Sunday, 15 November 2015

Eating in London: Vital Ingredients

Eating healthy at lunch time while you're at work can be a difficult thing. With so many tempting lunch eateries to chose from (well, where I work anyway) it's almost an inevitability that I'll opt for something I'm craving and not something I should be going for thats a whole lot more nutritious. So when Vital Ingredients* contacted me asking if I'd like them to bring me and a colleague lunch one day, how could I turn it down? I had spied the stores when wondering around London but had never actually been in - and I'm always up for trying something new, that's a whole lot more healthy. 

The idea of it is super dreamy, you get to create your own salad adding in whatever you want to make it your own - and super delicious. I went for baby spinach, artichoke hearts, prawns, edamame, spicy avocado, broccoli, mixed peppers with a chilli and lime dressing and my colleague Lucy went for baby spinach, bacon, chicken, avocado, sesame noodles, cucumber, mozzarella with a balsamic dressing. Both were absolutely incredible, but I suppose that's expected as you're putting in everything that you like. 

Honestly though, I was blown away with my salad. I actually went as far as saying it was the best I'd ever had. It was super filling and unbelievably tasty. Can I eat it again please? 

If you're not a salad fan however, there's a range of other healthy options on the menu - there's so many I want to try so I just now need to find the nearest one to me... 

Lorna x

Friday, 13 November 2015

Falling In Love With Jo Loves

Well the name is pretty apt. I can see why Jo 'loves'. 

Introducing Jo Loves, the latest range from the one and only Jo Malone MBE. Featuring a range of incredible and luxe scents, it's well worth a look because I have well and truly fallen in love.

I've got a bespoke Jo Loves Shot Candle*... One of the most exciting and luxurious things I own. I made this in the Jo Loves studio with Jo Malone herself and she coins it a piece of art, and I can truly see why. You get to choose the scents yourself. I went for Charcoaled Lemons as my base and Mango as my shot. It smells incredible and burns beautifully. I'm obsessed and instead of saving it as a special occasion candle as I always do (which always leaves me NEVER using it), I'm burning this baby and I just can't get enough. It's incredible, and it's an incredible experience. 

When I was there in the Jo Loves Studio to make my candle, I of course had a good sniff of the fragrances and one truly stood out to me. I rarely fall in love with new fragrances but the Jo Loves Pomelo fragrance* got me hook, line and sinker. With citrus notes this fragrance is really refreshing and I love applying it in the morning. 

I'm obsessed with the brand and I just need to take another trip down to the studio to try everything else out. I'm converted, I wasn't sure it would be as good as the Jo Malone brand but it well and truly is. 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Beauty Products To Help You Relax & Sleep

I go through phases with not being able to sleep. I mean it's not usually an issue, but when it is, it really is. There's just nothing worse. I've narrowed down a few beauty product favourites that'll help you relax and sleep and trust me, they really do... 

There's nothing better than having a relaxing bath, and for me that really does it. The SenSpa Sleep Therapy Bath Soak* is a great budget friendly bath product that is uber relaxing. I was really struggling to sleep a while back and when I went to the SenSpa itself I used this before I went to sleep and honestly, it worked wonders - it's a bargain too!

A little more luxe, and completely worth it are of course the Aromatherapy Associate Bath Oils. These are what dreams are made of. The Aromatherapy Associate Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil and the Aromatherapy Associate De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil are my favourites. The scent of these will make everything smell incredible. A tiny amount goes a long way and it really does the job. It's a once in a while kind of treat and it's great to use if you are really struggling. 

Again, along the lines of the Aromatherapy Associate luxe oils is the Neom Tranquility Bath & Shower Oil*. I've also got this in mini form which I love taking when I go home for a proper pamper. This is great for travelling and perfect again if you really are struggling to sleep as this comes from the Scent To Sleep range. 

After I get out of my relaxing bath, I carry on with the idea of using things with a relaxing scent and I love the SenSpa Relaxing Body Butter*. It's hydrating and still has that super relaxing scent and so won't distract me from my end goal. A pamper is perfect, but just make sure it doesn't wake you up. 

Another two additions from this Neom range are the Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist* and the Neom Intense Night Repair Body Oil*. I swear by these. They smell incredible and they relax me instantly. I need to get myself a full size of the Pillow Mist because I honestly just can't be without it. It works wonders! 

In a similar vain, the Origins Peace Of Mind is incredible to help you relax. It's perfect for if you have anxiety or stress as you apply a pump to your pulse points and breathe in the scent. It's tingly and works a treat. 

I love using relaxing products... and as I'm writing this at 18:50 on a Saturday evening I cannot tell you how much I'm craving a pamper evening. I don't have a bath where I currently live so that kind of pamper will have to be saved for when I visit my parents - and I blooming make use of it when I do. 

What products help you to sleep when you're struggling? 

Lorna x

Monday, 9 November 2015

Skincare Pamper Routine Additions

I love giving my skin a good pamper and I think that this is always a great opportunity to try out new products... and so, as a beauty blogger, I feel that it must only be my duty to have these sessions a little more often than the average gal (any excuse, right?).

I'm always using a face mask and I love the ones from Caudalie. They have been created to target different problem areas and so you can use them in unison to combat multiple issues. The Caudalie Moisturising Mask* is incredible for hydrating the skin, the Caudalie Purifying Mask* is great for combatting any breakouts and the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask is a great all rounder. These work wonders and the packaging is oh, so beautiful. 

Onto hydration, and something I take very seriously. I love using different moisturisers, serums and oils to combat my sometimes dry skin and so I've built up quite the collection. Vichy have some great products, the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cream* is incredible. I've been a fan of the serum for quite some time but this thick cream is super hydrating and perfect for the evening (they also have a lighter version that works incredibly for the morning too). The Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep* is a really interesting one too. This is a gel/cream night moisturiser that works to recreate the restorative effects of sleep on your skin. This is incredible for those who struggle to sleep. 

For oils, the Alpha-H Age Delay Facial Oil* is a great addition into the skincare routine. This is a restorative treatment for the evening for acne scarred skin. Although this isn't targeted at my skin type, I think it works wonders to combat any signs of ageing and works to reduce the effects of any hormonal breakouts which very much is necessary. The Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil* is great for sensitive skin as it will still hydrate - the best bit though? It smells incredible. 

Finally, the Texoane Perfect Skin Refiner from a recent Glossybox is a great addition as well. This product has been raved and raved about as it works to rapidly improve the quality of your skin. 

What products have you been adding into your pamper routine lately? 

Lorna x

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Morning Skincare Favourites

In the morning, I want something super refreshing for my skincare to wake me up... and make me look awake. 

I start my morning skincare routine using either the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in Jasmine and Omanthus* or the Vichy Purete Thermale Refreshing Gel Cleanser*. These are both super refreshing and give the skin a great clean. The Liz Earle Cleanser is super hydrating while the Vichy Cleanser leaves you with that squeaky feeling. 

I then use my usual toner and go onto using the Liz Earle Eye Bright to make sure my eyes feel and look awake. This product is at holy grail status for me, it honestly is so incredible and works wonders. I also love using it if my allergies are getting the better of me. 

For moisturiser The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser* is my go-to. It's so refreshing and is a total dupe for the Origins VitaZing Moisturiser but just at a far cheaper price point - bonus. It's a gel/cream texture and feels incredible against the skin. My makeup applies well on top of this as it sinks in quickly. 

Finally, for eyes this product is a total game changer. The Alpha-H Absolute Eye Cream with SPF 15* is a super hydrating eye cream that works to hydrate, refresh and protect your delicate under eye area. 

What skincare products do you use in the morning?

Lorna x

Friday, 6 November 2015

Hair Products Worth Mentioning

I'm really getting into using hair products at the minute. As I mentioned in my Hair Care Routine, I'm usually pretty lazy when it comes to hair but as of late I've been incorporating a few new products into my routine, like the ones I've been using to hydrate my coloured hair and a few of these. 

To hydrate my hair, I've been using the Lee Stafford Night Repair Serum*, Lee Stafford Nourishing Miracle Mist*, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. I don't use them all together, that would just weigh my hair down but I alternate between a range of these hydrating products and they really seem to be working. The Night Repair Serum is incredible if you wash your hair in your morning as you leave it on overnight to work its magic - and it really does. The Elasticizer is a great pre-wash treatment. I love using this as I can pop it on before I do my pamper and leave it to work its magic. The other two are great for using when I'm about to blow dry as they are that great final step into getting the hydration back into my hair. 

For styling, I'd really recommend using the got2b All Star 10-in-1 styling treatment* as it does a bit of everything. I'm talking adding shine, volume, strength and much more. It's a goodn' and a great all rounder. If you need extra volume though, the GHD Style Total Volume Foam* is great for this. Just pop a bit into your hair before blow drying and you'll notice the difference. 

Finally, since getting into not washing my hair daily I've become quite the dry shampoo fiend. The Richard Ward +1 Dry Shampoo* is a great one and really does work. It's super high end but for a budget price, you need to try this. 

What hair products have you been loving lately? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

5 Hairsprays Reviewed

Hairsprays are something I probably neglect too much - but it's one of those things that really do make a difference. I'm not loyal to any one hairspray and am always trying something new out, but I thought these few were worth mentioning. 

I love GHD. Their straighteners are something I've used for years and years and this hairspray is no different. It holds the hair and gives the hair a lovely look to it for that final finish - no need to worry about your hair looking crispy here. 

This hairspray is a bit of a strange one, and by that I don't mean it isn't good because it really is but the whole 'fast dry' part of it is a little confusing. In the same range, theres a quick dry spray to speed up the drying of your hair... and so the name of this one sounds like it'll do the same. I assume it means that the hairspray itself dries quickly, and that it really does. Again it doesn't leave your hair looking or feeling crispy which is a winner in my book. 

This is my go-to hairspray for when I want my hair to properly stay in place. If I'm looking for big volume and for that to stay - this is my go-to. 

I always seem to have one of these in my beauty stash somewhere. Tresemme is super affordable and I feel like everyone uses it. It does what it says on the tin, and for an incredible price. 

This is my go-to mini hairspray for travelling. Not only is it a great mini, it's a great hairspray too. It holds my hair in place without leaving it feeling crispy. 

Lorna x