Nearly two years ago now I made the decision to turn my back on the paleo lifestyle and swap my life of bacon, steak and grass fed beef, for a life without meat. A new life which started as a conscious effort to reduce my carbon footprint, and evolved into a life to do my bit to save animals.

This new chapter also made me look a little bit deeper and totally re-address my beauty routine – from whatever products I fancied, to whatever products were cruelty free (or as much as I can for now). I stopped purchasing Loreal and most drugstore labels (they may not test on animals in the UK but if they sell in China, they do) and started to buy more Lush, Hourglass and Becca – my bank account didn’t thank me for it but my conscience did.

So when the lovely people from wellness webshop Nutrimarket offered me the chance to try one of the products on their site – I jumped at the chance to test one of their natural skincare brands – Zk’in.

Zk’in is a skincare brand from Australia who believe in honest beauty. They use certified organic ingredients in their products, with a focus on creating naturally enriched, hydrated and naturally replenished skin. There are no parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals or unnatural ingredients in any zk’in products.

What product did I try?

I personally have extremely sensitive skin and even the most sensitive products can irritate my face, especially under the eye area, so I was keen to try the Calming Cream Cleanser with Natural Skin Hydrating Actives. It’s a non lathering, alcohol-free gentle cleansing cream, which turns from oil to milk upon contact with the water. The anti-inflammatory Colloidal Oatmeal is abundant in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Whilst the Aloe Vera helps to rehydrate skin – great for heading into the winter months. Sounds like a dream right?

How to use…

I use a different product to remove my eye make up as this says to avoid the eye area. Once my eye make up is removed, I apply some product to the skin and work in for a moment before removing with a cotton pad. This step effectively gets rid of make-up. Then I go in again with some more product to give my face a deeper cleanse, this time washing off the product before patting my skin dry with a clean towel.

So how did I get on?

The product itself feels super creamy and soft on the skin. It’s easy to work with and removes easily – without leaving your skin feeling oily or as if you have product residue left on your face. The one downside of the product is that it doesn’t smell great – although I always hope that bad smelling products mean that they work better (does anyone else think that?).

You wouldn’t believe it from the texture but it’s actually super effective at removing foundation and other make up. Just make sure you use a dedicated eye make-up remover and avoid contact with the area when using.

I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and feel like it’s given me a great glow. My skin feels hydrated and plump after each use as the second cleanse works deep into my pores. I’m definitely going to be trying out a few more of their products soon to support my routine – I’ve especially got my eye on the Smoothing Skin Serum!!

Have you tried any Zk’in products before? If not, nows your chance! Use the code FITDIARY17 to save 15% off your entire order.

The products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of this review. However, as always, all views and opinions are my own.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you’ll know I’m a big advocate of the importance of sleep. And whilst I’m not going to share my ‘evening routine’ on here (because lets be honest what normal, working woman has time on her hands for the ‘perfect’ routine), I did want to share some of my night-time essentials – and by essentials I mean they come everywhere with me, even on holiday! 

Generally, my evening routine goes a bit like this…

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My big fit podcasts

Lately I’ve become obsessed with Podcasts. 

I’m subscribed to so many that my phone rarely has any free space. They’re just perfect if I need a bit of me time; am on a short walk or my daily commute. I simply stick in my headphones and switch on my favourites. And what’s more, they’re totally FREE!

If you’re new to the world of podcasts or are looking for some new ones then I’ve got some crackers for you to get addicted to. And since I’m all about balance, they’re not just fitness focused; there’s some fun & feminism too. 

So let’s get started

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Healthy & happy

This weekend I took part in my second ever colour run. Anyone who’s taken part in one of these runs will know how much fun it is – seriously, if every run started and ended with a rainbow of colours thrown in the air then I’d run a hell of a lot more!!

Taking part in the run got me thinking about the things that make me happy and how I try to pick myself up when I’m feeling down. Now, I don’t know about you but I’m constantly striving for a happier and healthier life. That’s not to say I’m unhappy with my current state of affairs but I struggle with anxiety and often get myself into a cycle of negative thinking.

As difficult as I find it at times, I do believe that it’s important that we stay present in life; focusing on the here and know, enjoying every moment of it. So what can we do right here, right now to ensure we’re leading the happiest & healthiest lives possible?

I’ve listed my top 10 ways to start leading a happier, healthier life now.

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I’ve been wanting to branch out on my blog for a while now so when I was invited to a bloggers day out at the fab, but often forgotten, Barton Arcade in Manchester I jumped at the chance.

The Barton Arcade sits in the heart of Manchester city centre just off Deansgate and behind St Ann’s Square. I used to work nearby and often mindlessly walked through on my way into the city centre without considering any of the stores inside, so it was great to get a closer look at the Arcade & the stores inside.

Find out more about our day below.

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