Friday, 15 September 2017

Australian Bodycare Skin wash | Review

Skincare is super important to me and I just love trying out different skincare products and 'Australian Bodycare' is a new brand to me and I was very happy to give this a whirl.  This product contains tea tree oil which has to be on of my favourite ingredients as it smells gorgeous and it has brilliant properties such as it deep cleans the skin and kills bacteria. 

I have tried other tea tree oil products before such as the body shops tea tree foam cleanser and I just loved it as it refreshed and cleansed my skin beautifully. I first remember using tea tree oil when I got my belly button pierced many years ago now haha.
austrialian bodycare review
 Australian Bodycare has been a leader in tea tree oil products since 1992 and has a variety of high quality different products including; lotions, creams and balms. I contacted them to see if they were cruelty free and vegan and they confirmed via tweet that they were both, happy days! 🌱🐇

The packing of this is nice and simple with a lovely blue background and bold writing with the name of the brand and also the info of the product. Since this is a daily facial wash I like to use this in the morning to refresh my skin and oh my goodness the scent of the tea tree is just out their and clears the air and helps wake me up. The texture is quite thick but its very easy to apply and I just apply it like my usual skincare products.

Australian body care skin wash review
I really like this skin wash as it helps keep my skin clearer especially round my nose as thats the area my of my face that I tend to get spots but since using this its reduced the amount I have. My partner enjoys using this too as he works in the gym so he likes to have his face looking fresh and clean, he actually wants me to repurchase this as he finds it non drying and very long lasting too. 

Prices for this start at £8.25 for 100ml and comes in various different sizes, for more info on this product and more products from 'Australian Bodycare' click here.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

First Impressions | Healthista Products

I was kindly emailed a couple of months ago by 'Healthista' but unfortunately for me it was held in London and I can't really travel that far especially with short notice but the kind people at 'Healthista' decided to send me some of their products to try out to see what I thought of them and me being on a fitness journey I just jumped on the opportunity. 

I will give you all a little insight on what Healthista is all about and basically a feel good website that has info on various subjects including; health, happiness, fitness, sex + love and also looks. On the website they also have a shop which has lots off different health food including their own which is protein, supplements and health foods. I was kindly sent the following products but I have only tried two of them because I like to have a vegan/dairy free diet, I gave the other one to my partner. The products include; lean vegan diet chocolate and night food. 
healthista product review
Seeing as this is a first impressions post I will give you a brief destruction of the products and my thoughts on each of the products so far. To see what I think of them fully then the blog post for that will be in a couple of weeks because I want to use all the products up to give them my final verdict. 

healthista lean vegan protein
 Healthista Lean Vegan Chocolate - £24.99 
This is a nutritionally balanced vegan food supplement which can help assist weight-loss. It is made from pea, rice, hemp and sunflower powder. This can be taken as a shake or in food like porridge, smoothie or anything you like really.

I just love how this tastes very nice and how very different from other protein powders that I have tried in the past, it has a nice spicy element to it that kinda reminds me of a gingerbread man/cake. I am not a big fan of drinking protein shakes I prefer to put them on food and this works wonderfully well with soy milk and porridge! Its so warming and I defiantly recommend it.

healthista night food
Healthista Night Food - £18.95 
This is an antioxidant blend with a calming blend of chamomile, lemon balm, cinnamon and ginger. All of these ingredients help support the nervous system, balance blood sugar and  also help promote relaxation. 

This tastes very nice but I can't personally drink it just as it is as it has quite a strong taste for me. I think il try it with my own cereal bars soon. 

I will be posting more and more fitness posts in the near future and also on my Instagram so follow me on their for updates. 

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Barry M Coconut Infusion Flamingo | Review

Flamingos as you can tell by my blog name are something I love and if you came to my house you would understand how much! I have pretty much flamingo everything from cushions, throws to cups; yep flamingos are a big part of my life because I just love them.

It has been many months since I last bought a nail paint because to be honest I didn't wear it as much as I usually do but that all changed when I went shopping. I spotted a Barry M makeup counter and this nail paint stood out to me and can you guess why? Well of course.. its called 'Flamingo'.
barry m coconut infusion flamingo
Flamingo is a beautiful coral pink shade and its also got a lovely glossy effect to it too. The coconut infusion is defiantly something worth mentioning; its enriched with anti-oxidising  properties with strengthening benefits of hexanal and also vitamins A and C which help repair and replenish nails.

I applied two coats of 'Flamingo' to give it this opaque effect but it did look enough at one coat but me being me, I like to be sure. I did not apply a top coat to this because they look beautifully glossy without it but if you want them to last a little extra I would recommend using a glossy top coat.
barry m coconut infusion flamingo
They are 19 shades to choose from in the coconut infusion range and this is the second one I have bought and each of them I have loved. They are long lasting and are lovely and glossy as well. I am so tempted to get  the rest of them in the range because they all look fab. These cost £5 each and I think they are great value as the above points above. 

Barry M is Cruelty Free and this nail paint is also Vegan too. 🐇🌱
https://www.barrym.com/cruelty-free

More info on the coconut infusion range
Here  

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cafe Strange Brew, Glasgow

Since moving to Glasgow I have been to many cafes and restaurants! The amount of Vegan options available here is just amazing. Not only does Glasgow have vegan themed restaurants/cafes other restaurants and cafes also cater for vegans so its much easier to go out with friends.

Cafe Strange Brew opened its doors in Shawlands, the Southside of Glasgow in late 2015 and every time me and my partner go past it in the car its always busy, to the point in which there is a queue outift! We wanted to know what all the fuss was about and to see if they had any vegan options and if they were actually anything Strange...... 
cafe strange brew glasgow
I walked to the cafe which was simple to get to if you know Shawlands well, its literally next door to the coop. Parking is literately behind the shop or in the Shawlands arcade which has 2 hours free parking. Inside the cafe it has a good amount of tables to choose from and also a clipboard menu with all the food options on it.

The staff were honestly some of the best staff we have seen at any cafe, they were helpful and made you feel at home. While sitting down we were very impressed by the menu as it has many things that many cafes don't offer, it also has Vegan options, " Hallelujah" and not just salad, lots of yummy food and drinks. It took us ages too actually choose what we wanted because everything sounded lovely. 
cafe strange brew glasgow
When I finally chose i went up to order our food and drinks which were; soya matcha latte, vegan strawberry and peppercorn cake and also leek and potato soup. It took about 10 minutes for all of our food and drinks to arrive and when it did we were so bloody impressed! EVERYTHING looks amazing and almost too good to eat and drink. The soya matcha tea was perfect and it had a tea cup design on it, 'how cool is that?'. The cake was spicy and omg it was just delicous with the matcha latte.

I very impressed with Cafe Strange Brew and we defiantly understand why sometimes they are queues! Its because they are so darn BRILL! We will be returning thats for sure and would recommend it to anyone visiting Glasgow, Southside.

Cafe Strange Brew
1109 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow
G41 3YG

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Too Faced Melted Metals Lipsticks | Review

too faced melted metals lipsticks
I just love lipsticks without a shadow of a doubt but finding a premium cruelty free lipstick can be a bit of a pain if you haven't done your homework beforehand. I have done some digging and found out that lots of different products from Too Faced are not only cruelty free, they are also vegan too. With those thing in mind I couldn't believe my luck when I seen a bunch of different products from too faced in my local TK Maxx including these Melted Metal Lipsticks! I couldn't believe my luck when I found a variety of different shades and I managed to get; Jelly and Bunny.

Too Faced is  Cruelty Free company, for more info click here 
These lipsticks are also vegan friendly 🐇🌱

Packaging
Sometimes when you go to TK Maxx a lot of the products boxes have been broken or the products themselves have been swatched, which is a real shame. I was lucky because by the looks of things I got their just after they put out new stock so the boxes were in perfect condition and were exactly as you would if you bought them out of Debenhams.
too faced melted metals vegan
Texture
For me they are more like a lipgloss rather than a lipstick but they are very pigmented. They aren't sticky and are very smooth once on the lips.

Scent
These had a delicate and sweet smell which isn't overpowering. I think its quite pleasant but i don't think it will be everyones cup of tea.
Application
too faced melted metals review
How long they last?
To be honest they did last for as long as I was expecting, I think they lasted about 2 hours. I know 2 hours doesn't seem long but the main thing for me is that they didn't go drying or patchy and reapplication is a breeze.

My thoughts
Even though they didn't last too long I still love both of these lipsticks! Firstly because they are beautifully pigmented and shiny and they also have a nice scent to them too. I do think they are a little overpriced at £19.50 but I am glad I got them for an affordable price in TK Maxx.


Pros

  • Beautifully pigmented 
  • Lots of different shades to choose from 
  • Easy application
  • Nice scent 
  • Gorgeous packaging 
Con
  • Don't last long
Price and Where to Buy
Prices for this, I personally got these for £4.99 each in TK Maxx. They are also available in Debenhams for £19.50 in the link here. 



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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lush Metamorphosis | Review

Hi Lovelies, I hope you are all well?
For me bath times are more of a hobby rather than to get clean because me and my partner just love lush baths and I have explained why in a recent post. I have tried many different bath products over the years and I think it is the novelty of it that makes me buy them and the reason I say that is because I love watching them create different effects, colours and smells in my bath. 

I recently got myself a mini haul of bath products I haven't tried before and they are 'Yellow Submarine' and the one this post is about it 'Metamorphosis' and they are both quirky and nice to look at bath bombs so lets see how they got on shall we?

lush metamorphosis bath bomb
This is a very unique looking bath bomb and it totally reminds me of the death star wars, anyone else thing it does? I had some very big expectations of Metamorphosis because it looks very different from the usual bath products from lush and it had a lovely scent too, so as you can guess I was super duper excited to give this a whirl. 

Key Ingredients 
Black Pepper Oil 
Cinnamon Leaf Oil 
Myrrh Resinoid  

lush metamorphosis bath bomb
I was very keen to fill my bath up with warm water because I was so excited to finally put this in my bath because I was hoping it would be super colourful inside giving a lovely display but sadly for me personally it was a bit of a let down, if you click on my youtube video below you will understand why because to be honest it doesn't look nice at all and not only that it makes such a big mess of the bath after you finished with it too and its not exactly the easiest to clean off either unfortunately.

I was excited to try it but wow it surprised me at how disappointing it was for me and my partner, it wasn't as fragrant as we were expecting and the display wasn't what we were expecting either so this has to be our most disappointing product we have tried so far. I don't like being negative at all but you know I like to be honest with you all because thats me I like to be honest and I would rather know if someone felt the same way about a product that wasn't up to scratch. 

Even though this looked amazing, I can't deny that, I can't see myself buying this again especially as it cost an eye watering £4.25. I am looking forward to trying more lush products in the future though.

Lush or Leave?
sadly it has to be leave

Rating
2 / 10 





for more info on the ingredients and Metamorphosis check the lush website below
*Here*

What have you bought in Lush lately?
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Lush Over and Over Bath Bomb | Review

Hi Lovelies
Me and my partner literally just missed buying products from the Easter collection by a few days ( argh big regret) but we decided to go to lush anyway's because we love to share a bath as part of our things we do as a couple. When we got to lush we actually both realised that we have actually tried most of the bath bombs/melts apart from a small number of products and Over and Over bath bombs was one of the products we actually haven't tried before.

Over and Over cost me £4.25 and it is a combination of the average lush bath bomb and also the other half being like the lush bath melts. They are similar bath bombs to this one which is a combination product too and that is called Roller. Anyway's going back to Over and Over, it's a beautiful bath product which is a bright orange and yellow shade, from the first smell of this product it had a smell like nature which kinda reminded me of the forest breeze.
lush over and over bath bomb
First Impressions
As soon as my partner seen it in Lush he thought it looked like a Pokemon ball which made me laugh so much but to be honest he is right in a way it does look like one in a certain way. I like its in 2 sections as one side is covered the bath melt and the other side is the usual lush bath bomb design we all come to love. 

Fragrance 
As I said above it has a very natural nature smell and I looked on the lush website and the for key ingredients are as follows; Fair trade organic cocoa butter, Lime oil, Fennel oil and Orris oil. So you can see by the ingredients they are very earthy.
lush over and over
Ingredients 
vegan 
sodium bicarbonate, Citric acid, fair trade organic cocoa butter, perfume, lime oil, fennel oil, cypress oil, orris oil, cream of tartar, sodium laureth sulfate, lauryl betaine, PEG-6 caprylic / capric glycerides & PEG-60 almond glycerides, butylphenyl methylpropional, citral, limonene, linalool, tangerine lustre colour 45410, colour 47005. 


Over and Over in the Bath
As with any bath product I tend to put them in running water ( usually makes products look so much better, especially if they are very colourful or have glitter). As soon  as this hit the water it started to froth all over the bath, honestly people it was moving round the bath like it had a mind of its own! It was frothing just yellow with little bits of orange oil for a while ( gotta admit I was disappointed for a moment) UNTIL the centre appeared which was a gorgeous bright pit and both of the colours started to fit round the bath and honestly it was a lovely surprise. I took a photo of it below and it did look better than this but we both couldn't wait to get in the bath.

The scent was just HEAVEN, one the over and over hit the water you could smell the fennel and lime mostly and they were just the perfect combination you could think of. Once we both got into the bath the whole bath eventually went into a bright orange shade and the aromas of over and over were very relaxing, we were both pleasantly surprised by the power and effect of this bath product; we both didn't want to get out of the bath because it was very relaxing and also very moisturising too. 
lush over and over bath bomb
My Thoughts
As you can tell by what I wrote above you can see me and my partner just loved this bath product and kinda wish it was an all year round product. Its quite different to other lush products I have tried with a very unique but very nice scent. 

For more info on over and over click below
here
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Noughty To The Rescue | Review

Hi Lovelies 
With hair products I like to get as natural as possible and with this Noughty shampoos and conditioners they are both 97% natural which is fabulous😍. I love the fact they are very honest about that and having the extra 3% being preservatives to help keep the product for longer since they are natural products. I bought these as my hair is very dry and these are for people with dry, frizzy and damaged hair. It is meant to give a moisture boost to the hair so I had my fingers firmly crossed that these two products would work their magic on my hair. 

Noughty have a range of different products with a very affordable price bracket with each product costing under £10 each and thats not the only great thing about the brand the other great things about the brand is they are cruelty free and vegetarian and vegan friendly. The products are also free from petrochemicals, parabens, sulphates and silicones. 
noughty to the rescue review
 The Shampoo
This one has sweet almond and sunflower seeds which are meant to help hair transform by smoothing spilt ends, snaps and also frizz too.
The shampoo is thick and clear and I needed about a teabags amount to cover my hair and my hair is just passed my shoulders now.
Enriched with the ingredients; Jojoba oil, Blue mallow flower, Rosemary leaf oil, Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Shea butter and Patchouli Oil.
The Conditioner 
The conditioner has two completely different main ingredients to the shampoo and they are shea butter and olive oil and they also help with the above too.
The conditioner is also very thick and feels very smooth too, I needed to a little more of the conditioner to cover my hair because my hair is quite damaged because I like to change my hair so much.
Enriched with these ingredients; Sunflower seed extract, Wheat amino acid, Sweet almond, Olive oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter.
naughty to the rescue review
My Thoughts 
In all honesty I just love these both for so many reasons and I will tell you them all because they are all equally important in my books. First up is the smell! they both smell lovely and you tell that they smell very natural too, the fragrances remind me of the time when I use to use Aveda shampoos and conditioners. 

I loved how the shampoo cleansed my scalp gently without making my scalp sore as many brand can make my scalp feeling soft. It has a quite an impressive lather too so you can see and feel which parts of the hair are covered. 

The conditioner felt lovely and very silky in my hands, I put it on my hair in sections from a inch from my roots all the way down to the tips of my hair.  As I said above I needed a bit more of this since my hair is very thick and a little bit damaged.

I have used them both for a few weeks now and I love them both and defiantly buy them again. The thing I wish they would do is make larger bottles so they would last a bit longer, apart from that they are both brilliant products and recommend them to anyone.

Noughty is available online and in-store at Superdrug stores.

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