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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Vegan Chickpea 'tuna' mayo



Ok so its not exactly 'tuna mayo' but its a great vegan alternative which is absolutely delicious, and from what i can remember this is so much better than tuna mayo!

This simple tasty recipe makes for a great sandwich filling, topping jacket spuds, adding to salads, mixing with pasta, or even as a dip for tortilla chips.



Ingredients 

Chickpeas 
Sweetcorn 
lemon juice 
celery 
Avocado 
(or you can use a vegan mayo instead)
fresh coriander 
parsley 
paprika 
salt & black pepper 
apple cider vinegar 





Method 

Start with a whole can of chickpeas, you can also prepare dried if you prefer.
mash up the chickpeas using a fork or if you have a food processor you can use that as it will probably be quicker!
leave some chunks in the mixture, squeeze in a whole fresh lemon, and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Add a whole mashed avocado to the chickpea mix this acts as a binder you could also use veganaise instead, however the avocado's healthier. 
  
chopped up some fresh celery and coriander into the mix. 
Then add in your sweetcorn 
lastly add your choice of salt pepper herbs and spices. 

This mixture makes quite a few servings you can store in the fridge for 2 days in a container. 




Hope you like this recipe and try it for yourself! 

Have a great day!

xxx

Liberty
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Thursday, 6 July 2017

ST.TROPEZ Gradual in shower Tan



Now that were into the summer months, I am on the hunt for the perfect fake tan.
Having very pale skin, and not been one to sit in the sun, its fake tan all the way for me.
The main attraction to this fake tan for me was the ease of it, you simply apply whilst in the shower wait 3mins and wash off!


The application process 

One thing I hate about fake tans is trying to apply them and actually get an even coat, and then having to wait ages for it to dry, so it doesn't stain your clothes or bed sheets.
The great thing about this one by ST TROPEZ is it takes out that whole lengthy process.


The coverage 

It is a gradual tanner so the colour doesn't show up straight away, I tend to do it the night before and then you will see a slight tan in the morning, so with repeated use it will get deeper. 
The one thing i will say is you must massage it into the skin thoroughly I spend a good 2mins just massaging it into the skin, then waiting 3 mins before washing off.
It can be boring stood in the shower for 3 mins waiting, so I do squats in the shower whilst I wait :)



The Downsides 

One of the downsides is that it is a very light tan, so I recommend buying darker, I bought this in medium and I usually always by light in fake tans and I am very pale.


It doesn't last very long unfortunately, with daily usage lasted 2 weeks and for £14 I think thats pretty pricey!




Overall I do really like this tan from ST TROPEZ, its very quick and easy to use, it smells good, and gives a light natural tan, I just wish it were cheaper! 



Hope you liked this lil review, let me know if you've tried this for yourself, and what fake tans do you recommend?

Have a Great Day!


xxx
Liberty

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

June Favourites



Not so many faves from last month, however I do love that their all very pink! 


To start with is this strawberry shampoo by boots, not only does it smell delicious its surprisingly nice and refreshing on the hair considering how cheap it was! 


Secondly is this exfoliating scrub from Avene, its a very gentle exfoliator suitable for sensitive skin, it leaves my face feeling smooth, cleansed and free of dry flaky skin, without leaving that tight overly cleansed feeling that some exfoliants leave.
I can honestly say this is this best exfoliator I have used so far.
I purchased this on Amazon for £10.32
here is a link if your interested in purchasing: http://amzn.to/2tdnQy9


Next is this nail polish by essie, this is my first time actually trying an essie nail polish, and I am so glad I finally did.
It applies smoothly and evenly and has a beautiful shine and stays on your nails pretty long, I usually struggle to find a nail polish that doesn't chip the same day, but this one held up.
Its in the colour 'sugar daddy' because everyone needs a sugar daddy
 even if it is just a nail polish! (joking) 



And lastly is this beautiful bronzer from Seventeen its in the colour 'pink bronze'.
I love that its more pink than bronzy as i intended to use it as more of a highlighter, it gives a lovely glowing finish and i think the pink colour is perfect for pale skin.
It also doubles up as an eyeshadow as well! 



Hope you liked this lil favourites post, let me know your faves this month, and if you'd tried any of these products?

More posts to come I update weekly! 


xxx
Liberty




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Monday, 26 June 2017

Cucumber vegan cream cheese & tofu canapés



I've got a new recipe for today, that I came up with last week, its a nice light canapé perfect for summer parties or a snack or even a light dinner during the heat. 
Its very simple to make and only contains a few ingredients, its kind of a vegan version of the classic salmon & cream cheese canapés.
Ooh forgot to mention its also Gluten Free, which most of my recipes are since I am pretty sensitive to the Gluten! 




Ingredients 


Cucumber slices (as the base) you could also use a cracker as the base or even as well as the cucumber

Vegan cream cheese (I used one from the brand violife) I don't think its the tastiest vegan cream cheese, however its the only one they currently stock in the UK so someone needs to get on creating a better one!

Smoked Tofu (I used from the brand Tofoo which by the way is the best I've tried, its also Organic, which you definitely want to look for when purchasing Tofu, since the GMO versions can be harmful to the health!

cherry tomato sliced

Black pepper & chives (or any other herb of choice) I mixed mine in with the vegan cream cheese to add more flavour.






Hope you liked this lil recipe and try it for yourself! 
let me know your thoughts?


Have a great week!

more posts and recipe's to come I update weekly! 


xxx
Liberty




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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Best sunscreens for your face!



So now that its getting hot in England, I thought i would do a lil post on some of the best sunscreens I would recommend specifically for your face.
I personally have very sensitive skin, so always find the body sunscreens are too harsh to use on my face so i always end up with the problem of finding a sunscreen, that will actually suit the sensitive skin on my face.

I've tried many brands of sunscreen but these are the ones i have found to be the best...


This first one being my favourite which is by Clinique, 
although a little pricey at £18, however it does last long since your only using it on the face and neck.
The City Block Sheer by Clinique boasts an SPF 25, and is oil free and contains No chemical based sunscreens, which is especially great for sensitive skin.
It has a high level broad spectrum and contains a UVA/UVB protection which is something you need to look for when purchasing any sunscreen. 

It has a light weight but yet moisturising formula so another great thing is you don't have to use a separate moisturiser with this one, so your skin won't feel greasy and clogged in this severe heat!
Its an ideal base to wear under makeup since it so lightweight. 
If I were to recommend you buy any sunscreen for your face it would be this one! 



The next one is The Vitamin C Daily moisturiser SPF 30 by the body shop.
This one is actually a moisturiser and sunscreen in one.
It contains Vitamin C, which is what sold me on this one since I am a big fan of anything vitamin C.
It is designed for dull skin, and helps to give your skin a clear glowing complexion.
It contains sesame seed oil, so I am not sure if this would be suitable for oily skin, I think it would be better suited to normal/dry skin.
Also boasts UVA/UVB an this one was around £10, so pretty reasonable and lasts a while.




And the last but certainly not least, is the ultra sheer Dry-touch SPF 55 from Neutragena.
It has a broad spectrum and contains Helicoplex which protects your skin from skin cancer and ageing.
however the best part about this one is that it is a dry touch sunscreen, you know how most sunscreens feel greasy and heavy when applied to the skin, and seem to take forever to dry?
well this one feels refreshing when applied to the skin and sinks in straight away, and almost feels like a makeup primer.
Which by the way it does act as a great makeup primer, its suitable for all skin types, however I feel it would benefit oily skin the most since it gives a nice matte finish, and I would also recommend to anyone who likes to wear a lot of makeup since it drys so quickly and again acts as a great primer.
This all around has so many benefits with one being the great price which was around £10.49 on Amazon for a large 88ml! 
Here is the link to it on Amazon http://amzn.to/2tyJ0VC




Tips
  • Wear sunglasses they also help protect your skin and eyes from the sun and look cute!
  • Keep your sunscreen in the fridge not only does it feel super refreshing when applied to the skin, but it helps keep the active ingredients preserved!





Hope you enjoyed this lil post and found it helpful
let me know if you've tried any of these sunscreens, and whats you fave sunscreen?

Have a great summer! 

More posts to come I update weekly!


xxx
Liberty


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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Do you really need and eye cream?





I am no dermatologist, or aesthetician, however skincare is something I've always been very interested in and passion about, so I have spent many years researching, getting to know ingredients and trying out products for myself. I also got very good grades in science, if that makes you feel any better about taking advice from me!

Personally I've always used an eye cream ever since I was old enough to, and have always heard of research suggesting that you should use an eye cream daily no matter how old you are.
However I recently found information suggesting its not so important to use an eye cream, and that you can basically just use your regular face cream and apply a little extra of it under the eyes.

If you think about the ingredients in a face cream and an eye cream they are generally the same, so why not just use the face cream under the eyes?
I think unless you have very dry or very aged under eyes, then you will need to use a separate eye cream with a little more hydration than a regular face cream.

So should you use eye cream?
I think its a personal choice for me I will continue to use an eye cream because like I said I love skincare so enjoy trying out new creams, and i love the whole gimmick of it.
But I wouldn't fret if your on a strict budget and can't afford a separate eye cream because chances are it probably wouldn't make much difference.


Let me know your thoughts? Do you use an eye cream? whats your favourite?




Hope you found this post helpful?!

More posts to come I update weekly
Have a great Day!

xxx
Liberty
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Low calorie Vegan Gluten free Yummy Pizza!



I am a big lover of Pizza who isn't?! However sometimes I don't feel like a heavy dinner, so this pizza on a tortilla wrap is a great alternative especially during the summer months, and if your on a diet, but still want to enjoy yummy foods!


Ingredients 

 Gluten free tortilla wrap (you can also use a regular one if your not sensitive to Gluten!)
 Vegan sundried tomato pesto ( you can also just use tomato puree)
 peppers
 mushrooms
 sweetcorn 
 black olives 
 rocket 
 Broccoli 
 Nutritional yeast or Vegan cheese 





I used a tortilla wrap from the brand BE FREE, they are quite thin, so i stuck 2 together with a little pesto, so they didn't break when adding ingredients, if your using a thicker wrap you probably won't have to do this.

Assemble all your ingredients onto the wrap and then put the in the oven for 10-15 mins simple!



Hope you liked this lil recipe and try it out for yourself!

Have a Great Week!
See you for the next post I have at least 1 new post weekly


xxx
Liberty




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Friday, 9 June 2017

Sake Cocktails



Recently I enjoyed some homemade veggie sushi rolls, and to go along with the sushi, i decided to try some sake for the first time!
It was very tasty sweet and refreshing, but rather strong for my light weight self, so I decided to dilute it a little by making some sake cocktails, so here are a couple i came up with, so thought i'd share.



The first is this 'Sake mojito' which is my favourite
it contains: 

2 shots of sake
the juice of 1 lime 
chopped fresh mint
I topped it up with a little diet lemon lime soda, you could also just use regular lemonade or sparkling water.
garnish with lime slices & a sprig of mint



This one I like to call an 'Orange & passionfruit sake martini'
It contains:

2 shots of sake
the juice of a fresh orange 
passion fruit seeds
and an orange wedge to garnish
You can also make it more martini like by adding a shot of Vodka or Gin!





Hope you enjoyed this lil recipe and try them for yourself they were delicious!

Happy friday!


xxx
Liberty




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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

May Favourites!



So here are the my faves from last month, I'll give you a rundown on what they all are...


To start with are these makeup brushes they come in a set of 11, which i picked up on Amazon for only £7.69, unfortunately my real techniques brushes I had before all fell apart, which is why I had to pick up some new ones. 
I wasn't expecting much for the price, however they look and feel high quality, the bristles are super soft and apply my makeup perfectly, and so far I've had no fall out.
These are my 3 faves i love the flat top brushes for applying foundation and powder, and the fluffy brush for blending out contour and setting under eye concealer.
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2sTcyMB



Secondly is this perfume from Playboy VIP, Yes i know Playboy is so 10 years ago, however I picked this up on offer in boots for £5, and its surprisingly nice. 
My usual scent is Chloe eau de parfum, too broke for that this month!
And although its no Chloe, it does have a lovely scent and doesn't smell cheap at all.
The main notes are of citrus, peony, and vanilla.



Next is this foundation from Chanel, it is the VITALUMIERE, and I find it to be the best summer foundation, it is very light and moisturising, better suited to dry skin, and has a satin finish, it blends very easily, and the colour is slightly darker than my natural skin tone, so its perfect to allow a tan during the summer months.
I get it in the colour 10 LIMPIDE, and have very pale porcelain skin tone, however as I said it is slightly darker. 



Following is this 8% AHA Gel from Paula's Choice, I am not sure if you know what these are I personally have only just found out myself. 
AHA is basically Glycolic acid, which is used as an exfoliant, you apply right after cleansing and toning and leave on the skin. 
This stuff has literally saved my skin.
I had been suffering with severe dry flaking skin for the last month, and had come across AHA's so i decided to give it ago, it leaves your skin extremely hydrated, and is also suitable for ageing skin and skin with hyper pigmentation. 



And we have more from Paula's Choice, yes I am really getting into her products, I have more posts to come on Paula's choice skincare, because this brand is amazing!
Anyway this is their 'RESIST Ultra-light super antioxidant concentrate serum'
The main ingredient is hylauronic acid, for hydration, it says designed for normal to oily skin, however i have quite dry to combination skin, and find this a great serum for the summer, as it doesn't clog your pores unlike much thicker serums. 
It claims to be anti ageing and reduce pore size, so i'll keep you posted!



And last but not least is this liquid style lipstick from Clinique, which i got in the free gift, the colour is in 01 Cake-pop and its the perfect summer pink, I especially love this liquid lipstick as it is non-drying unlike many and it actually has more of a glossy finish as opposed to matte which i prefer. 


It seems to show up a little more coral in this image however I do find it to be more pink when on the lips.






Hope you liked this little faves post! let me know your may faves? 

Hope your having a great day!
xxx

Liberty

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

John Frieda Haul!




I've been a big fan of John Frieda products for years, there a little more pricey compared to most drugstore haircare, but there definitely worth it!
It's also great if you catch them on the 3 for 2 offer at boots. 
I thought i would do a little review of what i purchased for you...


Sheer Blonde Go Blonder shampoo
Yes this actually does make your hair go blonder!
Its bleach free, it doesn't exactly change your hair colour, but i feel like it makes my golden blonde hair look brighter.


Luxurious Volume  7 Day volume conditioner
I have very long but pretty fine hair, so I am always interested in anything that can give my hair volume and make it look thicker.
After using this conditioner my hair does feel slightly thicker and I would say its one of the best volume conditioners i've used, It also leaves my hair silky smooth.


FRIZZ ease Miraculous Recovery Deep conditioner
This is supposed to be like a hair mask, on the tub it says to leave on for 3mins, however I always leave on for 10mins when my hair's feeling especially dehydrated.
I usually use this once a week and it always leaves my hair feeling nourished and revived. 


Overall I am a big lover of John frieda, and i would definitely recommend their products, they have many lines suitable for all types and colours of hair!


Hope you liked this post? Let me know if you'd like more posts like this?

If you've tried out any John Frieda products let me know your thoughts?
Whats your fave shampoo brand?




Hope your having a lovely weekend!


xxx
Liberty


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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

What should I do with my life? Coffee & A Chat #3




Hey you!
Hope your well?


'What should I do with my life?'
Ever pondered this question?
I am sure we all have at some point in our lives.

I recently turned 25 so have been thinking so much more about this, and have even been losing sleep over it.
For so long I thought I wanted a career in Fashion and dedicated my whole life to it, I did the degree, the internships, the jobs but then I got sick and my whole perspective on life changed including my career choices, I kind of lost my self for a while.

I've always loved so many things, you can probably tell from my blog! Fashion, Art, Singing, Fitness, food, Animals and more but I don't seem to have that one thing that I am extremely good at and passionate about.
But its physically impossible to do them all, you have to study, and most people don't have the time and money to study numerous topics at certified level.

Another difficulty for me is that I also suffer with a chronic illness Endometriosis, and I'm in severe pain the majority of the time, so its finding a career that would be suitable with my illness also, which does make me sad that I have to take this into consideration, because I don't have the luxury of prefect health like the majority of 20 somethings.

I worry about the future and will I ever be able to afford a house?
will I ever be able to have children?
will I be able to retire?

So many questions its just so overwhelming!
I feel like society makes us believe we should have it all figured it out by now, and everywhere you look it feels like everyones doing better than you.


I've come to the conclusion that really all you can do is go with the flow, do things you enjoy, pursue whatever dreams you have, be a good person, help others and try to live your life to the fullest.
We may not all have a future so try to live for today! I know that sounds depressing but its true really.



Hope you enjoyed this little coffee chat
let me know your thoughts?



See you next time!

xxx
Liberty
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Vegan Chickpea 'tuna' mayo

Ok so its not exactly 'tuna mayo' but its a great vegan alternative which is absolutely delicious, and from what i can remembe...

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