13 Jan 2019

Review: Botanics Skincare #ThePlantOne

I'm back with more skincare content for you all - wahey! I feel like this year is going to be the year I really narrow down a regime and carefully select products that fully agree with my skin. On that note, I've been re-organising and re-thinking my skincare collection and I've noticed that I seem to have a few products by Botanics.

Botanics is a Boots brand and I remember when it first came out the Boots logo was on the packaging but it has since been removed, not too sure why! Anyway, the brand is mostly natural, cruelty-free and organic - which gets a huge thumbs up from me. As the name suggests, Botanics uses plant oils and extracts in their products, making them stand out from other natural brands. Also, the price point ranges from £3.50 to £12, which I think is completely reasonable for a drugstore brand that has USPs like it does.

Going back to ingredients, the Botanics products use various plant extracts depending on the type and the range it belongs to. I've popped the different plant extracts and it's benefits below just so you are aware!

Rosehip // contains omega oils helping to nourish and restore glow
Hibiscus // includes natural exfoliants which helps brighten and enhance radiance
Clary Sage // rich in nutrients it moisturises dehydrated skin for hours
Ginkgo // protects the skin and reveal a youthful glow
Purple Orchid // the plant sugars help reduce the appearance of the visible signs of ageing

There are different ranges for each ingredient and each skin concern so definitely something for everyone: organic, brightening, hydration & sensitivity, anti-ageing and mature skin

Anyway, onto the products and reviews! 

100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil
Made with rosehip oil, this product is rich in omega oils which is great for hydration and glow-boosting. I really like using this product in the evening so it soaks in overnight and leaves me looks healthy in the morning! It also agrees with my skin even though it is quite sensitive so would highly recommend.

80% Organic Hydrating Eye Cream
I really fancied a new eye cream as my Simple one was almost running out so I popped out and thought this would be best for my skin type. As you are well aware of, my skin is very dry and prone to getting irritated and after using this for a few weeks now, I can confirm it is gentle and nourishing on the eye area.

93% Organic Hydrating Super Balm
What drew me to this product was the size of the tub. It is super diddy and handbag sized but it is packed full with goodness. It is a very rich and slightly greasy balm that you can apply anywhere on the face and body such as elbows and other areas that may get dry. I found that this is a dupe for the Liz Earle Superbalm, which obviously costed a lot more but is now sadly discontinued.

All Bright Cleansing Toner
This toner has been my holy grail over the past few months. It has literally lasted me ages and I'm only just coming towards the end. I've been picking this up more so than my Liz Earle toner, which says a lot! This product is meant to brighten the skin and I feel like it does that brilliantly and gently too.

Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser
On the rare occasion where to do wear make up or when my skin feels clogged up, I use this cleanser. It is formulated for dry and dehydrated skin and so works very well with my skin type and needs. It also gets off any waterproof mascara!

All Bright Hydrating Night Cream
I'm a big fan of all the products I've tried so far but I'm gonna have to admit that this is my least favourite. I just feel like it doesn't add anything more than what my other creams do so I don't find myself reaching for this very often. Hence why I have the old old old packaging for this - it's been in my collection that long!


Have you tried Botanics? What are your favourite products?

6 Jan 2019

Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake Recipe

Baking... is there a better way to spend an afternoon? I haven't baked in a while and getting back into it was SO satisfying and therapeutic. I decided to ease my way back in with a classic but delicious lemon drizzle loaf cake. I love a lemon flavoured cake, so much so that our wedding cake was that flavour!

This recipe has never failed me so I thought I'd finally share it. It is from Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr so I can't take credit but it is a FAB recipe!

Ingredients (serves 10 people)

For the cake:
170g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
170g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
zest of 2 lemons
170g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

For the drizzle:
150g icing sugar
Juice of 2 lemons


Preheat your oven to 180°C and prep a 22cm loaf tin with butter or greaseproof paper.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then, one by one, add the eggs followed by the lemon zest.

When the mixture is throughly combined, add the flour slowly so there isn't a flour cloud! Also pop the baking powder in.

The mixture is supposed to be quite thick compared to usual but if it is looking too stodgy, I usually add a splash of milk.

Pour the mixture into the loaf tin and tap the tin on the worktop to knock the air bubbles out and even out the mix. Then pop it in the oven for about 30-40 mins or until when you poke a knife into the cake, it comes out clean.

Whilst the cake is in the oven, you can quickly whisk together the sugar and lemon juice ready for the when the cake is cooling down. Poke the cake with a knife or a skewer so when you pour the drizzle it seeps through the holes in the cake. Whilst the cake is warm, pour the drizzle and then let set.

Enjoy with a cuppa!

If you are a fan of lemon cake, I'd definitely recommend trying this! 

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