Sunday, 21 September 2014

Budget Beauty Buys Under £5.

Recently I've bee tightening the purse strings and trying to spend less. So far so good. If you're like me and you're trying to save a few pennies or you're getting ready for the big spend at Christmas, here a few of my favourite budget beauty buys.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) - This is probably the most talked about concealer in the blogasphere. I imagine this isn't a surprise to any one, but this is my go-to concealer on a day-to-day basis. I love the formula and the price tag is pretty amazing too.

Asda Coconut and Macadamia Shower Gel (75p) - This is currently my favourite shower gel. Not only does it smell incredible but it also does a really good job of foaming up. This is my second bottle of Asda's shower gels, the first being Rhubarb and Custard scented (which was amazing), I've yet to come across a product to beat this for value.

Superdrug Colour Effect (£1.49) - I've blogged about this in the past, but in my eyes this is one of the most affordable toners on the highstreet. This is a really deep purple toner that you use after shampooing your hair. This leaves my blonde super bright and get rid of any brassiness. Plus there are tonnes of colours in the range so even if you're brunette, there is one for everyone.

Barry M Nail Polishes (From £2.99) - This polish represents the entire Barry M range. In my opinion no nail varnish brand comes close in terms of colour selection and wear time. My nails chip really easily but I tend to get around five days from Barry M. This beats the likes of Nails Inc and Butter London hands down.

Lush 9-5 Cleansing Lotion (From £4.95) - This is my current cleanser and i'm really enjoying using it. This was a total desperate purchase and finding my last cleanser was totally stripping my skin and making my face super sore. This has resolved the problem quickly and really does a great job at removing my make up. This is even gentle enough to use around my sensitive eyes - a good all-rounder.

What are you're favourite budget buys?

Katie xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Reasons To Love September.

For as long as I can remember September has been my favourite month. For me it's the perfect time of year. There is something I love about coming to the end of summer and moving into a new season. So here's a few reasons why I adore this month.

A Fresh Start - There is something weirdly nice and nostalgic about beginning a new academic year. Whether that be at school, college or uni, or even if you've just gone back to work after having a few weeks off. I always loved going into a new class and picking my seat at school. And now going back to uni for my final year, I look forward to catching up and finding out what people did over the summer.

The Perfect Weather - For the last few years the weather in September has been amazing. I always predict an Indian Summer and this year I think the UK a has had just that. The temperature right now is so lovely and it means I can put off buying a winter coat for a few more weeks. I love that I can still wear light clothes but I'm not horribly uncomfortable from the heat.

Autumnal Changes - It's this time of year the leaves begin to change and the countryside looks a little more colourful. I love that I can still wander about and pick blackberries that are super sweet. I love it even more when the leaves start to fall and we get that amazing crunchy sound. As a child I used to put on my wellies and run through the leaves - perfect.

Make Up and Fashion - It's time to move from the summer subtle lip to a super bold lip. I'm talking MAC Rebel and Morange. I love that I can wear a slightly heavier eye shadow and know it won't slide off my face in the heat. As the mornings and evenings get cooler it's time to get out those cute jackets to keep us warm. And I can finally wear a lovely ankle boots without my feet getting too sweaty!

What do you love about this time of year?

Katie xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Yummy Yogurt Cake (Gluten and Dairy Free).

When Provamel got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in joining their No Sugars, No Limits challenge I was super excited to find out a little more. The challenge was to create two recipes using the Provamel Plain Sweetened with Agave Soya Yogurt and a recipe using their Natural Sugars-Free Soya Yogurt as an alternative to other products. I really enjoy alternatives to yogurt so I was really interested to see how the yogurt compared. 

My first recipe came half from Nigella and half from me. I made a twist on Nigella's yogurt cake and created this gorgeously moist ginger cake. Here's what I used:

1 Cup Provamel Plain Sweetened with Agave Soya Yoghurt
2 Cups Sugar
3 Cups Gluten-Free Flour
1/2 Cup of Oil
3 Eggs
2 Tbsp of Ground Ginger

This recipe couldn't be simpler, you pop all the ingredients into a bowl and mix. Then pour the mixture into a 10-Inch tin and pop into the oven on 180 degrees. My cake took around a 45 minutes to cook through, although I kept an eye on it from 35 minutes so it didn't burn.

This cake was so delicious and the yogurt really gave it an extra something. Not only was the cake much more moist, it kept preserved for a week after baking. I love the idea of using yogurt instead of butter and the soya alternative was a perfect addition to this yummy cake.

You can check out other people's recipes by following the hashtag #nosugarsnolimits on Twitter and Instagram. My other recipe will be up next week!

Katie xx

*Sponsored post, all opinions are my own