What’s so good about is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is like a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F.


Isn't It Time You Declutter Your Wardrobe?

This is something I try to do on a regular basis but let’s face it it’s not the most exciting of household chores but there are some great benefits to taking on the task.

How to make extra MONEY

I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say that I have way too much money
and I rarely hear anyone say that they have enough money so  I’m guessing an injection of cash is always welcomed especially if you’re not exactly living the lifestyle you want to.
Here are some creative ways you can make more money.


#MACTaraji MAC X Taraji P Henson Collaboration Coming Soon!

As much as I love their products I have I had started to grow weary of some MACs collaborations.
I mean trolls.. really and the Simpsons collaboration was cute but really who wore it?


9 Steps Towards A More PositiveYou

Life isn’t easy, sometimes s##t happens and at times it can seem hard if not impossible to bounce back. Positive encouragement can come from anywhere friends, family even inspirational posts on Instagram but what do you personally do for yourself when you need an infusion of positivity and inspiration?
Whether you’re a natural optimist, we could all use positive thoughts throughout our day to lift our spirits and keep us going!

1. Get your body right Body health and mental health go hand in hand so looking after your physical well-being is paramount. Make sure you are eating right, exercising and also getting enough rest.

2. Spend time with your peeps Set aside time to spend loved ones and friends (clubbing doesn’t count). Too it’s easy to get caught up in work or the dramas of everyday life and carving out the extra time can seem impossible but I promise you it isn’t.

There is nothing better than being in the presence of those you love and love you back so sort it out! If a visit can’t be arranged then a call is just as good. I set aside one morning a week during my commute to work to call my grandmother on the phone which is lovely for both me and her because she gets to chat with her favorite granddaughter and I get to hear how proud she is of me J plus we never hang up without saying eye love you which is nice to hear before the start of a stressful work day.

3. Get a new perspective. If there is a specific problem or situation bringing you down, it can help to get advice from someone impartial - A fresh perspective helps you refocus on what’s important.
4. Exercise.  While the rewards of proper nutrition often take a while to come to the surface, exercise is instant gratification. When feeling down, getting up and being active may be far from your mind, but trust me it is always worth it. Even going on a walk or a quick jog will leave you feeling accomplished as well as improve your mood.

5. Keep it moving ….. Toward your goals. Many of us have goals that always get put off. These can be big or small i.e. pay off credit cards or even look for a new job, but if they’re important to you, you need to work toward them.
Next time you’re feeling down, try putting your energy into how you can achieve something that will take you a one step toward one of the goals you’ve had in the back of your mind. The progress will defiantly will inspire you to keep up the momentum.

6. Try something new! Being stick in a rut can suck .. so don’t get stuck in one.
It’s great to shake up your routine and experience new things weather it is going on holiday to a new destination or even trying out a different coffee or tea.

7. Treat yourself like the princess you are I’m not suggesting you go and empty your savings indulging you every whim but a little treat every never hurt right and will give you something to look forward to. Cheeky cocktail or a relaxing bubble bath is defiantly enough to raise my sprits half way through a stressful work day.

8. Reassess the energies you have around you have  someone around you that is constantly bringing you down, it’s fine to OK to take a break from them and branch out. It is important that you have positive personalities around you that encourage, inspire and nurture (And of course you should for the same for them).

9. Be thankful Awful things happen to good people everyday and no matter how bad or bleak your situation may seem I'm sure there is some one that would love to have your problems. Take the time to be count and be thankful for your blessings 

How do you boost your mood when all else fails?
Please comment below.

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Lee-Anne x 

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Some Paint, Some Tape, Some Elbow Grease & A New Kitchen

Happy Monday!

Right now I am tired, cranky and mourning my weekend but at the same time, I am super proud of myself because finally painted my kitchen cupboards and they look absolutely amazing!
I have wanted to give my Kitchen a makeover since I moved in last year but it seemed too time-consuming and expensive so I kept putting it off with the intention of saving to have a new kitchen installed, but let’s keep it real I didn’t save anything in my new kitchen fund.

Over the last few weeks I binged watch DIY videos on Youtube trying to find ways to get the job done quickly and effectively and but a lot of the processes involved taking off the cupboards cleaning them, sanding them down then using a primer waiting for it to dry, one or two coats of paint and you have to wait for that to dry between each layer and finally a top coat, let that dry, attach all of the handles to the doors and draws then rehang.

Crochet Braids by Liora Jasmine Braiding #FanDayFriday


How To Take Down Braids and Twists Without Experiencing Breakage

As A Lupus suffer, full-time worker and a person who likes to hit the snooze button more than once

JewelleryBox.co.uk Mystery Giveaway


Ziyanda Kalahari Desert salt & coffee body scrub Product Review #FanDayFriday

A few weeks ago the lovely Thembi Songo founder of Ziyanda sent me some of their amazing products to try out. 


5 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once in Your Life

I’m not going to lie the idea of going on holiday alone petrified me.


Advice for me in my 20s

I don’t do regrets because I feel that I have learned from the mistakes in my life but if I had the opportunity to spit some game to my 20-year-old self here are some pearls of wisdom I would like to share.


nuNAAT Summer Hairstyling Challenge - Product Review

I recently decided to give my hair a break from protective styling so it was time to put some effort into my fro instead of my normal get up and go but I was ready.


Dinki Belle Nail Wraps Giveaway!

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!

follow one of my social media channels

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

Good luck!

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Fashion Salutes Art Exhibition - Review

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:


Pulse of Glory,


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.

Wash away tension and soak your way to relaxation

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.


NutriBuddy Weight Loss Starter Kit - My Results after 14 days

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


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!

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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Lee-Anne x 

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*Disclaimer: I was gifted a Nutribuddy system to test out and write about my results. All thoughts
and opinions are my own honest feeling based on my personal experiences*


Tips To Survive A Lupus Flare

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.


And the winner is......

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.

HulaFit with Blogosphere Magazine

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.
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.
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