Stumbling at the first hurdle? 

As some of you may know I am currently training to run the Hull 10k in June. Now, I do not have the best stamina so some serious training was going to be needed for me to complete this run. Honestly, I don’t know why I decided to do this because I HATE running! There is no form of exercise worse than running, but I’ve signed myself up so I had to get started. I’ll be honest, I put off my training for as long as possible but on the 7th of May I began my quest.

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On my first run I decided to just run as far as I could, hoping to sprint 7km and be fine. But after 2.71km I began my stagger home with a terrible stitch and shattered hopes. I was only out there for 20 minutes but I was completely knackered. This is when I started looking into alternative ways of upping my cardiovascular stamina. I’d heard of HIIT training from a few other people and decided it was worth a shot, I hate running and by doing HIIT the longest I’d have to run was 1 minute 30! HIIT is short for High Intensity Interval Training, this basically means running for a short time (30 seconds) and resting or walking for a short time (30 seconds) and repeating this. I began doing HIIT everyday, around 15 reps. And although it didn’t feel like it was working, 2 weeks later I managed to run 4km without stopping or feeling tired at all. I was ecstatic with the result and was left feeling empowered. Now comes the problems…

I’d heard a lot of bad about running. There are so many runners who retire early due to injury or cannot finish their races because of the high impact running causes to your bones and joints. Well the day after my miracle run I began to feel a slight tugging pain in my left hip. The next day as I was walking I felt a sharp stabbing pain right inside the joint, not what you want a month out from your run. I’m currently hoping this pain will go away if I rest up and keep applying heat/ice, but I’m losing precious time! If you know me at all then you’ll know I am a very stubborn person and this isn’t going to stop me; but I need to find a balance between getting the training in I need and not damaging my joint any further. I’ll keep you updated as my training continues and closer to the big day! But for now, I guess I’ll just have to keep resting.

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Healthy Protein Banana Ice Cream | Recipe 

The UK Is getting hotter, and the temptation to grab an ice cream to cool off in the sun is getting stronger. But don’t! I’ve found a recipe where you can make healthy protein ice cream at home, using only 3 ingredients, for just 515 calories.

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Ingredients 

  • Bananas (3 bananas make 1 serving)
  • 1 of a scoop of a Protein of your choice
  • A dash of Almond Milk

This recipe does require a little preparation. The night before peel and chop your bananas into pieces roughly an inch long. Then put them in the freezer over night.

In the morning, put your frozen banana chunks into a food processor (or any strong blender) and blend them up with a dash of almond milk. This should create a thick consistancy, like slightly melted ice cream. At this point you can add your protein, I added the Arnold Iron Whey in Peanut Butter Cup. This gives your ice cream the added protein but also amazing flavour!

Finally, put your ice cream back in the freezer until you achieve your desired comsistancy.  And then ENJOY!

The little details 

3 bananas (126 grams) – 372 calories

  • Protein – 3 grams
  • Fat – 0 grams
  • Carbs – 90 grams

Iron Whey, Peanut Butter Cup (32.5 grams)  – 130 calories

  • Protein – 22 grams
  • Fat – 2 grams
  • Carbs – 5 grams

Unsweetened Almond Milk (100ml) – 13 calories

  • Protein – 0.4 grams
  • Fat – 1.1 grams
  • Carbs – 0.1 grams

Total

  • Protein – 25 grams
  • Fat – 3.1 grams
  • Carbs – 95 grams

Juices vs Smoothies | Pros and Cons

We’ve all heard the debate, should we be drinking juice or smoothies? What is going to be better for us in the long run? Well the answer isn’t that simple, this all depends on your body and what you want from you drink. The main differences are the fibres. Juicing removes the pulp of your fruit/vegetable, which is why it has a thin consistency. Your smoothie however, has nothing removed and is the whole fruit/vegetable just in liquid form. 

First, a little explanation about fibres, so the rest makes sense. Fibre is found in many foods but predominantly in whole grains, seeds and nuts, legumes and fruits and vegetables. It is recommended that you consume around 30g of fibre a day, for a healthy diet. There are 2 types of fibre; insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre is removed when juicing, and is vital for keeping your bowels and your digestive track healthy. This fibre does work as a sort of filter to your bloodstream, which slows down the rate your body can absorb nutrients from the juice. Soluble fibre however, remains in your juice after the pulp is removed. This fibre absorbs water, creates probiotics and then supports good bacteria living in the digestive system. 

Now you know the basics we can compare the 2. 

Juicing, I think is so much tastier than drinking a smoothie, but is far more hassle. A juice is far lighter than a smoothie so you can drink more, which means consuming more nutrients. Because juicing removes the pulp, and the insoluble fibres, your body can quickly absorb 100% of the nutrients from your juice. This is great and is what gives you that glowing feeling after you drink a big glass of green juice! Be careful though, despite being a pain making your own juice is far better for you as shop bought green juices (and smoothies!) are often filled with sugar and other hidden nastys, so make sure you check the label. 

Now I don’t mean to make you scared of smoothies because they too have their place in your diet. The pulp that is kept in the smoothie works with your bowels and digestive track to keep your insides healthy. And the thicker texture means you are kept fuller longer, perfect for breakfast! (Watch this space for a breakfast smoothie recipe!!) And, just because the smoothie contains insoluble fibre it doesn’t mean you don’t absorb nutrients, just less than from your juice.

Personally, I love both smoothies and juices, just at different times of the day but now I know how they are different I can choose more wisely. If I’m feeling a bit bloated I personally prefer a juice, but if I’m looking for a quick on the go breakfast a smoothie is perfect! Let me know your favourite, especially if you’ve made it yourself! 

How to Keep a Happy Head

We all do it, we over think and we panic until you’re so stressed out you can’t see straight. I think I must do this to myself at least once every day, it’s become a habit, a habit I am desperate to break. 

Stress is annoying, but it can have physical effects on your body too, as well as just making you a little grumpy. This is why we all need to take a step back and de-stress. I’m one of the worst for it, from stressing about exams to screaming because I forgot to pick up a pair of socks, I am a stress head! But I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t need to be so stressed. So here are a few tips that I will be following for the next few months to help de-stress my life. 

1. Meditation 

Now by this I don’t mean sitting crosslegged on a mountain with a pot of green tea, unless that’s what you’re into. Meditation can take anywhere from 3 minutes to a few hours, whatever you works for you, and you can even do it in your own bedroom. I use the app Headspace. Now I’ll admit to you know I should use it more than I do, but that’s one of my goals from now on. Headspace uses guided meditation to allow you to separate your mind from your hectic schedule and take a moment to relax. If you’re like me, and if I’m reading this I’m guessing you are, this could be exactly what you need! I really struggle to relax myself but after five minutes using headspace I’ve found my sanity. 

2. Fruits and Veggies! 

I know this isn’t what you want to hear but when this is a huge problem facing most of Britain. You get stressed, so you have a chocolate bar (or 5 if you’re me), and then you’re more stressed that you ate the chocolate, and the cycle continues. Binge eating is a real problem and is something so many people struggle with on a daily basis. Now, I’m no expert but in my experience if I don’t give in, I don’t binge. What I mean by this is, if I can resist the food altogether I’m fine however, if I say “oh I’ll only eat one” I end up eating a full packet! So try snacking on fruits like bananas and grapes, though they are high in sugar these are natural sugars and are better for you in the long run. 

3. Relax

My go to stress reliever is to jump in a nice hot bubble bath and watch a Kathleen Lights video, honestly she’s hilarious! If baths aren’t for you then why not play on a video game, watch a movie or read a book. Whatever you enjoy that can take you away from the worries of everyday life. Even if it’s just for an hour, it’ll give your head the rest it deserves. 

4. Sleep

Sleep is so important! I can’t stress that enough, if your body doesn’t get the amount of sleep it needs it can’t repair, it can’t fight illness and it can’t get on with all the things it need to do to make you happy. So settle down half an hour before you’re going to bed, put your phone down and watch ONE television program, read a chapter of your book or listen to music or a podcast. Anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention too so your brain can slowly switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep. 

5. Exercise 

Worse than fruit and veg…exercise! But exercise doesn’t have to be scary. Try going for a walk, a gentle jog or a bike ride to get your blood pumping and those endorphins rushing around your body to make you feel like a whole new person. I love the sense of achievement when I go out for a run when I didn’t think I would, and endorphins make everyone happier! Another thing I love to do is stretch, I don’t stretch as much as I should be yoga, Pilates or just a bit of stretching in your living room will free up your aching muscles and make you feel so much better. So whether you’re trying your hand at tennis or just walking to the shops, give it a go. 

 And finally…breathe 

I know, I know, the most cliché saying, but honestly taking a deep breath and removing yourself from the situation can really let things cool off. So pop to the loo, go get a drink or take a walk to the shops and think about things in perspective. Nine times out of ten if I’m feeling stressed out thinking about the big picture brings me away from the boil. Don’t let things out of your control get to you, just let them pass you by and keep being the happy, stress free person you know you can be. 

Quick and Easy Bolognese  Recipe | Vegetarian

We all suffer from it…you’re tired, you don’t have much time, you’re starving! Here is my super fast and easy Bolognese style pasta for when you need to cook something quick and want to keep it quite healthy too.

All of these ingredients are interchangeable, there are my favourites but if you don’t have mushrooms and do have a bell pepper then chop that up and add it in. Just remember to get your veggies in.

Ingredients (2 people):

4 button mushrooms

1 small red onion

1 large clove of garlic

2 cups of Quorn mince

2 cups of wholegrain pasta

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Method (15-20 minutes):

Finely chop the onion and garlic and throw them in a saucepan with a splash of oil. I prefer coconut oil but olive oil is just as good.

When the oil begins to bubble add the mushrooms to brown off slightly. Again, once they begin to sizzle add your mince. Wait about 2-3 minutes before turning the heat right down.

Put your tomatoes in and leave to simmer for 5 minutes, at this point you can add half a glass of red wine for extra flavour if you fancy.

Put your pasta in a pan of water and leave to boil.

Add some dried oregano and black pepper to season your sauce. By this point your sauce should have begun to thicken up, this is perfect.

Once your pasta has boiled drain the water off and serve up with your sauce on top. Garnish with a sprinkle of parmesan and some fresh basil for a delicious meal.

This is one of my go to meals when I’m not sure what I fancy and I don’t have much food in. It’s completely customisable and means you can always have a delicious meal, ready in 15-20 minutes.

Suprise Birthday Trip…To DISNEYLAND!

I’m going to warn you in advance…this a long blog post! (but totally worth it)

As some of you may know last month I turned 18 and for my birthday my amazing boyfriend planned a surprise trip to, what I thought was, London. So on the 4th of April we got up at 5am to go to ‘London’. Despite being super excited I slept 90% of the ride down south until we got to St Pancras Station. After dropping our bags off at our hotel we went off to explore Camden Market for some food. I got an AMAZING Mac and Cheese pot and my favourite, a beautiful fresh green juice!

We then got the tube to Leister Square and took a stroll around, had some drinks in Planet Hollywood and, of course, went to M&M world! After going back to the hotel to get changed we went for a quick meal in Pizza Express and then to LES MISERABLES! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned but I am a big musical theatre fan, I live, breathe and study musicals haha, so when I found out we were going to see one of my all time favourite musicals I was beyond excited! Les Miserable was incredible, it was Eva Noblezada’s opening night and I’m so lucky to have seen how incredible she was.


After, Les Miserables we went back to the hotel and went to bed. in the morning we ate breakfast in the hotel and got all packed to go to the ‘new hotel’ but once we got to the tube station Paul stopped, got his phone out and started filming me…I was so confused. This is when I found out we were going to DISNEYLAND! I can’t explain how excited I was, and kind of still am, about Disney. I hadn’t been to Disney since I was very very young and, although I know I am so lucky to have been more than once, this was by all means the best, most thoughtful birthday present I have ever received.

We had to rush to the station as we were getting the Eurostar in less than an hour! A lovely lady scanned our tickets and in no time we were on the train on the way to Disney! We had, another, breakfast on the train which consisted of pastries, hot chocolate and juice before settling down for the journey. Surprisingly, the trip didn’t take long at all and in a matter of hours we were there!

Once we arrived at the station we handed our bags to a lovely man who represented our hotel and took them back for us. Which left just one thing for us to do…go to the park! We arrived at about 2:30pm so we had a full afternoon in the park. Walking through those gates and seeing the castle was nothing less than magical. We had amazing weather and I was completely in my element. There’s nothing better than seeing little kids running, smiling and laughing, I was completely overwhelmed.

Rather than talk you through the full trip day by day I thought I’d divide the trip into sections and talk to you about each one.

Characters

The first thing we did when we arrived in Disney was go to the huge Disney shop and buy Minnie ears, an autograph book and a pen. Priorities. While we were there we met 10 characters, including my all time favourite Disney character Marie, from The Aristocats. When we arrived on the first day it was almost time for the parade so after getting something to eat we sat down to reserve our space for the parade, it gets VERY busy! We waited near It’s A Small World; we had a great view. This was a good way to see the characters we weren’t bothered about meeting. The parade was amazing, my favourites were the Whinnie The Pooh section,  Alice in Wonderland and The Lion King (can you tell I like the classics?). The first characters we met were on the second day, we queued in the morning to meet Thumper and Miss Bunny who were adorable. They noticed the pom-pom on my rucksack and made me hop like a rabbit before they would take a picture with us. Each character was so sweet and I love having stories to tell about them all. On the same day we met Woody, Scrooge McDuck and my favourite Marie! She was adorable and kept making me laugh every time they took a picture. The characters are well worth seeing whether you’re going as an adult or with children. We didn’t manage to get to see any princesses, however, as the queue’s were all far to long (I’m talking almost 5 hours). One of the best characters we met was Minnie! I was wearing my Minnie Mouse t-shirt and ears and she was so excited, jumping up and down, I felt like a little kid. We met most characters at the character breakfast at Café Mickey. This was so fun! The idea is that you sit and have your breakfast in the café and the characters come out and say hi. We met Eeyore, which I was super excited about, Mickey and Goofy, who gave Paul a rather intense back massage and me the biggest hug ever! On the last day we knew we had to wait in the biggest queue, Donald and Mickey. Even though we’d already met Mickey, Donald is one of Pauls favourite characters and we HAD to meet him. After queuing in the cold for near two hours we finally reached the front of the queue. Donald was so happy to see Paul’s Donald Duck hat and Pen that he pushed Mickey out of the picture. They were so funny teasing each other and Donald even signed the page ‘Donald Duck #1’. It was things like this that take you back to being a child and having not a care in the world.

Rides

Top tip for going to Disneyland… get the app! Honestly, this saved us so much in queue’s for rides. The app tells you how long the queue for each ride is, and if it’s shut which unfortunately a few were, this meant we could run to wherever had the smallest queue! Another tip, stay in Disney! Anyone who stays in a Disney Hotel gets to use special magic hours, these are two hours before the park is open to the public where you can go on certain rides and there are almost no queues. Paul and I developed a routine of waking up, having Nutella for breakfast and then riding Space Mountain: Mission 2, sometimes twice, as there was no queue. I also LOVED Tower of Terror. I’m not one for horror but this is honestly just funny. The staff on the ride were ace, acting along with the video’s and the aesthetic and really bringing the place to life. I think we rode this one maybe 4 times…it really was great.

Food

Honestly, food is expensive in Disney! Much more expensive that we expected. While a lot of the time we ate pizza and burgers we did go to some cool places as well! The fanciest place we ate at was the Blue  Lagoon restaurant, inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Yes, that’s right, the water ride floats through the restaurant. The tables were all within a large cave and although very dimly lit there was a lovely atmosphere in there. The waiters were lovely and friendly and so helpful. The food, though the priciest in the park, was phenomenal. We had traditional Caribbean food, I went for the coconut milk curry and it was so good. There were served with traditional Caribbean sides, plantain and a strange mouse thingy which tasted very nice. It was a welcome change from the heavy burgers and chips and was nice to have a sit down meal. We also ate at Planet Hollywood, which was awesome! There were some really cool things all around the room and we were sat next to a gigantic wall mural of so many TV characters. My favourite place though was The Rainforest Café. Having last been when I was only 4 I vaguely remembered being terrified by the huge Gorillas and Elephants so I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But once we got inside I knew this was my kind of café. I am a huge lover of animals and nature and the restaurant is so emersive you honestly believe you are in the rainforest, with thunder storms and animals everywhere it’s an amazing experience. The food was great, and Paul and I tried to finish the HUGE Volcano desert to ourselves, which consisted of 5 brownies, 6 scoops of ice cream and about half a can of whipped cream. (we didn’t manage it).


I know this is a long post but honestly, Disney Land Paris was the best week of my life and I am so lucky to have such an incredible boyfriend. I can’t wait for our next trip together! (Disneyworld Florida?)

Infallible Matte Max Lip Colours | Review

I recently purchased two of the new Infallible Matte Max Lip Colours. At £6.99 each of these new lip pens claim to give you a non drying ombre to full matte colour that lasts up to 8hrs. The lipsticks are enriched with micro-oils to make them a moisturising matte lipstick. They are a new gel to powder formula that comes with a sponge applicator in the lid. The product is kept in the base of the product and you can get more product onto the sponge by clicking it back into the base.

The new lip pens are a part of the Sculpt Collection:

  • Sculpt Base Foundation
  • Infallible Sculpt Palette
  • Infallible Sculpt Blush
  • False Lash Sculpt Mascara
  • Sculpt Brow Artist
  • Super Liner Black N Sculpt

I purchased shades 002 Like A Virgin, a light girly pink, and 006 Disturbia, a fiery orange based red. I trailed 002 Like A Virgin for 7 hours and here’s what I found. 

  
10:45 | The colours apply well and are highly pigmented but they are immediately drying out my lips. I’ve not lined or applied lip balm to my lips as I want to see how the product fares out. I had a full day of singing so was interested to see how it would cope.  

11:30 | I have reapplied to the centre point of my mouth as I could feel the product wearing away. 

14:20 | Reapplied the product again over the full lip. I did eat a chocolate bar and some product again came off. 

16:30 | I removed the product. A dry line has developed on my inner lip which is very uncomfortable and visable when I speak. 

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While I did receive many compliments on my lip colour whilst wearing this product it was very uncomfortable to wear and impracticale. Hopefully, if I wear this product over a lip balm then it will last longer before of clumps together. 

This product can be found in Boots, Superdrug and Online; £6.99. 

Hull Fashion Week | House of Fraser Beauty Lock-In

Established in 2013 the HullBid Fashion Week has grown bigger and bigger every year. Tonight, Tuesday, my soon to be step sister and I attended the House of Fraser Beauty Lock-In which commenced the festivities of the week. When we arrived at the event we were given a raffle ticket, a £10 discount voucher and a glass of Bucks Fizz by a lovely lady who wore a stunning azure evening dress. There were a few speeches, from the organiser of the event and from the Mayor before the evening began. A few brand representatives from popular brands in store gave a lady a makeover in front of us to showcase their best products. They made over half of her face and left the other half bare to show the contrast, and then later on completed the look. After talking speaking to her afterwards I learnt that we share reddish undertones and have a similar skin type so when I saw that they had used the same foundation I use in the demo I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t quite catch the exact products from each brand however I will include everything I can.

Clinique – Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Clarins – Used a double serum and moisturised with hydraquench and the repair skin booster 

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Foundation

Benefit – Brow Zings and Gimme Brow

Lancôme – Eyeshadow

Elizabeth Arden – Lengthening Mascara

YSL – Nude/Peach Lipstick

   The evening lasted an our and a half, and we were provided with Canapés throughout the event. The staff modelled their latest spring collections and were so helpful and friendly. After looking around, sampling products and perfumes we left around 7:30pm. On departure we were given a goodie bag, which contained eight miniature samples for us to try at home.

  
Rituals – Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil Foam Body Wash

Rituals – Sweet Orange an Cedar Wood Caring Shower Oil

Clinique – Foaming Sonic Facial Soap

Ghost – Ghost Girl Perfume Sample

Cartier – Baiser Vole Sample

Clarins – Eye Contour Balm

Clarins – Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream with Primrose Extract

Estée Lauder – Double Wear Foundation Pot to get a colour match in store. As I already wear this foundation I’ve given away my colour match pot. 

  

I’d just like to say thank you to House of Fraser for hosting such a wonderful event and for their amazing staff who were so welcoming, bring on the next event!!

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Holy Grail Skin Care

Skin care is so important to me, I’d rather splash out on good skin care products than spend £60 on a foundation to cover up my blemishes. I cannot stress enough how important it is to look after your skin, you only get it once so treat it the best you can. I’ve gathered my go to, holy grail skin care products and divided them into 2 groups Face and Body. I’ll talk you through my favourite products in each section and include prices and details for each product.

FACE

Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil – L’OREAL – £5.32

This cleansing oil is complete make up removing goals! The oil claims to instantly dissolve all makeup, nourish skin and is non greasy. I personally have slightly oily skin and I do find that this product does leave a slightly greasy residue after use. I typically pump 3/4 small pumps onto my fingers and work this into my makeup, massaging my skin, eyes, lashes and eyebrows. I then either take a makeup wipe or a damp flannel and wipe this off. Again, I do then find a slightly oily residue left on my face but like I say I do have oily skin anyway. This product does exactly what it says on the bottle and removes my makeup in 5 minutes and I would highly recommend it to everyone! I can imagine this product would nourish and moisturise dry skin so if you’ve tried it and have dry skin then please let me know in the comments!

Dark Angels Face and Body Cleanser – Lush – £14.00

I love Lush! I have a mild obsession with every one of their products. The Dark Angels cleanser has been my favourite cleanser for the last year or so and I cant see that changing any time soon. It’s a thick clay mud mask made of Rhassoul Mud, Avocado Oil and Charcoal Powder. This isn’t the prettiest of cleansers as it is just a thick black chalky consistency. This works best if you take a small amount in your hands and add a few drops of water. By working the water into the product you create a paste which I use as a face mask, apply to the face and once its dry I like to remove it using my MySpa Facial Brush to get a really deep exfoliation. This cleanser is so thorough, leaves my face squeaky clean and really gets into your pores, it even balances my PH and reduces the oil on my skin massively. I highly recommend for ALL skin types.

NSpa Hot Cloth Polish – NSpa – £13.99

This product is my holy grail for dry skin! It I’m really lucky to be blessed with only slightly combination skin. But while I do get oily I also get some horrible dry patches. This cleaner is so moisturising. The product is a very thick cream which I work into damp skin, after I’ve used an exfoliator. Then remove the product with a warm/hot flannel for a really relaxing cleanse. This product honestly gives me the smoothest most nourished skin. I love to use it about an hour before I’m applying makeup to give me a perfect base for my foundation., this prevents any lumps and bumps in pores that can be prevented.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub – Lush – £5.50

After using a good dose of a good lip balm and letting that soak in I like to exfoliate my lips with one of Lush’s most popular products, their Sugar Lip Scrubs. This is essential if your lips are a bit dry and you’re going to be wearing a bold lip, noone likes cracked lipstick. Without leaving a residue this scrub removes all of the dead skin on your lips and leaves them feeling soft and plump. I actually have 2 pots of this, one in my bathroom and one in my handbag as I use it so much. Don’t be put of by the price as, even though you get a very small pot, you don’t use much product each time and they last a good long time.

BODY

2-Day Moisture Shower Oil – Sanctuary Spa – £7.00

I predominantly use this product on my legs. Being as pale as I am my legs are often blotchy and patchy and this oil really gives them LIFE! I use this after shaving mostly, but also just in general if my skin is feeling a bit dry. It does exactly what it says on the bottle and, using olive oil, brown seaweed and Omega 3, 6 &9,  provides deep moisture for a good 48 hours. And, despite the fact it says shower oil it does work in the bath, I know you were wondering. I adore everything Sanctuary Spa but if you buy one thing, buy this!

Vanilla and White Musk, Hand and Body Range – Clarity Sensory – £14.99

I have the hand wash and the lotion in this range and holy hell it’s the nicest smelling hand soap and moisturiser I’ve ever smelt! If that’s the only reason you buy it, it’ll still be worth it. This range is very moisturising and this is one of the only hand soaps I’ve used that doesn’t dry out my skin when I use it. It is a sweet smell but not too sweet, very similar to the Coconut Passion body spray from Victoria’s Secret, which I also have. (can you guess what smells I like?) Another reason I will keep going back to Clarity is because this company was created to provide employment for blind and disabled people across the UK. Not only are they making amazing products but they’re also helping society.

Luxury Bath Float – Sanctuary Spa – £10.00

This bath float creates endless bubbles and leaves the skin silky smooth using its infusions of fresia flowers, moisturising Baobab and vitamin E. Your bath is filled with an amazing rich smell which completely lives up to the ‘luxury’ it claims to be. This product provides deep hydration to the skin and when combined with other Sanctuary Spa products gives your body a real pamper. With complete 5 star reviews I highly recommend giving yourself a pamper and taking 5 minutes for yourself to try this out.

( I am so happy to be able to say that, to the best of my knowledge, all of these products are animal cruelty free! )

My last tip for breakout prone skin is that if your skin is bad, try to not wear makeup for a day or two. I know this is hard for some people and obviously if you’re going to an event or somewhere important then you don’t have as much of a choice. But wear as little as possible, remember to wear a primer and where you can stay makeup free to let your skin breather. I hope this has helped some of you and be sure to let me know your skin care favourites in the comments.

Batman VS Superman: Review

** This review contains a few small character spoilers but does not effect the main plot**

One of the biggest film releases of this year, Batman vs Superman, made $82million on it’s release day, and has received some of the worst film reviews in history. I went to the midnight release of this eagerly awaited blockbuster, the turn out was good, but not great. Since it’s release it has received hell from critics world wide with IMDb giving it a 7.5/10, at one of the more generous reviews. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and I have to disagree with the people saying this film was an offence to comic book fans.

Henry Cavill’s performance was again flawless, he blends the boyish charm of Tom Welling with the traditional comic book power behind Superman to create a character you can’t help but love. My only criticism is that we didn’t see enough Clark. Man of Steel teased us with a shot of Cavill in the office as the bumbling reporter and I had hoped to see more of this geeky Kent in the film, instead we saw a lot of Superman and even more Batman but very little Clark Kent. Aesthetically, Cavill is a machine and with a face uncannily similar to Christopher Reeves’, fits the comic book look better than anyone before.

Afflek’s performance has been slated as ‘an old man’ but that’s exactly what I like about his character. He has gone back to the older, more cynical Bruce, grieving over his parents death and angry with Superman for destroying his beloved city. He gives a raw and edgy take on this role, which has been portrayed many times before. Hats off to them for remaining loyal to a more mature, brooding Bruce; such as The Dark Knight Returns. With a new Batman film set to come out in the near future we’re left asking many question; why is Wayne Manor burnt down and derelict, and as for Robin’s suit hung in a glass case with the words ‘Jokes on you, Batman’ spray painted over it, is this a hint at Jason Todd becoming another Joker? Hopefully, all will be revealed in the new movie.

The biggest criticism I have for the film is Lex Luthor. Played by Jesse Eisenberg, Lex is not the Luthor we had all hoped to see. With his long curly hair, Riddler esque one liners and melodramatic laugh he was more of a tool used to keep the plot moving than a worthy advisory to three of the most iconic DC characters of all time. Hence the need for Snyder to include Doomsday, to create some reckoning force against these three powerful characters.

Amy Adams as Lois Lane gives another great performance. However, the writing did not do her justice as they turned Lois into the damsel in distress, which will come as a shock to anyone expecting Margot Kidders’ traditional balsy  journalist.

Gal Gadot created a WonderWoman worthy of being any young girls hero. She was independent, strong and attractive; all things desirable in todays society. Her performance was outstanding, creating an allure of mystery throughout. However, WonderWoman is known for her great strength and large muscles and I feel they were too scared to show a woman with large muscles as this sexualised heroine. Skinny is the new sexy and because of this they have changed the powerful look behind the most iconic female hero in DC. Gadot’s performance left us wanting more and I am eagerly awaiting an origin story for her.

Contrary to popular reactions, I felt the pacing of the film was good; with an exception in the middle section where the narrative dragged slightly. Jeremy Irons dry sense of humour provided nice moments of comic relief throughout the film. And, although predominantly an action film this take on Batman and Superman brings out an emotional side to both of their stories. I believe this is a must see film of the year and highly recommend you take a trip to see it; let me know what you think.