30 April 2013

Meat Liquor- Review

I’m told that Meat Liquor do the naughtiest of burgers with all the trimmings, so after months of wanting to go my boyfriend and I finally decided to take the plunge and ventur down. I’ve heard that it gets extremely busy any time after 6 pm and as you can’t book (like every place in London) you’re left with a minimum of around 30 mins queuing  time. To avoid this we decided to head down straight after work and arrived at around 5.45 managing to slip right in without any waiting around.
The restaurant is dimly lit, with animal portraits all over the walls, filament lights hanging above tables and a bit of fake blood splattered on the glass for good measure.
This is no place for veggies.
It had a very southern American feel to it, from the wooden floors, the waiters with their cowbow saddlebags and the rock ‘n’ roll music. I loved it.

We started by ordering some cocktails, the best way to start the week. I really wanted to try the Louisiana Jam cocktail but apparently they were out of jam (?) so I joined T with a Space ‘n’ Smash, a delicious mix of gin and elderflower, a new favourite.

Then we got down to the real reason we were there, the meat. There’s an impressive selection of beef burgers to choose from ranging from the original cheese burgers to one loaded with chillies, mushrooms and jalapenos. And if you don’t fancy beef then you can always have a fried chicken burger or chicken wings smothered in their house sauce.
T opted for the Mushroom Swiss and I went for the Cheeseburger. For sides we had a selection of Cheese and Fries, Phili Cheese Fries and Southern Style Slaw. This is probably the unhealthiest meal we’ve eaten in a while, but it was so worth it. The burgers were cooked to perfection with the right amount of relish and sauce and the chips were smothered in cheese.

After stuffing ourselves silly we planned to venture elsewhere for some more drinks, but as the atmosphere was so good we decided to stay a little longer for a bottle of red.
If you haven’t already been to Meat Liquor I couldn’t recommend it enough, the food, service, drinks and atmosphere were all amazing. I would suggest trying to either go mid-week or before 6pm as weekends and after 6pm are crazy busy so expect a wait, but it’s so worth it.  

29 April 2013

Lush Honey Bee

I rarely have baths. Actually, I never have baths and I've never used a bath bomb before as I had very sensitive skin when I was younger so I tend to stay clear from anything like this. However, lately I've really fancied having a nice, relaxing, hot bubble bath. So when I was shopping in Chester on Saturday my Mum and I made a quick trip to Lush so I could buy a big bath bomb and smell all their scrummy products.
As I have dry skin I wanted something that would be super moisturizing, so they very helpful lady at Lush suggested I either get Honey Bee which contains honey and aloe vera or Butterball which contains coco butter. I opted for Honey Bee as it smelt good enough to eat (and looked prettier).

Now as I've never used a bath bomb before I didn't really know what to expect, I kind of thought it would create bubbles as well as fizz but it didn't create any bubbles, it just kind of stained the water. It actually looked like I'd had a little accident in the bath. The smell was lovely though and my skin did feel quite silky afterwards but it didn't really satisfy my need for bubbles so I think I need to try one of their bubble bars.
I guess this means I'll need to go back to Lush, what a shame...


28 April 2013

Molton Brown- Women's Traveller

Molton Brown gift sets are the most perfect gift for Mother Day and Birthday's as they always contain such a great mixture of their beautifully scented products. This Women's Traveller gift set is the perfect size for weekends away as it contains everything you will need to keep you looking and smelling beautiful from head to toe. This set is currently in the sale at Molton Brown for only £30, which is really well priced considering you get everything you would need for a trip away and in my opinion it contains some of their best scents.
The set contains:

Clear travel bag 
Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod Bath & Shower 100ml
Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod Body Lotion 100ml
Instant Indian Cress Conditioner 75ml
Healthy Ziao Jao Shampoo 75ml
Hydrate Desert Bloom Intense Hand Rescue 15ml
Hyrdate Desert Bloom Intense Foot Rescue 15ml

The Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod range is my favourite scent from Molton Brown, it's such a lovely, fresh and luxurious scent making you feel extra pampered after your shower.


23 April 2013

Current Beauty Favourites

Decleor moisturizer- I’ve been using this product every day for about two weeks now and really enjoy the thick, creamy texture of it. I can’t say I’ve noticed any significant difference in the firmness of my skin, but I’ve found it sits really well under my make-up and makes a lovely base for my primer. I also like that even though it’s a lovely thick cream going on, once rubbed in it doesn’t leave you face feeling sticky or caked with product. I’m not a massive fan of the smell but it’s not one that lingers around all day, so it’s not really an issue and it hasn’t brought me out in a rash which is a big plus. I’m not sure whether it’s a little early to start using anti-aging products but I’m sure it won’t do any harm!

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm- I used this product on and off for years, it tends to be one that I forget about then fall in love with all over again. It’s a great base for make-up, virtually fragrance free so great for sensitive skin, and doesn’t leave a sticky residue on the skin. The thing I love about the Clarins Flash Balm is that you only need a tiny amount to cover the face so although it’s not cheap it does last a very long time. So all in all I’m in love with it again :)

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil- This is probably my favourite thing that I’ve bought this month. I’ve tried a few other oils like the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, and the Percy and Reed No Oil Oil but this is by far my favourite, and it’s the cheapest! It’s such a lightweight oil once in your hair so that’s you’re not left with flat, sticky hair and it smells lovely. I use about 2 pumps per application after I’ve washed my hair or before bed, rub it between my hands and then run through the lengths of my hair. The thing I love the most about this is that unlike the Kérastase oil you’re not left with greasy, slimy product all over your hands, which is such a pain to wash off. I’ve been using this oil for just over 3 weeks now and I’d say I’ve already noticed a difference in the condition of my hair, it feels a lot thicker and healthier and I’d put it all down to this product. The beauty of this is as you use such a tiny amount per application a whole bottle will last for months.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel- I tend to switch my serums up a fair amount as I’m quite fickle so like to try different products all the time. However I seem to have been using the Jurlique gel quite religiously for the past few weeks, and I’ve been loving it. It has such a lovely, calming, lavender smell, which is perfect for a night time serum as it’s not overwhelming and puts you into the perfect Zen like mood before bed. The smell is pretty similar to the Kheils night serum, which is also a favourite of mine. I tend to use this under a moisturizer just at night time instead of day and night as I don’t really like wearing serums in the day as they tend to be a bit greasy.

Nivea Lip Butter Raspberry Rose- I’ve been looking for a new lip balm for a while as I just don’t find Vaseline does anything to my lips and burts bee’s seemed to make my lips even dryer. After hearing great things I thought I would give the Nivea Lip Butter’s a go as the whole range smells delicious. I bought the Raspberry Rose one, they come in a number of different flavours but this one smelt the most summery. This lip butter has a bit of a pale pink tint to it, which transfers to the lips a lot more than I thought and leaves quite a whitey/pinky residue on the lips. I’m not a massive fan of the tint it leaves but I’m really enjoying the smell and texture of this product so I’m tempted to try one of the other flavours as they’re only about £2!


22 April 2013

Payday Wishlist

This month has felt like the longest month ever and I've been wanting to buy so many things whilst also trying to save for a holiday. Catch 22. 
And since the weather has been much nicer this weekend it also made me want to buy bright and summery clothes, nipping into Zara this afternoon only made this worse.


Highlights of My Weekend

To welcome this beautiful, sunny weekend, on Friday My boyfriend and I spent the evening at the Banana Tree in Soho sampling almost every Thai dish on the menu. Saturday was spent lazing around the South Bank with some friends sipping Pimms an prosecco. On Sunday T and I went on a long walk around London to watch the amazing people run the London Marathon, which I ended up finding very emotional.


16 April 2013

The Pampered Chef

The Pampered Chef is a home party based company that sells kitchen essential tools and cookbooks to you and your friends in the comfort of your own home.
It’s basically a Tupperware party with a lot more products and you get to try the products before you buy them, and they cook for you!

If you are hosting the party you decide what you would like to eat for the evening and  buy all the ingredients then a consultant will come round to your house, prepare the food in front of you and demonstrate you how to use a number of their products. So essentially you get your dinner cooked for you whilst you shop, what more could you want?!
We had curry and rice for the main and profiteroles oozing with fresh whipped cream for dessert. The cream was hand whipped using their specially designed balloon whisk in approximately 3 seconds, it was amazing.

After the demonstration there’s a chance to win prizes through asking the host questions and a raffle. I thought this was a brilliant idea to keep people engaged after they’ve had a fair few glasses of wine. I won a very handy Pampered Chef canvas bag, which I've used a lot.

Our wonderful host for the evening was Emily and she did an excellent job of both cooking and selling the products. My boyfriend and I (mainly me) were completely sold on the stone baked casserole dishes as I think they’re so handy to have and they’ll last forever. Apparently stone based equipment cooks your food much more evenly than metal or glass as it allows the air to circulate. These are really useful for curries and bolognese and you just throw everything in uncooked and it cooks it all for you.
Then as we were drunk (that’s how they get you) we also purchased an oven glove to get a free gift of a completely over the top glass cleaning brush. In hindsight we did not need this, but I got carried away.

I had so much fun at this party and think it’s a great idea if you have friends who need kitchenware and you want a cheap night out with lots of food and wine. I’d say the prices are pretty similar to Lakeland so a little bit pricey but definitely worth it. When my friends start buying houses I really want to host one of these parties as I think they’re brilliant, plus the host gets lots of perks include free products, half-price and discounted products, 10% off for a year and free shipping, which is worth it in itself even if you want to buy a few things.


14 April 2013

The sun has got his hat on...

...hip-hip-hip hooray!!

Sunny London is my favourite kind of London. 


8 April 2013

April Wishlist


Afternoon Tea at the Leonard Hotel

Instead of buying presents for each other, my housemate and I normally plan an event like the ballet, theater or an afternoon tea. I think it's such a good idea because you don't have worry about presents and it means that you have something to look forward to after your birthday is over.
So on Sunday, S and I went to an Afternoon tea at the Leonard Boutique Hotel in Mayfair to celebrate us turning 24!!!!
It was exactly what I needed after a very busy week and weekend.

When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely doormen in their traditional attire and lead to the dining room where we were to be seated where ever we liked. 

The dining room was truly beautiful, it looked like it had been transported straight from Hampton Court palace. One of the walls was completely covered with paintings in old frames and the other walls features old portraits.

With the afternoon tea package we received a 3 tier stack of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones along with a glass if champagne, a choice or tea and a pot of strawberries. How very quintessentially British.

As we leisurely worked our way through the mountain of food it was easy to forgot where we were and the troubles of the real world.
As there was so much food I didn't manage to eat it all, but the waiter was more than happy to give me a little doggie bag for later.
We left feeling full and sleepy so headed back home to put our pyjamas on and watch films. It was the perfect end to a hectic week. I would definitely recommend the Afternoon Tea at the Leonard hotel.

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