WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

11 Jan 2017

The day where all I did was revision...

So I thought I'd switch it up a little today and share with you what I eat on a day. I might do more of these If this one goes ok but for now here we go. I thought I'd give it a bit of a subheading to tell you what kind of day it was because I know that always influences my food choices. This particular day, I hardly moved (apart to make food, grab water or go to the toilet) from my desk. It's now exam week and revision is in full swing. So here's what I ate on this particular day.

 BREAKFAST

I didn't want to waste time with anything too over the top (which I never do when it comes to breakfast- I can never be bothered). So, today I made sure to stay hydrated so started the morning with a glass of water and once that was gone had some apple juice. I had some sultana bran which I think, while probably as full in sugar as most cereals, is a lot better than many cereals out there. I usually also add some extra raisins on top to mix in. I also thought I'd add an apple to bulk things up a little more which I grabbed later on when I got peckish before lunch. 

LUNCH

On some granary bread, I put a small bit of flora on before adding a handful of spinach as well as some of my favourite Tesco Spicy Chicken Pieces. This is already cooked which is super handy however, it's not the most cost effective and doesn't have the longest sell by date so, in the past, I have made my own which is definitely something to try out instead of buying the ready made pack if you have more time. I also thought I'd have some cucumber and carrot sticks to munch on throughout the afternoon. 

TEA

I already had a batch of my Quorn chilli made up in the freezer so I just defrosted that, boiled some brown rice and enjoyed one of my favourite comfort foods. If you're interested, the chilli includes Quorn, tinned chopped tomatoes, tinned kidney beans, a red bell pepper, a fresh chilli and my dad's (not so) secret ingredients: Old El Paso Chilli Spice Mix. It's such a quick and easy chilli to make even if it is slightly cheating. Plus, making a big batch is so easy and beneficial for days like this when I don't want to faff around with preparing a full meal. 

As 'healthy' as this day may seem, I definitely had a cheeky scoop of ice cream thrown in there for desert...

So there's more first what I eat in a day; let me know if you'd like me to do more of these in the future. 

Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

CRUELTY FREE SKINCARE FAVOURITES

4 Jan 2017

As you may be aware, I've been transitioning into cruelty-free beauty. While I'm still using a few beauty products that do test on animals (because I'm using them up or haven't found alternatives yet), one aspect that I have managed to perfect is my skincare. So, today I thought I'd share with you, my current skincare routine and favourites.

MAKE UP REMOVAL

The quickest and most skin-friendly way I've found to remove my makeup is with my Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter; this has been a favourite for a while and a favourite before even deciding to be CF. It's such a buttery consistency that helps my makeup slide off my face. It's really soothing and sometimes is gives me enough of a cleanse on its own without another cleanser as well. This is less harsh than a makeup remover such as a micellar water and one pot lasts me quite a long time so it's definitely worth it. 

CLEANSING

One that I shared with you in my "Going Cruelty Free + Haul" post was the Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleansing Soap. If I want a quick, simple face wash, this is the one I grab. It's great for sensitive skin and great for that second cleanse.

A new discovery is the Soap and Glory Clarity Face Soap & Clarity Face Wash. This is one of the most soothing cleansers I've ever used, leaving me with super soft skin. My skin is forever needing exfoliating but I don't always want to use a more abrasive exfoliator so this is the perfect in-between, daily solution. With the jojoba beads that gently exfoliate areas I need it most, my skin feelings amazing after.

Another favourite cleanser worth mentioning is the Good Things Cleanser. This was one of the first products I ever mentioned on my blog and it's the perfect CF staple cleanser that just does the job it's supposed, smells amazing and is the one I always grab when unsure what to try next. 

EXFOLIATION

When I'm in the need for a more intense exfoliate, The Body Shop 3-in-1 Tea Tree Cleanser. It claims to be a wash, exfoliator and a mask. I feel it's a perfect, weekly exfoliator and also doubles up as a great mask treatment for major breakouts. I wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin but, for me, every so often, this is just what my face needs. 

HYDRATION

This was the area I was struggling to find CF replacements. My Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream was so fab, I couldn't see myself finding a moisturiser as good. Without a good moisturiser, my makeup always goes wrong with foundation and powder clinging to all the dry patches. While I still don't feel it's as good, the Superdrug's Dry Skin Cream has helped my makeup look that little bit better than other moisturisers I've tried and is, so far, the closest alternative to the Nivea moisturiser.   It's light weight, not oily in texture at all and really is great for day and night. Superdrug's own beauty and skincare lines are not ones to be overlooked; they offer some quality, CF products at a great price.

If I want to go that extra hydration mile, the Nip + Fab Hydrate Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum has really helped over the last months. It almost acts, with the moisturiser, as a primer for my makeup. It smooths the skin and gives a little shit of hydration back into the skin.


I'm really happy to finally have a CF skincare routine and I hope maybe you find it helpful. 
What's a current skincare staple to you?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

A DO OVER

1 Jan 2017

This past six months I've lost my way. I've prioritised the wrong things and forgotten to enjoy things that I usually love. 2016 started off as a fantastic year; sitting my exams, leaving college, getting great results, having one of the best summers and then going to uni. But as I started uni, I lost what I wanted to do and while I grew and some changes were better than I could have hoped for, others were the opposite. 2016  became a right off especially the latter half of the year. The past six months for me have been hectic, strange, sad, weird. 

2016 was tainted by sadness not only in my life but in the world and I think that has overshadowed the good moments I've shared with friends, family and you. 

The last few months I cut you out and I'm sorry. I was just too bogged down in work, too bogged down with life to even think about blogging. I haven't even had the time to read a book for leisure in months! 

I'm not usually a fan of the "new year new me!!!1" mantra that people decided to hold and I still carry that belief. However this year my resolutions are going to be a key part of 2017 starting with this blog... 

My 2017 blog resolution is to post at least 70 blog posts across the year which is average to around 6 blog posts month; 1 to 2 a week. While this is what I used to try to aim to post, I want to make the effort to create some fab content for you all to read consistently. 

This blog post is Chapter one of a new blogging year that I aim to be the best on my blog that I have ever had and I hope you're ready to join me in all the posts I create. 

Do you have any blogging/life resolutions this year? 
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

AUTUMN TBR

8 Nov 2016

So it's been a while. Not intentional but a needed break from blogging and while I'm not sure when I'll get back into the full swing of things, here's a start. Blogging hasn't been the only thing that's suffered due to my suddenly full timetable to so has reading. Over autumn, I hope to change this back to how it was a few months ago and get back into reading. Here are the books I plan on reading this Autumn.

A MONSTER CALLS // PATRICK NESS

I picked this up in a second-hand bookshop just the other week. I recognised the name and, from not realising it was such a short read, I thought it offered a more creepy, gooly vibe to my autumn. The shortness appealed to the fact I have hardly any time and I felt it would be a great book to ease me back into the reading world. 

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE // JENNIFER NIVEN

Just because I haven't been reading doesn't mean I've stopped buying books. I've kept my eyes peeled to see this one being released for a while now so when I saw it has, I jumped to buy it. I can't go without my fix of YA and, hopefully, this will do just that. 

THE ACCIDENT SEASON // MOIRA FOWLEY-DOYLE

After seeing this sat on my shelf collecting dust, the only way I knew I would read it is to pack it up with me to uni and have it sit on a shelf with minimal amounts of books til I read it and, with the subject being fitting with this time of year, I thought this would be a great time to give this a go. I haven't read too much into the plot but I hope it, while being something different to want I normally read, will be something I will enjoy. 

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE // J.K ROWLING

It's still my aim to read off the Harry Potter books, I just don't think it will be possible to do this in a year. The autumnal/wintery feel of these books stopped me from grabbing it over summer but as I now sat here in a cosy jumper wrapped in a blanket along with hot chocolate, I think it's about time I get back into the wizarding world that I've missed. 

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN // RANSOM RIGGS

If this doesn't show how little time I've had to read I don't know what will; I started this 7 weeks ago before starting uni and I've not picked it up once since arriving here. While it wasn't the most enthusiastic book and probably not the best one to pick up right away to get me out of my reading slump, I do hope to continue reading it and finish it before I go and see the film 

While not the most exciting post, I know, I hopefully will get back into the swing of things soon. I might go through periods of posting and not but hopefully you'll stick with me and enjoy what I write when I do. 
Is there anything you'd like to see on my blog in the future?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x







A CRUELTY FREE MAKE UP LOOK

16 Oct 2016



So it's been around a month since I decided to make the change to cruelty-free and it's definitely a long process but, actually, one I've been enjoying; discovering new products and brands to spend money I don't really have one has been great. While they are still a few products I haven't found the perfect CF replacement for, I finally have an all CF everyday make-up look to share with you.

Starting with foundation, I've switched out my usual L'oreal favourite for a new find; The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation for an everyday base. Being own by L'oreal I was hoping for a similar formula yet cruelty-free and soo far I feel that's what I've got. I'm still in the trial period but so far so good; I'll be sure to keep you updated on my thoughts! To apply this, I've been using, non-stop, my very worn B.Beauty By Superdrug Beauty Blender; at only £3 when I bought, it's an absolute steal ! Concealer has stayed the same as The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is the only product that I'm unsure whether it is CF. I read a post that said it was but I know a few people disagree. Let me know if you have any information on this or any definite CF alternatives!

Barry M was a brand I always knew was cruelty-free and, while always a lover of their nail varnishes, I hadn't delved into any of their make-up before. You may have seen me haul this(here) a few weeks ago, but the Barry M Strobe Cream Highlighter has become a staple of mine. I'd never have thought I'd be one to wear highlighter on the daily but I love the added glow it gives especially when I'm half asleep. From new to old, The Sleek Face Form Kit is, and always will be, a staple in my everyday look. It has the perfect matte bronzer along with a great everyday blush and even more highlight if wanted. I'm so glad I can carry on using one of my favorite products. Another old favourite that I recently repurchased was the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder which I reviewed a while back here but since then has become an all time favourite setting powder that I will always reach for. 

The same could be said for eyebrows. My highly used and highly talked/blogged about Freedom Eyebrow duo is an affordable, CF eyebrow powder that gives me enough 'eyebrow' a day. I sometimes also use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery which I would recommend if you prefer a pencil. 

Lips. One of my favourite cruelty-free finds is the Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Vintage Rose which is the perfect base for lipstick but also a stand alone lip shade that, while doesn't last forever, has great staying power and isn't too drying on the lips. While great on its own, I pair it with a rediscovery of mine; Soap & Glory Sex Mother Pucker Lip Laquer which adds great gloss to the lips. 

One aspect I've struggled with is Mascara. The ELF Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara which I received as a free gift with my last order. It says what it does on the tin; a simple mascara that adds colour and a little lift. What I love most about it, is the small wand which is great for bottom lashes. The only downside is it's prone to rubbing off and leaving that panda looking black line under the eyes that looks like I've been crying. Sadly, because of this, I've been using a non-cruelty free mascara so any affordable recommendations would be appreciated!


So there's my updated everyday make-up routine that is, hopefully(if my information is correct), allcruelty-free!

Do you have any fab cruelty-free make-up recommendations?
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

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