Apr 17, 2014

A, B, BB, CC, D ....

I know you sang that! 

When it comes to foundations and tinted moisturisers I'm not one to jump on the bandwagon... BB and CC creams are all over the shop now... and whilst some people are adamant they're the only way forward... I look at products based on how they'll look on me and how good they are for my skin regardless of bandwagons ... anyway it seemed like it was going to go on and on... GG, FF .. sigh... and secretly, who wasn't waiting for a YY cream?!

I'm lucky enough to work from home most of the time, so I don't need the full slap every day but tinted moisturisers stop me scaring the post man and small children! 



For years 'You Rebel' by Benefit has been staple on my dressing table... I'm not your average pale skinned porcelain gal but I do have rosie cheeks which need to be tamed... and it blends so well... PLUS it had an SPF of 15... I'm a bit of a ranter and raver when it comes to SPF... I suspect it's the aussie part me... 



When I was in New York... is there anyone I HAVEN'T told that to yet?!? I spotted this... I had seen and heard about it here, online and on various beauty blogs but I hadn't run out of enough stuff to warrant a new version... the price difference however, threw it into my Sephora basket before I asked why they didn't have trollies in there! Seriously though, why don't they?! Even those little pull along ones like dealz?!? Sorry tangent... 



Big Easy... is exactly that... Big and easy... its oil free for the 'T-Zone' types *raises hand* but it doesn't dry out your skin *raises other hand* which a lot of oil free creams tend to do... I found the coverage really good... AND it evens out your skin tone without the need for loads of concealer...





Best thing though... its got a light powdery finish that doesn't make you feel like you're caked in makeup... your skin just looks really good!  


That small blob did the whole left side of my face... and the 'rosie red' (on the right!) was gone in seconds.. You can build it up over the day too ... so if you're heading out straight after work you still can without the 'I-don't-have-my-full-make-up-bag' drama...

The range only comes in 6 colours but magically it 'self-adjusts' .. don't ask... I don't know how ... it just does!!! AND... the SPF is 35... THIRTY-FIVE!!! 



Try it out at the Benefit counters and wrangle yourself a sample, it's going to be perfick for the summer! 











Apr 16, 2014

Tastefully yours sauces



You are going to LOVE this!!!! I mean REALLY love this... a jar of curry sauce... for 2PP that serves 4!!! I'll wait while you read that again... yup... AND it's Irish... AND gluten free... AND all made fresh... new(ish) to the market and definitely new to me! 

Best pic I could rob of the labels... 


Tastefully Yours is a range of Irish sauces that are out now...  I made the Massaman curry for 4 people with a value of 7PP per portion including brown rice... 


It's SO easy... and the flavours are amazing... 



Brown the chicken... 



Spray oil and put your veg in a separate pan, I added the onion after this... oops...


Once the chicken is cooked... add the sauce...


... then combine the two and ta da!!! 




There are five in the range... Thai green curry, Thai red curry, Thai Satay curry, Massaman Curry and Aromatic Thai lemon grass curry all at €5 each... bargain for authentic sauce!

Currently you can get the range in James Whelan - Clonmel, Get Fresh - Rathfarnham and Arkeen Store in Waterford... they're on Facebook >>> HERE <<<  for those not close to those stores... I've spotted them online >>> HERE <<<  so keep your peepers peeled for when they come to a store near you! 

Let me repeat... 2PP for the WHOLE jar for the Lemon Grass and Massaman curries... I'll point the rest as and when I hoover them! NOM! 





Apr 15, 2014

'Skoff' pies by Donal Skehan

You all know I'm all about promoting Irish stuff... restaurants.. new products... I'm all about supporting the locals! 

Donal Skehans new range of pies 'Skoff' are 20PP each... I can't tell you if they're tasty but I'm pretty sure they are... I love his blog, in fact it was one of the first I followed! His TV show not so much... the 'drunk camera man' style of filming annoys me, but I'm putting that down to me not being 'hip' enough... I do enjoy his recipes and regularly pop over to his blog to see if there's anything new... Going by what I've heard online, these are very tasty... not big enough to share in my opinion, unless you had half today and half tomorrow but if you do that, be honest with yourself! 20PP is very high even if you piled your plate with veg... If anyone tries the pulled pork one let me know!  



 Prime Beef & Stout - 20PP for 275g



Hearty Pulled Pork - 20PP for 275g



Tender Chicken & Ham - 20PP for 275g



Apr 14, 2014

Monday motivation

Ever feel like everyone's staring at you .. breathless just walking in a straight line... well it won't always be like that... once you don't give up! 

For all the negative comments that I have put up with being 'big' ... no one has ever slagged me off for exercising... last year I did the 'Pink Run' in Dublin...  and when lots of runners who were doing their second lap (its a 5k circuit so you had to go round twice...) and whilst the walkers were still stomping around on our first... they still cheered people on... and I was amazed! "well done" .. 'you can do it'... all smiles and fist pumps ... and it meant the world...  




So today... walk outside your door... keep going for 10 mins... and then you HAVE to walk home.. 20 mins DONE... then tomorrow... do it again.. in a week you'll surprise yourself... you've walk little further... a little faster and maybe you'll try 15 mins... PLUS you'll feel a WHOLE lot better about yourself... No excuses unless you're made of sugar and will dissolve!

Week 2 chart below... 37lbs lost in total so far! Rocking it kids!









Apr 13, 2014

Roast pepper & tomato soup...


Quickie recipe post that some of you requested... roast pepper and tomato soup... 

Zero PP if you leave out the creme fraiche, 1PP if you keep it in but you'll get 4 - 6 servings from this recipe and it freezes well... 

It's easy peasy! 





INGREDIENTS!

Pack of passata
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Tomato Puree
2 Peppers
Onion
Baby tomatoes
1/2 tbsp of creme fraiche
Spray oil



HOW?



Spray your roasting tray and add chopped peppers, onion and your baby tomatoes...



Season and if you like add some basil...


Roast till the veg are all soft.... 



In a saucepan, combine the passata, puree and tinned tomatoes - tip - try the ones in the Lidl with added herbs!



Season and slowly bring to the boil.... 

When its heated through, stir in your veg and its ready, I leave the veggie whole but you can take half out and blitz it then add it back to the pot to make it smoother... 

The creme fraiche is optional I find it makes the soup creamier... 

Ta da!




Apr 11, 2014

NCT time! ... WEIGH IN 2

Next week is NCT week is Chateau Doll... arrrgghhhhhhhh... I love cars... My first car was a VW beetle... 1971 called Jose.. yes I name my cars... any your point is?! My grandfather drove them all his life and not surprisingly all of us grandkids love em!

Tangent... Mr. Q congrats on your new set of wheels! 



When I rocked home with this little beauty my mother has a complete fit! You could see through the floor... there was a little rip in the roof and just about made it into 4th gear... it took me 3 hours to go 100 miles home at the weekends but I adored it... I polished it.. washed it... air freshened it (to be fair though the gap in the roof kept it fairly 'fresh!') but I took such great care of it... it's still at home and my dad regularly heads off for the Sunday papers in it!

Sadly it failed an NCT test and is waiting for my lottery win to repair him but when I retire Jose and I will be speeding off, OK 'speeding' might be pushing it but the sunset is ours! 


I still drive a VW bug.. albeit a new shaped one with doors that work and electric windows! I'm so first world its not funny!


Please let me introduce you to Bertie Bug .. named after Bertie Ahern... hang on... because I got Bertie the beetle, the day the other Bertie left office... it seemed apt! Bertie is currently in the garage getting the 'works' in prep for next weeks exam!!! 


I love my car... I take really good care of it... I respect it... I only put the best I can afford into it... it's serviced regularly... washed, polished and hoovered ... it's got my personal 'touches' ... silly shaped air fresheners... big pink flower on the dash... and on the occasional day during the year when I can take the roof down, I do and turn my 80s music up nice and loud! If only I treated my body so well eh? 

This week... give yourself an NCT test... 

Head to toe... spring is here... sort out your wardrobe... chuck the stuff you'd never admit to buying... charity shop the ones that don't/will never fit... be brutal...

Book that appointment for a new hair do... and do what you really want... go shorter... blonder... pink if you like! 

What about a manicure/pedicure/massage when pay day comes around? Spend a night at home pampering YOU this week... chuck some bubbles in the bath... light some candles and cover yourself in some gorgeous body lotion...  


Clearly everyone knows how much I love my car... they got me an edible one!


Treat your body well this week... and fuel it with the best food you can... try a day of non processed food... have a 'fruit and veg' day... cut out fizzy drinks for the week, and drink the full quota of water you need... ... you're body will thank you and you'll feel so much better!  You're skin will be clear... sleep better... all those additives and sugars just wreck your system... you wouldn't put diesel in a petrol car (and they should change the nozzles anyways... silly petrol stations!) so why put foods into your body that are going to be bad for it... the taste is momentary... the effect lasts longer on you! 

It's crazy how much time and effort we put into our cars and homes but have no time for ourselves... It's your body and you only get one... so treat the best way you can... 



Just off to the bottle bank ... ahem.... 



Chart below... if I missed you please let me know... if I promised to add you and I forgot ... just shout... AMAZING losses! MI stayed the same, my butt is well and truly kicked this week seeing your losses! 






Apr 10, 2014

Go ahead... Judge me!

I know, I know... there's got to be a special 'meeting' for people like me... anyone who follows my instagram account knows I'm a nail varnish junkie... and it all started when my leader told me to paint my nails when I felt like the urge for a packet of crisps or something to snack on late at night... its works SO well I'm now an addict!

And they were EVERYWHERE... no amount of fancy shoe boxes or drawers could accommodate them...  last week I was inspired by a pic on instagram by fellow blogger Lee Kenny who also now a new mammy this week, welcome baby Lillian! Her blog is >>> HERE <<< ... she has her nail polish sorted...  and here's how... IKEA Picture ledges!!! 

I KNOW!!!! 




Find them online 
>>> HERE <<< 
available in black or white 
and there's two lengths... 




Mine are the smaller ones and each 'shelf holds approx 18 bottles... 
I'm not doing the maths... eek! 


So... in the corner of my little office there was a gap... and it generally stored the hoover, steamer, clothes horse, mop and anything else I had to hide when visitors came... 



now... ta da!!! 




Deep enough so when I win the lotto... I can do this...  




seeeeeee... I'm ALREADY being cost effective! 





Tangent... definitely no more blue polish... 
My love for 'Leinster' nails is clearly evident! eek!  



So, now, no more drama as to where where to store them... 
and if anyone asks do I have a certain colour, have a peek!
Its a total treat for me and worth every cent to have them all organised.. 
my inner OCD child is VERY happy!

all there in plain site, taking up minimal space!  

I should probably google 'nail polish anonymous' now...