The Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask

Warming Mask Body Shop

I picked up this warming mineral mask by The Body Shop when I required a third item on a 3 for 2 offer, I chose this because it was near the till and because I liked the idea of a warming mask- having liked the Montagne Jeunesse hot chocolate masks in the past.

I got this in the summer, and have been enjoying using it. It seems to last for quite a few applications which is good, and makes the initial price of the mask more reasonable. Now that the weather is colder I am particularly enjoying using it, due to the warming sensation when you apply it.

Warming Mask on face

You apply this mask after cleansing, apply it to a wet face (avoiding eye and lip areas) leave it on for five minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Also try to avoid getting it in your hair and eyebrows like I did!

I like how quick a mask it is and how nice it makes my skin feel in a mere five minutes. It is quick enough to use in the morning before you have to go out, so not just a mask for a pamper day like others I have used. However the warming effect means it is also great to use as part of a spa evening at home!

It makes my skin feel so clean and soft, and the smell of the mask is lovely!

Warming Mask on hand

The texture of the mask is fairly thick, almost paste like. I find it pretty easy to smooth over wet skin, although applying a thick layer can be a little difficult.

The mask doesn’t harden, which makes it much easier to remove compared to other clay masks- which can set fairly solid! I have sensitive skin that gets dry easily and this mask works well for me, my boyfriend also likes the mask when he uses it- and he has oily/combination skin so I would recommend this mask for different skin types. Obviously if you could try a sample before committing to the full size it would be even better!

It costs £11 which is reasonable for the amount of uses that you can get from the mask. I would repurchase this once I have finished it.

Do you have any recommendations for face masks?

My Top 5 Board/Card Games for Couples (and more)

Board Game Tower

Now that the clocks have gone back the nights are getting darker earlier. There has never been a better time to stay in and play board games whilst snuggled up under a blanket with a hot drink! My boyfriend and I love board and card games, although frequently there are only two of us playing- which makes finding a game that works well with two players fairly difficult. We did a lot of research into games that were recommended as being good for couples (as well as being lured by the art for a couple of games!) I figured that other people may have the same issue, so here is my top five games for playing as a couple (ignoring the old time favourites such as monopoly and scrabble!) Aside from the Lord of the Rings game they all also work really well for more people- great for a games night!

Love Letter

Love Letter

Love Letter is a great little card game with a great price- we got our copy for £7.99 from amazon and you can sometimes find it cheaper. It is a game of luck, risk and deduction where you are a suitor who has fallen helplessly in love with a princess and using allies from the castles servants you must try deliver your letter to the princess. It is a simple game that is quick to learn, and rounds are quick so it is great to pick up for a speedy game. I love the art on our edition, and they have several other editions as well- even some branded editions such as Batman and Adventure Time (Which I have my eye on!) It comes in a small box which is great for travel, or is also available in a drawstring bag.

Lord of The Rings the confrontation

Lord of the Rings the Confrontation

We picked this up on Ebay, and it is the only game on the list which is strictly for two players. In this board game you play as either the Light or the Dark characters. Each player controls 9 characters- examples of the light side include Aragorn and Frodo and the dark side includes Sauron and Shelob. You win by moving Frodo into Mordor (light) or by killing Frodo/moving 3 Evil characters into the Shire (dark). There is a new deluxe edition available but we picked this up because it was cheaper! I love Lord of The Rings, so was lured to this game and it is great fun. Warning- may cause arguments!

Epic Spell Wars

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfrye

This card game is great fun and can be played with 2 to 6 players- so a great upscaler for a games night! It is a tad more mature than the other games in that it is rated for people 15 and over- probably due to the rather violent game art and crude spell names. The point of this game is to be the Last Wizard Standing, and this is done by combining spell cards into combos- when you are ready to play the card you read it out, and put the effects into motion. It is a hilarious game that will make you laugh out loud (The spell in the picture is Professor Presto’s Mysterious Bedazzlement if you were wondering!) It is great for playing with more than two- we have played it with my parents and they loved it! The only problem with this game is that it has gone out of print so getting hold of it can be difficult and expensive. The boyfriend found this on Ebay and had it shipped from America. Definitely worth playing if you can get your hands on it however.

Ticket To Ride Europe

Ticket to Ride Europe

Ticket to Ride Europe is a really fun board game, and I find it really cute due to the fact that you build routes using tiny train carriages! The game is simple and quick to learn and great fun. There is an original version set in America however we chose the Europe version which is set in 1900s Europe and it is brilliant. The point of the game is to build routes across Europe earning points as you go. You collect train cards in the correct colours for the routes you wish to take, and then spend them to get train carriages. You can either match to route cards or just go where you want. It is a great game to play as a couple or with more people and I love the art style- the game board is lovely!

Small World

Small World

Small World is a great civilisation board game, and what I particularly like about it is that it has different game boards depending on the number of players- so if you have two players you have a different board compared to if you had more. This is great for keeping the intended cramped feeling of the board where you have to fight to conquer and control a board that is too small for all the races. It is suitable for 2-5 players although there are expansions so that you can play with more. What I love about the game is how it plays differently each time. There are different races and powers that combine (such as Wealthy Halflings) and you have to choose carefully to have the best chance of winning. You win by the having the most coins at the end- which is kept secret so you don’t know who has won until the final count. There are loads of expansions for this game, which is good for keeping it interesting but honestly the base game has more than enough content to replay it again and again.

So here are my top five board/card games- although there are also other great ones! I may do another post in the future with more suggestions as I think that games are a brilliant way to spend time with your partner or friends/family and also a great way to have a break from technology!

I’d love to hear suggestions for other games I may have missed out on!

My Go To Brownie Recipe

Chocolate Brownies

I made these brownies to celebrate getting a new brownie pan– specifically a brownie pan to help with the sadness that comes at the end of the Great British Bake Off! Wilko has a great range of GBBO items in currently, and I kind of want them all. Currently two have made it into my kitchen- a cookie sheet for making cookies, and the brownie pan.  I have them in blue, but the pink is pretty sweet as well! My mum treated me to the brownie pan, so I felt that a logical thank you was sending my parents home with some delicious brownies.

The recipe which I chose to make is my go to brownie recipe.  I love brownies and trying out new recipes for them but sometimes I just want a recipe that I know will be delicious, quick, and simple! It comes from one of my favourite baking books- The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. I love how short the basic recipe is- just 5 different ingredients! Quite often I add in extras such as white, milk or dark chocolate chips or chopped pecans but in this particular instance speed was important so I left out all the frills- and honestly these brownies are just fine without them.

My new brownie pan is 25x22x6cm so pretty much square and will give you nice chunky brownies. They could have had a couple of mins longer in the oven/ cooling in the tin due to the depth being deeper than my other tin, (although they were still delicious just a little moister than I wanted right in the center of the batch) but if you are using a brownie tin which is shallower they will take less time.

Ingredients

  • 200g Dark Chocolate broken into pieces (I use 70% usually)
  • 175g Butter
  • 325g Caster Sugar
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 3 Eggs

You will also need a brownie tin (mine was 25x22x6cm) Lined with baking parchment.

To begin with heat your oven to 170°C.

Place the chocolate and butter into a large heatproof bowl (I use a mason cash bowl) over a saucepan of simmering water. Don’t let the base of the bowl touch the water. Leave until melted and smooth, mixing occasionally. (Ensure there are no chunks of chocolate remaining.)

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar until it is well mixed. Add the flour and stir until well mixed. Finally add the eggs and stir until thick, smooth and glossy.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, using a silicone spatula to remove any remaining mixture from the bowl. Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins until they are flaky on the top but still soft in the center. Be careful not to overcook them!

Leave to cool completely  before slicing (I cut mine whilst they were still warm so I could send some home with my parents, hence the messiness of mine!) If desired dust with icing sugar.

Finally enjoy!

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I am always keen to try a new brownie recipe, I’d love any suggestions!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1

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Whilst I was in Boots looking for something to spend my Boots points on, I decided to get something that had been on my wishlist for quite a while- after seeing it recommended on several blogs for people with paler skin. Luckily for me they had it in stock so I picked up the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in fair 1.

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I am happy to say that I am very pleased with the colour, although it looks fairly pink in the bottle it blends out very well, and is fair enough to actually blend in nicely- and not give me orangey circles under my eyes like I have experienced with other concealers!

It gives a pretty decent coverage, which definitely covers redder areas and makes me look like I had a good night’s sleep- by helping to disguise the rather prominent dark circles/hollows I get under my eyes.

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I applied it using a small soft brush, and then blending in with my fingers where ever required.

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When combined with my foundation (as above) it also helps give a much more flawless look, covering areas of redness and blemishes far better than foundation alone could hope to, due to its thicker consistency.

It can be a little drying under the eyes however, so if you have dry skin, ensure that you moisturise before applying the concealer.

The concealer that I would really like to try is the NARS radiant creamy concealer, after looking at lots of reviews online. However at £22 it is rather more than I would usually spend on a concealer, so it seemed like a great idea to try the collection concealer instead!

I am very impressed with the Collection concealer- particularly as it only costs £4.19 (Or in this case free with Boots points!) I would say that it is definitely worth trying it out if you have pale skin- although it looks quite pink in the bottle and initially on the skin, it seems to blend out and match well.

Any recommendations for other concealers that are good for paler skin?