Healthy Chinese Fakeaway Chow Mein Recipe

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Before you ask, no it's not a pan of worms and cat poo although it kind of does look like it. Today I want to share a recipe my Mum and I tried the other day that I'm absolutely obsessed with. It's this chow mein recipe that's healthy but actually tastes like normal chow mein. It's a slimming world recipe so it's syn free and low fat. My sister made it and brought some over for us to try and I couldn't believe how similar it was to the chow mein you'd buy at the chinese takeaway. So we made some a few days ago and I felt like everyone needs to know about this recipe.

An Eventful Week Up North

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Ahhh it feels good to be back. Although it's only been 4 days, I feel as though I've been gone for ages. If you don't follow my social medias you won't know that this week I visited family in Lancashire. Because they live away, we rarely see them so visiting them was something we'd been looking forward to for months. They're the most warm-hearted lovely people so whenever we spend time together we just have the best time. Although I was really excited, the prospect of leaving Lola for a week was horrible. I never knew how much you could become attached to a pet. Seeing family was so nice and we had a well needed catch-up but the trip didn't exactly go to plan. Well, not at all actually. It went a bit tits up. 

Primark Homeware Haul

Friday, 11 August 2017

I'M FINALLY BLOGGING ABOUT SOMETHING INTERIOR RELATED!! It's been a long time coming. At the moment I'm re-decorating my bedroom so I've been non-stop pinning photos of different colour schemes, furniture and homeware accessories. All the things I love. Anyone who knows me (and follows my 7 different interior design pinterest boards) will know I'm OBSESSED with anything home design related. I can't get enough of it. I'm always planning what my future home will look like and have so many ideas I can't wait to put into practise.

Ultimate Summer Roadtrip Playist

Sunday, 6 August 2017

There's nothing nicer than chilling out in the garden trying desperately to catch a tan, listening to music and drinking ice cold drinks. Living in Wales means these occasions are a once in a blue moon experience that tend to be quite rare in the Summer months. I've always had a Summer playlist with songs that I imagine myself listening to on holiday or when in the car when the sun is shining. Tomorrow I'm visiting Lancashire for the week to see family and although I'm SO excited, the 4 and a half hour drive doesn't sound appealing to me. I have my headphones in when I'm in the car every time without fail, even more so when I'm on long journeys so I've put together a playlist of what people call "feel good tunes" that I plan to listen to. 4 and a half hours. God help me.

Snippets Of My Month: July 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I say it every time but I can't quite believe that another month has passed me by. I think that doing these monthly reflective posts is making me notice how quickly the months are whizzing by. It's scary that we're already more than half way through 2017. It feels like it's only just begun. It's august now though, which means one thing. IT'S NEARLY AUTUMN. I don't care much for summer and usually start picturing autumn and winter right about now, as bizarre as that sounds. 

2 Eyeopening Non-Fictions You Need To Read

Sunday, 30 July 2017

As much as I enjoy a good fiction that I can get lost in a story and follow the journey of characters, non-fictions provide me with just as much joy. There's nothing better than finishing a book and coming away with knowledge you didn't possess before. Books are the best way to learn. They can be so enlightening and thought provoking and can give you a real insight into current affairs to deepen your understanding of how the world works. Today I wanted to share two books I found especially informative and eye opening.

A Change In Direction

Friday, 28 July 2017

Usually, I'm somebody who absolutely hates change and finds "different" an unsettling idea. Little by little I'm trying to alter that and I'm trying to push myself out of my comfort zone with little things in my life. Since starting blogging at the beginning of this year I've constantly changed my mind on things and how I want my blog to be. I've changed themes about 4 times because I get bored of the same old one and can never decide on a header image or name.

The £3 Rayban Dupe

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Who doesn't love when a brand makes a similar product to one another with the only major difference being the much cheaper price tag. Yay for dupes. Although I'm all for companies taking inspiration from another companies product and making a cheaper version, I don't totally agree with people claiming to be selling the legit item but it turns out being a fake. Especially with makeup on places like Ebay and Amazon because you never really know which ingredients are being thrown in there and they could be harmful. Also not to mention they're completely ripping off the original manufacturer and misleading people.

My Top 10 Favourite Albums

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Like many people, I couldn't live without music. That sounds deep but it just wouldn't be possible.
It's something that hugely impacts my mood and I listen to it everyday without fail whether that's on my phone, on the radio, or on TV. It's everywhere. It can motivate me, pick me up when I'm feeling low, or can make me feel like I'm singing my heart out to an audience in the O2.

Liebster Award Q&A

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

On the weekend I was nominated to do the Liebster Award twice by the lovely Olivia from TheLittleStep, and Rachel from RachelEmmaBlog. I'll be honest, I had no clue what this in the beginning but after a little research I came to love the whole idea. Since I was nominated twice, I decided to answer both sets of questions.

Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Palette

Sunday, 16 July 2017

I'm unbelievably excited to be writing this post. Just because this might be my favourite palettes I've ever used. The shades are me to a tee and it's the only thing I've been using in terms of eyeshadow since it arrived last week. I just know I'll be using it non-stop throughout Autumn as well.

My Trustee Fake Eyelashes

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

My favourite part of doing my makeup has always been mascara. Eyelashes make any look for me and can completely change your face. One thing I've been fortunately blessed with is long eyelashes that are quite curled so I tend to go for fake eyelashes that only really contribute to volume.

June Playlist

Monday, 10 July 2017

June was a strange month. It was full of so many highs and lows, looking back I can't quite believe so much was crammed into just 4 weeks. I'm looking forward to a clean slate though. A fresh start and a brand new month to get stuck into. 

Nip+Fab Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Saturday, 8 July 2017

I was so happy to hear that Nip+Fab were bringing out makeup and I was desperate to try their liquid lipsticks after seeing the gorgeous nude shades. I only bought 2 but I definitely plan on buying more because I'm so impressed with them.

June Favourites 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

I haven't done a monthly favourites in a longggg time. February to be exact. I told myself that I'd try and upload them regularly but honestly, the months are just flying by so quickly that I either forget or don't try enough products throughout the month that are worth raving about.

Let's Talk: Anxiety&Panic Attacks

Friday, 30 June 2017

Quick note: if you hadn't guessed already by the post title, I'm discussing anxiety and panic attacks. If you're sensitive to it, you may not want to read. I should also warn you that this is a chunky paragraph-heavy post so grab a cuppa and get comfy.
It might sound ironic but I'm actually a private person so writing about something so personal and putting it out there for all to see is quite daunting. I want to post this though. I think it's a really important subject and I'm passionate about talking about things that are more of a taboo. It makes people feel more comfortable about being open.

A Magical Q&A For #HarryPotter20

Monday, 26 June 2017

20 years ago today the Harry Potter world was born. Can you believe that? The first instalment of the phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released on June 26th 1997. All day I've seen tweets, news segments, blogposts and photos on social media full of people uniting to celebrate the boy who lived.

Brand Closeup: Maybelline

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I've been meaning to start these posts from the very beginning of the year when I made this blog. I knew that I wanted to publish posts that zoomed in on specific brands that I love so I could share a little info on them and present my most loved products they create. I'm not completely sure how many I'll do or how often but they'll predominantly be focusing on cosmetic products like makeup, hair etc.

Super Simple Victoria Sponge

Friday, 16 June 2017

When it comes to baking I'm not a professional by any means but I love the process and find it so therapeutic. That being said, I like the recipes to turn out right so the simpler the better. I usually play it safe and stick to recipes I know inside out. One that almost always works perfectly is a victoria sponge. There's not much room for error. So, here's the easy peasy recipe I like to use:

Marina Strolls

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

I'd much rather be writing posts and sharing photos from cool trips to Amsterdam or sunny holidays in Greece but I can't really see that happening any time soon. For now, I'll have to do with snapping photos of my stomping ground; Swansea. I won't lie, I often hear it being described as a shithole but I guess people either love the place they grew up in or can't wait to move away. I personally love it here and although not every square inch is pretty, I have a few places that I think are lush (and quite photogenic).

A Summer Lippy For If You Dislike Bright Colours

Friday, 9 June 2017

I don't know about you but I hate super bright lipsticks. I just can't pull them off. Any pretty pinks or garish corals just make me look like I've slathered on one of those horrible lipsticks from the makeup sets you'd get as a kid when you wanted to experiment with purple eyeshadows and nail glitter. I think I'll stick to the neutrals. I'm much more of a bold eyes subtle lip kind of girl. Is that a thing? 

Calm Cards For Serenity

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

I'm slightly unsure about how to structure this post to be honest with you. I'm not necessarily reviewing these so I don't actually have a clue where I'm going with this. It'll most likely be too long and rambly either way. I wanted to share these "School of Life Calm Cards For Serenity" with you and was going to just mention them briefly in a May favourites post but thought I'd rather just write an entire post about them. 

3 New Skincare Additions

Sunday, 4 June 2017

I don't usually like trying out new skincare products because my skin is uber sensitive so I tend to only really use the same ones that I know don't irritate it. That being said, I feel like I've finally got to grips with my skin type and can predict how certain products will make my skin react. I have certain brands that I know I can trust and I usually stick to them. After making quite a hefty superdrug order (why do they decide to have such good sales when I'm trying to save!!) I picked up a few things for my skin that I'd heard good things about.

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Saturday, 27 May 2017

As annoying as it may be, cleaning makeup brushes is essential. Having said this, anything that speeds up the process and makes it feel less of a chore is happily accepted. That includes the god sent that is the real techniques brush cleansing gel which I discovered a few months back. It is a LIFE SAVER. It's so much quicker than the classic bowl of hot water and fairy liquid. There's not a soap sud overload that gets stuck deep in the hairs and it doesn't take yonks to do.

Let's Talk: Voting And The General Election

Friday, 26 May 2017

Don't worry, I'm not going to get all preachy and ramble about complicated politics and tell you who you should vote for, but instead I want to highlight the importance of voting in the General Election on June 8th 2017. That's just two weeks away.

A Hidden Gem: Max Factor Creme Puff Powder

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I think I've found my new favourite powder. I don't usually stray from my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte but I've been reaching for this Max Factor Creme Puff one every time I've worn makeup recently. Isn't creme puff the nicest name? Really rolls off the tongue (and makes me want a pastry).
It's been stuck in my draw ever since I had it for my Birthday but I used it spontaneously while I was in a rush doing my makeup and just slapped anything I could find on my face. Surprisingly it made my 5 minute makeup job look much better than the usual disaster I muster up. I haven't seen anyone talk about this so I felt like I needed to share it.

How To Make Saving Moolah Easier

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Can we acknowledge the niffler pop funko. I'm trying to channel him at the moment except I'm not stealing money just being extremely frugal.
Does anyone even call money moolah anymore? 
One of my new year's resolutions was to try my very best to save as much money as possible for driving lessons and eventually buying my first car. Although all of my other resolutions were broken within the first days of January I've actually stuck to this one. Yeah, I'm shocked too. 

Classic Coffee And Walnut Cake

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

I can't believe it's taken me so long to write a baking post. The past few months have been so hectic so baking has definitely been put on the back burner. I didn't even bake during Easter. Not once. Which is so out of the norm for me. Since I'm now working in a vintage tearoom I'm constantly surrounded by cake. It's unbelievably tempting but is also perfect for baking inspo and ideas. One that I've particularly liked (quite a few slices have somehow made their way home with me) is the coffee and walnut cake so I decided to give it a go and it actually turned out really well.

April Playlist

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Last month I found myself listening to a lot more music than usual. Don't get me wrong, I usually listen to music most days anyway but I seemed to be broadening my horizons a bit more. I always love discovering new music and finding new people to listen to so here are a few of my most played songs from throughout April:

Coachella Dreaming

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Oh yes, it's that time of year again when your Instagram feed is swamped with countless photographs that make you want to burst with envy. The typical boho outfits, wacky shades, and plenty of glitter mean that Coachella is in full swing. Every time I stumble upon one of these uber cool candid photos, I wish I was able to fly out to California and be there to experience it all. Although I didn't go, and let's be real probably never will, I wanted to do a roundup of the most memorable snaps I saw from the festival this year. 

5 Ways To Be More Organised

Monday, 24 April 2017

Luckily, I'm naturally quite an organised person, some may even say over-organised. I'm a bit of a neat freak and I find stationery, folders and colour coordination so satisfying. Yes, it's all very sad but stay with me. As someone who prides themselves on their organisation, and as exam time is just around the corner, I thought I'd share some tips on how you can get your arse in gear and get a little bit more organised. 

My Favourite Instagram Accounts

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

I used to be completely obsessed with Instagram. More recently I've lost interest because of this new algorithm. When will they bring back chronologically ordered feeds?! In the early days of "gramming" you'd find me uploading pictures of the most random things. In fact, my first ever post was a picture of a cow with the caption #bringingsexyback (now deleted thank god). My profile was flooded with embarrassing over-posed and over-filtered selfies and too many deep and meaningful quotes. Not to mention my bio, I went with the generic "follow for follow, turn that blue button green!" But that's just how Instagram was back in the glory days of 2012. Here are a few of my fave accounts at the moment:

6 Upcoming Films To Watch This Year

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Confession: I'm a bit of a film buff. Well actually, a lot of a film buff. I'm completely obsessed with the Marvel and Harry Potter movies and I really do appreciate a good bit of cinematography (cor that's a big word). 2017 hasn't disappointed yet with my beloved La La Land being up there with one of the best films I've ever watched, and there are some absolute gems that are coming out across the rest of the year. Here are a few I'm especially excited about:

Recently I Have Been...

Friday, 7 April 2017

After reading this style of post on Kayleigh's blog I was keen to do my own so  here's a summary of all the wonderful things I've been up to lately:

All About That Base

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I think we can all agree that your base is probably the most important step in your makeup routine. It's the starting point on your blank canvas, the groundwork for your building structure, and how the rest of your face turns out depends on this vital first step. I definitely think that taking a little extra time on your base will make the rest of your makeup come together much nicer.

New Bookshelf Buys

Sunday, 2 April 2017

So a few days ago I was browsing on Amazon and stumbled across the 3 for £10 promotion going on and I just so happened to have a £20 gift voucher that I had for my Birthday. It was like fate so I had no choice but to buy 6 books. That's what I'm telling myself anyway. Oops. You might have guessed by now that I'm a complete bookworm. I definitely don't need more books and still have a queue of books waiting to be read on my shelf but buying brand new books brings me so much joy. Yes I know it's all very sad but there are much worse things I could be spending money on.

Chapter 17

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wednesday was my 17th birthday (whoo!) so I wanted to write a post about how I spent the day as I think posts like this will be really nice to look back on in the future. I'm officially a dancing queen, yay!

Makeup Sponge or Makeup Brush?

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

For the past month or so I've been "going back to basics" and using brushes to apply my foundation rather than a makeup sponge. I say back to basics but when I first started wearing makeup the only tools I had to apply it were my hands. Ahhh those were the days....not. Nowadays you've got the silisponge, fingerblender, oval brushes and so many other ways to apply makeup (some people have literally used condoms).

Skincare Routine

Monday, 27 March 2017

So after publishing my post about acne (here) I thought it would be fitting to write about my current skincare routine. It's not super fancy with a dozen night creams and special oils derived from the Himalayas but it works for me. Due to my problematic skin lot's of face washes and other products prescribed by the doctor have irritated it and often caused more outbreaks.

Let's Talk: Skin&Acne

Saturday, 25 March 2017

I've never felt nervous to write a post before now. I think it's because this one makes me feel a little more exposed and vulnerable than a makeup review or a ramble about friendships. As much as sharing these photos scares me they're just spots, nothing to be embarrassed about. Skin is sensitive in more ways than one; it's often the source of people's insecurities and something that can be detrimental to someone's self esteem.

Spring Moodboard

Friday, 24 March 2017

As I'm writing this I'm sat by my window looking out at the dreary weather outside; it's dark, bucketing down with rain, and the wind is whistling non-stop. Amid this typical Welsh weather, I've been thinking about how Spring is fast approaching. Although today's setting couldn't be any further away from "Spring vibes" I thought I'd share all the things I love about the upcoming season.

The Birthday Wishlist

Friday, 17 March 2017

In just over a week I'll be turning 17, and this year I really can't wait. Usually I'm not overly bothered about birthday's and tend to dislike the focus being on me (especially when everyone sings happy bday, oh my gosh I loathe it). This year however, I'm pretty excited about the big day because I'll finally be able to start driving lessons, YAY! I can't tell you how long I've been dreaming of being able to drive and I can't wait for the independence.  

The Get To Know MeTag

Thursday, 9 March 2017

As I'm quite new to blogging I thought I'd answer some questions to let you know a bit more about me. I've used most of the questions from Shannon's blog so be sure to go check out her post. I love reading these and getting to know the person behind the blog, so here's my attempt:

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

There's no relationship more important to me than the one I have with my Mum. She's the kindest, most gracious and warm-hearted person I know. I'm lucky enough to have a Mum who's also my best friend; she's just an all round diamond. I can definitely take her for granted at times though so, Mother's Day is an opportunity to show her just how special she is. Handwritten cards and candles just don't cut it anymore so with the 26th March fast approaching, I've been on the hunt for the perfect gift and thought I'd share a few ideas to inspire you.

Meet Lola

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

If you follow my Instagram you'll know from the endless cat photos that I have a kitten called Lola. She's a 7 month old tabby cat who came into my life in September. The story of how we came to meet is quite sweet; she was a total surprise. My family knew how much I loved cats and how I spent way too much time pinning pictures of them to a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them. I remember the day well, I'd been in my room having a sing along (alone might I add) to Drake blasting through my speakers. Unbeknownst to me, my sister and her friend were downstairs with the little ball of fur. 

New Makeup Discovery: Makeup Obsession Palette

Monday, 6 March 2017

 I'm so excited to share this Makeup Obsession palette as it's something I've been quite obsessed with lately. It was meant to be a gift for my Birthday (which is the end of this month) from my sister, but she decided to give it to me early. I'd never heard of this makeup brand before but it's owned by Tam Beauty, who also own Makeup Revolution. Predominantly sold in boots, they offer bespoke palettes that you can individually create to suit your own personal taste. Although bespoke cosmetics have been around for a while they're usually made by the likes of MAC and Bobbi Brown and cost an arm and a leg. Just like Makeup Revolution makeup products, they're long lasting, highly pigmented and are such good quality for money.

Real Friends, How Many Of Us?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Throughout my teenage years, the change of friendships have taught me the most about myself and which types of people I do and don't get on with. Making new friends, falling out with people, and outgrowing friendships are all a part of maturing and developing as a person. 

February Favourites 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

I actually can't believe it's March already. January dragged SOOO much but then February literally felt like a week long. Despite it absolutely whizzing passed I had quite a few monthly loves that I wanted to share. 

Misty Walks In Rhossili

Thursday, 2 March 2017

I know quite a few people who always say they hate living in Swansea and that there's nothing going on and it's boring. It's even described as a "pretty shitty city" in the film Twin Town. Having lived here all my life I've grown to love it and it's actually a really special place to me. It kind of suits everyone too; you've got the beach, city and the countryside. One of my favourite spots to go for walks is Rhossili beach in the Gower as it's a perfect place for taking photos whether it's sunny or (more typically) rainy and is such a calm and soothing place to visit.

10 Quotes For When You Need Inspiration

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The other day I was having a bit of a Pinterest binge and found myself pinning endless amounts of motivational quotes to my 'Inspired' board. I started my very first job last week so I was scrolling through looking for some confidence boosting wise words and tips. Some people might see these affirmations as super deep and cringe but I actually think they're good pick me ups and reminders to keep things in perspective.

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