Thursday, 17 November 2016
In less than a month I will be embarking on a four week trip to Costa Rica, spending my first ever Christmas and New Years away from home and my family. This year I decided to do something different, something that not only will help me gain experience but will hopefully give back to wildlife. In December I will be getting on a plane to Costa Rica to do four weeks of volunteer work with Frontier, spending two weeks on their big cats, primates and turtle project followed by two weeks at an animal rescue. I am filled with excitements, nerves, feelings I can’t describe. Costa Rica is a country that has had me drawn to it not only for its beauty but its stance on the environment and wildlife.

For the longest time I have always wanted to work with animals, but for some reason I kept putting it on hold, pursuing other things. When I was 18 I met a guy, I got a job to help build our future together, I put my goals and dreams on hold for him, we did end up spending five years together but it didn’t last. . One of the main reasons for our relationship to end is because I could no longer but my dreams on hold, he didn’t want to support me in any of them and I didn’t want to wake up one day when I’m 40 and feel regret or detest towards this guy. It was hard. Ever since we broke up I have been chasing my dreams, going back into education to study animal management, trying to travel when I can. I have decided that I would like to go to university to one day get a career in wildlife conservation, hence why I feel this experience in Costa Rica will give me an amazing insight it what my life could one day be like.  

I have always said if I were to do volunteer work abroad I would fund it all myself, which I have mainly done, but I guess I am struggling a little due to other conflicting factors so I decided to set up a fundmytravel page, with less than a month to go I am not expecting much if any but if you would like to support my volunteer work please click here. Any donation no matter how small is appreciated more than you know.

Thank you


I have always loved lemon curd it is sweet, buttery and tart, and I love nothing more than getting a spoon and eating it straight out the jar. Making my own lemon curd has been on my list for an extremely long time (amongst so many other things.) Lemon curd is traditionally made with eggs, milk and sugar which isn’t super healthy so I wanted to attempt to make a vegan and slightly healthier version, the end result was a combination of elements that I took from different recipes and surprisingly it worked. I managed to achieve a yellow curd without the edition of egg yolks, it was creamy and tart, I need to make some more soon!

You will need:
100ml almond milk
10g cornflour
The juice and zest of three lemons
70 grams sugar
50g butter (diary or diary free)

Place the almond milk and cornflour in a pan and mix ensuring there are no lumps, place over medium heat.
Add the juice and zest of the lemons and sugar mixing well, whisk occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble.
Once the mixture starts to thicken remove from the heat and add the butter, mixing until fully combined. Continue to mix occasionally until the mixture has cooled down.
Pour the mixture into a container to cool down and place in the fridge, the curd will thicken even more in the fridge.

The recipe is perfect to eat of the spoon, on toast or to make some lemon curd tarts with. What are your favourite foods to add lemon curd to?


Sunday, 30 October 2016
The majority of us may have heard of Dame Joan Collins’s, but some of you may be unaware as was I that she has her own beauty collection, entitled Timeless Beauty. Launched as an international luxury beauty brand, created with ‘love and careful consideration’ by Dame Joan Collins and her team of experts. The timeless beauty collection is designed to help you look and feel great, no matter what age you are.

Joan’s tips for looking festively fabulous.
1.       The sun may be disappearing but protect your skin all year round by using a foundation with SPF.
2.       Always remember to eat a balanced diet. Avocados are great for both inside and out.
3.       Make your lipstick last longer whilst sipping cocktails by blotting your lips after application.
4.       Take yourself from desk to dancefloor and feel glamorous, sexy and confident by wearing a bright and bold lipstick.
5.       Always remove your makeup at night with a deep cleanse and finish with a good overnight moisturiser.
6.       A good base is the secret to amazing makeup and disguises aging.
7.       Blending makeup with good quality brushes is vital if you want your makeup to look its best for the camera.
8.       For a sultry, smoky eye look for the office party; double up your brow pencil by using it as an eyeliner and smudging it across the lids.
9.       Clutch bags are limited for space, so use a lipstick as a blusher and blend it out onto the apples of your cheeks.
10.   Tired looking eyes? Soak some cotton wool pads in a bowl of ice and place onto your eyes to refreshen and reduce puffiness.

Her tricks of the trade and insider secrets have helped create her beauty brand, creating a collection that is designed to be timeless and wearable. To kick things of Joan Collins beauty have released two new products for Autumn/Winter.
joan collins timeless beauty

The first new product is the ‘Teneffects skin treat and makeup fixer’ which promises ten skin benefits whilst locking in makeup with just one spritz, a multipurpose product use it before makeup to help with all kinds of skin issues. It uses 7 natural ingredients to rejuvenate, calm, minimise pores and soothe irritation.

I was excited to use this product, I have been wanting to try a setting product for the longest of times because no matter what my foundation seems to rub of during the day, and trying not to touch your face with makeup that falls of easily is hard. The spray itself is refreshing and light with a subtle rose scent, however unfortunately for me I found using this product over my makeup made my foundation/face appear shiny without any effect on long lastingness of my makeup. Since the product is multipurpose I then switched to using it before I went to bed and under my makeup instead of over it. If it is due to this product or not, over the last month I do see a difference in the appearance of my pores and skin, my skin appearing slightly brighter and clearer, the use of this under my makeup has made the wear last a little longer.
joan collins timeless beauty

The second product is the ‘Dry Oilbody polish’ made from a blend of Himalayan salts, three plant oils and kiwi seeds. The high mineral contents and source of vitamin C help the skin look younger and vibrant whilst ingredients such as olive and avocado help hydrate the skin. Presented in a glass pot the product instantly feels luxurious.

I really like this product, a small amount goes along way and it delivers in giving me smooth and silky skin. The only problem it can sting a little in sore areas but other than that it excels it removing dead skin, perfect to use before wearing a dress to the Christmas party.  

Have you tried anything from the Joan Collins beauty collection, let me know your thoughts. 

*These products were sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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