First Impressions of Azure

Monday, 29 June 2020 Birmingham, UK

*Contains Gifted Products, First Impressions of Azure.


Last week, Azure got in touched and asked to send me a few of their new products to try out. Now, I dunno about you, bu I've slightly neglected my hair during all this. my attention was needed for so many other things, that unfortunately the old do had to take the back foot. All I've really done is slapped on a bit of Moroccan Oil and hoped for the best, so as you can imagine, my locks aren't at their best. So when Azure got in touch, I literally jumped at the chance. And I mean literally. I'm pretty sure I caught air. But anyway...

The 3 step routine I was sent includes a shampoo, conditioner and a mask, that all target split ends and damaged hair (side note, does anyone else always think of the line "its true! Kelly has split ends!!' from Mary-Kate and Ashley Passport to Paris? Or just me...?) which was EXACTLY what I needed. I have extremely fine hair, so I'm open to try anything to help!!

I used the three step in order, shampoo, mask, conditioner, in the bath and honestly, my hair has felt clean, weightless and shine for days! it doesn't feel dried out even though I used heat after and though I know my damaged ends are still there, they are deffo less visible.

What else I love about this brand, is that Azure is a Planet friendly beauty range, its vegan and cruelty free and its packaging is made form 100% sugar cane, grown sustainably in Brazil and is completely recyclable!

Available in Boots now at a really affordable price, If your hair needs a bit of salon quality TLC without breaking the bank, I'd highly recommend you go and give it a look!!


Thanks, as always, for reading,
Rosie xx


Skin Care Sundays: Lockdown Loves

Sunday, 14 June 2020

When lockdown kicked off, everyones skin seemed to simultaneously go into melt down. We all went from a religious routine of skincare and makeup layered on perfectly, to not being completely sure if we'd showered today or not.

My skin was already in a bit of a state pre lockdown - I blame too many layers of thick makeup under stage lights all day, and not enough sleep! - so I was kind of glad for a good excuse to let my skin go au natural for a week or two (pha! if only it was a week or two!). I continued the same routine I'd been previously been using, and if anything my skin got worse *sob* my diet had changed, my sleeping pattern was none existent and my anxiety had started to rear its ugly little head. So I did, what I always do when my skin try to tip me over the edge; have a little cry, raid the treat cupboard and sulk for the day. Then I take to the skincare draw and see what goodies I can find.

I stripped my products right back, literally using an oil and a moisturiser am and pm. The oil I opted for the was the BYBI CBD Booster, and some proper old school Astral cream. This was a huge success at first, and really helped to settle my breakout and get some much needed moisture into my parched skin, but soon my skin just became over congested and that produced its own fresh batch of spots. So stopped using them, took to the internet and found some products to sort all my problems out...for now at least. so I thought I'd take you through my two lockdown loves...

The first thing I purchased was the Paulas Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I brought this in a travel size, as it was quite pricey and I didn't want to risk it not working and being poor, but its still quite a good size. You only need a few drops of this, so even though I have the small bottle, it will last me a good while. When I first swept it across my face, I did notice a small amount of stinging but nothing too abnormal for an acid and nothing too strong. The next morning, my skin was noticeably different. my pores were smaller, my lumps and and bumps seemed to have gone down and my redness was defiantly reduced. After only a few nights worth of use, my skin was glowing and people were complimenting it, which has never happened in my life. Ever. This is now most defiantly going to be a permanent fixture to my routine, and I would definitely recommend it if your skin is struggling with congestion!!

My second was something I have actually used for a while but had run out of. The Ordinary Peeling solution has been a long time staple in my skincare routine. I tend to do it once a week as my skin is super sensitive, but I do find even just once is enough to have a positive effect on the old face. My skin always feels so fresh and soft after using it, and similar to the exfoliant, its strong enough that you know something good is happening, but also gentle enough that it doesn't irritate my skin.

Even just the addition of these two things into my routine has massively helped the appearance of my skin, and has given my some much needed confidence and that can only be a good thing!

I'd love to hear your recommendations on your current faves, so please share them below or head over to my insta and send me a DM.

Thanks for reading,
Rosie xx

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, 11 June 2020 Birmingham, UK





Like pretty much the whole of of the world, when   lock down started, I rolled up my sleeves and  unleashed my inner Mary Berry. I started off with the obvious; Banana Bread. It is a firm favortive In my family (i'm pretty sure people purposefully leave bananas to go mouldy as a hint for me to bake one...) so it was an obvious choice, you can find my recipe for that, here :).
Next came as many types of cakes as you can think of, Lemon, Black Forest, Biscoff (nom!) until on top of everything else going wrong in the world, a flour shortage was thrown in our faces. Cheers 2020!

We will had some plain flour kicking around in the cupboard so I turned my hand to some new recipes, and broadening my baking horizons. I also decided that baking cakes wasn't enough, so I borught some instant yeast to try and make pizzas from scratch(with huge success, step aside dominos).

So I was left with plain flour and 6 packets of yeast. And as much as I love a pizza, aint no one gonna be making and eating 6 pizzas in a week! so I had a think of what I could make using both the flour and yeast, that was relatively easy and also a taste sensation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls * insert firework display and fanfare trumpets for effect *

You Will Need:


For the Dough

2 3/4 Cups Plain Flour
3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Packet of Instant Yeast
1/2 Cup Water 
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 Egg

For the Filling

1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temp
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

For the Glaze

1 Cup Icing Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk

Instructions


1. Over a low heat, heat the butter, flour and water together until the butter is melted. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt and yeast, then slowly add the melted butter and egg and knead for 3-4 mins, until the dough is no longer sticky. lift the dough out and lightly grease the bowl (I use a few sprays of fry light) then set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. But remember to turn it off just before placing the buns in.

3. Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin and roll your dough out into a rectangle. Using the back of a spoon, or spatula, anything you can get your hands on really, spread your room temp butter over the dough. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough, making sure the whole surface in covered equally. Then start to roll your dough tightly and cut into about 9 little buns. Place them tightly packed into a lined baking tray or dish and cover them with tin foil.

4. Place the tin in the oven (with the oven off!) to prove for 20 minutes. Then keeping the buns in the oven, remove the foil, whack the oven onto 190 degrees and bake for 15-20 until golden brown and yummy.

5. Mix the icing sugar, vanilla and milk together until smooth and once your buns are out of the oven, drizzle straight on top.

6. Demolish.

You can eat these hot or cold, but nothing beats them fresh from the oven!

This all takes roughly 45 minutes in total, so its a really quick treat to rustle up when this rubbish weather starts to get you down. If you have any easy recipes, please do share them, apparently im Betty Crocker these days and can't resist a bake!!

Thank you as always for reading, Happy Baking!!

Love Rosie xx