Saturday, 28 June 2014

Green (Hulk) Juice

Now that exams are finished, I have been trying my very best to stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan (with the occasional midnight Dominoes, but hey, that doesn't really count, does it?) This juice looks scarier than the Hulk, and I'm not promising instant Pop-Eye strength, but it makes you feel pretty refreshed and energised afterwards.
When it comes to actually making the juice, it's pretty easy to churn up in a matter of minutes; mainly the chopping is the most time consuming part of the whole process. I don't own a juicer, but this would be much simpler if you could chuck it all in one of those... however, a powerful hand blender or smoothie maker is all you need to get started. I tend to improvise with measurements and ingredients the vast majority of the time (depending on what I have in) and it's a great way to use up sad looking fruits and veg that have been sat in the fridge unloved for a while. 

So here is what you do... (makes around 2 large glasses)
  1. Take around a large handful of spinach and place in the bottom of a large plastic measuring jug. 
  2. Add in 1/3 of a cucumber, finely chopped.
  3. Add an apple, also finely chopped and de-seeded. (I like granny smith or pink lady for extra tang)
  4. Then top up with apple juice or water until all the veggies are just about submerged. 
  5. A squeeze of half a lemon and a few grates of ginger added in will give flavour.
  6. Attack with a blender - Hulk SMASH style
  7. Serve and enjoy!

This is such a fantastic way to drink your nutrients, and will provide you with essential Vitamins K and A, as well as Manganese, Folic Acid and a whole host of other minerals! 

So go on - why not try turning a few greens into something tasty and nutrient filled?

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Blushed Rose

A very close second to my lipstick addiction is most certainly my growing love for blushers. I can't help being sucked in by the promise of flushed rosey cheeks and an ethereal glow to bring life back into my ghostly skin... and it has to be acknowledged that playing around a little with blusher can change the makeup entirely; finishing off the face and unifying the overall look. Hence, these are probably reasons as to why my collection has steadily expanded over the past year or so (they now even have their own special drawer oooh!) Today I'm going to focus on a few of my personal favourites...

Just a quick tip on placement before we start... I typically apply blusher to the apples of my cheeks (you can find them by smiling: it's the round squishy protruding part, around the start of the cheekbone) and then sweep a little onto the temples. I hate the look of sculpted blush that goes all the way up from cheek to hairline, as it looks unflattering on me - to the point where I resemble a badly made-up clown. Anyway...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Skincare Superheroes

Today is yet another lazy Sunday where I plan to sit back, relax and watch as many Orange Is The New Black episodes I can possibly squeeze in. Whilst I do that, I'll let you in on a few of my secret skincare superheroes that work together to create the most effective grime-fighting/dehydration-busting combos, enough to rival the work of Batman and Robin...

Friday, 20 June 2014

Mouthwateringly Good Brownies

It's a well known fact that cooking and I don't really get along; I have a habit of burning/destroying/feeding the dog pretty much every piece of food that I set out to make... and you could say that 80% my kitchen conquests rarely turn out successful. Yet for what seems like years, I've been persistently searching for a quick no-fuss brownie recipe... one that is easy enough for even the most culinary challenged girls like me to follow. Alas, my friend Emily introduced me to these decadent bites (literally all the Emily's I know make very good brownies) and I haven't looked back since. My dark days of disaster are finally over!

WARNING: What you are about to see might cause a serious chocolate addiction, continue with caution.

Say hello to the most mouthwatering, chocolate-y, gooey brownies EVER...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Victorial: Evening Makeup

Today I come armed and ready with a Victorial; (aka cheesy word mash of Victoria + tutorial) coined by my friend Hannah. Now that my exams are almost finished,  I will be able to party hard without feeling guilty - although more often than not 'party hard' translates as me being wrapped in a duvet watching Netflix - with tea of course. However, exception to the trend, it's one of my friends 18ths on Friday evening and I want to arrive looking a bit more glam than normal... and without the duvet.

Let's start with the skin. Unlike during the day, I always choose a moisturiser without SPF to avoid the dreaded 'flashback face' I'm already paler than all my friends normally, having a white ghost face in pictures is NOT ontop of my wishlist by any means. A primer is useful at locking in makeup for the evening, here I used Stila One Step Correct. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with primer... some days it can make my makeup stick around longer than grandparents at Christmas, but other days, it does nothing but add a layer of unnecessary product to clog the face with. I am desperately trying to use this up though as you can see, the usually funky triple-helix swirl of different colours is completely gone.
I pretty much hate the feeling of foundation on the skin, so Bobbi Brown Concealer in Porcelain is enough to cover any discolouration/dark circles. Next, a quick set of powder along the T-zone ensures no shiny-nose moments. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (in you guessed it, translucent) is finely milled and helps to make skin look airbrushed for all the inevitably horrendous Facebook photos that the majority of party-goers will tag you in...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

My Daily Skincare Routine

I want my daily skincare routine to quick and simple, no faffing standing over the sink scrubbing the skin for hours and applying 168736 different lotions to every inch of my face. I have trouble rolling out of bed on time at the best of times, to the point where it has become quite a running joke of how late I can be to pretty much everything (I'm getting my beauty sleep, okay) ...So basically my routine has to be cut back to the essentials.

In a morning, I tend to reach for only two products; cleanser and moisturiser. I've been testing out this REN Cleansing Gel sample  recently, and it's okay, but I'm definitely on the lookout for something a little more wow. However, It does the job of freshening up my skin ready for the day. I massage the gel onto damp skin and wash off with ice cold water - to further wake me up. If I can be bothered, I will pat on a bit of Clarins Daily Energizer Wake-Up Booster, which adds a bit of a glow. If not, I move straight onto moisturiser.

I have a bit of a soft spot for Clarins... and no shame in admitting it. Clarins has been there for me through every skin issue, and I can always trust her to sort my skin out (yes, I'm personifying a brand, I love it that much). The products are expensive, but so worth it. The Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion is no exception to the trend, light and easily absorbed, this moisturiser provides SPF perfect for everyday use...

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Skincare Supplement

I thought I'd start doing weekly skincare posts, because let's face it, I am just as much of a skincare junkie as I am a makeup lover. The skin acts as a base for everything else you put ontop, therefore good skin = better looking makeup (you may even need to use less too).  As my skin has been pretty good lately, and before it freaks out on me, I want to share with you a few of my tips and tricks to cheat your way to a healthy glow.

So a bit about my skin... as you may not have noticed, I am pretty pale. Basically, this is thanks to my Norwegian ancestry, (which I wont go into or we could be here for quite a while) resulting in me;-
  • Frequently blending in with anything remotely white/cream coloured (walls, clothing, you name it)
  • Reflecting the light/sun...Or being badly burnt to a shade of lobster after 5 mins - when the sun finally shows up in drizzly Britain that is.
  • Not being able to buy foundation without it looking like 50 Shades of Orange
As for skin type, I have naturally very dry skin. And yes, I've tried everything to help it re-hydrate - drinking more water, endless thick moisturisers... but still I end up looking like a flaky, scaly chameleon (and not in a cute way like Pascal the chameleon from Tangled) Because it is also sensitive, quite a few products can cause my skin to react in a way that results in a blotchy sore mess. As you can imagine, trying to cover that with orange-y foundation causes an even bigger mass of red/orange than normal, so I rarely try out new skincare products for fear of this...