Just another Mani Monday…

Nails inc nail polish - Elizabeth Street nude peach chic corporate polish

Mondays come around far too quickly sometimes (especially after this past weekend of time changes and slightly oversleeping this morning to compensate – oops!) but I feel my most productive first thing on a Monday morning. Maybe it’s the promise of having a fresh week ahead and knowing there’s time to get organised but I’m quite a fan of Mondays! (Don’t judge me, I’m equally a fan of late nights and sleeping in on Sundays lol).

Nails inc nail polish - Elizabeth Street nude peach chic corporate polish
Today’s nail of the day is reflective of this by being chic, cute and corporate. A nude peach by nails inc named Elizabeth Street. It’s super easy to apply, instantly brightens and improves the look of my nails and is easy to wear. I find the quality of nails inc polishes are always very good and are long lasting, not to mention this colour is bang on trend.

I apply nail polish in three strips, one stroke down the middle starting at the base of the nail and then one each side – is this the correct way or should it be done in lots of little strokes? Which method do you use when applying polish?

Top Tip: Wear a neutral or nude coloured polish to work and it’s much less obvious if you get a chip – which means no funny looks if you haven’t had a chance to get to the nail salon!

Foodie Friday – Filo Parcels

Almond and chocolate filo parcels

Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out a new recipe every day, including things like sticky toffee and banana pudding, profiteroles, sables and almond cake but unfortunately they have all been eaten before I’ve been able to photograph them! Today I’ve made chocolate and almond filo parcels and finally managed to take a picture (the recipe made around 24 so there was a good chance there’d be at least some left over!)

Almond and chocolate filo parcels

This is a really easy recipe and tastes like marzipan! You will need 4 large sheets of filo cut into squares and for the filling, 100g ground almonds (or other nuts, hazelnuts works well), 100g grated dark chocolate (or chocolate chips) and 2tbsp icing sugar.

Mix all the dry ingredients together and place a heaped spoonful in the middle of each filo square. Use beaten egg, melted butter or water around the edge of each square and pinch the corners together to make a parcel.

Bake the parcels in the oven on greaseproof paper at 190 degrees for around 6-8 minutes until golden. Heat 3tbsp golden syrup and drizzle over, then sprinkle liberally with extra icing sugar. Serve warm or cold. They go well with ice cream or custard :)


E.L.F. Eye Palette Competition Winner

Thanks to everyone (over 100 of you!) who entered the facebook competition to win the gorgeous 32 piece Everyday Brights e.l.f. eye palette. Everyone eligible to win (in the UK and who entered before 12 midday on Wednesday 23rd March), was put into the hat and I used random.org to pick a winner from all entries.

So I will get straight to it and say Congratulations to… Lisa Williams who is the lucky winner! Well done Lisa, please send your address details to me at e.randell@gmail.com and I will send out the prize.

Thanks again everyone for entering, more competitions coming soon!