Monthly Archives: January 2013

Karin Herzog Acne Kit with Oxygen Face Cream

Karin Herzog

Karin Herzog

I’ve read loads about Karin Herzog in the news recently – the brand is famous for their ‘oxygen’ induced creams. Ive been trying out their Acne Kit in a bid to try and get rid of my problematic skin – it truly is a curse to have such issues at a grand old age of 28 – not to mention embarrassing. 🙁 Continue reading

Lily’s Organic Dog Food



OK, everyone knows, I LOVE my dogs – in a very over the top way.  I guess because we don’t have any kids yet – these are my kids.  I am always on the lookout for healthy treats, new kibble and new places we can visit with them.  For the last 6 glorious years, we have had the ultimate pleasure of having two lovely little paps in our lives. They are naughty, steal food off our coffee table, jump up on our bed with muddy paws, fart in our presence then saunter off and run into the neighbours garden to steal the kids tennis balls, but we love them to death and would not change them for the world. All my friends would know, I would happily ditch them on an outing if I feel they dogs have been home for two long by themselves.  Make no mistake about it, I put the dogs first every time (much to the disdain of the better half). I’m getting better at realising they are just dogs, though not very much. Continue reading

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit Porefessional

Its PORE-Fect !!!



Name: Benefit POREfessional

Price: £24.50

Where: Benefit Counters, Online




I don’t have enlarged pores – never have done (or at least I didn’t think I had until I stopped using this for a while!)  I chanced upon the giraffe-leggy sister’s make up bag one morning when I was over at my folks and found this tube hiding at the bottom.   It’s said to quickly make the pores smaller, and helps makeup stay put. What’s really great about this is it’s got Vitamin E in it – which is known for its healing properties and protecting the skin from free radicals.  It’s a primer of sorts, I would say it’s more of a helper of pores and a smoother of skins.  Enter Benefit’s Porefessional. Continue reading

Benefit ‘that gal’

Benefit That Gal

‘That gal’



Name: Benefit ‘That Gal’

Price: £22.50

Where: Benefit counters, Online




I have been using this for a couple of months now – ever since I bought it mid-December when I had to hop, skip and jump buy a top up of the triple performing moisturiser – the make-up artist was there and so I took advantage of her expertise and had a gander around the shop and ta-daa! I ended up with Benefit’s ‘that gal’, a lovely twist-stick brightening primer containing light reflecting pigments blended in with raspberry and chamomile to soothe skin (perfect for temperamental skin like mine with a mind of its own!) The only thing I would have liked to have seen was vitamin E in the mix as that really calms my skin. Continue reading

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Orange Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes!

This Sunday was extra special – we got a flying visit from the lovely Jo – who came all the way from Market Rasen.  She said she couldn’t stay long and would stop for tea and cakes – which was fine as I have been dying to try out my Christmas present – my new cake mixer! I scrolled through my book and decided to make Chocolate Orange Cupcakes – whatever was left over I would bring to work the next day (I mean, its not like 3 people could eat 16 cupcakes anyway!)

They turned out l.o.v.e.l.y – like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange cupcake.   I was shocked at how much icing sugar was needed and cut that down by 200 grams.  I also upped the orange peel in both the frosting and cake mix – I do love a bit of orange in my chocolate I mean, who doesn’t love terry’s chocolate orange! Continue reading

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

mmmmmm yum yum!

My favourite Italian meal is carbonara hands down – it has everything I love in it – cream, mushrooms, pancetta, egg and cheese.  The worse thing about making carbonara is the egg part – you have to make sure that the egg doesn’t cook when you put the mixture on the pasta – it took me years to perfect and I still get it wrong from time to time – and when I do, I just say its scrambled egg on top! (which I did on this occasion!) Hahaha!  You can use whatever pasta you want – I love spaghetti and so this was my choice of pasta today – the shell ones are cute as well but we ran out of it (either that or the better half hid it).

The recipe is an improvised one from my cousin – tastes just as gorgeous! Full recipe below:

Dont forget to add a dash of olive oil to the water so that the pasta doesn't stick - and a sprinkling of salt to taste

Dont forget to add a dash of olive oil to the water so that the pasta doesn’t stick – and a sprinkling of salt to taste

Cook the pasta

pancetta and mushrooms 2 (350x466) pancetta and mushroom (350x466)

Heat olive oil and fry pancetta and mushrooms until golden brown

seperating yolks (350x466)  4 egg yolks (350x466)

Break 2 eggs into a bowl, then break another 2 eggs and keep only the yolks



Grate fresh parmesan (or pecorino romano) and add freshly milled pepper (we used the ever life saving bamix – its awesome!)

mixture (350x466) cream (350x466)

Whisk eggs, extra yolks, cheese and cream in a bowl

Stir quickly before the egg cooks through and through!

Stir quickly before the egg cooks through and through!

When pasta is cooked, drain really quickly in a colander leaving a little moisture still clinging. Return pasta to saucepan, turn off heat and add mixture of eggs cheese and cream to the saucepan. Stir thoroughly.

mmmmmm yum yum!

mmmmmm yum yum!

Ta-daa!!! One lovely plate of Spaghetti Carbonarra!

Happy cooking,



225 grams pasta
150 grams pancetta
2 large eggs plus 2 extra yolks
1 ½ extra virgin oil
4 tablespoons Pecorino Romano (or if you want parmesan tastes very similar)
4 tablespoons double cream (I put in 8 as I really like my carbonara creamy)
Freshly milled black pepper
200 grams mushrooms

Perricone MD Intensive Moisture Therapy

Perricone MD Intensive Moisture Therapy

By day, I am saved by this little guy – Perricone’s Intensive Moisture Therapy.  It’s a light, no fragrance moisturizer that I use under my foundation.  Used it for 2 weeks, and throughout the day, my make-up stayed on (always important for my moisturizers to compliment my foundations) and, more importantly, my skin was utterly hydrated throughout – a rarity for me and certainly non-existent during the winter even after smothering myself in moisturizer. Continue reading

Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair

Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair

Tuesday night, after my nightly routine of scraping off my makeup and scrubbing my face, I noticed patches of dry skin appearing down the sides of my cheeks and around my nose. SEXY. Ive always suffered from temperamental skin – bits of it dry, some of it oily and all of it very annoying.  Winter is the worse as the radiator comes on, sending my skin into overdrive. I have pimples and milia, which camp out permanently on my skin, waiting to attack me at all angles.  Ok, rant over. Continue reading

Benefit Erase Paste

Benefit Erase Paste

Erase Away!


Name: Benefit Erase Paste

Price: £19.50

Where: Benefit Counters Nationwide, Online


Getting up at 650am is not ideal when you only got 2 hours of sleep. Then I had to contend with the ice (at last count, I almost slipped over 4 times hooray!)  Nevertheless, I dragged myself out of bed – slapped some colour on my face and piled on the concealer for my panda eyes. I haven’t been sleeping so well since the better half got into the accident, but that’s purely because I can hear how uncomfortable he is when he sleeps so I stay up to watch him (like a stalker) to make sure he is as comfortable as he can be.  Panda eyes, as I call them are not very sexy at all, oh no, so recently concealer has been my best friend and I’ve got a really good one from Benefit – Erase Paste. Comes in a cute little tiny pink pot and this is only my second concealer I own. The people at work would not appreciate me coming into work looking like someone boxed me twice I don’t think. Continue reading