Friday, May 10, 2019

Easy Ways to Help the Planet


This post isn't going to just give you the usual tips such as 'turn out your lights' and 'use a reusable coffee cup', because much as they're great ideas, we all know about those things already. This post is about small changes you may not have thought about making. We all want to save the planet, but not all of us have the willpower to go vegan or the money to buy an electric car, so here are some simple ways you can make a big difference.
  • Switch out cow's milk for vegan alternatives. Even if you only do this for some things and not others, it can make a difference. For example, I still use my regular semi-skimmed on my cereal, but I use oat or almond milk in my coffee and my porridge. Just give it a try, you may surprise yourself and actually prefer it!
  • Try a couple of meat free days a week. I love a good cheeseburger as much as the next girl, but I'd rather not die from a polluted planet. Even if it's just one day a week, it makes a surprising difference to the environment.
  • Swap your single use sanitary products for washable period pants. If everyone did this, we'd use so much less plastic and it saves so much money in the long run. To read about the ones I use, click here.
  • When it comes to clothes, save up and buy a piece that will last instead of just choosing the first cheap version you can find. Fast fashion can result in so much waste, so just think about how much use you will get out of something before you buy it. Obviously, I realise this is not an option for everyone or everything, but quality over quantity can actually help your wallet over time.
  • Buy a fold away shopping bag. Bags for life are great, and for a weekly shop they're the perfect size, but when you're in town and just see something you want or need it can be super handy to have a small carrier bag tucked away in your purse.
Overall, what I'm trying to say is we don't have to save the planet in one day. Baby steps can make the whole thing seem so much less overwhelming! Just give it a try.


Friday, April 19, 2019

More Easy Recipes.


My last recipe post proved to be quite popular, so I thought I would do another one. I hope you all enjoy these!

Steak Salad:

This is very easy and super tasty. Healthy too!

Ingredients:
  • Steak
  • Lettuce
  • Rocket or Other Salad Mix
  • Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
Method:
  1. Cook the steak to your taste and chop your vegetables.
  2. Mix.
  3. Drizzle in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Enjoy!

Vegetarian Pasta:

I have been trying to eat less meat, so this is an excellent meal to try if you're doing the same!

Ingredients:
  • 150g Pasta
  • 200g Broccoli Florets
  • 30g Basil
  • 15g Parsley
  • 20g Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 3tsp Olive Oil
  • 30g Hard Cheese
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Red Chilli
Method:
  1. Cook the pasta and the broccoli florets.
  2. Chop the herbs, garlic and chilli and heat these together until the garlic is cooked.
  3. Mix ingredients up and top with cheese.
  4. Enjoy!

Chilli Prawns:

Very quick and very easy.

Ingredients:
  • Prawns
  • Chilli (I only use one but you may want more if you like things spicy).
  • Rice or (as I have done) Cauliflower Rice
  • Parsley
  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
Method:
  1. Cook the rice.
  2. Fry the prawns and chilli.
  3. Add the olive oil and parsley to the prawns and chilli.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Salmon Pasta:

My boyfriend and I both love this one.

Ingredients:
  • Portion of Pasta
  • Knob of Butter
  • 140g Peas
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Salmon Fillets
  • 140g Creme Fraiche
  • 1/2 Vegetable Stock Cube
  • Chives
Method:
  1. Cook the pasta.
  2. In a large pan, melt the butter and then cook the salmon. When it starts to look done, add the shallot.
  3. Add the creme fraiche, stock and peas and let simmer for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and chop the chives over the top.
  5. Enjoy!

Carbonara:

Very, very quick.

Ingredients:
  • Spaghetti
  • Bacon or Guanciale
  • 100g Parmesan
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • Clove of Garlic
  • 50g of Butter

Method:
  1. Cook the spaghetti.
  2. Melt the butter and then use it to cook the meat and add the garlic (just crush the cloves slightly, you will remove this later).
  3. Remove the garlic, then add the pasta, cheese and eggs.
  4. Season.
  5. Enjoy!


Toad in the Hole:

Good, wholesome food.

Ingredients:
  • 12 Sausages
  • 140g Plain Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • Half a Teaspoon of Salt
  • 175ml Milk

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cook the sausages.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients together, and pour over the sausages in a large, deep dish.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes or until brown.
  5. Enjoy!


Chicken and Bacon Pasta:

One of my new favourites!

Ingredients:
  • Pasta
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 4 Pieces of Bacon
  • 1 Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 1 Onion
  • Passata
  • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes

Method:
  1. Cook the pasta.
  2. Cook the chicken, then add the bacon.
  3. To the meat, add the pepper and onion.
  4. When cooked, add the chopped tomatoes and allow to simmer down.
  5. Add passata and oregano to it (to taste).
  6. Mix the pasta into the sauce.
  7. Enjoy!



Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Eyeliner


*Disclaimer: this is not an ad, this is my honest opinion of a product I bought with my own money.*

Some of you may have seen that Too Faced have recently brought out a new eyeliner that they claim is so good it's better than sex. As you will know if you regularly read my posts, the Better Than Sex mascara is my absolute favourite, so you can imagine my excitement when Too Faced released this partner product. At £18, this is a reasonably expensive product but as far as I can tell that is it's only downfall!
I know it's only a small thing, but I love that the packaging matches the mascara. It makes them look like a perfect pair. It is also very pigmented. So far the only shade available is 'Deepest Black' which I love because it's very classy but possibly they will later have more colours? Watch this space if they do, because I would love to try them!


I was surprised with just how easy this was to apply. I always think felt tip style liners are the easiest, and I have always been happy with the quality of Too Faced products in general so I was expecting it to be good but not quite this good! It really does just glide on, giving a super cute, super easy flick.


Because this eyeliner was so easy to apply, I could put it on straight over my eyeshadow without having to worry that it would smudge or that I'd have to walk out the Q Tips to fix it, which is something I've never found with an eyeliner before.


Finally, because it was so easy to put on it was also super easy to get even. Definitely worth investing in if you want to speed up your makeup routine because this took me literally 10 seconds. I will be recommending this to everyone I know. If you want to try it, you can get in store, at Ulta Beauty or on Too Faced's website which I have linked here. Enjoy!





Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ways to Motivate Yourself


Recently I have been really struggling to get in the right frame of mind to do my essays, so I thought I'd share some of my tips that helped me get back on track.
  1. Set yourself little goals that seem more achievable. Don't think of it as having to write 2000 words, do 500 words at a time. Or 300. Little steps, it makes it easier to handle.
  2. Treat yourself. With snacks, tv episodes (if you can limit yourself to just one), mini trips out, shopping etc. Gives you something to work towards.
  3. Exercise. It clears your mind.
  4. Stay hydrated and well fed. It'll feed your brain and keep you focused for longer.
  5. Plan activities for the weekend/holidays so you have something to look forward to.
  6. Make a plan. It makes your work quicker and more effective. Plus, having specific time slots for each piece of work makes it easier to stick to them and actually do them.
  7. Do something creative, it'll get your brain working.
  8. Get some good sleep.
These may seem really simple, and that's because they are! Just take a moment to breathe, and you can overcome your mental block. I hope this helps!




Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Feel Good Playlist

It's coming up to deadline/exam season, and that can have a huge impact on your mood. If you're in need of a pick me up, my mum has created the perfect playlist for you! I've linked it here, and I hope you love it as much as I do.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Some Recent Beauty Faves


I was originally planning to do a 2018 beauty favourites post, but I ran out of time and now it is March so here are some of my recent favourites instead. None of these are paid ads, I purchased and genuinely love all of these items.

Just to give some context, here are some 'before' pictures of my skin and lips.  This will hopefully give you an idea of coverage, colours, tone and how effective many of the products I use are. Swatches have been done on my arm, which is very pale so if you are wondering about pigmentation on darker skin tones I would check the websites or read further reviews as I am not a good indication of what this will be like. If you have any further questions feel free to DM me on my instagram page (@foffieblogs).

Eyeshadow Palettes:
  • Huda Beauty Sapphire Obsessions Palette.
I ordered this palette to add some colour to my makeup collection. It's very pretty, very bright, and very unique. Both the glittery and matte shades are gorgeous and very pigmented, and I am seriously considering buying a second one of these in a different colour (perhaps the ruby one?). I took to pinterest when it arrived to find 
some looks I could try with it and while my mother said I looked 'very aggressive' with it on, I thought it was really pretty. I have swatched four shades (top right, centre middle, bottom left and bottom middle) to show you the level of pigmentation these colours offer. As I have blue eyes this really highlights my natural colour, but I think it would look equally as beautiful with other eye colours. I bought mine from Feel Unique who offer it for £25 (but also have a student discount). You can find it here if you would like to try it yourself: https://www.feelunique.com/p/Huda-Beauty-Obsessions-Precious-Stones-Eyeshadow-Palette-Sapphire-10g


  • Too Faced Gingerbread Spice Palette.
I could really have chosen any of my Too Faced Palettes for this, but most recently I have been favouring this one so that's why I put it on the list. All too faced palettes have fun and novel packaging, colours, colour names and often smells such as this one does. They also all come with a little leaflet that shows you three looks you can try to get you started which I really love. I especially loved this around Christmas. Again I have swatched four of the shades to give you an idea of the (what I think is excellent) pigmentation of these shades. To see a full review that I wrote of the Sweet Peach Palette (equally excellent, but more summery shades) here. This particular palette is no longer available, but similar ones can be purchased at Too Faced, John Lewis or Debenhams for £39. This link is for the Sweet Peach one I talked about in the review: https://www.johnlewis.com/too-faced-sweet-peach-eyeshadow-palette-multi/p3603814.




  • Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette.
I love love love this palette. An array of pinky nudes that flatter any skin tone, matte and shiny. I like that it comes with a brush (a very good one, two ended for compacting and blending colour). It's so easy to make these shades look good, almost all combinations are great. While I was slightly disappointed that it didn't smell of cherries, I could not have been happier with this palette. The paler shades are great for everyday, while the darker and more shimmery shades are fab for a night out. Again I have swatched four of the shades, but after removing previous swatches my arm was a bit sticky from the wipes so it does not do this palette justice. I bought mine in duty free in Hamburg Airport, but you can get yours from loads of places in the UK (some of which even offer student discount) if you'd like to try it. The Urban Decay official website has it for £42 here: https://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/make-up-palettes/naked-cherry-palette/ud927.html#start=2&cgid=makeup-palettes


  • Obsession London Palette.
I won't go into too much detail for this one, because you can read my full review of it here. I will just say that it is gorgeous and very affordable. So many colours for such a small price! This one is no longer available, but you can get a similar one from the Boots website, here: https://www.boots.com/beauty/makeup/eyes/eye-palettes/obsession-be-the-game-changer-eyeshadow-palette-10257902.

Eyeshadow Singles:
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr.
I have this eyeshadow in three colours, and I love them all. This particular shade is called 'On & On Bronze' and looks great for any occasion, stays on well and is very pigmented. To read a more detailed review I wrote of it when I got it in my advent calendar, click here, and to buy one for £5.99 from Superdrug, click here.


Mascaras:
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex.
If you've read any of my beauty blog posts before you will know how much I adore this mascara. It is a godsend. Gives long, thick and beautiful eyelashes. What more can I say? The photo really does not do it justice, I can't speak highly enough of it. The version pictured is the 'Better Than Birthday Sex' one, which is sadly no longer available. However, you can find the original for £19 here: https://www.toofaced.com/eye-makeup/mascara/better-than-sex-mascara/80021.html?cgid=mascara.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Again I have reviewed this product before, so I won't talk too much about it. You can read the review here. However it is really an excellent and budget friendly mascara, and my love for it has grown since I wrote the review. You can buy this for £8.99 from the Superdrug website which I have linked here: https://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Eye-Makeup/Mascara/Maybelline-Lash-Sensational-Mascara-Very-Black-9-5ml/p/348705
  • L'OrĂ©al Paris False Lash Superstar X Fiber.
I have written about this mascara many many times because I adore it. It is super lengthening, not too clumpy and again it is budget friendly. If the Better Than Sex mascara is too expensive for you, this is a pretty good dupe. You can get one for £10.99 from the Superdrug website which I have linked here: https://www.superdrug.com/L%27Oreal-Paris/L%27Oreal-False-Lash-X-Fiber-Mascara---Black/p/722037.

Eyeliners:

  • Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner.
Cheap, precise and long lasting. This product makes it easy to achieve wings and won't break the bank! It also doesn't smudge easily as all too many eyeliners do. It is a plastic tip rather than a brush or pen so it's easier to make a sharp point too. Buy yours from Superdrug for £2.99 via the link I have added here: https://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Fast-Stroke-Eye-Liner-3-8g-Black-1/p/228796.

Eyebrow Pencils:
  • No.7 Beautiful Eyebrow Sculpting Pencil.
I loveeeee this pencil! Again, it is a product I have written about a few times before because I think it's so great. It has a great shaped tip and effective brush for easy and great looking brows. I think it is the best brow product I have ever used. If you'd like to try it it's £8 from the Boots website which I have linked here: https://www.boots.com/no7-beautiful-eyebrow-sculpting-pencil-brown-10192560.
  • Benefit Brow Contour Pro.
This is a pricey brow pencil, but it is very good. Different colours for different parts of the brow make this pencil look more natural than a lot of other pencils on the market. The small tip also makes it easy to get a precise and accurate shape. One place you can buy this from is John Lewis for £28.50, I have linked the website for this below:

Skin Coverage:
  • No.7 Match Made Concealer.


This is the only concealer I trust. Mine is in shade 'Cool Ivory'. It is brilliant. If you look at the before photo of my spot that I attached at the top of this blog, you will see how impressive this is. It's also very easy to blend and I like that it's not too orange or too white which I often find with concealers. It is £8 from boots, so I have linked the website here: https://www.boots.com/no7/no7-make-up/no7-shop-all-make-up/no7-match-made-concealer-10162556.

  • Rimmel Match Made Concealer.
Again, this is a product I have spoken about before because I think it's great. A wide range of shades that aren't too orange or too white, buildable coverage, an affordable price and it's not too heavy on your face. I bought this in shade '001 Fair Porcelain'. For more information, check out my previous blog post about this here. To buy it for £8.29 from the Superdrug website click the link here: https://www.superdrug.com/Rimmel/Rimmel-Match-Perfection-Foundation-Fair-Porcelain/p/755505?tduid=5e9cef8484abdabd9b963d40213a2009&utm_source=tradedoubler&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=VigLink+UK.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.
I often don't want to wear foundation, or when I do I would like to set it so this is great. I have it in shade '001 Transparent'. It gives a super lightweight and matte coverage in a shade that is excellent for pale people like me (however they don't really cater for darker skin tones). It's also very affordable which I always love. You can buy it for £3.99 from the boots website which I have linked here: https://www.boots.com/rimmel-stay-matte-pressed-powder-10097901?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-(GB:Whoop!)+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop-_-(GB:Whoop!)+Rimmel&gclid=Cj0KCQiA5Y3kBRDwARIsAEwloL4g50jNyTS9ohKLE8ZExKopEPDmbJMIrvxkBoQOkWYERzcCsGBGBb0aAsmIEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds.
  • No.7 Perfectly Bronzed Mosaic Bronzer.


I love all of the No.7 bronzers. They give you a golden glow, or can be layered for a precise contour. This specific one is currently out of stock, so I have linked a similar one (the Match Made Bronzer which I also love) here: https://www.boots.com/no7-bronzer-10222995.


Brushes:
  • MASQD Brushes.


I bought a set of these for 50% off in the Boots Christmas sale, and I have been very happy with them. I think they are just as good as bigger brands such as Morphe but for a much smaller price. They are excellent quality, a pretty colour and they come in a great range of shapes for different parts of your face. Sadly the set that I bought is no longer available, but again I have linked a similar one for £18 on the Boots website here: https://www.boots.com/masqd-the-finishing-set-10244069.



  • Dream Beauty Box Quick Colour Change. 


This thing is amazing! You need this in your life. It makes swapping colours when you're doing your eyeshadow so much easier. It is essentially just a sponge that you wipe your brushes on but it's so handy and lightweight for travelling with it. It also comes with a silicone pad for washing your brushes with. The set of the silicone pad and quick changing box can be found on Amazon for £9.99 through the link here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Make-Up-Sets-Kits/Makeup-Brush-Cleaner-Dream-Beauty/B01FG1HJWY.



Lips:

  • Avon Mark Lipstick.
I have this in a few different shades, and I've seen other beauty bloggers write about this product too. It's really really good, smooth, long lasting and beautiful colours. It feels lovely and lightweight which makes me happy because all too often lipstick is uncomfortable. This one in particular is called 'blushing beauty'. If you want to try it, it's £8 from the link here: https://www.avon.uk.com/product/301-315-414-7101/make-up/lips/lipsticks/mark-epic-lipstick-with-built-in-primer.


  • MAC Matte.

This is my favourite lipstick of all time (along with the Smashbox Be Legendary which I've spoken about before but haven't written about today as it is very similar to this one). It is a beautiful and long lasting nude. It is also one of the only matte lipsticks I know of which don't make your lips feel dry. Buy yours for £17.50 from the MAC website which I have linked below, or from many other locations such as lookfantastic and ASOS.  https://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13854/310/products/makeup/lips/lipstick/matte-lipstick.
  • Too Faced Pretty Rich Rich and Dazzling Lipgloss.


This gloss is lovely and glittery, lightweight, again a gorgeous nude, great for any occasion and it's not too sticky. It's quite a pricey lipgloss but it's definitely worth it. I have this in shade 'social butterfly', and if you go in to the store they'll help you find the right shade for you. If you want to get it online it's £19 from the link here: https://www.toofaced.com/search/?q=pretty%20rich.


Other:
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.


We've all seen the tweets about this product, and none of them are exaggerating. It is awesome. You can do anything with this product on and your makeup will not budge. Mine is the travel size, which is great for on the go but I plan on buying the full size one to keep in my house as well. I honestly can't speak highly enough of this spray it is fantastic. This small one is £10 but I have linked the full size version for £24 on the Urban Decay website here: https://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/setting-sprays/all-nighter/ud803.html#start=1&cgid=bestseller.



  • No.7 Radiant Results Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water.


This is my favourite cleanser, although I love all of the No.7 cleansers and makeup removers. It's light and refreshing, great value for money and it is very effective for removing all kinds of makeup. The foaming version is also good, but not as effective for eye makeup remover. I have written more extensive reviews and even done a youtube video on it which you can find here. If you want to buy this, it is £8.50 from the link here: https://www.no7beauty.com/uk/skincare/cleansers-toners/radiant-results-revitalising-micellar-cleansing-water.



  • The Body Shop Mango Body Yoghurt.
If you're looking for a moisturising lotion, this is excellent. It smells insanely good, and a little goes a long way. It isn't sticky like a typical body butter, it's much smoother and absorbs quicker. I always feel like my skin is far less dry after applying this and I get to spend the rest of the day smelling gorgeously of mangoes. Make sure to only use a little at first if you have sensitive skin, as you may have problems with it. However, my skin is pretty sensitive and it has been fine for me. If you want to try this, you can find it on the Body Shop website for £8.50 from the link here: https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/body/body-yogurts/mango-body-yogurt/p/p002803.

If you do decide to try any of these products, I hope you love them as much as I do! Feel free to leave me a comment if there's any other great products you think I should try.