Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream

This moisturising cream, which I have recently been trying out, has a gently creamy texture that provides ultimate skin comfort and immediate soothing benefits. With its original balance restored, the skin regains a softer, smoother, more supple feel and a radiant appearance and is perfect for those with sensitive skin, just like me.

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I found that this cream didn’t dry my skin out and provided a really good moisture boost that was much needed. After my morning application I noticed that the cream provided me with enough hydration to ensure I wouldn’t need to reapply until the evening. Even though the formula is rich it still feels quite light to touch and sinks into the skin really easily and smoothly and there was no grease or oil left after application.

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Another thing I was really pleased with was that my skin didn’t seem to break out whilst trying out this cream, which is something that happens every month just before my period. I read some reviews on the cream that said the scent was too strong, but I really didn’t find this at all and thought it quite nice, light and refreshing.

I would definitely recommend the Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream for those of you with dry, sensitive skin and I can’t wait to show you my other products from the Eau Thermale Avene range.

The Avene website is www.avene.co.uk and you can pick up this gorgeous cream amongst many other fab skincare.

Love,

Kathryn xx

Dr Zak’s Protein Bread & Pasta

So many people seem to be into counting their protein intake at the moment and so with two new protein products on the market, I thought my friend Jamie Pullen would be perfect to test them out as he loves going to the gym and eating healthily. (Although not on a weekend when we have the barbecue lit!).

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Here is a little bit of background info on Dr Zak’s…

Dr Zak and Denise Chester have worked together to formulate our high protein foods range for you to enjoy. It has taken eighteen months of hard work and dedication to formulate what we believe are the best tasting products on the market. Dr Zak has dedicated his life to fitness and muscle-building. He studied Medicinal Chemistry, Bio Technology and Bio Chemistry at City University (London), then went on to obtain a Doctorate degree from the Royal Free Medical School. His record in this sector speaks for itself with a string of international bodybuilding awards that include:

4 times UKBFF Mr London and South East Champion

2 times NABBA Mr London Champion

4 times IFBB Mr Cyprus Grand Prix Heavyweight and Overall Champion

UKBFF British Masters Champion

2 times Jay Cutler Classic Las Vegas Heavyweight and Masters Champion

Dr Zak owns his own gym in North London where he both trains and educates his members in the art of bodybuilding and has been integral to the development of the Dr Zak’s range.

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, there are fewer better qualified than Denise Chester. Denise qualified from the school of Optimum Nutrition in London with a diploma and foundation degree in 2006. With a keen interest in sports nutrition, Denise proceeded to complete her YMCA gym instructors course and then went on to qualify as a personal trainer. Having worked on such shows as BBC 1’s City Hospital and numerous radio phone ins, her expertise in the field of sports and nutrition is keenly sought after and we are extremely proud of her involvement in our high protein products.

Here are Jamie’s thoughts on Dr Zak’s Protein Bread and Pasta.

Dr Zak’s Protein Bread

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My first impression was that the packaging was good, with plenty of information. Although most body builders tend to avoid bread the large bold text on the product grabs people’s attention to look at the fact that they can now enjoy bread. The bread looks appetising like any other bread, tasting exactly the same with the added protein which is very good. I tried the bread toasted and for work sandwiches too, which I usually have but granary or wholemeal.

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The only thing I would say is that there is 5.8g of fat per two slices which is a fair bit but this fat comes from the seeds and so it is a good fat. Checking wholemeal Hovis bread that is 0.7g fat and so there is quite a difference. If there was a range created for different goals… People dieting… Lean gainers then I would say more products would sell. To the mass gainer this product would/could appeal. Overall I think it is a good product that may appeal to some and is something I haven’t seen around.

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Dr Zak’s Protein Pasta

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Again good packaging with plenty of information, large text stating protein which should grab the attention of any gym fanatic or health conscious person. The pasta looks somewhat different to other pastas and also tastes different. Which to some maybe off-putting, a little like some protein shakes or flavours but people still have them because of the high protein.

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Personally I like the pasta it offers a lot more than regular pasta and has pretty similar nutritional values. Although obviously Dr Zak’s has the added protein and lower carbs and the taste is pretty good. Overall it is a superb product with plenty of potential and I would definitely consider buying on a week to week basis.

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So Jamie gives Dr Zak’s a thumbs up, would you give high protein goods a go? Check out www.dr-zaks.com for further information.

Love

Jamie & Kathryn xx

 

 

 

Lizi’s Granola

Today we have a few guest posts written by Debbie Lightowler, who has a blog over at http://www.beebeesplace.com – we met through work, at the Press Association, also where me and Emily met and we have been great friends ever since.

Love,

Kathryn

Let me start off by admitting that I’m not a cereal person, it would never be my breakfast choice so I’m perhaps not their target market.

However, I am all for time-saving short cuts and this is a good one.

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It comes in a cute little pouch with a spoon attached. It’s a granola and milk powder mix (lactose free) and all you do is add 3 spoons of water and hey presto, breakfast is ready!

The 47g pack is easy to open and has comprehensive instructions on the back. It has a long shelf life which is another advantage.

I added 3 teaspoons of water but nothing really changed. In reality it took about double that before the ingredients became a wet, breakfasty mix.

It tasted fine, if you like that sort of thing, I tried the original which was not too sweet. My son had the treacle and pecan mix which he enjoyed but the sweetness of that set my teeth on edge.

This is a great idea for camping, festivals, long car journeys and to have as a standby in your office drawer.

Debbie xx

Primark Holiday Haul!

So yesterday, I went into Primark to pick up a few cheap bits and bobs for my holiday in two weeks time…

I LOVE Primark, but it is hot, it is stressful, people get in your way and I always, without fail, manage to trip over a pram. I once even turned around and sent a child flying with my handbag. It wasn’t my finest hour, but his mother found it funny… (If it was my child, I wouldn’t have found that funny. But I also wouldn’t let it run through Primark unattended. That place is dangerous!)

I once read a list of 22 stages every girl goes through on a trip to Primark which I found hilarious. I go through almost all of these stages every time I visit!

Here’s the link! Have a read once you’ve read this post and let me know your funny Primark experiences too!

http://m.sofeminine.co.uk/fashion-trends/22-stages-every-girl-goes-through-in-primark-s365338.html

I previously said a few ‘cheap’ bits and bobs… My goodness did this lot add up but I hope you enjoy the post!

Kimonos

I love this trend at the minute! Kimonos are so easy to throw on over dresses, bikinis or camis and jeans and I love the way they look!

However, I only own one! Therefore, I decided this needed changing and picked up these to wear both in England and I’m Greece on an evening or as a throw over to go from the beach to the bar!

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1) This kimono has orange, brown, yellow, black, grey and cream stripes and Aztec print with black tassels along the hem and sleeves. I was slightly unsure at first whether I could pull this off but thought I’d regret it if I didn’t snap it up. It was the most expensive thing I bought too at £13 but you’d pay a lot more in Topshop or River Island!

2 & 3) These two are pretty similar with really lovely floral prints. They’re slightly dressier than the first, and you could definitely dress these up with a LBD and heels or down with jeans and sandals. I couldn’t decided between the black and white so just bought them both! They were £10 each.

Dresses

My main reason for the Primark trip was to grab a few cheap dresses to wear on the nights on holiday. I always make the mistake of spending a fortune on holiday clothes, then wear them once on holiday, don’t look at them for the rest of the year as they’re not weather appropriate, dig them out for my next holiday the following year and decide I hate them all! Therefore, Primark is my saviour!

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1) Black: This black dress with Aztec embellishment caught my eye as I thought it would be perfect both for holiday and for the hot weather we’re having at home at the minute! It was from the beach section, yet is quite a thick cotton so can be worn wherever you please. It was a steal at £5!

2) Pineapple: This was another item I thought I would probably not pull off but bought anyway. It’s pink with a pineapple pattern. I really love the higher neckline on this but it is VERY long! It goes just past my knee so I wrapped a belt around my waist when trying it on and pulled it over to create a layered effect, which I thought looked quite nice. One let down… I got it home to find the button on the back missing! However I’ll probably just sew another on to save rooting around Primark for a replacement. This was £8.

3) Aztec: I love Aztec print and think it’s perfect for holiday. This dress has buttons right down the front and is in bright colours and I really like it! Another bargain at £7!

4) Floral: I also love floral print so snapped this up. It’s just a very simple jersey skater dress but at £5 I couldn’t resist!

Jewellery

I really love looking at Primark jewellery and ALWAYS manage to find a few bits that I like. I always lose necklaces somehow, so I don’t like spending too much on them. I also find I don’t wear them enough to spend £20 or £30 a pop. These two caught my eye as they’re so pretty and I’ll definitely team them with a few outfits! My only issue is that they’re quite heavy… These maybe a hand luggage job!

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Shoes

I was really let down in the shoe department yesterday, as Hull’s store seemed to have been absolutely wiped out of sandals! There was one stand with about 4 pairs of sandals all in size 3, which wasn’t ideal.
I did however pick these tan shoes up. I did already have these but have worn them to death. I actually almost fell down the stairs in them the other day at work, as the sole had come off and I didn’t realise when I put them on that morning! Myself and my almost broken limbs were happy to find a replacement!

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Miscellaneous

I love that you can buy almost anything in Primark so had a wonder around the toiletries section as they’ve started stocking really good brands such as Cocoa Brown tan for much less than the price they are in Boots or Superdrug!

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I got some Gilette Satin Care shaving foam for £1 and some Palmer’s Cocoa Butter for £2.90 to take away with me.

I also got a sponge, because everyone needs to keep clean! That was only £1 as were the TWO packets of make up wipes. I go through wipes like there’s no tomorrow on holiday so thought I was as well get two packs for a lot less than what you’d normally pay for one pack. I have tried Primark face wipes when I was at Univeristy and scraping up coppers to buy a tin of beans, and I think they’re really good for the price!

I also bought a cute floral make up bag, as I don’t want to lug my entire collection to another country with me! This one was only £4.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases! I also got a few basics such as plain black and white vests, but didn’t want to bore you with all that malarky!

Have you bought a bargain in Primark recently that you’re in love with? Also, have you ever done any of the Primark stages in the link above? Let me know!

Love,
One extremely excitable Emily, who only has 9 days left at work before she jets off!! xxx

Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm

Does anyone else pop into Boots and before you know it you’ve spent £30 on things you definitely don’t need but my goodness there’s absolutely no chance you’re not going to buy them?

It happens ALL the time for me, which isn’t great on the bank balance, but excellent for my make up bag!

I popped in a couple of weeks ago to buy face wipes and ended up picking up a Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balm in the colour Viva Violet.

It wasn’t the first time I’ve tried these out, I already have it in The Redder The Better, but I wanted a deep pinky purple to go with an outfit I was planning to wear that night.

It wasn’t a necessity but I just couldn’t resist!

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It’s a really lovely deep pink, which isn’t as dark as some of the others that are quite fashionable at the minute. I was slightly apprehensive to try out this colour as it’s quite a statement but this one is really nice as a first step into really dark lip colours!

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I love the fact it has a pointed nib end as it’s so easy to use. I use the tip as a sort of lip liner that helps to keep it all in place, then the side of the point to fill in my lips.

The balmy consistency is so moisturising and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing lipstick, yet has the colour intensity of one.

The smell is so lovely too! It’s quite a chocolatey sent which makes you want to lick your lips! I hate when lipsticks smell chemically.

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The colour lasts such a long time too, which is brilliant. I obviously applied it a couple of times throughout the evening, but woke up with still a bit of colour on my lips!

The Lasting Colour Rush Balm is only £5.99, and everyone needs to try it out! I love them!

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Emily x

So…? Sinful

During secondary school, every girl I knew had a bottle of Impulse or So…? Bodyspray in their bag, it was definitely the must have item. 14 years later and So…? Is still going strong…in fact they have a range of eleven different fragrances available in both a bodyspray and a perfume. I decided to try out the So…? Sinful fragrance and body spray.

So…? Sinful is described as a combination of fresh strawberries and juicy pineapple for a fruity scent, followed by violet, water-lily and jasmine with a rich creamy vanilla and dark chocolate base. It is a very fruity sweet scent and I absolutely love it for during the day – during the evening I prefer something a little woodier.

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The bodyspray scent is really quite strong, which is not something I normally find with most bodysprays, but I really like this quality of it as it can be used without having to use perfume over the top of it. The scent does tend to weaken after a few hours, but the bottle is light and small enough to pop into your handbag.

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The perfume is very similar to the bodyspray but a little lighter and fresher. The bottle is quite plain but is in uniform with the rest of the range’s perfumes. I really do love the scent of this perfume and everytime I wear it people always ask me where it is from – they do look a bit surprised when I say it is a So…? Fragrance as I think people tend to think it will be higher end.

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For the price of these products, you really cannot go wrong and I cannot wait to try some of the other fragrances in the range.

You can check out the So…? Range at www.sowithattitude.com and to purchase online you can find the range at Boots, where the bodyspray is £1.70 and the perfume is £6.35 for a 30ml bottle.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Make Up Revolution & I Heart Makeup Haul

 

When I received a discount code with a recent beauty box I decided to place an order for some goodies from Make Up Revolution as I have seen plenty of their products on various beauty blogs. I thought I would share with you what I bought.

I Heart Makeup I Heart Sin Eyeshadow Palette £7.99

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This eyeshadow palette contains both matte and shimmery eyeshadows in a variety of natural and neon shades. It comes in a black palette with a large purple crystal heart on the front and comes complete with a large double-ended applicator. The colours included in this palette are great for both day and night, therefore being a holiday staple.

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I Heart Makeup Lip Geek Lipstick in Ken Will Want Me £2.99

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This lipstick comes in a fabulous shiny pink tube, and as the name shade may suggest the colour is a Barbie pink. The texture of the lipstick is really creamy but is also super pigmented for shine.

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Blusher in Peachy Keen £4.99

heart blush

This is the cutest looking blusher I have ever seen! Three gorgeous shimmery blushers brought together in one love heart. The colour of the blush is really pretty as you can adjust the colour and application to your heart’s desire.

I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips in Heart Is Pumping £2.49

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This lipstick has been made into the shape of a heart also, and has a matt outer colour with a shimmer core in the middle. It blends together to create a really pretty shimmery pink.

I Heart Makeup Wow! Gloss in Double Wow! £2.49

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This lipgloss comes in a sleek and slim tube, which is perfect for popping in those clutch bags with hardly any room – you know the ones I mean – the really gorgeous box ones that you can barely fit a phone and a lipstick in! The gloss has a really good colour to it and thickness without being gloopy.

Make Up Revolution Baked Eyeshadow Set in Pure and Innocent £2.50

baked eyeshadows

This little compact contains 5 silky and blendable baked eyeshadows in gorgeous neutrals, golds and browns. It works out at just 50pence an eyeshadow, and they can be used with a wet brush to give a more intense look, which then works out at 25pence an eyeshadow! The pigment in these eyeshadows are perfect for summer, especially with a tan.

Make Up Revolution Amazing Lip Gloss in Nude Shimmer £1

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This is a highly pigmented and high-shine lipgloss in a really pretty pinky-nude shade. It comes in a long tube container with a screw-off sponge applicator. At £1 you can buy the full collection of 6 colours for less than the price of just one lipgloss from most other cosmetics companies.

Make Up Revolution Liquid Concealer in Natural £1.50

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This concealer comes with a sponge applicator to conceal your dark circles and imperfections. It provides a really smooth finish and the texture is lovely and creamy and so it is easy to hide those blemishes.

Make Up Revolution Amazing Sheer Lipgloss in Too Shy £1

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These squeezy tubes of lipglosses are fabulous for popping in your handbag. The formula is non-stick, and so even when it is windy you won’t end up with your hair attached to your lips! It provides an intense sheer colour and shine and lasts ages on the lips.

Make Up Revolution Scandalous Lipstick in Depraved £1

purple lipstick

This is a purple lipstick, yes purple, but at £1 you can definitely afford to play around and have fun with your makeup. I bought this on a whim really as I thought it would be great for fancy dress or for if I fancied something a little or a lot different.

Make Up Revolution Amazing Lipstick in Enchant £1

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There are 30 shades available in this range, creamy textures, matte finishes, brights and nudes, there is a colour for absolutely everyone! I really cannot believe the quality of this range for such a low price point. When I ordered some of these £1 products I really didn’t expect the quality to be anywhere near decent, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Make Up Revolution Blush in Wow! £1

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Again, another wonder £1 product! This blush comes in a little compact and is a gorgeous candy pink colour. The colour doesn’t go on too strongly which I love because then you are able to add as much or as little blush as you need.

Make Up Revolution Scandalous Eyeshadow in Go! £1

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The Scandalous eyeshadow range has five amazing neon colours and I chose Go! which is a really bright green. I didn’t want to go for a natural colour because I bought the little palette and so I went for something really outrageous. You can add just a little for a spring green colour, or go really intense and make the colour pop.

Make Up Revolution Pure Pigments in Affluent £1

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Another huge colour spectrum, the Pure Pigments come in 25 different shades. They are, as the name suggests, very highly pigmented and give off a really good shimmer effect. I went for Affluent which is a gorgeous goldy/brown colour which will look fabulous with a tan and my blue eyes.

Make Up Revolution Focus and Fix Eyebrow Shaping Kit in Light Medium £2.50

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I have tried similar products to this one that have been ten times the price and this one is just as good. It contains three brow powders in matching shades and a wax cream to keep the colour intact. An applicator and a mirror are included for on the go application.

Make Up Revolution Nail Polish in Look Of Love £1

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Finally I ended my little online shopping session with a nail polish. I didn’t really need a nail polish but I wanted to give my opinion on a range of their items and at just £1 this will be perfect to pass onto my 4 year old Goddaughter Willow. She loves nail polishes and having her nails painted and at just £1 it doesn’t matter if she loses it. The colour is really strong and lasts on my nails a few days without a single chip.

 

Have you purchased any of the Make Up Revolution or I Heart Makeup range?

Love

Kathryn xxx