Thursday, 28 April 2016

Creating a Happy Lunch with Propercorn

Before I go into this post let me start by saying this is the first food-related piece I have ever done and oh my goodness I don't know how food bloggers cope! This was a very lengthy process and I'm not entirely sure my creation is Pinterest/Instagram worthy but hopefully with a bit of practice I'll get there....

I am one of the least adventurous people when it comes to food so I was so excited when the delicious popcorn company Propercorn teamed up with nutritionist Judith Wartman to create this incredible recipe and encourage more people to eat themselves happy! According to Judith's research, eating carbohydrates like sweet potato or popcorn can alleviate emotional stress and control cravings.

So Propercorn kindly sent me some ingredients to create my own mood-boosting meal - Roasted Corn, Sweet Potato Noodle and Avocado Salad with Toasted Buckwheat Dukkah.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Getting Healthier Just Got Easier With PACK'D Frozen Smoothie Kits

PACK'D Frozen Smoothie Kits

PACK'D Frozen Smoothie Kits

Since purchasing my Nutri Ninja blender I have loved making smoothies and experimenting with new recipes! However, with a busy lifestyle and trying to cram work, gym, socialising, eating (very important) and catching up on the blog all into one day my beloved fruity treat often gets forgotten. I rarely set aside the time to chop up fresh fruit and veg, or if I buy a big bag of spinach with every aim of being a healthy green goddess it usually just ends up wilting in the fridge. 

Fortunately the PACK'D Smoothie Kits make stocking up on your fruit, veg and additional health supplements much quicker and easier. Each pack contains two frozen fruit & vegetable pouches and two superfood mixes. Just add your liquid of choice (you can add coconut water, almond milk or just good old water out the tap!), blend, and it's ready to go!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip Lipstick

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip Lipstick

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip Lipstick

Soap & Glory's latest makeup offering are these Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip lipsticks - creamy lipsticks in a pencil design with twist-bottom packaging. They are designed to give a '3D sculpt' effect and make the lips look plump - without the tingly feeling of the original Sexy Mother Pucker gloss.

There are six shades available - I chose Pretty Muted (left), a nude pink for everyday, and Whoa Pink (right), a bright baby pink.

After trying these out for a few weeks I have to say the pigmentation is incredible. It feels very creamy and velvety on the lips, not at all chalky like some matte lipsticks. These particular shades are more natural for every day wear and are pretty long lasting too!

At £3.50 each they are a bargain too!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

A lesson in colour with Karen Haller, Ashlyn Gibson and Get Living London

Last week I went along to a slightly different blogging event - a masterclass on colour led by colour psychology expert Karen Haller. The event was held on behalf of Get Living London on behalf of their Make Yourself at Home Campaign. Get Living London rent out homes in London's East Village and encourage residents to be entirely creative with their homes - painting and decorating them as they wish. Of course the event was held in East Village in Olive Loves Alfie, a quirky family lifestyle shop stocking children's clothing, homeware, toys and books, run by Ashlyn Gibson.

Having just moved into my own flat in London six months ago I was keen to learn more about how I could decorate it. Admittedly I had never even heard of colour psychology before and didn't realise that decorations and colours in the home could sway our personalities.

Karen began the evening by giving an insightful talk about our personal relationships with colour. We had all been asked to bring along our favourite colour - which immediately was a challenge for me as I don't have a particular favourite! I admitted that in terms of clothing my favourite colours are bright reds and pinks, but in the home I prefer cool blues and pastel tones. Karen pointed out that this is probably because I like to give off a bright and energetic feel during the day, but at home I use my space to cool down and relax.

Most of the furniture in my flat is either white or duck-egg blue - and thinking back to when I bought it I am now wondering if these were spur of the moment decisions or if there was some kind of psychology in my colour choices?...

Karen highlighted three main triggers which affect our attitudes to colour - psychological, personal and cultural. Colour is often associated with experiences and meanings to our life, both positive and negative.

School uniform colours were a key example used on the night - did anyone else hate theirs? Mine was a dark mustard yellow colour and it's safe to say I have never worn it or used it in the home again. We were also told about a friend of Karen's who painted every room in her house green after going through a divorce, in the hopes it would make her feel uplifted, but it had the entire opposite effect and she ended up isolating herself. Similarly we were told that hints of red in an office or boardroom can promote discussion, but too much may cause heated debates and tension.

Colour is especially important with make-up. Make-up should complement a look and be part of an overall image - for example, Karen said that if a woman wears a bright led lipstick it should not look harsh or be the only thing a person sees when they look at them.

Next we were given a talk by Ashlyn Gibson, the owner of Olives Loves Alfie. Ashlyn talked us through some of the ways she has styled and decorated her homes over time and how she encourages others to be creative with photography. 

Ashlyn asked us to think of; a favourite or inspirational place, a person who means a lot to you, an object you cherish and your favourite cultural piece (such as a film or song), and use these answers as a tool-kit when starting home design. Ashlyn inspired me to make my home as personal as possible and fill it with photographs and objects.

We all got to take home a copy of Ashlyn's book Creative Family Home which I can't wait to look through! A huge thank you to Karen, Ashlyn and Get Living London for a fun and interesting evening!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Rosie for Autograph Make Up at M&S

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has just launched her first ever makeup collection in collaboration with Autograph at M&S, after the success of her perfume last year. The range is designed to be versatile and easy to use - aimed at women on the go! But with its beautiful gold casing it definitely has that higher end, more classy appeal.

Among the collection is a variety of eyeshadow palettes, contouring products, cream eyeshadow sticks, gel eyeliners, lipsticks and more! I picked up a few bits including an eyeshadow palette, lipstick and cream blusher. My favourite is by far the lipsticks as they are a little Charlotte Tilbury-esque!

Prices range from £10 to £28, so everything is amazing value. View the whole range here.
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