29 August 2014

FOTD : Revlon ColorStay

Face of the day using Revlon Colorstay lipstick. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Face of the day using Revlon Colorstay lipstick. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Face of the day using Revlon Colorstay lipstick. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Face of the day using Revlon Colorstay lipstick. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Foundation: The Body Shop (04)
Secondary eyeliner: Barry M black kohl pencil
Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede in Trendsetter
Eyeshadow: Revlon ColorStay quad in Adventurous


This is my first makeup look on Nourish ME, and I'm so excited to be sharing it with you! I actually created this look at the end of last year for an evening Christmas get-together, but it's one that I just keep on coming back to. This really marked a start in my makeup love, and the look actually contains my first ever eye shadow quad (crazy, I know) and one of my first ever lippies! 

Most of these pieces were my favourite makeup items at the time, and I still come back to them, especially the Body Shop foundation. It's the first foundation I've found which suits my combination skin and pale complexion. In the past other foundations I've used have ended up giving my skin a yellow tinge, no matter how little I used (so frustrating). Plus, my combination skin meant that one use of foundation created a massive breakout, and dried out my skin in places. This however suits me perfectly and it hasn't done too much damage to my already sensitive skin.

This look was perfect for an evening meal out in the Winter, and it's something I'm definitely going to be recreating as we move into Autumn again. I'm more of an eyeliner gal than an eyeshadow one, but a dark smokey eye lets me sneak in a good dose of gel eyeliner without it looking too bold in comparison to the shadow. 

The Revlon ColorStay range has really helped me get started in my first proper makeup collection, and I love the fact that I can create bold, long lasting looks with it. The eyeliner palettes are really useful in helping to build up a certain "look" without having to experiment by creating one yourself.  I'm a bit inexperienced with the whole blending shebang, and the little guide on the back showing me where to put each colour has been an absolute game changer for me. 

This bold lip from the Colorstay range has also been absolutely incredible, especially when it comes to that student life. We've all been there on a night out - you do your makeup to perfection(ish) and after the first couple of drinks, your lippie is either nowhere to be seen or smeared all over your face. Ugh. This is the first lipstick that I've found (and the last) that has actually stayed glued to me all night, and still been in pretty darn good nick when I stumble back home after a few hours with no re-applications.

Have you given anything from Revlon's Colorstay range a go?





25 August 2014

Clean Tuna Pasta Bake (dairy free)

So, basically tuna pasta bake is one of my favourite comfort foods to make at uni. It's cheap, involves hardly any prep and is so gloriously carb-filled that it's perfect for days when I just want to slob out and chill. This used to come with a massive heap of cheese and various other unhealthy accoutrements, but due to my change in diet/avoidance I've dairy I've altered the recipe quite a bit. It's pretty perfect as a pre-workout snack or lunch; filled with slow release carbohydrates, vegetables and protein. Plus, if you have a couple of tupperware boxes to hand, it's a brilliant recipe for creating leftovers. Personally I hate having to get up and prep my lunch before going to uni - this way, it's already ready from dinner the night (or a few!) before. Sorry for the blab, but hey, it's one of my faves.

Ingredients (makes 5ish servings):


2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 tin sweetcorn
2 tins tuna chunks
1/2 red pepper
1 clove garlic
1 small red onion
Enough wholewheat pasta to fill your oven dish up 1/3 way
Fri lite or extra virgin olive oil
Ground black pepper
Dried mixed Herbs

1.) Start boiling some water for the pasta. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, or 180 if it's a fan oven. Add a pinch of salt to the water to prevent the pasta sticking together.

2.) Finely chop the garlic, onion and red pepper. 


3.) Put the oil or fri lite into a saucepan and heat. Place a small piece of onion in the pan with the oil. Once you hear it fizzing/bubbling, the oil is heated and you can add the remainder of the veggies.

4.) Stir the onion, pepper and garlic until the onion has gone soft and transparent. Make sure you don't overdo the onions, it can change the whole taste of the meal. 

5.) Add the two tins of chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn (drained) and tuna. Drain and mash the tuna up before you add it, otherwise you end up with huge lumps of tuna in the meal and it won't be spread evenly in each portion. As you've probably noticed from my ingredients picture I cheated a little and used some Dolmio, but this was only because (foolishly) I was running low on tinned chopped tomatoes.


6.) Add the ground black pepper and mixed herbs. Personally, instead of going for the standard mixed herbs batch, I add parsley, basil and oregano. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

7.) Drain the pasta and pour into an ovenproof dish. Pour the sauce on top of the pasta.


8.) Mix thoroughly, taking care not to spill any. It should now be ready to put in the oven.


9.) At this point if you wish you can sprinkle cheese over the top. Place the dish in the oven for 8-10 minutes.


10.) Et voila, you have a steaming hot dinner ready for you (and the family, if you want to share!)

Any comments/queries are always welcome
Steph

**DISCLAIMER**
All photos are property of Sophie Hartley

20 August 2014

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Range | Favourite Skincare

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Range. Nourish ME - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Range. Nourish ME - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Range. Nourish ME - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I'm not going to lie, this range possibly holds my favourite scent EVER. Peaches, in my mind, are the best summer fruit - who can't resist biting into a ripe one and letting the juice stroll down your chin? I can't. The Body Shop has managed to capture the scent of ripe, summer peaches and bottle it with this range, and I am in love.

I've actually been using this part of their body range since I was about 14 (madness, I know) and they discontinued it for a couple of years. Cue weeping. You can imagine the extreme joy and hoarding that went on when they brought it back as a limited edition before finally bringing it back for good. I'm pretty sure everyone heard me banging on about it for months.

So how would I describe this perfect scent of mine? Imagine baked peaches and cream, wafting towards you in the summer sunshine and you have it. 

This peach body spray (similar here) is a delicious breath of fresh air. There's nothing I like doing more than stepping off of a sticky train and giving myself a quick spritz so that I actually feel human again. And don't even get me started on what it feels like when I've been caught out in the rain. If I smell like summer I basically am summer, right?!


I like to use the body mist as a little top-up during the day after my peachy shower ritual. I get kick started by whipping up a lather with the peach shower gel, which makes sure my skin is nice, soft and smelling beautiful. 

A couple of days a week I follow this up with a lengthy exfoliation with the peach body scrub. If you've got sensitive skin like mine I definitely wouldn't over-use this. The particles in it are quite large, so can be fairly abrasive. This is my least favourite item in the range and I don't think I would repurchase it. 

And finally we have the third part of the ritual. My skin is fairly dry *snore snore we all know this Steph*, especially around my elbows and calves. Body butters are so intense in terms of their hydration that I often find The Body Shop's ones can make even my skin a little greasy if I let them. So, I would recommend using the peach body butter (similar here) every other day, and a lotion in between to keep everything fully hydrated. However, if you don't really have dry skin and want something a little lighter all the time, then the peach body lotion is definitely a winner!

What's your favourite body care scent?


14 August 2014

Chicken and Pepper Barbeque Skewers

Chicken and pepper barbecue skewers - Nourish ME www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Chicken and pepper barbecue skewers - Nourish ME www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Chicken and pepper barbecue skewers - Nourish ME www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Chicken and pepper barbecue skewers - Nourish ME www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

So, summer's here and let's face it: we're in England, there's gonna be a barbecue. Whether you're hosting one yourself or have been asked to bring something round to a friend's, these skewers are brilliant if you're clean eating. I personally try to avoid any beef or pig meat because of the fat content, so stick to turkey and chicken. That's why at a barbecue I opt to make these rather than chomping down on grisly burgers (ew).

 Ingredients (makes 8 skewers):

2 large chicken breasts
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper

Method:

1.) Chop the chicken breasts up into reasonably sized chunks. 

2.) Chop the red pepper up into fairly large chunks.

3.) Finely chop or crush the garlic. Put it in a large bowl. Add the soy sauce, white wine vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. 

4.) Add the chicken chunks to the bowl. Spoon the mixture over the chunks to make sure that all are covered. Tip: although it's not necessary to, marinating the chicken for a few hours at this point allows the flavours to really seep in nicely. This particular marinade was handed down to me by my grandma, so I have a bit of a soft spot for it. 

5.) Put the rest of the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix.

6.) Start creating the skewers. I put two pieces of chicken on to every piece of pepper but you can vary it as you wish. Before putting each piece of pepper on, dip it in the leftover marinade. 

7.) Cook on the barbeque until the meat is ready. Enjoy! 

What's your favourite recipe to cook up on the barbecue?


11 August 2014

Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Vegan stuffed cabbage rolls recipe. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Every so often I like to spice up my stack of recipes with something I wouldn't otherwise make. So, I go a-hunting for something to freshen up my routine. This is one of those things. I am forever grateful that I started this blog, as it's encouraged me to try my hand at so many new dishes I would never have even come across, and this is one that (I think) you should get excited about.

Originally I found the recipe in a cookbook which I recently purchased at a car boot sale (recipes hardly get worse with time, so why pay more for new books?!), but have since adapted the recipe to make it suitable for my diet. At only 81 calories per serving, this is by far the least calorific evening meal I've found. Although the portion sizes aren't incredibly large, you can pair this with other foods such as a baked sweet potato to create a larger meal. 

This does take a very long time to make - about an hour and a half in total, so make sure to start well in advance of meal time, otherwise you may end up with a very hungry family!

Ingredients (makes 4 servings):

8 cabbage leaves
2 medium onions
400g chopped tomatoes
1 garlic clove
100g mushrooms (optional, but calories included above)
50g brown rice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil/coconut oil
450ml vegetable (or chicken) stock
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dried Basil
Salt and pepper

Method

1.) Finely chop the onion, garlic and mushrooms. It's not necessary to do this first, but I find cooking far less stressful when I do this!

2.) Boil a pan of water. Pop the cabbage leaves in and blanche for 3-4 minutes. 

3.) Remove the cabbage leaves and put to one side.

4.) Place the extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil in a frying pan and heat. Once it is heated add one of the onions, the garlic and the mushrooms. 

5.) Whilst they start to brown, pop the kettle on to make up your vegetable stock. 

6.) Once the onion, garlic and mushrooms are soft, add the rice. Briefly stir (making sure it doesn't burn) before adding 300ml of the stock.

7.) Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

8.) Whilst this is cooking, heat some oil in another pan. 

9.) Put the other onion in the pan once the oil is heated. Stir until the onion is soft. Add the chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, the rest of the stock and the basil. 

10.) Leave to simmer for roughly 8 minutes. 

11.) Season the rice with salt and pepper to taste. 

12.) Place a cabbage leave on a clean flat surface or chopping board. Put 1/8 of the rice mixture in the centre of the leaf.

13.) Fold the leaf up so that you have a small parcel. Do this for all of the leaves.

14.) Place them in an ovenproof dish, such as a pyrex one.

15.) Pour the tomato sauce over them. 

16.) Place in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for an hour.



7 August 2014

OOTD: Transitioning into Autumn with some Summer Blues

OOTD: a transitional piece taking you from Summer to Autumn. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

OOTD: a transitional piece taking you from Summer to Autumn. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

OOTD: a transitional piece taking you from Summer to Autumn. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk


Sorry I haven't posted in forever, things have been crazy hectic at my work experience (hello 2 hour commute each way). Although I'm loving the experience of working at London at the moment I'm missing the freedom I had earlier in the summer, like I had in Devon in this picture. We've been holidaying in Devon since I can remember, and it was so much fun heading out on a little adventure with my sister here (public walkways for the win) and doing this mini photo shoot. 

This was a perfect outfit for doing a little bit of hiking in. Now, I'm not saying it's brilliant for going on a seven hour trek up a mountain, but I loved it for our miles long walk along the cliff front at Seaton.

Now, this coat may in fact be my favourite thing I've ever discovered in a charity shop. I'm pretty sure I picked it up for £3.50, and it's just worked out to be a great all-rounder. It's not super thin (so that the prickles worm their way through on country side walks), but it's really light and brings a nice level of warmth to your outfit. This is something I can definitely see myself continuing to wear throughout Autumn.

I got these boots as a present at Christmas and I have to say I am in love with them. They're so versatile: I can wear them with my favourite skinny jeans, or a dress or whatever I want (well, almost). Plus, they're super comfy and even though I've worn them most days for over six months they have no real sign of wear. Knee length boots are a timeless classic, and I can't wait to keep coming back to these beauties each year.

So charity shops are not the only alternative style shop on my radar at the moment: antique shops are proving to be a massive winner too. I was staying near a town called Colyton in Devon and found this necklace tucked away in an antique store behind the train station. If the picture isn't quite clear enough, it's a gold circle, with two gold curved lines crossing over and a pearl in the middle. It really adds something to the outfit, but isn't quite as in-your-face as statement necklaces. I'm not usually a massive fan of gold jewellery - half the time it looks seriously tacky with my skin tone - but this piece is so classically elegant I couldn't not love it.

This is such a great transitional piece as we move into Autumn, and I love the combination of these two bold colours - brown and blue. What's your go-to transitonal Summer-Autumn piece?