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June 2013

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An Exciting & Scary Opportunity

June 26, 2013

Mark Webber British Grand Prix 2012

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been running around getting prepared for a rather exciting and scary opportunity that’s come my way.

Some of you may know that I’m a bit of a Motorsport nut and that I also have a Formula 1 blog (Niawm if you’re interested). For the past few years my dream job has been to become a Sports Journalist and follow the Formula 1 circus around reporting.  Continue Reading…

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Eat: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

June 18, 2013

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I read Enchanted Seashells blog post about a rather tasty looking batch of lemon meringue cupcakes she made after being inspired by a fellow blogger. Being the cake lover I am, I couldn’t stop thinking about them and decided I had to try them for myself. 

Luckily for me, it was my Dad’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago, which provided me with the perfect excuse to make cake. (I meant to post this a couple of a weeks ago but forgot to schedule it, oops!)

I used the Australian WI’s Cupcake recipe which is my tried and tested go-to cupcake recipe, it works every time.

Once the cupcakes were cooked, I let them cool before cutting out part of the top of the cake leaving a little dip for me to put the lemon curd in. The recipe Enchanted Seashells used suggested making your own lemon curd, unfortunately I didn’t realise this until I was half way through making the cake and simply hadn’t got time to make my own. So I spooned some lemon curd from a jar into the dips in the cupcakes and then started on the meringue.

Let me be the first to tell you that making meringue by hand is the long, awkward and painful way to do it; if you have an electric mixer I highly recommend you use that instead of your own arm power because it really really hurts.

Just in case you’re unaware, a good way to judge whether your meringue is stiff enough is to turn the bowl upside down, if it stays put it’s good to go and if it falls on the floor, well you’ve just made a mess everywhere.

The recipe recommends piping the meringue onto the cupcakes however I chose to spoon it on as I think it looks nicer and more rustic, plus a piping bag is a pain to clean up right?

To set and brown the meringue I actually stuck it under the grill (the recipe recommends a broiler, however once again I didn’t realise we didn’t have one until it was too late), I don’t recommend that as it didn’t set it fully and because it was hot it kinda melted again.

I will definitely try this again, however for next time I’m going to get one of those cooking blow torches to set the meringue.

What do you think of Lemon Meringue Cupcakes, would you try them? 

xo

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Beauty Reviews, Moisturiser, Skincare

Nivea In Shower Moisturiser | Review

June 8, 2013

Nivea In-Shower Moisturiser
I saw this advertised on TV last week and loved the idea of it, a moisturiser you can put on in the shower? Perfect. But does it live up to the hype?

Like many people I like the idea of moisturising after a shower but it so very rarely actually happens because I just can’t be bothered, so this product sounded great for me.

There are two options; one for normal skin and one for dry skin which contains almond oil which is great for dry skin.

The idea is you go about your usual shower routine and use your shower gel, apply the in-shower moisturiser and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing and then you’re good to go.

I have slightly dry skin so I decided to try the dry skin moisturiser, so let’s find out whether Nivea In-Shower Moisturiser works.

What the product says: On their website Nivea say: ‘Thanks to NIVEA’s pioneering In-Shower Body Moisturiser you will get a smooth skin feel while taking your daily shower. Discover your brand new body care routine that will make every day a body lotion day for you.’

Does it work? The first couple of times I used it I felt a bit underwhelmed, my skin didn’t really feel all that soft. I’m one of those people who spends 10 minutes in the shower at most, so I decided to be a little more patient and left the product on for longer to see whether it had any effect and it did!

To encourage myself to be more patient I thought of it as a conditioner for my skin, though it is tricky to try and guess time in the shower. After being more patient my skin felt so much softer afterwards and the couple of dry patches on my legs have disappeared.

I really love the smell of this product, it smells exactly the same as all Nivea products which I love because it reminds me of being younger when my Nan wouldn’t let my sister, my cousin and I leave the house during winter without slapping on some Nivea moisturiser.

I had one, probably ridiculous, niggle with this product and that’s the shape of the bottle and how sleek and smooth it is which makes it quite tricky to hold, especially if you have some moisturiser on your hands.

Perhaps if Nivea ever decide to redesign the bottle they should consider adding making the bottle easier to hold. I think this product is great but if like me you have some dry patches such as your elbows and knees it won’t completely negate the need to moisturise those parts, however for me it removes the need to moisturise all over.

Price Superdrug – £2.36 for 250ml – This is a special offer £3.56 for 250ml at Boots (Or 356 Points)

Pros

  • It works!
  • Normal and dry skin options
  • Smells lovely
  • CHEAP!

Cons

  • Bottle can be a touch slippy

Conclusion I’ve been using this for a week now and I really love it. My skin feels lovely and soft and it’s really affordable so I can definitely see myself repurchasing this. It’s really affordable and the option for dry skin means you get some super moisturising to make your skin feel loved. This is for you if… If you never have time or can’t be bothered to moisturise after a shower. Have you used Nivea In Shower Moisturiser? What did you think of it? If not, would you use it?

Book Hauls, Books

Stacking The Shelves #1

June 4, 2013

Stacking The Shelves

As you know by now I’m an avid reader, I came across Stacking The Shelves on Tynga’s Reviews earlier this week on Bloglovin’ and decided to give it a go myself and share with you guys what I’m planning on reading over the next few weeks.

I’ll probably post every 2 or 3 weeks, I don’t really have that much time to read more than a book a week so if I wrote one every week it’d probably be very boring.
Since I don’t get through that many books in a short space of time, I’ll also be talking about books which have caught my interest and have been added to my to-read list, which you can see here on Goodreads.

If you like the idea of taking part in Stacking the Shelves yourself Tynga posted a link to their guidelines here. They’re not exactly guidelines, more things to help you take part and get your post found.

So let’s get started.

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Book Reviews, Books

Stuck with a Book – What do you do?

June 3, 2013

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It isn’t very often I come across a book I don’t like and when I do I’m disappointed and torn between giving it up or sticking it out, what do you do?

The Host by Stephanie Meyer has been on my to read list since I finished the Twilight Saga at the beginning of the year. A few weeks ago I posted a blog post saying that I was going to try and do less research into books before reading them and just go for it, so I kind of did that with The Host. I had a brief look on GoodReads and saw that it had mostly favourable reviews and decided to read it.

I’m not sure how many pages through the book I am since my Kindle is just showing percentage however am 6% through the book and not enjoying it at all.
It’s confusing, I haven’t a clue what’s going in and what on earth happened to hooking your readers on the first page? I am far far from hooked. What’s worse is, I’ve just discovered it’s a 600 page book; I’m not even 60 pages in, I’m frustrated with it and I’m not looking forward to picking it up every night.

Do I stick it out a bit loner and see if it improves or cut my losses now? Though I’m very aware that I can’t really review it without reading it all however I’ve only managed to read 6% in a week, which is glacial for me.

So what do you do when you come across a book you aren’t getting along with or enjoying? Do you slog it out determined to finish or do you give up and stop wasting your own time?

xo

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Books, Books Posts That Aren't Reviews

May Favourites

June 2, 2013

May Favourites
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Can you believe it’s June already? That means we are somehow already half way through the year. 

It’s been a while since I last did a video, however I had some time yesterday and thought I’d put together my May Favourites, which covers makeup, books and a film.

May Favourites

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted Perfume

Insurgent – Veronica Roth 

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Star Trek: Into Darkness

What are your May Favourites?

xo

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