May Favourites

Another month, another bunch of great products, telly and music! Here’s what I was loving throughout May.

 

 

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Barry M / Matte Me Up / Liquid Lip Paint

I was going to try out one of the Barry M lip kits but there were none in stock when I hit Superdrug. So I went for the next best thing and bought the lip paint itself. I didn’t expect much from it but oh my, it’s one of my favourites to wear. It’s so light when applied which I really appreciate in a lip paint as I hate when they feel very heavy on your lips.

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Estee Lauder / Double Wear Stay in Place /Foundation

I have been so reluctant to buy this for ages because of the price. Like, what if I spend £30 and don’t like it after a couple of uses? I bit the bullet at the end of last month and bought it. I LOVE IT SO MUCHHH. I have oily skin so the chalky, dryness when the foundation is on you works a treat. It honestly lasts all day. Double wear is full coverage which I need to cover my uneven skin. It’s easy enough to put a little less on if you don’t want as much as a build up. I’m using the shade 1N1 and it honestly matches my skin perfectly. I honestly couldn’t recommend this foundation enough, it’s definitely worth the money. The only thing that’s frustrating is that it doesn’t have a pump so I often find myself poring out too much.

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Too Faced / Better Than Sex / Mascara

This mascara has been on my wish list for months now. My friend Sophie was kind enough to get it for my birthday and I absolutely love it. If there’s one thing I’m picky about, it’s mascara so I was scared that it wouldn’t live up to the hype surrounding the product. I really like the brush in this mascara and it both curls and lengthens them. I’m somebody who layers their mascara and with this one, I don’t need to as much. I still use it along with Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast mascara to darken my lashes.

 

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Lush / Beautiful / Shower Gel

I absolutely love this shower gel. It’s such a beautful, fresh, summery scent and leaves me feeling so refreshed in the mornings. The bottle comes with such a lovely caption and I think that’s why I love it so much: ‘You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face.’

 

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Primark / Pink Embroidered Sandles

I seen these on my Instagram feed and knew I had to get them for my holiday. When I seen they were from Primark I doubted that Stirling Primark would sell them as there is much less of a range. However, to my surprise they had them in stock and at only £6 as well! I absolutely love these and I think they can dress up an outfit so much. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing them!

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Born To Kill / Channel 4

Four-part drama about an apparently model teenager with hidden psychological issues. A haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires.

Somebody at work had mentioned this was on telly and I just had to watch it. I absolutely love any psychological thriller and this was no different. The plot was absolutely incredible. I would warn you though that it is quite a disturbing program and there are a lot of very gory scenes.

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Harry Styles / Harry Styles

I’m not gonna lie, when Sign of the Times entered the charts I wasn’t impressed at all. The first few plays didn’t do much for me at all so I wasn’t fussed at all about the album coming out. I thought I’d give it a chance though when I was doing my house work one day. I was far too quick to judge by the one single that had been released because the album is absolutely AMAZING. It is just so relaxed and chilled out. If you haven’t given it a listen, I urge you to do so. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

What have you been loving this month?

Much love,

louise-x

 

February Favourites

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It is March! That means almost Spring time. The lighter evenings are just lovely and I’m excited for the next few months. I don’t have too many favourites this month but I thought I’d share with you the things I’ve been loving!

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Makeup Revolution / Love the Revolution Palette / £8

I got this palette free with my purchases in Superdrug and my oh my, it is fantastic! I have never tried any of the Makeup Revolution palettes before but I will definitely be buying more in the future! The pigmentation in this palette is pretty good and you don’t need much to cover your lids. I was unsure on the shades at first but I have grown to adore them. I have used this palette the most this month and it is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. I used the red shade for a couple of nights out around about Valentine’s day and it was just gorgeous!

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Makeup Revolution / Retro Luxe Lip Kit Matte / Glory / £6

I was absolutely ecstatic when I seen there was two of these lip kits left in Superdrug when I popped in. I was looking for a darker colour to wear on my lips that night so it was just my luck when it was the shade Glory that was left. Now, I absolutely loved this product to begin with. I had seen a lot online about how it was a great dupe for Kylie lip kits so I was desperate to try. The product dries pretty fact which is great. The product seemed to stay on my lips pretty well that night until I started drinking. That’s the only down side of this lip kit I would say, that it flakes off pretty easily when you’re drinking. I’m going to test out another shade of it as it might be because its such a dark shade. I absolutely love this product though, especially when I’m wearing it during the day as it stays on for ages.

Anastasia Beverly Hills / Dipbrow Pomade / Blonde / £15

No words. Absolutely no words can describe how INCREDIBLE this product is. People have been recommending me this product for ages now but I kept putting off buying it for some unknown reason. I was in Sephora in Paris and I kept going back to the ABH counter. The woman matched me with the shade ‘blonde’ which I thought would be far too light but it is absolutely perfect. This product is just incredible, it glides on your eyebrows so easily but then does not move all day. For someone with an incredibly oily forehead this is fab. It means that half way through the day I don’t find any eyebrow product needing to be wiped off my forehead. And that happens a lot with me. I just can’t get over how great dipbrow is. Sorry Benefit Browzings, it’s time to step over. It’s been a good haul.

Milly Johnson / The Birds and The Bees

Milly Johnson is probably my favourite author. None of her work ever disappoints me. This is definitely my favourite books of hers that I have read. I absolutely love it! What I love most about it is that everything isn’t perfect and happy from the get go. It is pretty realistic, which I feel you can relate to more. To anybody who loves a good chic-lit which will give you all the feels, then I definitely recommend giving this a read!

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only weeks to go to her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous new friend Jo MacLean. It feels like history repeating itself for Stevie, but this time she is determined to win back her man. She isn’t going to act as he might expect. She isn’t going to wail and dig her heels in, she is simply going to pretend to let him go whilst she pursues a mad course of dieting, exercising and self-improvement.

And it feels like history is repeating itself for Adam MacLean too, who is also determined to win his lady, Jo, back with the same basic psychological tactics. Then he is going to initiate his master plan: Getting together with Stevie to drive Jo wild with jealousy.

So, like the Scottish country jig ‘The Birds and the Bees’, the couples all change partners and learn some revealing truths about each other along the way. But what happens when Adam’s master plan actually starts to work? And just who will Stevie be dancing with when the music stops?

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Apple Tree Yard / BBC One

Two of my colleagues recommended this four part British thriller to me. If you haven’t watched this, I definitely recommend it! It is absolutely fantastic and the ending is not predictable at all! 

Apple Tree Yard is a British television thriller, adapted from the novel of the same name by Louise Doughty. The four-part series was commissioned in 2016 and the first episode had its premiere on BBC One on 22 January, 2017.Emily Watson stars as the novel’s original lead, Dr Yvonne Carmichael, with Ben Chaplin portraying the role of her lover, Mark Costley. Apple Tree Yard follows the story of Carmichael, an unhappily married forty-something scientist, who begins a secret affair with Costley whilst being completely unaware of his true identity.

And that’s about it for this month. I’ve just done a massive book order so I’m excited to share with you next month what my favourites from that were!

Much love,

louise-x

Oreo Truffles

Every Wednesday evening I try to make time to bake so I can have a little treat whilst watching Great British Bake Off. My faveeeee!

This week I decided I would post on my marvellous creation because it was so so so easy to make and I will definitely be making these ALL THE TIME now.

Oreo’s are like my favourite thing in the entire world. Like, they are incredible. YUM. I used to make normal truffles quite often and my friends and flatmates absolutely loved them so why not put the two together?!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was like the easiest bake I have ever done! I changed parts of the recipe that I followed due to personal taste. The original recipe included vanilla extract in the mixture to make the truffles sweeter, however I gave this a miss as I thought they were sweet enough.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of Oreo’s
  • Cream cheese
  • Milk chocolate

 

I went for the lighter option of cream cheese as I’m trying to watch what I’m eating although it still tastes the exact same with the lighter option!

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Method

This recipe is honestly so so easy and does not take long at all.

  1. Begin by placing your Oreo’s in a seal-able food bad and crushing them into tiny bits with a rolling pin. Alternatively you can use a food mixer which is so much faster! I went for the food mixer option because I’m too lazy to batter the biscuits for long enough to get them into tiny wee pieces.
  2. Empty your crushed biscuit mixture into a mixing bowl and add you cream cheese. Use a spoon to mix the cream cheese and biscuit mix together. Make sure you mix it together well so there are no big evident lumps of cream cheese The mixture will be quite sticky.

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3. This is my favourite part! Using a teaspoon, scoop the mixture and then take it in your hands and roll them into ball shapes. You obviously don’t need to use a teaspoon as you may want larger sized truffles however, I went for smaller treat sized truffles so I didn’t feel as guilty! I then placed them on a baking tray and popped them in the fridge for an hour.

 

 

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4. Once they have been in the fridge they set a bit more so are less sticky and easier to handle! This part is completely optional but it really made my truffles just right and completely perfect. I melted the whole slab of chocolate over the hob and then used a fork and dipped in each truffle individually and made sure the whole thing was covered. Because the truffles have been in the fridge for over an hour and are cold, the melted chocolate immediately sets and they are ready to be eaten!

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And voilaaaa. As simple as that. You now have Oreo truffles. They taste absolutely incredible!

 

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What are your favourite recipes? If you have any that contain chocolate or any you recommend, leave me a comment!

 

Much love,

Louise