Healthy Eats: Boots Shapers Meal Deal

Thursday, 17 April 2014

This week I've been making a bit of an effort to eat somewhat more healthily - particularly in the office, where I'm often tempted to snack and head to less-than-healthy places for a burrito or a mayo-heavy sandwich and crisps. I do try and make my own lunches when I can, but when it comes to popping out to grab a quick and easy meal deal, I usually head to Boots. Recently I've been favouring their Shapers range - for £3.29 (£3.79 in London/airports), you get to choose a main, snack and a drink, which is a decent price not far off your usual supermarket meal deal. All three components in the Shapers meal deal come to under 500 calories, which is great if you're calorie counting or just want to pick up a slightly healthier option.

My favourite main course so far is definitely the Chipotle Caesar Salad - I found it a bit weird at first as chipotle sauce, as much as I love it, seems like an odd choice on salad. But it was actually really good! (the normal Caesar Salad is too!) Snacks-wise, I'm a huge popcorn fan, so I like that they do it in the meal deal. Their range of snacks is actually brilliant - from baked snacks to fruit to breadsticks and dip, as well as indulgent chocolate and strawberry mousses. (I'm beginning to sound like an ad from Boots...this isn't even sponsored!!)

On the drinks side, the Apple and Elderflower 'Vitamin Water' is tasty and refreshing - although I'm usually quite sceptical of drinks that claim to have 'healthy' properties. If I fancy something a bit fizzy, their sparkling drinks are full of flavour, moreso than your average sugar-free/low sugar fizzy drink.

They may not live up to the expectations of the super-healthy weight loss brigade, but for those of us on the go, they're a great option over the ususal supermarket sandwich, and have a surprisingly diverse and tasty range. If you don't want to go the whole hog, all the Shapers products can be worked into the normal meal deal too. Boots seem to change up their options quite regularly as well, and with the mix and match it's easy to not get bored! Just make sure you avoid the make-up aisle, or you could be losing pounds in a totally different sense...

My meals:
1. Chipotle Chicken Caesar Salad; Pineapple, Mango & Grape; Apple and Elderflower vitamin water
2. Prawn Cocktail Layered Pasta Salad; Salted Popcorn; Sparkling Cloudy Lemonade

Where do you head to for a healthy lunch? 

Five Favourites: Soap & Glory

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My skincare/body stuff storage drawers (all two of them) are currently overflowing with pink, girly packaging. Yep, I'm a bit of a Soap & Glory hoarder. Most of it comes from treating myself to the Yule Monty gift set at Christmas, and then being given a fair few gift sets by people who know me and my hearty appreciation of things that smell pretty! I'm working my way through using them all, but there are five stand out products of theirs that I really love...

Heel Genius
£5.50 (125ml) (miniature version pictured)
I've already featured Heel Genius in another post, and it's still a real go-to product when my feet need some TLC - especially with summer round the corner. It has a great consistency, and feels really refreshing too.

Scrub Of Your Life
£7 (200ml)
With SUMMER(!) feeling like it's on it's way at last and the awesome weather we've been having, I forsee plenty of legs and arms coming out of their winter hibernation. To get mine into a condition that won't make everyone in London run off screaming, I've been using Scrub Of Your Life. I really like that it creates a lather as well as having gentle exfoliating beads, it makes my arms and legs feel really exfoliated without making them sore or drying them out.

The Righteous Butter
£10.50 (300ml) // £2.50 (50ml)
I do love me a good body butter, and I alternate between using this and Butter Yourself - honestly, there's not a lot of difference between the two, but I do find The Righteous Butter great for really dry patches, which I get quite badly around my elbows. I love the way my skin feels in the morning when I've used this before bed, and the scent is gentle but rather lovely and comforting. I have both the full size (pictured) and travel size of this, which is pretty handy!

Sugar Crush Body Wash
£6.50 (500ml)
The scent of this is just amazing! I'm the worst morning person ever, but the zingy citrus smell is ace at waking me up from zombieland. It's quite creamy, but still lathers well. £6.50 is a bit more than I'd usually think to pay for a shower gel, but I definitely think it's good value as the bottle is HUGE - I'm barely getting through it!

Thick & Fast Mascara - Superjet Black
£10 (10ml)
I've been through a lot of mascaras in my time - but few have ever REALLY impressed me. Thick & Fast actually makes it up there, due to it's ability to make my lashes look noticeably thicker and longer without clumping or going flaky. It has great staying power too, and the Superjet Black shade is a really striking, PROPER black.

S&G products are often on some kind of offer at the high street emporium of beauty dreams (otherwise known as Boots...), and although some of their products would probably be classed as more expensive than 'budget' ranges, I'd say they definitely offer good value for money. Plus...y'know...CUTESY PINK PACKAGING.

Are you a Soap and Glory fan? Let me know your favourite products in the comments below!

(on a side note - I'm loving having a garden and sunlight when I get in for taking blog photos!)

Swan, Duck, Goose: Models Own Speckled Eggs Polishes

Monday, 7 April 2014

Models Own have brought out a fair few new collections this year already - including the Speckled Eggs collection, very similar to the Illamasqua Speckled collection, but at around a third of the RRP at £5 each. The collection features pastel tones with a speckled finish, and are named after egg-laying birds. My lovely housemate bought me a selection of the shades for my recent birthday, and I've been trying them out since. The three shades she picked for me, as you can see, are pretty straightforward - Swan's a light purple, Duck is blue and Goose, a yellow.

The consistency of the polishes is quite thin, meaning using at least two coats is necessary to build up colour, which can result in a look that's heavy on the speckles. I've realised I much prefer the results when just one thin coat is used over a base colour - Ciate's Sugar Plum and Chinchilla are both great base colours and I really like the lighter speckling that it creates. It's also a brilliant way of creating new shades with your speckles - as you can see - when Goose is layered lightly over Ciate's Apple & Custard, it results in a green speckled nail.

The only slight downside to these is removal - I ended up with lots of speckles stuck to my fingers which were a bit annoying to remove! Otherwise though, I really like the way the polishes look, so I think it's definitely worth a little bit of extra cleaning up.

Have you picked up any of the latest Models Own collections?

Vintage Style Lingerie On A Budget

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bra, £7 and knickers, £3, Primark

As a wee little treat for my birthday (we won't talk about the silly money I spent during the rest of the shopping trip...) I decided to grab myself some pretty new underwear. I was originally planning on visiting New Look (which I also did, and came out with a bulging bag still...) as I'm a big fan of their styles. But having a browse in Primark, I stumbled across these absolute beauties.

Not all of Primark's bras go up past a D, but they do have a lovely range for those of us with 'more up top', with bras in sizes DD-G. Annoyingly, they're a bit more expensive than some of the 'regular' selections - but I've actually found I prefer the styles, and the quality is actually really decent. This vintage looking set has such a lovely rose pattern, and the lace detailing makes them pretty as well as practical. The bra itself is a great fit, and I feel adequately supported by the sturdy straps and strong underwiring. I also like that they sell the bra and briefs seperately - nothing is more annoying in the world of underoos than assuming everyone with a certain bra size has the same pants size!

There were also some other lovely sets that I might have to casually wander back to and grab off the shelves. At £10 for the matching set, they're a great bargain and much better quality than I'd have imagined from Primark!

Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Last weekend I went out to get something from New Look in Shepherd's Bush Westfield - only to find out it was closed for refurbishment, helpful! To cheer myself up, I popped into Lush and decided to pick up something nice for my Sunday night bath. I decided on The Comforter bubble bar - I tend to prefer the bubble bars to the ballistics as they last longer.

The Comforter has the same scent as one of my favourite Lush shower jellies, Sweetie Pie, so I'm surprised I hadn't picked this one up sooner. It's sweet and blackcurrant scented without being too overpowering, and felt really calming and relaxing and generally really lovely. I crumbled about a quarter of the bar into a running bath, then settled down with an episode of Castle on my laptop for some quality me-time. The bar turned the water very pink, and created a good amount of bubbles that lasted the duration of my soak. It also left my skin feeling soft and smooth after, thanks to the essential oils.

I'd say I'll get about 4 baths using this quite generously, which makes £4.50 for the bar a rather good deal. It's definitely a new favourite Lush product, one I'll definitely be picking up again for my Sunday night bathtime!

Are you a fan of Lush's bubble bars?

Weekend Wishlist 30.03.14 - Birthday!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

It's my birthday on Tuesday (getting older, argh), and although I'm getting the usual Download ticket as a present from my parents, I still wanted to put together a wishlist of things I'd quite like to have in my life right now! I'm actually one of those people who really enjoys their birthday - I guess being the centre of attention for a day appeals to me, ha. And as much as it's definitely not all about the gifts, it's always fun to put a wishlist together!

The playsuit (1) I'm actually planning on buying for my birthday night out on Friday - it looks pretty basic in the picture, but I've tried it on and loved it - perfect for a night out. I also couldn't help pop a gift set in there - this Topshop make-up set (7) has some of the bestselling products in. Picking out some jewellery was quite easy, as I really like stone-based things (3, 4, 5) and I'm definitely on the lookout for a bright Spring handbag  (8) to liven up plain outfits a bit.

What's on your wishlist right now?

A Bedroom Tour

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

As you might well have read, I moved flats (again) not that long ago, and I've finally gotten around to making my bedroom pretty much perfect for me. I love being cosy and having things that make me happy around me. It's not particularly the 'blogger norm' of minimalist with white Ikea furniture and flowers, but having my little knickknacks and things around me makes me feel at home.

My bed is the absolute comfiest bed I've ever had, and the bedding I've mentioned before, it's from Next Home. The Instagram poster next to my bed is from Firebox, and I absolutely adore it - I have loads of snaps of some of my favourite people and things, and the quality for £20 is amazing!

When I moved in, I got myself a little bookcase, and I keep nail and lip products on top of it. The acrylic storage is from Ebay, and the Sailor Jerry cup for pens/pencils is from a catering trade show I went to with my old job. As you can see, Dean Koontz is my favourite author...

One of my favourite parts of the room is the stunning fireplace, which I've adorned with things that I've gathered that either mean a lot to me or just look awesome and fun. I got the teacup and saucer at an event I went to ages ago, and it's a great place to store rings. I've also stuck up some pages cut out from a Johnny Cupcakes booklet that excited me, displayed my perfumes and necklaces and have some souveneir snow globes. As well as Mr.T, who looks after all my pennies and has a bobbly head!

Finally, beside my bed I have this big box that I picked up from my local Poundstretcher to store all my daily use/night time beauty essentials, which is way better than just having them strewn over my bedside table like before!

If you've done a similar post, do share it in the comments below - I like to be nosy!