AD – Colgate Total Pump Toothpaste*

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Sometimes you just need to go back to the classics, and case in point is Colgate’s Total Pump Toothpaste. It’s one of those products which is pretty much always in my stash. The original is always best, and Colgate’s Total Pump Toothpaste is one which I always pivot back to. Having a healthy smile is one of the best beauty moves you can make, and Colgate’s original is a do-it-all formula which lets you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile. I’ve been using mine both morning and night, and I have wondered why on earth I’ve been using any other brand!

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Packaged in the absolutely iconic, not to mention super easy to use tube, you can just pump a pea-sized amount of the formula on to your toothbrush, and use both morning and night. With a minty-fresh taste, it’s such an iconic formula, which works to prevent cavities, plaque, tartar, and staining, whilst helping to strengthen enamel and sensitive teeth whilst battling against bad breath.

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I’ve been using the Colgate Total Original for the past few weeks, and I’ve been really loving the results – I feel so fresh, even during busy days, and I’ve noticed that my teeth feel stronger and smoother than ever! In addition to the Colgate Total, I’ve been falling in love with the brand’s new bamboo toothbrush. Made with 100% natural, biodegradable bamboo the toothbrush is free from plastic packaging, and I’m kind of obsessed with the neutral colour of it. It’s much chicer than my usual pink or green option, and I love the fact that it’s a much more environmentally conscious product to use daily. The brush has tapered, slim-tip bristles which deliver a deep yet gentle clean, so there’s no compromise on efficacy of the brush – perfect if you’re looking for a bit of a dental up-grade!

Colgate Total Pump Toothpaste is priced at £3.49 and is available here

This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own.

Cocktails at home with World of Zing*

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When it comes to entertaining, I’m decent at the big stuff. I can pop a few crowd-pleasers in the oven, and I can pick a great crowd of people, but mixing cocktails always feels like a big deal. I’m terrible at remembering all the bits and bobs needed for a good mix of drinks, so it feels like a real lifesaver to have found World of Zing’s award-winning bottles cocktails. You can choose from a whole menu of drinks, but I opted for a Rhubarb Cosmopolitan as a bit of a summery update on a delicious classic.

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Delivered straight to your door, Zing’s cocktails are beautifully bottled, and slot straight into the fridge in preparation for your gathering. Much better than mixing something up yourself, World of Zing’s award-winning bartenders mix up each cocktail by hand in small batches, and use bespoke bitters, liqueurs and ageing experiences. It’s the best way to enjoy an artisanal cocktail I can think of, and it’s such a lovely treat to enjoy at the end of a busy week.

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Serving couldn’t be easier – just pout 100ml into a martini glass, or Tumblr with ice, and enjoy. If I’m after something a little lighter, I’ve been mixing mine with a little club soda for a sparkling take on a classic. The use of rhubarb is really delicious, and the cocktail also contains Shisho leaf – a Japanese mint-like herb, which brings a real freshness to the drink. I can’t think of a better accompaniment to a summer evening!

World of Zing Rhubarb Cosmopolitan is priced at £12 and is available here

D’Alchemy Micellar Cleansing Water*

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I feel like this summer, I’ve worn less makeup than ever before. I’ve never been a full-face kind of a girl – I always tend towards lighter formulas and more natural looks, but when you’re wearing a mask and sunglasses when you’re out the house, you don’t really need all that much else. As a result, I’ve been using it as an excuse to let my skin breathe, and it’s looking been looking and feeling so much better.

Since I don’t have a tonne of makeup to get rid of, I don’t need my regular foaming formulas, and I’ve been loving using a gentler formula each morning and night. D’Alchemy’s Micellar Cleansing Water is an absolute dream. A gentle formula designed for mature skin types, the micellar water is filled with great-for-skin ingredients including rose hydrosol and plant extracts which have been chosen to cleanse skin which tends towards irritation and redness (i.e. me). Like all the D’Alchemy products I’ve tried, the Micellar Water smells absolutely glorious, and my skin feels so lovely and clean after using it.

D;Alchemy Micellar Water is priced at £31.80 and is available here

Adding Supplements with Link Nutrition*

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I’m not sure about you, but the summer always feels like the perfect time to start new habits. I’m sure it comes from being outdoors far more often, and generally following healthier lifestyles, so it was perfect timing to try some of Link Nutrition’s lifestyle supplements. It’s a brand which offers numerous solutions to any problems you might want to solve – from a great night’s sleep, to enhancing energy, there’s a whole line-up to sample!

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One of my most-loved supplements have got to be Ashwagandha – an Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory which has a host of health benefits. Cheifly used to manage stress, it can also work to level-out hormone levels, as well as provide a host of antioxidants too. Completely tasteless and odour-free, I’ve been taking two daily in the morning with a big glass of water. Ashwaganha is also known as a natural way of enhancing thyroid function – so if you suffer from an underachieve thyroid, this is a wonderfully natural way to help yourself feel as good as possible.

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Link Nutrition’s Brain Food capsules couldn’t have come at a better time. Thankfully work is getting busier as businesses get back to normal, so I need to be on top of my game. Link Nutrition’s Brain Food is a food-based supplement which fights tiredness, fatigue even maintains your nervous system. Designed to reduce anxiety as well as support mental function – it’s a great choice if you’re looking to get on top of work before things get too hectic, or if you’ve got a big meeting or presentation where you want to impress!

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I’ve heard a lot about re-entry anxiety, and whilst I’m dying for things to get back to as ‘normal’ as possible, I realise that there is a whole lot to worry about, so Link Nutrition’s Relax is perfect for calming you down without making you feel dozy. Designed to reduce fatigue and tiredness, whilst promoting normal psychological function, you’re left feeling like yourself, rather than a frazzled mess.

Link Nutrition supplements are available here.

It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo & Daily Conditioner*

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I’m not sure about you, but I am counting down the seconds until my hair appointment. Like a whole lot of people, I was meant to go for a trim and colour back in April, so currently my hair hasn’t been touched since around February, and to say my appointment is overdue is an understatement. I’m trying to use the time in lockdown as a bit of a hair-reset period, and one of my most-loved products have been the It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo & Miracle Daily Conditioner.

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Even though it’s been a bit of a detox, I still wash my hair daily (I’ve just abandoned my straighteners) and I’ve been relying ton It’s a 10 to impart as much health back into my ends as possible. The shampoo is designed to hydrate and smooth ends – perfect, as my ends have a tendency to frizz up, and without the aid of my GHDs, I need all the help I can get. Crucially, the shampoo doesn’t have any added sulphates – so they’re perfect for when I’ve got my extensions back in, as it won’t affect the bonds which hold them in place. As you would expect from It’s a 10, the Miracle Moisture Shampoo smells absolutely incredible – really fresh and clean, and my ends smell so lovely even at the end of a busy day.

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Once or twice a week, I’ve been using a deep conditioning mask, but every other day, I’ve been relying on It’s a 10 Miracle Daily Conditioner. Light enough to leave hair with a good amount of bounce, the Miracle Daily Conditioner detangles, softens and protects ends from UV Rays, whilst restoring strength and vitality. My ends always feel so much smoother after using it, and it hides split ends like a dream! Once life goes back to normal, and I need to reach for my straighteners, the Miracle Daily Conditioner even provides thermal protection, so my hair is protected from it’s normal battering.

It’s a 10 Miracle Moisture Shampoo and Daily Conditioner are available here (UK) and here (US)

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