Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Kettle Vegetable and Sweet Potato Chips

Anyone who follows me on Instagram may have seen that I am a bit infatuated with Kettle chips! Particularly their Vegetable chips; which include golden parsnip, sweet potato and beetroot, oven baked and lightly salted. Yum! Yum, yum, yum! Oh, and they now do a pack of just Sweet Potato chips!
I'm salivating just typing about them, they're that tasty guys. 
Oven baked in sunflower oil with no artificial flavours or colourings just lightly salted for a delicious all natural flavour. This also means their not as bad for you as a regular pack of crisps, the Sweet Potato chips are indeed 50% less fat than most other crisps; very January diet friendly.
I really can't stop by Boot's for lunch without picking up a bag of these bad boys, addicted much!
(Oh, and I can't resist a bit of good packaging!)

Monday, 19 January 2015

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub

I'm definitely a bit behind on the whole Lush Lip Scrubs thing; but last week I stopped by the enticingly scented heavenly store that is Lush and picked up their Popcorn flavoured one. Oooh my sweet, sweet, Christ on a bike! This scrub smells, tastes and is all round amazing!
With caster sugar and sea salt to scrub away any dead skin; then coconut and jojoba oils moisturise your lips leaving them feeling so soft and smooth. I've always had dry lips, especially at this time of year and I can slip into the habit of nibbling at the dead skin! (Yepp, gross! I know)
Using this scrub, followed by a bit of what ever lip balm I have to hand, has greatly improved the application of lipsticks. Bold, matt lips look 100x better on smooth moisturised lips. I'm excited to rock some of my lip products with more confidence now I know they won't be exaggerating any dry patches.
£5.50 might seem a lot for a 'little lip scrub' but it is honestly worth it! The product works wonders and you only need the tiniest amount to see results so it's going to last you a while.
What's your favourite Lush product?

Friday, 16 January 2015

The Body Shop Skincare Diagnosis

One of my goals for 2015 is to start taking better care of my skin, by building an efficient skincare routine. But my trouble has always been, where do I start?? How do I know what my skin needs and what will work with my skin type??
I was really excited to see on The Body Shop's website their Skincare Diagnostic Tool which with a few quick questions puts together your ideal skincare routine.
The questions identifying your skin type, what aspects you'd like to tackle, if ageing is a concern and what hardships your skin goes through on a daily basis. For me, I have combination skin and want to tackle; dull complexion, hydration and preventative measures for ageing. Here's what my advised skincare regime includes:
First off, the Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil to remove impurities and even waterproof mascara. Next the Seaweed Clarifying Toner for removing any remaining traces of make up. For a targeted treatment the Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate claims to instantly refresh the eye area; smoothing out the appearance of lines, bags and fatigue. For a daily moisturiser the Seaweed Day Cream which moisturises dry areas, balances excess sebum and gives a matt shine free complexion.
For another special treatment the best selling Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask for drawing out impurities, clarifying and refreshing. Finally something for before bed, the Nutriganics Smoothing Night Cream. This will hydrate skin for up to 12 hours; help skin feel plumper and more tones and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
I'd be least interested in trying the Cleansing Gel and Clarifying Toner. Honestly, the cleansing part is the one part I think I've got down. I'm just so faithful to my Johnsons's Face Care Moisturising Wipes followed by a cleansing/exfoliating wash of my choice, it works for my student budget! I am intrigued by the gel to oil aspect of this product and the ingredients to tackle those first signs of ageing though so it's going on the wish list.
I'm definitely most keen to try the Night Cream. I feel like it would be the best investment and although I don't have major lines and wrinkles just yet, I would hope that this would work in a preventative manner. I'm really lucky that my skin doesn't really have any trouble with blemishes but i do have some blackheads on my nose I'd love to clean out; so the Ionic Clay mask is going on my wish list!
If, like me, anyone is unsure about where to start with building a skincare routine; I'd highly recommend using this tool from The Body Shop. Even if the products are a little out of your price range it's a great way to learn what types of products could work best for your skin.
If anyone had tried any of these products I'd love to know what you thought of them!
Keep an eye out for possible hauls ...