Body Shop products – roots of strength collection and new banana skin care range

I’ve got two lines from the Body Shop for you today. If skincare isn’t your thing, there are posts about books and horses coming up soon! Also today (15th July) is the last day to enter my Summer giveaway!

Banana treats

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll have heard me raving about the banana haircare range. This summer, The Body Shop® has added to the banana range. There are some sets, or you can buy the products individually. S bought me the three new products last weekend and I’ve been trying them out. All of them have the familiar juicy banana scent that we know from the haircare range. They’re made from Ecuador with bananas of all shapes and sizes that wouldn’t sell in the food industry. So it’s saving waste as well because the puree is fine for skincare.

Starting with something for the shower, the banana shower cream is a fruity treat that will leave your skin soft and smelling of bananas!

The banana body butter is one of the firmer butters and leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother. It’s not overpowering, but I could even smell the banana the next day. The body butter comes in two sizes – I got the smaller one and now wish I had gone for the big one!

The banana body yoghurt is a lighter formula and perfect for this hot weather, when you want something that will still moisturise, but also absorb quickly. As well as the banana puree, this body yoghurt also contains almond milk from Spain. (I talked about the almond milk body yoghurt in my June favourites post.) The body yoghurts can be applied to damp or dry skin, so ideal if you don’t have much time but still want to moisturise after the shower or bath.

I really like this collection. The only problem is that it’s limited edition, so if you want to try it, you need to be quick! At the time of writing, you can Save £10 when you spend £35 by using the online code: 19805 – also there’s free delivery over £25.

Roots of Strength collection

This is something that I’ve had for longer, because I like to give skincare products for the face a bit longer to try them out before I put them on the blog.

I first heard about the Roots of Strength® collection on Caroline Hirons’ blog, where she did an overview of it in February.

The key ingredients are ginger from Madagascar, ginseng root from China, and ruscus root from Europe. This is presumably why it’s called Roots of strength, because of the roots in the ingredients. The scent of the ginger is quite strong in all of the products, so if you don’t like ginger, this isn’t the range for you!

There are three products in the range. I bought all of them, but one of the things that I love about the Body Shop® skincare is that it plays nicely with other products and doesn’t tend to pill or ball up, so you could also introduce just one of the products into your routine to see how you like it. However, there are sometimes deals if you buy the complete range together.

The first step is the essence lotion which you apply after cleansing. It’s a lightweight lotion to make your skin feel more hydrated. To be honest, I don’t usually go for essences and go straight from a toner to a serum, but this can be a welcome addition to the skincare routine, particularly if your face is feeling dry.

The next step is the serum, which is a lightweight one that can easily be used under make-up. So it’s not oily like some of the evening serums. It’s said to hydrate and reduce the signs of aging, with skin feeling firmer and plumper.

You can then finish off with the day moisturiser, which feels thicker than some of the other day moisturisers, but it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

I think my favourite from this range is the serum, followed by the moisturiser. Skin does change and I know my skin is different now to what it was 10 years ago in my mid 20s, so I appreciate having these targeted ranges. I’m probably at the younger end of the target audience for this range, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing to start early when it comes to thinking about replumping, firming and moisturising.

Have you tried any of the banana or the roots of strength® products? What did you think of them?

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14 empty products from June

Before I go into my June 2018 empties, I thought it would be interesting to look back at my June 2017 empties. Of the 18 products I mentioned, 4 of them are still things that I have bought again and am using a year later. The mascara, the foundation, the crazy hair tamer, and the micellar water from Madara are things that I still use. I love to try new things and find new favourites!

So, here are the 14 products that I got through in June this year. Let me know if you’ve tried out any of these products.

Bath and shower

Hot weather and a lot of bath and shower products got finished up – partly due to minis and partly because several things were open and all got finished up.
Lemon bonbon shower gel – this is good for anyone who likes a fresh and citrus scent. It’s lemon bon bon, so a bit sweeter than just lemon on its own, and I like it because there seems to be a trend at the moment to put neroli with lemon things – and I don’t like that! So yes, it’s a good shower gel – not sure why it’s called a crème – and it’s got a zingy lemon scent. I’d get it again.

Original Source mango shower gel – I picked this up purely because it had the word “mango” on it and I love all the mango things. This is a budget-friendly shower gel, slightly thinner and less creamy than the lemon one, but it did the job and smelled deliciously of mangos. I like to swap out my shower gels and rarely use the same one twice in a row, but I would go back to this one, or see what else there is in the range.

Sud the lot of you shower gel – this was a mini sample from Pink Parcel. I love the names that Anatomicals comes up with – they’re quirky and fun, and there are some cool ingredients. I would need to get a bigger one really to say what I thought of it, but it’s got mango and papaya, which are two of my favourite scents, and as a general rule I do like these shower gels. I went on about their coffee one for ages last year. To be honest, I still prefer the coffee one, but the mango and papaya one was good too. It depends what you like!

Amie face wash – I got this as part of a skincare duo in Latest in Beauty. It was nice enough, but I won’t be dashing out to get it again!

Korres bellflower, tangerine, and pink pepper shower gel – I love Korres products. These shower gels contain wheat proteins, which form a protective film on the skin to keep it hydrated. It doesn’t feel sticky or uncomfortable though – I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t read the information on the website. It contains bellflower, from Mount Olympus, tangerine, apparently offered as a new year gift and a symbol of prosperity, and sweet pepper. It does smell floral, but the tangerine is there too, so the floral scent is not overpowering if that’s not your thing!

Atlantic Kelp body wash – from my M&S summer beauty box, which is now sold out. This body wash contains Ren’s blend of oils to awaken and revive skin, along with Atlantic kelp extract and energising magnesium. Not what I would usually buy, but good to try out the sample.

Haircare

Maria Nila shampoo and conditioner – this was a set that we got in Glossybox and I was pleased to see decent sized samples. I have very long hair, and a lot of it, and sometimes the tiny samples you get in beauty boxes aren’t really enough even for one wash. Anyway, this was a travel size, so I could put it through its paces. It did leave my hair feeling soft after use, but I like haircare products with a bit more scent to them, so this isn’t something I’d buy again.

Novex hair mask – from the Glossybox French Riviera box. This brand is actually Brazilian, so I’m not sure about the French Riviera connection – maybe it’s that you need to look after your hair after you’ve been out in the sun for ages! Who knows! But this was a decent size of mask and I enjoyed using it because my hair felt soft and tangle-free afterwards. The mask contains baobab oil, which helps to hydrate the hair – so ideal if you’ve been out in the sun and want to give your hair a treat.

Skincare

Vitamin C glow-boosting moisturiser – I’ve talked about this Body Shop product before and I got through another tub of it. It helps to wake up grumpy skin and smells of fresh oranges. It contains vitamin C rich camu camu from the Amazonian rainforest and has a lovely lightweight formula – especially good for the summer when you want something that will absorb quickly. I have read somewhere that vitamin C products become less effective when exposed to the air, so if you open this, I’d use it up before starting any other moisturisers – and don’t leave the lid off! Shame it’s not in a tube or pump bottle really, but I do like the product.

Madara micellar water – this was actually in last June’s empties as well! It’s more expensive than some of the budget micellar waters, and I don’t use it all the time. But I do really like Madara products, and this micellar water also contains hyaluronic acid, which is good for keeping your skin supple and hydrated.

Wonder Hand moisturising hand cream – from the Zoella range. I’ve tried so many handcreams that something has to be pretty amazing to wow me. This will be an unpopular opinion with some, but I just don’t find the Zoella products that I’ve tried provide the level of moisture that I’d want them to. Maybe the younger demographic target audience doesn’t need it, but I do – so this isn’t something I’d get again.

mango hand cream from Garnier – This is half the price of the one above and I’d say twice as good. Apart from the fact that it contains mango oil and smells great, it’s moisturising and not greasy. It doesn’t smell as strongly of mangos as some that I’ve tried, but it’s got a clean and refreshing scent and it keeps your hands soft for ages. I kept it on my desk and could use a bit, rub it in, then be ready to start typing again. Out of the two that I finished up in June, this was definitely my favourite.

Pink grapefruit body puree – a treat from the Body Shop that I forgot I had! I love the pink grapefruit line anyway, but this is especially good because it’s a lightweight body lotion, which absorbs fast and still leaves your skin hydrated. I have found an issue with some of the fast-absorbing lotions for the Summer is that they do absorb and then do nothing for you, which isn’t the point. That’s not the case here though. It contains grapefruit seed oil and honey from Ethiopia. I’d definitely get it again!

Fragrance

Cherry perfume from L’Occitane – one of my Christmas favourites! The link takes you to the roller perfume – I didn’t actually have this, but they don’t stock the small one that I got in my gift bag. Still, it’s the same scent and it’s lovely – fruity and floral! Makes me think of springtime, but that’s perhaps because I wore it then!

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Unseen Beauty Summer giveaway

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It’s time for my Unseen Beauty Summer giveaway! Here’s what’s in the box this time:

  1. Sanctuary spa Green lemon and orange blossom body scrub
  2. MUA 12th night palette with 12 shadows
  3. 2 Wax melts
  4. Affect matte effect loose rice powder
  5. Lavender solid shampoo bar
  6. Magnitone Wipe Out Cleansing Cloth – a dual-sided microfibre cleansing cloth designed to remove impurities, dirt and make-up using just warm water.
  7. Mudmasky facial detox purifying mud mask
  8. Makeup sponge
  9. Mini Vita Liberata Body Blur
  10. Eyeko fat liquid eye liner
  11. Coffee scrub sachet – this isn’t really part of the give-away, but it’s a little sample that I won’t use, so I popped it in too.

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New and favourite things in June – beauty box, Braille ring, body yoghurts, and bedroom furniture

So it’s time for my favourites again, but I want this to not only be about new things I bought, but other random things that made me happy! Let me know yours in the comments, and also whether you’ve tried any of these things.

1. M&S Beauty Box

I saw a post about this box, but I didn’t get it because I wasn’t planning to get anything from M&S. However about a week later, my Mum surprised me with it! I would link it, but it has already sold out. It was the same idea as with the Advent calendar – there is a minimum spend price for M&S, and then you can get the box for a good price.

The first thing I picked out was the Eos pink grapefruit lip balm with SPF, because of course it was grapefruit! I’ve already used a lemon one, but this grapefruit is amazing and it smells and tastes so good if you love grapefruit as much as I do!

I am also enjoying the Sheer Radiance perfume, which is a blend of citrus and floral scents. I think I probably like it because of the mandarin, but there are also notes of gardenia and pink pepper. This is a 30ml perfume, so really good for a beauty box as well.

2. My spinner and Braille rings

My friend Amy has started making her own silver jewellery and after I admired some of her rings, she offered to make me a spinner ring. I didn’t actually know they were a thing, but I like the idea of having a spinner as something to wear. Anyway Amy made the ring and she also made another one as a surprise – my first Braille ring. No pictures yet, but look out for them in an upcoming post where there will be an interview with Amy. The ring says “friend” in Braille. As a non-Braille reader, we were teasing her about maybe writing fried or fiend – but it definitely says friend! Amy looked up the Braille letters online and pushed the dots through with a pointed tool so that they were raised.

3. Body yoghurts

The Body Shop has brought out some new products ready for the Summer. The body yoghurts are like the butters, but a much lighter formula that absorbs into the skin really quickly. They’re moisturising, but you don’t have to wait around for ages! I got the mango one and the almond milk one. I like this concept – they’re a bit more runny than other products I’ve used for the range, but you don’t want to be caking yourself in thick cream when it’s hot outside. I love the mango range anyway, and the almond milk is a nice change – especially good for those who don’t like such a strong scent.

4. Nail varnish remover pads

I know this could be seen as lazy, but I like this idea. Nail varnish remover is by nature thin, and it can come out too fast sometimes. So having preloaded pads is efficient! These pads from Waitrose don’t even smell like nail varnish remover!

5. Sweet as cherry pie hand cream

I got this sweet as cherry pie hand cream from Patisserie de Bain in my Latest in Beauty box, so I’ve linked to it on Amazon. These hand creams are a bit unusual in that they apply like a normal hand cream, go a bit sticky for a few seconds, and then dry completely. So not something if you want to slap it on an run, but if you have a couple of minutes, it is worth it, because they are really moisturising, and as long as you wait that minute or so, they are not sticky at all. I really liked the lemon one, and this one, which smells strongly of cherries, is good too!

6. New furniture

2 weeks ago we took a trip to Ikea for some new bedroom furniture – specifically storage for my make-up, skincare, haircare and bath products. The little desk and drawers I had been using had been around since I was 15, so I decided it was time for an upgrade! We got a little dressing table, that has a draw and a lift-up lid, a pouf and a set of draws with a lift-up lid on top. There was a set of draws with the table, but we found a taller one with more drawers. We spent the rest of the day putting everything together and moving my stuff in. It’s now so much more tidy and easier to find things, which makes me happy! Putting together the flat-pack furniture with my sighted partner although I couldn’t see any of the instructions was also a great team-building experience – and we were still friends afterwards!

7. Lib – great variety this month

I still have my May Latest in Beauty post to write, but I just wanted to mention how pleased I was with the selection for June. There had been a few complaints recently about a lack of good new products in the Latest in Beauty edit. This month I picked up two shampoo and conditioner sets that were full-size. So two full-size products counted as one item, and the plan that I’m on means I get each item for £2. Bargain!

8. Finally got my book finished

June was the month that saw my second book available online. I won’t write much about it here – you can read about it in my post from the beginning of June, but the final stage is always the hardest for me. Writing is fun. Formatting and getting everything ready for uploading and getting the cover done – not so much! So I’m pleased that we got this project completed.

9. Coffee sweets – who knew that was a thing?

We went to a Thai festival in June. Apart from buying a carved wooden horse’s head and trying out mango wafers and green tea Fanta, I also discovered Kopiko coffee treats made with real Java coffee. They are basically like coffee-flavoured boiled sweets – good for those days when you’re out and about and can’t get your usual coffee fix. Or for when you have to do a lot of talking!

So what were your favourites this month?

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Bath box – a subscription box for bath lovers

This week I want to tell you about something a bit different in terms of subscription boxes – the Bath Box!

So, if you’re someone who only likes showers and can’t see the point of lounging around in the tub, this isn’t going to be one for you!

I love baths. They’re a place where I can block out the world, take a few minutes – ok often close to an hour – to unwind, stop doing things, stop thinking about things and just be still for a while. I love it.

When we were doing the bathroom for the new house, we decided to get a whirlpool bath because I thought it would be amazing and I knew I would get plenty of use out of it because of the time I spend in the bubbles!

So anyway, I heard about the new subscription box from Bath Box and decided to give it a go. I liked the fact that you can either subscribe or just try out the box once to see if you like it.

The box contains things for the bath, and I think this would make a good present too if you know someone who likes a pamper session in the bath, or if you would like to buy something for someone, but you don’t want to get them a make-up or skincare gift because you aren’t sure about their preferences.

At the time of writing, the box costs £9.99 with £2.99 delivery, and for that you get 5 items, which works out cheaper than similar products if you buy them individually. At the moment, it’s delivered to the UK, Republic of Ireland, and France.

In my box there were two bath bombs (my favourite had to be the banana one!, a bath melt, some green tea bath salts, and a shampoo bar. I haven’t actually used the shampoo bar because it’s going to be part of the Summer giveaway, but I’ve used the others and was happy with the quality and the scents – especially the banana!

The products were well-packaged so the bath treats didn’t bash around against each other.

If you want to get £1 off your first box, you can use my affiliate link, which also means I will receive £1. If you decide to keep up with the subscription and you save 10 of your little tubes from the bath salts, you can send them back, and then you’ll get a free bath bomb.

From an accessibility point of view, I had no problems signing up for a box using my screenreading software and no mouse.

So, have you tried out the Bath Box? Do you think it would be something that you would like? Let me know in the comments.

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A load of rubbish from May – 18 empty products and what I thought of them

Well, the products weren’t rubbish – there weren’t any that I really hated this month, but I was left with a lot of empty containers to talk about! Let’s get into it, and don’t forget to let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought of them!

1. Jasmin hand cream

I only had a mini of this lovely handcream from L’Occitane as it was one of my Latest in Beauty products, but it smells amazing, absorbs quickly, and I would definitely get it again.

2. Autograph primer

This primer from Autograph was a bit unusual to use at first – it’s a thinner consistency to the ones I usually use, and at first I wondered if it would actually do any good. However, it did provide a good base for my foundation, and I think this would be a good one for the summer because it’s not as heavy as some of the other primers in my collection. It’s not something I would usually have bought, but the M&S Advent calendar introduced me to it.

3. TIGI® Bed Head Fully Loaded™ Massive Volume Shampoo And Conditioner Duo

This was actually a free gift that I got in a Feelunique order – don’t forget that you can get £10 off your first Feelunique order if you use my link – details at the bottom of the page. Anyway, I got a sachet with this shampoo and conditioner because I had bought a hair mask from the same brand. It’s supposed to give your hair lift and body, which it did, but I was more distracted by the scent which was like black currant. Fruity hair products are my favourites! If you’re interested in the shampoo, this is where you can find it.

4. Vetiver and grapefruit shower gel

Another free gift – this one came with my Molten Brown haircare order. It was a sample of the new grapefruit and vetiver shower gel. As you may remember from my products for grapefruit lovers post, I love all things grapefruit. This is definitely the traditional grapefruit, so not the sweeter pink grapefruit scent, but I found the vetiver a bit strong, and would have preferred the grapefruit on its own.

5. coconut body butter

I’m not sure how I came to have this coconut body butter from the Body Shop because to be honest, the coconut range is a bit intense for me as someone who doesn’t love coconut. However, this body butter is one of the lighter body butters, so not the solid ones, and I didn’t find the scent was too much. So if you love your coconut more than the fruity things, it’s a good product and keeps your skin feeling soft and moisturised.

6. Elemis superfood wash

This face wash sample from Elemis came in a beauty box. It does smell quite strongly of plants, and it’s packed with natural ingredients such as avocado, broccoli, and pumpkin seed oils, to make your skin feel healthy and look radiant.

7. Cosmeticism Anti-Aging Serum

This is not something I would buy again. I was testing out some serums and noticed this one on offer at the supermarket, which is rarely a good idea. Anyway – I finally finished up the Cosmeticism serum, but I wouldn’t get it again as I think there are much nicer serums on the market, and this one smelled a bit floral, leaving my face a bit sticky. I’m not saying you always have to get the most high-end serums, but I think there are budget-friendly ones that are nicer than this one.

8. Cetterfil cleanser

I hadn’t tried anything from this brand before, so I picked up a Cetterfil set when it came up on Latest in Beauty. The set itself was generous with 3 mini products counting as one item, and this cleanser was one of them. To be honest, I still prefer my vitamin E one from the Body Shop, but if you want a completely scentless one, the Cetterfil one might be better for you.

9. Satsuma shower gel

Yes, this satsuma shower gel is enormous, and if you manage to pick it up from the Body Shop when they are on offer, you can get really good value as well because it lasts ages. Ideal if you love the satsuma range, or you are sharing between a family and want something that’s going to last. I keep swapping between shower gels and am not loyal to one, but this is one of the ones I keep going back to.

10. Madara eye cream

This eye cream came in one of my Lovelula boxes, which specialise in cruelty-free and natural beauty products. I’m not getting the box at the moment, but I always looked forward to getting products from Madara, and this eye cream is no exception. I found that Madara products are nourishing, good quality, and even better that they’re from a natural range.

11. sweet mandarin and grapefruit body wash

I actually got this as part of a Baylis and Harding set, but here is the link to the body wash on its own. We’ve bought both the hand wash and the body wash in this scent – and of course it’s got grapefruit in it, so I’m going to be a fan!

12. spackle primer

I know some people rave about this spackle primer from Laura Geller but it just didn’t work for me. It hated some of my skincare products, even when I left it a while, and it just felt sticky and not like a good base onto which I could put the rest of my make-up. I don’t know what type of skin it suits best, but it didn’t seem to like mine. I don’t think it’s a bad product as such, but not one for me.

13. peppermint and geranium shower gel

I got this peppermint and geranium shower gel in a beauty box. In terms of doing what shower gels do, it was fine, but I don’t want to smell like a peppermint or a geranium plant, so it lost points with me on account of the scent. It’s a shame because I do like the Greenfrog products, just not some of the scents that they do.

14. Body shop toner

An old favourite – the Body Shop toner is back in the empties! I do have other toners such as exfoliating ones, but if you want a good, gentle toner, you can’t go wrong with this one.

15. Fuji green tea shower gel

I just had a mini of this because I wanted to try something from the Fuji green tea range. I prefer the fruity things, but as a shower gel it’s fine, and I think people who like things that are a bit more subtle would enjoy this more than some of the other lines.

16. Kiehl’s face wash

This face wash was sent to my Mum with an order and she passed it on to me for blog testing! I only really use products like this in the shower. I think out of the products I’ve tried, the toner is still my favourite, but this is a gentle facial wash and my face didn’t feel dried out as it has on occasions with more harsh facial washes.

17. Body Shop gentle eye make-up remover

I’ve been through several of these now. I have tried others, but I keep coming back to this make-up remover from the Body Shop because it is kind to eyes and doesn’t make me cry!

18. micellar water

This is the Caudalie micellar water that I got in the April Latest in Beauty box. At the time of writing, it’s out of stock, but I’ll link to it anyway. It’s not the cheapest micellar water around, but I think it’s kinder to the skin than some of the really cheap ones, so I don’t mind investing a bit more in something that will shift the make-up whilst at the same time being a bit kinder to the skin.

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May favourites – haircare, keeping fit, and fruity chocolates

So it’s time to talk about the things I’ve been enjoying this month. Let me know if you’ve tried any of them, and also what you’ve been enjoying lately.

Haircare

I’ll start with my haircare treat. A couple of weeks ago I got a couple of Molton Brown hair minis in a beauty box and I really liked the quality and the way my hair was so soft and shiny afterwards. I wasn’t too fussed about the floral scent, so I had a look on the website to see what else they had. I picked up this Glossing hair care set with plum-kadu, which is more expensive than the hair products I usually buy, but when I think of what I spend on my make-up or skincare, I decided to give it a go.

To be honest, I am getting through these products more slowly than the others – partly because I don’t want to waste it, but a little of these does go a long way and it doesn’t feel that the product has been watered down at all. I can’t justify using this all the time, but if I want to give my hair a treat, it’s definitely something I would pick up again, and I think it would make a lovely gift for someone (it comes in a presentation box).

Make-up

In my April favourites I mentioned the Clinique blush stick that I’d picked up and someone mentioned that there are sticks for eyes as well. I didn’t know about this, so I decided to try one out. The Clinique chubby sticks for eyes are like crayons and you colour in your eyelid with them. They’re a bit like the ones from the Body Shop. Some eye crayons are more like pencils and they are a pain because they don’t glide on well and you have to keep sharpening them. However these ones are like a crayon, they don’t scratch, and you can get decent coverage with them quickly and easily. As someone who can’t see what I’m doing, these are really easy to use and I get good results every time (apart from the first time when I was a bit sparing with it and it didn’t show up very well – lesson learned!)

I also got a Laura Mercier lipstick, mainly because I’d read that they were really moisturising and kind to lips. I like it and am glad to have a new brand in my collection. However, although it goes on smoothly and is quite creamy, I think it’s not as moisturising as some of my satin lipsticks.

Owls, wolves and dogs

When I was trying out the TILI box from QVC, I also picked up a cute little owl necklace. I wasn’t impressed with the ordering process, which is why I haven’t done a post on it. There was an issue with the website which meant that my order couldn’t be submitted and I had to call them to put it through. Kind of annoying, but the owl is sweet and I’ve been wearing him a lot this month.

Bath and shower

I mentioned my bubble bar discovery earlier in the month when I was talking about my lovely gift of Lush products On our week off, I ended up going to the Lush Store to see what other bars they had, and came out with a
Sunny side Bubble bar
that contains orange lemon and tangerine. I think I still prefer the Bright Side to be honest, but this is a bit more of a delicate scent for anyone who doesn’t want to be blasted by oranges! Again, it was a generous amount of bubbles, even with just half a bar.

Lifestyle !

So this is the random category for things that I can’t put anywhere else.

We’ve been Amazon Prime members for a while and mainly use it for the free deliveries, next-day deliveries, selection of free magazines that you can read on the Kindle app, Amazon music app, and occasional things we want to watch on Amazon video. However, I also discovered that there are free books! Every month, the editors select pre-release books from different genres, and you can select one for free. I haven’t actually finished my first one yet, but I like the way that they choose books from a range of genres so that you’re likely to find one or two books that you wouldn’t mind giving a go! The service is called Amazon first reads, and if you’re interested in becoming a Prime member, (the first month is free), you can find out more about Prime here.

The lovely hot weather meant that we went to our first barbecue of the year in May as well and enjoyed some good company, good food (yay chicken with mango marinade and haloumi!), and there’s also something really good about eating outside.

I’ve been doing regular sessions on the running machine and bike, but as Blind Alive had a sale, I got two of their fitness workouts – one for use with weights, and the boot camp, which is the hardest in the cardio series. The good thing about these workouts is that they are made with blind people in mind, which means that all the moves are described in a way that’s easy to follow if you can’t watch a video of someone demonstrating the exercises. It’s so frustrating when you can’t just find something on Youtube and follow along because you have no idea what’s going on. In fact, if you don’t do things properly, you can end up doing more harm than good, which is why I appreciate the fact that someone has taken the time to put together these workouts and describe what you need to do. You can find a full list of the fitness workouts here. Also, if you want to listen to Mel from Blind Alive’s interview with me, you can find it here.

Maybe I shouldn’t be talking about it just after the work-outs, but Hotel Chocolat has brought out a cheesecake selection chocolate box. There’s coffee, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, passion fruit – so many good things and no sea salt in sight – which is how all selection boxes should be as far as I’m concerned! I particularly like this selection because there are a lot of fruity chocolates in it – and of course there’s coffee chocolate too! You can find out more about the cheesecake collection here.

Fragrance

I wouldn’t say this has pushed any of my firm favourites out of place, but I was pleasantly surprised when we got a perfume in the Pink Parcel box in April. It’s a risk to put a fragrance in anything, but I liked the Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Purse Spray because it’s a real summery scent and of course it has one of my favourite ingredients – grapefruit!

So, what have you been enjoying this month? Let me know in the comments!

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