Healthy Kitchen Must Haves!

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It really is important, whether you’re losing weight, living a healthy lifestyle or just trying to cut out the crap in your diet, that when you walk in your kitchen and open any one of the doors it presents you with a face full of healthy. If you don’t temptation, well, it gets the better of you, we all know it there’s no denying it! It’s like opening the door to your dream fella, you’ve just gotta get your hands all over that business!!

Anyway, out of dreamland and back to reality (sadly…) the photo above is a few of my essentials for a healthy fridge, freezer and cupboards.

So fruits wise, it’s always handy keeping your fruit bowl topped up, keep it somewhere you pass by regularly, mines at the bottom of my stairs in the hallway, so I pass by all the time, if I’m feeling peckish a healthy snack is like, right there. However, keeping some fresh berries in the fridge is handy too for being ready to eat and pick at is nice BUT, for only £2 each ladies and gentlemen are the huge packs of mixed berries hiding at the back of the picture above from my local super market. They last ages and have all the berries in the world in there. There is the Black Forrest Mix and the Summer Fruits Mix, Berries are full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, so they’re amazingly good for you, however, they’re great multi-purpose little things… Frozen fruit kicks ass in smoothies, it ads a whole different, more sorbet texture to your smoothies, also, if you let them defrost a little, they release a thick juice, pour that into a pot of natural yoghurt/low fat greek yoghurt, with a bit of natural honey, you’ll have a party in your mouth. That specifically is a great breakfast to start the day, for a bit of extra goodness and longer fuller feel, add some granola, mmmmmm granola…

Also, it’s good to have carrots and cucumber hanging around too. (Dirty minds switched off thankyou.) Cut these up into sticks with some hummus or tzatziki is a great little snack to keep you going, really energizing too. You could even put some in a salad with some Kale or Spinach and some tomatoes and it’s a bit of a throw it together type salad, but scrummy.

Definately have a healthy fresh juice in your cupboards/fridge too. It’s handy for a quick boost and great to have with breakfast. Dilute juices can be full of all sorts of rubbish so having some fresh tasty juice hanging around is really beneficial.

I’m a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of feta cheese, the tiniest bit can add SO much flavour to a salad, it’s fab, just don’t add too much because of the salt content (yeah that’s the bad bit…). Mozzarella however, is a very low fat cheese, but is pretty filling, ripped up with some tomatoes, spinach, olive oil and balsamic vinegar YUM!

Olive oil is lovely and flavorsome, it’s healthy too, it’s rich in anti-oxidants, aids in lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure, also it has a phytonutrient, which helps reduce inflammation, then on top of that, oh yeah , there’s more, yes it’s high in calories, but can be an aid in reducing obesity and have other benefits towards your bones; which confirms 100% it was made by Dumbledore. It’s magical on another level.

Now for the protein. Protein for breakfast is awesome, it’s filling, aids in keeping weight steady as well as giving you a good boost of energy AND making you feel fuller for longer. WINWINWINWINWINWINWINWIN. Eggs, poached is the best option, are great for breakfast with a bit of asparagus and tomato. Also I make sure I always have Quinoa. Quinoa is BIG in the vegetarian community as it thrives in protein and its a superfood, it has huge health benefits that go on for a life time and it’s REALLY tasty. I prefer cooking my Quinoa in chicken/vegetable stock for a bit of extra flavour and grilling or roasting some veg, then, tadaaaaaaa, you have a quinoa salad. Happy Days.

So that’s a few of my most important things to have hanging around the kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer. By the way, did I mention coffee. Everyone needs coffee. Mornings+juice/teas=end of the world, Mornings+coffee/costa=Best.Day.Ever.

Hope this has given you a bit of inspiration, if you liked this post check out my FOOD page, where there’s loads of healthy, yummy recipes that I really enjoy, and are great for cooking up for friends and family. Check it out on the link below and let me know what you think:
https://polkadotsparkles.wordpress.com/food/

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Roobes xxxxx

 

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Easiest Over-Night Curls Ever!!!

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This is possibly the quickest, easiest, most comfortable and effective over-night curls do you’ll ever come across. I do this all the time and because it holds so tight your curls do the same when you let them loose the next day! WIN! I’m going to take you through this step by step, so you can achieve these big, natural, strong curls too!

FIRST… get your twist on, nice and tight so it starts to curl itself up into a bun.
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Now wrap it up into a bun, really tight like so and grab your bobble…
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With your bobble…
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Make sure that the back of your bobble sits horizontally across your tight bun holding it strongly in place…
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Once you’ve tied it as above it should be super comfortable, I often do my hair like this on lazy days so it should definitely by tight enough but not painful, if…

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Easiest Over-Night Curls Ever!!!

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This is possibly the quickest, easiest, most comfortable and effective over-night curls do you’ll ever come across. I do this all the time and because it holds so tight your curls do the same when you let them loose the next day! WIN! I’m going to take you through this step by step, so you can achieve these big, natural, strong curls too!

FIRST… get your twist on, nice and tight so it starts to curl itself up into a bun.
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Now wrap it up into a bun, really tight like so and grab your bobble…
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With your bobble…
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Make sure that the back of your bobble sits horizontally across your tight bun holding it strongly in place…
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Once you’ve tied it as above it should be super comfortable, I often do my hair like this on lazy days so it should definitely by tight enough but not painful, if it is just make sure that when you do the first twist it’s not pulling any little bits of hair, if it isn’t you’re good to go, if it is pull your hair a bit higher and begin the twist closer to your scalp 🙂

Right, two things you can do…

one: spray this with some strong hold hair spray and leave it in for 2-3 hours if you’re going out for dinner and it’ll have the same effect, it just wont hold as long and the curls probably wont be as tight.

two: sleep in this and take it out only when you’re getting ready to go out. You don’t need to spray your bun with hair spray if you’re sleeping in it as you’re leaving it in for so long the hold will be very strong anyway.

All I will say is when you take the bobble out (you might need to give your head a shake, it’s in so tight it might just end up staying put even when the bobble’s out) shake the curls a bit from the bottom and from your scalp to separate them and spray them with hair spray to keep the shape, body and hold steady.

*This look is great in a high pony tale too. Give it a go*

 

Let me know what you think my lovelies, did it work for you??

If you liked this blog, check out my hair product faves blog
https://polkadotsparkles.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/my-august-hair-faves/

or my subtle smokey eye tutorial:
https://polkadotsparkles.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/super-speedy-subtle-smoky-eye/

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxxxx

 

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China Glaze ‘White On White’ Review

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I recently bought this polish as I ran out of my previous one – Essie’s Marshmallow, which I absolutely adored but I fancied trying a new one this time and seeing as though I own several other China Glaze polishes figured I could give this one a go. I’m a huge fan of my other China Glaze polishes, they’re good quality, thick, strong polishes and all look fab upon application; this one however I’m not sure if they suffered some kind of memory loss before making this formula…

The colour of the polish itself is lovely, it certainly lives up to it’s name I’ll give it that! However it takes about 3-4 coats of it before it looks like you’ve not applied it whilst trying to concentrate on watching your new favorite TV series.

The first coat goes on like old watered down tip-ex and so does the second. There’s honestly no way around this. I’ve tried thinner layers, thicker layers, keeping it in different temperatures, leaving it different lengths of time between applying your next coat. NOTHING WORKS! To put it plain and simple it’s just a really bad polish. It’s thick, gloopy, dries far too fast – it almost acts like a crackle polish with how it seems to dry incredibly quickly when you take the lid off. When I apply it, the layers go on in so many different thicknesses and it looks stripey, but because some strips are thicker than others, it dries at different speeds and then the appearance follows onto the next coat. Before you’re nails look even you’ve used half the bottle and a whole bunch of time you’ll never get back waiting for this to look some what sensible.

I personally wouldn’t advise buying this polish. Yes there’s the possibility I’ve just got the short straw and all the other White On White China Glaze polishes are spot on, but I find that a bit unlikely…

I prefer to use this polish for nail art effects and water marbling solely because of how thick it is it works really well for those specific designs. Taking another view, there are two white polishes which I do recommend, they look gorgeous and apply perfect:

Essie’s Marshmallow and OPI’s Alpine Snow.
A great cheaper drugstore take on these products is Barry M’s Coconut

Let me know what you think!

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Roobes xxx

 

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Breville’s Blend Active – My New Kitchen Toy!!!

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I’ve always loved smoothies and wanted a smoothie machine instead of just using my food processor (I like having specific kitchen gadgets for specific things, is anyone else like that or am I just a bit strange…?). I saw this on Amazon recently, on offer to, OH YEAH, so I figured why not, it looks good, it had rave reviews and for £20 down from £30 it must be okay right…

So in le pack you get 1 600ml bottle, one 300ml bottle and the processor machine, but, get this, the bottle you make your smoothie in you just take off of the processor and walk away with. You don’t need to faff around pouring your smoothie from one container to another you literally just take it straight off with you and the lid is like a gym/protein style bottle so it’s really secure to carry around with you. Awesome!

I trialed it for the first time yesterday and I must say putting all the clever taking your bottle with you straight off the press, it being easy to clean and all that jazz, the functionality of it is spot on. The blades are crazy sharp so it can even deal with frozen fruit/veg really well (I much prefer using frozen fruit in smoothies, the texture is smoother and more like milkshake. NOM) and it works preeeeetty fast. The quality of the plastic is very strong and very sturdy. I had to give it a flick to find out if it was glass or plastic (I was having stupid a moment okay?!) and the lid stays put; it’s not one of those really annoying lids that seriously test your brain capacity because when you turn it the full way and it should stop, but, it doesn’t and it’s the most annoying thing in the world and makes you want to cry and then it pours it’s entire contents all over your bag and instead of wanting to cry you just do.

For any health lovers or general smoothie lovers I would definitely recommend investing in one of these! They’re a big time saver and really handy for being on the go.

Mine is the better half of me. That’s not weird to say right?

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

FOOD

CURRIED BRUSCHETTA

 

Sounds weird right…
It’s scrummy yummy I promise!

I love this as either a starter or for lunch with a rocket and red onion salad goes down well with me, or if your in a snacky mode, it’s not all too bad for that either 🙂

Firstly slice into tiny strips 1 chicken breast, then your going to need to marinade the strips in 1tbsp of ground coriander and 1 tbsp of ground cumin until completely covered, then lightly cover in a thin layer of curry paste; I prefer Tikka Masala, but Rogan Josh is good too.
Take a griddle pan to cook your chicken strips, only turning when completely cooked on one side, this should only take about 4-6 minutes. When you have turned your chicken to cook on the opposite side, grab 2 chunky cut slices of ciabatta bread and drizzle some olive oil lightly on one side only on each. Once you’ve done your drizzling, put them on the griddle pan to cook slightly on either side (it looks prettier when you do it like this if you don’t have a griddle pan/don’t really care what it looks like, whack them under the grill). This should literally take 30 seconds on each side.

Whilst your chicken is finishing off and crisping up, on your ciabatta’s put: 2 thin slices of a beef tomato, a sprinkling of rocket, a small handful of your curried chicken strips, a sprinkling of crushed pine nuts, a few drops of low fat natural yoghurt, a few fresh corriander leaves and a little lime wedge on top.

Now eat it.
And eat it.
And eat it.

Then end up going and making some more with the left overs because it tastes so good like I always do…

Hope you enjoy this guys, let me know if you make it and what you thought?!
Thanks for reading!

 

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

Bourjois Lipstick Review

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Hellooo lovelies!!

I’ve been wanting to do a review on this product for a little while for a few reasons both good and bad. The main reason personally is that when you pay a certain amount for a product you expect what you pay for. Bourjois is a drug store product, however is definitely one of the more expensive brands. Usually when I go to Boots or Superdrug I expect to be paying around £5/£7 for lipstick, although I usually buy mine from MAC, which is about £15.50 each, but the quality is top notch, so I don’t mind paying so much.

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This Lipstick was £9/£10 when I bought it, which as I said, in my opinion is relatively more on the expensive side. So all things considered I expected something better than the bog standard stuff I usually get. You are promised a “radiant, glossy finish” and your lips to be “Smooth, hydrated and protected for up to 10 hours”.

I must say, upon application, it does look beautifully smooth and glossy and one thing I do love about lipsticks which this one does great is the more layers you apply the darker it gets, so you actually get a few different shades out of one lipstick, which is awesome. It feels lovely and light on your lips and massively defines the shape and dimensions of your lips, even making them look fuller and plumper.

My main issues with this lipstick specifically is that after an hour or so of it being on, it begins to wear off and leaves this ‘lip liner only’ look on your lips which is never a good thing when it’s such a dark berry shade. No one wants to look like they’ve come back from a night out an hour after they’ve got out of bed right…
Following the point of it wearing off an hour into wearing it, it hardly lives up to this “smooth, hydrated and protected for up to 10 hours” BS does it?! I would 100% safely say if I wear this on an evening or when I’m out and about, it NEEDS taking with me and re-applying several times and my lips don’t feel hydrated, not at all, so I’m not sure where that came from…

Personally I’m not against this lipstick, I love this colour and it does look beautiful when you put it on, but sadly doesn’t stay that way all too long. It’s okay if you’re happy re-applying here and there, but probably not on a night out in town with the girls when you’re too drunk to remember what drink you just bought. The last thing you want to be wearing is a lippy that you need to remember to be re-applying regularly, it’s just not going to happen, then you’ll end up with the weird lip liner only look and pulling that night goes out of the window…

 

Let me know what you think? Have you ever had a lipstick that doesn’t live up to it’s promises, or on the other hand one that’s blown you away?

 

Enjoy your day ladies!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxx

 

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