29 July 2016

Dinki Belle Nail Wraps Giveaway!

29 July 2016

It'S time for a giveaway?

Oh yeah!!

I have Dinki Belle Wraps up for grabs for two lucky readers



In Mint Dream and Spring Blossom 

To win all you need to do is:
 Tell me what colour Dinki Belle nail wraps I recently reviewed in my blog and what colour dinky belle wraps you would like to win in my comments below!

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If you need a hint you can check out my Dinki Belle Nail Wraps review HERE

I will pick the winners on Sunday 14th August 2016


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28 July 2016

Fashion Salutes Art Exhibition - Review

28 July 2016
Following two successful fashion events Favotell recently showcased nine international fashion designers and one artist, during the Fashion Salutes Art exhibition which was held at the Woolff Gallery in central London

The organizers at Favotell did an amazing job of merging eastern and western creatives in this innovative and stylish event which showcased exciting global talent from all around the world including China, Cyprus and Italy.

Artists and brands exhibiting at the event included:
MadebyZA, 


Elpizo,


Pulse of Glory,

INCOMPLETE,


Pale Turquoise,


February First  
 and Guang-Yu Zhang.
Designers included Ewa Bednarska and L.Yunija
All designers used a range of innovative techniques and materials to represent an international community.

Fashion Salutes Art exhibition also introduced the use of Augmented Reality (AR), a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. On arrival visitors were able to download the AR app, which brought the designs to life and created moving images on screen, bridging the interaction between audience and artwork.

26 July 2016

Wash away tension and soak your way to relaxation

26 July 2016

A long soak is defiantly one of my small pleasures in life but did you know that there are some amazing health benefits to what some consider an unproductive indulgent act.

21 July 2016

NutriBuddy Weight Loss Starter Kit - My Results after 14 days

21 July 2016
You may remember a couple weeks ago I decided to kick start my healthy diet with Nutribuddy. Well it’s been just over 14 days so I figure I should update you guys with my results but first let me refresh your memory a little.
Nutribuddy Weight Loss Starter Kit comprised of the following:

Nutribuddy Sculpting Whey 
a whey protein based shake that can be taken as either a meal or snack replacement.

Nutribuddy Hunger Fix Tablets
This takes up space in your stomach to keep you feeling fuller for longer thus suppressing your appetite.

Nutribuddy Multivitamins 
General multi vitamins for wellbeing.

Every morning I took 1 multi vitamin and you take one or two the hunger fix tablets least an hour before meals to help suppress your appetite.
I would then have sculpting whey shake blended with various fruits and vegetables as a meal replacement for breakfast and lunch then I would have a light dinner that I had prepared in advance and froze. 
(That is a saucer by the way)
The pack I was supplied with is a 14 day supply and costs £24.99. With this, you get a free shaker and weight loss booklet for tips and meal ideas.

If you follow my Instagram you may have seen the different ways I was enjoying my shake/smoothies. You can mix the shake with milk or water but I choose to have smoothies because I am trying to increase my fruit and veg intake.
To aid my weight loss I planned on increasing my movement (Unfortunately my doctor would not sign me off to start exercising again) and also making sure I drank at least three litres of water a day

Thoughts

This is the first time I had every gone on any kind of structured diet and I have to say it wasn’t too hard to stick to. The shakes were quite filling so I found that I didn’t feel the need to take the Hunger Fix Tablets to keep the belly grumbles away.

Within the first week, I noticed that I had lost about 4lb which was excellent! 
This motivated me to keep on with the diet, but I’m not going to lie there were some hard times and I did have some slips-ups, like the day my colleagues decided that we need to have KFC to celebrate one of their birthdays! 
With talks of Big Daddy meals floating about the office I my will was broken so I compromised and ordered three hot wings so I wouldn’t feel left out, but even that was hard once the office was filled with the delicious smell of southern fried chicken and I was left sipping my smoothie which I had forgotten to put in the fridge L

Oh, and can I mention that in the two weeks about four people had birthdays which always results in cake!

Results wise I didn’t really have any expectations! I just wanted to see the results which I did!

Verdict
This worked for me with I have to say minimal effort, I think the trick is to plan your meals so you don’t end up rushing and being tempted to have unhealthy connivance food and snacks. 
I personally think I would have benefited from this further if I was doing the more physical activity but I have to do what the doctor says. I am now signed off to start exercising again so I’m planning to continue the diet for another two weeks in order to get closer to my target weight I had results, not the massive ones I would have liked but results from none the less.
I would recommend doing this alongside a gym routine and healthy eating plan to gain maximum benefits from this Nutribuddy.

The shake by them self actually enjoyable and I must say that I was able to adopt to the plan with minimal fuss but as a single person living alone it did mean less cooking and shopping for me it would probably be harder if I had to sit across from a partner or a family every day and watch them eat while I sipped a shake.
The hunger fix tablets do help with controlling your appetite (When I remembered to take them)
I only wish I took body measurements before I started the diet.


At the start of the diet I weighed:
13 stone 5 in kg
I now weigh
12 stone 12 in kg

Just over a stone to go for my target weight of 11 stone 5 in kg


Here is the link to the Nutribuddy website if you would like to try it out your self





What are your thoughts on using systems like this to lose weight and have you tried any?
Please comment below.


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*Disclaimer: I was gifted a Nutribuddy system to test out and write about my results. All thoughts
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19 July 2016

Tips To Survive A Lupus Flare

19 July 2016
I have been thinking about writing this post for some time now and had planned to do more research but I decide to avoid speaking like a doctor and just talk from my own experiences.


14 July 2016

And the winner is......

14 July 2016


Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone that entered my Pink Parcel giveaway



The lucky winner is



Catherine Pearson



So excited to receive a mini pink parcel box! I'm always up for trying brands I haven't used before and love the tote bag to carry tampons and pads in, instead of tucking them in an inside pocket of my bag. Thanks so much!"



Congratulations Catherine your prize is on its way to you.

12 July 2016

HulaFit with Blogosphere Magazine

12 July 2016
When the opportunity to attend a HulaFit class in London with Blogosphere Magazine came my way I jumped at the chance as I following a lupus flare I had to scale back my activity for fear of causing damage to my joints and muscles and I was getting use to not being active, a fun class like HulaFit was just what I needed to ease myself bac in to some kind of fitness activity.

I had never heard of HulaFit before, but I had heard of people doing hula classes Hula, I have seen hula performers doing their thing in fancy nightclubs and I was also a bit handy with the hoop when I was in primary school, so I was super pumped to try put the class and I can’t lie I thought it would be more of a fun afternoon rather than a full on work out.
Boy was I wrong.
The instructor Anna introduced herself and I had a chat with the other bloggers and the guys from Blogosphere Magazine then it was time for the class to start.
We began with a quick tutorial of how to keep the hoop going around your waist, the tip is to clench your stomach muscles, and if the hoop starts to get two low you whine down low to bring it back up (I was very good at that).
Thankfully all of the attendees were beginners as I can get a bit competitive.
Once we clumsily got the hang of keeping the hoop up we got warmed up and prepared to get our hula on.

Now just because we were dealing with pretty coloured hoops doesn’t mean this was not a serious work out!
The HulaFit class consisted of REAL exercises routines like jumping over the hoops, squats, burpees!
The Hoops were even weighted so you got an extra work out and it made it easier to keep them up.
The atmosphere in the class was amazing!
Everyone was very encouraging and having a great time plus Anna’s music playlist was and energetic mix of old and new sexy tracks.
No doing to lie more than once I had to stop to catch my breath  and have some water but looking at Anna’s amazing figure left me determined to finish (IWOOT her figure)

As a class we learned a short routine on a smaller lighter hula-hoop which was then followed by a cool-down and stretch.
After the class I was drenched in sweat and actually felt like all my muscles were given a through work out, there was some an influence from her Personal trainer husband, Rowan.

I would definably like to do this class on a regular basis but unfortunately there aren’t any classes near me (I commuted from SE London to north London to attend this class) however HulaFit are always looking for instructors in different areas so …. (Fingers crossed)

To find your nearest HulaFit class Click Here
Thanks to HulaFit and Blogosphere Magazine for having me
Oh and photos from the class will be in the issue so Blogosphere Magazine so you can check out how much fun we had.

I Gots The Juice!! - Panasonic Slow Juicer


A sunny Sunday was the perfect opportunity to be surrounded by loved ones and Juice…
I was sent a Panasonic Slow Juicer from the lovely guys at Come Round to a party at home and really put it through its paces! If you follow me on Instagram or twitter you would know that I have been really into my smoothies so I was happy to try out juices.  I figured I would get the girls round we can make some juice get some alcohol involved and voila healthy cocktails right?
Panasonic Slow Juicer could also make frozen desserts, so me and my girlies were going to get this party started right.
As the time came closer we decided to move the party to my mums house (Well actually her garden) since the weather was going to be so nice.
What’s so good about the Panasonic Slow Juicer?  Well.. Instead of a fast spinning blade, the Panasonic Slow Juicer has a heavy stainless steel screw which rotates and presses the fruit and vegetables. You do need to chop up the fruit and vegetables before you feed them into the juicer.
Simples
I found the Panasonic slow juicer super easy to assemble and before you knew it we were ready to rock and roll juice style.

The fruits were prepped and the people were hot and thirsty.

Everyone came up with their own recipes and the person with the best tasting juice got bragging rights, Of course that was me! Well actually it was my goddaughter but anyways.
We attempted to change the attachments and make sorbets a few of which came out nice but as we were outside and it was quite warm the ingredient’s started to melt quite quickly so we went back to juices.
I was seriously impressed with how quiet the Panasonic Slow Juicer is but I found it to be a bit slow, or perhaps we were talking too much and not putting the fruit in fast enough. We did notice that when dealing with frozen fruit you have to let them defrost a little bit before putting them into the filling feed otherwise it takes ages to come out. .
Unfortunately the Malibu rum got involved pretty early so we didn’t take note of our recipes but we learnt the following things
Malibu makes everything right and there is such thing as too much ginger!
The Panasonic Slow Juicer was super simple, efficient and enjoyed using it.
Its defiantly not to fiddly to use in the mornings when I normally like to have my smoothies. Because the Panasonic Slow Juicer works more slowly than other juicers, you get a lot more goodness in your glass and less waste.
Although I was surprised about how much vegetables and fruit go into making just one glass of juice.
I have to mention how easy it is to disassemble and clean plus there is a little brush thingy to help with the hard to get areas.
The Panasonic Slow Juicer costs £199.99 and you can buy it on Amazon. Or the Panasonic's website.

6 July 2016

NUTRIBUDDY – The weight loss kit first impressions

6 July 2016

Happy Hump Day all
Those who follow me on social media will already know that yesterday I started the Nutribuddy diet from all of my snazzy smoothie posts.
As per the title this is my first impressions of the Nutribuddy weight loss kit. You (Even though I have already started).
Initially I turned my nose up at faddy diets however as I had been so busy with work family and life in general a lot of the good eating and lifestyle practices had gone out of the window and I found myself yearning for some structure that my living situation was not allowing
I had been planning to design some kind of smoothie diet myself when the opportunity to test NUTRIBUDDY and will hopefully take a lot of the leg work out of the process for me.
First of I’m a sucker for packaging, simple and feminine without being too flowery and all of the packaging is reseal able so everything stays nice and fresh.
Included in the weight loss kit you get:
Sculpting whey powder – I was offered the choice of vanilla or chocolate, I went for vanilla.

Multi vitamins capsules
Hunger fix capsules
Shaker bottle – you get a choice of red or black, I chose black.
Recipe book
The little book of weight loss
Depending on your diet goals you can purchase 7 days’ worth, 14 days’ worth and 30 days’ worth.
I have been sent 14 days’ worth of product which would cost £34.99. Which seems reasonable.
I liked the fact that Nutribuddy send you all the information you could need about the products in their ‘little book of weight loss’ and there is even a 5 day meal plan full of meals and smoothie recipes that you can try.  Recently I have been stuck in a bit of a food rut so the mealspration (not sure if that is a thing) was defiantly welcomed..
As I had already been making my smoothies with my nutribullet I decide that my approach to the diet would be to have a shake in the morning, one for lunch and a healthy meal in the evening (I sound like a Slimfast advert)
As I prep my and freeze my fruits in advance so the only extra step I had was adding the powder and making extra to bring with me to work  for lunch.
I also made my evening meals in advance some of which I froze just in case I went out.
My first shake was on Sunday and I mixed the sculpting whey powder with frozen raspberries, blueberries, pineapple and spinach. The vanilla powder is tasty but has a slight after taste to it. This morning I had my first work day on the diet, my smoothie contained blueberries, strawberries, banana, spinach and kiwi which I really enjoyed. I forgot to bring the Hunger fix capsules with me but I dint really start to feel hungry until lunch time. I will try the hunger fix tablets tomorrow and I’ll let you know my opinion on them my follow up post after the 14 days.

Along with the shakes I will be drinking at least two litres and trying to up my daily activities and perhaps going to the gym at least twice a week
I quickly wanted to go over what I planned and have already started doing, to lose weight while using the Nutribuddy products. So that I can compare in 14 days when I finish the diet.
When I can evaluate how it went and then make a decision on what I will realistically continue
Here’s a page telling you a few do’s and do not’s:
In order to be safe I recommend that you read all of the do’s and don’ts in the The little book of weight loss I already don’t do most of the things they advise not to however as I suffer from Lupus and take medications daily I made sure to have a conversation with my GP to make sure that it wold not affect the medications that I was taking.
I had been wanting to plan my meals in advance for some time so this is the perfect opportunity to try this out, if you fail to plan you plan to fail right?
As far as exercise goes following a Lupus flare I had to put going to the gym on hold so I plan to up my daily activities and slowly ease back in to the gym doing very gentle activities taking care not to aggravate my condition so no ‘heavy’ cardio… or weight training.

It is a bit disappointing because I know if I exerted myself more the results would be more drastic but if I push myself too far and have a flair its back on to the steroids and no one wants that.
I will be posting frequently on all social media channels about my progress with these products and how I’m feeling about them using the hashtag

#wotshernameagaindiet

Your encouragement would defiantly go a long was so please like, retweet, comment and all that jazz so I know you have my back.
Here is the link to the Nutribuddy website if you would like to try it out your self


Have a great week every one


5 July 2016

And the ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway winner is......

5 July 2016
And we have a winner..........
Congratulations
Rachael Hepburn of 

 You are the Winner of my ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway
I've been on my natural hair journey properly for about 2 years now but I've yet to try and embrace my '
natural curl pattern' since I prefer straighter styles.
I'm so excited to win this ORS curls unleashed prize so I can finally try some naturally curly styles.

Enjoy!!!!


Thank you for every on that entered my ORS Curls Unleashed Giveaway please keep checking out my blog for product and event reviews, beauty and fashion post and more givaways.
oh and check out Racheals blog http://simplyrayy.blogspot.co.uk/

1 July 2016

Aquatize Review

1 July 2016
I wouldn’t describe myself as a germaphobe but I defiantly appreciate the benefits of having hand sanitiser handy.
One in the car one in my desk at work and I also make sure I have it on hand when I am travelling.
As I suffer with Lupus my immune system doesn’t protect my body the way it should so keeping those pesky germs at bay is defiantly a must.

Unfortunately it’s not always convenient or possible to nip to the loo to freshen up so thank god for these little beauties.
Of course nothings perfect so I accepted the strong washing up liquid type smells and that uncomfortable sticky feeling you get after using them in the name of convenience.

I recently I was asked to test Aquatize which is a Natural Sanitising Water for Hands, Skin which has been dermatologically and clinically tested and is ideal for sensitive skin. It’s 100% safe, alcohol free and has no side effects; it’s even passed UK drinking water tests.
The first thing I liked about the Aquarize is that it came in a spray bottle instead of these squeeze bottles because I have on occasion got a bit heavy handed with them and managed to get sanitizer gel or foam everywhere.

I preferred that it was a clear liquid and nor a gel or a foam and it had a very lift smell to it so no sticky feeling after and the sent didn’t mix with the smell my hand cream.
Aquatize also comes, complete with a travel bottle, ideal for popping in your handbag or even your desk at work and glove compartment.

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