Energys Resonance is a range of natural skincare products. They don’t contain chemical emulsifiers, aggressive chemical preservatives, SLS, mineral oils, silicone oil, polyethylene glycols or parabens. I’ve been trying out the following products:
From looking at their website, it seems as though the Energys products are suitable for pretty much any skin type. I’ve got quite dry skin and I’ve definitely noticed an improvement since I started using the range. All of the products of much more than I would normally pay which may be why I’ve actually seen an improvement in my skin!
The cleanser is really good and has a lovely fresh smell. It also removes eye makeup which is something I look for in a cleanser as I can’t really be bothered using two products when I could use one. The Gentle Exfoliant is in fact gentle, unlike lots of other so called ‘gentle’ exfoliators which make your skin feel as though you’ve rubbed it with sand paper.
The Youthful Skin Elixir is basically just a toner but it comes in a cute glass bottle which looks pretty smart. Instead of using the skin elixir you can use the Energy Gel which does a similar thing but can also be used during the day to sooth headaches, tired feet or tense shoulder muscles.
I really like the face mask which can be used 2 to 3 times a week. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean! The moisturiser is good as well although it doesn’t smell quite as nice as some of the other products in the range. It feels quite greasy when you apply it but it skins in faster than you would expect and makes my skin so smooth. I really love it but I don’t know whether I could put up with the smell for more than one tub?
The only product I haven’t been impressed with is the eye cream. This just seems to sit on the skin under my eyes and not sink in at all. It feels greasy hours after I apply it and makes my under eye area look a bit shiny. That being said, I really wish I wasn’t a student and could afford to buy the other products from this skincare range!
Here is the recipe for the chocolate chip cupcakes I made today. They are really easy to make and you can get the icing to look really good if you use a piping bag. The recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
100g caster sugar
100g self raising flour
75g chocolate chips
a few drops of vanilla extract
200g icing sugar
a few drops of vanilla extract
bright blue food colouring
green food colouring
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and put 12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tray.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
3. Whisk the eggs together in a mug using a fork and then add gradually to the mixing bowl. Beat each time you add more egg.
4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
5. Sift the flour if needed and then fold gently into the mixture along with the chocolate chips.
6. Share out the mixture evenly into the cupcake cases and then bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
7. To make the icing, cream the butter and then gradually mix in the icing sugar. Separate the icing into two bowls and then add the blue food colouring to one bowl and the green to the other.
8. Put the icing into an icing bag – one spoon of blue then one spoon of green etc. This gives the icing a marbled effect (it’s not very clear in the photos but it is there really!). Decorate the cakes however you like. I did some swirly patterns and then topped the cakes with yellow glitter.
This weekend I finished reading Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna which I thought was brilliant. I’ve got to be honest, the main reason I picked up this book in the shop was because I liked the front cover but after reading the blurb I decided I had to read it.
Set in Coorg, India at the end of the 1800s, the story follows the life of Devi who was the first girl born into her family for over 60 years. Through her childhood she is inseparable from her friend Devanna but that starts to change when she meet the Tiger Killer Machu. Even though she is still a girl she vows that one day she will marry him. However, she doesn’t realise that Devanna is in love with her and in the end a tragedy changes all of their lives. I don’t want to spoil the book so won’t tell you any more than that!
The book really is a wonderful read and the way it is written truly draws you in and paints such a vivid picture you almost feel as though you’re there. Tiger Hills is Mandanna’s debut novel but I’m really looking forward to reading other books by her (I don’t think any more have been published just yet so I’ll have to keep an eye out!).
I love the way this Simple Vital Vitamin Cleanser foams so much! I find that if I use it every day it tends to dry my skin out but I’ve been using it two or three times a week which seems to be perfect for my skin. The cleanser contains the following vitamins and nutrients:
- pro-vitamin B5 which ‘actively restores, softens and smoothes’
- vitamin E which ‘moisturises to improve skin condition’
- glycerine which ‘hydrates and nourishes’
- chamomile which also ‘softens and smoothes’
- geranium which ‘conditions and regenerates‘.
There are no perfumes or colourings but it’s not completely natural and I think that’s why it’s cheaper than lots of the 100% natural cleansers around. At about £4.50 I think I would buy this again.
We went into Swinky Sweets yesterday hoping to try their new Cream Egg cupcake. Unfortunately they didn’t have any so instead I went for a Chocolate Orange and Chilli one and it didn’t disappoint.
I love the icing and it tasted amazing as well.
We’re planning to go back again next week in search of the Cream Egg cupcakes!
Awapuhi Wild Ginger by Paul Mitchell is a set of hair products for dry or damaged hair. You can get a set containing the following products:
- Moisturising Lather Shampoo
- Keratin Cream Rinse
- Keratin Intensive Treatment
- Styling Treatment Oil
- Finishing Spray
- Texturising Sea Spray
As you can guess from the name, the products all smell quite strongly of ginger which I like but I’m not sure everyone would. The shampoo and conditioners are really good and very moisturising. When I first opened the shampoo I did a double take thinking it was the conditioner as it is so thick but lathers up loads and you hardly need to use any. I’m also impressed with the Styling Treatment Oil which absorbs really easily into my hair leaving it soft and frizz free but not greasy looking. The Finishing Spray and Sea Spray don’t really do anything at all with my hair at but they would probably work best for people with straighter hair.
I think these products would be brilliant for anyone with dry hair although I think the Paul Mitchell set I tried a few weeks ago worked better for my hair.
Palmer’s are best known for their Cocoa Butter Formula but they have now brought out a new Olive Butter Formula and I’ve been trying out body lotion over the past couple of days. It is brilliant! It’s made with olive oil so I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t smell very good but I can tell you now that it doesn’t in any way smell like olive oil. The body lotion works really well as an everyday moisturiser as it is not overly greasy but still manages to keep even elbows nice and soft. You don’t need to use too much as the lotion is quite thick so I think the price of £3.59 for 250ml is really good. As well as moisturising, the body lotion is supposed to fight the signs of aging and skin tone. I don’t think I can really comment on this though until I’m older!
There are other products in the Olive Butter Formula range including a body butter and a more intensive concentrated cream. I would definitely look at buying the body lotion or some of the other products in the future. You can buy them from Boots or ChemistDirect.
I’ve finally got round to trying out my first ever natural mascara – the Living Nature Thickening Mascara. So far I haven’t really been getting on with it though. I’m finding it hard to apply without it clumping. It seems as though if you go anywhere near the same lash twice, all of the neighbouring lashes just clump together. You have to be really careful to do exactly one coat.
I don’t find it makes my lashes any thicker which is a bit disappointing as I have pretty thin eyelashes. Having said that, it stays put all day, is easy to remove and looks good if you manage to apply it well so if you need to use natural mascara this is probably a good bet. I’ll keep practising and will hopefully get better at applying it!
Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser has got to be one of the best cleansers in the world. It is designed for sensitive or intolerant skin so contains natural ingredients with no parabens, fragrances or colourings. The cleanser is quite thick and feels really soothing when applied. You can tissue it off but I tend to just rinse it which works as well. The best bit about this cleanser is that it also removes eye makeup. Most of the time I can’t be bothered to use a different product to remove my makeup before I cleanse so this is the perfect product! You can buy this cleanser from Boots for £8.
I’ve tried out two of the shower gels from the Original Source Gourmet range. Both of them come in their distinctive packaging which uses 50% less plastic than a normal bottle. All Original Source products are made using either natural essential oils or extracts from different parts of fruits and plants.
The Cassis and Cranberry Shower Shot smells amazing. It it really fruity and reminds me of ice lollies so is great for making winter feel a bit more warm and sunny! I love the bright purple colour as well. The Chocolate and Mint Shower Melt also smells so scrummy you almost want to eat it. It actually does smell like After Eights. As well as smelling gorgeous, the Original Source products are in fact really good at their job. Just a small amount lathers up nicely on a bath puff and it leaves your skin pleasantly scented. The packaging also means that you can get the very last drop out so no waste!
These brilliant shower gels are available from supermarkets for around £2.