Pink Parcel – February Box

There are tonnes of¬†subscription¬†boxes available these days and it can quite overwhelming trying to decide which one to sign up for. I can firmly say that I am rubbish at doing make-up so the majority of beauty boxes didn’t appeal to me but I knew I wanted a monthly treat! Upon further research, I discovered Pink Parcel.

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For practically every woman, we tend to dread that time of the month but Pink Parcel have decided to change that and make it a positive by sending you your preferred sanitary essentials and a few extra surprises to make you smile! These can be anything from health products to beauty products.

Pink Parcel offer 3 dispatch dates for you to choose from, based on your time of the month so you can be sure to receive your box before your period is due. This box literally removes any monthly cycle worries you may have as you are able to choose your preferred brand of sanitary products so your box is specific to you. It is only £12.95 per month (postage is free) and you get your first box for £9.95!

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Upon opening my box, I was excited because there were more boxes inside! It made me feel like a child at Christmas with lots of presents, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside each box.

The first thing I noticed was a a full sized product! It was SASS Intimate Soothe & Smooth Shave Gel (RRP £10) which had a great quote on the box might I add!

This is a crystal clear shaving gel for your pubic area. It’s formula was designed to reduce ingrown hairs and protect you from razor bumps and irritation. This is beyond a decent sized goody to get from Pink Parcel. I haven’t tried it yet but I will definitely post a review about it once I do.

The next thing I opened was a little drawstring bag which said “for now” on it.

IMG_6773¬†Inside were sanitary towels and tampons. This is such a cute little bag as I can pop¬†it into my handbag for when I am on the go. If you’re like me, I tend to forget that I am on my period for the first day and end up having to buy extra tampons whilst out.

Following on with the theme, I opened up a thin box which said “for later” on it.

This box was literally FILLED with tampons! It was definitely all I needed to get through this month’s cycle without having to purchase more tampons. Besides my essentials, there was a pack of Tampon Disposal Bags by Fab Little Bag (RRP ¬£1.99). These are great for putting into your bag as well especially with the cute design on the packaging. They are also big enough to use for panty liners which is a bonus!

By the time I got to the last box, I had begun to feel a lot like Alice in Wonderland! This box said “for you” on it.

This box had goodies galore! In total, there were 8 items to cater to your beauty or lifestyle needs.

  1.  A travel sized bottle (75ml) of Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner which made me really happy as it is my favourite conditioner.  This conditioner promises to revitalise dry and damaged hair by locking in moisture and protecting your hair from the elements. I can confirm that Aussie definitely fulfills its promises!
  2. A beyond cute mini photo frame by Sass & Belle in my favourite colour, red. This frame is perfect to have on my desk at work  with a picture of my smiling daughter.
  3. Speaking of my daughter, she absolutely loved the Pink Parcel lavender scented eye mask, and so did I. It smells lovely and immediately made me feel relaxed when I went to bed that night. I don’t think I’ve fallen asleep so easily and¬†quickly before!
  4. A sample sachet of Merumaya Melting Cleansing balm and Youth Serum which is like TLC in a little packet. They both feel so lavish when you put them on your skin. They left my face feeling smooth and extremely soft.
  5. A travel sized rollerball sample of¬†Sweet Lullaby Soothing Body & Massage Oil by Lola’s Apothecary.¬†This oil is 100% natural and can be used for multiple purposes such as a¬†cleanser, moisturiser, stretch mark treatment and massage oil. It smells heavenly! It is a comforting scent made of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Patchouli and Vanilla.
  6. Tasty Rainbows & Whirlwinds Energising Tea by Lola’s Apothecary.¬†This tea is a herbal blend of Green Yerba Mate, Ginseng, Gingko, Nettle, Spearmint and Lemongrass. When I read that the tea was a “a refreshing minty citrus flavour”, I was a bit apprehensive to try it. I am glad I did eventually make a brew because it is delicious! The flavour is strong (in a good way) and the ingredients compliment each other.
  7. A piece of delicious Double Trouble Chocolate Fudge from Fudge Kitchen.  I only managed to get a small bite of this before my daughter wolfed it down! From the little bit I did have, I was in chocolate heaven.

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Overall, for my first box from Pink Parcel I was thoroughly impressed! My favourite gift in the box was the body oil by Lola’s Apothecary.¬†The concept of the box is great and actually works really well. It is also great value for money, I don’t think I have come across a subscription box which offers so many products for such a good price.

As I said before, I am not into make-up as much as other women so the typical beauty box doesn’t appeal to me. Pink Parcel have created a box that is bound to appeal to every woman. There are beauty items, lifestyle items and even food…what more could you possibly want?

For once, I actually can’t wait for my next period to come…weird, I know! If you want to know more about Pink Parcel, check out their website: http://www.pinkparcel.co.uk

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Oil Pulling with Minty Coco

I have heard so many great things about oil pulling but the idea of swishing oil in my mouth never appealed to me. That is, until I noticed my friend’s extremely white teeth and asked what toothpaste she had been using. She happily told me that she had started oil pulling so I immediately looked into it. To be honest, when it comes to cheap beauty trends, I am always happy to give it a go at least once.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that requires you to swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 15 – 20 minutes. This is meant to remove the toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. The reported benefits of oil pulling are whiter teeth, prevention of cavities, stronger teeth, healthier gums, fresh breath and surprisingly, improvement in skin problems and headaches.

After researching, I was pretty much sold, so I was happy to find this Minty Coco kit.

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Minty Coco

It arrived in a really nice and professional looking box with 14 sachets of oil (enough for 2 weeks use) and an information booklet. The booklet was really useful as it explained the ingredients, how to use the product and it had some FAQs.

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The sachets are really great as they can be easily taken with you anywhere due to their size. They fit perfectly in your hand so if you need to warm up the oil, it is really easy to do so and the rip off feature was really simple. One thing to note, if you haven’t warmed the oil enough in your hands, it can be a bit difficult to fit the oil through the small hole.¬†Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature but a little bit of warmth easily melts it.

So how do you oil pull? You empty the contents of the Minty Coco tube into your mouth and swish it around your mouth like you would with mouthwash. I would advise that you do it slowly and gently because you have to do it for 15 minutes. You don’t want to end up with a stiff achy jaw. Also, be sure to spit the oil into some tissue and throw it in the bin as it will block your drains if you spit it down the sink.

The first time I used the oil was very weird and strange! The sensation of the oil in my mouth was bewildering but I got used to it. It did feel a bit gross at first and made my tongue feel icky. I am not a fan of even eating oily food as it makes me feel sick but the mint flavouring really helped me to keep the oil in my mouth for 15 minutes. At first your jaw does get really tired as 15 minutes is quite a long time but over time, it gets easier. I find that doing it whilst in the shower makes it easy to forget that I have oil in my mouth.

I preferred oil pulling at night as I had the 15 minutes to spare and I enjoyed going to bed with an extra minty fresh mouth.

Since using this product (7 days) I have to say that my teeth have actually become slightly brighter and I have faith that with continuous use, they will be noticeably white. According to my boyfriend, I have been waking up with pleasant morning breath so that is definitely a plus (haha). I also tend to suffer from sensitive teeth whenever I eat something sweet. My dentist has said that my teeth do not product enough fluoride. Since I have been oil pulling, I have not had a sensitivity issue so I can enjoy eating chocolate again.

Some people will say that ¬£20 is very expensive for this kit but I actually think it’s worth it. I know a few people who spend hundreds on salon whitening so I would definitely recommend this kit plus it is natural so not harmful to your teeth at all.This kit is also cheaper than others that I have seen.

A lot of reviews that I have read about oil pulling talk about taking a tablespoon of oil and putting that in your mouth but as I previously mentioned, I hate the taste of oil so having a flavoured oil is perfect for me!

If you’re interested in trying the latest health and beauty fad, you can purchase the kit on Amazon here:¬†http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oil-Pulling-Kit-Formulated/dp/B016L0Y4CW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_121_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51oXBXiK1yL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1VE9H9K9MJKBB675AH4D

 

Fitness Tracker Watch

I have been determined to get fit and track my progress this year so in order to motivate myself, I decided to purchase a fitness tracker watch. The spec of this fitness tracker watch is quite similar to the more expensive branded ones so I was happy to make this purchase. It arrived quite quickly which was great as I could get to work straight away.
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The fitness tracker watch connects to your smart phone wirelessly via Bluetooth and transmits the data to your mobile through an app called Zeroner. This app is available in the Apple app store and the Google Play store so it is compatible with Apple and Android phones.

The watch came in a plastic box with a small set of instructions which were translated into various languages. Before you use the watch, it is recommended to charge it for at least 30 minutes.
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Once you download the Zeroner app it is really easy to setup even if you aren’t tech savvy. All you have to do is open up the app then select devices on the menu. It will then display the available devices that you can connect to. When you select your watch, it automatically updates with the date and time.

The watch is a great size and isn’t too bulky. The screen is just the right size to show the details that you need to see without it affecting your wrist movements or looking masculine. The screen is touchscreen and really responsive so doesn’t require any harsh taps. There is also a gesture function available, so when you turn your wrist, the watch lights up and displays the time.
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The features of this watch are great. It tracks how many steps I have done, calories burned, distance & time I have spent on fitness throughout each day. At night time, it tracks my sleep and breaks it down into the amount of hours of deep & light sleep I have had. I am also able to set daily goals that I wish to achieve. This is a great benefit to help me get healthier as I can gradually increase my goals. Additionally, if I have been sitting down for too long, the watch vibrates as a friendly reminder/ nudge to get up and get fit.

Besides fitness, the watch also shows and vibrates when you receive a text message, a phone call or any social media message and it also says what the notification is for and from on the screen. The watch also syncs really well with the alarms you have set on your phone via the app. When your alarm goes off, the watch vibrates quite a bit to ensure it wakes you and grabs your attention.

In terms of battery life, I have had this watch for 5 days now and I haven’t needed to charge it yet so I would say that is pretty good considering the amount of data it is dealing with.

The only negative for me is that the app isn’t the best and could do with a face lift but that can be easily fixed and doesn’t affect the functionality of the watch.

I really like this watch and would recommend it to anyone who wants to track their fitness but don’t want to spend too much money. This does exactly what it says it will.

If you want to give this fitness tracker a go, you can purchase it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0192KPYCW?ref_=cm_cr-mr-title

Who knew water could be Powerful?

I came home to a rather large and heavy package which left me confused as I have recently put myself on a online shopping ban. Upon opening my mysterious package, I was delighted to see I had been sent 3 full sized bottle of POW Sparkling Energy Water from The Powerful Water Company.
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POW is the UK & Ireland’s first Natural Energy Water. According to their website, The Powerful Water Company is committed to developing healthier¬†drinks using natural ingredients.¬†They developed POW to create a product that combines¬†the rehydrating qualities of water with natural energy in a low sugar, low calorie sparkling fruit flavoured energy water.

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I was sent 3 flavours as shown above, Cranberry & Apple, Coconut & Lime and Citrus & Zest. I couldn’t wait to taste them as I have been looking for a healthier way to get my caffeine intake. I usually have a Venti Caramel Latte with an extra shot of Caramel to keep me awake¬†for the working day. I found that having a bottle of POW did keep increase my energy levels, it kept me alert and I felt really good. It’s weird but I had a strange sense of “oomph” injected into me and I was ready and rearing to tackle anything thrown at me.

Now as someone who is not a fan of sparkling water at all (it has a weird after taste!), I was pleasantly surprised. All 3 flavours are really refreshing and rather delicious. I love the combination and variety of the flavours as they can be drunk when you are craving different things. For example, I often get a craving for something sour to remove a funny taste in my mouth and I usually end up drinking a can of San Pellegrino Limonata. When it happened this time around, I decided to have the Citrus & Zest bottle of POW water…….oh it was good! Exactly what the doctor ordered!

It is so¬†great to see an energy drink on the market that is all NATURAL, NOT full of rubbish and packed with sugar and has great flavour. I sometimes find that healthy products can compromise on the flavour for the health benefits but POW doesn’t do that. I would highly recommend this product, it is definitely innovative and it works!

On a final note:

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If you would like to give POW water a try, it is widely available in Waitrose, BP garages and Superdrug.  For more information about POW Water go to https://www.powerfulwater.co.uk/