Monday, 22 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
I go through stages of being obsessed with different products. One moment I need every kind of mascara, then it's lip stains and now it's foundation....has been for a while now. I've always been on the hunt for the perfect foundation which obviously means buying numerous brands and trying out lots of different ones. We all do it don't we?
One I have wanted to try since it was released was the YSL Touché Éclat foundation. The mother to the very much loved Touché Éclat concealer. I was having one of those "Every single foundation I own doesn't match me properly" so I set off to my local Debenhams. I went with the intention of buying the Chanel Perfection Lumiére foundation but after being ignored by the assistant for about 5 minutes, I gave up and went to YSL instead, and I'm so glad I did.
I have both the foundation and concealer in the Touché Éclat line and I do really enjoy using both. The packaging for this foundation is just elegant and sleek. I love the clear round bottle with gold lettering and lid. The brands logo on the top of the lid is a lovely touch as well.
The YSL assistant was trying to convince me that BD30 was my perfect shade but I went for BD20 and I'm so glad I did as it is a perfect match for my skin tone. I bought it before summertime so it will be fine in the winter but it still matches perfectly now even with a little bit of colour.
Formula wise, this baby blends like a dream with the Zoeva Silk Finish brush, it leaves a gorgeous dewy finish on the skin that illuminates the high points of my face. My cheekbones always have a gorgeous sheen in the light when I wear this. My skin tone is also a lot more even and just looks like my skin but better. I never have a blemish-free face but this foundation looks as though it's my natural skin and it does indeed feel weightless. I would say that it's a buildable light/medium coverage. When I wear this, I always have my Clinique Redness Primer on underneath but it covers any remaining redness or dark spots. It doesn't sink into my dry patches or laugh lines, it sits really well on the skin. I say it's buildable as sometimes I prefer more coverage, so if I have applied a layer and I feel I want a higher coverage, I will wait 10 minutes and then apply another layer and it still sits really well on the skin. For oily skin, I would say just remember that it is quite dewy and may not be up your street but for dry skin, it's lovely.
Wear time for me is about 8 hours which is amazing. I find that it doesn't slip or slide and also, it doesn't appear patchy by the end of the day. I love this foundation and it's top of my list at the moment. There's something about foundations that just makes me want to keep looking, I adore this one and I'm so impressed with the dewy, natural finish and longevity but it won't stop me from trying more, YSL Youth Liberator foundation, I'm looking at you.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
I love quick easy meals and after posting my Quick Healthy Breakfast recipe a while back, I decided I wanted to start sharing some more healthy recipes with you all. I don't know about you, but I personally love a quick dinner, I'm far too impatient to wait around for ages for something to cook. Unless it's sweet potato fries in which case I'll wait forever as they taste so darn amazing (post coming soon)
This noodle dish is Brent's concoction of goodies and we've been eating it for about 6 months now, it tastes amazing and fills you up all evening. They take roughly 15 minutes altogether. At the end of this post I have written all the benefits of the ingredients and what you could do to make it even more healthy.
You will need -
Dash of oil
Ready to Wok noodles
2 small carrots OR 1 large
2 small spring onions
Half a pepper (colour of your choice)
Courgette (the amount is up to you)
Dark soy sauce
Cut up turkey
Cut up all vegetables leaving skin on the carrots.
Put a dash of oil into a wok and start by cooking all the turkey through. Make sure this is cooked properly.
Once the turkey is cooked, add all the vegetables, 2 pinches of chilli flakes (more if you like) and lots of ground pepper, as much soy sauce as you like and roughly a tablespoon of boiled water. The water will just add a bit more moisture into the wok for the noodles.
Don't let the vegetables sit for too long as the crunchier they are the better!
Once everything is in, put the noodles into the pan and mix all the ingredients together. If you want to add more soy sauce at this point you can, we always add a dash more.
Once the noodles are in, just mix everything together for about 2 minutes so that the noodles can go soft.
And serve!! Simple as that, it's so quick and easy.
Starting off, the noodles are straight to wok ones for time saving benefits but if you want a healthier choice, you can buy whole wheat noodles but they will have to be cooked first which will add 10 minutes onto this recipe.
Vegetables are always great for you but if you want extra fibre, leave the skins on the carrots. You can easily achieve your 5-a-day buy adding a few more vegetables. If you suffer from bloating, steer clear of broccoli in this dish though. Although it tastes amazing, I suffered with bloating after this meal but once I took the broccoli out, I have been absolutely fine.
Turkey is great as it's very lean and high in protein. Because of the low fat content, it cooks a lot quicker than chicken as well.
I hope you have enjoyed this recipe and if you make it, let me know what you think. Brent and I eat this about 2-3 times a week and I can't get enough of it!
Will you be cooking this dish? Let me know how you got on!