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Healthy Cooking Tips

We all had good intentions back in January - to exercise more, eat better and make 2017 the healthiest year yet. But the question is, have you actually stuck to your intentions? 


I recently shared my healthy chocolate porridge recipe, and today I've got a guest post with 5 healthy cooking tips to get you back on track, and make clean eating easier with a few simply hacks.

Bond with Your Kitchen


You can’t master any cooking hacks unless you cook, so although the kitchen is far less comfortable than the couch, get up, get your slippers on and get in the kitchen. Forcing yourself to learn to cook is the easiest way to get healthy because it gives you total control over what you eat, how much you have and what you put in into it so you can say goodbye to all those hidden sugars, E numbers and preservatives. No excuses. If the kitchen is new territory, start simple. If you’re already a dab-hand with certain dishes, challenge yourself to try new cuisines or ingredients and if you need help to do that, enrol in a class. 

Do Not Diet


Diets don’t work. If they did, you wouldn’t have to try and do one every January; healthy cooking hacks are for life, not just the days when your trousers feel snug. When you’re online or in the bookstore looking for healthy recipes, avoid anything with ‘diet’ in the title or those guides which promise you a six-pack in seven days.  Instead, think of a particular vegetable you like and look for new ways to prepare it. Anytime you need a sugar-fix, nibble on some fruit until the craving passes and simply avoid all eye contact with the confectionary aisle. 

Cook Smart


With the right hack, you can cook once or twice but enjoy healthy meals every day of the week.  Check out this quick tutorial from Goodful that shows you how to make four different hearty and healthy meals in under an hour. There are all sorts of soups, batch cook and one-pot recipes like this that you can portion up into separate meals to chill or freeze for later use. Get Googling for ideas and then hit the sales for bargain Tupperware.

Write a Shopping List


Or more importantly, write a shopping list and STICK TO IT. The supermarkets are filled with 3 for 2 offers and discounts, which are very tempting especially when your favourite sweet treats are on offer.

Yes. Three packs of mini eggs for a pound does seem like a good deal but your health will thank you for leaving them on the shelf. Plan your meals for the week, write a list of the ingredients you need to make them and just get those items. 

Go ‘Off Recipe’


Unless you’re baking a cake, you really can afford to go ‘off-recipe’ so don’t be afraid to mix things up and experiment in the kitchen.  Any time you’re asked to ‘coat’, ‘drizzle’ or ‘rub’ something in oil, ignore it and use a low-calorie spray oil instead. If you’re asked to include double cream, use low-fat Greek yogurt. If you’re supposed to serve something with spaghetti or rice, opt for a vegetable alternative.

Have you got any tips for eating cleaner?


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5 Healthy Cooking Tips To Make Clean Eating Easier

24 February 2017

Healthy Cooking Tips

We all had good intentions back in January - to exercise more, eat better and make 2017 the healthiest year yet. But the question is, have you actually stuck to your intentions? 


I recently shared my healthy chocolate porridge recipe, and today I've got a guest post with 5 healthy cooking tips to get you back on track, and make clean eating easier with a few simply hacks.

Bond with Your Kitchen


You can’t master any cooking hacks unless you cook, so although the kitchen is far less comfortable than the couch, get up, get your slippers on and get in the kitchen. Forcing yourself to learn to cook is the easiest way to get healthy because it gives you total control over what you eat, how much you have and what you put in into it so you can say goodbye to all those hidden sugars, E numbers and preservatives. No excuses. If the kitchen is new territory, start simple. If you’re already a dab-hand with certain dishes, challenge yourself to try new cuisines or ingredients and if you need help to do that, enrol in a class. 

Do Not Diet


Diets don’t work. If they did, you wouldn’t have to try and do one every January; healthy cooking hacks are for life, not just the days when your trousers feel snug. When you’re online or in the bookstore looking for healthy recipes, avoid anything with ‘diet’ in the title or those guides which promise you a six-pack in seven days.  Instead, think of a particular vegetable you like and look for new ways to prepare it. Anytime you need a sugar-fix, nibble on some fruit until the craving passes and simply avoid all eye contact with the confectionary aisle. 

Cook Smart


With the right hack, you can cook once or twice but enjoy healthy meals every day of the week.  Check out this quick tutorial from Goodful that shows you how to make four different hearty and healthy meals in under an hour. There are all sorts of soups, batch cook and one-pot recipes like this that you can portion up into separate meals to chill or freeze for later use. Get Googling for ideas and then hit the sales for bargain Tupperware.

Write a Shopping List


Or more importantly, write a shopping list and STICK TO IT. The supermarkets are filled with 3 for 2 offers and discounts, which are very tempting especially when your favourite sweet treats are on offer.

Yes. Three packs of mini eggs for a pound does seem like a good deal but your health will thank you for leaving them on the shelf. Plan your meals for the week, write a list of the ingredients you need to make them and just get those items. 

Go ‘Off Recipe’


Unless you’re baking a cake, you really can afford to go ‘off-recipe’ so don’t be afraid to mix things up and experiment in the kitchen.  Any time you’re asked to ‘coat’, ‘drizzle’ or ‘rub’ something in oil, ignore it and use a low-calorie spray oil instead. If you’re asked to include double cream, use low-fat Greek yogurt. If you’re supposed to serve something with spaghetti or rice, opt for a vegetable alternative.

Have you got any tips for eating cleaner?


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Lush Charity Pot Review

I absolutely love trying and testing different beauty products. But nothing quite beats the feeling of discovering a good beauty product that also does good...


...And that product is the Lush Charity Pot!

I was first introduced the the Lush Charity Pot when I decided to get a small £1 sample tin, and to be honest I didn't really expect much from it. However I was so wrong. The Charity Pot is a rich hand and body lotion that is packed with skin-loving ingredients such as Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, and Fair Trade Shea Butter. The lotion has a comforting, sweet scent that is quite mild, especially when compared to most Lush products.

Although this is a hand and body lotion, I use this as a hand cream. As it is quite rich, it's definitely not the kind of hand cream you would apply on the go, and expect to be able to get on with your life, typing and texting away. Instead, I apply this at night before I go to sleep and let it get to work overnight. This is great for 2 reasons. First, it means I wake up with super soft, nourished hands. Second, it also means that I can't be tempted to use my phone or iPad once I'm in bed!

With every purchase of the Charity Pot, Lush donates 100% of the price (minus taxes) to good causes around the world related to people in need, animals and the environment.

The Lush Charity Pot is available in 3 sizes: 10g (£1), 45g (£3.50) and 240g (£13.50).

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Lush Charity Pot Review

23 February 2017

Lush Charity Pot Review

I absolutely love trying and testing different beauty products. But nothing quite beats the feeling of discovering a good beauty product that also does good...


...And that product is the Lush Charity Pot!

I was first introduced the the Lush Charity Pot when I decided to get a small £1 sample tin, and to be honest I didn't really expect much from it. However I was so wrong. The Charity Pot is a rich hand and body lotion that is packed with skin-loving ingredients such as Olive Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, and Fair Trade Shea Butter. The lotion has a comforting, sweet scent that is quite mild, especially when compared to most Lush products.

Although this is a hand and body lotion, I use this as a hand cream. As it is quite rich, it's definitely not the kind of hand cream you would apply on the go, and expect to be able to get on with your life, typing and texting away. Instead, I apply this at night before I go to sleep and let it get to work overnight. This is great for 2 reasons. First, it means I wake up with super soft, nourished hands. Second, it also means that I can't be tempted to use my phone or iPad once I'm in bed!

With every purchase of the Charity Pot, Lush donates 100% of the price (minus taxes) to good causes around the world related to people in need, animals and the environment.

The Lush Charity Pot is available in 3 sizes: 10g (£1), 45g (£3.50) and 240g (£13.50).

Available here.


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UK Cycling Routes

You may have noticed that lately I've started to include more and more travel-related posts on my blog, and this year I've decided to plan a 'UK Travel Series' on my blog. I will be sharing my top tips on places to visit and things to do - whether you're planning a short weekend break or a longer holiday - and I'll also be writing about the places I will be visiting.


Last week I shared my top things to do on a weekend trip to Liverpool, and today I've got a guest post with some of the best cycling routes around the UK.

There’s really nothing better than cycling alongside a beautiful view. Or, maybe you look for a bit more of a challenge when it comes to braving the roads? Britain has some of the best cycling routes in the world, so why not make it your mission to freewheel down some of the best paths our country has to offer? 

The experts at Formby Cycles know thing or two about cycling and have compiled a list of 5 of the best cycling routes that the UK has to offer! Whether you’re a seasoned long-distance cyclist, more interested in mountain biking, or a relative newbie when it comes to two wheels – there is something for everyone. 

UK Cycling Routes

The Liverpool Loop Line (The Ralla)

Distance: 13 miles.
Traffic: No.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.

Otherwise known as ‘The Ralla’, this route used to be an old railway track that was converted into a cycle path back in the 1980’s. This route is particularly suited to the younger and less experienced cyclists as it is just a flat, straight shot once you get onto the path and it is also served well by public transport on either side. Completely out the way of traffic so you’ll be able to get a bit of peace as you cycle down surrounded by the local shrubbery. Check out the official route here.

Sea to Sea (C2C)

Distance: 136 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 5 out of 5.

The Sea to Sea is a feat of endurance more than anything else and is one of the most popular cycling routes in the UK. This route will take you from Whitehaven to Newcastle – or, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to live up to its name – and will take you through the Lake District, the town of Keswick, the Pennines and along the disused railway tracks of Country Durham. It is tradition to dip your back wheel in the Irish Sea before you set off and the front wheel in the North Sea when you arrive, so make sure you do it for luck! Check out the official route here.

UK Cycling Routes

Askham Fell

Distance: 4.4 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 2 out of 5.

One better suited to those of you interesting in mountain biking, Askham Fell is located in the picturesque Lake District and is mostly an off-road adventure. It doesn’t involve as much climbing as you would expect as the route is mostly in descent, although when it requires you to pedal uphill you’ll definitely be aware of it – but it’ll all be worth it when you spot the views. This route is more suited to those just getting familiar with mountain biking, but there’s enough natural beauty all around you to keep you interested. Check out the official route here.

Lon Las Ogwen

Distance: 11 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 4 out of 5.

If you want views of the glorious Snowdonia mountainside then this is the route for you, though it certainly doesn’t come easy – nothing good ever comes easy, right? An approximate two-hour journey that involves many a climb from the Welsh town of Bagnor to Llyn Ogwen. It’s a challenging route, but will certainly be a rewarding one as the natural beauty along the way will simply take your breath away. Check out the official route here.

London’s Palaces

Distance: 2 miles.
Traffic: No.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.

Some of you may want to keep your cycling a bit more urban and if so then why not try taking a ride in London? Get in touch with your inner tourist and ride from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace. The route is well served with designated cycling paths so you won’t have to worry about dealing with the thought of navigating frightening London traffic. This route will take you through Hyde Park too, so you can still appreciate some urban greenery.  Check out the official route here.


Do you enjoy cycling? Are there any routes you would recommend?


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5 UK Cycling Routes for your Summer Bucket List | UK Travel Series

UK Cycling Routes

You may have noticed that lately I've started to include more and more travel-related posts on my blog, and this year I've decided to plan a 'UK Travel Series' on my blog. I will be sharing my top tips on places to visit and things to do - whether you're planning a short weekend break or a longer holiday - and I'll also be writing about the places I will be visiting.


Last week I shared my top things to do on a weekend trip to Liverpool, and today I've got a guest post with some of the best cycling routes around the UK.

There’s really nothing better than cycling alongside a beautiful view. Or, maybe you look for a bit more of a challenge when it comes to braving the roads? Britain has some of the best cycling routes in the world, so why not make it your mission to freewheel down some of the best paths our country has to offer? 

The experts at Formby Cycles know thing or two about cycling and have compiled a list of 5 of the best cycling routes that the UK has to offer! Whether you’re a seasoned long-distance cyclist, more interested in mountain biking, or a relative newbie when it comes to two wheels – there is something for everyone. 

UK Cycling Routes

The Liverpool Loop Line (The Ralla)

Distance: 13 miles.
Traffic: No.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.

Otherwise known as ‘The Ralla’, this route used to be an old railway track that was converted into a cycle path back in the 1980’s. This route is particularly suited to the younger and less experienced cyclists as it is just a flat, straight shot once you get onto the path and it is also served well by public transport on either side. Completely out the way of traffic so you’ll be able to get a bit of peace as you cycle down surrounded by the local shrubbery. Check out the official route here.

Sea to Sea (C2C)

Distance: 136 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 5 out of 5.

The Sea to Sea is a feat of endurance more than anything else and is one of the most popular cycling routes in the UK. This route will take you from Whitehaven to Newcastle – or, from the Irish Sea to the North Sea to live up to its name – and will take you through the Lake District, the town of Keswick, the Pennines and along the disused railway tracks of Country Durham. It is tradition to dip your back wheel in the Irish Sea before you set off and the front wheel in the North Sea when you arrive, so make sure you do it for luck! Check out the official route here.

UK Cycling Routes

Askham Fell

Distance: 4.4 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 2 out of 5.

One better suited to those of you interesting in mountain biking, Askham Fell is located in the picturesque Lake District and is mostly an off-road adventure. It doesn’t involve as much climbing as you would expect as the route is mostly in descent, although when it requires you to pedal uphill you’ll definitely be aware of it – but it’ll all be worth it when you spot the views. This route is more suited to those just getting familiar with mountain biking, but there’s enough natural beauty all around you to keep you interested. Check out the official route here.

Lon Las Ogwen

Distance: 11 miles.
Traffic: Yes.
Difficulty: 4 out of 5.

If you want views of the glorious Snowdonia mountainside then this is the route for you, though it certainly doesn’t come easy – nothing good ever comes easy, right? An approximate two-hour journey that involves many a climb from the Welsh town of Bagnor to Llyn Ogwen. It’s a challenging route, but will certainly be a rewarding one as the natural beauty along the way will simply take your breath away. Check out the official route here.

London’s Palaces

Distance: 2 miles.
Traffic: No.
Difficulty: 1 out of 5.

Some of you may want to keep your cycling a bit more urban and if so then why not try taking a ride in London? Get in touch with your inner tourist and ride from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace. The route is well served with designated cycling paths so you won’t have to worry about dealing with the thought of navigating frightening London traffic. This route will take you through Hyde Park too, so you can still appreciate some urban greenery.  Check out the official route here.


Do you enjoy cycling? Are there any routes you would recommend?


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Can Super Foods Help Protect Your Eyes?

Most of us spend the majority of our time exposing our eyes to harmful blue light from our laptops, our phones, and even from the sun. But did you know that apart from messing with our sleep, this blue light can damage our eyesight and result in a significant loss of vision?


Focus Clinics released an infographic (below), which shows that by eating certain super foods, you can significantly help to reduce your chance of suffering from age-related macular degeneration, caused by the dangerous blue light that we so regularly expose our eyes to. By making some simple changes to our diet and eating more foods that are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin such as kale, spinach, peas and green lettuce, we can help protect our eyesight. Check out the infographic below for more information.



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Can Super Foods Help Protect Your Eyes?

22 February 2017

Can Super Foods Help Protect Your Eyes?

Most of us spend the majority of our time exposing our eyes to harmful blue light from our laptops, our phones, and even from the sun. But did you know that apart from messing with our sleep, this blue light can damage our eyesight and result in a significant loss of vision?


Focus Clinics released an infographic (below), which shows that by eating certain super foods, you can significantly help to reduce your chance of suffering from age-related macular degeneration, caused by the dangerous blue light that we so regularly expose our eyes to. By making some simple changes to our diet and eating more foods that are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin such as kale, spinach, peas and green lettuce, we can help protect our eyesight. Check out the infographic below for more information.



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Teeth Whitening Complete Guide


There are a number of reasons why we aim to get whiter teeth. Whether your daily cheat is a cup of coffee, a tall glass of cola or a much-needed glass of wine, all of these drinks can affect the shade and appearance of our teeth, therefore, we can either stop indulging or find something that can tackle the problem.


Natural Remedies


Some of us are born to have naturally tinted teeth, it can’t be helped! If you are looking to try a solution which isn’t going to break the bank there are a number of home remedies, you can try out for a short-term fix.

Superfood of 2016, coconut oil can be used to whiten the appearance of your teeth! This technique is called ‘oil pulling’ and is an ancient remedy which some swear by!

Rinsing your teeth with coconut oil regularly will reduce the build-up of plaque in your month. How does it do it? Lauric acid in coconut oil eliminates plaque, which can cause yellowness.

Generally, it can be great for your oral health as it is great for gum health, and keeps your breath smelling coco-fresh!

If you are thinking about trying this one out, then brush your teeth with just a tablespoon of coconut oil. Try to do this for around 15 minutes, swishing the oil around your mouth, once you are finished, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.

Dental Teeth Whitening


It is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform teeth whitening treatments. For example, if your beautician is offering teeth whitening as treatment, avoid! It may not be safe.

A dentist is the best person to perform any type of cosmetic dentistry. Every set of teeth is different and they will have the ability to judge how many solutions should be applied to your mouth. Before the treatment, your dentist will also provide you with an estimated shade of what your teeth with look like once it is complete.

We asked Glasgow dentist, Berkeley Clinic about the teeth whitening process “the procedure usually lasts for an hour during which you can comfortably relax, watch a DVD or listen to your favourite music!”

Once the treatment is complete, patients are also given a fitted kit, which they can use to apply further solution at home.

Home Kits


The American market is booming in regards to home-kit products for teeth whitening. As they are spending over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year! Giving the dental market a lot to smile about.

There are a number of home kits available online which usually range for £20-£50. Due to the market being so competitive it's hard to say which one is the best! The best advice we can give is to stick with it – your whiter smile will not happen overnight.

If you are looking to see a real difference in the colour of your teeth it is best to have a discussion with your dentist as they can give you a full consultation on the process. Changing your diet and cutting out coloured drinks, is another way to reduce colouring.


Have you used a home kit and had success? Comment below!


Guest post: Melissa is a 23 year old, lifestyle blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. She is always on the look out for the latest beauty and fitness trends.

Teeth Whitening: The Complete Guide | Guest Post

Teeth Whitening Complete Guide


There are a number of reasons why we aim to get whiter teeth. Whether your daily cheat is a cup of coffee, a tall glass of cola or a much-needed glass of wine, all of these drinks can affect the shade and appearance of our teeth, therefore, we can either stop indulging or find something that can tackle the problem.


Natural Remedies


Some of us are born to have naturally tinted teeth, it can’t be helped! If you are looking to try a solution which isn’t going to break the bank there are a number of home remedies, you can try out for a short-term fix.

Superfood of 2016, coconut oil can be used to whiten the appearance of your teeth! This technique is called ‘oil pulling’ and is an ancient remedy which some swear by!

Rinsing your teeth with coconut oil regularly will reduce the build-up of plaque in your month. How does it do it? Lauric acid in coconut oil eliminates plaque, which can cause yellowness.

Generally, it can be great for your oral health as it is great for gum health, and keeps your breath smelling coco-fresh!

If you are thinking about trying this one out, then brush your teeth with just a tablespoon of coconut oil. Try to do this for around 15 minutes, swishing the oil around your mouth, once you are finished, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.

Dental Teeth Whitening


It is illegal for anyone other than a dentist to perform teeth whitening treatments. For example, if your beautician is offering teeth whitening as treatment, avoid! It may not be safe.

A dentist is the best person to perform any type of cosmetic dentistry. Every set of teeth is different and they will have the ability to judge how many solutions should be applied to your mouth. Before the treatment, your dentist will also provide you with an estimated shade of what your teeth with look like once it is complete.

We asked Glasgow dentist, Berkeley Clinic about the teeth whitening process “the procedure usually lasts for an hour during which you can comfortably relax, watch a DVD or listen to your favourite music!”

Once the treatment is complete, patients are also given a fitted kit, which they can use to apply further solution at home.

Home Kits


The American market is booming in regards to home-kit products for teeth whitening. As they are spending over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year! Giving the dental market a lot to smile about.

There are a number of home kits available online which usually range for £20-£50. Due to the market being so competitive it's hard to say which one is the best! The best advice we can give is to stick with it – your whiter smile will not happen overnight.

If you are looking to see a real difference in the colour of your teeth it is best to have a discussion with your dentist as they can give you a full consultation on the process. Changing your diet and cutting out coloured drinks, is another way to reduce colouring.


Have you used a home kit and had success? Comment below!


Guest post: Melissa is a 23 year old, lifestyle blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. She is always on the look out for the latest beauty and fitness trends.

I've been a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics for years now. I just think that most of their products are innovative, exciting and actually really good! Today I'll be going through some of the products that I love, and the ones that I don't reach for as often. 



Benefit Blush Palette

Benefit are known to do great blushers, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on this blush palette two Christmases ago. Benefit tend to release a blush palette at Christmas time, and they are well-worth keeping an eye out for as you can make some great savings with this palette. My palette contains 5 different blushers and the highly popular Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I've got quite fair skin and I find that unless I use a really light hand with the Hoola Bronzer, it can look a bit too dark on my skin. However this would look great on medium skin tones. 

Without a doubt, my favourite blusher from this palette is the Benefit Sugarbomb. Admittedly, when I first got this palette I thought that Sugarbomb would be my least used blusher - little did I know! This blusher gives the most gorgeous, radiant and natural-looking flush to my skin. You can see what it looks like on me here. Other blushers in this palette include the Benefit Rockateur, which is a really nice dewy dusky pink shade I reach for during the autumn/winter, the Benefit Coralista, a coral shade perfect for summer, the Benefit Dandelion, which is a light pink shade that can be used either as a blush or as a brightening face powder, and Benefit Bella Bamba, a gorgeous rosy-pink shade that has very sadly been discontinued. Overall, I would highly recommend picking up one of the Benefit blushers as the colour range and formula is great!


Benefit They're Real Mascara

The Benefit They're Real Mascara has been an incredibly popular mascara ever since it's release a few years ago, even being awarded the title of 'the UK's number 1 bestselling mascara'. I finally tried this mascara for the first time last year and I can confirm that the product is definitely worth all the hype! This mascara lengthens, volumises and curls my lashes really well. I love having big, dramatic lashes and this mascara definitely gives you that! Check out my full review.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

A few years after the release of the They're Real Mascara, Benefit went on to release the They're Real Push-Up Liner, a gel liner pen designed to be long-lasting, smudge-proof and easy to apply. This product has divided opinions ever since its release, with people either loving this or hating this. Whilst I don't hate it, I wouldn't say that I reach for this very frequently. It is definitely more long-lasting and smudge-proof than my regular liquid liner pen, however I find that the application of this takes a bit longer and most days I just cannot be bothered spending extra time on my liquid liner. However, if you're after something that's super long-lasting then it's worth checking this out. 

Benefit They're Real Big Sexy Eye Kit

The Benefit They're Real Big Sexy Eye Kit is one of Benefit's latest releases and one of their most innovative products to date. The palette contains 3 neutral-toned eyeshadows made out of 2 shades each. The idea is that you swipe the 'duo shadow blender brush' that comes with the kit straight from the palette onto your eyelids to reveal a ready-contoured eyeshadow look. This does require a quick blend with a fluffy brush once it has been applied to your eyelids, but it's definitely quicker than applying 2 separate eyeshadows. Check out my full review & see what it looks like once applied in this post.



Benefit KA-BROW! 

The Benefit KA-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour is one of my all-time favourite brow products to achieve full and defined brows. The product comes with an angled brush which is actually pretty good and I tend to use this brush every time I use the product. This is perfect for those with sparse brows or brows that lack shape, and it allows you to create natural-looking brows to more defined, dramatic brows, depending on what you prefer. Check out my full review.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

The Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl Luminiser is one of Benefit's most underrated products. It is a gorgeous liquid champagne-toned highlighter. It is not too pink or too gold and adds a really lovely natural glow to your skin. It's super easy to blend and can be applied to look as natural or dramatic as you'd like. I'd highly recommend checking this out if you're after a liquid highlighter. You can see what it looks like on me in this post.

What is your favourite Benefit product?


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Spotlight on: Benefit Cosmetics | Best & Worst Products

21 February 2017


I've been a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics for years now. I just think that most of their products are innovative, exciting and actually really good! Today I'll be going through some of the products that I love, and the ones that I don't reach for as often. 



Benefit Blush Palette

Benefit are known to do great blushers, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on this blush palette two Christmases ago. Benefit tend to release a blush palette at Christmas time, and they are well-worth keeping an eye out for as you can make some great savings with this palette. My palette contains 5 different blushers and the highly popular Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I've got quite fair skin and I find that unless I use a really light hand with the Hoola Bronzer, it can look a bit too dark on my skin. However this would look great on medium skin tones. 

Without a doubt, my favourite blusher from this palette is the Benefit Sugarbomb. Admittedly, when I first got this palette I thought that Sugarbomb would be my least used blusher - little did I know! This blusher gives the most gorgeous, radiant and natural-looking flush to my skin. You can see what it looks like on me here. Other blushers in this palette include the Benefit Rockateur, which is a really nice dewy dusky pink shade I reach for during the autumn/winter, the Benefit Coralista, a coral shade perfect for summer, the Benefit Dandelion, which is a light pink shade that can be used either as a blush or as a brightening face powder, and Benefit Bella Bamba, a gorgeous rosy-pink shade that has very sadly been discontinued. Overall, I would highly recommend picking up one of the Benefit blushers as the colour range and formula is great!


Benefit They're Real Mascara

The Benefit They're Real Mascara has been an incredibly popular mascara ever since it's release a few years ago, even being awarded the title of 'the UK's number 1 bestselling mascara'. I finally tried this mascara for the first time last year and I can confirm that the product is definitely worth all the hype! This mascara lengthens, volumises and curls my lashes really well. I love having big, dramatic lashes and this mascara definitely gives you that! Check out my full review.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner

A few years after the release of the They're Real Mascara, Benefit went on to release the They're Real Push-Up Liner, a gel liner pen designed to be long-lasting, smudge-proof and easy to apply. This product has divided opinions ever since its release, with people either loving this or hating this. Whilst I don't hate it, I wouldn't say that I reach for this very frequently. It is definitely more long-lasting and smudge-proof than my regular liquid liner pen, however I find that the application of this takes a bit longer and most days I just cannot be bothered spending extra time on my liquid liner. However, if you're after something that's super long-lasting then it's worth checking this out. 

Benefit They're Real Big Sexy Eye Kit

The Benefit They're Real Big Sexy Eye Kit is one of Benefit's latest releases and one of their most innovative products to date. The palette contains 3 neutral-toned eyeshadows made out of 2 shades each. The idea is that you swipe the 'duo shadow blender brush' that comes with the kit straight from the palette onto your eyelids to reveal a ready-contoured eyeshadow look. This does require a quick blend with a fluffy brush once it has been applied to your eyelids, but it's definitely quicker than applying 2 separate eyeshadows. Check out my full review & see what it looks like once applied in this post.



Benefit KA-BROW! 

The Benefit KA-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour is one of my all-time favourite brow products to achieve full and defined brows. The product comes with an angled brush which is actually pretty good and I tend to use this brush every time I use the product. This is perfect for those with sparse brows or brows that lack shape, and it allows you to create natural-looking brows to more defined, dramatic brows, depending on what you prefer. Check out my full review.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

The Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl Luminiser is one of Benefit's most underrated products. It is a gorgeous liquid champagne-toned highlighter. It is not too pink or too gold and adds a really lovely natural glow to your skin. It's super easy to blend and can be applied to look as natural or dramatic as you'd like. I'd highly recommend checking this out if you're after a liquid highlighter. You can see what it looks like on me in this post.

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