TheVeganKind #11

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Let me start off with this post by saying, I'm now 16 days - no cheese. Cheese had to be my biggest vice and the hardest thing to ween myself off. I'm hoping there's no falling off the wagon with that but it's it was my crack.

Hoots Snacks Pickled Onion Flavour 60p are baked not fried multigrain small and toast like snack. Appetising and not at all overbearing, really delicious. They come in smoked bacon, salt and pepper, cheese & onion and salt & vinegar flavour. I really wish these were available in national supermarkets but all in time. Healthy snacks at 160 calories for you counters.

I eat sweet potato chips frequently and when I do them, I like to sprinkle spice on them for flavour, so you can imagine when I saw the Taste Spice Magic BBQ Dust £2.95 in the box I was in love as there's one thing I miss and it's BBQ sauce/seasoning. This really gives it a nice extra kick.

Skin Likes Natural Deodorant £4.95 uses a mix of plant based therapeutic essential oils for the odour stopping formula. The owners Jim & Sheila have a medicinal background. Jim has worked in complementary medicine since 1999, while Sheila worked as a hospital nurse then going on to train as a clinical aromatherapist, this is where her interest in plant based therapeutic essential oils arose. I'm going to definitely try this out once my current deodorant is finished and look forward to reviewing this.

Bear Paws (assorted flavours) 60p the snack bag I got is orange & strawberry. The texture reminds me of jelly babies!! That rubbery chewy texture that I've longed for and missed ha! It's here! There's nothing added too it, they taste true enough to the fruit. The ingredients are apples, pears, oranges, strawberries and a little sweet potato extract. I wasn't keen on the smell in the bag - I'm a sniffer lol but the taste I'm highly keen on.

A naturally sweet super bar, Creative Nature Blissful Berry Snack Bar 99p has no added sugars or preservatives. 100% natural, wheats, GMO and dairy free and low fat. It's cold pressed so all it's nutrients are locked in. Contains Goji Berries, Cranberries and a hint of Strawberry

Ombar Organic Coco Mylk Bar £1.99 has the rich, dark chocolate taste. Made from raw cacao from Ecuador. When you eat this it gets creamy due to the coconut cream that is soruced from independent farmers in Java.

Nothing But Fruit Pineapple & Grape Snack £1.20 My nan ate these as she likes snacks like this, she was pleased, they have a crunch to them. All that is done is that the fruits are cut, water drained out and sealed in a bag. The fruits are freeze dried slices. This snack gives you, your 1 of your 5 a day.

I've since introduced this box to a few vegan people I've encountered over the last month and I'm hoping it'll help them find other companies that do snacks and food alternatives as I always wonder what full time vegan's eat. I'm still making my transition and finding what I love and I sometimes feel unless you live in a cosmopolitan area where do you go and find such items.

Do you have a specific lifestyle with food?

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John Frieda Curly Hair Products

Friday, September 12, 2014

After my disastrous experience using Free From Frizz, the 6 weeks it was meant to last, ended up turning into nearly 20 weeks of having this in my hair, my curls were limp, strung out, dry and just pretty much useless. Unless I used heat my curls wouldn't 'activate' and that really wasn't happening.

I ended up reverting back to using sulphates to get the extra keratin out my hair, head and shoulders almost DAILY. Protective hairstyles during the day and braids at night, trying to give my hair a rest in a sense. I didn't want to use my expensive curly hair products because I was washing my hair daily and it would of been a waste but I was sent some John Frieda Curl products to try out and I also purchased a conditioner to try and remind my hair what it's supposed to do. The products are :- Go Curlier Heat-Activated Spray*, Unwind Curls Calming Créme*, Miraculous Recovery Creme Serum*, Dream Curls Conditioner.
The only one I really can't speak much on is the heat activated spray because I don't like to use heat on my hair much and at the time I didn't want to reverse what I was trying to fix.

I was using the conditioner for my hair to remind itself of how it should behave. It has a good slip to it, that's probably the Dimethicone - if you're against the cones - this conditioner isn't for you. It helped nicely to detangle the hair during the wash plus the formula is quite watery but I do always detangle beforeheand but I wouldn't say it was very moisturising as a conditioner for me but it was doing the job during my transitioning.

The calming cremé, this too has cones in the ingredients, I found that less is more, otherwise it dries into a crinkly hard formula and leaves cripsy curls. It loosens my curl pattern slightly and my hair wasn't as big as normally. I'd put the miraculous recovery cremé afterwards once it's nearly dried to eliminate any frizz halo that might like to appear. This I don't mind so much it's light and watery and it's not bad on my ends which tend to be drier due to the colour.

All in all I'm not 100% keen on the range but it did help to get some curls back into my hair after keratin experience, cut and colour. I'm just going to have to learn to stick to my hair routine and forget keratin treatments - EVIL!

Have you tried anything from the John Frieda range that you love?

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WIN BIC Soleil Razors

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I've numerously gone through my defuzzing routine and for those inbetween quick removal moments I always buy the BIC Solei razors, sometimes you'll find me in Wilkos debating whether or not to get the pink - purple ombre pack or the yellow - orange ombre pack - choices we have so when I was asked to host this competition it was a no brainer as it's something I use way too often.

BIC have partnered with Bourjois to offer women the chance to win exclusive make-up goodies with every eligible pack of BIC razors, waaahey & I'm also giving 10 of you the chance to win one pack and *fingers crossed* I've got some golden ticket like packets.

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Terms & Conditions
Winners will be chosen randomly.
Open to residents of the UK (excluding NI) and the ROI.
Items will be sent directly from me, not BIC or Bourjois.
48 hours are given for the winners to reply after I've sent the confirmation email before a new winner will be selected.

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24K Tears

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I was bored, I was sick randomly last night and this morning but I wanted to do something to occupy my mind as I'd spent most of the week unwell and quite unproductive too. I don't know why I decided to cover every inch of my head and neck in black grease paint but hey that's what happened and this is what appeared.

Not wearable but fun & different.

Covered my face using Makeup Forever Flash Palette, using the black grease paint, covered my face, hairline, ears and neck. Mixed Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust in Goldilux and Illamasqua Sealing Gel together & used a syringe to pick up the gold and drop it under my eyelashes and let it run downwards as tears and on my bottom lip slightly. Using that same gold, I used a disposable mascara wand and dipped it in and brushed it over some false lashes.
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