Last year I did a blog post last Christmas with ideas of affordable pressie for beauty geeks and foodies. A gift that’s certain to delight its recipient is one of the fruit baskets from Gift Tree, especially for the foodies out there! It was a hit, so, here’s 2016’s version.
Please note: I still reckon last year’s post had cracking recommendations so definitely check that out. Oh, I’m about to recommend a new twist on the Go Vino glasses.
I adore Bonbon Vegan. This Kiwi (Whakatane) beauty range is all 100% vegan, natural and unprocessed. Nice. (more…)
Skinfood sent me these goodies to review. I know. How lucky am I?
Backing up the bus a little, 2016 has been, unintentionally, the year of using mainly natural-based skincare. I’ve been unashamedly flirting with a bunch of different brands and I’m loving it. Why? I’m delighted with how my skin has responded and, big claim: I reckon the aging clock has slowed down. So, with this reasonably new-found love of natural-based skincare, when Skinfood asked me if I’d like to review some of their products, I replied with GUSTO. “Yes please!!!!!” I said (bloody extroverts and their exclamation marks).
It’s that time of the month – again! This time… I’ve mixed things up.
This month’s beauty and foodie favourites is a video. Hell. I was so nervous when I pushed the publish button on this one… You have no idea. I had (and still have) mega butterflies in my tum.
Look, this video. It’s a bit amateur. I don’t know how to edit videos (so I didn’t). I’m quietly proud, that said, that I figured out how to do an intro cover title page thingymajig. Oh, I need lighting, I need a microphone, I need a remote control doofer thingy so I can zoom in and out. But it’s a start! Let me know what you think! Thumbs up, or thumbs down?
Note: I hope you don’t aren’t lying in bed next to someone reading this. You might accidentally press ‘play’ on the vid and wake them up. I get in trouble when I do that.
Oh yes. My chocolate caramel slice recipe.
The Boy and I have been watching Zumbo’s Just Desserts on TV3 on Monday and Tuesday nights. Despite having an epic savoury tooth I can’t help but develop intense cravings whilst watching Zumbo’s for… SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR. Enough, I thought. Time to whip up something decadent to enhance our viewing pleasure. Frankly, I don’t think you can go past chocolate caramel slice, for me this is the ultimate treat, the king of home-baking.
Here’s my recipe, it’s a bit of a hodge-podge of various recipes I’ve tried over the years.
Now, don’t tell anyone… Sometimes I make it with…. Double the caramel topping. I know. I’m such a porker. But try it, don’t just shake your head in disbelief at my porkiness. (more…)
The inspiration for this kick-ass kumara, kransky and spinach salad didn’t arise from the creative depths of my foodie brain, I’d better fess up to that, right now! Nope, inspo for this dish comes from Salute Cafe and Deli in Taupo. We did a roadie down to Taupo from Rotorua recently and called in at Salute for lunch. I ordered hock and eggs, which is Salute’s version of Eggs Bene. It was it good, the coffee was hot and decent, but I had total food envy as both my Mum and Marissa, my brother’s girlfriend ordered this (rather boring sounding) ‘Kumara Salad’. When it arrived, I begged them for a taste. It was so good I took a photo, made a note of the flavours and promptly legged it to the supermarket to get the ingredients for dinner! Mum keeps asking if I’ve blogged this recipe yet. Marissa’s already emailed me from Boston (she’s now back home) for the recipe. Last night I got a photo of the end result after she dished it up for dinner for her and my brother. Best I get sharing. It’s clearly a goodie! (more…)
They say don’t judge a book by its cover. Well, I blatantly did that when I was offered the opportunity to review two items from World Organics makeup range (which is called The Organic Skin Company). Can we just talk about the bamboo packaging for a second? Perfect and gorgeous. I haven’t seen packaging this cool for a while. Yes please, World Organics, thanks for asking, I’ll try a few things: Your packaging is The Bomb.
Backtracking a little, I’d stumbled across some images of products from World Organics on Facebook, but I hadn’t ventured as far as checking any products out. Why? To be honest, there so many makeup and skincare products popping up now it’s hard to try everything. Sadly, my wallet is not bottom-less. Anyway, when Maryanne Gilles contacted me and introduced herself: Makeup Artist and World Organics Consultant, she piqued my interest. I sensed (and hoped) that as a makeup artist, she’d be using products that worked. Bingo. During our correspondence Maryanne relayed to me that, as a make up artist (and a beauty therapist) she wishes World Organics had been around earlier in her career. Also, I was interested to learn Maryanne only uses World Organics makeup on her clients.
While I waited a couple of days for the products to arrive, I did some research. I’m a geek like that! Who was behind this company? Where were they from? What’s the guts? First up, World Organic is a Kiwi Company, founded by New Zealander, Megan Douglas. Megan, among other jobs (like model and fashion designer) is also a qualified herbalist. Megan used her background and expertise to create her own organic skincare company. There’s a few different range, including skincare, that come under the overall brand, check them out here. (more…)
I lusted after this Max Factor Masterpiece eyeshadow palette for quite some time after stumbling across it in Farmers. After playing around with the tester, making pretty swatches all over my arm, I concluded this palette a gem. I didn’t buy it though. Yes, you read that right: It got left in Farmers! Uncharacteristically restrained, right?! To be fair, at the time, I gave myself a stiff talking to: “Lou you don’t need another eyeshadow palette”. Oh, but I wanted it! It definitely passed the 24 hour test.
A month or two later a makeup loving friend’s birthday was on the horizon. I knew Lisa would appreciate an eyeshadow palette and, naturally, I knew the perfect palette. So, off I skipped back to Farmers and, boom, there was a sale on! All Max Factor items: Buy one, get one free. Well helllooooo!. One palette for Lisa (she got ‘Cappuccino Nudes‘), one for Lou. Being a blondie with green eyes, I felt the Cappuccino Nudes palette would suit Lisa better, I got myself ‘Golden Nudes’ as simply as it has all the colours I like. Happy days. Price? NZ$33.99 each (of course, I got two for this price).
This post is a review of my eyeshadow palette, Golden Nudes (02). (more…)
I’ve been whipping up this dish, scrambled eggs with cumin feta and mint, on the weekends for breakfast, or brunch, or lunch, for donkey’s years. It’s quick, simple and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. It’s got enough wow factor to serve up to guests. That’s my kind of kai: Low key, tasty and impressive! (more…)