Pancakes for One


Monday to Friday breakfast tends to be a yogurt and some berries, or porridge with some fruit.

On a Saturday or Sunday though, I like to make pancakes.

I’ve been playing about with recipes for the last few weeks, and most recipes I’ve found cater for four people and after a bit of trial and error I have a recipe which caters for one.

This makes four to six small pancakes, and if I have it in the fridge I’ll add a handful of blueberries to the batter.

Ingredients

75g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of Baking Powder

1 Large Egg

10g Melted Coconut Oil

75ml Milk

Recipe

Mix the dry ingredients.

Create a well in the mix and add the wet ingredients.

When the Coconut Oil has melted, and the pan has reached a medium heat start ladling batter into the pan. Once bubbles start to form on the pancakes flip them to cook on the other side.

Serve with Strawberries, sliced Bananas or Raspberries.

Lip products I’m looking forward to using this Autumn 

The other week I was looking through my makeup collection and I came across Revlon’s Black Cherry, AKA the most perfect vampy autumn shade. This got me thinking about all the lip products I wanted to play with between now and winter and I thought i’d pull them together for you.

Revlon – Black Cherry £7.99
The perfect autumn statement lip, this colour is just the right side of dark. The fact the  lipstick isn’t matte makes it a touch more wearable, and is also brilliant when air conditioning and central heating already dry your skin out. The emo in me very excited by this colour, and it makes me want to go late night shopping whilst wrapped up in knitwear sipping a hot chocolate/ mocha.

Fleur De force – Lucky Star £4.15
The gorgeous glossy red adds something different and bright to an outfit. I’m not a huge lipgloss fan, but these leave the lightest stain on your lips so In between applications you still look “done”. Check out the Fuscia shade, another favourite.

MAC – Ruby Woo £15.50
I wear this at any special occasion, but now it’s approaching the festive season this matte beautiful red won’t be far from my makeup bag at all.

Rosie for Autograph – I Love You So Much £14
The only colour I own from this range, this sheer formula is worn any and every season. It is the sheerest colour in my collection, making it a bit high maintenance but this is worth it. (Adore the name btw)

Body Shop – Lip Butters £4
Your lips will be chapped, and you will have a cold and that’s when these delicious moisturising pots come in handy. More moisturising and indulgent than a balm, just ignore the fact your fingers probably aren’t the most hygienic applicator because these are absolute favourite products. And the flavours they come in 😍

Here’s a pile of swatches for you, which ones are your favourites?

Do you get the feeling I’m slightly obsessed with Hannah Gale’s blog at the moment? her list and beauty posts are absolute goals and Im feeling inspired and want to play about with more posts like this. Let me know if you like this style.

This post is also to distract me from the fact can’t get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury’s Velvet Underground lipstick, the product I can’t stop  swatching whenever I pass House of Fraser… sigh

– Emily

An Empties post

A little while ago I finished my favourite cleanser off and stopped myself from throwing it away, I’ve done this each time I’ve got to the end of a product over the last six weeks and thought I’d write and empties post. These are one of my favourite YouTube videos (alongside Primark hauls, personal style videos, closet tours and what’s in my bag videos).

Body Shop Wild Argon Oil

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This has lasted me about a year, I had a slightly tricky start with this product ,that I bought primarily as a hair product, finding it could make my hair very greasy if I used too much. I quickly established that two pumps was enough to help my hair feel smooth and soft.
I love this product as I can apply the excess to my arms or décolletage and it absorbs just as quickly and is very lightly moisturising. I’ve been using another balm in the interim but as I write about this product I’m missing this so much I think a repurchase may be required…

Soap and Glory: Sugar Crush Body Scrub

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I’m not the biggest body scrub fan, and this one has been with me a long while. But the gorgeous scent of this manual scrub had me reaching for it constantly in the summer months (to get rid of that pesky SPF).

Soap and Glory: Peaches and Clean

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Another favourite cleanser, this face milk is gentle and very thorough at removing dirt and make up. I love this because it removed eye makeup without stinging, feels lovely, is gentle on my skin and smells INCREDIBLE.

Garner Micellar Water

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This was my second attempt at a Micellar water and I love it. It’s ideal for lazy makeup removal, or as part of a double cleanse when you have a bit more time. Gentle, non astringent with no real fragrance, this is an easy favourite.
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This was my first Micellar water, I finished it just before the Garnier above. This was a perfectly adequate Micellar water but the Garnier has been repurchased (in the small size) twice since.

L’Oreal Miracle Cleansing Oil

This is probably my favourite cleanser, alongside Lush’s Ultrabland. This oil applied on dry skin sinks in and breaks down your makeup, and when you add water it foams up to thoroughly cleanse and clean. I love this product. I will be repurchasing this, when a time arises!

No7 Early Defense Night Cream

I treated myself to this night crew back in March, I wanted something to work into my routine that agreed for younger skin. This product feels cooling as you applying, moisturises the skin without feeling greasy and was a little luxury at the end of each day. I haven’t repurchased this, but it’s definelty a on my future shopping list.
Now I look back on this, it’s a very skincare heavy empties!
Have you used many of these products? What are your favourite bits?
– Emily

My Everyday Face.

I am the biggest creature of habit. If I find a routine that works I will not change it for years. That being said, a few new things have been added, some little things I’ve picked up and a few things I’ve found whilst shopping my stash. So this is what I put on my face.


So as always I start with my Estée Lauder BB cream, which I apply with fingers. But, recently what I’ve been doing is after I’ve applied with fingers I go over with the big kabuki brush from Tropic. This helps make sure everything is blended and just takes that top layer off to make it all look more natural. Then after concealing I set with any drug store matte pressed powder. 


For concealing I always have a two step process. First, I use the Rimmel concealer to deal with under my eyes and on blemishes or redness, where it is stippled using the blue Eco Tools brush. Then after powder is applied if any problem areas are still poking through I use a little of the stick concealer, this one is from MUA in Superdrug, to cover them up.


Next is my cheeks, I’ve rediscovered my Body Shop Honey Bronzer and I apply that using the Real Techniques brush is a vague contour shape that just adds warmth to the skin. Then I use the Eco Tools brush with the MUA blush on the apples of my cheeks. I find this adds a nice fresh flush to the skin, making it look a tad more natural.


Last thing to do is, brush through my eyebrows with this brush that’s as old as time. I don’t do anything with my eyebrows day to day because it adds more time and I have quite a strong brow naturally. 

So, that’s it. Those are the products I use on my face everyday. What products do you swear by?
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Half Term Adventures 

One of the absolute joys of working in a school is, of course, the enviable holidays we get. Not only did we get a nice week off, but the weather was completely on point. I took the opportunity to go on a few little adventures during the week and ended with a little sunburn. So here are a few snaps from my fun in the Cornish sun.


First up was the Monkey Sanctuary near Looe with my Mum and little 3 year old nephew. We had a wonder around the beautiful grounds and a look at some of the cheekiest monkeys that they have rescued. And for the price of admission you can go as many times as you want for the next year…bonus.


Next order of business was a dog walk at Seaton beach in the late afternoon. The cool sea air was a god send considering how hot and stuff the days were. 


And in case you needed any more proof that the weather was beautiful, my sunburnt back, legs, arms and chest are proof enough. This is why I shouldn’t be allowed out in the sun without proper supervision. 

Hope you all had a wonderful time in whatever of the weather you got to enjoy and that you were a little bit more sensible than me. I’d love to know if you have recommendations of place to go or things to do in the South West.
Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂 

A look in my makeup bag and workday look

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First off, appologies for the radio silence on the blog front, life seems to have stepped up a notch in the last month and making time to draw some of my ideas into posts hasn’t seemed to present itself.

To break that habit I thought I’d talk you through my current minimal makeup look, which, more often than not, I apply on the train.

The whole look is cemented by a groomed brow, and that’s where Benefit’s Brow Zings (Light) comes in. This little pallet comes with a wax and powder, alongside two brushes and a teeny tweezer set, you have the option of using one of the brow products ir a combination. I am very fair, and as I have been told by a beautician once, basically colourless eyebrows, so for a subtle yet defined look I tend to use the Angled brush and powder alone. If I used the wax also I end up with an intense look more suited to a night out.

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Next I apply concealer (Rimmel Match Perfection Ivory 01) under my eyes, my T Zone and anywhere I have redness and I blend it all in with my finger tips. I powder (Maybelinne Matte Maker 10 Classic Ivory) my entire face with a small blush brush to both set the concealer and matify my look.

I apply two or three coats of No 7’s Intense Volume Mascara, this is a lovely wet formula with a classic bristle brush. I enjoy the slightly spidery finish this gives me and feel very pretty in this. This was a sample from the lovely No 7 girls from the last blog event, the more No 7 mascaras I try the more I love. The brand have a great range of hard wearing formulas and brushes.

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My final step is Revlon’s Colourstay Moisture Stain (25 Cannes Crush), last week I was wearing a more pinky red colour than was impactful whilst this one is subtle. This is a lovely lazy girl product, you get a beautiful sheen off this which wears off after an hour or so biut if replaced by a subtle stain that hangs about until lunch time. Perfect product for a lazy girl like me who doesn’t want to appear vain at work constantly touching up my makeup! I actually need to purchase a couple more of these colours, they are a real hero product in my makeup bag right now. Great, long lasting, low maintenance colour!

After applying some perfume on my pressure points from this adoreable mini bottle, I end up with a pretty polished look from my selfie below, I feel fairly “done” and pretty which is a great way to start the day.

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– Emily

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Clay Masque: First Impressions and Review

Hello!

As soon as I saw the new L’Oréal Extraordinary Clay range, I got a little bit excited.  I don’t wash my hair every day, at the most I can eek it out three days without washing my hair, but I live by dry shampoo in-between.

When I saw this range come out, it was the Clay Masque I was most intrigued by, silly marketing campaign aside (I am confident every person with hair has suffered from oily roots and dry ends) I love a hair mask, and I also love a fast mask with clay in it so this was right up my street. Like with my post on Lush’s Ultrabland prepare for some step by step photos:

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The Masque has an almost gelatinous texture.
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Placed on my roots and massaged across the scalp (and my fringe)
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And it dyed my fingers, this wouldn't come off until the next morning 😓

The Masque had an almost soufflé texture which I wasn’t expecting, in my mind I was prepared for something more clay-ey. You apply it to your roots and massage thr product across your scalp and leave it for five minutes before washing it out and starting your normal hair wash routine.

As you can see from the pictures this product stained my finger tips immediately after use, and no amount of soap and water could remove it. It’s strange as I have used this product three times and this is the first time I’ve experienced staining. It came off the next morning, and it’d not to noticeable a stain at first.

The product has a lovely scent, and according to my sister I look like I have mermaid hair (life goals!). But the big question is, did it make a difference?

Not really, no. I still need dry shampoo to perk up my fringe on day two and three, and my roots seem no less oily. Im going to give this product a couple more trys then pass it over to my sister to see if she has any luck. One major benefit of this product for me is the extra time it takes before I wash my hair, it makes the experience much more indulgent, and I love a head massage. Ultimately I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this product, though I will give it a couple more trys.

Have you tried this product, did it work for you? Or do you have another recommendation for keeping a fringe happy?

– Emily