March Favourites.

March Favourites.

As we have all the time in the world at the moment i decided to get back into my blogging and what best to do it as a good old march favourites.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 faves

First off – Hair care

  1. Wella elements leave in conditioning hair spray – not only does it smell divine but its a best friend to your hair, it leaves it shiny, conditioned and soft. It’s always been my go to when i’m struggling with my hair, if it feels dead and lifeless.
  2. The remanision circle – Liberty London. Hopeless hair extreme repair mask. I run it through my ends, put it in a bobble and leave it in overnight to sink in – Wash it off in the morning leaving hair repaired and healthy looking (also smells amazing)

Second – Skin care 

  1. Is clinical face wash – This is one of the best cleansers i’ve found that works for my skin. Not only is it deep cleansing as it gets into your pores and gives them a deep clean it’s also resurfacing leaving your skin with a fresh healthy glow also balances your skin’s pH level leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.
  2. Elemis oxygenating marine cream – the perfect night cream, it feels so luxurious and rich – smells beaut too, It’s like an overnight mask full of goodness for your skin helping with hydration and ageing.

Lastly – Body.

  1. Soap and glory body butter. Oh my goodness isn’t this just the best smell ever ( if you hadn’t guessed yet 80% of the reason I buy things is because of the smell).
  2. St Moriz tanning mist. This is perfect for tanning my face and neck. I struggle to get the tan right, it always goes patchy- wheres with this you get an even coverage all over. 

 

I hope that quarantine isn’t so bad for you all. Keep your chin up we are another day closer to being on a plane going to that hot country where we are dreaming of sipping a pina colada.

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It’s Officially Autumn.

So today is officially the first day of autumn according to Google, although we have felt the changes in the last week or so but it’s official autumn is here.

I think the thing we all love about autumn is the beautiful colour change to all the warm red sand oranges with ‘golden hour’ almost being every hour.

Myself I love it most when I’m walking my dog in the crisp morning being able to see your breath and the cobwebs being highlighted by the sun. – that my dog also loves!

Also when the fire gets lit late afternoon on a Sunday when dinner starts to get prepared and the sun starts to go down and we all get ready to watch a film.

So today that is just what I did.

I decided to do some baking as it was a gloomy day outside – tomato soup, green tomato chutney and a cinnamon apple pie. Yes it has autumn written all over it!

First off – Tomato Soup

This is all the ingredients you need ( inc. salt and pepper )

Just pop all the ingredients in a large pan on the hob.

Leave to simmer for about 40 minutes. Until it looks like this.

Next, liquidised what’s left to a smooth consistency.

You can add more stock or flavouring to suit your liking.

Then to finish off I added some fresh pepper, basil and homemade cheesy croutons.

Next up – Green Tomato Chutney.

This is super easy, just pop it all in a pan on the hob and let it simmer for 25 minutes on a medium heat then turn down the heat to low and leave to simmer for another 25 minutes.

Make sure you keep stirring every so often as it can burn if left.

If your not a fan of hot/spicy food I would half the amount of chilli ( I love spice).

This is how it should look once it’s finished. Then just find some jam jars and place it in. And there you have it.

Lastly Cinnamon Apple pie, yum.

The pastry ingredients.

Mix the butter and sugar together, add 1 egg and 1 egg yolk – keep the egg white for later. Add the flour and mix until it gets harder, roll into a ball and wrap in cling film. Then pop in the fridge for 45 minutes.

Put the oven on gas 190.

The filling ingredients.

Just mix it all together until the apples are covered in the dry ingredients.

Break 2/3rds of your pastry off, roll out into a big enough circle to fit your pan of choice. Place in the pan, leaving a slight over hang. Then pop the filling in.

For the lid – you can simply roll the rest of the pastry out in to a circle to cover the rest of the pie.

However I decided to give a lattice top ago. I rolled my remaining pasty out and cut into 6 strips evenly sliced, weaved them into each other and placed on top.

Used my remaining egg white to wash over the top, sprinkled some cinnamon and sugar over too for added flavour.

In the oven it goes for 45 minutes.

And there you have it! Your cosy autumn day is planned.

Here’s to the next month of all the reds and oranges – the open fire, pretty leaves, the pumpkins, pinecones, conkers and bobble hats!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Beautiful Bride.

I travelled to Kos in early May to manage the beauty salons for Mark Warner. Knowing that I would very likely be required be the makeup artist for one (or more) weddings. So naturally I had to bring an extra suitcase for all the necessary cosmetics (well that was my excuse!)

For Justine – my first bride – we chatted and decided on simple and natural look for her big day, although you need to apply a little more than usual as the camera makes more look less. And we’re in a hot country and so it does need to fight against the heat. Justine had been on a shopping spree to Charlotte Tilbury and decided on the make-up she wanted – which was helpful. justine.jpg

Here is a break down of what I used. First of all we prepared the skin.

Charlotte Tilbury – Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Elemis – Rehydrating ginseng toner

Elemis – Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

Elemis – Maximum Moisture Day Cream

Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury – Charlotte’s Magic  Foundation Shade 4

Charlotte Tilbury – Hollywood Flawless Filter 2

Powder

Charlotte Tilbury – Airbrush Flawless Finish – Fair

Brows

Charlotte Tilbury – Legendary Brows – Perfect Brow

Eyes

Charlotte Tilbury – Eyes to Mesmerise – Jean

Charlotte Tilbury – Luxury Palette – The Sophisticate

Bronzer/Highlighter

Charlotte Tilbury – Filmstar Bronze & Glow – light to medium

Lips

Charlotte Tilbury – Lip Cheat – Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury – Matte Revolution – Pillow Talk

You can see from the photographs that Justine looked just lovely; she has a naturally content look about her so the make-up I used only enhanced her natural radiance. In essence that is what I want to achieve as well as bringing out Justine’s favourite features which in turn makes her look beautiful and radiant on her special day in front of all her friends, family and most importantly the groom!justine and jono

Keep your eye out as my beautiful bride will be featuring in the County Brides magazine – August edition.

But First, Skin Care Review.

img_7134.jpgFirst of all let us all just take a minute and appreciate how cute this bag is! This is definitely a bag I would use for my skincare or even my makeup when I go off on my travels. Not only do I love the pattern of the bag you can fit a lot in it too.

So, in the salon where I’m currently working this is what we’re giving away and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one. In this is gift set are five travel size products, three for skin-care and two for body-care.

This is what they are.

Skin care product No.1 – Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser.

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This product is so luxurious. I think that because it’s really creamy and has a thicker texture just give it that more expensive aspect to it as it is a thicker texture it just feels as if it’s really moisturising and hydrating the skin (which it is) as well as removing any makeup or grime from your skin that may have collected throughout the day. This is a product for an older skin type but will benefit anyone and everyone.

Skin care product No.2 – Balancing Lavender Toner.

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This toner it’s great for my skin and genuinely helps to balance the oils within my skin, as well as keeping it hydrated. Toners are so underrated but are so important in your skin care routine as it keeps the PH levels in your skin balanced and helps to really hydrate the skin.

Skin care product No.3 – Pro – Collagen Overnight Matrix.

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This is brand new to the Elemis Family, it’s a thicker consistency – which I love – and as it feels like I’m putting on an overnight treatment. It helps to leave the skin visibly firmer and smoother. Granted I don’t necessarily need this at the age of 21 but my theory is to get in early and use the products before the effects of age set in keeping back the inevitable… right?

Body are product no. 1 – Sea Lavender and Samphire Bath and Body Milk.

This is a brilliant excuse to have a bath and relax (which we all need to do more of). It smells insane, you can’t smell the lavender in it as that puts some people off but it does leaves your skin smelling truly wonderful, feeling actually nourished, hydrated and so, so, soft. Samphire is actually a type of seaweed not only is it brilliant for the skin its amazing for the body, it helps boost your immune system, improves bone health and helps with weight loss, yes you read that right.
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 Oh my, oh my! This is one of my favourite things in the gift set. So much do I love that I’ve just ordered the FULL SIZE version. Not only does it leave your skin super soft, I keep finding myself stroking my arm,  but its not sticky on your skin after applying like other some moisturisers. One of the main selling points for me is the aroma and it is amazing it’s always hard to try to explain a smell but it’s a delicate and fresh smell and as soon as I smelled it I was in love and now apply it every day.

Enjoy reading,

Ellen x

My New Adventure.

So I arrived in Kos on the 1st of May. I will be living/ working in Kos until the start of November and here i will be managing a salon inside the Lakitiria Beach Resort.

The resort I’m working in is absolutely beautiful and it has been so hot – 28 degrees for the first few days which has been heaven but, wow I’m already in love the island it’s so beautiful.

There’s no messing around here straight into work i go, Setting up the salon. The resorts that Mark Warner use in the winter and summer get packed down as the season comes to the end, which means when the season starts again the managers and heads of departments fly out a week or so earlier to the resort before the hotel opens, this is called start up! When I arrived to my spa its all empty rooms apart from 2, which have all the equipment pack away and labelled, this means i get to redesign the spa to how i’d like it too look. Also in start up you get training for example the standards that are expected, customer service, rules and regulations, which we then go over with our staff members once they’ve arrived.

We have an container which arrives from England with all our stock on. This arrived 6 days into being here and it took the whole team about 4 hours just to unload it. So on the container there was boats, bikes, childcare and of course all the beauty stock! And there was a lot of it.

 

It’s crazy all the buildings are so pretty there all white and blue and the sea is an unreal turquoise colour! The only thing i’m not a fan of is there Creatures the Ants the same size of spiders and the spiders jump and I’ve now been bitten to shreds by mosquitoes. I can’t go to bed until i know there isn’t a mosquito left in my room… and yes that means I’ve been running around my room at night with a flip flop in my hand, trying to get them.


I’ve gone from eating pizza. pasta, burgers, and a ridiculous amount of cheese in the Alps to eating Greek yogurt and Greek salads. I’m starting to feel like i could be one of those healthy girls we all dream of being but we just love our food to much. Going off that i had my first gyros, so maybe that lifestyle wont be for me. 

The food is to die for, as you all know i love to eat out. so that is what I’ve been doing. I been to a few Greek restaurants and have had the best chicken and  halloumi I’ve ever tasted, the cocktails are pretty good too.I also think that eating your food and sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the sea just makes everything better.


We were lucky enough to have a half day on Friday and Saturday off so naturally we all went to the beach to get the last few rays before we had to get ready for dinner. It was so lovely as everyone came for dinner just before all the craziness of the general staff arriving. We went to a restaurant called ‘Chindian’ which is THE best restaurant ever!! They serve Indian food and Chinese food, yes i know… I was in food heaven. After we all went out had a few drinks and a boogie.

On Saturday a few people were feeling a bit worse for wear but we went for brunch at Skala ( which is my favourite place to go) and then on to a place called kool pool. This is a swimming pool in the middle of the town with sun beds all around the outside, oh and free to get into which is a bonus. we spent all day here recovering, sun-bathing and laughing the day away.

 

I am now ready for the next week of start up and for the hotel to open.

Back To Reality.

Well what a 5 months!

It was so strange coming home, It was almost like I’d been gone 5 minutes and the whole season was a dream.

Coming home was filled with lots of emotion but excitement was the main one. Getting to see my family, friends and of course my dog.

I came home to birthday banners, presents and all my favourite foods. My first meal back was a curry, now this I’ve been craving all season.

I’ve had an amazing 2 weeks at home, going out for lots of lunches, dinners, day trips catching up with everyone, lots of walks with my pup and celebrating my birthday.

It is very strange to be back in the UK seeing grass and flowers and enjoying the joys of the English weather. I was actually very lucky to experience the 3 days of sun that England had although I wasn’t able to apres in the mountains I made the most of the beer gardens and cocktail bars terrace.

I got to see some of my Frenchie pals from Tignes we all met up in London. Now that was weird seeing everyone in normal clothing and to see them in the big city, It was so lovely too see everyone and to talk about the season, which made me miss it even more… But that isnt it for me.

I’m off again, off to work in Greece for 7 months on a beach resort in Kos as a Salon Manager. I cant wait to be on a beach in the sun with a cocktail… oh and of course working hard.

See you in Greece.

The End Is In Sight.

With my last few weeks remaining in the alps were all trying to make the most of it which yes, means we’re going out every night.

My season has been filled with so many memories, laughter and a ridiculous amount of shots and I’m going to miss it.

Everyday theres a new battle of is there any hot water today, can we ski or is it a white out and have we got pasta for lunch again. Is there any toilet roll in the flat? What complaints we will have this week, can we afford to drink anything nicer than chalet wine! Where we’re going out and where to pre drink, wether to walk home or to wait for the bus or am I going to run out of pants this week because the washing machine is always in use.

So I came to the mountains to do the job that I love but it’s seems that wasn’t the only job I’d be doing… you end up doing EVERYTHING from being a chef to bar work to chalet. Everyone helps everyone out.

I got to spend my 21st in the alps with all these amazing people and i have to say I think it was the messiest 2days of my life, but it was so worth it. I’m so thankful and happy I got to spend it here, it was so special.

I’m well and truly going to miss the mountains and all the crazy people that have crossed/made my season that little bit more wild, but I’m excited for what my next adventure holds.

Tignes you have been unreal, Thank you.

New Chapter.

Wow. What a 3 months.

For some of you who don’t know, i got offered an insane job in Tignes, France.

Yes that’s right i’m now a Seasonair.

I am working for a company Called Mark Warner in a hotel call the Aguillie Percee, Managing the spa.

I don’t really know where to start…

It’s so hard to put my experience into words.

I live with 8 people, who are the best. The people I work and live with are just all so amazing all we do is laugh, i couldn’t ask for better people to have on my first season.

The Fact I’ve learnt to ski.

Apres is the best thing ever! They have a club in the mountains in between Tignes and Val Desire call Folie Douce which is crazy and just something i just never even expected.

I have well and truly fallen in love with the mountains.                                                         I’ve never been to a ski resort before so it was a completely new experience for me. I couldn’t get over how much snow they get here and avalanches happening or being set off left, right and centre being so strange the bangs are that loud it really did scare the life out of me but now it’s a completely normal sound. Some days we have here are called ‘white outs’ which are crazy because you just cant see anything and it just feels like your in a snow globe.

To start off with it felt like i’d been here for ever and now knowing I’m over half ways through and will be going home in 8 weeks is crazy, i really don’t want this experience to end.

It really is the best thing I’ve ever done.

Sassy Siren collection

Can we all just take a minute and appreciate how beautiful these brushes are.

Ive seen the Spectrum brushes advertised everywhere.

I first came across them about 2 years ago at a beauty show. I loved the colour of the Attention Seeker collection so of course I had to treat myself to some.

I absolutely loved them!

I’d been looking out for there stall at other shows but luckily I came across them last weekend at the beauty show and had to treat my self!

These are the Sassy Siren collection.

I really like all the brushes but these are my 3 favourites out of the collection.

C02, A12, A17

I think everyone needs theses brushes, not just because there pretty to look at but because there really good quality and I’ve never been let down by them.

Brighton – up your day! 

There’s something about being at the beach which makes life better and having your best friend there with you is the best thing I could ask for. I went to surprise one of my best friends holly at uni in Chichester and we went to Brighton for the day/night. 
On our way to the hotel we walked though the cobbled streets of Brighton past the shops and of course went in a few … or 10. 

After finally making it to our hotel we went for a spot of lunch … (me and holly can eat for England) we pigged out. We Went to a lovely restaurant called Buddies which over looked the beach. 

We ordered the double chicken BLT burger and chips, large. 
Now feeling like we’re going to explode we sat on the beach people watching ( I love to do this) and put the world to right. We were so lucky as the sun was shining and it was full of an amazing atmosphere on the beach and in Brighton. 

Walking along the pier listening to the sea gulls and the terrible fun fair music that reminds you of your childhood. Having to play on the 2p slot machine are always a must then we sat and ate fresh doughnuts on the deck chairs while watching the sunset. We had dinner at a restaurant called Abadeen which is on one of the side streets in Brighton and I have to say the food and service was amazing! Me and holly shared a massive bowl of mussels in cream and garlic sauce and of course chips too! 


The staff were very friendly, easy to talk to and made us feel at home. 

Our waiter was very welcoming and was more than happy to stand and chat to us instead of taking our order and leaving.  

It’s safe to say we eat our way through the day! 

Brighton is a must especially with friends.