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Beauty Products Worth The Hype!

10 Make-Up & Skincare Products Worth Buying

I hate to admit it but I am a real sucker for believing the hype about most beauty products. I just end up buying into the “trends”, even if I am sometimes a little late behind. Don’t get me wrong I don’t just spend, spend, spend, I do research the products before I buy them, but it is hard to think badly about products when they are hyped up by big beauty bloggers. However, I can’t just blame the online beauty community for making me buy expensive beauty products, I am a bit of a weak customer too. I easily get drawn into sitting down beside a beauty counter and listening to a beauty assistants’ sales pitch. I think I am their dream customer!

BUT, as I said before I don’t spend spend spend, I do take my time and make sure I’m investing in a product that is worth while and suitable for me. The list below shows you some of the products that have really stood out for me and would recommend you trying them out!

In no particular order…

  1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

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This cream is sold as a multi-use cream, but I only use this on my lips. I personally don’t like using it on my hands as it feels too sticky to rub in. Still, I have tried it recently when I had very dry knuckles and the cream worked wonderfully.

On my lips, it is pure luxury! I usually put it on once in the morning and once at night and my lips feel super smooth. Sometimes I even dab a little on my lips during the day to hydrate my lips a bit more.

This cream (more gel like) has lasted me AGES! I bought it a year ago and it still doesn’t feel like it is running out. It is on the pricey side but as soon as you try this on your lips, all other lip balms won’t compared. This product is luxury pampering for your lips.

2. Miracle Complexion Beauty Blender

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Fantastic for blending in make-up! I use this sponge to blend in foundation and concealer every day. Once I have blended it all in I usually wet the sponge and dab around the edges of my face and neck to make sure I get rid of any distinctive foundation lines. This sponge is perfect for giving you a dewy look.

It is also very helpful in blending away bronzer/contour lines, especially if I over bronze/contour my face (which is a regular occasion).

3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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I never used to be that fussed about eyeshadows as I was very impatient and failed whenever I experimented and tried out a “new look” on my eyes. My eyes never looked any different. I am still trying to master the smokey eye look but with this palette I am nearly there! What I love most about this selection of eyeshadows is that the colours are really pigmented you hardly need to put any work in when applying it to your eyelid.

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Finally, I can see a difference in colour when my eyes are open! So many eyeshadows just fade away or hardly stand out when I open my eyes. The colours are so strong but are still great for blending into each other. I may not have mastered the art of eye make-up just yet but this palette makes it a lot easier.

Favourite Shades

This particular palette has about five matte colours: Foxy, creamy and natural, Bootycall, bright and eye-opening, Tease, a taupe shade, perfect for applying to the crease of your eyelid and Blackout, which is great for lining the lash line. The reason I chose this palette over the other two Naked products was because of the beautiful gold/copper tones. These shades really compliment blue/green eyes.

4. Real Technique Brushes

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The best brushes I have found so far! I am yet to try other brands such as Zoeva or Sigma, but compared to other high-end brushes such as Estee Lauder; Real Technique create perfect brushes.

I have the Limited Edition Duo Fibre brushes; they are great as they don’t pick up too much powder/product on the brush, making it easy to gradually add make-up to your face. They are so soft and also create great travel size brushes too.

For example, I love my Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush:

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I take the collapsible blush brush with me everywhere. To be honest, I use it for everything when I’m out and about.

5. Kiehl’s Face Wash

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This is an example of me being persuaded to buy a product by a pushy sales woman. I am actually very impressed with this face wash; it does exactly what the lady said it would do.

Dehydrated skin? Try this face wash!

If you have dehydrated skin like me, your skin will more often than not feel tight and dry after cleansing. Although my skin still feels a little tight after cleansing (we can also put this down to diet and not drinking enough water), I have found this face wash to be very gentle on my skin. After cleansing, my skin felt fresh but not ‘stripped of its natural oils’. Thinking back to some of my previous cleansers (Neutrogena Visibly Clear PG Daily Scrub and Cliniques’ Foaming Sonic Facial Soap) they were definitely too harsh for my skin, making my skin feel extremely tight and dry almost straight away. It may be a little pricey but this face wash did last me quite a long time! I think about eight months, which I think is pretty good!!

6. Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream

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A cream that actually feels like it is hydrating my tired eyes.

The thick creamy texture feels amazing underneath your eyes. I have currently run out of this cream and I am definitely noticing the difference! The skin under and around our eyes is extremely thin so we need to pay it more attention to it, especially with dehydrated skin! The eye area is so sensitive that WE ALL need to have an eye cream to pamper our most delicate area of skin.

7. Clarins Hand Cream

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This hand cream isn’t oily and drys instantly on your skin. Once you have used this in the day, you don’t need to keep re-applying. I would apply this twice a day and my hands would feel soft and hydrated. Also smells good too!

8. Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Pencil – Rich Brown

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I find it really handy having a product that has a pencil/crayon AND a brush in one stick. Very handy for on the go!

DSC00844 It says pencil but I would say it is more of a soft, thin crayon. This is my favourite brow pencil at the moment. It is really soft to apply and it is easy to build colour; it is hard to overfill in your eyebrows with this.

I have recently learnt to leave my eyebrows alone (yes, I did go through the overplucked eyebrow stage, and it wasn’t that long ago!). I used to use a Nars eyeshadow called Blondie (I swear it was eyeshadow) for my brows, using an eyebrow brush. BUT THEN… I could never find that eyeshadow again, so I moved onto pencils, Rimmel, Estee Lauder and then to an eyebrow pencil that had no name (completely rubbed off). This was the stage when I could so easily over do my eyebrows.

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After growing my eyebrows out a little more I wanted to find something that didn’t hide my hairs, I wanted a more natural look. I was looking for an eyebrow kit, with a pencil and brush together so I could fill in my eyebrows and brush out some of the colour. I found Bobbi Browns eyebrow pencil at the airport and it is perfect! It has soft crayon like consistency so applies very gently to your skin. It gently fills in my eyebrows and voila! I can actually see my eyebrow hairs. No more dark brown slugs on my face (fingers crossed!)

  1. Skinceuticals Retexturing Activating Serum

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Amazing! But sooo pricey!

Ok, one of my head in my hands moments, and I can’t believe I bought it. Again I didn’t realise the price until the lady said it at the till, but stupidly I just went along with it (don’t ask me why). I got home in a panic and thought what have I done?! This better be worth it! Luckily it has been amazing! I am now on my last few drops, which I use sparingly, only for special occasions or pamper evenings. I miss this serum so much. I used to use it every day, AM and PM.
What is it? What does it do?
Serums include concentrated minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, (etc., etc.) and treat the deeper layers of your skin. One thing that I did like about this serum is that is included hyaluronic acid. This acid is great for dehydrated skin and helps your moisturiser to really absorb into the skin. I’ve tried my best to explain… but to be honest, I still don’t know a lot about how it works and why… I AIN’T NO SCIENTIST.

I recently found Cassandra Bankson on YouTube, a beauty YouTuber; she explains exactly what serums are – I found it very helpful.

(Watch the first 2 minutes)

I adore this product, however, I don’t think I will buying it anytime soon 🙁 not at that price anyway. Unbeknown to me I didn’t know anything about Skinceuticals but now realise I bought a product from one of the top dermological brands in the UK. So if anyone is lucky enough to try some of their products try then give this serum a go… and send me some too, please!

  1. Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm

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Best skincare buy in a long time!

This is the best decision I have made for my skin. As you will read here in my review (Emma Hardie Review), Caroline Hiron was right about taking the time to cleanse properly after a full face of makeup. It is so simple and easy to use and in the morning my skin thanks me. I wake up feeling fresh faced and cleansed. I have to be honest there have been a few old nights when I have been so exhausted I have reached for a makeup wipe… but feel so ashamed doing it (as dramatic as that sounds). As Caroline H says, make-up wipes just spread bacteria around your face. You make-up might have been taken off but your skin is definitely not cleansed! Even if brands say they are “cleansing” wipes.

According to Caroline, super skin guru, “make-up wipes are for one thing… festivals, flights and fannies” – her words not mine people!

What a lovely note to finish on… sorry  :/  just made me laugh.

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Fried Egg Cakes Francis Quinn

Easter Delight No.2: Fried Egg Cakes

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This recipe is from Frances Quinns ‘Quinntessential Baking’ cookbook. You may recognise her name because she won The Great British Bake Off in 2013 and always presented her bakes in unique, clever ways!

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Her book is filled with great bakes and amazing presentation/decorating ideas. This is the first thing I have baked from her book and the cakes turned out so well! They came out so light and fluffy; I haven’t baked cupcakes this well in a long time!

Now enough talk, let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Cake Mixture

50g butter, softened

50g caster sugar

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 egg (at room temperature)

50g self-raising flour

1 tbsp ground almonds (I didn’t use this so I added an extra tbsp of flour)

1 tbsp lemon juice

Fried Eggs Icing

50g icing sugar

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1-2 tbsp of warm water

25g Orange curd

The cheat way: If you don’t want to make the fried eggs yourself you can always use fried eggs from Haribo, and secure them on top with a little bit of icing underneath.

You will need:

Large mixing bowl

Electric whisk (optional – I didn’t use one – helped get rid of the bingo wings)

Mug

Fork

Spatula (silicone)

Cooling rack

Grater

24-hole mini-muffin tin (or just any muffin tin – as you will see in my photos I used a baking tray as I have lost my cupcake tin, but it still worked well)

Egg boxes, to present the cakes in (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180.c/160.c fan/gas 4. Line the cake tin (or tray) with the cake cases.

2. Using a hand-held electric whisk (or a spoon) beat the butter and sugar together for 5-10 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and beat it in.

3. Break the egg into a mug or jug and beat with a fork. Gradually add the eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture.

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4. Sift the flour and add gradually to the mixture, and gently fold in. Add the lemon juice and gently stir in.

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5. Spoon the mixture into the cake cases. Make sure you don’t put too much mixture in the cases, and try and make sure they all have an equal amount of cake mixture.

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6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cakes are lightly golden brown and a skewer or knife into the centre comes out clean. Leave the cakes to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.
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7. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in the lemon juice. Add a tablespoon or two of warm water and stir until you have a smooth, thick paste.

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8. With two teaspoons, carefully spoon a small amount of icing onto each cake. Frances’ recommends using a wooden latter stirrer, but I used an icing tool to shape the icing. If you don’t have either, use a mini spatula or the end of a spoon to shape the icing on the cake. You don’t want the icing to be a perfect circle so ice them a little off centre.

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9. Now to add the yolk! I used a piping bag and a small nozzle for this and carefully piped a small circle of orange curd on top. Again, if you don’t have some of the tools Frances or I used, use the end of a teaspoon (with a thin handle) to dot the curd on top. Then leave to set.
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TA-DAAAH! Little fried egg cakes, don’t they look adorable!

I placed the cakes in an egg box, one of Frances’ great ideas! Perfect for presenting them and gifting them to a friend.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Easter Delight No.1: Chocoholics Dream!

Tiffin Easter Nest with all my favourite treats

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Ooo this is a naughty chocolatey Easter treat! I came up with the idea to use my normal tiffin/rockyroad recipe for this Easter creation. Perfect to make for Easter weekend and a fun thing to smash up and share with family and friends at the weekend. OR if you have a selection of Easter eggs left over after next weekend then why not melt down the chocolate and make this tiffin.

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Ingredients:

300g (2 large bars) Cadbury’s milk chocolate

Small pot of glace cherries

2-3 handfuls of mini marshmallows

2-3 handfuls of raisins

250g of chocolate digestive biscuits or plain digestive biscuits

One Shredded Wheat

 

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You will need:

Plastic mixing bowl

Small-medium glass bowl

Cling film

Plus any extra chocolate treats!

 

 

 

 

Method:

  1. Break the digestive biscuits in a plastic mixing bowl. I used a sturdy mug to crush up the biscuits because I currently don’t have a rolling pin, but a rolling pin would be best.

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2. Once you have crushed the biscuits up, leaving a few small chunks of biscuits, add the mini marshmallows and raisins (and cherries) and mix. I didn’t use cherries this time because my local shop didn’t have any, sad times! But I would definitely recommend using them!!

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3. Melt the chocolate and pour into the mixture and stir it all together.

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4. Tear off a piece of cling film to cover the inside of the glass bowl.

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5. Spoon in the mixture into the glass bowl, a few spoonfuls at a time. Press it down in the bowl and up the sides (carefully, so the cling film doesn’t split). Start building the nest by placing more of the mixture on the sides of the bowl. Make the nest quite deep so you have enough room to put in your sweet treats once it has set in the fridge.

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6. Break up one Shredded Wheat into a small bowl and sprinkle the cereal over the edges of the bowl and around the nest.

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7. Place nest in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

8. Presenting it! Carefully loosen the cling film and pull the nest out, if it seems to heavy turn the bowl upside down and lift the bowl off the nest. Turn it over and place all your goodies inside the nest.

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Once everyone has eaten all the treats inside the nest you can have some fun breaking the nest for everyone to share!

KatieWoo's Risotto Recipe

Creamy Pea and Mushroom Risotto with Smoked Salmon

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One of my favourite meals at the moment! I have always wanted to make my own risotto but thought it was too difficult or time-consuming for a quick meal, but it is actually very simple and easy to make!

Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

Katie's Risotto Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients:

25g butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped/crushed

500ml hot vegetable stock

150g Arborio Risotto Rice

Small bottle of white wine

150g frozen peas

1 lemon

5 baby mushrooms

Dill or Parsley

3 tablespoons of creme fraiche

Served with:

Smoked salmon

Cherry Tomatoes

Iceberg lettuce

Other serving suggestions: poached salmon fillet, green beans, spinach.

Method:

Step 1: Melt the butter in a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.

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Step 2: Add the rice and stir into the butter. Make sure every grain of rice is covered with butter. Cook for 1 minute.

Now I have a confession to make, I completely forgot about the mushrooms at this point :/ I would usually add them in at this stage but I forgot. Instead, I put the chopped mushrooms into a small pan with a knob of butter and cooked them for 2-3 minutes before adding them to the risotto. (Silly me :/ just imagine I put the mushrooms in.)

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Step 3: Add the wine and cook for 1 minute. Whilst this is cooking boil the kettle and mix the stock cube and water together in a measuring jug.

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Step 4: Add the stock gradually, use ladle or large serving spoon. Add more stock once each amount of stock has been absorbed. Stir regularly.

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Step 5: With the last amount of stock add the peas and lemon juice and stir. Sometimes I add an extra splash of white wine at this stage (not an alcoholic! I just really enjoy a wine taste in the risotto).

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Step 6: Cook for another 4 minutes. This is the time to season and add the dill/parsley. Finally, take on the heat and add the 3 spoonfuls of creme fraiche and stir into the risotto.

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Serve with smoked salmon, baby iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes and half a lemon

Or serve with a poached salmon fillet, green beans and spinach.

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You’ve Got to Eat Here! Top 5 Restaurants in Bath

Bath has a great variety of restaurants, and living in this lovely city over the past four years I have found some amazing places to wine and dine. Here is a list of my top 5 independent restaurants!

1. Yammo!Neapolitan Street-Food Kitchen & Pizzeria

THE BEST PIZZA EVER!

This tiny restaurant has a friendly family run feel. It may not have the most contemporary/modern decor, but it doesn’t matter, the food is amazing! If you are a pizza sauce lover like me, you will love it! Whenever we go there or get a takeaway, we always order the Arancini balls – delicious balls of rice, beef and pork ragu and a gooey mozzarella centre. I can guarantee any pizza you try here you will love!

I am not usually a fan of pizza crusts (I know, I’m like a child) but these pizzas have a thick but soft crust so I actually enjoy eating it. This is a sign of a good pizza in my eyes.

My favourite pizza is the Alla Norma pizza which has aubergine and ricotta cheese on top. I also like to add some parma ham to the pizza too.

Alla Norma pizza at Yammo
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You can add extra things to your pizza, for example, zucchini, meatballs, buffalo mozzarella, Neapolitan-style sausages, honey-roast ham, red peppers, mushrooms, gorgonzola and more.

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Recommendations: any of the pizzas, including the Marinara (no cheese), it is delicious and has tons of flavour, arancini (traditional beef and pork ragu), polpette al sugo (pork & beef meatballs baked in a rich tomato sauce), hand cut potato fries.

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2. Hudsons SteakhouseSteaks cooked to perfection!

“Voted number 3 in the UK Top 10 Steakhouse.”

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A small restaurant with really attentive staff and absolute pros at cooking the perfect steak. I would like to add that this isn’t a casual place to wine and dine; we usually go for a special treat or birthday. I usually get a sirloin steak, cooked medium to well done, with their signature red wine glaze and served with their béarnaise sauce.

One thing I like about this restaurant is that the waitress understood exactly how I wanted my steak cooked, I like the taste of a pinker steak however I don’t like seeing blood ooze out! She said she would ask the chef to cook it ‘medium but no blood’ and when it arrived it was perfect! With our steaks, we usually add a side of dauphinoise potatoes and green beans. They also have a selection of classic main dishes too, one of the dishes I have my eyes on is the seabass fillets, edamame beans, asparagus and chive chardonnay beurre blanc. Mmm, yum!

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Recommendations: Homemade rosemary focaccia with marinated olives and basil pesto.

3. AquaModern Italian Cuisine

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This restaurant is located in a gorgeous renovated chapel and provides a broad range of dishes. Firstly, the interior is stunning, with a lot of seating and a few seating booths it is a great place for lunch and dinner. At the front of the chapel, there is a balcony that overlooks the main restaurant area, there are a few seats up there and a grand piano in the centre. I’m not sure if they get a pianist to play up there on special nights, but on our first visit to Aqua, we did witness a customer going up and playing a bit of piano. He was actually really good! We thought he was a professional playing for the evening but then realised he was a customer when his friends at another table started clapping at the end and he joined them for dinner.

The offer I was particularly attracted to in Aqua was the 2 for 1 offer on bellinis, before 7 pm.

I love this restaurant because it is was the first restaurant that got me to enjoy eating salads! I had the ‘Fig & Mozzarella Salad’ with pine nuts, and mixed leaf salad drizzled with a balsamic sauce. I would easily eat this salad as a main meal and I am not a salad person so that’s saying something! I wish I had a photo of this dish, it is always presented beautifully but every time it arrives at the table I just want to dive straight in.

Recommendations: Fig and Mozzarella Salad, Risotto Balls, Smoked Haddock Risotto, Roasted Lamb, Rabbit Ragout.

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4. The Hop Pole PubHomely, friendly pub, with a gourmet touch.

The Hop Pole offers you just want you want from a pub menu, traditional dishes mixed with a few gourmet touches. This pub is part of the Bath Ale chain, offering ‘top-notch beers’ and uses some of the ales in their dishes. We are constantly going back to this pub for meals as it is only down the road. The Hop Pole is a great place for popping in for a drink and enjoying some yummy pub snacks, for example, they use to have handmade scotch eggs with a gooey centre.

Their menu changes seasonal but they always have some traditional classics on the menu.

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Another great thing is that they occasionally have offers on, over the Winter months they had an a £10 pie and pint offer on every Tuesday.

Not only is this pub great for cold Wintery nights but it is the perfect place to hang out with friends in the summer, sitting out in their pub garden. We are now regulars and have got to know the staff really well, and we now feel at home there – especially as one of the barmen/waiters’ is my boyfriend’s best friend.

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Recommendations: As I said their menu changes seasonally but here are a few of the gorgeous dishes I have enjoyed: free range chicken, leek & ham pie with parsley sauce, greens and mash, 28 day dry aged beef shin and ‘Dark Side’ ale suet pudding, dauphinoise potatoes, carrots, ‘Proper Chips’ their tripled cooked chips.

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5. Firehouse Rotisserie – American Bistro and Grill

Another lovely small restaurant located on a quiet road just off the busy high-street. Sometimes it is nice to get away from the big chains and find a local restaurant like this one. They boast on their website that they are the only genuine rotisserie restaurant in the South West (not sure if that is true or not) but their rotisserie cooked chicken is great. They offer a delicious range of flame-roasted chicken, gourmet pizzas and seasonal dishes.

One of the dishes that stood out for me was the confit of duck with cheesy mash potato and runner beans. They still offer duck on the menu but not with the same sides. On my most recent visit, I tried one of their chicken dishes. The chicken is cooked to perfection, beautifully tender and succulent.

Recommendations: Prosciutto Ham stone baked pizza, lemon and herb rotisserie chicken with applewood smoked bacon, spring salad, Dijon tarragon aioli.

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Hope this has got you all hungry! It definitely made me extremely hungry whilst writing this.

If you are visiting Bath soon or live in Bath and are not sure where to eat then choose any one of these restaurants and I promise you you will enjoy a delicious meal!

review emma hardie cleansing balm

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

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I did take a risk buying this as it is quite expensive! Even though it is recommended by so many beauty bloggers/vloggers, I still didn’t know if it was worth the price.

I bought the smaller 100ml pot for £38.00. The 200ml is £55.00.

I heard about this product last October and wanted to try it out, but I thought I had a good cleansing routine in the evening, using a foamy, gel face wash. I attempt to cleanse my skin every night but let’s be honest, who can do that every night!? It was this video (below) that gave me a kick up the butt to STOP using makeup wipes to take off makeup and “cleanse” my skin.

I recently started watching Caroline Hirons YouTube channel. In this video, with Pixiwoo (Sam and Nic Chapman), discuss what your skin needs and Caroline’s favourite products.

What I learnt from the video:

  1. “If you have breakouts or acne and use an exfoliator with beads in it it will spread the infection.”
  2. Spraying water on your skin doesn’t make it hydrated; it makes it drier.
  3. “If you don’t have good skin you won’t have good makeup” – unless you are amazing at applying makeup.  

Talking about EH Cleansing Balm – the first 2 minutes:

Caroline recommended cleansing balms, and since Emma Hardies’ balm is raved about so much, I thought I’d give it a go.

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How to use EH Cleansing Balm:

It is amazing and so quick to use. You just place a small bit of the cleansing balm on your face and massage gently around your face, neck and eyes. What I love but found a bit weird when I first used it was to rub the balm around my eyes too. It takes off your eye makeup so quickly. Once you have massaged your face and neck and have big pander eyes, you wipe off the balm with warm water and the cloth.

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You get one cloth with the cleansing balm pot and I guess you would have to clean the cloth after a while, or use a flannel instead. However, I did see in Space N K and on feelunique.com you can buy a set of three EH cloths for £14 (not sure if that is a good price or not).

“There is nothing about this cleanser that disappoints me. And I’m not alone – this little gem is winning awards left, right and centre” Caroline Hiron

I have really enjoyed using this balm; my skin feels like I have been pampering my skin for a long time and I go to bed feeling fresh faced. Now I don’t wake up with the occasional black mascara mark on my pillow. After I wash my face with this balm, I usually apply a hydrating overnight mask, such as Cliniques Moisture Surge mask. I wake up with my skin feeling hydrated, soft and with a little bit of a glow in the morning.

So if you want to treat yourself and invest in a skin care product, then this is the product to buy! It is annoying that it is so pricey but I know this balm will last me a very long time!

If you have any other cleansing balms, you like using, please write in the comments below. Or if you have a different night-time routine for your skin, please share 🙂

Check out Caroline Hirons blog and YouTube channel.

Emma Hardie Products:

Cleansing Balm: http://ow.ly/YwrEr
Cleansing Cloths: http://ow.ly/YwrKd

Lipsticks

All About The Lips!

10 Lip Products I Love

Lip Products I Love!

I love finding new lipsticks and lip creams. Below, I have listed my ten favourite lip products. Some I have received as presents and some I have bought myself. Take a look at some of my favourite red, pink and nude lipsticks, plus my MUST HAVE lip cream!

Clarins Instant Light: Natural Lip Perfector – Rose Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light

A nude gloss that adds light and moisture your lips.

I have been bought this twice now and will buy it myself when it runs out. It is glossy gel type consistency that isn’t sticky. This lip lighter really does light up your lips! I love applying this as it has a soft tip, so it is very easy to apply on the go. I have it in a very subtle pink, nude colour so it is good for every day. It can also act as a gloss – I sometimes use it top of my pink lipsticks.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint

Clinique Baby Tint Balm

A tinted moisturising lip balm.

Another product that is easy to apply on the go. I always have this tinted lip balm in my bag. Unlike some other tinted lip balms, this one actually does give you a subtle hint of colour. I bought it in baby pink as I am a big fan of natural/nude colours. I recently bought my sister a red tint version of the balm, which again gives you a subtle hint of red (good for anyone who wears red lipstick every day). I usually use this balm throughout the day and sometimes apply it on top of lipstick. I wear lipstick nearly every day and on the days where I haven’t used a lip liner to fill in my lips, my lipstick sometimes fades to the edges of my mouth. I use this balm to blend the lipstick colour back into my lips. Even though I will then have some lipstick colour on my balm and just use a tissue to wipe it clean.

Chantecille Lipstick – Cassia

Chantecille Lipstick

Darker nude for all year round.

A gorgeous, GORGEOUS colour! This is a great darker nude for all year round! I actually went into Space N K to buy a Nars lipstick, but they had run out of the colour I wanted (I will try to remember which colour it was). The lady recommended trying out this lipstick colour, which was very similar. This lipstick is great, once applied at the start of the day the lipstick will last. Obviously, it doesn’t completely stay on my lips due to eating and drinking BUT I notice that the colour tints my lips, so even when this lipstick fades later in the day it leaves some colour on my lips. This is one of my all-time favourite lip colours. I am so glad I was introduced to Chantecille lipsticks now. Once this lipstick has run out, I look forward to trying out some of their other colours.

Chantecille Lipstick Colour

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Luxury pampering for your lips!

I can’t live without this now. I put this cream on once before I go to bed and once in the morning. If you are like me, a snorer, mouth wide open, deep breather while sleeping then you need this! If I don’t use it at night, I will wake up with dry lips. I occasionally use it more than twice a day in the Winter months, but this cream really does last a long time! I bought it last May (2015) and I still have a good amount left.

Estee Lauder – Fuchsia Fever

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Fever

Add a splash of colour with a vibrant pink lip!

A bright colour for the spring/summer! I wasn’t sure if I would like this colour at first, but once I put it on I loved it. Like a lot of Estee Lauder lipsticks, this lipstick easily glides onto the lips.

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Fever Colour

Illamasqua Lipstick – Box

Illamasqua Lipstick

A statement matte red.

A lovely rich red, this lipstick is one of the best dramatic reds I have tried. I usually use this lipstick just for special occasions (when I have more time to concentrate putting on lipstick).  It is one of my favourite red lipsticks, HOWEVER, compared to other brands I don’t find it as soft and easy to apply. Due to it being a matte lipstick, is doesn’t easily glide on BUT once it has warmed up on my lips or if I use a lip brush then it works great. I wouldn’t use this as an everyday red lipstick due to it being very bold and dramatic, and as I mentioned before, takes some time to apply. However, similar to the Chantecille lipstick above I found that once this lipstick did fade (which takes quite a LONG TIME!) it still leaves a lovely red tint.

Illamasqua Lipstick Colour

Lip Products I Love!

Clarins – Rouge Eclat – Woodrose

Clarins Woodrose Lipstick

A nude for every occasion!

Like my Chantecille lipstick, this is my other top all year round lipstick! I got this lipstick for Christmas this year and I have used it nearly every day since. As I mentioned above, it is a subtle nude for all occasions and feels moisturising too. LOVE IT!

Clarins Woodrose Lipstick Colour

Mac – Retro Matte – All Fired Up

Mac Matte Lipstick All Fired Up

Add for a fun, bright lip. Perfect for Spring/Summer!

My favourite matte colour! This reddy, fuchsia colour is my favourite lipstick for the summer. Even though it is a matte lipstick is glides on your lips quite easily. This lipstick is a very flattering bright pink colour for all skin tones.

Mac Matte Lipstick All Fired Up Colour

Estee Lauder – Pure Colour Nectarine Shimmer

Estee Lauder Nectarine ShimmerEveryday red.

A creamy texture and a glossy finish, this lipstick is one of my favourite reds to apply. It isn’t a really pigmented red, but it is good for a subtle red lip that lasts all day.

Estee Lauder Nectarine Shimmer Colour

Bourjois – Sweet Kiss

Bourjois Lipstick Sweet Kiss
A creamy everyday red.

A pinky red, with a little shine. Sweet Kiss has thicker, creamier texture than my Estee Lauder lipstick (above), which means that one application is enough. This lipstick has argan oil in so it feels moisturising and gives you a good amount of colour all day.

Bourjois Lipstick Sweet Kiss Colour

Next thing on my list is to make my own lip scrub.

What are your favourite lip products?