The Weekly Menu

Now, I don't know if you can tell from the pictures of myself I sporadically post here, but I am a massive food lover. And by food, I don't mean greasy and disgusting McDonald's meals, or ketchup used as a tomato sauce for your pasta. No way. I am an Italian thoroughbred so I not only eat Food (capital F is compulsory in this case), but I also breathe it, swear by it and live for it. A meticulously thought-out, well-prepared and nicely-served meal is my ultimate comfort blanket. If you also consider that I've spent all my childhood in the back of a restaurant's kitchen you can probably understand why my love for real food is so immense. Now that I live on my own, and with a very limited budget, cooking every single elaborate recipe that pops into my mind is becoming pretty idealistic. But I often do my best to satisfy my cravings, using what my fridge and cupboard have to offer. What you will see in the following photos are some of the meals I cooked, and obviously consumed during this week. Some of them are a bit more thought-out, some others are really basic, but they all respond to my three kitchen's cornerstones: genuine, fresh, good. Please do let me know in the comments below if you would like to have the full recipe for any of these and if you would like to see more of this series in the future! Hope you enjoy it :) Bisous xx

1- Creamy courgette sauce and speck pasta with feta cheese
2- French toasts with banana, strawberries and nutella
3- Creamy chickpeas on a delicate carrot mash
4- Black beans and roasted sweet potato chunks 
5- Brown rice with spinach and fresh salmon

What's in my bag

A little peek of what I currently keep in my everyday bag. What are you bag's essentials ? 
Bisous xx

1- Millefiori Milano Body Style handcream in Intense Romance (the best smell ever!)
2- Next purse
3- Topshop card holder
4- Oliver Bonas card holder (this has my oyster, home key, and most important cards in there)
5- Oliver Bonas monogrammed passport holder
6- The Body Shop All-in-one Cheeck Colour in Amber
7- Benefit Roller Lash mascara (sample size)
8- Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses
9- One childish lipbalm because you can never keep too many embarassing items in your bag
10- Mac lipstick in Riveting Rose
11- Cath Kidston pouch  (with small brush and hand sanitizer in it)
12- Tissues because I sneeze about a thousand times a day

Beauty Talks: The acne-prone and oily skin edit - Skincare

Back again with another series of my Beauty Talks a today I'd like to talk a little bit about skincare. 
Skincare is usually something I'm keen on investing in, for the simple reason that my skin is quite problematic and I've struggle for years to find products that actually work on it. By the time, I've learn that if you're experiencing severe issues on your skin, as I do, going cheap is 90% of the time the wrong choice. That's why after years of dermatologist visits, pills and other sort of medicines swallowed, and millions of cream/cleanser/toner and other "miracle" products tried, I think I can safely say I've found what seems to work best for me. My skin is extremely oily (for the majority on my t-zone, but it gets quite shiny pretty much everywhere after a few hours with make up on) and I've been suffering from acne for as long as I can remember. As of today, I still haven't found a cause for it, so I can't tell you precisely why I get blemishes and scars all year around. Things got worse by growing up actually but today I want to introduce you this "miracle trio", which has been my faithful companion for the past year or so. All products are from La Roche-Posay, a French dermatologic laboratory. So, meet the Effaclar foamy cleanser, the Serozinc toner and the Effaclar Duo cream. 

1- Cleansing: Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel
A lovely gel-consistency that turns into a light foam once applied on wet skin. I usually do a little massage on my face to allow the product to penetrate into my skin. It leaves it fresh, clean and still moisturised. I use this morning and night as it's extremely delicate but at the same time does its job perfectly.

2- Toning: Serozinc Toner
This product is not part of the Effaclar range, but I picked this up in Boots a while ago and I've been enjoying it ever since. It's quite a new addition to my routine, so I can only tell you the impression I've had so far. I spray this on a cotton pad after the cleansing (but you can apply it directly onto the face) and rub it gently, focusing on the t-zone. It opens up the pores, leaving the skin feeling fresh, smooth, and ready for a good dose of moisturiser or any other cream product you use. 

3- Magic treatment: Effaclar Duo[+]
Out of all the three, this is possibly the best product I've ever tried for my skin and the one that actually helps to fight acne. It's a skincare solution with a light creamy/gel consistency. I use it on the most problematic areas of my face, the ones where my acne gets more severe (cheecks, chin and occasionally forehead). I apply it at night, before bedtime, and in the morning all the blemishes that came out the day before are dried out if not gone. I've been using this product for a good two years and it has completely changed my life, no jokes. Because I only apply it on certain areas it doesn't dry the rest of the skin and I believe it's the perfect ally if you suffer from severe acne. 

So this was my current skincare routine. Obviously, it doesn' apply to all kinds of skin, and it can not work even on skins similar to mine. This is my very personal experience but if you suffer from severe acne and oily skin, I would strongly recomend to give these products a go. Also, if you have any suggestions of products you think are worth for me to try, pop a comment below, I'd like to know it! I will come back with a beauty post for drugstore makeup target to oily/acne-prone skin, so if you're interested, stay tuned for that !
Bisous xx

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