With Pancake Day happening tomorrow, I’ve been trying to think of ways to mix the day up a little. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of the British lemon and sugar combo – it’s too sticky and crunchy, and maple syrup feels a bit predictable. So when Hotel Chocolat got in touch to share their recipe, I couldn’t resist giving them a go!
This year, Hotel Chocolat suggests ditching your usual toppings, and instead mixing things up with a choice of their delicious spreads. A more refined take on Nutella, their Hazelnut Chocolate Spread is pure indulgence – all silky-smooth cocoa, with a hint of moreish nuttiness. As delicious spread on a slice of toasted sourdough as it is topping a stack of freshly made pancakes, this is a breakfast staple you’re not going to want to miss.
If you’re looking for an even more indulgent treat, then you’re going to love the Salted Caramel & Pecan Chocolate Spread. An absolute treat, this mixes the salty-sweetness of caramel and pecans with the richness of chocolate. I couldn’t pick a favourite if you asked me, so I’ve found that the best method is just to enjoy a little of both on a pancake or two – it’s a holiday after all!
If you’d like to enjoy some seriously indulgent pancakes this week, you can find Hotel Chocolat’s Spreads for £6 each, and they’re available here
When it comes to Holy Grail products, Fresh’s lip balm selection takes a few of my top spots. I used to have to stock up on the stuff when it was only available in the US – I positively clinked out of Sephora with handfuls of the tubes. Now Fresh is available pretty widely throughout the UK, and I’ve been adding to my collection with their new limited edition take on their Caramel Hydrating Lip Balm.
Packaged in the screw-top tub, the limited edition version comes primed for your personalisation, with fun stickers designed by illustrator-come-tattooist @GirlKnewYork. The box is decorated with her signature designs too – so it would make a beautiful little gift (or, a gorgeous treat for yourself).
Perfect for this time of year (literally, it’s rained, hailed, snowed and blown a gale in the past 24 hours) I’ve loved it for combatting winter lips over the past few weeks. Unlike the other Fresh balms I’ve tried (the ones which come in the tubes), this one is silky soft, and gives lips a subtle sheen.
The formula is filled with skin-softening oils including apricot kernel, blackcurrant seed and grapeseed to deliver long-lasting hydration, whilst Vitamin E helps protect lips.
The lip balm is priced at £15 and is available here
Over the past week or so, the UK has been buffeted by wind, sleet, snow and hail thanks to Storm Ciara. Apparently we’ve still got a few days left of the craziness, thanks to a fast-approaching Storm Dennis, and with the harsher weather, I’ve had to ‘up’ my skincare routine to match. I’ve got dry skin anyway, so wintery weather means I need to up my game even more. Which is exactly where Clockface Beauty’s Face Moisturising Balm comes in.
A supremely nourishing balm, which combats dry, stressed, sensitised skin in a single treatment, Clockface Beauty has been an absolute skin saviour over the past few days. I’ve been using it in a multitude of ways – on days when I don’t need to wear makeup, I’ve been slathering the balm on in the morning, and letting it work it’s magic. If I need to wear makeup, I massage a little into my problem areas, then in the evening, after cleansing, apply a generous layer. With a formula made up of nine oils, enriched with avocado and mango butters, candelilla wax and vitamin E, the balm feels like a facial in a single treatment. My skin absolutely drinks the balm up, and it feels so soft and nourished in the morning. The balm is also absolutely perfect for using alongside a gua sha facial tool too, as it gives a great amount of slip, so the stone doesn’t tug at your face.
Clockface Beauty Face Moisturising Balm is priced at £30 and is available here
When it comes to new health trends, I’m not sure many have been as widely adopted as the new enthusiasm for CBD in a range of products. I’ve tried serums, face masks and creams with the stuff, so when I got invited to a breakfast with luxury brand Apothem Labs at Harvey Nichols, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Rather than the kind of crunchy image CBD can have, Apothem have it down to a science.
Harnessing the power of CBD oil alongside pure botanicals, Apothem’s products are designed to perform effectively as possible whilst also being an absolute joy to use. Their Day Drops are designed to keep you calm throughout the day – each morning I drop 5-6 drops under my tongue (where it’s easiest for it to absorb, and keep them there for about a minute), and during busy days, I use another couple of drops around midday. Even though the drops are ‘Day’ ones, they don’t contain caffeine or any stimulants, so you can even use these in the evenings, if you need a little help to relax and unwind.
With pure CBD oil, like the type used by Apothem, you don’t get high or giddy. Instead, they just seem to keep me calm. On days when work is getting super busy or I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed, these drops help me take a breath, and tackle everything on my to-do list.
Apothem Labs Day Drops are priced at £85 and are available here.
When it comes to base products, I’m seriously picky. On a daily basis, like to look as natural as possible. You’ll not find me playing about with contouring, baking or strobing (or whatever new instagram idea is currently trending). Instead, I tend to find product I like, then stick to them. When Fenty launched a few years back, it revolutionised the beauty industry thanks to it’s range of 40 shades of foundation. No matter what your skin tone, chances are, Fenty’s got your shade.
As if having a seriously wide range of skin tones on offer, Fenty have released their Pro FILT’R Hydrating Foundation – a lighter take on the original which promises to provide hydrating, medium to full coverage for all skin tones. For someone like me, who’s skin skews to dry on an almost daily basis, it sounded like the perfect solution. My only concern was that it might be a touch heavy. Fenty Beauty looks aren’t exactly known for their subtly (hello blue lipstick), but I couldn’t resist having a go!
Mixing one pump of the PRO FILT’R Hydrating foundation with a pump of the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer creates the perfect base for days when I want to look and feel a little more done. It’s definitely a higher level of coverage than my regular tinted moisturiser or skin tint, but it doesn’t look heavy or caked on. Instead it smoothes onto skin, neutralising redness and covering imperfections. I’ve been using a damp Beauty Blender to apply, and I’ve been loving the results. The finish is naturally luminous, and no matter what I’ve been getting up to during the day, it looks the same in the evening as it did in the morning. It’s super comfortable to wear too – even areas which tend to dry out, usually around my nose and mouth, stay feeling hydrated, and looking freshly applied.
Fenty PRO FILT’R Hydrating foundation is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)