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MyChelle: White Cranberry Cleanser

As promised, yesterday, I’m reviewing MyChelle‘s White Cranberry Cleanser, today.

For those of you who have just joined as new followers to my blog, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve followed you all and have read your stuff and I think it’s wonderful! I look forward to growing as a blogger and sharing some ideas with you as we progress on this journey… I’ve noticed a few of you are on BlogLovin’ too!  So, if you’d like to exchange usernames (so we can follow one another), just comment below! 😘

Anyway, back to MyChelle! Yes, MY Chelle. Not YOUR Chelle or OUR Chelle or THEIR Chelle. Mine. For once, “they’re not Terry’s, they’re mine!” is 100% acceptable to exclaim when not referring to Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

MyChelle’s White Cranberry Cleanser is very hypo-allergenic, meaning that it is for sensitive, acne-prone skin.

Deep pore clearing, oil balancing and skin refining exfoliating cleanser. Benefits: Vegan friendly, gluten free Recommended for: Oily / Blemish control. Naturally exfoliating and pore clearing cleanser brings skin into healthy balance. Willow Bark and SCO2 Totarol™ help bring balance to oily and blemish-prone skin conditions. Pomegranate, a super fruit rich in antioxidants and naturally exfoliating fruit acids, protects against environmental aggressors, while keeping pores clear and skin calm.

I love it because it balances out the natural oils in my skin without leaving it dry or tight (post-wash). You know sometimes when we use a face wash that’s drying and we end up needing to apply our moisturiser or spritz(y) toner to give it a burst of moisture? Well, this one doesn’t do that. It’s very lovely on the skin during and after washing.

Top tip: don’t get it in your eye/s! It stings like  B I T C H! You’ll be crying for DAYS (and onions won’t be to blame). Although, come to think of it, I may just drop their HQ a line and ask if onions were used in the manufacturing process. 🤣 It actually stings my eyes SO BAD! … Great cleanser nonetheless.

I like the packaging’s appearance. However, it’s too much of a small bottle for the price I paid. Having said that, good things come in small packages.

Its formula is a lot like water. It’s not gel based, and applies like normal liquid cleansers. It only bubbles up slightly so it’s not foamy.

Famous last words for this post: MyChelle is definitely underrated. This cleanser (in particular) is underrated. I love the smell of it too. I mean, it’s nothing to write home about but it’s definitely one to write on my blog about!

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Primrose’s Kitchen: Raw Almond & Chai Butter

I have a lot of good things to say about plenty of nut butters. I love nut butters. I believe that they are my weakness (of the spread variety). I’d rather have a good nut butter than Nutella.

My hierarchy always has nut butter at the top of it (where spreads are concerned)… Whole Earth in particular! 😍 I honestly can eat a whole jar in one sitting – but I don’t because that’s just stupid (and very fattening).

Anyway, I’ll talk about Whole Earth another time… This one’s about Primrose’s Kitchen. Firstly, I didn’t even know of this brand of nut butter until today. Upon seeing it, I thought: “how bad can it be?”

If you’ve tried Almond butter, you’ll know it’s absolutely delightful (if, like me, that sort of thing is to your taste). This one had chia seeds in it as well, but I had hoped that the taste of almonds would mellow out the bitterness of the chia seeds.  Oh boy was I wrong!

Packaging: it’s a lovely little jar! I thought it was very posh and brightly-coloured, the floral patterns really caught my eye when it sat amongst others on the shelf. The butter was in a see-through jar (obvs) and you can actually see the Almond butter mixed in with crushed chai seeds which is a good thing ’cause you want to know what you’re buying…

I took it home. Opened it. Found the usual excess oil floating on the top… Now, a little tip: you’re not supposed to drain that excess oil! Apparently, that’s what keeps the “butter” (if you can call THIS one that) moist, making it easier to spread. I spreaded it onto my Ryvita cracker (16 calories and tastes like LUSH cardboard – #OnlyTheFinest).

Taste? Disappointing. I don’t like chai seeds anyway but I genuinely thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt because it was mixed in with the almond butter.

No. Just no.

It’s ruined my Ryvita and my experience of nut butters. Having said that, it’s extremely healthy and has a lot of nutritional benefits. But then again so do Wasabi and Marmite, I’m sure… I’d actually rather have them spread on my Ryvita than this ’cause at least I’d know what to expect and won’t be disappointed.

The consistency of it and level of spreadableness? Good and easy.

Overall: dissapppointed doesn’t even cover it.

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Pret: Ginger Shot and Hot Shot

Barbie and Ken doll-faces,

It’s the first Saturday of 2017!

How are you all taking to Dry January? … The pun   “like a duck to water” probably isn’t best placed here, is it?

I mean, personally, I can’t say mine has been much a “Dry” one because it’s quite the opposite. I’ve never been this hydrated…

You may remember that I vowed to drink a lot more (wine? I wish!) water this year. Yes, that is my only resolution. You know me, always one to make resolutions I can “stick to”!

I’ve tried the “staying fit” and “cutting out sugar” ones but – taking chewy supplements means I can’t cut sugar out completely. 😕

Instead, I’m treating myself to something sweet every *now* and again… Like, today for example…

I decided to go out and buy everyone (*in my household* before y’all start thinking I make a habit of buying 7+ billion people things!) breakfast and most mentioned they wanted “croissants” so I went out to get some, buying myself boiled eggs and spinach. Exciting!

Now, let’s all be realistic… If there’s a croissant or two on the table, I’m going to have bit. I had the tip of an almond croissant i.e. just a bite. The moral of this story is: for once I knew when to stop. #SelfControl

Anyway, back to ‘Dry January’ (and the reason of writing this post). You’ll notice the title of this post has the word “Shots” in it. I bet your first thought was “Sambuca!” 😂🤣

Wrong.

Besides, I’m not a fan of Sambucas anyway! I tried them once and won’t go near them again unless I have to… Give me a shot of Bailey’s or Malibu, though, and we’re good!

At least you can always count on me to live life in the “fast*” lane, eh?

*”quiet? Not even that! Silent‘s more like it!”

I’m talking about Pret a Manger‘s shots! You know, the ones that don’t aid liver damage?!

There are two that I know of currently. A Ginger & Apple and a Tumeric, Orange and Cayenne. Yes, I know… They sound: 🤢 to most, but to me they’re amazing!

Let’s just clarify here and now that they’re not quite like your average Sambuca. What I mean is there is a 0% chance of getting “hammered” or “mortal” from them. But, they do the trick for me!

I first tried the Ginger Shot a month ago and let me tell you… I have never felt so energised. I wanted to do everything and was bouncing off walls – in a content – rather than hyper-active type of way.

C’mon now, let’s all not be stupid and ask what a Ginger Shot would taste like… Don’t make me prolong this post even more… 😂

If you like ginger, you’ll love this!

The Orange, Tumeric and Cayenne pepper one, on the other hand, is something I’ve only discovered today. It’s slightly spicy. I mean, if we’re comparing it to a Nando’s, I’d give it a Medium heat.

This one has a kick to it, as far as I could tell you can taste the orange and Cayenne more than the Tumeric.

I tried it as much as an hour ago and I feel extremely light – like a feather. My body feels lighter and I feel like I’ve had a pick me up and a boost to my immune system. Weirdly, I was feeling the chill of being outdoors prior to having this but afterwards I felt a lot hotter in temperature (not just spice and looks 😉). Strange, huh?

I have been taking the Ginger Shot alone almost every day – I usually drink one a day, after work –  but I think I’m going to add the Orange, Cayenne, and Tumeric one to the list too and alternate between whether I take one in morning or evening and visa-versa.

 

If you read my previous post, Lazy Bones, you’ll know that I advised you all to get up and wash the makeup off of your face before going to bed (and after a long, hard day at work)… Well, you’ll be pleased to know that my post inspired one person and counting… Me.

Yes, guys, I inspired myself to get up and walk all the way to my bathroom (less than 5 steps) where I later (after not much deliberation) washed my face with MyChelle‘s White Cranberry facial cleanser (to be reviewed on Saturday afternoon).

There. Laziness will not win. Busy days will not get the better of me. Makeup wipes will not be used unnecessarily.

Now, all that’s left to do is crack the case of my insomnia… It’s about time I nipped it in the bud!

Night,

Miamii

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‪Dear diary,

Taking my makeup off with face wipes is now ‘the norm’ since returning to work after the Christmas period. I don’t understand why my face doesn’t do trips to the basin at night anymore!‬ I’m only 25 years of age… I should not be this lethargic and bedbound (or “room-bound” should I say).

It’s got to be said that I do frighten myself in the morning from time to time. I always look in the mirror and see a raccoon/panda hybrid with my face underneath. You know, if you work for World Wildlife Federation, or have a penchant for pandas and/or raccoons, you might think that could seem cute. I, myself, love pandas and raccoons but not when it’s merged with my face like some abnormal (and the epitome of failure) Snapchat face-swap attempt.

I’m writing this post to raise awareness for lazy derrières like mine in a hope that they’ll get up from the comfort of their beds and make the far-and-wide trip to their bathroom. It’ll all be worth it (like L’Orèal) in the end. As the saying doesn’t but should go: “if it’s not worth it, it’s not the end”. You’ll feel fresh as a daisy. 🙂

*I brush my teeth after eating my dinner at 6pm* so, in hindsight, washing my face then could work!

Love and light (not laziness),

Miamii

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