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 from Superdrug for £4.99.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Quick and Easy, Healthy Packed Lunch

In this blog post I wanted to share with you my quick and easy, healthy packed lunch. This is great to take to work with you or school, college and university. The great thing about this salad is that you can put so many different things in it. For example in the photos above I have - 

Dairy Free Cheese.

I have quite a few different ingredients in this salad but it tastes so good together. You can also add fish to this which is what I also do sometimes, usually I put mackerel with this salad. Its super quick and easy to make and its also very healthy. This salad is also dairy, wheat and gluten free.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Rimmel London - Match Perfection Foundation

I'm being 100% honest when I say that this is definitely my most favourite liquid foundation ever. Ever since i started experimenting with make up when I was younger I could honestly never find one that suited my skin tone. I have very fair, pale skin and how long I searched over the years for one that didn't make me look orange or two shades different to my skin tone. I have to have the lightest shade when it comes to foundation. I have been using the Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation for about a over a year now and let me tell you, Im so happy I found this beauty.

What Rimmel London say -

'A match so perfect, it's undetectable in any light! Light Perfecting radiance foundation Traceless coverage and perfectly flawless skin under any light Lasts all day. SPF 18.'

'Introducing a whole new Match Perfection, a makeup match like you’ve never seen before. Traceless coverage with Advanced Smart-Tone Technology reveals a perfectly flawless you, no matter what the light. From the bathroom, to work, to the pub, your natural colour never changes. Completely conceals imperfections with no foundation line, no makeup mask. Enhanced with Sapphire Radiance for an illuminating glow that never falls flat. Natural, flawless coverage with a fresh finish. Lasts all day.'

What I think -

I love, love, love this foundation. I apply this using my fingers as I find this the easiest to apply to my skin with liquid foundations. Its so easy to apply to my skin and blends in really well in no time at all, once on the skin it feels very lightweight and not heavy, it doesn't even feel like Im wearing any foundation. This matches my skin tone perfectly and has a really good coverage. This really does last a very long time on my skin and whats even better is that is has SPF 18 in it. 

If you have very fair and pale skin like me I highly recommend checking out the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. You can buy this from you local drugstore for £6.99 (This foundation is such a good price and lasts a very, very long time.)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Smoothie Ice Lollies - Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

These ice lollies are super easy to make and taste delicious.
You can use whatever ingredients you want to make these but here is what I used to make mine -

Soya Yogurt,
Rice Milk.

Depending on how many ice lollies you want to make, it is completely up to you how much of the ingredients you want to use. I used enough to make 6 ice lollies. I bought my ice lolly moulds from The Factory Shop, I think they were about £1.50. All I did was put all of the ingredients in to a blender and blend together then pour in to the ice lolly moulds. In mine I used plain soya yogurts but flavoured soya yogurt also tastes really good. I also used rice milk, I prefer to use rice milk as I love the taste of it and also it's not as think as normal soya milk. 

I love having these as a snack or even as a dessert especially on those warm days. These ice lollies are dairy, wheat and gluten free an are Vegan. They taste so good. There was also enough left over to have a smoothie drink.


Friday, 29 August 2014

Makeup Academy - Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

I have been on the hunt recently for a inexpensive skin highlighter and knowing that Makeup Academy do amazing products at bargain prices I decided to have a look at their range in my local Superdrug. As soon as I bought this I had a look online to have a look at reviews and I found so many great ones and how much people love this product. I have bought items from this brand before and I have loved every single one of them. My favourite being the One Direction lipsticks, you can find my post on one of these beauties that I did a while back. I knew straight away that I was going to love this shimmer highlighter.

Makeup Academy say:
Undress your Skin Highlighting Powder is a lightweight baked powder designed to provide sheer coverage and a radiant soft-focus effect to transform your complexion with luminescence shimmer.
The Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder perfects any look by creating a natural, healthy glow that is suitable for all skin tones.
What I think:
As you can see in the photo above it is very pigmented which I love. It applies really easy to the skin and leaves a really nice but subtle shimmer. To apply this I use my Bubbi make up brush. I highly recommend checking this product out and also checking out the brand in general if you haven't done so already. Their products are such great value and their lipsticks are only £1 and most of their products are under £5 anyway. 

You can buy this highlighter from you local super drug that stock Makeup Academy products and also online here. This costs just £3 which is such a great bargain, you get so much product in it and it is just an all round amazing highlighter. 


Monday, 25 August 2014

Booja - Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate

I always get super excited when I find a new product that I am able to eat that is dairy, wheat and gluten free. I recently went to my local Holland and Barrett store and as I was browsing I came across these gorgeous little pots of chocolate ice cream. I have actually come across this brand before but have never actually tried anything from their range. As you can see on the pot it says 'Luxuriously rich, truffley smooth, dark chocolate.' Let me tell you these little pots of deliciousness stay true to their word. I mean, I cant get enough of these. If I could I would most likely eat a whole freezer of these, minus the freezer of course. Just thinking of these now is making my mouth water!

Booja-Booja is based in Norfolk and have a wide range of delicious products (highly recommend checking them out) that are dairy free, gluten free, raw, soya free, sugar free and organic. They are also vegan.
You can check Booja-Booja out over at their website  
Booja Booja  also now give 5% of profits from the sale of their Keep Smiling Vanilla M'Gorilla Alternative to Dairy Ice Cream to support the conservation work of Fauna & Flora International, which is part of the Interantional Gorilla Conservation Programme. You can find out more on the following link - 


Friday, 22 August 2014

Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Chic

I am a huge fan of Tanya Burr so it was only normal when I got super excited about Tanya's lipgloss and nail polish collection. Ever since Tanya launched her Lipgloss collection I just couldn't wait to get my hands on one. I made my way to Superdrug to pick one up, I knew straight away which one I wanted. The one I chose is the one in 'Chic' which is absolutely gorgeous. I am obsessed when it comes to lip gloss and Ive always been fond of a nude lip. This colour is perfect for my lips and is just amazing. Ive read and heard so many great reviews on these lip glosses and how lovely they look on your lips. I was super excited to try it when I got home (such cute packaging.)

There are 12 lip glosses in total and come in the shades -
Smile, Dream, Sparkle - Champagne Toast - First Date - Just Peachy - Afternoon Tea - Chic - Picnic In The Park - Aurora - Exotic Island - Let's Travel The World - Heart Skipped A Beat - Vampire Kiss.

What I love about the Tanya Burr lipgloss in Chic -
To be honest i love everything about this gloss, from the packaging to the shade to the scent (these beauties smell so good.) I found that this applies to my lips really easy and a little goes a long way. I love how once applied this leaves my lips feeling very moisturised. This is my go to product in my bag that i take everywhere. These glosses are also very long wearing may i add, it lasts for ages on my lips without having to reapply for quite some time. 

What is your favourite Tanya Burr Lipgloss? 


Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini Lush Haul

I recently went to my nearest Lush store (as you do!) and decided on these three products, not just because they smell absolutely amazing, because they really do, but because I have read some really great reviews on these products. 

First up is the Karma Bubble Bar. This bubble bar really caught my eye, its just so pretty and of course like all Lush products smells so amazing. The Karma Bubble Bar contains sweet orange oil, patchouli oil and pine oil. This product claims to have relaxing properties, just by smelling it, it makes me feel relaxed. I have actually used this one and my bath smelt so good. All i did was hold it under the tap in warm running water and let it melt in the water. You may use these different to how I do for example you can just break some off and squish it in your hand and put under running water. I also let this bubble bar last me a couple of baths and you get so many bubbles from just a tiny bit. But as I've already mentioned, this bubble bar has a gorgeous scent. I cant even describe how great it smells. You can buy this from your local Lush store or online for £3.25.

Next up is the Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment. This bath melt really does smell so good (I literally cant stop smelling it!) its also a gorgeous pink colour which I love. Lush say that this bath melt smells of dolly mixtures and candyfloss and i totally agree, it reminds me of sweets I used to eat when I was younger. This one contains marshmallow powder, cocoa butter, almond oil and chamomile powder. This products claims to be ideal for delicate and irritated skin so I'm really looking forward to using this. You can also buy this one from your local Lush store or online for £3.95.

Last up is the Avobath bath bomb. This bath bomb claims to be great for dry skin and really hydrates your skin. It contains lemongrass and bergamot oils,  Avacodo and olive oil. So this is definitely packed with some good stuff for your skin. I love the smell of this bubble bar, it smells so good. This has so many good reviews and I'm super excited to try it. You can buy this from your local Lush store or online for £3.25.

So here is my three products i recently bought from Lush, i think we all know now that I think every single Lush product smells amazing! Please let me know in the comment section below which Lush products you are currently loving or really want to try.


Friday, 15 August 2014

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Some of you may know how much I love a good face mask, this one in particular I feel needs to be talked about, trust me once you try this you will know what I'm talking about. So I actually recently see this mask being used by Zoe (Zoella) on one of her videos and being all obsessed over face masks decided to hunt this down in the shops. So I went to my local Boots store and 'yay' I found it. 

This is the Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask.  

"The warmth of this Sanctuary Thermal Detox self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out the impurities from deep within the skin."

How I apply this face mask -
First up I make sure that I have taken off all of my make up and that my skin is nice and clean, whilst leaving the skin slightly damp ready to apply the mask. I then squeeze out some of the product on to my finger tips, i only use a tiny amount as a little goes a long way, I then massage it all over my face avoiding the delicate eye area. I also apply some to my neck. I relax for 5 minutes and then rinse off with warm water and then pat my face dry.

What I think - 
I had read so many great reviews about this product and after I saw Zoe using it I decided to give it a try. So when i first applied this mask after thoroughly cleansing my skin and removing all trace of make up, as soon as I applied it I felt the warmth of it all over my skin. After a few seconds I could feel it starting to cool down. This mask is so easy to apply and feels great on the skin. Having quite sensitive skin I have to be so careful as to what I use on my face but my skin is 100% ok with this product. I am a huge fan of Sanctuary so its no surprise that this is a truly amazing product. With some masks I find it hard to remove the product off my skin but this one just comes straight off which I like leaving no trace that you had even had a face mask on, apart from the fact that my skin looks noticeably healthier and glowing after taking it off. This has definitely become one of my must have items and will be one I keep going back to. Since using this mask I have noticed a huge improvement in how my skin looks and the occurrence of spots has definitely reduced.

The usual price for this face mask is £10.50, but remember to keep an eye out for offeres from time to time as i picked this beauty up for about £6.99. You can buy this from your local Boots store or online over at 

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