90 Second Eye Makeup Menu

90 Second Eye Makeup Menu

I’ve been so super busy recently, doing all the adult things that its safe to say I have preferred to spend an extra 10 minutes in bed rather than taking 5 minutes deciding what colours to use in my eyeshadow palettes. The means my makeup has been super quick, especially the time spend doing my eyes which is usually a good half hour…

I don’t like leaving the house with no makeup on at all, I feel so unconfident and shy. I’ve whipped up a 90 second eye look that is guaranteed to make your eyes look a lot more alive within seconds. It’s the steps to turn to when you would prefer to spend those extra minutes sleeping or when you running a little bit late in the mornings. I have been loving the Too Faced Bulletproof Shadow Liner! I picked it up in a TK Maxx sale just before Christmas and it’s so easy to use. I just pop ‘Mink‘ all over the lid of the eye, it’s a beautiful golden/brown shade that would suit most skin tones. I then use ‘Primal‘ from the Urban Decay Basics 2 Palette which gives the eyes a lot more definition. I apply it in the outer crease and blend. It doesn’t take long at all and actually looks as though you have created a smokey eye but really you have just used two shades. If I feel as though my eye needs a little bit something else to brighten it up, I use ‘Skimp‘ in the inner corner and that usually works.

I have to admit – I skip eyeliner about 99% of the time because no one has time for that but when I do, I usually use either the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner or The Body Shop’s Striking Eye Definer in ‘Black‘. I then curl my lashes, if I have time, and coat them with GOSH Lash Sculpting Mascara which is great for adding volume to your lashes.

There you have it; a quick and easy eye look suited for when your running late or needing a little quick fix. Give it a try, I guarantee you will love it and it will only take you 90 seconds.

Have you got any makeup wonders that ensure you can have an extra five minutes in bed? Let me know in the comments.

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The Sunday Post: Slimming World Afternoon Tea With Alice & Co.

I have just got back from Alice‘s place, serious house goals, after spending a lovely afternoon with her, Edd and Lee eating Slimming World friendly food and talking about different life things. It’s been such a lovely Sunday and I couldn’t wait to share with you the display of food that we have made. Most of this is free foods, excuse the puddings and nearly all of it is vegetarian too.

The egg muffins were created by Edd and I. They are super simple and easy to make which are brilliant for breakfasts. I simply put a mix of spinach leaves and cherry tomatoes chopped into cake cases and whisked eggs to pour into the cases. Edd made the same version however with chopped up bacon and tomatoes. Cook them in the oven for 15 minutes or until they are golden.

The cheese and onion quiche pies were super simple to make to according to Alice. It’s as simple as mixing together a Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Cheese and Broccoli mix, Cheese and Onion Smash, three eggs and a tub of quark. It’s best to do them in a silicone muffin tray to stop them from sticking. Cook them for 25-30 minutes and viola, out comes something that tastes so delicious.

For pudding we had two different desserts to try as well as the speedy melon and strawberries. The first is the classic low fat yogurts and jelly dessert. I used strawberry vegetarian jelly and added fresh strawberries to the mix before it went in the fridge. It tastes so good and is free too! At the last minute, I crumbled a meringue nest so it was like a Slimming World friendly Eton Mess. I also attempted chocolate mousses using: fat free yogurt, quark and an options hot chocolate. It tasted nice but not as good as the Eton Mess pudding.

Overall we had a lovely afternoon with some really nice company. I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon.

Have you got any Slimming World recipes that we should try?

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A Mini Coconut Lane Haul

Coconut Lane is one of those brands that I fall in love with over and over again. If you haven’t already realised, I am actually one of their Coconut Queens and you can get 20% off using julyjournal20. As you know I now have the iPhone 7 Plus which means that it’s time to stock up on Instagramable cases and one thing led to another and I ended up treating myself…

The first item I picked up was the Black Royal Phone Case which looks so sophisticated and chic. I absolutely love it and it goes really well the new Black iPhones. I practically jumped for joy when I saw the matching laptop case, The Slay MacBook Case, it makes me feel as though I am so organised and professional having matching everything. Can you really get sick of marble?! I don’t think you can.

I have been eyeing up the Gold Leaf Bangle so much over the Autumnal months last year and finally bite the bullet and picked one up. I am in love! It goes with absolutely everything and is so simple to wear. It makes a change to my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet as well.

Finally, I picked up the Walt Disney Print. It’s so motivating and goes really in the corner of my room with all my other quote prints.

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Alchemy Oils Alma Hair Remedy Review*

I don’t know about you but with all the hair styling and heat that has been thrown at my hair in full force, it’s left feeling quite dry so when the lovely team at Alchemy Oils wanted to send me one of their Hair Remedy Oils, I jumped at the chance. All of the oils that they sell are packed full of nutrients that help to achieve various things depending on the oil.

I decided to go for the Alchemy Oils Alma Hair Remedy as the blend of coconut, avocado and argan oils help to promote growth, strengthen and condition hair. It also contains a splash of lemon oil to shine and naturally cleanse the hair. It all sounds wonderful and I couldn’t wait to give it a go. Amla is a powerful hair tonic from the Indian Gooseberry. It is known to stimulate the hair follicle to encourage growth. It nourishes the hair by adding strength and sheen, cleansers the scalp to prevent dandruff and provides the perfect environment for long and healthy hair. The vitamin C can help to treat dry, itchy scalps because is it very rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants carry anti-ageing mechanisms that prevent grey hairs.

Firstly, you can use the remedy as a light serum which is what I tried first. I washed my hair as usual and instead of using the Paul Mitchells Serum that I have been using for months. I put the tiniest amount of oil on my hand, rubbed it between my palms and smoothed through the ends of my hair. The first thing  I noticed was how good is smells! If any of you are familiar with the citrus scented bath bombs from Lush then you will love the scent of this because it’s so uplifting and the scent lasts all day because it’s so strong. After drying my hair and styling it for the day – it looked a lot shinier and smoother. I have been trying to delay washing my hair so that it can grow. I’ve heard that this technique works best. Using the oil as a serum, delayed my usual wash by an extra day because my hair still looked smooth and healthy.

Next up, I tried it as a hair mask. I applied a generous amount of oil all over my hair, working from the roots to the tips, and massaged it into the scalp. I left it on over night and then washed it out with my usual shampoo and conditioner. Even whilst I was in the shower, my hair felt a lot more smooth and nourished. When my hair was fully it dried, it looked beautiful! The shine was gorgeous and healthy. It felt super light and really clean.

Overall, I definitely think that the oil worked best as an overnight mask rather than a serum but either way it made my hair look so healthy. One thing I do have to say is that I wish it had a pump or something so it was easier for the product to come out of the bottle. To get the smallest amount, I had to put my whole hand on top of the bottle and make sure that I carefully lifted it away without getting to much product. This is really the only negative thing I have to say about the product and other than that I loved it. The packaging is very luxurious and the effects it has on my hair is amazing. The oil retails at £27.00 and can be purchased from their website alchemyoils.co.uk.

Have you ever tried one of the Alchemy Oils? What’s your thoughts?

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The Sunday Post: Turknaz Restaurant, Whitley Bay

When Turknaz opened on the seafront in Whitley Bay I was eager to try it. Lit up by hundreds of fairy lights at night and peeping in to see the fantastic Turkish style décor was intriguing enough. Taking over the original Aruba, that’s where I stroll into at 4am to get my pizza after spending a night out getting drunk with friends – Turknaz has injected a bit of unique sophistication to the Whitley Bay seafront. I went in the evening over the Christmas period with my Aunt but they have a range of deals that are affordable for anyone on a budget.

I started off with the Falafel which was beautifully cooked and served on a bed of hummus and with a range of salad vegetables. I could have quite happily had the same dish for the main but I thought I should try something new. For mains, I went for the Feta Salad which is originally served as a side but they kindly let me upgrade it to a main by making the portion a little bit bigger. It was served with tomato, onion, pepper, cucumber and parsley and dressed in olive oil and lemon juice. It tasted so good and so fresh! The portion sizes were huge, enough to share between two people but at least you knew that you wouldn’t be going home hungry.

After polishing off the starter and main course, I couldn’t leave without trying one of the desserts that was on the menu. I went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie and it tasted heavenly. The brownie was so rich and really moist and the ice cream went perfect with it.

Looking back, I wish I was a bit more adventurous and tried something completely different but I really enjoyed what I had and would definitely go back again. The only criticism that I would make is about the drinks. A large diet Pepsi was £3.70 whilst a lime and soda was £4.20 which I just think is ridiculously over priced! However they were soon quick to change it when we mentioned how annoyed we were at the drink pricing.

Although it’s been open for the past year now, I think Turknaz is a bit under-rated and definitely worth trying out if you ever find yourself in Whitley Bay. It’s a seaside town which is dominated by Italians and Indian restaurants so it’s nice to have something brand spanking new in the midst of it all. It’s also nice to know that even the fussy eater from a group can find something that they will enjoy.

Have you been to Turknaz yet? Is there anything from the Turkish cuisine that I should try next time?

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