Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes

vegan cakes

It was my little boy's 1st birthday the other day and that means CAKE. My son has a dairy and egg allergy though which I initially thought meant no cake or rubbish cake, wrong! I found a rather wonderful vegan cake recipe on Jamie Oliver's website (here) . These are absolutely beautiful cup cakes. Incredibly moist and soft. My little boy and everyone else loved them.

Soya yoghurt, dairy free margarine, and oil are used instead of milk, eggs and butter. I swear you wouldn't be able to tell the difference .

Here's the ingredients

  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 500 g dairy-free soya yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • For the vegan vanilla icing

  • 200 g dairy-free soya spread, chilled
  • 660 g icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • You can find the full details of how to make them here .And a very special thank you to my mum who made them. She said the recipe was easy to follow.

    Friday, 9 January 2015

    Dr Organic Snail Gel Moisture Mask

    Hey come back! Hear me out first. I can hear you all recoiling at the thought of snail gel on your face but it’s actually quite brilliant and you honestly won’t know you have snail trails on your skin. Dr Organics seems quite a popular range and one I’ve only come to recently. There’s a lovely selection to choose from such as Manuka Honey, Vitamin E, Lavender and Pomegranate. But I was really intrigued by snail gel excretion, yes. The snail gel range is anti-ageing (I hate that term), which means it helps to plump up skin, reduce the sign of wrinkles and well, just general wear and tear. I’m 38 so my skin is showing signs of ageing, and that’s ok, but it is nice to treat your skin. 

    The sachet gives a general helping of the mask. I was able to cover all of my face and neck liberally. The mask itself is a white, thick cream that smells of slime, I mean lime (sorry). After about 5 minutes on my sensitive, combination skin I do feel tingling so I’m not sure how those of you with really sensitive skin would do with this. After removal my skin is super smooth and genuinely feels plumped, and deeply cleansed. But what I like most about this is that the effects last for quite some time after. It’s a brilliant face mask, probably one of the best I’ve tried. I think this would suit most skin types but those with highly sensitive skin should be a bit wary, a test patch would be advisable.

    The mask is jam packed full of great ingredients, here’s the full list:

    Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Aqua, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate citrate, Snail secretion filtrate, Glyceryl stearate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Isoamyl laurate, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Xanthan gum, Glyceryl caprylate, Glucose, Sorbitol, Sodium glutamate, Urea, Sodium PCA, Glycine, Lactic acid, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Panthenol, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) extract, Melilotus officinalis (Sweet clover) extract, Malva sylvestris (Mallow) leaf extract, Tilia cordata (Linden) extract, Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract, Altaea officinalis (Marshmallow) extract, Plantago lanceolata (Plantain) leaf extract, Artemisia umbelliformis extract, Litsea cubeba (May chang) oil, Cymbopogon schoenanthus (Lemongrass) oil, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) oil, Sodium phytate, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citral, Limonene.

    So have you tried this range yet?


    Holland and Barret

    Sunday, 4 January 2015

    A New Year's Resolution

    I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and brilliant New Year. It was my first as a parent which was both exciting and stressful. But, I’m not writing about that. I want to talk about my New Year’s resolution. I don’t go in hugely for New Year’s resolutions but I do like the idea of a new start. I want to write more. Not just write about products I’ve been using or food I’ve been eating. I want to write MORE. More about the things I am passionate about such as art and disability. I’m going to put it on this blog. I did consider starting a new blog but some of my favourite blogs do a mix of content and that’s what I like about them. So, I’ll be keeping all - or most- of my writing here.

    One of the reasons I started this blog was to keep me occupied while at home. I have a disability which means I’m housebound quite a lot and by God it’s boring. I had just finished my MA with the Open University and I wanted to do something lighthearted, frivolous. But, that’s not to say beauty isn’t something to be taken seriously. For me, it’s a means of escapism. A way to make me look and feel better about myself. Having a chronic illness drains you, emotionally and physically. A little bit of a pamper and self-care goes a long way in helping to keep your shit together. So while I’ll still be doing reviews etc. I also want my writing to expand to better represent me. 

    What about you, do you have any New Year resolutions? 

    Happy New Year!

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