Brunch is always always a good idea! It’s most definitely my favourite meal of the day & I’m never really up in time for breakfast (#studentlife) and can’t wait long enough until lunch so it’s the most perfect meal!
Here are some of my favourites for brunch:
Scrambled eggs on a toasted croissant: this is a fancier version of eggs on toast but it’s just as easy & tastes so lovely! I’ll fry up some mushrooms in butter and pepper too and toss them over the top.
Poached eggs & spinach on a toasted muffin: without blowing my own trumpet, I think I’m the queen of poached eggs (ok, I blew my own trumpet). This is my favourite breakfast at the minute. I sometimes add a bit of basil pesto to it as well, which tastes so good!
Baked eggs: for this I chop up mushrooms & tomatoes and put them in an oven proof dish. Then I throw in a handful of spinach, a pinch of salt and blacken pepper and then crack 2 eggs into the dish and bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked but still runny (7-10 mins). Also, there’s hardly any washing up! Win!
French toast: I soak thick white bread in whisked eggs and milk before frying the bread in A LOT of butter! Once it’s browned and crisp on the outside, I pile it on a plate and top it with raspberries, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of Nutella, so bad but tastes AMAZING!
Writing this has made me hungry, so I’m off to make brunch!
I tend to switch up my body & face lotions and potions when the seasons change and obviously from summer into autumn and winter, my skin needs a lot more moisture and hydration so I banish the light serums and gels to the back of the cupboard & bring out super thick creams and lotions, gradual tanner and ginger spice fragrances!
Here’s a quick low down of my top beauty & body essentials for autumn/winter:
1. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Shimmer Lotion: this is a good few years old by now, so old in fact that I thinks it’s been discontinued…but I have a stash of it because it is my favourite & it emerges every year so that from late September until at least February I smell like a ginger bread biscuit and I LOVE it!
2. Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion: oh the irony. My natural skin tone is quite pale and while I don’t have a problem with it, I do love a teeny bit of a glow, especially in winter! This is perfect as it is a moisturising body lotion that leaves your skin slightly glowy and a tad darker after every use. WIN!
3. Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream: I’ve got a whole post dedicated to this stuff but I really do love it! I don’t use hand cream often but I cycle quite a lot now and my hands get so cold & dry that I need it & this smells amazing!
4. The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector: this is a seriously thick cream that packs a ridiculous amount of hydration. I use it in the evening before bed as it doesn’t tend to sit well underneath make up in the morning. But try this once, and no other moisturising face cream compares. (It doesn’t smell that lovely through.)
5. Lip Balm: I have lip balms coming out of my ears so I just use whichever one is closed to me but my favourite is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lio Care lip balm because it absorbs quite quickly and it also seems to make my lipstick last longer on top.
6. Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer: a similar story to the gradual tanner, I just feel much better about myself when I’ve got a bit of a tan! This bronzer is perfect because it’s not orange toned at all & it is quite ashy which means it’s perfect to act as a contour too!
It really has started to feel like winter now and because of the cold weather, I’ve been getting super dry hands. So, I’m bringing out the trustee hand creams for the winter months.
I haven’t used the Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream for a long time so I thought I’d give this a go because I adore the smell of Soap & Glory products. The packaging is also really pretty and it’s so handy for throwing in your bag every day as it’s such a compact tube. And for £6, its such a bargain!
The formula is so creamy and feels really luxurious. What previously put me off hand cream was that they would take so long to sink into my skin and I wouldn’t be able to do anything for a little while because I’d have gross, sticky hands but thankfully this product sinks into my skin so quickly and it honestly has made a real difference to my dry hands. It is very heavily scented so I imagine it would irritate sensitive skin but it truly has worked wonders for me.
I thought I’d write a little seasonal post for you & tell you my 5 favourite things about Autumn! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of the colder, winter months but this year, I’ve decided to embrace it (& just focus on Christmas).
Layers: I LOVE clothes so much & I can never choose what to wear in the mornings so when it’s cold I feel as if I don’t have to choose and I can just throw all of my favourite things on at once and call it ‘layering’.
Hot chocolate: Drinking hot chocolate in the summer just doesn’t feel right somehow, so with the colder days comes indulging in huge mugs of hot chocolate topped with loads of cream and a flake, YUM!
Leaves: This may seem like a weird one but I love watching the leaves fall from the trees and more so, I love seeing the leaves change colour…they look SO pretty!
Log fires & candles: Winter spiced, cinnamon candles are just the dream! I love getting in when it’s cold outside, lighting ALL the candles (my house could be considered a fire hazard I’m sure) and getting the fire lit. Isn’t it just the coziest feeling ever!
Bonfire Night: When I was younger, I was petrified of fire works but now I find them so magical & spectacular! I can’t wait to get all wrapped up, hold sparklers & drink hot chocolate this year! Woo!
Oh I do love a pun! So what better way to embrace a good play on words than to blog every other day throughout November annnnd call it BLOGVEMBER! Woo!
Having not blogged in a while, I think committing to uploading a blog post every day throughout November isn’t achievable, especially as I have so much uni work on at the minute. But I feel that every other day is achievable!
Over the last few months I’ve tried out some awesome new make-up and beauty products that I can’t wait to rave about, started experimenting with a different style (although I haven’t said goodbye completely to the old faithful black jeans & a striped tee) and been on some incredible adventures that I can’t wait to talk about on here.
SO, here goes!
I wouldn’t say I’m the most committed person in the world, for example my gym membership lasted from January this year until I cancelled it in September…I tried to commit to cleansing, toning and moisturising my skin every single night but I am still partial to a face wipe or two & going to the library every day from 10am-5pm is slowly becoming 3 times a week for about 3 hours. But, I will try my very best to have a blog post up every other day for you. I’m sure there will be the odd day I miss because, well, I’m only human.
Having been in a relationship for over 3 years, dates kind of get left behind. The idea of “date night” makes me absolutely cringe so I decided to think of an alternative date idea that we would both love and that didn’t cost much.
Near us, there is a huge fruit farm called Hendrewennol where you can pick your own fruit for just £1 entry, so without telling Tom where we were going, we jumped in the car & I directed us there. We both LOVE berries & I have never been fruit picking before so it was perfect.
We had the best day, the sun was out and it was a gorgeous. We packed a picnic and ambled around the fields picking blueberries, raspberries,gooseberries and strawberries. It’s such a lovely feeling being able to pick berries from a bush & eat them straight away, they tasted delicious and so fresh. I would definitely recommend taking a relaxing afternoon gander round your local pick your own fruit farm.
Spend Less:This month, I’m really going to try to keep track of what I’m spending. I’ve never been a saver and am renowned in my family to be terrible with money. So throughout August I’m going to try to spend less on things I really don’t need.
Take more pictures: whenever I do something memorable or fun, I never take pictures because I always try to focus on being there and not seeing it through a lens. The other day for example, we walked up the Glastonbury Tor and I was so busy taking it in, I hardly took any pictures. I know this isn’t a bad thing, but I’d really like to be able to look back on pictures and remember the experience through them.
Appreciate small gestures: when someone does something for you so frequently, it becomes the norm and I think we stop appreciating it as much. Something like being brought a cup of tea every morning is something I take for granted now that I really shouldn’t, so throughout August I’m going to make sure I appreciate all the small things in daily life.
Meal planning: with some serious inspo from ViviannaDoesMakeup, I’m going to open up the cook books armed with post it notes and meal plan the whole week, do a food shop based on that & try my very best to stick to it.
Cooking from scratch: this leads on nicely from the last point. I have recently become really lazy in the kitchen and I’ve tended to choose convenience over spending some quality time creating meals from scratch. Over the next month I’m going to dedicate more time to planning and cooking meals from scratch. It’s something I really enjoy so I need to find time for it in my day.
I’m just sat with a cup of tea, listening to the rain pouring down outside watching Adele at Glastonbury for the 4th time (how amazing is she!!) and thought I’d pour my heart out about my new lip obsession!
When I was younger, I was all about the red lip. It was my trade mark to the extent that after 2 weeks of my school teacher’s persistent nagging to take it off, they accepted that it wasn’t going anywhere. Despite this, in the last year or so I’ve been expanding my lipstick/gloss/cream collection and some nudey nudes have made an appearance. I’ve also veered away from matte lipsticks (which I used to be obsessed with & have been playing around with lip creams and liquid lipsticks.
My current faves are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The feeling of these on your lips and the consistency is to die for, they feel SO luxurious & OMG they are such a bargain at £5.50 in Boots. I love how compact and small they are, so perfect for throwing in your bag/pocket on the go and also so good for travelling – you can definitely justify taking along 3 0r 4 for a week away hah!
They come in SO MANY different shades. My favourite 2 (so far) are Stockholm and Milan. Stockholm is a gorgeous brown toned nude and is so good for every day wear. Milan is a much brighter pinky colour and is so perfect for summer. They have some serious lasting power considering the price (unless, like me, you’re partial to a gigantic burger, then it just ends up all over the bun) and when they do start to wear off, they don’t leave any noticeable lines around your lips, nor do they crack and crease. This also makes it so easy to re-apply.
These matte lip creams have stolen the show, beauty wise, this month so I’m off to Boots to pick up a few more, yay!
I hope you’ve had a great weekend & enjoyed watching all the Glastonbury highlights (or if you were lucky enough, are now recovering from the epic mud bath itself)
Oh I do love being at home. I would now consider myself a fully fledged Cardiffian (I’m at uni there, my boyfriend lives there and I guess that’s where my life is now) BUT I’m still struggling to let go of calling West Wales ‘home’ & I guess I don’t have to. Whenever I come back to Aberaeron I feel completely content and relaxed in my surroundings. I don’t over think anything, stress about anything or feel like I should be doing things constantly. My brain just chills out.
Now that the weather is getting a bit nicer too, when I come back we (we = me & my family) spend time sitting on the harbour wall, watching the tide come in and going for a late night swim in the sea. We sit in the garden drinking tea all afternoon and go out for lunch and sit in the beer gardens eating honey ice cream. It’s just pure bliss. Also, the sunsets here are out of this world!
I really do love Cardiff, I’m not denying that, & being there does make me really happy! But there is just something so wonderful about coming ‘home home’ as I call it.
Being 20 is a strange age, we’re kind of half way between being fully fledged, rent paying, grocery shopping adults and being stroppy teenagers who need our washing picked up from where we dropped it and a roast made for us on a Sunday. I guess we need to embrace it, your 20’s are of course the best years of your life…but it’s also such a confusing time. If you’re a uni student or have moved away from home, you also have the ‘home home’ thing going on & if you’re anything like me, are stuck between wondering where ‘home’ really is.
This really has been a rambling post that hasn’t gone anywhere but it’s just something I wanted to talk about. I probably seem so ungrateful, moaning about where I call home when I’m lucky to have a home but, ah, those first world problems! Does anyone else feel like this or am I just making a mountain out of a mole hill?
For months, I’ve been in the market for a perfect cheek palette with a bronzer/contour, blush and highlighter. I’ve never been a fan of cream formulas so I was looking specifically for something powder based. When I was browsing through FeelUnique.com I spotted Tanya Burr’s cheek palette & at such a great price, I didn’t think twice about throwing it in my basket.
I really did not expect the palette itself to be SO big. It is so much bigger than I thought and also, it comes with a really big mirror on the inside. The packaging is really pretty and very sturdy but quite chunky so it isn’t perfect for travelling light. However, it does have 3 key products in one so maybe it can be a compromise.
All three products look quite shimmery in the pan but it doesn’t come off too much on the skin, which is great. At first, I thought the Beach Bronze shade looked a bit on the orange side, but on my skin it’s very subtle and not orange at all. The formula is great and has awesome staying power. My only issue with it is that the brush picks up so much product that I have to dust a load off before putting it near my face because the powder is quite loose.
The blush shade, Pretty Peony, is so so lovely! It’s a perfect pinky summer shade but it can be quite in your face if you aren’t light handed with it. You really only need to swirl your brush a tiny bit as it is very pigmented. The coral undertones and slight shimmer make it perfect for your summer holiday too. Once again, it is quite loose and powdery so it does get quite messy.
So far, I’m not a huge fan of the highlighter Oyster Shell. It’s a little to white on my skin and is more shimmery than I would like. It does have great staying power though, so if you have fairer skin this would be a good option.
Overall, for £5.35 this palette is really all you need for summer cheeks. The formula is really good quality, if a little loose, but the pigmentation of all three is great and the packaging is super pretty – what more do you need?