Saturday, 19 May 2012

Mini Makeup haul

Hi there everyone, I ordered some makeup online the other day and its all arrived :) I will do a review with swatches later in the week so keep posted 
Urban decay loose pigment eye-shadow in Graffiti
Urban decay eyeliner in Asphyxia
Rimmel Lasting Finish Mineral foundation
Loreal Kohl eyeliner
Clinique Mascara- free from swap

Also If you have a second to spare then Jersey Girl is having a fab raffle-copter give away :)

India x

Monday, 14 May 2012

Lush product reviews

Lush Product reviews- I love LUSH! I love that they are animal friendly and that they use natural ingredients. I had used their lip scrub, lip balm, perfume and bath bombs but only started buying their facial care range recently.

I got a free face-mask making workshop with a packet of Clipper green tea, and It was amazing getting hands on, we got loads of beauty tips and learnt how to cleanse properly, give facial and hand massages as well as getting skin care advice and making the face mask. I loved how the products used felt on my skin so we bought some.

Lush Fresh Farmacy cleanser bar- This unusual cleanser is in bar form. price varies according to size
good points- cleans skin well, contains no irritable ingredients
bad points- leaves skin sticky unless washed of extremely well, 'convenient bar form' is rather inconvenient as it is an awkward shape and will not fit in lush's soap tins so can attract bathroom bacteria.
verdict- would not buy product again, next time I am going to buy 9-5 or Ultra-bland as they are cream form.

Eau Roma Toner Water
This is a product in Lush's Toner range, it uses lavender and rose water. £7 for large bottle
good points- leaves skin feeling fresh and moisturised, multi-tasks- use with cotton wool as a toner and spray during the day to help protect skin.
bad points- none
vedict- I will buy from this range again!

Catastrophe cosmetic fresh deli face mask- £5.75
If you only buy one lush product let it be a face mask from their deli range they leave skin silky soft. This is the blueberry one I made they last a long time.
verdict- apart from keeping in the fridge these are brilliant, I want the chocolate one!

Grease lightning spot treatment

Good points- got rid of spots well
bad points- goes all disgusting when passes use by date, can spread bacteria if not applied with clean cotton wool or clean finder, feels a bit sticky on skin.
verdict- I would not buy again as I do not get spots enough to use it all before the use by date but I recommend it to those with acne prone skin.

Happy lush spending! Be sure to pick up a mini tin of charity hand cream, its a steal at £1!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Speedy Gonzales' quick Guacamole

The other day I was in desperate need of a snack and we had some ripe avocados that needed to be used, I was hit with the sudden inspiration to make some guacamole.

What I added...
1 avocado- mashed
4/5 pimento tomatoes chopped small
salt and pepper
cumin to taste
lemon juice to taste

mix it all up and voila! = chunky guacamole not that mushy shop-bought stuff :)

I never add chilli as I hate spicy foods and I use lemon juice rather than lime because of personal preference.

Best served with natchos, crackers or baked pitta chips.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

India's Super Irish soda bread recipe

This recipe for soda bread uses whole-wheat flour, and oats for a tasty twist.

400g whole-wheat flour
100g rolled oats
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
400ml live natural yoghurt
1 tsp table salt
a little milk

Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir in the salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yogurt, stirring as you go. If necessary, add a tablespoon or two of milk to bring the mixture together; it should form a soft dough, just this side of sticky.
 Tip it out on to a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly for about a minute, just long enough to pull it together into a loose ball but no longer – you need to get it into the oven while the bicarb is still doing its stuff. You're not looking for the kind of smooth, elastic dough you’d get with a yeast-based bread.
Put the round of dough on a lightly floured baking sheet and dust generously with flour. Mark a deep cross in it with a sharp, serrated knife, cutting about two-thirds of the way through the loaf. Put it in an oven preheated to 200°C/gas mark 6 and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
enjoy buttered with soup or warm with jam and clotted cream...

Update :P

Here's a quick update on my life, I have found 2 new places to eat in Manchester, The Oklahoma Cafe who do amazing sweet potatoes and organic beans, Blue Daisy Cafe with indulgent goats cheese toasties these will be added to my list of favourite cafe's alongside Aardvark cafe and their super salad station and The eighth day with the vegan baked goods :)

I have been to two very good fund-raisers, My sisters breast cancer gala evening @ the works-Sowerby Bridge and a charity fashion show raising funds for Oldham salvation army's latest project.

Nic's fundraiser did really well appearing on the radio and newspaper and raising lots and that's excluding the ebay auction for coronation street memorabilia kindly donated by Granada TV. The acts on the night included dancers, singers and 3 comedy acts.

My cousin Rebecca-('Bek) helped to organise the fashion show and sale which was also a great success, I helped to set up and also took part in modelling (and later on buying) the clothes.

Also yesterday I attended a story making workshop ran by CBBC's Andrew Clover at the Imperial War Museum North and won a copy of Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse which I have now began to read.

Oatie Maple syrup and banana flapjack recipe

The other day I fancied something sweet so I decided to make a new recipe. Creating a recipe from scratch is a fun process full of tasting which in this case was a good thing full of oat-some goodness.

150g Butter
150ml Maple syrup
Dried fruit
2 large mashed bananas
1 puréed banana
375g oats
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Go on you know you want to...

the second batch are out :)

Melt the syrup and butter together on the stove, then add the bananas, followed by the dried fruit, then the oats, keep mixing it then put into a tray. 
Bake In the oven for 10 mins until the tops turn slightly golden brown, mark slices and leave to harden before removing from tray. 

The mix made several flapjacks, I cut mine into mini flapjacks for snacking but you could make bigger ones for desserts or giant ones for breakfast. The bananas make them sticky and chewy without the over sugared taste of golden syrup, the maple syrup is a whole new and delicious level of sweet.