Monday, 24 February 2014

The Liebster Award


I was totally surprised and excited to be nominated for the Liebster blog award.  It is such a lovely idea where bloggers who are new/not well known (less than 200 followers) can award and nominate each other.  So thank you ever so much to the lovely Jess from beingmejess.  Jess has a great, clearly laid out blog.  She has fab pictures of the products she reviews and interesting posts about  a whole range of things and I'm chuffed she nominated me!
 
Ok so it works by me writing 11 facts about myself, then answering 11 questions from Jess and then posing 11 new questions to some lovely people I follow who have less than 200 followers and post on their blogs to tell them I have nominated them, so here goes!
 
11 facts about me
1. I am a teacher and have been teaching for 1 and a half years.
2. I currently teach in a Junior school (7-11years).
3. My undergraduate degree was in Biology at Nottingham University - it was fantastic there!
4. I have been going out with my boyfriend, Jon, for nearly 4 years (this March).
5. If I can ever afford/have a dog I would love a King Charles Spaniel and would name him 
    Trevor!
6. My best friend recently got me into Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I have now finished the
    series and LOVE Spike.
7. Crisps are my weakness, I could eat them all day every day.  
8. I love all types of music but particularly dance music and hip-hop.
9. I love Eminem!
10. My friends do not know about this blog (as far as I am aware) and I'm worried about
      what they would think/say if they did.
11. I currently live with my mum, dad and brother, I am saving to move out with my lovely
      Mann (not spelt wrong - his surname is Mann!)
 
Jess' questions
 
1) What is your favourite restaurant? So tricky - I would probably have to say Miso, a Chinese restaurant, (blog post here) just because it is delicious, has huge portions and is cheap!
 
2) Who inspired you to make your blog? I would have to say I was inspired by a range of youtubers and bloggers including FleurDeForce, Icovetthee, ThePersianBabe and essiebutton to name a few.  Recently since I have been blogging though I have found many new exciting and maybe not so well bloggers who keep me inspired with their great posts.  Also an honorary mention to Jon who is so supportive and always said I should give it a go - it's a great escape from teaching/work and an enjoyable hobby!
 
3) Do you prefer winter or summer? Again a toughy as there are aspects of both that I enjoy but I think I would have to choose Winter.  I love the cosiness of the season and most of my family members birthdays (including mine) are at this time and Christmas is such a special family time too.  I enjoy the crisp air, wrapping up (having heating on at home) and everywhere looks colourful and romantic with the lights.  As long as the rain stays away I am happy!
 
4) Who is your favourite music artist? I'm a big fan of Eminem's music and currently am loving Bastille - that voice!!
 
5) What one thing do you want to achieve in your lifetime? I think having my own little place I can call home where I can spend time with family and friends. 
 
6) What beauty product have you bought and been most impressed with? The Sleek eyeshadow palette in Storm, a great range of eyeshadows for any look. 
 
7) What country would you love to live in/visit? I would love to visit an African country, 1 because going on a safari is a dream holiday of mine, animals and nature are so special, and 2 it would be brilliant to do some teaching is a school in Africa.  As in living I adore England, however I wouldn't say no to a year in America (New York please!) 
 
8) Do you take part in any sports? If so which ones? I used to play netball in High School and now help to run the netball club at the school I work in, I would love to start it up again for myself but it's a large commitment!
 
9) What was/is your favourite subject in school? I loved English in school and art as it was always such a chill out lesson.  During A-level my love of biology came through and psychology.  Now I love to teach Maths and Science!
 
10) If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? Possibly the fact that I always worry about what others think about me although I feel that I have got better at that - if they are your friends then they won't care. 
 
11) What is your favourite accessory? I'm not going to be specific but will say necklaces as they can be classy and sophisticated or statement and fun and change up an outfit well.  
 
Ok so I'm not too sure if I'm meant to be that detailed in my answers but the fingers kept typing!
 
My questions
1. Are you more of a skin care or make up person?
2. What was the inspiration for your blog name?
3. Have you been to any meet ups since you started your blog/would you like too?
4. What is your biggest achievement in your life so far?
5. What is your favourite item of clothing at the moment?
6. If you could eat any food a lot and it wouldn't make you unhealthy what would you eat?
7. What is your favourite genre of film you like to watch?  
8. Do you have a job, if so what is it?
9. What is your favourite thing about the place you live?
10. What would you say is your best feature or personality trait?
11. What make up are you currently wearing?
 
I nominate - sorry if you have done this before(!)
Jordan from http://www.twohundredorless.co.uk/
Bethany from http://polishedcouture.wordpress.com/
Hristina from http://mistysstuff.blogspot.co.uk/ (this is a cheat as she has 213 followers but I enjoy the blog!!)
Lucy from http://www.lucyearnshaw.co.uk/
Maria from http://teenytinamaria.blogspot.co.uk/
 
I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks again to Jess for the tag. I'm looking forward to seeing the replies of the people I have tagged!
 
Jen xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Ping pong - dim sum restaurant

















First of all I just need to say - YUM - this was one delicious meal! But some background...over the half term I met up with some teachers that don't work at the school any more.  We went to London and had a mooch around and a chat.  One of my friends is super keen on art and so we headed to the Tate Modern.  When we got there we saw there was a runway there for London fashion week and it was for Topshop Unique.  After seeing a few paintings and interesting art pieces we decided to watch the show from a viewing point high up and behind glass.  We saw Michael Van de Ham's collection and I have to say, for my first fashion show, I really enjoyed it. 

After this excitement we headed out for some food and ended up at Ping Pong just off of the Southbank and boy I'm glad we did!  At the time we arrived there were only sharing tables left, but with there being four of us we didn't mind this.  The tables were circular and could fit 8 people, it is a little cosy (at one point I was poked by a strangers chop stick!) but not too uncomfortable. 

 
Two of my friends had been there before and so talked through the menu with us.  Ping Pong is a mix of oriental food from a range of countries and has a vast amount of Dim Sum on the menu.  We could either choose a range of dishes or go for the sharing platters, which we decided to do.  I also went for a lemongrass and lime cocktail, a vodka based cocktail with lychee juice (they definitely did not hold back on the lemongrass!), this was very refreshing and enjoyable.  Two of my friends also went for cocktails, but theirs were rum based.   

 
 































The dishes arrived as they were cooked which was good as we could pick at particular food we wanted and then have a break (which we definitely needed).  For our sharing platter we had a selection of 9 small dishes all of which were delicious.

 
Duck spring roll - this was very crunchy and had a thick plum sauce.
Roast Pork Puff - I love anything that has sesame seeds, this was surprisingly sweet. 
Chicken Wonton Soup - very hot (as in temperature not spice), I do find these soups a little bland but the chicken packets inside were tasty.
Potato and edamame cakes - I was really looking forward to these as I'm a big fan of edamame beans.  This was creamy, smooth and delicious! I could have had more!
I can't remember which steamed dumpling this is but we had: Prawn and chive, chicken and cashew nut and seafood.  I haven't had dumplings that much before so can't really compare, I found they sticky and chewy but filled with a scrumptious and substantial filling.
King prawn and scallop sticky rice - this was delicious too, very sticky (as the name suggests!), the only problem was that this was given at the end so some of the girls were a little full up. 
































So there you have it a HUGE and delicious meal, where I managed to eat everything!  The sauces, food and service were great.  The price was reasonable too, I paid £25 for my meal, including food, tip and cocktail.  The sharing platter was £31, so £15.50 each and the cocktail around £7.00 (average price for London).  I would definitely head back here again to try more things on the vast menu.

Have you ever been to Ping Pong? What is your favourite restaurant? Any recommendations would be much appreciated! 

Jen xx

















Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Full of Glory?

Soap and Glory is a brand that I got into about 4 years ago.  My first experience with them was their skincare, particularly their body butters and scrubs.  I am a fan of their skincare and the brand and so recently I have ventured a little into their makeup range and enjoyed doing so! 

Previously I had bought the eye shadow quad in 'What's Nude' and found it so useful for day and night looks and travelling (in fact I'm taking it away this weekend).  I had wanted to try more from the brand but do find them quite expensive for the drugstore especially when they are not as widely known for their makeup as other brands.  However Boots were doing 3 for 2 on the brand and so I decided to get the products I had been yearning after for a while. 


The first product I had wanted to try was 'One Heck of a Blot', their translucent setting powder.  I had seen FleurDeForce rave about this product which had tempted me to start with.  The thing that swung me into buying it was the packaging.  I do like the Rimmel Stay Matte powder but after the powder has been in my bag for a few days and (unfortunately) battered about, the plastic package is easily broken.  The Soap and Glory powder has a more sturdy packaging and flip lid which is better than the Rimmel take off lid (which I find easily snaps), it also has a mirror in the lid which is always handy.

The powder itself is great, it does not look cakey, provides coverage and sets my makeup well. 

 

The second product I had wanted to buy for while too and so finding it three for two made it even better!  The Kick Ass Concealer is a great little product with multiple parts making it worth the money.  There are 3 parts to it - 2 creamy concealers and a setting powder.  There is a peach concealer for under the eyes and a yellow concealer for concealing around the face.  Both have a good creamy texture and apply well to the skin.  I find the setting powder super helpful as it prevent creasing and increases the lasting power of the product.  The concealers blend in well, especially the peach colour, I find it quite like the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer.  The packaging again makes it good for taking in my bag as it is sturdy and has all I need in a small package. 

 
 


 

The last  product I got in the deal is their Archery brow product.  It is a 2 ended product.  One end has a liquid pen like nib to it which is a darkish brown colour, I find this end a little hard to use as the colour is dark (it makes my brows really stand out which is something I am not fully comfortable with yet) and it does tend to seep into the skin and spread!  The second end I have gotten used to using and provides a good colour for my brows.  It is more of a pencil end, I find it needs to be used a lot for the product to show, I need to press a little hard although it is not tough on the brows.  This end is long lasting, I can't comment on the other end as I didn't have it on long enough to test it out. 





Left - tinted pen end, right - pencil/crayon end 
I'm really impressed with these products so far and feel happier to pay more for the products as they have sturdy packaging which in the long run will help the products to last longer! 

Have you got any Soap and Glory make up products? What are your opinions on them?

Jen xx