Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers from Brantano // Style & Review!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re well, and if you’re not then I’m sending hugs your way!  I don’t often share style posts on here, although I post quite a few ‘outfit of the day’ posts over on my Instagram.  But these trainers are so beautiful, I had to show you them!  They are the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers, from Brantano.

I was very kindly sent these trainers by Brantano for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own.


The Look

I’ve been wanting a pair of trainers like this for literally over a year!  I love black trainers with a flash of colour or pattern.  Ones which are smart enough to wear with jeans and not look like you’re going for a run (which I very definitely am not…!)  I wear a lot of ballet pumps and a lot of boots, but I wanted something in between the two.  Something waterproof and sturdy, but more suitable for all seasons (boots are usually left behind in the summer months!)  So the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers were the perfect fit for me 🙂

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers

I have to admit, it was the pattern that drew me to these.  They could have been any brand, I just loved the pink, purple and blue floral pattern!  Since pink and purple are my favourite colours, I wear a lot of them – so these trainers should go with most of my wardrobe!  I kind of wish they didn’t have the black stripes (they are a kind of rubberised finish), but that’s what you get with Adidas trainers.

I’ve worn these with leggings and a dress (as you can see!) and also with black jeans so far.  I liked them with both 🙂


The Shape

The first thing that struck me is how light they are – they are literally like picking up a feather!  They’d be amazing for taking on holiday as they’d take up so little of your luggage weight allowance.  They are a nice, streamlined shape with a fairly narrow toe.  The soles are white and really thick and bouncy.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


The Feel

Oh my days!  These trainers feel like walking on clouds – seriously!  They are so soft, light and bouncy.  Not that I can run any more, but I imagine they would be great for running in – super light.  

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

They are more narrow at the toe end than any trainers I’ve worn before.  It makes them look less clumpy, but you can feel the tightness around your toes.  It is not uncomfortable, just something I was aware of.  You can adjust the laces to give you a bit more width around the sides too.


Where to Find Them

My trainers were from the Womens Shoes section of the Brantano website here (although they may have them in store too, depending on stock).  They cost £48 – although I think Brantano currently have 20% off.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


Do you wear trainers much?  What are your favourites?  Let me know in the comments!

National Bed Month // Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Hi guys, happy Friday!!  I hope you have something nice planned for this weekend.  If you’re a fellow spoonie and you’re stuck in bed, get cosy and watch lots of great films 😀  If you’re a regular reader, you may remember my exciting news: I’m a Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador!  This means that they send me a different product each month to test, for me to review.  My reviews will always be honest, I’m not being paid for the posts or to say anything I don’t mean!  Last month’s super-luxurious product was the Moroccan Rose and Shea Body Cream – click on the name to read my review.  But more to the point, this month’s product is the Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque!

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque Review National Bed Month

Dr Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque


Who Are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  But even better than that, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified!  They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.

Dr Botanicals use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  It’s so easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no harmful preservatives in any of the products.


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Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Top Skincare Tips: Expert Roundup – Acne, Scarring, Getting Glowy & More!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing better than me!  My husband and I are both full of a rather nasty cold.  On top of that, my poor cat is on antibiotics and painkillers as she’s been bitten by a mean neighbouring cat!  You wait until I see that cat…!!  Joking.  Maybe.  I just wanted to share a post with you, which is a round-up of 200+ experts’ top skincare tips!


Experts’ Top Skincare Tips

Fix Your Skin recently asked for my top three skincare tips, to include in their expert round up post.  You can read the post here and get some amazing skincare tips!  I’m number 77 if you want to find me 🙂

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Firstly, I’m definitely no expert but am very flattered to be included with others who are!  I have a big interest in skincare, as I’ve struggled with hormonal acne and acne scarring for many years.  When you’ve suffered with bad skin, you naturally start doing a lot of research, and trying anything you can to improve your skin!  I’m sure you know what I mean, if you’ve been in a similar position.

At the moment, my skin is at the best it has been in years.  This is thanks, in no small part, to a careful skincare routine and regular facials/LED treatments.  


Treating Acne Scarring

I don’t have many active spots at the moment, which is pretty rare for me!  I do however have some areas of quite bad acne scarring, from having a break from the pill last year.  My hormones were unbalanced and my skin went to all hell!!  Damn hormones.

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

My skincare routine is focused around trying to fade the acne scarring at the moment.  I use a lot of acid/glycolic exfoliating toners, moisturising oils and LED treatments.  The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols in Leeds gave me a series of four LED facials, which were really helpful.  You can read all about it and my review here.  

I was also kindly sent a TrulyClear home LED facial device (review here) which I’ve just started using on the acne/scarring setting so fingers crossed!  There is no quick fix to better skin, but staying consistent is the key.  I should hopefully see some decent results in a few months time if I stick to my routine.  Most of all, I want to prevent any more acne (hence stopping any more future acne scarring!)


What are your top skincare tips?  Do you have any star products that really help with your acne, or even just keep your clear skin looking good?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!  I need all the help I can get haha 😀

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Can Brain Fog Hurt? // Chronic Illness

Hi guys – happy weekend!  Hope everyone is having a good one so far (even if you’re in the rainy UK, like me).  I’ve been dying to write this post – can brain fog hurt?  This question has been burning a hole in my brain and I wanted to see what everyone else thought.  If you’re not sure what brain fog is, Wiki desribes it here as:

“A clouding of consciousness.  It is a term used in medicine denoting an abnormality in the regulation of the overall level of consciousness that is mild, and less severe than a delirium.  The sufferer experiences a subjective sensation of mental clouding described as feeling ‘foggy’.”

If you’re not a regular reader, I have chronic illnesses – M.E (/CFS) and fibromyalgia.  I was diagnosed in 2013 and the symptoms began long before that, as a less intense level.  So I’m definitely not new to brain fog!  It is something I’ve done battle with for several years now!  When I was unwell but still able to work, I had terrible brain fog.  

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 Review - Tooth Whitening Activated Charcoal Powder- Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder // Review!

Hey guys!  I hope you’re feeling well and ready to enjoy your weekend.  Today, I’ve got a review of of BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder.  What on earth is that?  Read on!

This product was kindly sent to me in order to review, but all opinions are honest and entirely my own.  This post is not sponsored and I am not an affiliate in any way.

 

Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 Review - Tooth Whitening Activated Charcoal Powder- Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)


Who Are Benz and Blanc?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post where I visited BENZ and BLANC in Leeds.  I had my teeth whitened and we managed to get them 10 shades whiter!!  Well I’ve kept in touch with the lovely owner of BENZ and BLANC, Paul.  He got in touch recently to tell me he’d actually launched his own product – his first one.  I am so pleased for him, as he’s only been open since September 2016 and he’s doing really well so far!  If you know Leeds, BENZ and BLANC are on the top tier of the Corn Exchange (it’s beautiful in there!)

Paul told me that he wanted to bring his own product to market, which is excitingly part of a three step system!  That’s why you’ll notice there is the number 2 on this product.  Parts 1 and 3 are on their way, so watch this space.

BENZ and BLANC have worked with UK suppliers to ensure that this product supports UK businesses.  The charcoal teeth whitening powder is made in England, which is something that is really important to Paul.  The packaging is also made here.  I think that’s great – the UK economy needs all the help it can get!!


What Is Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder?

Charcoal has been used for centuries in medicine and studied by many dentists.  I have definitely noticed it becoming more of a ‘thing’ in the last year or so.  I wasn’t even aware of charcoal teeth whitening powder until last year but now it seems to be everywhere!  It can also be known as active carbon.  

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been “activated” to increase it’s absorptive properties.  Some choose to use activated charcoal instead of fluoride, since long-term fluoride ingestion can potentially have harmful effects on your body.  It can also be handy if you want whiter teeth, but your teeth are too sensitive for chemical whitening procedures.

Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 Review - Tooth Whitening Activated Charcoal Powder- Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

The key to using charcoal to whiten your teeth is leaving it on your teeth for a few minutes.  Don’t just quickly brush and run (as tempting as that is!)  Leaving it on for a while helps absorb colours and bacteria from your teeth.  Charcoal is also really effective at caring for your gums (perfect for me, as my dentist recently told me mine are receding a little bit – boo!).  This powder isn’t a replacement for regular teeth-brushing; it’s an additional step you use to help whiten the teeth.


How Does It Work?

To use the powder, you simply dip your toothbrush into it.  I dampen mine a little first, to help it pick the powder up.  You don’t need much powder at all, a little goes a long way!  Then gently brush over your teeth, spreading it evenly but concentrating more on the front teeth.  Word of warning: this is not going to be pretty!  You will pretty much look like a dirt-eating zombie.  But only for a few minutes!  

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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Leave the powder in your mouth for a few minutes to work its magic, then you can brush it away.  In my experience it takes a few good rinses to get all the powder out of your mouth.  Another word of warning: if you’re clumsy like me, it can be a little messy in your sink!  I have quite shaky hands so I drop it all over, but it’s fine – give your sink a good swish out and it doesn’t stain at all 🙂 (it probably whitens it, haha!)

It’s best to brush your teeth as normal, and then use the powder after brushing.  It’s recommended to use the powder once every other day or so, but depends on your needs.  As it’s so gentle and natural, you can use it as required really.

The BENZ and BLANC Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder is 100% organic, 100% natural and also vegan, which is a great plus in my mind.

Overall, I really like this powder for its gentle whitening effect.  It’s a little messy to use but easy to clean up and doesn’t make my teeth feel uncomfortable or sensitive at all.  It’ll also be handy to help my receding gums, hopefully!


Where You Can Find It

The powder is available here and in-store (Leeds Corn Exchange).  There are two sizes of the charcoal teeth whitening powder, to appeal to everyone:
 
30g is £9.99 – but on offer at £7.99 until 1 March!
 
15g is £6.99.
 
Also, I have a little sneaky exclusive for you… BENZ and BLANC are launching a mint version of the charcoal powder in March, which will cost £7.99 for 15g.  The regular one has no taste at all, so it’s fine, but mint fans will enjoy this fresh new version!
 
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Benz and Blanc Charcoal Whitening Powder 2 (photo credit: Paul De La Cruz)

Paul also told me that a proportion of the profits will go to Operation Smile, a charity he has worked with since opening.  The charity raise money so that dedicated volunteers can repair childhood facial deformities.  They also advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families.

I think that’s really nice, as he’s a small business owner and it’s not easy to give away profits when you’re starting out in business.  But Paul is a lovely guy!


Have you ever tried activated charcoal teeth whitening powder?  How did you find it?  Let me know in the comments!

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Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream // Vegan CF Skincare Review

Hola!  How are you?  I hope you’re well and enjoying February – the month of love!  Whether that’s romantic love, or just learning to love yourself, I hope February is a great one for you.  If you read this post, you’ll know that I have just become a Brand Ambassador for Dr Botanicals!  I’ve had such a lovely response to the news, so thank you very much 🙂  So this is my first review as a Brand Ambassador – and it starts with the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream!

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream Review Discount Code

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose & Shea Butter Body Repairing Cream

Love Your Body This Valentines

You may remember this post, where I reviewed two other products from the Moroccan Rose line.  I absolutely loved them, and am still using up the last bits of those two products now!  They really do go a long way.  I was excited to try something else from the Moroccan Rose range, as I love the scent.  

Dr Botanicals chose this product for February as their theme for the month is “Love your body this Valentines”.  I suppose as a gift (to a loved one, or yourself), it’ll last longer than actual roses!


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Organic Aromas The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection Review

Organic Aromas // The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection

Hi guys!  I hope you’re well.  You may remember this post, where I reviewed Organic Aromas’ essential oil diffuser.  They’re a company I’ve got a great connection with, and really rate their products!  If you didn’t read that post, Organic Aromas are an American company, comprised of a group of passionate, experienced health care professionals.  They have combined knowledge from Asia with new technology to create a range of essential oil diffusers and oils.  They feel that using essential oils in our everyday lives can help us develop a richer, full lifestyle. 

Organic Aromas have recently brought out a new collection of essential oils – The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection.  It’s almost an anthology of oils, all brought together to work in harmony!  They very kindly sent me the oils to try, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own!

Organic Aromas The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection Review

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