Saturday, 23 February 2013

My Favourite Chicken Salad

Hi everyone,
I've been trying to eat a little healthier recently and this yummy salad has been one of my go to recipes, so I thought I'd share it with you.
- 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
- 2 Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs
- Half a Grated Garlic Clove
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 Handfuls of Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
- Chunk of Cucumber, diced
- Half a Red Onion, diced
- 1/4 Red Pepper, diced
- Half an Avocado, diced
- Handful of Tinned Sweetcorn
- Small Carrot, shaved with a peeler
- Sprig of Basil Leaves
- 1 Tomato, diced
- 5(ish) Black Olives, halved
- Large Raw Chicken Breast
- Teaspoon Dried Mixed Herbs
- Salt and Pepper
- Teaspoon of Olive Oil
- Coat the chicken in the herbs, salt, pepper and herbs, then pan fried in a non stick frying pan. Let the chicken get nice and golden on the side touching the pan before turning.
- Cook for around 15 minutes, until cooked through.
- Put the chicken on a plate to rest, while you make the rest of the salad.
- Start by making your dressing, I like to make it in the bowl that I'm going to eat the salad from.
- Mix all the the ingredients together and taste it to make sure it's seasoned enough.
- Place all your vegetables in the bowl with the dressing and toss it all together to coat everything with the dressing. Add a little seasoning now to make sure it's really tasty.
- Then slice the chicken, place on top of the salad and serve!
Do you have a favourite salad recipe?
Thanks for reading,

Monday, 18 February 2013

LOTD - Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Hi everyone,

This is the only Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain that I own and I really like it! It's a pretty, everyday colour that can be put on without a lot of thought. I really like wearing it with minimal face make up and a neutral eye.
This retails for £7.99
Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Soap and Glory Endless Glove

Hi everyone,
I have been loving this hand cream! Hand cream isn't something that has ever really bothered me much, I used to just see it as a chore to use and normally just moisturised my hands with body lotion etc. Then I found Soap and Glory's Hand Food which is an amazing hand cream and I've had many a tube of it living in my handbag, but I got this beauty, Soap and Glory's Endless Glove Hand Mask for Christmas. This hand mask/hand cream is AMAZING! I'm seriously in love with this stuff, it makes my hands feel totally smooth and moisturised instantly.
I'm forever drying my hands out with washing up, food preparation, housework etc and to top it all of I also get ezcema on my hands which sometimes causes my hands to become so dry that they crack, which is seriously painful. This hand cream really prevents this and helps to soothe and cure this issue if it arises.
Endless Glove smells great and absorbs really easily, it retails for £6.50 and can be bought from Boots.
What's your favourite hand cream?
Thanks for reading,

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Urban Decay Wizard of Oz Glinda Palette Review and Swatches

Hi everyone,
I recieved this palette last weekend and Iive been trying it out all week so I thought I'd let you know what I think...
Picture heavy!
This is a limited edition palette from Urban Decay to celebrate the release of the new Wizard of Oz film, this palette is called Glinda after the 'Good Witch' in the film.
This palette contains six full sized eye shadows, two of which are duo shadows and the shadows can be popped out of the palette and swapped with other shadows if you want to. This palette also comes with a half size 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Rockstar, a Super Saturated Lip Crayon in the shade Glinda and a card with instructions on how to recreate Glinda's look.
This palette retails for £35 which I think is a total bargain as each individual eyeshadow would retail for  £14, the half sized liner is worth around £7 and the lip crayon is worth £14.
Here are the swatches of the shadows...
All of the shadows in this palette contain shimmer.
Tornado - A deep royal purple shade, think Cadburys purple. This looks beautiful packed on to the eyelid and used a its full strength or it's pretty when used in the crease and sheered out a bit.
Aura - Aura is a duo shade, it consists of a light, blue toned irridescent shade and pale pink irridescent shade. These shadows look beautiful and mysterious, they could definitely make a look a bit more magical and would look really pretty as a highlight or patted over a darker colour to make it more interesting.
Magic - This is a soft baby pink with a kind of golden sheen and some golden shimmer.
 Illusion - A soft peachy colour with a pretty satiny sheen. I've been enjoyed wearing this all over the lid with Tornado in the crease.
Oz - Oz is another due shade, one side is a metallic pale gold with silver glitter in it and the other side is a slightly bluey silver with silver glitter in them. Both are very pigmented but there's a little fall out with the glitter.
South - This my favourite shadow in the palette(neutral obsessed! :D), it's a cool toned, dark, metallic taupe. I love it!
All the shadows are really nice quality, they're all pretty buttery and have good colour pay off, the only thing I'm not crazy about is the glitter in the Oz shadows.

The liner that's included in the palette is call Rockstar which is a kind of aubergine colour, it's creamy, easily to smudge out and long lasting.

The Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour is in the shade Glinda which I believe is the same as the shade Naked in their permanent line of these lip colours.
Glinda is quite a natural colour, a pinky beige which is slightly shimmery.
It's quite a creamy consistency and lasted nicely on my lips.
Overall, I'm happy with this palette, it's great value for money and a bit different to UD palettes that I already have.
- Good value for money.
- High quality eye shadows.
- Really good quality eye liner in an interesting shade.
- Full sized lip product included.
- Sturdy packaging,
- Ability to swap eyeshadow pans out.
- The micro glitter in the shade Oz.
- Limited edition.
Are you thinking of buying this palette?
Thanks for reading,

Friday, 8 February 2013

How To Keep Your Collection(2000) Concealer Looking Like New!

Hi everyone,
I just thought I'd share a little tip with you that I learnt a while ago. It's a tip concerning the Collection(2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer, the fantastic drugstore concealer who's packaging leaves a little to be desired. The problem is that the writing quickly rubs off the concealer tube, which isn't a massive problem but it is a little annoying.
So how do I keep my concealer looking like this....

instead of this?
The secret is...

Clear nail polish!
Not this Rimmel one in particular but just a clear nail polish(I wouldn't try Seche Vite top coat, as that can tend to peel off nails so it could do the same on the tube), all I did was paint the whole tube including the bottom with a good coat of clear polish and let it dry completely.
I've had my new concealer for almost 3 weeks and none of the writing on the tube has smudged or rubbed off! Result!

Have any of you tried this before?
This isn't an original idea by the way, I did hear it somewhere else I just can't remember where!

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige Review + Swatches

Hi everyone,
I've got a review for you today of one of Rimmel's newest releases, their eyeshadow stick in Bulletproof beige.

A couple of weeks ago I picked up this cream eyeshadow stick as I was hoping it would be a good addition to my cream eyeshadow collection(almost all of which are Maybelline color tattoos). I really wanted it to be a great everyday colour which would be easy to apply in the morning, just add mascara and be good to go.
However this product in my eyes is rubbish, it creases on me like no other! Nothing normally creases me, I don't have oily eyelids and I pretty much always use UD primer potion.
I tested this with UD primer potion, MUA eye primer, with no primer and topped with a powder shadow. But nothing worked and without fail it creased on me within six hours(it claims to last for 24 hours...).
It's such a shame because the colour is beautiful and it has a nice creamy texture which is easy to blend and it looks lovely straight away after application. It just doesn't compare to the Maybelline color tattoos though, I'm really not impressed with it.
Sorry for quite a negative review, if you're interested in trying this product out for yourself they're currently on offer in Superdrug for £3.49.
Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 3 February 2013

LOTD - Barry M Toffee Lipgloss

Hi everyone,
This has to be one of my favourite lip glosses, it's a nice subtle nude/sheer brown colour, the gloss is totally smooth and non sticky, and it smells like toffee! Hence the name. :) I've definitely been wearing lipstick more than gloss over the past few months but if I've wanted to wear a gloss this the one I'd reach for. It retails for only £4.49, which is a total bargain!
Thanks for reading,

Saturday, 2 February 2013

January Favourites

Hi everyone,
Time for January favourites!

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation in 52 Vanilla
I love this foundation, it gives great coverage, doesn't get cakey and still looks natural. Love it!
Benefit Bad Gal Lash
When I first got this I wasn't a fan, but now it's dried out a little I love it for building volume and then using another mascara to lengthen and seperate. I might buy the full size when I've finished this sample...
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
I've been really liking this for a simple matte eye make up look for work and I've been loving the shade Crave for using as a liner :)
Maybelline Color Tattoo On and on Bronze
An amazing product for a really easy eye make up look for when you're in a rush. I also love using this for a base for powder eyeshadows.
Nivea Caramel Cream Lip Butter
 This has been the my go to night time lip balm recently, It's really moisturising and smells and tastes like sweet popcorn. I only really like using this at home and I don't want to contaminate it with germy fingers in the tin when I'm out.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude
I've been using this in my waterline everyday this month, I think it really makes me look more awake and my eyes look brighter.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
I repurchased this last week, it's wonderful! It offers great coverage and doesn't looks cakey, I don't use it under my eyes though, only on my face.

Urban Decay Nail Polish in Sidecar
I recently got the UD set of Naked nail polishes and this is my favourite of the lot. It's a kind of sheer nude polish with beautiful silvery glitter. I love it! It looks pretty and subtle.

Stila Eye Brushes
I got these two brushes in a set at Christmas, they are just perfect! So useful, great for precise application and blending.

Thanks for reading,

So Excited!

Hi everyone!
Just a quick post to share my excitement with you! My amazing boyfriend has treated me to both of the new Urban Decay Wizard of Oz palettes! :D They arrived this morning and I've just taken pretty pictures of them so I will be reviewing them in the next couple of days.
I was thinking of buying one these to giveaway to one of my followers for reaching over 100 followers, let me know if you'd be interested in one of these as a prize and which one!
Thanks for reading,

And the winner is....

Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to Zoe! I will be emailing you shortly :)
Seeing as I have now reached over 100 followers I will be doing another giveaway very soon, I just need to save up some money so buy a really special prize!
Thanks for reading,