Triyit x Beauty Kitchen Showcase review

product review

As consumers in the year 2018, we are now more demanding than ever. We would like products on the market that are cruelty free, vegan friendly and ethically sourced. It’s a positive step in the right direction, and it’s gradually changing the way the beauty industry markets their products. As consumers we have refused to accept the status quo, and we are asking industrialists to do better.

When Triyit launched their most recent campaign; which was a showcase for sustainable beauty brand ‘Beauty Kitchen’, I was thrilled. I love natural beauty products, especially when it comes to skincare. Nature is so beautiful, it’s inspiring when we create products utilising it’s organic properties, rather than destroying it in the process.

Since receiving my box of goodies I’ve used some of the products and here are my thoughts;

Abyssinian Oil Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask, £19.99 for 60ml

This product is a must have, this sleep mask is an intoxicating mix of a skin treat and a sleep inducing treatment. Enhanced with essential oils like magnolia, palmarosa and Abyssinian the smell lures you into your best sleep yet. The texture is likeable to Vicks, it’s thick and you can really lather it on your face. You have to be careful not to get it on your hair line – it would definitely make your hair prematurely greasy.

Overall I love using this product. It’s a lovely weekly treat for skin, which also aids a healthy nights sleep. Great for winter hibernation I think.

Mineral Shield Daily Primer, £14.99 for 50ml

I was delighted when I set my eyes on this, I’m a huge advocate for skincare containing SPF. Sun rays cause premature ageing, as well as being a high cancer risk. Even on cloudy days we are at risk of damaging our skin with sun rays, so it’s mandatory to ensure you protect your skin. This primer is fragrance free so it’s suitable for all skin types, even hyper sensitive skin. The consistency is more like a sunscreen than a traditional face cream. This just means you need to apply sparingly. I’ve made this primer part of my daily routine and I love the fact I’m actively protecting against environmental aggressors. I’d recommend a decent SPF primer to everyone.

Karine Jackson The Cleanser Shampoo, £12 for 250ml

I have been researching silicone and paraben free shampoo for a while. A lot of commercial brand shampoos coat your hair in silicone, and this is what gives you that glossy feeling. But in actual fact it is a fake coating on top of the damaged cuticle, rather than penetrating the hair and helping to fix the damage. This shampoo is a great alternative for anyone who would like a natural shampoo. It removes build up and protects against pollutant damage. I really enjoyed using this, the holistic smell was calming and reminded me of meditation. It made my hair as soft as silk too.

Overall I have really enjoyed the products I used from the Beauty Kitchen. Although they are quite pricey, you can’t put a price on morality. They all have an inherently holistic smell too – which may not be to the taste of some. But that is more than likely down to the fact we are indoctrinated to believe false smells are more attractive, it’s what we have become accustomed to. Using these products is like resetting your system. Embracing nature is nothing short of beautiful.

With special thanks to Triyit, for including me in their latest campaign. All Beauty Kitchen products can be purchased here.

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Feeling fruitful: 5 easy steps to improve your diet 

top tips

”I’m not on a diet, I’m just trying to be healthier…”

This has been my (sad) life mantra for about the last year; safe to say alot of the time I fail miserably at it. But, there are some simple ways of improving your diet and general health – that I have discovered and reluctantly taken on board. Which can be implemented fairly easily, and don’t cost bundles either.

1). Zero tolerance policy on caffeine

If, like me, your lifestyle is a hectic re-enactment of Wolf on Wall Street; and you really believe you couldn’t survive daily work life without the (legal) drugs. You can do it.

Yes caffeine is a drug, a highly addictive one at that. You don’t need coffee. That boost of energy it gives you can be obtained from other drinks. Herbal teas are brilliant for detoxing, and you can find some lovely flavours. My current fave is organic green tea with manuka honey, from Heath & Heather, 20 tea bags for £2.49. Or switch your morning coffee for coconut water – much healthier and gives you a natural boost. If you feel you can’t go cold turkey right away try de-caf, or using brown sugar instead of white (or better still no sugar at all).

2). Skip the sugar

It is difficult to avoid sugar, it’s in almost everything we consume. But what you can do is avoid adding extra sugar to food (e.g on your cereal). And in terms of snacking and desserts – look for sugar free alternatives, or items with much less sugar.

For example, if you usually have a chocolate bar everyday with your lunch; why not swap that with a banana? Or nuts?

My top low sugar snacks are:

  • Nuts/seeds (can be added into fruit bowls or eaten alone)
  • Rice cakes – savoury or sweet
  • Belvita biscuits
  • Fruit (which has natural sugar, so not too much of this either)
  • Dark chocolate as a treat – only a few squares
  • Sugar free sweets – available from Holland & Baratt

3). Fizzy pop out the window

One can of coca cola contains 7 cubes of sugar. It is disgusting! Whether we like it or not the fizzy drinks we buy are packed full of sugar, just imagine what that is doing to our teeth (believe me root canal ain’t pretty, or cheap, IT’S TRAUMATISING) – and the insides of our bodies.

If you can’t give up totally try to stick to diet versions, or sugar-free fizzy drinks. Which actually taste just as sweet.

Tasty alternatives to fizzy drinks include:

  • Home-made smoothies
  • Water, water and more water
  • Soya milkshakes (banana one is soooo yum)
  • Sugar-free squash with carbonated mineral water
  • Fruit infused water (marinate the night before for ultimate flavour)
  • Coconut water

Just take into consideration the fact that fruit has alot of natural sugars also, so eat fruit in moderation too. These natural sugars in excess can be harmful to teeth. Ideally, stick to drinking water, and have other drinks as a treat.

4). How to avoid fat

We’ve talked about sugar intake regarding snacks, desserts and drinks. What about main meals though? How do you avoid processed junk and fat?

One major trick is to be organised. Instead of being out, getting hangry and grabbing a Big Mac because it’s convenient – if you already made a packed lunch the night before this wouldn’t happen.

But, of course, you won’t eat packed lunches everyday. If eating out with friends – or preparing meals at home,

Stick to these top tips:

  • Stick to grilled meat, rather than fried
  • Increase your Omega-3 intake, fish is very good for you
  • Try to eat healthier carbs; sweet potato, wholemeal bread/rice and Ryvita
  • Stock up on fresh veg and do not overcook
  • If you do occasionally treat yourself to something ‘naughty’, try to limit portion amount

5). No deprivation

No-one in this entire world is ever going to be motivated to do anything if they constantly feel deprived. It is difficult to eat healthier, especially with so many temptations surrounding us. The trick is to not deprive yourself. For example if you love pizza, why not try to make a fresh one yourself? Or search for a weight watchers one which is low calorie? OR, treat yourself to one maybe once a week, on the weekend, and eat healthily during the week. Then you have something to look forward to – and eventually you may not even crave it any more; you might find healthier meals which you prefer.

 

Stay motivated guys!