Classic Banana Bread Recipe (With A Couple of Healthy Twists)

It definitely is true that your tastes change as you get older. When I was younger, I hated any cakes or bakes that involved bananas; I turned my nose up and banana muffins and banoffee pie was my idea of a nightmare pud. Fast-forward a bit and I can't get enough of the stuff! Perhaps it's not just my tastebuds maturing, but also a mix of my passion for baking; baking with bananas just gives the most beautiful moist texture, not to mention provides that bit of added natural sweetness that means you don't have to compensate with extra sugar. I've experimented with a few banana bread recipes- both healthy and indulgent- and have come to the conclusion that this mix of the two is probably my favourite one so far. Although you still get the moisture from the coconut oil and bananas, I couldn't quite substitute the sugar (that brown sugar flavour just goes so well with bananas)- but the result is something that hits the spot without being too over-indulgent.


A Quick Trichotillomania Update

It's been a while since I've written a more heart-felt, personal post about trichotillomania and the day-to-day struggles of having it, mainly because there hasn't been much to report on. I had been bald for a while and was in that awkward in-between stage of just waiting for the lashes to grow back through- until then, there's not much you can really do! I've also sort of run out of inspiration with regards to writing openly about trichotillomania; my more rambly posts are quite well-received but I'm in a place where I just don't know what to say about the disorder anymore. Any post ideas that I do come up with seem too specific to my experience of the illness, and, as we are all aware, trichotillomania affects people differently- there is no universal experience of the disorder and I want others to be able to relate to what I'm writing. So, instead of having a theme for a post, I thought I'd just chat a little bit of how my trich has been recently and random things I've been thinking- hopefully it'll generate some sort of conversation as I'd love to know how you fellow sufferers reading this deal with the disorder in your daily lives, and what kind of stage you are at with trich too.


Body Moisturising Mists: The Time-Saving Beauty Products You Need!

Although it's nice to take time out for your beauty routine, pop on a face mask and lather on a nourishing body butter, I for one never actually get round to doing this. I often think, 'I'm going to run myself a nice Lush bath this weekend and finally use the plethora of gorgeous beauty products I've collected', and before I know it, three weeks have passed and I still haven't booked in that pamper time. Life just gets too busy, ya know!? Putting beauty time aside to 'treat yo'self'' is not only beneficial for your mind but also your skin in the practical sense; your skin feels cleansed and more radiant after a face mask, for example. I stick to my skincare routine religiously, but one thing I often think I don't have time for is moisturising my body...until I found these handy spray moisturisers existed. This ingenious beauty creation has slotted into my beauty routine perfectly and allows your body to be moisturised in seconds- perfect for those who forget or don't have time for a full-on pamper in the evenings!


The Perfect Staycation Adventure: Things To Do In The New Forest

A couple of weeks ago, Stewart and I went to the New Forest for a little adventure. We had a week booked off at work and thought a few days away somewhere in the UK would make for a lovely little break. We didn't quite know where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do at first, but after my Nan told me tales of how she, my Grandad, Dad and Uncle camped in the New Forest in the early 70s and reminisced about how simple yet stunning the holidays were (along with telling some funny stories revolving around my Grandad), I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps and go there myself. We chose to stay in the same village, Brockenhurst; perhaps for more sentimental reasons, but also because it's such a good location with connections to various parts of the New Forest. There are so many things to do in the New Forest that makes it the perfect mini-break for families, friends and couples.


Creating Eyebrows For Hair Loss With Microblading Beauty

You may have seen on my Instagram that I've recently had my eyebrows re-microbladed. I initially had them done with Sian Dellar in London back in January 2016 (you can read my post about it here), and by around February/March 2017 they had started to fade quite a lot. I had the general outline which still made life so much easier when it came to quickly filling in my brows, but the definition and colour just wasn't there. This is completely normal- semi-permanent makeup like this needs topping up every 12-18 months. I started to look into getting my brows topped up when the lovely Lalita from Microblading Beauty got in touch. She had followed my blog for a little while and I was a big fan of her microblading an appointment was booked! This post will be a bit of review, a bit of talking through the process of getting your eyebrows microbladed- especially if you suffer from forms of hair loss like trichotillomania-, and, of course, a little bit of showing off my new brows!


Why Benefit's Roller Lash Is My Favourite Mascara For Trichotillomania Lashes

Apart from one small gap, my eyelashes have finally grown through! Not only that, but they've grown to a length where I can actually wear mascara. If you are a hair loss or trichotillomania sufferer reading this, you'll understand just how amazing that feeling is. As I haven't had eyelashes for quite some time (I kept pulling them out as soon as they'd poke through) some of my favourite mascaras had gone quite dry and were past their beauty sell-by date- including my ultimate favourite, Roller Lash by Benefit. To celebrate finally having eyelashes and give myself a little pat on the back for keeping trich relatively under control for now, I treated myself to another little Roller Lash mascara to really make the most of the flutter I've got going on. If you've got short lashes (naturally or through trich), here's why I would recommend you try this holy grail product.


Gorgeous Scents and Even Better Products: New Hall Lavender Skincare

I'm a bit of a creature of habit with my skincare, having a small portfolio of products I know work well for me on a daily basis and others reserved for specific functions, like a mask I can rely on to help with dry skin flare ups. For the past couple of months I've been testing out these two skincare products from New Hall Lavender; a company based in Henfield, West Sussex, around half an hour from my Brighton home. All of their products are made from lavender which is grown and distilled in their garden at New Hall, giving the botanical treats the most gorgeous scent. However, these products are so much more than that relaxing, lavender fragrance (which is my ultimate favourite) and the start-up business have created a really high quality range that I have fallen in love with.

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