VITAMIN C SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Smoothies are one of my favourite things to drink in the summer months, especially fruity ones like this as a kickstart to the day. This simple recipe is packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants to get your skin glowing and build up your immunity against summer colds.
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THE SUNDAY POST #28

001. I was back up in Manchester for a few days this week, and having never ventured further than the city centre, we decided to go and explore Didsbury. We ended up stopping for lunch in Thyme Out Deli, and oh god their bacon, maple syrup and vanilla milkshake was amazing. L had a fantastic halloumi and mushroom burger which I ate quite a bit of as unfortunately I didn't love my own food. For dinner we planned to go to Bourbon & Black but as they were quite busy we headed across the road to Croma. I've wanted to go here since I saw Victoria rave about it in this post and it didn't disappoint. The chorizo and black pudding bruschetta is amazing, and the pizzas were delicious and so affordable.
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THE HOLIDAY BASE | BOBBI BROWN TINTED MOISTURISER

This recent heatwave and a few mini-breaks have led to an intense search for the perfect holiday base. I usually wear a sheer coverage foundation, but when it's hot I like to strip it back even further. Having tried a number of high-street offerings, and found them all to be lacking something I knew it was time to invest in something good. 
The Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer provides minimal coverage, but hides any redness and evens out my complexion. When I have this on I don't need to wear concealer on any scars or blemishes, but I do like to pop some under my eyes to brighten my skin up. The medium to dark shade is the perfect colour match for my skin; on good days I only apply this to parts of my face, and it blends out to match my skin tone perfectly. With eight shades in the range, you know you'll get a better colour match than anything in the drugstore. 
I love how easy this is to apply and blend out, either with fingers or my RT buffing brush, depending on what I have to hand. Despite being a tinted 'moisturiser' I like to wear my usual moisturiser underneath, as I have quite dry skin. It contains SPF 15, which is always a bonus, as my current moisturiser doesn't have any. What are your favourite lighter bases, or do you go completely au naturel on holiday?

THE SUNDAY POST #25

001. I've spent most of this week on holiday in Falmouth, I've never been to Cornwall before and it was so beautiful. Every day was sunny and warm and we spent some really lovely days outside, relaxing at the beach and driving boats around Fal river. Pendennis Castle was so interesting, and the walk around the moat was beautiful. Falmouth town was so quaint, full of cafes and little boutiques and we spent our evenings drinking on the beach. I love being by the sea, and I really need to save up to buy my own beach hut

002. As there were nine of us, we couldn't eat out every evening, so we took in it turns to cook. L, E and I made grilled chicken burgers, with sweet potato wedges, salad and corn on the cob. The chicken was so simple to make; just marinate in a bowl with passata, nandos sauce, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and lime for a few hours, and then pop them under the grill at around 200°C. Add some more passata and seasoning about halfway through when you turn them, and then pop some chilli, garlic and lime butter on top for the last ten minutes. I also used the butter for corn on the cob which was delicious. For dessert we whipped up some Eton Mess, one of my favourite lighter desserts. 

003. Summer reading this year consists of A Song of Ice and Fire, I'm only halfway into a Clash of Kings, which is the second book. So only another five to go. I'm not even finding the time to read one a week, so I doubt I'll finish before summer is out. What are you planning on reading this summer?

004. For the best part of this month I've written nothing but Sunday Posts on my blog; each week I've mentioned a desire to get back into regular posting again, but something has stopped me every time. For family reasons, and for needing to switch off completely when I do get time off, I've neglected my little corner of the internet and I really regret that. I guess everyone has slip ups, and unless it's your full time job I don't think anyone really minds? Anyway, this week I've taken some action to get back into posting; I've written and scheduled this weeks posts, replied to all my blog comments and also want to take part in a blogger chat this week. Which ones are your favourites?

005. The weather this week has been beautiful, I finally feel like summer has arrived. Whilst I have plenty of beachwear, I don't really have any summer clothes that I'd feel comfortable wearing around my small hometown, or when I'm working in the shop. I also really want to get a pair of Birkenstocks as I know I'll be spending long periods of time on my feet at work. Yes or no?