Category Archives: Product Reviews & Recommendations

My Favourite Eye Cream

As we all know, one area of the face that ages the quickest is the eye area 😦

If using an eye cream is not part of your daily routine, I would recommend adding it in now – you can’t use a normal face cream on your delicate eye area and eye creams are developed to help with a variety of problems that only occur around the eyes, such as; bags and dark circles as well as lines and wrinkles. A good eye cream is an essential in my opinion 🙂

I suffered with puffy eyes and dark circles long before I noticed any fine lines but when I saw those starting to crop up, I knew I needed to find a really good eye cream that would treat all of those areas. Easy peasy you may think…unfortunately not. My search went on for a good couple of years. I tried expensive creams, cheap ones and everything in between and nothing seemed to noticeably help. Until I tried Boots Time Delay anti-ageing eye cream. 

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I can honestly say, this is the best eye cream I have ever come across at a really affordable price (usually between £5 and £8). It seems to treat all the issues in the eye area in one handy cream. I have recommended it to lots of people who are now using it and most recently recommended it to my sister and she has agreed that she really can see a difference ❤

I can certainly tell if I have run out and not been able to use it for a couple of days…and that to me says it all. I now have at least 2 in my possession at any given time, which is handy as I keep giving one away when I recommend it! LOL! 😉

Definitely a product worthy of a blog post recommendation from me to you 😀

With love, Tash ❤ x

Skin care – My Favourite Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

As well as being a big foodie, I am also really into skin care, make up and all things girlie girl (and boy of course) 😀 I love sharing the things I find that really work with family and friends and thought I would also share them with you 😀

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The first thing I want to tell you about is this amazing serum that I’ve used for a couple of years now. It was recommended to me by my wonderful hairdresser (thanks Aleca) and I haven’t looked back since!

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It’s a vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum that you wear under moisturiser to give your skin an extra anti-ageing boost.

Vitamin C

We all know the benefits of eating foods high in vitamin c but there are also many benefits to using it topically on your skin and I’ve listed the key ones below: –

  1. Vitamin C is the main ingredient of collagen and the production and metabolism of collagen is the key attribute to healthy, smooth, radiant and younger looking skin.
  2. Applying vitamin c to your skin protects it from free radicals due to its antioxidant function.
  3. Helps to protect it from sun damage as it strengthens the skin barrier and thickens the dermis (the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis which forms the true skin, containing blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and other structures).
  4. In high concentrations it can reduce the appearance of skin discoloration.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid also has many benefits when applied to the skin but the main one of interest to those of us trying to hold off the signs of ageing, is its unique ability to retain moisture. The more moisture we can keep in our skin, the longer we will hold those pesky wrinkles at bay.

Similar to vitamin c, hyaluronic acid also protects the skin from harmful UVB rays which can cause sunspots.

This Serum

Serums are usually thinner in consistency than a moisturiser and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin layers and the ingredients in this serum in particular seem to absorb quickly and really hydrate the skin without making it greasy, which is fab for my oily / combination skin.

Whilst I firmly believe that diet is the main ingredient to having great skin, a good skin care routine is also important.

Key info on this serum 😀

  • Where I bought it – Amazon
  • Cost –  £15.90 for a 60 ml bottle
  • Packaging – Comes in a cute glass bottle with both a pump and a dropper so you can choose which you prefer (I use the pump)
  • Scent – Smells slightly of oranges
  • Consistency – thin and watery in consistency and when applied to the skin, it soaks in immediately and my skin feels slightly tighter straight away but not in an unpleasant way
  • General skin appearance – I’ve noticed that my skin is a lot smoother in appearance since I started using this serum and have had a lot of compliments on my skin. My skin is clearer, has more of a glow and my complexion looks more balanced with less sun spots or marks (and I am Queen of the sun worshippers 😉 )
  • Anti-ageing – I am now 36 (yikes 😮 ) and I really do think that this serum has helped me keep wrinkles at bay. It’s hard to tell as I don’t know what my skin would be like without it but I know I haven’t got any wrinkles other than the fine lines everyone gets when they smile or frown… ok, ok… I get a big bum crack between my eyebrows when I frown – (full disclosure haha!)  but those are natural and the only way to get rid of them is botox (which I’d rather not resort to) or not to smile or frown and let’s face it (excuse the pun) – that ain’t ever gonna happen 😉
  • How long does it last? – Mine lasts me about 3-4 months as you only need 1-2 pumps of the product morning and night.

Full List of Ingredients (taken from Amazon)

Deionized Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Car- bomer, Arginine, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Sim- mondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Ext- ract), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

This is my experience of this serum and I would definitely recommend trying it 🙂

With love, Tash

Protein Powder Made Simple – The Organic Protein Company

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A couple of years ago, I decided to start using a calorie tracker to keep on top of what I was eating. (I no longer count calories as I found it very restrictive… I’ll delve further into this in a separate blog post as it’s worthy of it’s own 😉 ) Anyway, back to this blog post…the calorie tracker also tracked my macro-nutrients  (fat, carbs and protein) which I found utterly fascinating. I learnt quite quickly that the macro I wasn’t getting enough of, was protein.

All of the macro-nutrients (along with micro-nutrients) are important to incorporate into your diet and protein is important for a number of reasons: –

  • Vital for building strong muscles, bones, cartilage, skin and blood
  • Builds and repairs tissue
  • A component of every cell in the body including hair, skin and nails
  • Helps to make chemicals, enzymes and hormones

Unlike fat and carbohydrate, our bodies don’t store protein so when it runs out there is nothing to draw on when needed, therefore we have to ensure we are getting the right amount daily. This doesn’t mean constantly eating large amounts of steak or chugging on protein shakes all day. For the average person, protein should make up roughly 20% of our daily diet. 

As a food source it’s not as readily available as carbs and fat. I for one, am guilty of reaching for a wholemeal pitta or slice of toast when the hunger pangs hit and this is definitely partly to blame for my lower levels of protein intake.

To increase my consumption of protein, I decided to add some protein powder shakes into my diet and my search for a good, pure protein source began.

If you have ever searched for a protein powder, you’ll know that there are thousands on the market… I mean literally thousands. All with different flavours and different additives. Some of them are diet protein powders, some are bulking powders, the list of different types is endless and very confusing.

My husband uses one that is a diet whey powder so I decided to try that. BIG MISTAKE! His diet protein contains a whole host of things that are meant to help speed up your metabolism and supply energy etc. and all it did was make me really anxious and jittery.

So I then moved on to a strawberry flavoured protein powder from a popular brand and found that this one gave me a really horrible aftertaste 😦 Sooo frustrating!

I decided to really consider what I was looking for. I sat back and thought, ‘I just want an organic clean and simple whey protein powder that hasn’t been tampered with, has nothing added and no flavours so it will go well with anything I put in a smoothie or in my baking experiments and doesn’t make me anxious or give me a bad taste in my mouth!’ 

So that was what I searched for and I finally came across The Organic Protein Company

These guys have got what I was looking for and more. Their protein powder is not only creamy and delicious with anything I put it with, they only use one ingredient; organic whey protein. Nothing else! Finally! The powder is additive free, gluten free, soy free, gm free and hormone free and they care about where they source their product from. More info on them can be found via the link to their website above 🙂

I add it to smoothies, porridge, pancakes and in lots of my baking recipes.

I highly recommend it as a pure alternative to some of the other protein powders on the market.

You can order via Amazon or direct from their website.

Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

With love, Tash x