Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fitbit Charge HR Review

The thought of spending £100 on a Fitbit blows my mind. It's always put me off. But being the last of the Clubcard boost I had saved up all my points for an ipad, only to find out they'd been removed from the scheme.. So I had to spend it on something else. Since it's technically free, why not try it.

I figured it'd be good motivation to see how I do on a daily basis and when I work out.

Sooo where to begin..

The colour
This was my first dilemma before even buying it. Do I get the teal, do I get the purple argh. Teal was pretty but purple would go with more everyday outfits. Ultimately purple won but it is a shame that it wasn't made with interchangeable straps. That would be perfect.

The cable
When I finally settled on a colour and it arrived, one thing I got frustrated at was the tiny charger cable. Literally TINY, never seen a cable so small.. So naturally within days I'd lost it and had to order a new one. ¬_¬

Walking
Whilst I do already have an accurate pedometer on my phone. I was a little skeptical it would be much different. But I do find I'm walking a lot more now, it's almost like a game. You can set targets of walking 250 steps every hour, so now I find I'm walking on my breaks in work just to get my steps up to hit the target. Which is great, every step counts right? But seeing it just makes it more fun.

Stairs
Living in a flat stairs are pretty much my daily thing, but having the tracker count the stairs you climb and setting your daily target it's nice to see how much you pass or need to do some more in a day. On my 'in' days I can see I need to go out and climb the stairs a few times to get my daily climb in, whereas normally I'd just have the 'in' day and hardly move.

The App
It's... okay. It's not great and needs improvement but it does the job. You can connect other apps (workout apps) which I like so it can tell you how long/ how much exercise you did but it's a bit of a shame more apps don't connect with it. I've been using Fitstar but it's one of those apps where you get 10% of the app free the rest you have to pay a subscription for...

I realise I'm sharing how inactive I am but everyone has to start somewhere
Overall
I do like it. I wouldn't pay £100 for it.. but it's a nice little gadget to play with and is quite motivating. It certainly does make you want to move being able to see the impact it has. I'm yet to test it in the gym and do a proper workout with it on.

I do however need to find some friends with Fitbits so I can make friends and (not compete) but share progress with.


Kels

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Friday, 1 July 2016

NYX Lip Cream review in Copenhagen

NYX has finally come to Cardiff! Woooo.

My first try of the NYX products is this little goodie. The soft matte lip cream in Copenhagen.

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Here it is on..

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It actually really reminds me of the Collection 2000 cream puffs I reviewed one here and still use them to this day.

Verdict
I like it. Love the colour and the finish. BUT I do find it to be a little bleed prone and it doesn't last as long as I'd like. Within an hour or two (if I'm lucky) I find myself with just a lip liner look, where its worn off all apart from the edges :(

Have you tried any Nyx products you love?

Kels

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Using Aldi shampoo for a week..

After running out of my ever loved Herbal Essence I thought it was time to try something new.

I was actually watching a show before I went shopping which put the Aldi shampoo at the top of the best buys list.. Being a bit of a product snob and sticking to my faithful brands, I was pretty shocked and sceptical but I thought I'd try it for myself. What's to lose right?


My first thoughts were that it reminded me of the L'Oreal nutrigloss range. This however, was £1 a bottle!! Shocked and still skeptical,

I have quite naturally greasy hair (ugh) I know! I can usually get two days out of it, so I have to be so picky about the products I use not to add any grease or too much shine.

Here's how it made my hair look..


And, how could I resist a 'you're worth it' hair flick


My verdict
I've been trying this for 3 weeks now and I'm actually really pleasantly surprised. It didn't give me too much shine (thank god!). It's given me a really natural healthy glow to the hair. Everyone's been commenting how healthy my hair's looking. 

I'm shockingly not missing my old faithful Herbal Essence and have already converted my sister on to trying this too. I'm thinking about trying some of the others they do the same range (mimicking the L'Oreal range) with some volume, protect & repair ones ect. 

Would/have you ever given a really cheap hair range a try? 

Kels

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The bargain £2 velvet matte stick

After a day of being a grown up and buying a new hoover, ugh. I popped into Wilkinson's for something more fun to buy.

Not knowing if it would be stationary, a new beauty tool or make up I found the Essence counter and was amazed at the prices, I thought Collection 2000 (or 'Collection' I believe it's now called) was the cheapest. But Essence is giving it a run for it's little money. But is it worth it? I thought I'd try it and find out.

Here's what I picked up..

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I wanted a matte nude shade for an everyday look. I loved this one, they do the same shades in lipsticks too, but I wasn't too keen on another lipstick. I kinda like the idea of a pencil. (Though now, I think the lipstick would actually last longer)

So, here it is on..
(Subtle but a nice everyday nude/with a lil something)

My verdict
I actually love this, the colour, the finish is so spot on. And the price is insanely cheap! I'm going back for another, I'm going to give the lipstick a try next, they also do a lip gloss that is suppose to mimic the lipstick which I'm keen to try.

Have you tried anything from the Essence range? If so any love/hates?

Kels

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Charli XCX at BooHoo.com

A few days ago I had an email about the new range on BooHoo.com. I'm not really a fan of celebrity ranges because I'd rather buy clothes if I think they're nice..

But I thought I'd have a peak and here's some pieces I found which I actually liked.



You can take a peak for yourselves here and there's £1 next day delivery 2pm - 4pm Sunday if you use the code 'SNAPPY' :)

What do you think of celebrity ranges?

Kels

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Friday, 6 May 2016

Kenneth Turner candle in a vase

As a firm lover of all candles, I was super excited to be sent this candle.

I am a little bit known for having candle wax overspill and cause a mess.. But this candle is a candle with a difference! It's in a fancy vase! Yep, a vase. You know what that means? No wax spilling here.

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My first impressions were pretty impressed it came in a fancy box making it feel so luxurious. And it had my initials on the top :) (ooookay.. okay, Kenneth Turner's initials). I love the detail gone into making the candle look and feel luxurious.

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My verdict
A thumbs up from me. I really like this candle. The smell was so strong (but not overpowering strong). It had a lovely rose scent. Mmmm.. It's just really nice luxurious candle. I like that it sets itself apart from the other candles in the normal boring jars. This one is actually nice to have on display as well as practical and luxurious. I'd rather have this on display that the Yankee candles you know when they go all black at the top.. ugh. This one won't because of it's design.

What do you think of candles in a vase?

Kels

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Why I won't buy body wash anymore...

Yep, you heard me. I am completely refusing to buy shower gel. Infact, I haven't bought any in over 6 months.. And I'm pretty sure I won't for at least a year.

I'll begin by explaining, no I don't smell and no, just because I'm not buying it doesn't mean I'm not using it.

I use it just the same as before, with a slight change and it saves me money buying it (not much I know, but still, you'll be shocked how many you may have lying around)

These are all the ones I found. I've already used 2 and I'm pretty sure I have another gift set hiding from me..

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How you ask?
Well, remember that occasion that just happened, okay a few months back... Christmas. Yes, you know you got some shower gel, some body wash, bath stuff maybe even a perfume set with a body wash inside. And remember your birthday when you also got some. Have you used it? If you're like me you haven't, I know you're saving it for a special occasion, right? Because it's too nice for everyday use. Oh and don't forget the mini's, I know you're saving them for the gym or a trip away, right? Time to stop storing and just use them!

In fact, I actually shamefully still have last years.. I know, I know, it's bad. They just sit in a draw or even worse in the set until I remember them or I'll use a tiny amount now and then and never get to the end. 

So my new mission?
To actually use them! I don't need to hold onto them, we get more all the time. So, I've put them all into a little tub in the bathroom (so I can see exactly how many I have left). The trick is not to use more than one a time because it takes forever to use one up, so imagine the time it'll take to use more than one up a time, double, triple, quadruple the time! So one at a time! At least then you know how much you have left and when it's time to move on to the next one.

Want it to last longer?
Use that pouf thingy you know the ones, they come in the gift sets. Put a blob of shower gel or wash onto it and rub-a-dub-dub it goes a lot further than applying straight to your body. Shamefully I used to do that and literally would use twice as much because it doesn't lather up.

Kels

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