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Thirty Nine Desserts Cardiff

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I recently had the chance to attend the opening of Thirty Nine Desserts Cafe in Cardiff. I absolutely love desserts, but with so many dessert cafes opening I wanted to find out if this one would be any different.

As soon as I walked in to this cafe I was impressed. The decor of this place is so glamorous and fresh, it felt like I was walking into a trendy cocktail bar.

This feel was captured throughout and even the menus were beautifully presented.

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The size of the menu really impressed me as they do almost every dessert you can imagine. I was impressed to see that there were many Gluten Free options, and even a few Vegan options too.

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The main Vegan option was this Fruity Sorbet Sundae which was incredible. It is the perfect treat for a hot day as it is incredibly refreshing. 

They also do a Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream which I sampled and it tasted delicious!

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I also had the chance to try out Mango Fruit Kick Mocktail. My mouth is watering just thinking back to it. It one of the tastiest drinks I have ever had. 

The staff at the cafe were incredibly friendly and helpful. When ordering your food you can even choose to make your own dessert. I decided to go for the Strawberry & Belgian Milk Choc Waffle. The portions at Thirty Nine Desserts are huge and I couldn’t believe my eyes when this dessert arrived.

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The fresh hot waffle was served with warm Belgian milk chocolate sauce, fresh cut strawberries and chocolate sprinkles. In other words, it was my idea of heaven.

Everything that is served from this cafe is beautifully presented and made to perfection. If you’re looking for a unique and classy dessert experience, than I suggest you head down to Thirty Nine Desserts on Queen Street in Cardiff and try this place out.

Just writing this post has made me incredibly hungry and I will definitely be returning here!

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Garnier Ultimate Blends Silicone-Free Mask

After recently dying my hair back to brunette, I have been searching for a product that will help me restore the shine my hair so desperately needs.

I love the idea of loading my hair with luscious oils, but unfortunately it only ends up in a disaster. The greasy look is not a good one.

After hours of searching for treatments, I decided that a hair mask would probably work best for me. The only issue I was facing was that I didn’t want the product to strip my hair of the colour it had taken me so long to get back to.

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When I came across this hair mask it almost sounded too good to be true. The Garnier Ultimate Blends Silicone-Free Mask is aimed at very dry, unruly hair, which was definitely what I needed. The packaging states that it’s main ingredients are almond cream and moroccan argan oil, which is the perfect combination.

The mask is also paraben and silicone free, along with being produced in a factory committed to sustainable practices and partnered with TerraCycle which helps to keep beauty products out of landfills.

My favourite thing about this mask it that it smells absolutely delicious! I have been using this hair mask twice a week, leaving it on for three minutes after washing my hair and I am so impressed with the difference it has made.

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This mask is priced at £4.99 which just goes to show that you don’t need to break the bank to get your dream locks!

If you’re looking to try out a new hair treatment then it is definitely worth giving this mask a go.

 

 

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Beets N Roots Bristol

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I recently had the chance to try out the new Beets ‘N Roots Cafe in Bristol and I was so impressed. You may have seen this cafe on Instagram already as everything on their menu looks incredible and it would just be rude not to post about it.

Beets ‘N Roots is based on Cotham Hill Bristol which is a great location, it’s surrounding by the cutest boutiques and charity shops.

The cafe itself serves organic food and the menu only features vegan and vegetarian dishes which is perfect for me. Along with their incredible food, they are also well known for their freshly prepared smoothies and juices.

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I was so excited to try out their menu, the only problem was that they had so much to choose from. After much consideration I decided to go with the Buckwheat Pancakes which were topped with banana, chocolate and maple syrup, sprinkled with coconut shavings and pumpkin seeds. I was so happy with my choice as it was absolutely delicious!

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Along with this incredible breakfast, I tried out their Red Juice which contains Beetroot, Apple and Lemon. This juice was so refreshing and fruity. I was really surprised with how much I liked this juice as I am not a huge fan of Beetroot, but the ingredients worked so well together.

After stuffing my face with pancakes I had the chance to make my own Smoothie Bowl.

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There are many different versions of these bowls on the menu and they all look great. I will definitely be recreating a few of them at home.

One thing I really liked about Beets ‘N Roots is that they have a cute outside area which is perfect for when the sun is out. I picked the perfect day to visit as I enjoyed topping up my tan whilst filling up on their goodies.

 

If you’re looking for a tasty place in Bristol to go for Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch then you should definitely check this place out. Not only is their menu tasty, but it’s all good for you  too which is even better! 


 

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ELF Makeup Review

Like a lot of us, I have recently been on a mission to find quality make-up products that are not tested on animalsI thought it would be hard, but it’s a lot easier than I imaged. Brands such as Too Faced, Kat Von D and The Body Shop are all animal friendly and don’t test their products on animals. I recently found that ELF don’t test on animals either, so I thought I would purchase some of their products and test them out.

I have previously used a few of ELF’s products before as they used to have a small boutique in Cardiff which was great. All of their products are reasonably priced, but as they don’t sell their products in any stores near me, buying online makes it that little bit harder. After finding out that they had a Spring Sale on, I decided to buy a few of their products and hope for the best.

I must admit that some of the products I ordered were slightly disappointing. Mainly because I had picked the wrong shade in some of the concealing products, but also the lip glosses I purchased were a bit too sticky for me. With that being said, there were some products I absolutely loved.

 

 

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ELF Blemish Control Face Primer

Out of all the products I purchased, this was definitely my favourite. I have used this product every day since receiving it and I am so impressed. As someone who suffers with problematic skin, I was intrigued to see if this product would live up to its name. Not only is it a great primer that keeps your make up in tact, but it has also left my skin looking much clearer than usual. It’s not a heavy primer which leaves your skin feeling very light and fresh.

 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation – Light Ivory

This foundation is a buildable full coverage foundation, which is perfect for an evening look. When used with the Blemish Control Primer it can be very long lasting. One thing to note is that the foundation leaves you with a matte finish. I love a matte texture, but if you have dry skin I’m not sure if it would work as well.

 

ELF Made for Matte Eye Shadow Palette

I am so pleased I purchased this palette! I think I have used it everyday since purchasing it. It has the perfect nude tones which can be worn for any occasion. The shadows are very pigmented and like the foundation, stays put all day.

 

ELF Prism Eye Shadow Palette

The second palette I purchased is full with beautiful shimmery shadows. I have used some of the lighter shades as highlighters as they give the perfect glow. Like the previous eye shadow palette, these shades are so pigmented. I can’t get over how amazing these palettes are considering as they cost less than £10 each!

 

ELF Highlighter – Moonlight Pearls

As always, I couldn’t test out a makeup brand without purchasing one of their highlighters. This champagne toned highlighter was only £5! The pot is quite small, similar to a single eye shadow pot, which can be very handy for travelling. I love the tone to this highlighter and like many of ELF’s products, it feels really light on the skin. I have been using this as my everyday highlighter and it’s definitely worth the money.

 

I am really pleased that I purchased these products from ELF. Not only are they a great brand for not testing on animals, but their products are reasonably priced. If you’re looking to try out a new brand, then I would definitely recommend you purchase some of ELF’s products.

Have you tried any of ELF’s products before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the brand x  

 

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Vegan Chickpea & Spinach Slimming World Curry

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I recently tried out a new Slimming World vegan curry recipe and I absolutely loved it. The Chickpea and Spinach curry is super easy to make and is delicious. The recipe is completely free on Slimming World and feeds four people. 


Ingredients

  • fry light or alternative low calorie spray
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp of ginger
  • 2 tbsp of curry powder (heat dependent on personal taste)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g chickpeas
  • large bag of spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • lime juice

 

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To start chop the onions and peppers into small chunks.
Spray a non-stick frying pan and add the onions and peppers on a high heat.
Leave till lightly brown (approx 5 mins).
Crush the garlic and add it to the pan along with the spices.

Place the cooked onions, peppers and garlic into a large saucepan.
Add the chopped tomatoes and chickpeas to the saucepan.
Bring to boil and then leave to simmer for ten minutes.
Gradually add the spinach and leave to simmer for a further 8-10 mins.

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Add the lime juice and serve with rice.

I also made some Vegetarian Slimming World Onion Bhajis. These can be made while you wait for the curry to cook. 

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper

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Chop the onions into thin slices.
Mix the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix for 15 mins.
Separate the mix into balls and oven cook for 15-20 mins on 220°C/fan 200°c/Gas 7.

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Once cooked these Onion Bhajis are only two syns each and they taste great.
They work really well with the curry and make the perfect healthy dish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pure Potions Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream and Intense Lip Balm.

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If you’re looking for a natural hydrating product, then I would definitely recommend you check out Pure Potions. The brand itself features products made from ingredients which are as natural as possible, in order to reduce the risk of reaction which can occur with highly processed substances.

The products are all vegan friendly and do not include harsh perfumes, parabens, silicones, palm oil or any other nasty chemicals that may irritate and upset your skin.

My skin can be very sensitive and I was pleasantly surprised to find that these products left my skin feeling hydrated and silky smooth without any unhealthy reactions.

Pure Potions Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream

This moisturising cream is suitable for anybody who is prone to eczema, dry itchy skin, psoriasis and dermatitis.  I love how light the cream feels on your skin, along with the fact that it doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky and clogged up. I have used this cream every day for just over a week and I can already see a huge difference.

This cream is the perfect product for the up coming summer months as it allows moisture to return to drying skin. I applied this product to skin damaged by sun exposure and it definitely helped my skin to heal and maintain a healthy glow.

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Pure Potions Intense Lip Balm

This lip balm is 100% natural and works wonders on my lips. It helps prevent lips drying out, along with leaving them feeling soft and hydrated. I found this product very useful for every day use in both hot and cold climates. Its the perfect barrier for harsh weather and pollution. If you’re looking for a natural lip balm that really does work, then I would recommend you give this product a go.

Pure Potions features many other natural skincare products on their website. I love the result I have received from these products and I would definitely recommend you check this brand out. 

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Naturigin Cruelty Free Hair Dye Review

At a recent event I was lucky enough to be gifted a box of Naturigin Cruelty Free Hair Dye. The dye only contains natural ingredients and unlike so many other brands, does not test on animals. The brand itself also supports the #BeCrueltyFree campaign within the beauty industry, which is a campaign I really respect. After hearing so many great things about the company and the product itself, I decided it was only  best I try the product out.

After choosing the perfect shade for my hair, I was excited to give it a go and see what the results would be. The shade I chose was 3.0 Dark Coffee Brown, which is a very natural shade and one very similar to a dye I would usually purchase.

After washing the dye out I was very pleased with the results. Not only is the colour amazing, but my hair felt so soft and conditioned after using this product which is not what you usually get from a drugstore hair dye.

I am very pleased with the results and I will definitely be purchasing this product again!