Monday, 25 September 2017

My Simple & Delicious Shepherds Pie Recipe...

Shepherds Pie for me is just one of those comforting meals that always makes everything okay. I love making this when I'm just in need of some tasty comfort food. I made it a few months ago after properly craving it for a while and since then I've made a good few times and each time it's just got better and better. It's just so delicious and I thought last time I had it, you know what I'm gonna blog about it. I know this is something a lot of people probably already know how to make and it might be a bit of a random one to do a recipe on but I just felt like posting it. Everyone has different ways of making things and I actually think this is a really easy recipe to follow and quite quick to make so maybe someone will find this useful!
Ingredients: for 2 people
250g beef of turkey mince
1 red onion, finely diced
around 600ml of beef stock
salt and pepper
2 baking potatoes
1 tsp of butter
1 tbsp of milk
30g of grated cheese

1. Start by preparing your potatoes. I use 2 baking potatoes for 2 of us, peel and chop into big chunks then boil until just soft
2. While potatoes are boiling, in a frying pan I fry off the mince in a pan until brown. You can use either beef or turkey mince. I find turkey mince a bit cheaper so tend to use that quite a lot now
3. Finely dice a red onion and add to the pan
4. When the onion has softened and the mince has fully cooked, add in around 400ml of beef stock. I use 1 beef stock cube and a few tsps of bisto with boiling water and just leave it to simmer. When that has simmered down I then add around another 200ml of water along with some salt and pepper and leave that to simmer again
5. After around 40 minutes usually both the potatoes are done and ready to be mashed, and the the mince has simmered down to a nice thick mixture
6. To make the mash I just add in 1 tsp of butter, a little bit of salt and 1 tbsp of milk. I then just mash until smooth 
7. Add the mince into a dish and then top with the mash. Smooth the mash out then top with cheese
8. Bake in a 200 degree oven for around half an hour or until the cheese is crispy!
I know once it's on the plate it doesn't look like the prettiest thing in the world, this is the best picture I could get but I don't think many people could make it look amazing once it's out of the dish! This is just one of those classic meals that I always go back to and it's so perfect for a sunday evening with big yorkshire puddings and veg. The crispy cheese on top is just the best.

A similar recipe you might like to try - Keema Curry Pie!

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Lush Christmas Wishlist 2017...

Lush is just one of my favourite ever shops. I can spend a ridiculous amount of money in there and have done lots in the past, especially around Christmas time! The cold weather just makes me want hot bubble baths everyday and of course for that I need a load of bath bombs and bubble bars. As Lush have now released their Christmas range for 2017, I wanted to put together a little wishlist, and it's a nice reminder for me really so next time I go in store I know what to pick up, also it's a nice hint to George of a few ideas for presents this year ;)
One of the first bath bombs I spotted on the website when I looked was the Chrismas Sweater Bath Bomb, it is a pretty dark pink bath bomb with two little reindeers on the front and just looks adorable. This is apparently quite a spicy bath bomb as it contains mustard and ginger powders which ease muscles. It seems like it would be a great one after a long day of Christmas shopping! I'd love to try this as it sounds a little different to the ones I usually buy. Next I was so glad to see the Salt and Peppermint Bark back. I saw this last year and was desperate to get it but never did so I have to make it a priority this year. I love Lush scrubs like this, they are amazing to just rub all over your skin and properly exfoliate. I love anything a little bit minty too so I imagine this would be perfect for me. Another product I have to get my hands on is the Butterbear Bath Card. They are still bringing out the usual Butterbear Bath Bomb but this is a little different and it looks like you basically wet your hands and rub the bear between them which lathers up into a soap. I'm not sure how many uses you get out of this, it's only £2 so I can't imagine it would be loads but it's so cute and I love bears so I kind of want it just for that. A bath bomb I was really hoping would eventually be created, Snow Fairy is now here! I remember saying to George last Christmas, do you think they'll ever make a Snow Fairy bath bomb? and now they have, I can't wait to try it. I love the Snow Fairy sweet scent so I can't wait to try it in bath bomb form and I'm so excited to see what this is like in the water. It's a jelly bath bomb which is a new thing Lush have brought in alongside their usual bath bombs, and I've heard mixed things but I still can't wait to give it a go.
Another bath bomb because they are my favourite things, Thundersnow. I absolutely love the darker bath bombs like this as they always make the water go such a beautiful colour and I find they make such amazing patterns as they fizz round. I just love looking at them and this one looks like it's going to be amazing! Similar to the Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb (which is my all time favourite), it's a bright blue colour and I imagine it's going to be just as exciting as that one. The last of the bath bombs I want to try is the Sherbet Dip one. It looks a bit different to a lot of the others they sell but I love the bright yellow. I tried the Yellow Submarine bath bomb a while ago now and that was amazing, so I have a feeling this might be a bit like that. I think this will smell really refreshing! Now finally a bubble bar because I do love those for a proper bubble bath, Plum Snow. I think this is just lovely and really is so christmassy. I think this would make such a beautiful, deep purple bath. The last product I like the look of is Candy Cane Roulade Shower Smoothie. I've never used anything like this before but it looks really interesting, I love the name and I think it would my skin so, so soft.
I'm just such a big fan of Lush and even though it can be expensive at times, I do like to treat myself to a few bits each year when the Christmas range comes out.

Are you looking forward to picking any of these bits up? What's your favourite Lush product?

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Billion Dollar Brows - Universal Brow Pencil Review*

I've had two reviews up for KLM Beauty over the last few weeks and todays is the final one, all about Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil. If you've not seen my other reviews, I have one about Australian Bodycare Skin Wash which you can find here, and also Microcell Nail Repair Kit, which you can find here. I think out of all the products I was sent, this is the one I was most sceptical about, just because I don't really ever use brow products and I wasn't sure if I'd be any good at using it. I've actually really enjoyed using it though and I couldn't wait to write about it!
Billion Dollar Brows are a company that want to help you achieve the best brows, they completely shape your face so a product like the Universal Brow Pencil can make such a big difference. What's interesting about this pencil is that is can be used by anyone, it's known as the brow pencil for all hair colours. This takes away the struggle of finding a brow pencil that's right for you as it's formulated to work with all skin tones and hair colours. I have quite dark brows so I wasn't sure if this would end up being too light for me and it did look a little light when I first removed all the packaging but it was actually perfect for me and took me totally by surprise!
This brush aswell as having the pencil at one end, also has a spoolie brush attached. I love little eyebrow brushes like this as mine can be quite thick and unruly and they do tend to need brushing through before I apply any makeup. Little spoolie brushes like this are just fab for taming any unruly hairs and generally making them look a bit neater! When using this pencil, I brushed through my brows first then I applied using a few hair like strokes to wherever I felt needed filling in a little bit. I then brushed through again with the spoolie to properly blend. I really liked the look this gave and it just made a nice, subtle difference to my brows! I didn't want them to look too drawn on and filled in but this was really natural and actually really easy to use. I like applying makeup to be as stress free as possible and one of the reasons I've never tried a brow product before really is because I just though it would be so time consuming and loads of effort, but this really wasn't.
Something I really like about this pencil is that it's actually got a retractable pencil so it never needs sharpening! It's such a pain when I go to use a product like eyeliner or lipliner and find it needs sharpening, for some reason I can never find one so I have to struggle to apply it! Luckily that won't happen with this as you can just twist the tip of the pencil and more of the product comes out. Also with this, you really don't need a lot so it will last ages! 
This has just been such a good addition to my makeup bag and I'm really glad I've found a brow product that genuinely interests me and works! It costs £17 which is pricey for just one product but it's definitely worth trying. Aswell as having a positive experience myself, I've only heard good things from other people about it too!

If you would like to find out more about the Universal Brow Pencil or any other products Billion Dollar Brows do, check out their website here!

Have you ever tried any products from this brand before? What's your go to eyebrow product?

*Product sent for this review, as always I only work with brands I feel are relevant to me and my blog

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Why I'm A Little Addicted To Pinterest...

Pinterest is one of my all time favourite things to go on and I spend more time on the app each day than I'd like to admit! I first signed up a few years ago and since then I've kind of just become a bit addicted to it. If you've never used Pinterest then it's basically another social media site, you can promote yourself on there so it's great for sharing blog posts but it can also just be used for fun and for 'pinning' all sorts of pretty things! You can set up boards on there so I have several, for example -  my dream home, recipes I want to try, quotes, my dream bakery and one all about getting married. I have loads and I just pin all sorts of images, wedding dresses, interior ideas and just things like that really. So I thought I'd do a little post all about Pinterest and just why I love it so much as I do spend so much time on there!
So Many Boards - I briefly mentioned some of the boards I have at the beginning, but I literally have loads. I have something for everything and on there I can plan a wedding, find new meals for the week, envisage my dream home, and just so much more. I love pinning loads of wedding related things as there are so many beautiful pictures on there, even the stuff I know I won't be having and don't really want, I still loving pinning it! I also love sharing quotes on there. Sometimes I just find so many relatable ones on there and I go looking for ones on there to share on my other social media sometimes, especially if I'm having a down day or need to find something that expresses how I feel without going off on one. You can just find all sorts of pretty images and can literally plan your whole future in one place.

It Keeps Me Occupied - I could spend hours and hours on Pinterest, once I start I can't stop. It really does keep my occupied and I just love spending that time on there searching for all sorts of different things rather than just scrolling through Instagram and Twitter over and over. I also love to go on it if I'm feeling a bit stressed or anxious, it really takes my mind off things and just keeps me busy for a while.

Can Connect With Other Bloggers - It's generally just another social media platform so I love following other bloggers on there. It's only really in the last year or so that I've noticed other bloggers using it too and now I follow loads! I love seeing what images they share and pinning some of their stuff, it's just nice to build up a following on there too aswell as my other social media. If you do want to give me a follow, you can find me here and I promise I'll follow back!

It's A Place To Promote Blog Posts - Following on from my last point, it's a brilliant place to share blog posts. Some people take it really seriously and have their pinterest as a business account, I'm not sure how to do that and I don't think I want to, but it really is an amazing platform for so many people. I have a board with my blog name and any blog posts I post are shared on there with the main image from the post. I'm also part of a few blogger groups on there aswell so I can share my latest posts that way too and other people can find me. I've not noticed loads of traffic to my blog from Pinterest but it's just nice to share stuff over there too and any one who sees one of my posts and comes over to my blog, is a bonus!

It's Not As Much Pressure As Other Social Media Platforms - The main thing for me I suppose is that it just really doesn't feel as much pressure as my other social media does. I find with Twitter I get conscious of tweeting too many of my blog posts and it looking spammy and annoying. I feel pressure to tweet normal stuff everyday but I'm quite boring and don't have much to say, so it is a lot of pressure sometimes. With Instagram I feel like I need to post everyday otherwise I lose a ton of followers and it's definitely the one causing most stress for me at the moment! With Pinterest I know I can go on when I want and can pin what I want, no pressure at all. It's just really enjoyable and one I've loved for such a long time now.

So I'm just a bit addicted to it really and that's why! I'd love to know if you've got Pinterest and if you enjoy it aswell? I'm always looking for new people to follow too so leave me your link and I'll give you a follow.

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