29 May 2014

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Set

One of my best buys from Sephora, was the adorable Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings set (Sephora, £12.62/$20) Consisting of four products recommended by respected beauty bloggers, this set is unfortunately only available in America. I couldn't resist the set, because I am a sucker for smaller and travel sized products. Not only do they look cute, but I find high-end sample sizes last a really long time. There's no handful of uses with these beauties; I'll easily get at least a few months use out of each. I love the idea of being able to grab a bundle of smaller sized products at an affordable price, because in their full sizes these four products combined would cost £85 - instead I'm paying a fraction of the price, getting a lot of use out of them and being sure that the product works for me, before investing in full size.

I actually really like Too Faced as a brand. I think their packaging stands out, and their products cater to a variety of skin tones and styles. You can create any look from an English rose to bronzed Goddess with Too Faced, and I love that variety! Beauty Blogger Darlings covers four different products most of us are likely to use on an everyday basis.

I was really excited to try the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Light/Medium (Boots, £25), which in itself as a travel size is almost as big as some of the high-end alternatives with the same price range. Described  as an antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, with Too Faced's signature bronzing pigments that create a red toned matte bronzer, I love the bold, stand-out packaging for this one. Red tone bronzers are said to neutralise and even out skintone, and they are often recommended as much more wearable shades for paler beauties, than none red-toned bronzers. For me, Milk Chocolate Soleil is perfect for anything from a contour to an overall glow. Completely matte, there's not a shimmer in sight, it blends effortlessly and looks natural when on. It even smells like chocolate! Love.

With oily skin and even oilier lids, primers are a must for me. Beauty Blogger Darlings includes two primers from Too Faced; there's the Too Faced Shadow Insurance (Escentual, 10ml, £17) and the Too Faced Primed and Poreless (Boots, 35ml, £24) Shadow Insurance is no stranger in my makeup stash, and I have both the full size and another travel size. For me, it's easily comparable to the coveted Urban Decay Primer Potion which I adore, with a slightly thinner consistency, which works just as well at keeping my shadows in place all day long. No creasing, no smudging, my eyes are left looking like new by the time I'm ready to take my makeup off. The product itself is almost skintone in colour, but once worked in, it leaves no marks whilst neutralising the colour of your eyes, making them seem more fresh. Eyeshadows apply effortlessly above, whether powder or cream, blended crease or wash of colour, and the longevity is fantastic.

The face primer however is new to me, and I was excited to give it a try, with the Shadow Insurance working so well. Described as a 'one-of-a-kind' makeup primer which has been scientifically formulated to keep everything from liquid to powder products in place, it also promises to minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections, with a formula very similar to Shadow Insurance. Once applied, it effortlessly makes my skin look smoother, even clearer. Staying power, I'm impressed that each time I have used Primed and Poreless, my makeup has stayed in place, only needing to touch up powder after several hours.

I've heard a lot about the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (LookFantastic, £19), with many blogger hailing it as the best Too Faced mascara on offer. Promising to effortlessly create luscious lashes, Better Than Sex has been specifically formulated to produce fuller, thicker, intense lashes, with an hourglass brush and super stiff bristles, that help you pick up even the smallest of lashes you'd usually struggle to pick up. I've used Better Than Sex just a few times, but each time I have found it super easy to apply, my lashes are left looking longer, thicker and more defined, with no smudging throughout the day. An oil-based eye makeup remover is best, but it comes off pretty easily.

What do you think to the Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings set?


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28 May 2014

Current bedtime staples

A look at my current bedtime staples

A look at my current bedtime staples
Having started to fall in love with early nights, each day I find myself looking forward to getting under the sheets and settling down for a pamper and wind down. My bedside table is adorned with as many products as I can fit on the small space, and some have become staples, whilst others come and go. 

A staple product which hasn't left my bedside since Christmas, is the coveted This Works Sleep Balm (FeelUnique, £9.60), a product hailed by many bloggers as the perfect sleeping aid. A smooth balm, Sleep Balm is multi-purpose; it can be used to relieve tension and insomnia, as well as being great for dry areas such as cuticles. I've tried it on dry areas before, but for me the best use for Sleep Balm is it's main purpose - to help me get off to sleep! With a blend of French Lavender Oil which works to calm, Tahitian Monoi Oil which hydrates, Rose Oil which strengthens and purifies the skin, and moisturising Coconut Oil, each work in sync to create an aromatherapeutic balm, a miracle in a pot. Popping a touch of the balm on and behind my ears, on my temples and also my pulse points on my wrist, leaves me feeling pretty darn relaxed. After 10 minutes, I'm easily well on my way to sleep and feeling far more lucid and ready for sleep than usual. Within 15 minutes, I'm nodding off. For me, that is a huge achievement as without Sleep Balm, it can realistically take me at least an hour to wind down and fall asleep. With 100% natural ingredients, Sleep Balm is the perfect way to help me get some much needed beauty sleep.

One thing I always ensure to do before bed, is give my feet a pamper, especially with Summer on it's way. I'm one of those girls whose unlucky to have pretty big, chunky feet, that are easily bashed about and suffer for it (although, who actually likes their feet anyway?!) I always use specific exfoliators and moisturisers, and lately I've been really loving The Body Shop Africa Honey & Beeswax Hands & Foot Butter (TheBodyShop*, 125ml, £10) which is a touch too thick for my hands, but perfect for my feet. A super rich buttery cream inspired by African Tribal spa rituals, it has a gorgeous sweet but subtle scent that leaves my skin feeling like silk to the touch. It tackles any dry areas, leaving skin soft and smooth. Smitten.

Of course, what would bedtime be without a good book? I mentioned How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern (Waterstones, free delivery, £5.99) in my recent The Sunday post # 21, a book I finished just a few days ago but one I highly recommend for anyone who loves a good chick lit. I'd love to hear your recommendations for what I should read next! 

What are your current bedtime staples? 


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26 May 2014

#STEPINTOSUMMER | Challenge Five

Weight Watchers Pasta with Creamy Asparagus Sauce


Can you believe we've already reached the final week and challenge of #StepintoSummer? I have had so much fun sharing the weekly challenges with you all, taking part myself and I feel like it's really aided my weight-loss journey! Challenge Four was all about planning ahead, and for me it worked really well. So well in fact, that I've carried it on this week and all meals for the week ahead have been planned, ready to be devoured! Challenge Five is the final challenge of #StepintoSummer, and it's one that's both fun and really easy, anyone can do it! 

Challenge Five is to serve a surprisingly healthy meal (see, I told you it was easy!) and just like with every challenge, I have a delicious recipe to share with you all to make this week's challenge all that much easier! This week's recipe is something I whipped up this lunch-time, and it was not only delicious, but super filling, definitely something I would make again! Will you be giving it a try? If so, be sure to tweet me a picture @TattooedTealady so I can see how yours turned out!

Weight Watchers Simple Start Hero Recipe
Pasta with Creamy Asparagus Sauce
Serves 4, 10ppts per serving
Ingredients
400g wholewheat tagliatelle
300g asparagus, woody ends removed and stems roughly chopped
Calorie controlled cooking spray
4 bacon medallions, sliced into thin lardons
200g cherry tomatoes, halved
50g Quark
200g 0% fat Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Step 1
Bring a large pan of unsalted water to the boil and add the pasta. Cook according to the packet instructions until al dente. Add the asparagus for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain well, reserving around 150ml of the pasta cooking water.

Step 2
Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan and spray with the calorie controlled cooking spray. Add the sliced bacon and cook until crisp. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further minute or so, until starting to soften. 

Step 3
Meanwhile, mix together the Quark and Greek Yoghurt with around 100ml of the reserved cooking water. Reduce the heat under the bacon and tomatoes and add the Quark and Yoghurt mixture,  plus enough of the remaining reserved cooking water to make a thick, smooth sauce. Heat gently without boiling.

Step 4
Return the cooked pasta and asparagus to the pan and add the sauce and herbs. Season to taste and serve immediately.

A delicious recipe! Don't forget there's more fab recipes from previous challenges you can check out, too; Prawn and Courgette Curry, Pork Loin Steaks with Creamy Mushroom Sauce, Tropical Fruit Fool and BBQ Burgers with Chunky Wedges. Challenge Five is going to be a great end to a really fantastic campaign, and I am determined to make every meal this week taste delicious, even when it's something healthy! I know a lot of people worry over missing out on their favourite foods and flavours when taking up a lifestyle change such as shedding the pounds - but that's the beauty of Weight Watchers! You can eat whatever you like (in moderation), and still get all the great taste and flavour you would with more naughtier food options! Great tasting food and losing weight? What's better! 

Weight Watchers #StepintoSummer Challenge Five











For the final challenge of #StepintoSummer, there's another fab prize up for grabs courtesy of Weight Watchers; this week you could win a Crock-Pot Brushed Stainless Slow Cooker! For your chance to win Crock-Pot Brushed Stainless Slow Cooker courtesy of Weight Watchers, simply send a picture of your favourite surprisingly healthy meal by tagging @WeightWatchersUK on Facebook and using hashtag #StepIntoSummer, OR, upload a picture of your favourite surprisingly healthy meal to Twitter using hashtag #StepIntoSummer for your chance to win! 

If you're interested in signing up to Weight Watchers you can check out the latest sign-up offers on the Weight Watchers website. You can also find Weight Watchers and follow the #StepintoSummer campaign over on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Google+!


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25 May 2014

The Sunday post # 21

The Sunday post # 21
This week I... started my week in London, meeting Sophie Bloomfield, Beauty Director of Harper's Bazaar. In celebration of the Birchbox and Harper's Bazaar collaboration box, I headed down to Benefit HQ on Carnaby Street, for an evening of beauty talk. Answering beauty questions from Twitter, Sophie and Lisa (Benefit's Head Makeup Artist) delved into next season's nail trends; sheer, pale nudes, bases from the catwalk; using concealer to perfect your complexion, rather than a full base, to the scientific side of skincare; something Sophie predicts will only become more and more advanced. I left feeling inspired and motivated. 

One thing I learnt this week... is to sit back and relax. I am a real book worm but the past couple of years as my degree has become more intense, reading for pleasure has taken a back seat. I recently started How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern (Waterstones, free delivery, £5.99), and I finished it this week. I completely fell in love with the story, having my hopes for the outcomes I wanted, and as per usual, falling head over heels for Ahern's way of telling a story. A must-read, I couldn't recommend How to Fall in Love enough!

My favourite moment this week was... my very first archery lesson on Saturday. My partner and I decided to take up archery, and as a Robin Hood fanatic, I was excited all week wishing Saturday would hurry up. The lesson was just an hour, but I felt on such a high afterwards. As it was our first lesson, we used recurve bows (the ones that Katniss uses), but next week we'll be on compound bows which are some serious machinery. I really enjoyed the lesson, especially as I managed to get better scores on the target board than my partner! Can't wait for next week's lesson.

How has your week been?


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23 May 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Enchanted One

MAC Alluring Aquatic Enchanted One
It's been a long time since I treated myself to a Limited Edition MAC Lipstick, but when I saw the packaging for the Alluring Aquatic Collection, it was just too hard to resist! I've been on a real nude-lip loving spree over the past few months, so I skipped the deeper, brighter shades and had my heart set on Enchanted One (MAC, £16.50) Finding it online wasn't going to be easy - anywhere I managed to find it, it had sold out by the time I got to checkout, so hunting it down in person was going to be the only way to get my hands on this nude beauty. I was probably a little bit too excited when I found it in stock in the St Pancras MAC store. 

The Alluring Aquatic Collection is beautifully presented in quite possibly, my favourite MAC packaging yet. The lipstick bullet is a metallic turquoise, textured to look as if there are tiny drops of water encasing the it. Enchanted One is a warm nude with coral undertones and a lovely matte finish. It applies effortlessly, with a true opaque colour and lovely finish which isn't drying when on. Longevity wise Enchanted One lives up to the high-end price tag and quality you'd expect of MAC, only needing to reapply after eating and drinking. Lovely alone or spruced up with a touch of gloss, Enchanted One has been my most reached for everyday shade since I bought it. Smitten. 

Did you pick anything up from the Alluring Aquatic Collection?


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22 May 2014

Introducing Bee Good

Bee Good Intensive Hand Repair with Honey, Borage & Echium
I love nothing more than finding a brand with fantastic ethics, even more so when that brand is British. I adore brands from all over the World, but I think it's important to support the fantastic brands we have right on our doorstep! Bee Good is a British brand whose products are cruelty free, planet friendly, and free of any unwanted ingredients such as synthetic colours, Mineral Oil, Silicone, SLS, SLES or Parabens. With a name like Bee Good, it'll be no surprise that Bees play a big part in Bee Good products, and Bee Good is the only British premium skincare brand which exclusively uses British Beeswax, Honey and Propolis in every single one of their products. Ethically sourced direct from British Beekeepers, plant oils harvested from British growers and both products and packaging being made here in the UK in Hampshire, Bee Good is a brand that stands out from the crowd. 

So why are Bee Good products so good? Bee Good harness the centuries-old healing powers of ingredients in their products, particularly Honey, Propolis and Beeswax, creating innovative, yet kind and gentle products which work to benefit your skin with only the finest ingredients. Bee Good use exquisite blends of ethically sourced British Bee-ingredients alongside naturally active botanicals and potent British plant oils. They ensure that all Bees used for Bee Good products are never harmed, using reliable, trustworthy and hard-working British Beekeepers. As well as ethically sourced ingredients, Bee Good are really passionate about supporting and protecting our beautiful British Countryside, putting a share of their profits back into important Beekeeping causes as well as the education and apprenticeship of young Bee Farmers. A British brand to be proud of!

Over the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of trying a Bee Good product for myself, and it's become quite the daily staple. I have a lot of hand creams, they're a product that have been a part of my routine since I was a little girl. I try to take good care of my hands, but they easily suffer in the cold and constant changing weather. The Bee Good Intensive Hand Repair (BeeGood*, 50ml, £12) goes a step further than other hand creams I've tried, a deliciously thick creamy formula that when massaged in, sinks in beautifully, leaving my hands feeling instantly soothed. Any dry areas feel smoother, softer, also working to repair dry cuticles, with it's multi-use repairing treatment formula. With key active ingredients of Borage Oil; a plant oil with one of the richest sources of essential fatty acid GLA, helping to retain moisture, Echium Oil; an anti-inflammatory with nature's richest known source of SDA, perfect for reducing inflammation, as well as benefit for eczema, acne and psoriasis, as well as Honey; well-loved for it's moisturising and nourishing properties, which soothe and soften skin, it's almost like super-food for your hands. Continued use has left me with happier hands, which feel softer to the touch. The packaging makes it super easy to apply enough with half a pump for both hands, with a scent that's subtle, soothing and comforting. Love!


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Urban Retreat The Mask

Urban Retreat The Mask
I have quite the skincare stash, but masks easily take up the most room in my collection. For me a face mask can be like an at-home facial, tailored to keep your skin happy and working with your skins needs to keep it healthy and glowing. I love popping a mask on a few times a week - sometimes even more than one at a time! - and my recent favourite for a deep cleanse, has been Urban Retreat The Mask (UrbanRetreat*, 75ml, £35)

The Mask can be used in two ways, for both oily and dry skin types. For oily skin types it's best used alone after cleansing, and for dry skin types, applied after the Urban Retreat The Elixir (UrbanRetreat, 30ml, £35) to help improve hydration. As my skin is oily with a touch of dehydration, I apply The Mask after a deep cleanse, using a foundation brush to apply all over. A few minutes into applying the mask, it starts to set and feel firm like any clay based mask, so I like to spritz a floral toner over, which prevents my skin from feeling overly tight. Infused with Australian Kaolin, The Mask is a naturally occurring soft clay which works to mildly cleanse the skin, drawing out impurities, leaving a clearer complexion with reduced sebum. There's also Glycerin in the mix, a well known humectant, which works to retain moisture within the skin, providing deep nourishment, whilst Vitamin E provides that all important anti-oxidant protection against harmful free radicals and UV damage. Although a clay mask, it's fairly light and doesn't feel dragging on the skin when applied, with a light-weight formula. 

Once gently massaged off with a warm cloth, my skin feels softer to the touch, looks much clearer and brighter, with a lovely healthy glow to my skin. I'm quite smitten with The Mask, having become bored of the same old clay masks which have been in my stash for too long, The Mask has renewed my love for clay-based masks and I am thrilled with the results I have seen. Would I recommend The Mask? For oily skin types, definitely.


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21 May 2014

The new nail addiction

Soigne Persimmon Nail Lacquer





















Soigna Persimmon Nail Lacquer

Summer is a couple of months off yet, but I think I've already found my summer-perfect polish. If you read my recent May Birchbox with Harper's Bazaar review, you might just recognise this new polish-favourite culprit. For my first dabble into Soigne Nail Lacquers (Birchbox, £11), I think it's safe to say I'm hooked, and I have my eye on pretty much every shade in the range. The range includes some gorgeous shades, including muted nudes, beautiful corals and bright, vivid pinks and oranges, in fact, there's not one shade I don't love the look of. In my May Birchbox, I received Persimmon, which is a gorgeous bright orange coral. From first use, it's been love.

Popping a coat of O.P.I Base Coat (LookFantastic, £11.95)) on first, I follow with two coats of Persimmon, which leaves a gorgeous streak-free finish. The polish itself is fairly glossy in formula, but I love really glossy nails and so I popped a touch of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (CultBeauty, £9.95) on for the perfect finish. Regular readers will have seen Seche Vite pop up a few times over the past couple of months, a product I once really disliked and only starting using again to 'use it up', yet now I'm finding it the perfect top coat every time. Since adding some colour to my nails with Persimmon, they've lasted chip free for well over a week. I'm so thrilled that the longevity is fantastic as the formula, and Soigne has actually topped all other brands I've tried, for going chip-free the longest! Next on my wishlist, a gorgeous bright teal, Vodka Bleu, and a gorgeous deep violet purple, Cerise.


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The Vegan Kind | May

May The Vegan Kind Box

Scoff Handmade Chocolate Fudge

Dormouse Tea Company Jasmine Loose Leaf Tea

The May The Vegan Kind box (TheVeganKind*, £10 + p&p) came in perfect timing; we had just eaten ourselves out of 'treats' and I was about to place a very naughty online food shop, that was mostly packed with chocolate, sweets and unnecessary snacks. As soon as my May box popped through the door, I knew we wouldn't need those naughty treats, because The Vegan Kind boxes are always filled with tasty treats for us to dig in to! I'm really impressed with the selection of products in the May box, so let's delve in! 

The first thing I spotted, because it was the biggest thing in the box, was a bag of Hectares Piri Piri Sweet Potato Crisps (Hectares, £1) which I devoured pretty quickly! I am a huge piri piri fan and I also prefer sweet potato or vegetable crisps, to traditional spud crisps. Hectare's sweet potato crisps are packed full of anti-oxidants, are high in dietary fibre and contain Vitamin A and C as well as beta-carotene. They tasted incredible; the sweetness of sweet potato, with a subtle hint of piri piri for a splash of flavour. Definitely need to pick up some more of these! 

Next up, probably my favourite thing in this month's box, a bag of Scoff's Handmade Chocolate Fudge (Scoff, £3.50) which just tasted so heavenly; even my partner was converted! I'm not usually a chocolate fudge person, but this was so much nicer than other chocolate fudge I've tried. It wasn't sickly. It was moorish and perfect with a cup of tea, or just a cheeky chunk whilst working. 

I was really excited by a box of Organic Raw Crackers (GoldenApple, £3.95), because let's be honest - I love biscuits! Perfect with a cup of tea. Golden Apple produce organic, raw crackers and biscuits made from selected seeds and spices. I received the hazelnuts and peppermint flavour, which are nice, but the peppermint is just a touch too strong for me. 

Some more food goodies in the box included a sachet of HOT-POTS (WholePlus, £1.80) which I haven't tried yet - but I am sure I will love. Described as a powerful infusion of whole oats blended with a generous helping of TOPPERS and coconut milk powder. 

What better to find in this month's box, the last foody related product, Dormouse Tea Company Loose Leaf Jasmine Tea with Teabags (DormouseTeaCompany, £3.60) I love loose tea, and even more so when it comes with DIY teabags. Can't wait to see how this gorgeously scented Jasmine Tea tastes! 

Last but not least the final product in the May The Vegan Kind box is the only home and lifestyle product; a sachet of Bio D Laundry Liquid (BioDegradable, £4.45), which I am looking forward to putting to the test. Described as a versatile, non-biological concentrated laundry liquid which can be used in automatic washing machines, twin-tubs and even washing by hand. 

So what do you think to this month's box? I always look forward to The Vegan Kind boxes and yet again, I'm really happy. The biscuits may not have been to my taste, but everything else I have already tried has been delicious, and how could I not be happy with tea?! I can't wait to see what the June box holds! If you'd like to find out more about The Vegan Kind you can check out the website, as well as finding The Vegan Kind on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even YouTube! The Vegan Kind is a monthly lifestyle subscription service for vegans costing £10 a month plus £2.95 p&p. 


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20 May 2014

Lush Sakura



Lush Sakura
Whenever I head into Nottingham, Lush is always on my list of places I want to visit. I mostly order online from the Lush website, but for me Lush isn't just about the products and the Lush experience at home. Going in store gives a whole other experience, and I love having a look at all the latest products and deciding what to try next. On my most recent visit, I was looking over the bath ballistic when I spotted the super pretty Sakura (Lush,£3.25) A white bath ballistic spotted with pink, blue and green, topped with green salt crystals. Lush describe Sakura as a celebration of Spring in a bath bomb, bursting with a floral fragrance that is really heavenly; definitely one for the Lush fans who prefer softer scents. With calming Mimosa, Jasmine Oils, Lemon Oil and Orange Flower, it's the perfect scent for an evening bath, helping you to wind down. I popped this under a running bath last night, and instantly the scent left my bathroom smelling like paradise, adding a touch of pale pink to my evening relaxation. This is one I'll definitely be repurchasing! 

What's your favourite Lush bath bomb?


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19 May 2014

Sephora Haul

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fearless & Captivating
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Enlightened

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed & Forever Fuchsia

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fearless & Captivating

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings
There is only so long I can have a product in my possession, and not use it. Whenever I buy something new I always try and wait before using the products, until I've photographed them ready for posts here on the blog. But this year has been so hectic, that my Sephora order arrived a whole month ago, and I've only just got around to taking photos today. Because it's been so long since my order arrived, and even longer since I ordered, rummaging through my Sephora box was like going shopping all over again. The order I spent weeks deliberating over, the order I am besotted with. I have been waiting for Sephora to ship to the UK for absolutely ages, and I'm so glad we can finally get our hands on some American brands. 

As soon as I decided to take the plunge and make a Sephora order, I knew there would be one brand that ended up in my basket; Tarte. I first tried Tarte just over a year ago, and since then I've built a humble collection of three Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes (Sephora, £16.41/$26) Being a big fan of the formula, colour pay off and longevity of Tarte blushes, I let myself pick another two shades to add to my collection (and yes, it was hard holding off at just two!) In the end I picked Fearless and Captivating. Fearless is described as a coral pink, a touch more muted than Tipsy, another coral Tarte blush I have. Captivating is a new shade to join the range, and is a lovely warm peach, I absolutely can't wait to try this! Another Tarte product which made it's way to into my basket is the beautifully packaged Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick (Sephora, £10.10/$16) which is currently on sale - I paid £16.48. I picked up Enlightened, a gorgeous burnt peach. Although the packaging is beautiful, I was pretty disappointed with how little product there is once you fully twist the lipstick up, and I'm not sure I'd buy another at full price. 

Although Too Faced is a brand available in the UK, there's a few products available in the US that we can't get over here. I couldn't resist the Beauty Blogger Darlings (Sephora, £12.62/$20)
which is a set of products worth £24.97/$42. The set includes four products selected by bloggers as favourites from the brand, including a Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Primed & Poreless Face Primer, Better Than Sex Mascara and Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer. I can't get over how good value for money this set is, I wish UK stores did affordable sets like this! All the products are travel sized versions, but will easily last quite a while, the bronzer itself looks almost full size.

I've been wanting to try Kat Von D products ever since she released the line, and I really wish it was a range available in the UK! There's a few products I've love to try, and I decided the easiest way to test the quality of products would be to see how the famous Tattoo Liner (Sephora, £11.36/$18) in Trooper, which is described as an ink black. I've only swatched this so far, and I'm not wowed on first impressions, but I'm looking forward to giving it a thorough testing, to see if it's really as good as everyone says.

Of course I couldn't order from Sephora without trying a few products from the Sephora Collection. I picked up three Sephora Collection lip products - one I actually forgot to include in the photos, so we'll start with that one first. There's a whole host of gorgeous shades in the Rouge Cream Lipstick (Sephora, £7.89/$12.50) range, and I went for 07 Jealous, a lovely peachy pink. I can't wait to try this, and I think the price is really, really reasonable! Going from an everyday wearable shade to something more vibrant, I was really intrigued by the Cream Lip Stain (Sephora, £8.20/$13) range, wanting to see how they faired to the current UK offerings of lip lacquers. I was instantly drawn to 03 Strawberry Kissed, a matte bright pinky red, and 06 Forever Fuschia, a gorgeous satin electric fuchsia, with an almost metallic finish. 

I'm really happy with everything that I ordered, there's nothing I'm not excited to try and a whole host of products I've had on my wishlist for far too long! For those of you curious about ordering from Sephora, you can find full shipping information here. Postage, including any expected fees, is just £10 with orders over the value of £75/$126.15, and then on top of that you have VAT and tax added at checkout. Once ordered it only took around 10 days to get to me, and everything was intact! I've also signed up for the Sephora Beauty Insider, which is a rewards system similar to looks of big stores. I'll definitely be ordering from Sephora again, there's so many more gorgeous American products I want to get my hands on. Let me know what you think to my order, and if you've ordered from Sephora as well, I'd love to hear what you decided to add to your basket too!


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#STEPINTOSUMMER | CHALLENGE FOUR

Free Printable Meal Planner Download

Challenge Three week absolutely flew by for me. I stuck to the challenge of having breakfast every single day, but I had such a busy week with work, Uni as well as a friend staying, that taking photos of what I ate went right out of the window! There were a few days where I just had fruit; a bowl of berries or fresh mango (which I am now addicted to!), other days I'd go for a favourite Weight Watchers friendly English breakfast, or porridge with blueberries, bananas and golden syrup. Did you manage to complete the challenge and remember to have breakfast everyday?

Challenge Four is going to be more of a challenge for me than any of the other challenges through #StepintoSummer, as I am the least organised person lately, and sticking to a plan might be tricky. But I'm definitely going to give it a go! Challenge Four is to plan all of your meals in advance, including weekend meals too! Planning ahead, whether eating at home or planning your restaurant picks for a meal out, has really helped me in the past with staying on track. Admittedly, I get lazy and I stop doing it, but Challenge Four has spurred me on to get as organised as I was before. I've grabbed a free printable menu planner download, and I'm going to have a look around for a really nice meal planner pad, to help me keep organised long-term. When you sit down to plan a week's meals in advance, it can seem quite daunting, but I find a few easy tricks make it a lot easier than you'd think, and it helps to save time in the week instead of getting flustered over what to cook that night. I do a quick run through the fridge, freezer and cupboards, writing down the main ingredients we have, then either plan a meal I want or just write down the main part of the meal, for example chicken, so I exactly what we're having that day. I don't just plan main meals either; I've planned a full week of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's actually made me feel really motivated and quiet excited for all the yummy food we're going to eat this week - let's hope I stick to it! Will you be joining me in Challenge Four? 

Weight Watchers #StepintoSummer Challenge Four
Here's a fab recipe to get you going with your meal plan, which we had over the weekend. My partner decided to tackle this week's recipe, as he's been getting really involved with my new eating habits and enjoying the healthier, yet just as tasty food. I think he did a really good job, especially as he rarely cooks! The perfect meal for a warm, sunny evening, they were absolutely delicious and I've made the salsa again twice since! Let me know if you give it a go, and don't forget you can also check out the recipes I shared for Challenge One, Challenge Two and Challenge Three

Weight Watchers Simple Start Hero Recipe
BBQ Burgers and Chunky Wedges 
Serves 4, 14ppts per portion

Ingredients
For the burger:
500g extra lean steak mince
1 small red onion, grated or very finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 garlic clove, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lettuce leaves, to serve
4 Sandwich Thins, toasted, to serve
For the chunky wedges:
4 large potatoes, unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges
1 tsp mixed dried herbs
Calorie controlled cooking spray
For the tomato salsa:
2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1/2 hot green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1/2 lime, juice only

Step 1 If using a bbq, start by lighting it in order that the coals will be hot enough to cook on - usually about 15-20 minutes.

Step 2 In a large bowl, mix together the mince, onion, oregano, ground cumin and coriander, garlic and plenty of seasoning. Divide the mixture into 4 and form into balls. Now flatten the balls, and make them square-ish and about the same size or slightly larger than the sandwich thins. Set aside.

Step 3 For the chunky wedges, preheat the oven to 200C. Put the potatoes and dried herbs into a large bowl. Season well and spray with calorie controlled cooking spray. Toss everything together until evenly coated. Spread the wedges onto a non-stick baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once or twice, until golden.

Step 4 Meanwhile, for the tomato salsa, mix together the tomatoes, spring onions, chilli, coriander and lime juice to taste. Season and set aside until needed.

Step 5 To cook the burgers, put on the bbq directly over the coals, and cook for 4-5 minutes each side, until the juices run clear. Toast the sandwich thins over the coals during the final couple of minutes' cooking time.

Step 6 Serve the burgers on the sandwich thins, with lettuce, tomato salsa and mustard, accompanied by potato wedges.

As usual, there's another giveaway prize up for grabs for this week's #StepintoSummer challenge, and this week you could win a Lock & Storage set! For your chance to win Lock & Lock food storage sets courtesy of Weight Watchers, tweet about your how you're planning your weeks meals, or what you're most excited that you've planned for a meal this week, using hashtag #StepIntoSummer, or, show us how you're getting on with this weeks challenge on Facebook by tagging @WeightWatchersUK and using hashtag #StepIntoSummer for your chance to win Lock & Lock food storage sets!

If you're interested in signing up to Weight Watchers you can check out the latest sign-up offers on the Weight Watchers website. You can also find Weight Watchers and follow the #StepintoSummer campaign over on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+!

Weight Watchers Simple Start Hero Recipe BBQ Burgers and Chunky Wedges

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*This post is part of the #StepintoSummer campaign for Weight Watchers UK. Food was provided by Weight Watchers UK for me to complete the recipe above. All thoughts and views are my own. For more information, please see my disclaimer
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