Wednesday, 30 June 2010

An Elemis Surprise




I mentionned a few posts ago that my lovely mummy had bought me something, well it was by Elemis. Last weekend me and my mum watched a few Elemis shows on QVC it was their 15th anniversary on the channel and their 20th anniversary overall so there were loads of good prices. Well after or before one of the shows my mum must have ordered me something that I said I liked - how fab is she :)It was the Elemis favourites collection - I can't wait to have a play with this it contains a few of my essentials but also a few bits I haven't tried

Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser 50ml
Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner 50ml
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath and Shower Cream 50ml
Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath 60ml
Elemis Vitamin Rich Body Lotion 50ml

They are all perfect sizes for holidays (I need a holiday at the moment so badly) or for trying out new things - Thanks Mum x Any questions on anything please let me know x

I'm Blogging For Zuneta Again




Just to let you ,well you probably know already that I have a post over on Zuneta today. It's a review of the Korres Watermelon Body Scrub I would really appreciate it if you would pop over and have a read and maybe leave me a comment - Just click this link here I really appreciate it xxx

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

FOTD, New Hair and a Ramble :)

Hiyas I've had a busy 24 hours or so (well for me anyways;) yesterday was the dentists and this morning was my doctors appointment. I had a little chat with my doctor and we have decided to keep my medication at the new levels. It's definitely reducing the pain which has to be a plus point, but I am feeling tired and a bit more zonked out that usual - it's a vicious circle really but I think I'd rather be spaced out than in pain. It was a really productive appointment we talked about new CFS research and he assured me that my shakes and tremors are normal - these have been getting worse over the last few weeks so much so that my arms were physically jerking the other night - still if it's normal in CFS / ME at least I don't have to worry that it has a more sinister cause.
Anyways after the doctors I had a few hours rest and I managed to finish my Zuneta post for tomorrow (I'll post a link for you to comment on tomorrow ;)- then it was back out the door again to the hairdressers - I managed to put on a little bit of slap before I went out so I thought I'd show you as part of some before and after hair pics :)

Before
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Silly pic I was in a stupid mode lol
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Today I Wore

First Light Mineral Foundation - Breeze In The Beeches*
id Bare Minerals Foundation - Medium Beige (mixed together)
ELF Sheer Mineral Booster
Boots No7 Concealer Palette (all colours mixed)
The Balm Time Balm Concealer - Light*
MAC Prep + Prime Eye Base - Light
MAC Cremeblend Blush - So Sweet, So Easy
MAC MSF Porcelain Pink
MAC Pigment - Vanilla (to highlight brows)
Jemma Kidd Make Up School Iridescent Eye Silk - 02 Mercury (on lids smudged under lower lashes)
Indulge In Beauty Urban Eyes - Modern Eyes Palette - Grey / Lilac only
Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara - Black
MAC Lipstick - Viva Glam Gaga

During
Silly salon pic - check out my hair accessories x
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After
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OK new hair - more blonde highlights, and a side fringe which will make it easier for me to grow out my bangs - I love a full fringe but it is sooo high maintenance
- my make up is the same but I touched up with Revlon Colourburst Lipstick in Baby Pink, and MAC MSF Natural in Light x Hope you get the idea it's started to flop a bit now - it's too hot again honestly it was like a sauna in the hairdressers especially being all gowned and foiled up - anyways sorry I keep going AWOL but I promise I will put up a couple of posts tomorrow including a link to my Zuneta post (did I say I was blogging for Zuneta tomorrow ;), and a post on a pressie my mum bought me :)Oh I almost forgot thanks for all your nice comments regarding my recent health posts and so on- I'm so sorry I haven't been able to respond to many comments yet but I will I promise x

(*provided by companies for review purposes)

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sing A Rainbow

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OK don't worry I'm not going to burst into song but I thought I'd show you another pretty picture all thanks to Mother Nature ;) It's been a weird weather day today very overcast, but at the same very hot and sticky. Late this afternoon it started to cloud over then crack all my streets electricity went off - cue house and car alarms wailing, the desperate search for a battery operated radio to listen to Wimbledon and of course no Internet - thanks lightening! Thankfully it came on after half an hour but then the rain started and the thunder argh, oh and then the sun came back out hence my pics - I love rainbows they always make my smile - I love the colours and the shape :)
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So now the sun is out big style, it's still raining a bit and I can still hear a few rumbles of thunder eek - hopefully that means it will be nice and sunny tomorrow I have a few new library books so nice morning / early afternoon in the garden before the football sounds like a plan for tomorrow :)
I'm sorry posts and responses have been a bit hitty missy this week I have been feeling a bit under the weather so I am going back to the doctors next week :( I am planning a few posts for next week including a Bon Bon Lip Balm review, a Brush Guard review, a June summary, and of course another post for Zuneta x So don't forget to check back xx

Viva La Nails Stickers Demonstration and Review (Pic Heavy)

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About a month ago I was sent a batch of nail art goodies from the lovely people at Viva La Nails. As I said at the time I am going to review each type of decoration individually so I am going to start with in my opinion the easiest embellishment - stickers :) I was kindly sent one packet of nail stickers in a cute, slightly 3D flower / daisy design
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As I say I think stickers are one of the easiest places to start when it comes to nail art as you can see here

* First of all carefully peel the sticker from the sheet - I am using tweezers here but you could use an orange stick or cuticle tool
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* Carefully place the sticker onto a dry nail - they are pretty sticky so make sure you get your positioning right
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* Repeat process till you have finished all your nails or your design
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* Paint a top coat over the design and your whole nail - to seal the sticker and to create a smoother surface (I used Jessica Brilliance -review to come)
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* Voila my finished design on top of Milani 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer in Cyberspace
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I have to say I really liked these the really give a bit of interest to just a normal manicure - You do have to be a bit careful when your peeling them off the sheet and when your placing them, and you have to keep applying top coat every couple of days but other than that they are really easy to use and I have had loads of nice comments whilst wearing them.
I had a little play trying them on different designs, placements and colours and as you can see you can create quite a subtle effect or something which will standout a bit more
Sorry toe shot and the bad paint job ;) this gives a tip effect to my tootsies on top of Nails Inc Instyle Beach
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As an accent on my little fingers using Mavala Nicosia
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Over Butter London Jelly in Twee as a thumb nail accent
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and finally over a french shade Eyeko Petite Polish on all my nails
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I've been pretty basic here but I hope you get the idea - I think these are a great idea for holidays, especially on the toes and for days when your polish just looks a bit boring. I will definitely be picking up some more of these - they come in loads of different designs including coloured stickers. Christmas, metallics and more. They are available from Viva La Nails for around £1.95 -My next Viva La Nails review will be water decals so keep checking back for that xx

(I was kindly sent this product for review purposes but that hasn't affected my review in anyway)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

NOTD - Zoya

It's been another lovely sunny day today so I went for a nice summery colour on my all be it shorter nails to match (I had a bit of snappage over the weekend). I recently bought Zoya - Cassi from US ebay it's been years since I last used a Zoya polish probably in the early years of QVC UK when they used to sell Zoya under the Supernails brand. Anyway I have to say despite my initial impression that this was a bit boring, I have to say I love it, a gorgeous peachy, coral it applied easily and seems to be lasting well even without a topcoat. Hope you like - I'm now going to have a few drinks and snacks and try to relax after the stress of the England game this afternoon -watching football is an exhausting experience lol (oh and don't forget to check out my post on Zuneta - details in the post below - thanks) xx

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I'm Blogging For Zuneta :)



I just thought I'd let you know that I am guest blogging over at Zuneta today - I am doing a review of Hei Poa Pur Monoi Tahiti Oil in Tiare - a fabulous multi use product :) I would really appreciate it if you would check out my post and leave me a comment. Please check out my post here Thanks In Advance x

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

This Made Me Happy

Time for a bit of a pointless post. I forgot to post this earlier but I took a few pics of the sky / sunset on the longest day which was of course yesterday. I don't know why it just made me happy - it looks so beautiful - the true beauty of nature in two photographs

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More Cooking With Louise :) - Indonesian Rice With Tofu?

I've really enjoyed doing my birthday recipe posts for you so I thought I'd maybe start doing a few more of my favourite recipes on my blog :) I've made this one for quite a few years now after originally seeing the recipe on an empty tofu box. It's official name is Indonesian Rice With Tofu, but it's probably more of a curried egg fried rice with tofu. It's an ideal quick supper, or lunch dish that takes less than half an hour to make. It's vegetarian and providing you use the right ingredients it's gluten free. It's not the most appetising looking but it tastes yummy and it's so filling -enjoy! (oh and sorry the pics changed dramatically half way, my batteries died and I had to use my mobile camera)

Indonesian Rice With Tofu

5oz Rice (I used Basmati)
1/2 Pack Firm Tofu
1 Pepper
6 x Spring Onions
2 x Cloves Garlic
1 Egg
1-2 tbs Curry Paste
Soy Sauce to taste
1 tbs Oil

Method

1.) Add the oil and chopped or crushed garlic to a pan
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2.) Dice the Tofu, and the Pepper and add to the pan
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3.) In the meantime cook your rice until tender (my water is brown because I have added soy sauce to the water instead of salt)
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4.) Chop up your spring onions - I find a pair of scissors the easiest way to do it
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and break the egg into a cup or small bowl
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5.) When the garlic, and peppers have started to soften and the tofu has started to brown add the spring onions
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6.) Then add your curry paste, and stir in - cook this for a minute or two
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In the meantime drain your cooked rice
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7.) Stir your cooked rice into the pan until all the ingredients are combined
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8.) Add a tablespoon or so of soy sauce and mix in
9.) Make a well in the pan and add the egg
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when it starts to set, mix it into the rice and heat for a minute or so
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10.) Voila - it may look a bit bleurgh but it yum :)
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Hints and Tips

* I use Cauldron Foods Organic Tofu which is available in most major supermarkets - if I'm only using half of it I put the other half in a bowl of water in the fridge where it will last for a few days providing you change the water everyday
* You can use any variety of curry paste you like - you get different flavours depending on what paste you use - I used Pataks Madras paste here
* If your gluten intolerant check that our curry paste and soy sauce are safe to eat - I use Sanchi Tamari Soy Sauce
* You can alter the amounts to taste - I usually add more garlic, you can also vary the amount of curry paste and soy to taste
* You can also add soy afterwards to taste, and garnish with peanuts and coriander
* This recipe serves two comfortably but you can double the recipe easily
* You can use any colour pepper you like I've used green here but it's more pleasing on the eye if you use a red, which looks nicer with the yellow of the rice and the green of the spring onions

Any questions please let me know xx

Another Prize From No17

I was lucky enough to win yet another prize on Facebook from the lovely people at Boots No17. No it wasn't nail varnish this time instead it was something from their new limited edition Precious Metal collection.
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I can't find a name anywhere on it but this is the lipgloss released with the collection - their description of it is "a sheer lipgloss with a hint of shimmering gold" and they aren't wrong - it looks quite scary in the tube and on the wand
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but it actually a very sheer coral / red with a smattering of gold sparkle - very pretty for summer :) Any questions please let me know and I'll see you later with a recipe ;)