Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Orly Sugar High Collection

Orly have just released a gorgeous brand new collection of nail polishes called Sugar High, the collection features deliciously whimsical colours all named after super yummy treats.

The collection consists of

Sweet Dreams - Grey with pink pearl shimmer
Cake Pop - White pink creme
Candy Shop - Mauve creme
Frosting - White creme shimmer
Plum Sugar - Plum creme
Key Lime Twist - Lime green creme

I painted my toenails with Key Lime Twist and it looks so cute, it's the perfect colour for summer and would look amazing with a tan. 

You can buy the Sugar High Collection online here.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Weight Loss Wednesday - The Lemon Detox Diet

You may have noticed that I haven't posted a Weight Loss Wednesday post for a while and the reason is I've totally lost all of my motivation to diet lately and I've really struggled to get back on track with eating healthily.

My main motivation last year to diet was a holiday to Tunisia that we booked and that really gave me a big push to diet and exercise, I found it really easy and the weight just fell off, I managed to get down to 8 stone 4 which is lighter than I was before I had children and I was really pleased with myself. However after the holiday my motivation was gone and I soon started eating too much chocolate and junk food and the exercise stopped.

I now weigh 9 stone 2 and I really want to get back into a healthy lifestyle so I thought something that might kick start my diet would be The Lemon Detox Diet. The idea is to not eat anything for 5-7 days and instead drink a minimum of 6 glasses a day of a drink made up of lemon juice, natural tree syrup, water and cayenne pepper. You are also recommended to drink an additional 2 litres of water a day aswell and you can have some decaf herbal tea like peppermint or chamomile.

Following this diet has many benefits including

Cleansing the body of toxins
Weight loss if overweight
Increased energy & vitality
Shinier hair & stronger nails
Clearer skin and eyes
Better digestion
Greater sense of wellbeing

It may seem a little extreme to not eat anything for a few days but the natural tree syrup provides your body with all of the nutrients necessary to function properly, the lemon juice helps with the cleansing process and the cayenne pepper speeds up your metabolism which helps to eliminate toxins.

I wasn't sure I could manage 5-7 days without food so I decided to try 3 days and see how I got on, I made up my whole days worth of the drink in a 2 litre water bottle and drank 6 glasses throughout the day along with water and decaf green tea and actually I didn't find it too bad. I was fully prepared for the drink to taste disgusting but actually it didn't taste bad at all, I found it really easy to drink. Whenever I felt super hungry I sipped a glass of the detox drink and my hunger went away, I was expecting a serious migraine but I didn't have a headache at all, the first day was surprisingly easy.

Day's 2 and 3 went ok too, I got a headache on day 2 and I felt a little cold and tired but after reading the book I expected that and by day 3 I was quite hungry but it was bearable. I lost 3lbs over the course of 3 days and although I'm not sure if I could have done it for longer part of me feels like I should have tried as it's supposed to get easier from that point on. You can do this twice a year so maybe I'll give it another try later in the year and do 5-7 days next time now I know it's not that hard.

I'm going to ease back into eating normal food today so I'll probably have a juice for breakfast and lunch and then soup for dinner so that I don't overload my system with lots of food after 3 days without any and then hopefully I can keep up the healthy eating, I do feel very motivated now to continue.

Have you ever tried The Lemon Detox Diet?


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A Lovely Evening At Crabtree & Evelyn

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers event at the Nottingham Crabtree & Evelyn store, I was really excited to go as I'd heard lots of great things about their products and I was eager to give them a try.

Crabtree & Evelyn is renowned and respected for its original fragrances, fine foods and gorgeous gifts, all beautifully packaged to transform the ordinary rituals of daily life into extraordinary pleasurable experiences.

I met up with a blogging friend Louise from With Love From Lou and when we arrived at the store we were greeted by super friendly staff, drinks and yummy sandwiches.

The first thing I noticed about the store is that everything looks so pretty, the packaging for all the products is gorgeous and very feminine, I loved the look of everything and p.s. the shortbread is absolutely delicious!

Me and Louise were treated to a lovely hand treatment including a scrub and a hand massage using their amazing hand cream which I'm now addicted to, I have the Somerset Meadow Hand Cream, it smells gorgeous and it's super hydrating, the tube is massive and a little bit goes a long way so it lasts ages.

They currently have a promotion running where they have a third off all of the Garden inspired collections which is a really good deal and made me want to buy pretty much everything.

As well as hand creams they also sell nail polish, bath & body products, fragrances, men's grooming products, food and beautiful gift sets. 

I had a fab evening and was even treated to goody bag containing a hand cream, nail polish and fragrance sample, I'll definitely be going back to Crabtree & Evelyn for more of the hand products and for gifts for friends as I know they'll love their products too.


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