Friday, 28 August 2015

The Last Manicure- Tanya Burr and Ciate


Next week it is back to college for my second year of Beauty Therapy. Unfortunately that means goodbye to my nails that I have been growing since May. As part of the course our nails need to be short neat and filed. No long nails allowed, no nail polish, no gels or acrylics.
So for my last manicure I went with Peaches and Cream from Tanya Burr collection and Ciate Glitterball (Christmas Edition)

Recently Tanya Burr has relaunched her collection with new packaging and added products.
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The new gold detailing brings the products all together as before her lashes packaging never really went with the packaging on lip gloss and nail polish.
I am really interested in try out her new palettes to see what the pigmentation is like, especially interested in the Eyebrow kit that comes with a mini brush and tweezers.

The new collection is available over on FeelUnique.com and SuperDrug.com which recently just launched delivery to Ireland.

Also Feel Unique have the old collection on sale and you can pick up the lip glosses for less then €2 euro in the sale using the code ADD20 for an extra 20% off.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Slimming World Syn Free Chicken Madras Recipe


Ingredients
4 Lean Chicken Breasts
1 onion chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatos (400g)
2 tbsp of tomato puree
2 tsp of garam masala
10 dried curry leaves
150ml water
Spice Mix
3 or 4 tbsp of chilli flakes/ 1 or 2 red chillis chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 green cardamoms
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric

Recipe
  1. Spray pan with fry light and brown off the chopped chicken for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. On a low to medium heat add in onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  3.  Add in spice mix and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add in puree and tomatoes, bring the pan to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Now add in chicken with the 150ml of water, bring to a boil and cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the curry leaves and garam masala and simmer until sauce has thickened.
  7. Serve with a side of rice or chips or salad, if you are like me you can serve with all three.
*Madras is a hot and spicy tomato dish, the heat of the dish can be controlled by how much chilli flakes or chilli you add in the more you add the hotter it will be.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Penneys New Arrivals Autumn/Winter 2015


Look I know its August and these picks are aimed at autumn but come on Ireland it is time to face facts summer is not coming and autumn is here.
Every Irish girl loves Penneys and over the last few years Penneys has risen to it's A game when it comes to affordable high street fashion.
These are just a few picks from their new arrivals, burgundy will be like last year a go to colour for autumn/winter 2015, as well as khaki greens, greys and blacks.
I also picked out the white waistcoat and jeans not necessarily autumn colour's but will look amazing with the burgundy open top lace up boots.
All items are available now in Penneys and available in different colour's, the burgundy crop also comes in a black and white stripe which will go perfectly with the high waisted jeans.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Slimming World Week 8 update- 1/2 Stone Award


Stepping on the scales last night I had no idea what to expect, when a -3 popped up on the screen to say I was delighted is an understatement. After my ups and downs over the past few weeks, getting my first half stone award is an amazing feeling. I am now down eight pounds and well on my way to my stone award. This week I changed up what I was eating, I listened to my body and ate what I wanted. This week my body wanted carbs and I ate carbs by the bucket load!

The great thing about the Slimming World plan is that there is little or no restrictions. You can eat as much carbs as you want following the Extra Easy plan. There is also no time restricts e.g no eating past 7pm or any weighing involved so you can eat as much or as little carbs as you feel you need. In last week Slimming World Post I mentioned how with my insulin resistance Doctor had told me to avoid carbs where possible, so when I started Slimming World I was a little frightened of carbs, from week 2 I started including Sp days into my week. I feared that eating carbs throughout the week would have a negative effect on the scales come Monday, by Fridays I would switch from Extra Easy to Sp. Some weeks I lost one or two pounds with a few maintains thrown in. I was chipping away and content with it as I stated last week my journey will be a slow one.

I had no plan start of the week, as I said I just listened to my body and gave it what it wanted. I thoroughly enjoyed my week and all the food I consumed. I kept my syns to about 6/7 a day with one day of using my full 15 syns. Slimming World should never feel restrictive and if you food optimise 100% it never will. This week I ate crisps, had Chinese and wine. As long as you stay within syns then it will show on the scales.

I stayed the whole week on the Extra Easy plan, and as you can see my result was better then ever, -3 pound brought me up to 8 pound loss over all and got rid of my nasty one pound gain from last week.

You will find my instagram dedicated solely to my Slimming World Journey here. I post all my meals here and my weekly weigh ins. Below is just some of the delicious meals I ate during the week
 

So fellow Slimming Worlders how was your week? Did you get what you wanted on the scales?
Let me know in the comments below.
Do not forget to check back on Friday for another delicious Slimming World friendly recipe.

Remember you are in a race with nobody. Enjoy your journey, treat yourself and if you have a bad day/week remember tomorrow is a new day and all you have to do is pick yourself up and start a fresh.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Slimming World Nacho Style Feast


As before Friday is all about food on the blog , and even though I may be on Slimming World my food is still as adventurous as ever. 

The original recipe was featured in Slimming World's Magazine in May, it had a syn value of 1 for the whole dish. I tweaked mine to omit syns to make mine completely syn free. This dish is extremely easy to make, as well as been perfect for sharing. so grab a few mates around and dish this up they will have no idea its a Slimming World recipe.

Ingredients
250g of lean mince(5% or under)
1 tin of kidney beans
1 tin of plum/chopped tomato's
1 beef stock cube
1 tsp of tomato paste
1 carrot grated or chopped finely
1 onion chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeno chili
70g of grated cheese
2/3 large potato's, peeled and chipped into large wedges
Spice Mix:
1 tsp of chili flakes
1 tsp of Cajun spice
1 tsp of mixed herbs
1 or 2 tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of smoked paprika

Method
  1. Par boil the potato's for 3 minutes in boiling water, drain and place on a chip tray and evenly spray with Fry light one cal spray. Pop in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Shake at 15 minutes.
  2. In a non stick frying pan brown off the mince, when it is evenly brown add in onions and garlic and saute on a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add in crumbled up beef stock cube and spice mix and tomato paste, give a good mix around the pan, evenly coating the meat and vegetables.
  4. Add in tomato's and kidney beans(juice and all) with the grated carrot. Bring to the boil constantly stirring and then leave to simmer for about 15 minutes or so, until it thickens up.
  5. When the chips are finished remove from the oven and arrange them around the outside of the oven dish( like the picture above).
  6. Place the chili in the centre of the dish. On top of the chili throw on the chopped jalapeno ( seeded or deseeded) and evenly sprinkle the cheese on top.
  7. Place under the grill or back into hot oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve! Enjoy!
This recipe serves two people, can easily be altered to serve more.
Vegetables can be altered to suit your own preferences.
Hotness of the dish is up to you this recipe is on the milder side of things just up the quantities on the spice mixture to make it more spicy.

Syn Values:
1/2 of the Dish: Free on Extra Easy using HEXA
If not using cheese as HEXA then 35g of reduced fat cheese is 5-6 syns do check on your Slimming World app or with your Consultant.

Enjoy



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