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    Beauty, Shopping, Tip

    Tuesday tip: Budget eyeshadow

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    It’s been a while since I have done one of these, but as I am embarking on the life of the unemployed I figured it was time to change my expensive ways. Gone are the days when I could lavish myself in eyeshadows palettes in the high double-digit range. No longer can I find an excuse to spend £35 on a foundation or avoid high street makeup brands like the plague. On the other hand, I can now spend my days in the sunshine topping up my tan.

    It’s time to tighten that wallet! Just like my jeans have tightened over the years. And maybe accept the defeat in war against high street makeup brands.

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    I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s not like they are bad, they just arent you know… They aren’t Chanel and well that kinda hurts my soul a little. Ok a lot…

    But then I came across this puppy and my heart melted

    The perfect combination to my Mac, Cravings Amplified. The perfect combination with NYX Matte Creme in Copenhagen. The perfect makeup look for 2016. The perfect palette. So pigmentated you wonder, where have you been my whole life? With a shimmery light base layer, and bright orange that resembles freshly squeezed peach juice. Complimented by a matte brown and red, a red so deep and burgundy you want to sip on a smooth glass of red wine while you look at it. It’s perfection in a little black case.

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    Beautiful isnt it? You can pick it up on the NYX website for 10 whole dollars and you can thank me later. If thats not a bargain I dont know what is! Here is a little selfie of me all dolled up with it.

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    Beauty, Tip

    Kiehls

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    Sundays are still held holy in our house. Regardless of situations, and plans Sunday, at least a few hours are set aside to recharge and reenergize. Whether it’s catching up with some Come Dine With Me or some spa treatments. Like I have mentioned before I love a good home spa session and as I slowly approach 30, I have also come to realise how important it is to take care of my skin. Especially my facial skin. Enter Kiehl’s! I first tried Kiehl’s 4 years ago, when I at a whim bought their Midnight recovery concentrate. I remember I was super sceptical but the next morning I swore I saw a difference from day one! Then when they launched the under eye midnight recovery concentrate I jumped on that too and again, woke up the next morning after day 1 and I’m pretty sure I saw a difference again. The love has been strong between Kiehl’s and I ever since.

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    My next purchase was their Micro Dermabrasion scrub. After being told by a facial expert that you should at least exfoliate your face 3 times a week this seemed like a solid purchase. Again I was not disappointed. Then this beauty of a facial cream walked into my life. Ultra Facial Cream, perfect for my dry dehydrated skin!  I vowed then I would never cheat.

    One of the tings I love about Kiehl’s is that all their products have this light, fresh scent. A clean scent if that makes sense. I often find facial products heavily perfumed so this makes a great contrast. If you’re looking to test them out, you can drop by your local Kiehl’s and ask for samples 🙂 They really do work, for me at least!

    Also appreciate my increased flatlay skills.

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    Fashion, London, Sale, Shopping, Tip

    Wearin’ sunglasses too

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    Ladies and gentleman, I am about to share with you a huge secret. The secret of one of the benefits of life of unemployment. Can you guess it? It is that you have all the time in the world to attend mid-week blog events. And you can spend hours trying to perfect your outfit. And makeup. Like contouring. Who has time for that shit? I do! No wonder all my favorite bloggers look so fabulous!

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    So you spend all this time putting stuff together just to realise all your outfits suck because you are not a natural fashion icon. So to show a middle finger to all those who say curvy (love handle) girls can’t wear bodycon dresses I threw on this little treat of a Primark dress that cost a whopping £10. I tied a shirt around my waist in a desperate attempt to hide said love handles, put on some sexy shades and walked, no strutted out the door. Off I went to #ANEVENINGWITH organized by the River Island Studio.

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    It’s not the dress I want to talk about though. It’s the shades. They are from a brand called Retro London, launched by Nicholas King (who designed for the likes of Chanel, John Galliano and Donna Karen!) and are part of their limited edition range where all profits go to Orbis whose treatments prevent avoidable blindness. Love supporting a good cause when I can 🙂

    Gifted by the lovely sunglassesshop.no, you can now get them in the sale by clicking here! But hurry, they only have 3 pairs left of this model! And just so you know, Sunglasseshop offer free shipping in Norway (and the US, and Australia and the rest of Europe) and are vat registered! That means no extra hidden cost for you! Which if you live in Norway, and are a savvy online shopper you know this is kinda a big freaking deal.

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    Now excuse me while I strut my stuff in my awesome shades basically imagining I’m Demi Levato in ‘Cool for the summer’ to my bbq event with Heinz today. Speak to you laters peeps!

     

     

    Ps. Although these sunnies were gifted, the options and views of the product are my own.

    Food, Green Tea, Tip

    Matcha cupcakes

     

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    HAPPY WEEKEND!

    Ok so before you say anything, yes I can still appreciate the weekends, maybe not the bank holiday weekend but a regular weekend. Hell yes.
    Monday marks my 3rd week of unemployment, which took me by surprise. These weeks have gone so incredibly fast, and I have no shortage of things to fill my time with. Like deciding to make cupcakes. A matcha cupcake, with strawberry frosting. Say WHAAAAT? Hola Cheat day you sexy thing! Also they photograph better than Marilyn Monroe. I mean, check out these puppies! And you know, appreciate my flat lay skills. 

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    They also mark the end of the Matcha week here on the blog, which is a little sad so I might just have to do one again soon. Anway I bet you’re a little jelly right now. I would be too if I were you. But fret not mon petit cheri ! I have the recipe for ya right here! I’m nice like that.

    Also don’t you judge me for my lack of piping skills. That shit is hard man!

    Ingredients Cupcakes

    1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

    1 cup sugar

    1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1 tbsn. matcha powder

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch cubes

    2 large eggs

    1/2 cup Almond Vanilla Milk

    Ingredients Frosting

    2 cup frosting sugar

    Half a tub of Cream Cheese

    1/4 cup chopped strawberries

    Method Cupcakes
    • Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and matcha powder.
    • Add the butter
    • Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla.
    • Add the wet ingredients in 3 parts, beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Divide the batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean, 17 – 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
    Method Frosting

    Mix together sugar and cream cheese with an electric mixer until it becomes froffy. (Yes I have made up a word)

    Slowly fold in chopped strawberries and lightly mix with mixer to make it all pink.

    Now eat your heart out baby!

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    Food, Tip

    Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

    Remember a few months ago, I was posting recipes for chia seed pudding like every week? No? Shame on you! I do. So you know what I just realized? It’s been AAAGEEES since I posted a Chia Seed pudding! I can’t believe nobody said anything! Anyway, if you thought you were rid of them, think again suckers! Because here comes a Matcha flavored chia seed pudding. Yes, that’s right, this week’s second Matcha recipe is chia seed pudding AND overnight oatmeal. See what I did there? I’m giving you 2 for 1! Man, I’m so nice to you.

    Matcha chiaseed pudding

    Ingredients
    • ½ cups of old fashioned oatmeal (can be gluten-free if needed)
    • 1 cup of  vanilla almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
    • 2 tablespoon of chia seeds
    • dash of vanilla extract
    • As much coconut as you like!
    Method
    1. Add oats, milk, vanilla, matcha powder and chia seeds together in some Tupperware
    2. Shake well until its all mixed.
    3. Leave in fridge overnight.
    4. Next day layer with some coconut it in a bowl (or just drizzle some over yuuum yuum)

    Perfect for busy mornings, and those of us who are too greedy to wait until we get into the office fro breakfast… although according to the boyf you’re supposed to have breakfast BEFORE work… all lies if you ask me!

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    Fitness, Food, Green Tea, Tip

    Kicking off Green Tea with – Homemade Matcha iced latte

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    Alright beauties, its time to kick off Matcha week here on the blog. Why have I decided to base an entire week around green tea? Not only is green tea full of antioxidants and nutrients but it also helps improve brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Its like skinny in a form of a drink! Which is all super duper great, but to me green tea taste like cod liver oil. And nobody in the right mind wants to drink that for pleasure. It took a long long time to get used to drinking it and even now I much prefer lemon or mango green tea over the regular none flavored kind. So I decided to start looking into other ways I can get my green tea on, and in walked Matcha Lattes. I love love love love matcha lattes. It’s like a Chai Latte, but not as intense and green obviously.

    Only problem is, its like 25 degrees out. I don’t want a warm cozy cup of Matcha Latte. I want something cold and fresh. I want something that will cool me down.

    I introduce an Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte, pause for applause.
    Now you can find lots of recipes for this online, this is just my little twist.

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    INGREDIENTS
    • 1 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk (Diamond Breeze is on offer at Sainos right now for £1 – RUN RUN RUN RUN)
    • 1 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
    • 1 teaspoons honey (increase this if you feel the matcha is too over powering!)
    INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend  until the matcha powder is dissolved, or put in a shaker and shake shake shake. Pour over ice.

    Voila! Iced Matcha latte! Yum yum yum! Healthy, and very low in kcal!

    NOTES

    You can even double and triple this recipe and store in the fridge.
    I’d say no more than 3 days…

    Are you a matcha lover? I would love to know your favorite green tea recipe!

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    Food, Giveaway, Lifestyle, London, Shopping, Tip

    Real Greek cookbook Giveaway

    This giveaway is sponsored by Blink Publishing and The Real greek.

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    Guys, I have GREAT news. No, seriously they are really really great! I have totally won the lottery! Jokes, I wish though! No so the news it is actually that the aaaamazing people at Blink Publishing have given me a copy of the Real Greek cookbook, to give to one of you guys! How cool is that?! Oh and just in case you didn’t know this, this is actually my first giveaway so it’s KINDA a big freaking deal to me!

    Before you even stop to think if this is even worth entering I want you to take a moment and look at the pictures in this blog post right here. Now tell me you aren’t drooling. If you do, you are lying.

    I mean look at these deeeeeelish fried aubergines I made from the book. Yum YumIMG_8699 IMG_8726

    And then there was the peach and halloumi Salad.  Say whaaaaaat?
    Let me say that again, PEACH AND HALLOUMI SALAD!!

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    and not to be forgotten, the delish roast pepper and feta dip that was so good it didn’t even make it into the photography stage. Rest in peace you beautiful thing. You tasted like heaven.

    So basically, you want this book. Hell, if you are a foodie, or just a person who you know, eats food, you need this book and its super simple. Since greek food is all about eating together all you gotta do is

    1. Tag two friends you would like to eat a greek meal with on Instagram

      or

    2. Share this post on facebook here

    To double your chances, do both! Voila and you’re entered!

    Giveaway ends Monday 29th 🙂

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    Thanks again to Blink Publishing and The Real Greek for gifting this book and sponsoring this post!

    Food, Giveaway, Green Tea, Hey World!, London, Tip

    Just another manic monday

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    Well not really. It might be Monday but for me, it’s certainly not manic… more like magic. This is kinda what I am loving at the moment, being a week into the life of unemployment. I love being the boss of my own time, my own schedule, my own life. Enjoying the sunshine, making healthy choices and pushing my body at the gym. I just feel so much like me right now, and its been a long time coming. Life is just so exciting right now, and I know this sounds like such a cliche but I just feel so freaking alive. The last week flew by, seriously just flew by. Which took me slightly by surprise, in a good way of course!

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    There is also a lot of things happening on this blog this week which is making me so excited! I am hosting my first giveaway in collaboration with Blink Publishing and The Real Greek (so stay tuned for some awesome freebies!) – and this week it’s also Green Tea week on the blog! Because who doesn’t like feeling like they are super healthy while drinking something that usually taste of cod liver oil? Or is that just me? Anyway, this week I’m testing and sharing with you 3 of my favorite ways of using green tea in cooking. Sound good to you? Sounds great to me! Mostly because I love free stuff… (give me aaaalll the stuff)

    Also how cute is our kitchen?

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    Food, Misc, Tip

    Just peachy

    HURRAY ITS THE WEEKEND! Wait – it is Friday, right? Sorry I’m getting my days a little mixed up. I’m kinda glad its the weekend. Why you ask? Surely every day feels like the weekend to me now? Well, it doesn’t and the weekend gives me a sense of normality oddly enough.

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    So with all of this time on my hands, I have spent a lot of time cooking and finally, I have had the time to open up my Real Greek cookbook and dive into the world of greek cooking. You might remember that I went to a pre-launch lunch with Tonio Buxton back in July. You can read about here, and while you’re at it book a table at the Real Greek. The food is to die for!  First off was this gorgeous Warm Halloumi and Peach Salad. Halloumi, good. Peaches, good. I do apologize for the poor quality pictures. The lighting in our kitchen isn’t great and we were in a hurry to eat while it was still warm.

    Oh my though, this salad is so super tasty I realised that screw it. Screw the fact that pictures aren’t great. I have to share this recipe with you guys! This is perfect as a main, and perfect as a side. We had it as a main 🙂

    Serves 2 as a main or 6 as a meze

    Ingredients

    3 ripe, firm peaches, halved and stoned
    2 tbsp olive oil
    250g Halloumi cheese
    3 red chicory, root intact, quartered (also we used green as we couldn’t get red)
    1 bunch of spring onions trimmed and chopped diagonally into 5cm slices

    For the dressing

    1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    1/2 large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
    5 tbsp white wine vinegar
    3 tbsp clear Greek honey

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     Method

    • First make the dressing: Place all the ingredients in a large lidded jam jar and shake to mix well
    • Cut the peach halves into 5 wedges. Cut the cheese into 1cm slices. Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan and fry the cheese for 3-4 minutes on each side or until a golden crust forms. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
    • Add the chicory and spring onions to the hot oil, fry for a minute or two to lightly colour and wilt the leaves. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towel
    • Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the peaches over the high heat for 1 minute just to soften and colour slightly.
    • Now gently combine all the prepared ingredients onto a big plate and fold in the dressing.

    and voila!

    Ps: next week is Matcha Week on the blog and I will be sharing 3 ways to use matcha powder 🙂 Stay tuned!

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    Beauty, Fashion, Sale, Tip

    Pale skin and shoes for sale

    Good morning beauties!

    Don’t worry, I’m not gonna start every blog post as part of some lame countdown into losing my mind. But in case you have forgotten, we are now on day 4 and let me tell you this. It’s totally fine spending your entire day either at home, at the gym, or walking to and from the shop. What’s not fine is when you realize that those are the only things you will be doing for a while – Que mini mental breakdown. JOKES – I’m still loving this! Like today, I got up at 8:30, and read. In bed. I’m catching up on so much life admin, it’s actually unreal. Like going through old photoshoots and actually spending time editing the pictures. Like below! Also, I’m thinking of selling these shoes, I have worn them twice.. any takers?

    Now please can we all just take a moment and appreciate how pale I am in these pictures? (And also appreciate my muscle-toned legs, woah mama!) I am basically as white as my skirt. I don’t think I have ever been this pale… Good thing I have nothing to do now but lay around in the sun. Now I just gotta find me some sun… Anybody wanna send my unemployed butt on an all-inclusive holiday? Come on, be a babe!

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    Seriously though, if you are keen on the shoes drop me a comment!

    xx

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