Monday, 12 October 2015

Easy on the Eyes.

When I saw this book recommendation on Kate's blog I knew I needed to get my hands on it. The book Easy on the Eyes is written by Lisa Potter-Dixon, Benefit's head make up artist. Although I'm not a huge fan of Benefit's make up products, I'm obsessed with this book. Why? Because it's so easy to follow. 

I'm not very adventurous when it comes to make up. I know what I like and tend to stay in that comfort zone. Lately I've been trying to branch out with bolder colours on my eyes, but I'm never quite brave enough to step outside. I'm hoping this book can help me to come out of my nudey-brown comfort blanket and be a little more daring.

All of the looks are designed to be simple, straight forward and most importantly quick. I can't wait to sit down and properly experiment with the ideas and tips throughout this book and maybe share a few of them with you. Wish me luck!

Katie xx 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Dairy & Gluten Free Banana Bread.

I recently recieved The Detox Bible* which is an incredible lifestyle, cook book that is right up my street. All of the recipes are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar, so it really couldn't be a more perfect match for my dietary requirements. The book is packed full of easy ideas, as well as information on what types of foods to eat for particular areas of the body. There is a whole section on different alternative to dairy products, which has been a huge help for me. This is a really interesting read, especially if you want to experiment a little more in the kitchen and have allergies and intolerance's like me.

Anyway, one recipe in particular caught my eye - banana bread. I've always wanted to try making it in the past, but always seemed to think it was really difficult. I couldn't have been more wrong. The alternative to flour in this recipe is actually ground almonds. They work incredibly well at mimicking the texture of flour, but also leave a lovely almondy after taste. They are also so much lighter than flour, making this the perfect desert after a big meal. Here's the recipe:

350g Organic Bananas
50g Runny Honey
50g Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Ground Cinnomon
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Zest of 1/2 Organic Orange
1/2 pod of Vanilla (or Tsp of Vanilla Extract)
4 Eggs
200g Ground Almonds
2 Tbps Desiccated Coconut

Mash the bananas into a paste, then add the honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, baking powder, orange zest and vanilla. Mix everything together before adding the eggs. Finally fold in the ground almonds and pour into a loaf tin. Sprinkle with dessicated coconut for added texture and decoration. Pop this into a pre-heated 180 degree oven for around 20 minutes. And voila.

This is my modified version of the original Banana Bread recipe from The Detox Kitchen Bible. I tweaked a few things to fit with what I had to hand but it still turned out really well and is super yummy. I chose to use organic fruit after experimenting in the #ThriftyOrgnaic challenge (post here), but of course this is personal preference. Topped with my home made vegan Nutella (recipe here), this is the perfect gluten free snack. 

Katie xx

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dermablend for Super Pale Skin.

More and more brands seem to be developing lighter foundation shades for use pale ladies. One of my favourite brands Vichy, have jumped on the band wagon and developed the shade Porcelain for their Dermablend* range. 

I'm a light-base kind of girl, so the Dermablend is something I've never tried before. I've always imagined it to be a super thick, cakey foundation that really wasn't what I wanted. However, I have been very pleasantly surprised.  Despite being a medium to full coverage, this base is still pretty light and doesn't feel cakey in any way. This is great for covering up any imperfections or redness, which is ideal for when I've not had the best night's sleep and my skin is  not on it's best behaviour.

Colour match wise, I'm pretty impressed too. I'm used to foundation shades being a pain to find and never quite matching my skin tone. I think Vichy have just about managed to match my skin tone. The foundation is slightly pinky toned, so I would certainly bare that in mind before picking it up. The only other tiny issue I found was the foundation does tend to cling to dry patches. If you suffer from dry skin, like I do, I would recommend having a good exfoliate and moisturise before applying. 

Having said all that, I'm really enjoying using this as a base. It's not an everyday foundation for me, but certainly one I like to use if I know I'm going out after work or want something a little heavier for an evening. The staying power is pretty great, I'd say I got a good 6-8 hours wear before my skin and make up had decided they'd had enough. 

You can find the full range of Dermablend on Escentual.

Katie xx