Making A Winner Out Of A Binner

Here’s a wee tip you might find useful! 💡

If you’ve ever bought a face wash & then find after a few uses you don’t overly like it, instead of just binning it why not use it to clean your brushes!!

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The pink do dah on the right is from Pennys/ Primark (£1.50)
It’s to exfoliate your face, but instead I’m using it as my new brush cleaning Tool.

~MaRiA~

xO

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Daytrip To Dublin On A Budget

HellO there!

On Wednesday I took the Enterprise from Belfast to Dublin to meet up with my boyfriend who lives in Southern Ireland so we could spend the day together.  I’ll state the obvious here by saying that Dublin is expensive & the fact we were spending 8 hours there could get costly.  I prebooked my train ticket online for £17.50 return from Bangor to Dublin. (book 72hrs pre day of travel to take advantage of their webfare.)

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Next up was getting us some cheap food & drinks, I went on Groupon & got us a voucher for 2 burgers & 2 sides costing €20 in a restaurant called BoBos.  There was no escaping the OTT cow theme, it kind of felt like the murals were watching us eat there relatives.

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Then the bar/club 4 Dame Lane had an offer, €10 for 3 cocktail, so I bought us 2 of these.  I recommend their Long Island Ice Tea, June Bug & Lynchburg Lemonade.  All very tasty.

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We spent the day wandering about the city checking out museums & popping into shops.

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Temple Bar is super expensivd but a lovely wee spot to dander about nonetheless.  I love it’s cobble stone streets & quirky colourful shops. The bottom left photo made me laugh, selling written on stones for €1!!

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Ross loves science so I brought him to the Science Gallery on Pearse Street,  but it was grim.  Nothing sciencey about it.  We stayed all of 5 minutes, it was more like an Urban Outfitters with a huge gift shop & a giant café with very very little space actually dedicated to science displays.  Avoid!!!!

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Next we cut through Trinity College & went into the National Library on Kildare Street.  There was a display on Irelands input in WW1.

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There was an exhibition on William Butler Yeats, with hand written poems, letters & the books he owned.

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Next door was the The Archeology & History Museum. Again if you get the chance check it out.  It features gold artefacts from western Europe, metalwork from the Celtic Iron Age & objects from Medieval & prehistoric Ireland, not to mention the Egyptian section.
The day flew in & sure enough it was soon time for me to get the train back home.  It was a good wee day & cost next to nothing seeing as we’d already our vouchers paid for in advance.  Most of these Groupon deals are valid for a few months so maybe a good idea to purchase them when you’ve a bit of extra cash then keep them till the end of the month when you want to do something but can’t afford it, so you’ve still something to look forward to.  Win win!

Are you a Groupon fan? What have you bought?

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my rambles.  I Hope you all have a safe & fun weekend & I’ll see you back here on Monday.

~LoVe & huGs ~

* MaRiA *
xO

Rimmel Revelations

HellO everyone!

Today I’m on cloud 9!  And you’ll probably laugh at me when you realise why, or pity me that what I’m about to tell you would make me so happy.

Let us begin . . . 
Last week I was over on http://confettiandcurves.wordpress.com/ which is one of my most favourite blogs & seen that Karen had reviewed Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation.   

I’m beyond sceptical when it comes to drugstore type foundations, having tried X amount of them over the years.  After an hour or two the makeup would disappear from my Tzone, nostrils & chin leaving a greasy type residue. 
I’d end up having to reapply 2 or sometimes 3 times through the day.
Naturally this sent my stress levels souring, if I noticed it then surely others did too. 
NOT what you want in a foundation, in fact the complete opposite of what it’s meant to do.  It made me feel ick!  I couldn’t wait to get home & wash my face.  So ever since this drama I’ve avoided buying foundation in the chemist & stuck with high end ones.  

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I’ve read alot of good reviews on the Rimmel 25hr but was dubious incase the same thing happened, then after reading Karens review I bit the bullet & finally picked it up & for the bargain price of £4.98.  It comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser which I love.

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Honestly I can’t say enough good things about it.  It claims to be a lasting finish, full coverage & skin perfecting.  It lasted the entire day & some, I put it on at 12pm & took it off at 1am. 
As for full coverage, I didn’t retouch it once.  As you can see from my before photo I’m a bit of a freckle monster, I used 1 pump of it, which was even too much, it covered everything I wanted covered.  Finally it gets the thumbs up in the skin perfecting stakes too, I think my skin looked alot brighter afterward. 
1 pump of foundation equaled a full day of wear tooing & froing about shops & town in the elements. 

I’m a convert.  For me it’s most definately a dupe for the higher end ones that are out there.
Would I buy it again? Yes!
It’s a no brainer, with the usual retail price of £7.99 I’m saving ten pounds compared to what I pay for my current one but still getting the same coverage.

Have you used this foundation before? What did you think?

Thanks a million for reading.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*

xO

Dinner on a shoestring!

HellO All!

Tonight it’s about cheap eats. My favourite meal when I go to ‘Papa Joes’, a restaurant near where I live, is called Chicken Arizona. I LOVE it to the point where I don’t even look at the menu anymore.

It consists of a chicken fillet on a bed of chorizo & red pepper ribbons in a creamy chorizo sauce. My mouth is starting to water as I type this. But realistically who can afford to nip into a restaurant anytime you get a hankering for your favourite grub. Not I.
Here’s my attempt at recreating it & what we’ll need.

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Milk, chorizo, white sauce, rice & chicken. (I forgot to get a red pepper but we’ll muddle through)

Everyone will have milk in their fridge, no matter the type & rice is another staple. This packet of chorizo was about €1.10. Chicken fillet maybe €2 & the sachet of white sauce 70cents. (Or you can make your own white sauce from scratch.) I only made a single serving so used half the fillet & half the sachet.  

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Firstly, heat up a pot with no oil. Then break up however much chorizo you’d like to eat into smaller bits & add. Remember no oil is required for this dish because there’s plenty in the chorizo.

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In a separate pot empty the contents of the sachet. Like I said previously I only used half. Then add 3/4 cup of milk & stir on a low heat till it thickens.

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By now our chorizo will look like this. See what I mean about the oil.

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I chose to have rice but you could have chips, mash or whatever takes your fancy. Rice takes 7 minutes, so on it goes whilst I add the sauce to the chorizo & turn the heat down low to let the flavours infuse.

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I always add black pepper, just over a generous pinch will do. You can add anything really, but for me the heat of the pepper complements the sweetness of the chorizo perfectly. Cut the chicken up add to the sauce & we’re ready to serve.

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And here we have the finished super delicious product! It really tastes very close to the original & at a snippet of the cost. Not to mention half the calories, which is always a good thing.

This took 15 minutes from start to finish. You could egg fry the rice or jazz it up with more ingredients depending on your personal preferences but tonight I went for the simple version.

What’s your favourite meal when you dine out? Have you tried to make a dupe of it yourself?

Thanks for stopping by you lovely people & let me know if you try this recipe out & what you think.

~LoVe & huGs~

*MaRiA*

xO