Monthly Archives: May 2013

Rizzler

Rizzler

strike a pose!

Hi folks, My name is Rizzler and I am a housemate at Battersea Dogs and Cats home.  I am a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross and I am a young man – oh yes – only 3-5 years young!

I am a very friendly and playful dog that  has been overlooked for far too long. I am loving and affectionate and am responsive to training and looking for a forever home – come on people! You know you want to take me home! (please see dashingly good looking picture of me above) 🙂 🙂

I get excited about loads of things easily – its just my playful nature so will need some ground rules put in place – I promise to do my best to listen to them! 🙂

I also need some good doggy socialising to help me learn how to interact properly with other dogs – I would like to be everyone’s friend!  With some patience and training, I will be the most loving and rewarding doggy you could hope for and will be your friend for life.

While I love being at Battersea (the people and my fellow neighbours are awesome) I do find kennel life quite stressful, so I am spending some time in a foster home.  My foster carer says I’ve settled very quickly! I love tennis balls, sleeping and spending time with people.

If you could give me a home or know someone that could, please call Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 0843 509 4444 to find out more information – the kind people here will help you as best they can and put you in touch with my doggy agent to arrange a meeting!

Looking forward to meeting you real soon! I mean – check out my handsome picture, who wouldn’t want to meet me right! 🙂

Woofs,

RizzlerX

Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask

Body Shop Tea Tree Mask

 

Name: Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask

Price: £10.00

Where : Body Shop Outlets, Body Shop Online

 

Tea Tree is the best cure for pimples, as sworn by Dr’s I have met. I’ve got Tea Tree oil, Tea Tree body scrubs, Tea Tree soap and Tea Tree exfoliating pads. I have always had pimples – a curse bestowed on me and my poor giraffe-legged baby sister since we was young. Now in my late twenties – nothing has changed and I have been on antibiotics for as long as 2 years to help get rid of these pesky pimples that plague my life no end.

I was on a mission to try and cure my pimples with products so I could stop relying on pills when my doctor advised trying Tea Tree – so I went a little crazy and bought a load of Tea Tree products. The body shop offered, among other Tea Tree products, a Tea Tree mask, promising to remove impurities, absorb excess oil (yet another of my curses) and soothes skin (I presume for those of us who execute the right to poke, prod and burst our pimples hence leaving a nasty red swollen spot in its wake).

This is my favourite mask from the body shop. It smells divine and a bonus is that it always gets rid of the oil on my face! It took me 2 weeks to notice my skin clearing and I love the tingling feeling it leaves on your face afterwards. I use this once a week as at £10, it’s a pricey buy and because it’s quite thin, I find myself having to use quite a bit to cover my big face!  I have had less breakouts, but I must admit because I only use it once a week, it’s not enough to keep my pesky pimples at bay – so while I am on less antibiotics now, the mask didn’t not totally get rid of my issues as I have way too many different types of annoying bumps – still though, I would recommend this to anyone with basic pimple issues – it works if you stick with it. Give it at least a month (or more) to really see results and those pesky pimples gone!

Get it here online.

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Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto

Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto

Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto

Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto is a replica of one of my favourite meals from Prezzo – which I frequent quite alot as its conveniently placed right below my office block.

It takes about 1 hour to make with preparation and is a very nutritious recipe – packed with leeks, salmon and prawns.  Ok, so the wine part you have to add is not the healthiest – but really, the wine is boiled off whilst cooking the rice and all you really taste is gorgeous infused rice with hints of white wine!

Of course, we didn’t know how to make it, but hey – we did a bloody good job of trying to replicate this dish!  Did it taste like the Prezzo one? Close, but no cigar.  I loved the taste of it though, although next time, I think we might use less white wine and add a bit more smoked salmon,

Here is the full recipe, Kimmy style!

Ingredients

  • 3 leeks
  • 500 grams Carnaloni Risotto Rice
  • 350 grams King Prawn
  • 2 fillets of Smoked Salmon
  • 500 ml dry white wine
  • 1.5 ltrs vegetable stock
  • 170 grams Parmesan cheese (more if you are secret cheese eater like me)
leeks

fry leeks

Slice the leeks and fry them in olive oil till they are a little brown and soft. Be careful not to have the fire up too high as this will burn the leeks and believe me, no one wants burnt leeks my dear!

add rice

add rice

Add the rice into the fried leeks and mix in properly with leeks.  Make sure that the rice is nicely coated with the olive oil in the pan

add wine

add wine

Add 500ml of white wine to the pan, slowly stir till it evaporates (but be careful not to let it burn)

add vegetable stock

add vegetable stock

Add a ladleful of the stock and simmer, stirring again, until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock in this way, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is plump and tender. Make sure the rice does not burn to the base of the pan. If you think the rice is becoming too ‘sticky’ you can choose to stop adding the stock, but risotto rice is actually supposed to be a little sticky people, so I promise you won’t be disappointed! (never stir the stock in all at once as the rice will not cook properly and you’ll just be left with stodgy vegetable stock rice!)

add prawns

add prawns

Add prawns to the mixture, mix mix mix!!

slice salmon

slice salmon

Then slice or cut the salmon into the pan. Again people – the key here is mix mix mix!

parmesan cheese

add parmesan cheese

Grate and add the parmesan cheese to the pan. Need I say it again? MIX! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto

Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto

Ta-daa! And like magic – we have one Smoked Salmon King Prawn and Leek Risotto. Garnish with fresh parsley, add salt and pepper to your own taste.  Nyum Nyum! Prezzo?! Who’s that?! 😉

Happy cooking lovelies,

KimmyX

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Right – round two with Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.  If you remember, I first tried this cream about a month ago after noticing that I had dark spots all over the place due to my temperamental skin.  My cousin convinced me that this was going to be a saviour and so, I bought two.  The previous review I wrote you can find here.

Now before, I made the rookie mistake of trying to use too many creams at once and of course, surprise surprise, my horrible skin broke out into all manner of disarray – pimples, dry skin, milia  – yes, they all came to the party, with hats on.  And so, I stopped all the creams, let my skin rest for a while, before embarking on a month of Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – morning and night. So – Take #2 with this cream then eh?! 🙂 Continue reading

Benefit They’re Real

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Name: Benefit’s They’re Real

Price: £19.50

Where : Benefit counters, Online

 

 

I am having an affair with this mascara – period. My current favourite mascara and possibly the best one I own – I bought this beauty in Paris during the Easter bank holiday weekend 2012. I had forgotten to bring a mascara (shock horror!) and so decided to try an altogether different brand. Priced at £20 (give or take with the exchange rate), this was one of the pricier ones, but the promises we’re immense – claiming that a few swipes of this magic wand would trick your friend that you had fakes on was more than enough for me. The packaging is more attractive than some of the ones I own (bar the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and Yves Saint Laurent Shocking ones of course) – it’s shiny dark gunpowder silver colour with a splash of orange to emphasize the ‘REAL!’ part.

The tube is a lot smaller that all my other ones, but its fatter, so the implication is you’re almost getting the same amount, plus it’s easier to fit in your already too small clutch. The brush is plastic, so it’s quite rigid which I like, as its easier to comb out the clumps (should there be any) and its quite a big brush. The mascara itself is very good – one of the best ones I’ve tried definitely.

It took less than 10 applications to achieve more than better lashes for work, coated nicely and the lashes appeared think and definitely longer, also no clumping even after so many applications which is a bonus! Would I mistake them for fakes? Probably not – but I reckon if I had continued applying, then potentially it could look like fakes, I just didn’t have the time this morning! The price is a little steep definitely, but well worth it if you are planning on upgrading your high street mascara – this is your girl you want in your handbag – she is the one you NEED!

It is no wonder that this mascara is the UK’s No 1 best selling mascara.  Worth the pennies I promise – you really cannot go wrong with this mascara – and yes, They ARE real!!

Get it here online if you can’t pop by the counter.

P/S: For a cheaper alternative that is still quite good, try Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash mascara – review here.

They're Real mascara

MAC Nehru

MAC Nehru

MAC Nehru

Name: MAC Nehru Eyeshadow

Price: £12.00

Where : MAC Counters, MAC Online

Finish: Matte

 

 

I wanted a black, no frills eye shadow to help achieve that dark eyed, smoky look. MAC Nehru is a no frills, blueish-black eye shadow basically. It gives a matte finish but what I really love about this eye shadow is when you damp your brush a little bit and apply this lovely colour, a deep, very blue-black colour emerges – much darker than when used on its own (on its own its a like a very dark grey). Add a bit of grey and ta-daa! Smokey eyes – hello boys! 🙂

If you want a totally matte black colour – MAC Carbon is your girl.

Get it online here if you can’t pop down to a MAC counter.

nehru

MAC Nehru

before dampening brush

MAC Nehru

after dampening brush

Fast and Furious 6 Review

Here we are – gone past midnight (we are so rock and roll!) and we are just stumbling home, high on fanta orange, giant hotdogs and stupidly fast cars. Oh yes, I have just gotten my fix of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and a few very fast cars. So, in spite of me being tired, I have decided to write a quick Fast and Furious 6 review while its still fresh in my mind.

Fast and Furious 6 has more of a story line to it than its predecessors. Gone are just the mindless (think words: impossible, crazy, just insane and not possible) racing and scantily clad girls (don’t worry boys it does not disappear completely).  In its place, a storyline that has some substance – for die hard fast and furious fans though, this won’t matter much.  Justin Lin once again lends his directorial skills in this very successful franchise and Chris Morgan puts pen to paper with his storyline –  and he does not disappoint.  The story is a little slow to accelerate, but when it gets going, its really gets going. Fast.

The plot is a rogue ex-SAS agent Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his team of baddies are after 3 different components to build some super power nightshade, a device that has the ability to disable power in an entire region, and of course, he is going to sell it to the highest bidder. He’s already got 2 of the components and he needs just one left for his evil master plan. Sigh – when will the baddies ever learn, this always goes wrong for them in the end.

Toretto (Diesel) is now happily settled in sunny Spain (where there is no extradition for their past crimes) with Elena (the cop from the previous film) and his sister Mia.  Joining Mia is ex-cop turned super street racer Brian (Walker) and their newborn son Jack.  Everything is great, until The Rock shows up. Yes, the wrestler Dwayne Johnson reprises his role as Luke Hobbs, bad-ass cop who’s head/body to muscle ratio is severely disproportionate! – that man’s arms are out of this world! So Hobbs (and his partner Gina Carrano) rope in Toretto and his team to help them bring down Shaw, promising clean slates to Toretto’s whole team. Oh, and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive. If you remember, she was Toretto’s girlfriend before she ‘died’ the the previous film. Ermm, guess she did the Jesus thing and rose from the dead. Or maybe she just didn’t die. She is in fact, the lynchpin of the whole story line and the reason why Toretto is even working with Hobbs – he wants to make sure its really her, I mean, they did bury her didn’t they?  Ahh… love eh. 🙂

The film is mainly set in London, and the cars of choice? BMW’s, of course there’s the obligatory American muscle cars too – but nothing too crazy like the previous films.  Rita Ora makes a guest appearance, her main line? ‘We’re used to getting what we want, this is London Baby!’ Not being funny, but the plods would have stopped them before they even got started – a race around Piccadilly Circus? A full on rumble at Waterloo East station? I don’t think so love. BUT – this is a Hollywood movie so I’ll let them off.

The storyline is not a believable one, the races they have are impossible, and its beggars belief to actually think things like this happen in reality. HOWEVER – the film appeals to those of us who love a bit of impossible action, high octane humour and amazing action scenes. Its one of the better of the 6 that have been done so far, and as farfetched as the story line may be, I though it was awesome. The one liners between Roman (Tyrese Gibson) Tej (Ludacris) and Han (Sung Kang) are funny enough to keep the storyline affectionate without taking anything away from the underlying serious racing/fighting scenes. The final scene on the plane is just a bit of crazy – its like Rambo meets Rocky on Air Force One.

I personally loved it and I cannot wait for the 7th installment (rumoured to start filming in August 2013).  All in all – a perfect way to end the Saturday night!

Tomorrow we go tile shopping, but tonight, I will be dreaming of myself in a very fast car, racing around Piccadilly Circus, where I’m in the bus lane before 7pm AND I don’t get caught by the plod. That’s night. No one is catching me when I hit the ‘nos’ (nitrous oxide system) on my car (a big-ass mustang) baby!

Let me know if you liked the movie if you got to watch it too!

Night night lovelies!

KimmyX

Benefit Bad Gal

Benefit Bad Gal

Benefit Bad Gal

 

 

Name: Benefit’s Bad Gal

Price: £17.50

Where : Benefit counters, Online

 

 

 

 

The predecessor to the award winning ‘Yes! They’re Real’ – review here. I almost feel bad for Benefit Bad Gal. I mean, its a really good mascara, gives enough length, and definitely plumps the lashes. What’s more, it does not clump at all. – even after more than 20 swipes of the voluminous brush. The only bad thing about Bad Gal, is that its not as good as its successor.

If you fancy something a little cheaper but still quite a good mascara all round with regards to lengthening, volume and plumping, then Benefit Bad Gal is for you. Personally, I would fork out the extra pennies for They’re Real as its gives just that much more length, volume and plump.

Get it here online.

Benefit Bad Gal