Tuesday, 23 June 2015

5 Packing Tips for Travelling with Beauty Products

It's that time of year again when we all frantically bulk buy sun cream, dig out all 23 of our bikinis, and get (completely justifiably) over excited because HOLIDAY TIME!! Whether you're jetting off for a city break with only a carry-on bag of clothes between you and your boyfriend, looking forward to a cocktail filled fortnight with the girls, or packing all your worldly belongings into a massive rucksack and going it alone on the backpacking adventure of a life time, I hope these travel tips will help you save time, money and space when you're packing your beauty products.

5 Packing Tips for Travelling with Beauty Products | Sally Says Beauty

They're just inconvenient. Leaky, sticky and not to mention really annoying if you're only travelling with hand luggage. Swap any you can for a solid version - cleansing balm instead of micellar water, a bar of soap instead of shower gel, lip balm instead of gloss... you get the idea. Lush are particularly good for this sort of thing, while I was backpacking in Borneo earlier in the year my lovely friends got me the Honey I Washed My Hair solid shampoo bar which is way more practical when you're travelling/staying in hostels with no free toiletries and it lasts longer than a liquid shampoo all while smelling amazing. I recently picked up Lush's Sun solid perfume as well which has proved much easier than lugging a massive glass bottle of perfume with me on weekend breaks!

Use this opportunity to clear out your make up drawers and use up all those mini products and magazine freebies that you've been stashing away. High end makeup samples are perfect for taking away with you as they're often such small tubes it doesn't matter if they get lost (i.e. left in the toilets of a beach bar when you've had one too many mojitos...) and they also give you a chance to try out new products without splashing out another £30 on your annual pre-holiday Boots aisle sweep.

It's a bit fiddly but it will save you so much hassle in the long run. I always fill little bottles or pots with just enough cleanser, eye cream and moisturiser to last me for the trip. You can easily find bottles with pumps or squeezy lids so you'll have a perfect fit for all your products. This Body Shop travel kit is a good bet, or you can pick a similar set up in Tiger.

Seriously, do you really need those seven eyeshadows plus all three Naked palettes? I promise you will use way less products while you're away than you think. Cut your makeup bag down to the bare essentials - and I mean essentials. Try taking a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead of foundation (it will barely last five minutes on the beach anyway due to all that sun, sand, sea and sweat...). I always pick up a cheap drugstore one that I can use to cover up any awkward only caught the sun in a line under where my sunglasses were marks or build up if I want a bit more coverage in the evening. Chuck in some waterproof mascara, a no-fuss brow product (my favourite is Benefit's Gimme Brow), a goes-with-anything lipstick and you're good to go!

Things are often cheaper abroad and foreign pharmacies are always fun to look around and discover new brands in. You can pick up anything you lose/run out in them which will save you overpacking and stuffing three more tubes of cotton wool pads and another bottle of Bioderma in your suitcase at the last minute 'just in case'. This also gives you an excuse to stop in at the local Sephora, if you really needed another reason! If you're travelling for a few months, this is definitely the way to go as there's no point weighing down your already-bursting rucksack with twelve weeks worth of moisturiser! Any jet-setting beauty lovers who find themselves in Asia on their adventures, make sure to get some Tiger Balm out there as it's cheaper than buying it in the UK and it's literally a miracle cure for everything.

Let me know if you've got any other space- and stress- saving holiday packing tips, and if you found these ones helpful be a absolute babe and share it with your friends by tweeting this post!

5 Packing Tips for Travelling with Beauty Products | Sally Says Beauty

Friday, 15 May 2015

Six Cookbooks That Will Inspire You To Eat Home-Made & Healthy

Six Cookbooks That Will Inspire You to Eat Home-Made and Healthy | Sally Says Beauty

I've always liked cooking but since I've been trying to eat a more plant-based diet I've definitely got more adventurous in the kitchen - mainly thanks to all the amazing food bloggers I discovered whose websites were full of inspiring and healthy recipes. Many of them now have cookery books out and while I still love reading their blogs, there's something to be said for following a recipe out of a nice hardback book with glossy pages and beautiful photography. Today I'm sharing five of my favourites that inspire me to cook from scratch and make healthier choices (not just for me, but for the environment too). 

1. My New Roots - Sarah's book has some of the most beautiful food photography I've ever seen, and I love how it's divided into seasons (five!) to help you make the most out of seasonal produce. Her Quinoa Risotto with Grilled Scapes and Rocket is already a firm favourite of mine and there's also loads of useful information like how to grow your own sprouts (from seeds, not the Brussel variety!), make nut milk and butter, and how to cook pretty much every grain and legume you can think of. You can have a read of her blog here - I promise you won't be left disappointed, just hungry!

2. A Modern Way To Eat - Anna was trained by Jamie Oliver and it really shows in this book. The food styling and photography is especially on point and I love how honest her writing style is. Simple recipes that look amazing and taste even better; I'm particularly a fan of her Lentils and Roasted Beetroot with Salsa Verde, and I'll definitely be cooking her Turkish Fried Eggs for my boyfriend as a birthday breakfast. She lives in Hackney too, so I'm hoping I'll bump into her on Broadway Market one Saturday morning!

3. Deliciously Ella - I'm sure you've all heard of Ella! Ella's recipes are incredibly easy and as the name suggests, completely delicious. Plus, every one is vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free. Chapters each cover a food type such as grains/pulses/fruit, and again there's lots of interesting information at the start of each one. The Brazil Nut (almonds for me as I'm allergic!) and Rocket Pesto Pasta is perfect for those days when you want something really quick but nourishing and comforting, and of course there's her famous Sweet Potato Brownies!

4. The Vibrant Table - I don't own Anya's book (yet!) but I've poured over it enough in my local bookshop that I feel like I do! I'm desperate to try and replicate her Peach and Avocado Summer Rolls and Squash Blossom Quiche. The photography in here is so colourful and enticing, and all the photos are taken by Anya's daughter which I think makes it extra special.

5. Oh She Glows - The cover alone was enough for me to want Angela's book (I always always judge actual books by their covers!), but the inclusion of Broccoli and Quinoa Burritos (chuck some avocado in there and you've got what sounds like my perfect meal) sealed the deal and Oh She Glows is currently winging it's way through the post to me.

6. Kenko Kitchen - Kate's blog is full to the brim with whole foods and sugar-free, gluten-free delights, and her book is no exception to the rule. Buckwheat Bircher with Berries and Bee Pollen is an inspired antidote for a dreary morning and her vegan cheese alternatives (cashew 'goat's cheese' and macadamia 'ricotta') are next on my must-try list!

Six Cookbooks That Will Inspire You to Eat Home-Made and Healthy | Sally Says Beauty

Do you have any favourite cookery books that you think I should try?

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Perfume Review | Sally Says Beauty blog

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Perfume Review | Sally Says Beauty blog

Well let's be honest, anything that involved beach rope instead of ribbon tying up the packaging was going to be a hit with me. I don't think Jo Malone have ever brought out a fragrance that I didn't like (that's a lie, what's with that Lime Basil and Mandarin one?! Do I just have a citrus aversion or does anyone else not believe it could actually be their bestseller...?) but this is definitely one of their best. I actually decided I wanted it before I even smelt it just because of the name. I don't know if it's just my inner wannabe surfer girl (I say 'wannabe' - balance and coordination are apparently quite important if you don't want to spend most of your time spluttering underwater - who knew?) but Wood Sage and Sea Salt sounded like the dream perfume to me.

It (obviously) smells like sage and sea salt, but also like seaweed and driftwood and summer. It's lighter and fresher than I first imagined, and it's one of those perfumes that once you spray on you have to stop yourself from constantly sniffing your wrists. It's kind of like going for a blustery coastal walk - but without the getting caught in a hail storm or accidentally inhaling the strands of hair that the wind has blown in your mouth (just me?), and more like the sitting in a cosy pub afterwards with rosy cheeks and a G&T. It's especially lovely coupled with my other favourite Jo Malone scent, Blackberry and Bay, and the combination of the two make me feel like I'm about to hike across some fields to get to the coast on a country dog walk, even if in reality I'm just squashed up in a Central line tube carriage that smells slightly like manure...