Wednesday, 10 March 2010

I am FreeFrom!

Hello lassies!

Again, apologies for the lack of posts. I'm just going to stop saying this soon because I'm never going to have the time to write more frequently :(

I know this isn't exactly fashion or beauty related, but you have to mix it up a bit! Plus, you know I love my food!

Basically, I have all these stomach/food problems bla bla you've heard it all before. ANYWAY, the lovely Jayne from my work (and Sainsbury's) has heard me bang on about all of this enough, so she sent me a very generously filled hamper full of Sainsbury's FreeFrom food and recipes for me to get stuck into.

For anybody who's not familiar with the FreeFrom range, it is basically a heap of food especially for people with different food intolerances like wheat, gluten, dairy, etc (what else is there?)

At the moment I'm cutting down on my gluten intake and avoiding any dairy or eggs, so I was particularly excited about the chocolate and cakes in this lovely selection.

I wanted to try a week eating one or two different meals from the range every day but I got a stupid stomach bug half way through the week so I wasn't able to stick to this. However, I still ate quite a lot of them- pre sickness, so here's a little of what I've tried so far...

Chicken Hotpot
(At work!)
Don't judge it on it's looks (although, as a Southerner, I've never had hotpot so I'm not sure what it should look like!) It was very tasty but not quite filling enough for me, I had to have a slice of FreeFrom bread afterwards to fill me up! 3/5

Hot Cross Buns
I loved these buns. I ate all four in two days. FATTYYY. They tasted just like regular hot cross buns, really fruity and full of flavour. I just toasted them and added a bit of dairy free butter and they were delicious. I'll definitely be buying these again! 5/5

Crimbles sage and onion Stuffing Mix
I was really excited to try this as I love my stuffing and I refuse to eat a roast without it! Sadly, I was a bit disappointed when I used it to accompany our roast chicken last Sunday. None of us could eat it! There was far too much sage and the after-taste was so bitter it really took away from the rest of the lovely dinner :( Regrettably, I can only give it a 1/5

Crimbles Bakewell Slices
These cakes were AMAZING. As you can tell by the picture, they didn't hang round for long. Still, longer than the caramel shortcake biscuits which didn't even make a photo!
I've eaten a lot of bakewell cakes before courtesy of Mr Kipling and I would go as far as to say these were probably even better! They are quite big too, so you don't feel like you have to eat two to get your full deserts worth (is it just me that gets this?!) 5/5 definitely getting these again!

I still have lots of food to get through, but these will do for now! Has anybody else tried anything from this range? What did you think of them?

Monday, 8 March 2010

Tag- Beautiful Blogger Award (with links this time!)

The lovely Victoria sent me this award and demanded I pass it on :P So, here are my 7 random things about meeee!

1) I love singing, dancing and generally performing. Back in school I was in a ‘soul band’ (cringe at the name!) We sang some great songs, played a fair few concerts and won battle of the bands twice! Ahh memories :D

2) I don’t eat dairy or eggs. It’s not lactose intolerance it’s just one of the annoying diets I have to stick to for my IBS. My favorite food always used to be cheese! Doom.

3) I’m a massive lightweight when it comes to drinking! 2 glasses of wine and I’m gone! (Cheap date!)

4) I’m terrible at making decisions and when I eventually get round to making one it always seems to be the wrong one! I need a life advisor!

5) One thing I do know and have always known is that I really want to travel the world. There are so many amazing places out there I feel like I need to see every single one of them! I’m a proper hippy at heart, I can’t wait to let go of all my material possessions and do tons of crazy stuff while travelling :D

6) I’m a bit of a germophobe. I’m ill loads but if someone else is ill I can’t stand it I have to run away from them. My immune system is bad enough on it’s own I can’t be dealing with someone coughing all over me! Haha.

7) Although I’m a happy person (contrary to popular belief…) I do cry a lot. I can’t bottle it in! I cried at strictly come dancing last night, that’s how bad it’s gotten!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my random 7 things. What are yours? I tag these beautiful bloggers:

-Girl with the Golden Touch
-Panda does Makeup
-Dainty Dollymix
-A Pocket full of dreams
-Lipgloss86 aaand
-Lauren Loves

Enjoy! xx

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Spending ban and top 5 things

No, your eyes are not deceiving you, this is my second post of the week! I've decided to have a very lazy weekend for once making the most of having some me time :)

I have to tell you guys, I've imposed a spending ban! EEEK!

Sad times :(

It's killing me already but I really have to cut spending for a little while. I'm planning a few exciting things coming up which I will need a fair bit of money for, so in the mean time it's no more buying things I don't need and throwing money away when I have so many things already.

So from now on I'm going to be one of those points collecting, home-made soup making bargain hunters. My mother basically!

Anyway, enough rambling, here's my top five beauty and fashion favourites I've been using the past few weeks...

Garnier tinted eye roll on: The lovely Natalie at Headstream PR sent me this a few weeks back to try out (Thank you!) I was already a fan of the original eye roll on for those horrible 6.30am starts when I literally have to force my eyes to open! The formula for this version is the same in that it really makes my eyes feel fresh and more awake, but it also has a tint which helps conceal dark circles too. It doesn't give the best coverage for really dark circles as it is quite light, but it's really nice for freshening up the eye area :)

MUD lipglaze in 'Bare': A little something I picked up at IMATS and mentioned briefly here. It's the perfect peachy nude to stick on when I'm not feeling a lipstick day. It's also really long lasting and not too sticky, so a great gloss in my eyes.

No7 Colour Calming primer: I GOT A PRIMER! I've never bothered before as I don't like to spend too much time putting on makeup in the mornings, I'd rather be in bed! But this little beaut is great for smoothing out my complexion and providing me with an even colour base to counter out my blotchy red faced break outs. (Especially when drinking!) The colour is a little strong, but mixed in well with a good foundation (Revlon Colourstay mostly) it works wonders and doesn't leave me looking like the grinch. Oh and it doesn't dry out my skin too so I get a good dewy finish.

Neutrogena Rapid Clear face wipes: Ok, not the most exciting of all products, but it is a must have! These wipes come in very hand on nights when I can't face the old cleanse tone and moisturize routine . Most wipes do the job for taking off my makeup in a hurry, but these are also amazing for getting rid of spots and clearing up my skin. I had the hugest spot on my face the day before Amsterdam, then I tried out these babies and BAM, no spot. Hurrah! There is a spot fighting cure for us lazy folk after all!

And last but by no means least:

These beautiful bargains from H&M! They were about £15 if my memory serves me correctly (probably not!). I love the style, love the colour and even love the cute inside detailing. They're comfy too which I suppose is the most important part :P I can't wait until it gets a little warmer so I can wear these without my toes freezing off.

That's all for the moment. Hopefully I will still have lots to write about despite the fact that I can't really buy anything new. Hmmm. Anyway, I'm always welcome to new ideas/questions/tags/suggestions etc so feel free to send them my way.

Have a good weekend :) xx

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Face painting!

They're going to kill me for this but it has to be done...

I got a little bored a while ago and started attacking my little brother and friend with some of my old make-up. It's not massively creative, just a bit of fun!

Charlie sporting a lovely (and totally masculine) lightning bolt

Tim looking so creepy with some wonky drawn on eyes

He looks too much like me when I had short hair here!

What do you think?! Does anybody else do this or do you all have much more entertaining lives? :P