Cheap Getaways for July…

Hi,

I’ve been nosying online and found that Ryanair have some great flight deals at the moment, here are my best selection for the coming weeks…

East Midlands – Venice 06/07 – 09/07 = £48

Manchester – Girona 07/07 – 10/07 = £49

Liverpool – Majorca 07/07 – 10/07 = £65

Luton – Girona 07/07 – 11/07 = £60

These are found through my fave website Skyscanner, so exclude baggage etc.

For these prices it would be rude not to book a cheeky little trip away!

Enjoy! xx

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DIY gel nails.

About 18 months ago a lot of people at work started getting gel/shellac nails. Coming in a variety of colours they looked fab and seemed to last forever. I took myself off to the local beauty salon and got mine done in a bright red colour, which looked amazing and lasted about 2weeks. Hooked, I made myself a top up appointment and next time went for a deep plum colour. It was a different girl doing them this time, and they lasted all of 2 days before chipping off. At £20 a pop I wasn’t too impressed, and decided to see if I could do better myself.

After some searching online I managed to find the whole kit through ebay;

Gel nails UV lamp – £12.49
CCN Soak off/cleanser package – £7.79
Base coat/top coat by Blue Sky – £8.49
Nail orange sticks – £1.49
Nail sanding blocks – £1.69
Blue sky varnish colours – 4 for £16.50

Total = £48.45 (approx 2 1/2 visits to the salon).

Following the instructions couldn’t have been easier (its basically like painting your nails!) and 6 months in and approximately 20 applications later my kit is still going strong. Getting it off is a bit of a pain sometimes – I recommend soaking some cotton wool in the remover then wrapping your nails in tinfoil for 15mins – but the knowledge that you can do them before a week away and they will stay perfect, combined with the value of DIY is worth it I promise.

Here is a pic of my most recent attempt, the stickers we also off ebay for £1.49.

Let me know what you think, have you got any DIY beauty tips you can share?

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Bargain of the month…

coast dress

I just had to share with you this amazing bargain I picked up yesterday – its a yellow strapless dress from Coast in Debenhams that was £15 from £129!!! I have a wedding to go to in September that it will be ideal for, I’m just not sure how to style it – should I go nude and gold accessories or be brave and do the whole colour blocking thing? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!

 

What I’m eating…

Hi there!

As well as being really into my fashion, I love cooking (and eating!) nearly as much.

I’m a pretty greedy person so I need to ensure I make things that are filling but healthy…I found this recipe a couple of years ago online (it may have been on BBC good food?) and want to share it with you as it is delicious and really easy to make…

Ingredients;

100gms chorizo

100gms split lentils

1 large pepper

1 large onion

½ large courgette

4 medium mushrooms

1 large chilli

Approx 1 inch diced ginger

A good shake of garlic powder

Small tin of kidney beans in chilli sauce

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 small tin sweetcorn

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Chop all the veg, chilli and ginger and fry in a wok or large pan in a couple of tablespoons of oil. Once they start to soften chop the chorizo up into small bite sizes pieces and add along with the garlic powder. Keep frying and stirring until all the veg is nice and soft and the chorizo has started to release its lovely oils. Tip in the tinned tomatoes and lentils and add about another half tin full of water. Turn the heat down low and simmer for approx. half an hour. You will need to keep checking this every 10mins and if it starts to dry out just add a little more water. After half an hour the lentils should be pretty much done, add in the kidney beans and sweetcorn then cook for another 10mins or so. It should be ready then – just test to see that the lentils are nice and soft, if they are at all crunchy you will need to cook some more. This is the sort of thing that can just cook and cook, so if you want to you can leave it simmering; just make sure you keep an eye on it.

I usually serve with wedges and/or garlic bread and a big dollop of reduced fat sour cream and chive dip…you can also remove the chorizo for it to be suitable for veggies.

This recipe will serve 3-4 people easily and you can just increase the ingredients accordingly if you need to feed more people. Per serving (excluding the naughty bits like wedges and garlic bread – and you don’t have to have these, it is delicious just by itself) its approx. 400 calories, and the above ingredients cost me about £6.00, which works out at £2 per person! Bargain!

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Really hope you enjoy, if you have any healthy recipes you’d like share with me please let me know!

10 of the best….

necklaces

Every fortnight i’ll be selecting my favourite 10 of certain items. As mentioned in ‘About me’ I am a sucker for a fab statement necklace, therefore I figured where better to start? Hope you enjoy, and let me know if you see any out and about that you think I’d love…

1. Johnny loves Rosie @ ASOS – £28 reduced from £40.
2. Primark limited edition – £10
3. NewLook – £7.99
4. Heidi bird necklace @ Boohoo – £6
5. Tiffany jewelled necklace @ Boohoo – £12
6. H&M – £7 reduced from £9.99
7. Topshop – £10
8. H&M – £8
9. River Island – £6
10. Candy Rich on Amazon – £12.99

Personally I LOVE the Primark one…I didn’t buy it the other day and I need to go on a mission to find it.

Rhiannon xx