Monday, 1 September 2014

Dealing with wheat/gluten... Setlers Mintees ♥

In my recent bucket list post I wrote that I wanted to improve my general health and well-being (amongst other things). If you follow my twitter you'll recently have seen I've been struggling with what I think is a sensitivity to wheat and/or gluten. Every time I ate anything containing either I was bloated, in pain and sometimes felt sick or had an upset stomach.

I received an email offering me the chance to try some setlers mintees and although they're not designed for intolerances (or the normal sort of thing I would blog about), I thought I would give them a go after eating to see if they helped anyway.

These little turquoise mints have a layer of spearmint, then a layer of peppermint, then a yummy crumbly centre and they're designed to refresh your palette after eating and help avoid discomfort. It's the combination of spearmint and peppermint that I love the most, it's a really unique flavour and unlike any mint I've tried before.

As for refreshing my palette and helping to settle my stomach, I definitely feel more comfortable after eating. My tummy is less 'gurgly' and I haven't suffered from any nausea for a while now. I keep the tin in my handbag and a spare box of them in my desk at work and I've got the girls in my department eating them too.

Not beauty related but definitely worth a try if you're feeling sensitive to anything or particularly bloated. I'm surprised at how much I love these as I always just thought mints were mints! Apparently not ;)


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Better than MoroccanOil? Garnier Ultimate Blends ♥

Vain as it is, my hair is extremely important to me and recently I've been doing as much as I can to get it in the best condition possible.

Colour wise I have a full head of foils (just on my roots) with a high lift tint (12.1) and bleach alternated. The bleach means that my hair used to be extremely dry and unruly and I really struggled with it. I would regularly spend more than £30 on morrocanoil and found it really helped but always thought it was quite pricey.

Recently, Garnier released their ultimate blends range and it included two hair oils, one for dry, dull hair called The Marvelous Transformer and one for dry, frizzy hair (pictured above) called The Sleek Restorer - they retail at £9.99 but my beloved Boots had them on offer at a third off so I paid just over £6 which was fab! Another (albeit small) bonus is that the bottle is plastic, I'm doing a lot of travelling at the moment and had taken to wrapping my moroccanoil in a plastic bag to avoid smashes/spillages - with plastic I don't need to worry about any broken glass :)

I've been using the oil for about a month so far and I'm amazed by the performance and results. The only difference I personally find between this and morrocanoil is the smell... The Garnier one smells far nicer because it contains coconut oil!!

This leaves my hair smooth, glossy, frizz free and smelling amazing. I don't even straighten it anymore day to day, preferring to apply the oil, rough blow dry then split into two sections and dry with a brush, and leave it. Never in a million years did I think my hair would be that well behaved whilst it was blonde. It's also grown quite significantly as well which thrills me because I don't have to wear extensions as much, if at all anymore!

It really isn't often that you come across products at high street prices that perform just as well as the high end ones so this comes very strongly and highly recommended by me. It's an easy 10/10 ♥