Beauty and Makeup

Dermalogica Clear Start!

I was incredibly pleased to have received a complimentary Clear Start package from Dermalogica last month. Within my Clear Start Package I received a Breakout Clearing Fizz Mask and a Breakout Clearing Booster. To provide an honest review I tested the products out on my younger brother as he struggles with teenage acne. His blemishes runs along the forehead and along the contours of his temples.

We began with a clean base, rinsing his face with clean tepid water. We applied the fizz mask all over the face, concentrating more on the affected areas. Once we applied the mask it immediately started to tingle – he could actually hear the fizz! The mask looks similar to a foam consistency which is quite entertaining to look at lol. After washing the mask off his skin looked revived. The most noticeable difference was how matte his skin looked. The excess oil around his blemishes were gone and his pores had reduced in size.

After the mask we used the Clearing Booster. This is more of a oil consistency and a little bit goes a long way. We applied this directly across the acne area. This reduced the size of the blemishes rapidly. Once the product had settled into the skin the blemishes looked less red and inflamed.

Overall we’re very happy with the products and will continue to use the products daily. I would definitely recommend anyone struggling with acne or a textured skin base to try out the Dermalogica Clear Start range. Dermalogica stack a very large variety of products all combatting different issues, it’s definitely worth checking out, plus all their products are vegan and cruelty free!

If you’ve tried the range, let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Best wishes,


Food for Thought

A Relationship of Convenience.

Have you ever read something that fits how you feel so well.

Some men can be so toxic to your health. They don’t want to love you properly, but they don’t want to let you go either. The more you give the less they appreciate, and the minute you’ve had enough and decide to walk away is when they are ready to love you and treat you right. So you give them a chance in the hopes they’ve changed only to realise it was all fake. You find the strength to walk away once more and here he comes again proclaiming his love for you and you give in, AGAIN.

A man showing anger and persistence to get you back once you try to break it of isn’t proof of love; its a knee jerk reaction. A man kissing your ass or making flaccid attempts to be nicer for two weeks isn’t proof that he’s trying, its proof that he knows you well enough to know how to defuse you long enough to hook you once again. Take away a toy, a little boy cries. Take away a relationship of convenience, a man cries. Just because he cries doesn’t mean you give him what he wants.

Stop listening to what your man keeps promising and start watching what his actions actually keep telling you. A lot of you women don’t know what its like to be loved by a real man. You know lust, you know joy, you know passion and you know the fear of abandonment. Stop chasing your idea of what love should be and recognise what love IS.

Love isn’t promising to act right after he gets caught fucking up time and time again. Love is him acting right from the start because he doesn’t want to fuck up. Love isn’t telling your grown man he needs to change so he can keep you; love is a grown man changing on his own because he cant imagine life without you.



(Disclaimer: these aren’t my words. A friend forwarded it to me so I can’t credit the original writer either.)


Mini review on Angelica – Leeds

Angelica – Leeds

Angelica is a plush roof top terrace bar that over looks Leeds city centre – perfect for the long summer days we’ve had recently.

On our visit back in April we enjoyed two refreshing mocktails and devoured a plate of beetroot and goats cheese salad. To accompany we got sweet potato fries. There wasn’t a single thing we didn’t like about the food and drinks in front of us. The salad was yum – the beetroot and goats cheese were slightly chilled and went along really well with the tangy purple dressing it was drizzled in. The sweet potato fries were crispy, slightly on the thin side but were still tasty. The view was great and the drinks were perfect.

Portion sizes are quite small for the price you’re paying. It’s more of a light snack or something to nibble on with your pre-drinks before you actually go for your meal. If you take into account the relaxing atmosphere, the very friendly quick service, the amazing views and the great tasting food I do think its worth it! Even if you do just go there once, it’s definitely an experience.

Best wishes Hafsah x


Mini Review of If Coffee – Leeds

If Coffee – Leeds

If Coffee is based a few minutes away from the Corn Exchange. Me and my Foodbae dropped by this week and shared a lovely light lunch.

We got the American pancakes – with a lot of toppings to choose from it took us a while to choose. We eventually chose salted caramel and bananas. The salted caramel was very salty but I actually liked it. The pancakes itself were amazing! Really thick but light, and for £7 we thought it was a reasonable portion size.

Looks can be deceiving as from the outside the coffee bar looks really small but it’s actually really big. They’ve also got a seating area upstairs as well as outside.

If Coffee offer a wide selection of cakes and patisseries, however unfortunately for us when we came just before 3pm there wasn’t much left. Definitely means another trip back!

Best wishes, Hafsah x


Mamas Shack – Manchester

Mamas Shack – Manchester

Mamas Shack serves halal Caribbean food at the heart of the curry mile on Wilmslow Road. I was kindly invited to visit Mamas Shack and on my visit was very welcomed by all the staff. The team are originally from London and already have a well loved restaurant there. They claim to deliver soulful and authentic food at a reasonable price to Manchester.

For starters we shared a portion of Jerked Wings. The jerk flavoured wings were nice and were definitely a good portion size as each wing was quite large. The wings rested on a tasty sauce which added to the already flavoursome wings. I’m usually not a big fan chicken wings as chicken can sometimes be quite dry however these weren’t like that at all.


I was craving a burger and after seeing Mamas Shacks IG feed I wanted to try out their Jerk burger. The Jerk burger is a chargrilled beef patty, with an Adoba seasoned hash brown served with Mango Chutney. Adoba is a Caribbean season which has a mix of paprika, chilli flakes, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder. The burgers all come with mayo and American cheese and are sandwiched in a sweet brioche bun. The chef informed us the beef patty was completely fresh and homemade, he had got the meat himself from the butchers on that same morning. The patty didn’t have an ounce of fat on it and the burger didn’t have a greasy aftertaste that readymade patty’s do. It was a proper burger.


To accompany my burger I got sweet potato chips. They were seasoned, crisp and thickly cut; just like our starter these were also a reasonable portion size. They were different to usual sweet potato chips and I believe were also homemade.


For desserts we had Churros, the chef explained that their churros are completely different to others as theirs had a Caribbean twist. The churros at Mamas Shack was served with a creamy soft ice cream. It had a very similar texture to kulfi and went really well with churros. The churros itself were soft and sugary, and very lightly season with paprika which must’ve been the Caribbean twist. They were really light and tasty and went down perfectly after all the strong flavours we had had.


Their menu is filled with authentic Caribbean food such as Curry Goat, Chicken and Chickpea Stew with Jallof Rice and sides such as Calamari and Plantain. There’s definitely a lot to choose from especially if you already have a love for Caribbean cuisine.

Mamas Shack are definitely introducing something new to the market. If you’re willing to try new things I would definitely recommend this place. Everything was fresh, homemade and beautiful presented, it’s evident a lot of time and care has gone into making sure the food tastes and looks perfect.

Best wishes, Hafsah x

Disclaimer: everything marked with an * were very kindly given to us complimentary. Portion sizes may slightly differ as we were offered these to try. All my reviews are completely unbiased and are solely my opinion.


Stories – Leeds

Stories – Leeds

A very minimalistic chic little cafe situated in Leeds – Stories is a bright and airy space with a beautiful aesthetic. Light wood, white surfaces, and pastel coloured cutlery it has that Scandinavian modern decor we often see on our Instagram newsfeeds (+Ikea). The environment is a perfect spot to enjoy a light coffee over a little chit chat.

Stories main focal point is to create simple food from quality local ingredients. The owner Emily Crocker explains “While our menu might be smaller than other cafes, we feel that it is in no way lacking in the care and attention that has been poured into creating it… With a focus on local, seasonal and quality ingredients, our menu is based around small plates of delicious food.” Fussy eaters may want to scan the menu on their Website before visiting. Their menu is quite basic and dare I say boring however there is a lot of options for vegan or gluten free eaters.

Even though it wasn’t on the menu we ordered a pot of English tea – we tried to order a hot chocolate but were told they had ran out. A disappointing start.


I’ve got to admit it did take us a while to choose what to eat. Nothing really jumped out at us on the menu. In the end we decided to order the Sweet Potato fritters and the Pouched Eggs on Toast.

The pouched eggs on sourdough bread were just as simple as they were described on the menu; basic poached eggs and sourdough toast. The eggs were runny – great! But the bread was far too tough to even cut with a knife. In my opinion the sourdough bread wasn’t soft enough to compliment the eggs. The bread had to be physically ripped apart. Even if they had served it with a hollandaise sauce which traditionally most places do it still wouldn’t have helped.


The sweet potato fritters were unfortunately just as disappointing. Usually sweet potato fritters are grilled patties made with a mix of sweet potato, zucchini, spices, herbs, spring onion covered in an egg and then lightly grilled. However these fritters broke at the slightest touch and all that was left was grated slices of sweet potato fritters and large cuts of spring onion. It lacked any sort of flavour. As the sweet potato fritters didn’t come with anything I asked for hummus to accompany. The hummus unfortunately was dry and stale.


+ £1 for the bowl of hummus

I understand that Stories have a very unique concept but compromising on flavours really brings this place down. A lot of the food seemed quite lazy rather than simplistic.

The atmosphere and environment was relaxing but unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend Stories unless it was just to sit with a coffee.

Lots of love, Hafsah x

EDIT: Stories have stopped trading and are permanently closed as from the 7th May.

… not surprised.


George’s Great British Kitchen – Leeds

George’s Great British Kitchen – Leeds

George’s GBK is an amazing restaurant in Leeds City Centre. George’s prides itself on its traditional all British menu with a slight modern multi cultural twist. The ‘Great British‘ menu, which is presented like a good old fashioned newspaper, enthusiastically declares things to be ‘ruddy marvellous‘ or ‘rather splendid and jolly‘. It’s always great to see a restaurant with their own concept that sets them aside from the competition.

To begin with we decided to get one starter to share. We had already picked out our desserts so we needed to make sure we still had room for it at the end. We decided to try out the Charcoal Grilled halloumi served on a light curry bed. It’s an unusual starter and something we’ve never seen combined before.

The Charcoal Grilled Halloumi was beautifully presented on a sweet potato, chickpea and veg curry. The curry was full of flavour and very lightly spiced. The halloumi was perfectly grilled and laying on top of the curry had given it a slight kick too. My only regret was that we shared it as I could’ve eaten it all myself and then some more. It was really nice and I actually can’t wait to revisit so I can have it again.


For our mains we got the Ultimate Bbq Cod Sub and the Chickpea and Goats Cheese Burger. We got chips with one dish and then paid an extra £1.50 for sweet potato chips to go along with the other. There was quite a lengthy wait time for our main meal so we decided to take our drinks outside and enjoy the sun whilst we waited. The decking area outside fronts on to Headrow, it’s one of the most busiest roads in the city centre so it’s nice to be able to sit outside and people watch.

£2.50 for a glass bottle of coke

If you’re a fan of seaside fresh fish you will love George’s menu. They pride themselves on fresh traditionally cooked fish and the BBQ Cod Sub didn’t disappoint. If you’re not a seafood regular at first glance it can look slightly off putting however take my word for it it tasted delicious. Think of it as a fish butty but completely upscaled and without all the grease.

The chips that accompanied were to die for! Thickly cut, twice cooked and light handedly salted. Real seaside chips!


Whilst I enjoyed half of the cod sub, the Chickpea and Goats Cheese burger was the real winner! Im the biggest meat fan but I can honestly say I would swap for this burger at every chance if I could. The chickpea and sweet pepper patty was amazing, lightly crispy and savoury on the outside but delicate and soft on the side. Bounds of flavour and the goats cheese on top everything about it was delicious.

The sweet potato chips kept up with deliciousness of everything else we had eaten. Very crispy but still flavoursome. All our mains came with a sweet mayo dip, the food itself had so much flavour that I barely even touched it.


+ £1.50 for sweet potato chips

My foodbae got the most exciting drink ever which was basically like a dessert in itself. Candy Baby is George’s own take on rhubarb and custard as a drink. It’s mixed with lemon juice and their own passion fruit syrup. It’s served in a tall glass with a big cloud of candy floss. The actual drink itself tastes exactly like the rhubarb and custard sweets – It’s definitely a drink that will take you back to your childhood.


All the portion sizes so far had been on a grand scale and whilst we shared everything, ordering two desserts after everything we had already eaten was not the smartest decision we’ve ever made. Nonetheless for our actual desserts we got Doughnuts and Cadbury’s Fudge Finger Rolls.

The doughnuts were not what I was expecting. These were more than just homemade doughnuts, these were long strips of seaside doughnuts served with a raspberry and a chocolate dipping sauce and another great blob of candy floss. Again taking me back to my childhood, my only flaw was the doughnuts were topped with too much sugar. I was constantly scraping off the sugar but that’s just my own preference.


The warm Cadbury’s Fudge Finger Rolls was something I really didn’t expect to like. I don’t like fudge finger rolls as it is however these were amazing. They were coated in breadcrumbs and then fried until it’s crispy. It’s drizzled in sticky goodness and melts in your mouth. Even thought it was presented beautifully with vanilla ice cream it wasn’t the most photogenic dessert. I thought it was perfect – it’s what’s on the inside that counts anyway 🙄


The food is on the pricey side but I do think it’s absolutely worth it. The service was impeccable; we had two fantastic waiters. Really friendly and chatty, took their time out to explain but also recommend dishes. The atmosphere and environment was so laid back and relaxed that we spent a lot of hours there. Would definitely recommend and I actually can’t wait to revisit!

Best wishes, Hafsah x