Wednesday, 9 March 2016

RECIPE: Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup and Avocado Wholegrain Toast



Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup 
Hi beauties!
I am going to start doing more recipe posts. As many of you may know, I train 5-6 times per week and I am very much focused on eating healthy as well! I thought I would start sharing some of my favorite recipes with you. I have always loved butternut squash soup and have seen and tried different variations of it until I found a light spice blend that works in my opinion, just perfectly! 

Makes: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes 
Total Time: 30 minutes 
CALORIES: 334   PROTEIN: 6G   CARBS: 28G   FATS: 19G   FIBRE: 7G

Ingredients
7oz (200g) Butternut Squash (cut into cubes)
1 Leek (roughly chopped)
1 Onion (roughly sliced)
1 adobo chilli (or half if you want less heat)
2-3 tbsp Olive Oil 
2 Cloves of Garlic (whole)
20 floz (600ml) chicken/vegetable stock
1tsp Paprika
1tsp Cumin
1 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander 
Salt & pepper to taste 
1 tbsp Greek Yogurt 
1 tbsp of Walnuts (crushed) 
Fresh Cilantro for garnishing 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

FOOD STAR OF 2015: Philips Viva Juicer



FOOD STAR OF 2015!
Hi beauties!


Philips Viva Juicer 
There's no better way to start 2016 than with a serious diet rethink! I LOVE fruit juice, but I can't stand bits and the wastage that you get from most juicers where the majority of the fruit ends up around the juicer rather than in your glass. However, I also can't stand the amount of added sugar found in the majority of fruit juices you can readily buy from the supermarket. The Viva juicer was the solution for me :) 

Philips pride themselves in quite a few highlights that are unique to the Viva Juicer; and with reason! This little juicer can make up to 2L of juice in one go! It also extracts more juice from your fruit and vegetables than normal juicers, and with Philips 'Quick Clean' technology, the entire machine can be cleaned within 1 minute. 

Some of the highlights of the Viva Juicer include: 
- A powerful 700W motor: Blending, mixing and crushing more effectively than ever and squeezing every drop our of your juice and vegetables. 
- XL 75mm Feeding Tube: No more pre-cutting. Feed whole apples, carrots, beetroots and more without having to pre-cut them. Make delicious juice even quicker than you thought possible! 
- Quick clean technology and sieve: Clean your juicer in just 1 minute, all the pulp collects in one place for easy disposal

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

HYGIENE STAR OF 2015: Philips Diamond Clean Amethyst Edition


HYGIENE STAR OF 2015!
Hi beauties!
Having a shiny, white smile is just as important to anyone's look as beautifully done hair and fabulous outfit! 

Philips DiamondClean Amethyst Electric Toothbrush 
Possibly the smartest toothbrush out in the market. Not only does this brush remove up to x7 more plaque than a manual brush, it also whitens x2 better than a manual brush as well as improving gum health in just 2 weeks! 

The DiamondClean toothbrush head has diamond-shaped, medium-stiffness bristles to effectively, yet gently scrape away plaque and stains, providing exceptional cleaning and whitening. The diamond head also has 44% more bristles than the regular Philips Sonicare brushes. 

DiamondClean removes way more plaque because it has been clinically proven to reach hard-to-reach areas in order to provide a more thorough clean than any other brush. Using a unique dynamic cleaning action, fluid is driven between the teeth to reach every area, including the gum line and between the teeth so that results can be seen in just as little as 1 week! 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

BEAUTY STAR OF 2015: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL

 

BEAUTY STAR OF 2015!
Hi beauties!
As 2015 is quickly coming to an end, I wanted to share a series of posts with you about some of the beauty and food products that I thought really stole the show in 2015! 

Philips Lumea IPL Prestige
As you may recall, I wrote about a previous model of the Lumea earlier this year (post here). I have tried a few different at-home IPL devices and I think it's honestly one of the best beauty inventions EVER! I cannot get enough of it and I cannot recommend it enough, it really does make a difference to hair growth! 

I have recently started using the newest model of the Lumea, the Prestige 2009/00. This has a slightly bigger flash window than previous models and it really is the creme de la creme when it comes to IPL devices. As you will see from the third image above, IPL with the Lumea really DOES give visible results. Not only does hair grow back finer, but it also grows back much, much slower (until you only need to use the Lumea for 'touch up' treatments here and then) AND the difference it makes to how your skin looks is also incredible! You will not get the dark follicle spots so many of us have when we shave, leaving skin looking super smooth! 

Monday, 21 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: LAST MINUTE FOODIES GUIDE



CHRISTMAS FOODIES GIFT GUIDE!

There are still a few days of Christmas shopping left, so why not surprise the foodie in your life with some great last minute foodie gifts?


Kitchen Conversion Chopping Board

Save the foodie in your life some time with this genius conversion chopping board! Now your loved one can make recipes from all over the world without worrying about having to Google liquid and dry measurements as well as oven temperatures! A truly great gift idea for the foodie that loves spending time in the kitchen. 

RRP: £12.99. Available from GettingPersonal.co.uk 

Montezuma's Grand Truffle Collection 

The perfect gift for a work colleague, not-so-well known relative, or just a little extra stocking filler! Everyone likes chocolate, especially around Christmas time. Montezuma's truffle collection will definitely make a statement in anyone's Christmas table this year! Luxuriously tasty ganache centred truffles with a snappy chocolate shell! Flavours include: Salted caramels, chocolate & vanilla, dark chocolate, white chocolate, cappuccino, hazelnut praline and smooth milk chocolate! 

RRP: £14.99. Available from Ocado and Waitrose

Sunday, 20 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: HOME!






CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: HOME!
Hi beauties!
Do you know some serious prideful home lovers? Sometimes it's hard to find a gift for someone, but never hard to find a gift for their home. There's always something your loved one will want/need for their home. Below are a few of my favourite home gifts this year :)

Yankee Christmas Candle Collection 
There's nothing like having that Christmasy, wintery scent around the house during the holiday season. Yankee Candles has just the perfect Christmas candle collection for the home lover this season. 

Get Cozy By The Fire - a warm mix of ginger, clove and orange combining with woods notes to make you feel the utmost comfort by that crackling fire! 
For a breezier feel, Bundle Up - a clean, wintery scent that brings back the feel of frosty days and cozy, warming onesies! A slight touch of citrus adds to the crispiness of cool. 
Fancy a sweeter smell? Berry Trifle will fill the house with a mouth-watering scent of fresh berries; tangy and sharp nestled on a bed of sweet and soft vanilla cream! 
Reminisce back to those sunny, yet crisp winter afternoons with Winter Glow. A crisp scent of frosted leaves on snow covered trees warmed by golden amber rays! 

Medium jars starting from £16.99. Available at YankeeDirect

Monday, 14 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: BEAUTY UNDER £30!






CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: BEAUTY UNDER £30!
Hi beauties!

Orla Kiely Large Travel Washbag
For the travel fanatic, Orla Kiely's large oval wash bag will be the perfect addition to their luggage! With recent design change, the Orla Kiely wash bag selection consists of 3 wash bags. In the images above you will see the large wash bag which can also be hung (super convenient if you have a ram-packed bathroom). With 4 compartments in total, you will never have to leave another useful face cream or body lotion at home for lack of space. Truly one of my favourite super handy gifts for this year! 

Give the gift of jet set for £34. Available from Amara and major retailers. 

Baylis & Harding Slipper Set 
For the pampered lady, this cute little slipper set from Baylis & Harding with Jojoba Silk and Almond Oil will keep the lucky owner's toes nice and toasty this Christmas! Set consists of 140ml foot lotion, 100g foot soak crystals and a cosy pair of faux fur white slippers

Definitely makes a perfect little on-the-side present! 
Get Christmas cosy for £9.99. Available at Lloyds Pharmacy

Sunday, 13 December 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Beauty from £50





CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: BEAUTY FROM £50!
Hi beauties!
If you're on a medium budget but you still want to impress, fear not! There are hair and beauty goodies here from £50-£100 that will make any lady very happy! 

Love My Skin LED Blemish Compact
Give the gift of clear skin this Christmas! Love My Skin's handy LED compact uses red light therapy to regenerate blemish-prone skin, promoting fast healing and combating the redness associated with blemishes.  
The compact is best for areas such as the cheeks and forehead as well as other parts of the body like arms and back. LMS treats stressed skin by penetrating the skill cells to force out the Nitric Oxide (produced by blemishes) and stimulate anti-oxidants. 

Give the gift of clear skin from £69.99. Available at Boots

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide; Beauty Over £100






CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE; BEAUTY OVER £100!
Hi beauties!
There are some really great beauty gadgets out there at the moment that are a little on the luxury side, but will definitely make any lady happy! Here's my guide to the top beauty gifts if you have the cash to splurge! 

Colgate ProClinical A1500 Toothbrush...For the Cleanest of Ladies
For the simple lady who loves nothing but to feel clean and presentable, I have said it before and will say it again, this is the toothbrush! I LOVE this toothbrush because every time I brush without fail, I feel like I have just come back from a deep clean at the dentist. I cannot thank this toothbrush enough for keeping ALL plaque at bay and really minimising my trips to the dentist. 

With an amazing power of 32,500 strokes per minute, 3 brush settings and an automatic 2 minute timer, this is the perfect gift for the hygiene lover or to introduce your loved one into electric toothbrushing! 
Comes complete with travel case, charger and 2 heads. Highly recommended! 

Have your loved one feeling squeaky clean for £169.99 (now £44.19). Available at Boots and other major retailers. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Men!









CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE; MEN!
Hi beauties!
Cannot believe it's that time of year again wow! As such, I have prepared some gift guides to give you some ideas on what's out there for your loved ones this Christmas! Let's start with the men in your lives! 

Baylis & Harding Citrus Lime Sport Weekend Bag...For the Simple Man
For the simple man who is easily pleased and always likes to smell good and look presentable, the Baylis & Harding Sport Weekend Bag is perfect! Not only is the man in your life getting 5 amazing products AND a huge faux leather bag perfect for weekends away or even for his gym gear. 

I'm a huge of fan of Baylis & Harding's citrus collection of products because they smell so clean and fresh! I have even contemplated soaking in the tub with the body soak crystals myself so this one goes highly recommended! Here's what your man can expect to find inside this posh bag:

- 250g Jar of Body Soak
- 100ml Body Lotion
- 100ml Hair & Body Wash
- 200ml Shower Gel
- 50ml Aftershave Balm 

Have him smelling truly yummy for just £19.99. Available at Lloyds Pharmacy

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