Wednesday, 2 September 2015

HONESTLY HEALTHY FUN TIMES IN THE KITCHEN

Most people that know me know that I'm not the domestic goddess type. I don't like cooking, I don't hold dinner parties or any of that kind of stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love eating food. Yum! That's a lot of the reason my hips are so wide.

After the marathon broke me, I've not been doing as much exercise and I've really noticed it. I've noticed it so much that hardly any of my clothes fit anymore! It's been really tricky trying to keep up my workouts and rebalance my eating after spending months eating extra and being so carb based whilst training for the race. After a little experimentation, I've found my happy place. It's tricky finding cookbooks that have truly delicious vegetarian recipes in them. I don't eat any meat at all, including fish. I also don't like eating too much tofu, quorn or other stuff like that.

The Honestly Healthy book has loads of ideas in it that I'm completely loving. It's unusual for me to prefer something I've made myself to what I can get eating out. Yet, it's been the case lately. Even more unusual is that my favourite chapter seems to be the salad chapter! I've been regularly feasting on Mozzarella Pomegranate Salad, Fennel and Halloumi Salad and Artichoke and Feta Salad. For something more substantial, the mini pizzas are amazing.

I got so over excited about the whole situation the other day, that I ordered the subsequent book, Honestly Healthy For Life. It arrived the other day and I'll be trying a couple recipes this week. I'm mostly excited about the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

I'm not going to get into all the science behind alkalizing, which is the basis of the books. I've been a fan of alkalizing for almost 15 years. I had a health coach back in Sydney that had me on this style of eating plan and it was quite miraculous. My favourite bit was watching the colour of my eyes change. Apparently my body is so acidic that there is a yellow film over my eyes which makes them look so green. As I spent more time following the alkaline ethos, I saw them start to go more of an aquamarine shade from the bottom upwards. Then I moved to London. And discovered stodge. The rest has been elasticized-waistband-history.

I'm not exactly making this a strict situation. It's just what I make when I'm at home. The fact that these home made meals are so much tastier than my usual bought meals says *a lot*.

R x

Monday, 31 August 2015

BARE MINERALS PURIFYING CLEANSER


It's been a long time since I've had a regular style cleanser. I've steered clear after all the foaming disasters that left my skin peeling off like a snake and a thousand awful breakouts. I've been in my happy place with oils, balms and creams. Don't get me wrong, I'm still really into an oil based cleanser. It's just that with this summer being so muggy and clocking a lot more hours on the underground, I was hankering after something that left my skin feeling a little more fresh. 

Bare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser fit the bill perfectly. It's not mega foaming, it has lovely, gentle ingredients and it left my skin feeling like it was super fresh and smooth. I'm really enjoying it! I keep this bottle in the shower. In the evenings I use it after a cream, oil or balm that I've used to take my makeup off. I'm also using the Purifying Facial Cleanser in the mornings at the moment. I can feel the weather already turning so I know my days are numbered before the mornings go back to being a light oil cleanser. 

I splash my face with a little water, massage two pumps of the cleanser over my face including my eyes. This makes sure all of the mascara comes off. Then I either splash it off or use a warm cloth. It's so quick and simple. My skin definitely feels really soft and smooth since I've been using this. It's definitely worth taking a look at.

R x

*cruelty free

Friday, 28 August 2015

IN MY KIT - URBAN DECAY NAKED BASICS PALETTE


Urban Decay is a brand popping up in my kit more and more these days. The latest addition is the Naked Basics palette. This is perfect for the days when I know I'll be creating a very neutral/natural look for someone and want to keep my kit to a minimum. The texture of the shadows is really soft yet they go straight to the lid without creating too much fall out.

I don't find myself reaching all that much for the first three shades in the palette but the second three are essentials that I'd use on a daily basis. I love how compact the palette is. So helpful when I'm forever schlepping around a super heavy kit. I also like how neutral the packaging is. It's not too girly but not boring, either.

There are so many things I'm loving from Urban Decay at the moment. Definitely go check out one of their stores!

R x

*cruelty free

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

BALANCE ME SKIN BRIGHTENING BODY POLISH


Yeah, yeah yeah. Another of my favourite brands again. Will I ever stop going on about Balance Me? Probably not. #sorrynotsorry

You're going to want to get your hands on this one. It's the scrub I've been waiting for. The most amazing, fresh, spearmint style fragrance with a balmy oil texture and just enough scrub. It's really thick so is tricksy to squeeze out of the tube but I love that it's in a tube. So much easier to balance in the shower without trying to keep water out of a giant tub!! I also love that you don't necessarily need to moisturise after this.

You can get yours here.

*cruelty free

R x


Monday, 24 August 2015

OXYGENETIX OXYGENATING FOUNDATION ACNE CONTROL



There is *a lot* going on in my life at the moment and one of my biggest tell tale signs of stress is breaking out. Not just any break out. Big, painful, red spots that sit under the skin. Usually on my neck and on the sides of my face. I know those breakouts are the stress related ones. They're also the ones that take the longest to clear up and for the marks to fade. It really just makes me stress out even more!!!

With everything on my plate recently, my body is trying to get me to slow down by giving me another of these joyous breakouts. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to take time out as I have time sensitive deadlines to meet. The next best thing is going to be a cosmetic solution. I have my regular arsenal of skincare treats to keep breakouts at bay but at the moment, I need more! This is where the new foundation from Oxygenetix has come in really handy. Their original formula is nice but it's not my favourite foundation to wear. Meanwhile, they've released a formula infused with salicylic acid. Not only is this a breathable foundation but now it helps to clear spots up as well. Genius!

I feel like the Acne Control formulation has a little more coverage than the original. I've been wearing shade Ivory and that feels a little more yellow than I remember the original formulation being as well. The yellow undertone hasn't been a bad thing as it's helped to keep the redness in my skin under wraps. Thank you! After a week of wearing this daily, I can tell my spots are a lot less angry. I'm going to keep using this until my skin has cleared up again and then go back to my regular tinted moisturiser.

If you're prone to breakouts I'd definitely recommend checking out Cult Beauty to get your hands on a bottle.

R xx

Friday, 21 August 2015

CULT BEAUTY HAULING




August means a kit deep clean and a look at what needs to be replaced or updated. It's really exciting. I do have my favourites that I like to use again and again but it can also get a little boring. I really enjoy trying new things out and this is a great chance to get loads of new things into my kit. I've probably also mentioned that I like to keep my kit cruelty free. It's been an ongoing process to try things out and do all my research. I'm finally there apart from a few bits I'm still looking for a great replacement for.

This week saw a wonderful delivery from Cult Beauty. The last of my Lip Mixes were replaced with some Lip Tar. Man I love these! I also love the new packaging versus the orginal. So much better!

A couple of my imitation Beauty Blenders got replaced with the real thing. I love these sponges! It's like doing makeup with a puff of air. They last really well despite being washed every time I use them. Obviously, I prefer the black ones to all the brightly coloured versions.

Finally, I'm trying out something new. The new Pixi Glow Mist. I can't wait to try this out. I've heard it gives "serious glow". I'm not sure if you've noticed from the posts about my work but I love a super dewy complexion. I want to see how this helps me create that gorgeous texture. I've got a feeling it's going to be awesome. Watch this space. 

R x

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

BALANCE ME COLLAGEN BOOST RESTORE AND REPLENISH CREAM CLEANSER


Yes, I'm posting about Balance Me again. I sometimes worry that I'm a bit of a broken record but when I find a brand or products that I love, I want to share them with you. Balance Me is one of those brands. They've recently brought out some Collagen Boost products and this is the one that I've been trying.

The Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser has been on my bathroom shelf for a little while now. Its
 silky consistency is really calming and removing makeup with it is super easy. I use it as a first cleanse in the evenings followed by my Bare Minerals cleanser. I take it off with a warm flannel but you could use dry/damp cotton pads as an alternative.This cleanser contains hyaluronic acid, amino acids and blackberry leaf extract for a plumber, brighter complexion. I can't say that I've seen massive results from it on that front, but it does a great job as a cleanser and I really enjoy using it. In fact, a bunch of Balance Me newcomers have all told me how much they've enjoyed this product lately. I love hearing that people have become hooked on a brand after I've raved about it for a while.

I'm really into the Balance Me packaging as well. It's simple and effective. This cleanser is in an easy tube. Easy storage and access, uncomplicated and great for travel. The other thing I love about Balance Me is that the brand is cruelty free. Hooray!

You can get yours here.

 x

Monday, 17 August 2015

NEW WORK USING KIKO



 Images by Lewis Hayward
Styled by Holly Coopey
Hair by Ryo Okada
Model Charmie Pfeffer
Makeup by me using Kiko