It Cosmetics and family time, plus my brownie recipe!



Hope you are well and keeping warm on these chilly days!

Did you catch any of Beauty Weekend? If you missed it, you can still have a look at all the best deals on our site! I was away in Bristol with family but did dip in and out and it was lovely to see so much going on and it’s always great fun when the It girls are over.

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Talking of It Cosmetics, I was delighted to try out their new CC Cream in Rich; full coverage which for my winter skin on-air is needed at the moment. I am a big fan of Bye Bye Under Eye in Deep so this is great to add to my It armour.

My sister is also a huge fan, she did her make-up whilst I was at her flat on the weekend and her make-up bag has quite a few It cosmetics in it, another It girl is born.

make-up close-up

It was a wonderful weekend in Bristol on Saturday. My sister, my niece and I took my mum out for her birthday in Carluccio’s (one of my mum’s favourite restaurants).

dinner with family

Then on the Sunday we had a lovely long walk and play in the park in the winter sunshine.

craig and family 2On a rather practical note, I had a leak in my kitchen cupboard last week – I was getting some dish cloths and wondered why they were all soaking wet! I then saw the culprit, a small hole in the washing machine waste water pipe.

hole in pipe

I remember I had bought some Supabond last year, reached for it and about 10 mins later the problem had been solved. It’s brilliant stuff – hopefully its comes back in stock again soon! And thank goodness the water had leaked all into the box of my Cook’s Essentials microfibre cloths otherwise it would have been a disaster running into the flat downstairs!


And finally… so many of you requested the recipe for my sugar-free vegan brownies last week so please find below. Everyone who’s tried them says they are delicious and I plan to make a different coconut version soon, so watch this space! Enjoy!

Thanks so much for reading my blog and as always big big hugs
Craig xx


Craig’s Sugar-Free Vegan Brownies

(Makes about 20 large bite-size portions)


300g cashews
120g walnuts
110g good quality cocoa powder
100g pitted dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil (I use the Tiana one)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or leave this out if you prefer a more bittersweet brownie)
1 medium-size container (I use a silicone one from Cook’s Essentials)


1. Put all ingredients into a heavy-duty blender and blitz until smooth, I also add a little water here to help it blend easier

2. Scrape the mixture into the container and smooth over.

3. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting into bite size squares and tucking in, yum!


  1. Jill January 24, 2017 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig
    Thanks for the Brownie recipe !! Hope you are well and so glad you managed to get out into the sunshine, so important this time of year. We have had some nice sunny warm days here in Scotland and not too many cold days over the last week, lets hope spring is just around the corner!
    Keep smiling!
    Jilly X

    • Craig Rowe February 9, 2017 at 6:50 am -  Reply

      Hey Jilly! Thanks for your lovely message and sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

      You’re welcome! Let me know how you get on if you make some.

      Hope you had a lovely time in Scotland. Yes it’s lovely to try and get out into the sunshine.

      Take care and hopefully hear from you again.


      Craig x

  2. Amy Dwyer January 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig, I did indeed catch beauty weekend! Loved all the shows and the demos. I was a true virgo and found a great deal on two Niod products (a brand I love), a neck cream and eye serum, which will make a great mothers day present so I snapped that up while it was on at an event price.

    My dry soon airer has also arrived so I am super excited to try that out!

    Looking forward to your next post!
    Amy x

    • Craig Rowe February 13, 2017 at 9:20 am -  Reply

      Hey Amy!

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this one. Great to hear you caught the Beauty Weekend, great wasn’t it! Plus great to hear you got some great products.
      How are you finding the air dryer!

      Great to hear from you as always.
      Craig xx

  3. Michelle Irvine January 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig,
    You and your sister are very alike, your sister looks beautiful in her IT cosmetics. Spending time with family is so important, your Mum looks like she is enjoying herself, your niece is a little cutie. I am absolutely loving Qvc, I have been shopping with you for less than a year but I love your enthusiasm, it is infectious. Here’s to a great 2017.



    • Craig Rowe February 13, 2017 at 9:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Michelle!

      Hope you’re well. Thanks for your lovely comment. That’s nice that you think me and my sis are alike, and yes my niece is a little cutie isn’t she? It’s so great to know you enjoy my shows :-).

      Hope you have a great 2017 also and stay in touch.


      Craig x

  4. Frances Maxwell January 28, 2017 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. It looks so easy, will definitely have a go.

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