Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Healthy Almond, Coconut, Raw Cacao and Chai Seed Truffles Recipe

Healthy Almond, Coconut, Raw Cacao and Chai Seed Truffles Recipe

This weekend will for many, myself included, be one of gorging on delicious food and chocolate treats so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my new food obsession that I am getting everyone hooked on. Healthy Almond, Coconut, Cacao and Chai Seed truffles which taste incredibly naughty but are actually incredibly nutritious! I actually got this recipe from my friend Bex who with her twin sister run the blog Twin in Trainers. If you don't already then you should check their blog out as it is full of healthy food and inspiration - if I am honest reading it makes me feel jealous I am not a keen sportsman anymore! Here is her recipe.

This is such a simple recipe and perfect for those who want something sweet but without all the naughtiness. The raw cacao gives you the chocolate hit, whilst the nuts and seeds give it a lovely crunch. Raw cacao has many benefits, including helping lower cholesterol and being great for feeling low whilst the seeds add fibre, omega 3 and protein. 

Ingredients for about 35 small balls. 

1 and a half cups of coconut flakes
1 cup of almond
Half a cup of cashews
9 medjool dates - pips obviously removed! 
1 small ripe banana
4 headed tablespoons of raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons of chai seeds
I also added in flax seeds which tasted great!

First put the coconut flakes into a food processor and blend until they are a small crumbly consistency. Put them to one side to use later. 

Then add the cashew and almond nuts to the processor and blend until they are a crumble consistency. Add in the banana, dates and raw cacao and blend until it is a thick mixture that should be a little sticky. 

Finally stir in the seeds and coconut flakes. 

Now you can roll the mixture in the palms of your hands until they are small little firm balls. Place them into a Tupperware container and place into your freezer for about an hour and a half to allow them to set. 

Keep them refrigerated and in an air tight container so they last longer. 

Let me know if you make them! 


Don't forget to check out Twins in Trainers! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Weekly Favourites #17

This is actually my 100th post! I wanted to do a special post to mark the occasion as I thought I would be incredibly organised over the Easter holidays and have numerous scheduled posts and a back log of photographs just waiting to be used. Unfortunately I have been enjoying my time off way too much and it is nearing the end of the holidays before I know it! I would like to say a big thank you though to all who have supported my blog, I have really enjoyed writing it and sharing my thoughts and ideas with you all. 

This week I have been at home helping my Mum decorate the house, which has been a much larger task than we originally thought. I have loved helping out though and being home for a prolonged period of time is one of the best things, especially as my Mum is such a phenomenal cook! This weekend all my brothers and sisters have also been home bringing along their other halves and we have been having lots of BBQs and fun. I have also been to see family friends and cousins and although I am excited to see everyone at work on Tuesday I am also going to miss the holidays so much!

Photographs: Puppy love // New lip love // Want to steal this jug // Salmon risotto // Giant mini eggs // Lamb covered in spices ready for the BBQ // Foundation love // Charles Worthington texturising spray. 

Posts this week have included: Salmon Risotto; Charles Worthington Texturising Spray and NYX Butter Gloss Review.

Favourite post: I have been admiring Suzie's halo braid all month so was excited to watch her video. I have loved recreating this simple look and I think it will definitely be one of my favourites this season. Watch her video here

Favourite product: Has to be NARS Sheer Glow with a little illuminator added in to make it the perfect glowing base. I actually wrote a post on this recently here, but I adore this foundation and although expensive it does last you such a long time! 

Hope you have all had a good week too! 


Saturday, 19 April 2014

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie Review

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie
NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie swatch

NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

Back in January I was thrilled to receive a bundle of goodies from the lovely Kate from Minted Beauty. I have been trialling the products for a while now so thought I would share my favourites with you, starting with the NYX Butter Gloss. Now I am not normally a fan of lip glosses, I have terrible flash backs to the cheap products I used to slather on my lips during school and having to prise my hair that was glued to my lips out of my face. Please tell me you have similar memories to this! 

These however bare no resemblance to that - thank goodness! Instead they are extremely moisturising on the lips, feeling similar to a balmy lipstick and there is no feeling of tacky or stickiness. The pigmentation is very good and they last for a good few hours on my lips. There is a slight sweet scent on application but it is not overpowering, in fact I have been enjoying using it so much I am considering splashing out on a few more colours - who would ever of thought I would be turned into a lip gloss girl! 

You can buy them for £5 online here

What other glosses would you recommend?


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
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! 


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! 


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?