Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Super-healthy Banana & Raspberry Oat Muffins

If you liked the look of my last recipe (Chocolate & Raspberry Banana Bread) recipe, then I think you'll like this one! For anybody craving something sweet, but wanting to avoid unhealthy treats, then these muffins are a great choice. They're low-fat, nutritious and super easy. You could have a batch of these sat in front of you in 25 minutes (including prep & baking time), and you'll be able to keep those cravings at bay! You could also add a tablespoon on cocao or cacao (raw) powder to make them super chocolatey!

  • 2 cups porridge oats
  • 3 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 2 medium/large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3/4 cup pitted whole dates (chopped)
  • Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries (no need to defrost)
  • 70% dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • Butter (for greasing your muffin tray)
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C
  2. Grease your muffin tin (I experimented with muffin cases to make them look pretty but the mixture will stick once they cool, so I recommend putting the mixture directly in to the tin).
  3. Mix together porridge oats, mashed bananas, eggs, agave, baking powder, cinnamon, dates using a blender or food processor. Alternatively, mix ingredients in a large bowl with a fork, then use a hand blender. Once mixture is combined, add 3/4's of the raspberries and dark chocolate chips and stir through (leave some chocolate chips and raspberries aside for the top).
  4. Pour mix into muffin cases (you should have enough mix for 10-12 muffins).
  5. Top with left over raspberries and chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until firm and slightly golden.
These muffins are so delicious with peanut butter, or you can eat them on their own! Can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days (if they last past day one)! 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Nars - Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen

As soon as I heard that NARS were launching a brand new range of lipsticks, I was excited to try them. I googled swatches of each shade and bravely ordered one without trying it (which I rarely do). The shade I ordered was 'Playpen' and luckily it was a good choice as I love it. NARS describes the colour as 'lychee pink', but I think it definitely does lean towards more of a coral colour, making the perfect shade for Spring!

The consistency is lovely, it feels moisturising but not sticky. The formula is pigmented and is a cross between a liquid lipstick and a gloss. The doe-foot applicator makes it easy to apply and to create a defined lip line, and I don't need to use lipliner with it. 

Unfortunately, it isn''t very long-wearing but for this type of product, I am not surprised. After a while, they do dry down slightly to be a little less shiny, but I wouldn't go as far as to say 'semi-matte', but maybe that's just this colour. I also find that this lipstick makes me lips look plumper.

All in all, I really like the product, and I am tempted to get another couple of them. I really love the look of 'Bound' and 'Suck' - such cheeky names!

There's some great swatches of each shade on if you don't have a NARS counter near you.
 Nars - Velvet Lip Glide (Playpen) - £22.00

Monday, 27 March 2017

Charlotte Tilbury - Pillow Talk Lipstick & Lip Cheat

I was lucky enough to be treated to this beauty for Valentine's Day this year, and it has quickly made itself in to my top five lipsticks of all time (and I have a lot)!

I bought Charlotte Tilbury's lip cheat in 'Pillow Talk' for myself sometime last year and every time I wore it, I thought to myself "this would make a great lipstick", even experimenting with making my own makeshift lipstick by applying it all over my lips and adding a little balm because I loved the colour so much. So when I heard that Charlotte Tilbury had released an online exclusive lipstick called 'Pillow Talk' which was supposedly the same shade as the lip liner, I knew I wanted to add it to my makeup collection. Luckily for me, my hint-dropping to my boyfriend didn't go unnoticed...

The lip liner is a lovely smooth velvety texture and can be used to re-shape and enhance your lips. I use it as a liner for my lips and I also fill in my lips and apply the matching lipstick over the top, which makes it last longer. It's waterproof and is transfer-resistant, claiming to last a whopping 6 hours (depending on quite how much you plan to eat, drink or kiss)!

'Pillow Talk' is my second Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, and the formula is described as a 'Luminous Modern-Matte'. The shade is a beautiful nude pink, and it looks absolutely amazing on every skin tone. The website shows the lipstick on ten women, so although the lipstick is available exclusively online, you can get a good idea what the shade would look like on you from the website, and you could also head to a Charlotte Tilbury counter and apply the lip liner in the same shade so you can see if you'd like the lipstick. You can read the review of the other gorgeous shade I own, which is called 'Super Cindy' here. 

For a matte finish lipstick, this is hydrating and extremely long-wearing. It contains orchid extract and glowing pigments which claim to create the illusion of lit-from-within lips, which make your lips look wider and fuller, which I have personally found to be true. This lipstick glides on beautifully and is easy to apply due to its square angled tip, which is a big bonus.

These lipsticks don't come cheap, but if you're looking for a 'your lips but better' kinda shade, then could be the perfect option for you! 

Top - bottom: Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick (Pillow Talk) & Lip Liner (Pillow Talk)
Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks? What are your favourite shades?