Feed Me Vegan Ready Meals

Feed me Vegan, created by former Made in Chelsea star and proud vegan Lucy Watson has just revolutionised the world of quick and tasty vegan meals. Following on from the success of her two fabulous plant based cook books, Lucy has made food on the go a dream for any vegan looking for delicious, feel good comfort food in a hurry. Aiming to fill the gap in the vegan market, Feed Me Vegan provides three sought after ready meals; curry, chilli and shepherds pie. These gluten free meals are the perfect healthy, tasty and easy go-to choice for any vegan or non-vegan alike who wants a hearty meal without any fuss.

Not only are the meals themselves packed with plant based goodness, but Feed Me Vegan are proud to package all the meals in sustainable and eco-friendly materials, carrying on the ethos of compassion in the brand. The trays are biodegradable and the outer packaging is completely recyclable, so you can be confident that they are doing good inside and out.

I adored all three of these meals, and with the nights closing in and the temperature dropping, there is nothing better than curling up with your favourite warm comfort food.

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The shepherds pie is packed full of hearty, rich flavour and teamed with your favourite vegetables, makes for a perfect week night pick-me-up.

 

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The curry is a zingy, mouth-watering dish that is ideal for a Saturday night in, it’s like your favourite take away, with none of the guilt.

 

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It is great to know that as a vegan, taste or effort doesn’t have to be compromised and all of the meals are available in 155 Waitrose and Partners* stores across the country, meaning you can pick one (or all three) up with your weekly shop and know you always have something delicious and healthy ready to go if you need dinner in a snap.

 

*Selected stores only, subject to availability

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Review: Transformulas

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Tranformulas Youthful Hands and Feet and Lip Volume *

 

So, when I was sent these products to try I was definitely intrigued… I’m 26 so not exactly tucking my boobs into my jeans just yet, but I am always keen to have a go at anything ‘anti-aging’ on the market.

Firstly – The YouthFul Hands and Feet lotion (pictured) claims to be ‘invisible gloves and socks’, which aside from sounding a bit creepy when you really think about it… has a decent point. Not many people really respect the fact their hands and feet actually do a f-tonne of work all the time, and actually are one of the biggest giveaways of someones age. You can apply serum to your mug like a mad-man day and night, but if you don’t take care of your extremities then you’ll look a bit like a Picasso-esque photoshop nightmare. Aka, not great.

So… does this work? Actually i’d say yes. It’s definitely an instant fix, and truthfully I’m not sure about the longevity/ changes over time because i’ve only been sampling this for about a week. But, so far, so good. It definitely brightens and smooths the appearance of your hands and feet. I would compare it slightly to heel repair cream, so moisturising in a heavy way without being overtly greasy. If you have chapped/generally worse-for-wear hands or feet (especially now it’s sandal season!)… it’s so worth giving it a go.

 

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Transformulas Lip Volume

 

The second thing from Transformulas that I have been testing out recently is the ‘Lip Volume’ lip plumping gel. This is a novel thing for me because as much as I have flirted in the past with a variant of lip plumping devices, this is slightly different in the manner of application and results. Some lip plumpers (for those of you who haven’t taken the plunge as it were…), are extremely violent and give you a swollen look in the way that a punch to the face, or a birds eye chilli may. Not ideal.

This isn’t the same thing at all. Only slightly tingly on the lips, you pop this on a couple of times a day for the first few days and then once a day after that because it’s more of a developing treatment, than something that gives you the graphic instant big lip look.

Preferable.

I like both of these products and I totally recommend them for anyone who is feeling a little aged or rough-around-the-edges. If you want to pick them up, you can find them here!

 

Lots of Love,

Lauren x

 

*samples are complimentary from the company, but views are my own.

 

Avo Pesto and Courgetti

This is probably one of my favourite comfort foods at the moment (honestly). As much as perhaps at 3pm on a hungover Sunday I’d rather reach for the take-out menu, this is extremely tasty and satisfying for every day life. It’s also guilt free, but absolutely tastes like it shouldn’t be. Which is always ideal.

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It’s also incredibly easy to make, and you just need:

For the Pesto:

1 Avocado, A bunch of Basil, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1 or 2 cloves of garlic (depending on how you like your kick), 1 tbsp Lemon Juice, 1/4 cup Rapeseed oil and pepper and/or fresh chillis/ chilli oil to taste.

Then you just need about 1 or 2 courgettes per person and a spiraliser. If you don’t want to buy a spiraliser you can buy pre-packed courgetti now in some supermarket’s (Waitrose for one…), but mine is super easy to use and clean and fits in my cupboard. Plus it’s like £12. An investment I promise. Pick one up from Amazon now!

Anyway, as I said this is a SUPER easy meal to make. Basically you just wack everything (aside the pepper and chilli) into a blender, and then slowly pour in the oil and blitz until it’s a paste-like consistency. That’s it. Avocado Pesto done.

It’s great because it tastes AMAZING, and its totally diary free. The Rapeseed oil is also a brilliant alternative in life for olive oil, so you can use olive if it’s all you have to hand, but I’m putting this out there with a slight lean towards health. But whichever! Also, definitely save any leftover pesto in the fridge and you can use it with anything (fish, potatoes, salads), it’s just an all-round life hack.

 

For the Courgetti:

So, this is so simple. You just need to spiralise your Courgette(s) and lightly cook in maybe a little coconut oil, (again Olive is fine), and season lightly with a tiny bit of salt and pepper. You just need to heat it through for around 2 mins, so that it retains some crunch.

 

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Once you’ve cooked the Courgetti, you pop it in a bowl and heap a couple of spoonfuls of the pesto on top. Garnish with whatever you fancy, I absolutely love it with fresh sliced chilli and some Beetkraut (I can do a further post about this if people are keen to know more). And that’s it.

So, easy and amazing. And I promise – SO tasty.

 

Lots of Love,

 

Lauren x

 

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury Store Pre-Launch

To set this site off with a bang, I thought I would delve into one of my favourite nights of 2015 (November 27th 2015 to be precise), when I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre-launch of the make-up aficionado, Charlotte Tilbury’s brand new Covent Garden store.

We were greeted with a glass of bubbles as we walked into the glimmering Rose-Gold themed shop. It’s honestly like a treasure trove, whether you are a make-up obsessive or not, I can guarantee that your inner Magpie tendencies will kick into action the minute you look around at all the golden goodness on display.

If you are a fan of Charlotte’s already… well let’s just say this is IT. It is the be all and end all of makeup heaven. Upstairs there are gilded mirrors, and shelves sumptuously adorned with row after row of her trademark goodies, and downstairs there are even more products to peruse, not to mention the chance to have your make-up professionally done by some of the best in her whole team throughout the country.

I had an excellent evening, which ended up with me walking away with a few new purchases and some absolutely excellent treats in the form of a goody bag. I will absolutely be back in for a make-over and consultation, the staff are so friendly and chic. Everything is remarkably on-brand, and just exudes Charlotte’s love for a decadent glow, both with the decor and the vast range of products.

We even had Gif of us on the night, projected onto a brick wall, slap bang in the middle of the busy Friday night bustle of Covent Garden! So that is quite something indeed..

If you can’t make it to Charlotte’s store in Covent Garden, you can still have a look at all her products on here!

I am (in case you haven’t gathered already), a MASSIVE CT fan, and I will be reviewing some my favourite products from the brand in the near future. Get ready for life changing make-up. I kid you not!

 

Lots of Love,

Lauren