Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Ultimate Smoothie Bowl

For me, having a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. I'm never going to be happy if I only eat kale salad, but equally eating domino's and cream eggs all week isn't going to lead to a happy, healthy place either! There's nothing wrong with eating healthily most of the time and then having the occasional McDonalds and sprinkles! I think all students know that trying to cook healthy meals when you're not only stressed with work but also on a budget can be a challenge, so I thought I'd start sharing some of my favourite recipes, from colourful salads to yummy cream egg cupcakes! Kicking things off on the healthier side is this gorgeous and fun smoothie bowl!
Ingredients
For the smoothie
1 banana
Frozen Berries
Pomegranate seeds
A handful of blueberries
2-4 Strawberries
1 tsp pure maple syrup

For the topping
Half a kiwi
2 strawberries
A handful of blueberries
Frozen berries
Shredded coconut
Pomegranate seeds
Oats

What to do
Essentially just chuck all the smoothie ingredients in a blender and press blend! I've used my trusty Blend Active which not only makes the smoothie ready to go in a bottle (less washing up - win!) but only costs £29. Then just decorate with whatever toppings you like on top! If you're looking for some inspiration on making your smoothie bowl look gorgeous, then check out From My Bowl's amazing instagram!

Top Tips
My essential picks to go in this smoothie are the banana as its so cheap (11p) and gives a creamy texture to the smoothie and the frozen berries which again so cheap (around £2 for a big bag), super long lasting and give the smoothie its vivid rich purple colour. Whenever I'm on a bit of a budget and looking to save money I'll simply swap the fresh strawberries and blueberries for more frozen berries and leave out the slightly pricy shredded coconut! Although to be fair, the shredded coconut is a big bag which will probably last ages!

I'd love to know what you think of this recipe and whether you'd like to see some more recipes on Chasing Belle 23!
Georgia xxxx
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Why I Dropped Out Of University

It occurred to me the other day that I don't seem to write many personal posts, my blog is full of chatty beauty favourites but not that many posts actually about me! I figured that as my blog is getting a lot more views than it used to I'd get a little more deep and share some of my life experiences. Kicking things off with why I dropped out of university and what happened following dropping out!
Rewind back to September 2012 and I was an excited but completely terrified fresher preparing to leave home for the first time. I'd made it through my A-levels, written the dreaded personal statement, battled through UCAS (application form of horror) and actually managed to get offers to study at university. I was off to study Law at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. I got celebratory pancakes with my Mum, bought way too much new home ware and made the 4 hour car journey to be waved off my mum and younger sister, who uncharacteristically cried, begged me not to go and said she'd send all of the spiders in the world to find me in Norwich, I'm not a fan of spiders!
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Are These Bloggers' Favourites Worth the Hype?

We've all seen the many products adored by bloggers. This months "it" product, that has us all running to the shop to try it out, particularly for those of us with a slight tendency to majorly overshop! But are all of these products actually deserving of the hype they're given? And with so many recommended favourites how do we separate the amazing from over hyped? I've rounded up some of my recent blogger inspired purchases to let you know which ones I've loved and the few that I've hated! But please remember that this is just my personal opinion, and you're completely entitled to disagree with me!
Worth It!
Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb (X)This one is pretty much universally loved in the blogging world and its honestly not hard to see why! With a refreshing and uplifting grapefruit and peppermint scent this bomb turns your bath into a bright blue glittery lagoon with bright swirling colours and plenty of glitter. 
Soap and Glory Solar Powder (X). Another steady favourite is this gorgeous bronzer from Soap and Glory. It gives such a nice natural glow and is never too obvious. It contains two shades so is so easy to adjust to the look you're going for, whether that's just a natural sweeping of bronze or some more adventurous contouring. I literally use this almost every day! 
Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara (X)Hands down the best mascara I've ever tried! This is the one product I'd hate to leave the house without applying. In addition to its stunning packaging, it uses tiny hooks to effortlessly grip, curl and lengthen lashes while also coating lashes really evenly.
Daisy Dream (X). On top of having an insanely beautiful bottle, this also has a completely gorgeous scent with a beautiful mix of jasmine, grapefruit, coconut water, white woods and blue wisteria. The result is a floral but fruity scent which instantly feels summery, light and subtle, and for me is the perfect mix.
Micellar Water (X). If you haven't of micellar water then I honestly don't know how you've managed to avoid all the fuss over it! This insanely affordable product (its only £1.99 a bottle) removes makeup so quickly and gently, and is a world better for your skin than face wipes.
On the Fence!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (X). When I first bought this concealer I was a massive fan, and wore it solidly for about 3 months! But on reflection I'm not sure how well this actually worked for me. It doesn't make a lot of difference in covering my under eye circles and has a tendency to look a bit cakey. To clarify, its definitely not a bad concealer, I'm just not convinced its the magical cure its sometimes claimed to be.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (X). I can definitely see why this mascara has become a staple blogger favourite, its amazingly reasonably priced, easy to apply and so, so lengthening! It appears to do it all, but for me its just not quite as good as Roller Lash. I also find that it's lengthening effect tends to not be hugely long lasting, while the mascara that is left isn't the easiest to remove. Having said that, I do still happily use this mascara some of the time, so its clearly not all bad!
Not for me! 

The Experimenter Bath Bomb (X). Based on reviews I've read and the general appearance of this bath bomb I was expecting gorgeous swirling colours, but honestly I just found this one a bit disappointing. I'm not a huge fan of its scent and while there were some colours (mostly yellow and orange!) emerging it was just a bit boring considering its £3.95 price tag. It also left my water grey, which doesn't quite match up to the gorgeous blue lagoons left by products such as Intergalactic!
Benefit They're Real Push Up Gel Liner (X). This may not be a huge bloggers favourite, but evidently I am quite easily pleased and actually couldn't come across many products I really disliked! My main issue with this liner is that its seemingly impossible to actually use! You twist round the top and the gel liner comes out, but I literally, for the life of me, cannot figure out how to get this to give a small amount and work well! I also found it clumpy and really difficult to draw a decent, straight line with. 

Have you tried any bloggers favourites that you've either loved or hated? Let me know in the comments! 
Georgia xxxx
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

8 Reasons Why I Keep Visiting Your Blog

One of my favourites things to do with a spare few hours is to read loads and loads of blog posts! But with so, so much choice out there how do we choose what to read first?! Here are 8 reasons I'm likely to visit and love your blog!
1. You have gorgeous clear photos. I'd say the majority of blogs I visit feature seriously amazing photography full of bright, colourful and vivid images. But some of them are just so, so impressive, looking at your flatlays Jasmine Talks Beauty!
2. You have a clear, easy to follow layout. I'll admit I'm a sucker for clear, bright and well organised blogs! I also love it when its ridiculously easy to find things like the search bar, about page and blog post archive.
3. You're on bloglovin or twitter. The first place I go when I want to read blogs is Bloglovin. It organises all the blogs I follow into a simple newsfeed and I can just scroll through and usually open about 20 different tabs of blog posts! I also use twitter to find lovely new blogs to explore.
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Book Review: The Bones of You

I've never posted a book review before, but this beautifully written psychological thriller seemed like the perfect read to start with! I loved this book, with its captivating, intricate plot paved out with mystery and secrets that you become desperate to understand. This is the sort of book that you could easily read in one sitting, and become more and more intrigued by with each page.
The story revolves around the disappearance of eighteen year old Rosie from her seemingly perfect loving family in a quiet idyllic country village. As the village attempts to come to terms with the disappearances of one of their own, family friend Kate finds herself entwined in the aftermath of Rosie's disappearance and desperately trying to uncover what's happened to her. With her whole life ahead of her, who would want to harm a kind and beautiful girl like Rosie, and most importantly, why? The books many twists and turns investigate what's happened to Rosie, but also explore what happens to a family following a tragedy such as a child going missing. How can they possibly recover? And is there any such thing as a 'normal' reaction?

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What I've Loved In January

Despite being very few people's favourite month January definitely did have some highlights! From finishing exams and taking spontaneous trips with old friends to discovering lots of fun new things. Here are some of the lovely products I've been loving this January.
Enchanted Forest Colouring Book (X). My Grandma bought me this gorgeous book way back in September and over the course of my exams I have become seriously obsessed with it! There is just something so relaxing and satisfying about perfectly (or not quite perfectly in my case!) colouring in a beautiful picture. I was slightly sceptical when these first started becoming really popular, but if you're ever looking for a creative and fun outlook to de stress then I'd really recommend giving one of these a go.
The Bones Of You (X)One of the best books I've read in a long time, beautifully written with a tragic but compelling story that you just can't stop reading. In equal parts heartbreaking and captivating this psychological thriller will keep you guessing what happened to missing 18 year old Rosie until the very end.
Urban Decay Naked Palette (X)I got this palette for Christmas and am loving it so far! With so many options its so much fun to experiment with, check out this post to see my top picks and how I apply it.
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