Press Health Foods & Juices*

When it comes to forming healthy habits, I’m a big believer in keeping things as simple as possible. Make a habit enjoyable, and it’s even easier to incorporate into my days. When I got the chance to try Press London’s Health Foods and Juices, I absolutely jumped at the chance. After all, we’re coming out of Lockdown in a matter of weeks, so I want to feel as good as possible, as I have a feeling that this summer might just be a busy one!

Getting Press London goodies couldn’t be easier – just head over to their website, and you can choose from a range of diets, cleanses juices and food packs, all of which are nutritionist-designed to be vegan, and as healthy as possible, and even better, absolutely everything I tried was absolutely delicious! I loved the mix of juices, soups and even dinners including curry and chilli, so if you’re looking for a couple of fridge fillers to enjoy on nights when you just don’t feel like cooking, Press London have your back.

Delivered in a climate controlled box via courier, the bits and pieces are all well secured, and I only had one casualty in the form of a slightly leaking soup. Not bad when you consider it made its way all the way from London to Edinburgh during the height of lockdown! Once I unpacked everything, I had about a week’s worth of morning juices and delicious suppers, it was such a treat not have to think about what I was going to have for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. The Fiery Coconut Curry was a real favourite – not too spicy, it was filled with vegetables, and paired perfectly with a bowl of brown rice.

Probably my favourite product from the whole box with the Berry Boost. A seriously delicious mix of lemon, mint, strawberry and apple, it tasted like a Strawberry margarita without the booze or calories! Seriously fruity, I had mine for breakfast, and it really set me up for the day, and I wasn’t even close to peckish until well after lunchtime.

The fact that the products are all vegan is such a plus, and this is a super simple way of cutting meat and animal products out of your diet without trying too hard. The fact that you can have your order shipped right to your door is incredibly convenient, and I’ve already placed a few orders as I just can’t be without them now!

You can find out more about Press London here.

Pantene Pro V Miracles

When it comes to things I’m aching for, a trip to the hairdresser is pretty much my number one. I was meant to get my hair cut and coloured right after Christmas, but obviously that wasn’t possible, so I’ve been left with strands in need of quite a lot of TLC, so when I got the chance to try Pantene Pro-V’s new Miracles Silky & Glowing Collection, I positively jumped at the chance. Designed to transform hair from straw-like to silky, it sounded like exactly what I needed.

As someone who washes their hair daily, I was pleased to see a shampoo and conditioner duo designed to hydrate and strengthen ends. With a formula including combines the power of Pro-V science, with Biotin and Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, it works to take hair from straw-like to silky (and in the face of hair which desperately needs cut, it’s a god-send). The formulas are lightweight, and leave hair feeling soft and shiny, and I have to say, the scent of the duo (alongside the line as a whole) is absolutely heavenly.

If you’re in the need of a real dose of hydration and strength, the Colour Damage Reverse Shots are the perfect treat. Used weekly in place of your normal conditioner, the formula is rich enough to really nourish tired ends without leaving my hair feeling heavy.

If, like me, you’re well overdue for your hair appointment, keeping brassiness at bay has been a key concern. I’ve not had my colour done since August, so a great purple shampoo has become a regular part of my hair wash routine. Pantene’s Purple Shampoo is fortified with biotin and hydrolysed silk protein, so as well as keeping your colour looking fresh, hair is hydrated and left looking and super healthy.

Last up is the new Pantene Intense Hair Rescue. A gorgeously thick mask designed to leave hair glossy and hydrated. Like the rest of the range, it smells absolutely beautiful, and I like to use it generously twice a week. After shampooing, I smooth it through the lengths and ends, then use a shower brush to make sure it’s evenly distributed. I then let it get to work for a minimum of ten minutes. The result is hair which feels silky and smells gorgeous. It’s an added bonus that the line is so affordable!

Pantene Silky & Glowing Range is available as a set from Superdrug here, and is priced at an incredible £10!

Pixi Beauty Glow Mist*

When it comes to products which are seriously hyped up, Pixi’s Glow Tonic has to be up there. By this point, it’s one of the most iconic product on the beauty counter shelves, and like millions of others, I love it. So, when I saw the brand had released a Glow Mist, I couldn’t wait to give it a try – Pixi products really agree with my skin, so finding a new favourite is always so much fun!

With a ‘shake it to wake it’ formula, the Glow Mist mixes an incredible 13 natural oils for a product which gives skin a beautiful hit of moisture. After moisturising, I love a quick blast of it as a dewy primer – it stops foundations from looking or feeling too heavy, and spritzed over a full face of makeup leaves it looking fresh and natural. I especially love it for days when my skin is feeling a touch delicate or sensitive –  the aloe vera and fruit extracts help soothe and heal skin for a smoother complexion. Whilst propolis and Argan Oil help to repair and intensely condition skin, maintaining the natural moisture barrier to defend against environmental aggressors.

Pixi Glow Mist is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Eteaket Limited Edition – Gaba Oolong Tea*

Working from home definitely has its benefits – I’ve had work calls with face masks on, I never miss the postman, and I get to choose what’s on the radio. I also get to enjoy copious cups to tea throughout the day, and since black herbal teas count towards your water intake, my desk never without a cup of it – and one of my absolute favourite treats is a freshly brewed cup from Edinburgh’s Eteaket. They release the most delicious teas seasonally, and their newest limited edition is their Gaba Oolong Tea.

Packaged in the brand’s cheery signature tubes, the tea comes loose, which you can steep using a tea strainer, or you can use one of the brand’s own plastic-free tea bags which you fill yourself. For chunkier teas like this one, I tend just to steep them.

With lockdown restrictions in place until at least next month, I’ve been trying to find ways to replace my morning coffee habit (as my nearest Starbucks is miles away, and there’s nowhere cute and local to visit). Eteaket’s GABA Oolong Tea has quickly become my morning go-to. I like mine piping hot without milk or sugar, so I can really enjoy the velvety, earthy flavour, but it’s also lovely with a slice of lemon in there too. It’s the perfect start to the day thanks to GABA’s incredible health properties – popular in Japan, the tea can help reduce stress levels, improve sleep levels, help to reduce depression, reduce anxiety, aid weightless and help the body thanks to numerous anti-aging properties! Rather a lot of good from a few cups enjoyed throughout the day!

Eteaket GABA Oolong tea is priced from £3.50 and is available here.

Daye CBD Balm*

Daye are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands. Not only have they made period products delightful, they’re a company with ethics. From keeping their operations C02 neutral, to employing women from the criminal and care systems who might not ordinarily be given the greatest opportunities to succeed, it’s a brand which seriously delivers. A few weeks back, I fell in love with their tampons (you can read the whole post here), so when I got the chance to try their CBD Balm which they taut as ‘rest & relaxation in a jar’, I couldn’t resist!

The chunky tin comes adorned with the brand’s signature doodles and it’s surprisingly chunky. I was expecting something closer to a lip balm tin, but happily, this is far more generous. If you’ve read this site for a while, you’ll know that I’m a CDB fan – when I take it orally, I am noticeably calmer and less panicky, and I find it really soothing when applied topically, so Daye’s balm, which boasts concentrated levels (30%) of pure, whole plant hemp extract with naturally occurring CBD (400mg) and an invigorating botanical blend of ginger, lavender and lemongrass sounded like heaven.

I’ve been loving the balm as an indulgent addition to my nightly regime – massaged into everything which needs a little TLC, from my cuticles to my heels. The balm is heavenly to use thanks to the Shea and Cocoa Butter formula which feels super hydrating as well as silky soft. In addition to loving how soothing and hydrating it is, the balm smells absolutely heavenly too. It’s perfect for combatting winter dryness, and it can even help soothe aching muscles – perfect if you’ve been a bit keen during your at-home workout!

Daye CBD Balm is priced at £21 and is available here.

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