Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Cruelty free complexion makeup lifesavers

In a world where everyone always seems like they're trying to downsize or streamline everything, including their makeup collection, I am currently doing the opposite. I work super long hours and have what you could definitely call a capsule collection where I use very few items day to day. In fact the only guaranteed make up I wear daily to work is eyeliner, lipgloss and something on my face ie bronzer or foundation or a cc cream. I do mean to wear much more though, I am aware I look better with a bit more, as the side effect of working such long hours is that I am often very tired so rarely look my best day to day. I have also been making an effort to start wearing more bits to give my make up the extra edge, for example primer to make it last longer and highlighter to make it all look a bit glowier and healthier.

I am trying to go through the house and make everything a bit more Pinterest so went through my make up collection and have tried to put together my essentials that I will make more of an effort to wear day to day now.
  • Primer. I am loving the Marc Jacobs beauty range at the moment-the beauty range is cruelty free btw but not the perfumes. This primer evens out your skin so well, and sometimes I use it on it's own just to give my skin a boost. When used under make up though it really does make my make up stick and last all day. As an aside, the packaging is so lovely, the sort you want to leave out so everyone can see it! 
  • Foundation. The Iconic foundation stick is my current foundation of choice, it's actually quite a high coverage one but I've manged to get a great match for my skin tone which means that despite it being high coverage I only put it on a few parts of my skin where I really need it, and blend it in well and it all evens out really well. There isn't a massive range of shades available but if you do find one that's a great match for your skin it's a lovely product that looks really natural. My only one drawback is it is ever so slightly dry, I always put a bit on my face then dot some moisturiser or highlighter around and then use my foundation brush to blend it all in together. 
  • Foundation brush. I never used to over think what I put foundation on with, as I often just put it on with my fingers but I got this brush from Iconic about a year ago and I have never looked back. It really is the softest thing and it literally airbrushes your skin to perfection. That sounds rather cheesy but I cannot sing it's praises highly enough. I have washed mine so many times and always worry that when it dries it won't be as soft or the bristles won't hold together as well but it seems to bounce back as good as new each time. You need this in your life. they do a range of sizes, I use the largest one. I did really want to try the Artis ones but I am not sure they could be any more expensive for the price so haven't got one, not sure if other people have tried them though? 
  • Highlighter. The By Terry Sun designer palette, is great if you prefer powder rather than liquid highlights. This is a great palette which has quite a few shades in so is great for eyes as well as highlight. It is so highly pigmented and has such a beautiful combination of colours, with a good mix of nude/ neutral shades and some which are a bit more exciting to take you from day to evening. The powders are lovely and soft as well so they blend like an absolute dream, Definitely worth checking out! An honourable mention in the category also has to go to the Iconic illuminating drops which definitely need a post of their own one of these days... 
  • Lastly is the Mario Badescu facial spray. I saw this online everywhere last year and so eventually buckled and bought it, and I haven't looked back. I keep one in my car and midway through the day when I'm starting to look dull and tired spritz some on for a big hit of moisture. It literally lifts your skin and also feels super refreshing and smells lovely. I've seen some people spray it onto their foundation brush before using it to give skin a bit more radiance. I haven't tried this yet but keep meaning to.

So that's all I have for now, I hope you've enjoyed this little make up ramble. I'd love to hear your make up saviours! x


Monday, 4 December 2017

Five ways of enjoying low carb cauliflower rice

Now I have to confess to doing a post very similar to this ages and ages ago and to be honest I've been making it ever since. Cauliflower rice is pretty much a staple I make all the time now and I'm not the only one, for ages on Instagram I could see people in the US posting pictures of Green Giant frozen cauliflower rice and I was super jealous that we didn't have it here. Last week however I noticed that actually frozen cauliflower rice (along with other veggie rices like broccoli) are available in the UK and I couldn't be more excited! Made right you really barely can tell the difference from regular rice and even if you're not watching the carbs, there's no denying how good for you it is to have a big portion of cauliflower!

Now lots of the supermarkets do sell frozen and fresh cauliflower rice which is so easy and convenient, but don't forget that making your own does literally take minutes and is so easy. As with a lot of my cooking/ food prep, I have been making mine in my Blendtecand it's not even a 5 minute job, you just roughly chop a cauliflower, drop it in, blend for a minute and it's done!
  1. Egg fried rice this really is my favourite way. It tastes so good, I really don't think you miss the usual rice, follow this recipe and don't look back! 
  2. Risotto- follow any of your usual risotto recipe and just sub in the cauliflower rice for the risotto rice. Now it does need less time than risotto rice but just follow your recipe in terms of the other ingredients etc then knock a bit of time off at the end once it seems fully cooked. I have made mushroom risottos as well as veggie ones and they work every time. Bear in mind you do want to go quite flavour heavy if you're not to keen on the cauliflower taste. 
  3. Bolognese. Now this sounds weird but you really do have to trust me on this one. I am obviously veggie and usually only have quorn/ soya mince in a bolognese so I instead sub in the cauliflower rice, I often blend it a little less so it's slightly more chunky and it really works, especially if you add lots of red wine :) 
  4. Tabbouleh salad. This is one of my fave salads and when you sub in the cauli rice for the couscous you barely tell the difference! Just follow your usual tabbouleh recipe subbing the cauliflower in instead of the couscous and then than me later!
  5. Cauliflower mash Starting from cauliflower rice, I just steam well until its really tender then mash or blend in my blendtec. It's far quicker and tastes so good. Now, you do taste the caulilflower so it's not the same as regular mash (though it's pretty close), adding in some garlic and cheese masks the cauliflower taste though and is so so good. It also reheats really well! 
That's it for now, I would love to hear your favourite ways for using cauliflower rice. Do you make it yourself or buy it in? 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Quick and easy tomato and basil sauce

So would you believe that it's November and despite not having a very good summer, there are still tomatoes in my garden? We've had no frost yet and while most of the tomatoes we have left are green or yellow, I keep bringing them inside and putting them in the window and they do keep ripening. that means that I am still in that summer scenario where you're constantly trying to think of things to make with tomatoes as there's so many to use up!
One of my very favourite ways to sue tomatoes is to make sauce with them as it's so so quick and easy and so versatile as you can use it with so so many things. This is barely a recipe as it is so simple but I thought I'd share it with you as I make it all the time and don't think I have shared it before. 
This one here is a simple tomato and basil sauce, so you course they;re really the only two ingredients you need, you can add a few extras in to make it more interesting such as garlic, but you can still make a perfectly good sauce with just these ingredients. I have made mine in my Blendtec just because it's so so quick, but you can do this in a pan and use a hand held blender as well. You can hopefully see from my pictures that some of my tomatoes are also a bit past their best, so they're not the tomatoes I would always use if I was making a salad for example, so those tomatoes really are great for this sort of thing as you can be just a little bit less selective than you might for other recipes. 
I'll get on with it then, like I said if you have a high powered blender such as a Blendtec then you can do this from start to finish in a few minutes, I will then pour the hot sauce over some zoodles and sprinkle with cheese for the quickest meal ever. I have mentioned before that I don't usually cook my zoodles as they can go soggy so this sort of thing where you make the sauce and then add it to the zoodles while it's still hot is perfect. 
Quantities aren't really important here, but I've added some rough ones just to get you going. you will need (makes one jar, enough for a big bowl of zoodles)
  • About three big handfuls of tomatoes, any size or color works I've used a complete mixture 
  • A handful of basil 
  • Some salt and pepper 
Then to make it:
  • Throw all the ingredients into the blender and turn onto low setting and blend for around 1 minute
  • Slowly turn the speed up until you're on the maximum and blend until hot 
  • remove and either serve immediately over zoodles, mixing well to warm the zoodles through, or dispense into a jar and save for later. You can also freeze it and it will keep for ages!

That's it then, told you it was easy! I'll be back again soon, got some great Christmas posts coming up, I can't believe it's so soon now, I am so excited! 


Friday, 13 October 2017

Low carb, vegan cashew coffee

Well autumn seems to have well and truly hit so I thought I'd pop something slightly more warming than the frozen cocktails I've been posting about more recently. This is a great option for a lovely frothy coffee that's low in carbs and high in energy! It happens to taste pretty lovely too.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Three luxury cruelty free room sprays

It's been a little (long) while since I last wrote a beauty post, and while this isn't strictly speaking a beauty post, it's more related to beauty than it is to food and I had a few products I really liked and wanted to tell you about. 


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two quick and easy low carb dips

One of my all time favourite snacks is chips and dips, or anything dippy and dips for that matter. It'd the perfect things to throw out if you've got people over and one of my favourite things to eat when I'm at home alone and can't be bothered to cook. Luckily there are quite a few dips that are naturally low in carbs though you do always have to check as unexpected ingredients can sometimes throw a spanner in the works and cause the carbs to rocket so as is often the case, making your own is best when possible as you know exactly what you're getting.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Low carb pizza soup

I have been getting so so into pizza things recently. What are pizza things you might wonder? Well by pizza things I mean anything that tastes anything like pizza, for example aubergine pizzas, pizza bakes (which I plan to share with you very soon) ad so on. Now of course I would always rather eat actual pizza, but when the craving hits sometimes something with the taste of pizza is enough to satisfy it.

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