Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Healthy Eating Tips

Posted by Lucy Redford at 09:46 2 comments
Hello everyone! For the past couple of weeks, I've been mindful as to what I fuel my body with, so today I shall be sharing my top tips on how to eat healthily ...
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1. Never skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it kick-starts your metabolism. It's important to have something nutritious like a smoothie or a bowl of granola with wholegrain yogurt and raspberries because foods like these release energy slowly.
2. Don't eat out of boredom. When you're bored, it's tempting to reach for the unhealthy snacks, but when you do, ask yourself, "Am I actually hungry?". If the answer is "no", then don't eat it for the sake of it. However, if the answer is "yes, I am hungry," read #3...
3. Make healthy swaps. For instance, rather than a chocolate bar, have an apple instead. It's better for you and will keep you filled up for longer.
5. Eat slowly. We're all guilty of sometimes inhaling our food and not taking time to enjoy every mouthful, so, to slow yourself down, place your knife and fork down between every mouthful and take a sip of water.
6. Stop when your full. It's not necessary to eat everything on your plate, so don't feel you have to.
7. Treat yourself. Yes, it's best to avoid foods high in fat and sugar, but cutting them out entirely is never going to work in the long run, so allow yourself something naughty every so often.
I hope these tips are of use to you and  that you enjoyed this 'Health & Fitness' post!
Until next time,
Lucy x

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Simple Protecting Light Moisturiser

Posted by Lucy Redford at 10:18 2 comments
I bought this moisturiser on a whim as (a) it was better than half price in Superdrug and (b) what with the weather in England finally cheering up a bit, I decided I need something with an SPF.
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usually £6.99 in Boots or Superdrug
This is perfect! It doesn't feel greasy like sun cream can and doesn't leave my skin looking horrible and shiny.
It's also very hydrating . I suffer from extreme dryness on both cheeks and around the jawline, which can sometimes make any make-up I'm wearing look cakey (never a good look!), but this moisturiser combats the issue well;  after applying, my skin always feels super-soft.
Simple really are great at formulating products for sensitive skin. This moisturiser hasn't brought me out in a single spot, so, if  you're skin is prone to the odd blemish like mine is, it should be grand.
For a high-street skincare brand, Simple have really hit the nail on the head - their prices don't break the bank yet their products are simply (get it?) superb.
I have nothing bad to say about this moisturiser! It's inexpensive, contains lots of skin-loving ingredients (no harsh chemicals!) and the bottle should last me ages!
I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments below if you like the brand Simple as much as I do and what your favourite product of theirs is!
Lucy x
 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Real Techniques' Core Collection

Posted by Lucy Redford at 08:03 1 comments
After reading about three million reviews online and hearing only great things about these brushes, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a set. So, a few days ago, whilst out shopping, I spotted them in Gordon's Chemist and, Gran, who I'm visiting at the moment, kindly said she's buy them for me.
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Left to right - contour brush, pointed foundation brush, detailer brush & buffing brush
First off, I'd like to mention how ultra-soft these brushes are; I have very sensitive skin and these do not upset it at all. Also, all four brushes look so professional and are great quality; you certainly get what you pay for (£21.99). Another plus is that the set comes with a handy case that, when folded in half, becomes a stand.
My favourite of the lot is the buffing brush which effortlessly blends liquid foundation for a flawless finish. The contour brush is great too and fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks.
The pointed foundation brush is just the right size for concealing those dreaded black bags; the bristles are densely packed yet very flexible. I haven't yet used the detailer brush, the tiny one, but I imagine it would be useful when applying bold lip colours.
In conclusion, I'd highly recommend the Core Collection as all the bushes have a purpose and are of the best quality possible. I have not yet tried to wash them, however, reviews I've read have said they don't shed and hold their shape impeccably. As a high street brand, Real Techniques are hard to beat, so well done Sam and Nic!
Hope you all had a great Easter and are enjoying the nice weather!
Lucy x
 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

Posted by Lucy Redford at 12:01 1 comments
Hello everyone! Today, Granny and I did some baking and one of the things we made were 12 yummy chocolate cornflake cakes, perfect for sharing with the family this Easter. So, if you're a fan of an indulgent chocolate treat, read on...
Easter Crunches #3
 Ingredients:
For the cakes
  • 225g chocolate (milk, white or dark)
  • 50g butter
  • 1tbsp  golden syrup
  • 75g cornflakes
For decoration
  • Mini eggs
Equipment:
  • 12 paper cases
  • 12-hole muffin tin
  • Wooden spoon
  • Bowl
  • Saucepan
Method:
  1.  Firstly, break up the chocolate and dice the butter, placing it in a bowl before adding a heaped spoonful of golden syrup.
  2. Then, half-fill a saucepan with boiling water and place the bowl with the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in it over the water. Over a low heat, combine all three ingredients together, stirring it gently every so often.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth and glossy, remove from the heat and pour in the cornflakes.
  4. With a large wooden spoon, coat all the cornflakes in chocolate.
  5. Now, line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases and spoon cornflakes into them.
  6. Pop two or three mini eggs on the top and cover them in cling film before putting them in the fridge to set for at least an hour.
  7. Lastly, offer them around to your friends and family (who'd say no to one of these?!), but make sure there's enough left for you as, believe me, you wouldn't want to miss out on one of these little beauties!
In case I don't post tomorrow, I hope you all have a fab Easter! Please let me know if you'd like to see more recipe posts in the future; I love writing them just as much as I love eating what I've baked!
Lucy x
 

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