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Monday, 9 May 2016

Inside & Oat Lifestyle Challenge

Last week I started the ‘Inside & Oat’ challenge* with Aveeno to try their holistic Lifestyle for one week. This involved swapping my normal moisturisers for Aveeno products and cooking healthy plant-based meals with Honestly Healthy author, Natasha Corrett as well as fitness. I hadn't tried any of the Aveeno products that I was testing before so I was excited to see if they would improve my skin along with the lifestyle changes.

The Benefits of Oats In Skincare:

Hydrates: helps to restore and protect the skin’s natural barrier helping to prevent water loss and maintain moisture.
Soothes: oatmeal is known for its soothing benefits on sensitive skin
Cleanses: the oat particles adhere to dirt and dead skin cells allowing them to be washed away
Protects: creates a protective film on the surface of the skin
Buffers: helps return skin to normal pH levels

AVEENO Daily Moisture Skincare

Aveeno Lotion
The bottle is a huge 500ml. This lotion is thicker in consistency comparison to the daily moisturising lotion. It is suitable for dry and sensitive skin and babies from 3 months who may be prone to eczema. I found I only needed a small amount of this lotion, a little goes a long way, and it has more of a thick cream texture than a lotion. I found it hydrated my skin well and kept it feeling moisturised all day, even in the hot weather we've been having the last few days! It has a slight oat scent and although I liked this product it wasn't my favourite and I found the bottle bulky.

Daily Moisturising Lotion
This fragrance-free lotion promises to keep dry skin feeling moisturised for 24 hours! I like the pump action bottle as its a lot easier to use. I found I only needed to use a small amount of lotion and it sinks in nicely without feeling greasy. I enjoyed using this product, it was hydrating and very soothing especially after being outside in the sun all day.

Moisturising Creamy Oil
This was my Favorite product from the range I tested. I loved the thin oily yet creamy consistency, it was easy to apply and it absorbs very quickly without being greasy. It made my skin feel like silk afterwards and even after a few hours I still felt moisturised. I really enjoyed the summery almond oil scent which also lingers on the skin all day.

Hand Cream
This rich cream is very thick in texture and so only a tiny amount is needed. Once applied to the skin it absorbs immediately leaving a silky barrier almost that’s not greasy. My hands felt hydrated even after washing hands quite a number of times throughout the day. I was impressed with this product!

Lifestyle & Diet

I have noticed a great improvement in the hydration of my skin the past few days, it's feeling moisturised and looks glowing. Before beginning the challenge, with the change of weather from cold to hot and with the heating and air conditioning at work, my skin was dehydrated and I had dry patches on my legs and arms. The dry patches have cleared up. I feel the combination of introducing the Aveeno skincare, along with the diet changes and I have been drinking more water have all contributed to my improved skin health.

I enjoyed the healthy meals I prepared and cooked, although they did take a little longer time to prepare than usual. I found the recipes very filling and they made me feel fuller for longer. I have noticed I have been snacking less. I managed to combine some of the exercises into my day. I generally feel better, healthier, have more energy, been sleeping better and my skin is feel moisturised! I agree that I feel better inside and out as a result of the #InsideAndOat challenge. I feel inspired to keep going with the new lifestyle changes.

If you would like to find out more you can visit or for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinions are my own*


Wednesday, 4 May 2016


This week I’m taking part in a holistic Inside & Oat AVEENO® skincare and lifestyle challenge*. For the next seven days, I will be using AVEENO skincare products as part of a daily skincare plan and I’ll be reviewing the effects to see if I see an improvement in my skin.

AVEENO® have partnered with Dr Shetalo Rajpopat and alkaline chef Natasha Corrett of Honestly Healthy to develop bespoke healthy skincare and lifestyle plans. In addition to testing the skincare products, I have been given some exercises to do and new healthy plant-based recipes to cook. I will be reporting back to see if or how they helped to contribute towards feeling healthier both inside and out as a result of the challenge.

AVEENO® believe healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of inner health and daily moisturisation. Wellbeing for skin is our main purpose, and their philosophy is that looking after your body on the inside, as well as the outside, is fundamental in achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin every day.

I tend to suffer with dry, dehydrated skin in the winter months or cold weather, so I’m looking forward to testing the products as I have read about Oats being amazing for skin health and for those that suffer with Eczema prone skin. I’m most excited to try their mosturising creamy oil – which contains naturally active oatmeal and sweet almond oil and promises to moisturise like an oil but non greasy and absorbs like a cream which sounds fantastic!

The AVEENO® brand unlocks the benefits of oats in skincare. Containing naturally active ingredients, AVEENO® products are specially formulated to gently cleanse and moisturise dry, sensitive and irritated skin. The moisturising products are fast absorbing, non-greasy and provide moisture for 24 hours.

I will report back with my #AveenoInsideandOat results with you next week, along with sharing a few skincare tips and healthy recipes! If you would like to find out more you can visit or for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinions are my own*


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

GLOSSYBOX The Rose Gold Edit

For the festive season GLOSSYBOX has launched a Rose Gold Edit in collaboration with Beauty Blogger Really Ree. 

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll on (*full size* worth £30.66)
This eye roll on promises to instantly soothe and hydrate delicate skin so handy to have during the party season. The cooling gel leaves the most tired of peepers looking refreshed and radiant. I have not heard of this brand before and this eye product is pricey so I'm excited to try and I have high expectations!

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil (*full size* worth £15) 
This product leaves a gorgeous glow to the skin and is perfect for strobing and highlighting cheekbones. The highlighter is powered by organic chia seed to hydrate and silk peptide to promote skin suppleness and elasticity. The product is formulated without mineral oil and doesn't use parabens or phthalates. This product is perfect for the party season. 

Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream (worth £10.83)
This hybrid oil/cream ensures your complexion stays nourished and protected all winter long. This product contains an indulgent blend of essences from 280 petals! I am really happy to recieve this product as Darphin is a high-end luxury brand with an expensive price tag and this is a product I have not yet tried. This generous sized sample is perfect to use when travelling or a weekend away.

Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Paint (*full size* worth £7)
These quick beauty fix nail paints have been developed by the team behind Cowshed. Long-lasting, quick drying and with a super glossy finish I'm looking forward to giving myself a cheeky mani with this pink 'candy shop'!

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off (*full size*worth £2.50)
This liquid lipstick gives you the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss, making for the perfect addition to your makeup bag this Christmas. I haven't tried any lip products from this budget friendly brand before, but I am a fan of their mascaras so I have high hopes for this!

Bonus Product: Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask (*full size* worth £8.50)
As a festive treat there is an extra product to try this month. This mask is an absolute skin saviour during the party season, because they hydrate and pep up pre-party skin and rescue tired 'morning after the night before' complexions. I received 'Red Carpet Ready' I'm excited to try this as each sheet mask is soaked in 30ml of the vitamin-packed serum - the equivalent to a full bottle!

I adore the theme on this limited edition GLOSSYBOX and it contained five full sized products of which I haven't tried before! I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to £74.49 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is fabulous value! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. This would make a lovely gift for a beauty loving friend. 

Looking for the perfect monthly treat? Indulge yourself with one of GLOSSYBOX subscription offers. Choose from a three, six or twelve-month subscription, or why not purchase it as a gift for a beauty-loving friend? What do you think of this special edition box?

Friday, 11 December 2015

Soap & Glory Half Price Star Gift!

SOAP & GLORY have collaborated with Philip Colbert to creative a limited edition bag 'It's the whole she-bang' gift set. 

The set includes 9 SOAP & GLORY products:
· HAND FOOD™ Hand Cream,
· CLEAN ON ME™ Body Wash
· HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream
· PEACHES & CLEAN™ Deep Purifying Cleanser
· THICK & FAST™ High-Definition Mascara
· THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion
· SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Gloss in a NEW suits-every-girl shade Rose & Shine

The set is included today in Boots Star Gift offer half price for £30 (normally £60). Offers ends on 17th December 2015 whilst stocks last. Best snap this up fast if you want to be involved as these always sell out in record time! 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review: Kerastraight KS Ultimate Treatment

Before & After KS Ultimate Treatment

Last month, I was invited to Salon International to try out the Kerastraight Ultimate treatment. Although I didn’t have the KS treatment applied in a typical salon environment, I was impressed with the results and wanted to share my experience.

You may remember last year I reviewed the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment and I loved the results! My hair stayed frizz-free, smooth and manageable for just over 4 months. However, I found the after products irritated my scalp so after 2 weeks I stopped using these and used my normal sulphate-free products instead, which I found worked fine. My hair grew in length and looked and felt healthier after the treatment as I didn’t need to use as much heat on my hair.

KS Ultimate Treatment promises to transform frizzy, unmanageable hair and dramatically reduced your hair styling routine. This multi-award winning semi-permanent hair repair and smoothing system provides unrivalled condition, strength and shine to all hair types including dry, damaged, coloured, chemically treated and even Afro-Caribbean hair! I was excited to save precious minutes to my morning routine, bidding farewell to frizz and waking up to management, silky smooth and healthy looking hair.

The treatment involved having my hair washed with a pre-treatment shampoo, which was left on my hair for 5 minutes to open up my hair cuticles ready for the Keratin treatment to be applied. KS Ultimate Treatment was applied to my hair in small sections and wrapped in a plastic cap and left to work for 45 minutes. The treatment simply feels like a conditioning treatment has been applied and contains no harsh chemicals, so doesn’t burn or sting like some other Keratin or Brazilian Blowdry treatments. The treatment was rinsed for 30 seconds and a conditioner was applied but again just rinsed for 20 seconds and not fully washed out. My hair was then blow-dried and straightened to active and seal in the treatment.

After my hair was blow dried, it felt silky smooth and soft, the product is so light in texture that it was impossible to tell that the treatment had been dried into my hair. The whole process took around 3 hours, you are able to shampoo your hair after just 30 minutes and there’s no growing out period, the results naturally fade away. The real test was when I left the venue it began raining, normally my hair would become frizzy and curly yet it stayed straight and smooth! I found the treatment does take some washing out after the process. I would recommend rinsing well for and shampooing your hair twice to ensure the product has been completely removed. 

Since having the treatment I am pleased that my hair needs minimal styling and heat, I can even leave to dry naturally without my hair becoming frizzy and unmanageable. I'm excited that the results can last up to 4 months and it is recommended to use the after care products to maintain the treatment. If, like me, you suffer with frizzy unmanageable hair then I would definitely recommend this treatment especially since its safe and formaldehyde-free. 

KS Ultimate Treatment costs from £150. For more information and to find your nearest salon please visit: Have you ever thought about trying a Keratin Hair Treatment?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Esthechoc - the World's First Beauty Chocolate!

National Chocolate Week (12th-18th Oct) is coming up I thought I would share an exciting world’s first! Esthechoc is the first ever anti-ageing functional beauty chocolate created by Cambridge Chocolate Beauty.  

Distinctively intense and with a velvety taste, Esthechoc boasts incredible skin enhancing properties. A daily portion increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  

After 10 years of extensive research and medical trials, scientists at Cambridge Chocolate Technology have developed the world’s first functional dark chocolate that promotes healthy, smooth and luminous skin. Esthechoc is suitable for all skin types and is clinically proven to work in three weeks! This special chocolate offers a different approach towards skincare - a daily 7.5g portion of Esthechoc increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  

Esthechoc chocolate contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10kg of raw seaweed and more polyphenols eliminating free radicals than cocoa and 100 grams of dark chocolate. A daily dose helps the skin to regain its firmness, radiance and luminosity, and when regularly used, it protects skin against the ageing process. Esthechoc is a food supplement and should be taken every day alongside daily meals, and not used as a substitute for a varied diet.  

Skin ageing is a natural and long-term process that is sped up by various external and internal factors, such as stress, environmental pollution, UV radiation, smoking or poor diet. These factors can cause the skin to lose resiliency and firmness that in turn results in malnutrition and hypoxia of cells and tissues, and a slowing down of skin regeneration. All these processes may be effectively inhibited by exposure to the right amount of Epicatechin Polyphenol and the strongest antioxidant known to science: Astaxanthin.

Esthechoc - Cambridge Beauty Chocolate contains 70% cocoa and combines two antioxidants that contain the strongest anti-ageing properties: cocoa flavanols and astaxanthin carotenoid. The anti-ageing properties of cocoa have been known for centuries, however, to provide our bodies with a sufficient amount we would need to eat 100 grams of dark chocolate every day, which may result in significant weight gain (100 grams is equal to over 500 kcal!) One Esthechoc bar of 7.5 grams (38 kcal) is enough. This amount contains the same amount of Astaxanthin as 10Kg of raw seaweed. It slows down or stops the process of free radical formation inside the skin and, therefore, curbs the ageing process.                      

Esthechoc is available exclusively at Harrods priced at £35 for a 3 week supply. What do you think to this new beauty chocolate supplement?

Friday, 12 June 2015

ZEEK App Review - buy gift vouchers below face value & get £5 FREE!

ZEEK is a new app for smart shopping that helps you to both sell on unwanted gift vouchers for cash and save money by buying vouchers for below face value. The ZEEK App is available to download here for free on both iOS and Android. 

Selling your unwanted gift vouchers

We all have unused gift vouchers around the house that we may have forgotten about or it could be that you would rather have the cash. Selling on ZEEK is really simple - download the App and list your gift voucher for sale. You will need to provide a photograph of the voucher and enter details such as the face value and expiry date. You then decide how much of a discount you want to offer - the bigger the discount, the faster your voucher will sell! It's worth bearing in mind that Zeek charge a £3 processing fee for selling your voucher, but before you submit your voucher for sale you will see exactly how much money you will be walking away with. As soon as your voucher has sold, you will need to send this to the Zeek team and they post on to the buyer. 

Buying vouchers for less than face value

I discovered the App today and found it simple, safe and extremely quick to use. I purchased two vouchers from TKMAX with a total face value of £58 for £50 (minus £2 admin fee) so I gained £6. Whilst the savings aren't huge, you can easily save anything from 4% by purchasing your vouchers from Zeek. It seems that you can get a better deal when you purchase a higher the value of voucher. There are lots of high street vouchers to choose from on the App such as IKEA, Boots, Apple, Zara, Amazon, Topshop, Sainsbury's, Cineworld and even Starbucks! If it is a shop you shop regularly at then its worth buying vouchers. 

Simply choose your voucher or store and find the face value and deal that suits you. You can use your free £5 code (2zxuac) to receive £5 off your first order. Electronic vouchers are delivered immediately and physical vouchers are posted out to you within 7 business days. 

FREE £5 Code

If you are interested in trying out ZEEK, I have a free £5 code towards your first purchase once you have downloaded the app, enter code '2zxuac' to get £5 added to your account for free! This voucher can be used against any voucher, but Zeek charge a £1 admin fee, so it is better to go for something with a higher face value to get a better deal. What do you think to the ZEEK App?

Friday, 5 June 2015

Win £200 with Legal & General

Legal & General have asked me if one of you would like to win £200 – of course you do! That’s £200 to treat yourself to something new ;)

To enter their prize draw they would like to know about your life, share with them your proudest achievements so far and let them know your ambitions. Entering is really simple, answer 8 multiple choice questions below and don’t forget to leave your name and email address in the text box at the end of the survey. If you prefer you can click here to view the survey questions. 

The survey is open to everyone living in UK & Ireland. One random winner will be picked to win £200 and the closing date for entries is midnight 20th June 2015. Good luck!

Create your own user feedback survey

Thursday, 14 May 2015

bkr Water Bottles

bkr is a beauty essential that will change the way you drink water forever. This high-end and chemical-free water bottle is a staple backstage at Fashion Week and loved by A-list celebrities. The world of beauty is filled with expensive treatments, product innovations and the latest skincare revolutions. However, beauty’s most important element - and the real secret to flawless skin is WATER! 

No product you’re using is going to work if you’re dehydrated. It is recommended that you should drink at least 2 litres of water daily. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t drink near enough water so I’m going to try the 30 day bkr challenge - I’ll report back next month! I will attempt to drink 2 litres of water daily (4 bkr bottles) for 30 days and see if I notice a difference to my skin. 

bkr is the solution to staying truly hydrated and helps to create the canvas for a gorgeous complexion and should be the first step in any beauty regimen. These beautifully designed bottles are not only this season’s brand new, must-have beauty accessory, but they will also motivate you to drink more water. bkr has already been adopted by a dedicated celebrity following including: Blake Lively, Giselle, Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba. bkr has now launched in the UK exclusively at Selfridges.

The concept is really simple. bkr replaces ugly, cheap plastic bottles that are not only harmful to the environment but nasty chemicals can leak from the plastic into the water that you are drinking! The bkr bottle is made from glass, holds half a litre of water (500ml), is re-usable and comes with a coloured soft silicone sleeve. 

Each season bkr releases collections inspired by runway trends in New York, London, Paris and Milan – with colours ranging from bold brights to soft hues. It features a small opening for no spill sipping, no-leak seal, is BPA-free and phthalate-free and is even safe to use in a dishwasher. 

bkr Water Bottle with silicone sleeve (500ml) costs £25 and the limited edition heart design is £28 are available exclusively from SelfridgesWhat do you think to the bkr concept?

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time. An industry first, these groundbreaking results come from a 12 month clinical trial and have been scrutinised by the UK’s advertising industry advisors at the highest level.

Last year No7 launched the next generation of its much loved and best-selling serum, No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum, clinically proven to produce even better anti-ageing results than the original. A year on, No7 are excited to reveal an exciting beauty industry first Results, claim…

‘No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time.’ 

Encouraged by the exceptional results after 6 months product use, Boots skincare scientists decided to continue the trial to 12 months, driven by the fact they wanted to see how long the results would continue to get better.

The clinical trial took place over 12 months with two groups of volunteers. One group applied the new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side of their face and the original No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum on the other (double blinded). The other group applied No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side and applied nothing on the other side. Crows feet and under-eye wrinkles were then graded by a dermatologist every month.
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum costs £24.95 for 30ml from
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