Vegan Skincare: Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, Very Gentle Cleansing Cream and Blemish Control Gel review #Veganuary

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, Very Gentle Cleansing Cream and Blemish Control Gel review
Vegan skincare is everywhere right now and Trilogy are one such brand that has always had a wide range of vegan-friendly products available. I've been testing out these four bestsellers recently.

I've been a fan of Trilogy for many years and they were, in fact, one of the first proper skincare brands that I got into when I started blogging. With innovative formulas, fantastic ethics, cruelty-free and organic certifications, plus ranges designed especially for sensitive skin, I was immediately attracted to the New Zealand brand who are readily available here in the UK via a wide range of stockists.

If you haven't tried anything from Trilogy before, here are four products that you should check out, (regardless of whether you're vegan or not!).

Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, Very Gentle Cleansing Cream and Blemish Control Gel review
Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream* (50ml, £31.50, link)
For those of you reading who are in your 30s or are just starting to see the first signs of ageing appear such as fine lines, Trilogy's Age-Proof range is definitely worth looking into. Their Line Smoothing Day Cream features the brand's innovative Glycablend trademarked formula which helps to visibly smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and is especially beneficial to the skin with long term use. Packed full of active Botanicals, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyproline, Olive extracts, Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin E, this hardworking moisturiser is rich and nourishing in texture, ultra-hydrating and absorbs quickly. It provides exactly what your skin needs to face the elements in the morning, and makes a great smoothing base for makeup (you can easily skip using a primer!).

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +* (30ml, £31.50, link)
Rosehip Oil has been a strong staple in my skincare routine for many years and I'm never without a bottle or two of this multi-tasking oil. Having tried countless different brands, I find that no two rosehip oils are the same, as each has their different subtleties and blends when it comes down to performance, absorbability and overall texture/feel, so it's worth trying out a couple to find the best one for your skin. That said, Trilogy's Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is an excellent one to use and is made with 100% certified organic natural ingredients. 

This unique antioxidant-rich blend features Rosehip Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Acai Seed Oil and Oat Extract to give your skin a highly nourishing dose of plant-based goodness. The essential fatty acids in the mix help to repair, hydrate and strengthen, whilst a plethora of anti-oxidants, vitamins, and Omegas encourage healthy collagen production and fight against free radical damage. As with any facial oil, you only need to use a tiny amount (2-3 drops per application) and this can be applied directly to the face as the last step in your skincare routine, or mixed into your day or night moisturiser for a real boost.  

Trilogy Age-Proof Line Smoothing Day Cream, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, Very Gentle Cleansing Cream and Blemish Control Gel review
Trilogy Sensitive Very Gentle Cleansing Cream (200ml, £23.50, link)
Struggling to find a cleanser for sensitive skin? Try this one! I have used the Very Gentle Cleansing Cream on and off for years and I'm thrilled to see that it's now packaged in a glass bottle with a pump - hooray! This cleanser is one of the mildest and gentlest that I've tried and I often recommend it to anyone who is suffering from skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. It's been dermatologically tested and the fragrance-free formula uses Trilogy's SyriCalm complex which helps to quickly calm down any irritation and redness. 

I like using this as both a morning and evening cleanser, especially in the Winter months when I want something more hydrating, and it'll also remove my makeup if I'm wearing light and mineral based products (I find that it does struggle to shift stubborn waterproof liquid foundations and mascaras so I'll use it as my second evening cleanser if I'm wearing those). Use it with a muslin cloth or flannel for the best results.

Trilogy Blemish Control Gel* (20ml, £12.50, link)
My sensitive/combination skin type is prone to breakouts every now and then, so I've been reaching for this Blemish Control Gel whenever a spot has been threatening to pop up. It contains Witch Hazel, Rosehip Oil, Salicylic Acid, Cucumber and Ginger extracts, which results in a powerful antibacterial spot treatment that quickly reduces inflammation, decongests blocked pores and blackheads, and helps to clear up the skin. Word of warning though; it is quite drying so make sure that you follow it up with a good moisturiser or facial oil afterwards to replenish your skin's moisture levels and prevent any flaking issues - the Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ works very well with this.

Have you used anything from Trilogy before?

Foodie Friday: Golden Mylk AKA Turmeric Latte (Vegan / Jasmine Hemsley recipe) #Ayurveda

Friday, 18 January 2019

Golden Mylk aka Turmeric Latte (Vegan / Jasmine Hemsley recipe)
Feeling cold? Warm yourself up with a steaming mug of Golden Mylk, a popular Ayurvedic drink that helps to improve your digestion and circulation. It's the perfect way to beat the Winter chill and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

If you'd have asked me five years ago whether I'd be settling down on the sofa with a mug of almond milk that's been prepared with turmeric, I probably would have thought you were mad. On the outset, I'm sure it sounds a little strange, but Golden Mylk (also known as Turmeric Latte), is one of the most deliciously comforting, caffeine-free drinks and it's good for you too!

Turmeric has been used for centuries thanks to its well-known anti-inflammatory properties which are found in its Curcumin compounds, and Golden Mylk is a great way to get some of this beneficial spice into your everyday diet. Adding some Black Pepper helps the body to absorb the Curcumin much easier, and all of the other spices add their own unique properties and flavours into the mix.

This is the first recipe that's featured in Jasmine Hemsley's East By West cookbook which I bought myself for Christmas, and I highly recommend picking up a copy if you're interested in Ayurvedic cooking or are just looking for something different to try. If you eat dairy, you can make this with organic whole milk, but it's just as tasty, if not more so, when made with Almond Milk instead.

Golden Mylk aka Turmeric Latte (Vegan / Jasmine Hemsley recipe)
Ingredients:- (for one)
  • 250ml Almond Milk (make your own or use your favourite brand)
  • 3 Cardamom Pods, cracked
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1 inch of Fresh Ginger, grated, or use 1tsp of Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp Jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp of freshly ground Black Pepper

Method:-
  • Place the Almond Milk in a small saucepan and add 60ml of water. 
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients, apart from the Jaggery, and gently simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add a splash more hot water if needed and then stir through the Jaggery to taste.
  • Strain and serve in your favourite mug.


Shopping tip: If you haven't come across Jaggery before, it's made from raw, unrefined sugar cane juice and is sold very cheaply in cones or blocks. It has a delicious caramel/molasses flavour and can be readily found in Asian shops, larger supermarkets that have a world food aisle, or purchased online. Avoid buying the granulated kind that's found in health food shops as this has more than likely been chemically treated to stop it from clumping.

Golden Mylk aka Turmeric Latte (Vegan / Jasmine Hemsley recipe)
Have you tried a Turmeric Latte before?


[Recipe taken from East By West by Jasmine Hemsley]

Introducing: Good Bubble - Super Bubble Bath and Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash for Newborns & Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Good Bubble - Super Bubble Bath and Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash for Newborns & Sensitive Skin
Winter has not been favourable to my eczema prone, sensitive skin this year, but on a more positive note, it has allowed me to discover some wonderful new-to-me brands, including Good Bubble.

On the outside, Good Bubble may look like every other skincare company that's aimed towards the parents of newborns and young kids, with their collaboration featuring the popular Gruffalo series and the 'no tears' signage on the bottles. However, look a little further and you'll discover a brand that's dedicated to providing better formulas for said newborns and kids, as well as anyone who suffers from sensitive skin like myself. 

The naturally-derived and organic range of Bubble Baths, Shampoo, Conditioners, Moisturisers and Body Washes from Good Bubble are all free from a long list of 'nasties' which can cause irritation, common allergic reactions or sensitivity to the skin such as sulfates (SLS and Sodium Coco-Sulfate), silicones, parabens, PEG, phthalates and artificial colours. And their products won't break the bank either, with affordable prices starting at just £1.99 to £3.99.  

Good Bubble have lots of different variations of their products available, so I was eager to test out two of their most popular ones; the Super Bubble Bath with Dragon Fruit Extract and the Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash with Prickly Pear Extract.

Good Bubble - Super Bubble Bath and Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash for Newborns & Sensitive Skin
Good Bubble Super Bubble Bath with Dragon Fruit Extract(400ml, £3.29, link)
SLS is the main ingredient which tends to aggravate my sensitive skin, so I try to avoid it as much as possible in my bath and shower products. For this reason, I often reach for bath oils or melts over bubble bath products, which is why I was pleased to come across the Super Bubble Bath as it's free from irritating sulfates. It doesn't produce a mountain of bubbles as a result, however, there are plenty to play with and it certainly satisfies my bubble bath cravings! The fruity fragrance is lovely too, but it isn't overpowering so it should suit fussy kids just fine. 

Good Bubble Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash with Prickly Pear Extract* (250ml, £3.69, link)
Like the Super Bubble Bath above, the Grubby Gruffalo Hair & Body Wash is also made from 98% naturally derived ingredients and has a mild and gentle formula which makes it suitable to be used as a shampoo, as well as an everyday body wash. It gets the job done quickly and well - I even tried it out on my notoriously difficult four-year-old niece at the weekend who hates having her hair washed, and she didn't seem to mind this one at all! It left her hair soft and thoroughly clean which her mum was very happy with. She also liked the fruity scent and adored the Gruffalo illustration, so it was smiles all round for a change!

The full range of Good Bubble products are available from LoveLula.com

Have you tried anything from Good Bubble?

New In Beauty: Tropic Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum and Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm review

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Tropic Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum and Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm review
Fed up with eye creams that don't seem to do anything? Check out this hard-working duo from Tropic instead and give your peepers some well deserved TLC.

I always get excited whenever I receive a new skincare treat from Tropic, and before Christmas, a package arrived with their brand new Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum and Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm. I'm obsessed with trying out eye care products as the eyes are always the first area of the face to show the first signs of ageing, so I couldn't wait to test these beauties out! And like everything else from Tropic, both are certified cruelty-free and are vegan-friendly.

Tropic Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum review
 Tropic Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum* (10ml, £28, link)
I'm seeing more and more brands release eye serums and like a great serum for your face, a dedicated eye serum with the right ingredients can be a beneficial step in your anti-ageing skincare routine. Eye Work comes packaged in a slim tube that features a ceramic tip which dispenses just the right amount of product each time. The serum has beautiful silky texture that absorbs easily and I found that it has a subtle tightening effect when it's initially applied.   

The key actives in Eye Work are Peptides (derived from Hibiscus) which help to reduce puffiness and promote firmness; Vitamin C to brighten dark circles and lighten any age-related pigmentation, and Coffee Cherry extract which has been included for its anti-inflammatory properties that further depuff and soothe the delicate eye area. It's definitely been helping with my puffy eyes which are awful when I wake up!

Eye Work is a fantastic product to use first thing in the morning if you suffer from puffy eyes and dark circles, and it layers very well underneath makeup. You can also dab a bit on during the day or after work if you need a little brightening boost, so it's useful to pop into your handbag too.

Tropic Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm review
Tropic Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm* (15ml, £38, link)
Eye Dream, on the other hand, is completely different to Eye Work and has been specially formulated to serve as an overnight treatment. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first opened it, as I was greeted by a light blue-tinted balm (from the Blue Tansy extract), that was completely solid due to the cold weather. After a good warm up near a radiator, it transformed into a much more pliable balmy texture which was still very thick and rich, due to a whole range of plant-based butters and oils such as Shea Nilotica Butter, Coconut Oil, Murumuru Seed Butter, Oat Kernel Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil, to name but a few.

The superstar anti-ageing ingredients in Eye Dream though are the Bio-Retinols and Plant Ceramides (both naturally derived), and it's these two which will ensure that you see a noticeable difference when you're using it. Retinols are great for stimulating the production of collagen, whereas Ceramides are famed for their ability to plump and rejuvenate the skin, improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A tiny amount goes a very long way with this product as to not overload the skin, but once you get it right, it's a brilliant step in your evening skincare routine if you're concerned about your eyes looking tired and older. My only bugbear with Eye Dream is that it does have a tendency to lose its balmy texture when it's in a cold environment, and then it takes a good 5-10 minutes for the texture to become useable once again, so bear this in mind if you live in a cold country.

What eye products are you using at the moment?

Weekend Style: Men's Non-Leather Winter Shoes for Work and Play #Veganuary

Sunday, 13 January 2019

A new year can often mean new shoes if your current ones have been worn out, so I've enlisted the help of one of my housemates to showcase two pairs of men's non-leather shoes from the online retailer Jacamo, which are perfect for work and play.

Brogue Chelsea Boots
For Work: Brogue Chelsea Boots* (£35, link)

Brogue Chelsea Boots are such a classic style for men's shoes and their mature and sophisticated design lends themselves well to any kind of job that requires a smarter approach with a shirt and tie. That said, they're also popular amongst trendy/hipster circles when worn dressed down with a casual pair of black jeans at the weekend to the pub, making them an even more versatile shoe choice for your wardrobe.

These black Chelsea Boots are made from non-leather materials and feature a textile tan-coloured sole, yet have a comfortable and flexible leather-like look and feel to them, but without the expensive price tag. Affordable and stylish, they're available in men's UK sizes 7-12 with standard and wide fit options.

Dan says: "These boots are very comfortable and they definitely look the part for work - even the manager has complimented them! I'm also surprised by how affordable they are."

Reebok Trainers
Reebok Trainers
Reebok Trainers
For Play: Reebok Trainers* (£55, link)

Over the years, more and more leading brands of popular sportswear have been utilising the versatility of man-made materials for their trainers, and it's now very easy to find non-leather alternatives online. Reebok is one such brand that has an excellent range available which are made from innovative textile-based materials. 

For example, the pair shown above features a shock absorbent EVA midsole cushion and have a rubberised sole grip that lets the user explore their surroundings with a comfortable and secure footing. Ideal for many outdoor activities from walking to beginner hiking, these Reebok Trainers are suited to those who are looking for a style of trainer that's more 'outdoorsy' than what you'd see in the gym, and the blue/grey colourway suits blue and dark blue jeans.

Dan says: I've always bought Reebok trainers because they're good quality and last a fair while. I also really like this particular style and they're incredibly comfortable to wear."

For more men's boots, shop the full range online at Jacamo.co.uk

What are your favourite brands of non-leather shoes?

Foodie Friday: Cumin-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Date & Pearl Barley Salad (Vegan recipe) #Veganuary

Friday, 11 January 2019

Cumin Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Date & Pearl Barley Salad
Veganuary is in full swing and if you're after a wholesome and truly filling Winter Salad with a difference, you're in the right place! This is one of my favourite things to make at the moment as it's so easy to make a huge batch to help you get a head start on your healthy meal prep for the week.

Before anyone says 'Eurgh, Brussels Sprouts!', trust me - they taste completely different when they're tossed in some Olive Oil and roasted in the oven with a good sprinkling of Cumin. You'll never, ever want to boil them again after trying them this way! I've managed to win over my fair share of sprouts haters (including fussy kids) with this recipe, so I hope you'll give it a try too.

As I'm rarely in the mood to eat cold salad leaves during the Winter months, this salad instead calls for a hearty base of Pearl Barley; a wonderfully cheap and cheerful grain with a subtle nutty, chewy texture, that's readily available in most supermarkets, yet often overlooked. It's packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and it properly fills you up, so it's something that I always have a bag of in my cupboard. 

Add in some Medjool Dates and you have the perfect combination of flavours, all in one dish. It sounds a little strange, but it works! You can enjoy this meal warm or cold - just add a little water if you want to gently warm it through in a saucepan over a low temperature.

N.B: I've adapted this recipe from one which was featured in Liz Earle's Wellbeing magazine.

Cumin Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Date & Pearl Barley Salad

Ingredients:- (makes 4 servings)
  • 200g Pearl Barley
  • 16 Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 50g Pine Nuts
  • 1 Garlic Clove, crushed
  • 30g Fresh Parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, seeds removed & diced
  • 6 Medjool Dates, stones removed & sliced
  • Pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chili Flakes (optional)

Method:-
  • Preheat the oven to 220C / Gas Mark 7 and bring a medium pan of water to the boil.
  • Thoroughly rinse the Pearl Barley in cold water before adding it to the medium pan. Slice the Lemon in half and pop one half into the pan. Adjust to a medium heat and cook until the Pearl Barley is chewy and tender. Drain, discard the Lemon and set aside.
  • Whilst the Pearl Barley is cooking, trim and halve the Brussels Sprouts and add them to a large bowl. Drizzle over the Olive Oil and sprinkle over the Cumin, mixing them together well so that the Sprouts are evenly coated. 
  • Roast the Brussels Sprouts for 15-20 minutes until they start to char slightly at the edges. In the last 3-4 minutes, add the Pine Nuts to the baking tray to lightly toast. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked Pearl Barley, Brussels Sprouts, Pine Nuts, crushed Garlic, diced Cucumber and sliced Medjool Dates. Squeeze over the remaining half of Lemon (removing any pips) and mix everything together. Finish with a pinch of Salt and Pepper, and sprinkle over some Chili Flakes if desired. 
  • Serve it up and enjoy!

Storage tip: This salad will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Cumin Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Date & Pearl Barley Salad
What are your favourite Winter Salads?


P.S: I never purchase Medjool Dates which are from Israel due to the ongoing occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. If you're interested in learning more about the international boycott of Israeli products, please feel free to visit bdsmovement.net / You can easily purchase fairtrade Palestinian Medjool Dates from Zaytoun (look out for them in your local Oxfam shop) - they are delicious!
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