IT is World Chocolate Day on Wednesday – and it’s worth remembering the dark type can be good for you, improving heart health, cholesterol levels and even playing a role in cancer prevention.
I try out the latest chocolate products while our Beauty Editor puts tinted moisturisers to the test.
with Jane Atkinson
- Hullabaloo bars, 92cal and 99p per 25g bar, makeahullabaloo.com – buy now
Created by mums frustrated with the lack of healthy treats for families, Hullabaloo bars feature chicory root fibre and contain less than 5g of sugar per 25g bar.
Plus they are tooth-friendly, with no artificial flavours, colourings or sweeteners.
I tried the Choco Lumps one – it’s like the rice crispy cakes you had when you were little.
Soft. Squishy. Gooey. Chocolatey. Amazing!
- Lizi’s Belgian Chocolate Granola, £3.70 for 400g, ocado.com – buy now
Dark, sumptuous Belgian chocolate pieces have been paired with cocoa powder, vanilla, toasted oats and a range of nuts and seeds to provide a decadent breakfast in Lizi’s Belgian Chocolate Granola.
It has 6.5g of fibre, 249cal and 5.3g of protein per serving.
Filling and chocolatey.
A weekend treat.
- Vite Brain Bars, £2.10 per 45g bar, vitenaturals.com – buy now
Vite Brain Bars are a nootropic snack, which means they aim to improve memory, creativity and motivation.
Designed to be eaten daily, they are made from plant-based ingredients with caffeine to help you feel sharper, think faster and focus longer.
246cal per 45g bar.
The Dark Choc & Nut is rich – and very bitter – but I did feel more alert.
with Gabriella Stein
- Garnier, BB cream £9.99, 50ml, superdrug.com – buy now
Tinted moisturiser with mineral pigments and vitamin C to illuminate and hydrate skin.
Contains SPF15 to protect against UV rays. Better coverage than I expected.
Reduced the appearance of pores and small blemishes and evened out my skin, but I needed to top it up during the day.
Suitable for normal to dry skin types. Anti-ageing and oil-free options, too. Only comes in light and medium shades though.
- Nars, Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser, £26.35, 50ml, boots.com – buy now
An oil-free formula to moisturise and provide a hint of colour while protecting against UV rays with SPF30.
Infused with vitamin C and anti-ageing compound Kopara to keep skin smooth and hydrated.
The formula is sheer, but I was able to build it up with a few layers.
It gives a dewy glow without the greasy shine – and it lasted all day! Available in 16 shades.
- Laura Mercier, tinted moisturiser natural skin perfector, £36, 50ml, lookfantastic.com – buy now
Enriched with a hydrating complex of macadamia and kukui seed oils to help increase skin’s moisture levels for 24 hours of hydration.
Also includes tamarind seed extract to retain moisture and antioxidant vitamins C & E to help brighten and protect skin.
SPF30 protects against daily UV rays and skin damage.
This gave the sheerest coverage, but it totally blurred pores and imperfections to leave the skin with the perfect “no make-up” look. Skin looked naturally perfect and radiant all day. My favourite.
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