November Favourites 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

Another month, another batch of monthly favourites. In November I really started to notice the effects of the cold weather, even if it was relatively mild for this time of year!

Lee Stafford Destress The Mess Detangling Comb // £4.99 // HERE 
I've been using my Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash for over a year now and its started to look a bit tired. When I was at home recently I tried my Mum's Lee Stafford Detangling Comb that has a handy suction hanger so you can keep it stuck to the wall of your bath/shower. It gets through tangled hair much easier (and with less pulling) than my Tangle Teezer, so much so that I've given my Tangle Teezer away.

Dr Jart Recovery Primer // £15.95 // HERE 
I usually HATE super silicone feeling primers, but I love this one from Dr Jart. It's light in texture and keeps shine at bay all day. It works particularly well with mineral foundation. I also love the pretty pastel packaging.

Clarins Radiance Boosting Tanning Drops // £15.80 // HERE
I've been reaching for these way more frequently in the last month due to the dull weather. My skin has been looking somewhat lacklustre so a couple of these drops added into my night moisturiser every other night has definitely been helping. They give such a healthy, glowy look to the skin as opposed to looking orange and fake-looking. The cheapest you'll find them is from Escentual, plus the site also has an extra 10% off all orders until the 9th December.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation // £19.95 // HERE
I've been quite low maintenance in the morning recently. With the darker mornings I've been wanting a few extra minutes in bed meaning I don't have as much time for make up. As a result, I've opted for an old favourite in the mornings. The Bare Minerals Original foundation gives great coverage and is so quick and easy to use.

Paula's Choice Wrinkle Defense Moisturiser & SPF 30 // £29.10 // HERE
I cannot rave enough about Paula's Choice. Every single product I've tried from the range has been phenomenal. I now only use Paula's Choice products on my face (apart from cleansers and masks) and have done this for the past 4 months which is absolutely unheard of for me. I really need to get around to writing a full range review but for now I'll just cover the Moisturiser & SPF. It's a coloured cream that melts into the skin and disappears in colour once applied. It's done such an incredible job of keeping my skin hydrated, yet still manages to keep it looking shine free throughout the day.

What are your monthly favourites from November?

Current Dressing Table Set Up

Sunday, 7 December 2014

I've had one of those Sundays today where I've wanted to have a big clean and organise my dressing table. I've not shared my current set up for a little while now so thought I'd take a few snaps whilst it's all tidy and clean! 

The dressing table is a bloggers favourite, the IKEA MALM dresser. I've had this one for nearly two years now and absolutely love it. I can totally understand why so many people have it. It's bright white, but the glass top means it's really easy to keep clean. Plus, the huge drawer underneath is great for all my eletrical beauty bits like my hairdryer and curlers, although you need to be careful not to overfill it as it's not the most sturdiest of drawers. 

Perched on top are two Muji sets of drawers. The ones on the left are two sets of the 2 Drawer Wide Acrylic Box. As these are quite wide, they house my foundations and powders as well as my gel liners, mascaras and eye pencils. The drawers on the left are the Acrylic 5 Drawer Box which hold my lipsticks and palettes. I do love Muji drawers because you can easily find what you're looking for, but they're a pain to clean and always seem to be covered in fingerprints! 

What's your dressing table set up like?    

Christmas Recipes

Saturday, 6 December 2014

I usually cook three Christmas meals in December - one for my University friends at my flat in London, a second for me and Joe then one on the big day itself. I've done this for the past 4 years and have tried and tested lots of different recipes over the years as a result. Today I thought I'd share some of my fail safe festive recipes!

Ham in Coca Cola - RECIPE HERE
OK so it's not something I would cook on Christmas Day, but it's definitely a good Christmas Eve or Boxing Day dish. Slow cooking the joint of ham in cola gives it such a sweet flavour, plus the treacle glaze is just amazing.

Perfect Roast Potatoes - RECIPE HERE
The BEST roast potatoes. The semolina coating makes them so crunchy!

Christmas Sangria - RECIPE HERE
Christmas and sangria. Need I say more? This stuff is amazing. The key is to let it sit in the fridge overnight to let it steep.

Christmas Carrots - RECIPE HERE
Tom Kerridge is one of my favourite chefs and his festive carrots are absolutely incredible. I honestly never knew carrots could be so blummin' delicious until I tried this recipe. It's an absolute fail safe.

Shredded Brussel Sprouts - RECIPE HERE
Brussel sprouts are always a tricky one. One way to please everyone is to grate them up and cook them with crispy shallots and pancetta. The recipe I've linked to doesn't include pancetta, but just fry some off and add it in at the end.

Get Ahead Gravy - RECIPE HERE
Us Northerners know our gravy and this is by far the best gravy I've ever tried. I make so many batches of it to use in all our roasts in the run up to Christmas.

What Christmas recipes do you swear by?