Five Things

It’s time to bundle together the best of beauty, fashion and everything in between from the past seven days. All edited down to five of the top products, videos, posts, releases and the rest that have had me clicking away…

1. Happy Galentine’s Day! This one goes out to all my fellow fans of Parks & Rec. I’m taking Leslie Knope’s 13th February holiday very seriously this year and am heading up to London for a reunion with my old uni housemates. I won’t be taking mosaic self-portraits I’ve made for them out of cans of their favourite drinks, but it should be a nice afternoon. I tried to find a suitable picture of us all to share with the internet world but not wanting to embarrass anyone I thought I’d share a picture of just myself in a VK-fuelled state.

2. Why Cleaning Your Brushes RULES. Doesn’t it just feel the best? It might be a pain in the balls, but there’s nothing quite like waking up on a Monday, getting ready to apply your makeup and then remembering that you washed all your brushes last night and they’re all fresh and ready to go. My preferred method is using some kind of bar soap formula, just because I find that’s what cleans them up the best. Right now I’m using the Lottie London Soap Star Brush Cleanser, which is a bit of a bargain and works just as well as the BeautyBlender one.

3. The Chocolate Fudge Ball Recipe. I’ve spent the week experimenting with energy ball recipes, trying to find something that was a little lower in fat and sugar than what I usually make, but higher in protein. After a few batches of trail and error I found it and whilst I was trying to make something that tasted like peanut butter, I’ve ended up with this delicious mixture that tastes of fudge. Ah man – it’s good. I’ll share the recipe ASAP.

4. Hourglass Strobing Powders – Thumbs Up. I made a purchase of the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Strobe and I’m pleased to report that it’s a bit of a stunner. On first swatch the formula seems a little glitter heavy, but when it melts into the skin it just leaves a glow that’s more noticeable than the Ambient Lighting Powders, but more subtle than your usual highlighters; making it a great everyday cheek sheen or setting powder for when you’re feeling really lacklustre.

5. A Fitness & Foodie Q&A. A few weeks ago I asked for your food and fitness related questions on Twitter and have no fear because it’s dropping next week. It’s taken me yonks to put together as I wanted to insert lots of clips and cutaways to make things a little exciting, so I’d love to hear what you think about it when it drops. It also features a tonne of footage of me looking all serene and sweat-free at the gym (NAWT).

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Happy Galentines day, Anna! x

    http://www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

  • http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/ Marie

    Lovely post. I can’t wait to hear about that new protein ball recipe. have a lovely St Valentines day. xxx

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://jodieloue.blogspot.co.uk/ Jodie

    I can’t wait to hear about the Chocolate fudge recipe. Have a lovely Galentines, Anna! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  • http://www.fashionmumblr.com Josie

    Those healthy fudge balls look delicious!!
    Josie XOXO Fashion Mumblr

  • http://selenaponcesyle.blogspot.com.es Selena

    Please share that recipe soon, I’m really looking forward to it!
    I hope you have a great day, beautiful xx

    Sel♥
    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

  • Rosy Flynn

    I’ve never even heard of the Hourglass strobe powders, that’s me needing to get to a SpaceNK and get swatching :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  • http://holylipstick.com/ Dar Diamant

    Looking forward to that recipe Anna!
    Nothing beats an afternoon with friends :)

    Dar| http://www.holylipstick.com

  • Elanor

    Yay, I’m really looking forward to the fitness Q & A! I’ve really been enjoying your fitness related videos at the moment, they really help me to keep motivated with my own healthy eating :)
    Elanor
    elanorsims.wordpress.com

  • https://avantigarde.wordpress.com Avanti

    Chocolate fudge balls and fitness q and a’s! I love this post.

    Avanti
    xxx
    Avantigarde.wordpress.com

  • http://thatimperfectstranger.wordpress.com Benazir

    Happy Galentine’s Day to you!! (: Looking forward to your Fitness Q&A video! Love it when you do those fitness related ones (plus everything else). xx

    http://uneditedbytes.com

  • http://moremindfulyou.blogspot.co.uk MoreMindfulYou

    Looking forward to that Q&A :-) have a great day Anna!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

  • mathilde

    I am then lookinf forward to your firtness Q&A video! x
    Mathilde
    http://flavietherese.wordpress.com

  • http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.com/ Linda Libra Loca

    Something that accidentally tastes of fudge? I wouldn’t mind that.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Looking good in that pic, Anna!

    Love from Indonesia,
    nnsabrina.blogspot.com

  • http://rebeldescent.blogspot.com Daria Zems

    Love the idea of Galentine’s day! <3

    X, Daria
    http://rebeldescent.blogspot.com

  • http://www.elabellaworld.com Ela BellaWorld

    Chocolate fudge ball sounds yummy, looking forward to the recipe! Happy Galentine’s Day to you, Anna!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Nimra Imran

    Im so looking forward to reading your recipe!!! x

    http://www.sandwashpink.wordpress.com

  • http://lisasantosworld.blogspot.co.uk Lisa Santos

    That brush cleanser soap bar is now on my wishlist! And the chocolate fudge balls look amazing. Come on, hurry up with that recipe!

    http://www.thelisasworld.com

  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Chocolate fudge balls? WANT.

  • http://makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com Rachel Polansky

    The Hourglass Strobing Powders are amazing… I only have one but they all seem enticing!

    http://www.makeupmusicbooks.com

  • http://www.transientbeaute.wordpress.com/ Tirurit

    I too prefer solid soap to clean my brushes. I recently purchases the Clean Brush soap at beautybay and I am really enjoying it

  • http://www.mochaandmoccasins.com/ Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

    I need to clean my brushes today. I’ve been putting it off for so long, like a disgusting amount of time has passed since I washed my brushes – yuck! The Hourglass powders look lovely. I need to check those out!

    http://mochaandmoccasins.com
    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Erin Russell

    aaaaah I need these strobing powders so bad its ridiculous!
    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

  • http://thegreenbows.blogspot.ca Katherine L.

    I’m dying to try those Hourglass strolling powders; I’ve heard some amazing reviews on them. And who doesn’t need another highlighter? Also, brush cleaning can be so tedious, but totally worth it. I find that when my skin starts to break out more, it’s time to get the cleaner out (which is every week or two).

    Katherine || The Green Bows

  • Ali

    love that picture of you <3

    xo

    http://www.alilikes.com

  • LilyM

    Ooh! What recipe book is chilling in the background of the bottom right? I need it in my life!

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Just cleaned mine today and YAASS so theraputic <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Sophie ♥

    Happy Galentines Day Anna, you brilliant, tropical fish.

  • http://www.myfairautumn.com Maireem Maneje

    Lots of love on Galentine’s Day! xx -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  • Amanda Harb

    Can’t wait for the fudgey energy balls receive, they look amazeballs! Thanks Anna xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    Yes to Galentine’s Day! I wish more things from Parks and Rec would be incorporated into the real world…treat yo self day?

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

  • http://curlsandmints.com Nur Aishah

    I gotta agree, nothing beats to waking up to clean brushes!

    xx
    http://www.curlsandmints.com

  • http://www.CheyanneFulton.com Cheyanne

    Love Galentine’s day! I spent my day with my 3 best girl-friends, we went shopping, got coffee, went for super, played board games… it was great!

    http://www.CheyanneFulton.com

  • http://www.theglitternest.co.uk Faye

    I agree, washing brushes is such a pain in the bum but so worth it. P.S Healthy fudge ball recipe? hand it this way! :)

    f a y e
    http://www.theglitternest.co.uk

  • http://www.claudiaharriet.blogspot.co.uk/ Claudia Barnett

    Can’t wait for the fudge ball recipe!

    Claudia Harriet // Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Kyla C

    Share the fudge!

  • http://georginadenby.blogspot.co.uk Georgina Denby

    Ahh I love how you write your posts, if I ever feel totally un-inspired and struggle to write anything I always read over your blog and it instantly motivates me. X

  • http://cakedtothenines.com/ Caked To The Nines

    YES Hourglass Brilliant is a beaut! And my fudge ball self cannot wait for the fudge ball recipe!
    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  • Danah Alsanea

    Hi Anna, I really enjoy your posts and writing style xx Waiting for the fudge balls recipe, YUM!