Most Loved #3.

16.04

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Here’s what’s made me tick during the past month and a half…

B E A U T Y ::

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Urban Decay Nakd Basics 2 palette – £23

Like I said a couple of weeks ago, I basically only bought this palette after becoming totally and completely obsessed with the incredible matte eye makeup looks worn by Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife. I’d bought the Urban Decay Nakd I palette about two or three years ago and have ‘hit pan’ (as say those who actually know what they’re talking about when it comes to beauty) on the two matte nude colours, whilst the rest are practically untouched. Enter the Basics II palette! The colours in this palette are all super creamy, cool-toned mattes (bar the palest highlighter shade, which does have a slight sheen), and create the most dreamy, barely-there eye makeup looks. I’m totally in love. And basically a clone of Alicia Florrick too now, right?! ;)

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L’Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Cleansing Oil – £7.99

I ran out of my usual cleanser one evening a few weeks ago, and so in a moment of desperation, dug out the bottle of L’Oreal cleansing oil I knew I had lingering at the back of the cupboard. And then I used it, and choruses of angels began to sing and a ray of light shone down from the heavens. Okay, not quite, but it still was pretty sublime! I’m not sure what’s changed in the past year or so since I bought this cleanser, used it a couple of times, then pushed it aside in favourite of micellar water, but all of a sudden it’s working a treat for my skin. You rub the oil into dry skin (and all over your eyes, too), then wash it off with warm water to get rid of every last scrap of makeup in a single go. It’s been leaving my skin feeling so soft and moisturised, the texture of the dryer skin on my cheeks is 100x better, and my makeup’s going on smoother each morning. Total miracle product!

W E A R ::

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French Sole India nude ballet pumps – £85

Say hello to the world’s most impractical shoe choice for a woman who lives with a perpetually slightly-muddy spaniel!

Impracticality aside, nude ballet flats are my forever favourites, especially during spring. I’ve got a couple of pairs on the go right now, plus a pair of nude LK Bennett wedges that’re my staple ‘I bought a new dress for this wedding/party/event and forgot to get shoes to go with it and now I’ve got to leave the house in thirty seconds’ saviours! The ballet pink tone of the French Sole pair pictured couldn’t be more perfect if you ask me, and the leg-lengthening magic of a good pair of nude shoes can’t be sniffed at. Now, if only I could find a way of making them scuff-proof…

D R I N K ::

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Peanut butter & banana protein smoothies

Remember when I took that class at Barry’s Bootcamp a few weeks ago? The one so hard I thought my head might explode? Yep? Well, at Barry’s, they run this great system that allows you to place an order for a protein shake of your choice on your way in to class, and they’ll have it ready and waiting for you to start sipping on as soon as you’re done with your workout. The shakes they make are so delicious, full of good ingredients, and the added protein is supposed to feed and help nourish the growth of your muscles. All good stuff! I’ve been having a go at recreating the ‘Simply Peanut Butter’ shake I’d drunk at Barry’s, and think I’m pretty much there with the recipe.

Just put one ripe banana into a blender, add in teaspoon of whole peanut butter (not the kind with added sugar/salt), a scoop of vanilla protein powder (I use one of Jason’s, I think the brand is Nutritia?), cover over with almond milk, blend, and serve over ice! I’ve been drinking it after morning workouts, and also sans-protein powder just for quick breakfasts too!

 D O ::

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Crossword puzzles

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times before, but recently we (my equally dorky and total soulmate finance and I) have been doing crosswords in place of reading before lights-out during the past couple of months, and I’d forgotten how much I love it as a pastime. I inherited a love for those giant, simple crosswords you find in puzzle books from my Grandma, and Jason and I have done them on and off for years. It’s not the coolest or most fashionable of activities, granted, but as a way of switching off your inner monologue right before bed, it can’t be beaten. I also think it’s so much more sociable than lying side by side reading books…and you get to be competitive, which is always a bonus if you ask Jason and I ;)

And that’s a wrap! What’ve you been loving throughout the past few weeks?

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  • emily couture

    The Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie sound and looks very yummy! :)

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

  • Anna

    That smoothie… yumm!!! And I really want to get a naked palette I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t have it haha

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    I love a naked eye, and the colours in the palette are so gorgeous! And a crossword or wordsearch is so fun, keeps that brain active!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    That smoothie looks amazing!

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://www.sophieblunt.com/ Sophie

    I am a massive fan of cleansing oils and crossword puzzles too. Micellear waters wrecked my skin and the oil sorted it out! Miracle product! Sophie xx
    http://www.sophieblunt.com

  • http://www.caitylis.co.uk Caitylis

    Does the cleansing oil not leave you with a layer of grease? I’ve always wanted to try something similar but afraid of gaining a greasy face!

    Caitlin x
    http://www.caitylis.blogspot.com

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Not at all! I’d say my face is no more prone to getting shiny using this than when I was using the micellar water! The oil washing off completely, and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I’m so impressed with how well it works! :) x

  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com/ Samsam

    Peanut Butter and banana protein smoothies – yum!!! I like to use a lot of ice and cinnamon in mine to make it extra thick and creamy :)
    ~ Samantha

  • https://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk woodenwindowsills

    Nude ballet shoes are the way forward in Spring, I never treat myself to a well made more expensive pair though and I really should! Plus any smoothie with banana and peanut butter is perfect!

    Alice xx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • https://www.ordinary-joy.com b r o o k e | ordinary-joy

    I love those ballet flats! I’ve never had the chance to try a naked palette because they’re so expensive; maybe one day! Thanks for sharing your favorites :)

    Brooke | brookewrote

  • Sammie Foster

    I bought the naked 2 basics pallet when I was recently in New York, I must admit i’ve so far used it once and wasn’t a fan. I will have to give the matt smoky eye a go and try and like it a little more.

    Sammie

    http://www.littleblondelife.com

  • http://mascara-and-maltesers.blogspot.co.uk/ Annabel

    How amazing do those smoothies sound?! Heaven. And I adore those shoes as well!
    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    I love the idea of having a smoothie ready and waiting after a workout! x
    http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • http://www.katieleanne.co.uk Kate

    I love the ballet pumps, so pretty! x

    http://www.underbluelights.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk/ Katie Bedlow

    I really need to get myself prepared to make smoothies in the morning to take to work, peanut butter and banana sounds delicious! Katie x

    http://long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://thisandthatblog.co.uk/ Fi @ this and that blog

    Ooh those smoothies sound so good. I’m definitely going to be giving them a whirl soon. Also loving those pumps, I’ve just got some similar ones and know they’re going to be getting a lot of wear this spring/summer. xx

  • Steph

    Errr….. now need that palette in my life and I also love a very similar smoothie, although I also add tablespoon of oats to mine to, totally delicious and filling!
    Steph
    xx
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ooh good shout with the addition of oats- I tried it and it works a treat! X

  • Adele Dewhirst

    After I read this, I contemplated buying that cleansing oil stuff. Then I saw that it was on offer at Superdrug and thought I didn’t have a lot to lose. I mean, if it turned out to be rubbish, then it was okay because I hadn’t spent too much money on it.

    So, I bought some on Friday and I love it! My skin is lovely and soft, and not dry and tight after I’ve used it. Not only that, but today my friend told me that I am glowing! No-one has ever said that about me!

    Thank you for the recommendation!

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ahh Adele this makes me so happy! I’m so glad you like it- it does leave your skin so moisturised and glowy, doesn’t it? :) x

      • Adele Dewhirst

        Yep! It also has a really lovely scent, too! I can’t quite place it, but it is nice and fresh!

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