Lush Dragon’s Egg

It just so happened that the last bath bomb in my most recent Lush haul was called Dragon’s Egg — so appropriate now that Game of Thrones is back (I honestly didn’t even plan that!).

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This is a bit of a monster of a bath bomb. It’s much bigger and heavier, at least compared to the other ones I picked up last month — although it cost a bit more too so that explains it really!

It has a powdery feel to it and smells so good. Ingredients including lemon oil, bergamot oil and jasmine absolute gives Dragon’s Egg a subtle floral scent. To me though, it smells more like sherbet than anything else. It’s got that fizzy sugary feel to it that’s so reminiscent of old-school sweets!

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This bath bomb gets to work as soon as it hits the water. A thick creamy foam immediately appears as the bomb slowly dissolves. A few colourful discs of rice paper reveal themselves too — apparently this bomb also contains popping candy but I never actually noticed that.

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After several minutes, it was still melting away so I pushed it right under the tap and the direct spray of water kind of made it explode! The water changed to a fiery orange colour which is lovely even if it does leave a bit of a stain in the bathtub afterwards!

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Overall, Dragon’s Egg has such a luxurious feel to it. It made the water incredibly silky and left my skin feeling lovely and soft. The bubbles don’t last long but the scent and silkiness lingers and leaves you feeling pampered like a princess (or even a Khaleesi — sorry, just couldn’t resist!).

Little Lemon Cakes

Since I’m all better again, I decided to do some baking in time for the weekend. As it’s just days now until the fifth season of Game of Thrones hits our screens, I decide to intertwine these two interests of mine. Immediately, I thought of lemon cakes. These are often mentioned in both the books and the series, associated with the rich and noble people. Sansa often declares them to be her favourite treats and I figured; if they’re good enough for this Lady Stark, they’d be good enough for me!

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Not only are these little lemon cakes fitting with the return of Game of Thrones, they’re so perfect for Spring too. Light, bright and bursting with sweet citrus flavour; they’re ideal for picnics and afternoon tea. I think Sansa (and your family and friends) would definitely approve ;-).

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Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. butter
  • 4 oz. sugar
  • 4 oz. self-raising flour
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Juice of two lemons
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Splash of milk

Also (optional):

  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 180° Celsius and prepare a muffin tin. Grease each hole in the tin with oil spray or butter or alternatively, use paper liners. I got 9 portions with my muffin tin but that can easily vary.

2. Beat the butter until it has softened. Add in the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and creamy.

3. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating continuously.

4. Fold in the flour and ensure everything is thoroughly combined.

5. Stir in the juice and zest and a little splash of milk.

6. Divide the mixture in to the muffin tin and leave it to bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes.

7. In the meantime, make the syrup. This is optional but it adds even more flavour so it’s well worth doing. Simply dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar in to the juice of one lemon in a pan over a low-medium heat. Stir occasionally and don’t allow it to come to a boil. When the sugar has completely dissolved, set the pan aside.

8. When the cakes are ready, take them out of the oven and leave them to cool for five minutes. Then pour a small amount of syrup on to each one, while they’re still warm.

*These cakes could last up to three days in an airtight container but they’re so delicious, they’ll be gone in no time ;-).

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My Netflix List

We finally got Netflix! I have no idea why we didn’t get this sooner. We signed up to it earlier this week and since I’ve been mostly on the sofa nursing my neck (which is much better now, thank God!), I’ve had plenty of time to have a decent browse of it. I’ve compiled a list of the TV series and films I’m planning on watching/rewatching very soon. Any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

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Once Upon a Time

I’d seen an episode here and there of this TV series but I’ve decided to start from the start and properly get in to it. It tells the story of classic fairytale characters who have been frozen in time and live in the modern day town of Storybrooke. I’m not even halfway through the first season and I’m already hooked!

Pretty Little Liars

I have yet to see a single episode of this show and it’s something like five seasons in?! I’ve heard so much about it, especially over the past few months, and I’m curious now to find out what all the fuss is about!

The Returned

A number of people, who had been presumed dead after disappearing some years earlier, suddenly return to their town. To me, this sounds like The 4400 which I loved so I have high hopes for this particular series!

Grimm

L is a big fan of this show about a detective who finds out he’s also destined to protect people from supernatural creatures. I’ve slowly been getting in to it — L’s on Season 3 though so I have some catching up to do!

Sons of Anarchy

All about a motorcycle gang in California, this is another series that I’ve discovered through L. I only caught on to it when he was on the last season so I’ve actually already seen the series finale! Still, I missed the main chunk of it so I figure I might as well go back to the beginning and watch it in full!

Charmed

I was pretty much obsessed with the Halliwell sisters when I was growing up. This was back when we had video recorders so I used to tape all the episodes (on those chunky cassettes!) and watch them over and over again! I think it was around Season 6 when I kind of just stopped watching the show. More than ten years later, I’m feeling nostalgic and want to relive all those magical moments!

Romeo & Juliet

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes, this is one of those films I’ve always said I’d watch but never got around to actually seeing. I’ve never seen any screen version of this classic tale so it should be interesting.

Heathers

A film that’s (just a little bit) older than me! This is also another one that I’ve never seen. It’s a dark high-school drama and it’s supposed to be a bit of a cult classic so I’m looking forward to watching it.

The Bounty Hunter

You may or may not remember/have even heard of this 2010 film with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston. It’s a fairly standard rom-com about a bounty hunter (surprisingly enough!) whose latest assignment is to track down a bail-jumping reporter who just so happens to be his ex-wife. It got average ratings and reviews but there’s a particular reason it’s on my list now: The Bounty Hunter was the first film L and I went to see together when we started going out. I’ve decided we just have to watch it together again and since it’s our fifth anniversary this month, I’d say that’s pretty good timing!

Thoughts for Tuesday

Easter is officially over and done with for 2015. I hope everyone enjoyed it! The weather has been so lovely these past few days and I was hoping to get out in it except I haven’t been in the best way. I woke up with a really bad cricked neck the other day and it’s been so painful! It sounds like a small thing but honestly, I’ve barely been able to move all weekend (thank God for the endless supply of Easter chocolate!). I should probably go/have already gone to the doctor but I’m convinced it’ll be gone soon so I keep putting it off. I’ve had to promise my boyfriend that I’ll make an appointment if it’s not significantly better very soon so I’m making the effort to rest up to encourage my body to heal itself already! Keep your fingers crossed for me, please ;-).

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New CID Cosmetics Nail Polish

This month’s issue of Cosmopolitan comes with a free New CID Cosmetics nail polish. There’s a great selection of colours on offer: greige, orange-red; dark purple and magenta pink. I chose the orange-red which I thought would be a really pretty colour for Spring/Summer.

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I’d never heard of this brand before and I’ve definitely never seen it in any shops. They do sell on a number of sites though where they have a fairly extensive range. The polishes in this particular collection are all dessert themed with sweet names including everything from Creme Caramel to Truffles and Blueberry Muffin to Panna Cotta. This particular shade is called Crepes Suzette which I think is such a cute and totally appropriate name! It’s a warm and fiery red with subtle orange undertones and just the right amount of shine.

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The slender brush makes this easy to apply and you can have an opaque finish with just one coat — although I always opt for two coats out of habit! I got three days wear out of this without a top coat before I saw any chips.

On the label and online, this is described as an “i-polish” which apparently refers to its light-up technology. A lid with a light would be a fun if slightly gimmicky touch although it’s not actually available with this particular bottle(!). All in all, it’s still a very decent polish so it’s definitely worth picking up this month’s Cosmo!

Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Tour

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I love a bit of pop music so as soon as I heard Nicki Minaj would be playing in Dublin, I had to be there! I just had an immediate feeling that she’d put on a good show and as we found out this week; I was right!

The venue was the Three Arena and we arrived late enough on Tuesday evening. It was just after eight and the support act Trey Songz was already up and in the middle of his set. I wouldn’t be familiar with him at all but the crowd seemed to love him. From what I heard, he was pretty decent and had a good few people singing along with him.

We had standing tickets but rather than being in the middle of the horde; we opted to hang back at one of the pillars (conveniently located by the bar). We actually had a fairly good view from there — I’m only 5’2 so if I’m amongst a crowd, I’m usually trying to peer around everyone else!

The main act didn’t keep us waiting too long and a “behind-the-scenes” video introduced her to the stage. I probably wasn’t the only one surprised that she opened with a slow and serious number. Masked and dressed in black lace, she was almost unrecognisable! You couldn’t fault her vocals though — she was pitch perfect and even though I wasn’t familiar with the first few songs, I really enjoyed them.

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There was a burst of excitement then when she flashed a big bright smile and launched in to her 2014 track Only which got everyone moving and chanting along. Then there was some of the really big ones like Anaconda and Superbass before Nicki pulled a couple of fans up on stage (which I love to see at any show!).

There were some slower moments which kind of dulled the mood for a bit but the good moments were really good which made up for all that. It was almost three quarters of the way through the show when Nicki did Pound the AlarmVa Va Voom and Turn Me On which — combined — probably got the best reaction from the crowd

She performed for just under two hours. There was a number of costume (and hair colour) changes throughout as she flaunted her famous curves alongside the biggest beaming smile. Her team of back-up dancers were really great and overall, there was lots of fun and energy on-stage. She ended with Starships and that was it! I’m really glad that my first concert of 2015 was such a good one — here’s hoping that the others I’ll be attending this year will match up to it!

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