30 September 2015

Recipe | Honey Chicken

Hey guys!

I've found it really hard to find good recipes that fit my criteria. Given my recently discovered intolerance to milk and salicylates, I've needed to find meals that are:

- Healthy
- Low in salicylates
- Low in milk
- Low cholesterol
- Are easy to make
- Preferably can be made by shoving everything into one pot then chucking it into the oven

So given the strict criteria meals must fall under, it's safe to say I've had a hard time finding good recipes. Over the past week, I've tried out three recipes, which I will be sharing in a three-part blog series.

Today, I will be sharing a recipe I have found for Honey Chicken. I was really happy that this recipe turned out well, because whenever I go to a Chinese restaurant, I will always order Honey Chicken, so it was really nice to be able to make it myself. This recipe is possibly one of the easiest things I have ever made!

Serves 3
- 1 chicken breast
- 4-8 tablespoons of honey
- Seasame seeds

  1. Cut the chicken into biggish chunks
  2. Work out how you want to cook your chicken. You can either put it on a tray, or into a casserole dish. I went with a tray, but in hindsight, I probably should have used a small casserole dish, because the honey leaked out of the foil packaged and exploded in my oven.
  3. The next step is to coat the chicken in sesame seeds, and then bake the chicken for around 40 minutes until it is entirely cooked.
And that's it! I said it was easy!

If you have any good recipes that are that quick and easy, leave a comment and let me know!


13 September 2015

My Playlist for September 2015

Hey guys,

I've made another playlist! And I thought I would share it with you, just because! And yes, there is a lot of Troye Sivan in this playlist. His new album 'Wild' just came out and this excited me. A lot.

I thought this time I would, for some of the songs, include a little blurb about why I like the songs, because a couple of these do have stories behind them, so in brackets beside a couple of songs will be a little bit of information about what that song means to me.

September 2015

  1. Wild - Troye Sivan
  2. Delicate - Damien Rice (This song was at the end of Misfits Season 1 Episode 5, and I really liked the song and was looking for it for ages but have now finally found it :D)
  3. Bite - Troye Sivan
  4. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
  5. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
  6. Fools - Troye Sivan
  7. Houdini - Foster the People
  8. Stacy's Mum - Fountains of Wayne
  9. Car Wash - Christina Aguilera
  10. She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer
  11. Drive - Halsey (thank you Jayme for playing me this song!)
  12. Fight Song - Rachel Platton
  13. Count on Me - Bruno Mars (At the beginning of the year, on Valentine's Day, some people did serenades. Afterwards, this Year 10 guy came into the refectory, offered us a seranade and starting singing this song)
  14. She's Kinda Hot - 5 Seconds of Summer
  15. Happy Little Pill - Troye Sivan
  16. Love Drunk - Boys Like Girls
  17. Marry You - Bruno Mars
  18. Don't Stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
  19. Travelin' Solder - Dixie Chicks (My English teacher played this to us when we were studying 'Homecoming' by Bruce Dawe. The first time I heard it in that English class I cried)
  20. When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

Leave a comment letting me know what's on your playlist this month, and also, if you have heard it, what you think of Troye Sivan's new album, because I really love it!


3 September 2015

Beauty Review

Hey guys!

So I've been trying out quite a few new beauty products recently, and I thought it would be good to let you know what I think of all of these.

The first products I want to talk about are these two products from Skinstitut. The first product (on the left) is a Gentle Cleanser. I was a bit hesitant about using this, because I have very sensitive skin and was not sure whether my skin would react well to the cleanser. However, I tried it and it worked really well! The cleanser smelt a bit like satsuma, but I'm not complaining about that because I like satsuma. The only bad thing I have to say about it is it did make my face dry a little bit, which wasn't really an issue for me seeing as my skin isn't overly dry to begin with. Other than that, I really like this product. I found it going online for $45, but is currently on sale for $30.15.

The second product is another one by Skinstitut (on the right) and it is an Enzymic Micro Peel. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with this. It was nice, it smelt like banana, which was quite niceit made my skin feel quite nice, but I didn't really notice that much of a difference, and I don't really think it was worth the price of $45, when the Kmart face mask for $3 does exactly the same thing.

The next thing I have is the Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. The orange bottles are mango, and the green bottles are starfruit. These both smell absolutely amazing, and they have made my hair feel so much better since switching over the them. Products by Pure Fiji are organic, and have no bad chemicals in them, which I really like. I can definitely tell the difference since using Pure Fiji, and my hair feels so much nicer. As well as Mango and Starfruit infused, you can also get Coconut, Pineapple, and White Gingerlily, which I haven't tried yet. The shampoo and conditioner are both $22 from the Pure Fiji website.

The next product is a concealer. This one is the Essence Coverstick in shade 03 Mat Honey. I was a bit hesitant about buying it, because I've only ever used a liquid concealer, and I wasn't sure about how well a crayon one would look. I bought this for $4.10 at Priceline. I'll be honest, I don't always love this product. As strange as it sounds, I have some days where I love it, and some days where I hate it. I really like it because it's cheap, so if you don't have a lot of money, it's really affordable. It also has excellent coverage. On the down side, I do find it really hard to blend, which can make it look a little bit cakey. That being said, you don't really need to use a lot because of the great coverage it has, so usually this can be avoided. On a whole, I would probably say give this one a whirl and see how you like it.

Next up is the Eve Perez Oat Milk Foundation in shade Medium, which I got from Mrs Flannery's for around $40. I was really excited to try this because I read that Oat Milk Foundation is really good for you, but I tried it and it was actually a bit rubbish. It was very watery, and in order to get good coverage you had to put a lot on, which isn't ideal. As well as that, once when I put it on, I noticed that in a certain light, you could really see where I had put it on, which of course, isn't something I want in a foundation. I know Oat Milk Foundation is meant to be much better for your skin, but given my experience with this one, I am not in a hurry to buy another one, especially for nearly double the price of my usual foundation.

This product here is the Lush Dream Cream. One of the reasons I really like Lush is because of their ethics in their products (and what I mean by that is, how their products are all environmentally friendly and are not tested on animals). The Dream Cream is a hand and body lotion, which is $29.95. Like with most skin products, I was worried to try this because of sensitive skin, but I went with it and I actually didn't have any reaction to it at all. I usually use this after using the Skinstitut Cleanser (because as I mentioned with that cleanser, it dries your face out a bit). My mum actually hates this Dream Cream, because she really dislikes the smell of it. I don't know if I can describe it very well, but it's a sort of green, cucumber-y scent, but if you don't mind that, then I would definitely recommend givin this a go.

The shiny letters on the tub didn't make this easy to photograph, but this is the Pure Fiji Coconut Body Butter, with Guava infusion. They have this in lots of different infusions, them being Coconut, Coconut Milk & Honey, Frangipani, Guava, Mango, Passionflower, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Starfruit and White Gingerlily. The Guava one (which is the one one I have tried) smells amazing. It's a really creamy body butter, which I love. It also has a nice texture (I have one body butter which always feels a bit powdery after I've put it on!). It's $34.95, which, if you are on a low budget, might be a bit expensive, but it goes a very long way, so I think it is a good purchase.

The final product I have to talk about today is the Burt's Bees lip balms. I only started using Burt's Bees lip balms very recently, but I really, really like them. I tried them out because I read they were natural (there's a theme in this post - lots of these products are natural!). I bought this mango one, and a pink grapefruit one, which I couldn't find when it came to taking photos. They come in lots of flavours, the ones that I haven't yet tried are Vanilla Bean, Coconut & Pear, Beeswax, Pomegranate, Honey, and Acai Berry. These are really good lip balms, and definitely a step up from the previous one I was using, which was free from my Dentist (but just saying, Dentist lip balms are not bad!). You can Burt's Bees lip balms everywhere (they're in most department shops and chemists), and they are usually $6.95.

Woo! I have finally gotten through this post which I have been procrastinating on for ages! If you try out any of these products, leave me a comment and let me know what you think :)