Marmite: Love it, or hate it?

It maybe a shock to some, but I have never really tried Marmite. Maybe because my family didn’t eat it when I was growing up and then later for fear I wouldn’t like it if I bought it. However, on realising I didn’t have time for my usual veggie version of a “full English” on my recent hotel stay (I have to admit, for me the best thing about hotels is the yummy breakfast). I saw the little heart shaped tubs looking up at me and I thought why the heck not – let’s give it a go!

One reason I have never really tried it is because I didn’t really know what it was. So, after a quick Google search, I found that Marmite is a yeast extract and it is actually fairly healthy, containing vitamin B3, around 10 calories a serving (around 1 tsp). It was even given in soldiers rationing packs during the First World War! 

The verdict: Do I love it or hate it?

My first impression was that it is very salty. Maybe that is just me as I don’t tend to gravitate towards salty foods (except maybe the odd bag of salt & vinegar Hula Hoops!).
Overall, it was nice. However, I am not sure I would rush out to buy a tub because it would probably go off before I finished it, but neither would I say I wouldn’t want to eat it again. So, firmly sat on the fence – I neither love it, or hate it!

Do you love it, or hate it? Let me know.
Thanks for reading xoxo 

REVIEW: NEW CID I-CHEEK CORAL BLUSHER TRIO

 My favourite blush of the moment has to be the New Cid blush trio in coral. 

Oops, I realised taking that picture that it’s maybe time I bought a new blusher brush – shame on me! I just wanted to put into perspective the size of the pallet if you look at it next to a standard size brush.

Quick overview:

It is a great little compact, which easily fits into my make-up bag. Plus one undeniably great feature is that it is mirrored – which makes it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups!
I always used to use a bronzer and then blusher, but I have
found that the colours in the trio have eliminated the need to apply bronzer, as they alone provide that slightly sun-kissed glow – perfect!

The colour:

The pigment is just about right – not too light, not too dark. 
The blushes do have a subtle shimmery glow to them, which some people may not like, but I think this
provides a nice highlighting effect.

One down side for me however, is that the packaging is white. This looks great when the product is brand new, but after a few weeks in your make up bag, it soon starts to look dirty, which is a bit of a shame.

The product is available at: New Cid Cosmetics retailing at £24.00

Thanks for reading xoxo

Revision and exam preparation tips

I was inspired to write this blog after helping my brother
to revise for his Science GCSE in the garden yesterday. He was telling me that he
has three weeks until his exam, but that some people haven’t even started
revising – eek squeaky bum time!
I just wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks
that have helped me during my stressful revision periods and ensured that I achieved good grades. 

The lead up to the exam: 

1.    Keep calm – as hard as that is, panicking will
only take up your valuable energy sources and stop you revising properly.

2.    Get organised – only you will know how long you
have until your exam and how many topics you have to revise for. So you will need to:
·        
Be clear on the dates of your exams and whether
they are a.m. or p.m.

·        
Set yourself a manageable revision timetable –
it is better to study in smaller chunks with regular breaks so you stay focused.

·        
What are you going to revise from – your class
notes, a dedicated revision book or a combination of the two?  (The Science revision guide featured below is available at www.amazon.co.uk).

·        
Make clear, concise revision notes. Flash cards are also a good way to make notes. For example, Quizlet lets you create you own set of flash cards, which are great for languages (http://quizlet.com/subject/french/), or just good old fashioned hand-written cards from any good stationers. 

·         Use acronyms to help you remember – even if they only make sense to yourself! The classic example in Geography is North, East, South, West, and can easily remembered by ‘Never Eat Shredded Wheat’.

·        Stationery – highlighters are a great way to focus your mind on a word or phrase so that it sticks in your mind. Also you will need pens, paper, etc. if you want to handwrite your revision notes.  It is also a good idea to get a clear pencil case that you can use in the exam.

·        
Past papers – either your
school/college/university will provide these, or otherwise most exam
boards will have printable versions of exam papers and mark schemes that you
can download.

3.   Sleep – it may be tempting to cram all night,
but in reality you will be too tired to concentrate. Make sure you are properly
rested to achieve the best you can.

4.    Eat properly – as with sleep, it is essential to
eat properly. A good tip is to have something to snack on when you are revising
to keep your energy levels up. I used to find that walnuts were great for
revising with as they have been found to contain antioxidants to strengthen
memory. Other good healthy snack foods to have to hand are chopped carrots or
celery.

The night before the exam:

·        
Make sure you know where your exam is and how
you are going to get there.

·        
Have your clothes and your bag packed with any
materials you will need for the exam – e.g. pens, pencil, calculator, etc. This
will make you feel more prepared and you won’t be panicking and rushing around the morning of the exam
looking for them.

·        
Relax as much as possible – if you have done all
the hard work revising, you won’t forget it all by the morning, so have a nice
bath. This will also help you sleep better.

·        
Glance over your notes if this helps, but not if
it will make you panic about what you don’t know. I personally found it
reassuring to read over my notes.

The day of the exam:

·        
It’s here! You are ready – all those months of
study will be about to pay off!

·        
Have a good breakfast. I usually have
something filling, containing slow release energy, for example beans and scrambled egg on wholemeal toast. You may also want to take a banana or
some sweets and a bottle of water into the exam with you to keep you
going (if permitted).

·        
Avoid talking to fellow students about the exam
before you go in. They are bound to say something you haven’t revised and that will make you panic.
Good luck! Thanks for reading xoxo

REVIEW: BOOTS SOLTAN BEAUTIFUL BRONZE SELF TAN

The sun is shining and I
am starting to feel rather pale. It’s this time of year I usually reach for my favourite
go-to fake tan to give me that little bit of sun-kissed colour. I have used so
many fake tan products over the years, but I always go back to this one – it’s easy
to apply and looks natural, what more can I ask for!

The product itself:

Preparing my skin:

Before applying the spray,
I will shower and exfoliate my skin. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin
cells and makes for a much more even tan. Anything to avoid streaks I say!

Applying the product:

I personally prefer fake
tan in a spray, as I find with cream or mousse I get it everywhere. Also, I find
this product is great as it doesn’t get all over your hands (I’m sure most of
you can relate to that horrible realisation you have tanned your palms – the instant
‘Yes, it’s fake tan’ give away!). 
Although, it may still be worth wearing latex gloves until you are
confident with the product.
The great thing is the
spray is tinted, so you can actually see where you have applied the product – a must
for avoiding a patchy tan!
Then you need to wait for the
spray to dry, otherwise it goes streaky! I find if I am in a rush, you can actually
use a hairdryer to speed this up. Once it is dry, you can get dressed and the
tan will develop of its own accord.  The
colour takes around 2-3 hours to fully develop.
The other great thing is the
colour looks really natural. However, if I want a darker colour, I will usually apply
the product again the next day (without exfoliating). Also, it doesn’t have
that fake tan smell; instead it smells quite citrusy, which I really like.
Don’t forget to moisturise
your skin when the tan is dry to keep skin silky smooth and stop the tan flaking.


How long does it last:

I find the colour starts
to fade after a few days. Beware, however, you may start to notice this faster on
your hands as you wash them more often than the rest of your body. I have found
that if the tan is going a little streaky, baby wipes remove a lot of the tan,
then exfoliate and re-apply the product – bingo freshly tanned! 
Just one final
thing to think about is that the product does get onto white towels and sheets. It does wash out,
but I try to avoid anything white when I am fake tanning.
I hope you liked my first blog post – thanks for reading! xoxo

My favourite quick and easy breakfast: Wholemeal bagel with mature cheddar and tomato

My favourite breakfast of all time has to be a cheese and tomato bagel. ASDA bagels
are my go-to, but if not, New York Bakery Co Wholemeal Bagels are tasty too. I am sounding a little greedy here, but ASDA bagels are bigger!
First of all
you need to slice the bagel and toast it, add cheese and one sliced tomato,
then microwave for 40 seconds so all the cheese is melted – yum yum!

Perfect with a nice cup of tea!
Thanks for reading xoxo