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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

August Degustabox

It's been a long time since I had a Degustabox and I must admit that I missed them because Arran and I found so many new food brands that have become staples in our kitchen when cooking. The August Degustabox* landed on my doorstep last week, full of delightful treats to try and experiment with. From popcorn and muesli to curry pastes and beer, there was something for both of us. 

Sweet & Sticky Tabasco Sauce - 
Barbecue sauce is something we usually keep in the cupboard ready for chips or takeaways but we're not very adventurous when buying it so this one has been great to use on chicken and pulled pork thanks to its smokey flavour of chipotle sauce which is one of my favourite sauces to have at The Handmade Burger Company. 

Clipper Tea - 
As someone who is partial to green tea, I have a cupboard full of Clippers and various flavours. Clippers uses Southern Indian tea leaves which makes it light and clear with a subtle taste which is perfect as it doesn't overpower your taste buds. It's something that I find myself having on a Saturday morning to slowly ease myself into the weekend. 

Nutripots - 
The Aromaric Thai Noodles and Moroccan Cous Cous Nutripots aren't something that I would usually try but they've been handy for quick lunches. Nutripots contain 50% of all 28 minerals and vitamins that your body requires everyday. The Aromatic Thai Noodles have a slight kick and was my favourite out of the two pots. I do love cous cous but it gets a bit boring after too much. I would definitely buy the noodle pot again though. 

Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli - 
When Arran is on one of his many health kicks, muesli is something that maintains a spot in our cupboards. Overnnight oats is a Slimming World favourite but can take some time to get right whereas this just takes 30 minutes so it's great for Arran to grab before work and for me to eat while catching up on my emails.

Get More Multivitamins - 
Get more vitamins is a spring water that contains vitamins that your body needs. Containing no added sugars and natural flavours, the drinks are a great way to keep yourself hydrated while obtaining the vitamins you require. There are six varieties available and I really like the green tea version. 

Oloves - 
Oloves is something that we have in the house without fail with it being a personal favourite of ours. Coming in 4 juicy and tasty flavours, Oloves are de-piped and the perfect snack whether you are out and about or just having a day at home. These low calorie olives are freshly packed and sealed so that you get a great taste every time.

Mahou Cinco Estrellas - 
Whenever we fly to Spain, Mahou has always been our go to beer, so to find it in this months box brought back good memories. At 5.1%, Mahou is slightly on the stronger side for beer but tasty nonetheless. It has a mild taste that is perfect to have on hot summer day.

Geeta's Curry Pastes -
Curry is probably one of our favourite meals to have as you have the opportunity to combine so many different flavours and ingredients. Geeta's medium Tikka and Rogan Josh pastes use their own unique blend of spices to help create an easy dish and are perfect for a do it yourself date night. We just added poppadoms and a couple of naans to our meal. 

Willy Chase's Fit Corn -
Now who doesn't love popcorn?! Fit Corn is sowed and harvested from Chase's farm in Herefordshire, using all local ingredients. This helps provide a fresh taste and texture that you don't get with many others. As we usually keep a good variety in our cupboards, Willy Chase's Fit Corn has found itself right at home.

Rakusen's Snackers - 
Whenever we fancy a light snack we always find ourselves eating crackers with smoked salmon so the Rakusen's snackers are perfect for this. Coming in both Plain and Gluten Free, at 1% fat they are a great snack to have when you feel peckish. We just add lots of toppings for a mini canape selection to enjoy on the sofa! 

If you like what you see in this month's Degustabox then you can get £7 off your very own box using the code BLDEG15!

*PR Sample.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Mega Matte by Seventeen

(Nude News, Looking Buff, Rioja Your World)

Boots budget brand Seventeen have just released the newest lip product for any matte addicts out there. You all know matte is my favourite formula so the Mega Mattes collection was practically made for me and I cannot get enough of the shades, plus they're a steal at £4.49. All the lipsticks come in slimline tubes, in black casing with a chevron design making them a bit cooler than previous releases. 

The range comprises of 12 long-lasting, hi impact shades from your nudest of nudes right through to a deep berry, ideal for the fast approaching Autumn months. Each lipstick applies smoothly with no tugging leaving you with a perfectly, matte pout. I've been trying out three of the shades available from the new range and I'm pretty impressed. Nude News* is a muted pink, Looking Buff* a warm, brown and Rioja Your World* a rich berry. 

Being a matte lover, I've tried many a lip colour from the ever so drying Ruby Woo to the surprisingly creamy So Chaud and have to say these are really fab for the price. The colour is just as described and the formula is as matte as you'd expect but without the dryness. They don't last as long as the promised 13 hour wear time but for just over £4, I don't mind a quick touch up after eating. 

To get the perfect pout start of with a lip scrub like Lush Cosmetic's Mint Julip, a touch of balm then apply. Once your lipstick is perfect quickly dab your lips with some tissue then dust with some translucent powder to fix. Get yourself to Boots quick to try for yourself because these are bound to fly off the shelves!

Have you already tried the Mega Matte range? What shade takes your fancy?

*Press samples.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

My Go To Setting Sprays

Not using a setting spray is like not using a base coat on your nails and there are three sprays I reach for the most. Makeup Setting Sprays help make your makeup last longer and are used once all the magic is in place. There are sprays for all skin types with varied price tags now the highstreet are upping their game. Once all your makeup is applied just hold your chosen spray at arms length and press the pump down a couple of times then allow to dry. Here are the three I use...

I received the Slay All Day in Peach inside the Beauty Bay Miami box and it comes in a variety of fragrances. Aimed to keep your makeup intact and flawless all day, Slay All Day is formulated to help control oil, mattify skin and give a natural finish. The peach one has a fruity scent which can seem strong and may put some people off so just bear that in mind when purchasing. 

Chill is the spray to have during the Summer thanks to its time release temperature control technology, it helps keep makeup in place for up to 12 hours and it's one I love for going out for cocktails with the girls or dinner with the fiancé. I also really like the All Nighter setting spray also available from Urban Decay and keep a mini one to hand for travelling. 

This is the first makeup setting spray I tried, I bought it because of the hype and never got on with it very well until this year. Fix+ is an aqua spritz of vitamins and minerals, it's infused with multiple ingredients such as green tea and chamomile to help calm skin and add hydration. Once sprayed onto skin to fix makeup, skin just drinks it up leaving you looking with a natural, glow. 

What setting sprays do you use? I'd love some more recommendations! 

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