Wednesday, 20 August 2014

It's been a couple of weeks since I lasted shared a weekly roundup with you guys! But I'm back with a new edition and lots of photographs to share with you!

It's been a hectic few weeks at work as we hosted our Annual Partner meeting not long ago. It's hosted in Cambridge which is just the most beautiful place. I genuinely think there is a good photograph to take on every corner! From rivers, to punts, to countryside, to farmyard animals - it has it all!

We've made fantastic progress on our kitchen in the last couple of weeks. We've gone from having no cupboards, worktop or appliances - to having everything installed. It's so exciting to see our dream kitchen becoming a reality.

I've been going a little crazy with the shopping recently! I've been ordering lots of clothes, so my wardrobe has had a bit of a refresh which is lovely! I also treated myself to the new Daisy Dream perfume which I'm super excited about! I also picked up a giant clock for the kitchen (I say giant, it's about 37cm) but it's beautiful and just what I was hoping for.

It's time for be to jump back on the diet bandwagon! I've still been watching what I eat, but i've been good and not perfect. My blood pressure has been quite high recently so my nurse asked me to try and find some ways to reduce it. I'm back on a restricted calorie diet (1350) and aiming to walk 2 miles a night! It's only been a few days but I feel like I'm doing okay so far!

A lot has happened on my blog over the last two weeks! If you didn't know already I share a new blog post every single day at 7am, so there are a lot of posts to catch up on! However, here are some of my top highlights! 

I've recently fallen in love with the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil (post here), it's just beautiful. It screams summer and does a whole host of wonderful things (it's on sale at Escentual now, so act quickly if you like it!) 

Summer is on it's way out, so if you're looking to try one last BBQ you might like this Steak Skewer recipe

If you're looking for a beautiful cream blusher, it doesn't get better than the 'How 'Bout Them Apples' palette from The Balm (read my thoughts here)!

If you fancy hearing about what's new in my makeup bag, I wrote up a little post about what I've been buying (here) - I highly recommend the new Bourjois bronzer/highlighter duo! 

I'm a big Instagram fan! I share photographs all week long on my Instagram page @missusher3 (here) so please come over and leave your own links so I can follow you! 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

This month Glossybox are celebrating 3 years in business and they are celebrating with a 6-product box and a special design. They've actually kept most of their Birthday plans under wraps, there were not any early boxes on blogs and we only knew about one product.

This month the box came in a black outer box with a birthday bow.The birthday box comes in the same famous pink coloured box but the box itself feels a little different. The inside of the box had some changes too! The inside boasted some black tissue paper with a black ribbon and a black sticker. We also got a square shaped menu, which opened up to give us a message from the CEO and big pictures of the products too. Lets talk about what is inside:

Kryolan For Glossybox Highlighter Cashmere, £12.95
I'm normally a bit meh about these 'Glossybox' beauty products. However, for once I'm excited to try this. In fact this product is probably the most exciting for me in the whole box, so I hope it lives up to expectations! They say the highlighter is a lightweight cream with a gloss finish. You can use it to highlight your cheekbones and all other places you wish to get a natural glow. I'll be trying this over the week and if it's good it will be coming on holiday with me!

Figs and Rouge Mini Hand Cream £6.95 for the full size
Figs and Rouge say these mini hand creams are packed with shea butter to soften and nourish even the toughest hands. This little hand cream is such a handy size, another great item if you're going on a late-summer holiday like me. My hands get very dry when I'm in and out the swimming pool! This is a 20ml bottle and the full size is 80ml. 

Yves Rocher Pink Nail Polish, £3.60 for the full size
This is listed as the 'Birthday Bonus' in the box. As you can probably see by the picture, this is a teeny tiny bottle of nail polish. It's a very pretty baby pink colour, perfect for lots of occasions. I love testing nail polish so you can expect to see this in a NOTD soon!

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £38 for the full size
This was Glossybox's spoiler for this month and is a product originally created for Audrey Hepburn. I actually already had a sample of this in the past but I've never used it. I knew very little about the product, but now I've researched it, it sounds amazing. It's a pre-shampoo treatment that gives your hair bounce and shine without making your hair feel like it's full of product.

Lalique L'Amour, £67 for 50ml
I have never heart of this brand, but I love trying out new perfumes. This sounds like it's right up my street, it's a floral heart with musk notes, perfect as we head into Autumn. I know lots of people hate receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes, but I don't mind too much. These samples are super handy for travelling and you get to try something you may not have considered.

Pep Cosmeceuticals SkinPep Hydra Sun Defence SPF30 Day Cream, £5.99 for the full size
Pep Cosmeceuticals claim that this product has all the benefits of an SPF without the chalky white finish. They say it's perfect for wearing under foundation and BB creams. It sounds like another great product to take away in my makeup bag on holiday next week! 

So there you have it, the contents of my Glossybox this month! There is nothing that really blows me away at first glance, but I'll definitely give everything a try! Congratulations to Glossybox for turning 3, Happy Birthday! Did you get a Glossybox? What was inside?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil, £25.50*

I'm completely new to Roger & Gallet, I've never tried anything from the brand. I'm also new to figs, I've never tried anything with a fig scent. So the Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil is a journey of discovery for me! You cannot deny how beautiful this packaging is, it's just stunning. It's so photogenic, I got this picture with just one shot, it's lovely!

Roger & Gallet say that this is a multi-purpose oil, that you can use on your skin and your hair. 'Enriched with fruit oils grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot and passionfruit, and a sweet almond oil'. If you're thinking this sounds heavenly, you're right because it totally is! You just spray in oil into your palm, warm it up a little on your hands and then apply to your skin or your hair! I've never used a spray bottle with an oil before, but it makes life very easy! It's just a lovely light oil which makes my hair smell incredible! I love it!

This will definitely be coming on holiday with me, it just smells beautiful and hopefully will keep my skin nice and moisturised! 

The Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil is pretty pricey at £25.50. However, the good news is that Escentual have 1/3 off all Roger & Gallet products for the month of August, so you can pick it up for £16.83! Which makes it that little bit more affordable.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Today's blog post is a face of the day! I had a lot of products to try out and play with, so it seemed like a good excuse to get dolled up and take a picture.

I started with the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation which I think is my favourite of all time. There's something about this foundation that my skin loves and we work well together. I follow foundation with powder and I'm using the Fit Me powder from Maybelline in the shade 125. I used to be a Rimmel Stay Matte powder girl, but after using this I can see how cakey it is. This Maybelline powder is such a fine grain powder, it adds coverage and flawless finish without being too heavy. 

The Bourjois Bronzing Powder and Highlighter Duo comes next. I've been using my Real Techniques Blush Brush for the bronzer, it adds a lovely colour which is just buildable. It's not orange and it's not hard to use if you're pale like me. I sweep the highlighter over my cheeks with the Real Techniques Contour brush. The highlighter is quite subtle, I normally go for something a bit more pigmented. The Balm 'How 'Bout Them Apples' cream blusher in Pie has fast become one of my favourites. Huge pigmentation, it's easy to apply and it's easy to blend. 

I finish with the No7 Stay Perfect Shape and Define in Glistening Ray on the eyes, I used it without a base this time. It's a very glittery shade and it does not move. I used the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara on my lashes. It's a really fabulous mascara, it adds length and definition with heaps of volume! You can't see my brows under my fringe, but I've been loving the new Rimmel Brow This Way brow styling gel. It adds colour and gives a really nice finish to sparse eyebrows. 

I finished my look with the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Gossamer, which is a limited edition shade I picked up in a set. It's a stunning 'my lips but better' shade which has a lovely sheen to it. It feels quite sticky at first but it settles and is really lovely to wear!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

I've had the JAPONESQUE Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo in my collection for such a long time and I completely forgot that I hadn't featured it on here yet! One of those things that I photographed and never got round to speaking about.

I haven't heard very much about these JAPONESQUE eyeshadow duos, which is a shame because they are so lovely! The packaging definitely needs a mention, I mean how could you not talk about it? The beautiful black packaging is paired with a bright blue top. The colourful top is created from gel which is created individually on each eyeshadow. So every single product is a little bit different and completely unique. 

I have the duo called 'S7' which is a super catchy name. It features two shimmer shades, one beige and one brown. JAPONESQUE officially call the two shades 'Pearlescent beige and metallic taupe.' The two colours work beautifully together, you can create a really quick semi-smokey eye from one tiny palette which is great for travelling.

The shadow is super soft and the pigmentation is beautiful. Pigmented enough to create beautiful colour and rich enough to build up to something more dramatic! 

This duo is quite pricey as it costs £18 and the palette itself is pretty small, so it's definitely a bit of a treat, but it's worth every penny! You can pick it up from John Lewis or BeautyBay.

Friday, 15 August 2014

I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to get wrong to trying this little perfume. I picked this up in the Christmas, yes Christmas, sales from Space NK. This is such a beautiful perfume, it’s Laura Mercier’s Tarte Au Citron.

It smells exactly just that, it’s a beautiful fresh sweet citrus scent and it smells incredible when the sun is shining! This actually came in a travel set with lots of different things and I didn’t think I’d like the scent as a perfume, but I really like it! Laura Mercier say ‘Tarte au Citron captures the essence of lemon, bergamot, cassis and warm crème fraiche, and blends it with delicious notes of whipped vanilla custard, baked pastry accord and velvety musky woods’. It’s just summer in a bottle to me, it smells a bit like lemonade, so lovely!

Sadly this scent was limited edition for the Christmas collection, so it looks like bottle of joy is pretty hard to get hold of. However, I have heard that the Laura Mercier Verbena Eau De Toilette, is very similar! So it's definitely worth checking it out if it sounds interesting to you!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

The How 'Bout Them Apples blusher in Pie from The Balm, is part of a full sized cream blusher palette. I've heard a lot about The Balm, I love their highlighter and all of their other products get rave reviews, so I was pretty excited to receive this in my June Birchbox.

'Pie' is a beautiful bright cherry pink shade, which is just beautiful for summertime. It's a dream cream blusher, first of all it's really pigmented. I've been using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with this and you barely have to dab it into the product to get some colour pay off. Saying that, they blend really easily, so if you do find you've been a bit heavy handed you can fix it quickly. The colour also builds really well, so you can start light and get up to a colour you love.

Of course you have to spare a thought for the packaging which is just gorgeous! It's a little bit retro and very cute! I love that the blusher is inside little apples.

I'm definitely more than tempted to pick up the full palette from The Balm, it would be my first cream blusher palette and I think it would be a great purchase for summertime. If it tickles your fancy, you can pick it up from Superdrug for £26.50.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

I received Nails Inc Notting Hill Gate in my Nail Polish Diary at Christmas time. The shade was launched in 2012 as a hot 'vibrant neon pink shade'.

One coat is on the left hand side of the wheel and you can see that it's fairly unimpressive. It's definitely not a 'one coat wonder'. With two coats you get a bit more coverage, but for me personally I think you need three to get the true bright colour you see in the bottle. It's a very sheer formula, you need to be patient with it to get a nice colour.

Surprisingly, the colour is quite matt to the eye, it's not a high gloss finish. It's definitely a hot pink shade, but to me it doesn't scream neon. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're looking for a bright highlighter pink, this isn't the one. The matt finish is  easily fixed with a glossy topcoat though and packs a punch on the nails. Perfect for the summer sun and lovely on holiday with a tan!

Notting Hill Gate retails for £11 in a variety of places, including at Nails Inc online here

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The world and their wife seem to be obsessed with this bronzer from The Body Shop. It's official name is the 'Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder' and it's embossed with the prettiest honeycomb pattern. It's just so simple yet so pretty. 

The bronzer is a completely matt and it's a completely even shade all the way through the compact. It's not very pigmented but it's the perfect bronzed shade if you're as fair as me. For me, lack of pigmentation isn't a problem, it means that you can layer up the bronzer without going overboard and needing to correct mistakes. 

However, I have shade 01 and it is very light! I think I could have been a little more daring and picked up a shade darker, because it's so easy to work with!

I'm genuinely impressed with this bronzer, I know it will get a lot of use and it deserves the hype it has!

Monday, 11 August 2014

As all we get ready to enjoy the last of the summer holidays, why not get the BBQ out and try some of these Marinated Steak Skewers!

A few weeks ago we hosted a dinner party for Chris' mum and dad. It was their 28th Wedding Anniversary so we wanted to make all of their favourite food! His dad is a big fan of steak so we decided to make some steak skewers. We've had skewers a lot for BBQ's in the past, but we've never marinated the meat before.

To make these Marinated Steak Skewers you will need (we made 10 skewers):

Steak - any steak will do, we actually used steak medallions for this
6 peppers: we used 2 green, 2 red and 2 orange
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
2 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
60ml of lemon juice
60ml of soy sauce
120ml of olive oil

To make the skewers it's really simple! Start by cutting up your meat and vegetables for the skewers. You want to aim for nice cubes of meat and squares of pepper and onion. If you're using wooden skewers, you will need to soak them in water for 10-20 minutes before using them. 

Now you can make your marinade: crush your garlic into a bowl with the salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and soy sauce. Mix the ingredients well to ensure it's combined. Now you need to grab a whisk and whisk the mixture whilst pouring in the olive oil. You need to whisk continuously so the oil combines with the mixture and doesn't separate.

Place all your meat and vegetables into the marinade and let it sit for a few minutes. Once marinated put your ingredients on to the skewers. 

Heat your BBQ or your griddle pan (if it's raining) and place your skewers on to the grill. Cook on a medium-high heat and turn them occasionally to get an even cook. The marinade will give the skewer a really nice char so don't worry if it's looking burnt. 

Leave to rest for 5 minutes once the meat has cooked to your liking and then serve!
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