Thursday, 18 June 2015

Loves And Likes - June

I'm going to start making sure I do a likes and loves post now monthly. I think it's a nice round up of things that have given me a smile this month. As you know it was my birthday this month, so two of the items are birthday goodies.

Harajuku Lovers Perfume 

I'm not just a collector of Funko Pop Vinyls, I have another collection which has been going for around 6 years which is a Harajuku Lovers Perfume collection. I love the Kawaii style bottles and I think they are also great display pieces once the perfume is gone. My favourite scent is " Love " but they have an array of scents which I think would suit everyone preferences. They recently launched a new set of limited edition metallic bottles. I received the pink one for my birthday and I just think it's really cool. They also come in Silver, Blue, Light Pink & Purple. 

Teatulia Tea

One of my downfalls in my diet is my fluid intake, I'm trying so hard at the moment to drink something else that isn't a strong cup of tea with milk & sugar. I really don't get thirsty a lot, so tea is literally all I drink now. Teatulia got in touch and asked if I wanted to try some of their organic tea. Their organic teas are grown and cultivated in a way that respects the land on which it's grown, the community of workers who produce it and the people who drink it. 

The tea comes in the following flavours :

Earl Of Bengal
Green Tea 
Black Tea 

You add the tea bag to boiling water, leave to infuse for a few minutes then drink. I've found the teas are nicer to drink when they are just warm and I've really enjoyed the favours, especially the Green Tea. Or for an invigorating summer treat, let cool and splash over ice.

TeaTulia ICED Tea Recipes


The Tequila Cilantro Cocktail

Muddle 2 Cilantro (Coriander) leaves with a splash of lime juice

Mix, 2 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Lemongrass Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Float a thin slice of Jalapeno on the top.
For Lemongrass Simple Syrup-- steep 2 bags of Teatulia Lemongrass Tea in 16oz of hot water with 6 oz. of sugar. Cover and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate after use. Holds up to a week.


Why not give each of these approaches to brewing iced tea a try? Each offers tea lovers a subtle difference when compared to the other techniques. The beauty of enjoying iced tea is that it is simple to prepare.

(Option 1-Brewing)

First, brew hot tea as you normally would, then pour over ice. It is recommended to chill the tea before pouring over ice to prevent dilution.

(Option 2-Make a Concentrate)

Brew your tea with a higher ratio of tea to water than usual. For example, use 15 Teatulia pyramid bags per gallon of water to make a concentrate. Dilute the concentrate as you are ready to enjoy it.

(Option 3-Sweet Tea)

First, boil water and prepare tea as you normally would. However, while you are doing this, boil one cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar, stirring and mixing this combination as it heats. After steeping the tea bags, add the sugar mixture, then mix well. Garnish with lemon or a sprig of mint—or whatever you wish.

Teatulia teas retail at £3.40 for 20 individually wrapped sachets and are available from Holland & Barrett, Harrods, independent health and wholefood stores nationwide. 

Primark Wrap

Another one of my presents was this wrap, my mom came a few weeks ago which a light coloured one and I mentioned I liked it but would prefer it in a darker colour. It's from Primark and it's great for just popping on for the school run in the mornings or popping over the shop. It's one size and very light and comfortable to wear. 

Nail Wrapz 

Everyone knows what a lover of nail polish I am. Trouble is you need a good block of time to prep, paint and clean up after doing your nails. With the base coat, two layers and top coat it takes forever to dry and you need it to dry so it doesn't smudge. Nail Wrapz sent me some of their popular designs to try out. 

Lace Sky Blue 
Pebble Pink 

There is a huge amount of design choice with nail wraps, so if you are off somewhere special they are easier to use than nail polish. You can use a quirky design then if you need to remove quickly the next day you just peel them off, no using a heap of cotton wool and nail polish remover to get them off. 

Their wraps include 40 pieces, which is enough for 2 manicures, 2 pedicures, and bonus accent nails.  Our process uses state of the art printing with a clear scratch resistant layer on top of the best materials available, giving you a nail wrap that looks great and lasts.  The secret is the heat and pressure activated adhesive on the wraps that seals the wrap to your nails.
For best results follow all instructions.  

Items you will need:
Nail Wrapz Sheet
Nail File
Rubber Cuticle Pusher
Rubbing Alcohol
Tweezers (optional)
Nail Trimmers (optional)
Hair Dryer (or other heat source)

Brief Version

1. Remove Cuticles ( optional)
2. Clean nails with alcohol - this step is a must
3. Choose size, trimming may be needed
4. Crack & peel at center
5. Grab with tweezers and peel off.
6. Heat wrap.
7. Align on fingernail and press firmly in the center an down the sides.
8. Bend excess over the tip and file.
9. Repeat to all nails
10. Heat again to set

RRP- $14.99 - My order arrived within five days which I think is fantastic for them to come all the way from the U.S. 

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