Thursday, 17 April 2014

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray Review

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray Review

I cannot believe how long it has taken me to write about the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray considering I talk about it so much! It is no secret that I have extremely straight and as a result often very flat hair. I can get my hair curled at a hair dressers and within the hour it is poker straight again. Getting volume into it is a real struggle and something I had pretty much given up on until I used this amazing product! I originally heard about it from Amelia who stated it was the best dupe of the much raved about Oribe Texturising Spray that she had found. I was sold and have been using this religiously since the start of January. 

I spray it into the roots of my hair to give it volume and lift and sprayed to the lengths it adds a brilliant texture to your hair making it much easier to style. It immediately gives your hair the dishevelled second day appearance despite being freshly washed and the best thing is that even in my stubborn hair it lasts hours and hours. The only gripe I have is that it does give your hair that gritty feeling, not quite as bad as dry shampoo but definitely a slight tackiness, however, I am more than willing to overlook this for voluminous hair! This product is loved by all my friends and I really cannot recommend it enough! 

You can buy it in Boots for £6.99 - an absolute bargain! 

I would also like to add that the art I use in lots of my pictures is actually a calendar from the extremely talented Anna Wright. I absolutely adore her work and have so many of her pieces dotted around my house. Check her work out here

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Salmon Risotto


A risotto is one of my favourite dishes to make as you can tweak it so easily to your own tastes and it is so simple to make. 

Ingredients for 2 people and some left overs!

300g of Risotto Rice 
Stock - I used Bouillon Powder
1 onion
1 stick of celery
1 red chilli
1 glass of white wine
2 lemons
2 cloves of garlic
2 salmon pieces
Butter
Dill
Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper

First you need to heat your oven to about 180C. Then place the salmon onto tin foil and onto a baking tray. Add a knob of butter, the juice of a lemon, dill, salt and pepper. Then close the tin foil around the salmon and cook for about 15 minutes. 



When you bring it out the oven it should look like the photo above. If it is still slightly raw in the middle don't worry just close it back up and leave it as you will be adding it to the hot risotto which will allow it to cook further later. 

Next chop the onion - I only had a red onion and it makes no difference. Sauté the onions in either butter or olive oil, depending how healthy you want to be! Also remember to salt your red onion whilst it is cooking to sweeten it! 

Add in the finely chopped chilli, celery and garlic and allow to them to soften. 

Next add in the risotto rice and stir whilst it cooks. Add in your large glass of wine and half a lemon and cook until the liquid has been absorbed. Cooking your rice like this will not only bring out the flavour but allow the starch to be released so each grain can bind together. 



 Slowly start to add in the stock and boiling water. Add in enough to cover the rice and slowly stir until absorbed. Keep doing this until the rice is al dente, then  add the salmon and all the juice. The meat should be so tender that it falls away from the skin easily and breaks apart as you stir into into the rice. It is essential that you now take it off the heat, add a dollop of butter, cut a few more sprigs of dill, grate some parmesan cheese and leave it to stand for a few minutes. I like to leave it to stand for a minute or two as it allows all the flavours to be absorbed and deepen. 




I served mine with a green salad that was lightly dressed and cool white wine. I like risottos as you can always change the ingredients and create so many wonderful recipes. 

Let me know if you give this a go! 

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Weekly Favourites #16


I started the week being really healthy; lots of exercise and salads to get myself bikini ready for summer. However, after a mid week dinner at The Breakfast Club, where the food was really disappointing, and then coming home  to Kent I have slipped rather badly. Instead I have been filling up on delicious food and glasses of wine - oops! I love coming back home and spending time with family and home friends. The sun shining has just made the week even better! 

Photographs: Lambs // Beautiful Lip Product // Colourful Salad // Steak, Kale & Miso Soup (recipe coming soon) // Dog walking // Delicious healthy truffles, see recipe here on my friends blog. 

Posts this week have included: Patty & Bun; Lord & Berry Shining Lipstick in Cherry and A new favourite base duo: Nars Sheer Glow & L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer

Favourite post:  I love Estee's videos as her happy personality always cheers me up. I am also slightly completely obsessed with Pinterest, find me here, so I really enjoyed watching her Spring DIY video. I am definitely going to give the bright stones and cactus a go! 

Favourite product: This week my skin has been really dehydrated - probably because I have been enjoying a few too many glasses of wine - so I have been loving the Una Brennan Super Facialist hydrating mask, see my review here. Popping this on occasionally for about 15 minutes leaves my skin looking plump and refreshed - love it! 


Hope you have all had a good week too! 

X

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A new favourite base duo: NARS Sheer Glow & L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer


Writing the post on my favourite 5 foundations helped me find some old classics which although were once fiercely loved now lay abandoned for a shiner newer formula. This is what happened to my NARS Sheer Glow. It was the first high end foundation I ever bought and although used solidly for over a year I always  felt that although a beautiful product it never quite lived up to its name and hype. The formula is neither sheer nor particularly glowing, instead you are left with a lovely subtle radiance and a medium to full coverage. 

I love Hannah Maggs and she always raves about the NARS Copacabana Illuminator which she mixes into her foundations to leave her skin looking so beautifully radiant. I decided to mix Sheer Glow with my L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer, which can also be doubled as a highlighter, to try and achieve the same result. I absolutely adored the finish, it thinned out the foundation and added a real luminosity to my complexion. I have been reaching for this most days now and absolutely love the way it looks. 

What products do you mix? 

X

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Lord & Berry Shining Lipstick in Cherry

Lord & Berry 20100 Shining Lipstick in Cherry
Swatch of Lord & Berry 20100 Shining Lipstick in Cherry

If you want a bold easy lip then look no further then Lord & Berry 20100 Shining Lipstick Crayon I was lucky enough to receive this goodie from the lovely Becky from The Little Blog of Beauty, I absolutely adore her blog and was so chuffed to receive this gift. I am a huge fan of lip crayons and have two mugs that are brimming with the Bourjois and Revlon offerings so I was excited to try this brand. 

I have to say that I am so impressed. It is extremely moisturising on the lips keeping them hydrated for hours after application. It is much softer and more nourishing that the other lip crayons I have tried, which might be due to the creamier almost wax consistency. This texture makes them an absolute breeze to apply and you never have to worry about the colour bleeding, instead you have a bold lip that lasts for hours after you have first applied it. I think this lasts a good 3 hours on me but is very easy to touch up on the go. 

I was completely blown away by the pigmentation of this product and how vibrant and glossy the finish was on the lips. If you want a fun spring lip then look no further as this product comes in fifteen colours ranging for nudes through to deep reds.


What have you tried from Lord and Berry? 

X

Monday, 7 April 2014

Patty & Bun

Patty and Bun

Patty & Bun is one of my favourite places to eat. Whenever I am on holiday and browsing through Selfridges beauty hall or down Oxford Street there is only one place I ever want to refuel. This quirky little restaurant hands down serve the best burgers in London. 

The decor is similar to that of a pop up as it is very low key and if you look carefully you will see the odd little burger pop up in the most unlikely of places. 

Patty and Bun

The menu is very simple with only a selection of burgers and sides to choose from. I always order the rosemary and salt chips as they make my mouth water just thinking about them. 

I went for the 'Jose Jose' Chilli Burger, which had a beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce, chilli chorizo relish, pickled onions, ketchup and smokey P&B mayo all squished between a toasted brioche bun. It is just incredible. I have made my way through most of the burgers on the list and have yet to find a favourite as they are all so delicious. 

Patty and Bun
Patty and Bun

We washed ours down with a carafe of red wine and non stop chatter. I absolutely love this place although be warned there is normally a queue so try not to go at peak times. They also squish you in so they noise level can be quite high, not the ideal place if you want a long catch up over some drinks and nibbles. I can completely forgive it for this though as this food is so affordable and well it is just fantastic food. If you are ever the Selfridges end of Oxford Street then James Street is where you have to go!

For more information visit the website here

Where is your favourite place to refuel in London? 

X

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Weekly Favourites #15


I love the holidays, especially as the sun is starting to shine now. It is amazing how a bit of light and vitamin D can completely change your mood. So after boasting about how brilliant my will power has been I slipped in the Selfridges Beauty Hall - that place is a beauty temptress! I was with a friend by the Laura Mercier counter and she was buying their Mineral Powder Foundation. I have been intrigued by this product for years but with my ridiculous hoard of bases have never picked it up. This was a weak day though and with a £20 voucher in my pocket the outcome was inevitable. We then went to toast my lack of will power with the best burgers in London - Patty & Bun is just insanely good! I also met the girls from work for lunch at Bread Etcetera in Clapham Common, where on top of your meal you have unlimited bread and condiments with a toaster on every table. I don't think I have ever been as full and I would say this is the perfect place to overcome a hangover. This soon turned into ice-cream in the sunshine followed by drinks and dinner. A perfect day really. 

On Saturday I had my first BBQ of the year which ended up being a very fun but messy night. Then to ease my banging headache I went to The Good Life  Eatery near the Kings Road with friends the next day which was absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend if you are in the area! 

Photographs: Homemade Chicken Tikka Salad // Patty & Bun // The Good Life's Teriyaki Salmon with Avocado // Ice-cream in the sunshine // BBQ Time // Blossom // My new favourite card which I want to frame // Bread Etcetera // The Good Life cakes.

Posts this week have included: Rimmel Blush in Pink Rose, Spring Wish List & Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Favourite post: This has to be Anna's Weekly Vlog which is set to be a regular thing - love it!

Favourite product: I have loved using the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer again to give your skin that radiant finish. 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 

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