Favourite skincare – July

Ah, Skincare.  Must admit I’m relatively new to *actually* having a routine that extends beyond removing my makeup, washing vaguely with some soap and slapping on some moisturiser. Oh how things have changed!

Here’s a quick rundown of what I’m loving this month

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Makeup remover:  Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
This stuff is AMAZING! Gets rid of all the grub on your face with just the smallest amount. Not harsh on the skin at all, and you can use it on your eye makeup and not look like you’ve gone ten rounds with Anthony Joshua. 10/10 – this will always have a place in my makeup bag

Toner: Neils Yard Rehyrdrating Rose
My mum gave me this bottle after trying it and finding it doesn’t suit her skin.  All I can say is that that was lucky for me!  Gosh this stuff smells amazing.  It’s really refreshing on the skin and acts as a great preparation for serums and moisturisers. Love that is organic.  This looks to be on it’s way to be a firm favourite.

Cleanser/Exfoliator: Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads
I have been raving about these to anyone who’ll listen for at least the last year.  As someone who suffers from acne and redness these have done an amazing job of evening out my skin tone and I’ve noticed a massive difference in the texture of my skin. As with anything containing Glycolic Acid, you MUST wear a suncream after using.

Moisturiser: Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid
A CLASSIC! Gosh this stuff really punches above its weight.  This is a lightweight moisturiser that sinks into the skin in seconds.  It has a slightly old fashioned fragrance to it – I can imagine people either love it or hate it. Personally I love it.  I love the price, I love the texture, I love how well it works, and I love that it keeps my skin moisturised all day.  If you have dry skin, this probably isn’t going to be great for you – but for me, with normal/combo skin, this is perfect.  Anything heavier and I break out like no ones business.

Serum: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Everyone is talking about this brand.  So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and am trying this stuff out.  Only a few days into using this, but so far I’m in love.  Use it just after cleansing and toning, and before applying any creams.  Comes in the cutest dropper bottle, and it has been really easy to incorporate into my routine.  So far, so good.

Direct Acids: The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Another product I’m trying out from The Ordinary.  Have heard great things about Azelaic Acids, and after the success of using Nip and Fabs Glycolic Fix Pads I wanted to give this a try.  Using this in the evenings only, this applies like a dream and after 4 days I’m already noticing a brightening effect.  Its just lovely and looks on its way to become a firm favourite.

Is there anything you’re loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Sunday night dinners

On Sundays I try to prepare myself for the week ahead. The afternoons usually consist of a bit of life admin – a chance for me to catch up on all the things I haven’t had a moment to do in the week.

Tonight I decided to do a spot of batch cooking and, let’s be honest here, nothing really beats a homemade curry!

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This recipe is originally taken from Jamie Oliver – Jools easy chicken curry – with a couple of tweaks depending on what was in my kitchen cupboard!

This serves 6 – its cheap and easy to make, and relatively healthy! You can easily add in some extra flair to the portions that you have in the fridge or freezer, if like me, you live alone and get bored of having the same thing everyday!

Ingredients:

1 onion (I used a leek instead as I had one lying around!)
4cm piece of ginger
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil (used sunflower oil as I hate frying with olive oil)
2 tablespoons tikka masala paste
3 tablespoons natural yoghurt (used low fat natural yoghurt and about 5 tablespoons as not as set at normal natural yoghurt)
2 tablespoons tomato purée (didn’t have any! So didn’t put any in!)
8 skinless higher-welfare chicken thighs (used 6 as that’s all I had!)
1 x 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 x 400 g tin of green lentils
1 x 400 g tin of light coconut milk
2 handfuls of baby spinach (love spinach so used a whole bag!)
2 tablespoons mango chutney

**I also put in one small courgette, as it was looking mournfully at me from the fridge and needed using up!

Method:

1. Dice the onion (or leek in my case) and soften it in a frying pan with a splash of oil.  Finely mince the ginger and garlic and add to the softened onions.
2. Mix the masala paste, tomato puree and natural yoghurt together in a bowl and add in the chicken thighs until they are completely covered.  Pour the chicken thighs and yoghurt mix into the frying pan with the onions and brown them for 5 or so mins.
3. Add in the tinned onions, drained lentils, and coconut milk to the pan and bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and leave to cook for an hour.  (If using soft veg like courgette I add this in around half way through)
4. Once thoroughly cooked, take the chicken from the sauce and shred it with a fork (this is a bit of an annoying step – but worth it!) and then add the shredded chicken back to the pan.
5. Stir in some generous spoonfuls of mango chutney, and add in as much spinach as you like! Allow the spinach to wilt into the sauce.
6. Serve with whatever takes your fancy!  Personally I love it with rice, a dollop more of natural yoghurt on top with even more chutney. With a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of coriander… delish!!!

This freezes really well, and is great on its own, or with rice and jacket potatoes etc.

Let me know if you try it out and what you think of it 🙂