Healthy Filling Vegan Breakfast Porridge

Welcome back everyone!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been trying to branch out more and try different breakfast combinations, as we all know breakfast is the best meal of the day! I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and found this gorgeous image of some porridge and berries and the thought of it seemed amazing so I decided to give it a go. The ingredients were pretty simple and it only took around 10 minutes to make, so today I decided to share the recipe with you guys.

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Serves 1

  • 200ml plant-based milk or normal milk
  • 50g cup oats (gluten-free optional)
  • 1 medium banana (it depends how much you like the taste of banana!)
  • 80g of mixed fruit
  • nut butter, honey or fruit for a topping


  1. Mash the banana in a bowl then add the oats and milk into a pan.
  2. Heat the mixture in the pan on a hight heat and stir for 3-5 minutes. Until the mixture becomes a porridge consistency.
  3. Add the berries in around 30 seconds before the porridge is ready.
  4. Plate up the porridge into a dish and add nut butter, honey or more fruit as a topping.
  5. ENJOY!!

Thank you for reading this slightly different post! Let me know down below if you try this recipe.

Izzy Xx

3 Ways To Get Your Blog Out There!

 Getting your blog out there can be difficult! Zoella or Tanya Burr didn’t start off their blog with 100’s of views a day did they? Everyone has to start somewhere. So I am writing this post today to help new bloggers get their blog posts out their when they first start blogging or whenever you see those page views dropping!


Social Media

When I first started blogging almost a year and a half ago, on another blogging platform, I didn’t know a thing about blogging but through reading people’s blog posts I always saw at the bottom of their posts or on their sidebars there would ALWAYS be social media links. After I saw that literally everyone blog I was reading had an Instagram account. I decided to make one myself and to be honest I didn’t really know what or when to post, who to follow or what to do with my account. Once I got a profile picture of me up, followed the people whose blogs I loved and posted an image I saw more page views instantly on my blog. As you may or may not know I have only had this blog for around a week and already half of my views are from people who have clicked the link on my profile on Instagram! It is mad how by having a social media account can change your page views instantly and it is also super easy to reach out to other bloggers on their too!


When you first publish a blog post I don’t know about you but you sit in front of your computer screen for a bit wondering if anyone is actually going to read your blog. However, I did eventually realise that sitting at a computer screen really won’t make a difference to whether people see your blog post or not. Commenting plays a HUGE factor on your blog post. My first blog post on this blog, Best Beauty Products of 2016, had 40 views and 20 comments on the first day and bearing in mind that I didn’t even have any followers was CRAZY!!! I only managed to do this by commenting on people’s blog posts who write about the same topics as I do. By doing this you find out about the little blogging communities across the internet, if you do this people will 90% of the time comment back on your post. Then you know what to do if someone comments on your pos,t reply to them and then comment on their recent post, this can create friendships between you and other bloggers and this can also lead to collabs which are great to boost your page views and followers!

Join a Blogging Chat

Creating or joining a blogging chat can be a perfect way to reach out to similar bloggers that write about the same things that you do and have a talk about what their recent post is going to be about, blogging tips, collabs, etc. I think joining a blogging chat on Twitter or DM group on Instagram helps boost your page views a lot! I am part of one called Blogging Friends who includes Iona, Alexandra, Eden, Ruby, Dervla, Kate, Ella, Freya, Libby and Amelia who all have beauty/lifestyle blogs. Whenever any one of us uploads a blog we will always send a message to the group chat because everyone in the group chat loves to read everyone’s blog posts. I think being part of a group chat definitely helps you get your blog out there and if you aren’t part of one, make one! Ask other new bloggers to join and then you can create you own mini blogging community.

Thank you all for reading once again! Comment your favourite ways to get your blog out there below.

Izzy Xx

Best Beauty Products of 2016


Hello everyone welcome back to a new blog post! Today I am going to be writing about my favourite beauty products of 2016 as it was very requested on my Instagram,@typicallyizzyy.The products I have chosen to review are the best of the best, which I have enjoyed through out the year and I hope you enjoy reading the reviews!



Barry M Mascara– At the beginning of this year I went out trying to look for a cruelty-free mascara that was brilliant but not tested on animals, I wasn’t really expecting much when I was looking around Boots but then I saw the Barry M counter. Barry M mascaras looked gorgeous in their heavy, almost expensive like, packaging but then I wondered will the mascara actually be like the ones from Rimmel or Maybelline? I picked up That’s How I Roll mascara and found it had the exact same brush as the Maybelline Lash Sensational and every since then I have never looked back on trying a mascara from another brand. Both mascaras lengthen, curl and add extra volume and they don’t turn clumpy after a long period of time because no one likes a clumpy mascara! For the price and the packaging I LOVE Barry Ms mascaras and they are so worth it! Barry M mascaras have definitely been my favourite mascara brand of 2016.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 08I just love a Kate Moss lipstick especially ones that are perfect for an every makeup look. I bought this lipstick in January and I fell in love with it, I wore it everyday to school and every weekend when I was wearing makeup. However 4 months down the line it ran out so I chucked the lipstick out and decided to try a Barry M lip crayon, which was just as good but not a natural colour for school. So last week I picked it up again and I have been wearing it for the past week and I can’t believe I stopped using it. The lipstick is in a pinky/purpley nude colour and I am OBSESSED with it.

Miss Sporty Stay Time Concealer-Around April last year I decided to only start using cruelty-free makeup products (I still try to now but there are just some products I will never be able to stop using!) and I was using the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer but I wanted a concealer with a bit of coverage. As there was a 3 for £5 deal on all Miss Sporty products, those deals always draw me in, I bought this concealer and I wore it for around 3 months and I loved it more and more each day until I bought a new Collection concealer. Then about a month ago I found the concealer and I have fallen back in love with it. It is more of a coverage concealer than a brightening concealer which I prefer. Personally I think that this is one of the best concealers I have ever used and for the price you can’t really go wrong.


Makeup Tools

Facial Cleansing Pads-I love anything to make my skin looking smooth and feeling soft so when I picked these Cleansing Pads up in Boots in the Boxing Day Sales I knew I had found myself a bargain! The first time I used these brilliant silicone pads they got rid of the dry skin on my face as they are so gentle at exfoliating but also so effective on my skin. I now use these every time I wash my face in the morning and it feels so fresh to use a facial pad, it really helps wake you up! Even though I have been using this product for a couple of weeks I still think it deserves a mention as it is a cheaper alternative to buying a Clarasonic Facial Brush and it is a lot softer too.

Real Technique Beauty Sponge-I have got to admit I was quite a slow joiner on the Real Technique Beauty Sponge bandwagon. I had only used brushes before hand and I thought that they were just as good and that there is no need to buy a sponge as well. However last Christmas I received a light up mirror and I realised how streaky my foundation was on my skin and it was because of the brush I was using. I firstly bought a Claire’s Accessories sponge and it was so dense and hard to use and then I gave in and bought my first Beauty Sponge as it was buy 1 get 1 half price. Ever since then I have not used anything else to blend in my foundation and concealer because I find that the sponge gives your foundation such a natural look on your skin. I also got given another sponge for Christmas, which I will use in the new year, the sponges are honestly amazing and I totally recommend you going to try them out! I don’t know how I did my makeup before these brilliant sponges.

Spectrum 10 Piece Essential Kit-When I had my old blog over on Blogger, Spectrum Collections got in touch with me and wondered whether I would like to try out their vegan and cruelty-free makeup brushes. After owning the Real Techniques Core Collection I was pretty sure that no other brushes could beat them but I was totally wrong! After 4 months of owning my Real Techniques ones my brushes started to loose their hair and the writing started to come off, which I wasn’t too pleased about. Once my Spectrum brushes arrived they we so much softer than they looked on the website and the packaging off the brushes are just GORGEOUS! Around 5 months later my Spectrum brushes are still going strong, not one of the hairs have have fallen out. I would totally recommend these brushes and for the price of £40 for 10 (1 for £4) they work out cheaper than Real Techniques!



Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub-I love using Soap and Glory and when it comes to using their Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub you can’t go wrong! Before I originally got this, every time I walked into Boots I would always take the lid off and smell it. If you have never smelt this before, where have you been??? It smells like cookies and I could literally eat it. Now that I have got my own tub of this I can tell why people rave about this, it leaves your skin super soft and the scent lasts for ages, I love this product so much! You NEED to try this!

Original Source Moisturising Shower Milk-When I was on the hunt for a shower gel that was cruelty-free I thought I might have to go on a hunt for a really expensive shower (because I had never tried a cruelty-free shower gel before) but I found the brand Original Source. Original Source’s products are all vegan, cruelty-free and they use natural ingredients, which I find amazing for a shower gel that is around £1-£2. The flavours they come up with are incredible, my favourites are vanilla and raspberry, cherry and almond and apple and vanilla. For the price and quality of the shower milk honestly you are getting a bargain for your money and they are so cute to include in your Instagram pics!

Blistex Lip balm-Everybody needs a good lip balm in their life, for some if may be Nivea for others Carmex but for me if has to be Blistex! I think in the Winter alone I have gone through at least 3 of them as they are so moisturising especially when you have really dry lips. I love the way that when you have super dry lips it tingles when you apply it and this really makes you think that it is working and getting rid of the dryness! I think that this is one of my all year favourite products as I use it all year round and I just can’t get enough of it and if you have dry lips and you have tried everything before make sure to check out Blistex’s lip balms, you won’t regret it I promise.

Zoella Hungry Hands-For Christmas I received the Christmas hand cream from Zoella’s new range and I was so excited to use it as I hadn’t smelt the new products in Superdrug before. The hand cream is in a gingerbread scent which isn’t too overpowering but it makes your hands feel so silky and soft. Ever since Christmas I have used this hand cream, it smells delicious and I use it at least 4 times a day. I will definitely be using this all the way through 2017 too!



Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great 2017!
Izzy x