Gousto is a subscription service that delivers meal ingredients and recipes to your door. I had been intrigued by Gousto for a while, and lucky for me I was kindly sent over a Gousto box to try out in exchange for a review. 

Via the Gousto website you are able to select and order the meals that you would like to make. There is a variety of cuisines to choose from and the meals change up every week. Though if you order too late the more popular meals can run out, which is unfortunately what happened in my case, meaning I wasn't able to get my first choices. The meals I did end up selecting were Lemon Pepper Chicken & Rosemary Potatoes and Greek Chicken & Feta Bake. 

A Gousto box is large in size and packed with fresh ingredients. The box also contains ice packs, meaning that your food will be fresh for up to 24 hours without being refrigerated, in case you miss your delivery and your box is left with a neighbour. The food came separated by storage type. A large, wooden spoon was also included, which was a nice little extra.

My Gousto box, as selected by me, contained 2 servings of 2 meals. And there was about a 5-day window for the meals to be made before expiration. As I was only cooking for myself I was able to have the 2 meals twice. The full price of these meals, had I have paid, would have come to around £27. I believe this is a good deal, especially considering the high quality of ingredients that I received. 

The first meal that I tried out was the Lemon Pepper Chicken & Rosemary Potatoes. I was worried this would be a bit bland, but it was the opposite; I was actually really surprised at how great it turned out. Both the chicken and potatoes were really tasty and fragrant. In the future I will be sure to use the rosemary potatoes recipe again in particular.

My second recipe - the Greek Chicken & Feta Bake - didn't turn out as good. I felt it was a bit undercooked; the feta and potatoes weren't baked as well as they should have been within the suggested time. But it's possible that this was my error and not theirs, as I was rushing on this occasion! I unfortunately wasn't able to try out the meal for a second time, as some stuff came up for me and I didn't manage to cook again until after the last batch of chicken had expired. This was a bit annoying as I hate wasting food. So if you do try Gousto make sure you're in a position to be at home enough to make the meals within a few days of receiving your box.

I generally had a really good experience with Gousto and am likely to order from them again. It's a fun and efficient way to implement cooking from scratch, and one of the two meals I had was amazing and I imagine others will be too. Saying that, I will hold off getting a subscription until after I graduate, when I will hopefully have a more consistent income. Even though Gousto is great value for money it's still slightly out of my student budget!

If you would like to try out Gousto for yourself you can get £20 off your 1st and 2nd orders using the code: TORNADO.

Have you tried Gousto? What do you think?

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Amani x 

Trying Out Gousto

16 May 2017

Last week I attended a Southern Comfort Masterclass; one of the many events that were put on by Nottingham Loves Cocktails, as part of the week-long cocktail festival.

The masterclass was held at Nottingham's Das Kino. I had surprisingly never set foot in Das Kino beforehand, despite having always heard good things about it. Das Kino is a bar and restaurant which serves a great range of food and houses a few ping pong tables to boot. And the atmosphere inside the place is awesome. It's dark yet pleasantly lit with neon lights and signage; an electric Americana vibe.

In case you didn't know, Southern Comfort is a whisky based drink that 'packs a hug rather than a punch'; the presence of fruits and spices mellowing done the traditional whisky taste. During the masterclass we learnt about the history of the drink, as well as some history about New Orleans (where the drink was created) and its vibrant drinking culture.

We also participated in a taste test involving Southern Comfort at different levels of strength. Then, as our fourth and final drink of the night, we were given a Southern Comfort, dairy and egg white based cocktail. And here we were all able to join in on the cocktail making experience by each having a go at shaking the mixture; thorough shaking was apparently integral in this case. Despite being apprehensive when it came to tasting the drink - due to the ingredients - it actually tasted really good!

Finally, in a welcome continuation of the Southern Comfort themed night, Das Kino provided us with chicken wings made with Southern Comfort. And they were suitably amazing.

Many thanks to the people at Southern Comfort and Das Kino! 

Amani x

Southern Comfort Masterclass

4 May 2017

Pure Potions is an award-winning skincare line that uses only natural ingredients. Their products are specifically tailored for the treatment of dry skin and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and scarring, and an impressive 97% of their surveyed customers have found relief by using their products. As someone who suffers with dry and allergic skin I was excited to have a go at trying out a few products from their range.

Pure Potions were kind enough to send me 3 products of my choice in exchange for a review. Here's what I thought:

Skin Salvation Intensive Lip Balm
The Lip Balm was my favourite product out of the 3 that I received. And that's because it did wonders over night. For weeks I had been dealing with really dry lips and no product had been any help. When I tried this I wasn't expecting too much, due to never having had great experiences with lip balms. But this product honestly left my lips softer than I can ever remember them being, and the results happened after only one or two uses!
The lip balm smells primarily of olive oil, though the smell is pleasant and not overpowering. The consistency is the same as a standard lip balm (except this actually works). 

Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment
This intensive moisturiser is multipurpose, it can be used as an overnight moisture mask, a swimming barrier, a makeup remover and more. It's also said to be able to directly treat eczema and psoriasis. I haven't yet tried it on any eczema flare ups. But I can say it feels very moisturising and doesn't irritate the skin. For some reason I've found that even products that claim to be natural can still leave my skin itchy and are bothersome, but this feels really gentle and soothing.
The ointment's scent is similar to the lip balm, and it has a balm like consistency. 

Skin Salvation Bath & Body Oil
This oil can be added to your bath or used on your skin after showering, preventing your skin from drying up and adding extra moisture. I personally always want to feel moisturised right after a shower, and this product can be quickly added to damp skin post-shower, and I find it leaves the skin feeling super moisturised. It's a thin oil and easy to lather, and it has a nice, floral scent. 

As I well know, prescription creams for eczema come with risks. So when using these natural products it's very reassuring to know that what you're putting on your skin is 100% good for it, and that you won't have any unwanted side effects down the line. This, along with the fact that they seem to actually be effective, has made using them really enjoyable for me. I'd recommend anyone with troublesome skin  - along with those after natural skincare solutions - to check Pure Potions out.

I personally am planning on purchasing some more of their products, as I am pretty excited to see the results of some of the other items in their range!

You can purchase Pure Potions' products here. Their products are also available in selected Boots, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett stores. 

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Amani x 

Pure Potions | Natural Skincare

28 Apr 2017

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