Monday, 17 October 2016

Ethical Superstore Energy Bar Review*

I love trying different protein and energy bars so when I was offered the chance to try some bars from Ethical Superstore I couldn’t wait to see what they were like and if they matched up to my usual brands.

I was lucky enough to receive a box of Planet Organic Cacao Brazil Nut Energise Bars which are 30g each. A pack of four will cost you £3.96 which I think is a pretty good price for these, I often see protein bars for more than £2 a pop. You can reduce the cost by buying in bulk, a case of 20 will cost you just £18.81. The bars are wheat and gluten free, vegan and organic. These handy sized bars are packed full of protein, fibre and vitamin E and are packed with dates, cashew butter, almonds, hemp protein, brazil nuts, cacao powder and vanilla. They remind me of nak’d bars but hold a nice rich flavour to them. The best part about reviewing a product is getting to taste test it and these bars did not disappoint, they’re ideal for a post or pre gym workout and small enough to pop in your pocket.

If you’d like to buy some of these bars for yourself, head over to Ethical Superstore.

*I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review. all opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Review*

I am a big fan of treating my hair to a luxurious shampoo every now and again but since moving house there has been other priorities and I have found myself not giving my hair the care it really needs. When I was asked to review some items from Paul Mitchell, I couldn’t wait to give my hair that pamper that it really did need. I was lucky enough to receive three items from the Ultimate Color Repair range and couldn’t wait to try them out.

I first tried the Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo, anti-fade with quinoa repair. This gentle sulfate-free cleanser is vegan, paraben free and colour safe. It gently replenishes and helps to repair colour treated hair. I definitely noticed a difference when using this shampoo, my colour was more vibrant and my hair was a lot less dry. I really noticed the scent of this shampoo on my hair too, it is very pleasant and I could smell it every time I moved my hair about which I really liked. This 250ml bottle retails at £17.95.

I followed this shampoo with the Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner which also retails at £17.95 for this sized tube. The main thing I have noticed about this product is how well it detangles my hair. Colour treated hair can often be knottier than usual but this conditioner really hydrates my hair and makes it so soft, the hairbrush glides through with ease. The quinoa colour repair complex harnesses the high protein content of quinoa to lock in hair colour and repair your hair from within. The addition of shea butter, jojoba and soybean oil leave hair extremely soft and shiny. An added bonus is the powerful antioxidants which provide UV protection to further prevent colour fade and damage.

Finally I finished my hair routine with the Ultimate Color Repair Thermal Protection Spray which again costs £17.95. This dual phase spray protects against excessive heat damage and I have been spraying this on my damp hair before blow drying.  After using this my hair looks shine and vibrant and I have really been enjoying adding this to my routine. I never used to use any heat protection but now I can’t see myself without it!

Overall I think this trio is really worth the money and I have really noticed such a lovely difference to my hair. It feels softer and the colour looks a lot more fresh and vibrant. Head over to the Paul Mitchell website to see what other products they have on offer.

*I received these products free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way. 
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