Relax and unwind with Sanctuary Spa

🛁 As the weather gets chillier what’s better than a nice hot bath to relax and unwind with some candles burning bright like this @sanctuaryspa signature scent heart candle from their Christmas collection this year! 🛁

Sanctuary Spa Signature Scent heart candle, £6 at Boots stores nationwide

 

#homesweethome #homelife #decor #bath #candles #candle #asof #asofreckles #discoverunder1k #discoverunder5k #follow #autumn #coolweather #bath #bathroominspo #fromwhereistand #christmasgifts

The fabu-lash guide to fake lashes with Ardell beauty!

Get party prepped with our Fabu-lash ultimate guide to lashes… no matter your eye shape or favoured style @ardellbeauty_uk has something for everyone! Our go-to style is their Demi wispy lash – perfect for day and night! From lashionistas to falsie novices, anyone can wear lashes – trust us! Get clued up on the best ways to apply & let’s find out what lash styles will suit you…

 


ALMOND EYES

Your eye shape is almond if you have a visible crease in the lid and there is no white above or below the iris. Lucky you! Your eyes are a good shape for lashes because your eye has a subtle curve for them to sit on top of. Because of this, almond eyes will likely suit any lashes, but we think these styles will tickle your falsie fancy and here’s why.

Ardell Natural 105s, £5.49, Superdrug – A long, fluttery and lightweight silhouette that will open up your almond eyes and make them seem bigger. This style is also super adaptable so you could wear it to any occasion.

Ardell Demi Wispies, £5.49, Superdrug (Worn above & our fave style) – Ardell’s bestselling lash style has a graduated, mixed length that will accentuate the almond shape of your eyes. Wear them anytime as these can take you effortlessly from day to night.

NEW Ardell Faux Mink 811 Twin Pack, £10.99, Boots – These lashes have a flare on the outer corner which will elongate your almond eyes. This style is also available as a single, but now you can get two lashes for just over the price of one!

 

 


 

HOODED EYES

These eyes are determined by a deep crease that disappears above and behind the eye. Lashes can be tricky to navigate with hooded eyelids because of the ‘hood’ lid that hangs over the eye, but you don’t have to be afraid of wearing them! These styles will get you lash-worthy in no time.

NEW Ardell Natural 174s, £5.49, Boots – This new style has tapered lashes which will complement the hood of your eye because they are soft and delicate. They’ll also add a subtle boost to your own lashes in length and volume.

Ardell Wispies, £5.49, Boots – This classic Ardell lash style has an elongated centre that will act like a sidekick for your hooded lid. They’re a go- to lash because they’re perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions.

Ardell Wispies 601, £5.49, Superdrug – Try this style with a mix of long and short clusters to open up the hood of your eye like an optical illusion. You can add them to a dramatic and glamourous winged eyeliner for maximum effect

 

 


 

ROUND EYES

Your eyes are round if you have a crease but there is a hint of white above and below the iris. You will also notice they are more circular than they are oval. Your round eyes are rare and enchanting but steer clear of full lashes as this could overwhelm them and look too busy. Why not try these delicate Ardell lashes instead?

Ardell x Danny, £5.49, Superdrug – These lashes are perfect for creating a subtle and natural look. They’ll really suit your round eyes because the gentle flare in the middle of the lash will emphasise their circular shape.

Ardell Wispies 113, £5.49, Boots – The 113s are super long which will compliment your round eye shape because they open them up. Whether you’re working 9 to 5, or going on a date, these lashes will make your eyes stand out.

Ardell Faux Mink Demi Wispies, £7.99, Boots – To really flatter your round eyes, try wearing the Faux Mink Demi Wispies. The feathered effect on the outer edge of these lashes will enhance the curve of your top lid.

 


 

MONO-LID EYES

You have ‘mono lids’ if you do not have a crease in your eye lid. These eyes can differ in size, but the good news is lashes are going to look stunning on you because the mono lid creates a blank canvas. Not sure where to start? Not to worry – we think you’re going to fall in love with these styles and we’ll tell you why.

Ardell Pre-Cut Demi Wispies, £6.49, Superdrug – Ardell’s Pre-Cut Demi Wispies are perfect for mono lids because you can tailor them. Make sure you strategically place the sections of lash in positions that will allow everyone to see your flawless lids.

Ardell Wispies 701s, £5.49, Superdrug – Allow your mono lid to be seen with this style. The mix of long and short lashes will open up the eye and add definition to the outer corners.

Ardell Mega Volume 251, RRP: £7.49, Superdrug – This full and voluminous style will benefit your mono lid eyes because they will flaunt your flawless lids and add drama to any!

DO’s & DON’Ts – Applying lashes

Have questions about how to apply your lashes now you’ve selected a style? Check out these DOs and DON’Ts for perfect eyelash application. Explained in the order that you would apply your lashes on.

DON’T – forget to curl your own lashes beforehand otherwise there will be a disconnect, especially if your lashes naturally point downward.

DO – trim your lashes to fit the size of your eyes. Measure them on top of your own lashes and trim from the outer edge until they fit the length of the eye perfectly.

DON’T – add lashes onto bare lashes – add mascara beforehand and wait for it to dry. This will mean that the black false lashes blend in with your own lashes.

DON’T – add too much glue to the strip and wait thirty seconds for it to go tacky so that it will stick better. If you are using DUO Quick Set Glue in Dark or Clear (Superdrug, RRP: £5.99) you will only need to wait five seconds!

DO – add the lashes pointing upwards instead of face on for maximum effect. You will notice a difference when you tilt the strip upwards when applying to your lash line.

Wild Cosmetics launches with new natural deodorant range

Wild Cosmetics is a range of natural deodorants that caters to the growing demand for high performing, natural alternatives to antiperspirants. The deodorants perform and are applied just like any other deodorant, but contain no aluminium, parabens or sulphates. They are vegan-friendly and are never tested on animals.

Wild has launched with a range of eight deodorants across Stick and Roll on formats available as a one-off purchase or on subscription.

You can choose from one of four natural fragrance options including Mint and Eucalyptus, Rose and Geranium, Lemon and Thyme and an unfragranced version.

Wild use active naturals to combat the smell of sweat whilst still allowing your body to sweat, which they see as a natural and important process used by your body to remove toxins and regulate temperature.

The Roll-On range comes in glass with refill bottles that will reduce plastic use by more than 80% vs normal deodorants. They are also working with a specialist packaging design agency to develop similar eco-friendly packaging for their stick range which currently uses plastic that is 100% recyclable and they hope to be plastic free by Christmas.

Find out more, and pre-order online at wilddeo.com or head to Kickstarter to contribute to helping Wild reach their plastic free target by Christmas

Work wonders with the new Cowshed skincare staple!

The #kahai Wonder Balm from @cowshedonline is a fantastic multi-purpose product. With its balm to oil texture, this little pot full of Vit E & F plus retinol can be used as a hot cloth cleanser or moisturiser for face lips and eyes to hydrate and nourish on the go!

We double it up as a cleanser and a moisturising mask before bed to reduce redness and to even our skintone! Sometimes we use it to remove our make-up too!

Key ingredients include: 

Kahai Nut Oil – Cold pressed oil that is harvested once a year. Its high content of natural Vitamin E, F and Retinol nourishes, hydrates, softens and repairs skin

Avocado Butter – Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, fatty acids and lecithin. Combats signs of ageing, such as fine lines and age spots

Helichrysum Oil – Rich in esters, this oil is rich in antioxidants, which help to rejuvenate the skin

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil – Contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamin C, which is 12 times higher than that of an orange. This oil eliminates toxins and rejuvenates the skin

Jasmine Oil – Aromatic essence reputed to have emotional balancing properties

Rose Oil – Natural fragrance component with nurturing and calming properties

 

Kahai Wonder Balm, £12 (15ml) – £38 (50ml) Buy it online at Cowshed.com

TIP! Pop the handy 15ml size into your handbag, and take it everywhere with you for on-the-go skin treats and to beat the winter chill and prep that pout. giving you a good reason to leave the big pot ready for when you get home after a long day!

Head to paradise with your new streak free, easy tan! Thanks to IOP.

Achieving that natural summer glow has become super easy for everyone with the new @isleofparadise Self tanning water, £18.95 especially for us redheads! It’s a quick and easy way to an even long lasting tan! Just drench your legs in the water and use long sweeping motions to apply if you desire with a mitt for fast even coverage!

Ours developed within 6 hours, and stayed for over a week. Even in drier areas, the tan applied evenly with no patches. Available in three strengths, Light [Peach], Medium [Green] & Dark [Purple] there’s a shade for everyone – not just us redheads. You can get your hands on the water £18.95, drops £19.95 (to add to your daily moisturiser) and a mousse £19.95 for traditional tan application.

Shop online now at isleofparadise.co.uk to buy now. Alternatively shop at BeautyBay for 10% Off (limited time only)

My Summer Skin Saviour

This summer on holiday my burnt (oops – please try and look after your skin responsibly) face was in dire need of help and the Nakin Skincare Performance facial serum, £25 came to the rescue! Rehydrating my skin in minutes with Hyuaralonic acid plus dousing it in pomegranate which helps reverse sun damage – and antioxidants from tea made it the perfect product for us – so much so we will be getting it again ready for our next holiday! (Of course its great for at home too!)

Plus soak in the revitalising face oil, £22 for a hydration boost and soothing treat!

NAKIN Performance Facial Serum, £25 can be found online at NakinSkincare.com or online to order from Ocado

The perfect scent… discovered

S U M M E R      S C E N T S

Our go to #fragrance on holiday was this Tropical beach and espresso #NEW bodymist from Impulse (available in 6 scents – another post to come soon). We chose this long lasting fragrance as a cooling aid and easy on-the-go poolside spritz!

Available at Superdrug around £6.99

Treat dad to a Ferrari…

Car crazy dad? Get him building his own Ferrari F12 from Meccano It’s a novice build set with a couple of challenging moments making his a fun activity for a rainy day!

Buy yours now – available now at Argos for £29.99

Planning the future with Filofax’s sunshine bright range

☀️Busy planning the year ahead of exciting projects and ideas with Filofax ☀️

With plenty of pages all tailored to me… notes – address sections – diary – and even a plastic wallet perfect for expense receipts this is every working persons must-have planning ‘tool’… To buy or shop the whole range head to filofax.co.uk

A dessert must… exploring France

Check out this amazing dessert from La Potiniere in Fleury sur Andelle – a light passionfruit mousse dressed with dark chocolate chips, freeze dried raspberries and salted popcorn… with a caramel and biscuit tuille.

No words can explain how amazing this was! We hope most importantly that this smalll business gets through these tough times and lives on to bring us amzing food in the future!

Father’s Day edit: Treat your papa to a smooth whiskey tipple

Treat your papa this #father’s day… to this smooth citrusy 13 year old Old Pulteney Malt whiskey or to the #toffee #butterscotch flavours of a #10yearold Speyburn Whisky…

Is it a taste of Scotland your dad fancies? Sort this with a bottle of Old Pulteney, a Single Malt Scotch whisky that delivers a true reflection of its maritime heritage in Wick. Bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea, Old Pulteney’s core collection offers a range of carefully developed expressions, appealing to all tastes and budgets.

This 12 year old is matured wholly in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks. It offers a smooth medium-bodied whisky boasting a sweet long-lasting finish. With its citrus and salty back notes, pair this whisky with some homemade fudge for a wonderful gift for any man.

 

RRP: £32 (70cl)

 

 

Alternatively celebrate with Speyburn, a multi award-winning selection of Single Malt Scotch whiskies, crafted from the purest of water, deep in the heart of Speyside. Since 1897, Speyburn remains the only distillery to use the water from Granty Burn – a stream flowing with remarkably soft and clear spring water and a major tributary of the River Spey. The outstanding natural environment has resulted in an authentic and quality Core Collection boasting everything you want from a Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Buy it now in Booths (North of England chain) and selected independents

RRP £32 (70cl)

This is just one of our top father’s day options coming over the next few weeks!

Celebrate British Tomato Fortnight with these super tomato recipes…

It’s #nationaltomatofortnight and we are eating Sweet #piccolo British Tomatoes from Eric Wall Tomatoes you should taste them they’re divine!

We created this scrummy Roasted Piccolo & garlic meatball tagliatelle with these super sweet Piccolo’s – it was such a simple recipe – and we don’t do much in the way of measuring when we’re mid cook! So excuse no exact measurements on this!

We made a simple sauce (passata) with some blended Piccolo tomatoes and lightly roasted tomatoes (season with salt and pepper) we then heated this through with a couple of teaspoons of crushed garlic to taste and added some basil (you can use dried or fresh)

Whilst this was being prepped, meatballs were grilled and 2 tagliatelle nests were cooked to packed instructions too!

Finally we halved a handful of tomatoes, and sprinkled them over the top and added half a vine of extra whole ones too!

Now check out these other tasty creations below from British Tomatoes

Pasta

SEAFOOD & TOMATO PASTA

Who doesn’t love pasta and seafood? Even the new Duchess of Sussex herself (Meghan) allegedly does – so this deliciously simple dish combines the two with Great British Tomatoes!

Serves 2       Prep time: 10 minutes      Cooking: 15 minutes    Price: £9.21

3tbsp olive oil – 14p

4 British Large Vine Tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped – 76p

1 red onion, finely chopped – 22p

Few drops of balsamic vinegar

160g small scallops – £4.14

180g tagliatelle or linguine – 25p

200g cooked, peeled prawns – £2.00

2tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus extra to garnish – 67p

6-8 British Baby Plum Tomatoes, halved – 40p

30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated – 63p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped tomatoes and red onion and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes, until very soft, adding a splash of water if needed. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.

2 Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle or linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes, until tender.

3 Add the scallops to the tomato mixture and cook for 2 minutes, then add the prawns, parsley and baby plum tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute, until heated through.

4 Drain the pasta. Gently stir through the tomato mixture and share between two warmed serving bowls or plates. Serve, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra parsley.

Cook’s tip: To skin tomatoes, put them into a heatproof bowl. Pour over boiling water and leave for 15-20 seconds, then drain. The skins will be easy to peel away.   

Tart

OVEN-ROASTED TOMATO, SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA TART

This gorgeous main course tart is made with filo pastry brushed with melted butter – filled with oven-roasted British vine tomatoes with wilted spinach, mozzarella and basil. It’s a simple yet super tasty summery dish!

Serves 8       Prep time: 25 minutes      Cooking: 30 minutes

Suitable for vegetarians   Price: £7.46

12 British Medium Vine Tomatoes, halved – £2.00

1tbsp olive oil – 10p

200g young spinach, washed – £1.50

270g pack filo pastry sheets, thawed if frozen – £1.50

100g butter, melted – 56p

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced – £1.00

2 eggs – 30p

150ml single cream – 50p

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil leaves, to garnish

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4. Put the tomatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then cool.

2 Put the spinach into a colander and slowly pour a kettleful of boiling water over it to wilt the leaves. Leave to cool.

3 Unroll the sheets of filo pastry. Brush each one with melted butter and stack them one on top of the other on a large greased baking sheet, criss-crossing them as you layer them. Gather and scrunch the edges, bringing them together to form a border.

4 Squeeze the excess moisture from the spinach, then arrange on the tart with the tomatoes and mozzarella. Beat the eggs and single cream together and season with salt and pepper. Pour into the tart case. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden. Serve, garnished with basil leaves.

Cook’s tip: It’s easy to make this tart for 4 people – simply halve the quantities and reduce the size of the tart.