Gluten Free & Vegan Birthday Cake by Effing Granny

Warning: Contains strong and er, creative language. This isn’t exactly a satire as this lady really is a decent cook, this is a useable instruction vid and she (probably) is cooking the cake for her grandson. It is very tongue-in-cheek though and she is playing a character (or a very over the top version of herself) so don’t go getting all offended.

Learn how to cook and have an effing good laugh!

Summer Skincare Tested (miniatures)

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Amie, New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish (full size 100ml) £5.95

The scent of this exfoliator which includes mango and orange blossom extracts is beautiful. I wish it were available in a perfume! This gently but thoroughly exfoliated my skin and left it super soft and glowing. Amie products contain no mineral oils, no sodium laureth sulphate or sodium lauryl sulphate and no animal derived ingredients.

Alva, Handcream (full size 75ml) £8.50

With organic avocado oil, antibacterial tea tree and anti-fungal calendula this is the perfect handcream for hardworking hands. It also sinks in quickly without being tacky, which is really important to me.

Sanctuary Spar, Radiance Exfoliator (full size 100ml) £10.00

Tiny apricot granules & grape seed are the exfoliators in this product which also includes pumpkin, pineapple & papaya extracts to ‘increase cell renewal’. This is another gentle exfoliator which I’ve used three times a week for smooth, clear, brighter skin.

This Works, In Transit Camera Close Up (full size 40ml) £30

This product has been formulated as an three-in-one mask, primer and moisturiser. I found it be too heavy and rich to use as a mask and it was useless as a primer for makeup, which slid off as soon as I got too hot. I do love it as a general moisturiser though. It evened out the texture of my skin slightly and calmed some redness and my combination skin stayed balanced until early evening.

Which cruelty free brands have you recently come across?

Chrissie

 

 

15 Macs and Trench Coats That Mean Business

15 Macs and Trench Coats That Mean Business

3 of the Best Vegetarian Sweets 


Jealous Grizzly Bears taste so much like soft gummy bears but fruitier! It’s the fruitiness that makes them so refreshing.

Candy Kittens Sweet Peaches are the most more-ish sweets I think I’ve ever tasted. Realistically sweet, with a hint of milkyness, they taste more like peaches and cream and a have a chewy texture to them. They have achieved this without using milk or gluten.

Good Stuff Summer Peaches are soft and sweet and taste like fruit punch.

I was going to add Veggie Haribo onto the list but if they make some packets veggie, why not make all of them veggie?! I do buy them sometimes (companies like that need encouragement from consumers) but I want to support smaller totally cruelty-free companies more.

Which are your favourite veggie sweets?

Chrissie

Sweet Freedom, Choc Pot Chocolate Spread review

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Don’t compare this chocolate spread to Nutella, this tastes a lot different, in a good way. It really reminds me of the lovely chocolate on the top of traditional chocolate eclairs.

It’s completely dairy free and spreads really easily, even when it’s been in a very cold fridge. It’s perfect for spreading on white bread, adding to sweet pastries or eating with a spoon – 14 cals per teaspoon to be precise. ^_^

 

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

15 Stylish, Sporty and Sleek Raincoats

 

Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

Miniature Stationary

Have you noticed how so many things become ‘cute’ just because they are small? I once got a sample of coffee in a perfect miniaturised glass jar and squealed at how ‘cute’ it was – in the middle of Tesco. Is it just women who do this?

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Mini Roll added for scale lol

I seem to be acquiring (collecting?) mini stationary at the moment, my excuse being it takes up less storage space. I’m on the look out for mini highlighters next. Any suggestions for mini stationary shops? Literally the actual shop, nah I’m kidding.

Chrissie

What is the Point of Blogging?

I know many bloggers wonder ‘What is the point of my of my blog?’ along certain points of their blogging journeys. My blog started off as a personal blog – personal between me and the city of Manchester and what I got up to in it, featuring festivals, eateries and news. Then I turned it into more of a magazine/lifestyle type blog with reviews and then I started mixing in more personal posts to do with my health because I wanted to share all that I’d learned to help other people who were as confused as I’d once been.

I’ve now decided that I don’t want to involve that side of things in my blog anymore. I spend far too much time thinking of my health (mental, physical, emotional, neurological) as well as the lack of understanding I’m getting from the medical profession and the huge amount of understanding and help I’m getting from other people with the same chronic illnesses/conditions/disabilities/disorders and what I need to do to move forward…Literally.

I prefer having this blog as a little ray of light to dive into and to take my mind off of all that sh!t and I want it to be a place for other people to do that to. At first I used to throw everything at my blog but since I started to attract brands and review their items/services, I started to automatically questioning ‘Is my own silly thing worth a place on my blog or should I just put it on Instagram instead?’. The funny thing is, my engagement on Insta is great, I don’t just mean followers (772) but the comments and the laugh that I have with the same people, sometimes everyday, is really lovely. I also like how quick and spontaneous posting to Insta is, where-as I have to really be in the mood to write a blog post.

The thing is, I actually prefer Instagram for those reasons. So, I’m going to keep my blog going with all of the usual content like style, veggie food, restaurant reviews, cruelty free beauty and I’m not going to lower the quality either, but I’m now going to throw a lot of shorter more regular posts up such as geeky things, or little things which have brightened my day, social commentary and quick book reviews etc. After-all, It is my lifestyle blog, rather than an online magazine so I want to make it reflect my actual, everyday lifestyle more. All the lovely bits!

How’s your attitude to blogging changed?

Chrissie

 

Fruity Homeware, Style and Beauty

Fruitful Homeware, Style and Beauty