Honest Review: Deliciously Ella Every Day

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I wish I could say that I am writing this review from an unbiased perspective but I have to admit, following Ella Woodward’s book a year ago and a user of her app, I am a huge fan of hers. However, having said I am not about to rave about her new book and if anything I have found many faults with it. Sadly this book did not meet my expectations and I found the recipes to be either too simple to the point of bland, too expensive or too full of sugar.  As someone who eats a low carb/low sugar diet, I can safely say that some of the food would make my blood sugars go through the roof and probably make me very sick. Here’s my main points about the book:

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January Favourites + Lush Haul

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It fills me with great pleasure to say that it is finally the end of January! February sets to be an eventful month with Pancake Day, Valentines Day and then of course the arrival of our second baby! As the past month has been full of nausea (yep that happens at the end of pregnancy apparently), exhaustion and a general yucky feeling, I honestly thought I wouldn’t have any particular favourites to mention. However it turns out that I have more than anticipated, so I should probably get to work!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I can’t take any credit for this recipe as it came from the new Simply Nigella book. However I feel that when you have baked the same cookies three times in three days then they are definitely worth a mention.

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January Reading List

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I don’t know about anywhere else but up in the North of England it has been ffreeezzzing! The combination of below freezing temperatures, the end of my pregnancy creeping up and good old January blues has meant that all I have time for is getting under a blanket, lighting a candle and reading a book (I gave up daytime television a long time ago after seeing someone on Jeremy Kyle wearing the same outfit as me…. Damn you Primark!). I’ve been taking every opportunity to get reading this month as next month I will have a very teeny person demanding all of my attention. So what have I read so far?

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The Emotional Rollercoaster

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In no way do I want this blog to become a pregnancy or parenting blog, but as someone who is guilty of reading a lot of pregnancy blog posts, I thought I would do a week by week update on my pregnancy. As I write this I am in the 26th week of my pregnancy but I will give you an insight into my 25th week. Continue reading “The Emotional Rollercoaster”

What’s my base?

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For the past year or so, my make up base has varied due to my love hate relationship with medium to full coverage foundations. As a result, for the past 6/7 months I have been devoted to the Nars tinted moisturiser due to its glowy finish and it’s just skin appearance. However as Autumn and winter have slowly crept in, I have had to give in to something with a bit more ooomph that will cover up any blotchiness on my face. Being the diva that I am, only the best would do, and I found myself browsing through the Charlotte Tilbury collection. I ended up going for the Light Wonder Foundation  as opposed to the new Magic Foundation as that looked a bit more full on than what I was going for. Some might argue that the light wonder is a little bit too glowy for this time of year but who cares really? My skin is already dull from pregnancy so a mattifying foundation would just make me look zombie-like. As a foundation I really can’t fault this. It blends out beautifully, sinks into the skin easily and gives my skin the vitality that it’s missing. Bravo Charlotte on this lovely creation.

Halloween themed nails!

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In all honesty, nail art has never really been my thing. Firstly, it’s too fiddly for my liking and secondly, my nails can chip within a day so it just seems pointless. However a bit of glitter has always been a hit with me and what better time to whack out the glitter than halloween! I decided to go green and went for my nars nail polish in shutter and top it off with ciatés party shoes (previously featured in the blog). The green and blue flecks of glitter have really brought the polish to life and also given it that halloweeny vibe. What’s on your nails this halloween?