Thursday, 16 April 2015
Friday, 10 April 2015
Issue 4 of Vegan Life magazine is probably my favourite one yet. It is crammed with amazing recipes that are admittedly more appealing to me than many of the previous ones, probably because they are for sweet things!
Some of the many recipes that caught my eye included hot cross buns, rocky road, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate fridge cake, fruity chocolate cake, almond butter fudge and pistachio cake with orange blossom flower water.
Issue 4 also features an interesting article on the benefits of watercress. I love reading about the nutritional benefits of food, and was pleased to learn that watercress is high in vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium and iron among others. There is also some evidence that watercress may help to prevent cancer due to its antioxidant and DNA preserving properties. Watercress also contains a compound called PEITC (phenylethyl isothiocyanate) which may have the ability to ‘turn off’ a signal in the body, starving breast cancer cells of essential blood and oxygen, thus suppressing their development.
The digital version of Vegan Life magazine has now been updated to be more interactive. Special features include swiping images to view them like a slideshow gallery and a 'touch here' icon that reveals more text or images, plus you can now scroll down a page to read a full article instead of having to touch to turn a page.
The next issue of Vegan Life magazine is due out very soon, and from now on it is going to be released monthly! You can subscribe to the paper version here and the digital version here.
Monday, 9 March 2015
My absolute favourite foundation has to be Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Base. It is the best mineral foundation that I have tried and has a lovely finish and buildable coverage. I also have a lovely blusher, colour correcting concealer and a tinted lip balm from Everyday Minerals. I don't often use powder but when I do I will use one by Everyday Minerals or at the moment I have a Marks and Spencer one, which isn't a natural product but is really affordable and does the job well. Most of my makeup is by Superdrug's B. range which I really love. It is great to have an affordable, cruelty-free, vegan makeup range so readily available on the high street. Whilst the B. range isn't completely natural, it is at least paraben free. I have a concealer, eye shadow palette, three eye liners, an eyebrow pencil, an eyebrow palette, several lipsticks/lipglosses, a contouring kit and shimmer/bronzer palettes from the B. range, and they are all fantastic products. I have another concealer which is by Beauty Without Cruelty and is a nice, thick pencil which is great for hiding under eye shadows and blemishes. I have an eyeliner and a lipstick from PHB Ethical Beauty, both of which I love. I have some really nice eye shadows from Beautiful Movements Cosmetics and my current mascara is Lily Lolo's Natural Mascara which I highly recommend (see my full review here). I also love PHB Ethical Beauty (review here) and Beauty Without Cruelty's (review here) mascaras. I have quite a large nail polish collection and most of my colours are from SpaRitual. Their polishes come in beautiful shades and finishes and are easily my favourites. I also have a couple of nail polishes by B. and Marks and Spencer.
My favourite natural toothpastes and mouthwashes are by Jason. They do a range of different products and I like that each product comes in the option of fluoride or fluoride-free. I have tried a few different natural dental products, and I have found Jason's range to be the most effective. Sometimes if I've run out of toothpaste or mouthwash I will pop into Superdrug and pick up one of their products, which aren't natural but are really good. I also use Superdrug's own whitening tape to floss, which has a nice minty flavour and doesn't contain beeswax as some flosses do.
Posted by Jessica at 12:34