Missguided body mistsI wrote about the Missguided Babe Power fragrance a while back, and it’s been a staple for nights out ever since. I was over the moon when the brand released some new body mists to add to my collection.

I found it best to spray the mist into the air and walk through it, to get an even distribution. You can also layer the mists, to get your own bespoke scent.

My vibes? Consider them enhanced.

This is a perfect stocking filler for the lady in your life, or even as a gift to yourself! It’s Christmas – treat yo’ self.

Here’s a little bit more information about the scents.

Missguided Unicorn Dreams Body Mist

Slay dreams and enchant hearts with the Unicorn Dreams Body Mist. A scent filled with coconut, lily of the valley and rose. Base notes of dry amber, sandalwood and vanilla.

Missguided Boy Tears Body Mist

Let the boys know you’re the heartbreaker with this Boy Tears Body Mist, combining notes of bergamot, raspberry, peony and patchouli infused with amber.

Missguided Instant Feels Body Mist

Don’t panic, we caught instant feels too! The Instant Feels Body Mist is a light fruity fragrance that combines raspberry, bergamot, patchouli and sweet vanilla.

Missguided Vibe Enhancer Body Mist

Let’s keep it real, we’re only here for the good vibes. Vibe Enhancer is a hypnotic scent of fruity apple, combined with strawberry, warm caramel and vanilla.

Unicorn Dreams, Boy Tears, Instant Feels and Vibe Enhancer are available now, online and in store at Missguided, The Fragrance Shop, Superdrug, Boots, ASDA, and Amazon, priced at £10 each.

I absolutely love living in Ealing. It’s leafy, full of parks, SO many dog-friendly pubs, but close enough to Central to be part of the action. It’s also full of amazing restaurants that I’m slowly but surely making my way around.

I’ve been particularly excited about the new Dickens Yard development taking form near Bond Street. There’s been an influx of new venues and joining the ranks alongside Charlotte’s W5 and Pasta Remoli is ramen bar Tonkotsu. I LOVE a bowl of ramen, I’d say it’s my food of the moment. Any day, any time. It’s also the best hangover cure to ever exist. I practically lived off the stuff in Thailand. It’s slightly different, but I’ve written about a visit to Phở here.

When I was invited to try out Tonkotsu’s newest offering in Ealing, I jumped at the chance.

The restaurant itself is set out over two floors, and – how cool is this – the bar is made from recycled chopsticks from their other venues! Eco-ol. In terms of seating, there are a tables for larger groups, but if you’re in a couple you may be sat side-by-side at the actual ramen bar in the window, which is fab for casual dining, but perhaps not if you’re looking for a romantic setting.

What did we order?

Pork, ginger & garlic gyoza

A favourite of ours. These were pan-fried to perfection, without that oily ‘stodge’ effect you can often get with dumplings. The fillings were rich and at five pieces per order, they were perfect to share.

Sweet potato korokke

Will loved these. Large balls made up of a crispy outer, with fluffy sweet potato within. Not really my thing, but I have to concede they were very well done.

Tonkotsu ramen

Pork broth & sea salt base, enriched with lardo. Thinner-cut homemade noodles topped with roast pork belly, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, spring onions, burnt garlic oil and seasoned egg

This was my choice. The entire bowl was heaven. At Tonkotsu, the noodles are cooked for exactly 32 seconds. Apparently, this the ample amount of time to get the perfect medium bite. I would tend to agree – no soggy noodles here! The pork was melt-in-the-mouth, with plenty of it to last the meal through. The broth was something else. A milky, creamy taste which left my lips luxuriously sticky. I think this must have something to do with the added lardo. It felt indulgent but enriching at the same time. The seasoned egg was done to perfection, flavourful and colourful.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

Tokyo ramen

Chicken broth & soy sauce base. Classic homemade noodles topped with marinated & braised pork belly, pork scratchings, bamboo shoots, spring onions and seasoned egg.

William’s choice (the pork scratchings swayed it!). This broth was clear, with a fantastic piece of rippled pork belly laid on top. I had a taste; this bowl was a little lighter than mine, but I’d be hard pressed to choose between them if I ordered again.

Tonkotsu Ealing - Tonkotsu Ramen

The restaurant had Soho vibes, I almost forgot I was in W5. There are hanging plants everywhere and decent music, enough for an ambient beat but not so much as to cause distraction. The service was fab – very attentive and the staff aren’t afraid to chat and have a joke with the customers which is important.

Tonkotsu also has a lunch menu which includes a small ramen and side for only £9.95, which means I’ll definitely be going back when I need a quick writing break.

Where is it?

14 New Broadway, London W5 2XA

How do I book?

Have a nosey at the menu on the website and call 020 8810 1414!

 

Lizi's breakfast drinksI’m constantly on the go, hopping all over London to various meetings and unfortunately, quite often skip breakfast.

I know this isn’t good, but I’m not alone: statistics show that over 30 million Brits regularly skip breakfast. Pretty shoddy, as we all know that breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day.

Luckily, Lizi of Lizi’s Granola (which I wrote about here) has come to the rescue with some breakfast drinks to stop us being so naughty in the mornings.

The breakfast drinks are available in three delicious flavours; strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. I preferred the vanilla one, whilst Will loved the strawberry one – but they were all lovely, and perfect straight from the fridge. The consistency was perfect for me; not too thin (like a protein shake) or thick (like a milkshake).

For the protein-keen, 100g of a drink willl provide you with 7.8g of the stuff. Best of all, the drinks contain absolutely no added sugar, which is good for me as I spike and crash quite easily after having sugary things!

I really enjoyed trying them – such a good idea for the time-poor and even if you just can’t face a ‘proper’ breakfast first thing in the AM.

Lizi’s Breakfast Drinks are just is £1.49 for a 250ml bottle and is available in Sainsbury’s from the beginning of August 2018.

fruit flatlay watermelon pineapple lemon kiwi to treat eczemaI’ve always had problem, eczema-prone skin. My childhood included trips to the doctor, hydrocortisone, a lot of itching…and all my memories smell like Oilatum Bath Emollient. Very annoying when my little brother was subsequently born with the soft skin of an angel! Luckily though, my mum figured out what worked for me and we were able to keep a happy medium for a good few years, able to deal with any flare ups when they happened.

Teenage years

Fast-forward a few years though, and along came puberty. With that came heavy kohl eyeliner and Natural Collection mascara, taken off at the end of the day with the cheapest makeup remover I could buy. Adding that to the hormonal changes my skin was going through, I had a big issue. The skin underneath my eyes was raw with eczema – painful, itchy and not to mention, embarrassing. After heading to the doctor and coming back with yet more medical skin treatment, I then went through several years of trial and error on my skin.

Some new products could instantly flare my skin up, with eczema and an allergic reaction which was like little bubbles under the skin. It was a real case of ‘try and see’, as I didn’t know what was causing the reactions – I dread to think how much I spent on wasted skincare!

I’m 27 now, and it’s only the last couple of years that I feel I’ve finally cracked it. My daily skincare routine includes ONLY Garnier products. This is odd, as I wouldn’t say they’re specifically developed for sensitive skin. Even more odd, when I can’t use E45, Simple or really any brand that shouts about being good for sensitive skin. This isn’t just my face either: my whole body revolted when I covered myself head-to-toe in L’Oreal Gradual Tanner ahead of an event…that was a fun few days!

I’d really like to try some Avène or La Roche-Posay products as I’ve heard they’re amazing. However, I’m put off by the price. What do you think? Worth it? I spend ages scouring Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay looking at trendy, Instagrammable brands such as Mario Badescu and Sunday Riley…but I just don’t think my skin could take it!

My daily products:

A little extra help

I’m quite comfortable with my skin routine at the moment, but sometimes my skin will have a hissy fit if I use the toner, so I try to limit that to a couple of times a week. I’ve noticed a real difference though, in terms of how my anxiety, eating habits and stress affects my skin. This has been due to a conscious effort to LISTEN to my body more. Back in May when I first became freelance, my skin went haywire and the eczema patches under my eyes came back with a vengeance. A historic patch of eczema on my right leg (weirdly?) reared its head again and I felt really low.

My normal skincare routine just didn’t cut it, so I used working from home to my advantage. Not wearing makeup at all, letting my skin breathe and intermittently using specialist eczema and problem skin products.

This included creams that had about 1% hydrocortisone for my face and aqueous cream elsewhere. Boots do a cream that is specifically for around the eye area but I can’t use it as I’m sensitive to Lanolin. I also stopped using foaming / soapy body wash and in an epic throwback to my childhood, used an Oilatum shower gel (oh the memories!).

Side note: do NOT use Sudocrem on your eczema, especially if on your face! Not sure why it’s recommended for that but it stung me and if anything made it worse.

Moving forwards

Luckily, I’m much more settled now and my skin has calmed down a lot. I’m using a brand called Epaderm at the moment to keep things under control. I use the ointment at night on my problem areas or after a heavy makeup day – it’s quite thick and just provides a fantastic barrier for me. I’m not sure if it’s psychological, but I feel like my skin is ‘healing’ with it on. I’ve also added this to a bath – it doesn’t create bubbles but what’s not to like when you’ve got Netflix and a glass of wine on the go? I’m back to using normal shower gel at the moment (can someone say Imperial Leather MARSHMALLOW? Hello!). However, I use the Epaderm skin cleanser in the shower twice a week to ensure my skin doesn’t get above itself and expect sweet treats constantly.

I definitely think that listening to my body and ensuring I’m treating myself kindly is the most important thing. Fingers crossed, everything is on the up at the moment.