{Sunday pamper} 4 Simple beauty product I love

Simple skincare kind to sensitive skin review

Hi

When it comes to my skincare routine, I have no problem in spending money. The way I see it, I have only one face and taking good care of it is an investment. I have always mixed high-end and high-street brands in my routine but have been paying closer attention to the latter since becoming a student again. I had completely underestimated the Simple brand while it’s actually a really great one at a very little cost. Here are my current 4 favourite products.

Simple Clear skin oil balancing moisturizer. Sadly, my favourite skin clarifying moisturizer of all time, the Noreva Actipur tinted moisturiser is not available in the UK. One day when I was about to run out, I payed closer attention to the  ingredients to try to find out an alternative available in the UK. I discovered that this Simple moisturiser contained phytosphingosine, the ingredient I suspected to give me such good results. I was right, this seems to be the key ingredients that helps me get clearer skin. It helps me clear blemishes after two days of using it and I can see how it has helped regulating my skin’s sebum production. I’d say that I have a “normal” skin now as opposed to “mixed” before. I know use it once a day or once every two days for maintenance and will buy it again with no hesitation.

Simple Kind to skin deep cleasing face mask. This clay-based facemask is perfect for a weekly deep cleanse. I love that it is so cheap and yet so efficient. I don’t know about you, but I don’t dare using expensive face masks as I overthink how much it costs and I feel it’s a waste if I only leave it on for 5min and not 30min, and I never have the time to leave it on for 30min! I think that more than the mask itself, it’s the fact that I use this one so regularly that helps me to see good results.

Simple Kind to skin moisturising facial wash. I am on my 3 rd tube of this one. It’s really kind to my skin and non-drying. I use it morning and evening. I particularly like the fact that it is available in most small shops, meaning that I can readily buy it when I run out. Again, the small price means that I can splurge in other areas of my “beauty routine”, notably for my toner and my haircare. The little bonus? The packaging is unisex and I’ve converted my other half to it. The fact that he doesn’t have his own facial wash means that there is more space for me to store my 50,000 products.

Simple Kind to skin soothing eye balm. I have sensitive skin in general but my eye area is particularly problematic. I am happy to say that this eye balm has not caused any irritation and perfectly does the job. I don’t think that it would be moisturising enough in the winter, but for now, it’s OK. I wish it could help with dark circles, sadly it doesn’t at all.


What are you favourite budget-friendly beauty products?

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Hit reset with Jasyoga – yoga for athletes

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Hi

Last saturday I met up with some of my running friends to attend an outdoor yoga class led by Erin, the founder of Jasyoga. As many of the girls were running a 10K the following day, the class mainly focused on stretching our hip flexors, calves and hamstrings. It was the perfect way to relax and #hitreset.

That’s what so different and unique about Jasyoga.  It’s not any yoga, it’s yoga for athletes, with very specific workouts to work on target areas. This fits exactly with how I like to cross-train. Everything I do outside of running is to ultimately benefit my running. After feeling stuck with the way I train and thinking that I had explored every options, from increasing my  mileage to doing more strength training, I realised that one thing I had not focused on was my flexibility. I have not been updating you on my June training but yoga has been a big part of it, enabling me to manage to touch my toes for the first time.

One of my favourite thing about Erin’s classes is how clear the explanations are (and her soothing voice). On saturday, I could have done the whole class with my eyes closed. I didn’t have to look at Erin to know exactly how I had to position myself. This is amazing to not only #Hitreset with your muscles, but your mind as well.

Last time I used Jasyoga was before the Hackney Half-marathon, I particularly like the “legs on the wall” video. However this time, it will be an integral part of my cross training.

The good news? You can access Jasyoga videos for as little as $4.99 (£3)/month! I you are in London, you can also attend some outdoor classes like the one I went to last Saturday.

#OutdoorStudio

When: Mondays in July, 6:30–7:30pm*
Where: Graham Street Park, Islington
Cost: By donation/pay what you want

I have to say, I am quite sad to be missing these as I will be working in Bristol this summer but I will make sure to Hit reset thanks to the videos!


Do you regularly practice yoga?

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Healthy vegan chocolate mousse

healthy vegan chocolate mousse avocadoHi

Would you believe me if I told you that the dessert pictured above contains 3 of your 5 a day and yet tastes as decadent and satisfying as a regular chocolate mousse?

If you are a regular reader, you know that eating my 5-a-day is not something that comes naturally to me. I still need to count my fruits/veg portions and plan in order to achieve my target. One evening after diner I realised that I had only ate 2  of my 5 a day! I therefore needed to have a healthy dessert to make up for it. I had read about using avocado as a base for chocolate mousse and decided to experiment with it. It came out better than I could have hoped for, was super satisfying and enabled me to eat 3 portions of fruits.

Healthy vegan chocolate mousse

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons of dark chocolate powder (I use this one from Green and Blacks)
  • 3 tablespoons of soya coconut yogurt from Alpro
  • 1 tablespoons of maple syrup (optional).

Blend all the ingredients together, add some raspberries for topping and voilà!

When I sent this recipe to my sister, she said something along the line of “hmm, yeah, I know you and your weird recipe, I will only believe it’s good when I try it”. She was not here to try it so I asked my housemate to try my “chocolate mousse”. He said “Hmm, it’s good, is it chocolate and banana?”. He could not believe it when I said it had avocado, you cannot taste it at all.

Let me know if you try this recipe, this way we can all convince my sister that it’s good and that she needs to try it!


What’s your favourite “healthy dessert”?

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Join me on Pactster for a #SummerPact and you could win Deliciously Ella’s cookbook

Pactster home workout yoga

Getting ready for some early morning yoga with Charlie

Hi

Have you heard of Pactster? Hou might have come across it during my Run Hackney training recap but let me explain what it is a bit more. Pactster is a great online platform where you can workout from the comfort of your own home. What’s innovative about Pactster?  Well it has a unique webcam system that allows you to connect with your friends and workout with them so you can support and encourage each other!

I absolutely love it and really believe in the Pactster project. I have been giving a lot of feedback to Katie and Imme and I am now the first Pactster ambassador!  Some of the upcoming developments are really great so watch this space.

Thanks to Pactster, I have done some yoga workouts with my mum who is in France. It was a great way to catch up while getting a workout in. More importantly, it has enabled me to achieve one of my fitness goals! A couple of weeks ago, I made a #SummerPact with Charlie : I had to be able to touch my toes and she had to do a forward bend. We both completed our goals!

Now it’s your turn to do a #SummerPact. Why not pledge to workout at least once a week?

Indeed, if you to 4 workouts on the Pactster platform between now and the 12th of July, you could win a copy of the Deliciouly Ella cookbook.  We all know that it’s easier to accomplish goals when a friend keeps you accountable so do your 4 workouts with a friend and you could both win a copy of the Deliciously Ella cookbook!

In summary, here is what you have to do:

1. Complete 4 workouts on Pactster within the next month

2. After each completed workout, write the hashtag #SummerPact in the feedback box so we can see you’ve completed your workout.

3. Share that you’ve completed your summer Pact with the hashtag #SummerPact on Twitter or Instagram, or tag Pactster on Facebook.

A winner will randomly be selected out of the participants on the July 14.

Competition running from June 12 until July 12 2015.

My #SummerPact is to be able to do a full press up and to maintain my newly gained flexibility. What’s yours? Join me on Pactster and lets achieve our goals together.

Pactster Summerpact Deliciously Ella cookbook

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Vitality Run Hackney 2015 Race Recap

Vitality Run Hackney 2015 half marathon

This T-shirt is my official race T-shirt.

 Hi

Long time no see! I had my third wave of medical school exams and blogging just had to take a step back. Sorry for the lack of warning and not giving you the outcome of the Vitality Run Hackney half marathon after sharing my unfiltered pre-race thoughts sooner but here it is!

Firstly, lets get the numbers out of the way. I completed the race in 02:01:10. So close and yet so far from a PB. As mentioned in my previous postmy accidental Parkrun PB completely messed up with my mojo of running for fun and not to chase a PB. That coupled by the fact that the first question most people asked me when I finished the race was regarding my time, I became disappointed of not getting a PB. I really worked hard during that race. I gave it my all. I ran at a pace where I wouldn’t have been able to talk to someone and I did not give in at any point, I felt strong mentally, unlike during the Bath Half marathon

What I liked about the race:

***  The bag drop was amazing. I kid you not, it only took me 4 min watch in hand to drop my bag and 1 min to get it back. This is one hell of a performance.

*** As predicted, the crowd support was really great in Hackney. It had a very family ambiance and although I don’t often do training runs in Hackney, it kinda felt like running at home if that makes sense. I am also super grateful for my sister and my friend Audrey for coming to cheer. I forgot the how amazing it is to have people you know coming to cheer and knowing that I would see them is what kept me running strong.

*** Water of bottles with a sports cap. THIS. All the races should have sports bottle, it makes things so much easier and I am more likely to hang on to my water bottle for a bit longer.

***  The last water station. It was pretty close to the finish but it was a warm day and that last water station was a dream come true.

***  The goodie bag. Lots of very nice food in it.

***  The finish area. It was so nice to hang out a bit my the olympic park, stretch on the grass and just chill.

What I didn’t like about the race.

*** It was really difficult to get there in the morning. It was too early for the tube and overground and the buses could not reach the full destination due to some road closure. I have to admit that I was getting a bit stressed as for once I had a bag to drop. As mentioned above, the bag drop was not a problem in the end.

*** I thought that the race was very “angular”. SO many sharp turns. I really did not enjoy that as I thought it got a bit congested at each turn and I was loosing some of my momentum.

*** The scenery was not that special and it was streets upon streets. It was nice when arriving closer to the Olympic park but that’s about it.

London half marathon Run hackney spring 2015

The watermelon was amazing on such a sunny day.

Would I do it again?

When I think about how long it took me to get there and how monotone the scenery was, I want to say no. However,  I now know that the race organisation is really good and I can therefore leave  home a bit later.

I also think that it’s at a great time of the year (early May) and a very good incentive for a spring training regimen. To be fair it was very warm that day but I much prefer this than having to run in the rain (I know that some people will disagree on that). I think it would be a good race to use as part of a long run training, which would make getting there quite efficient!

I have nooooo idea of my future goals for next year but the Vitality Run Hackney has high chances of appearing on my 2016 agenda.


Did you run this race? If so, did you enjoy it?

You can pre-register now for Run Hackney 2016 here.

Disclaimer. I got my race entry for free via Action Pr. All opinions, training and running are my own.

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