Well, hello there April. It’s nice to see you again. At the same time I can’t believe that March is already over. But don’t I say it every single month? Today I’m brining you another monthly favourites.
The month of March wasn’t very abundant in beauty products as I tried to focus more on my well-being. That’s why I only have 2 beauty products I loved in March and 1 lifestyle bit. But without further ado let’s crack on, shall we?
I love a good hand cream. I always need to have one by me as my hands get really dry almost throughout the whole year. I do struggle with finding the right hand cream, though. Ones are so thick that they leave all the oil on the keyboard, others are so light that I end up using 10 layers in one go in order to feel any difference. When I saw this little PHB Ethical Beauty hand cream in March LoveLula Beauty Box I was really excited to try it as I love PHB Ethical Beauty both for their products and for what they stand for as a brand. They are a family owned company which makes a vast range of organic, vegan beauty products. They won multitude of awards, which in my opinion are very well-deserved.
Their Brightening Hand Cream with Neroli & Ylang Ylang is a perfect hand cream in my books. Its non-greasy texture quickly absorbs into the skin leaving you with ultra soft and smooth hands. All thanks to Aloe Vera and Shea Butter moisturising properties.
The smell of it is incredible too. Quite strong but not overpowering and not giving me headaches. They also make few other versions of this hand cream, including a scent-free version for those who are allergic to essential oils.
Lip balms, just like hand creams, are another staple for me. I just always have to have at least one on my desk.
Ahh, Hurraw Lip Balms. I have loved them for a few years now. I tried them out for the first time few years back in the US and instantly fell in love with them. They are organic and vegan lip balms with a huge selection of delicious scents. From Vanilla to Earl Grey to Chocolate, they’ve got you covered.
I am a big fan of the Chai Spice Lip Balm, which is perfect for colder months. It’s smells so delicious that you just want to run and make yourself a cup of Chai immediately.
Their Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm is their latest addition to the range and it was also a part of March LoveLula Beauty Box. Not only is it as moisturising as other Hurraw lip balms, but it also smells like Summer. You can definitely smell the pineapple right away. It also contains a whooping 60% cold pressed Papaya Seed Oil, which makes your lips super soft, plump and hydrated.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you already know that I love cooking and baking. I love cookbooks and I love experimenting with food. The worst nightmare for me would be eating the same thing over and over again, day after day. During the week, I don’t always have time to try new recipes, but on the weekends, I love to spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. Soon after breakfast, I pop on my apron, go through my big collection of cookbooks and choose a menu for the day. I find it so incredibly relaxing, the whole process of cooking, while usually listening to an audiobook or a podcast. It’s a very mindful experience too. You have to focus on here and now, no distractions. Unless you want to end up with a burnt pan.
I had Alex’s book on my Amazon wish list for a long time before it even got published. I have read many interviews and stories about Alex’s journey and the inspiration behind 26 Grains restaurant she opened in London not long ago. This girl is a true inspiration and her story shows that hard work really pays off.
Her book contains 100 recipes, which all include, yes you guessed it, grains. Her breakfast porridges are to die for (Barley Porridge with Salted Pear Compote and Pistachio Sesame Sprinkle being one of my favourites) and she even gives a recipe for a savoury porridge with kale and fried egg. Yep, it’s a thing. I still haven’t given this one a go, but have heard nothing but good things about it and she serves this one in her restaurant too.
I also love all the lunch ideas, which not only use different types of rice, but also spelt and barley, which I think are somewhat forgotten and underrated grains. They just disappeared from our tables and got replaced by the not-so-sustainable quinoa.
Dinner selection is also on point, with the Smoked Haddock, Leek and Rye Tart being my favourite. It’s just so good. I already feel hungry even writing about it. The creaminess of the filling with a crispy rye pastry and pickled onions on the side are a match made in heaven.
If you fancy a treat, there is a whole chapter on that as well. From Apple Crumble to Rye, Cacao and Cardamon Tart with Almond Custard, and Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Cinnamon Cookies, there is something for everyone. But then again, who doesn’t love treats anyway?
I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this cookbook.
What were your March favourites?