Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Top to Toe // Skin Quenchers

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers korres

Let the battle of the dry skin commence! Lads and lasses I want to share with you a few of my skin quenching secrets. If like me you prefer products which your skin drinks up rather than those than sit heavily on your skin, then have a gander at a few of my go-to essentials! My basket full of lotions & potions is pretty stonking, but the few rescue remedy products I use daily rarely change.

My skin type is a little bizarre depending on the area. My legs are without doubt a huge problem area for me- but we'll get onto that in a minute, my face is generally dry especially in the Winter, everywhere else is pretty normal. So I use different products depending on which area of the body it is. This makes life a tad more indulgent but - you have your skin for life and wear it everyday so, treat it well!

So lets hydrate from the top downwards…

Go-To Daytime Face
I'm dreading the day my Sisley All Day All Year day cream runs out, as at £236 I definitely didn't buy this myself. A friend who worked in a spa (very kindly) gave me it with a few other products and it is the smoothest, softest cream I have ever used. If you have the money then I highly recommend investing in a tube of this as it sinks into your skin within seconds, giving a super smooth finish. The day I become a millionaire I will buy a job lot of this stuff. But do not fear! I have a cheaper equivalent…

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers sisley

Less Pennies Go-To Daytime Face
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is my go-to for nourishing my skin before applying make up. This is a great product for 'a little goes a long way' and leaves a lovely dewey finish to your skin. Boots has it on offer at the moment so grab it quick! I love Nivea's light day cream also & they have a 'sensitive' alternative. I love the simplicity of Nivea, it's mine and my mum's all time favourite.

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers clarins

Delicate Eye Bags
Like a lot of ladies, I wear quite a bit of eye make up and removing this can be a harsh process on the old eye bags creating those dreaded wrinkles! I was lucky enough to have been sent a product from Zuzka which was their Eye Zone Intensive Repair Balm * and let me tell you ladies…this stuff smells like a spa in a pot. I've been using it every night for a month now and it feels like I'm giving my eye bags a well deserved revitalising spa treatment! It's quite an oily product which I usually don't like, but as I only use it before I sleep, it hasn't bothered me and I know that my skin is slowly absorbing the gorgeous Apricot & Jojoba oils contained within to rejuvenate and de-puff them for the next day.

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers zuzka

Smell Like A Dream
I have two favourite products I like to smother my arms/neck/tummy in to make me smell good enough to eat. Penthaligon's Quercus Lotion makes me feel like I smell expensive…if that makes sense…mmm Quercus. My other fave is Korres Body Butter - the Guava which you can find in Oliver Bonas! It's just dreamy, rich and hydrating - all of the good words.

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers penthaligons

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers korres

Go-To Dry Legs
My legs are a nightmare - to put it nicely. I get excruciatingly itchy legs to the point where I've given myself scars, I realise that's a bit gross but I wanted to share in case anyone else suffers the same problem. I have yet to find a long term solution (if anyone knows of any please do share!) but I have found a very good short term solution in Eurax. As soon as I feel a twitch I smother this on and it quells the problem. If my legs are having a calm day, a big old bottle of E45 is my tipple. I could bathe in the stuff - actually I think they do a bath oil!  I stick to the classic Moisturising Lotion and just pump on a couple of squirts to my legs and feet in the morning and my skin drinks the stuff up. I love it because it's no-fuss with no fancy smells or chemicals.

Skin Quenchers / moisturisers e45

Go grab yourself a tub, pot, bottle, tincture(!) of whichever lotions or balms suit your skin types and pamper yourselves pretty!

For more beauty and pampering why not have a home spa evening in tonight with some girlys?

Which are your favourite skin rescue remedies?

Betty x


Friday, 20 February 2015

10 Favourites // Jan & Feb Edition(!)

Leaping lizards! I forgot to write a 5 Favourites January edition *slap my wrist.* Sincerest apologies from me to you. To say sorry properly I have squashed Jan & Feb into one and written a 10 Favourites Edition!

1. My blog dates with Rebecca from Peppermint Dolly are fast becoming the highlights of my week. We meet at our favourite Holborn haunts, munch away at delicious dishes whilst we natter about her upcoming wedding, us both wanting a pooch, Himself & William's antics, blog tips or just giggle at R's Freudian slips (which occur often)...and I quote, 'You know that dog off the Durex advert?'…' you mean the Dulux advert?' *forehead smack*. We have a much needed giggle and put the world to rights and, quite frankly, it brightens my day.

2. Discovering smoked haddock. Holy guacamole, it has changed my life. I want it breakfast lunch and dinner. Delish!

3. Grace Dent's restaurant reviews in the Evening Standard Magazine. Just hilarious. If I have a 5 min tube journey I always read her article first. She is always brutally honest and full of humorous quips about her latest London dining experiences. Some of the places she reviews make my tummy hurt just to hear about them, but I think her writing is bloody brilliant.

4. Mango, just all of the clothes in Mango. Until 2 weeks ago I'd only really been into Mango a handful of times in my life. Oh how the tables have turned!! Mango obsessive sat right here.

5. My birthday! Turning 24 years young surrounded by the people I love most in the world, Sunday roast at home, llama spotting - yes you heard correctly- llama spotting and local pub grub & cider in sunny Somerset :)

6. My Betty's goodies from William's mum. I don't think I've ever been so excited by something as I was when I opened my birthday treats and found my very own Betty's bag (which hasn't left my shoulder) and a Betty's afternoon tea voucher! <3 Can. Not. Wait. Get me back to York STAT.

7. T25 has been my 2015 post new year exercise life line. As soon as January hit, I quit the gym and got cracking with Sean T's T25. It's so rare for me to find workouts which I actually enjoy but safe to say- I'm addicted. And they're only 25 mins long so I have zero excuses!

8. Home spa nights -which were meant as a treat but seem to be happening quite often(!) After I've finished teaching for the evening, my favourite thing to do is paint my nails. This has drastically evolved recently into - paint my nails, get in a bubbly bath, put on face mask, pester William until he gives me a shoulder rub, make a big mug of hot choccie and Bridget is already in the DVD player waiting. Full instructions to my perfect home spa pamper night found here.

9.  Lazy pancake mornings with William. It's ironic because he's a pancake obsessive, yet we missed pancake day. BUT never fear, we have just this month perfected our weekend-fat-pancake mix. Hoorah! Massive girlfriend points. Recipe coming soon.

10. This video (top post)

For last month's 5 Favourite's Edition have a little mooch over here

What have been your favourite things this month?

Betty x

Ps. I couldn't resist throwing in some snaps of Scout because he is just TOO MUCH! Look at him getting his bifidus actiregularis (it was an empty pot yet he insisted on licking it for a good 3 minutes) He's always my fave thing.


Friday, 13 February 2015

13 Naughty Valentines Recipes

Valentine's day is very much like Marmite. Whilst some prefer to tuck into a tub of Ben and Jezzers and ignore the pink, fluffy, Hallmark holiday all together, others bask in its romantic, balloon filled, teddy bear giving, chocolatey sweetness and decide to make a treasure hunt for their boyfriend ending with themselves jumping out of a cardboard box in the buff. (I'm actually going to do that but without the naked ending(!)…don't tell William shh)

Are you a lover or a hater?

Well…I guess you're not a hater if you're reading this lovey dovey filled post! So WELCOME ALL YOU LOVERS ! Or as we say where I'm from in Somerset - 'mee luvveerrrrrrrs'

I've been keeping a beady eye on all you little minxes who have been baking up a storm in preparation for the big day, so thought I'd share 13 of my favourite naughty-but-nice recipes on my fave blogs to help with some bake-spiration. Val-spiration?


*These cupcakes have been tried and tested. Guaranteed snog!*

Have the most love-filled Valentine's Days everyone. Even if the only men in your life are Ben & Jerry, your dad and your dog Jeff.

Enjoy these naughty recipes <3

How are you spending your Valentine's? Me and Will-i-am are heading to The Fentiman Arms in Oval for dinner and I'm making him a treasure hunt around my flat with clues in the form of Limericks to find little hidden prezzies :) Wow I'm so lame, I just heard that out loud.

Betty x

please note these are not my recipes or photos (apart from the Terry's cupcakes…ironically :) #theyrenotTerrystheyremine), all links to each lovely blog & recipe are below each pic!


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

*Naughty* Terry's Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Now I don't mean to get all your feathers in a fluff...but these are quite possibly the best cupcakes in the entire world. That's right - the entire world. And quite possibly the universe also. (Unless you don't like Terry's chocolate orange…in which case, I don't think we can be friends. Or in the very least you'd have some serious explaining to do)!

I could very easily have bathed in a tub full of the icing alone. Chocolate orange butter cream icing…holy guacamole, just thinking about it makes me want to dive head first into the cake tin and devour the entire buttery batch. Oh wait I already did that. Not really, I gave one to William. Just one.

Whatever you do …don't think of the calories. Just grab the biggest spoon you can find, dollop on generous helpings of the icing and devour, one blissful bite at a time.

*Guaranteed Valentines kiss if you give this to someone you have your eye on. Cheeky.*

What you'll need //

200g caster sugar
140g self raising flour
40g cocoa powder
2 tbsp oil
1 egg
175 milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the icing(!)
110g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter
50g caster sugar
2 tbsp water
2 bars of Terry's- approx 10 segments!

What to do//

Makes 12. Preheat oven at 190 degrees C / 375 F

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl or food processor along with the sugar and cocoa powder. Give it a quick blitz or stir until thoroughly mixed.

Beat the egg in a measuring jug and add the milk, oil and vanilla. Pour into the mixing bowl and give it all a good stir until it looks all shiny and smooth with no lumps. mmm have a little taste just to check…
*at this point if you want to add some chunks of Terry's to the mixture please do so!*

Evenly spoon the mixture into your cupcake cases (mine got a little messy, but messy baking is yummy baking right ?) Fill the cases about half full. My silicone cased ones didn't actually rise all that much so I'd recommend paper cases for these beauties.

Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes and leave to cool on a cooling rack before icing(!!)
*Do not miss this cooling step you greedy little minxes otherwise your icing will melt all over your cakes. I know it's tempting*

{Nom nom nom in my tum}

Oooo gosh I'm excited for you. I dare you not to eat any whilst you're making it. It's physically impossible I tell you. That, or I just have no restraint.

Place the butter, sugar and water into a saucepan over a low heat stirring continuously until it is all melted. Pour into a mixing bowl and sift in the icing sugar. Stir until smooth. Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Whilst everything is cooling, break up your Terry's choccie on a chopping board into little blocks about the size of peas. I wanted chocolatey chunks in my icing so I waited for my icing to cool before mixing it in. If you want the choccy all melted into your icing then stir it in whilst it's warm. mmm. I'm dribbling just thinking about it.

Now, my cupcake-to-icing ratio was a little generous towards the icing side of things. But that made me happier than happy and William definitely wasn't complaining. I can only describe his face as Cheshire-cat-like as he chomped away with icing all over his chops. But some of you with less of a sweet tooth may prefer to spread their icing a little less generously.

I shared mine because I'm a good girl, but I certainly would not judge if you decided to keep them all to yourself to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner - I was definitely tempted! Prepare to be bouncing off the walls though if this is the case!

I'm jealous just thinking of you all making these. Do let me know how you get on.

Now what are you waiting for, go get baking! Go go go!

Betty x

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