Oh you Greedy Cow!

Isn’t it tough when you’re in a big group and everyone wants a different cuisine? I hate that. You can never decide where to go! 

But fear not my fellow food junkies, I’m going to tell you about one of my favourite restaurants, so that you never have to worry again! (I’m nice like that).

Have you ever seen Mile End tube station on the central line? Pop outside and head opposite for the creative foodie genius that is Greedy Cow. 

It’s a restaurant home to a delightful and experimental array of tasty treats. Here you will find nearly 10 different cuisines in one restaurant to play with, all for a reasonable price. 
They have everything from Mexican to Japanese; and all strategically placed inside a big gourmet burger!
There’s Wagyu beef and chicken options, and for the adventurous souls in the blogosphere, there’s an ‘exotic burgers’ section too. You can indulge on a wild boar or smack your lips around the meat of a camel. 
Not a fan of burgers? Theres a salad and mains section too, covering your typical Ceasar’s, classic steaks and there’s even a corn fed chicken dish. 

In the unlikely event that you still have room for dessert, do yourself a favour and grab yourself a banoffee pie. Possibly one of the best I’ve ever tasted! 
The food is delicious and the staff are wonderful, which is why this small place is so popular. If you head there on a weekend, it’s likely you’ll be waiting a while for a table. Don’t worry though it’ll be worth it. 

LwL x 

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Liz Earle Giveaway!

Hello to my fellow bloggers and readers!

I am super excited to announce that this is the first official giveaway on my blog.

As a thank you to all of you for the support I have been given from day one, and admittedly in a bid to get to my ultimate goal of 1000 followers (cheeky grin), there is a 50ml bottle of Liz Earle Shine & Polish up for grabs, complete with a hot cloth cleanser!

 

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This multi-award winning product is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars with nearly 3000 reviews and I can see why. Over the past couple of weeks, in a bid to improve my skin I have used this myself. (Remember this post?)

Since using this cleanser my skin is clearer and firmer. There appears to be less shine around my T-zone and more of a radiant glow, even in this winter weather!

As I would recommend this to you all so highly, I thought that it would be the perfect giveaway.

All you have to do to enter this contest is;

  • Follow my blog if you haven’t done so already
  • Reblog this post or post on Facebook if you’re not a blogger (or both)
  • Comment below with what you want to see more/less of on my blog.

Please also feel free to add me on instagram at laurenod.x – of course this one is completely optional.

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd April.

Best of luck :o)

LwL x

Eliminating dark circles: Final verdict

Hi guys,

It has now been 4 weeks since I started the Coconut oil remedy for bags under the eyes. Hasn’t it gone quick? 
Here’s a recap of the 4 weeks and the final verdict…
After 2 weeks the puffiness under the yes decreased slightly but there were still dark circles
After 3 weeks the dark circles had lightened slightly but we’re still evident
Week 4.. 
Here is the final comparison from week 1 to week 4. 
For a remedy that has cost me £3 that’s a huge improvement!

There are still some evident lines but Im pretty sure that’s due to a very poor diet, lack of water and all the restless sleep in the heat and all the travelling.
My verdict:
Cost of the product – 9/10

Time it takes to use/apply – 9/10

Improvement from day 1 – 7.5/10 

Final result: 8.5/10

Bussin’ it: Manila – Legazpi – Donsol

Manila to Legazpi is approximately a 10 hour journey. Possibly the worst and bumpiest ride I’ve ever been on. It gets you from A to B but don’t expect any sort of sleep. 

For the last 4 hours of the journey there is a stop to let people off every 30 minutes or so. All the lights are switched on so if you do fall asleep, you will be woke up. This is where an eye mask comes in super handy.

We used a company called ‘Philtranco’. Their buses leave everyday from their terminal at 5.30pm and 7.45pm. Just get a taxi (well in advance as traffic is terrible) to the bus terminal, and but your ticket on arrival. It’s actually a very easy process but unfortunately very hard to learn about on the Internet.

Legazpi on to Donsol is easy. At the bus terminal, just walk through to the other side and there are UV express services that go to different cities, including Donsol for a mere 75 pesos each. The journey takes 1.5-2 hours depending on how fast your driver is. You are dropped into the town and will have to get a tricycle over to the West to where the Tourist Information Centre/Whale Shark sightseeing tour is. 

Philippines pedicabs are ridiculously cheap in lots of places. We have never paid more than £1 for any journey. 

LwL X 

Eliminating dark circles: Test 2 

Ok so I have officially reached the 21st day of the blitz the bags trial. 

Just to remind you, the DIY remedy I am putting to the test is coconut oil.

  

 I’ve been applying this 1-3 times a day (depending on how often u remember) for 3 weeks now. 

Test one showed some improvement in puffiness after 14 days but not much improvement on the darkness under the eyes. 
Here is my original shot at day one and test 2’s results.. 
  Can you see a difference?

The indents in my eyes are noticeably smaller and I can see that some of the purple has lightened. 
There seems to be a difference from the original and also slightly better than last week! Though I don’t yet think its enough to change someone’s life. 

One more week to see if we can get these any better as I’m still not completely satisfied! 

Keep an eye out for the final post

LwL X 

Eliminating dark circles: Test 1

Hi guys!
So here’s blitz the bags Test one: The coconut oil remedy.

After reading up on this method I headed to a supermarket in Vietnam and purchased a small bottle of pure coconut oil. It was only 90000 dong. Winning. A small price to pay for super rejuvenated eyes (if it works that is)
So here’s the deets of this remedy:

  • Massage pure coconut oil under the eye area 2-3 times a day
  • You should notice a difference over a few weeks. 

So let’s start with a before pic:

 
I know, my eyes are terrible right? 
Here is a picture of my eyes before/after trying this method for about 14 days.

  
Slightly less puffy, but still signs of lots of darkness. However the thick lining of the eye bag on the right is also smaller.

A very small improvement. 

Over the past few days I’ve had a terrible bout of food poisoning again! So I’ve been being sick, then starving the bug and I’ve had a serious lack of sleep which is probably unfair to judge this method on. 

I am therefore going to extend the test a further 14 days instead of 7. So keep an eye out for the results of day 21 and 28!

LwL X 

First beauty post: Blitz the bags! 

Hi guys, this is my first beauty post in the new category on my site. How exciting!

All feedback, comments and advice are welcome as I’m super new to this area. If there is something you want added, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide some material.
Ok so as you’ve probably seen from many of my pics, I have an ongoing problem with terrible dark circles and eye bags. I constantly look tired, miserable, and about 20 years older than I am. Its really depressing.

I have therefore done some research into the cause of this popular issue amongst us women, including A star celebrities, and with my new found knowledge, I’m taking action and testing some DIY remedies.Without having to risk hundreds of pounds on creams that may or may not work. It’s time to affordably blitz the bags!

 

Eva Mendez is a sufferer

So here’s what I learnt and some tips that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine.

Dark circles and puffiness can be caused by a number of different things, not just the obvious ‘lack of sleep’. The eye area has super thin skin and is really sensitive, making it prone to exposing blood vessels a lot more clearly than any other part of the body. 

  

  • It’s so important to protect it from the sun, so always wear sunscreen (even in winter)
  • Keep the skin moisturised to avoid wrinkling.
  • Avoid dragging the skin too, this is common when you use rough make up wipes around the eyes. I now use miscellar water instead.  

Did you know that dark circles can be because of your genetics? What a liberty. I love my mum bless her, but I seem to inherit everything bad from her. My older sister got her clear skin and tiny legs and you know what I got? Varicose veins, wide feet and now dark circles too? Give me a break already. 
Other causes of dark circles include: 

  • Tiredness: the most obvious one. Those party years and weekly all nighters have really come back to haunt me. I also can’t remember the last time I had an uninterrupted night sleep
  • Age: I like to think this isn’t my cause. I’m only 23!

Puffy eyes are caused by fluid retention.

The main causes of puffy eyes are:

  • crying before bed: It’s best to avoid those late night soppy movies.
  • High salt intake: Put the popcorn down. 
  • The way you sleep: Wierd aye? Apparently sleeping on your side or stomach causes the particular eye to gather extra water, resulting in puffiness the following morning.
  • Stress
  • Rubbing your eyes a lot, including taking off your make up: we’re all guilty of it! Use a sensitive eye make up remover and never drag your skin!

So in addition to these new found tips, I am going to try 3 remedies that I have found online that claim to banish dark circles and puffiness. These will be tried and tested and best of all I’m going to documen how well they work, using myself as the subject, if they work at all that is.

As I’m very limited to things, being travel and all, I am going to try the easiest remedy I have found first.

The coconut oil method.

Watch this space!

LwL X 

Goodbye Vietnam

 So that’s it Vietnam. Romeo done. Another country down and a further 16 days into my itinerary.

I’m now some days into Cambodia.

What a wonderful and educational experience Vietnam has been.

I’ve learnt so much about the history of this country and how far Vietnam has come in recent years. Visiting all of the museums and attractions gives you a great insight into the physical and mental scars that the people have endured over the decades of war with the US. 

I can truly say that the Vietnamese people are an inspiring and determined bunch. They are a generous and caring culture and still promote peace despite everything. Us westerners could learn a great deal from them. 

Here’s my highlights and low points of travelling Vietnam

Highlights

Favourite place

Hoi An   

 This place felt most like Vietnam. There isn’t a vast amount of touristy things to do but I think that’s what make it great. So pretty and so much culture. This place is super relaxed and truly reflects Vietnamese living. 

Favourite activities

Quadbiking on the white sand dunes, Mui Ne.  

The dark cave and the mud bath, Phong Nha. 

Favourite new experiences 

Tasting Vietnamese coffee: did you know it’s the third best coffee in the world?   
Brazil is the first and Columbia is the runner up

A few Vietnamese eats were amazing too. There is a post on this to come! 

Low lights 
Headaches from the sound of bibbing horns. God don’t you guys like to honk? Honking for indicating, honking for warning, honking for fun. It’s highly unnecessary and it really hurts my ears! 

We’re in Cambodia now and I’m glad they don’t enjoy this as much. 

Crappy weather: 10 of those days were a mixture of clouds and rain so we didn’t really get to enjoy the beauty of Ha Long bay or Nha Trang beach. We did however, get some great Anorak photos..
Vietnam, it’s been emotional.tạm biệt người bạn của tôi.(Goodbye my friend)
LwL x 

Day Trip: Nang Yuan Island 

A couple of days ago we decided to take a taxi boat over to Nang Yuan Island as its a mere 10 minute ride away from Koh Tao. I would definitely recommend a day trip here! 

  
Koh Nang Yuan is actually made up of three little areas of land connected by sandbanks. Its absolutely stunning; a picture perfect paradise where post-card dreams are made. I have the photos to prove it!

  
  
Have you ever seen clearer waters?!

  
We headed straight to the viewpoint from the pier.. Lots of steps and lots of giant mosquitos were awaiting us, but we made it! (Well almost to the top, the rocks to get to the top were too dangerous and had all blood over them,no thanks!)

We made it high enough to see all 3 islands connecting: 

  
  
  
Then we went to relax and swim..

 
  
  
To preserve the island you aren’t allowed to bring in plastic bottles and you have to pay 100 baht on entry but it’s definitely worth it, even if just to get a photo like this..

  
LwL x 
 

A boat to Railay

On the last day of Krabi I decided to treat myself to a much needed girly day by and headed to Railay beach via a service boat from Ao Nang.

   

 

The boat took less than 10 minutes and then there I was, on the West of Railay Beach.

 
 In my original travel plan I was going to spend a night in Railay, but when I was in Bangkok I was advised to just spend a day there as there is not much to do.

I’m glad I listened. The place is lovely but I walked around the majority of the area in less than 2 hours, so there’s not an awful lot to do there. 

Here’s a map of my route:

  
I headed through Walking Street where I stopped for brunch and came across, you guessed it, some wild monkeys; they seem to be the common animals that you see out here

   

 Then on to Phra Nang Nai Cave, with some lovely scenery along the way  

  

  

  

  

  

I came out onto Railay East beach and it wasn’t too impressive to be honest as beaches go, though I’m pretty sure that’s because the tide was right out.

   

 

Can you see on the map where I attempted to go to Princess Lagoon? I was cut off by a mountain, apparently the brown dotted line is not an accessible route ha. 

  
I chilled, sunbathed a bit, met a lovely Danish man and woman and got bitten by a few more mozzies as I obviously don’t have enough bites already.

I then headed back on my return boat around 4pm and went for a lovely foot scrub.

It was a great day trip and some much needed alone time. I’m glad I decided to head there on a whim!

We’re now in Koh Samui until Christmas Eve, so I’ll be posting about the island over the next few days 

Any recommendations? 

LwL x