Today I’m going through the products I have in my shower, since I’m absolutely loving them recently.
First, Shampoo. I’ve been using the Anovia Head On Detangling Shampoo. It’s a wonderful product as it is so easy to lather and then to wash out so that you get the cleanest hair and no horrible residue. It treats the hair as well since it has tea tree oil in the formula. If I’m not using this shampoo I tend to use Head and Shoulders for the same reasons.
Conditioner. I don’t use conditioner often because to be honest, I don’t feel like I need to. When I do use it though, I’ve been using the Wilko’s Fruits Rhubarb and Vanilla conditioner. I love the smell and I love the whole Fruits range which is why I have a lot of it.
Shower Gel. At the moment I’ve been alternating between two Fruits shower gels. The Strawberry and Pomegranate one and the Lemon and Black Pepper one. The scents are so strong but not in an overpowering way. They’re just so delicious. The Fruits range are currently 3 for £3, so they’re a good bargain too.
So far, these tend to be my typical shower products but recently I’ve found or been given some hotel ‘freebies’. First I have two from a London hotel, I think, it doesn’t say on the bottles, and I’ve got a body wash and a shampoo. They’re Refresh products ‘enriched with natural extracts of Aloe Vera’ and I have to say they’re quite good. The next three are from Letoonia Resorts (in Turkey I think) and I was given these by my grandma. I have a shampoo, a shower gel and a hair conditioner. Once again, these work pretty well and I’ve had no complaints from any of my hotel ‘goodies’.
Is this a food recommendation? Or is this a YouTuber recommendation? I think it’ll be both because I want to recommend a wonderful microwave cake recipe, but it’s not mine. I learnt it from Doug Armstrong, a vlogger on YouTube.
Making cakes by using a microwave is not a new invention, but it’s becoming seemingly more popular. Or at least in my opinion it is. Microwave cakes are easier on ingredients, on time and on the portion sizes. You can make a single cake and not have the others lying around to tempt you when you’re feeling peckish.
The recipe is…
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 2 tablespoons of water
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, although Caster Sugar can be used instead.
And mix and microwave for approximately 1 minute. This timing may be different for different models and wattages. For 800w, which is what my microwave is, I usually have to microwave the mixture for 1 minute or 1 minute and 10 seconds.
To see this recipe in action, you should visit Doug’s channel and watch the video I’ll add below. You should also subscribe to his channel if you want more delectable treats especially cheesecakes, as these are his favourite. But he doesn’t just bake and make food on his channel, he also does challenges, vlogs, collabs and most popular are his life hacks videos.
Here is his channel ‘about’ blurb: ‘Hey I’m Doug Armstrong, a British vlogger living in London. I like to make fun-filled, creative videos with varying themes inspired by my love for entertainment, food/cooking and music. From Life Hacks and Bacon Pancakes to One Direction parodies and funny challenges, you’ll find a wide array of content centred around my life and I have grand plans this year for bigger & better videos than ever before! Oh and I love cheesecake a lot 😀 Join our community and become a Dougling by clicking the red ‘Subscribe’ button above 🙂 http://Youtube.com/Doug’.
I recommend biscuits a lot due to the fact they tend to be the only new foods I try… so, today I’m recommending Chips Ahoy! Crispy Choco Caramel cookies. Chips Ahoy is an American brand, or so I gather, as the cookies are more widely distributed there than anywhere else. Recently, the brand has made its way to the UK with this new variety of cookie and another of a different flavour. As soon as I saw them advertised I wanted to try them and fortunately I found them in a local ASDA supermarket.
Before even opening the cookies, the packaging is so handy as it has a resealable tab at the top. The cookies were delicious (they’re all gone now). They are quite rich in chocolaty flavour and have nice chunky chips inside. These include: chocolate chips, milk chocolate coated caramel croquant and wheat and corn flakes, at least that’s what the packaging states.
They are so good and not as unhealthy as my last biscuit recommendation was!
Today’s food recommendation is Mini Beanies. These are adorable little biscuits that look a little like pizzas or even mini chocolate pizzas. I found these while shopping in the popular supermarket Asda. They’re super delicious and are made up of about four layers, from the bottom up: Layer 1 is the biscuit base, layer 2 is the milk flavoured creamy filling, layer 3 is milk chocolate and the final layer is the crunchy ‘choccie’ beans. The only downside to these biscuits is that they are very very unhealthy (I’ll let you see the ratings when you buy them) but for a lovely indulgent snack, which we all need from time to time, I totally recommend them.
Today, I’m going to do something a tiny bit different… Last week I recommended Cadbury’s Marvellous Mix Ups With Oreo and in that I said that I hadn’t tried the With Maynards version. So this week, with both packets still on special offer I’ve decided to try the Maynards version and write up my reaction here.
Without opening the packet, my initial reaction to the involvement of sweets is a negative one as I don’t like the combination of sweets and chocolate. This was proved when I tried Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations with the Jelly pieces inside, I thought that was awful. Fortunately, the sweets in this case are not masked within the chocolate and I don’t have to eat them with the chocolate.
- Cadbury’s caramel nibbles
- Maynard’s Jellies (Several Varieties)
- Cadbury’s Fudge Dream
I’ve now opened the packet… It smells nice and the sweets/chocolates within are a lot bigger than I expected. I’ve started with trying the sweets, they’re quite nice. Onto the caramel nibbles, delicious! I’ve always love these. Time for the Fudge… normally, I’m not great with Fudge; I like some but not most. That’s delicious too!
I’m genuinely surprised at how good these are! Even the combination of the sweets and the chocolate is good, something I was definitely not expecting. I honestly recommend these… What I thought would only be a reaction blog turned out to be another recommendation… awesome.
Today’s food recommendation is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix-Ups, more specifically the ‘with Oreo’ version as I haven’t yet tried the ‘with Maynards’ version.
I first tried these when they first came out as they were on offer. I do tend to get bags like this only when they are on offer because the full price always seems a bit steep for the amount (111g) of chocolate you get. Anyway, I absolutely love them.
I think their concept is really interesting and new. If I got a pound for every time someone wished that there was a pack of different chocolates mixed into one so that they didn’t have to pay for four separate bags, for example, I would be the richest person on Earth ten times over. Not only is it a mixture of four different products in one packet it is also a packet of brilliant chocolates.
So what’s inside?
- Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Buttons
- Cadbury Pebbles
- Cadbury White Buttons
- Mini Oreos.
If you like chocolate, who doesn’t, and you like these products and won’t die because you’re allergic or something, I urge you to try this product if you haven’t yet.
This week, during our weekly shop at popular supermarket Aldi, I found a wonderful and, to an unhealthy foodie like myself, perfect selection pack. Stupidly, I threw away the packaging so I don’t know what it is called but either way, the names of the snacks within are listed here and if you see a bag with these in, you’ll know it’s the one.
So what’s within?
- Burton’s Jammie Dodgers (minis) – I’ve been craving these for so long, so they would’ve been a brilliant treat to find on their own let alone in this incredible pack. If you haven’t ever eaten these, they’re basically raspberry jam sandwiched by two shortcake biscuits.
- Cadbury’s Animals – These wonderful ‘Animal shaped mini biscuits half covered with milk chocolate’ were a massive part of my childhood and still a snack my mother and I love today.
- Cadbury’s (mini) Fingers – ‘Crisp mini biscuits covered with milk chocolate’ and downright delicious, I’m hungry just thinking about them.
- Burton’s (mini) Maryland Choc Chip Cookies – For many people in the UK, these ‘Mini Cookies Containing Chocolate Chips’, are the quintessential cookies.
If any of these made you hungry, I apologise, but now you have an excuse to fill your tummy with some delightful treats.
Today’s recommendation, Maltesers Teasers, is something that I know a lot of you have already seen and eaten but as the adverts have been re-circulating and the product has been pushed again I thought the timing was apt to mention it.
I recently got a craving for this chocolate after seeing the advert so many times one night so as I was shopping today, I saw it on offer and knew I needed to pick it up. I’m glad I did because upon having a piece I was reminded why this chocolate is my favourite. It has such a wonderful creamy texture with delicious Malteaser biscuit balls that combined give such an amazing taste.
The reason I love this chocolate so much comes from my love of biscuit pieces in chocolate. Sounds weird, but allow me to explain. Whenever we get a selection box of Celebrations, usually around Christmas time, the one chocolate I want to completely steal is the Maltesers Teasers, which have been in production a long time before the bigger bars were made. I also loved the Malteaster Bunnies which are very similar. But before the Malteser products, I used to love the Cadbury’s Biscuits that were made up of little balls of shortbread biscuit floating in Cadbury’s milk chocolate. They were so delicious, but sadly, Cadbury stopped producing them. Either way, they were what triggered my love of biscuit-ed chocolate bars, so if you’re like me and love these types of chocolate and haven’t yet tried Teasers, you really need to get on with it because it will change your life!
It’s getting to be quite a warm summer, so today’s food recommendation is going to be, simply, Salad. I eat it a lot and I love it. I’m going to tell you the very basic recipe for my typical salad, which is light and easy to make, and hopefully it’ll keep your summer evenings as stress free as possible amidst all of this heat.
So you will need: Cucumber, Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Onion, Carrot, Cheese and Lemon Juice (quantities of each are entirely up to you).
Start with slicing the cucumber and then slicing it again so that it’s either like mine in the picture or diced.
Then dice the peppers, onion and carrot; I’ve used a red and a green pepper, and I only have white onion here but I usually add diced spring onions too.
Then chop up some lettuce, I have iceberg lettuce here.
Mix all of these vegetables together in a bowl. And then finally, to dish up, I put the salad on a plate or in a bowl, drizzle it with lemon juice and add Red Leicester Cheese on the side.
Time to eat, enjoy!
(In the pictures; top left to bottom left down: Bell Peppers, Carrot, Lettuce, top right to bottom right down: Cucumber, Onion, Red Leicester Cheese and at the very bottom: Everything mixed and dished up).
A new Monday, a new Beauty and skincare item, a new recommendation. So… today’s recommendation is Wilko’s Tangy Rhubarb Shower Crème. This pink body wash works well, firstly doing its purpose: cleaning, but also in moisturising the skin and making you smell of wonderful rhubarb. Perhaps for an acquired taste; I think this product is luxurious and smells good enough to eat, really folks, it smells like those Haribo Rhubarb Stars. Delicious. In addition, it was a super cheap purchase. It costs less than a £1 normally and when I got it, it was on sale meaning it only cost me 50p for a whole 250ml bottle.