Beauty Must have: La Roch-Posay Effaclar Anti Blemish System*

If you are looking for a 3 step system to get your skin in really good condition, then look no further. 

The La Roch-Posay anti blemish system has three products, the first step is the Gel Cleanser, the second is the Clarifying toner, and the final, my favorite, is the Effaclar Duo+ Corrective cream.

Im going to mention the dreaded C word... but this would be an awesome set to give to someone for christmas. It is currently £32.50 in boots, and if your not happy with it you can get y0ur money back! 

This set gives you a 6 week supply which i think will give you a good indication as to whether the product is going to work for you. Its suitable for sensitive skin, and specially for people with Acne. Its also Parabin free, which is a bonus!

I love the Effaclar Duo+ cream, i use it every day on my forehead... yes thats right. My forehead. I used to get these horrible little spots along my hair line. Since i started using this product the have completely gone. I went through a few weeks where i stopped using it, and they came straight back. So i've been back to my usual routine and they have gone again! woo.

*I was perked with this product, all comments are honest and opinions my own.

Veggie Quorn Lasagne with and my Dolmio bargain!

Are you ready for a very quick and easy Veggie Dinner!?
Well here we go.... I was in the middle of a quick dash into Iceland to get some bread and milk. When i came across an offer where you could get a free Dolmio Lasagne dish if you bought two Dolmio sauces. The sauces were on offer for £1.50 each too which was a bargain!

I picked up two sauces, the tomato lasagne sauce, and the creamy white sauce.  This got me the free dish. I then had to get some lasagne sheets, mushrooms, onion, mozzarella and some Quorn Mince.

All you need to do is..
1) Fry the chopped up Onions until slightly browned. Throw in the Mushroom and Mince.
2) Pour in the tomato sauce and let it simmer and heat through.
3) Next Layer the mince and veg in the dish, start with the Mince, then a layer of Pasta sheet, then a layer of Creamy white sauce.
4) Repeat until the dish is full, then cover with Mozzarella.
5) Cook for approx 25mins until the cheese is browned, it might be worth covering it with foil to give it a little longer to cook through so that the pasta sheets are cooked. (Ours were a little bit chewy)
6) Enjoy!
I have made a few other dinner with Quorn which you can look at the links below:

Quorn Cottage Pie.
Quorn Curry Bagel
Quorn with Cous Cous

France 2014: Part 2

Im here with another French update. We managed to cram quite a lot in to one week, so i have to split up the posts through fear of boring you death.

On Thursday we went along to Eymet Market, its a morning market, and its my favorite. I love the atmosphere, the smells, the feeling of being lost in translation. I dont speak french, i know my hello's, please, thank you and the odd bit of vocab. But being in a small Bastide where everyone speaks french is brilliant. (There is alot of english down there too though, which ruined the atmosphere a bit)

Looking down a narrow street

Birdies on wires

  The town is a square with a fountain in the middle, and has narrow streets going off every direction, and the market leads off up to Eymet castle.

How beautiful the colours of the bags and baskets are!

We finished the market off with a beer and a sit down. The weather was pretty hot whilst we we're there. About 27+ most days!

Pretty much every afternoon we spent our time here...

We did manage a dog walk before dinner too, which was nice. We took Brian up to the field behind my grandparents house, and thought it would be rude not to snap some photos of the sun flowers, even if they are dieing.

I even finished off the walk with a photo shoot of their cat Manu..

More to come next week!

You Beauty Discovery Box: Sept 2014! + Video!

This months YBD box was their 1st anniversary Birthday special!

As usual you can choose two items from their monthly list, this month they also threw in a birthday extra. It was a full size pot of the Tony & Guy Glamour volume plumping whip. (Which costs more than the whole box put together!)

I was a bit late to select my items this month as i was in France and forgot to make my selection... All the 'Good' stuff was taken, but i like to pick some random things i wouldn't otherwise try. So my selection was the MAVADRY (drys your nail polish super quick) And the Eyeko hydrogel eye patches. They put two packets of the eye patches in, which was a surprise!

They also threw in a few extras, this month was a make up sponge, and 2 Crabtree & Evelyn teabags. I love that they put some well-being products in as well as beauty.

I have used the eye patches and they were really soothing to your eye area. They definitely make them less puffy. The MAVADRY is ok, it does what it says by drying your manicure quickly, but i found that it was very chippy. I didn't use a top coat over my OPI polish so that's probably why.

You can check my other posts about this subscription box by clicking here.

I did a quick video to go through what i received in the box..

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Grip it: Review & Giveaway!

I dont know if i have mentioned it, but if you follow me on instagram you will see that we have been building a walk in wardrobe. We have a pretty big bedroom for a 1 bed flat, so we did away with the 2 double free standing wardrobes we had, and my very Handy Husband built us a 4ft x 5ft walk in!

I'm not going to do the big reveal until its finished. One thing i have been meaning to do for a while was hang this mirror. This Mirror cost me £5 from a charity shop, and has been hanging out in the bedroom waiting to be put on the wall. Now the wardrobe is complete, structurally at least... We have space to hang the full length mirror! woo

As you can see we need to do a lot of work, painting wood, painting the room, getting new flooring/carpet etc. But at least now i have something on the wall to make it feel a bit more complete.  One of the main reasons we delayed hanging this mirror was that the walls of the wardrobe are made from Plasterboard. Its not the strongest of materials, especially when your hanging a 3ft mirror from it.

I was contacted by a company called 'Grip it' they have a very handy kit of fixings especially for plasterboard/drywall (if your from the US).

 Its a pretty cool kit, you get everything you need in it and it costs £19.99. You get drill bits, screwdriver, bolts, screws, and the grip it fixings in a variety of sizes dependent on your need. You can use these for anything from a Mirror like we did, or a radiator, kitchen cupboards, anything up to 180kg!

In action..
These fixings are relatively easy to use, i did find that it made more sense watching their video on how to use them rather than reading the instructions. We found the product easy to use and effective. My husband was really eager to give it ago, and was like 'Oooooh it comes with drill bits' when he opened the kit.. haha - Easy to please he is!

I have also found it really interesting reading about the product and how the 'inventor' was only 13 when he came up with the design! How amazing is that, he was also on dragons den which is a programme that i love. 

They have very kindly offered a kit for one of my readers!

Enter through Rafflecopter, and leave me a comment on what you plan on using them for!

*I was perked with this product for review purposes.

Bonjour Francais 2014! Part 1

We took off for a week at the end of August and went to see my grandparents in the south of France, Eymet in Bergerac to be exact.

When we arrived it was raining...

But then the next day it turned out lovely!!

We Went to Roquegeoffre (Nr Beynac) to go canoeing down the dordogyne for the day, we did 15km and it was a new experience to me. I have never canoed before let alone in a really wide river with a strong currant. It was pretty fun, just a bit scary to begin with.

Picnic lunch by the river

My Grandad and me :)

Mikey and me

Our first full day was great fun, and for once i was very sensible and wore my La roch posay spf 50 oil and didnt get burnt once! I came home with a lovely tan so just goes to show you still get a tan with high factor.

It was only 11 euros for the day, well worth it!

Review: Stila Magnificent Metals eye liner*

Ooooooooh look what Stila have to offer.

I saw these collection when i was at the Christmas in July event last month (I mean... July, where did august go people?!)

Metallic Black Gold*

I'm loving this eyeliner, its kind of a two tone, a black base with gold throughout. You can use this as a shadow as well as a liner. Its a bit bold for me as a shadow and im not very good as blending it all out... so im sticking to using it as a liner.

It has a creamy texture and is almost sponge like to touch in the pot. Very strange.

What i like is that its not impossible to remove, although it does get gold bits of glitter all over the place. 

I love that Stila's products feel well made, you dont get that cheap make up packaging feel with it, if you want to have a cheeky splurge then you can buy this from the Stila website for £24.00 

Where have you been?

Im still here...

I have been on my holidays, and im just getting back into the flow of normal life. boooo

Ill be back to show you some holiday snaps soon! 


Technics is reborn!

I dont know if you remember Technics, they were pretty iconic from when i was younger. My mums boyfriend had a stacked Technics stereo, it was his pride and joy. 

I remember it played the most amazing sound quality, and i couldn't wait for them to go out and leave me home alone so i could stick some of their 'grown up' music on and dance away.

I used to listen to music like Manic street preachers, and techno music... bit of a difference.. but i just loved the sound of the music.

Technics have relaunched and are coming back!

I need to get saving some money so we can get a new stereo... Technics might well be on my wish list!

*i was perked for writing this post.

Christening day!

Last Sunday we were invited to a christening for our friends Daughters, it was a lovely day and really nice to catch up with friends and fa...