28 November 2015

Vegan Three Bean Chilli



If you're a weekly vlog watcher of mine, you might have already sat your way through this recipe I'm about to show you, but I've received a sea of comments asking if I still can write up my recipes over here on the blog as it's much easier to revert back to as opposed to finding and watching previous videos - true say that. This recipe seemed to go down well and it's one of my favourites when it comes to a chilli, and I'm not really even a chilli fan TBH. It's made with a trio of beans, loads of spices and some other veg thrown in for good measure - here's how it's done...
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27 November 2015

The Best of the Black Friday Beauty Offers



You know how this one goes - the last weekday for me is when I'm feeling spendy at best, the one night where I might just stay up and place an online order at a crazy hour (by this I mean 10pm) if I haven't already made it to bed. But today, it's Black Friday, not just any old end-to-the-week; it's the chance to get your Christmas shopping done in one, and so if you're not one to face the shops and sales in person, and the sharpened elbows and lengthy queues to come from it, I've rounded up the best of the beauty offers around this weekend to bring you all the deals and discounts that you can enjoy browsing from the comfort of your own sofa. Black Friday, let's do this...
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26 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Festive Candles





To complete my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series with the last instalment, I'm bringing you my curation of the best festive home fragrances this season. From woody to spicy, to sweet and fruity, there should be a scent suited for anyone and everyone, be it for a candle lover in your life or if your looking to fill your own home with a festive aroma. Ranging from £25-£50 in price, you should be able to find something in and amongst this round-up, and so here's what we've got from left to right going top, middle and bottom...
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25 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Men's Grooming Gifts



I've got the trickiest part of present buying covered for the fifth part to my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series with my pick of the men's gifts. From all the grooming bath and body, skin and haircare sets, there should be a little bit of everything here to suit that preen-perfect guy in your life, or if you're wanting to introduce them to a ritual of their own. Ranging from £5-£60 in price, there should be a little (or large) something for anyone, and so here's what we've got from left to right going top, middle and bottom...
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23 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Luxury Gifts



I'm taking things up to the next luxe level for the fourth part to my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series with my pick of the most lust-worthy presents. From bath and body, to skin and haircare, makeup, nails and some accessories in-between, there should be a little bit of everything here for that beauty lover in your life if you're looking to spend that little bit more. Ranging from £26-£89 in price, there should be a little (or large) something for everyone, be it for a mum, sister, friend or loved one, or even yourself wanting to extend that Christmas wish list, here's what we've got from left to right going top, middle and bottom...
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22 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Under £25


For the third part to my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series, I'm coming at you with the presents under the £25 price tag. From skincare, to bath and body and makeup to nails, there should be a little bit of everything here for that beauty lover in your life. I've rounded up ten of the best, ranging from £9-£25 meaning there's a little something for everyone price-wise, as well as the cute miniature and full-size beautifiers inside, whether it be for a loved one or for yourself wanting to add to the wish list, and so, from top, middle and bottom left to right, we have...
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21 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers



Continuing with my Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide series, my second present edit is all about the stocking fillers; miniature boxes housing taster and travel friendly sizes of all things from bath and body, to makeup tools and skincare, as well as individual nail lacquer and handbag essential ideas to stuff those stockings. I've rounded up ten of the best, ranging from £5-£29 meaning there's a little something for everyone price-wise, as well as the cute miniature beautifiers inside, whether it be for a loved one or for yourself wanting to add to the wish list, and so, from top, middle and bottom left to right, we have...
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20 November 2015

Cruelty Free Christmas Beauty Gift Guide: Tree Decorations





Out of all of the Christmas gifts, I get some serious excitement for the mini beauty Christmas tree trinkets; crackers and boxes housing taster and travel friendly sizes of all things from bath and body, to makeup, skincare and nails. I've rounded up ten of the best to kick off my Cruelty Free Christmas Gift Guide series of 2015, ranging from £5-£20 meaning there's a little something for everyone price-wise, as well as the cute miniature beautifiers inside. From top, middle and bottom left to right, we have...
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19 November 2015

The Only Two Blush Formulas You Need



The relationship story between blusher and I is one you've heard a lot of times before - there's so much more love now than there ever was hate and I actually enjoy sweeping the stuff on my cheeks. If like me you're a little hesitant with applying a flush of colour, I've picked out two of the best to start you off on the right foot; both being fool-proof powder formulas and easy to wear hues that come in plenty more of them. They step in as my most used and I figure if they trusty enough for a blush-scaredy like myself, they should be good for just about everyone else...
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17 November 2015

My October Makeup Edit

Kudos to you if you even remember what my monthly makeup edits entail, because it really has been that long since I've put one together. If you need a bit of a reminder, it's where I come up with a wearable makeup look using the products that I've been loving over that past month, that have maybe featured in my most recent favourites video or over here on the blog. Since it wasn't that long ago I'd posted my autumn makeup bag contents and a tutorial using my October makeup loves, I switched this up with some other favourites of the moment to create a look that was on a completely different level; red eyeshadow (yes, really), a fuller coverage skin and a pinky-nude lip are the bones of this monthly makeup edit, and let's just say an eye look of this shade sort could just be my new favourite thing...
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16 November 2015

The Best Beauty Offers Around as of Now 16.11



New week, new start and a new batch of the best beauty offers around as of now. I've hunted down the discounts, deals and free gifts with purchases that come out tops this week and there is a real mix, so whether it's to stock up on some of your favourite loves, a gift to self or to get some more Christmas shopping ticked off the list, here's where to save a bit of dosh or to get a little complimentary treat thrown in for good measure...
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14 November 2015

Skin Food: The Best Tomato and Basil Soup



It won't be long before you'll find me tucked under a blanket devouring spoonful after spoonful of vegetable soup of some sort each and every dinner time - I feel like it's just one big bowl of steaming goodness and often get the cravings for it when I feel something is lacking from my diet or when the cold times hit and it can step in as a bit of an immune boost. Tomato soup was once my least favourite options, but homemade with nothing but a bunch of freshness and all the right herbs and spices, it's fast become a fave - so much so that more often than not, I head back to the hob for a refill of leftovers (if any)...
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13 November 2015

A New Facial Oil Find



Usually there's a lot of skincare that's coming and going in my bathroom cupboard, but for a while and for one item in particular, there’s only really been a lot of going - bottles of facial oils are finishing up as I've been making the effort as part of my evening ritual, partly due to them being from non-CF brands that I've simply wanted to use up but there hasn't been a lot new coming in to take over in their place. That said, there's been one bottle of the stuff on my beauty radar for some time - finally, it's made its way in, there's definitely no reason for it to go out and so I've got a feeling this new facial oil find is here to stay...
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11 November 2015

The Week #19



Vlogging took a bit of a backseat for the week before last when I was home alone - not a lot went down aside from work, getting into my PJ's at 5pm before a meal for one followed by bed, y'know, the usual. Last week however, the camera came out for a couple of days for another weekly vlog edition of said days edited down together for a total of a near fifteen minutes featuring laptop days at home, cooking up risotto and yet more footage of my bunny baby. I've had all the inspired feels recently and whipped out all three of my cameras to cobble together this montage, and I have to say I had so much fun when it came to both filming and editing, and I'm going to give it my vlogging all to make sure it continues to go creative from here...
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9 November 2015

The Best Beauty Offers Around as of Now 09.11


With Monday mornings comes a fresh batch of beauty offers that can be found around as of now here on the blog. I've hunted down the discounts, deals and free gifts with purchases that come out tops this week and there is a real mix, so whether it's to stock up on some of your favourite loves, a gift to self or to get some more Christmas shopping ticked off the list, here's where to save a bit of dosh or to get a little complimentary treat thrown in for good measure...
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7 November 2015

Skin Food: Avocado & Pomegranate Courgette Noodles



There are days where I open up my empty fridge and ponder what I could challenge myself to rustle up with its lack of contents - let me tell you, the results can either be very, very wrong or very, very right. Only recently I did I have a throw-it-all-in-a-bowl-and-hope-for-the-best kind of lunch and it turned out to be an all-round winner. My dish had a slight Asian take on a salad; cold courgetti stirred through a garlic-chilli-ginger mix, topped with avocado and pomegranate seeds - because I'm obsessed with those things and they go with anything that works at the moment - with a dollop of cashew nut butter on the side...
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6 November 2015

October Favourites

If you've caught on to my past few uploads, you can expect to see the majority of things talked about rounded up and broken down in my most recent monthly favourites, with a few first-time mentioned bits thrown into the mix too. Expect to see a new facial oil I've loved slathering on, on an evening-basis as part of my pre-sleep skincare routine, the foundation that I've crowned my most loved and a nail polish that I've been wearing non-stop. The end result is probably a bit lengthier than normal but bear in mind a September favourites video from me was a no-show and so everything from the past few months that I've well and truly loved have made it here...
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5 November 2015

My Favourite Custom Cover Drops Combos


 
It's no secret that the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops have won me over - I think they've popped up at some point in my past three videos and I've even gone as far as crowning them my favourite foundation to date. It doesn't stop there as I'm going to continue to sing my praises, letting you in on my most-loved custom combos so far. As a quick heads up, these colour pigment drops have been designed to be mixed in with your fave foundation or skincare item and should not be used alone - so I've got to work experimenting, there's been some failed attempts along the way but these are the concoctions that have come out tops so far...
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4 November 2015

The Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2015



I've got a feeling we'll all agree that the best part about parting from your duvet on a crisp morning, every morning in the run up to Christmas is the opening of an advent calendar. For years I woke up to a hidden chocolate pre-breakfast, but nowadays calendars come with all different shapes, forms and contents and for beauty lovers alike, the selection gets bigger, better and more brands jump aboard by the year - a mini-sized product to get me through to the day in question? Yes please. Not only have I edited down the best beauty advents of 2015, but they also just so happen to be five cruelty free offerings that come out tops on my wish list - feast your eyes...
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3 November 2015

Cruelty Free Replacements for My Old Favourites



There's been a boat load of upsides that have come from going cruelty free with my cosmetics and whilst I've has to strike off a lot of things I had a whole lot of love for, one of those positives is discovering replacements for my old favourites. True say, it hasn't been easy and there's been a mix of hits and misses along the way, things that haven't quite matched up and others that have worked out to be even better, and I feel I've accumulated a good lot for my first round of substitutes to makeup for the loss of previous loves - let's compare...
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2 November 2015

The Best Beauty Offers Around as of Now 02.11



Another week, another round of the best beauty offers currently floating about. I've hunted down the discounts, deals and free gifts with purchases that come out tops this week and there is a real mix, so whether it's to stock up on some of your favourite loves, a gift to self or to get some more Christmas shopping ticked off the list, here's where to save a bit of dosh or to get a little complimentary treat thrown in for good measure...
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1 November 2015

What's in My Autumn Makeup Bag?

From a flat-lay view of my makeup bag, the contents inside it don't look all too autumnal, but with a closer look, the bronzes, browns and burgundies in theBalm's Nude'tude eyeshadow palette, the fresh, glowy skin for crisp mornings with Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed and the reddy-brown lip that is NARS' 'Walkyrie' Matte Lip Pencil all scream the current season. The majority of what you see here is new and first made an appearance in a recent beauty haul but to show you them in action and give you my thoughts, I've put together an all-in-one type tutorial as I apply them at the same time. The results? Smokey eyes and berry vibes - here's a tour around my autumn makeup bag and how you can get the look... 
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