Saturday, 28 November 2015

Healthy Apple & Berry Crumble

The other night I was sitting trying to go through some lecture notes when I had a real craving for pudding (and to procrastinate). The only issue was, that I had nothing in the house and I had been trying to eat healthier and skip the puddings. I started searching online for some healthy puddings and after reading through several I decided to try making an apple and berry crumble.

I used frozen raspberries for this, but if I'd had a selection of frozen berries I would have used them. Frozen fruit is so much cheaper than fresh, and makes no difference when you are baking!

I'm in love with this recipe - it contains minimal butter, lots of fruit and honey instead of sugar - so it's definitely a healthy option. And because its baked in a ramekin, the portion size is set too!

Serves: 5

7 tbsp oats
2 tbsp flour
0.5 tbsp flaked almonds, chopped
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp melted butter/margarine
2 cups frozen berries
1 cup apple, diced

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, flour, almonds and cinnamon. Add the honey and melted butter and stir to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the frozen berries and apple.
  4. Split the fruit mixture evenly between 5 ramekins and evenly sprinkle the oat crumbs on top.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the berry mixture is bubbling and the apple pieces have softened.

Let me know in the comments if you guys try this recipe out! I'd love to hear your ideas for more healthy puddings I could try.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Taking a break

I'm really sorry but I won't be posting a proper post today. The post that I had scheduled I just wasn't happy with and so I'm choosing to take a break today rather than posting something just for the sake of it.

With my end of term exams coming up, I'm going to be cutting back from posting on Wednesdays and Saturdays to just posting once per week. Don't worry though - as soon as my exams are over I'll be posting much more regularly (did someone say blogmas....?)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lush first impressions

So I've got something to admit to you. Until very very recently I had never tried a Lush product. Nope, not one. Before I moved to Aberdeen I didn't have a nearby store but I've lived here for over a year now and I've never been near the Lush store here. It took my sister and friend giving me Lush products for presents for me to try any, and now I'm wishing that I had much, much sooner.

Sweetie Pie shower jelly (£3.75)
These shower jellies are supposed to be the combination resulting from a bottle of shower gel and a bar of soap having a baby. I think that these are a really fun idea that kids would probably love, but unfortunately for me I just couldn't get on with it. For starters, the jelly smelled very strongly of cherries. The jelly was also really hard to use and I just couldn't get it to lather at all. I also kept dropping it in the shower!
Would I repurchase? No

Rock Star soap (£3.50) - "Smells like Teen Spirit"
This soap is awesome. For starters, just look at it! The scent is really hard to describe, but the Lush website says that it smells like seaside rock. The scent really lingers on your skin too and it leaves your skin feeling really soft.
Would I repurchase? Yes yes yes

Twilight bath bomb (£3.50) - "Let the sun set on worries"
This was my first Lush bath bomb and to be honest I didn't really get all the hype before I used it. Oh boy, was I wrong. For starters, it looks gorgeous with the moon and stars imprinted on it. It smelt fantastic both out of and in the bath - the Lush website describes it as a lavender smell, but I wouldn't be put off by that if you aren't a huge lavender fan. The bath water changes from a pale pink to a deep mauve colour and a fair few bubbles form too. The water feels so silky and my skin felt so smooth and moisturised.
Would I repurchase? Yes, but I'd love to try some of the other bath bombs first.

There we have it: my impressions of a few Lush products. Leave me some recommendations of other products to try in the comments!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Where the magic happens...

And by "where the magic happens" I mean the room where I spent countless hours sat at my desk meeting deadlines for university, or writing blog posts or watching TV. And a fair few hours sleeping too. I promised you guys a room tour in one of my recent posts, and so here it is!

I guess that the first thing I should point out is that this is my bedroom in my house at university (i.e. where I actually spend most of my time). However, since I rent this it does mean that I don't have a say in the furniture - not that any of it is horrible, I just wouldn't choose to have that type of wooden furniture.

First up, in the above picture you can see a mirror which hangs on the back of my built-in cupboard. This mirror was £9.99 I believe from poundstretchers - bought the day after I moved in and I realised that my new room didn't have a full size mirror!

On top of my large chest of drawers I keep a small mirror, my makeup bag, my makeup brushes and a wicker basket of skincare items.

My parents came and visited me in October and we went to Dobbies where they bought me this little plant tray and I got to choose some plants to fill it with as a housewarming present. I chose an Opuntia (the one that someone told me looks like Mickey Mouse) (£2.99), at the back is a Haworthia (£1.99) and at the front is a Succulent (£1.99). I really really love this little collection of plants!

Above my bed I have my quote wall. Yes, each one of these square photos has a different quote on it. Some are motivational, some funny, some just kind of poetic. I found the majority of these on tumblr/pinterest/instagram and the others I made myself. I can't quite remember which website I used to print these but they arrived already cut to be square in a very short time frame!

The fairy lights are battery powered from Primark for a few pounds and despite what the lighting in the picture suggests (fairy lights always look better with the curtains closed) they do extend in a heart shape around all of the quotes.

I'm so so happy that I get a double bed AND one with a good mattress! You spend so much of your life in bed (and some myself more than others) that it makes a huge difference if it is comfortable. I have flowery bedsheets from Debenhams (old) with a raspberry coloured undersheet, a cosy blanket and three cushions. The front one is three French Bulldogs sat on the doorsteps with the different coloured doors! 

Next I have a candle from Primark (£2.00) on my windowsill as well as a reed diffuser which smells like clean laundry. In the corner you can just about see my keyboard, and I also have an acoustic guitar between my keyboard and another free-standing wardrobe (I forgot to take a picture from the other end of my room, sorry!).

Above my desk I have these three posters, again I'm sorry about the lighting - sometimes having such a huge window with loads of natural light is a curse not a blessing! Below I have a few more square photos, this time of myself with my friends and family.

There we have it! Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what your favourite feature of your bedroom is.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I remember watching YouTube videos of this tag ages ago before I had even started my blog and I've always wanted to do it myself, so here it is! Read on to see the questions and my responses.

(1) Greed: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?

Barry M Nail Paints (£2.99) are really cheap but I find them to be one of the best formulations of nail polish out there. I even prefer these to the gelly version. There are such a huge range of colours available - I have: Cappucino, Berry Cosmo, Red Wine and Red Black.

I have The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (£13.00) in the shade 02 fair matte and I really like it for contouring as it’s not too fair and also, more importantly, not too orange. I think you can probably find something better for cheaper though (if you have any recommendations leave them below!)

(2) Wrath: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with?

I used to love the Maybelline Colour Tattoo gel-cream eyeshadows (£4.99) but I haven’t been reaching for them as much recently. They tend to crease on my lids, but I do sometimes use them as a base for matte eyeshadows. I have these in the colours (25) Everlasting Navy, (35) On and on Bronze, (65) Pink Gold, (70) Metallic Pomegranate and (75) 24K Gold.

(3) Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products?

Burt’s Bees lip balms (£3.99) smell amazing, I have the Honey one and the Pink Grapefruit one and I really want to pick up other scents.

(4) Sloth: What beauty products do you neglect due to laziness?

I rarely wear lipstick during the day, unless I’m doing something special. I just can’t be bothered to check it after every meal to make sure that I haven’t smudged it or gotten any on my teeth.

(5) Pride: What beauty product gives you the most self-confidence?

I’m prone to the odd blemish and I always have a red chin so I would have to say concealer. I particularly love Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) in the shade 1 Fair for blemishes and redness and Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (£5.49) in the shade 10 Ivory for under my eyes.

(6) Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Having pretty eyes is really attractive to me.

(7) Envy: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?

I'm not entirely sure - I think perfume because I don't have one at the moment and because I'd never buy perfume for myself.

I really enjoyed this tag! I tag anyone reading this who wants to try this tag to do it!

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Liebster Award (2)

Today was meant to be a room tour with loads of lovely photos and lots of close ups of some cute things in my room but unfortunately I have had so many deadlines this week that I haven't got around to tidying/hoovering/dusting my room let alone taking photos! So I'll delay that post until next week.

I know that I did the Liebster award a few weeks ago (if you missed it you can find it here) but I was tagged again by the wonderful Raashi to do it with her set of questions, so here it is. Thank you so much for the nomination!

(1) What is your favourite quote?
I am a complete sucker for quotes. There is no way I could pick just one. I have a lot of quotes on my bedroom wall, which I'm sure will feature in my room tour next week as it's sort of a major focus in my room. One of my favourites at the moment from my quote wall is: "I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me".

(2) What's your favourite song (or a few favourite songs) at the moment?
I'm loving "Hello" by Adele, "Wasn't Expecting That" by Jamie Lawson and "Lump Sum" by Bon Iver at the moment.

(3) What was the last photo you took with your phone?
Oh God, it was a horrific selfie from when I was getting ready for Bonfire Night on Thursday. I'd post it here but my hair is scraped into such a tight bun that I'm just all forehead!

(4) Who was the last person who sent you a text message?
Hahahahaha it was Royal Mail telling me that my parcel wasn't delivered because no-one was in. That's so sad. I have mates I promise....

(5) Has October been a good month for you so far?
October was a really good month for me, I had fairly low expectations for Halloween which ended up being a really good weekend. And I have been managing to (just about) stay on top of my coursework and juggle my social life.

(6) Do you have any nicknames?
My flatmates sometimes call me Emjem and my boyfriend sometimes calls me hunny bun (bleugh feel free to throw up at that haha).

(7) What's your favourite dessert?
THIS IS SUCH A DIFFICULT QUESTION ummmmm let's go with cheesecake. Particularly chocolate cheesecake or lemon cheesecake.

(8) If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I know that it would probably be as much an annoyance as it would be convenient but I would love to be able to read minds. 

(9) Has there been one blogging experience that you're particularly proud of?
I can't think of one really stand out post so I suppose I'd have to say designing my blog - I'm still wanting to tweak some bits and completely change others but I'm really happy with the progress of its design and that I'm doing it all myself!

(10) How would you like to be remembered by others?
I would love to be remembered for having contributed to the world in some way.

I'm not going to nominate anyone because I did this award post a few weeks ago but I hope you enjoyed reading anyway!

If you feel like it, answer one of the questions in the comments!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My nighttime routine

I was going to skip blogging today because I have got so so much work to do for uni this week, but then this afternoon I got blogger's guilt that I hadn't stuck to my Wednesday/Saturday schedule: so here is the post I had always intended to write anyway!

This is the second part of my routines - if you missed my morning routine post you can check it out here.

I've actually been really naughty recently and I haven't been sticking to this routine as well as I should have. I've really noticed the difference with my skin and so I'm determined to get back on track (you can read about this and my other goals for the remained of 2015 here).

I always try to be in bed by 12am, and often I'm in bed at 11pm! It really depends on how tired I feel.

The first thing I do is take off the majority of my makeup with some cotton wool pads (triple pack £3.00) and Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water (£4.99), focussing on my eye makeup. I use about between one and four cotton pads depending on how much makeup I'm wearing that day.

Next, for my second cleanse, I use The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11.00) with a lukewarm, damp face cloth or muslin cloth (the same one as the morning, I then put it in my laundry bag and take a clean one the next day). I can't recommend this cleanser enough. It's really gentle, but at the same time it does an amazing job at breaking down whatever makeup you're wearing - particularly good after nights out, if I'm not too tired. It has removed all the paint from underneath where it sits on the shelf in my bathroom - I'm pretty sure this is because the type of paint is oil based, and this oil cleanser dissolves oil... anyway, it's heavy duty but doesn't irritate my skin.

If I'm too tired to take my makeup off after a night out, or I'm staying at my boyfriend's flat, I use the B. Pure Micellar Cleansing Wipes (£1.00). I got these free after spending a certain amount of money on Superdrug and I have to say I'm really impressed. Face wipes that I've used in the past have never left my skin feeling all that clean. These are obviously not as good as a proper double cleanse, but definitely do the job in a pinch.

Following on from cleanser, I use an acid toner. I'm currently using and loving the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (£12.95 but often on offer). These pads contain glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid which act as an exfoliator. I honestly can't recommend switching to an acid toner instead of an exfoliator and a regular toner enough! I've raved about these before but let me just say that I didn't use these for a week and I noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin!

To finish off in the bathroom I brush my teeth and use mouthwash - I've mentioned these products in my morning routine so I won't go into any more detail here.

I head upstairs next and use a stick deodorant: Sure Women Maximum Protection Cream Deodorant in Clean Scent (£4.99). This is a new product for me and the first twist up deodorant I've ever used but I have to say I really like it and I don't think I'll be going back to aerosols any time soon! It also smells like fresh laundry which is one of my favourite scents!

Next, moisturiser. I love The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask (£24.00). This seems really expensive and I thought long and hard about it before I purchased it. It's a huge tub that I've barely made a dent in as you need so little! I feel like I've spoken about this product before but I can't think when. The texture of this is, as the name suggests, bouncy. It does sit on the skin for a while and so if you're not careful you can end up stuck to your pillow but it's honestly worth it because it does such amazing things to your skin. I don't use this every night, maybe a few times a week.

Other nights I use a regular moisturiser: Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Regenerating Night Cream (£5.35). If I feel like my skin needs a little shot of moisture I will use The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (£15.00). Again, this is quite pricey for such a small bottle but you only need about two drops to cover your entire face.

I finish off my nighttime routine by applying some hand cream - I've currently got a miniature Soap&Glory Sugar Crush Hand Food (£2.50) sat beside my bed. I also use Burt's Bees Lip Balm with Honey (£3.99).

Wow that was a long one! Congratulations if you made it to the end.

What's one product you can't go to sleep without using?