Life Lately – June

June has flown by, which is weird considering I’ve been out of the house a whole…one time! I’ve been very grateful for the, frankly shite, weather Manchester has had this month, as it’s been a well needed break from the crazy heatwave of May.

Pride Month

My love and respect goes out to the LGBTQ community as always, whatever your sexuality and however you identify. I’ve always been proud that I live in a city with year-round acceptance (in a general sense) and awareness. I think this is thanks to the The Gay Village, plus a great Pride Parade and festival.

Food

Been switching all month between having cups of tea with sausage and mash to having a cold beers and mezze.

Independent Artist or Business

GDBEE Art is by Geneva who makes the most gorgeous graphic art of women of colour. She’s also created the webtoon Hovergirls, about two alien fighting cousins who work in a coffee shop by day. The entire Hovergirls series is available to read on phone/device or PC.

Lifestyle

I’ve changed my bedroom from being the place where stuff gets dumped, into a place where I actually want to spend time. a) I’ve had a big clean and tidy b) I’ve brought in more storage c) Updated a dark toned LOTR poster to a lighter toned and very neat dragon canvas d) I’ve reduced the amount of Funko Pops and books/papers piled everywhere.

Reading

The Getaway Girls by Dee McDonald is roadtrip comedy about three rather different friends, all past middle age, who decide they are unhappy with their lot and want to start a new adventure through France and Italy. I’ll review it once I’ve finished reading. I’m a third of the way in and enjoying it!

New Fringe

I was sick of my giant wavy fringe which needed cutting constantly and was way too hot and wide. I watched Birds of Prey (which I loved, but thought the bad guy was just plain annoying) and cut myself a new punky, shorter fringe. Freshly cut it looks a little too perfect but it does naturally have a lot of movement and looks spikey if I apply styling putty.

Here is me as a kid in the 80’s with a very different kind of fringe lol

I hope you’ve all been finding things to make you happy, in these turbulent times!

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Your Fave LIFESTYLE Photo’s from the Last 6 Months

I post a selection of photo’s from this blog onto my Instagram and share a few general images everyday. Come follow me if you don’t already @vamp_it_up_mcr

I’ve gone through which photos got the most likes (on Insta) and divided them up into four categories, Lifestyle, Style, Food and er, Me!

Lifestyle

(Clockwise)

Gap Between Buildings When you walk down Whitworth Street heading to Oxford Road, you cross over a tiny bridge without realising and that’s the view of the canal and swanky apartments to your left.

Baby Jay I’ve only ever seen a Jay twice before so this little’un sitting right outside the window was lovely surprise.

Sorting my makeup and storage I chucked out anything old or crap and arranged everything here into one bag and base coverage and tools/brushes into a wicker basic. I indulged my left over OCD traits and lined up everything colourful for this photo; so satisfying!

Pins I have so many pins I have to rotate them on bags and coats. I need to make space on my pin board to display them all properly.

Skincare Routine After setting myself he challenge to get healthier skin in one month, I narrowed down my products to these and found a consistent routine and it worked!

Street Art This is a very old photo of the side of a block at the start of The Northern Quarter. The beautiful art (subject now replaces by Mcr bees) is by Faunagraphic who’s responsible for all of the nature inspired, pastel or brushstroke effect street-art in town. Check out that pretty fire-escape too.

Narwhals Narwhals Swimming In The Ocean (the pre-curser to the baby shark song) My Bloke got me these slippers last Xmas.

Bench In Our Tiny Backyard All my Dads work. I offer to help with our yard but he always refuses as he loves doing it so much. He’s like me, if he gets an idea in his mind, he knows exactly how he wants it. I’m not arguing as it comes out looking lovely every time ^_^

(Centre)

Sustainable (what used to be referred to as Eco) Purchases I got everything here from an online shop called Ecologue. Metal flask, really light but efficient; Bamboo toothbrush, the most comfortable one I’ve ever used and biodegradable; Cleansing pads, also made from bamboo and machine washable!

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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Simple Selfcare List for Brain, Body and Soul

Everyone needs a bit of motivation and simple reminders sometimes, especially when you’re in the house most of the time and loose track of time easily. That’s just me normally btw!

    Get the feck up (Maybe use needing the loo as an excuse to stay up)
    Brush teeth
    Wash (preferably with something that smells uplifting)
    Apply deodorant
    Skincare/bodycare routine (or at least some of it)
    Get dressed (oversized cardigans/hoodies totally count)
    Comb hair
    Coffee or protein smoothie
    Catch up with friends on social media or message them
    Do something a little creative
    Have something to eat
    Order or buy some fresh fruit or veg
    Wash clothes/Vac up?
    Read a book/Watch telly/Gaming/Exercise
    Make a nice meal, maybe enough to freeze a portion as a ready-meal
    Bath/Shower?
    Hug or FaceTime your family/pet/loved one
    Cleanse face
    Brush teeth
    Take a cup of water to bed
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    Positive Quarantine Effects

    6 bonus things that have happened during quarantine:

    1. I’ve not washed my hair for two weeks (there’s only a bath where I am) and it feels and looks so naturally healthy, in shiny defined waves.
    2. I’ve not impulse bought food with wheat or dairy in so my nose, chin and tummy aren’t puffy/bloated. I have more energy and feel more upbeat and I love my features now!
    3. My skin is so healthy because I’ve been sticking to my skincare regimen.
    4. Me and the bloke have not killed each other.
    5. Meal planning doesn’t suck. It takes the stress of decision making away (a supermarket full of food yet you still come home with random shit that doesn’t make any recognisable dishes, sound familiar?) and isn’t boring or restrictive. As long as you plan enough meals to give you a choice and don’t have specific days where you have to eat them, it’s just like choosing from a menu.
    6. If you make a curry too hot and don’t have any yoghurt or cream (or dairy free versions) to swirl in it, you can add mayonnaise, so creamy!

    What have been your positive quarantine effects?

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    Limited Edition Barry M Wildlife Eyeshadow Pallets

    Barry M have collaborated with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and artist Emily Lamb to create three limited edition, vegan Wildlife pallets (Β£7.99). The special thing is that 20% of the net profits go straight to the specific animal on the pallet you have chosen. The tiger pallet has neutral and very warm tones but I’ve always loved pangolins and rhinos so I chose those two. They happen to really compliment each other too.

    The Pallets

    The Pangolin is the brightest little pallet that I’ve ever seen!

    The Rhino is much more neutral but shimmery.

    The Pallets

    These prove that pallets made out of cardboard can still be sturdy and durable. I love how light and transportable these are and the small but functional mirror is a great touch.

    The shadows

    The immediate colour pay off isn’t quite as much as I was expecting from such velvety soft shadows and vibrant colours but to be fair, they are very solidly pressed in the pan. They do glide on and are very easy to build to get the depth of colour you want.

    The pigment doesn’t shift easily so they aren’t the easiest shadows to blend but because I have oily eyelids and hooded eyes I prefer that they stick around.

    The matts have great depth and even the neutral tones show up against my warm skin tone. The shimmers are beautiful with ‘Powerful’ in the Rhino pallet being an actual pan of glitter!

    Applications

    Ideally I would use the shimmers for my lid, inner corners and under the highest part of my brow. I’ll use the matts in a rounded shape above my lid and outer corners. It would look stunning with just two colours applied all around the eye, like teal and bronze or purple and pink, which is what I’ll do most often.

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    The Ultimate Film List Challenge

    Put an emoji against each film you’ve seen, count them up and see how you did!

    I got 162 out of 225

    The Revenant πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Rocky Horror Picture Show πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Grease πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Pirates of the Caribbean franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Harold Lloyd Safety Last πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Footloose

    Fight Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Parasite

    Maze Runner franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Great Gatsby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Neverending Story

    Blazing Saddles

    Airplane πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Princess Bride πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Anchorman πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Crazy Rich Asians

    A Few GoodmenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    In The Line of FireπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    How to Train Your Dragon films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Napoleon Dynamite πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Labyrinth πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Saw

    Step Brothers πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    White Noise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Some Like It HotπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    50 First Dates

    The Princess Diaries πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Nightmare Before Christmas πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Scream franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Dark CrystalπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ginger SnapsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Edward Scissor HandsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Superbad πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Million Dollar Baby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Harry Potter franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Resident Evil πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Wedding Singer πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Lilo & Stitch πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Finding Nemo πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Finding Neverland πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Jurassic Park films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Signs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    My Neighbour Totoro πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Coralline 😱

    White Chicks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Butterfly Effect πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    13 Going on 30

    iRobot πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    AIπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Universal SoldierπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Devil Wears Prada πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Deep Impact! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Gridiron Gang πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Never Been Kissed πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Meet The Parents πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    10 Things I Hate About YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Mean Girls πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    A Knights TaleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    KING KONG

    The Terminal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Sisterhood of the Travelling PantsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Baby Driver

    Dumb & Dumber πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Final Destination franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    HalloweenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Ring

    Bad SantaπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Hitchcock’s Rear Window

    Mrs Doubtfire πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Rock of AgesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Practical Magic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Chicago πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ghost Ship πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    From Hell πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    HellboyπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Secret Window πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    I Am Sam πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Truman ShowπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Day After Tomorrow πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Hunger Games franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Child’s Play

    Seed of Chucky

    Bride of Chucky πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    P.S. I Love YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Just Married πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Gothika

    Sixteen Candles

    Coach Carter πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Grudge

    The Mask πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Bad Boys franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Joy Ride

    Lucky Number Slevin

    AvatarπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Alien Franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ocean’s Eleven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ocean’s TwelveπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ocean’s ThirteenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Howls Moving CastleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Bourne franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Bond franchise (new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Black Swan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Kingsman: The Secret Service πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Princess and the Frog (Disney)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Mummy franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Predator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Fog πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ice Age franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Best Exotic Marigold HotelπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Independence Day πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Cujo

    A Bronx Tale

    Darkness Falls

    Christine πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    ET πŸ’—

    Children of the Corn

    Leon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Maid in Manhattan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    War of the Worlds πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Rush Hour franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Best Bet

    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    She’s All That πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Calendar Girls

    Sideways πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Mars Attacks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Event Horizon

    Ever After

    Wizard of Oz (original)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Forrest Gump πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Big Trouble in Little China πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Terminator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ant Man πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ant Man and the WaspπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Die Hard franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Spider Man franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Batman franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Blade RunnerπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Jeepers Creepers

    Jeepers Creepers 2

    Catch Me If You Can πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Little Mermaid πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Freaky Friday πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Reign of Fire

    The Skulls

    Cruel Intentions πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    BurlesqueπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Shrek️ franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Swimfan

    Miracle on 34th Street πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Old School

    The Notebook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    K-PaxπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Krippendorf’s Tribe

    A Walk to Remember

    Kidulthood films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Boogeyman

    The 40-year-old Virgin

    Little Miss SunshineπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Lord of the Rings franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Indiana Jones franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Basketball DiariesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Hostel

    Do the Right Thing πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Devils Reject

    Elf πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    HighlanderπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Mothman Prophecies️

    American History XπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Jacket

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Shaolin Soccer

    Night Watch

    Monsters Inc πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Titanic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Shaun Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Legally BlondeπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    High Tension

    Club Dread

    Hulk πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Dawn Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Hook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Mad Max (old or new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    28 days later πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Ghostbusters franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Phantasm

    Water World 🀣

    Kill Bill Vol 1 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Kill Bill Vol 2 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Mortal Kombat

    Wolf Creek

    Kingdom of Heaven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Hills Have Eyes

    Miss Congeniality πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Last House on the Left

    Re-Animator

    Army of Darkness

    Star Wars franchise

    Joker

    The Irishman

    The Matrix franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Evil Dead1

    Evil Dead 2

    Team America: World Police

    Red Dragon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Silence of the Lambs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Hannibal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    The Breakfast Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Grown Ups

    Dazed and confused

    Natural Born KillersπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Pretty in Pink πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Sweet Charity πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Polar Express πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    American Werewolf in London πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Fantastic Four πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Leprechaun

    The Blindside πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Inside Out

    How did you do?

    Let me know your score and what you want (or don’t want) to watch! I’ve got The Irishman, Joker and Inside Out on my watch list. I have no intention to watch any horror films – ever.

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    Consider Chronically Ill & Disabled Neighbours & Friends Too!

    Please check on your disabled or chronically ill neighbours and friends (even ones you’ve not spoken to for ages) to see if they need anything. Even if its just a text or a chat through the letter box.
    Supermarket delivery slots are all booked up for 3 weeks and due to health issues it can be impossible for us to even get to our corner shop.
    If I didn’t have my bloke to do some shopping for me at a big ASDA (scarily empty shelves) and two local shops, I would’ve only had this to eat.

    Pom Bear Crisps

    1 ready meal
    Half a bag of pasta (no sauce)
    3 hazelnut milk
    1 soup
    Box of crackers (nothing to put on them)
    2 mini Cheesecakes!?

    Plus, some of us will have allergies/food intolerances too!

    Thank you lovely people xx

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    Have You Ever… Blog Tag

    A bit of geeky, PG fun in this time of craziness.
    Have you ever…?

    🏎 Driven or been driven at 100 miles an hourNo but that sounds fun!

    βš”οΈ Learned a possibly deadly skill – Axe throwing?

    🚁 Ridden in a helicopter- Yes for my 21st but it was a bit boring
    πŸ™€ Gone zip lining – No because it was closed! *sob*

    🏈 πŸ’ Been to an NFL game or Ice Hockey – Yes (Manchester Storm)

    πŸ‘½ Watched Dr Who – Yes, because Peter Capaldi was the Dr

    🍁 Been to Canada – No but I’d like to live there
    🏰 Visited Disney – Nah

    πŸ— Visited an actual castle – Many times on holidays in Wales

    🎲 Visited Vegas – No
    🍽 Eaten alone at a restaurant – No, unless you count cafes

    🎹 Played an instrument – Saxophone (badly), Electric Guitar (a bit better)

    🏍 Ridden a motorcycle – No, sadly
    πŸ‡ Ridden a horse – Do Blackpool donkeys count?
    πŸ’‰ Donated blood – Not yet. My blood pressure is all over the place because I get tachycardia easily.
    πŸ‚β›· Been skiing/snow boarding – Not but I’d love to try snowboarding

    πŸ• Gone camping – Once, it was cozy.

    πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ€ Gone to a festival – Beatherder. The 1st time, we won The Golden ticket and got in for free and got Β£100 beer money and free merch and it was warm and sunny. The 2nd time was a total, freezing mud bath.

    πŸš— Driven a stick shift -Yes, 3 lessons, never again! My instructor who I got on brilliantly with asked me to reconsider driving!
    πŸš“ Ridden in a police car? – Taken me home a few times
    🚀 Driven a boat – I was on a boat and we rescued another little boat that was sinking.
    🐌 Eaten Escargot – No!
    🚒 Been on a cruise – No
    πŸŽ₯ Been on TV – No

    πŸ“° Been in a paper/book/magazine – A few times, winning competitions. I got to ask actress Saroise Ronnan and (my idol at the time) Juliette Lewis questions. I also won a huge goodie bag (the middle shelf of Cosmopolitan magazines beauty cupboard) for best outfit. I got the below photo published in Festival Annual (and therefor got a free copy of it).

    🍣 Eaten Sushi- Yes all the time (avocado)
    🌌 Seen a UFO – Maybe?
    πŸ— Been Bungie jumping – OH HELL NO!

    πŸ¦” Rescued an animal – A hedgehog outside a theme park. Everyone was just staring and photographing it so I picked it up with my hoodie and put it in some bushes across the motorway (where it was heading).

    🀩 Met someone rather famous – Erm, Eddie Izzard, Hurley from Lost, Craig Charles

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    Okay, your turn, just copy and paste the questions and include a link to the blog where you found it.

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    Hello lovely people, I can’t wait to read your answers!

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

    Monthly Life Update – February

    I’ve broken my record for often being ten minutes late by being ten days late as I thought I’d already posted this. Here’s everything I’ve been doing and reviewing!

    Sorry I’m a bit grainy. Manchester doesn’t get much daylight in February.

    Lifestyle

    I created a list post called Self Imposed Ban on Buying and wrote down everything I have a lot of, the reason why I have a lot of it and why I shouldn’t buy any more of it. It’s a lot easier to realise what’s going on and to harden your resolve when you can see it in black and white.

    I reposted Spring Cleaning My Beauty Cupboard from last year because I’ve done so well with keeping it ordered and thinking thoroughly about my purchases, that I’ve not needed to do it again this year.

    Food and Dinning Out

    Me and the Bloke have decided we are going to take it in turns to choose where we want to eat out for the evening (and who pays), at least once a month. The bloke chose Sai Spice an Indian place in Chorlton.

    We ordered the veggie starter platter to share and four smaller curries. One spinach and dumpling based, one chickpea dahl, a nutty yoghurt based one and a spicy but not too hot Kolhapuri. Everything tasted amazing! It’s a brightly lit, affordable, family style place and I think Lilly’s would have some competition if they were closer to each other. Couldn’t resist grabbing a kulfi to go.

    Here’s my review of Vertigo, the plant based restaurant at First Street, Manchester, which was my choice. I’d been wanting to go for a while but waited until I heard some good reviews as I’m not exactly rolling in cash.

    I bought some ‘facon’ in the form of Coconut Bacon by Pimp my Salad, which I’m throwing on pretty much everything or just eating straight from the jar.

    We made English Gluten Free Pancakes for pancake day or Shrove Tuesday as they call it.

    I sampled one of Clive’s Tarts which I realised tasted lovely chilled or heated up. I was surprised it was both dairy and gluten free.

    I’ve finally discover how wonderful Tika is! Tika panner, Tika broccoli (Yeah, I wasn’t expecting to come across that one either) and tika mock chicken. I reviewed two very different Tika Masala Veggie Readymeals, one from Tesco and one from Asda.

    Skincare and Makeup

    On my never ending quest to find a base that makes me look all glowy and healthy, rather than matte and a bit sallow, I bought Pixi Beauty Balm. Did it do the trick? You’ll have to click!

    I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint bit by bit, so I was pleased to find Zao essence of nature, a natural beauty brand that uses refillable bamboo packaging. I bought the essentials: Concealer and Mascara.

    Thank you lovely people, for catching up with me.

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

    Clive’s Vegan Tart, Tomato and Olive Provancale

    Clive’s Vegan Tart, Tomato and Olive Provancale is gluten free and obviously dairy free as it’s vegan. It has such a thick, almost creamy filling, that I thought I must be eating dairy by mistake!

    I either eat this tart hot and just in its own for a warming breakfast or I have it chilled (like quiche) with salad for dinner. I’ve not found a way to eat it for my tea yet as it doesn’t go with gravy. Any ideas lovely people?

    Rating 5/5

    πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€