30 November 2015

Christmas 2015 Gift Guide - Lifestyle

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Lifestyle gifts are my favourite kind of presents – mainly because you can find so many awesome items to suit every individual! I have discovered so many cool companies through searching for quirky gifts, it’s actually really hard not to snap these gifts for yourself… I handpicked a couple of my favourite items for this Christmas Gift Guide that are aimed mainly at the ladies in my life.

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WtR Notebook*: I love this notebook from WtR, a luxury lifestyle boutique in the heart of London which sells everything from clothes to pillow cases (which sometimes match – how amazing?!). I love this stylish little notebook with an aspirational message ‘Make Your Mark On The World’ printed onto a soft faux leather cover. The pages are gilded in gold, which gives a certain edge to the notebook. This is a useful and lovely gift for anyone who likes writing, making lists or just keeping a notebook handy!

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Silver Teaspoon With Personalised Message*: I received a spoon very similar to this when Liam and I moved into our first home together, and he made me a belated birthday breakfast which included a tub of Fluff with a silver plated spoon that said Good Morning Beautiful. Ah, those were the ‘honeymoon period’ days! Anyway back to the topic on hand – these silver plated spoons are adorable, have a cute charm and you can even personalise the message printed on the spoon! I went for Coffee Doesn’t Ask Silly Questions because, well, let’s face it – it doesn’t. I’m not a huge coffee drinker but I think this will make the perfect present for the coffee addict in my life.

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Mother Hen Apron and Oven Glove Set*: I love rustic looking kitchen accessories – my absolute favourite kitchen style is a rustic, countryside cottage. Naturally, it rubs off on the gifts – like this Mother Hen apron and oven glove set from I Just Love It. My mum is quite a difficult person to buy for as she never really says what she likes, but little quirky home gifts are always a winner. I love the off white colour of this set, and the old school printed chickens – you’ve got to have chickens in your kitchen! This set comes as a perfect gift for a mum who likes to spend time creating delicious meals for the family, or even just to hang up as decoration.

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We Are Tea G & Tea*: You read right – gin and tea! Now here’s a combination that everyone is interested in – so quintessentially English both gin and tea combine together to make the perfect cocktail. I can think of pretty much all my friends who would love this pressie for Christmas – gin is the perfect drink as it doesn’t have many calories, comes in a variety of flavours and gets you happily tipsy! The G & Tea kit comes with a little recipe book of how you can mix your gin with the tea provided which is Super Berry and Earl Grey Supreme – perfect flavours from the quirky tea makers, We Are Tea. I’m so excited to try the tea mix – I think I will love the Super Berry mix with gin, as it’s sweet and aromatic.
I got a little taster of the hamper, but it actually comes in a big picnic basket with a full size bottle of Greenalls gin and a mixer jug, plus different tea varieties! 

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Personalised Garden Tools Set*: Gardening is growing as a hobby of choice and that’s great because gardening is such a relaxing and productive activity. I personally can’t wait until I have my own garden that I can turn into a little place of paradise! I think this is a wonderful present for your mum or dad who like to spend time in the garden – whatever the weather is, you can’t deny the want to use shiny new tools – especially as they’re so comfortable and durable. I love how you can add a quote on the tools – I chose ‘Life Began In A Garden’ because although I’m not religious, I think it’s a lovely quote which is full of life.

29 November 2015

Christmas 2015 Gift Guide - Beauty

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the time when everyone and their dog gets on their blogs and posts about gift guides!! I love getting involved in this tradition and rounding up my favourite picks for giving joy on such a festive occasion.

My first roundup is a favourite of mine – beauty. I have indulged in some amazing beauty products and met lots of new brands this year: here are my favourite items to give this Christmas.

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Antipodes Mineral Foundation*: I am so excited about this Antipodes release - a mineral foundation from my favourite natural skincare brand is perhaps more of a present to myself BUT this would make an excellent gift for anyone who loves natural makeup.
The foundation achieves great coverage to give you a healthy and flawless appearance, and help skin look dewy and soft. Antipodes Mineral Foundation is hydrating, has SPF 15 and features the antioxidant Vinanza Performance Plus® which helps reduce facial flushing. Earth minerals within this product help balance the oils your skin produces and reduces the redness and bumpiness of blemishes. It is suited to all skin types and comes in a variety of colours so this is truly a gift for everyone! Price point is £27.99 which is the average for a luxury natural makeup product.

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Christmas Beauty Gift Guide, beauty bloggers, FashionFake

I Love... Lots of Bubbles Christmas Edition*: I Love... has been one of my favourite brand discoveries this year - their designs are cute, the scent of the products is absolutely incredible and the price point is something no one can moan about. I was so excited to have a sniff of these Christmas Edition mini bubble bath & shower gels which have scents such as Spiced Cinnamon, Chocolates & Oranges, Sugared Cranberries, Mixed Berries, Cherry Almond Sparkle and Iced Cookie - YUM! These make the perfect gift, or individually wrapped Christmas stocking items for anyone who loves strong, sweet scents - whatever their age! This collection comes in at just £6 for a set of scrumptious shower delights.

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Manuka Doctor Api Nourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser*: Manuka Doctor is a brand that for me really does what it says on the tin - I have previously used their Api Clear range to help reduce blemishes and it worked a treat.
The Api Nourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser is a rich cream which works on making skin firmer, younger looking and smooth. It improves elasticity and firmness, like a facelift in a jar! The moisturiser contains Purified Bee Venom (PBV™) and New Zealand Manuka Honey with fruit and botanical extracts. PBV is proven to nurture natural collagen formation which in turn increases skins elasticity, whilst hyaluronic acid and shea butter deeply moisturise your skin. Other ingredients include silk extract, jojoba seed oil, grapefruit extract, C & E antioxidants, lecithin, pine leaf and bamboo stem. Natures cocktail to help skin look and feel younger!
You can snap the Manuka Doctor Api Nourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser from stores like Holland & Barrett or online, and this will set you back £29.99 - but totally worth it. 

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MeMeMe Create The Look Collection: Opulent*: This set is perfect for a makeup lover who also cares about the world around them - MeMeMe Cosmetics make it on my list on favourites because they don't test any of their products on animals. This kit is all you need to create party perfect eyes - it comprises of four rich berry and opulent purple tones to make your eyes bigger, bolder and simply irresistible!
The kit is made up of Quad Baked Palette in Opulent Eyes, Dark & Divine Mascara, Eye Sweep eyeliner and a super soft kohl pencil Eyeline. I LOVE the Dark & Divine mascara - it is honestly my current favourite. You can build up beautiful, long and thick lashes in a matter of seconds! I have never been disappointed with MeMeMe Cosmetics as all their items are of high quality, perfect pigmentation and last for the whole day without letting you down. Create The Look Collection: Opulent kit costs £20 and can be ordered straight from the MeMeMe website.

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NHP Hair, Skin & Nail Support Supplements* £27.97: I wanted to source something different for beauty fans this Christmas - something less obvious than makeup and moisturisers. I stumbled upon Hair, Skin & Nail Support supplements and thought this was a great idea as it doesn't mask up imperfections but just helps you skin be its best self! 
The formula is designed especially for women who want to look after their beauty from the inside by providing nutrients which can help with maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. The NHP supplements contain antioxidants like rutin, vitamins C + E, grapeseed extract, selenium and zinc - which are all incredibly good for keeping your skin clear and bright. They also contain horsetail which provides a natural source of silica for strengthening hair and nails, inositol and choline for promoting hair growth and vitamin B12 for healthy cell growth. NHP supplements are vegetarian and kosher which is a bonus point to know! 60 capsule bottle costs £27.97 and can be used as a luxury stocking or hamper filler. 

Staks of Wow* Supplements: On my search for quirky beauty presents, I came across Staks of Wow - a supplement range designed to leave you feeling (and looking!) rejuvenated both inside and out. It nourishes your body and increases vibrancy of hair and nails with supplements such as collagen powder, detox tablets, evening primrose oil capsules, krill oil capsule, aloe vera capsule.
The price tag is pretty hefty - considering Staks advise: For best results follow this complete supplement plan for 4-6 weeks, with 1 week rest between cycles. You have on pouch a day, and the cost for a monthly pouch supply is £94.99 - pricey, but worth it according to Staks.
I tested out one days worth of supplies and I did feel from that one day that I had more energy but was that mind over matter considering I literally tried 1% of the recommended dose to seeing results? Probably. I am actually going to snap up the monthly supply and give Staks of Wow a good go because if the results are really as incredible as they sound, this could be the best discovery yet.

What is on your beauty wishlist? Anything I missed from mine? 


28 November 2015

In The Kitchen: Seafood and Saffron Winter Warmer Stew

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Last week, Travelodge invited me to get involved in their #TravelodgeFoodies challenge which was to cook a meal inspired by Bournemouth - eeks! I love Bournemouth, living so close to the seaside town I usually go to the beach every year - and they have an awesome food festival. Now when I think of Bournemouth food fish and chips immediately spring to mine, as well as rock and ice cream. But I wanted to do something a little bit different and really dig into what Bournemouth food is about. 
I found out that Bournemouth, alongside Poole, has become the first Sustainable Fish City in 2015 - in the world! This means that restaurants and food joints in Bournemouth have pledged to serve only sustainable fish - helping the environment and local fishermen. Now, when I posted a sneak preview of this meal on Facebook I got greeted with a comment suggesting that cod wasn't sustainable and I should do my research. Well, as it happens I do a lot of research on the topics I write about and I can tell you all: MSC have certified cod which is sustainable and is readily available from good supermarkets and fishmongers. Although there has been controversy about eating cod back in 2013, most cod are now good to eat if they have the blue MSC label. And feel free to ask your fishmonger if their fisheries bring in sustainable fish - they will tell you! 
I wanted to pay homage to this achievement which Bournemouth should be super proud about and cook a meal with sustainable seafood (MSC certified cod and delicious Scottish mussels) - this is the perfect winter warmer with plenty of flavour. 

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What you'll need (for 4 people):
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1 roughly chopped onion
- 1tbsp tomato puree
- large pinch of saffron
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 400g can haricot beans
- 450ml hot fish stock (as in warmth, not spicy!)
- 2tbsp white wine vinegar
- 450g mussels, washed and de-bearded (you can ask your fishmonger to help you - or in my case Liam is a pro!)
- 500g skinless cod cut into chunks  (if you haven't go cod, haddock will do!)
- handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
- Sea Salt & Sea Weed from Bart
- ground black pepper

Before cooking the mussels, you've got to make sure they're safe to eat: throw away any mussels with broken shells and also those which don't open when you tap them; also any mussels which don't fully open once cooked. 
This is a convenient one pot dish and I love a deep large pan for making these stews - sauté the onion until soft then stir in the tomato puree. Add in saffron, tomatoes, stock and beans - bring this mixture to a boil and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. All the flavours combine together and stew in the most delicious flavours! 

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Seafood and saffron stew recipe, food bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, FashionFake

Stir in the white wine vinegar and season with ground black pepper and something which I find goes incredibly well with this dish: sea salt and seaweed. I saw this speciality salt from Barts in Waitrose and just had to have it! I love seafood dishes which the seaweed salt compliments very well.
Gently stir in the mussels and add cod chunks - cover the seafood with liquid, put a lid on it and let it simmer for 6/7 minutes. The dish is cooked once all the mussels have opened.

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Turn the heat off, stir in parsley and season more if the dish needs it. You're ready to serve your Seafood Winter Warmer stew! I like to serve it in the dish and let everyone dig in and fill their bowls. This dish tastes awesome with some soda bread - you can mop up all the juices!

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Seafood and saffron stew recipe, food bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, FashionFake

The cod and mussel stew tastes delicious, is made from sustainable fish which Bournemouth is known for and although I called it a Winter Warmer can be served and will taste light and fresh during the summer too! Just imagine the sandy Bournemouth beach, a fire lit with a pan getting hot, fresh seafood, chiller full of wine, and mess tins for serving - now this is he perfect night on the beach!

*Thank you Travelodge for getting me involved in this challenge and for providing me with a gift voucher to buy the ingredients!

Laurens Way Dream Rollers Review

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Laurens Way Dream Rollers Review, beauty bloggers, FashionFake

When I first heard about Laurens Way Dream Rollers, I nearly fell off my chair – rollers that can give you volume and waves, which you can actually sleep in? That has got to be the best idea and hopefully execution to happen to anyone who wants the TOWIE locks & volume. I absolutely adore long, voluminous locks and I have regular rollers that I use but the problem is I don’t usually have a lot of time to keep them in. And once, I tried to sleep in them – it was the most uncomfortable thing ever as I woke up with a neck and head ache, my hair was tangled…it was just awful.

I was really excited to try out my Laurens Way Dream Rollers – they look super cute and fluffy, which just adds to the whole experience of your girly, pamper night. I believe in those – honestly I think it’s a basic right to have at least one night of the week during which you are left to pamper yourself with a nice hot Lush bath, do your hair all nice, have a face mask, exfoliate your whole body, and lather on the moisturiser. Ooooh – don’t forget to paint your nail and toes! Anyway, back on the subject – I tested out Laurens Way Dream Rollers on a Sunday night, for my hair to be ready for when I wake up at 6am on a Monday morning (I know, what is life when you have to get up so early?!). I washed my hair as usual, applied some leave in smoothing products and some oil to the ends, and blow-dried. Then came the exciting part: putting the rollers in.

I start fixing the rollers in my hair from the bottom, dividing equal parts of my hair from around my head. I secure the hair I’m not using with a grip, and brush the hair I’m about to style. Roll the rollers in from underneath the hair – that way you will gain more volume. Make sure you’re not rolling too much hair into one roller, as they will not hold – or you can use grips, but these may sometimes leave kinks and creases. Make your way around all of the hair on your head, and secure with a little hair spray.

I was up for about an hour before going to bed with the rollers in and they held pretty well. Once I was in bed and my head hit the pillow, I have to admit I wasn’t very comfortable. The rollers did start to collapse down, as they’re made with foam, so in a couple of minutes of laying down I started to get used to the feeling.

In the morning, I took the rollers out – which was super easy as my hair didn’t tangle, like it usually does with rollers. I was disturbed a couple of times through the night because I moved and got a bit freaked out as I wasn’t used to the rollers being on my head – but nothing I can’t see myself getting used to. My hair was wavy with added volume – just what I wanted out of my test!

The end result was great – Laurens Way Dream Rollers deliver exactly what they promise: the ability to sleep in with your rollers and wake up with styled hair! This product will be staying on my dressing table because it’s a hair saver during the week when you can’t be bothered to spend hours on styling.

Do you want to try Laurens Way Dream Rollers? I have a 20% off code to share with you!! Just enter: LOVELW6 at checkout!

What is your mid week hair saver tip? Share it in the comments below!

*This post was in collaboration with eTail PR

27 November 2015

Autumn 2015 LookBook: Lunar Shoes

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Lunar shoes review, fashion bloggers, FashionFake
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Lunar shoes review, fashion bloggers, FashionFake
Lunar shoes review, fashion bloggers, FashionFake
Lunar shoes review, fashion bloggers, FashionFake
Lunar shoes review, fashion bloggers, FashionFake
what i'm wearing: jacket & jeans Topshop // faux fur stole* Boohoo.com // high neck top H&M // boots* Lunar shoes // bag* George at ASDA // necklace Zara

One of the most exciting things about fashion in Autumn/Winter is boots – dig out your old favourites, or treat yourself to a nice new shiny pair, boots are always going to be an A/W essential. I seriously can’t get my head around people who wear anything but boots when it’s freezing out – how do you keep your feet warm?? Is it really worth putting your tootsies at the risk of frost bite for the sake of a new high heel sandal?! My motto is to keep warm and stylish – and that’s easily done with a pair of new season or classic boots.

I have been after some knee-high boots for a while now but couldn’t find the right pair because I was being quite specific with the heel height. I was approached by Lunar shoes – an online footwear brand which hosts a number of different own brand styles. As most girls would, I was super excited to snoop around and see what kind of footwear they had on offer – it was then I stumbled upon the boots I am wearing in this post. Shiny, textured, blocked small heel and knee-high is exactly what I was looking for.

I love seeing knee-high boots styled with heritage clothing – I decided these boots would look perfect being taken out for a nice (but very cold) countryside walk in Hampshire. I styled them with my favourite skinny jeans because, you know, skinny jeans and knee-high boots have been made for each other! Added in a splash of heritage with my tweed coat and I also discovered that completely unintentionally the boots match my every day bag! They’re both black faux croc fabric. The boots themselves are super comfy and have lining on the inside that make them nice and warm, plus they have some extra room around the calf if needed!
I also love these boots styled with a knee length A line skirt and a cosy jumper – they are very versatile and add a little pazzas to any outfit because of their shiny, faux croc fabric.

26 November 2015

LighterLife Fast 5:2 Diet review diary - Week 3

Welcome to my 3rd week of being a LighterLife Fast Guiney pig! I have to be straight with you guys – this week I struggled. The third week has been the hardest in terms of keeping myself in control, I don’t really know why – maybe because the temperatures dropped and all I wanted to do was comfort eat. I also really struggled to keep up with my food diary because everything was so mental from Friday and now I’m trying to figure out what I consumed over the weekend, which is near impossible.
Fridays are always a bit weird because I usually have a couple of drinks, but I have to get ready so quickly that there isn’t enough time for dinner – I now remember that Fridays dinner was steak and chips with hot sauce. After my meal I headed out and enjoyed 3 glasses of prosecco with my friend Claire at a nice and cosy country pub – it was the perfect way to end a busy stressful week!

I woke up on Saturday and started getting ready to do a morning of outfit shooting with Heidi – so I quickly snacked on a banana and a LighterLife fast cranberry and raspberry bar. Even though it wasn’t a fast day, I sometimes enjoy the snacks from LighterLife as they don’t contain many calories, fill you up and give you enough proteins and energy to last for some time. The shoot went great and we got some cool snaps on new outfits!

I came back home around 2 and started prepping dinner as my mum and brother were coming over – I bought two pheasants and had an exciting recipe I wanted to try! I cooked the pheasants in a cider cream sauce with apples and bacon lardons, served with Parmesan mash. The pheasant roast was delicious – I’ll be posting the recipe on my blog soon, so keep your eye out! I also enjoyed a few glasses of cider during dinner – trying to keep off the wine as I know that’s a mega calorie bomb but not sure how cider measures up… We finished dinner with some homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream – the perfect comfort food, and it really doesn’t feel like I’m on a ‘diet’ at all!

On Monday I carried on with my fast and it was all going well (I even avoided the Monday morning pastries at the office), until I got home and all I wanted was some calorific goodness so we had a poutine for dinner. A poutine is a Canadian dish which is basically chips in gravy with melted cheese on top – and it’s friggin delicious. So I sacrificed Mondays diet to indulge in my poutine, which we both felt much better after.
Naturally, that meant that Tuesday was another attempt at my fast: and I just couldn’t hack it. The weather is cold and miserable, my LighterLife Fast tomato soup which I was supposed to have for lunch just resembled sludge and I couldn’t eat it so I went half hungry. And when I got home, to a plate full of doughnuts leftover from Monday night – I gave in and ate one. I felt so cold and down and just wanted hot, stodgy, comfort food that I couldn’t resist the sickly sweet treat… I then started thinking what is this even worth because I am making myself miserable on fasting days when all I want is a pizza! So I got on the scales to see if any progress has been made at all – that’s when I found out I lost 4kg in just over 2 weeks!!! AMAZING!! Liam has also pointed out that he’s noticed a difference in my body which just added on to the motivation!

I can’t believe how much difference having 2 days of fasting has made – and although I get stroppy when I’m hungry, and hate the tomato soup, the majority of the meals like shepherds pie, curry, spaghetti Bolognese and the porridge is actually really nice! Shepherds pie is my favourite though.

One thing I haven't really mentioned in my weekly diary is exercise and how crap I am at it... I find it really hard to stick at the gym because I get so bored. But I get my weekly exercise (admittedly, not enough of it but still) through long countryside walks which I absolutely love. I am so lucky to live with the beautiful Hampshire countryside right on my doorstep. It's a good way to start working on your fitness and just get used to being out and about if you're not a very active person. Walking is great for both the body, and the mind!

Week 3 has been full of ups and downs but to find out that I have actually lost 4kg has made it all worthwhile. I’m just about halfway through my challenge and I can’t wait to see the end result! If you want to try out LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet for yourself, it is widely available at Superdrug.
In the meantime, any tips you have on keeping my mind off binge eating on fasting days would be hugely appreciated! Comment in the box below :)

25 November 2015

In The Kitchen: Moroccan Harissa Lamb Roast

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We love a roast in our house – every week we indulge in a nice piece of roast meat accompanied with delicious seasonal vegetables and lashings of homemade gravy… Mmm, I’m getting hungry writing about roasts – I could sure eat one right now!

I met Encona Sauces during a blogger event and fell in love with their sauces – I love chilli sauce, and my cupboards are stacked with chilli sauces and pastes from all over the world. It’s an obsession/collection/my pride and joy! I was also gifted a goodie bag with a collection of sauces from the event so I jumped at the opportunity to try something new and indulge in an international spice fest – enter Morocco with its famous harissa paste. I love harissa because it has so many uses and is so deliciously spiced – it’s not very hot, maybe that’s because I’m used to sinking down bottles of naga chilli sauce, but harissa is absolutely delicious. It tenderises meat and once cooked gives it a nice kick of flavour. I decided that for a Sunday roast one weekend we will try harissa roast lamb – and it turned out to be DELICIOUS. Mixing traditional cooking with Moroccan spices worked extremely well, and the combination of comforting home cooking with some exotic flavours is just YUM. Plus, the lamb that is marinated in harissa is so soft and full of enhanced flavour – it’s seriously hard not to enjoy this meal.
Have I tantalised your taste buds yet?? Read on below how to make your own harissa lamb roast.

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What you will need (for 5 people):
- Leg of lamb
- Red onion
- Lemon
- Rosemary
- Garlic
- Encona Moroccan Harissa Marinade*
- Potatoes
- Parsnips
- Butternut squash
- Pomegranate
- Red cabbage
- Gravy and Yorkshire puddings to serve

Make sure you choose a good quality piece of lamb leg – I like my meat rare so cook it rare/medium whenever I can and lamb tastes delicious when it’s slightly pink! Rub the Encona Moroccan Harissa Marinade all over the lamb and leave for at least 2 hours, but overnight if possible as this will reap the best results.

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Place the harissa lamb in a roasting tray and cover with slices of lemon and sprigs of rosemary – judge the quantity by taste. Into the tray, throw in a quartered red onion, 1 clove of garlic and ends of parsnips, and a little bit of water to keep the lamb moist.

Roast the lamb at 190c – because I like mine quite pink, it takes me just over an hour for a joint to feed 4-5 people. But, I always check to make sure it’s the colour I want it to be. So, this part is different for everyone depending on how you want your lamb to be done – check the cooking times on the packet of your joint, or ask the butcher. Whilst the lamb is roasting, boil your potatoes and then chuck them into the over to get crispy with some olive oil and rosemary sprigs – this will take about 30 minutes. Cut your parsnips and butternut squash and place to roast covered in olive oil with some paprika or chilli powder for a little spice kick – these will take about 20-30 minutes.

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I also like to serve this dish with ‘jewelled’ red cabbage – roughly chop the cabbage and then boil to soften it, but don’t overdo it so it goes limp and soggy, about 7-8 minutes will do. Get your pomegranate seeds and sprinkle all over the cabbage – that’s the jewels! I also add my squash and parsnips to this mixture to add colour and mix the veg up a bit!

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Harissa lamb roast recipe, Encona sauces review, food bloggers, FashionFake

Once you are happy with your lamb, serve with your seasonal roasted vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy (I like to make my own from the juices of the roast meat!) – this meal is delicious, different and simply melts in your mouth… Who’s up for a Sunday roast then?!

24 November 2015

Glossybox November Beauty Box Review

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Beauty boxes started popping up everywhere in 2012 and took the beauty world by storm. I signed up to Glossybox in 2012 when I first found out about the service and I thought it was a fab idea to discover new products and also keep my makeup drawer stocked up on necessities.

Glossybox offers 5 products, most of which are usually full size, from good old favourite brands and new up coming companies. When you sign up to Glossybox, you fill in a beauty profile which suits your taste in makeup and skincare needs and the products will sometimes be tailored to your needs – that’s the idea. You also earn Glossypoints with every box you review, which you can use to redeem and get a free box! That’s one of the reasons I stick to this box, because sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself and get a little freebie! It takes seconds to fill out a product survey, and your points stack up pretty quickly.

I have discovered some great new brands through Glossybox, I especially love when they do a country themed box like the French box – it was so cute! And the products were awesome. It also helps to keep your makeup drawer stocked up with multiple mascaras, eye shadows, lipsticks and perfume testers. I get quite excited when I receive perfume samples as once you have a few on your shelf, you can pick different scents every day without forking out and committing to one full size bottle – unless you love the scent, in which case go for it.

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The November Glossybox consisted of 5 products which I absolutely love:

MUA Undressed Eye Shadow Palette £4 – Following the success if Urban Decays Naked palette, MUA has launched a much more affordable palette which focuses on nude colours. I love the colour of this palette – from shimmery dusty pink tints, to darker browns and blues the MUA Undressed Palette will take you from day to night. The eye shadows stay on all day which is awesome – I hate it when eye shadow creases, or disappears hallway through the day. The shades are very well pigmented – colours appear on your skin just like you would expect them to. I’m a huge fan of the palette and have been using it every day!

Emite Makeup Diamond Heart Base Primer £12– I needed a primer in my makeup toolbox, and Glossybox have kindly catered for that this month! This is what I mean about not having to buy a lot of makeup/skincare products because you get a great selection in your monthly box! And over time it all stacks up.
I really like this Primer – Emite makeup is one of the brands I discovered through Glossybox – it is very gentle on the skin and doesn’t clog up any pores. It does help your skin stay even and bright throughout the day.

Royal Apothic Cream Crème £20 – Royal Apothic has the cutest designs and packaging EVER! I love them because I love their branding – such a shallow creature… No but really, the products have never let me down and it’s a bonus they look good too! This body crème is light yet nourishing and smells gorgeous and fresh. It has olive oil extracts to keep skin looking youthful and bright!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry £7.99 - I love the colour of this Revlon lipstick, it's so dark and perfect for A/W! Revlon always do excellent makeup items and I love the brand dearly so anything that pops through from them is a winner! Wear strong, dark colours with minimal makeup: shaped brows, a bit of mascara and a slight blush.

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So the total worth of a Glossybox adds up to £43.99 but you pay a monthly fee of £10 + P&P, and the products you receive in the box always outweigh the cost. You can cancel the subscription at any time, so if you want to take a little break you can – but then again, you can never have too much makeup!

I always get a 6 month Glossybox subscription for my mum on Christmas and on her birthday as it makes the perfect present that just keeps on surprising you every month! It would be great if Glossybox expanded into mens skincare as I would definitely sign up Liam to this monthly skincare box – I know they do one off’s but there is a demand for regular mens boxes, I really think so!

Have you tried a Glossybox beauty box? What did you think? Is another brand your favourite? I’d love to know!

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