Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Pawsomebox

No doubt about it... pets are the easiest to buy Christmas presents for! And this year, getting a gift for Saffy was even easier, thanks to lovely people at Pawsomebox who sent a Christmas box*.

Contents of Christmas Pawsomebox for dogs

Saffy's been lucky enough to receive a few Pawsomeboxes now - but this is the first time I've actually been home when one has arrived. It makes a bit of a change not to be writing this review based on the photos and videos I get my sister to send me while I'm at university!

I think this is my favourite box to date - a fabulous selection of festive goodies chosen especially for Saffy based on her size.

Rather than hand them all over straightaway, I'm keeping Saffy waiting and have wrapped each of the items ready for Christmas Day. They're all waiting under the tree (almost doubling the amount of presents there for the family at the moment - lucky girl!). 

First out of the box is a bottle of Biogance shampoo - a fancy, French brand for our pampered pup! This would certainly have come in handy had the box arrived earlier in the day, as Saffy spent the morning in the muddy woods and swimming in the water! This isn't just posh shampoo though. It's specifically tailored for dogs' skin in order to maintain the pH, avoid irritation and to promote a shiny, healthy coat. Not only is it great for dogs, being made with natural ingredients, it's also a good environmental choice as all the Biogance packaging is 100% recycled.

Biogance Protein Plus Dog Shampoo

Next up was a packet of Christmas Pudding treats. We've always got a ready supply of goodies for Saffy, but I think she deserves something extra special at Christmas. These specially made mini Christmas Puddings will be great for keeping Saffy occupied while we tuck into our Christmas meal next week (although perhaps we should save them until after she's had her share of roast turkey?!). These come from M&M's Kitchen who specialise in gluten, dairy and sugar free cakes and bakes, and do a whole range of treats, not limited to Christmas!

M&M's Kitchen mini christmas puddings for dogs

New toys for Christmas is a must - it's a great way of keeping Saffy occupied while we're busy celebrating, preparing dinner and playing games. Luckily she's got a flashing snowball, plush toy and squeaky Santa ready and waiting in her stack of presents.

Dog toy flashing snowball and squeaky toy santa

Plush dog toy christmas robin

I love a chocolate orange (or two) at Christmas (or anytime of year), so these Choc Orange Minis sound like the perfect equivalent for dogs! 

Good Boy Dog Chocolate orange minis christmas

And finally, this wouldn't be a Pawsomebox without a packet of natural treats to try - I have a slight suspicion that these chicken treats may not stay wrapped under the tree for very long if Saffy sniffs them out!

Natural chicken dog treats

I'd like to say a big thank you and Merry Christmas to everyone at Pawsomebox for spoiling Saffy with all these goodies.

Dog with Christmas presents

If you missed out on a Christmas Pawsomebox, don't worry - you can sign your dog up for a subscription and treat them to a box every month! There are monthly, 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions to be had.  Check out the Pawsomebox website to sign up.

Hope you (and your pets) are looking forward to a lovely Christmas!


Thursday, 17 December 2015

2015 Review - A look back at New Year's Resolutions

Back almost an entire year ago, I wrote myself some new year's resolutions - and shared them here on Ginevrella. 

Now, if I'm honest, I'd pretty much forgotten that I'd even done that. It was only when fixing a few bits here and there on the blog that I came across it again!

But seeing as I have rediscovered it, and now we've almost reached the end of 2015, it seemed fitting to take another look at my goals and see whether I remembered to fulfill any of them...

1. Continue blogging - success!
Well it's safe to say that I appear to have managed this one! I don't think I was especially hopeful about this one either - but I've outdone my own expectations and have managed to post reasonably frequently. Well done me! 

2. Run - kind of success?!
Ok, so I'd actually intended for running to become a more regular habit, but I'm still counting this as a semi-success because I have actually run this year. I've struggled to fit it in around hospital placements, particularly when daylight hours are short and I'm living in a new place every few months - running in the dark doesn't feel very safe when I have no idea where I am. But I have signed up for a half marathon next spring and have done a bit of running recently, so I'm prepped to have a better shot at this resolution next year.

3. Read more - success!
And by this, I basically meant read more than about four books in a year. I've certainly achieved this, and have made more use of my Kindle too. I've enjoyed reading a few chapters before bed, or while on the train to London. I never did visit the local library though...

4. Stretch - hmmm...
Well it never really became part of my daily routine. Over the past couple of months I was trying to do some stretches in front of the TV each evening and I was certainly noticing my legs and back were less tight, but I've not really done much recently. It shouldn't really take long at all, but somehow I'm still finding that I don't have the time for a stretching routine. This one may take a little more work...

I was actually pleasantly surprised not to have failed all of my goals for the year! Continuing to blog was obviously the big achievement of the four. I deliberately kept my resolutions quite non-specific (which completely goes against all those SMART target criteria haha), but it meant that without even thinking about them, I managed to complete them (even the stretching did happen occasionally!). 2015 has been pretty successful for me... so hopefully 2016 will be too!

Did you make any resolutions?

Monday, 14 December 2015

Flowers For Christmas

A stunning bouquet of flowers is a treat at any time of year, but a beautiful Christmas themed arrangement is perfect over the festive period. Whether given as a gift, or bought for yourself as a reward for finishing (or starting) your Christmas shopping, there are plenty of excuses for one of these bouquets.

I loved the Hot Toddy bouquet I reviewed a couple of months ago, so I was delighted when Appleyard London asked if I might like a Christmas Bouquet. Knowing how gorgeous their flowers are, I was more than happy to say yes, and selected Christmas Chutney Bouquet * from their range of Christmas flowers.

Christmas is a time of giving, so I thought I'd surprise my mum with these - and she loves them! They've sat pride of place in our fireplace, alongside the Christmas tree, giving the room a lovely, festive look.

The bouquet arrived exactly when I'd ordered it for, well packaged and without a stem out of place. 

What I love about the fresh flower bouquets from Appleyard London is how long they last. They arrive ready to display, and after a couple of days the rest of the flowers open to complete the arrangement. My last bouquet lasted a good ten days before starting to show only the slightest hint of tiredness, and this one looks set to do the same.

Christmas Chutney is a lovely mix of reds, pinks and golds - Christmassy, but with a hint of hot pink to spice things up!

A Christmas Bouquet would make a lovely gift, or an ideal way to say thank you to anyone cooking Christmas dinner this year. And as it's Christmas, I'm sharing a huge 33% discount off luxury bouquets when you used the code BLOG33, so do check out the range!


I received a complimentary bouquet from Appleyard in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, and if I didn't love a product, I wouldn't blog about it!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Favourite Posts This Year

Favourite blog posts this year

As we reach the final few weeks of December, I'm in the mood for looking back over the year and what I've accomplished on this blog over the past twelve months. I still can't quite believed that I've managed to blog for the entirety of 2015. So whether you're a new reader, or have been following me all year, here are some favourites and some posts you may have missed...

A simple, gluten-free, sweet and squidgy cake - perfect for using up overripe bananas. It seems everyone loves a good banana bread/ cake, so save this recipe!

I got a great response to this post about student stereotypes - turns out most of you aren't/ weren't 'typical' students either!

I had a short series of posts in March, showcasing some of my favourite artwork. I don't always get much time for drawing and painting nowadays, so it was lovely to look back at some of my work and show it off.

Excuse me a minute while I just get over the fact that I'm now a final year medical student... Writing a day-in-the-life post as a medical student is actually quite tricky - my days are all different! This is a day on my obstetrics and gynaecology placement last year. I love seeing what people get up to in a day, and I'm thinking of writing another one of these soon, so keep an eye out!

I'm so sad that I won't be able to go to Badminton this year as I'll be away on my elective (although that's not a bad compromise!). This Gloucestershire-based three-day-event attracts some of the world's top riders, and we spent a beautifully sunny afternoon wandering around the cross country course watching the action.

In July I made it to my one-year anniversary of blogging - a pretty huge achievement for me as I was expecting to give away way before that! I used this as a chance to give some acknowledgement to some of my favourite bloggers.

This summer I spent just over a week touring Ireland with my family. I documented the trip in a series of photo diaries. I picked out this one from Mullaghmore and Derry simply because the harbour at Mullaghmore was so beautiful! We actually spent most of dinner dashing out the front of the hotel with dad's camera to capture the sunset.

Because I used to make weird things on the Sims. And I still laugh at myself for doing so...

I attended my first blogging event this year, hosted by the lovely Adele and Kirsty - the super-organisers behind Pretty Lovely Bloggers. Meeting other bloggers was a great experience, and something I'm keen to do again.

I discovered you can make your own Nutella at home last month, so I shared a take on the recipe I used, modified to make a crunchy version of the classic hazelnut chocolate spread.

It's been a wonderful year so far in terms of blogging and I've been fortunate enough to meet lovely people. work with some great brands and PR companies and to have lots of thoughtful comments and messages from you, my readers! 

I'd love to know what your favourite posts have been this year, whether ones you've read elsewhere or ones you've written yourself - do share!


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Student Life: Maximising your Budget

Whether it’s revising, being on placement or budgeting my money, student life isn’t always plain sailing like people make it out to be. I try and make life as easy as possible for myself, so I’m not worrying about money, when I could be focusing on my studies.

Whether it’s for food shopping, nights out or train tickets, your student loan doesn’t last forever. I find that when it comes to budgeting, it’s the little things that make a huge difference. Here’s some top tips from First Transpennine Express that’ll help you start living to your means, without missing out on all the fun!!

9 tips to keep your student overdraft far from red

9 money saving tips to keep your student bank account far from red [infographic] by the team at TransPennine Express

My railcard is definitely one of my most used money savers - although I'm jealous of the 50% discount on TransPennine Express! I also save money by doing online grocery shopping in order to make the most of multibuy offers on things I can keep in the cupboard, without having to carry it all home. I've tried doing some survey websites too. It can take a bit of trial-and-error to find one that has enough relevant surveys yet doesn't bombard you with emails, but I have earned a few vouchers this way. Also look out for any paid participation for research - there's usually something going on at university!

What would be your advice to anyone trying to save money while at university?


Sunday, 6 December 2015

Little Things I've Loved This Week #13

I try not to get too excited about Christmas until December - but I'm certainly starting to feel the festiveness now! It's slightly overshadowed by looming exams, but they'll be out of the way before I know it. This has been a bit of a back and forwards week. I came home to revise on Tuesday , but had to pop back to Bristol on Thursday night - a six hour round trip for what was a twenty minute meeting! Here are some of the little things I've appreciated this week...

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar opened

Coming home to an advent calendar (and a half). I forgot to buy myself one this year, so it made me very happy to get home on the 1st and find an advent calendar stuck to the fridge. Apparently they were on offer as well, so we've ended up with a spare that my sister and I are sharing.

Making a start on my Christmas shopping. This always feels like a big task hanging over me as soon as December starts, so I'm pleased to have sorted three presents already. One of the benefits of revising for finals at the moment is that I'm literally home all the time. Which is a bit dull, but does mean I can do all my shopping online!

Handwriting compliments. I had a review of my portfolio from this term, and among feedback on slightly more medical aspects, I also got told I had great handwriting. Take that primary school teachers who never chose me as winner in the annual handwriting competions... #definitelynotbitter.

Treating myself to new clothes. I meant to do this by going via Oxford Street on my way home from Bristol. However, with the crowds of people and slow moving queues, I got fed up pretty quickly and decided to come home and do it online. And to make this even better, I managed a whole order without my size being out of stock!

What have you been up to this week?

Monday, 30 November 2015

RECIPE: Homemade Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Jar of homemade chocolate spread

I haven't bought a jar of Nutella in so long!

Which is surprising because it used to be a staple in my cupboard, alongside actual staple ingredients like tinned tomatoes or plain flour. 

The trouble is, unlike tinned tomatoes or plain flour, Nutella used to mysteriously disappear from the jar. To be fair, I'm still not entirely sure it wasn't just me eating more Nutella than I realised, but keeping up my Nutella supply was getting expensive and eventually I just stopped adding it to my shopping basket. 

And, shockingly, the world didn't end. Turns out it wasn't an essential food group after all. (Who knew?!)

But recently, my Nutella cravings have returned. Thanks in part to Chloe's Banana Nutella Mug Cake recipe (which I still can't actually make due to my lack of microwave). 

In a bid to escape revision for a little while, I was browsing the recipes on The Londoner, and way back in 2011 she posted this recipe for Homemade Nutella. With just five ingredients, it seemed do-able and I gave it a go this week.

Overhead view of jar of chocolate hazelnut spread

I adjusted the recipe to simplify it further and remove the need for a food processor (don't have one of those either) or having to toast hazelnuts. This results in a crunchy rather than smooth spread - but I've always believed that crunchy spreads are better anyway!

To make a jar of crunchy chocolate hazelnut spread you will need:

Cooking ingredients chocolate

A clean jar (I recycled a jam jar I had been just about to throw away)
100g chopped, roasted hazelnuts
135g chocolate (plain or milk - your choice)
2/3rd cup icing sugar
1/3rd cup cocoa powder
3tbsp sunflower oil (you could use any vegetable or seed oil)

Start by crushing the hazelnuts a little more. I did this by pouring them into a sealed food bag and rolling them with my makeshift rolling pin (I promise I do actually have some equipment in my kitchen!). When you're happy with the size of the pieces, pour into a mixing bowl, then add the icing sugar and cocoa powder.

Hazelnuts crushed with rolling pin
(Yes... I may be wearing a white fluffy hoody. Perhaps not the best attire for chocolate-based cooking, but surprisingly good comfort-wear for revision)

Dry ingredients in mixing bowl

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Pour the melted chocolate over the hazelnuts and stir. Add the sunflower oil slowly and keep stirring. You may need to adjust exactly how much oil you add to get the right consistency. You're aiming for a molten, shiny spread.

Stirring ingredients

Scrape into your jar and enjoy! You could even give this as a Christmas present if you like doing homemade gifts.

Chocolate spread on toast with tea and pink flowers

Enjoy straight from the jar, or spread on toast with a cup of tea. My favourite would probably be a thick layer of chocolate spread on seeded toast, topped with banana. How about you?



Sunday, 29 November 2015

Little Things I've Loved This Week #12

Little Things I've Loved This Week

Nail varnish, petit filous and wine bottle

It's been another one of those not-very-happening weeks, the type where I can just about keep track of what day it is - revision is kind of blurring them all into one. Nevertheless, I have managed to remember some of the things that  brightened up the week in-between hundreds of pratice exam questions.

Running again. I can't even remember the last time I ran. It was way before fourth year exams though, and they were back in June.  Not sure if I've mentioned it here yet, but I've gone and entered a half-marathon next year! And after making all the excuses about being too busy, it being too dark, too cold, joints aching etc. etc. I finally braved it and just got running again. I forgot that I actually like running. Also, an additional bonus is that I don't seem to have lost too much fitness - I guess all the walking around a huge hospital has had it's benefits this term!

Painting my nails for the first time since the summer. Hospital placement means short nails and no varnish while I'm on the wards. But since I'm now done with that until the new year, I can paint my nails as much as I like. I went for matte black - anyone else love the feeling of matte nail varnish?!

Petit-Filous desserts. I put some of these on my online grocery order as a little revision treat for myself. I always forget how good these are! We used to have them a lot as children - I always preferred the chocolate, while my brother ate all the vanilla ones. (There. My brother finally gets a mention on here. He's always been disappointed that I mention my sister but not him. So there you are little bro', you make your debut as a vanilla yoghurt fan).

Finding our all-time best bottle of wine yet. Yeah, this makes me feel old. But I had to bulk out my food shop to make it to the minimum price, and decided to throw in a decent bottle of wine for what's becoming a bit of a Friday night ritual in the flat - watching Gogglebox with a glass of wine. And this one was really delicious. We might actually finish this bottle, rather than leave it opened and sitting around in the kitchen for weeks until clearing them all out one recycling day, hoping none of the neighbours think we actually drank all of it in a week...

Handing in my clerking portfolio. This was one of our assessments this year. I hate clerking portfolios. I spend the entire placement just waiting for the hand-in day, wanting it taken off my hands. They're the kind of things that you can never quite feel finished with, that you could always add more to and are such a pain when you'd rather just get on with doing actual medicine, or revising. Anyway, this week was hand-in week.So that's good.

How have your weeks been?



Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Book Review: Little Girl Gone

Book Cover of Little Girl Gone Alexandra Burt

I picked this up at the station a few weeks ago, looking for something to keep me occupied on the train journey home.

The latest in best-selling psychological thrillers, this book has been described as "Gone Girl meets the The Girl on the Train". Having read, and thoroughly enjoyed, Gone Girl last year, I was keen to give this one a go.

And it did not disappoint. It tells the story of Estelle Paradise and the mysterious disappearance of her baby daughter, Mia.

Estelle awakens in hospital, having been found in a wrecked car with a serious head injury. She has no memory of how she got there, or what was going on in the days leading up to it. All she knows is that her daughter is missing - and that she didn't report it.

The story follows Estelle's recollections, flitting between flashbacks and the present as she tries to make sense of how it all unfolded. She struggles with guilt - why didn't she report Mia's disappearance? Is this all her own fault? Is she responsible?

The book is excellently written, and keeps the reader guessing all the way through. With my interest  and knowledge in psychiatry, I thought I'd figured out what was going on early on - but I was way off! However, the book does deal with some of the mental health problems associated with childbirth in a way I've not come across in fiction before.

Estelle as a character is well developed, and as a reader I felt I was sharing her torment and frustration at the not-knowing. Was she a good mother? Would a good mother lose her baby? Could a good mother have harmed her child?

The pace of the book is just right - giving away the details quickly enough to keep it engaging, whilst still making sure I want to keep turning the pages to find out more. It also wraps up nicely at the end, rather than leaving the reader with lots of unanswered questions.

It's difficult to say too much more without giving away any spoilers - all I can say is that this is a fantastic book, and I'd highly recommend it!

I now need recommendations for what to read next, any suggestions?


Monday, 23 November 2015

200 Followers - Thank You and Giveaway!

With final exams upcoming, I've had to step back a little from this blog - I simply haven't had the time to dedicate to it. Which was a little frustrating when I've been sitting so close to 200 followers for a few months! 

It was a lovely surprise to spot an email telling me I'd hit the 200 follower milestone last week... and an even lovelier surprise to find that I hadn't lost any followers between getting the email and checking my statistics!

I've really enjoyed working on this blog, and most of that is down the interaction with and feedback from you, my lovely readers. Realising that people actually read the stuff is amazing.

In order to say thank you to everyone who reads Ginevrella, I've decided to hold a little giveaway. 

I chose this Sanctuary Spa 'Little Tin of Treats' as a prize for one lucky winner.

I love Sanctuary Spa products and have used many a bottle of their products to run a relaxing bath - particularly during this intense revision period! They'd be the perfect treat for yourself in the run up to Christmas.

I thought the tin itself was rather pretty as well, so even once you've used up all the products inside, you still have something nice left over.

The tin contains three 75ml bottles of body wash:
Green Lemon & Orange Blossom
White Lily & Damask Rose
Cleansing Burst

They all smell wonderful even without needing to open them!

To enter the giveaway and be in with a chance of winning the prize, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. 
This giveaway is UK only (sorry to my international readers!). Please only enter once and I will be checking that entries are valid. I want this to be a thank you for genuine readers, so please no sharing this on competition websites.

The giveaway will close at midnight UK time on Friday. I'll contact the winner to arrange delivery of the prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Little Things I've Loved This Week #11

Clare Balding Audiobook on ipad and cup of coffee

Yet another week has flown by - final exams will be over before I know it, and Christmas will be here! This has been a funny, neither-one-thing-nor-the-other kind of week. Serious revision is kicking in now as we count down the days to finals, and so it's been a mixture of going into an almost deserted hospital (in terms of medical students... the patients and staff are still there!) for teaching that may or may not be cancelled, and staying at home working my way through practice questions. Not letting revision get me down though, I've still managed to find some positive things this week...

Listening to Clare Balding's "My Animals and Other Family". I've actually been meaning to read this for ages - I think Clare Balding is fabulous and was intrigued to find out a bit about her life. I've signed up for a month trial of Audible from Amazon and got one free audiobook. I spotted this in the library and decided it was the perfect free gift for myself! I've been listening to it as I fall asleep, and so far I am really enjoying it. The chapters are based around the various animals in her life right from birth, but there are plenty of stories of her life growing up - many of which have had me laughing as I'm trying to get to sleep! 

The best patient for a respiratory examination assessment. I love patients, they're brilliant. But this one was especially great- he's obviously seen a few medical students, and every time I did something he considered 'correct', he made sure the doctor examining me knew about it! He also pointed out all the 'clues' around his bedside so that I wouldn't miss anything, and told me (and the doctor marking me) that he thought I was excellent. Winning!

Secret Life of Five Year Olds. When the original one-off episode of Secret Life of Four Year Olds came out, I honestly watched it about five times. I was a little disappointed with the follow up new series to begin with, but this week's episode of the five year olds was hilarious! Whenever adult life is feeling a bit too much, just watching the simplicity of five-year-olds' drama is all it takes to realise life needn't be so hard after all! 

Chocolate brownies in tin

Baking a batch of brownies all for myself (almost). During one of the days when I didn't have to go into hospital, I needed something to do to save myself from the boredom of revision. I've actually been home alone all week as my housemate was away Monday to Friday, but I didn't see that as a reason not to bake! As I was working while they baked, I actually let them bake for the right amount of time so they were perfectly gooey, but still cooked throughout (I'm usually too impatient for this). Probably not the healthiest of things to do - but even medical students have our weaknesses...

Spontaneous Friday night out. When my housemate got back on Friday evening, unusually neither of us was in the mood for just sitting on the sofa watching TV! So we made the decision to go out for a drink. We headed to Clifton Village and settled ourselves in a nice pub with some wine and evening of people watching. Here's hoping all the couples on dates had a good time - we felt like we were watching 'First Dates' and now feel a bit lost without the follow up!

Hope everyone else had a lovely week!
Also - thank you to my followers, new and old, because I reached the 200 mark this week :)



Sunday, 15 November 2015

Little Things I've Loved This Week #10


It feels like I haven't had a chance to even look at this blog for a while - final year of medical school is slightly taking over at the moment! However, I'm bored of revising for upcoming finals and thought it was about time to do a little update. Here are the things I've found time to enjoy this week...

Elle Magazine and Starbucks Cup

1. Peaceful train journeys. I spent Sunday and Monday at home in London, then got the train back to Bristol late on Monday evening. It's nice to settle myself in the quiet carriage with a magazine, a hot chocolate and my iPod, without any commuters! (I would have enjoyed this journey more though had we not been delayed by signal failures, a train with a smashed window, a train hitting a deer and a train breaking down...)

2. Passing my 'long-case exam'. One of my assessments this year is being observed spending an hour with a patient, finding out why they came into hospital and examining them. Even though I do this often, it's always nerve-wracking having a consultant sat in the corner watching everything you do, so it was a relief to pass it and get some good feedback. Plus the patient told the doctor that I was 'delightful' which was great to hear!

3. Going to Air Hop - a big trampoline park that opened recently in Bristol. A group of us from my placement decided to go along on Friday night and spent an hour bouncing, somersaulting and playing the different games. The venue has 135 interconnected trampolines, plus a foam pit, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and a Total Wipeout zone. It was the perfect way to let off some steam after a busy week!

4. Fish finger sandwich party. After trampolining, we refuelled with fish finger sandwiches - a new delicacy for me as I don't think I've even had fish fingers for over ten years!

5. Having friends spontaneously drop round for tea. When we're all based in different hospitals all week, it can be hard to find time to see one another, so it was lovely to have a couple of friends pop over for a catch up and cup of tea.

What have you been up to this week?


P.S. I'm only one follower away from 200 on Bloglovin' - so if you're not following me already, fancy clicking on the follow button?! :)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: Dusty Girls "Earth Cream"

As someone who likes to keep my day-to-day make up routine as simple as possible, this natural tinted cream has been a perfect addition.

Earth Cream moisturiser and moogoo cow

Although I'd never tried any of their products, I had heard of MooGoo before and Dusty Girls are 'farmed' by MooGoo... you can find out more about the brand here.

I received a bottle of "Earth Cream"* in my PLB South West Meet goody bag, and initially just threw it into the depths of my make up drawer, not expecting to use it anytime soon.

Box of Earth Cream moisturiser in shade medium

But then we had a run of chilly mornings, and a combination of turning on the radiators, long days in a sauna-like hospital environment and waiting for buses in the cold was a recipe for dry skin! 

Curious, I dug out the Earth Cream and tried it out in order to restore some much needed moisture. 

Initially, I wasn't sure about the product - it has a strange smell and I was really conscious of having a funny smelling face all day!

Earth Cream tested out on hand
A little too enthusiastic... you'd not need even this much for a single application!

Scent aside though, I've been really impressed with this product. It blends on extremely easily, giving sheer coverage without feeling heavy or looking like cakey foundation. It nearly always lasts a full day - only looking slightly patchy if I've been touching my face all day (or sitting with my head in hand during a less-then-engaging tutorial). 

It comes off easily with any cleanser, and has been leaving my skin feeling soft. It also has anti-acne properties - and it certainly hasn't caused my skin any problems.

I really like that this product comes in a pump - easy to apply, and no mess.

Pump of Dusty Girl Earth Cream in medium

I wouldn't normally bother with foundation daily, but moisturising is a must - so this multi-tasking product is excellent! As well as moisturising and providing sheer coverage, this cream also means I don't have to use any concealer - and it's SPF5 too, so gives a little sun protection.

I've been using it in the shade 'medium' which works fine for giving me slightly more colour, but would definitely consider buying this cream in the other shade 'light'. The cream currently only comes in 'medium' or 'light', which is a slight disappointment, but it does blend well to look as natural as possible.

Packaging of Dusty Girls Earth Cream

Overall, this is a really useful product that does everything it promises on the box. It's quickly become one of my favourite make up products, and is certainly something I would recommend!

Have you tried any of the MooGoo or Dusty Girl products?
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