New product

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So I tried this new product this morning and I just have to tell you about it because I am so impressed!

It’s the Oil Control Mattifier SPF15 by Murad. I was skeptical at first as my forehead and nose usually look fine at the beginning of the day but then somewhere along the line it goes seriously shiny! So I didn’t know if a product existed to help with this.

Turns out there is and this is it! I put it on instead of my usual Simple light moisturiser, after my Simple cleanser and toner. The smell at first was a little odd and I was concerned by the slightly greasy texture, but don’t be put off! It went on really easily and I made sure to get an overall coverage but really applied on the necessary areas.

By the time I got home at 7pm I would usually have a mirror for a forehead but was pleasantly surprised that it was pretty the same as when I left 12 hours earlier!

It is quite pricey at £37 for a 50ml tube but all Murad products are buy one, get one half price in Marks and Spencer’s at the moment plus I had a £20 voucher for there so wasn’t a major investment this time!

So this is a must buy now for me. I am sold!

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My weekend

Well I have done absolutely nothing with my day today. I spent a good hour or two researching juice cleanses. I really want to go on one during the school holidays as this seems an ideal time to try one out. I priced up three different options the Honest Healthy 3 day soup and smoothie cleanse is £199, the Juice Master 3 day cleanse is £99.99 and I also priced up buying raw ingredients for a Dr Oz cleanse I found on Pinterest (so you know it’s legit) and that came to around £70 without buying a juicer. So any way you look at it, it’s going to be pricey.

 

Saturday was spent doing a lot of laundry (5 loads!) and having a tennis lesson. Needless to say, I was not good. The teacher Billy said I had a good serve…and that was about it. I have another 3 90 minute lessons booked so hopefully I’ll at least stop hitting the ball into a different court by the end. I also went to town with the husband and we spotted the head designer at Chanel Karl Lagerfeld. Very exciting!

 

Friday night we had a couple over for dinner. The husband cooked chorizo and mushroom risotto to start, followed by steak and chips. It was delicious! We drank quite a bit and had a wonderful night.

 

Can’t wait to watch the season finale of Rich Kids of Beverly Hills on E! tonight. Probably should paint my nails too.

Beauty School Dropout

So I went to the Harvey Nichols Leeds beauty school dropout event on Tuesday night with my mother in law. My mother was originally coming but my dad gad a funny turn at work and she’s didn’t want to come understandably.

We wandered around for a bit supping on the free fizz and looking at the different master classes that were happening. Sadly as we didn’t arrive until 7.30pm most were half way through.

Thanks to www.boobsandloubs.com I want to check out Giorgio Armani as had recommended a few products. I said to the lovely assistant who was called Belinda I wanted to try the Maestro Eraser dark circle concealer as I heard it was a miracle worker!

Belinda sat me down and talked me through the basic products. She was brilliant! She put the Luminous Silk foundation on the one side of my face and the Maestro Fusion foundation on the other so I could compare which base would be best for me. I decided on the Maestro Fusion as it made me skin look really fresh and natural.

One of the best things she showed me was the Fluid Sheer number 5 which was basically an amazing liquid blush but can also be used on the eyelids and lips! I love a multipurpose item, so obviously had to have it.

After my amazing make-over where I was also recommend a number of products, I convinced my mother in law to have one too. She was convinced they couldn’t do anything to help her. Belinda proved her wrong. She had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the look they gave her.

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I ended up buying the Fluid Sheet number 5 and Maestro Eraser number 2 and my mother in law bought Maestro Eraser number 3, Luminous Silk foundation number 5.5, Fluid Sheer number 3 (more of bronzer than a blush) and the Eyes to Kill quad palette number 4. So together we spent a small fortune in that concession and will definitely be back before long.

At the end they gave us an awesome goodie bag which contained a Beauty School tea towel, lots of perfume samples, a beauty balm sample, a skin mas, some testers for Dermalogia and a £10 off voucher for Nails Inc. Score!

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Another weekend is nearly done

Another week has gone by and besides the drama that was Wednesday not a lot has happened.

Treated my mum to a manicure at our local Nails Inc champagne bar on Friday afternoon after work. It was lovely! I went for Slone Street this time and mum got Kensington Passage gel effect.

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I then had to get the bus for the first time in I don’t know how long, it was as horrific as I expected and took forever. We met up with dad and the husband for some 2-4-1 cocktails in Gustos and after a couple we decided to stay for dinner, we invited my brother and his girlfriend along. It was a delicious meal and if you’ve never been to Gustos http://www.gustorestaurants.uk.com (or any of its affiliates) I really can’t recommend it enough! After this we went to my Nanna’s house as a load of my family were up for an early Mothering Sunday weekend. It was so nice to see everybody again and have a good catch up.

On Saturday, myself and my aunt went into Harrogate on the train to do be a bit of shopping and sightseeing. Didn’t really buy a lot besides a bargainalicious tennis outfit. However, we went to the Harrogate Pump House Museum http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/musm/Pages/RoyalPumpRoomMuseum.aspx and I learnt all sorts! Apparently Victorians used to come up to Harrogate on their way to Scotland for the Grouse shooting season and have three weeks of recuperation. They were made to drink up to four glasses of sulphur water to cleanse their system. The guide took us down into the basement where the suppler water well is, it is aptly named the stinking well because, well, it did, A LOT! Very eggy is how I could best describe it. When I got home the husband made schnitzel for dinner, he always makes enough to feed the five hundred so I’m sure we’ll be eating it for days.

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Sunday was a relaxed day which started with leading the youngest junior church group and was followed by a very filling and pleasant meal at The Bingley Arms, the oldest inn in England. It’s in the doomsday book! http://www.bingleyarms.co.uk/

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By all accounts a super weekend. I will try get some photos of the family together for you as soon as possible.

Daddy’s little girl

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Sorry I haven’t blogged for a couple of days. Worked late on Tuesday night then had an awful day yesterday.

I wasn’t feeling 100% as it was, then around 3.30pm my mum asked me to call her. Turned out my father had been taken into A&E with chest pains, shoulder pains and dizziness. Not fun. He’d had the symptoms at work around 9am but tried to play them off. The HR lady then saw him and said he had to go straight to the hospital! They did a bunch of blood works and an ECG which thankfully didn’t show signs of a heart attack. They decided to keep in him for observations and because they wanted to redo the test twelve hours later as that would hopefully show what had gone on. This was the scariest time for me; I’ve never seen my dad like this. Thankfully we were able to take him home sometime after midnight. The second set of tests showed that it had been an angina attack so he was given a spray in case it happens again and some tablets, he has been prescribed some good bed rest too.

Needless to say I am absolutely shattered today as even after I got home I barely slept a wink. So this is all until I get some much needed shut eye.

Just another (not) manic Monday

A very uneventful day today so probably not the most thrilling blog post I’m afraid. Went to work as per usual and did some driving around. I didn’t get a chance to do my usual 4pm swim today, so made the husband go with me after dinner. He didn’t really appreciate it beforehand but pretty sure he’s glad we went now. I decided to try the outside pool as the covers were off and I could see steam/mist over it so thought it must be quite warm. It was not. I’m not saying it was unpleasantly cold, it just wasn’t fun. I think I did about 2 lengths outside before giving up going back indoors. The husband seemed to quite enjoy using the outside pool though.

I was booked into a spin class tomorrow but due to prior commitments I can’t now, rebooked for next week so I will let you know how horrendous that is after.

I’m afraid that’s all for today folks.

First post – weekend update

Inspired by Morgan Stewart of http://www.boobsandloubs.com/ I have decided to keep a sort of online diary, blog type thing. I’m not sure if you’ll find it interesting. I hope you will and apologise if you don’t.

So I thought I’d start my blog off by just filling you in on my oh so exciting weekend.

When I finished work on Friday I went straight to the gym with the determination that I will tone up for summer! If I start now I might actually make it. My instructor gave me a new workout regime which basically involves me stretching myself in ways I never thought possible on something called a trx machine. If I don’t break my nose doing one of the exercises it’ll be a miracle! Afterwards, I went home and met up with the husband and we headed to town to buy me a new engagement ring as I lost my original one – a story for another post! Once I had decided on a gorgeous custom ring we decided to stay out and celebrate. We hit the usual spots in Trinity including Alchemist, Angelica & 360, grabbed a bite to eat in Chicago Rib Shack then decided to try one of the newer offerings called Tapped http://tappedleeds.co.uk/ I highly recommend this place! For the husband and friend it had craft American ales on tap, and these are constantly changing so you will get to try a real wide array of beers! For me it was prosecco at £3.60 a glass so how could I say no?! I also had the overwhelming desire to touch the copper fermenters, despite them being partitioned off & the thermometer reading 60+ degrees!

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Myself, the husband and his friend then went to try out Roxy Ball Room which looks amazing – beer pong, pool, table tennis etc – but decided to call it a night instead. Solid decision.

Saturday I woke up feeling exactly as I thought I would – not great. Although the Marmite croissants that the husband brought to be in bed along with copious amounts of tea definitely helped. We then dragged our butts to the gym where I showed the husband my new routine and I realised I had already forgotten how to do at least one of the exercises! A very yummy omlette in the gym cafe followed which pretty much saw off any remaining signs of not feeling 100%. The husband then wanted to go see a friend who lives locally so we stopped by there to regale him tales of the night before for a couple of hours. The husband would have happily stayed sat there for the next 10 hours but we had a party to attend so I made him move from the sofa as I need to put on the war paint! We went to my godmothers for a curry night, or if you’re like me and don’t eat anything with flavour, nann bread night. Champagne was flowing and it was great to see people again but after the night before I didn’t hit it as hard as I usually would when I’m at her house. That lady knows how to throw a party!

Sunday morning rolled around; along with the realisation I had done no housework in a SIGNIFICANT amount of time. This is always a depression realisation because when I leave it a while it means I have to spend 3+ hours deep cleaning the house. Which I hate. But clean I did, and now the house looks gorgeous once again and if anyone touches anything I will not be impressed. The husband even helped and did the kitchen. Lots of washing got done too, which is equally exciting for all involved. After a spot of lunch a rather long walk loomed ahead of us as we had to go retrieve the car from the venue of last nights party. I told myself it will be good training for the 10 mile midnight walk I am doing for St Gemma’s Hospice at the end of the month. http://m.virginmoneygiving.com/mt/uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=SarahMarsden1&un_jtt_redirect
The walk ended up being 5 miles long and pretty straight into the gusty Yorkshire wind the entire time. Fun. Once we got home I decided I was done for the weekend and refused to move except to make our very yummy dinner of Jamie Oliver’s cauliflower mac & cheese.

Ingredients

  • 8 rashers of bacon
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 500g dried macaroni
  • Olive oil as required
  • 250g mature Cheddar cheese
  • 4 thick slices of bread
  • large sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 2 large clove of garlic
  • 250g crème fraîche
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve

Method

  1. Fill the kettle with water and bring to the boil. Preheat the oven on to 220ºC/425ºF/Gas 7.
  2. Lay the bacon in the dish you will eventually be using for the pasta mixture and put on the top shelf of the oven to pre-cook.
  3. Trim off any very coarse or spoiled outer leaves from the cauliflower and remove the tough end of the stalk. Quarter the head or break it up into large pieces. Place in a large saucepan, stalks downwards and add the pasta.
  4. Pour over the boiling water to cover the ingredients, season, add a little olive oil and place on a high heat. Stir well until it reboils, and cook with the lid just askew.
  5. Grate the cheddar cheese in the food processor and tip into a bowl. Add the crème fraiche and crushed garlic.
  6. Remove the bacon from the oven. Using a food processer, process well with the bread and rosemary leaves. Add a good drizzle of olive oil to bind the ingredients into a coarse breadcrumb consistency.
  7. When the cauliflower and the pasta is just cooked (a knife inserted into the cauliflower stalk should slip in easily), reserving the cooking water, drain it all through a colander into a large bowl.
  8. Tip the pasta mixture into the dish the bacon was cooked in.
  9. Add about 400ml (just under a pint) of the reserved cooking water.
  10. Stir in the crème fraîche and cheese mixture, breaking the cauliflower up with a fork or potato masher until you have bite-sized pieces.
  11. Season. The sauce should be loose and if necessary, add another splash of the reserved cooking water.
  12. Spread the mixture out evenly in the dish and scatter over the breadcrumb topping.
  13. Cook on the top shelf of the oven for around 8-10 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the mixture bubbling.
  14. To serve grate over some Parmesan.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 19 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Me and the husband sat and watched Wreck It Ralph whilst eating, this was followed by me retiring to bed to paint my nails Nails Inc Slone Avenue and watch the E! channel as the husband is adamant it will melt his brain.

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