Happy Pancake Day! (Myprotein Pancake Mix*)

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It’s that time of year again! And if you didn’t know, by “that time of year”, I mean Shrove Tuesday, better known to a lot of us as “Pancake day”. Om nom nom… The lovely folk at myprotein very kindly sent me a baggy of Golden Syrup Pancake Mix for the occasion!

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I couldn’t wait to break out the frying pan and give these a go! The best part is, you don’t need to go and get a lot of other ingredients! You can make them with either water or milk added to 55g of the powder. For this, personally I chose semi-skimmed milk from Cravendale. They suggest to use a small amount of oil or butter in the pan, personally, I chose butter Fry Light which is only 1 calorie. I recommend actually weighing out the mix as the scoop isn’t accurate weight-wise, also, personal preference on your thickness of pancakes. Also, I added more milk than pictured once I had added my powder.

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Whizz it all up and bung it in the pan! My pancakes are not at all the same size so I’m honestly not sure how many it makes and it depends on your size preference too… The smell when this stuff hits the pan is absolutely gorgeous!

50g of the pancake mix provides:-

Energy: 191kcal, Protein: 34.3g, Carbohydrates: 5.9g, Sugars: 2.1g, Fats: 3.2g, Saturates: 1.1g, Fibre: 0.7g, Sodium: 0.3g

So, if you use milk, make sure you add the macros from that as well if you’re fussed about keeping things logged etc. Obviously no worries for water. Don’t forget any toppings you might choose. Personally, I didn’t top these pancakes! They are already Golden Syrup flavour, I didn’t find it necessary! The mix also comes in Maple Syrup flavour and Chocolate flavour. All in 200g pouches. Macros will vary slightly across flavours, I’m sure. The ready-mix contains three types of protein! Whey, milk and egg proteins which help with lean muscle mass.

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Brown, flip, brown, serve.. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how to cook a pancake… Though even after all these years, I’m still a bit hit and miss… but I CAN flip them in the frying pan, like a boss! One time, I made this exact, perfectly round pancake. It was beautiful… *wipes tear*

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The verdict? Absolutely delicious and way nicer than banana pancakes I’ve made in the past and more nutritious too. Hands down, the best protein pancakes I have ever eaten. The golden syrup flavouring was lovely. I was unsure about it if I’m honest but it was very nice. They came out the right texture for pancakes which was one thing I was unsure about. As I mentioned before, I didn’t even feel the need to top them, they were full of flavour. I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a protein-boosting snack or a tasty breakfast!

Have you tried myprotein’s pancake mix? Or made your own protein pancakes? If you want to try your own, I suggest you check out this video by Si of The Diet Kitchen on YouTube who shows you how to make yummy chocolate chip pancakes using Myprotein’s products.

Check it out, lemme know what you think!

 

*This product was sent to me by a PR for review consideration. I have not and am not being paid for writing about this product and always write with honesty.*

007 for Women*

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007 Fragrances have announced the launch of their female line with “007 for Women“. It’s the womens counterpart to the three existing male fragrances in the 007 collection and is inspired by the iconic women found in the world of Mr Bond.

I am in love with this fragrance. I love everything about it. In fact, I only actually have a single negative about the product – I’ll get to that in a minute.

The perfume itself comes in a black glass bottle with a diamond cut pattern with a plastic neck, which is shaped like.. a neck. The lid has a rose gold trim, which I think is way nicer than a gold or silver could have ever been. It can come in varying sizes with various measures of Eau de Parfum and is packaged in a gorgeous Rose Gold and Black box which compliments the bottle perfectly. The bottle sits nicely in the hand despite it’s edgy look (geddit!? edgy? Alright, won’t quit my day job..) The only negative is that because the bottle is solid black, you can’t see the amount remaining.

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Now, inside the bottle is an absolutely gorgeous fragrance. It smells lighter and more florally than I expected, I was expecting a darker and more musky scent that’s a little more “evening” but personally, I think this fragrance is perfect for the every-day. It’s warm, confident, feminine, seductive and a little bit mysterious. It wears delightfully through the day and is initially strong scented, but not overpowering-in-your-face-style. Don’t you hate it when you walk past someone and they smell like they used an entire bottle of nostril abusing, alcohol heavy, bad perfume? With 007 for Women, you won’t have that problem.

The fragrance notes are;

Top: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Rose Milk

Heart: Blackberry, Gardenia, Jasmine

Base: Black Vanilla, Cedarwood, White Musk

I’m actually opting for this fragrance over my usual Jimmy Choo now I think! Plus the 30ml bottle is perfect for my handbag, admittedly, I have a large handbag though… I’m the “kitchen sink” type of lass. What about you? This would be a fab valentines gift as well for a special lady in your life!

007 for Women Eau de Parfum is available from The Fragrance Shop in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml size bottles, from £24.50 to £39.50. They also send you a “try it first” sample!

*This product was sent to me by a PR for review consideration. I have not and am not being paid for writing about this product and always write with honesty.*

Finding Colin Firth

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Well, here is my first post on a book. It took me quite a while to read Finding Colin Firth – this is no fault of the book though, and it’s one I would recommend.

Generally, I’m not keen on books with multiple character perspectives. This book has three. The Graduate – Bea Crane, The pie maker – Veronica Russo and Gemma Hendricks – the one who wants to escape. Each chapter is a perspective from one of these three ladies.

I’ll give you the blurb as I don’t want to spoil the actual story itself, because it’s really sweet. Though I would say that this is definitely a casual read, an easy “beach book”, if you will.

“Only an idiot would attempt to make a pie – a special-ordered chocolate caramel cream Amore Pie – while watching Pride and Prejudice. Had she put in the vanilla? What about the salt? Damn Colin Firth and his pond-soaked white shirt.

At home in Boothbay Harbour, Maine, Veronica Russo loves to lose herself in watching Colin Firth movies and baking pies filled with good thoughts. Pies that can bring you happiness, hope, even love (everything she feels when Colin Firth is on the screen, in fact). But Veronica is not so in touch with her own feelings and has deeply buried memories of that one heart-breaking summer, when she was just 16 . . .

In Boston, college graduate Bea Crane has received an earth-shattering letter. A year after the death of her wonderful mum, she reads that she was adopted at birth and that her biological mother lives not that far away, in Boothbay. But is she brave enough to find out more?

Gemma Hendricks has come to Boothbay not to find something, but to run away. She’s accidentally pregnant, suddenly unemployed and under pressure from her husband to give up on her career and settle down, away from her beloved New York City. With all this on her shoulders, Gemma would rather watch Bridget Jones’ Diary with a bowl of popcorn rather than face the truth. But she can’t hide away for ever.

With Colin Firth in town to shoot a new movie, all three women find their lives become closely entwined. They might be looking out for Colin Firth at every turn, but they’ll also find new and important friendships along the way.

*** This is a work of fiction, in no way endorsed by Colin Firth and where Colin Firth himself does not feature. ***”

You can make some assumptions from the blurb. In all honesty, I was attracted by the book cover. Three friends and Mr Darcy? I didn’t actually read the blurb until I sat to read the book. I thought it would be a giggle. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

The book is heartwarming, about relationships that entwine. It’s hard, emotional, and you really want to find out what is going to happen with these ladies – or at least, I did. To start with, the three ladies were not actually friends at the start of the book. They didn’t /really/ know each other and Mr Darcy is just a shadow. These three women are all very different people, so it’s very interesting how their lives end up woven together. The book flits between the perspectives of the aforementioned three women and we see how they begin to get to know each other as apparently, Colin Firth is coming to town because the film company want to film there in Boothbay.

..Should I bother with book posts? Please, I’d love your honest feedback as this is 100% new for me!

A delicious Christmas from BakerDays*

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Today, this dropped on my doorstep. A letterbox sized cardboard box with a Christmas cracker and a beautiful tin. Inside the tin, an even more beautiful cake. I may be biased – because it’s cake. And it has penguins on it and I’m sure you guys know that I adore penguins!

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Look at this. I mean.. just look at this cake! This joy dropped on to my doorstep today thanks to the lovely people at BakerDays. The cake is actually wrapped inside of the tin, and it’s good for 2 weeks. The base has the ingredients and tells you which type of cake it is. I got a delightfully moist, chocolate cake. It’s genuinely way tastier than I expected. I definitely didn’t expect it to be so moist and fresh tasting for something coming via post. A pleasant surprise how tasty this cake really is.

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Are you jealous yet? Well, you can head over to BakerDays and get your very own! Just click for your very own letterbox cake. And by that, I mean, totally get one for someone as a gift. So much nicer than your average christmas card! Now is a great time because for every cake you buy on 12th December 2014, BakerDays will donate £2.50 to Save the Children for #xmasjumperday! If you order by 2pm, you can get next day delivery. Another great reason to treat someone you love (even if that’s yourself!) to a cake this Christmas! If the christmas designs don’t take your fancy, they have loads of other cakes (and sizes!) and you can personalise them too and they can have a variety of sponges! The letter box cake is 5 inches in size and perfect for 3-4 servings and they go all the way up to a large cake which is 12 inches and serves 40. Though of course, that one won’t really fit through the letter box ;) It also comes with a free helium balloon!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have cake to eat things to do!

Disclaimer – Sample

DIY Penguin Box

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Hey you beauties!

So I’m back! First things first, I thought I’d share this crazy easy DIY box with you! It’s really really easy to do and you can make them for gifts or for storage. Whatever you like! And it doesn’t have to be penguins if that’s not your thing. The instructions will be in text, but I’ve also compiled a step by step graphic if you want to pin it or save it for later or something.

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To do this, all you need is some scissors, a roll of duck brand duct tape – I chose penguins, but there’s everything from pink to galaxy prints if you want, and they cost £3 from Hobby Craft. I’m not sure how many boxes you can do with one roll, but I had loads left after doing one… And lastly, a box! Here I am using an older Latest in Beauty box. You can use any other beauty box you have lying around if you like though.

  • First, gather the things you need for this project and have a clear area to work.
  • Next, you want to take the lid from your box and put the base to one side. You can cover the base later if you want to, personally, I choose not to.
  • Find the end of your roll of duck tape. If you’ve never used it before, beware, it is very tacky and you will want to make the most of your thumb to pull the tape off to avoid it stretching and warping. (See image if you’re note sure what I mean)
  • Lay tape across the top part of the box, slightly wrapping over the top edge and sides (so the edge of the tape is around the edge of the box, not in line with).
  • Snip the corners so it can all be stuck down and fold the tape down. (see image 6 on the graphic if this is unclear)
  • Lay another strip of tape below the one you have placed. If you have patterned tape like I do, you can overlap it slightly so you can make the patten continue. I found this worked really well for the coverage and made it look less obvious that it is tape.
  • Fold the edges of the tape over the sides and repeat this step until you get to the last part of the box.
  • Lay your last strip of tape and snip the corners, fold them down like previously – Now the top of your box should be covered.
  • Wrap a strip of tape around the edge of the box. I had a couple of millimeters excess at the bottom of the lid.
  • Snip the corners of the excess tape and fold them round in to the lid for a neat looking finish.
  • Do the base in the same way if you plan to. Keep in mind that you’re adding bulk to the box, so if the box is already tight fitting, it might be hard to get the lid on.

Et voila! Done! Sorry if I have explained it poorly. Below is the compilation image-tutorial of my process, hopefully it clarifies anything I may not have explained too well but the entire process is really simple and effective in my opinion.

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If you make one, I’d love to see! Especially if you use a different variety of tape! If you have the patience, you could do something with Washi tape, personally, I prefer this duck tape as it’s significantly more durable and hard wearing!

I hope you enjoyed this and if you’d like to see more craft-life stuff from me, please do let me know!

xxx

Missed Me? *tumbleweeds*

Hey you absolute darlings!

 

If you follow me on twitter, you may know the situation. I’ve not really been blogging since Christmas last year sans a few posts. I decided a few months ago that BeneBelle had come to an end. Then I decided to start a new blog on a wider range of topics. Still some beauty but including some books and photos and games and stuff too. Well, I’ve changed my mind.. I think. I’m going to do that here and keep this blog going. I’d love your input as you are the people who read my blog! I will possibly/probably rebrand in the future but it seems like a waste to abandon the content that I worked so hard to write! I do love blogging, I really do <3 Life has been plummeting for me in some areas (luck, health) and on the up in others (agoraphobia!) and I’ve been trying to focus on myself. I’ve found myself both instagramming and tweeting about certain beauty bits and it just makes me think how much I miss all this.

 

If any of you are still here with me, thank you <3

Chevron NOTD

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Wardour Street and Nottinghill Carnival by nails inc. I liked this more than I thought, but annoyingly, the seche vite top coat caused some shrinkage :(

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Annoyingly, all my nails broke after this and I had to round them all :( So now I have short, rounded nubbins :( So I might not be doing any other NOTD’s for a while, though I do still have one other I can post.

What do you think of this combo?

SCI-MX X-PLODE RIPPEDCORE (Orange)

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SCI_MX’s X-PLODE RIPPEDCORE is a pre-workout drink. It contains 50% of your RDA of vitamin B6 and B12 to help combat fatigue and increase energy. It also contains their “THERMO-CORE COMPLEX” which is basically a load of caffiene stuff – green coffee bean extract, green tea, guarana and ginseng. Their workout pump has optimum levels of caffeine to reduce perceived exertion and increase alertness.

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They suggest you take one serving 30 minutes before training or an event, no more than 2x a day and to allow 4 hours between servings. You add one scoop to 250ml of water, shake (or mix if you don’t have a shaker) and let it settle before drinking. On first glance, it looks a little sandy, but as you shake it, it comes up a lovely orange colour.

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This stuff.. works. Seriously. I gave it a taste test and proceeded to bounce off the walls. As most of you probably already know, I suffer with Chronic Fatigue. This gave me so much energy, I was honestly surprised. I was expecting a little boost but I felt so driven and full of energy, it really hit me after about 20 minutes. It allowed me to go further than I usually would with a workout when exertion would usually hit. I tried it again before a workout, I felt so good, I could do more reps and I lifted heavier weights. My general performance was a lot better than it is usually, so I really got a hardcore workout in. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants some extra “umph” for their workout. There are lots of products in the range for afters if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Have you given any sci-mx products a go?

This product was kindly sent for review consideration.

Models Own Turquoise Hypergel

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Hey my lovelies! Boy, it’s good to be back! Easing in to things again nice and gently with a post on one of my favourite things… a nail polish! Everyone and their mum has heard about Models Own Hypergels! Of course, I had to pick some up when MO were running a sale. I got 5? 6? I can’t remember, I’ve been to sleep since then. I fell in love with the colour range and the idea of a high power glossy finish without the effort of curing. Though we know a lot of brands are doing those these days now; the whole “no UV required” gel finish.

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So, I apply my first. Oh. Is it just me or is this kinda of thick and a bit gloopy? I took to twitter and others said they’d found the same. It was a little hard to work with but once done, it looked pretty great. Look at this smooth, shiny finish! I’m still on the fence about these… I mean, they look lovely but they’re really thick and not the easiest to work with.

What did you think of them if you picked any up? If you blogged on any, feel free to leave a link!

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Vertical Zig-Zags

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This is a combination of Nails Inc – Marylebone Road and Nails Inc – Briton Place. The Zig Zag stencils were from She Sells Sea Shells UK who I am placing too many orders with as of late…

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I’m in love with these polishes and I am in love with this combo. I think I might be doing a lot more nails like this. It’s also a lot easier than trying to do multiple horizontally!
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What do you think? I showed these to my family and my dad actually thought they were wraps or stick ons. Hah. I was really pleased with how my nails had grown (longer than this) but I had to cut them down to avoid the cracks of damage ruining the entire thing so I could still keep some length. They always seem to grow quicker in summer. Just me?

xx