28/09/2015

Roasted veg, chicken wrapped in Bacon

Hey guys! 

So today's post is a little bit different, if you hadn't guessed already it's food related! I've recently rediscovered sweet potato, I tried it ages ago as chips and didn't like it at all. Then something made me buy one the other day and I roasted some and made mash with the other half and really liked it. So I bought another one this week... Along with a Butternut Squash which I've never tried before! So tonight I decided to do Roasted Veg with Chicken wrapped in Bacon with a Garlic and Herb sauce. 

What you need:

For the Roasted Veg (as much as you think you need!) 
Butternut squash 
Sweet potato
Peppers
Carrots  

Chicken Breasts for however many people you're cooking for 
Philadelphia 
As much Bacon as you need to wrap around the Chicken

As much French Roule as you'd like (or a Garlic and Herb cheese, Boursin or an own brand one works just as well!) 
5 tbsp Soured Cream
1/2 Milk
2 tbsp Cornflour + a little water to mix it with 

Starting with the Roasted Veg...

I put all the Veg in a roasting pan with about 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil giving it all a good mix. Cook at 200 for about 20-30 minutes. 



For the Chicken Breasts, I sliced them in half and put Philadelphia on one side, smooshed both sides of the chicken together and wrapped it in bacon then put it onto cook at about 180 for 30 minutes (after 20 minutes (or when the bacon is crispy) put foil over the top. 

For the sauce I put the Galicy Cheese into a pan and added the Soured Cream, then the Garlic Powder and some Parsley. When the cheese has melted add the Milk, after a few minutes take a ladle of the sauce out and put it into a separate bowl. Mix together the cornflour and the water and then add it into the sauce that you put into the separate bowl, put that back into the pan and heat it through again, you'll see the sauce start to thicken, turn off the heat when this starts to happen! 

I bought some frozen spinach and defrosted it right before I served up the Roasted Veg and mixed it in with it all. 

Pop it all on the plate and you're ready to eat! ☺️ 
I put Pink Himalayan salt onto my Roasted Veg and it was amazing! 




Let me know below if you try this out ☺️
Jemma xox 



27/09/2015

Orions Belt/Damsel - Starrily

Hey guys!

Today I want to talk about the polishes I received last week from Starrily. I preordered Orions Belt in July and purchased two others alongside it (Damsel and Ultima). I wasn't really expecting to wait 3 months for it to turn up however... a month after I ordered I was getting a little concerned as the status of my order was still 'Paid' so I messaged their Facebook page and was told that the glitter had only just arrived as they had to have it made etc, they even gave me a $25 gift code for waiting, which was extremely generous of them, and thats the last i heard, no dispatch email, nothing.. So i decided to do a little fishing. Their Facebook page had gone very quiet which made me a bit more concerned... So i went onto Instagram and had a look through the Starrily hashtag and discovered the Owners Instagram and then discovered that she had just bought a warehouse to make all the polish in so I let them off as they were in the middle of getting it ready to move into hahaha. I just wish the status on my order had changed from Paid to Dispatched!

But in all honesty, the 3 month wait was SO WORTH IT! I painted my nails with Orions Belt first and it was absolutely beautiful. After a few days I added a coat of Damsel to give it a bit of a whooooomph (which it really didn't need, I just needed to do it.) And here is the outcome below... Unfortunately the Sun was nowhere to be seen but I took pictures in two different light settings. 


Under my Naturalight w/Flash

Just with Flash
On the nail the Glitter is VERY smooth, even without topcoat. We've all experienced the 'scratchy' glitter at one point but this felt more like the OPI Liquid Sands! But I still used Seche Vite to topcoat my nails and it felt super smooth afterwards. My manicure lasted about 4 days before tip wear started to appear, but that can be easily solved by just filing your nails down a tad! Its definitely a polish I would consider wearing if I was going away with no time to paint my nails for a few days!

As for removal, I used the foil method, which I try not to do too much as I sometimes get Eczema on my hands and I don't really want to set that off! But for Glitter like this, its something I had to do.. Otherwise I think I may have gone a little insane trying to get it all off haha. It didn't really take me long though and if there was some Glitter remaining on my nail after i'd pulled off the foil, it was easy to scratch off gently, it was like the Acetone had removed the Suspension Base and left the Glitter just sat on my Nail. 

I would highly recommend getting these if you want some SUPER sparkly polish! I can't wait to use Ultima, and maybe some Sharpies alongside it... Starrily is currently closed as of 27/09/15 as they've had a large increase in Orders, otherwise I would have added the links to each polish I got! 

I'll be back in a few days with some Stamping! 
Stay safe lovelies.
Jemma xox



24/09/2015

Improved Orange and Red Aztec Nails



Hey guys!

Ah its been so long... I was meant to post these a while back too! Anyway.. if you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the picture below before as i posted it just a few weeks ago after finding it again.. I did them about 3 years ago and i actually used acrylics for the gradient.. *hangs head with shame* I thought they were amazing at the time and was really proud of the pattern i did on top of it... 


But its amazing how much difference practice can make...




Ta daaaa! This time around I used Nail polishes for the gradient on a good old sponge! Shades used were she's pampered and Fear & Desire both by Essie.
I used Black acrylic for the pattern along with my Pure Color 10 brush.

Much. Better.

So I guess this is where I say, if you're a newbie at nail art, keep going, keep practising, you will improve!! I mean the nails i do now are no where near perfect but even I can see I've definitely improved :')

Anyway, i hope you like them as much as i did at the time! Pretty sure i wore these for a good week hahaha

Hope you all have a good Friday!

Jemma xox