Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Easter Bank Holiday Fun

This weekend was a bit of a crazy one for me; bank holiday mixed with your best friend’s birthday is only going to end one way, messy! Diet went completely out of the window but hey sometimes you have just got to let go and enjoy yourself so I thought I would show you a few snippets of what I got up to.
I couldn't resist these flowers; I love how bright they are.
The Easter Bunny crumpets are the hardest things ever to track down but my boyfriend did find these cute little teddy bear ones!
We were so lucky to have a bit of sunshine, not a cloud in the sky.
And here’s where it got messy. I hate shots and I hate jager but somehow always find myself doing a cheeky jager bomb or 4!
And recover. The next morning a strong Americano was needed...
...and a Goats cheese panini to soak it all up!
The nice weather was a perfect excuse to wear my pretty Primark shoes and new Topshop jeans.

Being back at work has been such a struggle, I know it’s only a four day week but I'm still convinced it’s Thursday! Hope you all had a good Easter!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Monu Essential Care Cleansing Balm

If you read my blog often then you will know that I am a big fan of cleansing balms. Since discovering beauty blogs my skincare routine is something that has had a huge over haul and if I was to recommend a splurge to anyone then a cleansing balm would be it.

The Monu Essential Care Cleansing Balm is the latest cleanser to be added to my collection. Monu wasn't a brand I was too familiar with but after a browse on their website and reading about their beliefs and using natural ingredients I was impressed.

First of all the balm comes in a hefty 150 gram tub which is 50 grams more than my usual balms. The packaging is simple and plastic but I like the clean white look.

It contains Apricot Kernel Oil Bergamot Essential Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jasmine Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil and Sweet Almond Oil. Needless to say this creates a gorgeous aroma which is quite spa like.

The consistency is a lot more runny than the balms I am used to and also feels a little grainy, but once applied to my skin it melts in, removing all my make up and giving my skin the deep clean that it needs after a hard days work. I have been using this every night for the last month and I love how soft and healthy looking it leaves my skin.

The Monu Essential Care Cleansing Balm retails at £39.95 which may seem pricey but as I said earlier you do get an additional 50 grams worth of product compared to other balms so I think it is complete value for money.

Have you tried any Monu products? What’s your favourite cleanser?

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Little Things

Falling back in love with an old fave, Mac Hue is perfect for everyday wear.
Cute little vintage shops which make me want to buy everything even though its not essential.
New jewels perfect for spring.
 My Car smelling of lemons while looking bad ass.
Healthy home cooking on a heart shaped plate, this peanut chicken was amazing!
Buying clothes a dress size smaller thanks to the point above :)

What little things have made you happy lately? Oh and Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Lemon Butterfly Cakes

When it comes to food I’m definitely a savoury over sweet kind of girl but last week at work we had a bake off and I guess my inner Mary Berry came out. Having never baked anything in my life I wanted to make something quite easy but something that would taste great so I decided to go for Lemon Butterfly cakes.
What you will need:
115g self raising flour
½ tsp baking powder
8tbsp soft margarine
115g caster sugar
2 eggs
Rind of 1 lemon
2 tbsp lemon juice
Icing sugar for dusting

Butter cream:
6 tbsp Butter (softened)
175g Icing Sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Sift the flour and baking powder in to a bowl then add the marg, sugar, eggs lemon rind and lemon juice, grab your whisk and beat until smooth.
This definitely the best part and I’m not gonna lie...yes i licked the spoon.
Bake the cupcakes in a pre heated oven on gas mark 5 / 190 degrees  for 15-20 minutes or until golden. While they are baking mix together the butter, icing sugar and lemon juice until its smooth and creamy. Again spoon licking occurred.
When the cakes have cooled slice of the top fill with the butter cream and cut the top of the cake into ‘wings’ as you can see some of mine were better than others! Dust with icing sugar and enjoy!

Even though I didn't win the bake off (I was robbed), I was surprised how easy this was and would definitely up for baking again, although not too soon baking is not good when you’re trying to avoid sugar!

Will you be trying these? What do you like to bake?

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