Monday, 29 September 2014

Quick and Easy Pasta Carbonara (Gluten & Dairy Free).

A few weeks back I mentioned I was joining in with the Provamel #NosugarsNolimits campaign (here) and introduced you to Promavel as a brand. Today I wanted to show off my quick and easy recipe using Provamel's Zero Sugar Soya Yoghurt. I'm a huge fan of pasta dishes, especially this time of year. They are the perfect warming, comfort food and great for a wintery evening meal.

Here's the recipe for my take on Pasta Carbonara (serves 2-3):

2 Cups Gluten Free Pasta
1 Small Pack of Pancetta
1 Cup Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Sliced Onion
3/4 Cup Provamel Zero Sugar Soya Yoghurt
Salt and Pepper to taste

Fry off the onions, mushrooms and pancetta in one pan, whilst boiling the pan of pasta. Brown off the ingredients and add the yoghurt and heat until starts bubbling (keep a close eye on it, burnt yoghurt won't be nice!). Add any salt or pepper to taste and dish up on your pasta. I also added a little grated Parmesan too.

So there we have it, a super quick tea for when you're feeling a little lazy as the nights start to get darker. I'm weirdly looking forward to the days getting shorter so I can have more comfort food like this!

Katie xx


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette.

Welcome to review 5014853 of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette. It's no secret I'm a huge fan of eyeshadow, in particular UD. I have a complete obsession with my Naked 2 Palette and when I set my eyes on the Naked 2 Basics, I knew I needed it in my life. So the second it arrived on Cohorted at a bargain price I was first in line to buy it.

I owned the original Basics palette some time ago, but for some reason it didn't get a great deal of use. I felt like the colours were just a little too dark for me and I ended up selling it. However, when I saw the Naked 2 Basics came without a black I knew it had to be mine. I adore all the shades in this palette and it's perfect for days where you just want a little brush of colour on your lids. I've been particularly obsessed with Frisk all over my lid and Cover in the crease. 

As always the quality of UD eyeshadow never fails to impress. These are just as buttery and pigmented as all the other palettes which makes them so easy to blend, even for an amateur like me. This is the perfect palette for that 'no-make up' look but versatile enough to give a dramatic smokey-eye. I love the compactness of this too, it fits perfectly in my make up bag - I really couldn't be without it. 

If you're looking for some gorgeous nudes that aren't too scary, this is the palette for you.

Katie xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

My Workout Wardrobe.

Since going back to uni a few weeks ago I'm trying to be good. By that I mean that I'm finally taking advantage of my free gym membership. I've been popping to the gym for a hour after lectures, which is working out really well and I'm actually enjoying it. I really love the feeling after the gym, despite being sweaty, I always feel a little bit proud of myself for actually going. Plus I de-stress completely and feel much more chilled out after an hour working out.

A huge thing for me is comfort at the gym. I'm completely in love and obsessed with my Nike Roshe Run trainers and they are without a doubt the comfiest trainers I've ever owned. I actually feel as if I'm walking on air when I wear these - plus the colour is amazing. 

Next are the ultimate joggers from Your Dreamcatcher*. These are THE comfiest joggers ever. They are a super thick and soft material and are amazing for working out or lounging in. I'm actually sat in a hoodie and my joggers keeping cosy. These are absolutely perfect for gym times and lazy days.

Finally and probably most important part of my workout attire - my trusty water bottle. I can't remember if I've raved about my Aladdin water bottle in the past, but I've had this for around 6 months now and I adore it. I will ALWAYS have this bottle in my bag, especially on workout days.

What do you like to workout in?

Katie xx