Lovea Bio Argan Oil

Lovea Bio Pure Argan Oil is literally just argan oil which is an oil produced from the argan tree found in North Africa.  It has been used by North African tribes for centuries because of all the natural goodness it contains!

You can use Argan oil pretty much however you want – on your hair, body or face.  It works really, really well as a moisturiser, leaving my skin perfectly hydrated and soft.  Even though it is an oil, it absorbs quite quickly into my skin and although it doesn’t have a fantastic smell, it isn’t horrible and fades quickly anyway.

I did try using the oil on my hair instead of my usual serum but found that it left my hair a bit shinier that I’d like – it looked at bit greasy.  However, after washing it out, my hair felt in really good condition so it works brilliantly as a hair mask.

It is a bit more than I’d normally pay for a moisturiser / hair mask but seeing as it does both, a little goes a long and it works so well, I definitely think it’s worth it!  You can either buy 100ml for £16.99 or 50ml for £14.99 from MyPure.  I’d recommend getting the bigger size as it’s much better value and I know you’ll love it!

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LCN Magnetic Nail Varnish

This week I’ve had my first experience with magnetic nail varnish!  The photo below shows you what it is supposed to look like….

I’ve got the LCN magnetic nail polish in Ferromagnetic Blue and Green Temptation and also two magnets – one with a diagonal pattern and the other with a star.  The first time I tried to use the nail varnish I got in a right mess!  Once you’ve applied the varnish, you have to hold the magnet above your nail for about 10 seconds to set the pattern.  To start with I was holding the magnet too far away and nothing was happening.  I found that I needed to hold the magnet really, really close to my nail for it to have any effect but that meant that I kept accidentally touching the wet nail with the magnet and smudging it!  Each time you make a mistake you have to reapply the nail varnish again or it is too dry for the magnet to work.

After a few practice attempts, I managed to get all of my nails looking pretty good.  However, I did find that one hand looked a lot better than the other.  I’m left handed so my right hand (the one in the photo) looks quite good but the left hand didn’t work as well.  It takes me longer to put nail varnish on with the wrong hand so I kept finding that my nails were drying before I could get the magnet to them.  It doesn’t look too bad though and I’m sure I’ll get quicker with practice!  I was surprised that the nail varnishes dries quite so quickly.

I really like this nail polish but you definitely shouldn’t try to use it is you are in a rush and don’t expect to get it perfect first time!

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L’Occitan Eau de Toilette

Every L’Occitane product I’ve ever tried has been brilliant.  Everything smells fantastic and works really well.  It’s got to be one of my favourite shops to have a browse in, what with all the little testers dotted around!

I’ve not looked much as the mens range before but I’ve come across the L’Occitan Eau de Toilette for men while on the hunt for a Father’s Day gift and it smells really good.  It has a distinctive smell which is, according to the box, lavender and burnt wood – I can never really work out what perfumes smell like, can you?!  The bottle it comes in is quite unique as well.  Have a look next time you’re in the shop.

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Wild Swans

I’ve learnt so much from reading this book!  Wild Swans is the autobiography of Jung Chang and tells the story of her childhood and early adult years in communist China.  It is really gripping and some of the events that she mentions seem unimaginable.  Some of the stuff I was reading I couldn’t quite believe would actually have happened, especially so recently.  Jung Chang also writes about the lives of her mother and grandmother before she was born and you can really see just how much China changed in such a short space of time.

I’d definitely recommend this book as it teaches you loads about the history of China but is much more interesting than just reading a history book as you get a real life account.  According to my copy, Wild Swans won the NCR Book Award in 1992 so it must be good!

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Beer Bottle Candles

The St Eval Candle Company has loads of lovely candles.  I love the beer bottle candles which smell of lemon and thyme.  There are a few different designs to choose from……

I think everyone would love these candles so they might even make a good Father’s Day present.

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Posh Pick & Mix

Posh Pick & Mix, surprisingly, sell pick & mix!  There are three different sized jars you can choose from which are filled with your choice of sweets.  With the smallest jar you can pick 4 different varieties of sweets and with the biggest you can choose 8.  There is a good range of sweets – boiled old fashioned sweets, chocolaty things, chewy sweets……

You can also customise your label so that if you are sending the sweets as a gift, the person will know who they are from.  I had a jar sent to me to give to my dad for Father’s Day but it is so well packed that I could have just had it sent straight to his house.  The jar also comes with a little metal scoop like you get in sweet shops which is a nice touch!

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Zhu Zhu Microwaveable Slippers

I know it hasn’t exactly been cold recently but I always seem to have freezing feet so I’ve just got a pair of microwaveable slippers which I’ve wanted for ages!  I LOVE THEM!

My slippers are from Zhu-Zhu and cost £12.99.  They are really quick to heat up – just 1 ½ minutes in the microwave.  The temperature is perfect and the slippers stay warm for a couple of hours at the same time giving off a lovely lavender smell.  I love the cow print design as well, which matches my dressing gown perfectly!  When the slippers first arrived I thought that they looked really big and wasn’t sure if they would fit but they are actually the perfect size and only look big because of the little beans inside which are the bits that heat up.

I almost can’t wait for the winter now as I really want to be able to wear the slippers more often!

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e.l.f Giveaway Winner

My e.l.f giveaway is now closed and I’ve picked a random winner!  Thanks to everyone who entered. :-)

The winner is…..

Molly

Congratulations Molly, I will send you an email now so you can let me know your address!

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Swinky’s Cupcakes

I’m really busy at the moment so haven’t got much time to blog.  Just thought I’d leave you a couple of photos from our delicious lunch at Swinky Sweets……

After Eight cupcake and the best chocolate milkshake I think I've ever tasted!

Knickerbocker Glory cupcake

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Macaroons!

So, yesterday was my very first attempt at making macaroons.  I was not prepared at all but wanted a break from revision so found a recipe online and off I went.  It wasn’t till after 5 minutes of beating the egg whites (by hand!) that I realised I didn’t have any caster sugar.  I decided to make do with golden sugar and hope it did the same thing?  I also didn’t have any butter to make the buttercream which sticks the two halves together.

I’ve never beaten egg whites until they are ‘stiff and glossy’ so had no idea that it would take as long as it did without an electric whisk!  My arms got really sore so I gave up before they were stiff but they were glossy.  I did my best to pipe them into neat little circles on the baking tray but unfortunately my mixture was far to runny due to the lack of whisking.  Anyway, I bunged them in the oven for 10 minutes like the recipe said.

As soon as I took them out of the oven, most of them cracked on the top.  The ones in the photo on the recipe are perfectly smooth so I’m not sure what went wrong.  I’ve never actually had a macaroon so don’t know what they are supposed to taste like.  Mine were crunchy on the outside but really gooey on the inside – I’m not entirely sure I cooked them for long enough.  They tasted good though and were a pretty blue colour!  I think I will try them again but will definitely need to invest in an electric whisk first!

Photo from recipe

My macaroons - not quite as good!

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