A little bit of everything

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

It's been so long since I have done a review on a beauty product, so I thought it's about time I did one. I have actually had quite a few products lined up for a while now that I am going to review. Although Clemloves has become more of a lifestyle and food blog over the last few months, I still love trying out new beauty products and writing about them. 

For a quite a few months now I have been using the Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier, and you know what, I LOVE it! After reading so many great reviews about the Micellar Cleansing Water, I thought it's about time that I tried it. 

(I have bought this bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water out of my own money and I am reviewing it simply because I love it so much.)

One of the main reasons I love about this product, after using it for a few months now, is that each time I use it, it removes my make up so easily. As this cleansing water is perfume free it doesn't have any fragrance, but thats ok, because I am a huge fan of fragrance free products. I feel that they are a lot kinder to the skin as I have eczema. This product comes in a very generous 400ml size bottle. This stuff lasts for ages and at only £3.32 from Superdrug, this product is a bargain. 

For years I have swapped and changed my skin care products as I have never truly found one that works for me. After finding this cleansing water by Garnier I haven't looked at other cleansers since. There are three different types of the Ganier Micellar Cleansing Water, but I especially love this one as it is perfect for my skin. I have combination type skin but my skin is quite prone to getting oily and I do have quite sensitive skin, so its perfect! I love the fact that I can just use this product to take off my make up and then move straight on to my serum and cream. 

Another thing I love about this product (There are so many things I love about this!) is that it has very few ingredients: 
Aqua / Water, Hexylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat. Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.
I feel so much better knowing that I am not piling loads of ingredients on to my skin. 

To use this Micellar Cleansing Water, all I do is pop some of the product on to a cotton wool pad and then simply remove my make and then my eye make up. I then get a clean cotton wool pad, pop some more product on to it to get any bits of make up off that I may have missed. You don't need to use much at all as a little goes a long way. 

I highly recommend this Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier. Have you tried any of the Garnier ones or another brand?

Lots Of Love


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

When I write a review on a book, I always give my honest opinion on what I thought. There are many different opinions on books, but I will always give a review on a book that I love.
I am being completely honest when I say, 'This is one of the best books I have read.' I know a book is good when I can't put it down.

I am a huge fan of Zoe, I love her blog and Youtube videos. When I first heard that Zoe was releasing a book I was very intrigued. As the characters in this book are teenagers  my first thought was, am I too old for this book? But after looking at reviews, there are so many people who are the same age as me saying how much they have enjoyed reading the book. I was so happy when my mum bought me Girl Online for Christmas. I am a huge book lover and own so many, I am always excited about reading a new book that has come out. 

As soon as I opened the book and started to read Girl Online, I was automatically drawn in to the story and imagining in my mind what each character looks like, what they are wearing, even the setting of the buildings they are in. Personally I feel that it is very powerful when a book can do this. 

"Penny has a secret. 
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever."

Girl online is such a lovely story and I got so involved with the characters, I was reaching for the book all throughout the day because I wanted to find out what happens. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Girl Online and I can't wait for the next one.

Lots Of Love

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Peanut Butter Cookie | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

I love finding new recipes to try, mainly because I am unable to have dairy, wheat and gluten, so it's nice to be able to find a delicious recipe. I am a huge fan of Cassey Ho and I especially love this peanut butter cookie recipe that I found on her Blogilates app. It is quick and easy to make, you just mix the ingredients together, pop in the microwave for 1 minute and its done. I am obsessed with peanut butter. For this cookie I used:

1tbs of Crunchy peanut butter
1tbs of Gluten free oats
1tbs of dairy free milk (I used soya)
1tsp Stevia
1 egg white

I mixed all of the ingredients together, then popped in the microwave for 1 minute and you have a delicious peanut butter cookie. I changed the recipe slightly and used gluten free oats. This cookie tastes so good, I can't get enough of them. 


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Advice I Would Give To My Younger Self

I have seen a few of these posts lately and I find it very interesting in seeing what people would  change and do different. When we are young we tend to follow trends and do what other people are doing, but as we get older we start to wonder why we was like that ad why we did that. Below is a list of a few things that I would give as advice to my younger self. 

Ignore those people who put you down. 

I have put this top of my list because I feel it is very important. I got bullied and picked on, but I use to let it effect me so much. Although it is easier said than done to ignore someone who is doing that to you, looking back now I would tell myself to just ignore those people and that I am so much  better than them. At the time, as we are young its not always easy doing this because it is a territory that we don't expect to be in. Now that I'm older I just ignore those people, yes since school they have tried contacting me and acting as though nothing has happened, but I don't want those people in my life, so I just ignore them and I am getting on with my life rather than worrying about them. So the advice I would give my younger self would be to make sure you focus on your studies and be the amazing and beautiful person that you are and don't worry what others think. 

You don't have to wear loads of make up to fit in.

I have always loved wearing make up and experimenting, but there was time during year 9, that I started to wear loads of make up just because I thought it would make me fit in better. Looking back at photos now I can see how lovely my skin was and that I didn't need all of that make up. I use to put so much foundation on (in the wrong shade) and end up having orange lines which did not look good. But at the time I thought I was bang on trend with all of the make up. The advice I would give my younger self would be to embrace how your skin looks and not pile on the make up. Another trend I was in to at the time during year 9. How I remember hacking away at those eyebrows! My mum first showed me how to do them properly, but once let loose with the tweezers those eyebrows soon became less and less. To this day I still have quite thin eyebrows because they never grew back properly! But they are so much better now than they used to be. I think at one point I had plucked them so much and made them so short that all I had was a little tiny eyebrow above each eye. My advice to my younger self would be to just pluck a few hairs because when your older you will regret it. 

Wear what you want to wear.

I used to feel when I was younger that I had to follow the trend of what everyone else was wearing. I used to love just putting 3/4 jeans on, some trainers and a t-shirt. But I remember going through the phase of when mini skirts were becoming more popular and crop tops. Looking back now I know that I was never really comfortable wearing them and I just wore then because everyone else used to. My advice to my younger self would be to just wear what your comfortable wearing and you don't have to follow everyone else with what they are wearing. 

Always be yourself.

I was always obsessed with all the current trends were and what other people were doing. I never really stopped to think about what I wanted. My advice to my younger self is that it is so important to be yourself and be true to yourself. Enjoy being young and have fun.

Believe in yourself.

The advice I would give to my younger self it to believe in yourself. If you put your mind to something you can achieve it. Everyone makes mistakes but thats the whole point of learning, so you know what to do better next time. You can achieve your dreams, but you have just got to believe and you will succeed.

The overall advice I would give to my younger self is to always be true to yourself and be you. Going through can be tough but things will get better, you will go through college, do your HND and go to University. You are a beautiful person and you don't need to hide yourself under layers of make up and the clothes you wear are great. Although you make beauty mistakes such as hacking off half your eyebrows, you learn as you go along and eventually you will get it right, its all about learning as you go along. The people who try and put you down just to make themselves feel better, you just need to ignore them and make you focus on yourself, once you leave school you will never have to see them again. You make lots of new friends who love you for who you are and appreciate you for who your are. You are beautiful, always remember that and keep on believing in yourself.  

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Homemade Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free Bread

I've always had a bit of a love, hate relationship with baking dairy, wheat and gluten free bread, as some turn out better than others. This time I decided to bake some bread using Doves Farm Brown Bread Flour. In the past I have baked dairy, wheat and gluten free bread in a bread maker, but I found that the bread comes out a lot better baking in the oven. The recipe is really easy to follow, here is what I used:

450g Doves Farm Brown Bread Flour

1/2tsp Salt

2tsp Guten free yeast

2tbsp Sugar

350ml Warm dairy free milk

2 Eggs

6tbsp Oil (I used coconut oil.)

Firstly I Mixed together the flour, salt, yeast and sugar. In a large bowl I mixed in the milk and eggs. Next I added the flour and mixed it to form a sticky dough. I then added the coconut oil. Next I placed the dough in an oiled bread tin using coconut oil, covered and left to rise in a warm place for 1 about an hour. Finally I popped the bread mixture in a pre-heated oven for 40/45 minutes on 220ºC/Fan200ºC/425ºF/Gas 7. 

I'm really happy with how the bread turned out and it tasted delicious. Doves Farm also do a white bread mix, so I'm definitely going to try that. 

Please let me know in the comment section if you have tried Doves Farm Flour.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Homemade Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free Jam Tarts

Udi's Pastry Mix is very easy to use and you can use it in so many different recipes. I decided to make these delicious jam tarts using Udi's Pastry Mix. They really are very yummy. I was so excited when I found out that Udi's do a pastry mix, as it is something I have been on the hunt for, for a long time. I love how this is an all purpose pastry mix, so you can use it in so many different pastry recipes. 

The pastry mix contains - 
  • Brown Rice Flour, 
  • Potato Starch, 
  • Tapioca Starch, 
  • Sugar, Salt, 
  • Thickener (Xanthan Gum)

The pastry mix by Udi's is dairy, wheat and gluten free and here is how I made these delicious jam tarts: 

I decided to only use half the packet of pastry mix so I would have plenty left over for other recipes. I then added 1 egg to the mix, about half a cup of butter and a little water. Next I mixed everything together then put it in to the fridge for about 25 minutes to cool. I then got a cup and used it to make circle shapes for the jam tarts, after doing this I then popped them on to a baking tray and put some homemade jam in to the middle of each one. I left them in the oven for about 25 minutes. 

I love how quick and easy it is to use the pastry mix and I am very happy with the outcome of these. I definitely plan on making more of these jam tarts. The mixture made 9, but I did make mine quite thick, so the mixture could have made more. I decided to use the mixture to make jam tarts because I do have a bit of a sweet tooth and these are great to have as a snack or even put in your lunch box. I am really looking forward to using the rest of the pastry mix in another recipe.

You can buy Udi's Pastry Mix from Tesco. You can also view the full range over at Udi's website

Check out my previous posts using Udi's Sponge Cake Mix and Udi's chocolate Brownie Mix.  


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Miffy Cookies | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

How cute are these little Miffy cookies!
I am always on the hunt for new recipes to try, so when I saw this recipe by milkbubbletea I just had to try it. As I am unable to have Dairy, Wheat and Gluten I had to change the recipe a bit. I used Doves Farm gluten and wheat free flour. I also used dairy free butter. I love the texture of these and they really do taste so good.

Here is what I used:

  • 225g of Dairy Free Butter
  • 225g of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 375g of plain gluten and wheat free flour
  • Miffy Shaped cutters from eBay

Firstly I mixed all of the ingredients together until it formed a dough, I then rolled out the dough and used the Miffy shaped cutters. I popped the cookies in the oven on gas mark 5 for about 20 minutes (until the edges start to go golden.) 

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