#LicenceToChill

Monday, 25 September 2017
There is no hesitation in my answer when I am asked what my favourite movie series is, Harry Potter and this was the first film that popped into my head when I had an email about the #LicenceToChill campaign from Chill Money asking me to think about how much it would cost to live as one of my favourite movie characters. For me it's Hermione Granger, I even have her wand.
Figuring out how much it would be to live as Hermione in her muggle how would be fairly easy but looking at how much it would cost me in Galleons, Sickles and Knuts would be a little more difficult, however JK Rowling has already done the calculations.
According to JK Rowling the average tuition on your first year at Hogwarts and all the equipment you'd need. According to her, it would cost around £40,000 for just one year - and I thought my university fees were bad (!!). Which actually did make me wonder, what if you had a letter from Hogwarts but you couldn't afford the fees? Is there a Hogwarts Student Loan? Would they not be able to go?
I'm sure that anyone who was offered to live as a Witch or Wizard would naturally say that owning a Wand would be the most attractive part. The wands have so much power, although you shouldn't chase that as we know from the Elder Wand and The Dealthy Hallows, and I think they would make life so much easier. 

I know I'm old when my first thought is I could actually wave a wand and my ironing, washing and cleaning would be done with the swish of a wand! 
What movie character would you most like to live as?

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BEAUTY: Gel Nails at home

Saturday, 23 September 2017

This post could very quickly become an "ode to the gel nail" because, quite frankly, I love everything about them. I had my first set of gel nails whilst I was at university (over 8 years ago GULP!) and this was when gel nails was fairly unheard of. The only real brand that was on the market in salons was biosculpt and even back then you were looking at £40 a set in a local salon I went to. 

Back then you were lucky if your nail tech had more than a red and a pink - luckily mine had a whole set of crazy colours and the talent to go with it! I enjoyed many sets of nails including minx, crystals and all sorts of patterns before the cost of it all just got a bit too much.

Fast forward a few years and we are now benefitting from many more nail technicians and mobile technicians in the market, coupled with so many brands offering gel nail products - it's more accessible than ever to do your gel nails at home. 
I've used many brands over the years and have slowly but surely settled on these three as my "go to" products. Although recently I've come across a brand called "The Gel Bottle" and I'm hovering over the order button. It's more expensive that any of the brands that I currently use, but I have read and watched many great reviews.
Around a month ago I upgraded my nail lamp from a UV one to an LED one. LED lamps cure a lot faster than UV ones, but they do cost more and aren't compatible with all brands.

I picked mine up from Amazon for around £15 from the brand 'Mylee'.

Bluesky: This is a brand I was introduced to when I started to book to have my nails done with mobile nail technicians. I find Bluesky to last really well and at only around £6.50 per bottle, they are my first choice when it comes to new colours.

Semilac: Semilac is a brand that I haven't purchased much from, however I do have their builder gel and this is my first DIY version of a gel builder that I tried. Builder gels are so handy for repairing nails and creating a natural false tip when you break a nail!

Sensationail: I don't use any of the gels from this brand, I just found them too thin and that they didn't last for me. However, the primer is brilliant. This bottle has lasted me ages and helps to eliminate any oil left on my nails before adding a base coat. I forgot it once and my nails didn't last as long!

I'm not a nail tech and I learn pretty much everything from asking questions when I do get my nails done or watching numerous youtube tutorials so please research brands first before you go out and buy them.

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LIFESTYLE: Homemade Hummus

Friday, 15 September 2017
Fun fact for you, when I first decided to give up eating animals and animal products (a journey which I am still very much exploring and learning on) I pretty much panic ate hummus for the first week. I knew it was vegan, I knew I loved it and I knew it was fairly inexpensive. 

The one problem "eat within two days of opening". Whilst this is a challenge I accepted many times, the long term healthiness of hummus isn't the same when you are eating it by the bucket load!

Admittedly I hadn't realised before just how easy making your own hummus was, like most blender recipes,  so over the last 18 months I've made sure to have a stock of chickpeas and the ingredients below to whip up my own in my blend active.

Ingredients
  • 400g can of chickpeas
  • 2 tsp tahini
  • 1 tsp easy garlic
  • Crushed sea salt to taste
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • 3tsp extra virgin olive oil


First things first is to drain and rinse the chickpeas in cold water and before placing them in my blend active I run a little olive oil inside the bottle. This is to just make sure the chickpeas don't end up stuck at the bottom when I turn it upside down to blend!



That's all the prep that is needed, just add the other ingredients to the blender and when the mixture is smooth add to your bowl or tupperware. You can stop and start to slowly add more olive oil if needed, if you had a proper food processor you could do this as the blades are running.



There are so many ways to eat hummus, but this one calls for a flatbread and a nice mug of coffee!


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BEAUTY: New range in Superdrug

Saturday, 2 September 2017
Superdrug is the "go to" shop if you, like me, want to change every cosmetic item you use to cruelty free. Their own ranges have featured heavily on my blog and line my beauty cupboard, you really can't go wrong with them.


I was genuinely so happy to have the chance to try out some of the new products in the Treat Me range from Superdrug. The range already included shower and bath soaks, but now you can get your hands on body butters and body sorbets!

The sorbets are in your typical "shower gel / body lotion bottle" and I have the Avocado & Strawberry and the Mano & Coconut to try. Fun fact, it's only in the last two weeks that I've eaten my first avocado!!

Both sorbets are absolutely beautiful and feel like a really refreshing gel when using them. Ill be honest here, they don't absorb into your skin as fast as some others on the market, but it allows you to really work the product in and I think these would be perfect to take on holiday for use in the evening after a day in the sun!






Now for my favourite - body butters. I absolutely love body butters and always make sure I have a stash of them on hand. These are hands down my favourite body butters now.



I can't believe how accurate these smell, it's almost scary. I've been really enjoying spending the extra time buttering up (that sounds wrong) after a bath and Superdrug have really hit the nail on the head with these.



These body butters do take longer than the sorbets to sink into your skin, but that's nothing new for a body butter. Spend extra time on the dryer skin and you'll be soft in no time.










The Salted Caramel is the best smelling beauty product I have ever had the pleasure of using. Two more tubs are already on my list of "things to buy in Superdrug" next.



We are heading to the Dominican Republic in November and these will be coming with me. You can't be a decent body butter on holiday.



Aside from the amazing scent, the best bit - they only cost £2.99. I'd happily pay more for them and even better, a lot of the range is on offer at the time of posting so go try them!!


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