Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Gluten Free Thai Red Prawn Curry - Recipe

Moving out is expensive. I'm at the age where I'm paying too much for rent/commuting and not getting paid enough to live comfortably. (clearly feeling sorry for myself today!) I'm also pretty guilty of payday splurges and finally caving for that dress I've not been able to afford all month, or a new beauty release I keep eyeing up on Instagram. As a result, I end up scrimping and saving by the end of the month in every way possible. 

When I was asked to get involved in this Payday Millionaire campaign it was perfect for me. I've tried really hard to keep myself eating well during the entire month, so am a massive fan of meal prep and bulk cooking. If you want me to do a post on how I do this weekly I'm happy to, and also keen to share more recipe ideas with you all! Oh, and if you want to read more about the payday splurge, this article has some hilarious memes and really fascinating facts.

Christmas is almost here, and with the cold weather I've had a desperate need for warm lunches. I'm a pretty lazy chef, so cooking in bulk on a Sunday and freeze for many meals is definitely a go to for me. This Thai Red Curry is one of my favourites, the paste recipe makes 7 batches, each of which make 5 meals, which is unbelievable.

It's Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free and if you miss out the Prawns it's even Vegan. Or if you're feeling a little more lazy, there's a quick substitute making it a 10 minute recipe.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Colourpop Haul! - UK Shipping and Customs

A few weeks ago my Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Lip Kit ran out (waaaah) and after desperately resisting another expensive order, I went on the hunt for dupes. Of course, Colourpop is ALWAYS mentioned when you look for Kylie dupes so when I saw they had free international shipping, 20% off best sellers and a $5 sign up code, I couldn't resist.

The international shipping required over a $50 spend so with the code I needed to spend $55. In total I ordered, 7 liquid lipsticks, 1 gel liner, 2 eyeshadows and 1 lip pencil. For just short of £40 I didn't think that was bad at all and was incredibly excited to get my order.

Colourpop Shadows in Elixir and Drift

I ordered on 6th November and my postman delivered the wonderful customs note on the 17th November, meaning I got the parcel on the 19th after another £17 payment. Yep, ouch. Unfortunately I find customs puts such a downer on a delivery and it really did ruin the whole experience for me. Admittedly, £57 for everything I got still wasn't bad, but it made me even more determined to love everything. I was lucky when I ordered from Kyliecosmetics as I never received Customs, meaning for 4 lip kits I spent £89. They're by far my favourite lip products so my expectations for these Colourpop ones were very high. The reason it was so high is because Colourpop listed the full price of products, not accounting for the discount I got on my order, so my estimate of customs tax was way off!

I've obviously tried everything from my haul now now and am going to write an in-depth comparison vs Kylie and also NYX Lingerie, so keep tuned!! A lot of these colours look very different in the tubes to on the lips, so definitely research swatches before you purchase so you know you're happy! You'll have to wait until the Kylie comparison to see if I found a dupe for my beloved Candy K.

My favourite part of this haul was actually the products I was least excited about, I am in LOVE with the eyeshadows. They're creamy shadows and require a finger to blend but they're just incredible and so long lasting. I use them all over my lid for work and they honestly don't budge all day! If you're going to pick up anything, make sure you add a few to your basket! Elixir is the most incredible orange and is exactly what I've been missing in my eyeshadow collection. I've worn it everyday for a fortnight now and can't see myself stopping any time soon!

L-R: Bumble, Bianca, Midi, Beeper, Trap, Clueless, Avenue
Would you like to see a comparison of Colourpop vs Kylie and NYX? 

Laura xx

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