August SE50

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I don't know about you but I have the need that wherever I am in the house music needs to be ready and available. I listen to music more than I watch television, whether I'm in the bathroom, in the kitchen, living room I need music! This is why bluetooth enabled devices are ideal for people like me. Just like this August SE50 Bluetooth Boombox with FM Radio it's perfect.

What's inside the box?
The speaker/FM Radio unit
AC power adapter
3.5mm Jack plug Aux cable
Instruction booklet

It holds the shape of a traditional boombox but thankfully doesn't carry the weight (1238g) or at most the enormous size (30 x 10 x 9.5 cm). It has a contemporary wooden design as described by the company and I'd have to agree, it's quite timeless. Something that someone may of had in the 60s or 70s but people would still want in their homes today. There is an 1.4 inch LCD display that allows you to know if you're using the radio or bluetooth. You can even control the music from the boombox - well you can play & pause if need be if the device isn't in the same room as you.

The range to play your music (from anything that has bluetooth enabled option or a audio jack) wirelessly is 10m which for me is good enough, I can use my phone in other rooms while still hearing or controlling my music, as long as there's open spaces (doors not shut). via the two speakers either side both 15 Watts. The added addition that makes this worthwhile, is the radio, o.k maybe not many of us listen to the radio these days but I know those who do, my nan does, my neighbours, it's still a function a lot of us need and enjoy - even myself. You can store up to 10 radio stations easy for you to find when convenient.

Having this now for just about a week, I'm extremely pleased and for the money, it can't be scoffed at. The one thing is that it's not able to be played without being plugged in, not a deal breaker mind it's the only 'fault' I found.

Official website or purchase on August SE50 - 30W Bluetooth Speaker System with FM Radio £34.50

What do you play your music on?

(RRP correct at time of post going live)
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Surya Brasil - Sapien Women Bundle Giveaway

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dolce Vanity is offering 1 lucky reader the change to win Luxury Sapien Women skin care products from Surya Brasil. This company has conscience and have created a natural, organic and 100% vegan skincare collection for the face & body. You too can join Surya Brasil in making the world a better place to live in! Created with a naturally delicious coconut, mango, raspberry and vanilla scent with exotic ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest from sustainable organic farming. This collection is ideal for all skin types and leaves the skin feeling silky, smooth, soft and hydrated. This skincare collection does not contain harmful and toxic ingredients like ethyl alcohol, sulphates or silicone. If you'd like to be able to view & purchase you can do so at this UK distributor

What can one lucky reader win?
Sapien Women Shower Gel - 300ml 19.50
Sapien Women Shave Gel 200ml 14.99
Sapien Women Moisturising Body 200ml 19.99
Sapien Women Facial Scrub 100ml 14.00
Sapien Women Body Scrub 300ml 23.50

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Bannatyne Spa Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I spent my Saturday late morning at Bannatyne Spa for a Swedish Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage & heavenly scalp massage. Upon arriving, there was a £3 charge for a bag, slippers, towel and dressing gown - (which we had to give back bar the bag & slippers). The dressing gown, I wanted to keep was big, white and fluffy, simple things as I've always wanted one. Being led into their spa relaxation room to wait for the masseuse, it was so relaxing it almost felt criminal to be taking images in there, let alone talking.

Once she was ready, she showed us to a room, with two separate tables and tranquil music and gave us roughly 5 mins to de-robe and lay half nude (wah-hey) looking around I noticed they used purely Elemis Spa products, once she returned I was asked if there was any particular parts that needs working on, I didn't have any in particular but she did say that any tense parts she comes across will be worked on more. Believe me she worked on my shoulders, I could then feel how tense I was, very, very tense. For the first time in so long, I completed zoned out, I was so relaxed, I couldn't even feel my legs.

Being there is no clock or sense of time 25 minutes might of been longer or shorter - I couldn't tell. It just felt absolutely divine. When I met my masseuse back at reception and pointed out to her that I could feel the tension in my shoulders as she worked on me, she agreed that I was definitely very tense and need more massages & with my kettle bell workouts, it's ideal. I was recommended the Elemis Aching Muscle Soak which I think I'm going to have to purchase and soak until I'm pruned.

All in all, it was such a good experience to have my first professional massage, it's now something I recommend for any male & female to get if they can because you truly do unwind and I slept like a baby last night, my shoulders are a little sore but as tense as I am, I'm sure it's to be expected. With my birthday weekend coming up (yes I said weekend) it was a nice treat and also a nice way to clear my mind from all the stress of the previous week.

2 for 1 Spa Day £79 on the weekend - £69 during the weekday.

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My Essential #BritKit Items

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ever gone away and just wished that you had some type of home comforts that you just miss while abroad, whether it's beauty products or food produce? Antler who are a luxury luggage company comprised a survey after asking Brits what they would pack with them while they're travelling. This Antler Survey is interesting to read, noticing what's popular amongst us.

Which has led me to wonder too, if I could have only 5 - 10 items what would I bring that I miss from home?

LUSH Ultrabland
Andrex Shea Butter Toilet Roll
Soap & Glory Hand Food
NV Colour Felt Tip Liner
Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Eucerin Even Brighter Cream
Dr. Bronners Soap

Yeah I could probably live on the Marmite and bringing multi-purpose products help while travelling and there just great to have in general - cuts down the crap!

What would be your top item(s)?

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Kettlebell Kickboxing Scorcher Series

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Makeover month is still going but I decided to change up my exercise routine this month and since my phone had not been working, I've been able to have earlier nights and that means earlier mornings, 5am early and yes all week, Sun - Mon. The new workouts? Kettlebell Kickboxing Scorcher Series!! I've heard and been told numerous times, forget the cardio for the majority of your workout, pick up the weights, then the misconception ticks in but I don't want to be Hulk Hogan and have 24 inch pythons!!

Forget the bulking up, weight training helps you to burn fat and tone up & boy do I sweat during this but you know something, I actually love it. I started with a 6 kg Kettlebell, I also wear hand weights but they are only a 1lb each. I've never lifted weights before and any less and it would of been baked bin tins for me.

The first few times I did the 4 discs (not at the same time) I listened to the instructor Dasha Libin but once I got the moves down, I'll pop my headphones in and clip my little iPod shuffle onto my sports bra and workout alongside the t.v. team. I mention this because reviews online kept saying about the lack of music and that the instructor talks too much either doesn't bother me, didn't before and well I can't hear with my earphones in.

Four DVDs split into sections Power - Arms, glutes, inner thighs, obliques. Strength - Total body fat loss. Longevity - Lean legs & midsection & Diversity - Abs, arms & glutes. Each move is done for 60 seconds within a set. All week my abs have just been so tight, my thighs and arms - ow I feel the workout. I have one rest day per week and sometimes will do two in a day as these workouts are quite short and as I enjoy them I don't feel as if it's a chore.

Since starting the training my right arm is getting more toned and my left one is getting there, prior to the workout or afterwards I will do extra reps with my left arm. I joke that my right arm is stronger due to my prior excess cheese grating. I should of taken a before image, I guess I still can, even though I'm already noticing slight improvements. I think the next one I want to get is The Body Series.

Have you started any new health & fitness regime?

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Love Me Beauty | April Edition 1

Monday, April 14, 2014

This months Love Me Beauty box has 4 items and a few surprise items. I chose menu one mainly as I focused on my current needs.

Betty Hula Secret Wonder Oil Roller Ball(full size) £6.25 10ml this is a moisturising oil, suitable for all skin types and I like that this on the go roller ball is handbag perfect. It is said to boost the skin's natural moisture barrier to promote radiance whilst the roller ball encourages circulation through gentle massage. It's made of pure oils : Grapeseed Oil, Apricot Kemel, Avocado Oil, Hemp Oil, Vitamin E, Rose Absolute, Jojoba Oil & also handmade by Betty!

Models Own Coral Reef (full size) £5.00 14ml from the tropical collection this vibrant, in the summertime shade is perfect, it's red in some lights but it's definitely an orange toned coral. Look out for it in a future Manicure Monday.

Neal & Wolf Silk Smoothing Blow Dry Balm £12.50 200ml(full size) I always find their products smell divine, absolutely heavenly. I got this for the net time I decide to blow out my hair and trial this anti-frizz and put an end to any tangles.

Redken Colour Extend Conditioner £9.99 250ml (25ml sample size) as my hair is colour treated, it's nice to have something that can extend the life of the colour. It is suppose to detange and provide protection from fading agents while restoring the colours vibrancy.

Also within the box was a few Weleda stretch mark massage oil sachets and a Hello Fresh £25 gift card - such a nice touch as I'd never heard of Hello Fresh before but it's a service where they deliver a box of step by step recipes and fresh ingredients weekly for you to do at home!

What do you think of this month's edition 1 box?
 Did you get a Love Me Beauty box for April?

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