BEAUTY REVIEW: LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask

Key ingredients: Kaolin, Honey, Garlic and Tea Tree Oil

Price: £7.50

Budget: Lemonade

I have always been intrigued by ethical beauty brand Lush, from the sparkly bath bombs to the shampoo bars and colourful shower jellies, however I never explored further. It was only when a new Lush store opened in West Quay, Southampton that I indulged my interest and I was not disappointed. I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the overwhelming smells at first, but the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable, which made shopping with them very easy… I could have spent A LOT of money. I ended up buying a number of products including: Butterbear Bath Bomb, a dreamy scented bath bomb, ideal for soothing aching muscles after the gym, Dream Steam steamer tab, perfect for using as part of a home facial for opening pores before a deep cleanse and the Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask.

LUSH Cosmetic Warrior

This budget friendly mask is only £7.50 and boasts that it “combats spots and soothes troubled skin”. So far so good, the smell isn’t the best but it is tolerable for the required 10 minutes that you need to leave it on. The mask has definitely helped to soothe my skin. I have always had quite big pores and this mask has helped to de-clog, leaving me with clearer-looking, softer skin. The only downside to this mask is the shelf-life, due to the natural ingredients the product only lasts a month and must be stored in the fridge. However for the price, quality and performance I will definitely be re-purchasing!

It is easy to shop online, but I would definitely recommend visiting one of their stores to indulge your senses!

Speak soon,

Lauren

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Food for the soul

Following on from guest blogger Laura’s budget and family friendly recipe for jam doughnut ‘bread and butter’ pudding (if you haven’t tried it yet you really should!), this week we’re blogging about our favourite cook books.

Food is a big part of both of our lives (and we mean a BIG part – we’re talking about an ‘already planning lunch while we’re eating breakfast’ kind of an obsession) and we like to try to eat a balanced diet that is affordable too. For this reason the books we have chosen combine simple recipes with healthy ingredients that you doesn’t break the bank.

Katy’s pick: ‘the happy kitchen‘ by Rachel Kelly, with Alice Mackintosh

Happy Kitchen

Best for: simple recipes and meals designed to heal and re-balance energy levels, gut health and those pesky hormones.

The blurb describes this book as joyful recipes to keep you calm, boost your energy and help you sleep, all of which I needed in abundance when I bought this book! I’m cynical about anything that promises a ‘quick fix’ but this book is realistic and focuses on the role that nutrition plays in our mental and physical health, while also encouraging the reader to adopt the changes as part of a balanced lifestyle including those old friends ‘exercise’ and ‘relaxation’.

The idea behind the book is that cooking should be a joy and I have genuinely enjoyed trying some of the recipes, all of which were simple to make and turned out exactly as promised (even with my slightly scattered approach to cooking!). My favourite recipes so far are the deliciously nutty granola, the prosciutto wrapped salmon with roasted red cabbage and sweet potatoes, and the omega-3 kedgeree. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Lauren’s pick: Everyday Super Foods’ by Jamie Oliver

Superfood by jamie oliver

Best for: healthy mid-week meals that are delicious, nutritious and filling!

This was the first cook book my mum bought for me and since then I have grown my collection exponentially, I am now at the point where Lewis has told me not to buy anymore as they don’t fit in the dresser! However this remains my go-to cook book. The recipes are quick, simple and whilst at first glance it may appear the recipes include a lot of ingredients, it has helped me to build my store cupboard. If you make use of the book as much as I do then you will soon get through all the ingredients you buy.

My favourite recipe from the book is the Smoky Veggie Feijoada, the subtle flavouring is delicious and although the recipe advises it serves 2, the portions are huge, the recipe produces enough for at least 4 meals. It is the perfect recipe for batch cooking and bringing out when you just can’t be bothered to cook, but want something yummy and warming. What’s even better is it’s a veggie meal, so it is super cost effective, perfect for a lemonade budget!

Happy eating and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your favourite cook book recommendations too!

K&L

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Millennial Hunter-Gatherers  – Jam Doughnut ‘Bread and Butter’ Pudding

Fellow food lover, friend and guest blogger, Laura Ansbro shares her lemonade budget friendly (not to mention delicious!) recipe for jam doughnut bread and butter pudding….

With food prices rising and our joint decision for me to have a career break for a few years whilst our son is small, we’re always looking to make economies wherever we can.  And one of the ways that we do this is to look out for supermarket bargains.

My husband LOVES the reduced section at any supermarket. Loves it.  He goes several times a week and has often been known to hover by the shoulder of some hapless staff member, pouncing on freshly marked down goods and elbowing old ladies out of the way. Well, I might have imagined that last bit, but you get the picture.  As a result we often find ourselves with a job lot of mushrooms, or a catering-sized quantity of tomatoes or enough bread to feed an army.  And so, long into the night, we chop, roast, sauté, blend or freeze our cut-price haul to make delicious, nutritious and cheap family meals.

Sometimes though, what the hunter-gatherer returns with is not so nutritious, a bit of a guilty pleasure, so I thought I’d share with you a little treat that we make ourselves when what I unpack from our reusable bags is not hearty and wholesome, but is instead 6 packets of jam doughnuts…

Jam Doughnut ‘Bread and Butter’ Pudding

The beauty of using up reduced doughnuts in this way is that it doesn’t matter if they’re a little on the stale side, you can even wait another day to make this pudding.  I’ve used 10 doughnuts for this recipe, but it’s simple enough to adjust for whatever quantity you have.

2 packs of 5 jam doughnuts

3 eggs, beaten

1 pint milk

1-2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

A little caster sugar for sprinkling (in case you need any extra!)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160°C/Gas Mark 3

Use a bread knife to cut each doughnut in half across-ways, so that you have two circles with a blob of jam facing upwards.  Arrange the doughnuts in a 3 pint dish so that they face upwards and are slightly overlapping.

In a large measuring jug, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.  

Pour the egg mixture over the doughnuts, sprinkle with a little caster sugar and allow to stand for around half an hour

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the egg mixture is just set. Let it stand for 10 minutes before scooping out a big serving and enjoying!  Once the dish has cooled, cover the rest with cling film and refrigerate, luckily a serving of this dessert is just as tasty when microwaved for a couple of minutes over the following few days.

Of course, you never know what you might come across in the reduced section, so if you end up with a packet of jam doughnuts and another of custard doughnuts, it’s quite fun to alternate the two flavours in your dish. Enjoy!

A clean sweep

To celebrate the relaunch of our blog, we decided to start with a ‘clean sweep’ and talk about our favourite cleansers. We’ve both picked our top tried and tested ‘budget’ products and included a couple of more expensive options for when finances allow. As ever, we’d love to hear your recommendations too.

Katy –

Best for: dry and/or sensitive skin

Lemonade Budget: Waitrose Pure Cleansing Milk For Sensitive Skin – £2.50
I found this cleanser very gentle on my sensitive skin, it removed light make-up and left my face feeling nicely moisturised. Another bonus is that it is vegetarian and not tested on animals. However, it stung if I got any in my eyes and wasn’t effective at lifting stubborn mascara, so I’d recommend a separate eye make-up remover too.

Champagne Budget: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser – £38.00
Both my sister and I love this cleanser, even though we have totally different skin types (dry/sensitive vs. oily). It smells divine, lifts off all make-up and leaves skin feeling dewy and healthy. The only downside is the price, but it makes a lovely, indulgent treat when budget allows.

My favourite: Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish – £16 (for the starter kit)
I have been using this product for years and, despite trying lots of different cleansers, this is the one that I always come back to. It’s gentle on my skin, removes all my make up easily (even my mascara) and is cruelty free. Not the cheapest cleanser on the market but in my opinion it’s worth every penny.

Lauren –

Best for: Combination/ dehydrated 

Lemonade Budget: Ponds Cold Cream– £3.49
A great cleanser for removing a full face of make-up, this is my budget beauty buy. A fail safe purchase, I always keep a pot of this in the cabinet for when I just want to quickly remove all my make-up at once. Although you need to remove with warm water and a flannel otherwise you’re left with a creamy residue on your skin… not great for spots!

Champagne Budget: Emma Hardie Moringa Balm– £39
Smells delicious and has always left my skin leaving feeling soft and hydrated, especially great for the Winter months. At £39 it is quite indulgent but M&S sell a 15ml pot for £10, perfect for trying before investing in the full 100ml pot!

My favourite: Lacura Gentle Face Wash– 99p
I suppose this could have gone in the budget buy but it is my absolute favourite face wash and I always use it when I double cleanse at night, so it rightfully deserves this award. At 99p its a bargain, super gentle removes any residue from my balm cleanser and leaves my skin feeling refreshed.