Monday, 3 November 2014

Juci Wellbeing: 3 Day Detox: Review

Picture of Juci Wellbeing 3 day detox

Picture of Juci Wellbeing 3 day detox

Picture of Juci Wellbeing 3 day detox
Juci Wellbeing 3 Day Detox* (£94 introductory price) - Juci Wellbeing

Now, I'm guessing we've all had that point in the year (or many points) when we need to detox and have a body clear out and I made mine known publicly on Twitter one night after quite an amazing intake (if I do say so myself) of pizza. The next day, Juci Wellbeing, a new detox juice company from the North West of lovely ol' England came to my rescue. They heard my plea and asked if I would like to give their 3 day juice detox a go. I had an extensive look on their website and took the plunge and here I am telling all. I'm going to come clean straight away, a detox isn't for me. I have horrific stomach problems and a myriad of different problems stopped me completing the detox but I am here to tell you how lovely the juices and the company is. Juci Wellbeing provide fresh cold pressed detox juices which provides you with 30% more nutrients and minerals than your average juicer. They offer free delivery on a Tuesday and the juices must be refrigerated immediately, showing just how fresh they are. You start the cleanse on the Tuesday or Wednesday and boom, fresh as a daisy. Juices 1 and 4 are both Juci Boost, a juice made of cucumber, celery, broccoli and lemon which was probably my least favourite of the bunch. Juice 2 was Juci Shine, made with carrot, apple and ginger, this baby was absolutely dreamy, I could drink it all day.It gave me the energy I was craving and I was happy after drinking it. Juice 3 was Juci Lift, a beetroot based juice, was pretty satisfying and strangely good, and that's coming from a beetroot hater! If you are looking for a detox, I would recommend Juci Wellbeing. They are extremely professional every step of the way and the product is absolutely fantastic.



Saturday, 1 November 2014

LighterLife FAST: New additions

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Picture of LighterLife FAST new flavours
LighterLife FAST: Exclusive to Superdrug*

3 months ago, I was given the opportunity to try out the LighterLife FAST diet which I really liked and you guys can read about here, and because of this, the lovely Katie from the brand asked me if I would like to try the new flavours that LighterLife FAST have added to the range. I was sent the Pink Grapefruit drink and the Nutritious Curry meal. I have to say, I'm really impressed with both of these new additions, especially the pink grapefruit drink. One sachet makes a litre worth of this lovely sweet and calorie free drink. I popped mine into a bottle and kept it in the fridge and kept swigging all day. It kept away a lot of my sugar craving without being unbearably sweet. This is a winner, even on days when you're not fasting! Now onto the curry meal, which is another winner in my books. Easy to make and kept me going until my next meal with no hunger pangs in sight. I think the curry is probably the best meal in the bunch when it comes to flavour, just make sure you make it in a small bowl because the portion size is quite small and if you're not used to that it may help you get through the early stages of the fast! All in all, I LOVE the new additions to the LighterLife FAST family and would wholeheartedly recommend.



Monday, 13 October 2014

#AlproTops Challenge

Last month, the lovely people over at Alpro asked me to become a blogger ambassador* for their newest campaign called 'AlproTops'. AlproTops is all about getting creative with your breakfast using Alpro's big pots of yoghurt as the base. Now, I'm going to be truthful, I've never been a big yoghurt fan. I hated the texture of it but when the email landed in my inbox I thought I needed to get over this hatred of yoghurt and thought this could be the best thing for me. I was given enough toppings to keep me going 5 weeks, let alone 5 days, some gorgeous Bloomingville bowls and the coolest engraved spoon with my name on! Now, let's get onto my AlproTops! 

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 1 started with the Vanilla big pot with pistachios, muesli and some honey. Something quite simple and basic but easy to ease me into yoghurt again. I have to say, the vanilla yoghurt is smooth and full of flavour so the toppings just made it that much nicer. 

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 2 was the Strawberry & Rhubard yoghurt with mulberries, flax seeds and coconut powder. Absolutely off the charts enjoyable. I usually hate strawberry as a flavour but the rhubard gives it a twang that can't be rivaled.

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 3 was the Lemon & Lime yoghurt with pistachios, cranberries, mango cubes and a sprinkling of mint. I won't lie here, I wasn't a fan of the lemon and lime flavour, it was just too much of a twang for me, especially in the morning!

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Day 4 came my favourite of the 5 days and it was a mix of the Vanilla and Plain yoghurts with pistachios, flax seeds, maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. An absolute dream for 6am and a joy to eat. It kept me full until my break at 12 and the cinnamon just made it that much nicer for my early taste buds!

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

Picture of AlproTops Challenge

On day 5, I wanted to try something a little more extravagant seeing as I had a lot more time on my hands. Alpro Plain yoghurt pancakes were on the list, topped with maple syrup, pistachios and mulberries. It was a great 'Sunday' brunch with a brilliant healthy twist and I'll definitely be making these again! 

I just want to say thank you so much to Alpro for choosing me for this campaign. I've had a great time thinking of the different toppings and I'll definitely be sticking to the Alpro big pots for my mornings!





Thursday, 9 October 2014

VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray: Review

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Picture of VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray

Picture of VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray
VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray (£4.19) - Boots

I've never been a hair person. As long as I can remember I have done the absolute bare minimum when it comes to my locks and I can only put it down to my overly frizzy, curly barnet that sent me to stages of grief and anger. I wouldn't go as far as saying I hated my curly hair but sometimes it did feel that way. Recently though, I've cut it into a shoulder length bob and I love my new cut. I do straighten it but thankfully I have trained my hair into only needed to two washes a week, minimising the amount of heat I use. This lead to a new problem, lack of volume. My curly hair had masses of it and I wasn't about to give that up now, so off to Boots I went on a search. Now, you ladies have raved about this, and I can see why. A couple of spritz before I leave the house and I am good to go. I cannot love this can more than I actually do, it does exactly what it says on the tin, and more so. It makes any style a pleasure to work with and my hair is uplifted. It gives my hair the texture and oomph that I crave, in a style I absolutely adore. Thank you VO5, magic in a spray can.



Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Best of Britain: Kirkstall Abbey

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Picture of Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Here is the post that I promised about Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds and I have to say, it's an incredibly beautiful place. I can definitely understand why my sister wants to get married here one day. It was a lovely day and the sun shining through the ruins really just made it that much better. Historically, there is a lot going on with it being founded circa 1152. In 1538, during Henry VIII's reign, the abbey was disestablished in the dissolution of the monasteries all around Britain and because of this, we are left with what is a ruin that Leeds Council has made public. Perfect for a day out with the family or friends on a gorgeous sunny day. Just be careful of the ladybird infestation they have there, I'm sure I left with a few in my hair!