Author: Sinead

Aussie No Rush Body Wash

As much as I adore a long luxurious bath; I’m a big fan of showers too. There’s just no better way to instantly feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Warm water plus an assortment of products to apply equals a very happy me!

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I’m always on the lookout for new products to try so when Aussie recently launched a range of body washes; I couldn’t wait to see what they were like. I bought mine in Boot’s as I noticed they were quite a bit cheaper there than in Tesco’s. Only for its little tag (which wasn’t on every bottle), I’m not sure I would have immediately realised these were something different. With their sleek bottles and signature purple and white colours; this range looks identical to the brand’s super popular haircare products. So they’re cute but I can’t help thinking that if you use their shampoo and conditioner too, it would be easy to mix them up in the shower!

Available in 250ml and 400ml sizes, I chose No Rush to start. It’s a thick lilac-coloured gel which lathers up really well and smells incredible. Fresh and sweet and slightly exotic; I’m just a little bit obsessed with it! Containing Australian Jojoba seed oil, this body wash leaves skin soft and subtly scented. I love everyday products that feel a little bit indulgent and this is definitely one of those.

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Lush Fluffy Egg

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Easter is well on its way and Lush have brought out a lovely limited edition collection for the occasion.

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One of the pieces I picked up from this current range was the Fluffy Egg bath bomb. It has such lovely little detail to it and it’s so cute looking that I almost didn’t want to use it…!

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Of course I had to give it a try though and as it turned out; it was just as pretty once it started to dissolve. It turns the water the most gorgeously girly shade of pink — perfect for a pampering night at home!

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Not surprisingly, this bath bomb is super sweet scented too. The fragrance is the same as the cult Christmas product that is Snow Fairy. Think freshly-spun candy floss and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

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After a long soak, my skin felt so soft and I felt totally chilled out! Fluffy Egg feels so indulgent and — at less than five euro — it makes for a really lovely alternative treat this Easter.

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Third Celebration

My blog is three years old today…! :-) When I first started posting back in 2012, I had no idea what way this was going to go…and I definitely didn’t expect it to become such a big part of my life!

I’m really happy to have this little space to share all my thoughts and experiences. So much has changed over the past thirty-six months and it’s pretty great to have a record of all that to look back on at any time. Blogging has also encouraged me to engage with this huge community across the world — I’m constantly discovering wonderful new and different blogs and I love it!

Thank you so much to everyone who reads/likes/comments on/shares/follows my posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what another twelve months of blogging will bring!

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it seems to have become a tradition for me to make some sort of chocolate cake with blue icing at this time of year…tradition is the best! ;-)

Aldi Eggjoyables

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Over the weekend, I came across — and immediately picked up — the very appealing looking Eggjoyables from Aldi.

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4 individually wrapped chocolate eggs complete with 2 plastic spoons all neatly packaged in a little egg carton — it’s the very same concept as Cadbury Egg ‘n’ Spoon. Since I’ve already tried the Cadbury version, I thought I’d give these a go and see how they compare.

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To start, in terms of packaging, Cadbury are the clear winners. The colours and the quality are definitely higher standard and they have a more luxurious feel to them. I imagine both brands would appeal to kids though — especially with the cute little spoons!

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Ultimately though it’s what inside that counts (right?!). Within these blue foil wrappers are milk chocolate eggs with a cute crack detail, just like Cadbury’s. Each egg is filled with a creamy white filling.

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Taste-wise? I much prefer Aldi’s offering! The chocolate is creamy and thicker and the filling is fluffy and not so sickly sweet as Egg ‘n’ Spoon.

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Also important to note is that a carton of Eggjoyables are €2.50 compared to the RRP of €5 for a pack of Egg ‘n’ Spoon. They’re definitely more reasonable and much better value. Having said that; if the Cadbury version were the same price as Aldi, I’d still opt for the latter — to me, they taste much better and (at least in this case) that’s what matters the most!

This Weekend

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I think this has been such a weird week for a lot of us — St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday has thrown things completely! I also took the Wednesday off too so I’ve been extra confused ;-).

Despite the recent break, I’m still looking forward to relaxing some more over the next couple of days. I don’t have any big plans but this past month has been hectic enough so I’ll be happy to take it easy. A sleep-in and a Lush bath are on the top of my to-do list! I’ve also recently started Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and I’m so looking forward to properly getting in to it. Whatever your plans, I hope you all have a great weekend!

Zoella Beauty Fizz Bar

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Irish fans of Youtuber sensation Zoe Sugg are in luck because the Zoella beauty range has come to Penney’s!

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I was recently in the Mary Street store in Dublin on a typically hectic Saturday afternoon when I came across the stand. There was next to nothing left at this stage but happily one of the few items remaining was a fizz bar.

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I’d already seen the full range online and to me, the fizz bar was the most interesting looking product so I grabbed it as soon as I saw it!

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It’s a chunky solid bar consisting of 8 squares. You drop 1-2 squares in to warm running water and watch it fizz!

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It dissolves quickly, turning the water a cloudy shade of white. It instantly has a relaxing and soothing feel to it.

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I have to say; I was so surprised with its scent.  I expected it to be really sweet but it’s not at all. I find that it has a pleasantly musky and powdery smell instead. Zoe’s audience seems to be largely teenagers but I think this product could appeal to any age.

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The packaging is very pretty and cute and girly. I really think this would be an especially lovely item to add to a gift basket for someone’s birthday. I quite like it as a product although I don’t think it’s as interesting as a Lush bath bomb. It’s a good option if you want something simple but still indulgent.

The fizz bar retails at €6 and you could get at least 4 baths out of it so it’s not bad value — it’s actually cheaper to buy it in Penney’s than it is to buy it online. I’ve yet to try any of the other products in the range. If you’ve used them; leave a comment below as I’d love to hear what they’re like!

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Paddy’s Day Pudding

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I can never resist making an appropriately themed dessert for every occasion! Last year it was green and gold cupcakes; the year before it was tricolour trifles. This year, I’ve created a “Paddy’s Day Pudding” which is in fact a peppermint and white chocolate mousse coloured a gorgeous shade of green.

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This recipe uses raw eggs so it may not suitable for certain people including pregnant ladies and little children. I always buy free-range eggs anyway but for this recipe, I go with organic just to be sure! As you only need a few ingredients here, I’d also say try get the best quality of everything — it’ll be so worth it for the flavour!

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This is a deliciously creamy and light-as-air dessert. It’s pleasantly sweet and refreshing and so perfect after a heavy meal. This recipe yields 4 generous portions or 6-8 smaller servings.

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Ingredients:

200g good quality white chocolate
4 good quality eggs, separated
250ml fresh cream
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. green food colouring

Method:

Break the chocolate in to small pieces in to a heatproof bowl. Sit the bowl over a pan of simmering water on a medium heat and allow the chocolate to slowly melt, stirring occasionally. When it’s ready, set the bowl aside to allow it to cool slightly.

In in a clean and dry bowl; whip the 4 egg whites until soft peaks form.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the cream and peppermint extract together.

Whisk the 4 egg yolks in to the melted white chocolate until thoroughly combined. Add this mixture and the green food colouring to the mint cream and stir. Then, fold in the egg whites.

Divide the mixture evenly in to ramekins or glasses and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Ideally serve within 24 hours. For a cute finishing touch; add some coloured sugar, chocolate curls or fresh fruit!

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