Testing Spot-Controlling Skincare for Adults

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Acne can be a minefield, especially when you're an adult. (The realisation that acne still happens after puberty is a devastating one.)

A lot of products for spotty skin are aimed at teenagers and are full of horrible things like sulfates and microbeads  ultimately, they do your complexion (and, in the case of microbeads, the environment) more harm than good.

The products in the today's post are different.

They're targeted towards oily/combination skin but don't aim to aggressively strip it of all moisture (thereby making the problem worse). So I put them to the test, to see if they made a difference to my spotty, stressed-out face.  

Spot-Controlling Skincare from LoveLula

Vegan Make-Up Brushes from Spectrum

Monday, 16 January 2017

I'm so late to the party.

I first saw Spectrum on Katie's blog, loved the look of the brushes and the ethics of the brand... and then just never got round to ordering anything. Until the end of last year, that is.

Spectrum make the most gorgeous, mermaid-esque make-up brushes you've ever seen in your life, with brightly coloured handles and bristles.

Ombre is a favourite style of theirs but we're not talking blonde and brunette, oh no  we're talking blue and purple; pale pink and magenta; turquoise and black. Spectrum brushes are fun.

Another feature that makes Spectrum stand out is their ethics. The brand is vegan and cruelty-free, with the bristles on each brush made from synthetic hair.

But are they any good?

Spectrum Vegan Make-Up Brushes

Recent Vegan Eats at Chain Restaurants

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Eating at restaurants when you're a vegetarian can be frustrating.

Eating at restaurants when your diet is vegan? Even more so.

Often there will only be a couple of token veggie options on the menu, and if you want vegan food? Forget it.

Thankfully, times seem to be changing. I've had a couple of really good experiences at chain restaurants recently so in the spirit of Veganuary I thought I'd share them, just in case anyone needs a boost or some ideas.

(I've only just stopped eating fish and I'm concentrating on that, so I'm not doing Veganuary this year, but I do like to order vegan options to show demand for them. And also because I try and consume as little dairy as possible  a lot of veggie options can be on the cheesy side.)

Toby Carvery Vegan Roast
The problem with Toby Carvery is you end up piling everything on your plate.

Grassroots Health Natural Unscented Body Range

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

One of my goals for this year, as you might know, is to try more products from independent cruelty-free brands.

It was inspired, in part, by Grassroots Health, who got in touch towards the end of last year to ask me if I was interested in trying out their Natural Body Range* (v). I said yes, a) because the products sounded lovely and b) because the brand's ethics are right up my street.

The Grassroots Health beauty range is:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Handmade in Scotland
  • Free from SLS, ALS, parabens, and chemicals
  • 100% biodegradable

The collection is currently reduced from £25.50 to £21, or you can buy each product individually.

Grassroots Health Unscented Lotion Bar

When You're Stuck

Monday, 9 January 2017

Right now I'm in bed wrapped up like a burrito and I've temporarily abandoned my Bill Bryson book  The Road to Little Dribbling, in case you were wondering  so I can write. Sorry, Bill. (I'm on the chapter about the Lakes and loving it.)

By right now, I mean right now as I'm writing this on Sunday evening, not right now as in Monday, when the post will go live. I may be unemployed but I have standards; I wrap myself in blanket burrito on the sofa during the day (but only when it's freezing). 

Today's post is the word vomit kind: thoughts and recent worries and the like. Because now the festive season is over and the new year hype has settled down, I'm feeling a bit stuck. Everything is up in the air at the moment  a situation I suspect every recent uni graduate is familiar with  and I don't know what's going to happen next.

Book and Socks

Recipe: Banana Oat Pancakes

Sunday, 8 January 2017

After some thought, a little bit of experimenting, and a lot of shouting at my temperamental phone camera, I can finally bring you my first recipe post.

I am not a food expert or a nutritionist; I'm a vegetarian who really, really loves her food. (Yes, the two things can co-exist.) You won't be getting anything too crazy or revolutionary from me  it's all normal food you can find in your supermarket.

But that's the point. I want to show that vegetarian and vegan meals don't need to be boring or difficult to make. And although I've always loved it, cooking has become a huge part of my life since I left university so I wanted to share that on the blog.

We're starting with breakfast.

Banana oat pancakes have been one of my favourite breakfasts for a while now. I make them at the weekend. I make them when I need a pick-me-up in the morning. (An urgent one, because otherwise it'd be every morning. I don't like starting early.) I made them for my friends when we were in Portugal and I swear they've never said less in their lives.

Because they were too busy eating, I hasten to add, not because the pancakes were terrible.

Bananas and oats go together so well, while the cinnamon adds a little more warmth to contrast with the sweetness of the fruit. Use the ripest bananas you have  this recipe is an excellent way to use up any bananas that are starting to turn black. No food waste and a tasty breakfast? My dad would be so proud.

Banana Oat Pancakes

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