Monday, 31 March 2014

Skinetica...

Skinetica, Teacups & Buttondrops,Skincare


My skin used to be quite clear but I would say that in the last year or so it has got worse (possibly due to medication?) which is quite annoying.

Recently I was kindly given a bottle of skinetica to put to the test. Described as an anti-blemish and super toner, Skinetica aims to soothe, calm and clear the skin.

This product is easy to use - just simply swipe over your face like you would normally do with a toner. I use this as part of my night time skincare routine usually as the last product of my routine. Skinetica feels really refreshing on the skin. It is nice to use a product that doesn't feel too chemical on your skin. It dries quickly as well which is a bonus. Overall, I would say that this product seems to have cleared my skin up a bit (there certainly doesn't seem to be as many whiteheads as usual) but I think in order to see the full effect on my skin, I will need to continue and write an update post later on but the initial test is positive :).
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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Product empties #2...

Product empties are one of my favourite videos to both watch and film. I don't film mine every month but more when the clutter becomes too much to live with.

Here is what I have been using up:

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Healthy(ish) Chocolate Digestive Biscuits....

Healthy chocolate digestive biscuits, Teacups & Buttondrops


Chocolate digestives are one of my major downfalls when it comes to food. It doesn't help that they are constantly on offer in supermarkets and they usually end up coming home with me.

I have recently been into experimenting with various recipes and making them healthier where possible. This recipe is an adaptation from one over on Nadia's Kitchen so I thought that I would share it on here.

Here is what you will need:
1 3/4 cup of wholemeal rye flour (you can use other flour - this is what I had lying around)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp xylitol (or 2 tbsp more brown sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
65g unsalted butter
3 tbsp milk
60g Dark chocolate

Method: 
Preheat oven to 180c and line a baking sheet.
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Melt butter and pour into the dough mixture. Add in milk. Mix through.
Place dough in the fridge for around 30 mins (makes it easier to work with).
After 30 mins, take the dough out of the fridge onto a floured surface.
Flatten dough with your hands and be careful as will be quite crumbly.
Take your cookie cutter of choice (I simply made flat balls as I am really bad using cutters) and cut out your shapes.
Bake for 20-25 mins until golden.
After 20-25 mins in the oven, remove and place onto cooling tray and allow to cool. Once the biscuits are cool, you can start melting your chocolate. I usually melt mine by placing a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water.
Melt the chocolate and then spread over your biscuits.
Place the chocolate covered biscuits in the fridge to set.
Enjoy!
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Insta-date #2...

The weather has been beautiful recently, has it not? I have been trying to make the best of the weather by spending as much time outside as possible. Here is what I have been up to:


Barney sleeping cute/ Dual screening/ new bedding/ Luna (L) & Islay (R) being exceptionally cute pups/
Walking/ Selfie/ Daffodils/ Frozen grapes/ 
Fireplace/ Asparagus pie (sooo good!)/ New favourite drink/ New windows

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment concealer...

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment


Soap & Glory are one of those brands which I can never get enough of. It doesn't matter if it is body, skincare or make-up, I love it all. While in Boots a while back, I spotted 'Trick & Treatment' nestling on the shelves

Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment, Teacups & Buttondrops

'Trick & Treatment' is a concealer which treats both dark circles and also acts as a colour corrector. As dark circles are something I am always up for getting rid of/hiding, I was keen to give this a go. This concealer is orange-toned and is on the shimmery side. I can see the logic behind a shimmery concealer, however,if too much is applied,it will look like there is a disco going on under your eyes.

Now the question is, does it conceal? The simple answer is yes. However, I think that this product works best in conjunction with another product. My chosen weapon is Benefit Boiiing which I use mainly to tone down the shimmer - no disco going on under my eyelids!

Soap & Glory Trick & Treatment retails for £9.00 and is available from Boots
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Primark & Cath Kidston Haul...

I must say that Primark really do have some gorgeous stuff in at the moment. Here is what I bought:



Have you bought anything recently from either Primark or Cath Kidston?
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Monday, 17 March 2014

February Favourites (in March)...

Today's video is my February Favourites, albeit a bit late...

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Aubergine/Eggplant crisps...

Aubergine, Eggplant Crisps, Teacups and Buttondrops,

What to do when you're hungry and only have an aubergine in your kitchen? Make aubergine crisps. Simple, delightfully tasty and easily adaptable to suit your taste, these crisps are not only healthy but slightly addictive.

Here's how to make them:

001) Preheat oven to 180c.
002) Thinly slice your Aubergine - I cut a few slices too thick and they took longer to get their crisp on. At this stage you can add on any seasoning you wish. For these ones, I just added a little salt and pepper at the end.
003) Arrange on flat baking tray and spray with oil. I used Frylight spray Olive Oil for mine. Place into oven.
004) Check on the crisps regularly and turn often. Depending on how thin your slices are will depend on cooking time.
005) Enjoy!
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Recently read 001...

Books come and go for me. I go through phases of reading everything in sight to not reading anything at all. I have no idea why I do this as I love reading.


Here is what I have recently finished:

Glasgow Kiss - Alex Gray:
A fast-paced crime novel set in Glasgow. This tells the story of a girl who goes missing in Glasgow and it's up to DCI Lorimer to solve it. I loved this book as I love both crime books and also anything that is set in a familiar place to me. Honestly, I could not put this book down! I think if you enjoy reading the likes of Ian Rankin (Set mainly in Edinburgh) and Stuart MacBride (Set mainly in Aberdeen) then you will love this. I just need to wait for my Mum to finish reading the other one she has so I can steal it...

Sea Room: an Island life - Adam Nicolson:
A non-fiction which describes what life was/is like on the Shiant Islands on the West Coast of Scotland. This one is surprisingly good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Each chapter is dedicated to a certain aspect of island life and switches between the past and the present. Overall, an interesting read which is surprisingly enjoyable.

Coming up next:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach: I have seen this movie but if a book becomes a movie, I always have to read the book as well due to the fact that movies tend to miss out details.
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Monday, 10 March 2014

Models Own Hypergel Nail Varnish....

Models Own Hypergel nail varnish, Teacups & Buttondrops

Models Own have recently launched a new Hypergel range of nail varnishes. Hypergel nail varnishes are meant to provide the effect of gel nails without being gel nails (if that makes sense!). Intrigued by this concept, I decided to try them out.

I picked up the shade Turquoise to try out as I was wanting a colour that I didn't already own.  Turquoise is a bright shade which will be absolutely incredible for summer time (albeit maybe a bit bright for work....)

Applying this nail varnish is pretty easy. It is fairly thick which makes it easy to apply. Is it just me or are nail varnishes that apply thinly annoying? Anyway...this nail varnish has good coverage and does not need many coats - I think I only applied one. This is a good thing.Nothing worse than having to apply a million coats. It also has a quick drying time.

Overall, I really like this nail varnish as it is thick, glossy and gives the impression of gel nails. Although, I was a bit sceptical of this to start with, I really do like this concept, so much so that I am wanting to purchase more.

Models Own Nail Varnishes retail at £5 and are available from Boots, online here and at the bottle shop in London.
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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Accidental Haul...






Last week, I accidentally went shopping after work. Here is what I bought:



Posts from last week:

Beautiful things #2
Anatomicals
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Anatomicals...

Anatomicals Puffy the eye bag slayerAdd

Anatomicals is not your average brand. With quirky named products ('Puffy the eye bag slayer' anyone?) and products which are both amazing and smell so good, this is a brand which will appeal to the masses. All of the products are reasonably priced as well which makes the brand even more appealing.

Overall, I love using products from this brand. I find that they are good quality as well as smelling amazing.

Anatomicals is available from ASOS, Morrisons, New Look & Tesco amongst other retailers

What have you tried from Anatomicals? 
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Monday, 3 March 2014

Beautiful things #2...

Daffodils, Spring, Teacups & Buttondrops


Clean make-up brushes:
There is nothing better like freshly washed make-up brushes. Agree?

Dexter:
Serial Killer who works as a splatter expert and kills people who do wrong? Oh go on then! I'm currently on Season 3 and I am addicted.

Yoga:
Yoga is something that I had been wanting to take up for a number of years. I finally took the plunge last month and I am loving it.

New windows
Bit random I know, but I am in love with my new windows in my flat. They are double-glazed (previous ones were single glazed) and they make everything ten times better.

Flowers:
Recently I have been obsessed with buying flowers for my flat. They just brighten everything up.

What have you been finding in life that's beautiful?
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