21 Jan 2015

Eating Clean: my top three favourite treats

I'm not really into the whole 'new year, new me' thing but in the past couple of months i've been trying to eat cleaner as it makes me feel so much better in myself. I try not to deprive myself of anything so these are a few treats that i've recently discovered that aren't full of processed rubbish but still satisfy my sweet tooth.

Nakd Bars are made from raw fruit and are available to buy from most supermarkets. They come in lots of different flavours so there's something for everyone and they give you the same satisfaction as a chocolate bar without all the fat and sugar. My current favourites are Cocoa Orange and Bakewell Tart (this flavour is limited edition so i'm not sure if you can still get them) but I also like the Strawberry Nakd Crunch bars when i'm not looking for my chocolate fix! If you're thinking of trying them click here for a free voucher :)

Nom Bars are a more recent find and are a healthier alternative to flapjack made with coconut oil. They come in a few different flavours - so far i've tried the Original and Cacao & Raspberry which both tasted amazing! You can buy them from Ocado in packs of three and while they are quite expensive they're worth it in knowing that they're not full of rubbish.

The Coconut Collaborative make a tasty range of yogurts that are full of healthy fats as they're made with coconut milk. They come in a range of flavours including Plain and Berries & Seeds but my favourite is the Mango & Passionfruit. At the minute they're available to buy individually at Waitrose and in other selected supermarkets but I'm hoping they might sell them in packs soon! If you're looking for an alternative to a sugar packed Muller Corner and like the taste of coconut then give these a try :)

12 Jan 2015

Feels Like An Empty Space

I can't believe this is the first time i've posted this year - time is going far too quickly which is probably why i've still got so much uni work to do after putting it off for the past month! I didn't buy too much in the Christmas sales and as usual managed to find something that was full price to buy instead! This is my new H&M bag to replace this one which is looking a bit old and worn out.

It was a steal at £12.99 and reminds me of a Zara one I have with the two different textures on the front. I also love the gold zip and it feels really good quality as well as fitting in lots of the usual rubbish I like to carry around! I haven't spotted it online yet but it's available in store in both black and pink and is perfect if you're looking for a smaller bag for nights out and shopping :)

30 Dec 2014

Twenty Fourteen Beauty Favourites

Yearly favourites posts are never easy to write and as i'm really indecisive it's taken me a while to get these down to just a handful! Except for perfumes, 2014 has been a year of using more of my favourites rather than discovering new ones so these are all well used and well recommended by me! If I have time i'm going to write a separate post with a few non-beauty favourites as there's too much to mention in one post!

Estee Lauder - Modern Muse and Giorgio Armani - Si are my two favourite perfumes of this year without a doubt! Both were presents and I definitely can't decide which one I love the most! Si has an expensive feel, both with the gold edging of the bottle but also the scent which lasts a really long time and is one you don't forget. Modern Muse is more of a feminine perfume and has a floral scent which I love just as much. I'm useless at describing scents so if you're in Boots give these a go and you won't be disappointed. 

I'm writing this post at home and sadly forgot one of my all time favourites which is the Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask. This is one of the only products i've ever tried where I notice a real difference every time I use it so I can't recommend it enough - you don't need to use lots so it lasts a good amount of time too. 
Another Origins favourite is the Modern Friction scrub which I like to use regularly to get rid of any dry skin. It's different to any scrub i've ever used as you add water to it to make more of a face wash which leaves your skin feeling super clean. The only thing I don't like is how much it hurts if you accidentally get it in your eyes! Although Origins products are on the more expensive side they're worth the investment in my opinion and i'm yet to read a negative review about any of them. 
I don't normally like the little samples you get in magazines and rarely try them but the Garnier Oil Beauty moisturiser is an exception. It has a really unique scent and leaves my skin feeling soft without taking forever to sink in. It's also really affordable and the pump bottle means you don't end up wasting any too - i'll be repurchasing this when it eventually runs out.

I think i've mentioned all these on my blog before but i'm one of those people who sticks to one thing once they like it and they're all part of my daily routine.  I'm yet to find a mascara that compares to the Max Factor False Lash Effect as it makes my lashes look bigger and fuller without any clumps. It isn't the most affordable mascara so I usually stock up when I find a 3 for 2 offer although i've noticed that a lot of other mascaras are creeping up to the £10 mark too! 
Carmex Moisture Plus in Peach and Seventeen Beehive are two lip products I use everyday. Both have been repurchased a few times and they both offer 'my lips but better' shades - perfect for people like me who are still a bit scared of a bright lip!
I re-discovered my Sigma F80 brush this year after dabbling with the Real Techniques Stippling brush but finding that it made my foundation harder to blend. I find that the Sigma brush gives my foundation a much more airbrushed look and blends it really evenly, something you can't do by applying it with your fingers.