The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Mum’s Christmas Makeup Look 

When my Mum asked me to have a go at her makeup, I felt so excited! She’s the perfect person to practice the skills I’ve been studying on my Makeup Artistry course. I had to bear a few things in mind whilst I made my plan –

  • This is a Christmas party look, so it had to have a bit of classy sparkle somewhere!
  • Mum has green eyes, so I checked the colour wheel to see which colours complimented this and went for purples and burgundies.
  • Mum is a bit older than me, so really won’t appreciate unicorn highlighter and false eyelashes!
  • I asked Mum to bring her own foundation so that it was a perfect match for her skin tone and type.

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After going through the plan with Mum, we decided not to use the Grav3yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette shade ‘Mancat’ as I previously planned, and opted for NYX Single Shadow in ‘Addiction’ instead as it had a bit more shimmer to it and a dramatic look.

Here is Mum’s before photo –

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We began by cleansing, toning, moisturising and finally priming the skin.

 

MoisturiserBio Extracts Light Face Cream mixed with the Glow Booster

Primer – Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Next was foundation, Max Factor Colour Adapt in 70 Natural (Mum’s own) –

My favourite part now! I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer on Mum’s eyes and got to work on the eyeshadow look I’d planned for her.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette –

  1. Peaches n’ Cream all over the lid and brow bone
  2. Georgia over the lid
  3. Bellini in the centre of the lid
  4. Luscious in inner corner
  5. Peach Pit along lower lash line

NYX Hot Singles Shadow in Shade ‘Addiction’ in outer half of lid. I concealed under the eyes with the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer.

Next up, brows! I was particularly pleased with this as I think they changed Mum’s face completely! I used the Collection Eyebrow Define in Blonde.

I used the Collection Precision Contouring Stick just under Mum’s cheekbones. I didn’t want to go overboard on this because I think Mum has a lovely bone structure, without me having to cut it even more with contour. I also used Makeup Revolution’s Golden Sugar Blush Palette on the apples of the cheeks in the third shade along the top row. To add a subtle highlight, I applied the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in shade 001 Light.

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The combination is gorgeous, don’t you think?

Now onto the lips, I wanted a subtle purple colour to make Mum’s eyes pop even more. We went for the Lancome Juicy Shaker in Berry in Love (smells delicious too!).

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To complete the look, Mum applied her own mascara. Mum absolutely loves the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, she says she doesn’t get panda eyes with it and it stays on all day. Definitely one I want to have a go with!

 

 

Here is the completed look! Ta Dah!

Doesn’t she look beautiful? I’m so pleased with how everything came out and Mum was happy too! Mum’s eyes definitely look greener and larger and she’s definietly ready to party at Christmas!

If you would like to feature on the blog, then get in touch! I’m always happy to have a go at your makeup, or send you advice so you can have a go yourself. Email here if you’re interested or for more info.

Kerry x

My Evening Skincare Routine

Today I wanted to share with you my evening skincare routine. I’ll be honest when I say that I haven’t always taken this much care over my make-up removal, but since studying for my make-up artist course I’ve realised the importance of looking after my skin and cleansing it. 

Step One: Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover

I always begin by using this eye make-up remover as I use waterproof mascara and it’s excellent at removing it. This stuff is very gentle on my eye area and I love shaking the bottle to combine the formula! 

Step Two: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This is one of my favourite products. It’s like a magical skin potion!  It is fantastic at removing remaining make-up from my skin. Experts recommend that using a product like this before a cleanser will make sure your face is cleansed more thoroughly. 

Step Three: Nivea Cream Care Cleansing Lotion 

Make-up remover alone is not enough to get your skin as squeaky clean as it can potentially be. It’s always good to follow up with a cleanser. There are many different varieties of cleanser –  milk, gel, oil, balm, etc – but I tend to use the milk types. I find that they make my skin feel silky soft afterwards and they are so refreshing after a long day. This Nivea one is perfect for soft skin. 

Step Four: Nivea Refreshing Toner

A lot of people tend to miss out the toner step, but I find it is the nicest stage! This is your chance to make your skin feel cool, thoroughly cleansed and smooth. This toner is especially softening and has really helped in improving my problem skin areas. 

Step Five: evA Calm – Perfect Calm Moisture AM PM Cream

This moisturiser is very light and also reduces redness of the skin. I have suffered from this on my cheeks since pregnancy and have noticed it has calmed down quite a lot since using this cream. Moisturisers are key if you want your skin to be hydrated and depending on your skin-type, can help solve problems such as oily skin, dry skin, etc. 

I do also like to put coconut oil on my face at night – especially on my eyelashes and any particularly dry patches. 

Is your evening beauty routine as thorough? What products do you use and recommend? 

Look out for my next post which will be a DIY face  mask – you’ll love it! 

Kerry x