29 June 2014

Lanzarote 2014

WARNING: Picture heavy post!

I thought I would share some of my holiday snaps with you today. There aren't masses as we spent most of the week relaxing by the pool but I thought this would be an ideal Sunday post for you all! 



The middle of our hotel! How amazing is this - and there were little paths through the area so you could wander amongst the trees!


Three kittens we found in the area just outside the hotel!

Our hotel in the distance.

First time on a bike in about 10 years - it had to be documented!



In the hotel hot tub overlooking the bay.



How amazing is the beach!?! This is our hotel in the background too!

So there you have a few snaps from my holiday! Just looking at the photos makes me want to go back so much!

What do you think of my holiday from the pictures? Have you ever been to Lanzarote?

Han
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27 June 2014

Holiday Lookbook

As most of you will know, I have been on holiday! I went to Lanzarote for the week and arrived back home very early Wednesday morning. I had an amazing week and am not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow! I thought I would share with you all some of the outfits I wore whilst I was away. The majority of these outfits are from the evenings with a couple from the days thrown in - I'm sure you'll be able to tell which are the daytime ones!


Left:
Top - New Look
Skirt - Primark
Shoes - Office

Right: 
Playsuit - ASOS
Jellies Ebay
                                                                                                        

Left:
Top - Tesco
Shorts - ASOS 
Shoes - Office
Necklace - Accessorize

Right: 
Dress - Boohoo
Bag - Vintage
Shoes - Office
Necklace - Accessorize   


Left:
Playsuit - ASOS
Sandals - Office
Bag - Vintage

Right:
Top - Tesco
Trousers - Accessorize 
Jellies - Ebay
Necklace - New Look
Bag - Vintage


Left: 
Top - Tesco
Skort - New Look
Sandals - Office
Necklace - New Look

Right:
Top & Shorts - New Look 


Left:
Top & Shorts - New Look

Right:
Top - New Look 
Shorts - ASOS
Cardigan - Primark
Sandals - Office
Hat - Accessorize

So there you have my week in outfits! There seems to be a very strong trend of ASOS and New Look! Although you had a sneaky peek of my New Look goodies before I went! The weather was amazing so it meant I could get good use out of all my clothes while we were away and I only came back having not worn one pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops, which i think might be a record for me! I had a couple of other pairs of shoes with me too but tended to wear those during the day. 

I really hope the weather cheers up here so that I can get some more wear out of these bits and pieces this summer! I definitely think these will end up being my outfits for all of summer. 

What do you think of my holiday lookbook? Are there any outfits that you really like?

Han
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25 June 2014

Battle of the Make-Up Fixing Sprays


MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist 
Vs
KIKO Face Make Up Fixer

I've only recently delved into the world of makeup fixing sprays. Before this time last year I had never used one and probably didn't even know they really existed! Going all the way back to last August, I bought the MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist - see MUA Haul and more recently you'll have seen I bought the KIKO Face Makeup Fixer - see KIKO Haul.


The MUA fixing spray costs £5 and comes in a 60ml bottle.
The KIKO fixing spray costs £7.90 and comes in a 75ml spray can. 

Having used both these products on numerous occasions both in hot weather and standard cool/wet/rainy/windy (choose appropriate description) English weather I have to say the KIKO fixing spray is definitely my favourite. The main reason I prefer the KIKO spray is because it comes in a spray can so when you apply it to your face you get a fine dry mist out the can, whereas with the MUA spray it's a very wet application and you have to stand there waiting for it to dry. 

I've also found that lasting power varies greatly between these two products. The MUA site claims theirs will last up to 8 hours, well I was lucky if I even got 2 hours lasting power. If anything the wet finish takes more makeup off than keeps on so I found myself needing to retouch my makeup more throughout the day than if I just hadn't bothered with one at all. KIKO make no comment on the length theirs is supposed to last however I can go several hours and still have pristine makeup. 

Whether using a Makeup Fixing Spray is beneficial or not, I'm still undecided. The only area that I do find the spray to be beneficial is around my nose area as this tends to lose makeup the quickest. However I think on the rest of my face I could get away with not using any fixing spray and there wouldn't be much of a difference. 

KIKO is definitely a clear winner for me and I would certainly repurchase it, however for the MUA one, it definitely won't be a long-lasting friendship!

What do you think of Makeup Fixing Sprays? Do you think they are worth it? Have you tried any other ones that you would recommend?

Han
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23 June 2014

Review: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme


I'm sure this is a brand very well known by many of you as it seems to have really taken off in the last year or so on the blogosphere and everyone has been recommending it! The most popular product range from La Roche-Posay is the Effaclar range which has been round the block more times than I can count. I've not tried any products from the Effaclar range, it was the Rosaliac range that caught my eye. 

For a long time now I've had very rosy cheeks and placed neatly in-between a Rudolph nose. My redness is one of the things I hate most because it can be so hard to cover up at times. I decided to try the Rosaliac CC Creme because I was after a CC cream to colour correct but was impressed with this one as it gives a good amount of coverage. 


I love La Roche-Posay's packaging as it's all so clean and very similar. The CC Creme comes with a pump top which I much prefer to a top that you have to screw off. The nozzle is fairly small and the cream is quite thick but you only need a tiny pump to cover your face. I was worried that being a thicker formula, it wouldn't blend as well but because it's so creamy it goes on so easily. You can see from the swatch below what the consistency and shade is like. 


Unfortunately this CC Creme only comes in one shade so I was dubious that it would match my pale skin. However I was pleasantly surprised to find it was only slightly too dark which is fine by me as I'm used to foundations not being pale enough! I've used this quite a lot recently and have found that as well as using it on it's own instead of a foundation, it's also ideal for using as a concealer. I've used it more as a concealer and just concentrated it on the areas of my face where I suffer from redness the most. 

This 50ml bottle cost £19.50, which I think is fairly good value when you consider the price of most high end skincare and foundations. As I bought it from Boots I also got discount so every little helps! This bottle is definitely going to last me ages given you need the smallest amount so that definitely justifies the price a bit more!

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for something to help out with their redness. It's definitely been a life saver for me on those days where my redness just wants to show through any concealer and foundation I choose to wear! 

Do you like La Roche-Posay products? Have you tried this CC Creme? What other products do you recommend?

Han
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21 June 2014

BNTM Inspired Purple Smokey Eye

Last year when I first purchased products from MUA I also bought this Britain's Next Top Model Palette as it was reduced from £12 to £7. I thought that was such a good price for so many shades (there is another section that pulls out under the one shown). I intended to get lots of use out of it but every time I've picked it up to use, I've never been grabbed by any of the shades. However I recently swatched a few shades when I was looking for a particular colour and that inspired me to use it a bit more.


I decided to use the purple shades in the palette to create a toned down version of the purple look on the front of the palette. I didn't want to go all the way round the eye with colour and I didn't want it to be as bright either as I tend to stick to neutrals and that purple is just too much for me! To tone it down and give it more of a smokey look I also used the grey shade in the palette.


I started by using the lightest shade all over my lid and right the way up to my brow bone. I then covered this with the top purple shade up to the crease. I then packed on the darkest purple shade all over the outer 2/3 of my lid and taking it through the crease slightly. I intensified this more in the outer third and added in a bit of the grey shadow to give it more of a smokey look. I finished off the look by lining the top lash line with liquid liner and extending slightly to create a small flick. I lined my top and bottom waterline with my favourite pencil eyeliner - Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black and finished with mascara. 

I was really pleased with how this look turned out. It's perfect for adding a pop of colour but not too over the top as I wanted something that was wearable during the day. I'm definitely getting more confident at working with colour and so I think I might start using this palette more now I've familiarised myself with it again!

What do you think of this look? Do you have this palette? 
Have you got any suggestions for any looks I could create?

Han
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19 June 2014

The Best Menu Ever

Welcome to Topic 12 of the 2014 Blogger Challenge! The theme this time was meals. This could be anything from a weekly meal plan, a recipe or even just a post about you're favourite meal. I couldn't decide what to post about and was going to settle for a recipe when I came across a menu that is very special so I thought I would share. 

In 2012 for Valentines Day, Ben decided he was going to cook me a 3 course meal from scratch! He is a really good cook and rather than just deciding what to cook he sent me a full on menu to choose from and it was so special I wanted to share that menu with you along with the choices I made! Please excuse the really young photo, but this was included on the menu so I had to share it with you guys!


MENU

Starters

Breaded garlic mushrooms - mushrooms in garlic that have been breaded, with a cheeky dipping sauce

Garlic prawns  - prawns in garlic that have been breaded, with an even cheekier dipping sauce

Smoked salmon potato cakes - potato cakes topped with the best Scottish smoked salmon

Goats cheese bruschetta  - melted goats cheese on top of the frenchest french bread with a small side salad

Tomato and mozzarella tart - a puff pastry tart filled with tomato and mozzarella

Grilled halloumi salad or bruschetta - a salad or bruschetta topped with some grilled halloumi with a squeeze of lime and chilli (optional)

Pot noodle soup - a light chicken noodle soup

Mains

Roast chicken with chorizo and baby new potatoes -  Chicken breast roasted with chorizo sausage and baby potatoes

West country chicken - Chicken roasted in a cider sauce served with creamy mash

Chicken mozzarella and parma ham - chicken topped with mozzarella cheese and Parma ham served with new potatoes

Steak Salad/chips

Seafood Pasta - re-creation of the delicious seafood pasta from the Italian place we go to

Chicken and noodles in oyster sauce - a variation on chicken chow main, some chicken some noodles you know what I'm saying  

Cider baked Gammon - Gammon in a cider glaze baked and served with creamy mash and veg

Beef casserole -  slow cooked beef casserole served with creamy mash

Fish pie  - warm, comforting and delicious fish pie

Toad in the hole - sausages in a Yorkshire pudding batter served with creamy mash and gravy

Dessert

Mocha Pots de Crème - a rich chocolate pudding

Hot chocolate fudge pudding - a hot chocolate pudding with a fudge sauce topping

Fruit jelly with berries - jelly served in a wine glass with berries

Hot chocolate profiteroles - profiteroles with a chocolate sauce

Valentine strawberries & cream shortbread - heart shaped shortbreads filled with strawberries and cream

I was so impressed with what was on offer and it took me ages to decide as it all looked so scrummy! In the end I settled for the garlic prawns, cider baked gammon and hot chocolate profiteroles. Sorry about the shoddy iPhone photos!


All of this was made completely from scratch and I was so impressed with the profiteroles as Ben had never made them before! Think we know who the cook in our relationship is! 

This was definitely one of the best Valentines days ever and it was such a sentimental thing to do. I even have the original menu saved on my computer. It just shows you don't have to go all out to be romantic and spend some quality time together (soppy alert!). 

So there you have it, my all time favourite menu. Don't be shy, feel free to steal some of Ben's ideas, I'm sure he won't mind!

What do you think of this menu? What would you have chosen for each course?

Han
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