Thursday, 24 July 2014

Alpha H // Top Picks

The first time I tried Alpha H as a brand I just didn't get it.  I tried liquid gold and didn't know if it was a toner, a moisturiser, a mask or just a con if I'm honest... but then I started reading up on the brand, done some homework and watched some QVC shows and now... well now it's one of my most used brands.

The above products are all repeat purchases and will continue to be.  Let me talk about them in a little more detail...

Liquid Gold Anti-Ageing Cleanser is a cleanser with a bit more oomph... I don't use it for makeup removal but I use it as a second evening cleanse or a morning cleanse.  It's brightening and wakes up the skin which leaves a perfect start for makeup.

Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream is a night cream which is a milder version of liquid gold but with added hydration.  The morning after using this my skin has this extra smoothness to it, it feels clear and plump and that's why I won't be without this.  Ever.

Liquid Gold doesn't need much introduction.  I can't tell you how many people I've recommended this to!  It's one product which I think every person needs regardless of sex or age.  Use it a few nights a week after cleansing; it's lazy night skincare at it's best.  If you're sensitive use it on a damp cotton pad then apply to the face... it's incredible.  I wake up with new skin after using this I swear!

Absolute Eye Complex is my eye cream of choice, I say cream when really it's a gel.  It's the RIGHT consistency though!  I'm SO fussy with things around my eye because I'm prone to milia so can't have anything too rich but also my eyes are dry so I kinda do need something which is nourishing.  This strikes the right balance and you can apply makeup straight after without any problem.

If you're an Alpha H newbie, I STRONGLY recommend getting something from the range... I honestly can say it has helped overhaul my skincare routine for the better and have nothing but good things to say about their products.

Have you got a fave from Alpha H? Is there something you would recommend I try?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Picks // Leighton Denny Nail Polishes

Hi dolls!  Did everyone have a nice weekend?  First of all I'd like to kick today's post off my wishing my not so baby brother a HAPPY BURFDAY!!  He's almost late twenties which makes 30th TOO bloody close!

Anyway, I want to share some of my top summer picks for nail polish today as I do love my bright summer shades and recently I’ve had particular warm feelings for the following!

Bon Voyage
Think classic almost orange but with nice warmth rather than yellow tones to it.  Hands down this is one of my all-time favourite shades to wear – if you like Cajun Shrimp by OPI or Mornington Crescent by Nails Inc, you’ll totes heart this!

Dress to Impress
Seeing as the pantone of the year is appaz this ‘orchid’ shade I felt obliged to include it in my picks.  I used to wear purples A LOT.  Like most of my polishes were purples but now I don’t wear them as much. This one is a beaut though, it’s not wishy washy and on the nails it looks so smooooth and glossy.  Perf.

Sundae Girl
You can’t go wrong with a nice girly pink.  This is AMAZE with a tan, like it’ll make you look even more tanned which is always a good thing.  I also love how opaque this is because with a lot of paler pinks you need at least three coats but this needs two and that’s it.

Lovely Jubbly
I do like a good blue nail polish but more so in winter months, this time of year I prefer a fresh looking turquoise and this fits that bill… think sea green-esque.  It’s funky enough without being too out there with ‘I wear green nails cos I’m bad ass’, it’s like the grown up version!

Just Perfect
This is indeed my perfect coral shade.  This is my third bottle which in my world never happens as I have a few dozen (okay who am I kidding? Hundred) nail polishes.  This is that perfect peachy pink coral gorgeousness that this time of year screams for.  I cannot go on holiday without it.  Eva.

What are your favourite nail polishes for summer?  Have you got a one that you just repeatedly wear?  I’ve been like that with Bon Voyage for sure!

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul

This is my chicken soup for the soul recipe, or the chicken laksa for the lazy as it should be called.  This is practically a one pan job, you can add anything to it, even if you have a couple of different left over meats from a big roast (think Christmas when you've done a turkey and a beef for example).

Now when it comes to cooking, I'm not a massive believer in recipes as in following them to the letter.  I don't think you learn to cook that way, by all means use them as a guide but switch stuff around to suit your tastes.  Don't be a scaredy cat to mix things up cos at the end of it... you're eating it... if you think you need a sweetness to it then add sweet red peppers, hell, add a bit of molasses or actual sugar if you like.  It's your dinner!

Okes so I'll tell you what I do MOST of the time when I do this dish.  This is probably one of my most cooked, so I'll do it every month at least (I don't like to repeat meals too often... it's that whole routine thing... freaks me the hell out).

FIRST up I think left over meat is the best for this dish.  I prefer to use roast chicken which I shred, it actually makes the meat go LOADS further than if you were to use freshly diced.

With the bones and carcass of the chicken, I make my own stock.  Shove them in a pan of water, bring it to the boil and leave it for a bit.  Remove bones.  Stock done.

RECIPE time... this serves about 4 peeps...

I add approx 1 litre of chicken stock to a pan and put it on high.  In no particular order I add the following:

1 chopped red chilli
4(ish) scallions (I like onion)
1 tsp of peanut butter (or if I'm having a fat day I'll add a tbsp)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp peanut oil
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 tsp tumeric
4 crushed garlic gloves 
1 thumb size piece of ginger (I grate mine)
1 tin of coconut milk (400g tin) - then I fill the tin with water and add that too

Let it come to the boil then turn it down to a simmer and add the meat (if using).

In a separate pan I boil enough water for about 300g ish of noodles.  I use udon.

When I think the meat is really heated through I add pak choi.  I LOVE pak choi so I add about 2 heads per person.  You literally add this at the VERY end though as it's like spinach and will wilt REAL quick.

Drain and rinse the noodles in cold water.  Give them a shake to get excess water off and chuck them in the soup pan.  Stir.  Serve.

I will say this is a recipe to be changed around, if I was to cook this for my boyfriend, I'd add extra chilli.  If my Mam was having some I'd add sweetness and garnish with coconut flakes (she loves coconut).  For me, I'd add tamarind or lime cos I like the sourness and maybes some dried shrimp plus I'd garnish with a tonne of coriander.  I'd add salt for my Dad (himalayan) and if I was cooking for vegetarians I'd skip the meat and add extra veg like peppers and butternut squash.  This recipe above is the one which is the best 'all rounder'.

So there we are... my first recipe posted!  It's so damn hard cos I never measure anything, I just cook until I think it's done and that's it.  I'm so uncomplicated... mainly cos I'm drinking wine whilst I cook!  That helps take the edge off ;P

If you do try this (which, why wouldn't you?) PLEASE let me know cos I'd be chuffed to muck that someone actually read my crap and then went and cooked something from my recommendation!

Huge hugs!!

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Leighton Denny QVC UK TSV // 26th June 2014

Hello gorgeous people!  Thought I'd give you heads up on LD's TSV this upcoming Thursday!

I'm not 100% on contents as I've seen some pics floating around with a different remover pot... BUT I think this is more probable so I thought I'd share this as a general 'jist'.

It has his Crystal Finish Topcoat in which is AMAZE.  Move over Seche Vite!  Four nail colours, the teal shade looks remarkably like Notorious and the purple shade looks very The Heiress-esque and there are also two shimmer shades.  I spy a new corrector which intrigues me, a best defence hand cream and a remove & go pot.

AND look at that makeup bag.  I have a similar one in beige and it's my most favourite bag ever BUT LD if you or your peeps are reading this... I need this makeup bag but in a big size like the white quilted effect one.  Just sayin'... ;P

(Side note for any LD fans... he has an auto bio out, I've downloaded it on my kindle and I'm almost finished it.  Really enjoying finding out about the man behind the nails!)

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

NYC Haulin'

OMG I was so overwhelmed when I was in NYC... Sephora was cray cray.  I didn't know where to look or where to start!  I walked in and I swear it was like the Mother ship had called my name!

Anyway, I didn't wanna do a full NYC haul cos I'd bore you rigid.  I thought I'd just pick a few items of skincare, makeup, randomness to show y'all...

Bobbles.  Like a girl can ever have enough bobbles?  Nope.  Thought not.  I'm against bobbles with metal bars.  Like why are they even there?  Just to catch your hair and annoy you?  These are from Sephora and I got a few packs of the brown bobbles which have JUST the right amount of elastic then I got some pink ribbony ones.  They're clever cos they look like ribbons but they're elastic too.  Genius.

I picked up this Nirvana perfume from Elizabeth James and scent wise it's a cross between Tom Ford's Black Orchid with Prada's For Men.  It's gorge.  I would like it to last longer cos it deffo hasn't got black orchid's staying power but I like that it's not widely available and when I wear it I'm not gonna smell like anyone else.

I couldn't not pick up a Sephora luster matte could I?  Seeing as I was in NYC I decided that I'd go for a NYC apple red... it's gorge too.  Longevity is incredible with this.  I'd highly rec this if you like a bold lip.

It's hard not to go through duty free without picking up something from Clarins isn't it?  I opted for a stock up item of the gentle exfoliator toner.  If you've not heard of it before... WHERE have you been?  Get on it.

This is completely a Caroline Hirons inspired purchase.  I haven't opened it yet cos I've JUST finished my current moisturiser.  I can't wait to open up this though.  I'm actually sooooo excited to try it!

You can pick these exfoliating pads up in a few places in the UK but they work out so much cheaper stateside.  They are basically an exfoliating toner pad and I have been using them for my first step to tone.  I've really fallen for them and I can deffo see myself repurchasing.

Lastly, another makeup item which I picked up in CVS.  By the way... American pharmacies... LOVE them.  They have ten aisles dedicated to teeth whitening.  LOVE.  Right, back to the blusher.  This is from Milani cosmetics and it's a peachy blush called Luminoso.  It's quite shimmery and it does sit quite warm on the skin so I deffo think it's a makeup item which is more orientated towards summer months but still, it's a baked blush and it's peach.  Win.

So there we have some of my picks from NYC. I now of course want to go back.  Badly. 

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