Vegan Chocolate Spread

Vegan Chocolate Spread

When it comes to adjusting to a plant based lifestyle there are definitely some things you think you will miss. Let me solve the chocolate spread option right now. 

What I love about this is that unlike conventional well known chocolate spreads there is no palm oil in it. If you want to read more on why palm oil isn't great for the planet >this is a good article< 

You can make this in literally 3 minutes provided you already have the ingredients and it stores in the fridge in a sealed jar well for up to 2 months although it might not last that long! 


I'm currently working my way through a jar of this and I love it in the morning with porridge!

Let me know what you think if you make it!

Lots of love, 

 
 

My Cruelty Free Make Up Essentials

My Cruelty Free Make Up Essentials

When it comes to putting together a reliable make up bag whether it's for filming, a weekend away or getting ready for an event, these are my favourite products. I've used them all countless times and these are what I re-buy over and over. 

 
 

My Tips For Skin Hydration*

My Tips For Skin Hydration*

Coming up to my wedding I became a little bit obsessed about getting my skin in the best condition possible. Make up can only do so much and I've always sadly been aware that this is both an inside and an outside job. 

When the day came I was so happy I had taken all the steps and genuinely felt glowing from within.  

These are my tips for keeping your skin hydrated and naturally glowy:

Water


It is almost boring saying it but water is key. All skin types need hydration to keep skin healthy and functioning properly and we know we need to drink approx 2 litres of ( preferably filtered) water per day. For some random reason having never drank coffee before, about a year or so I took it up. Within three months of maybe one or two coffees a day I could see a huge difference in the dehydration of my skin. I tried giving up coffee entirely, but that wasn't really an option as I've decided I like it a little too much. That said upping my water intake and drinking an extra pint of water for every coffee seems to compensate for this. Also if water is just too boring to handle I like adding vitamin sachets like Revive Beauty Complex which flavour the water just enough. 

Exfoliation 


Hydrated skin is all about preparation, even before you use your creams.  If you aren't exfoliating regularly your products can't sink in and do the work they're supposed to do. I've searched high and low for a good exfoliant that wouldn't give me thread veins (anything gritty) or make me break out (anything glycolic) and I finally found the Yonka Gommage which is the best and most gentle exfoliant I've ever used. You layer it onto clean dry skin and after a few minutes it forms a jelly like consistency which you roll off your skin and it takes the dead cells with it. By doing this regularly my skin feels much smoother and also I know the products are sinking in more effectively. It's become my hero product from the range. 

Moisturizing


Now into the main act, once your skin is well prepped getting the right moisturiser is essential. A key ingredient to achieve these results is Hyaluronic Acid, a natural component in the skin which depletes from age. Yonka Hydra cream and fluide has both High and Low molecular Hyaluronic Acid which ensures that the deeper levels of the skin gets a good " drink" as well as the surface. This is suitable as a  day and/or night cream. On the morning of my wedding this was my base. I also use the Yonka Hydra+ booster when I want to enhance my moisturizer. You use just 1 pump in your usual cream to unhance it. On mini-moon in Lisbon this was needed! 

If your skin feel really tight then an intensive treatment may be needed. Yon-Ka Hydra No 1 Serum applied to face and neck before the Hydra No1 Cream can quickly replenish the skins plumpness and repair side effects of essential moisture loss. Consistency is key though and I think you need to use it for at least six weeks to notice a difference. 

Eating Water Rich Foods


Whilst we all know about drinking water, eating water rich foods also really helps keep hydration in balance. In >this study< the most hydrating fruits and vegetables are listed and it's great to include them in your diet where possible. Water helps transport oxygen, fat and glucose to muscles, regulate your body temperature, digest food and eliminate waste products from the body and eating water rich foods give you the added vitamin benefits as well as the hydration. 

Supplementation


It's easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to supplements and there are certain health food stores I avoid because I leave with 3 or 4 things that go dusty on my shelves as I take everything the sales assistants say verbatim and over-spend. What I will say I do know for sure is that some healthy fats and a good probiotic will make a difference to your overall well-being and also your skin. For probiotics I make my own Kombucha ( see how > here< ) and I also take supplements especially if I have been eating out a bit too often or on holidays. The ones I like can be bought >here< 

Anyway those are all my tips. I hope they're useful. It's my birthday in a month and I want to be as glowing as possible on the day. I think ageing is inevitable but taking the above actions makes me feel that little bit more in control of things in some tiny form. 

Let me know if you have any more tips I might like? 

Lots of love, 

 
 

Images - Brid O'Donovan.

*I am an ambassador for Yonka Skincare. It's one of the most dynamic plant based ranges I have ever found and I am delighted to collaborate with them. 

Raw Vegan Lemon and Berry Cheesecake

Raw Vegan Lemon and Berry Cheesecake

I used to always love cheesecake. It was my absolute favourite dessert and I couldn't get enough of it. Back in my twenties even after I cut back on dairy it was my weakness. When I lived in LA for six months (for more on LA see >here<) I first tasted vegan cheesecake and my mind was completely blown away. I couldn't get over the texture, how rich and satisfying it was and also that the next day I didn't feel bloated like I did when I had cream or milk. 

I have always loved lemon tart. It's the gorgeous contrast of the sharp sour taste of the lemon mixed with the sweetness of the base but wanted to find a vegan version. I've made this three times now and it's really special. 

As Summer berries are in full bloom I thought adding a berry layer would add even more flavour and depth. I used frozen berries here as they're cheaper but fresh will also work well. This is perfect served with even more berries and vegan or not everyone will Love it. 



I really hope you enjoy this! Let me know if you make it!

Lots of love, 

 
 
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Wedding Beauty Vlog

Wedding Beauty Vlog

The Week before my wedding was so much fun and definitely a little indulgent! 
It was all about Beauty. Here's what I got up to:

A Yonka Facial - for more information on the brand see yonka.ie
#Swimrise with the guys from thehappypear.ie

Getting my lower braces removed by the incredible Dr. Paula from mydental.ie

A hair colour touch up with Holly in petermark.ie

Picked up our wedding bands from rudolfheltzel.com and my dress from myrtleivory.com

A manicure and pedicure from shelbournespa.ie/the-salon

Tan in anubeauty.ie

On my wedding day I felt glowing and full of excitement! 

I loved every second of the preparations and it was such a special week !

I'll do a more in-depth round up of wedding content when the proper pictures come in!

Lots of love, 

 
 

How I Deal With Anxiety

How I Deal With Anxiety

You would think my first post after getting married would be all about the wedding but I wanted to be honest. Yes, the wedding was amazing - magical even.

My Current Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

I hope this finds you all so well? 

It's just three days until my wedding and I am getting so excited! 

I have been taking great care of my skin lately and I'm really noticing the benefits. I thought you might like to see how I start my day and what products I love at the moment!

 

Lots of love, 

 
 

Eight Vegan and Veggie Friendly Places to Eat in Dublin. 

Eight Vegan and Veggie Friendly Places to Eat in Dublin. 

Since transitioning to a plant based diet I’ve had to re-think my social life and where I get my morning coffee. 

Making The Best of Breakfast

Making The Best of Breakfast

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day. Sadly it's one I rush more than most and get into the habit of having the same thing far too easily. With this in mind I got in touch with Erica from Homespun Foods who knows all about making the best possible breakfasts

My Tips For Event Dressing

My Tips For Event Dressing

Last week I attended and was working at the Peter Mark VIP style awards. I had never been before but I knew it glam was essential.

My Ultimate Glowing Green Smoothie*

My Ultimate Glowing Green Smoothie*

I've been getting a lot of messages recently asking all about skin. Skincare is something I am passionate about but I also know that what I eat and drink plays a pretty fundamental role too. 

Bank Holiday Bliss in Donegal

Bank Holiday Bliss in Donegal

It's been a manic few weeks and a long time ago, knowing our wedding is in May, I earmarked Easter's lovely long weekend for a break for ourselves. 

5 Tips For Occasion Dressing

5 Tips For Occasion Dressing

I was nominated in the ten most outstanding people at the JCI awards last week. It was quite surreal, and also my first nomination, so I was very excited.

Five Spring Style Additions.

Five Spring Style Additions.

There's no denying that Spring truly is here. Ever since the hour moved forward the brightness first thing in the morning is heavenly. This Winter felt so long, and so intense, but it's over..!

My Tips for Choosing A Bridal Make Up Artist

My Tips for Choosing A Bridal Make Up Artist

I have just had my wedding make up trial and I am thrilled with the artist I have chosen. 

Bridal Beauty Prep - 8 Weeks to Go. Video.

Bridal Beauty Prep - 8 Weeks to Go. Video.

I have eight weeks until my wedding and I'm starting to take things a bit more seriously in the beauty department. 

Meeting Fleur of England

Meeting Fleur of England

Last week I experienced an amazing blogger event. 

I was invited with a select group of London bloggers to come and check out the new Fleur of England lingerie collections and to also see the new resort pieces. 

Staying OnTrend In London*

Staying OnTrend In London*

Last week I was invited over to a blogger event in London. I find London style is far more paired back and I wanted something simple as it was an early (5 am) start but also elegant and a little different. 

How To Do a Gray Smokey Eye*

How To Do a Gray Smokey Eye*

A few weeks ago I was going through my make up bag and I found a grey eyeshadow palette. I looked up youtube videos and played around but it ended up looking like a more sooty and sultry eye.

What I'm Wearing To My Hen Party

What I'm Wearing To My Hen Party

When it came to choosing what to wear for my hen I wanted something really special.