Sunday, 28 June 2015

Healthy Snacking

I would consider myself as a serial snacker ! I just can't help myself.
I'm usually fine up until lunchtime and then after that it all goes downhill. 
After dinner I will usually have a biscuit of some sort and then by about 3/4 o'clock i'm on the look out again for something to snack on and I usally turn to the ol' faithful chococolate bar or sweets ! 
It's been a habit for as long as I can remember and I can't seem to kick it so instead of beating it I've decided to go along with it but instead of the unhealthy sugar filled snacks I usally turn to , i;m going with healthier, natural snacks. 

Here are some of my favorites...

Almond Butter - Believe it or not until a few months ago I had never tried peanut butter because I somehow convinced my self I wouldn't like it and now I absolutely love it and Almond butter is a great healthier alternative. The Meridian butter is 100% natural and is great stuck on anything ! Bananas, crackers, rice cakes, porridge, you get the idea. 

Fruit - It is very rare that I get my 5 a day but I have been making more of an effort and bananas have been helping me a lot in this effort especially in the mornings either on there own, in a smoothie or as part of a monkey salad (bananas, coconut and nuts) 

Nakd bars - During the Whole 30 (failed, thanks Tonsillitis) these were my treat. They are 100% natural (it depends on the flavor you get some have a hint of natural flavoring) and make a good sweet treat. They can be a bit pricy depending on where and how you buy them. I bought a selection in the Holland and Barrett penny sale but I think the best deals are on amazon where you can buy 18 for about £10 (depends on flavor).

Ryvita Rye breads - Another thing great with almond butter and also Hummus. Also a good bread alternative.

Dried fruits, nuts and seeds- Dried fruit can be mini sugar bombs but if eaten in moderation it's a great snack that can satisfy the sweet tooth (all though lets face it chocolate is the only thing that will satisfy). All of these are great for sticking in a small container and keeping in your bag for snacking on the go. 

What are your favoutite healthy snacks ?  

Thank you for reading 

Carys xoxo 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

My morning and evening skin care routine

I have to admit that when it comes to skincare i'm a creature of habit, I've had the same routine for the last few years and I do the same in the morning as i do in the evening. 

I keep things pretty simple and the majority of products are from the No.7 skincare range which is for the most part decently priced (especially when using the  £5 off vouchers), quick and i find works well for my skin type (combination).

 No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion - I usually use 4 pumps of this on a cotton wool pad to remove my make up, and depending on how heavy my make up is that day I usually have to use 2 cotton wool pads. It's moisturizing so it's great if you suffer from a bit of dry skin!

No7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner - As the name suggests it's a gentle toner so doesn't feel harsh on your skin and again is great for dry skin.

No7 Protect and perfect day and night cream - The night cream is slightly thicker than the day cream and i think sinks in slightly slower. The day cream absorbs quicker, is slightly lighter plus it doesn't make your skin look too oily. When i apply this in the morning by the time I go to apply my makeup (maybe 10 minutes later) it's almost completely absorbed. I just checked on the Boots website and only the advanced version is available, i had this as part of a gift set at Christmas so maybe they don't sell it individually anymore. 

Equate spot treatment - As soon as I notice a spot coming I make sure i stick this on it before I go to sleep. It drys out the spot quickly and I really think it helps reduce the size and redness. It's an american brand and contains Benzoyl Peroxide which reduces the bacteria on the skin.

What products are in your skin care routine ?

Thank you for reading 

Carys xoxo

Sunday, 21 June 2015

5 little things

 *Insert shameless Selfie where I look really concerned about something*

/1/ Family gatherings- On Friday it was my cousins prom and then yesterday we all went for a lovely meal as a late birthday celebration for my Bampas Birthday. Seeing everyone together is so lovely and it's nice catching up with people i might not see for another 3/6 months. A lady came over and said how lovely it was seeing a family together to celebrate something and said how she wishes she had grandchildren to do the same, which made me appreciate the get together more than I usually would.

/2/ Arrow - All this free time calls for a new TV series and since the flash has finished I thought I'd give Arrow a go as they're both part of the same universe. I'm actually enjoying it considering the first time I tried to watch it I gave up after one episode...

/3/ Reading Blogs - Even though I haven't been doing much lately i'm struggling to make time to sit down and read my favorite blogs with most of my time on the laptop being used to apply for jobs, so whenever I do make time it makes a nice treat.

/4/ Ice cream - Comfort food, need I say more.

/5/ Spring cleaning - Everything in this house looks a lot less grim with a bit of hoovering and some anti-bac wipes. I will never understand how EVERYTHING in the kitchen gets so sticky and how the carpet picks and shows up every little thing! I can't wait to hand the keys back. That's student housing for you....

Have a lovely Sunday 

Thank you for reading 

Carys xoxo

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Primark SS15 Lookbook

These Primark Lookbook pictures for this season are probably old news by now but I love the whole Boho, 70's, festival vibes that are going on ! 

I've seen a few pieces in store already, like the suede dress in the bottom right but I don't think I've seen any of the others yet, could just be my local primark that seems to consist mostly of beach ware and basics at the moment! I love the Alexa Chung inspired denim shirt dress though, can you ever have too many denim dresses....?

What do you think of Primark this season?

Thank you for reading

Carys x 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

May favorites

I hate to sound like a broken record but how is it June already! I'm pretty sure it was Christmas three months ago, although looking at the weather outside while i'm writing this that is entirely plausible.

Most of these products are relatively new for me while one of two are old favourites that have crept back into my routine.

/01/ Ciate Mini in Hopskotch - This has been my go to colour for the past few weeks, as soon as it chips i'm reapplying it for the next day. The staying power isn't great but I have been lazy and not been wearing a top coat so it could just be that but the colour is gorgeous! It's a deep but bright orange which is perfect for brightening yourself up on a grey day.

ELF angled brush - This was purchased when I came to the realization that if I wanted to try and start contouring I needed to find myself an angled brush and not a smallish blusher brush. I'm not a big brush person, I don't have a big pot full of brushes that each have a different function but this brush is serving it's purpose and the price wasn't too bad either. RIP ELF 

Real Techniques Setting Brush - I've had this brush for around a year and it's only recently that I have really started using it, I found it in the boots clearance section for £3, I have no idea why the packaging wasn't damaged and it was still in stock so I didn't hesitate in snapping it up. I've been using it to apply highlighter and it seems to be working. It does making me want to try out other real techniques brushes, maybe i'm being converted. 

Sleek contour and Highlight kit- Sensing a pattern here?! As a newbie to the whole contour and highlight thing I went straight to the sleek stand when I wanted to try it out as this little beauty is something that I've always seen popping up in tutorials and blog posts. I haven't been disappointed. The highlight isn't too shimmery for me and when applied with a light hand and a light dusting on the brush the contour is a good fit. 

VSPRO BB cream - I had a few bits of 'Victorias Secret' beauty bits for Christmas and I've been impressed by this BB cream, it gives good coverage and covers up small blemishes and imperfections nicely. I have to admit that this is the first BB cream I've ever tried (Where have I been?) but I liked it and have been using it almost daily throughout May. It's great when your just popping into Uni for a few hours and don't want a full face of makeup. 

Johnstons Holiday Skin- An old favorite, it was the first tanning product i ever tried and 5+ years later I still keep going back to it. I like it for a nice everyday glow and it's a lot more subtle in the day time than heavy duty tanners such as St Moritz. With (hopefully) bare legged weather on the horizon it makes my legs a lot less milk bottle white 

What have been your favorites in May?

Thank you for reading 

Carys x

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Pinspiration #3

Now exams are over I can carry on scrolling endlessly through Pinterest (or at least do it without scrolling stressfully)

/01/ I love the idea of putting pictures and quotes around the door frame, would make a nice change from notice boards and frames. 

/02/ I'm moving out of my current student house next week so at the moment it's operation clean out the cupboards and freezer ! I made this quinoa enchiladas bake the other day as I had some beans, sweetcorn, quinoa and enchilada sauce in the cupboard and some chicken in the freezer so it was the perfect recipe and oh so yummy.

/03/ In a moment of madness I bought some flared patterned trousers from Boohoo the other day and I am totally in love with them and can't wait to wear them! I've been looking through pinterest to see how other people style them, and I love how they look in the above picture with an off shoulder gypsy style top but I don't have the body of Kendall Jenner so the bared midriff option is out.

/04/ After not touching curlers for years I can't stop curling my hair lately! I really want to try and make it more wavy than curly though, determined.

/05/ Still obsessed with my BlendActive. This carrot and pineapple smoothie might sound a bit like an odd combination but oh my goodness it was delicious and it didn't turn out a gross colour like most of my smoothies!

What has been inspiring you lately?

Thank you for reading

Carys x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

25 inevitable thoughts while revising

  1. Okay I can do this, how hard can it be.... 
  2. Oh god this is hard.
  3. Did i even attend this lecture, i'm pretty sure I didn't miss this one.
  4. Is that even a word? Is it just one big spelling mistake?
  5. I know i'll make a revision timetable 
  6. *Spends half hour making a timetable for the week ahead*
  7. Ah this should work, How hard can it be to stick to this, I've been pretty realistic with timing....
  8. *3 hours later* aw god i'm completely off schedule already.
  9. Lets make a poster with loads of colour co-ordinating bits, and i can stick it on the wall and i'll have to stare at it all the time.
  10. *Spends 2 hours making a poster, never looks at it again*
  11. Okay I think i deserve a break now, shouldn't you have a 10 minute break for every 25 minutes of revision or something like that. this break is totally acceptable.
  12. *half hour later* I totally mistimed that break, back to revision.
  13. I know it's out future career but do we really need to know this much about blah blah?
  14. Time for another break, right?
  15. Slight panic attack when you realize how close your exams are and how little time you've got left.
  16. How can they say it's important to balance your social life with work when we have this much to do....?
  17. Tea-break
  18. It's totally acceptable to eat this bar of chocolate while revising..... *stress-eats*
  20. Wait, is that a grey hair?!
  21. I need alcohol
  22. It'll all be over soon, it'll all be over soon....
  23. Oh gosh my future relies on these exams
  24. I bet blah blah isn't having all this trouble!
  25. I need to 'Hermione Granger' over this 

Thank you for reading 

Carys xxx

This is going to be my last post for a while so i can focus on exams and revison (it seemed fitting), See you in June!