January Wishlist | Beauty Edition

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year. I have been a little bit AWOL on the blog it seems and I've decided I woul...

Hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year. I have been a little bit AWOL on the blog it seems and I've decided I would love to get stuck back in and hopefully manage to keep it up for 2018! So today I am easing my way back with a wishlist style post- featuring beauty items that I would love to get my hands on!

Every time I wander into Boots to pick up a replacement shampoo or hair mask, I always see the bright blue packaging of Maui Haircare sat on the shelf, calling my name. But at £8.99 a product, I do find that to be a little expensive when I can purchase my regular shampoos, conditioners and treatments for around the same price combined. However, I would one day love to give them a try, I've heard so much good things about them, over countless reviews. If i was to pick them up, I would definitely be drawn towards the range specific to dry hair, Shampoo, Conditioner and Oil Mist all infused with Coconut Milk, encouraging nourishment and providing moisture to hair, which is exactly what I look for in haircare products, as cold weather and using heat on hair is a nightmare whilst trying to keep healthy, strong hair.

The Ordinary took over the skincare game in 2017, and I am yet to try anything of theirs as of yet. I've seen many a review and nearly every single product hyped over, so this prompted me to add something from their range to my wishlist. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is the product at the top of my shopping list from The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and after these harsh, cold winter months, my skin will definitely need some moisture and hydration. With a price tag of just £5.99, this is something I am 100% going to be trying out, and if it makes a difference in my skincare routine, it would be something I would repurchase as it is so affordable!

 Something on the more higher end of skincare is the much loved Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I've heard so many good things about this product that it is something I would love to try for myself. If I'm being honest, I always forget about using eye creams and serums, but I do know that the eye area is one of the first places prone to ageing and changes in the skin. gently moisturise the delicate eye area. This does sound like a great skincare essential that would gently moisturise the delicate eye area, but at £22.50 for 14ml a pot, is it worth the hype?

Another skincare product to add to my online basket, the Soap & Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask. I love face masks, they are the perfect pamper session essential, and the best way to relax and unwind after a long, tiring day. I really like some of the Soap and Glory skincare, especially the Speed Plump Overnight Miracle Moisture Mousse, so I am hoping the Moisture Mask could be another favourite added to my collection. RRP £3.50

Newly released are the L'oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Face and Lip Scrubs, coming in 3 different variations; Kiwi - to clear, Grapeseed to glow, and Cocoa - to nourish. I've used a variety of L'oreal Paris skincare before, my favourites being the Pure Clay masks and washes, to which have become staples in my skincare routine. The scrubs look like a great addition to my collection, in order to reduce texture and create softer, smoother skin, as well as to hydrate and brighten, which is definitely what my skins need after the winter months. RRP £9.99

What products are on your wishlist?
Have you reviewed any I have mentioned above?

The Sunday Brunch

When it comes to Breakfast ideas, during the week I have pretty boring and standard meals. I rarely have time before work to make s...

When it comes to Breakfast ideas, during the week I have pretty boring and standard meals. I rarely have time before work to make something exciting and interesting, which is why I leave this to the weekend, where I can really create something full of flavour and delicious, as well as quick and easy to make. My idea of the perfect Sunday brunch is 
definitely Avocado on Toast, with my own little spicy twist and a couple of boiled eggs for that added protein. If you like the look of the photos above, just keep reading to find out what you'll need and how I made it!

1 Slice of Bread, Toasted
2 Eggs, Boiled
1 Ripe Avocado, Crushed
1 Tomato, Chopped
Lemon Juice
Chilli Flakes

- Place the kettle on to boil. Once boiled add to a saucepan and place in the eggs. Boil for 6 minutes.
- Place the bread in the toaster.
- In a small bowl, combine the avocado, lemon juice, salt, pepper and chilli flakes and crush together using a fork.
- Chop the tomato into small pieces and combine with the avocado mixture.
- Once the eggs have boiled for 6 minutes, strain the water and peel off the shell.
- Once the bread has toasted, place onto a plate and spread over the avocado mixture.
- Place the boiled eggs on the top, cut in half and let the egg yolk ooze over.
- Finish with some black pepper and enjoy!

What's your favourite weekend breakfast?

The Springtime Nude

"High intensity colour for up to 8 hours.  Formula infused with Black Diamonds, reflects light like never before." As Spr...

"High intensity colour for up to 8 hours. Formula infused with Black Diamonds, reflects light like never before."

As Spring has finally sprung, I've wanted to ditch the berry and red lipsticks and whip out the nudes and the pinks, for a much lighter and more natural addition to my make up bag. One lipstick that is a winner with me is the Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 03, the perfect mix of pink and brown shades to create my ultimate springtime shade. 

For a drugstore lipstick, I always gravitate towards Rimmel. Affordable, great formula's, vast range of shades and great pigmentation. What's not to love? And this shade has all the features I just mentioned. It's a lovely, creamy texture that does not feel drying on the lips whatsoever, the formula just glides on with such ease, making application so simple, I don't even need to use a mirror! Shade 03 is just a great lipstick for when you want something simple and pretty on the lips, and for me it's a great daytime lip colour.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks? Have you tried any from the Rimmel Kate Moss Collection?

February Favourites

Another month gone, means its time for another monthly favourites round up! Rogue by Rihanna has quickly become one of my go-to perf...

Another month gone, means its time for another monthly favourites round up!

Rogue by Rihanna has quickly become one of my go-to perfumes. 
"Capturing the mischievous nature that lies within every modern woman, ROGUE by Rihanna has a bold yet flirty composition. Top notes of flirty Lemon Blossom and Cyclamen are mixed with Bergamot and spiced with Pink Peppercorn. The aroma evolves with Jasmine, Rose and Muguet fused together with Juicy Plum and seductive Suede. Warm notes of Sandalwood, Patchouli and Golden Amber accompanied by decadent Vanilla and sensual Musk create a bold ending."  Whenever I wear it, I always get compliments and people asking me what scent I am wearing. 9 times out of 10 they cant believe it when I say its by Rihanna. I would definitely recommend you giving this one a sniff, its so fresh and dark, somewhat sexy. A must have day to night fragrance!

This month I've been addicted to Prison Breakan American serial drama television series. "The series revolves around two brothers. One brother has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name." I remember a long time ago watching the first season and not continuing! So February saw me basically binge watching this show. Episode after episode, I just cant keep away! If its nothing something you've seen, I'd definitely recommend. It's so captivating, interesting and easy to watch, you'll definitely be hooked on this show!

In terms of make up, there have been a couple of products that I have been reaching for more often this month and have been really enjoying using. First up is Maybelline's Brow Satin in Dark Blonde. A duo brow product featuring a waxy pencil and a powdered sponge, application is super easy and I feel that the colour is a really good match to my natural brow colour. It adds a good amount of colour, nothing too OTT, giving a very subtle, natural brow which I think is perfect for everyday. Secondly, I've been loving using the Maxfactor 2000 Calorie Mascara, especially as a bottom lash mascara. It adds length, volume and definition to the lashes, making them look very sleek and defined without the clumps, which is something I look for in a mascara. I HATE CLUMPS!

A haircare favourite this month has been the Aussie Winter Miracle Shampoo and Conditioner. As a huge Aussie lover, when I saw this range in Superdrug, I knew I had to snap it up and give it a go. The harsh cold weather we have been having hasn't done my hair the best of favours, but this  haircare duo has helped banish dry ends and frizz, helping me to achieve healthier, nourished looking hair. If you're looking for some new haircare, I would suggest Aussie 100%. They have a range for all hair types, are super affordable and smell absolutely gorgeous!

After receiving my February Degustabox this month, I received a bottle of the VITHIT Apple and Elderflower Drink, and it was absolutely delicious! "Vit Hit - The Juice based soft drink with 100% Recommended Daily Allowance of 8 different vitamins, no added sugar and with fewer than 35 calories per bottle. With health giving teas and minerals for overall wellbeing Vit Hit contains real juice and no preservatives, artificial colourings or flavourings." It was so refreshing and was something I would never usually pick up in a supermarket, so I was pleasantly surprised!
Pick up your very own DEGUSTABOX and use discount code LAURAT-61CE for money off your first box!

Lastly, a lip care product. I seem to always lose my lip balms and when I really need them, they just disappear and I cannot find them anywhere. Anyone else find this happens to them? Saying that, the cold weather has been really drying out my lips so I needed something to moisturise them ASAP, which is where I popped into Superdrug and picked up the Cocoa Butter Vaseline. It was super cheap and I know it will do the job, unless I lose it again!

What have been your favourites?

A Teatime Mac n Cheese

If you're a lover of pasta, you'll definitely want to make this recipe tonight! Something that is ready in no time, super qui...

If you're a lover of pasta, you'll definitely want to make this recipe tonight! Something that is ready in no time, super quick and easy to make, and definitely delicious! As you may have seen on my blog, there have been a number of recipe ideas previously as I love to experiment with new ingredients, and I love cooking. For today's post, I was challenged to take part in the campaign is called #ThePowerOfThePea, to share the super-food values of the humble pea with the following recipe for a simple Macaroni Cheese.

6 Rashers Streaky Bacon, chopped*
1 tbsp Oil
250g Batchelors Marrowfat Peas*
4 Spring Onions, finely sliced into rings, including the green*
350g Macaroni*
50g Mature Cheddar Cheese, grated*

Cheese Sauce:
50g Butter
50g Plain Flour
500ml Milk
120g Mature Cheddar Cheese*
200g Cream Cheese*
Sea Salt and Black Pepper

1. Preheat a grill on the highest setting.

2. To make the Cheese Sauce, heat the Butter until melted and add the Flour. Mix together in a saucepan and cook on a low heat for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the milk. Place back on the heat, whisking continuously until the sauce has thickened, is smooth and is just coming to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the Cheese, Cream Cheese and Nutmeg (if using) and season with Sea Salt and Black Pepper.

3. Fry the Bacon in the oil for 5 - 7 minutes until the Bacon is golden brown add the Peas and Spring Onion and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat.

4. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the Macaroni according to the instructions on the packet and drain.

5. Mix the Macaroni into the sauce, along with the Bacon and Pea mixture, check the seasoning and alter according to taste. Place in an oven-proof dish, top with Cheese and grill until golden brown and bubbling.

6. Serve with a mixed salad and enjoy!

Will you try this recipe out at home?

*PR Sample. Items paid for using vouchers. All photos are my own