Benefit Puff Off! A Honest Review...

*Achoooo!* 

Hayfever. Arghhh! It’s particularly bad for me at this time of year with tree pollen out in full force. 

It’s not uncommon to find me waltzing around the streets of East London like a poor man’s airport hopping Kim Kardashian, scurrying about pretentiously in sunglasses to protect my eyes - even when it’s overcast. 

Admittedly usually I’m travelling to somewhere far less glamorous, like Tesco to buy Coco Pops and bananas.


Due to these pollen induced attacks and the inevitable allergy riddled evenings clawing at my eyes, the area around them is often a red, blotchy, swollen mess.

A year or so ago I’d started to add Soap & Glory’s Puffy Eye Attack to my skincare regime (when I could be arsed) after it being gifted in a press day goody bag. 

I was quite surprised with the results, I liked the gel-like consistency but hated the unhygienic grubby-finger-in-pot application.


I recently received Benefit’s latest launch: Puff Off!* An instant eye gel which claims to assist in smoothing out and alleviating puffiness around the eyes. 

My initial thoughts was that it was all a bit gimmicky. A funny little iron shaped applicator nozzle so you can literally ‘iron' out the creases.

The product does fit well with Benefit’s catalogue, 1950’s Americana glamour puss branding and from the Puff Off! PR I had seen which featured a distressed 50's pin up struggling with the woes of puffy eyes, further affirmed my first impressions.



Pros
  • I actually loved the applicator which I initially thought was a silly marketing gizmo.  No fingers in gunky pots and the shape of the iron means you get right into the nooks ’n' crannies. Not much dissimilar to a brick-layers trowel, which I’m reliably informed by wall building buddies (…yup, that’s right, friends in high places me) that it’s used for precise application in a similar way. Not that I’m likening our faces to concrete slabs but you catch my drift...

  • The consistency of the cream is nice, absorbs quickly and leaves a nice cooling sensation which is a welcome relief to my pollen sensitive eyes. 
Cons
  • The size of the tube. 10ml for £22.50 is daylight robbery if you ask me. The cardboard packaging luring you in from Benefit display stands is somewhat misleading to the product insides' actual size. If I’d had paid for this and the slightly-larger-than-sample-size tube plopped out onto my lap, it would have ironically caused puffy eyes from all the crying at me being swindled out of twenty quid.

  • I don’t think it actually did anything? Admittedly I’m fortunate not to have any bags or whatnot (yet) but after a few weeks of use the skin surrounding them felt no different to using my bog-standard moisturiser, although the initial cooling sensation was pleasant, albeit, temporary. 

If you have disposable income & you don’t mind your money Puffin' Off then it maybe worthy of a purchase just to see how it works for you. 

I love Benefit’s products generally and count myself a fan but unfortunately for me, the results and novelty of this costly minuscule sized iron quickly run out of steam.

Slimming World - Easy Chicken & Prosciutto Saltimaboca Recipe

Dun, dun, DUNNNNN! 

It’s usually around this time of year that the fear hits. 

The realisation that before long the season will dictate that I need to squeeze the winter weight I've gained into summer frocks whilst avoiding causing offence to anyone who glances my way. 

I’d usually start a faddy impossible-to-upkeep juice diet by now, before a drunken night out ending at a McDonalds puts paid to my new “healthy” juice regime 

...and yet another summer of self-consciousness ensues. 


18 months or so ago I joined Slimming World & successfully lost 2.5 stone. 

Slimming World is not a diet per say more of a lifestyle change. Food optimisation that sub-consciously becomes second nature in maintaining & yup, you can still eat chocolate too! 

Upon checking my blog's stats I noted one of the most viewed posts was a Slimming World recipe I published yonks ago. 

I've decided to make Slimming World related content a regular thing as it’s also something I enjoy reading about on others' blogs too (Like VIPXO’s recent Slimming World post) whilst hoping, quite selfishly, that it will encourage me to stick at it...


Don’t worry you don’t need to be following Slimming World to enjoy the meals, nor need any fancy pants equipment. 

I’m a novice in the kitchen and don’t have much time to spend prepping, so the recipes I post will be affordable and require minuscule skill and effort. So lets get started on recipe numero one then shall we!?

Chicken & Prosciutto Saltimaboca  
Syn Free (If using cheese as your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice) 6 if not

You’ll need:
  • 3 Garlic (I’m lazy and use Tesco’s pre-chopped frozen garlic)
  • 150g Ricotta Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Mixed Herbs
  • Chicken Breast Fillets
  • Proscitto (Parma Ham)

For Slimming World Chips:
  • Maris Piper or other floury potatoes
  • Salt or any seasoning you wish (Paprika…etc)
  • Fry Light


First up weigh 150g of your Ricotta cheese.


Chuck it in a bowl and add the garlic and mixed herbs.


Give it a good ol' twirl.


Next take out your chicken breast from the fridge and make slits to the side creating a little envelope style pocket. 

Remember to wash your hands when dealing with raw chicken, I know the goal is to loose weight but doing so via a bought of salmonella poisoning would. not. be. cool.


Next evenly (or messily like me) spoon the herby cheese mix into the pockets.


Then wrap the chicken in the ham, season, spritz with Fry Light & set aside. 

Preheat your oven to 200oc


Next up slice your tatty’s length ways around 1cm thick to create your chips. You could make wedges instead if you fancy.


Most SW recipes say to chuck them straight in the oven but I prefer to slightly par-boil mine for around 8 minutes so they’re guaranteed to be light & fluffy on the inside.


Drain, empty into a roasting dish and season with a little salt. 

Spray with Fry Light


Add both your chips and fancy pants chicken to the oven for 25 minutes. Ensure the chicken is cooked through before removing.

Take out, plate up & serve with seasoned veg or salad of your choice, et voila!



Deliciously healthy chicken & prosciutto saltimaboca.

….or cheesy chicken wrapped in posh ham if you’re common like me!

Do you follow Slimming World? Do you like recipe blog posts? 

New Nintendo 3DS XL - Worth The Upgrade? + Monster Hunter 4 Review

If you know what I mean when I say “Hyrule", A "blue shell" or the phrase “The shadow remains cast” then you're my kind of person!



I'm a huge Nintendo fan. The first time I managed to stay up all night was at my cousin's house playing Mario Kart on the N64. 

I still love it as much now aged 29 as I did back then, although apparently I’m more competitive in my old age? 


...I don’t know about that!

It’s no coincidence that I share the same birth year - 1985 - as my favourite gaming icon Mr Super Mario, who is now as recognisable worldwide as a certain famous mouse. 

Even my all-white Chihuahua is named Boo after the Ghost from the series. 

Jamie is also a lifelong gamer so between us we have quite the Nintendo collection!




We decided to upgrade our 3DS' to the recently released snazzy new version which hit the shelves a few weeks back.

I went for the 3DS XL which boasts all the original aspects of it's predecessor with souped up features adding to an even better game play experience. 


This includes stable face tracking 3D capabilities (admittedly I rarely played my old 3DS with the 3D switched on) 

Amiibo and AR card support is also a new addition, a feature which brings characters to life unlocking added content and bonus features. 


And not forgetting the circle pan and C-stick for comfort and further ease of use. 

The coloured buttons which hark back to the SNES days is also a cool nod to earlier Nintendo adopters amongst us & Jamie's favourite feature! 



Alongside my favourite Mario’s and Legend of Zelda's we were excited to try the latest Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate* title, the newest instalment in the popular Monsters Hunter series. 

Monster Hunter 4 is an action role-playing game which see's the player take on the role of a hunter.

This entails exploring lands and towns whilst undertaking multiple quests in battling creatures which unlock valuable equipment and weaponry along the way. 


This is the first time Monster Hunter 4 has featured on a handheld system where players can join friends for games via wifi, as well as the ability to play locally as in the past.

As with most Nintendo games the aspect which sets it apart from it’s competitors is the fact that it appeals to both sexes and all generations, whenever you're 7, 16 or 62 the title brings an equal amount of joy and entertainment for all. 

The same can be said for the accessibility of the console too. 

After umming and ahhing whenever it was worth upgrading, I’m so pleased I did. 

It's not just a superficial update for updates sake. You really have to see the 3D in action to appreciate the vast improvements of the tech. 


If portable gaming is your thing or you're looking for the perfect gift then I highly recommend considering the latest Nintendo 3DS consoles which come in both standard size and XL. 

It's the better stabilised 3D which is it's selling point for me, I found it to be much more comfortable on my short-sighted, tired eyes. 

So do you play video games? Have you ever owned a DS? Who's your favourite video game character? 

...I’ll be back in a bit, I’m just off to Sunken Hallow to hunt me some monsters! 

Cheap Beauty/Make Up Storage - Poundland

Beauty storage for a quid? 

Well that's exactly what I found tucked away on a shelf in Poundland last week.

I picked up this transparent acrylic storage topper alongside the lipstick/polish holder on the left for just £1.00 each.



They conform well to the ascetic of my more costly Muji make-up storage but eradicate the need to rummage through the draws when looking for specific products when I need to be out the door in 10 minutes.


With these units I'm able to display my every-day staples accessibly in an uncluttered, better organised way.

The larger topper of the two (which could also double up as a handy desk caddy) currently houses my everyday MAC Face & Body foundation, my current favourite shades of lipliners and my daily essentials: Bioderma lip balm & La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo.


Lippy wise my current MAC, Topshop & Illamasqua favourites are handily housed within easy reach in the generously sized 12 pocket caddy.


Not bad for a quid each huh?

How do you store your everyday go-to products?