Friday, 14 August 2015

One Simple Switch for a Healthier Latte

I stopped buying cow's milk as a step towards a more plant-based diet almost a year ago now, but soya was never really high up on my grocery list. Coconut, oat, hazelnut and of course, heart-eyed emoji deserving almond were always on the menu, but soy was something I only really had if there was no other alternative (I'm looking at you, Starbucks..). Don't get me wrong I love a good soy latte to-go, but I always felt that soya milk made the drink a bit sweeter than I would have liked and sometimes drowned out the taste of the coffee. Well not any more, thanks to Alpro Soya Simply Mild*. Simply Mild does exactly what it says on the carton and gives you all the goodness of normal soy milk with a more subtle and less sweet flavour. It's also non-GM if that is something that has put you off soya milk in the past!

Lets get the serious stuff out of the way first, and I'll try not to bang on too long about this, but it's so important for this beautiful planet we live on that we all try and reduce the amount of animal products we consume. The environmental impacts of the cattle and dairy industry in particular are huge. Cutting down on cow's milk not only helps combat climate change, but it's good for your health too! Luckily Alpro make it super easy to do this with their range of dairy alternatives that taste amazing - definitely better than the real thing!

One Simple Switch for a Healthier Latte - Alpro Soya Simply Mild Review on Sally Says Beauty
Alpro kindly sent me a carton of their new Soya Simply Mild to try, along with an adorable Keep Cup and a milk frother so I could make my own lattes. I found Soya Simply Mild to be the perfect alternative to milk in a latte, it makes it taste creamy with just the right amount of sweetness but it doesn't leave you with that overly full, bloated feeling you (tell me it's not just me?) get from drinking lots of cow's milk in a warm coffee. Alpro's plant-based alternatives are a lot healthier than dairy so I didn't feel bad indulging in a bowl of creamy porridge made with Soya Simply Mild along with my latte, and for tea-lovers it's definitely the best plant-based milk I've found to perfectly complement your English Breakfast habit - mine's slowly creeping up to about 6 a day...

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?