Friday, 31 August 2012

The Body Shop: Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue

If there is one part of my body that I hate then it would be my feet. Generally speaking feet creep me out - even someone speaking about them is enough to make me go yuck! Anyway, recently I have been trying to look after my feet and my first port of call was tackling the hard skin.

I had heard through the blogosphere that The Body Shop did a good foot rescue, so I set out to pick one up.

The Body Shop Peppermint intensive foot rescue

The Body Shop Peppermint intensive foot rescue

The Body Shop Peppermint intensive foot rescue


What the product claims to do:
"Smoothing community trade cocoa butter, peppermint oil & grape acids soften hard skin & help prevent dry cracked heels."

What I thought:
This product was easy to use. I simply applied it all over my feet (quite generously I may add) and popped on a pair of cotton socks and left it overnight to do it's magic.
In the morning, my feet were left really smooth. I usually use this twice a week (as per instructions) and since I started using it, my feet have remained smooth.

Amey - 1, Hard Skin - 0

Have you ever tried this product? Do you know of any products that do a similar thing?

Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue is available both instore and online (http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk) and retails for £9.


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Thursday, 30 August 2012

25 years of Amey....

It's my birthday today and while I am catching up with family at home (this is a scheduled post..at the time I was born...haha), I thought you would enjoy seeing some old photos of me growing up that I found on my laptop. I have edited some of these as there are other people in them, who probably don't want to be on here (apart from my mum, as she is just lovely and has been on here before :)).

So onto the photos:

A few days old :)

A bit older...

I believe this could have been one of my birthdays. There are so many pics of me in this dress!

Wood walking - Mummy & daughter in matching colours. I wonder if my mum still has that jumper...

Playing in the paddling pool :)

First day of school - The Little Mermaid lunchbox ftw

In another wood on a swing. We did a lot of walking in woods when I was young - we did have a black lab.

Probably ~14 here...

Don't ask...

Mum's graduation a few years ago

A few weeks ago - probably slightly drunk...

I hope you enjoyed looking at these pics :)






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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

RHS Flower & Pony show

On Saturday, I went on a little adventure with one of my friends to the RHS Flower & Pony Show held in Duthie Park. While we were there we saw lots of gorgeous ponies, admired floral displays (mainly Olympic themed), wondered how many people we could feed with the massive vegetables that were being exhibited and got inspired by some crafts.Then it rained.Hard. Cue a quick dash from the floral marquee to the cafe for a well-deserved cup of tea and a traybake. After waiting it out, we wandered into the Winter Gardens, where to our surprise, there was mini floods inside the Winter Gardens (I felt sorry for the wedding that was going on - no way through!). We then looked at lots of lovely flowers, took photos, ran across a wall to get past a flood and attempted to make friends with some little birds. After that we walked home, nibbled on some Chinese food and watched X-Factor.

Here are some photos from our little adventure:


This foal was taking a snooze & ever so often he kept poking his head up as if to say 'I'm trying to sleep here'


Based upon Bradley Wiggins. I didn't even notice the wheel until later.


Bradley Wiggins

Usain Bolt




The wall on the left is the one I climbed on



Have you ever been to anything like this before?









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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Spa Magik - Sea salt scrub

A while ago I received some spa treatments to try out. I first tried out the mineral shampoo and hair serum which I reviewed here .This time I am going to review 'Salt brushing' which is basically an exfoliating sea salt scrub.



What the product claims to do:
"Naturally exfoliating salt scrub with pure Dead Sea salts, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E to deeply nourish skin." It also claims to: Exfoliate dead skin cells, be deeply hydrating, rejuvenate appearance of skin and aid skin repair.

What I thought:
Overall I did enjoy this product. Admittedly it was a bit strange getting into the shower without the water on, applying this, then turning the water on as this product needs to be applied to dry skin. However, once I turned the water on and started to de-scrub, my skin was left feeling silky smooth. Lovely.

Like the mineral shampoo and hair serum, the sachet was once again a generous size. If I had noticed this before, I probably could have got another treatment out of it.

The Salt Brushing Exfoliating scrub retails at £13.30 for 500ml (John Lewis)

Spa Magick products are available at Holland & Barrett, John Lewis, Debenhams amongst other retailers.
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Monday, 27 August 2012

Ginger flapjacks


Recently I have been into baking  - I made banana bread the other week (I'm making another one today) and this week I have made some ginger flapjacks.

Flapjacks are relatively easy to make and they take no time at all and are pretty much mess free.


 You will need:

125g butter or margarine
125g Demerara sugar (I used light brown instead)
5 tbsp Golden Syrup
225g Porridge oats
1 tsp Ground ginger

1)Preheat oven to 190c/375F/Gas mark 5. Grease a 20cm sandwich tin.
2)Melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the sugar and the syrup.
3)Stir in the porridge oats and ground ginger.
4)Pour mixture into sandwich tin and spread evenly.
5)Bake for 20 mins, then remove and leave to cool for 15 mins.
6)Score into sizeable pieces (I managed to make 20 small pieces)
7)Leave to cool completely then enjoy!


What more to say then I hope you enjoy making these. Let me know if you do try them out :)


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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Grey

I am on a nail painting frenzy right now. I've grown sick of trying to remove glitter polish (any tips let me know in the comments) so I've been painting my nails plain colours the past few times.

Today's choice was one I received in Elle magazine a while ago. It is a gorgeous grey colour and I believe that it is the first time I've ever painted my nails grey.



I really like it, what do you think?
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Goal update #5

Last time I updated this was the beginning of July - it's now halfway through August...oops! This time I've managed to score off another few goals - Wooooooo! I've still got just over half of them to do before end of December.


2012 goals

001) Aim higher in my career 

002) Go to the gym at least 3 times per week in progress 17/04/12

003) Launch creative project 1 completed 10/03/12 - visit http://darwinanddaisyphotography.blogspot.co.uk

004) Launch creative project 2

005) Watch Trainspotting completed 10/03/12

006) Get my first tattoo

007) Decorate my bedroom

008) Paint my hallway

009) Visit home more often to see my parents completed 15/5/12

010) Be less materialistic  completed 22/8/12

011) See much more of my friends  completed 3/7/12

012) Run/jog/walk Race for life

013) Read the Hunger Games - completed 17/04/12

014) Read the Virgin Suicides  completed 3/7/12

015) Re-tune my drawing skills ie re-learn to draw (I seem to have left my ability behind in school) - in progress 17/04/12

016) Participate in p52 @ http://my3boybarians.com

017) Shoot more rolls of film (target: 10 rolls) - in progress 10/03/12

018) Film some videos for YouTube (target: 5 videos) - completed 10/03/12

019) Learn to use my sewing machine

020) Print out much more of my photography

021) Read The Picture of Dorian Gray completed 22/8/12

022)Write some creative pieces (target: 3 pieces)

023) Comment on many more blogs - completed 3/7/12

024) Read The Scarlet Letter - completed 17/04/12


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Friday, 24 August 2012

Take one #1

I've been avoiding job-hunting today (although I probably will do some later). Instead, I've been browsing the high street stores and seeing what is in. To be honest, there probably was no point considering I don't have a job at the moment and I can't buy anything. Window shopping it is.

Anyway, while browsing, I popped onto Internacionale's site and I was looking through all of the lovely stock online and I decided to create some looks for you.


Internacionale, studs, jumper
For this first look, I have used the blouse mainly for detail under the jumper. I adore seeing collars poking out from underneath a jumper, especially if they are detailed. I have combined them with some acid wash shorts to add to the relaxed look. For accessories and jewellery, I have kept it fairly simple with one ring, earrings and a large slouchy tote bag. Finally for footwear, I added a basic pair of black pumps.

This look would be perfect for those days when you have to do boring grown-up thing such as the bank and food shopping. I would probably also wear this for mooching around the house (you never know who will turn up at your door).

Internacionale, coloured denim

For the 2nd look, which is another daytime look, I decided to bring some colour into the outfit. I used to stay  well away from coloured denim until I bought my first pair (from Internacionale actually) and I can't put them down. For this outfit I decided to go with a jade colour. To go with this, I decided to add a nude bag and pumps. For jewellery, I added a range of coloured beaded bracelets, which will look fantastic stacked up on one wrist.

This look would be great for meeting friends - whether it will be going to the cinema, shopping or if you're old enough - the pub!

The third, and final look is night. Overall, this is quite a simple look, with only three colours involved. I combined the blouse with wet look leggings (another item which, until recently, I avoided) and added some wedges. Then I added a basic clutch bag along with some bracelets which can be stacked. This look would be completed by wearing hair in a top knot using one of the hair donuts.

This look is most suited for a night out drinking & dancing with friends. When I go out, I like to look presentable ie not everything out. I can't stand dresses which are too short and need to be constantly pulled down or those which need pulled up at the other end. Believe me when I say I have seen a lot of horror stories/outfits gone wrong in Aberdeen.

Overall the looks I have created are all outfits which I would wear if I owned the items. They are very much 'me'. I don't have a favourite out of all three as I like them equally as much.

What do you think of the looks? Do you have a favourite? If so, which one? Have you ever shopped with Internacionale before?Have you seen any 'horror stories'/outfits gone wrong when you have been out?



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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Louise Gray for Topshop

Louise Gray is a local girl to me (where I am now) and a graduate of both Glasgow School of Art and Central Saint Martins. Known for her prints and use of colour, Louise has now collaborated with Topshop to produce a range of clothing and also make-up.

Here are my picks of the collection (all make-up I will add):

Louise Gray for Topshop

What do you think of this collaboration? Will you be adding any of this to your collection? I know I definitely will and seeing as it's my birthday next week, I probably will be having a girly day shopping with my mum and nipping into Topshop.
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What I'm #5

sea, anemone, MacDuff aquarium
Sea Anemone - MacDuff Aquarium


Loving:
001)The lovely weather we have been having
002)Sainsbury's Jam doughnuts
003)My skincare routine
004)Youtubing (www.youtube.com/user/AmeyJaneyKins)

Hating:
001) Having no job :(
002)The fact I can never get to the end of my washing pile

Watching:
001) The Big Bang Theory

Listening:
001)Lots of bands I've not listened to for ages on my ipod - currently Jet, Orson, Green Day & The View

Funniest moment:
001)Listening to my parents 'Bog Dog' stories ie Alfie who enjoys swimming in the bog
002)Listening to tales of the wild baby bunny that seems to have adopted my parents - current escapades include making friends with a plastic garden meerkat and peering in the patio doors. I have a video which I will put up on youtube next week :)
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Banana Bread

Banana bread is most probably my favourite item to bake ever so I have decided to share the recipe that I use with you so you can make it too.

banana bread ingredients

You will need:

250g plain flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch of salt
115g butter
115g dark brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
500g mashed over-ripe banana (I used 4)

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 180c and lightly grease a 23x13cm loaf tin.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, bicarbonate and salt.


3) In a separate bowl, cream butter & sugar.


4) In another bowl, mash bananas and then add beaten eggs to the mashed banana . Add this to the butter & sugar mixture.


5) Stir banana mixture into flour mixture.


6) Pop into loaf tin


7) Bake in oven for 60/65 mins until a knife inserted comes out clean. 


8) Leave to cool and then enjoy :)

Have you ever made banana bread? Let me know in the comments if you try out this recipe and what you think of it.
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Monday, 20 August 2012

Prairie Charms


Prairie Charms, bracelets

Prairie Charms sell an amazing array of jewellery and hair accessories which include bracelets, rings & necklaces. Each item is one of a select few so it's highly unlikely that everyone and their mum will have them (like everyone has Primark).Also for every item purchased, 10% of the proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital as part of their 'Kiss it better' campaign.

When I was contacted and asked to participate in 'Project Blogger', I jumped at the chance. I am an accessory/jewellery fiend who probably owns much more than I realistically need. I love adding new pieces to my collection, especially ones that are cute and girlie. The two pieces I ordered from Prairie Charms were 'This day will never happen again' and 'The simple things in life are often the best'. Once I had ordered, it was time to play the waiting game with the postman.

The package arrived at the end of the same week that I ordered. The bracelets arrived, lovingly wrapped with a little raffia bow wrapped around the paper.Unfortunately I do not have a picture of the wrapping as I opened the package in the middle of a pub. Although to be fair I did pick up the package just as I was leaving to go to a pub lunch.

So onto the bracelets:

Jewellery, Prairie Charms, bracelet, This day will never happen again
'This day will never happen again'

bracelet, Prairie Charms, the simple things in life are often the best
'The simple things in life are often the best'

Prairie Charms, bracelets, the simple things in life are often the best
Close up of 'The simple things in life are often the best'

To put it simply: I love these bracelets. They will go with practically anything that I own and are great for stacking. They are also really well made. 

Throughout the whole process, Prairie Charms have been nothing but fantastic. From providing excellent customer service, speedy delivery and products which are absolutely gorgeous, I cannot recommend them enough. I may or may not already have my eye on some of the new collection...

Have you ordered anything from Prairie Charms?

www.prairiecharms.co.uk

Oh, I can also officially claim that Chinese hamsters recommend them too. I caught Darwin attempting to eat the bracelets when I was holding him. This is a good thing as Darwin is picky with food and ignores what he doesn't like in his bowl. So the fact that he was trying to eat them suggests that he approves!

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