.Weekend In Photos | Part 1.

Four whole days off work, don’t you just love bank holidays?! We’ve really made the most of our time off this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine so much so that i’ve split my weekend in photos post in two to fit everything in!

During the week i started my tea tox with Adagio Teas and so far i’ve been feeling great for it - they’ll definitely be a blog post coming on that soon. I also got my little car cleaned inside and out which was well overdue and when i drove to the boyfriend’s for the weekend it was actually a pleasant experience! Thursday evening i went for puppy cuddles and a tea with my wonderful friend Charl from Ginger Girl Says and it was so much fun! Her little dog Ted is the cutest thing in the world and i nearly managed to sneak him out in my handbag…nearly!

Friday Joe and I decided to take a walk into town because it was such a beautiful day so we donned our Moathouse sunnies* and i even went bare legged for the first time this year! We took a walk in the sunshine stopping at a few pubs along the way for a cheeky G&T and then the boy surprised me with a lovely lunch at our favourite pizzeria, Pizza Express

I treated myself to a new clutch bag from New Look for our Saturday night out as i’d completely forgotten to bring mine and couldn’t resist these two statement necklaces either! It’s the first time i’ve treated myself to any nice bits in about 3 months and it made me a little giddy! I can’t wait to get involved with all the new Spring/Summer pieces when i’ve got a bit of extra money to spend!

…Part 2 Coming Soon - don’t forget to follow me on instagram @xameliax!

xax

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Monday, April 21, 2014 — 2 notes
.High Street Vs High End: A Bobbi Brown Long Wear Dupe? | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.
Last month I was about to re-order my ‘winter foundation’ Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear in Warm Ivory, my go to for broken out and dull winter skin. I love this foundation for it’s longevity and perfect match colouring on my vamp-ish no sun, no fake tan skin (my Clinique Pore Refining bottle is just a touch too dark right now) but it sets you back a good £30 a time which when you’re trying to save money like I am at the moment isn’t the easiest to swallow. It was then when a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum* dropped through my door for me to trial and so I held off on my BB order to give this high street favourite a go and see if it lived up to the hype.
The Healthy Mix Serum is a favourite amongst so many bloggers, you couldn’t help but to notice the hype when it first came out and popped up in countless favourites videos and blog posts across the social media scene but I never tried it out myself for one reason or another. Needless to say that my Bobbi Brown order never got placed because this stuff is amazing and I’d even go out on the limb as to call it a Bobbi Brown Long Wear dupe! I have the shade Vanille Clair the lightest they do and it’s a perfect match (rare I find with high street brands) and it feels incredible on the skin. It blends easily, looks super smooth over blemishes, builds up well to cover them and most of all it lasts. I’ve found that even without primer this foundation lasts the day for me in the office under the air con without drying out or going patchy, it really is incredible. I apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, add a little Bo-ing Concealer over the top and I’m good to go. It also feels quite light despite it’s medium coverage which is great for helping your skin breath. 
I can’t rave about this foundation enough and I’ll certainly be buying another bottle when I run out. Not only have I found an incredible high street dupe, I’ve also saved myself £20 a time….did someone say new lipstick? 
You can find the Bourjois healthy Mix Serum and all the shades it comes in on their website HERE for £10.99. 
Have you tried Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum? Would you swap your high end foundation for a high street alternative? 
Tweet me @xameliax #bourjoishealthymix and tell me your go-to foundation
xax

.High Street Vs High End: A Bobbi Brown Long Wear Dupe? | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.

Last month I was about to re-order my ‘winter foundation’ Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear in Warm Ivory, my go to for broken out and dull winter skin. I love this foundation for it’s longevity and perfect match colouring on my vamp-ish no sun, no fake tan skin (my Clinique Pore Refining bottle is just a touch too dark right now) but it sets you back a good £30 a time which when you’re trying to save money like I am at the moment isn’t the easiest to swallow. It was then when a bottle of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum* dropped through my door for me to trial and so I held off on my BB order to give this high street favourite a go and see if it lived up to the hype.

The Healthy Mix Serum is a favourite amongst so many bloggers, you couldn’t help but to notice the hype when it first came out and popped up in countless favourites videos and blog posts across the social media scene but I never tried it out myself for one reason or another. Needless to say that my Bobbi Brown order never got placed because this stuff is amazing and I’d even go out on the limb as to call it a Bobbi Brown Long Wear dupe! I have the shade Vanille Clair the lightest they do and it’s a perfect match (rare I find with high street brands) and it feels incredible on the skin. It blends easily, looks super smooth over blemishes, builds up well to cover them and most of all it lasts. I’ve found that even without primer this foundation lasts the day for me in the office under the air con without drying out or going patchy, it really is incredible. I apply it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, add a little Bo-ing Concealer over the top and I’m good to go. It also feels quite light despite it’s medium coverage which is great for helping your skin breath. 

I can’t rave about this foundation enough and I’ll certainly be buying another bottle when I run out. Not only have I found an incredible high street dupe, I’ve also saved myself £20 a time….did someone say new lipstick? 

You can find the Bourjois healthy Mix Serum and all the shades it comes in on their website HERE for £10.99. 

Have you tried Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum? Would you swap your high end foundation for a high street alternative? 

Tweet me @xameliax #bourjoishealthymix and tell me your go-to foundation

xax

Monday, April 21, 2014 — 1 note

.Mini April Haul | Primark, MAC, Matalan & More | xameliax.

Hello there haul strangers! It’s been far too long since i filmed one of these videos for you but i’ve been saving for a very special occasion next week instead of spending any of my pennies on treats for me.

Here is a little collection of bits i’ve acquired over the past few months that will hopefully keep us all tied over until my Birthday haul next month and others to come in the summer!

Don’t forget to Like, Share and Subscribe!

xax

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Saturday, April 19, 2014 — 1 note
.Caramelised Nut & Maple Syrup Sponge Pudding | xameliax. 
Another recipe for you today, this time it’s a sweet one – my Caramelised Nut & Maple Syrup Sponge Puddings! They’re so easy to make and can be done in less than 15 minutes, ideal for dinner parties or just as a quick and naughty satisfying pudding! You can make your cake mixture beforehand (even leave it covered up with a tea towel overnight) and tie them up individually with greaseproof paper and string to take along with you and cook in the microwave in under 2 minutes!
.How To.
Serves: 2
85g Softened Butter
85g Self Raising Flour
85g Light Muscavado Sugar
2 eggs
6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
Handful of Caramelised Nuts
Custard or Fresh Cream to Serve 
Beat together butter, flour, sugar and eggs. Add nuts to the bottom of each bowl and gently crush with a rolling pin. Add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to each bowl and top with your cake mixture. Smooth out, cover and secure with greaseproof paper and cook in the microwave for 1:30 – that’s it! Turn out onto a plate or bigger bowl and top with custard or cream, enjoy hot. 
Once you’ve tried this recipe you’ll want to make them again and again! I brought them along to a dinner party and they went down so well I had to make them again the following night as the boy wanted seconds! I had mine with Dairy Free Custard (which tastes absolutely amazing by the way) straight from the microwave and they really were delicious with the maple syrup oozing down the side of the sponge. Why not try them with different nuts and get creative! 
Don’t forget to tweet me a picture @xameliax if you give them a go! 

xax

.Caramelised Nut & Maple Syrup Sponge Pudding | xameliax. 

Another recipe for you today, this time it’s a sweet one – my Caramelised Nut & Maple Syrup Sponge Puddings! They’re so easy to make and can be done in less than 15 minutes, ideal for dinner parties or just as a quick and naughty satisfying pudding! You can make your cake mixture beforehand (even leave it covered up with a tea towel overnight) and tie them up individually with greaseproof paper and string to take along with you and cook in the microwave in under 2 minutes!

.How To.

Serves: 2

85g Softened Butter

85g Self Raising Flour

85g Light Muscavado Sugar

2 eggs

6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

Handful of Caramelised Nuts

Custard or Fresh Cream to Serve 

Beat together butter, flour, sugar and eggs. Add nuts to the bottom of each bowl and gently crush with a rolling pin. Add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to each bowl and top with your cake mixture. Smooth out, cover and secure with greaseproof paper and cook in the microwave for 1:30 – that’s it! Turn out onto a plate or bigger bowl and top with custard or cream, enjoy hot. 

Once you’ve tried this recipe you’ll want to make them again and again! I brought them along to a dinner party and they went down so well I had to make them again the following night as the boy wanted seconds! I had mine with Dairy Free Custard (which tastes absolutely amazing by the way) straight from the microwave and they really were delicious with the maple syrup oozing down the side of the sponge. Why not try them with different nuts and get creative! 

Don’t forget to tweet me a picture @xameliax if you give them a go! 

xax

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Friday, April 18, 2014 — 3 notes
.Feeling Frenchy with M.Chapoutier and Vente Privee.
Those who are regular readers or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@xameliax) will know i’m partial to a nice glass of wine! So when i got a sneak peak of a sale featuring on Vente Privee today (17th April) i was very excited to get stuck in and start tasting - all in the name of science i’m sure you’ll understand.
I somehow managed to convince Joe to join in with me and we planned out a couple of meals over a few weeks to compliment the wines we were tasting and to make sure we spaced out our little experiment (drink responsibly kids!) and could enjoy each wine for it’s own flavours. Now i’m not going to go all wine expert on you with these because i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t do them justice but they were all stunning wines that i would quite happily buy again.
The White* - Condrieu: not my usual choice for white as it had a slightly sweet finish. I’m a New Zealand or Chilian Sauv Blanc kind of girl, something sharp, dry and fruity but this made for a wonderful change. Strong, fruity and elegant tasting this deep golden wine is incredibly easy to drink and great for those who perhaps look for a little sweetness without going down the rose route.
The Red* - Saint Joseph: for red i usually opt for a deep Rioja, something heavy but fruity and this bottle really did it for me. It had a fantastic intensity and was incredibly smooth whilst still giving me that deep red wine hit i crave. Loved this and i wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.
The Chateaux* - Chateauneauf-du-pape: well, what can i say about this wine other than the fact that it’s my perfect red. I’m a huge CNDP fan and this was one of the best i’ve tried. Simply stunning and one i’d love to keep drinking and drinking. If you’re going to treat yourself to one of these wines, this should be the winner, hands down.
Sadly these don’t usually come within my ‘standard weekend drinky poos' price range retailing between £20-40 a bottle, but here’s the good bit. Vente Privee are having a M Chapoutier sale right now with a minimum discount of 30% off the brand - so if you want to try out some beautiful french wines without the risk, now’s your chance to do so!
You can sign up for a vente privee account on their website HERE and get access to hundreds of sales like this.
Are you a vente privee member? Would you give a different wine a go if it came within your price range?
Tweet me @xameliax and tell me your favourite tipple! #ventepriveewine
xax

.Feeling Frenchy with M.Chapoutier and Vente Privee.

Those who are regular readers or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@xameliax) will know i’m partial to a nice glass of wine! So when i got a sneak peak of a sale featuring on Vente Privee today (17th April) i was very excited to get stuck in and start tasting - all in the name of science i’m sure you’ll understand.

I somehow managed to convince Joe to join in with me and we planned out a couple of meals over a few weeks to compliment the wines we were tasting and to make sure we spaced out our little experiment (drink responsibly kids!) and could enjoy each wine for it’s own flavours. Now i’m not going to go all wine expert on you with these because i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t do them justice but they were all stunning wines that i would quite happily buy again.

The White* - Condrieu: not my usual choice for white as it had a slightly sweet finish. I’m a New Zealand or Chilian Sauv Blanc kind of girl, something sharp, dry and fruity but this made for a wonderful change. Strong, fruity and elegant tasting this deep golden wine is incredibly easy to drink and great for those who perhaps look for a little sweetness without going down the rose route.

The Red* - Saint Joseph: for red i usually opt for a deep Rioja, something heavy but fruity and this bottle really did it for me. It had a fantastic intensity and was incredibly smooth whilst still giving me that deep red wine hit i crave. Loved this and i wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.

The Chateaux* - Chateauneauf-du-pape: well, what can i say about this wine other than the fact that it’s my perfect red. I’m a huge CNDP fan and this was one of the best i’ve tried. Simply stunning and one i’d love to keep drinking and drinking. If you’re going to treat yourself to one of these wines, this should be the winner, hands down.

Sadly these don’t usually come within my ‘standard weekend drinky poos' price range retailing between £20-40 a bottle, but here’s the good bit. Vente Privee are having a M Chapoutier sale right now with a minimum discount of 30% off the brand - so if you want to try out some beautiful french wines without the risk, now’s your chance to do so!

You can sign up for a vente privee account on their website HERE and get access to hundreds of sales like this.

Are you a vente privee member? Would you give a different wine a go if it came within your price range?

Tweet me @xameliax and tell me your favourite tipple! #ventepriveewine

xax

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 — 3 notes

.Looking Good and Feeling Fit | Can The Two Work Together. 

Most of the time when I’m exercising I feel like a sweaty mess. I try to take off my makeup before I start to help my skin breath including eye makeup to prevent it running down my face when I’m, well, running! My kickboxing classes are mostly made up of boys that are more likely to rib me for not being able to keep up with the burpees rather than looking at my bum (thank goodness) and our running route tends to take us down quiet roads away from onlookers so most of the time looking good isn’t top of my properties list when I exercise. Having the right gear though is, and over the last year I’ve racked up and tried out a profusion of gym gear to make you run faster, sweat more and to support you every which way it can. When I first started I shyly scuttled into sports direct and grabbed some cheapo trainers along with the cheapest baggiest basics I could find to help cover up my wobbly bits and ensure that if I didn’t keep it up my bank balance wouldn’t be crying, but it wasn’t long before I realised that buying tighter, better quality clothes can not only improve your performance but also your confidence.

My biggest exercise problem of the moment is trainer related. I love my Nike Flex Runs I bought last year but when it comes to kicking time I always go bare foot for better balance and accuracy. Sadly this has left me with serious kickboxer feet, blisters, chipped toenails and hard spots galore – hardly very ladylike – so when Sports Shoes.com got in touch asking if I’d like to re-vamp my gym gear I jump(kicked) at the chance. I found the perfect pair of shoes for what I need, Nike’s Bionic Woman Trainers*. Not only is their name incredibly inspiring, they’re absolutely amazing! With a bare foot feel and so much support, they give me full movement for my martial arts and protection for my feet too - all while being breathable and looking pretty darn fancy to boot! These are a serious shoe to consider for all those kick-ass girls out there looking to protect their tootsies in a sleek and comfortable way.

Inspired by my new purple and black trainers I raided the rest of their website for some Asics bottoms* and a Reebok Shapewear Top*. I’m normally a vest girl (ashamedly mostly £2 ones from Primark layered up!) but i often find they ride up when jiggling around which can get quite annoying. This Reebok shapewear tee has a super tight vest underlayer with rubber strips that really does hug you in all the right places helping to hide any bumps. Then the connected loose t-shirt drapes over the top making it a bit lighter and less revealing – perfect for those who don’t want to show off too much skin at the gym but still feel supported. Personally i like something a little tighter on top as i felt this made me look bigger than i am but the tight underlayer really didn’t budge when i was jumping around (see above!) which was the saving grace for me! The bottoms are great too, capri length and really strong feeling fabric. I’ve tried a number before that go baggy on the bum after the first week but this material feels like It’ll withstand a few rounds and still look fab! They’ve got reflective sides too which is perfect if you get caught running in the dark. 

Most of the time I’m there to exercise and I don’t really care who sees me sweating, but I do like to look the part for myself more than anything. I think having the right gear (even better if it’s pretty stylish at the same time) is a real motivator and can help anyone push themselves harder! 

Thinking of ramping up your activity? Take a look at the Nike Women’s Page on the Sport Shoes.com website HERE and grab yourself some new gear! 

Do you go fashion over function at the gym? Do you exercise in your makeup? Is looking food whilst working out important to you? 

Tweet me @xameliax #looksoverlunges with your beauty & exercise opinion! 

xax

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — 2 notes