The John Lewis Christmas advert has hit our screens, which means one thing- it’s now perfectly acceptable to get excited about Christmas!

I’m going to be having a very different Christmas this year so I’m trying to be a bit more organised with my shopping. By ‘trying’ I mean looking at stuff online, mentally buying it, and then having a mad panic when I realise it’s a week until Christmas and I’ve done no shopping!

I always look online for gift guides- lots of influencers get sent really cool stuff so youtube and blogs are great places for a bit of festive inspo, especially for things you wouldn’t necessarily see while you’re out and about. I do love a good Christmas shop with chums but shopping in a city gets kinda stressful at this time of year.  Besides why gets stuck in the crowds when you can nail all your shopping online snuggled next to a fire with a large Gin in your hand?!

If you have sensitive skin and want to drop some mahoosive hints, or you’re looking for present inspo then I hope this helps- of course Elemis and Caudalie had to feature in my suggestions, and there’s items for all budgets.  Alongside skincare don’t forget all the good stuff- and by that I mean chocolate!

All items are linked below.

If you do go out and about I’d recommend shopping with a rucksack- leaves your hands free for a mulled wine… Good luck out there!

Jem xx

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Khiels seasons treatings £30 http://bit.ly/2fFDR6v

Yumbles Rawr chocolate £9.95 http://bit.ly/2fUoNXq

Best Face Forward, Sensitive Skin set, £39.90, Elemis http://bit.ly/2eNnfMo

Holiday Skincare Cracker, £10, Nuxe http://bit.ly/2g10ztI

Vine Body Gift Set, £22, Caudalie http://bit.ly/2fhdnva

Winter Icon Orange and Clove Hot Cloth Cleanser, £22.75, Liz Earle http://bit.ly/2fFicga

Deliciously Ella Cookbook, £9, Amazon http://amzn.to/2emmj36

Ren Stop Being So Sensitive, £34 http://bit.ly/2eNGWn8

Merry Moos selection box, £3.99, Real Foods http://bit.ly/2fFQNcj

Relief Repair Replenish Cream, £14.95, Bria Organics http://bit.ly/2fFUjnb

 

 

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Sensitive skin is a pain in the derriere- especially when your skin reacts quicker than Peggy Mitchell in a bar brawl to pretty much anything new you put on it.  Finding good quality products, which not only remove makeup but also leave your skin feeling fresh and damage-free, is a constant struggle.

Here are my current faves (OBVS I’m not using them all at the same time, hence why some aren’t in the photo above as I’ve run out, but I do like to switch it up occasionally) but these will definitely be a good starting point if you’re looking for something on a more gentle level.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser- some of the Kiehl’s range I have to be careful with (even ‘natural’ products can react badly with sensitive skin) but this is really creamy and never leaves your skin feeling dry.  Really good for getting rid of all your mascara too… £8.50 Kiehl’s http://bit.ly/2bOcW6I

Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil- This is super luxurious and leaves your skin feeling so soft.  I felt like it’s hard to wash it off but I think this is the point- it doesn’t strip your skin.  Use with a hot cloth… £29.50 Elemis http://bit.ly/2c1UxoR

Elemis Pro Radiance Cleanser- I’m quite new to the Elemis pro-Radiance collection but I bloody love it!  This little beauty gets rid of all the grime but is packed with plant extracts that moisturise dry skin.  It gets rid of all the crap without having to use anything else and lasts AGES too! £30 Elemis http://bit.ly/2bQPmdM

Green People Scent-free Cleanser- If you’ve never tried Green People products then why the hell not?  They’re affordable and amazing quality and great for anyone that reacts to all the chemical crap.  This one is particularly good if you are allergic to lots of perfumed in products. £18 Green People http://bit.ly/29tBg05

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Garnier Sensitive Micellar Water- Yes this was a TOTAL surprise to me.  I normally can’t use anything like this, especially from a drug-store brand.  But this actually does what it says on the tin- perfume free and you don’t need to scrub.  It literally removes EVERYTHING.  This was my staple festival product this year and leaves your face feeling fresh, clean, and definitely not sore- winner and a right bargain! 125ml £1.99, Boots http://bit.ly/2c7FvNu

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Gel- still on that Micellar hype I have used two bottles of this now and it’s fab!  I love La Roche-Posay and when my Dad nips off to his little pad in France I usually put in some sort of French skincare order-I LOVE it, really nice creamy, bubbly texture and doesn’t dry or irritate your skin.  £12 All Beauty http://bit.ly/2bQD8h5

Skincere Cream Cleanser- I first discovered this little Gem when they sent me some to try last year (check out the blog post HERE) and it’s a wonder product for the price.  My always feels clean and toned when I used this; I just wash it off with a hot cloth.  Even when my skin has been really irritated I can still use this bad boy.  Available in all Holland and Barrett stores.  £14.99 Skincere http://bit.ly/2bBns5o

Let me know if you have any good product recommendations!

Jem x

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I know my last couple of posts have been very foodie! Now that I’ve just had my last dermatologist appointment for this year (hopefully…) I think I’ve just been taking a real keen interest in what I’m putting into my body. I’ve also been on a mad fitness mission- there’s nothing like exercise to make you feel better when you’re going through a bit of a rough time. Life is certainly very up and down at the moment.

I’ve been trying to cut out carbs in the morning, however as I’ve been on a few longer runs now that my knee is healing, sometimes I need something a bit more substantial to keep me going. I’ve already posted my overnight oats blog post here, but recently I bought some rice flakes from good old Sainsbury’s and they are LUSH! You can adapt this recipe in SO many ways- use different milk (coconut, almond) or add some regular oats into the mix, any kind of fruit- the variations are endless! I add some yogurt to mine to sweeten it up too.

My favourite milk of choice at the moment is Oatly Organic  and Rice Dream.  You can buy both from most supermarkets.  The Rice Dream milk makes everything taste so creamy- when mixed with the rice flakes it’s a bit rice pudding-ish, which I bloody LOVE!  Pudding for breakfast?  Hell yas!

You’ll need:

  • A jar/ small bowl
  • Rice Flakes- 35g
  • Rice Milk (or any alternative)
  • Dairy-free Coconut yogurt (or any alternative)
  • Raisins
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Dark choc to sprinkle on top- I use Green & Blacks Organic 85%
  • Anything to decorate/add flavour- I used Cacao powder, Linseed and Chia seeds (as always)

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Method:

Add the flakes to the jar, pour enough milk to cover the flakes and almost fill the jar.  Add a heaped tablespoon of yogurt and stir.  Mix in some blueberries and raisins and any other fruit.  Cover and leave over night and that’s it!  The longer you leave it the more the flakes soak up the milk.  Sprinkle on top all the other ingredients to add crunch and flavour and that’s it- SO yummy!  Breakfast is served bitches…

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Why rice flakes?

They are easy to digest, low in fat and sugar and calories, and keep you full for ages!  They’re a lot harder in consistency than oats, they’re a good source of essential minerals and vitamins.  You can also eat them if you are lactose or gluten intolerant.  Boom!

 

Have a great week,

 

Jem xx

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I’m just going to put this out there from the start.  I think this is my favourite festival out of any I’ve been to!  Now I bloody loved Glasto but if you’re after the bizarre, the beautiful, and four days of pure bohemian magic then this is the one.  How can you not fall in love with a festival where you can swim in a lake, rave in a forest and make a birdfeeder all on the same day?!

Wilderness not only boasts an entire spa and wellness sanctuary, a country estate set in 400 acres of private parkland, and more sequinned leotards than you’ll ever see at Gay Pride but the food is also some of the best you’ll ever find.  So when my gorgeous friend Becky (aka TalkBeckyTalk) asked me if I was free and fancied going I was literally packed and in the car before she could change her mind!

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Now if you’re music knowledge is far from au fait then fret not as I’d definitely say the bands take second stage to all the other amazing activities you can do at Wilderness.  Fancy sunrise yoga or some bizarre team sports games?  Want to try archery or make your own wedding ring?  How about a Gong bath followed by a five course dinner in a banquet hall? This festival has it ALL covered.  You could actually go there and come back healthier and fitter than when you arrived, alas this wasn’t the case for me as we arrived armed with Gin and the determination to have a right royal party in the champagne tent.

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Now I wouldn’t say this is a purse friendly festival- there are way too many tempting ways to empty your wallet, and annoyingly as we found out as first timers, a lot of the activities need to be pre booked.  However there are so many free things on offer too- group yoga, meditation, interactive theatre, talks and debates, free craft sessions, hiphop karaoke, and an insane amount of free silliness to watch or take part in around the central Atrium area of the festival.  We spent many an hour soaking up the glorious Oxfordshire sunshine people watching too- there’s just SO much to feast your eyes on.  Half naked women with banging bodies left right and centre, amazing circus performers, not to mention the incredible outfits that make even Cher’s wardrobe look like she shops at Bon Marche.

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We stayed in a little wooden hut, which was super cosy (meaning FRIKIN roasting in the mornings) which had power to charge my camera batteries.  Bring your own fairy lights and bunting though or you’ll feel left out!  The beds were SO comfy but there’s very little room inside- just enough for me, my BFF and a weekends supply of Gin.  There are so many options for camping- from the absolute basic two man tent to practically a palace of dreams.  Ranging from gypsy style caravans, tepees, to little hobbit-style huts. You never know who you’ll bump into either, we were staying next to my blogging hero and right lovely lass EmTalks. What a gorgeous girlie, inside and out!

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I can’t reiterate how much there is to see and do, and every day has a theme so get your feathers and your glue gun ready before you head off.  All the stalls are epic too.  One of my favourite was the Naked Juice stand- where you entered through a magical floral awning into a hide away filled with fruit, creative activities and the BEST hangover cure ever- free juice!  I’m a massive fan of their Green Machine so this was the order of the day on several occasions….

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We took a boat out on the lake on the Saturday (which is a free activity) and enjoyed a glass of fizz in the sanctuary spa hot tub.  You have to pre book the spa but you get two amazing hours to enjoy the postcard-perfect surroundings from a wood-fired hot tub.  We were so lucky with the weather- gorgeous hot sunshine, not a cloud in the sky- the very best of the British summer so far.  It was even warm enough to swim in the lake!  After dark it’s time to hit up the food tents.  You can dine in style or enjoy any of the offerings from the food stalls.  Hix was our choice of the weekend and we even met the chef himself- a rather merry Mark Hix makes for an interesting meal!  The Valleys is the ONLY place to party into the wee hours and some dirty house was just the tonic after hours soaking up the cloudless skies at the folk stage, not forgetting Robert Plant- who totally rocked! There’s definitely something special about raving in a laser-lit woodland filled with balloons with thousands of glitter-clad people smiling back at you, all feeling the same vibe.

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If you want to escape the norm, wear an animal mask and don a pair of golden sequinned leggings then this is the festival for you.  So next year grab your best friend and head over to Cornbury Park.  Sometimes beautiful escapism is all we need for a few days, especially in a world that seems so ugly right now.

 

Check out Becky’s Youtube channel here and her Instagram here

To find out more about Wilderness festival click here.

Until next time,

J xx

 

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After a big weekend at Wilderness festival (blog post to follow) and a week of eating lots of naughty treats at a horse riding camp my skin is seriously suffering.  I’ve been reading loads into how to eat for healthier skin, suffering with Eczema is rubbish and my body needs all the help it can get to sort itself out!  I’ve had a few green smoothies in the past that have tasted pretty rank frankly but I must say this is one of the best I’ve ever made- yes I am a smug bitch…

I think it’s adding a little bit of fruit.  I’ve done this before without the pineapple but it just needed a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to make it a tad more palatable.  Now I’m not very good at following recipes, or sticking to amounts so I actually have no idea how much of everything I put into this.  When I cook and bake at home I normally chuck what I think in and hope for the best- quantities schmontities!  You can adapt any recipe to your own taste- use any kind of fruit or swap the kale for Pak Choi, just go wild and enjoy!

What I used:  (makes enough for two)

  • ½ Avocado
  • Handful spinach
  • Three large leaves of speciality Kale (ie the one with nice long purple coloured leaves)
  • Two chunks of cucumber
  • Coconut water (I used a small mug to measure out- use more if it’s too thick and vice versa)
  • Tsp Chia seeds (and a few to decorate on top- I made a heart because we all need a little love)
  • Freshly cut pineapple- about 5 chunks roughly cut.

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Stick it in your blender- I use a Ninja (its AMAZING! You can buy for yourself here) and that’s all there is to it.  If you want a runnier consistency add more coconut water.

Your body will love you for it, this is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, calcium, iron- the list goes on!  Just blend and enjoy : )

J xx