31 October 2015

Skin Food: Chia Pudding

Although I think of this as the best kind of breakfast on a summers day, I could easily eat it on a morning basis year round - it's that good. Think my overnight oats post here, but instead with soaked chia seeds, the texture is completely different and can be an alternative if you've got no oats hanging about at the back of your kitchen cupboard. The toppings are yours to choose, but I love the fruitiness of the goji's and the richness of the cacao nibs with the smooth, creamy coconut taste. Super easy to make, incredibly filling and energy-giving, if you can get past the tadpole-like appearance, it's an awesome wakeup call...
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30 October 2015

The Week #18

The weekly vlogs are back with more of a couple-of-day- from-the-month crammed into one type-vlog. Expect to see the journey back to Turkey and a few weeks in between before we collect our new fur baby family member (FYI it's not a cat). You've spoken, I've listened and whilst there's no recipes or a cooking side to this one, I'm being extra organised and planning some upcoming segments for Vlogmas - with tomorrow being Halloween, I feel I can say it's almost here. But for now, I'll be filling each week in between with work days from home, funny bunny shots and the usual venturing out...
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29 October 2015

theBalm Nude'tude Eyeshadow Palette



If there's been one neutral shadow palette needed to complete my collection (for now), it's been theBalm's Nude'tude offering, and after months of lusting, it's finally slotted in-between the likes of my UD NAKED Palette, Charlotte Tilbury's The Dolce Vita and the rest. It's stepped in at the perfect time, whilst it's set to be a good all-rounder, something about it is just screaming autumn at me and for making up my daily face, I can say I haven't really put it down since picking it up. You're going to want to make note of this one - allow me to fill you in... 
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27 October 2015

Top 5 Cruelty Free Nail Polish Brands



The results of ridding my non-cruelty free nail polishes have meant that my collection has become a lot more limited, but in fact no lacquer love has been lost as the majority of my favourites fall into the group of paints I now choose to use. Win win. To give you a little insight to some more brands that you'll be seeing more of from me from now on, I've picked out my top five favourites that have the cruelty free stamp of approval, some even vegan and  with non-harmful formulas. Some you may recognise, some may be new - so let me run you through... 
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26 October 2015

The Best Beauty Offers Around as of Now 26.10



Let's start Monday off with another round of the best beauty offers out there as of now, shall we? I've scheduled this one a day late since sharing another deal during the week, but here you can find an edit of some not-to-be-missed deals, GWP's and discounts currently floating about and there is a real mix, so whether it's to stock up on some of your favourite loves, a gift to self or to get some more Christmas shopping ticked off the list, here's where to save a bit of dosh or to get a little complimentary treat thrown in for good measure...
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25 October 2015

Do I Need Hourglass' Latest Launch?



If there's a launch worth waiting year round for it's those from Hourglass - they just seem to bring it each and every year with something utterly swoon-worthy launched usually just before Christmas. We've seen the Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, followed by the Ambient Lighting Blush trio, but their latest and greatest, the Ambient Lighting Edit is a little bit of everything housed in a cushty compact. To clear up any confusion, pictured above are my two palettes put together compared whilst I make up my mind as to whether Hourglass' latest needs to join my palette line-up. With that said, let's weigh things up...
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24 October 2015

Roast Vegetable Vegan Quiche



I've got a feeling that each Skin Food week I'll be back with a ''now this one's my favourite'' sentence thrown somewhere into the post - but seriously, this is a dish I quite literally threw together and it just so happened to turn out to be amazingly tasty with a whole load of flavour coming through from each bite. The base I made from mainly oats, the what-would-be egg mixture from sautéed courgettes with a topping of roast veg, and paired with a side of potato wedges and salad, it makes for a lovely lunch or dinner, but heck, I've even had a slice for breakfast...
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23 October 2015

Liz Earle The Best of Botanical Beauty at QVC


Listen up ladies, this is one beauty deal you're going to want to set multiple alarms for, even if early on a Sunday morning as it's not one to snooze through. In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, for one day only Liz Earle and QVC have teamed up to present their Best of Botanical Beauty Bundle that's worth a whopping £119 but will be going for their biggest ever 'Today's Special Value' price of £49.96. Bargainous. Want to know what makes up the bundle? Here are the deets...
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22 October 2015

All Things Olive Scented?





My olive obsession might mean that my fridge is constantly stocked and panic levels run high if it's ever without, but who knew that my love for them would ever extend to my shower and the products in it? I am of course talking about The Body Shop's Olive range and I've been dipping my toes in with said shower gel as a first time taster. Since being so into their fruitier offerings for the spring and summer months, I wanted to give another smell a whirl now that it's cooling down and this seemed like a good autumn option...
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21 October 2015

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops a.k.a My New Favourite Foundation

Not only has giving my makeup closet a cruelty free clear-out (and by that I mean parting from the products that aren't cruelty free) enabled me to whittle down my collection to a much more sensible size, it's also allowed me to discover some new CF brands and what they have to offer - one of those being Cover FX. It's a name that's had my beauty radar bleeping for a while, offering primers, contour kits bases and brushes, they seem to be very face-focused - something I like to see, if a new-brand-to-me focuses big time on one area, their offerings are bound to be good, but to kick off there was one product and one product only that I had in mind to introduce me here and that was their Custom Cover Drops, and what a place to start...
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18 October 2015

The Best Beauty Offers Around as of Now 18.10




The last time I put one of these posts together and out there it seemed to go down pretty well - I'm guessing with a mug of tea to go alongside it as you scoured through. And so I'm going to be bringing it back - Beauty Offers Around as of Now will be a weekly thing, most probably popping up early on a Sunday morning, as hopefully, that's when we all have a little chill time to put our feet up to discover the best beauty deals and discounts floating around. This time, the majority come in from Cult Beauty, and whilst I'm going to try and keep these as varied as I can, these are some cushty discounts and GWP's that are worth shouting very loud about...

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17 October 2015

Another Skin Food Haul

You know my favourite thing to do when I head back home for a visit? I play supermarket sweep and stuff my trolley full of the foodie bits I miss most that are hard to find here in Turkey. Expect to see the contents of an actual health food store that I managed to cram into my suitcase for the way back, including jars of coconut oil, loaves of bread (yes really) and boxes of Nakd bars in my favourite flavours - some bits I found in Boots, others online at Amazon and the rest from the shelves of the standard stores, so if like me, you like to see the results of somebody else's supermarket shop, look this way...
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Skin Food: Cucumber 'Sushi' Rolls, Fried Aubergine in Tamari & Dipping Sauce



I was a sushi newbie up until a few years back - the idea of raw, cold fish was something that never floated my boat (pun unintended) and whilst I don't eat any sort of seafood now, vegan sushi has become one of my favourite things to chow down and I only have my boyfriend and our friends to blame - they were the ones who dragged me to my first sushi-tasting. In fact now we're double-date locals at our near-by Japanese restaurant and although they poke fun at my fish-free rolls, I think they're pretty darn amazing, so much so that I decided to rustle some up at home and I thought you might like a little look in too...
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16 October 2015

My Makeup Life Lately



Since whittling down my cosmetics collection to virtually empty drawers, I've been on a tighter restriction in terms of product rotation - alas, this is a good thing, it means I'm using stuff up instead of them sitting gathering dust. As I've been pulling out a lot of the same staples I thought I'd let you in on what's been going on in my makeup life lately - a few of my most used products and tools that I've been making the most of to piece together my daily face. By the looks of things I've been focusing heavy on and around the eyes whilst brightening and highlighting at the same time. Here's what's made the cut...
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15 October 2015

Non-Beauty Favourites

To switch things up from the standard beauty chat, I thought I'd run you through some other items I've been loving that don't fall under the same category as liner and lipstick in replace of my loves for the month of September video. From rings, to coasters, to yoga pants and drinks, there really is a little bit of everything thrown into this mix and I have to say I kind of like it. Fear not though, the beauty side of things will be back soon enough, in fact, I'm about to sit down and hit record for filming my haul of things picked up in the UK - these non-beauty favourites videos won't be taking over my usual end-of-the-month round-ups, but if you liked it let me know and I might bring them in a little more often...
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14 October 2015

Healthy Travel Snacks to Pack

Hello, my name's Jessica and I'm a self-confessed snacker. You see, I spend a lot of time to-ing-and-fro-ing and have done for many years, in fact, a 15-hour round trip is quite the norm for me and if I'm not sat on a plane or camping out in the airport, you can find me slogging it to, or heading back from one. When I'm not enduring the trek, I really miss it but when I'm a few hours into my journey, I want nothing more than to be at the other end in my own bed, and I'll take any excuse to, quite literally, eat my way through my time spent travelling - but hey, it's not all bad as my on-the-go snacks are in fact pretty good, take a look...
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13 October 2015

Currently Loving Painting on HJ Manicure Polishes

Say hello to a new nail polish line that I too have recently only just been introduced to; HJ Manicure is a range created by Helen J, a trained manicurist and nail tech for celebs, who has also worked in many areas of the fashion industry. With her expertise, Helen created a cruelty free, vegan friendly and '5 free from' collection, meaning each polish is formulated without the use of harmful toxins which can be found in your regular lacquer inci list. I've been slicking on and showing off the shades just added to my stash - it's true love and I'm here to run through the rest of the hues, but be sure to read right on to the very end as there may be a little something in it for you too...
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12 October 2015

Spend-£60-Get-£15-Off at Space NK



Some beauty offers are worth shouting from the rooftops in case they slip through the net unheard of, a little like this one almost did for me. When Space NK throw some offers out there, they're usually not to be missed, their GWP's especially, but I felt this spend-£60-get-£15-off (online only) has got to be one of their best. The code you'll need here is EXPLORE15 entered at the checkout - the £5 delivery charge still applies (booo!) but up your spend to £80 and it becomes free of charge. If you're a regular Space NK shopper, you'll know just how easy it is to ring up double-figures on the till but if you're in need of any ideas, I've put together a couple to help hit that mark, or just ever so slightly over...
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11 October 2015

The Body Shop Spa of The World



If there's ever a product launch to get excited over, for me it's all things new and exciting from TBS. It's where my beauty obsession first started, they bring it each and every time when it comes to a fresh release - their latest and greatest featuring oils, creams, muds and  scrubs allowing you to recreate spa days at home - it doesn't get anymore exciting than that. The Spa of The World collection is inspired by beauty rituals around the globe and there's three to go by, whether you're in need of a routine that's relaxed, revitalised or a little more blissful. I'll go with all three, but to give you an idea, here are a handful of my loves from the line that make up my very own #spathroom...
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10 October 2015

Skin Food: Chocolate Oat Slices



These babies throw me right back to my high school days where I'd scrape together any loose change on my break to scoff down one of the canteen's chocolate oat bars - they were seriously the best ever. With a thick oaty base and a rich chocolate layer on top, mine come in kind of close but with a few hazelnuts thrown into the mix, you get a taste of Nutella which only makes them all the more dreamy - the best part? It takes about 10 minutes to throw this together and you're left with at least a weeks worth of goodness, in fact, they're so rich I could only manage a half of the bars shown above at a time and from that, I got my full choco fix. Here's how it's done...
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9 October 2015

Introducing Cohorted's Beauty Box Subscription



With beauty boxes being a recent rediscovered topic here on the blog, allow me to introduce you to another that's been dropping on my doorstep. Cohorted sits at the luxe end of the line with a pricier tag than your standard beauty box - their Black Box Edition has just become available as a monthly subscription service, previously being a month-to-month purchase only - hear me out on this one, because they're by far the beefiest boxes I've opened up and the hand-picked musts inside feature high-end brands we all know and love, and will include at least one full size product. To give you a bit of an idea of what you get for your dollar each and every month, here's what featured back in September's box...
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1 October 2015

Beauty Product Empties

Whenever I've saved up enough beauty rubbish to fill up an empties-style video I always vouch to make using products up a regular thing to show you through my loves and non-loves a little more regularly, so we'll just see how this one pans out, however, since my cruelty free announcement, I'm working my way through products I won't be repurchasing in order to replace them with some new discoveries and now that I have something to go by, I've got a feeling you may just be seeing videos like these more often. A weird concept it may be, but they're honestly one of my faves to sit down and watch, so here you have it, a rummage though some hair, skin and body care bits that I've recently finished off...
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Rebuilding My Brush Collection


When I throwback to where my brush collection first kicked off, I only really started out with a few flimsy sponge applicators for shadows and a blush brush that came free tacked onto a magazine (I'm still holding onto it FYI). As my love for makeup took off, so did my brush pot and eventually my selection of tools from MAC managed to bundle into one Diptyque jar alone, but since going cruelty free I'm doing away with them and I've only been left with a handful that still leaves plenty of jar room for more whilst a makeup sponge rolls around in the other - I'm slowly working on padding them out, but in the meantime, here's what I've got on the go and what I've got my eyes on next...
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