26 Apr 2015

So Many Times Has It All Been Said And Done

I went to see Olly Murs on Thursday in Manchester with the girls and had such a good night! We couldn't have got much closer to the stage and i'm so glad we got standing tickets as it made the atmosphere so much better (and also meant I didn't have to rely on my glasses to see!).

I already loved Ella Eyre before I went but I definitely love her a bit more after seeing her live! I'm hoping she'll be on tour herself soon as she was far too good to be a support act! I would have happily listened to her for a lot longer - i'm so glad she came back on later to duet with Olly Murs. There are a couple of videos on my Instagram of the night, my favourites were Together (Ella Eyre), and Right Place Right Time and Beautiful To Me (Olly Murs).

We also went to Dough again and it didn't disappoint! This time I got the Sticky BBQ Chicken Pizza which I can definitely recommend and it was the perfect pre-concert meal. If you're ever in Manchester and want somewhere fairly central to eat, Dough is a good choice and is only a short walk away from the Arena.

21 Apr 2015

They Say We Don't Know Enough

Today I finally handed my dissertation in after six months of living in the library! I'm so happy to finally be able to write something a bit more enjoyable and not have the pressure of 15,000 words to think about! A few weeks ago I treated myself to some new makeup as I haven't bought any in months and the 3 for 2 offer in Boots is hard to resist!

After seeing the Barry M Speedy Nail Polish in Eat My Dust on Instagram I knew I had to have it as it's the perfect summery shade. I love fast drying nail polishes as I always make a mess of my nails when i'm waiting for them to dry and this one is definitely one of the best i've tried. I did need three coats to make the colour opaque but the thin consistency meant that they dried perfectly and so far haven't chipped. I've got my eye on a few of the other colours in the range... not that I can really justify any more new nail polishes for a while!

I'm always a bit scared of wearing a bright lip but thought i'd bite the bullet after hearing good things about the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 01. I'm still not sure if I suit this colour but I was impressed with this lipstick as it isn't drying and the colour lasted well even after i'd eaten. I'm definitely going to have a look at other colours in the range as it was only £5.49 which I thought was really reasonable.

The final thing I bought was the Maybelline Last Sensational Mascara as my current mascara is drying up. I've repurchased the Max Factor False Lash Effect so many times so this mascara has a lot to live up to but it's nice to try something new especially when its a bit cheaper! I was really impressed with how well this mascara lengthened my lashes and it didn't really smudge or flake off during the day which is something my Max Factor mascara sometimes does. I've only tried this a couple of times so I can't say yet if i'd repurchase it but so far it's looking good!

24 Mar 2015

I'm Craving Something I Can Feel

I have a lot of love for pancakes so I always try to opt for a healthier recipe so they're a bit more guilt-free. I shared a recipe for banana pancakes a while ago but I always find it takes forever as they're a nightmare to flip!

I recently tried this recipe from Nic's Nutrition which is really simple and effortless and still tastes amazing. If you don't like banana pancakes for the taste or the messiness then this recipe is for you - you just need oat flour (oats blended up), eggs and some Greek yogurt (Total 0% fat is my favourite but any type of Greek yogurt should work). They taste just like American style pancakes (the ones on Matilda!) and are full of protein from the eggs and yogurt so they'll fill you up.

I find that they cook quite quickly and the thickness of the batter means they have a really fluffy texture when they're ready. You can serve these in any way you like, I opted for a drizzle of agave nectar and some blueberries to keep them healthy but some Nutella would taste amazing too!

When I was searching for my banana pancakes recipe I found this post with lots of healthier lunch ideas that I wrote back in 2013. Eggs are something i've been eating a lot of recently to get more protein into my diet and this website from British Lion Eggs has lots of boiled egg recipes that are great for lunch too.

This post is a collaboration with British Lion Eggs.