The benefits of Green Tea

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Green Tea is incredibly good for you, not only because it looks pretty in your Instagram photos, but because of the health benefits it possesses. I don't profess to be a health guru in any manner, however after recently learning about these health benefits, I thought it important to share.

1. It helps to burn fat.
It boost the metabolic rate and boosts fat burning (which sounds quite aggressive but I'm on the pro-fat-burn team)
2. It boosts intelligence.
Even if this isn't strictly true, ill take it as gospel. Green Tea contains less caffeine than coffee but enough to produce an effect which aids brain function.
3. It kills bacteria.
Which in turn acts like a very cheap dentist. It can kill the bacteria in your mouth which in turn protects you from infections.
4. It lowers cholesterol.
In all honesty, I never really understand cholesterol, but I do know that lowering it is certainly the way to go.
5. It does good things to your skin.
It improves you skin supposedly, because of the anti-oxidents and anti-inflamatory elements to it.

I do find that Green Tea can be rather bitter and so my top tip (how pretentious) is to add a teaspoon of honey along with a slice of lime. It will naturally sweeten the tea itself and also leave a little syrupy shot in the bottom. 

So now, indulge yourself with a warm green tea & know that your body will really appreciate you for it.

Music for the Soul

Monday, 12 October 2015

If there is one thing that I passionately believe in, it is that music really does make the soul feel better.  I am not a self-possessed musician, I possess no musical abilities and am chronically tone deaf. However, when I am feeling low or high (not in that sense!), there is nothing better than music to enhance my mood. Its like reading a good book, or soaking in a bath and drowning in the bubbles...there is a real comfort that can be obtained from even the most senseless songs. 

I have become quite the connoisseur of musical edits recently. The influence of this in unclear to me, maybe just that I appreciate listening to my favourite mainstream songs in a different form, a more personal and hidden tune. There is a large variation in my current favourites, there is no rhyme nor rhythm (well, theoretically there is plenty of the aforementioned rhyme and rhythm!) but they really do settle my soul and as deep and scary as that sounds it is so more casual than that.

(..always save the best til last!)

eBay Haul

Sunday, 9 August 2015

 All items were bought via eBay

It is without doubt that anybody with access to the internet has spent many a minute on eBay. I for one, have a slight obsession with the site. A love-hate relationship, if you will. Totally devoted to it when I win a bargain, and totally devastated when I lose out.  However, fortunately the former seems to be more in my favour, and I am fortunate in having gained many beautiful pieces for my wardrobe.

I seems that within the blogging community, eBay is under-rated. Where else could you buy a pure silk, vintage item for £10? (see photos). Maybe its the fact that it takes time and patience, and some disappointment before truly getting any positive from it. If you know what you're looking for, then there is no better place to begin that eBay, especially if you're within a budget.

Over the past few months I have bought several items that I feel quite smug about. The first is a brand new embellished Topshop skirt, which would usually retail for £50, and I managed to gain it at £6 including post & packaging. The second is another embellished Topshop piece, and one that I was lusting after when it was available in store. The sparkly mint piece retailed at roughly £50 again, and I managed to treat myself to it at £8 including post and packaging. Another item was the black, embellished (can you see a pattern here? BIG embellishment fan!) crop top, which I paid £3 for (again, including p&p), and although I am not a big wearer of cropped items, I felt that for £3, I could add it to my collection and wear it over the top of a dress or with high-waisted bottoms. Lastly, I sealed a deal with the vintage, pure silk top (which could also be worn as a VERY short dress!) when I won the auction at £10 (including p&p). 

All items have already been thoroughly loved by myself and the best part is that no piece cost me more than £10. Which, for a twenty-year-old, who is just embarking on an adult journey with a limited budget, is very satisfying indeed.

I encourage everyone to pursue eBay in the search for a much coveted item at an affordable price, as why pay £50 when you can pay £6?!

August Wishlist: The Shoe Edit

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

 one / two / three / four / five / six

Until recently, I have never really been a shoe-aholic. My focus has always been pretty dresses and embellished skirts, however, my focus lately has changed. (This may be an age development, considering that I have also began to eat Dark Chocolate and drink red wine, total adult alert!)

So this month I have been craving shoes, and have spent many a lunchtime browsing the ASOS website. Shamefully, all of the above shoes are on ASOS, I am guilty for not offering great diversity in brands in this case. I intended to share a wide variety of shoes from many different sources, however, as you can see I got very carried away on ASOS alone.

I am such a sucker for anything with embellishments, bows and pom-poms, and I seem to be fortunate that all of those things are very much in season right now. The only issue that I am presented with is that I am on a spending ban currently, and therefore am left to just lusting after these in image form. However, August pay-day may be a battle on my self restraint.

Which ones are your favourites?

Recipe: Fudgey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In the future, I picture my house being made purely of chocolate brownie slabs. Its a dream, that as a major chocoholic, I take very seriously. So, when the weather decided to put a stop to all play at the weekend, my boyfriend and I decided that we would get in practice for the return of The Great British Bake Off. 
Cut 185g of unsalted butter into small pieces and place into a glass bowl, add 180g of milk chocolate and 100g of dark chocolate and melt all together in the bowl suspended above boiling water. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Once all melted together, leave to cool.

Prepare your baking tin, and pre-heat the oven. I have a fan oven, and cooked these at 160C. Break three large eggs in a bowl and add 200g of caster sugar and 75g of light brown sugar. Use a hand whisk and beat together until they mixture looks thick and creamy (kind of like a milkshake), which takes about 5 minutes of whisking.

Then add the chocolate mixture from step one to the egg mixture from step two. Mix them slowly together and then stir with a wooden spoon gently.

Then sift in 85g of plain flour and 30g of cocoa powder. Mix the whole mixture well, without beating the hell out of it. Then add white chocolate chips and they're ready for the oven. Bake for around 20 minutes before checking on them, depending on your oven you may need to bake them for longer (I baked mine for around 30 minutes). However, be careful not to overtake, thats a sure way to ruin all your hard-work. 

Don't forget GBBO starts next week...!

NARS Eyeshadow in Ondine

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In recent months I have become a big fan or NARS cosmetics. Perhaps its because NARS was the first high-end brand that I indulged in, then again it may be the amazing quality and the fact that its worth every penny. I convinced myself that I needed to invest in more NARS eyeshadows, due to my love for my duo that I received for Christmas. The quality is far above that of any other eyeshadows I own from drugstore brands, and now that I have branched out into the higher end eyeshadows, such as NARS, I will not be going back!

Ondine immediately caught my eye when I was last at the NARS counter in Space NK. Its a beautiful light dusty rose shade, with a shimmery undertone, which is hardly noticeable. When worn I find it to be only a few shades darker than my natural eyelids, and its therefore an incredibly subtle colour to wear, perfect for natural makeup looks. As custom with NARS eyeshadow, the shadow is highly pigmented and it is long lasting. 

If you're thinking of branching out into the more expensive makeup brands, then NARS really is the place to begin. The prices are justifiable when you realise hoe superior the quality is. 

Lush 'Butterball' Bath Bomb Review

Monday, 16 December 2013

The winter months have arrived, and it is customary that when the winter rolls in, the bath products roll out. I go slightly overboard on bathbombs when the weather gets colder, I find that there is something comforting about a warm bath and colourful bubbles!

I recently decided to try 'Butterball', a low fuss bathbomb. Its not the most exciting, there are no colours too it, no confetti that pops out, no masses of bubbles, no glitter, no loud fizzing, all in all its quite the boring bathbomb. However, it has other qualities that make it equally worth it. Firstly, its not called 'Butterball' for nothing, it leaves your skin feeling as if you've soaked in butter, and there is certainly no need to use body butter after popping this in your bath. It leaves your skin feeling thoroughly moisturised, and baby soft. It almost feels that there is a layer of the bath bomb still clinging to your skin for days afterwards.

It doesn't have a scent, that I could determine. Just a slight hint of cocoa butter. It fizzes marginally, (in the photos, I added the bath bomb into an already bubble filled bath), but it generally goes quite undetected after the bathbomb has completely disintegrated. 

Its one of Lush's cheaper bath bombs, at only £2.50. But it certainly is packed with all the goodness, and not worth missing out on!

MAC Eyeshadow in Sumptuous Olive

Friday, 13 December 2013

I very rarely shop at MAC, purely because my nearest counter is over an hour away and I dont trust buying makeup online. So, you can imagine how excited I was when I came across a MAC store on my travels in London last week. I could have spent hours, and hours deliberating over what I wanted, and I really could have bought a big bundle of items, but I am trying to be restrained and so I went in with the idea of picking up an eyeshadow. Initially I wanted Woodwinked, but it is incredibly similar to all the other eyeshadows I own, so I decided to go for something a little different. So, thats how I came to own Sumptuous Olive, which is a shade I have heard mentioned frequently in videos by Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo. Having green eyes, I felt that the olive toned shadow would suit my eyes and just be a better alternative to my go-to neutrals.

Sumptuous Olive is a gold toned olive shade, with a deep green undertone, it is ideal for green eyes. Its highly pigmented, and long lasting, as custom with MAC shadows. It is understandable as to why Sumptuous Olive is mentioned frequently on blogs and YouTube as it is a very different and unique shade. It also blends alongside brown shadows and works to create a beautiful smokey eye for green eyes.

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