Sunday, 26 October 2014

Weekly Inspirations

Super creepy vibes are in this weeks inspirations, and as always a few randoms. I have a serious YouTube addiction right now that needs to stop, I literally once spent 14 hours watching nothing but make-up tutorials and funny cats, I can't be the only one that does this right? just lie to me okay.





















Around the web:

Tanya Burr



I am obsessed with this girl! she is one of the loveliest, sweetest bloggers I follow. I didn't know she existed 2 weeks ago but every day since I've been watching her vlogs on Youtube, Throughout September she took a camera around everywhere to film her daily life, she is such a ray of sunshine that for some reason watching those videos really brightens my day.



Zoe Sugg


I saw the advert for Zoella's YouTube account and didn't really get the hype, but after watching nearly all of her videos now I totally get it. This girl is sweet, quirky and unapologetically herself. She posts daily Vlogs, funny video challenges and reviews on beauty/skincare products. Her video on Anxiety really helped me, and her video on 'it all getting a bit too much' made me cry for her. She is so lovable, real, funny, and I really want the candle and body mist she came out with, its in Superdrug I think.



Film:

Fight Club


I saw this many years ago but I didn't like it, and I certainly didn't get it. To be fair I was about 12 and I have no idea why my mum let me see it, so much violence! but I watched it recently and now I totally get it. Great film, amazing plot twist at the end and rather strange. I like strange.


We need to talk about Kevin


I saw this last year with my friend randomly, we both thought it was weird, didn't make much sense but kind of good. The second time watching it I got much more into it, so much doesn't make sense until the end, but I kind of liked being kept in the dark. I heard its a book and now I really want to read it, I just hope its as good or better than the film. Its strange, sinister and Ezra Miller is super hot. Enough said.



Books:

ZomB by Darren Shan



I've been reading Darren Shan's books for a long time, 10 years in fact! for those that don't know, he writes fiction in the horror genre. They are gruesome, entertaining and full of action. They're also short books and very readable. This is the first book in the series (I think there will be 12 when he's done) and it was so so good! without spoiling the plot, its about a child that has serious family issues and then has to deal with zombies. The main character is interesting, and two massive plot twists come in the end. Great read.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cleansers for oily skin

Since my skin started to break out over the past few months, I've learnt about the importance of cleansing. Its tough having combination skin, some days its super oily, other days I have dry cheeks, so I've invested in a few different cleansers to use as and when my skin changes its needs. I've been testing out each product individually, for several months, to give a clear and honest review.




I first heard of the Yes To Tomatoes range a while ago and was intrigued once I heard great reviews of it. Its only 6.99 but it was on offer at Boots so I got it for just £2.66! This boasts 98% natural ingredients and is cruelty free. Its almost a balm texture and rubbed into damp skin is creams up a little but not too much which I like. I'm 3/4 of the way through now and I like it a lot. It leaves skin just a little bit tight for the first 30 seconds once it dries, but not too bad, cuts through grease like nothing else and mattifies. A great cleanser for very oily people, I'm already planning to re-purchase soon.



Garnier Pure Active range



This contains Salicyic acid and loads of tiny exfoliating beads. I'm not a huge fan of manual exfoliation because it can be very harsh on skin. Having said that, if you use this very gently, the results are great. The beads are a bit of a pain to rinse away properly (I'm always finding the odd bead in my eyebrow) but skin is matte and soft afterwards, not sure about its spot fighting potential but it exfoliates well. Great used twice a week.



This is great to use in the mornings because its very refreshing, its almost like splashing your face with mint, in a good way. Foams up a lot, which I find a little drying even on my very oily skin. Can leave skin a little tight, but this can be counteracted with a good moisturizer.


Pure Active Intensive ExfoBrusher Spot Fighter

I've seen so many of these brush-type cleansers in the shops lately and I was a little skeptical. The brush head is made of long plastic bristles which are soft on the skin. The cleanser in the bottle is the same as the above one so its the same refreshing, deep cleansing, but drying formula.




Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm




This is my favorite cleanser of the year, no, my favorite cleanser ever.

Its much like a richer, oil based version of the Liz Earl hot cloth cleanser if you're familiar with that. This smells incredible and is made from all natural ingredients. You take a pea size amount, rub all over the face, as you work the product the balm turns into an oil. You then run a flannel or a muslin cloth under hot water and wipe off. I wanted to hate this product because it is so damn expensive, but I really can't fault it.

You might think this is too rich for oily skins but its really not, it works to hydrate skin from within leaving no residue. It melts away make-up easily, can be worn for 10 minutes as a treatment mask and even over night as an intensive mask. After use skin is unbelievably soft, so much so that I couldn't stop touching my face after my first use. A dream for dry skin, but absolutely suitable for all skin types.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

What Anxiety is like for me.

I'm a pretty anxious person, and I didn't realize this until a friend told me about her anxiety. Up until that point I'd always thought that I was just a freak, that no one else had these thoughts and feelings.

Anxiety comes in different forms and can vary from mild to severe, usual characteristics are excessive worrying, irrational fear, muscle tension, chronic indigestion, stage fright, self consciousness, panic attacks, self doubt and compulsive behaviors - but not necessarily in an obsessive way.

For me, Anxiety is sitting on the tube, arm and leg muscles tensed to the point of pain for an entire journey because I'm afraid I'll accidentally touch the person next to me. Its not being able to breathe properly if someone gets too close, I start to shake, get fidgety, paranoia, clenching my teeth. I also hate the feeling of someone watching me, its not a problem if they are looking at me and I'm looking back, but if I can't see them and I feel like their eyes are on me then I can't handle it.




I even (often) feel uneasy around my family, but less so than other people. I think I realized just how bad it was in University, when I had to perform a presentation in class. On the day I was so nervous I felt sick. Stood in front of 30 students, I couldn't look at the crowd, my voice shook as I spoke, I stammered, my heart was beating so fast it hurt and I could literally feel my knees shaking. And when it was over I had to try incredibly hard not to cry.




Thinking back to when I was a child, I was so shy of everyone, so nervous all of the time. I remember a friend telling me that when we were in primary school together and I didn't know him that well, that I would look down and whisper when we talked. And ten years later, a different friend who I met at uni, told me the first time I met her I introduced myself to her in a whisper too.




I've only ever had one panic attack, thankfully, so I'm not an authority on that subject. But I just watched Zoella from YouTube's absolutely brilliant video on Panic Attacks, its very helpful - watch here.

Anxiety is one of those things that is kind of swept under the rug, people find it embarrassing, but they shouldn't. If you're reading this and you have anxiety too, you are not alone, its a lot more common than people realize. If you can, try to talk about it. Its only my friend having mentioned hers that made me realize I even had it.

Thank you for reading, xoxo

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls have been intimidating me for some time, I remember when I first tasted one from the Tesco's bakery section and fell in love with the sweet, creamy icing and the spiced spongey goodness. I don't know why I thought they were so difficult to make, maybe because they are in a swirled shape? but I gave it a go and was surprised by how simple it was, and delicious! No Yeast here, so the texture is between cake and bread, which I actually prefer because its a lighter texture. This recipe is easy and your taste buds will reward you.







Ingredients:

Rolls
350g self raising flour
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g melted butter
2 egg yolks
200 ml milk

Filling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
55g brown sugar
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 tablespoon butter

Icing
125 Icing sugar
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 drop caramel flavoring




Pre-heat the oven to 180. Grease a shallow dish with butter. Sieve the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. 




Separate egg yolks into a bowl, you can do this by squeezing a water bottle over the yolk and releasing it into a bowl - Short video on how to do that here by the cutest little girl.





Mix the melted butter, milk and egg yolks together, then add to the dry ingredients to form a dough.






Knead the dough with a little flour for about 5 seconds, don't overwork the dough! then flatten it out on a sheet of lightly floured, grease proof paper with a rolling pin. The dough will be a little sticky, that's okay, don't be tempted to add a lot of flour.





For the filling, stir the cinnamon, mixed spice, brown/white sugar, melted butter and vanilla essence into a paste. Spread this over the dough. Breathe in the delicious aroma.





Using the paper, lift the bottom edge of the dough and begin to roll into a log. If the dough sticks to the paper, dip finger tips in flour and gently push away from the paper. 

cut into 6 rolls and put into your greased, oven proof dish. Brush the tops of the rolls with milk and place in the oven for 35 minutes.



 



Leave on the side for 10 minutes, then put them in the fridge to cool down quicker. 

Sift the icing sugar into a jug and add the cream cheese, butter and 1 tablespoon of hot water. Use a whisk or a hand blender for a smooth consistency.





This stuff is seriously amazing! This 'buttery caramel' flavoring is super concentrated, 1 drop is enough and when you mix it, the fragrance fills the whole room. I got it from Lakeland in Kingston.You can also buy it here





Pour the glaze over the buns when they have completely cooled, tear and serve. 









If you have the will power of a saint, you could put the buns in the fridge for the icing to set, but lets be real we aren't doing that. If it wasn't for this blog, I'd probably take the buns out while they're hot and take a pot of the icing to dip it in, the animal that I am.

I made these last week but writing this post has made me want them again, somehow I think my family won't mind.


Happy Baking! xoxo


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