Lifestyle

I bit the bullet (in tattoo needle and kit form) by getting a TATTOO. Look, St Paddy McGuiness Day might be coming up on the 17th – but for me, every day is a four-leaf clover day!

I got it done by a really talented tattooist in West Hampstead. I’ve been going for consultations for years and end up chickening out last minute (literally) by ending up in Nando’s (bae) or KFC.

I’ve had an intention to get a particular four-leaf clover design for months (seen above), but today, I just thought: ‘if I don’t do it now,  I’m never going to do it’.

Tattoos are for life not just for Christmas, birthdays, Magaluf holidays and drunk nights out… So, you’ve got to make sure it’s something symbolic, meaningful and that you can look back on in years to come and not think: ‘FML!’.

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A four-leaf clover is 🍀 symbolic of good luck, and each leaf symbolises something. Faith, hope, love and luck. We all need these things in our lives. So, it was the best design for me. Also, I figured that black tattoos always fade to green anyway, so if I get a green tattoo what’s the worse that can happen? 😂 Besides, I’ve heard that there’s an awesome tattoo ointment out which keeps tattoos from fading. The phrase: “there’s a gel for that!” applies. 💖

So, the “aftercare” (not the aftermath of Jeremy Kyle) involves me waiting three hours for it to soak in all the colours, then I’ll rinse it with water, apply some cream (Bepanthan), and wrap it up in clingfilm again until the 8th hour (like you would a sandwich). Apparently, you do this for three (regular washes and cream applications) – so that it doesn’t dry out…

PRO TIP: wait for your skin to start tightening on and around the tattoo, that’s the best time to apply the cream; it’ll start to feel a bit stingy and sore.

The all important QUESTION: “did it hurt?” Frankly, no it didn’t. It stung when the outline was being done but the rest was fine, just like a small (albeit deep) scratch.

So, do y’all think I can join that band ‘t.A.T.u’? All the things I said… All the things I said… (preferably without the rainy day and passionate kissing behind the caged fence in a school uniform).

Things not to do after getting a tattoo:

Don’t go in the sun for a few months, if you have to – apply a HIGH SPF sun protection.

Don’t scratch it, no matter how itchy it gets – don’t.

Don’t pick at the scabs either.

Don’t rub or touch it often, especially when it’s in the first stages of healing – you could rub the colour off or get it infected.

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It’s #NationalToastDay and I came home to make some French Toast.

It’s not March yet so I’m trying to get as much chocolate crammed into my system w/o bringing on the old diabetes.

So, anyway, the recipe is as follows…

Ingredients:

1) A slice (or 7,890) of Genius Protein Bread (no, really – it’s called Genius!) 🍞

2) Alpro Chocolate Soya Milk 🍼

3) One Organic Free-Range Egg – straight from the hen (or the shop IF you don’t live in a barn) 🍳

4) Ground Cinnamon

5) Coconut Oil/Sunflower Oil/Low Fat Butter (ONE OF THESE, CHOOSE YOUR PERFERRED) for frying.

Method?

Beat egg and add milk, mix, then dip the bread in a bowl to coat. 🍳 🍼

Fry on a medium heat (but let the pan heat up, and allow the oil or the butter to melt/boil before adding the soaked bread) 🔥

Keep flipping the slice of bread from side to side until you’re happy with how it looks. I flipped it four times (once per minute).

Serve with some strawberries and a piece of Lidl’s finest crispy white chocolate (if you’re me). 🍓 🍫

*** You could also add Chocolate Sauce if you want to give yourself even more of a sugar rush and tempt fate of the diabetic variety.

Tonight, I’m going to do this #NationalPizzaDay differently…

The video above shows you how to make heart shaped pizzas, because Valentine’s Day is coming up soon – and everyone loves a pizza, right? Yes, yes they do!

Enjoy this video… If you decide to make your own, using the recipe shown, please let me know what you thought and how you found it. Comment below either way, I love a “chinwag paddywag give a cat a stroke!”

What’s your favourite pizza? I’m talking chosen restaurant, flavour, topping, crust… The lot! For those of you who – for allergy reasons – can’t eat it, or are just simply not a fan – what do you perfer as a substitute? Get involved if you want to. I look forward to hearing from you!

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‘Beauty Bae’s struck gold again, this time it’s by winning the Blog-aholic Award, courtesy of our beautiful blogging buddy Beauty and the Ballroom!

If you’re into dance and beauty related posts, you’ll be getting that and so much more with ‘Beauty and the Ballroom’, please go follow her and have a read of her content!

I’ve been informed that the creator of this very award is ‘The Recipe Hunter‘. So, why not give them a follow and/or a read of their delicious and edible content too?

8 Simple Rules (the TV show of my childhood):

1) Embed the above image of the award logo/image onto your post  ✅

2) Discuss them rules that should not be broken (when spreading this award along) ✅

3) Give the blogger who nominated you a s/o and some big, big, love along with an ample amount of merci’s. Don’t forget to link to their page too… ✅

4) Give a s/o to the creator of the award, providing a link to their blog. ✅

5) Publish a post to showcase your award in all its glory (I would hope it’s published or else, how the ruddy heck are you reading it?) ✅

6) Highlight and make links to your best post(s) ✅

7) Include THREE interesting or slightly obscure facts about yourself ✅

8) Nominate 5-10 bloggers of your choice, and let them know of your nomination. ✅

Best Posts to come out of ‘Beauty Bae’?

Rodial (my very first and ‘Most Popular/Viewed’ post)

My Weight-Loss Journey (probably my  ‘Most Liked’ post)

His & Hers  (my first and best Men’s product review)

Passengers (I really enjoyed watching and reviewing this film)

No7 Advert / Love Mrs. Claus / Women’s March (I couldn’t choose between them. I loved writing and sharing all equally)

Happy (typing up this post helped me make sense of a lot of things and helped me come to some decisions)

Sweet Potato Brownies (😋 #SNM)

THREE interesting facts about me?

UNO: I drove* my mum’s car into a garage at the age of three. No, really. 🙈

*crashed

DEUX: I can’t swim in the deep end to save my life but can allegedly “swim like a mermaid” underwater in the shallow end to save others’. How? Ask my mum for more details.

TRE: I’m going to be 26 this year. Flip it and that’d make me 62. FCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK!

Five bloggers?

1) myyalia

2) Be Kind Beauty

3) Anna Bankster Beauty

4) Queen of Girl Geeks

5) Madison Loveday

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Seeing as I’m focusing on baking and baked treats today, I thought I’d share these ‘Rose Petal & Chinese Tea Shortbread‘ biscuits with you…

These are not just the perfect accompaniment to your tea or coffee but are a perfect choice when creating your own Valentine’s Day dessert canapé – if you’re bringing that special someone round for a meal.

From a west country family run bakery that continue to source as many ingredients they can from local farmers with each biscuit still handfinished to perfection.

These aptly love-heart shaped biscuits are absolutely delicious to taste. The flavours are extremely delicate but work well to cleanse the palate.

I tend to spread a thin layer of Meridian Almond & Coconut Butter over them, but they are perfectly fine to be topped with yoghurt, clotted cream, chocolate spread etc. Alternatively, you can just dip them into your brew or cup o’ coffee and they’d still do the trick.

In terms of calories, they can’t be too calorific because they’re somewhat thinner than the average (and very delicious) shortbread. After doing some digging, I found that each biscuit amounts to 53 calories. There we go! Another ‘almost’ guilt-free thing to get into your system!

If you’d like to get some for yourself, head to your nearest BIG or little Waitrose (the shop). ❤