Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Purifyne Juices Til Dinner cleanse review

Juice detoxes have risen in popularity over the past few years, and claim to not only help you lose a few pounds, but also give your body a bit of a boost. Traditionally, you go on a bit of a food fast – taking in nothing but fruit and vegetable juice, water and herbal teas for a set period of time.

I’m what you call a hungry person. I really like eating – it doesn’t matter if it’s a salad or a cake, I just like eating (ok, I probably like eating the cake a bit more, but no-one’s a saint). The idea of chewing nothing for 3 days put me off juice cleanses before, but this was until I found out about Purifyne’s Juices Til Dinner Cleanse*.

Juices til Dinner is just that – you juice through the day and have a small, healthy meal about 6pm. Purifyne say that this is great for juicing novices like me, or for those who have hectic schedules but still want to juice. 

Inside your Juices Til Dinner cleanse kit you’ll find: three juices per day, a bottle of coconut water, a 500ml bottle of spicy lemonade, superfood greens powder, liver support tablets, full instructions of what to take and when, plus recipe ideas for your evening meal. On top of this, you also get to choose between an at home enema kit (yes, really), or some Colosan powder, which my work colleague kindly pointed out looked a bit like talcum powder in a bag. This is a herbal laxative that has a similar effect to the enema, but is mixed into a drink rather than requiring a bath and some assistance. I went for option B – the Colosan powder.

My parcel was hand delivered to my office at 9am on the first day of my cleanse. As all of the juices are freshly pressed and don’t contain any preservatives, if you’re juicing for 5 days or more, then you can expect to receive two deliveries during your cleanse. My package had everything I needed in order to complete the three days, so after a hot water and lemon, I set off on my first supplements and juice of the day.

Every morning starts the same with a Liver Bliss juice – this was a yummy mix of apple, carrot, beetroot and ginger and I could quite happily have drunk this every morning for a month. The other juices vary – you get to choose which ones you drink at lunchtime and mid afternoon, so I tried to have a good mix between the green, more vegetable based juices and the slightly sweeter fruity ones. I didn’t come across any that I really couldn’t drink – even the super green ones were quite palatable, although one did have quite a strong celery taste that I wasn’t overly fond of.

For the first day of my cleanse I honestly felt fine. I was very excited by the whole thing and although I was ready to eat my evening meal by the time 6pm rolled around, I hadn’t got to the horrible ‘empty’ place I usually get when I don’t eat for a while. By day two (Saturday), I was feeling pretty energetic until about 2pm when I started feeling quite cold, tired and generally pretty irritable. That feeling carried on for much of the day and into Sunday, but I kept drinking my juices and eating my small, healthy meal in the early evening. 

After the three days were up, I tried to make sure my food choices were better than they had been before the cleanse. More veg, fruit, meat and fish along with lots of good fats and small amounts of carbs. I definitely noticed that after the cleanse my tummy was a lot flatter and my skin looked really healthy and had a bit of a glow to it. I’m really pleased that I did the cleanse, however I don’t know if I would do one again. The juices were really tasty, and I even enjoyed the green superfood powder (something which I will be adding into my daily regime), but if I’ve learnt one thing from this, it’s that I get seriously Hangry (angry when hungry).

I think that these types of cleanses are great if you’ve over indulged and are looking to detox, or want to kick-start a new way of eating – I know that the few pounds I lost spurred me on to eat a lot better ever since and up my fruit and veg intake which had been pretty poor beforehand! You will need to make sure you don’t stray too far from a loo (sorry, but eating no food and drinking 3 litres of fluid a day makes you pee. A lot.) and I’d also recommend doing it when you have chance to take it easy – over a weekend worked best for me.

Purifyne offer a range of different juice cleanses from a one day taster, right through to bridal plans and anti-ageing cleanses. I definitely recommend considering them if you’re thinking of cleansing – they offer a great amount of support over email if you have any questions and were very helpful in helping me make the right choice about which plan to take.

The Juices Til Dinner cleanse costs £199 for three days and £285 for five days. Have you tried a juice cleanse before? What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Deborah Lippmann Two of Hearts nail polish gift set

I wouldn’t call myself a ‘girly girl’, however mention the words ‘pink’, ‘glitter’ and ‘nail polish’ together and I start to get excited. When I first saw Deborah Lippmann’s Two of Hearts nail polish duo gift set*, I actually let out a little squeal of excitement. Not only does this fab set of mini polishes cover the pink and glittery part, it also comes housed in its own glittery mini makeup bag, making it a perfect gift. 

Deborah Lippmann two of hearts nail polish duo

Deborah Lippmann two of hearts nail polish duo swatches

Deborah Lippmann is a US based nail polish brand, created by celeb manicurist Deborah Lippmann. Deborah originally worked part-time as a manicurist to support her singing career, but after giving a manicure to Bobbi Brown back in the 90s, she shot to fame as one of THE people to go to for amazing nails. Her range of nail polishes are all named after her favourite songs and cover a huge range of shades and finishes.

The Two of Hearts duo features two mini sized polishes in cult favourite Candy Shop (a pink based multi-glitter) and Shape of My Heart (a soft pink blush crème). Both look gorgeous worn alone, but really come together when worn as a pair. 

Candy Shop has a very light, bubblegum pink base to it, with lots of multi-coloured glitter flecks within. It would look lovely worn over Shape Of My Heart as a top coat, but my favourite way to wear it has to be layered up on its own as an opaque polish. It needs 3 coats to get that effect, but as you can see in the swatch, it’s definitely worth the drying time! Wear time is also very good – I went several days without any chips, however do prepare yourself for the removal – it’s the usual glitter pain in the bum. 

Now, I mentioned that these are mini polishes, however they’re actually 8ml each, so really quite good sizes. Deborah Lippmann polishes are usually 15ml each, so are pretty big bottles compared to others on the market. 

The Two of Hearts duo is £17, just £1 more than the price of a regular Deborah Lippmann polish and I think it would make the perfect gift for any nail polish lover (or yourself). The glittery bag is definitely on the mini size, but surely size doesn't matter when it’s this cute? 

You can find this gorgeous duo from Selfridges and Look Fantastic. Do you like the look of it? 

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Real Techniques giveaway with Cohorted

I've teamed up with the lovely people over at Cohorted to bring you an exciting giveaway. Cohorted is an online shopping experience, which holds 'cohorts' - a product is available to commit to buy for a week, and when an individual commits to buy, the price drops by a certain percentage. The more people who buy, the cheaper the product gets. The starting price is always below RRP, so you will always end up with a bit of a bargain.

To celebrate their launch, they've given me a fantastic trio of prizes to giveaway to one reader - a Real Techniques Brush Starter Set, a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and a leather brush holder to keep them all in.

To enter the giveaway, simply complete the Rafflecopter entries below (some are mandatory). This giveaway is UK only and closes on 20th April. Cohorted will be picking the winner, and will post you out your prize shortly after the giveaway ends. Good luck! 

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