Palindrome Poppet

The Beauty Box: Maybelline Brow Drama


£4.99 here
A good brow product is hard to find when your budget is limited. Wonder products can tranform a few straggly hairs into Cara inspired brows, but often these come with a hefty price tag.

Brow drama is a nice little find. Unlike a pencil, it doesn't smudge, it gives a natural (non-drawn on) finish and keeps your brows stubbornly stayed put until you decide to wipe them off at the end of the day.

The brush is a great shape, with the rounded end and mascara-like wand making application a doddle. There's no bulk of product build-up on the applicator, meaning you apply exactly as much product as your want to.

I team this with a subtle eyebrow pencil to add in some shape, which I find gives me a natural looking brow. Although I' not keen on the drawn-on brow look for myself, you can really build up the product to create a thicker, darker looking brow if you so wish.

For only £4.99 here, this is a great little find that you definitely need in your kit.

The Beauty Box: MaxFactor Colour Adapt Foundation


£9.99 here
The never-ending hunt for the perfect foundation continues. A little discovery in this journey is MaxFactor's Colour Adapt offering.

A smooth, blendable formula, the colour adapt foundation sinks into a smooth, evened out base within seconds - leaving you with a subtly healthy finish.



Unlike my other foundations, it doesn't hold a suitably fresh 'glow', but I'm kind of liking a more matte finish - especially as it has been so hot recently! Staying power is pretty good for this foundation, and although it struggles to hold off the 3pm nose sheen, I've yet to find a foundation that can!

Blendable, and a great ability to even out redness and give a fairly flawless finish - a winner for sure.

Have you tried any of MaxFactor's foundation offerings?

The Journal: Foodies Festival


This weekend, I took Matt on a surprise adventure. He had no idea where we were going when I bundled him into the car and set off in the drizzle.

I'd booked some tickets for the Foodies Festival, the 'Largest food & drink festival in the UK', which was held at Tatton Park. We love food - whether it is cooking it or eating it, so this was the ideal place to spend a Saturday - even if it was pouring down with rain!

Although it wasn't as big as I'd expected, the rows of stalls selling everything from blenders to big ole' ribs were definitely a sight to behold! Matt and I headed straight to the food stalls to fill our rumbling tummies. Matt opted for a hot curry and I had some calamari, which was then followed by all sorts of samples!

There is also three theatre tents at the festival, all of which you can see live demonstrations in. The drinks tent was predictably packed, with the baking and cooking tents also receiving a lot of attention.

We spent a few hours perusing the stalls, trying a few of the beers (Matt) and ice-creams (Me) and avoiding the rain when it decided to chuck it down! We probably would have spent much longer (and got more pictures) had the weather been better, but it was a lovely day out nonetheless.

If you're looking get to know lots of artisan companies, see the latest kitchen appliances and try a wide range of different foods, then the Foodies Festival is definitely worth heading to. They have ten festivals all over the UK, and there's still some still to happen, so definitely check out if there's one near you, here.

You can see the Foodies Festival website here, and their twitter account here.

The Beauty Box: Crest 3D Professional White Strips


If you saw my last Crest whitening post, you'll know that I saw great results from the Gentle Routine - read more here. However, when seeing the 3D Professional Strips on offer on Ebay, I decided to try these instead. You can get them here.

These strips were much sticker than the sensitive ones, which meant that I got a really good fit around my teeth and not very much movement when wearing them. This is ideal when you have to wear the strips for 30 minutes, as it means the gel stays in close contact with the surface of your teeth and doesn't end up leaving a weird taste in your mouth.

I did ten days worth of strips, and saw a considerable amount of improvement. As with the last results I saw (here), the shade of my teeth drastically improved, especially to say I was still drinking tea during my treatments.

The only issue I had with these strips over the gentle routine is that after six or seven days of usage, my teeth really starting feeling sensitive. I had to have two day gaps between the last four strip packs as I started to find it painful to eat cold food and drink.

If you've got sensitive teeth like myself, I'd definitely recommend either going for the gentle routine or using sensitive toothpaste after use. Whilst I saw really good results, I think the gentle routine strips are suited better to my needs. You can see the post on this here.

If you've not got sensitive teeth, I'd suggest going for the 3D Professional Strips as I found they were more effective and in terms of application were slightly easier to use.

The Scrapbook: BBQ Pizza


Matt and I have a little addiction. It knows no bounds.

Pizza. That heavenly, dough-y gift from the Gods that is pizza. We can't get enough of the stuff, and with the warm weekends we've been having, nothing has seemed more appetising than a cold beer and some home-made pizza.

Matt's been desperate to try making them on the BBQ, so here's the recipe we used to create our BBQ pizzas...

You will need:

225g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
60g butter
150ml milk

For the sauce:-

Four beef tomatoes
Fresh basil - about six leaves
2 x garlic cloves
Dash of olive oil

1. Place your pizza stone (if you have one) into the barbecue. Place lumpwood charcoal in the pit of the barbecue, add in a couple of firelighters and light. Wait until temperature is around 200 degrees, the coals should start to turn white.

2. Sieve the flour and salt into bowl, then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
3. Add the milk to the mixture and stir in until you have a soft dough
4. Knead the dough and roll out to the thickness you like

5. Roughly chop up your tomatoes, mince your garlic and rip up your basil leaves and throw into a saucepan with the oil. Simmer on a medium heat until the tomato starts to break down and form a thick sauce. Reduce heat and simmer until needed!

6. Place dough on top of pizza stone* then quickly top with sauce and whatever toppings you like. Close barbecue lid and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes.

*The pizza stone will be absolutely roasting by this point so the best thing to do is avoid taking it out and breaking it/scalding yourself by doing the toppings whilst the dough sits on the stone inside the barbecue.

Serve with cold beer, garlic mayo and some sunshine!

The Beauty Box: Origins Mega Mushroom Serum


A good serum can work wonders. Aggressive redness and a load of itchy annoyance can sometimes only be calmed down with a comforting serum. I tried the mega-mushroom offering from Origins as the sides of my cheeks had been really inflamed and itchy, and the serum promised to calm irritation.

A grey coloured liquid, you only need two pumps to cover your whole face. Whilst quite pricey (£44 here), it has really done a great job of injecting my skin with some much-needed calm and moisture. As a self-proclaimed mushroom hater, I was worried the serum was going to smell really strong, but the scent is quite subtle - rather fresh and light and most unlike the slimy ingredient's usual characteristics!

I've been teaming this with the Drink Up Overnight Intensive Mask, which creates such a good dynamic duo I'd definitely recommend trying both of them. After using Mega Mushroom for just over two months, I've noticed a considerable reduction in the redness of my skin, my skintone has become much more even and any flare ups I get vanish overnight. A must try for sure!