Friday, 27 March 2015

The Lightweight Base.

Before Make up
After make up
I am a huge fan of a light coverage base, so when I heard about ESPA's new Tinted Moisturiser* I was pretty sure I would love it. In the past I've had issues with BB creams and tinted moisturisers because I am so pale. I've been trying out the lightest shade in the range which is Nude and I have to say I am so impressed.

The moisturiser is super lightweight which is perfect for me, and feels as though I have no base on at all. I've been massaging this is with my fingers to begin with and buffing out with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I don't wear powder to lock in my base, so I just carry on with my make up routine after applying the moisturiser. This leaves me with an amazing glowing base and natural finish. I've been obsessed with using this since it arrived and it's currently taken the place of my trusty L'Oreal True Match.

This is the perfect base if you're looking for something really moisturising with a hint of colour, I'd really recommend trying this. It will certainly be my skin base for the coming warmer months.

Katie xx 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Cooking with Olive It!

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to The Cheshire Cookery School for a cooking class with renowned Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy. The night was run by Olive It! which is an EU campaign to try and get us Brits to eat more olives in replacement of our rather unhealthy snacks.Olives have huge health benefits and are packed full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and iron, as well having much less calories than handfuls of crisps of peanuts.

Olives are used commonly in Spain so Omar shared a few recipes with olives, to help us see the versatility the fruit. We incorporated the black and green olives into meatballs, tomato sauce, tapenade and even desert. I leant so much about cooking an how easy it is just to add in a few extra ingredients. I'm the world's worst cook, so I was so pleased with my final dishes.

After we'd cooked up our meals, we all sat down and ate together. The meatballs and sauce were incredible, they were so yummy and the olives just added to the flavour. I saved a few for my hubby, who enjoyed them the following day for his lunch. He also couldn't get enough of my custardy desert.

Before the event, I was dead against olives and really didn't like them. I have to say I am becoming a convert, but much prefer the black to green olives. I will certainly be adding them to future meals  from the Olive it! recipe book to reap the health benefits.

Katie xx 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Sleeping Beauty.

I have a pretty busy lifestyle, I work, go to uni and I'm on placement half of the year. It can be pretty intense at times and very very exhausting. That's why when I have a few days off I like to chill and having a good night's sleep is an absolute must for me. I've never been much of a night owl and I generally don't go to bed much later than 10pm to make sure I get a decent amount of sleep before the day ahead. 

I've mentioned my sleep routine whilst doing night shifts here, but I thought I'd focus more on what my routine is before bed on a normal day.

I am a huge fan of baths and I probably have a bath 3 or 4 times a week (I do shower every morning too!) before I head off to bed. They totally chill me out and relax me especially if I have a few sneaky Lush bath bombs to add in. I adore floral and lavendery scents, which really help me to get into the right frame of mind before bed. I weirdly enjoy taking my make up off before bed and if i can be bothered I will always apply a face mask to add to my relaxation routine.

My skin has changed so much over the years and now is really dry in areas. It's a big deal for me to apply creams and moisturisers before bed to ensure I wake up with plump skin. I always pop on a lip balm before bed too, to make sure my lips don't get too dry overnight.

I've tried many pillow sprays but I have to say thiswoks deep sleep pillow spray* is the ultimate. The scent is heavenly, especially if you're not a huge fan of lavender, most others I've tried can be overpowering but this is so subtle and gorgeous. It's a really fine mist too, so my pillow isn't soaked before I settle down. I've been using the roller ball* from the same range too, which I pop on my pulse points just before bed to help to calm and prepare for a good night's sleep. If you're looking for a lightly cheaper option The Body Shop's pillow spray is pretty lovely too.

I try and get at least 8 hours sleep a night and I will push for a little more if possible. I am really grumpy if I'm tired and get really drowsy throughout the day. More often than not, I sleep really well. I tend to sleep all the way through an get up around 7-7:30 on my days off. If I'm not at home and don't sleep well, my skin will never thank me for it. Rubbish sleep leaves me with redness, huge circles and requires much more concealer than usual.

I've always been fascinated about dreams, so if I can remember mine and can't relate it to anything from the previous day I like to look it up. The Dream Dictionary* is the perfect place to read about the meaning of dreams, which is pretty interesting. The mind works in mysterious ways!

What's your sleep routine like?

Katie xx

*In assosiation with Time4Sleep