A Touch of Taste

Things have been pretty quiet on The Gem Word lately and that’s because I’ve been re-evaluating the direction I want my blog to do in. While I love beauty and lifestyle content, it is the food side of my blog that brings me the most joy. I’ve decided to make a leap into a self-hosted blog and I would like to introduce to you, A Touch of Taste.

A Touch of Taste is an all-things food blog where I’ll be posting recipes, tips/hacks, restaurant reviews and others. All with the ethos of easy, delicious, versatile and nutritious food. Whether you are looking for new everyday recipe inspiration, want to up your fruit/vegetable intake but don’t really like them or want some tips to save you time, and money in the kitchen, there is something for everything.

What will happen to The Gem Word? I think two blogs is too much to take on so if inspiration hits, you may see a few more posts but when my plan runs out, I have no plans to review. My food content generally gets the most traffic so I’m hoping if you love The Gem Word then you’ll follow me to A Touch of Taste.

Social Media

Instagram – @_atouchoftaste
Twitter – @atouchoftaste

I really hope you decide to join me on my next adventure and want to thank you for taking the time to visit The Gem Word.

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix | April 21

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix | April 21

My time spent on Netflix hasn’t been quite as much this month because I bought Disney+ after much deliberation, so I’ve been spending a lot of time re-watching old school Disney Channel and thoroughly enjoying. I have ticked a few things off my list and a few things I’m very excited to talk about.

The Bold Type

My favourite. From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew if executed properly then it would be so up my street. The Bold Type follows three twenty something girls working at Scarlet magazine, a women’s magazine in NYC (think Cosmopolitan). The show navigates their career, love lives and is underpinned by the love, respect they have for each other and their friendship. From the clothes, to the events, to the glam, it’s all very sexy and It’s the ultimate ‘I wish this was my life’ show. It brought me so much comfort whilst thoroughly entertaining me. Working for a magazine as a writer is my ultimate dream, so I was living vicariously throughout the four seasons and enjoyed every minute of it.

Operation Varsity Blues The College Admission Scandal

I’d heard about this scandal when it hit the headlines because a few big name actors were involved, and subsequently sentenced to jail time because of it but I didn’t pay too much attention to what had happened. I put this on as background and before I knew it, I couldn’t tear my eyes from it. It was so interesting to see how it actually happened, how it was facilitated and the amount of money people have at their disposal. It was crazy but I’m so glad there was a form of justice served for the crimes committed. If you have a spare few hours, it’s well worth a watch.

Run

A thriller which follows Chloe, a young disabled girl who’s care is solely at the hands of her mother. Things are on track, she’s hopeful to go to college when she uncovers something that makes her question everything. It’s an hour and a half, which is my ideal length for a film. I really enjoyed this, gripping but not too jumpy and it had a few really good twists and turns. I’m not normally into thrillers, but it was trending no.1 and, having read a similar book with a similar plot in the past, I had an idea of how this one would go and I was right. I would recommend it and if you’re not into thrillers, watch it during the day and you’ll be fine.

Tales of the City

A ten-part series based on the novels by Armistead Maupin, the story begins with Mary Ann returning to San Fransico after leaving her daughter, and ex husband behind to pursue a career. The series focuses on the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, which is an apartment building and follows their lives. Think colourful Rent-esk characters but in modern day. Sometimes I was really interested in this, and other’s less so. There was some good storylines but I was a bit bored in places. Glad I watched it to the end, but probably wouldn’t watch another series.

The Crown

I mentioned this in last month’s post but I hadn’t finished it and this month I’ve watched the third and fourth season. I really enjoyed the last two seasons, probably more so than the first two (which I still really liked) because it was familiar storylines. The acting is outstanding, the characterisation is uncanny and it’s incredibly entertaining. I loved it, would absolutely recommend you give it a watch if you’ve not already… but you do need to concentrate, it’s not background watching.

That is my Netflix picks for this month, I can’t believe we’re now at the end of April already! I really hope you enjoyed reading, please let me know if you’ve watched any of the above or are now going to add them to your watch list. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments below.

Quick, Easy and Healthy Lunch Ideas

Quick, Easy and Healthy Lunch Ideas

When you’re busy, quick, healthy and filling lunches can be so difficult and sometimes half of the problem isn’t lack of time, but lack of inspiration. Since I’m been working from home, I eat differently than I did when I was in the office. Rather than not eating until lunchtime, I now eat around 10.30 and then have my lunch around 2, but I eat lighter. It’s so easy to just turn to toast, particularly if I’m busy, but I then get tired in the afternoon so these quick, health lunch ideas are staples in my weekly lunch routines.

Speedy Tomato Soup

Serves 2

1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Tin of White Beans (Butter, Cannellini, whatever you have in the cupboard)
2 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
Basil Leaves
Tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt, Pepper & Seasoning of your choice (I recommend Paprika, Oregano, Nutmeg, Garlic and Chilli Flakes, but it it is to suit your tastes)
Optional:Cooked Chicken or Chorizo

Blend all ingredients with a stick blender until smooth. Warm over a medium heat until piping hot, check the seasoning and add more if required. You can serve with extra Basil, Chicken or Chorizo and a slice of sourdough. The quantities above will make two portions and you can store it in the fridge overnight.

I’d never thought of using tinned chopped tomatoes for making soup, but they’re so delicious. This is one I can prepare throughout the morning while I’m making tea/coffee and then just heat it up at lunchtime. The beans should keep you full throughout the afternoon but I’ve added the optional meats for more protein if you like.

Creamy Spinach and Pea Soup

Serves 2

100g Frozen Spinach
200g Frozen Peas
1 Garlic Clove
1 Stock Cube (chicken or vegetable, whichever you prefer)
Salt & Pepper
900ml Boiling Water
6 Basil Leaves (plus extra to serve)
Tbsp of yoghurt (to serve)

Add all the ingredients to a pot, along with 900ml of boiling water. Bring through the boil and then cook over a medium heat for 18 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and leave to cool for a few minutes and then blitz with a hand blender. Portion it up and then finish with a spoonful of yoghurt (greek, free from, natural, whatever you prefer) and a few basil leaves.

One of my absolute favourites, and so easy to make. It’s full of goodness and the use of frozen veg means you don’t need to worry about having fresh ingredients or any preparation work. Simply throw it into a pot and away you go. If you wanted to take this to the next level, you could add pancetta or cooked chicken for extra flavour and texture.


Egg Wrap

Serves 1

2 eggs
Tbsp of cold water
Salt & Pepper

Filling of your choice – I love salsa and avocado; chicken and tomato; Quorn sausages or carrot and hummus.
The majority of things you would put in a toastie/ sandwich, will work with this.

Whisk the eggs, water and salt/ pepper together and then heat in a pan over a medium heat. Run your spatula around the edges of the egg as it cooks until it comes away easily. Once it’s cooked enough, flip and cook the other side for a minute. Leave to cool slightly and then add your topping. If you’re only looking for a snack, you can cut down to one egg if you have a small pan.

Eggs are a staple in my diet, I must eat them at least five times a week because they fill me up and they’re quick. We don’t eat a lot of bread in my house, so it’s not always in the cupboard so what bread is to others, is what eggs are to me. I love that this is so versatile and works for either breakfast or lunch.

I hope that has given you some inspiration, please leave a comment below if you’re planning to try out any of these recipes. What are your favourite weekday lunches?

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Dairy Free – Pure Heavenly Chocolate Review

Dairy Free – Pure Heavenly Chocolate Review

When I decided to cut dairy from my diet, I had a fair few moments of panic realising I would be saying goodbye to some of my favourite foods – cheese, cake, ice cream but most of all, chocolate. A self-confessed addict, a day doesn’t pass that I don’t have at least a nibble of chocolate. I knew I would be saying goodbye to to my dietary staple, or at least in the sense I knew it, and I made it my mission to find a decent dairy free chocolate.

I scoured the supermarket free-from isles, read lots of blog posts about accidentally dairy free treats (hello, Bournville) and searched the internet, which is where I came across Pure Heavenly. The brand interested me as it was aiming to be a healthier alternative to the sweet stuff with only 2% surgar, and around 128 calories per 30g (a standard Dairy Milk is 45g for comparison). The brand is also 100% vegan, dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, GMO and Palm Oil free. So you might be wondering, what actually is in it? The chocolate is made from cocoa butter, rice cream and sweeteners.

The variety of flavours available really was what piqued my interest. A variety of flavours including salted caramel, banana, strawberry, coconut, mint and orange in the milk chocolate variety. The dark chocolate collection has flavours including coffee, raspberry, cherry, sea salt and ginger. Bars can be bought in 85g or 3g size, they also do selection box style gift packs if you can’t choose or like a bit of variety.

I ordered the Milk Taster Gift Box which cost £12.50 and you get 8 30g bars in the following flavours: Banana, Orange, Silk, Coconut, Mint, Hazelnut, Strawberry and Salted Caramel). The flavours I was most excited by were banana, salted caramel, orange and silk, as the majority of supermarket free-from chocolates I’d tried had a somewhat grainy texture.

I started with the Silk and I can confirm it is smooth and silky that other free-from chocolate is just not achieving. It’s quite a mild taste and is sweet, without being too sweet. I was most excited about banana and actually, I was a bit disappointed as I wanted that artificial banana milkshake type flavour but it’s a much more natural banana flavour. My favourites were the salted caramel and orange flavours, I really liked the coconut and hazelnut too because they had flakes on the bottom so it was nice to have some texture.

My taste buds are definitely changing and moving on from the sweet, sugary chocolate to looking for deeper, rich flavours so I’m going to try the dark chocolate taster box next. Sour cherry, sea salt, coffee and ginger sound heavenly!

If you’re looking to cut down on your sugar, or have a diet free from dairy, gluten, wheat or soy, and are looking for a sweet fix, then I’d totally recommend giving Pure Heavenly a try.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve ever tried Pure Heavenly, or if there are any other free from chocolate brands you’d recommend.

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Why I Went Dairy-Free | April 2021

Why I Went Dairy-Free | April 2021

I was always aware of the link between what you put into your body, and your overall health. I knew I shouldn’t eat too much fat or sugar, I knew I should eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables and encorporate a balanced, variety of foods into my diet. I knew I should drink lots of water and limit my caffeine and alcohol, and I knew that If I ate rubbish then I’d feel rubbish. I’ve never been able to get away with a poor diet. Whether it be to maintain a healthy weight, or for energy, my body wouldn’t be long in reminding me that I wasn’t fuelling it properly. Despite feeling hard done to as a child, while my friends would live off beige foods and chocolate where as I could only have those foods in moderation, it meant when I became an adult and had control over my diet, it was a much easier transition. It also gave me an interest in nutrition and the relationship between how you fuel your body and how it affects you.

I was diagnosed with a connective tissue disease in 2019 and while it was a sight of relief, knowing there was something wrong with me for so long but not knowing what, it was a new thing in my life to manage which I felt powerless too because it’s incurable, and unpredictable. As I managed the first two years of my diagnosis, my body got used to the medication and it took me to a point where it was under control and we were as far as we could go in terms of medication. I was still frustrated because I was in a lot of pain at times, fatigued, and felt like I was losing control. I’d thought about a homeopathic route but in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt it was too much money to part with for a Skype call. The other thing I wanted to explore was the effect my diet could have on managing my condition. I’d read stories about how diet modification could improve conditions. Ella, from Deliciously Ella turned to a plant based diet to help with her conditions, and Nic Chapman from Pixiwoo has credited her diet in keeping her MS under control. I had read article after article about various diet options but as I have a sensitivity to dairy, I can eat it but if I eat too much I don’t feel great, I was interested to see if cutting it out completely would improve my health.

I made the decision fairly quickly so going cold turkey, seemed like a set up to fail. I decided for the month of March and up until Easter weekend, I would cut it out as much as possible but have the odd cheat day here and there for Mother’s Day, Easter, occasions. I also didn’t want to hassle anyone else with my dairy free diet while I was still tinkering with it. That would give me a solid fortnight off dairy to learn, settle into a new routine and see if I noticed a benefit.

I studied the free from sections of the supermarket and other than them being (at times) eye-wateringly more expensive, there wasn’t anything I found that I could haven’t have a dairy free alternative, which was assuring. From cheese, milk, yoghurt, chocolate, even condensed milk, there were options. Having a sweet tooth, I was nervous about giving up chocolate and even though I’ve found dairy free alternatives that I like, there is also some ‘accidentally’ dairy free products I’ve found which means I can still eat some of my favourite treats, like Bournville and Bourbon biscuits.

I cook a lot so found it pretty easy come mealtimes, but I did do a stock take and was surprised at some of the ready made foods that contain dairy like tinned soups and even some chicken sausages. I swapped cows milk for oat milk, switched cheese for free-from cheese which is coconut based and surprisingly delicious, I started blending cashews to make creamy sauces and swapped ice cream for soya based products. Dairy provides lots of vital nutrients so to supplement this, I made sure I was eating a vast range of veggies, I added more nuts, seeds and pulses to meals and nutritional yeast. I also take Vitamin D supplements so switched to Vitamin D + Calcium and now take a multi B vitamin daily and that seems to be working well so far.

Within the first week, I definitely felt better within myself which was a real positive and I didn’t find the dietary change difficult. My joint pain is definitely calmed down which is a huge benefit (although I’m pretty sure the dairy free has a lot to do with it, these conditions are unpredictable so I can’t say for sure that’s what it is). I’m not crippled with fatigue right now, but I haven’t been since Christmas so I haven’t noticed any direct impact, I suppose I’m moving more so should feel more tired, but I still feel pretty good.

After an indulgent Easter, I now have no interest in dairy products so feel like I’m in a good position to give it a real go and see if it makes a difference to my life. I am slightly worried about eating out, many foods contain hidden dairy so don’t want to eat it unknowingly, but I don’t have an allergy so I’m not as worried about cross contamination as someone with an allergy should be. Time will tell how I get on, but if it’s going to improve my quality of life, then I’m willing to try anything.

I plan to post a lot more dairy free content including things I’ve learned, accidentally dairy free treats and recipes so if you’re interested in that, or have any tips then please leave a comment below.

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New Additions To My Skincare Routine | April 21

New Additions To My Skincare Routine | April 21

With April, comes the first hint that the dark, bleak winter has gone and we’re now heading into warmer, longer days. I tend to change my skincare routine depending on the season, and the condition of my skin. I’ve added a fair few products into my routine lately and I thought I’d share.

Simple Protect ‘N’ Glow Triple Protect SPF 30 Moisturiser

I mentioned that this was on my Wishlist in My Everyday Facial SPF post (if you haven’t sorted your SPF yet, here is your reminder) and as soon as I saw this, I picked it up. I’m light sensitive, fair, use acids in my routine, and I want to look 25 forever so SPF is high on my list. I really like this moisturiser, it’s slightly heavier than the Simple Vital Vitamin Cream and is velvety without being heavy. I’m enjoying using this and it definitely brightens my skin.

La Roche-Posay Serazinc

I saw this on Fleur De Force’s recent video and through I would give it a try as she had such good things to it. My skin can be prone to breakouts but it’s normally hormonal or when I overload on sugar so I wasn’t sure if this would be right for me but after Fleur’s review, I was sold. It’s a very fine, cooling and refreshing mist while tightening pores and calming skin. I really like this, I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it over the summer months and would repurchase.

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser

This gel cleanser has been on my to-list for a few months. I finally purchased it a few weeks ago because it’s such a holy grail for people. Said to cleanse, smoothen and gently exfoliate skin whilst being gentle and protects the skins natural barrier. No frills, just a good old face wash, which you can actually use on your body too. I really wanted to love this, and the jury is still out but I’m leaning towards the disappointed side. My skin has become so textured, it never used to be like that and it’s felt really horrible for a few days. It might be coincidence so I’m going to persevere for another few weeks but I don’t think I’m going to get on with this one.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Mini Calming Serum

This came in the CEW Female Founders Beauty Edit box which I indulged on just before Christmas and I’d never heard of the brand before. Retailing for £65 for 10ml this is eye watering, and even if it worked miracles, I doubt I would re-purchase. It’s lovely and it does calm redness and irritation. It was an SOS when my skin flared up but it’s way to expensive so when I finish the bottle, that will be it I’m afraid.

Do you switch up your skincare routine with the seasons? I’d love to know what you change and what products you love in the warmer half of the year. Or, if you have tried any of the above products, I’d love to know what you think.

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My April Goals | April 21

My April Goals | April 21

This year, I’ve found it helpful to set myself goals at the start of each month to keep myself on track rather than big resolutions. I find it easier to break things into chunks, with shorter periods. The weather is getting warmer, things are looking up but the turn of 2020 into 2021 feels like a long time ago and this is normally my danger zone to fall out of touch with my resolutions, so I thought I’d share them.

  1. Clear out my iCloud keychain

    Probably not what you expected the first one to be, but I have so much rubbish on their that, what should be useful is a hinderance and I end up frustrated. I could avoid that if I took an hour and sorted it out.
  2. Change my car

    This should be an exciting one, because getting a new car is a big thing. The car I’m changing is my first one so I’m a bit nervous about the whole changing process, plus I hate all the sales chat when car shopping, on top of the whole Covid mask wearing, do you shake their hand or not?! It’s causing me minor anxiety. I need to just bite the bullet.
  3. Reach 160 WordPress followers

    My goal for March was to reach 100 followers and I exceeded that so I’m trying to push for 160. If you’re not already following my blog, and you enjoy the content then please do follow via email or WordPress, it really does make a big difference.
  4. Finish the first draft of 2 chapters of my novel

    I don’t know how this keeps slipping away from me, but it does. I find it easier to write storylines, then add them into chapters and fill in the gaps around them. I did barely any writing last month so I need to get back on it.
  5. Schedule my tweets for the week

    I find this is a better strategy for me than tweeting links a few times a day. I like to do this on a Monday and I notice my blog views dip if I don’t do it, so I want to be a bit more consistent.
  6. Improve on my March views

    As long as the number is going up, I’m happy and it is so encouraging to see my stats go up. I’m not putting a figure on it, as long as it’s at least one higher than March then I’ll consider this goal reached.
  7. Get into a routine of planning my content

    I’ve just started using Trello to plan my blog content and actually, I really like it. I want to get to a point where I don’t feel like I’m on a deadline to get a post out, but actually am always ahead of the game with my content.
  8. No Dairy after Easter

    I decided to give a dairy free diet a try to see if it improves my health. Throughout March, I tried to cut out as much dairy as possible but had ‘cheat’ days for Mother’s Day, and Easter weekend. From the 5th April, I’m not eating at all to give it a fair chance and see if I notice an improvement.
  9. Have at least 2 treat-free days per week

    I always notice my diet slipping between Christmas to Easter and I personally feel much better when my diet is good. I need to start getting it back on track on this month and I think the majority is habit. By limiting my treat allowance, I’ll be more conscious and hopefully start to break the habit this month.
  10. Post twice per week on The Gem Word

    This is my fourth month of blogging and I’m generally posting twice a week but there’s always a fall somewhere in the month where I don’t make it. This month I’m going to push to post consistently, twice per week.

That will more than keep my busy this month. What are you goals for April?

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Spring Home Decor Pieces Under £35

Spring Home Decor Pieces Under £35

We’ve all been spending much more time in our home spaces in the last twelve months but the same scene day in, day out can get a bit repetitive, plus since I’ve not been accessorising my wardrobe, I’ve been focusing on on accessorising my space with the seasons. I like a neutral, grey palette where I can bring in colours with the seasons and easily match out accessorise. I always like to make sure I’m getting bang for my buck, so here is some of my favourite spring homeware pieces, all £35 and under.

Nothing says brighter days are coming like the first glimpse of sunshine, this Hey Sunshine cushion from George at Asda is £8. I love the neutral background with the big, bold colours on it. It’s fun, has a mix of textures which makes it interesting. This will brighten up any space.

They don’t say April showers for nothing and there’s nothing more appealing than snuggling under a blanket on a rainy day. This Flower Super Soft Throw is light yet soft and the pattern is so spring like for only £6. Drape over your bed or at the end of your sofa for a pop of colour.

Sainsbury’s planter game is strong this season. What’s not to love about a faux Cactus in a bright, quirky Blooming Marvellous pot? From Habitat, this will set you back £6 and will liven up any space. If you’re looking for something bigger this Stay Wild Slogan Planter, for £15, is a statement. If you’re looking for something more colourful, this Home Novelty Paint Planter is £11and will liven up your space.

If I want quirky, or colourful, one of my favourite spots is Oliver Bonas who have unique yet stylish pieces all year round. If you’re spring cleaning, and organising your wardrobe this month, why not treat yourself to this bright Green Fabric Wardrobe Hanging Storage. At £35, it’s an investment but not only is it practical if you’re tight on storage, it’s also incredibly colourful and makes me happy just looking at it.

When accessorising a space, I am a big fan of a trinket dish, not only do they look great but they are useful and easily swapped out if you need a refresh. This Gold & Glass Star Trinket Dish from Oliver Bonas is perfect for your coffee or side table. For just £16, fill with flowers, decorative Easter eggs, your keys and even sweeties.

Nothing makes you ready for spring like an injection of greenery into your space. If you want low maintenance, faux flowers are a great way to create that spring bloom look. Primark has introduced faux single flowers into their homeware collection and they are a steal compared to other stores. Averaging £1.50 per stem, some of my favourites are the Dahlia, Eucalyptus and the Mimosa. They also have this Garland With White Flower for £5, which I think would look great wrapped around a mirror.

If I’m looking for prints, Etsy is my first port of call and I came across this London Photography Pink Car Bloom Landscape which I absolutely adore. Starting at £15 depending on your size, I love the bright pop of pink. I also love this Rainbow Balloons London Print which is greyscale at the edges and then goes into a multitude of spring colours. I love that these prints take ordinary. The prints in this store take ordinary photographs, things which aren’t necessarily focal points when you think of London, but take a fresh spin on them which makes them really unique.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and its given you some inspiration. Please let me know in the comments below if you have found any great spring accessories for your home space.

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Bondi Sands Pure Review | March 21

Bondi Sands Pure Review | March 21

I mentioned in my buying beauty products online post about my love of Influenster and their VoxBox campaigns where you can test products in exchange for posting a review. I was selected for the Bondi Sands Pure collection VoxBox campaign and was sent the three products in the range to try. Just to disclaim, it’s not part of the campaign that I write a blog post, and I’m not being paid for this, but I did receive the products for free as part of the campaign. That being said, I always review products honestly and I liked this range overall, so I thought I’d share my thoughts.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Foaming Water

Infused with hyaluronic acid for long lasting hydration, the key selling point for me was the added vitamins C and E to to nourish skin and protect from pollution, UV rays and blue light, making this the ultimate fake tan for a day in town with the girls or a city break. It is cruelty free, vegan and suitable for sensitive skin so I was really excited to give this a go. For packaging, it’s a water but a squeeze bottle, so not the easiest to get out of the bottle without it going everywhere and as it’s transparent, it’s hard to wipe up. This does lather when it hits the skin but it’s easily controlled – a long way from the green mousse we used in our teenage years. The issue with the transparency is you can’t see how much is going on, or if you miss any parts. I did this while watching TV and ended up with a few streaks. It was a really rich colour, my skin felt soft and it lasted a long while. My skin could breathe too which made it really comfortable to wear. I put this on about 5pm, and it did slightly transfer to my sheets overnight, but it wasn’t too bad. Overall, I liked the colour, how it felt and the ingredients, I think the bottle would benefit from a pump and with practice, the application would probably be much easier.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tanning Face Mist

This is the product I was most excited about. I always found face fake tan tricky to apply and it clogged my skin. This product has all the good stuff of the others above, so I was excited to give this one a go. The pump is tricky to work, I actually thought it was broken and while it looks good, it’s a bit too much frill and a standard spray would’ve been better. Once you get it working, the spray is really fine so it’s easy to get a good, even coverage. A few sprays and then I just ran the mitt over my face to even out. Considering I wash my face more than my body, this lasted almost as long as my body colour so I didn’t re-apply this and just topped up with bronzer. I would quite happily purchase this, if the spray could be fixed.

Bondi Sands Pure Self Tan Sleep Mask

This was the product I was least excited to try, sleep masks in general just make me switch off. I think because when I was younger I assumed you went to sleep with a full on face mask and had to lie like a mummy all night, even though I know what’s the not the case, they still make me screw up my face. I was a little bit nervous because the face mist was pretty dark, so I thought this would be a stronger colour. Actually, I couldn’t have been more wrong and I liked this more than the mist (mostly because the packaging was easier). It’s just like a moisturiser but is hydrating, and leaves your skin glowing. I have somewhat sensitive skin and it didn’t clog my pores or make me break out. The colour was even and it lasted well.

Overall

This was my first experience with Bondi Sands and I’m really impressed with the colour, how nourishing it felt on my skin and the longevity. I like the packaging is fully recyclable and it’s cruelty free, and Vegan. I’m more of a gradual tan within a moisturiser type gal than an all-in tan. I noticed they do a Gradual Tanning Milk which sounds so up my street, It’s in my Wishlist for my next online shopping splurge.

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix | March 21

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix | March 21

Since the country has been grounded for the third time, ‘what have you been watching?’ seems to come up in conversation with the limited human interaction we are allowed. Whether you’re bored, need to unwind or just escape for a while, it’s hard to imagine a world when Netflix wasn’t a thing.

Bridgerton

I finally gave in to the hype and watched Bridgeton and for ten episodes, I very much enjoyed it. Think a period drama mixed with Gossip Girl, mixed with porn. There’s a lot of sex in it to the point I though, do these kids ever tire? The Duke, lives up to the hype and I had all kinds of heart eyes watching him in it. The response I’ve seen to Bridgerton so far has been either, meh it was okay, or I’m going as Lady Whistledown for Halloween this year and no in-between. I am very much in-between, it was good and I enjoyed it but it fell short of one of the best things I’ve watched this year.

The Good Place

From the Gossip Girl days, I was a fan of Kristen Bell and The Good Place looked like a quirky comedy with twenty-odd minute episodes, perfect background watching. The premise of the show is Kristen’s character has died and admitted into “the good place”, but it becomes apparent that she’s there by mistake. I really struggled to get into this and it almost touched on sci-fi in places, which lost me even further. I struggled through the first two seasons before giving up with this one.

The Crown

The Crown was one I always intended to watch, but never got round to it. After watching Prince Harry on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he references how the show is fiction, but gives you an idea of the machine behind the British Monarchy so I tuned in. I’m just about to go on to season 3, which I’m super excited for, but the first two seasons takes you through coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the early years of her marriage to The Duke of Edinburgh. It’s fascinating, and my eyes have been opened. It is one you need to concentrate for though.

Mother’s Day

One of my favourite films, ever. I love films where the story has lots of different characters, and their stories end up crossing paths. It show’s the love of mother’s in a variety of formats and addresses death, strained relationships, those who’ve lost children, adoption and more. It’s a really heart warming story and a great watch.

I would love to know if you’ve watched any of the above shows, what did you think? For April, The One, The Bold Type and New Girl are on my list but if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments. I have just bought Disney+ so I will be splitting my affections between both Netflix and Disney+, currently re-watching all my favourite childhood shows.