover of food. With my previous food posts I am always on the hunt for new ideas being dairy, wheat and gluten free.  I love experimenting and finding new foods to try. 

Above is stuffed peppers with cous cous. Everything here is dairy, what and gluten free. I got the cous cous from Tesco in their free from range. I do find it a lot better though if you season the cous cous with some salt and herbs as this really brings out the flavours. It is completely up to you what you want to put with the cous cous. In the photo above I used a yellow pepper and cut in half and popped in the oven. I then chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mushrooms and added to the pan of cous cous once it had soaked up the water. I usually keep my peppers in the oven till they go a little soft. This doesn't take long at all to make and is very yummy and filling. On the side I added some spinach and some dairy, wheat and gluten free cheese, cut into small pieces. 


Monday, 27 October 2014

St Ives | Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion Face Scrub

I am a huge fan of the St. Ives face scrubs as they are perfect for my sensitive skin. The one in the photos above is the Timeless Skin Daily Microdermabrasion Face Scrub. Microdermabrasion treatment are known to improve the skins texture and also reduce the appearance of fine lines. This scrub contains micro-fine mineral crystals that gently exfoliate the skin for a younger looking re-surfaced complexion. This also helps to keep the skin glowing and looking radiant. This scrub also contains camomile, vitamin E and 100% natural extracts. It is formulated without parabens and phthalates. 

To use this scrub I moisten my face with water and then put some of the product on to my fingers and gently massage all over my face. I then rinse off and pat dry with a towel. I use this every other day. I find that using a scrub helps to get rid of any blemishes I have and blackheads. This scrub is gentle enough on my skin and does not cause any irritation.

Have you used any of the St. Ives face scrubs? 


Friday, 24 October 2014

Simple Moisturising Facial Wash

I recently decided to switch back to Simple skincare products, I love trying out different brands but unfortunately there are a lot of products out there that my skin just doesn't like. I have always loved Simple, mainly because they have no artificial perfume or colour and contain vitamins. Simple basically has everything I look for in a product. 

Above in the photos is the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash. This is from their Kind To Skin Range. It is 100% soap free and has no perfume or colour and contains vitamins. This face wash is great for sensitive skin. I find that this  does not irritate my skin at all and leaves my it feeling soft and refreshed. Another reason why I love the Simple range that I forgot to mention, is that their products are inexpensive. Usually when you pop in to your local drug store such as Boots and Superdrug, or even your local supermarket, you will always find Simple skincare products on offer. Mainly on a 3 for 2 or sometimes their products only cost £1.99 which is such a bargain. If your looking for a different brand to try and your on a budget, I highly recommend checking out Simple. 

I usually use this face wash in the morning and again at night. For my night time routine I like to take off my eye make up and face make up first then use the face wash afterwards. This is just how I like to cleanse my skin at night. I just apply a small amount on my fingers and then apply to my face and massage gently in small circles. Then I rinse it off and gently pat dry with a towel. Since using this face wash along with the other products I use from the Simple skincare range, I have noticed a great improvement with my skin as I was having quite a few breakouts. Please let me know in the comment section below whether you have tried any of the Simple skincare products.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Homemade Guacamole | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

I recently decided to make my own Guacamole and was so pleased with the outcome. It tastes delicious and is very quick and easy to make. 

Ingredients - 

Cherry Tomatoes,
You can also add peppers and  lime/ lemon juice to the guacamole. 

Told you its easy to make!

First of all I mashed the avocados up in a bowl, you can use however many you like depending on how much guacamole you want to make. I used two in the photo above. I then got the cherry tomatoes and chopped them up in to tiny pieces. Next I popped in some some fresh chopped coriander. You can also put in some chopped peppers and add some lime/lemon juice.
This is delicious and is dairy, wheat and gluten free. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Christmas At Lush

I was super excited when I found out that Lush was going to be bringing out their Christmas stock (Two things I love, Christmas and Lush.) So it was only fitting that I went to my local store to have a peek. As I walked in I was mesmerised with the gorgeous scent that was drifting towards me and the beautiful colours of the bath products. I have a huge love for Lush stores because every single member of staff are so nice and friendly and always there to help. I went straight over to right hand side where the majority of the Christmas stock was and was I blown away by how colourful everything was.    

I also got the chance to see a demonstration of the bath bomb Northern Lights, which let me tell you, it smells amazing. With scents of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang this is a very relaxing and calming bath bomb, bursting with colours. What I also love about this bath bomb, is that once in water and this beauty starts fizzing away, lots of little stars start swirling around your bath. How great is that. Not only do you the magnificent show of colours, you also get stars. I loved it so much I even bought a couple for my mum and myself. 
A few of my favourites were definitely The Christmas Penguin, The Christmas Hedgehog, Dashing Santa, Father Christmas, Butter Bear and Drummers Drumming.

Photos taken by myself at the Lush store in Lincoln.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Keep A Secret - Rimmel London Vinyl Lipgloss

I love a good sparkly lipgloss, so recently when I was on the hunt for one I came across this beauty.
This is the Rimmel London Vinyl Lipgloss in the shade Keep A Secret (Love the name of this gloss.) I am obsessed with lipgloss that have that little bit of glitter in them. 

Rimmel London says - 
Amplify your lips ! Up to 80% more shine with Magnifying Vinyl Shine complex.

Formula with vitamins A, C, E and Shea Butter for protected lips that feel 
Non-sticky formula.

What I think -
This lipgloss is in my handbag at all times. I love it. It applies really easily to  my lips and I don't find this gloss sticky at all. It also has quite a nice scent to it too. I find that it lasts quite a long time on my lips and leaves them looking all nice and shiny and sparkly. There 6 others to choose from, I am also loving the one in the shade Be Famous, so I really want to get my hands on that. 

The other shades that this lipgloss comes in are - Take A Chance, Pin Up, Snog, Cosmic and Crystal Clear. 
Highly recommend checking these out. 

You can buy this Vinyl Lipgloss by clicking here from Superdrug for £4.99.
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