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Friday, October 31, 2014

Creme Brulee

I'm the sort of person who has a huge sweet tooth. I love anything that's sweet, especially puddings. One of my favourite desserts is Creme Brulee, whenever I'm out for dinner and see this on the menu I just can't help myself. I always thought they were pretty complicated to make so I've never tried to give them a go at home, but when Sunrise Care Homes offered me a recipe card to make my favourite dessert I was excited to give it a try.

All you need to make four servings of Creme Brulee is:
  • 200ml of double cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 40g of caster sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 30g of brown sugar
To make your Creme Brulee you need to:
  • Preheat your oven to 150C/fan 130C/Gas mark 2
  • Place the cream in a saucepan and bring to boiling point, then reducing the heat slightly
  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar in a separate bowl until pale
  • Then gradually whisk the egg mix into the warm cream, whisking continuously until thickened, and then adding the vanilla essence
  • Then strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large jug to make sure the mixture is smooth, and pour into ramekins
  • Place your Creme Brulee's in your oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes until the brulee mix is just about set, then set them aside to cool and then chill
  • To serve, sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top of each Brulee, and caramelise using a blow torch and eat immediately! 

I was surprised at how easy these were to make! And with a basic recipe like this it's easy to change if you're feeling experimental and add things like raspberries or even chocolate pieces. Of course everyone at home helped me to eat these, and I'm sure won't object to me trying out different flavours!

*Ingredient costs were supplied for this post 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kerastase Fondant Nutri-Thermique

Kerastase is a brand to me that has always felt luxurious and high end. I've only ever tried a handful of products from Kerastase, my favourite being the Nutrive Nectar Thermique, but everything I've tried has impressed me. It was when I was looking for an intensive hair treatment when I came across Kerastase's Fondant Nutri-Thermique, and decided to give it a try. 

Kerastase Fondant Nutri-Thermique is an intense hair treatment that leaves your hair feeling and looking softer, and a lot easier to untangle. It claims to deeply nourish your hair, activating the thermo-reactive formula and trapping the nourishing elements deep inside the hair fibre, creating a protective film all around the hair fibre to help prevent your hair from drying out - basically a fancy way to say it's an intensive hair conditioner. I had high hopes for this considering how the Nutrive Nectar Thermique worked wonders on my hair, but it just didn't impress me. Yes it did make my hair feel nice, but no much more than a usual high street alternative does. After use my hair did feel slightly softer and shinier, but really I was looking for something that would also help to repair my hair, and I don't feel that this does. 

Considering this costs around £16 from Look Fantastic, I was expecting it to be a great product, but I don't think it's something I'll be repurchasing again. Kerastase is still a brand I love, I just think I'll be sticking to me Nutrive Nectar Thermique for now.While I'm on my hunt for a new intensive hair treatment do you have any recommendations? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Sunday Post #15 - Autumn Candles

Now it feels like we're in full blown autumn weather with the dark evenings, golden leaves on the ground, I've even dug out my winter coat. I think autumn is probably my favourite season, where I can break out all my old favourite jumpers, and sit under cosy blankets and no one can judge me. Now the weathers a little colder, my favourite thing to do is sit in my room burning autumn candles and watching Netflix.

One of my favourite candles at the moment is Yankee Candle's Fireside Treats. It gives off a lovely bonfirey marshmallowy scent that isn't over powering if you want to leave it to burn for a few hours, I just can't get enough of it. Another Yankee Candle favourite this time of year is Salted Caramel, although this leaves a very strong scent that drives my mum mad when I burn it. It can be a bit overwhelming, so it's not one I'd burn for longer than an hour. My Gingerbread Cookie candle from Best Kept Secrets is another favourite for this time of year, it smells exactly like gingerbread, perfect for this time of year. 

I just can't get enough of burning these three candles at the moment, do you have any favourite scented candles you get out at this time of year?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner

My hair hasn't always been in the best of conditions, after years of using heat and hair dye, my hair has felt a little 'meh' and could do with some TLC. I decided it was time to start investing in my hair and buy some products that would help give me beautiful, healthy, happy looking hair. I've always used heat protection and hair oils to help my hair, but I thought maybe it was time to invest in some decent high end products, and hopefully this would help my hair out. Whilst looking for some new hair products I wanted to try out some of Redken's shampoo's and conditioners, as I've heard great things about them.

I decided to try out Redken's Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner as it sounded the best for what my hair needed. The Redken Extreme Duo is made to strengthen, repair, and protect damaged hair and make stressed out hair shine with health thanks to the use of Redken's 3D repair complex technology. I've never really thought about spending money on decent shampoos and conditioners, as I always thought it's the products you put in your hair afterwards that help. Since using Redken's Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner I have noticed a change in my hair, it doesn't feel as weak, it looks shinier, and generally feels a lot happier than it did before. I'm not sure if this is helping to repair my hair, but it does feel a lot better after using this, gone are my dry ends, and my hair no longer feels like it's going to snap. 

I do think Redken's Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner is a great product, but it is also quite pricey, costing £19.40 for the two on Look Fantastic, which is a lot more than I'd usually spend on my normal shampoo and conditioner! I think once I've run out of this I won't be repurchasing for a while, I want to try out some more Redken products, and maybe look at a few other brands, any recommendations?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fashion and Bingo

However old the fashion is, it still makes a statement. So does bingo, the same applies there too. Look at the fancy fashion come backs, the floral suits, checkered blouses and skirts. Peasant tops, off the shoulder tops, you get the idea. Bingo an age old game has also made a grand come back. Look at the way it has evolved from playing halls and churches to now online site and mobile apps. You will see how effectively these games are being played out in different modes.

Long gone the days when people will walk to the bingo halls which may be present elsewhere, why travel so far when they get now an opportunity to play at their home. You could even play when you walked into a parlour, getting your hair done and with your perfect manicured nails you could play bingo games on your mobile. Online bingo site even give special offers for playing games from your mobile. New Look Bingo is one of the few sites that gives £15 free if you sign up through your mobile ! That’s definitely a hassle free mode to play and have fun when you are getting decked up.

While playing in New Look Bingo I feel good as it also resonates with fashion. You will be happy to know they even have a warm welcome bonus up to 900% when you play here. That’s the fun part and the chat rooms are filled with young fashion minded people. May be the site name itself was able to catch attention of young fashionistas like me. It definitely reflects my personality. I don’t mind playing in there where all the games are played out. Especially when you need some positive vibes, it’s best to start your day with a good dress and a good game of bingo to play with. Don’t you agree?

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Bare Minerals Ready The Truth Eyeshadow Quad

I'm a huge lover of neutral eyeshadows, in fact they're the only colours I'll use. There's nothing more I love than a natural brown smokey eye for a night out, I much prefer to use a colourful lipstick than a colourful eyeshadow. So when Chemist Direct contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out the Bare Minerals Ready The Truth Eyeshadow Quad, I was really excited to try out some gorgeous neutral eyeshadows from one of my favourite brands. 

Left to right: Serendipitous, Magnetism, Fate, Apropos

Bare Minerals Ready The Truth Eyeshadow Quad is made up of four eyeshadows, ranging from a really light shade, to a dark shade, and everything in between, giving you everything you need to create the perfect smokey eye. The lightest shade hardly shows up against my skin tone but makes a great highlighter shade, and the other three work perfectly, although the darkest shade is probably a little too dark for my personal taste. What I like about this eyeshadow quad is that even though all the eyeshadows are in powder form, they feel and apply just like they're a cream formula. And because of this they last for hours, even without using a primer. 

I absolutely love this eyeshadow quad, it's made up of all the neutral colours you'd need, and is the perfect handy size to take with you if you go away, rather than being big and bulky like some eyeshadow palettes. I really love Bare Minerals products, and this is certainly no exception! I think I'll be using this eyeshadow quad for a long time to come.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Lattes with Bluebird Tea Co

Around this time of year I'm an absolute addict to Pumpkin Spiced Latte's from Starbucks. Unfortunately living in small village there isn't a Starbucks near to me, and the closest one is still a good 30 minutes drive away, so I'll have to make do without. Although when the lovely people at Bluebird Tea Co sent me over a couple of their new flavours from their Autumn Tea Collection, I decided to try and make my own autumn lattes.

I was sent Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Mocha Chai, which both make amazing teas on their own, and Spiced Pumpkin Pie smells just like my beloved Pumpkin Spiced Latte's from Starbucks. To make these into autumn lattes is pretty simple, all you need to do is infuse your chosen tea in hot water for 4 minutes, and either froth or warm up some milk until it's hot, and then pour the milk over the tea, and top with cinnamon or nutmeg. They're super simple to make, and just as delicious! It's certainly controlling my cravings for autumny flavoured drinks now the weather is getting a little colder. 

I've spent the last few weeks drinking these and sitting under a blanket, it's definitely autumn! Will you be trying these out?

*Was gifted these teas from Bluebird Tea Co, but opinions are all my own