Vegan Golden Milk

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In my quest to find nice recipes using anti-inflammatory ingredients to combat my rosacea and soothe my tummy, I have come across this lovely bed time treat. It uses turmeric, which has many health benefits.

‘According to the website for the U.S. National Library of Medicine, turmeric is most commonly used to treat cancer, as a blood thinner, for upset stomach relief, gall stone prevention, to lower high cholesterol, as an inflammation remedy, for liver protection, therapy for irritable bowel syndrome, to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as stomach ulcer therapy, viral infection remedy, treatment for inflammation of the eye and scabies. The National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine website adds that turmeric is also applied directly to the skin to treat skin conditions. This would be the way to use turmeric to treat rosacea.’ Read more here

I don’t/can’t use dairy or soya milk, so my favourite is almond. I really like Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar, because it’s quite subtle but still a good creamy taste. You can use whichever milk is your favourite.

For this Golden Milk I use:

Cup of Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar

Tea Spoon of Turmeric

Cinnamon Stick or a Tea Spoon of Ground Cinnamon

A Dash of Vanilla Extract

I also like to add a vanilla pod to the pan.

You can also add coconut oil if you wish.

Enjoy 🙂

Wikaniko Cold Pressed Moringa Oil*

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I was very excited when this product arrived. I had heard a lot about Moringa Oil and its many benefits.

Moringa oil is reputed to be the best anti-ageing oil in the world, along with that it is also, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and very moisturising for skin and hair.

As I’m only 26, I thought I’d ask my mum to try out the anti-ageing side of things. She has only been using it a week, but she already sees a massive difference! Her skin is smoother and clearer. Her lines are disappearing and she has noticed the age spots on her hands are fading. She is incredibly impressed with the results.

We have both been using it on our hair, and I have definitely noticed my hair has stopped splitting as much. You can use the oil to wash hair, as a hot oil treatment or to moisturise the scalp.

One thing I was also interested in, was whether it helped the joint pain I sometimes get in my elbows. I had read that Moringa oil can benefit joint pain and arthritis. I would say, that the pain in my elbow gradually went away with use, and I am intrigued to ask my friends with arthritis whether it helps them.

It is high in vitamin C and anti inflammatory, so is wonderful for people who have rosacea like me! You can consume the oil if you wish to get the full benefits of the vitamin C. It can also help control blood pressure and supply you with energy throughout the day.

I really recommend this oil, especially for its anti-ageing properties. It is the best result I’ve ever seen from any cream my mum has used.

If you would like to buy some yourself click here to buy it from the ethical and eco friendly company Wikaniko.

*Wikaniko gifted this product to me, but all the opinions are honest and my own.

Rosacea Toolkit

For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble with my skin. It’s very inconsistent, so people never believe that I have problems with it. It’s either very good, or having an episode of flushing and breaking out.

I was diagnosed with mild rosacea last year and I like to think I do a pretty good job of managing it and stopping it for developing. I’m currently in ‘remission’ and I put it down to a few things, one of them being my beauty regime.

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Fans!

People often laugh at me and all my fans. I have hand fans for on the move and desk fans for when I’m at home or in an office. My rosacea is always sudden hot flushes, so if I can keep cool, I can hopefully stop the flushing.

Face Mists

I am a big fan of face mists, for their cooling and soothing effects. My favourites are Avène Thermal Water because it really cools my face down quickly and Trilogy Mist Toner, as it keeps my face moisturised. I also use the Clinque Moisture Surge Face Spray.

Moisturisers

In the daytime, I like a light moisturiser to wear under my make up. Clinque Moisture Surge is a firm favourite of mine. It has a light consistency and soaks in very fast, whilst being very moisturising.

In the evening I like to use a slightly richer moisturiser. I love Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream. It’s not too rich but offers a deep moisturising quality. I always wake up with a lovely glow after using it.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

This oil is a miracle oil. If I’ve had a really bad flair up and my skin has gone very dry, this sorts it out almost instantly. Combining nourishing essential fatty acids with super antioxidants, lycopene and phytosterol, it is deeply moisturising while helping to protect against environmental free radical damage. I also like to use it on an acne marks and other scars.

The first step to dealing with Rosacea is trying to work out your triggers. I find that spicy food, fermented foods, wine, dry heaters and stress are mine. Sometime though, you just have a random flush, so it’s great to get your toolkit ready!

I also find some supplements really helpful with preventing rosacea which are a key part of my toolkit. Have a look here.

L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Review

When I saw there was a new foundation out which claimed to be able to cover just about anything, I was a bit skeptical. Often I find that even my favourite foundations still let a bit of rosacea peek through or make you look like a clown. This one is different.

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I popped to Boots to buy the foundation and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was 3 for 2 on the range… and you got a free blender!

Palette

The concealer palette is now a new favourite of mine. In the past I’ve tried  primers with yellows and greens in to neutralise redness and they’ve either, made me look ill or dried my skin out. The green in this palette is very creamy and blends into the skin easily, so it’s not like a thick layer on your face.

The main thing which impressed me was the blue section, to help cover dark circles. I’ve never found anything which covers up dark circles as well as this. Often, under eye concealers can fall in the creases too much. This is lightweight, so it doesn’t do that.

Foundation

I expected the foundation to be VERY heavy looking and feeling to be able to cover up my rosacea and acne marks. It really isn’t. It is surprisingly lightweight and natural looking but completely covers my blotches. I didn’t even need to apply concealer to my redder areas-which is new to me.

I also think the porcelain colour is better than standard porcelain. I often look washed out if I use porcelain, but anything darker is too dark. This has got a bit more of a warm tone to it, so it looks natural and makes your face look healthy.

Fixing Mist

The fixing mist is great for keeping the make up exactly how you left it in the morning, without drying your skin out.

I highly recommend trying this, if you too suffer with rosacea or redness. Much more affordable than a lot of the high coverage brands and not as cakey!

Have a look at their range here.

Our Evening at Mokoko Cocktail Bar St. Albans

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Mokoko is a relaxed, award winning, cocktail bar in St Albans. Mokoko offers something truly unique, specializing in cocktails, champagne and wine, with a quirky twist. So I was certainly impressed to see the Monty Python theme incorporated adventurously into a number of recipes and the design theme of the menus. I especially liked the sound of the ‘Auri Verdes Caipirinha’, which combines Cachaca, apple juice muddled with golden sugar, lime wedges and cinnamon. This drink was a really powerful and interesting drink, it would suit many different palettes. Looks-wise, it was a highly accomplished affair: pale peach and embellished fabulously with a fan of apple slices. IMG_0881 My friend Jo’s cocktail, the ‘Poison Ivy’, mixed Champagne with kiwi and lemon. A sparkling emerald Poison Ivy herself would be proud of. IMG_0867 Jo’s second drink was a staple of ours: A Cosmo. This was a particularly nice cosmo, which came along with some…

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