Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo

Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo – £5.25
I’ve been faithful to Batiste for years, with countless bottles of tropical dry shampoo gracing my dressing table, helping me out when I just couldn’t be bothered to wash my hair the night before.
However recently I’ve found that it’s been making my head really itchy. Like I’ve-got-nits-itchy except I don’t! I brush it out so I can only assume my scalp must be quite sensitive to it. I’ve also found it doesn’t soak up the oil as well as it used to so I’m finding I’m using more and more just to get the same effect, which doesn’t help the scalp situation either.

Therefore when my last can ran out I decided to pick something new up. I have to admit having used the same product for years, I had no clue where to start with a new dry shampoo. This Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo caught my eye in Boots. I knew nothing about it but it said the words ‘cleansing’ and ‘normal to oily hair’ so I pretty much decided that was the one for me.

I like the scent of the Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. Sure it’s no coconut scent but it’s pleasant. Having highlighted blonde hair, the first sign of greasy hair is my roots go so so dark. I find when I use this, not only does it soak up the oil, but it refreshes my hair and makes it lighter and brighter. I’m not sure how well this would work on dark hair, I mean it doesn’t leave the tell-tale white/grey roots that Batiste can do if you’re a bit overzealous with it but there’s some definite platinum-type colouring going on in my hair when I’ve used this.

What really sets this apart from the Batiste offerings though -itchy scalp aside- is that once I’ve used it, even if I brush my hair it doesn’t go back to being oily- even the next day- so I can in fact get two extra days out of my hair not one. It also makes my hair feel thicker, gives it some texture and volume. It isn’t hard to brush out either. In spite of it giving that horrid matted feeling where you’re a bit scared of brushing your hair in case you pull a clump out, it definitely doesn’t end up that way. it’s easy to wash and brush out!

I definitely think I’ll be purchasing this again, it smells lovely, definitely makes my hair last much longer and doesn’t make my scalp itch! Yes it is a little more expensive than Batiste but the fact it doesn’t make me itch and makes my hair last longer is a winner in my eyes!

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healthy protein balls recipe

Sometimes we all need a chocolate fix, that’s why I created these protein balls. I wanted something that would satisfy both the sweet chocolate I was craving, but fill me up until my next meal. The chocolate is so rich due to the high cocoa content and because there’s so many seeds, I only usually have the one!

Makes: 21 ProPoints: 2 Prep Time: 5 minutes Chill Time: 15 minutes

ingredients for healthy protein balls

Ingredients

200g plain chocolate. I use 85% cocoa but try not to get under 70%
30g chia seeds
30g linseeds
40g ground almonds
30g pumpkin or mixed seeds
20g sesame seeds
30g goji berries

desiccated coconut to decorate

Method

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl. I usually pop it in the microwave for about a minute as it’s faster and less hassle than over a pan of water.
melting chocolate
2. Add the chia seeds, goji berries, ground almonds, linseeds, pumpkin seeds and any other seeds you wish to add.
3. Mix well then pop in the fridge for about 15 minutes
4. Take a teaspoon of the mixture, roll between your hands (BEWARE! it’s messy!) and then roll it into some desiccated coconut.
5. I put them in a tupperware box rather than the fridge as I think they would set up too much in the fridge but you could if you wish!


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The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel

Satsuma Shower Gel – £4.00 The Body Shop

I don’t normally buy expensive shower gels but I’ve been frequenting The Body Shop quite a lot of late and constantly picking this up and putting it back. When they were having a 40% off sale I just couldn’t help but finally purchase this Satsuma Shower Gel along with their Hemp Hand Protector.

The Satsuma shower gel was actually a repurchase of sorts, I used this shower gel many many years ago when I was much younger (probably 9 or 10) and every time I get a whiff of this I’m transported back.

It smells so so good! It’s really refreshing and citrus-y (obviously with it being satsuma) but it is so lovely. The only reason I ever go back to it time and again is because of the scent. Seriously though if you’re in The Body Shop next time, have a quick sniff!

The Body Shop claims this shower gel is soap free and therefore kinder to your skin but it does contain SLS so it still can strip your skin and is probably one to avoid if you don’t like products with SLS in.

It is quite expensive for essentially a shower gel, but for nostalgia factor alone I’ll be purchasing whenever there’s a sale on because I love the scent so much, it’s absolutely one of my favourites.

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weight loss and making healthy choices
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weight loss and making healthy choices
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Week 4:
Weight Loss: +0.4lbs
Total Weight Loss: 2.6lbs

I love food. This is why I’m in the position I’m in and no doubt will be an ongoing battle for the rest of my life. I’m not one of those people who “forgets” to eat. I probably have done that a handful of times maybe. The one time that sticks in my head is the day of my dissertation hand in where I was frantically finishing it off and printing it out that I simply didn’t have a moment to spare to eat. Boy was I hungry that day… But I digress, I like to eat- not all the time- but I certainly cannot go over 4 hours without eating or I become hangry.

hangry: A state of anger and irritability resulting from being hungry.

I’ve noticed though that slowly I am making baby steps towards the right choices when eating. If I’m full after eating most of my lunch, I’ll leave my yoghurt till later. I’ll also skip dessert after my evening meal now because I’m full and don’t need to eat anything else. The hardest thing that I struggle with is when I’m eating at a restaurant and stopping when I’m full. I really want to finish my food, partly because I’ve been taught to clear my plate, but also because I really really like chips and to see them sitting on my plate is torture. No matter how many times I practice finishing eating when I’m full, the struggle to not eat another chip is incredibly difficult.

I’ve read a few tips on how to combat this such as:
putting a napkin on your meal once you’re done
pouring salt on the remainder of the food
getting up from the table
drinking a full glass of water

I’m not sure some of these would necessarily work in certain situations, such as when we go to Nandos we get a sharing platter, so I doubt Harry would be impressed if I poured salt over his portion of the chips and I don’t think me getting up from the table while he’s still eating would work either. I’m slowly getting there but I think it’s a bit like a bad habit and it’s going to take a lot of time and willpower to break.

I’ve had a relatively good week despite the small gain. It’s not the result I wanted but it’s not a massive gain either, plus there are mitigating factors this week like I feel I’ve got a bit of fluid retention which is probably adding to it. Last Saturday I made the right choices. I was going to TGI Friday’s for my friend’s birthday and me and Harry had agreed in advance it would be our cheat meal. However we went into town during the day to grab breakfast as I was having my hair done. We were originally going to go to Wetherspoons for breakfast and I’d planned to have the porridge but it wasn’t open, so we popped into Starbucks instead and I picked up the fruit cup and a yoghurt granola mix. I wasn’t feeling great that day so I only ate the fruit.

We stayed in town a lot longer than anticipated and I was particularly hungry by 2pm (having only eaten a fruit cup at 9am) so we decided to go to Yo Sushi. We both love sushi and it’s so healthy and quite low in points, plus there was no line! I stuck to a set number of points and came out feeling satisfied but not full so that I could truly enjoy my cheat meal later.

I did have a bit of a blip on Friday again. Friday is not a good day for me. I made the fatal mistake of not making any lunch for work, so then there was nothing in the fridge I could grab and make within 5 minutes. I went to the Coffee shop and made a pretty healthy choice of grabbing a small ham salad bun, before also picking up a Toffee Crisp and some crisps. Whoops!

It gets worse from there… When I got home I was feeling hot and extremely tired. I didn’t want to cook and I didn’t even want to go out to Nandos, I wanted to stay in and sleep in front of the air con so we ordered Chinese. To be fair, I only ordered a quarter crispy duck with pancakes. I didn’t order chips or prawn crackers like I usually do so small victories!

I think probably Friday and Saturday have probably attributed to my small gain, but I’m just glad that the damage I did didn’t affect my weight too much. I’ve been going to the gym as usual but I’m trying to fit in a couple more runs this week in order to speed up my weight loss a little bit.

I really hope I have a better week next week then I can have something a little more positive to say, although the positive bits I can take from this is that most of the time, I do make the right choices when it comes to eating but my resolve weakens when I’m very hungry, hot or tired. That was a bit of a given though really.

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Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser
Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser
Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser
Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser

Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser – £11.50

Bee Good is a brand I’ve been excited about since seeing various products pop up on beauty blogs of late, so as payday was looming and I’d been without a hot cloth cleanser for over 3 weeks- solely relying on my gel cleanser- I decided to purchase the Bee Good Honey and Propolis Cleanser.

Firstly I have to mention their customer service. I had a discount code so I decided to purchase their cleanser, but my code wasn’t working, so I tweeted them and they responded after 5 minutes and the whole thing was resolved after 15 minutes. What’s more instead of me using the 10% voucher I had they gave me a 25% off just for my trouble. I was super impressed and they even sent me another little message once my order had been placed to say it’d be shipped today. I think even if the product was rubbish I’d still buy from them again, simply because of their customer service.

My parcel came quite speedily and when I opened it up I loved the packaging. Taking their philosophy seriously, everything came in biodegradable packaging and the little holder was actually made of seeds which you can plant and help the bees! Inside was a further surprise when I found a small back of handmade chocolate buttons with bees on! (PS. they are delicious and taste like honey yum!)

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers mentioning about how much they loved the packaging, and whilst I do love the way it’s branded they surely must have been talking about the outer packaging because it’s just so cute and very thoughtful!

The cleanser itself is a little bit thinner than previous ones I’ve tried -Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and NSpa Hot Cloth Cleanser- but it doesn’t make it any less effective in my eyes, in fact it removes all my makeup perfectly well. The scent is lovely too! it’s a lot more subtle that C+P or the NSpa cleanser, so if you’re not big on the heady fragrances of those two then this will probably be more suitable to you.

My skin feels lovely, cleansed and soft after using this although I’ve noticed that sometimes if I don’t remove it properly it can leave a slight film on my skin. It comes with a muslin cloth which is also very good. It feels a little more scratchy than my other cloths -it’s not horrible by any stretch- but it isn’t as soft. However that could well be as my others have been through the washing machine with fabric softener, so I’ll keep you updated on whether it softens up after a wash.

Overall I love love love this product. My only little gripe is that the tube feels so small and like I’m going to run out in no time so I might have to get the duo pack! I definitely think I will be getting this again, I loved every aspect from the cleanser itself to the cute little touches on the packaging and the fantastic customer service.

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H&M Ballet Pumps
Ballet Pumps – £7.99 H&M

Shortly before my holiday I was on a mission to replace my battered white pumps with some shiny new ones. I can hear you saying now why are you regaling us with a tale of white shoes when the picture above clearly shows grey and black ones. Well I may have gone off piste a little…

The fact of the matter is that yes my original intention was to get some white pumps, but I simply didn’t see any I liked, or more irritatingly that were in my size (New Look I’m looking at you!). However as I was browsing through the shoe section in H&M I saw these lovely and oh so chic dove grey pumps and after slipping my feet inside the satin lining I was sold.

I have such problems when it comes to buying pumps as I’m a half size and if I size down then they crush my toes and if I size up they slip off so I can’t win, but these H&M ballet pumps fit perfectly. Sure they’ve given me a few blisters after their first outing, but honestly, every new pair of shoes I’ve ever owned have given me blisters.

At £7.99 and supremely comfortable I couldn’t resist picking up a second, black pair as my black cat ones are falling apart and I’m devastated I can’t get any replacements.

These pumps are cheap and supremely comfortable, so much so I might even have to pick up a third pair…

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