Healthy Food Haul

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At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself the goal of ‘being healthier’. I must admit that although many have marked that down on their resolutions, there are only a few people that I know who have actually done it. I want to start a new type of post or category, if you will, on this blog about making that resolution come true. Stay tuned on Wednesday to find out what I mean… Can you guess what it is?

For those who don’t like fitness, health or lifestyle related posts, there will still be beauty, skincare etc. posts still going up on the blog.

This week on the weekly shop I decided to experiment with my diet, starting with clean shelves, open mind and my resolutions glaring into my soul. I really want to get back into cooking and trying out a few recipes that I claimed I “didn’t have time” to do. Lets be honest, I can make time.

With a grocery list in hand here is what I got:

Suede, Salmon &  Plaice, Sweet potatoes, lemons, eggs, apple sauce, yogurt, mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, honey, baking soda, cocoa, bread crumbs and spring onion.

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p.s. to my sister ‘the hipster’. “its going to happen”

Empties: February 2016

GetFileAttachmentSo, I have been collecting a few of my empties and I figured it was the perfect time to show you what I’ve used up and what I though about them. So, here they are…

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The first thing I used up was the Aloe Fresh Soothing Lotion from The Face Shop. I really enjoyed this product a lot. To be honest I only use moisturisers from The Face Shop, because they work so well on me, their smooth and silky, and leaves my skin feel hydrated and soft. This product was a great morning moisturiser, because it left my skin feeling hydrated, yet it wasn’t too thick that it was hard to layer other products on top. Plus, if you aren’t into scented moisturisers, this would be a good one to try out, because it wasn’t heavily scented at all, and it didn’t linger. Also, thus lotion has lasted for such a long time, that it was worth the money.

Don’t be fooled by the size of this travel size H2O+ scrub, it has lasted me for around year. I really like this scrub, it wasn’t too abrasive nor was it too soft that it wasn’t doing anything, which made it such a great daily scrub.

 

GetFileAttachment-1.jpgThis is my second box of these eye patches from Petitfée and I do think it does hydrate my under eyes. Although, I would say that this isn’t intense or hydrating enough for the winter, it definetly works better during the summer, so if you are looking for an intense or rich eye mask during the winter months next year, maybe this isn’t the best option, in my opinion.

GetFileAttachment-2Lets just take a moment to celebrate the fact that I finished a perfume. It’s very rare that I do, because I end up not liking the scent or pushing it aside, because I found another scent that I liked more. I will say that Little Kiss Salvador Dali perfume was really nice, in the sense that it wasn’t too strong that it overpowered everything, because a lot of floral scent can do that for me, and I prefer something subtle instead of a strong scent, so I definitely enjoyed this perfume a lot, but I’m still unsure if I would purchase this again.

The last product is the Spiced Vanilla Hand Cream from The Body Shop, which came out 2 or 3 years ago. I remember loving this at first, but gradually not liking it as much in terms of the scent, and maybe that’s why it took me so long to use it up. Yet, I really liked the consistency of it, it was really rich, which was perfect for the dry winter months, where my hands were literally so dry and rough, so it was a life saver.

So those are my empties, I hope it gave you some insight on the products that I talked about, and hopefully it helped you if you were thinking of purchasing any of these products!

 

x.hipster

NEW IN | Collective haul

20160224_123849.jpgHello, its me… its been a while right? I apologise for the inconsistent posts these past few weeks, alas my dissertation d-day is getting closer and closer so there maybe days when I won’t be able to post but, fear not! I will try my best 🙂

Its been a while since I did a haul on this blog but, they are my favourite posts to do. So what did I get?

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Carex honey hand wash–  £0.90

Not the most exciting product but one of my absolute essentials to have around my room. I love the scent of this hand wash and the way that it feels on my hands,super soft and moisturizing plus the scent is super comforting almost like Lush’s “honey I washed the kids” (my favourite soap bar from Lush). I really like the fact that it kills 99.9% of bacteria, something not all handwashes have, my mum always said that this was key when looking at any sort of cleaning product.

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Loreal Elvive Extraordinary clay dry shampoo: – (bought for) £2.66

Recently I have been trying to wash my hair every other day, after hearing the benefits. I found that washing my hair every other day my ends are super soft, moisturized and shiny but my roots start to get greasy. I personally have never properly tried to use a dry shampoo before as, embarrassing as it is… I don’t know how…

 

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Beautiful movement cosmetics Mascara 8ml  –  £12.00

Not really a purchase, but I got this mascara from a magazine this month, I believe it was the ‘healthy’ magazine? I could be wrong. I have never heard of this company before and was drawn by the simple design and logo. I had run out of my benefit’s tinted mascara which I really liked and considered purchasing a full size, but I decided to try something new.

According to the website the cosmetics are vegan, animal cruelty free and contains minerals. Excited to review it soon!

Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 Eye cream 15ml 

Originally: £26.00   bought for: £13.50 

It seems that this month I was running out of a lot of things, shampoos, eye-cream and mascaras etc. I previously bought this eye cream for my mum for christmas and she has had nothing but positive things to say about this eye cream. I must admit that eye creams are a little difficult, when it comes to seeing if they really work because they take time. Hopefully this lives up to all the great reviews.

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Yves Rocher Riche Creme Beauty Elixir of Oil 30ml 

Original: £32.       Bought for: £13.20

This oil has been on my wishlist for a while since I received one of their monthly pamphlets. The way they described it was so luxurious and even managed to persuade someone who was reluctant to use oil on their face to buy it, so good job. Plus I managed to get it at a cheaper price. Will do a full review of this oil very soon.

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Yves Rocher Dark spot perfector serum 30ml.

Original:    £37.80     Bought for: FREE

This product was one of their free gifts that was up for grabs this February on their site. I have yet to try any of their Zero Default range as  don’t really have any dark-spots, however, I found that this product was good at removing acne scaring which I have a few. The bottle is iridescent, which you can’t really tell by the picture but it pearl like. I am going to try to use this for a month and see if my scaring gets any better and kind of want to try to use it in a different way… but I will update you soon about this and the progress.

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Tresemme Specialst Oleo Radiance. Illumnates, lightweight and healthiness shampoo 250ml  – £3.00

Finally, while shopping down the hair section of ASDA I saw that Tresemme had released a new range of haircare. As I was just about running out of my Aussie shampoo I decided to give this a try. The word that really drew me to choosing this product was “light weight” my hair is relatively fine and therefore is constantly hugging my face if I use products that are too rich/heavy. The product comes out like a golden jelly and smells so good however, I found that my hair is still quite dry after using it.

x Foodie.

10 cookie recipes to try!

I will be honest, cookies are my kryptonite. I love desserts, but cookies are the best of the best. So, if you are a lover of cookies, like I am, here are my favourite recipes that you should definitely check out.

1.Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mint and chocolate are my two favourite things!

2.Aunt Maggie’s Jam Thumbprint Cookies

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3.Peanut butter and dark chocolate cookies

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4.Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies

Hassle-Free CookiesI have tried a similar recipe to this, and it is incredible, you have to try it!

5.Totally Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Who wouldn’t love a double chocolate cookie, double the richness and the deliciousness!

6.Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Shortbread

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7.The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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To be honest my favourite type of cookies are the original chocolate chip cookies. I exceptionally love the soft kind, because they’re gooey and delicious, I can’t resist.

8. KISSES Triple Chocolate Blossoms Recipe

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9.Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

ImageGenA mixture of saltiness and sweetness is just incredible, and if you have tried, you’ll know.

10. Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

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So, I hope you enjoy them and try them out. Each recipe is different from one and another, so there is something for everyone! Happy baking!

x.hipster

Staying Connected…

The title might be a little vague but I must admit that I couldn’t come up with a better way of saying it. Wether you are traveling for work, moving out or going overseas to study, we often lose touch with childhood friends, best friends and family. After graduating secondary school or high school if you prefer, my group of close friends all went to different areas of the globe. Canada, US, the UK while my family was in Hong Kong. I am not very good with staying in touch, ok that wan an understatement, I am terrible and I apologise to all my friends for not staying in contact the first few years at uni! My bad…

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However, these few years I have come to realise that social media has allowed us to keep in contact with each other in different timezones. However, I must admit, the little gifts we get each other, handwritten postcards when one of us travels and hanging out every summer has been some of my fondest memories. Between you and me… I keep all of them 😉

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Sometimes I don’t contacting people through social media as I feel that there is a lack of emotion and sincerity with an email/message. Plus It can make you sad sometimes when they view your message but not respond. The truth is they are probably busy or in a completely different timezone, 99.9% of the time they don’t mean to do it. A postcard for instance, there is no “seen at 7.45”, we all know how annoying that is…plus checking your letterbox/mailbox and finding a lengthy message is what will put a smile on your face. Just knowing that someone took the time to post it and personally write it, is enough to brighten your day.

Here are some of my tips to How to stay connected with friends and family:

  1. Video chat
    1. I’m not saying you have to call them everyday, but just touch base with them once a week, just so they know you are ok and plus exchanging stories with them can be a lot of fun.
    2. My favourite apps for video chat are Google hangout and Skype (both are completely FREE).
  2. Write a postcard or a letter– There is really nothing more special than to receive a personal hand written letter or postcard from a friend, send one out spontaneously and see what happens…
  3. Email updates– Ok, if you aren’t into the whole hand written cards or video calls thats totally fine.  Email is probably going to be your best friend.
    1. Email your friends and family with short/long updates and maybe attach some of the pictures making the emails even more personal.
  4. Gift boxes/birthday presents and care packages– This one take a little bit more effort but, is so rewarding. When my friends have birthdays or when t is christmas, we often send gifts to each other, small boxes with a long note and snacks maybe even some products unique to our countries.
    1. Nothing too pricey or heavy is what we go for … uni-budget friendly.
    2. These are definitely not necessary to keep in contact but if you know they are super stressed, the boxes can cheer them up.
    3. Take some time to look at what might help them through uni, stationary, tissues (to help with pre-exam stress), snacks (you cant go wrong with food) etc.

x Foodie

 

5 Ways to Relax

Of course, everyone goes through a stressful period in their lives, whether it’s school or work related, or its other things in your life that’s making you stressed out. So, if you are stressed at the moment, here are 5 ways to de-stress.

 

  1. Try colouring Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 11.34.50.pngIt may be a weird idea, but there are so many cool colouring books made for adults, that are suppose to de-stress, and I think that it  does help you to keep your mind off of worrying thoughts for just a moment and leaves you calm and relaxed. So, go check them out.
  2. Listen to soothing musicScreen Shot 2016-02-20 at 11.42.49.pngSometimes you just need to close your eyes and listen to some calming music, if you don’t know where to find some, you can either go to youtube and search up some relaxing music, or head on over to Spotify, there are so many different playlists you  can listen to. So, put on those headphones, set your playlist and close your eyes. Now relax!
  3. Watch your favourite movie, while drinking hot chocolateScreen Shot 2016-02-20 at 11.46.39.pngChocolate milk is my favourite thing in the world, so it really does brighten my day when I make myself a delicious chocolaty drink and sitting on the couch watching a movie. This is definitely a leisurely activity for me, which I don’t get to do quite often. So this is one of my favorite ways to de-stress, if you’re in an extremely stressful time of your life, adding two of your favourite things together will really help brighten your day.
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    I think Yoga and Meditation is the best way to unwind, whether going to a class or doing some at home yoga or meditation. There are so many videos out there you can check out, that will teach your how to meditate.
  5. Pamper yourselfScreen Shot 2016-01-25 at 12.47.06 amI think a pamper routine really helps anyone to wind down, while pampering your skin at the same time. So, take out your favourite skincare products and start pampering your skin!

So, whether your stressed, or just want to relax. I hope you do try one way of de-stressing, as they really do work.

x.hipster

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This month together with the previous month has flown by and not in a good way. This month I have been feeling unusually unproductive and unmotivated as you can probably tell from my lack of posts. Being a virgo aka. the ultimate perfectionist, I have been kept up all night worrying about what I haven’t gotten done during the day and kicking myself for not doing it.

Hopefully now that reading week is over, uni might kickstart my motivation again!  Hope you guys have a great weekend!

x Foodie