This was an impromptu lazy Sunday smoothie. We had lots of kiwis and a big old pineapple in the flat so we cut it all up and made this delicious treat. It has quite a tart flavour (kiwi always makes my mouth feel a bit strange - anyone elses?!) but was very yummy - if I did it again I'd reduce the number of kiwis and add more strawberries to make it slightly sweeter.
Half a pineapple chopped up, or a big handful of pineapple chunks from a can
4 kiwis, peeled and cut up
Small handful of strawberries
Tablespoon of honey
Simply whizz up in your blender and add more water if you'd like it to be less thick.
When I was emailed to see if I wanted to review a product called 'The Incredible Face Mask'* from MayBeauty, I didn't hesitate to say yes - it's a winner of a name. I love a face mask and am always up for trying a new one so was excited to give this one a go. I received the test package which comes with five face masks, a brush and The Incredible Skin Guide (a booklet with info on using the mask, and how to get great skin/help with acne).
The Incredible Face Mask claims to remove blackheads and dead skin in minutes. The main ingredient is deep sea mud and the mask is black, with a thick, almost gloopy consistency - it's not like anything I've tried before and I think the best way to apply is by using the brush that comes with the test package. It can be a bit messy but luckily comes off super easily (I made a bit of a mess around the sink, haha).
Once applied you leave for 30-45 minutes and then peel off. I was a bit worried at first that leaving it on for so long would agitate my skin (as I suffer with rosacea) but it was absolutely fine. The worst part for me is peeling off the mask - as with any peel off mask it just hurts when you peel it! We had a comedy moment today as Chris had to do it for me.
So the results - after using it my skin does feel very smooth, soft and looks a lot clearer. Chris has even commented on it. I've used it twice now and have been really impressed. I can't comment on how it might help on a long-term basis (they recommend using the mask twice a week) but initial signs look good!
You can buy the test package for £19, and I have also been given a 30% off discount which would make the cost only £13.30 (pretty good, ey) - simply buy through the link here
At the moment I am feeling way more motivated to be healthy and to improve my diet. I don't eat terribly, but do eat a lot of chocolate - mainly because when I get a bit peckish I just want to grab something fulfilling and easy, and that is usually a chocolate bar. Especially at work when 3pm rolls around! After reading lots of the Deliciously Ella blog I realised that there are lots of healthy snacks and drinks that can satisfy a sweet craving and after trying just a few of them I am utterly convinced - medjool dates are my new love!
I will probably do a longer post as I try more recipes but today wanted to share this blueberry and banana smoothie as I had it for breakfast this morning and it was absolutely delicious - it also contains a tonne of goodness. I have adapted it only very slightly from the Deliciously Ella recipe and would recommend that you all check out her incredible blog and buy her app and cookbook - they are all fantastic.
So for this yummy healthy breakfast treat you need:
1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped
1/2 a cup of blueberries
1 cup of ice cold water (or even more if you want it to be more runny, it's best to blend and then add more gradually)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flaxseeds
1 tbsp oats
1 tbsp almond butter
2 medjool dates, pitted
Simply put everything in a blender and whizz for a couple of minutes!
This palette from Collection is incredible and I'd recommend it to anyone, especially people who are starting out with their make-up collection. It's a bargain at only £3.99 and comes with six shimmery bronze shades.
From left to right you have Ivory, Mink, Ochre, Golden Brown, Ember and Nutty.
All of the shades have great pigmentation and are lovely to apply - there is also minimal glitter which is a big plus for me. Usually with a palette I tend to use the same few shades but I have used all of these equally. I think my favourites are Ochre and Ember. Ochre is quite similar to half baked in the Naked palette and Ember reminds me of MAC's Sable. Generally the shades are very similar to the Naked palette so this is a great alternative option, and good for travelling too as so light.
If you're not into the more shimmery shades then Collection also have an Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude which includes six creamy matte nude shades. I think I will be buying this next!
I posted a picture of my 'Pivot' print on Instagram recently and it got quite a lot of love so thought it deserved it's own blog post. My sister Jess bought me this quite a while ago (excellent present, I'm sure you'll agree) but it's only been recently that I've got around to bringing it home from my parents house and having it framed.
I love Friends so much. I used to watch it every day and still watch it whenever I see that it's on - I was watching one of Corrie's vlogs where she described it as comforting and that's exactly how I feel. I love all of the characters and will never tire of watching the episodes. My favourite character is Ross. Who is yours?
But onto the print - if you watch Friends and are as obsessed as me you will have words and phrases from the show that you throw into everyday conversation constantly and "Pivot" is undoubtedly the one I use the most. Which is why this print is SO perfect.
Last December I paid my first visit to a Charlotte Tilbury counter and marvelled at all of the beautiful products. If I could only wear one make-up brand for the rest of my life it would be hers - everything she does is amazing. I bought her infamous Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk which I absolutely adore and will need to buy another soon.
I also was so close to buying Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow in Champagne Diamonds but somehow managed to lure myself away. My friends saw how much I wanted it and so for my birthday they bought me it - the best surprise.
Charlotte Tilbury's Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencils are designed to bring out your eyes' natural sparkle and to enhance them with clever lighting tricks that Charlotte has learnt over 20 years in the industry. They have a long-lasting and easy glide formula which applies super smoothly and stays in place for up to 10 hours - I can definitely vouch for this.
There are two eyeshadow pencils available for your eye colour - one for day (of which Champagne Diamonds is) and one for night. They cost £19 and can be found on the Charlotte Tilbury website, along with tutorials on how to apply them and great swatches.
Say hello to my first Diptyque candle. Isn't it divine? I have been wanting one for years and have finally got my hands on their Baies scent. Choosing the fragrance was a tricky one as I've heard good things about so many, but eventually decided on Baies thanks to Georgina convincing me that it's amazing and also because it seems like more of a spring/summer scent.
Baies is described by the brand as expressing 'the irresistible freshness of a bouquet of roses, sweetened with blackcurrant leaves'. It is such a beautiful fragrance - floral but fresh and one that fills the room completely.
I am loving my first foray into the world of Diptyque. And the best thing is that when I'm finished with the candle I'll have a beautiful brush pot ready and waiting!
1. Visit the Columbia Road Flower Market - a beautiful market in East London full of flowers and foliage. Go as early as you can to avoid the big lunchtime crowds and to get the pick of the best flowers, however if you fancy a lunchtime stroll you can get some great deals.
2. Walk to the top of the hill in Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory - a fantastic maritime museum but the best bit is seeing the incredible view across London.
3. Get the tube to Borough Market or London Bridge and walk along the Thames Path up to Waterloo. It's one of my favourite London things to do. You go past The Globe Theatre, The Tate Modern and the Oxo Tower, as well as many other London landmarks. Finish up with a drink outside the Royal Festival Hall, and maybe even a cheeky Wagamama.
4. Go to Chelsea or Primrose Hill and admire all of the beautiful houses that you can find there. I love a good house nosy!
5. An outdoor cinema is a perfect way to spend a warm evening. The Luna Cinemahas lots of showings this summer in various locations across London (and also outside of London).
6. Visit a City Farm. There are quite a few around including Hackney City Farm and Mudchute Park and Farm. Both have been around for years and are well worth a visit. Who doesn't love looking at sheep?
8. Give the Thames Clipper a try. Get the tube to Putney and get the boat to Blackfriars, or head to North Greenwich and get it back to the London Eye. You can even to their Tate to Tate route which goes between the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. It's something a bit different and super fun. A single ticket is around £6/£7 - all info here.
9. Pack up a picnic and head to one of the many big London parks. If you go to Regents Park you can always visit London Zoo afterwards, or spend some time in St James Park and go and watch the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Or simply bask in the sunshine and totally relax!
10. Go boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. You can hire a row boat or a pedalo for £12 an hour per adult.
I'd love to hear your suggestions for great things to do in London over Summer - do let me know in the comments.
Another day, another post about Kate Spade products. What can I say? I heart everything from Kate Spade!
I've obviously spread the message that I adore her products and so for my birthday, my brother Olly and his girlfriend Georgina (you can find her blog here) spoiled me with her 'Break the Ice' tumbler and a set of five pens. The tumbler is perfect for me as I always use one at work to encourage me to drink water throughout the day and the pens will also be joining me in the office to make meetings way more fun. I love the words on them too.
Hooray for Kate Spade and birthdays and presents! I am a lucky girl.