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 could look stunning with just two colours applied all around the eye, which is what I’ll do most often.

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

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.

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

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

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

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–€

Spring Cleaning my Beauty Cupboard

*First posted 1 year ago*

I’ve decided to do something positive and have a product Spring clean. Sorting through your skincare and makeup stash was one of my tips in my post 6 Simple Beauty Tips Which Make a Big Difference what a good day to follow my own advice, ha!

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This was all of the skincare products I owned and as you can see they are pretty much all over the place, with face, body and hair, old stuff and new stuff all mixed up. After going through everything this is what I learned…

  1. I had so much oil! I could easily just use the same one for my hair and body and a lighter one for my face.
  2. Out of all of those products I only had one face moisturiser.
  3. I found products that had changed consistency or were nearly empty and all of those were expired.
  4. I still had tanning oil from my twenties! o_O
  5. I buy face masks because they are on offer in pound shops and NEVER use them.
  6. I thought I needed to stock up on miceller water and cooling eye gel as I was running low but then realised I’d originally bought them in two’s to save on postage.
  7. I had a stupid amount of body butter.
  8. I’ve rediscovered cruelty free beauty brands I’d totally forgotten about!
  9. I had bits and bobs from various razors and waxing kits that I stopped using ages ago.

I’ve reduced the above to a single crate and the cute wicker basket. The rest is either in the recycling, the bin or my dressing table so I actually remember to use it daily.

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Here is all of my makeup, apart from what I’ve thrown out and repeats of the same thing and yeah, it’s still a lot!

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Here’s what I’ve thrown out.

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A slightly smaller pile, heehee.

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Here’s my main big-ass makeup case, my daily makeup case and my travel/wash bag with miniatures and samples in. Here’s what I’ve learned…

  1. Even though I treat my makeup fairly well, there were still spillages and products that felt sticky – eeew.
  2. If it’s really broken, through the damn thing away! You are not Stig Of The Dump or a Womble.
  3. If it doesn’t suit your skin tone or texture and it can’t easily be mixed with something else, then throw it away or swap it/give it to someone.
  4. There are lots of reasons why buying two of the same thing can be a good idea but hoarding the same type of product, or buying several before you’ve even tried if the product works for you is not a good idea.
  5. How many golden-brown eyeshadows and copper-brown toned lip products can one person reasonably own!? Five eyeshadows and eight lip products it would seem ;0)
  6. I still have products I bought before I went totally cruelty free. That was TEN years ago!

As you can see, I still have the big makeup bag but now my little ‘everyday makeup bag’ includes the best of my base, mascara, tools, contouring kit (I missed out the wonderful Pixi contour kit in the first photo) and three eyeshadows and eyelinners that I rotate on a monthly basis. This means that everything is easy to keep track of/clean/sharpened, quickly to hand, and I don’t forget to use all of the lovely colours I own.

I hope this helps with your declutter! Let me know if it has or if you also do some of the bad habits I’ve mentioned.

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I Try Vertigo plant based Restaurant

There are quite a few vegan and vegetarian eateries that have opened in Manchester the past few years and first on my list to try out was Vertigo. Located at 1 First Street (a relatively new area including Indian Tiffin Room, Home cafe/restaurant complex, Junk Yard Golf where you get pissed and then play crazy golf and Bunny Jackson’s a dive bar-esque place with live music) Vertigo is an airy, contemporary, yet cozy little place.

Yes, it is a tad hipsterish with it’s glass jars and bottles, mini condiments and teeny clipboard menus but everything is well thought out; functional and quirky.

This is me eying up my food arriving. We snagged a cozy booth for four even though there were just two of us. I ordered the homemade pink lemonade which was lovely, if a little too sweet. All of the beer was local and gluten free and they had a great range of fresh juices.

Small plate (to share)

3 Chickn’ Lollipops with satay and sambal dipping sauce to share. The chickn’ was quite dry but tasty and the satay sauce was one of the best I’ve had. Not keen on the sambal though as the flavour was too sharp for me.

Small Plate (starters)

Eee yuh can’t beat a bit’uh veggie/vegan black pud! This was lovely and rich with the complimentary flavours of black pudding (from Bury Market), beetroot ketchup, a huge heap of mild rocket and a light mustard dressing. I wish the pud was crunchier on the outside but is that even traditional?

Large Plate (mains).

I’m English, it’s been winter and somehow I haven’t had pie and mash for four months, four! This was a well filled mushroom pie, with savoury gravy, mash, pickled cabbage and….where are my crunchy onions!? Now, I love anything pickled but would have preferred peas (mushy or otherwise) with this particular dish. The Bloke makes the creamiest vegan mash, which still has a bit of texture to it and sadly, this slightly bland (and suspiciously smooth) offering just didn’t compare.

Desert (pudding)

Seeing as me pie want gluten free (I’m sounding Northern again), I decided not to push my poor tummy and to order a gluten free apple and plumb pie to go. Our lovely server knocked a quid off because we didn’t want to try and package the ice cream or to carry it around. Perfect pastry to fruit ratio and perfect sweet and tart ratio. Perfect apple to plumb ratio? I reckoned so.

Overall

I really like the sustainable ethics (glass not plastic bottles, paper straws and paper takeaway boxes), the simple cross-cultural menu and the styling of Vertigo and will be visiting again.

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Vertigo, Unit 9, Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester, M15 4RA

vertigomcr.co.uk

This post is not sponsored in any way.

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Monthly Life Update – January

My memory is so crap for these type of posts, I need to start writing this stuff down everyday.

Lifestyle πŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Check out these eyebrows! I’ve fully grown them out so I can tweeze them back into a coherent shape easily. Ive given this top to charity as I constantly had to lint roller fluff off it. Ain’t no one got time for that!

Carrying on with trying to minimise my impact on the planet, I bought these Sustainable Essentials from Ecologue.

Me pissing around and doing The Dolly Parton Challenge.

After 1 wrong order (and a correction) and 2 stunning deliveries with flower delivery company Bloom and Wild, I ordered Lillies and white roses. The roses died long before the lillies even opened. I’ve learned my lesson and shall be buying from Tesco…or the garage from now on!

Skincare πŸ§–πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

The most effective deodorant I’ve ever used is Ohii, Charcoal Natural Deodorant (which I like to think is pronounced ‘Oh, eye?’). It’s vegan, yay! But not refillable, boo!

Glycolic Acid is my friend once again in – the incredibly effective – Pixi, Glow Tonic. Cleanses, brightens and smooths without being too drying.

Stressing Less πŸ’†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I’ve noticed that if I don’t pressure myself to go to bed and wake up at a reasonable time, I sleep much better. I go to bed around 1.00am when I’m actually tired enough to sleep and anytime I’ve had enough sleep is when I get up. That’s reasonable for me.

I’m also stressing less about what is supposed to be happening when and tend to just be content with what is happening now. Not caring about being in control of everything and just letting stuff play out is a lot less stressful!

Wearing πŸ‘š

I tried to get some style basics in the sales and had mixed success but I like these posts because they give you an idea of various brands sizing and quality etc.

Eating πŸ₯—

Having three meals a day and eating a small breakfast before my body desperately needs fuel, so I have a clear head and the energy to put together something nicer later on.

I’ve gotten back into salad/deli type foods like humus, pickles, roasted peppers and tomatoes, crackers, seeds, nuts, stuffed vine leaves, chilled tofu (fried in toasted sesame oil and then chilled makes it taste like chicken breast for some reason) and so many condiments. There’s half a shelf full of them in the fridge lol BUT I’ve discovered my fave noodle place has stopped doing sushi! 😱

Greggs have launched their Vegan Stakebake and Vegan Sausageroll, so although I’m cheating with the gluten in the pastry, I still HAD to try them. Sadly I ran out of change and could only afford the stakebake, which was Delicious!

Reading πŸ“–

I couldn’t get my head into reading books over Jan so I’ve been reading blogs including Roses Have Thoughts , Square One Notes , Mae Polzine and Cosmopolitan, Red, and Vogue, which was in a two-for-one deal surprisingly. I’ve read some great interviews, features, tips and reviews.

Watching πŸ‘€

Better than Human (with English subs) – this was similar to, but better than the Humans. Not as preachy and waster pacing and more relatable characters I thought.

Black Mirror series 2 – I really enjoyed this because it wasn’t as heavy as the first but still very poignant.

Black Lightning – Pop corn for the mind, with extra cheese. The quality of the fight scenes, the character arcs, the editing and the pacing of the story were all wildly uneven. The characters were likeable and the soundtrack consistently good though.

Santa Clarita Diet – featuring Drew Barrymore as a zombie and a wife and Mum. Once you get passed the clunky acting and awkwardly timed jokes in the first series and it just gets better and better. Brilliantly bizarre!

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Is Greggs Vegan Stake Bake any Good?

The Bloke surprised me with this the other day and I HAD to share it with you!

First off, Id never know the flakey pastry was vegan, in fact it holds together much better so you don’t get covered in it. More importantly, it tastes EXACTLY like meat in a thick savoury gravy.

One thing to mention is The Bloke cheated on me and ate one without me! Seriously though, he said his was “…a bit more chunky, like proper little steak pieces.” My two bakes where more mince meaty; you could have had the filling in a (vegan) Cottage pie. Hmmm, not sure what to make of that inconsistency!?

I’m sure all three were vegan though, otherwise our tummies would have let us know very quickly!

Verdict Amazing! 5/5

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