Macaroni Cheese & BBQ Chicken

November 22, 2016 0

A simple hearty meal of some classic favourites… It was early one Sunday afternoon that I suddenly had a craving for some super cheesy macaroni cheese. I’d had a first attempt at it when I cooked the dish for my graduation BBQ back in July. But with the hustle and bustle that comes with hosting…

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My Barbados Highlights

November 22, 2016 1

My recent trip to Barbados is up there as the best family holiday I’ve been on. Having travelled there for my aunt and uncle’s wedding vow renewal, it was inevitably going to be a special trip but the wonderful island far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t want this post to be too long as I’m working on…

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Review: Mario Badescu Skincare

November 22, 2016 6

After a month of use, my review of the Mario Badescu ‘Brightening Kit’ and the Buffering Lotion! Mario Badescu is a US-based skincare brand and a favourite amongst celebrities and famous faces. Having gone through a very bad patch with my skin, I decided it was time to have a skincare overhaul and give their…

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Summer Beauty Favourites

November 22, 2016 0

Since we are halfway through the summer, I thought I would do a round up of the some of the beauty products I have been loving this summer…. This time last year I was absolutely not as obsessed with makeup as I am now. I mean, I liked it and I had my basics down…

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Why I’m ‘Going Natural’

November 22, 2016 0

After 6 years of having relaxed hair, I’ve decided to begin my  journey back to being ‘natural’ and here’s why… Admittedly, I am a little late to the Natural Hair Movement party. Having had a very short pixie cut up until January of this year, relaxer and I were bosom buddies. I quietly watched people’s natural…

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

November 22, 2016 0

Creamy, decadent and moreish, Dauphinoise potatoes, or gratin dauphinois, is the perfect classic French side dish. It had been a while since I’d had a go at my favourite potato dish, and considering how well it had gone down previously, I thought I’d make it again for Father’s Day. A combination of recipes I’ve accumulated…

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A Guide to Friendship and Mental Health

November 22, 2016 0

Having been on both the giving and the receiving end of support in a friendship where one party is dealing with mental health issues, I’ve realised how difficult it can be knowing how to be the best friend you can be… Disclaimer: This ‘guide’ is by no means definitive. It is based on my own experiences…

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Review: NARS Foundation and Concealer

November 22, 2016 1

Hello, hello! I have been slacking again with blogging recently but I have a good excuse (I shall be doing a post on why soon!). I’m back with a super quick review of NARS’ All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer. My regular foundation for the past year or so has been Giorgio…

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My Winter Beauty Favourites

November 22, 2016 0

A look at some of the makeup and beauty products I have been loving this season.  I have been slowly and surely developing a makeup obsession in recent times, from fleeky highlighters to bold matte lips. I thought I’d share some of my current favourites. Eyeshadow Prior to the end of last year, I never ventured anywhere…

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2015: My Top 5 Life Lessons

November 22, 2016 0

As we start a new chapter, I felt it was important to look back at what I’ve learned over the past year and how I can make 2016 my best year yet. Now, ideally, I would have liked to post this list much sooner but life happened. The last month has been a bit of…

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