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
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