Thursday, 12 May 2016

Skin Detoxing

This blog post is a paid for advertorial in collaboration with Origins.


As you all know I’ve recently completed running the London Marathon, which has been both an energising and invigorating experience for my body. The intense training has been such a learning curve and I’m listening to my body now more than ever.



I’m at a point in my life where my health is at the forefront of so many decisions I make whether it be what meals I can prepare on a Sunday night before a busy week of meetings, or making sure I always pack a water bottle in my bag so that I’m hydrated, to what ingredients I can come up with for a twist on my favourite smoothie.


This is why I was really intrigued when I heard about the new ‘By All Greens’ range from Origins. I’ve tried and tested a lot of green smoothies and you can guarantee they always incorporate those super hero ingredients Spirulina & Spinach, so when I found out that Origins had brought out a face mask containing these superfoods with the addition of Green Tea (another one of my favourites!), I was dying to try it out. If it’s good for detoxing my body then I had no doubt I would feel the benefits on my skin too.  


Before I apply the By All Greens mask, I spray my face lightly with the new Origins Maskimizer, a primer mist that prepares the skin for the face mask, and gently pat it into the skin. It contains marine algae, which feels so hydrating and refreshing. If we use a primer to prepare our skin for makeup, why not use a primer to get your skin ready for a face mask to achieve the most benefits. I've really noticed how much smoother masks are applied onto the skin after using this primer, and how much easier it is for skin to absorb it.


Once I've primed my skin, I apply the By All Greens mask, which is a two-in-one, self-foaming green clay mask that provides the penetrating treatment of a detoxifying mask while also delivering the purifying power of a high-performance cleanser, revealing radiant and refreshed skin. My schedule is so busy right now which is why it makes such a difference to be able to rely on one product to really work hard on my skin. 


I have been using this once a week, usually in the evening when I have a bit of spare time to look after my skin and pamper myself. You smooth the green clay over the skin without rubbing it in too much, and wait for it to foam up on its own. The sensation is so satisfying and you can actually feel it working! After a few minutes, you use warm water to wash it off to reveal silky smooth skin. The perfect detox!


Since its inception in 1990, Origins has been scouring the earth to uncover the most efficacious plants to create high-performance natural skincare products. This process has allowed Origins to turn to nature for inspiration and science for validation, utilising a blend of organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. Origins products are always sourced from sustainable regions and are manufactured using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth-friendly practices.







Tuesday, 10 May 2016

My Natural Beauty Routine

Thank you to Caudalie for sponsoring this post.
This post is a paid advertorial in collaboration with Caudalie.


Everyone knows that when you start to really look after your skin, your beauty routine becomes so much more of a joy than a chore. I feel my best when I am able to let my skin breathe without makeup and have a natural glow shine through. I like to give my skin a break every now and again from highly concentrated beauty products consisting of all kinds of unbeknown chemicals, which is why I’ve started incorporating more and more natural products into my routine.

I’ve been researching a lot into natural beauty products, and even dedicated a whole video to it on my Youtube channel, check it out here. Being so passionate about health, fitness and overall wellbeing, it only makes sense to apply the same passion towards beauty too. It becomes an organic process, when you put so much thought into what you eat and your exercise routine, to also look for those added health benefits in your toiletry bag. In this post I’m revealing what I use when I want a natural, minimal makeup look.

So to start with in the morning, after I have washed my face and pat dried with a fresh face cloth, I use my Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising SorbetThis is a beautiful product, consisting of 98% natural ingredients (which I love!). I like to use it in the morning to wake up my skin and give it a fresh, awakening feeling. It contains grape water and a hint of cucumber water and mint which is so soothing and hydrating, and is perfect for sensitive skin. It has a gel-cream consistency meaning it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy and also provides a wonderful base for makeup. I’ve been finding that this has been a perfect addition to my Spring/Summer skincare routine because of how light and fresh it feels.




Once the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet has settled nicely into my skin I clip my hair back from my face to avoid those annoying strands getting in the way. I first apply concealer using my finger to lightly dab under my eyes and around any areas that need extra attention for a natural and minimal coverage. I follow that up with a stroke of bronzer over my cheek bones. I’m really enjoying a lighter base recently, especially now the weather is warming up, and it means I can have a bit more fun with makeup when I go to an event or dinner with friends in the evening.

After I have applied my base I like to keep it really simple on my eyes and lips. I had a full set of lash extensions fitted at the end of February and so got into a lovely routine of only applying one coat of mascara. Then I apply a tinted lip balm to keep the look really fresh and simple.

And that’s it! It really is that simple. This look is great for when I’m out and about but if you are having a day to yourself, the life admin days, it’s lovely to be able to rely on the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet alone. My skin can breathe and I get that glowy natural effect that means I feel confident to go make up free. If you would like to try out the new Vinosource range, you can buy any of the products on their website, including the Moisturising Sorbet.


I’m a low maintenance girl now that I’m listening to my body and what it needs to feel healthy and happy.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

EAT SMART



As you are probably already aware, over the past few years I have discovered the importance of health and fitness and the huge impact it has had on my life both mentally and physically.

When I first started creating my own recipes about 2 years ago I posted a few of them on here and also on my YouTube channel, all of which went down really well and I was left with people asking me for more. I began noting down all of my recipes in a log book and set myself the challenge to one day publish them all in a cookbook.

It comes with such pleasure and pride to announce that I have written a cookbook of over 100 healthy, plant-based recipes that will be launching on 8th September this year, and is available for pre-order right now here! I also have a limited edition of 2000 signed copies, which you can find here, so quickly try and get one of those before they're sold out!

It has been the most incredible journey writing these recipes over the past few months, some inspired by my travels from around the world including Bali and Mauritius, and some inspired by British classics. The cookbook includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and drinks, all created by me with health being at the forefront of my mind to nourish the body, yet not at all lacking in flavour or indulgence.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to every single one of you for supporting me. Whether that's those of you that read all my blog posts without fail or those of you that are constantly interacting with me on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. I feel so lucky to have this community of friendly, positive and inspiring people, that genuinely feel like friends.

So thank you! This book is my thank you to you for always being there, and I am positive you are going to love the recipes, whether you're just as passionate about health and wellbeing as I am, or even if you're not into healthy food at all because there really is something for everyone in here (including vegan jammy dodgers and pancakes!).

This is also the reason why I haven't been updating my blog as much as I would have liked to, but hopefully when I have a bit more time on my hands I will be able to regularly post again. I'm actually in the process of having my whole blog redesigned, so keep your eyes open for that!

The Details
Eat Smart will be out on 8th September
Pre-order available now

Limited signed edition http://smarturl.it/eat-smart-signed

Missed out on a signed copy? Pre-order your standard edition of Eat Smart here http://smarturl.it/eat-smart

Not in the UK? Eat Smart will be available to pre-order worldwide soon. Watch this space for news!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

My New Workout Clothing

This year I have signed up to take part in the London Marathon in support of the charity Cancer Research UK. It’ll be my first ever marathon, (or sporting event of any kind come to think of it!) so I’m slightly terrified by the prospect, but also incredibly excited to be working with such a great charity.

As you may know, I am an ambassador for Cancer Research UK, meaning I work frequently with them on their various projects and campaigns. Running the London Marathon is for a brilliant cause and it would mean the world if you could donate to my page here! I haven’t yet set a target, but honestly even the smallest, tiniest amount will make the biggest difference so please donate what you can.

I’m currently running anything between 10km-20km about 3 times a week, so I’ve been in need of some new workout clothes that will keep me warm, enhance my performance and generally make me look the part! All the new items I’ve bought are from 4 different sportswear brands; Nike for the classic, professional running wear; Sweaty Betty for a more fashionable take on sportswear; H&M for the affordable basics; and ALO Yoga for their unique bright patterns.

TOPS

This first top is a long sleeved, lightweight top from Nike with a high neck. It’s part of the AeroReact technology meaning when you get hot the fibres open to allow better breathability, and when you cool down the fibres close again to keep you warm.




I was drawn to this top by the turquoise colour because I love wearing bright colours while running and working out. It seems to always have a positive effect on my training compared to when I wear plain, dull clothes. It has mesh paneling along the neck and the back, and is reasonably priced at just £12.99.




This is one of my favourite running tops because of how lightweight and seamless is feels when it’s on, allowing for a smoother run. As it is specifically made for running, the hood stays up, which is something I always struggle with when wearing standard hoodies! 




LEGGINGS

ALO Yoga
I adore the bright, unusual patterns of the leggings from ALO Yoga. They’re so unique and definitely eye-catching! These are so comfortable too, I could wear them all day long. They also feature a small hidden pocket at the front, ideal for holding keys or a gym card.


These are the same leggings as above, but in a dark smoke pattern.



Nike 
These look incredibly professional, and the science behind them is too. The blue markings map the muscles to compress them and keep them warm while training, so you can keep going for longer. 






SPORTS BRAS

(As seen in my video below)
This bra is perfect for any gentle exercise such as yoga. Typical to the brand, it has a beautiful blue pattern that makes this bra look lovely worn under open back tops and racer vests. Because of the low support I tend to wear this in the gym rather than running.

(As seen in my video below)
If you’re looking for a bit more support in a sports bra, try this Nike Classic Padded Sports Bra, which has removable padding inserts to provide added support and shape if you need it. I’ve found this one to be ideal for running in, and it also comes in various patterns and colours to choose from.



OUTERWEAR

This jacket looks more like casual wear than sportswear. I love wearing this jacket to and from the gym to keep me warm but still look fashionable. 



I prefer wearing outer layers with a full zip at the front rather than a pullover because after a run when I’m hot and sweaty all I want to do is take off the layers as easily as possible without having to pull anything over my head and getting stuck!



Part of the Luxe range, this Sweaty Betty sweater looks good enough to wear casually on non-workout days. The material is so soft and I love the wide, high neck design. It has reflective panelling on the arms, giving it the luxe sport effect. 





ACCESSORIES

(Featured throughout)
After having the same pair of running trainers for a very long time, I finally have new ones that are suitable for me. I went into the Nike store on the King’s Road where I ran on a treadmill and one of the consultants showed me which trainers would be best for my running technique. These are called Air Zoom Pegasus  32, and I have been surprised by how much they improve my running. 

These aren’t actually for running or working out, but I still wanted to include them in here because I’ve fallen in love with them! They’re the brand new Nike Flyknit Air Force One’s, launched only this week. They’re much lighter than previous generations and are so incredibly comfortable from the soft cushioning.



I’ve been looking for a new gym bag for a while, but I hate how ‘sporty’ they all look. I know that sounds ridiculous but I’ve never been too keen on how heavily branded some sportswear bags can be. I love this one from Sweaty Betty because it looks like it could be a sophisticated overnight bag as much as it is a sports bag. The bottom half unzips for a handy compartment to keep accessories in or a towel.


Running gloves are never going to look the most attractive, but I like these ones because they’re lightweight and fit well meaning you forget they’re on. This time of year it’s important to keep your hands protected from the cold and the wind to avoid getting dry, cracked skin.


Ears are another part of the body that need protecting from the frosty wind when running, so I found this one in a lovely colour that looks (relatively) good on!






VIDEO



Photographer Credits | Suzi Ovens | www.suziovens.com

Sunday, 10 January 2016

My Skincare Routine

These are the skincare products that I have been using for the past few months. Watch my latest video to find out what I like about each of these products!


Day Time Skincare









Night Time Skincare








Weekly Skincare

Kate Somerville Exfolikate

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Clarisonic Smart Profile