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Mandem and madmen,

This here blog post is going to act as a little helping hand in choosing something special for your significant other or life-partner, this  Valentines Day.

First thing’s first, if you’re with a high-maintenance girl, good luck to you… You’re going to need it. I, also, as a lover of the finer things in life, haven’t got the foggiest idea as to what she may want to be given, on the day that celebrates love and a half-naked angel baby who goes around shooting arrows into people’s hearts (lovingly). #Cupid

Failsafe options (unless she’s diabetic or suffers from hay-fever or other pollen allergies) would be flowers and chocolates. Alternatively, a stuffed teddy would be a cute idea too for a Disney fan (or if she’s into that sort of thing).

A pair of shoes wouldn’t go amiss either (providing you actually know her size and what she’s into, style-wise) for a lady who is into fashion.

Perfume? This could work, and so could a gift-set from LUSH.

Make-up? You’ve got to know her shade or what sort of colours/brands she likes in order to even contemplate doing this! Not that you would… Come off it lads! We all know you wouldn’t be seen at a Bobbi Brown counter unless she dragged you along! I wouldn’t even be surprised if you thought “he” was a footballer, to be honest.

Try not to get her stuff that only you like and would use… That isn’t romantic (unless you have the same things in common and) she loves you enough to like the stuff you’re into or put up with it, I’m the best of both.

Finally, when planning something nice, know the type of girl she is, know what makes her tick, what she likes, what she doesn’t… That’s vital in getting it right. If she’s anything like me, good luck in finding out LOL! I struggle beyond belief in being decisive and choosing what to do on dates. I would say it’s “human nature” but it isn’t…  It’s weird because in every other aspect of my life – aside from romance – I’m the most decisive person I know. So, ladies, let that be a lesson – be decisive when you’re being asked to! That’s my advice, which I should take, but never do.

Anyway, back to ideas for dates… I don’t know, the cinema? A nice meal out? The theatre? The zoo? Again, what’s she into? Find that out  because without it you’ll struggle. A nice break away would be sure to not be refused though… Plan a romantic night out somewhere with an overnight hotel stay. Something intimate. Get them candles burning like your heart! #EmergancyServicesInducing (in the best, safest and nicest way possible).

LOL! I love how I seem to know more about what to buy guys than I do girls and the worst part is: I am one! 😂

Disclaimer: I’ve only been in one relationship. This may mean that I was born in the wrong body, or that I’ve spent way too much time around my brother.

As with anything, most of us girls are really very easy to keep happy and don’t ask for much other than your time, patience and love/attention, also – affection. That’s HUGELY important! ❤

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This book series is BAE to me! I, truth be told, haven’t got past the ‘I Heart… London‘ book but, it’s a great series nonetheless hence why I’m sharing it with you.

If you’re familiar with the work of Sophie Kinsella, and love it, you’ll love this. It’s a comedic and romantic novel that’s set in modern times. It’s one that you won’t be able to put down or stop laughing at.

This series is so good that I’m actually quite worried as to why it hasn’t been made into a full-length Hollywood movie…

Lindsey Kelk = bae. No, seriously, what an actual bae! I’d go as far as to say that she is “bae” personified. If I was going to be a writer, I’d want to write like her. #Authorspiration #Writerspiration

The book follows Angela Clark, a journalist, who flees the U.K. after she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend.

She then, as you do, gives up her entire livelihood to start a new life in the States.  That’s where she meets her new roommate (a receptionist at a hotel which she stays at in the early days), starts writing for a well-known Women’s magazine and falls in love with a rockstar, who becomes her boyfriend further on into the first book. The chemistry between Angela and her new boyfriend is absolutely everything, and so is their banter… Their relationship is so lovely, but it does – further into the series – get tested. I won’t say any more than that…

This is just a brief synopsis because as far as I know, there have been seven books thus far, and each one focuses on a different aspect of Angela’s life (and location around the World), and it’s done in a very funny way.

It’s a very well-written book that’s not going to disappoint (I hope!) and one that needs to be a staple to any girl’s handbag, kindle or luggage before heading off on holiday, this year.

If you’ve read the books and/or are familiar with them, let me know your thoughts… Alternatively, if you haven’t, give them a go and tell me what you think… Finally, if you haven’t and will be needing more information before reading, comment below – asking me any question you may have and I’ll do my best to get it answered in as much detail!

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I ran a poll on Twitter and was overwhelmed with the ONE vote that I received so I decided to write this review in aid of that one person who pitied my poll enough to vote, stating that they’d read my blog if I reviewed films. This one’s for you, sweet and kind anonymous person!

(I’m also running another poll on there now regarding my idea for Comic Relief Sponsorship). If you’d like to join all the ONE PERSON out there who likes to vote, please do! ❤

‘Passengers’ is a very good film. Incredible, incredible film. It’s predictable, not gonna lie, but it’s a great watch nonetheless. JLaw, the overrated JLaw, yeah, she’s in it and so is Chris Pratt (the actor, not your mate Chris who sometimes or always acts like a Prat).

As you can see from the trailer, the film is set on a spaceship in Space, travelling to Homestead II. The trip itself takes 120 years… So, naturally, in the real world, the 5,000 ‘Passengers’ bodies would need to go into hibernation via a pod, waking up in 120 years, un-aged.

Lo’ and behold Chris Pratt’s character, Jim’s, one breaks down and he wakes up earlier than everyone else (80-something years into the mission), still looking his 30-something year-old self. He  falls in love with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Aurora, by catching a glimpse of her while she slept in a room filled with 5,000 other sleeping passengers. Love makes you do weird things, so he’d stay awake all night watching videos of her being interviewed – prior to setting off on the mission (casting tapes) – and from reading some passages from her books. He’d even speak to her sleeping self, telling her about his day… Enough’s enough at this point, he’s a red-blooded man who wants some LOVIN’ so he decided to wake her up, but talks it over with a robot bartender – who doesn’t have feelings – just to be sure.

Aurora is a writer and journalist who is travelling there on a quest of self-discovery and to finish her book… She mentions that her quest to Homestead II is predominantly focussed on work. But, she is single ready to mingle like an unboxed Pringle (once released from the pod).

Jim (who – on Earth – would long be in Heaven by now) can’t stay awake and die prematurely on the ship without her, so he goes through with his plan to wake her up prematurely, and this is when they eventually embark on a romanticism situation (where he pretends he doesn’t know a lot about her from his late-night “researching”). Oh, wait though, like any film, there’s got to be some drama… Their romance is going well, he’s about to propose… But, before he does, she finds out that he lied to her – when he made her believe she woke up because of a fault in her pod – this enrages her so she accuses him of “murder” (pretty strong here, Aurora!), and was even about to attack him with a rod at one stage.

Then, weird things start to happen, things on the ship start to break down, and they have to figure out what’s going on… A captain who’s sick wakes up and begins to die but manages to bring the two back together and asks them to find out what’s going on to save the rest of the 5,000 people on board… Pratt’s character is an engineer and mechanic, so trust him to be the first to wake and be there when mechanical and technical faults start to happen… Do they make it out alive? Watch it and find out.

The special effects are outstanding, I’d say this film, visually, is up there with Sandra Bullock’s Gravity. I love space films anyway because they are just so very interesting to watch. I actually wanted to go home and watch Interstellar and Gravity (again) straight after because it was that good!

I liked the chemistry between Chris and JLaw, it was strange because I usually find JLaw to be wooden in performances… Her aggression, elegance (which she usually has) and intellect in this film made for better viewing. She’s stunning but usually very plain, like Kristen Stewart from the Twilight saga. Alas, they’re both successful and doing good! Respect and big ups!

Today, I will be sharing my take on a unique veggie red-velvet recipe. It’s delicious and doesn’t include any preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings.

It’s no secret that I love any vegetable-related cakes… This might sound weird to you, but are y’all not the same people who can’t say no to a slice of the finest carrot cake? Sort it out! Vegetables in cakes are the past, present, and future.

For instance, I’ve just learned how to make a cheesecake filling and chocolate mousse using avocado. Sounds disgusting now but once you get over the “vegetables shouldn’t be used in sweet dishes” vendetta (and taste it) it’ll all be fine and dandy! Again, you are the same people who won’t look twice at a carrot cake before scoffing it down your cake-hole (clever use of a pun, even if I do say so myself).

Back to the Red Velvet Cake… Yes, before you ask, I chose to include BEETROOT instead of food colouring. You are allowed to throw up now, just make sure you come back to carry on reading afterwards… You won’t want to miss it!

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons lemon juice
135g beetroot, boiled and grated
310g flour with 100g ground almonds
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
400g dates
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
285g unsalted butter, melted
4 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons honey
125ml dark chocolate almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cream
75g low-fat soft cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dash of salt                                                                    450g icing sugar

Method:

Start by greasing your baking dish with a choice of butter, low-fat oil or oil spray.

Then, preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and pour lemon juice over beetroot, setting aside to soak.

Combine the flour and ground almonds, 1 teaspoon salt, bicarbonate of soda, mashed dates, cocoa, melted butter, eggs, honey, dark chocolate almond milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl. Finally, throw in beetroot and beat mixture 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer before transferring to prepared dish.

Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 about 40 minutes before leaving to cool. While you wait for the cake to cool, you can get started with the frosting.

To make frosting: combine the cream and soft cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla and dash of salt followed by the icing sugar. Once everything is in your bowl, beat until fluffy and leave to set.

Voila.

All that’s left now is to assemble the darn thing before consumption! 😋

P.S: you can add nuts to garnish (if you’re not allergic obviously), and for extra texture.

*I found this recipe on AllRecipes but altered it to make it even healthier*. You’ll find a photo of what it should look like attached to the link.

I’ve yet to post a photo of it because I want to follow up on this blog with a video – which I’ll upload to YouTube and embed in this post. Check back here in a couple of weeks for it!

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Jessica Alba and Kylie Jenner

What in “blue blazes” (Happy belated #AustraliaDay) are those collagen lip jelly masks that I’ve been hearing about? 😱

They’re like a mask (for the lips) packed with collagen which claim to be lip-plumping and  lift the contours of our lips so that they appear bigger, fuller and more poutier.

YouTubers and Instagrammers alike have been upping the ante on promoting them, sharing videos of them trying it out and now it’s gone viral (less of an infection, more of an Internet sensation).

I haven’t tried the “lip jellies” personally but the results which I have seen look incredible. However, I’m not sure if it’s a trick of a Photoshop switch and a marketing ploy by celebs / non-celebs or if they actually work… Either way, it’s pretty impressive!

Why am I sceptical about whether they work on not? I say this because I purchased a Fullips lip enhancer, which worked, but it still didn’t give the results I saw on YouTube from others… Maybe I didn’t use it right or maybe my lips aren’t suitable for the one which got delivered (as there are various sizes), but I’m not sure… I did notice a difference at first, but now that a year or so has passed since using it, I have to say that I have since become underwhelmed with the result.

I now rely on over-lining my lips with matte liquid lipsticks as I don’t want my lips to get bruised nor swollen. All I really want is a fuller pout.

Truthfully, I’m not sure if I’ll be purchasing the lip jellies… I might do for fun, to test them out on here, but I’m torn. I may just note the ones I’ve heard of, embed the videos of results and do a bit of research on other people’s views. That’s what I might do, it’ll be more of a feature than a review, so keep an eye, nose or cheek out.