Make-up that is good for your skin

Do you like clogging your pores with parabens, heavy metals or even hormone disrupting chemicals?

No? Nope, me neither!

Have you ever thought about what your make-up is made of?

Nope, me neither! Well until recently…..have a read of these and then have a look at Neal’s Yard Organic make-up.

The Good: (Hurrah for ethical shopping) http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/ethical-make-up/

Good shopping guide NYR 100

The Bad: (Toxic load in make-up is astonishing) http://www.naturalnews.com/053605_natural_makeup_chemical_toxins_body_chemistry.html#

avoid these cosmetics

The GREAT: https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/sarahtegg/area/shop-online/category/april-offers/

make up offer

 

As a fan of natural skincare, I’ve started looking at what goes into my make-up. I’m struggling with some congested pores at the moment (nice!) and along with increasing hydration and cutting back on trigger foods, I’ve been working hard with my skin care routine using a mixture of the Palmarosa, Rose and Frankincense NYR ranges. I don’t want to them undo all my hardwork by putting a toxic load of pore clogging chemicals on my face!

I tried out the NYRO range last week and couldn’t believe how GOOD it felt on my skin. It didn’t feel heavy and honestly like my skin was BREATHING throughout the day. Plus using Palmarosa Mattifer  beforehand helped it stay on all day long.

I’m not very good with make-up but it looked great. I went for a natural look but you can vamp it up with our night time shades. Fancy trying it? Check out the full range for all skin tones.

me with NYRO make up

(I’m wearing: minderal foundation medium warm, mineral bronzer golden warm, peony blusher, moss eyeshadow, oak eyeliner, lenghtening mascara and bayberry lipgloss)

Neal’s Yard have an AMAZING offer with 50% OFF yes that’s HALF PRICE make-up when you buy four products. So try out a new foundation, blusher, eye liner and lipstick today, guilt free – well almost!

https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/sarahtegg/area/shop-online/category/50-off-when-you-buy-4-items/

Do ask me for more details and get in touch if you want to hold a make-up party 🙂

Prepare for the week ahead

Prepare meals and snacks to keep you on track

What a Sunday! Food preparation is key to keeping your nutrition goals on track. Whip up sugar free snacks to always have them on hand when hungry strikes

Sunday saw me spend some of the afternoon on food prep to keep me going for the next few weeks. Gluten and dairy free breakfast, dinner, morning and afternoon snacks all prepared to keep me away from the temptations of bad food!

*Salmon, white and mackerel fish cakes made with goats cheese & butter
* Flaxseed crackers (scrummy with cashew nur butter and avocado on top)
* Deliciously Ella’s cinnamon and pecan granola
* Sugar free cocoa and berry antioxidant bars
(my new favourite)

Preparation is the key to success. When you feel hungry, you reach out for a snack irregarless of what it may be – muffin, biscuit, crisps. If you want to help fuel your body with nutritious food, you’ll need to prepare. I spent a while preparing the above so I had plenty for this week plus a stash of fishcakes and antiocidant bars in the freezer for later. Provided you store the granola in an airight container, it can last for a month.

Comment below if you’d like any recipes. Fail to prepapre, prepare to fail so go forth and sort your good snacks out!

Sunday food prep

The power of positive thought

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL HAPPIER EACH DAY?

Disclaimer: This is not the blog article I thought it was going to be. It was supposed to be about coping with food intolerances and the power of positive thinking but it turned into more of a ‘getting to know me’ post. I often say the phrase ‘but it’s not about me’ but sometimes I wonder how I expect anyone to relate to things I post if they just see me as a goody two-shoes spouting (hopefully) helping advice.

I was chatting to a good friend earlier who reminded me that only 4 years ago I was sat on her settee in floods of tears completely unhappy with my life. My health was suffering, my relationship was in tatters and I was finding my job too demanding. Most of all I didn’t know what to change or how I could do anything about it. I just assumed I was someone who wasn’t one of the lucky ones, whose lives seem so perfect on Facebook.

Fast forward to today and I was babbling on about how much I love my new house, how my husband is awesome and my jobs (note the plural to reflect a patchwork career) are going well. Yes I’m earning less than I used to in the corporate world but my life is so much richer for having changed so completely. The biggest change is that I’M HAPPY EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sounds annoying doesn’t it but you can be an annoying person too!

My biggest obstacle back then? Myself. I was in such a dark place, I couldn’t work out where to go, how to change or even what I wanted to do. If I didn’t have a plan, even just an inkling, how could I take a step forward? I opted for the more extreme version and left my job, my boyfriend and London behind as I headed home to lick my wounds and wonder where it had all gone wrong.

Staying with my parents allowed me a month off work without having to worry about income. I’m pretty sure I spent the first week just sleeping and crying. Then I started reading books of people in far worse scenarios than me who kept going for inspiration (Chris Moon, Jane Tomlinson, Lance Armstrong – before the truth came out). I’ve always been a sucker for a good old Hollywood ‘I changed my life completely’ story and was probably subconsciously looking for a bit of inspiration.

The idea of ‘positive thought’ sounded too American and cheesy to me. Waking up and being thankful for the new day, for a good night’s sleep or for a cooked breakfast? No thanks. But slowly I wondered if there was something in it and although I felt silly, I started to make a list of things I was grateful for and jot down ideas, however outlandish, of what jobs I’d like to have, places to visit and activities to try.

Another friends told me about moodboards and dream planning. Again the cynic in me didn’t understand how making a collage could help but flicking through magazines and Pinterest enabled me to work out a vague idea of what I wanted my life to look like. And it certainly wasn’t living with my parents on the eve of my 30th with a body that felt like it only had 20% battery life left.

So where does that leave me now? Fast forward 4 years and I am:

  • Happily married to someone supportive and caring – √
  • Living in the countryside – √
  • Pursuing my passion of health and wellbeing (having spent the past 3 years retraining) – √
  • Helping other people achieve their potential – OK I can’t put check as that feels too big headed but maybe a tiny nod of indication
  • Listing things I’m grateful for on a daily basis – hell yeah!

Fancy increasing your happiness? Try it for yourself.

 

which of these doe you hear

If it’s the left column, try rewording it into a more encouraging statement.

We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. Why not try to chance at least one of them?

 

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Sarah x