Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Recipe: Spicy Honey And Garlic Sauce

Spicy Honey And Garlic Sauce


Yesterday, I posted the photo below on all of my social media accounts (see left-hand side of the blog page) of a sauce that I'd made. Over the last few months, I've been cooking from scratch a lot so I thought that I'd share this recipe with you because it tasted so good! This recipe is perfect for chicken or prawns!



Ingredients 

Serves 3 

5 chicken breasts 

1/2 a cup of liquid honey

2 cloves of garlic (pressed) 

Chilli flakes (add your own preference for spice) 

1 1/2 half tbsp of virgin olive oil

2 tbsp of maggi seasoning (soy sauce can be used as a substitute) 

2 tsp of sugar (optional) 

Coconut oil but any oil can be used instead to fry with, I just prefer coconut oil. 


Method 

1) Fill half a cup with the liquid honey and add the virgin olive oil and maggi seasoning into the cup. Stir together. 

2) Slice the garlic cloves into pieces and press them so as they're nearly like a paste.  

3) Slice the chicken and add the coconut oil to a hot pan (I used a wok). When the coconut oil has completely melted add the chicken and garlic. 

4) As the chicken begins to look cooked add the honey sauce mixture into the pan. 

5) Sprinkle the sugar over the chicken and stir (optional) 

6) Add your desired amount of chilli flakes, this gives it a kick. I used loads because I love spice!


There you have it a delicious, spicy honey and garlic sauce! Let me know what you think of it. To see more from me check out my Instagram, Facebook page and Twitter. Links to all of these are at the left-hand side of the blog page Enjoy, Clara x 








Sunday, 18 October 2015

Is Love Hard To Find Or Are You Just Afraid?

'Love is so hard to find these days'


I hear that sentence from so many people. When I look around myself in public, I see that the majority of people have their eyes glued to screens whether it be their phone or laptop. All that you have to do is hop on a bus and take a look around. You'll see that most people are looking at their phones. How do we expect to find love if we're fixated by a screen? How can we say that it's so hard to find if all we have to do is look up and see what's right in front of us; humans. 

It seems as though it's getting harder and harder for people to communicate face to face because of dating apps like Tinder. What did people do before these apps? They approached each other. I couldn't imagine being in a shop and a man approaching me asking me if I'd like to go for dinner. Yesterday, I was the only person walking on a street and one of two guys from across the road proceeded to whistle at me, "hold on prince charming, I'll be over in a second"

I often wonder to myself if these dating websites have destroyed our communication skills. If a man approached one of us on the street, our first thought would most likely be 'what does this weirdo want' or 'am I about to be attacked'. Yes, we do have to be careful but you always have to be careful. Just because you're communicating through a phone or laptop doesn't make it any safer.



I have learnt from speaking to women and men that they crave the old fashioned stuff. If somebody found someone attractive twenty years ago, they would have to go up to them and introduce themselves. They actually had to make that first move face to face. I know it seems like it's just much easier to do over the phone, you can break the ice easily with a cheesy chat up line but if you see someone out and about and think 'wow, I'd really love to speak to them', then why not do it? 

Yes, rejection is awful but what do you have to lose? Go for it! This goes for both men and women. You can't always expect men to be the ones to initiate everything, it works both ways these days! All it takes is a polite 'hello' and take it from there. Saying hello isn't a marriage proposal, it's nothing to be afraid of, yet, it's something that sends the fear of God into most people, myself included! 

I don't use dating apps (tried them, hated them) and I feel because I don't, that I'm doomed to end up as the next Ms. Havisham. I think that the reason people speak to someone they like in a derogatory way or catcall to break the ice is because they're too embarrassed to do otherwise. You aren't going to stop and talk to someone in the middle of the street that whistles at you or says 'nice ass', are you? You're more likely going to stop and talk to someone that approaches you, says hello and shakes your hand. 

It's time to take a break from dating apps and look around us. There's only so much swiping to the left and right that you can do! Look up, smile at someone if you like them. Say hello and you never know what could happen. You might just find that love that you say is so hard to find these days.







Sunday, 6 September 2015

Miracle MiracOILicious Hair Treatment

I recently got my hair dyed and wanted to get it as blonde as I could in one go. My hair is dry anyway from using heating appliances and colouring over the years so I knew that I was going to have to get something to keep my hair hydrated after dying it so much lighter. I love Mark Hill products so I looked through the range and found this 2 minute intensive treatment called MiracOILicious. It's an exotic blend of 14 of the finest essential oils and plant extracts which includes Moroccan Argan Oil, Ylang-Ylang and Bergamot. 



After shampooing my hair I squeeze out the excess water and massage the treatment from my roots to ends. Be careful not to use too much. I scooped out way too much the first time I used it. I left it in for around 5 minutes on my first application because of how dry my hair was and then rinsed it out throughly but 2 minutes is all that it takes. I can't get over how soft and hydrated my hair is getting after using MiracOILicious. It feels so much stronger and healthier and the smell is amazing. I bought mine in Boots for €10.99. 




Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review - Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Ok first of all, shame on me for taking so long to use this product! When it comes to removing my make-up, I like something that's quick and easy. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, without a doubt, has been the fastest product to remove my make-up (just as good as a packed night club). I'm still a bit shocked at how little of the cleansing water I had to use. This is an all-in-one cleanser, there's no need to rub in to remove your make-up. It's also fragrance free and suitable for all skin types. After I used it, my skin felt instantly refreshed and I had no excess make-up left on my face.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
                                   
Micellar Cleansing Water feels so pure against your skin and you can also use it over your eyes and lips. I love the fact that I don't need to rub my eyes and pull my skin like I normally do with make-up wipes. I won't be without it again and it also comes in a 125ml bottle - great for having in your handbag. I bought the 400ml bottle in Penneys today for €3.90.

Photo by Clara Caslin

Monday, 15 June 2015

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

Wow. This Seventeen gold-bronze shimmer brick is just amazing! When I applied it, I couldn't believe how little of it I had to use to get the result that I wanted. My cheekbones were immediately glowing! I also applied some to my brow arch, nose and cupid's bow as a highlighter. You can also achieve your desired "strobing" look with this shimmer brick as it has four shades for you to create your desired look with. Strobing is a new dewy look created by using a highlighter. This is one product that I'll never be without! Buy yours for €6.29 in Boots.


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Boots Botanics Beauty Buys!

Sleep and me just don't get on. Once in a blue moon I'll get a night that I sleep through a full 8 hours so I always feel like my skin needs a pick me up. I can also get stressed out and that combined with lack of sleep can make your skin look very dull and dehydrated. I was in Boots recently and came across the Botanics range. I was looking through the products when I saw 'All Bright Radiance Balm' and then when I saw on the back that it said "minimises visible signs of fatigue and stress leaving skin full of vitality" I was definitely purchasing!

I've been using it for a few days now and I can't believe how fresh my skin looks. It gives a fantastic, healthy glow to your skin and I've found I haven't been wearing as much makeup because of the radiance my skin has got from this product. There was a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots so I bought two and also purchased the 'All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15'. Firstly, I apply the day cream and then use the radiance balm before applying my makeup. Personally, I won't be without these products after seeing how well they work! The radiance balm costs €7.99 and the day cream is €6.99. With the 3 for 2 offer on at the moment, I'd be making my way down fast! 

Botanics products
                                           
Radiance Balm on skin

All photos by Clara Caslin.
                                           

Monday, 27 April 2015

Essence 'I love Extreme' Volume Mascara Review

I've been on the hunt for a 'go to' mascara for the past 10 years and finally, I've found it! Essence 'I Love Extreme' volume mascara is without a doubt one of my favourite mascaras. Personally, I find thicker brushes better and this brush is the thickest that I've used to date. The volume created on your lashes with this mascara is amazing! It has ultra-black pigments that covers every lash and creates an eye popping effect. I don't wear fake eyelashes and I've had people ask me what lashes I was wearing, when I was wearing this mascara. I couldn't recommend it more and for €3.49, what a bargain!! I purchased mine in Penneys.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Seventeen WOW Tan Liquid Glow Review!

I have a major love for Seventeen beauty products! I've bought loads that I'm going to review over the next few weeks. Anyway, I'm going to start off with the 'WOW Tan liquid glow'. I use it by applying it with some foundation to my cheekbones because the mixture itself is pretty thick. This gives my skin a holiday glow! I love using it as a highlighter but you can also use it to contour so really it's a 2 in 1 product! It's also only €7.59. Bargain!!

Shop here
Photos by Clara Caslin


Friday, 17 April 2015

Cocoa Brown Yourself!!

Cocoa Brown gets the 10/10 for me! This beautiful tanning range spreads evenly over your skin and dries almost immediately. The 1 Hour Tan Mousse has become my favourite beauty product at the moment! Leave this tan developing for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want it to be. I use the Tough Stuff scrub before I apply the tan and I have to say it's the best scrub that I've ever used! You can't fault the Cocoa Brown products. The smell from the tan is also fabulous and you don't feel conscious about smelling like a burnt biscuit! Marissa Carter has developed a fault free line. I also love the Night & Day Tan Mousse which is dark when you put it on for a night out and when you wash it off the next day you're left with a lighter tan which lasts up to 5 days! I can't recommend these products more! There are many more Cocoa Brown products that I will be blogging about in the coming weeks and I can't wait to try them out! You can have a look at the range here. Try it out, you won't be disappointed!
Cocoa Brown Products
Photo by Clara Caslin



Monday, 13 April 2015

My top 5 Maybelline foundation picks!

         
1. Dream Satin Liquid



Dream Satin Liquid comes in 12 shades. This foundation spreads over your skin to create a perfect airbrushed look. Your skin looks poreless and you feel really confident in yourself! I wear this foundation during the day and also during the night! I mix it with Fit Me Foundation (see below) when I'm going out to create that night time look. This is my favourite foundation and it's ideal for normal skin!

Image: https://boots.scene7.com


2. Dream Matte Mousse


Dream Matte Mousse comes in 6 creamy shades! It's a cream-whipped foundation that spreads smoothly over your skin. Your skin feels hydrated for hours and it's protected with SPF 15. I love this foundation because it looks so natural but it still gives you the coverage that you want! It's ideal for normal to dry skin! This is my go to foundation for during the day! 

Image: http://tesco.scene7.com

3. Fit Me Foundation



I always wear this foundation when I'm going on a night out because it has a dewy look. It's a very hydrating formula and matches your natural tone to give a glowing finish. This foundation comes in 16 shades. I go for a darker shade because I always wear this with fake tan! There's an SPF 18 and it's suitable for normal to dry skin. 

Image: http://cdn1.feelunique.com

4. Super Stay 24HR Makeup 




This foundation spreads easily over your skin for 24 hour wear. This is great for those busy days when you know that you won't have time to fix up your makeup. It withstands humidity, heat and sweat. It comes in 8 shades and it's suitable for all skin types.

Image: http://nz.mysavings.com    

5. Fit Me Shine Free Foundation


This is Maybellines first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core. There's a powder in the anti-shine
core that dissolves excess oil. I wear this foundation to college or just for a natural day time look. It's a lightweight formula and it feels like you aren't even wearing foundation. I would recommend going a shade darker than what you'd normally wear. This foundation comes in 12 shades and it's best for oily skin.

Image: http://www.maybelline.co.uk

You can purchase the foundations here except for the Fit Me Shine Free Foundation, which can be bought in Boots stores nationwide. 

Foundations on skin. Coordinating number beside each foundation.

Image by Clara Caslin




Wednesday, 25 March 2015

W7 Full Colour Lipstick Range

Finally a break from college work to write a blog post! Recently I discovered W7 cosmetics range and I absolutely love it! The quality of these products is astounding. I couldn't recommend them more! The 'Full Colour lipstick' range comes in 6 shades. It glides onto your lips and the colour immediately pops. It is also long lasting and was still on my lips after I ate. The shades that I recommend are Sand Piper and Angry Annie. I purchased mine for €2.99.

I have included a link of the stores in Leinster that supply the W7 range! 





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