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!

My Style: MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' & Personal Musings On Life #MindfulJewellery

Thursday, 10 January 2019

MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' - Jewellery review
Mindfulness is one of the many mainstream wellbeing trends that I sincerely hope sticks with a lot of people who explore elements of it to incorporate into their everyday lives. Whether it's discovering a new favourite self-help book, getting into the habit of taking 10 minutes out of your day to feel 'present', or just wearing a simple band of silver to remind you of a meaningful message, make Mindfulness part of your life this year.

MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' - Jewellery review
MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' - Jewellery review
They say that the gifts you'll come to cherish and remember for years to come are those that have some kind of meaning to them, and they're also often the unexpected ones which bring about the biggest smiles. A stranger complimenting you on your commute or a random act of kindness when you're having a bad day, it's that sort of thing.

The other day as I picked up some parcels from the post depot, I found a small black jiffy bag amongst them with my name and address neatly written on the front. There were no sender details on the back and inside was this MantraBand carefully wrapped in delicate tissue paper. With no accompanying note to suggest who had sent it or where it had come from, I assumed it may have been a PR gift of some kind, so I happily took it out of its packaging and popped it onto my wrist. I loved the message 'Enjoy The Journey', but didn't think much else of it.

That same evening, I received an email from an old friend who I haven't spoken to in a few years. It was such a pleasant surprise to hear from her after all this time, and she had sent the MantraBand after seeing it in a shop with that age-old popular rhetoric, 'I saw this and immediately thought of you'. I'll be honest here, tears were streaming from my eyes by this point because the 'Enjoy The Journey' message immediately became so much more than three words engraved onto a band of silver.  It reminded me of one of the last times that we'd met and had a night out in a pub, just laughing and chatting about those deep, philosophical musings which occur between like-minded souls. For her to remember this as well, so vividly, well it just warmed my heart.

MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' - Jewellery review
'Enjoy The Journey' was one of those musings that we often had, and it's always been something that I said I would get tattooed at some point, but never did (I still haven't plucked up the courage to get a tattoo of any kind so this bracelet is a happy alternative).

We get so wrapped up in the craziness that is this fast-paced, never switched off, modern day living, with our obsessive fixations on the future and how amazing our lives will be, if only we had this and if only this would happen etc, that we often forget to be present in the here and now.

To me, 'Enjoy The Journey' sums up what we should all be striving for. Yes, it's fun and exciting to have ambitions and plan goals for the future, but it should be equally fun and exciting to appreciate what we have right now, and really enjoy everything that happens which leads up to fulfilling that ambition and achieving that personal goal.

So enjoy the here and now and wear your mantra, literally, on your sleeve, as a daily reminder. Be more present, be mindful and enjoy life now with your family, friends and loved ones. Don't take anything for granted and don't wish your life away because it's not Instagram-perfect. Enjoy the journey, your journey, because you only get one journey to live.

MantraBand - 'Enjoy The Journey' - #MindfulJewellery
I'd like to dedicate this blogpost to Josephine :)

You can find your own MantraBand to gift to a friend at naturisimo.com

3 Self-Care / Pampering Products To Try This Month

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

3 Self-Care/Pampering Products To Try This Month
Need a little January pick me up? These three self-care/pampering products are my top choices for the month and include a luxury hydrating and toning body oil to beat the winter blues, a budget-friendly Ayurveda-inspired face wash, and a brilliant multi-purpose eye mask.

Seaweex My Sunshine Body Oil
 Seaweex My Sunshine Body Oil* (120ml, £21.99, link)
I probably use more body oils and body butters during Winter than I do at any other time of the year, and I find that's there's just something so comforting about slathering on a luxury body oil after a bath in the evening. My latest obsession comes from a little-known Polish brand called Seaweex who use hand-harvested, organic seaweed extract as a key ingredient in all of their products. 

Their Sunshine Body Oil is a beautiful, relaxing and uplifting blend of rich essential and plant-based oils that feels very nourishing on dry skin, but without the greasiness or stickiness that some other body oils have. The seaweed extract helps to improve elasticity and firmness too, making it a good one to try if you're doing a detox or getting back into your workout routine this month. 

Ayumi Naturals Turmeric & Bergamot Face Wash
 Ayumi Naturals Turmeric & Bergamot Face Wash* (150ml, £5, link)
If you follow me on social media, you'll have no doubt seen that I'm currently learning more about Ayurveda, so I was thrilled when I saw that this Ayurvedic inspired skincare range called Ayumi Naturals has recently popped up in my local Tesco! The whole line is cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and all of the products are free from SLS, parabens, mineral oils and GM ingredients. Best of all though, everything is priced at just £5 which makes it an affordable option to add to your weekly grocery shop.

The Turmeric & Bergamot Face Wash for combination and blemish-prone skin is something that I've been testing out since before Christmas, and I've been enjoying using it as my morning cleanser. It features key actives such as Turmeric, Papaya, and Amla extracts, as well as Vitamin C and Lemon, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Mandarin essential oils, to thoroughly cleanse, refresh and brighten the skin. There's also Argan Oil to add some hydration which prevents the cleanser from feeling stripping or drying afterwards. A tiny amount creates a generous lather so I expect that this will last a good few months.

Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask
Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask* (£8.90, link)
Regular readers will know that I've suffered from sleep problems and migraines since I was a teenager, and although I've been able to do a couple of things to make them more manageable over the years, they're still a pain in the butt to deal with (there's nothing like a bad migraine or a sleepless night to throw you off your healthy eating/exercise schedule!)

I've been asked a couple of times about sleep masks in the past so I wanted to include this one from Bedtime Bliss, as it's one of the most comfortable that I've found, without costing an absolute fortune. It has a lightweight and contoured design which allows the mask to be 'moulded' to the eye area, meaning that all light is completely shut out. The fully adjustable strap is elastic and fastened with velcro and I find that it doesn't cause any pressure on my head or on the eyes. Perfect for travelling with, as an everyday sleep mask to use in bed, and as a migraine 'recovery' mask which is what I mainly use it for.

Have you tried any of these?

Vegan Makeup: Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness and Natural Mystik - Review & Swatches #Veganuary

Monday, 7 January 2019

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness and Mystik - Review & Swatches
If going vegan with your makeup is one of your New Year's resolutions or you're simply in the market for a new affordable lippie, Pacifica's popular Devocean Natural Lipsticks are sure to please!

Pacifica is perhaps best known for their extensive range of island-inspired fragrances and I personally adore their handy pocket-sized rollerballs (check out my review of those here). Amongst the perfumes, candles, and body care, you'll also find a growing line of natural mineral-based cosmetics - in particular, they do a beautiful palette with eyeshadows, blusher and highlighter shades (see my review and swatches here), and their 7-free nail polishes are a must-try (reviewed here).

Today though, I'm focusing on Pacifica's Devocean Natural Lipsticks, and like everything else from the brand, they're 100% cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness and Mystik - Review & Swatches
Packaged in slim white tubes with Pacifica's classic gold branding design on them, these twist-up lipsticks are always easy to find in my makeup bag. Their formula is free from a long list of 'nasties' such as mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol and SLS to name but a few, and being vegan, they are of course free from all animal ingredients, so if you've been struggling to find a high-quality lipstick that doesn't contain the likes of carmine, beeswax or lanolin, these lipsticks may just be your new best friend!

On the lips they feel creamy and hydrating thanks to nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter,  Jojoba Oil and Candelilla Wax and they glide on smoothly without any issues. They have a natural plant wax type of scent that's mingled in with a hint of vanilla, but it's not offensive to my nose and I personally can't taste anything when it's on. Depending on the shape of your lips, you'll either love or hate the bullet, but I really like it and find them easy to apply.

The Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipsticks are some of the best 'natural' lipsticks that I've tried and I'm impressed by their longevity, pigmentation and finish, as well as their affordability for a product of this quality. There are currently five shades available which is the only real drawback, and I hope that Pacifica adds some more colours in the near future. In the meantime, my two favourites, Tenderness and Natural Mystik are shown below. 

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness Review & Swatches
 Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness
Tenderness is a classic everyday nude-pink that leans a little lighter on my lips than I was expecting from the colour in the bullet, but I love it! It's one of those easy to wear shades that I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of as it goes with everything.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Mystik - Review & Swatches
 Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Natural Mystik
Natural Mystik, on the other hand, is my current go-to shade for weekends and evenings as it's that perfect medium red-brown shade, without being too 90s brown if you get what I mean?!  I think this colour would be very flattering for a range of skin tones and it's just gorgeous for Winter.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness and Mystik - Review & Swatches
From L-R: Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Tenderness and Natural Mystik

 Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipsticks* retail for £12.99 each and are available in the UK from LoveLula.com

Have you tried any makeup from Pacifica?

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