Friday, 19 February 2016

PG Tips: Tea Capsules

Let's talk tea.

Whatever I am up to this winter you will usually find me clutching a cuppa to help with my own personal central heating in this chilly weather.

On my commute. Running between appointments. Chilling at home with a standard Netflix binge. In the bath. You can be certain that I am sipping my way to seventh heaven until we beat the winter freeze.

Imagine my delight on discovering that those cheeky little monkeys at PG Tips have released a capsule range* compatible with the Nespresso coffee machine. Squeal! I have a summer sun Nespresso Inissia at home as my trusty sidekick, so I was very keen to get my mitts on a box or two to put them to the test. Available in four delicious flavours, a good cuppa is at your fingertips in just a few seconds. The handy pods contain real tea leaves so you can be assured of flavour, quality and taste.

So how do they work exactly?

The box comes with 10 capsules of each flavour.

To get started, begin by rinsing your machine for a few seconds just so your tea doesn't have any remaining coffee tinges to it.

Next, take a capsule, peel off the top covering and pop it in your machine once water has been added to the tank. Now it's time to agonise over your favourite mug selection. Seriously, my weakness for cute cups is out of control!

Just press the button to start extracting the capsule and finish adding water when you have reached the 200ml mark, or however much you fancy. You can also check here for any questions or niggles you have about using the pods correctly, or if you just want to make sure that you are doing it right. There is even a video. Snazzy!

What's your flava?

Dinner Date

The peppermint tea pods are perfect for the evening. As an infamous digestion aid it feels quite calming and soothing on the tummy, so ideal for after your meal. Plus they are minty fresh, which I find quite refreshing. Ooh, zingy!

Commute Cuppa

The Green tea pods are another delicate flavour option and an amazing choice to kick start your day. If you would rather shy away from a morning jolt from the standard cup o' joe on your way to the office and fancy something a little more zen that still promises an added boost? This one is for you!

Feelin' Fruity

The Raspberry and Apple is my bath time/ bed time choice. With the winter nights still amongst us and a distinct nip in the air sometimes all you want to do is head home from a long day at the grind and soak in the tub. Don't worry, I hear ya. I thoroughly enjoy a tasty tea in the bath while flicking through a book or as I thumb the latest copy of Glamour.

Sweet Tooth

To satisfy sweet cravings I turn to arguably my favourite flavour of the range, Caramel and Vanilla. Before you go on the hunt for that leftover Christmas choco-stash, pour yourself a mug of this to take the edge off. Another great choice for a lil' something sweet after dinner or in place of dessert.

All in all I found these perfect to perch on your counter top so you are free to match your choice of tea to the flavour of your day. My only teeny hang up is packaging waste, however this will always be a concern with pod products. I will let you make the call on that depending on whether you are keen to keep other choices green, as well as your tea!

The bottom line is that the dear people of Britain will always love a good cuppa. It's practically our lifeblood and solution to the many things life hurls at us. If you are intrigued and want to try something new or for tea totallers who love keeping up with the trends, these just might be your bag.


*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

How can I connect with PG Tips?
Facebook: PG Tips
Twitter: @PGtips
Instagram: @PGtips

Friday, 12 February 2016

Where is the love?

Love is in the air, everywhere you look around *bursts into song*

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Sunday Riley: Luna Sleeping Night Oil

So, let's talk about Luna...

Another hyped item beauty lovers are currently obsessing over from the incredible Sunday Riley. Living proof that "feeling blue" isn't necessarily a bad thing. Certainly not in this case.

Luna* is categorised as a sleeping night oil and is the answer to all your winter skincare prayers. As a retinoid oil it reduces lines and wrinkles whilst simultaneously correcting a selection of environmental damages- you know, sun, city pollution and all those other nasties. So, while you are catching up with some essential beauty sleep, this oil will be working overtime to calm irritations, plump out fine lines and improve the overall texture of your skin leaving it perky, soft and smooth by the time you are sipping coffee with your morning cereal.

As I wanted to feel the maximum benefit of using the oil I applied 4-5 drops on my palm, warmed gently between my hands and applied it to my whole face and began to work the product in. What is striking at first glance is that this oil is deep blue in shade thanks to one of its chief ingredients, blue tansy. I don't pretend to instantly know what blue tansy is, but thanks to the powers of light internet research (oh, hello Google!) I discovered that it is an essential oil which calms how the body responds to stresses and irritations. I feel instantly relaxed, apart from my new smurf-esque appearance that is.

For those concerned of the likelihood of rocking permanently blue features, this disappears as soon as you begin to smooth the oil into the skin, so don't freak out. Personally I think it is a cool touch, but just make sure to erase all traces of the oil to banish blue tinges and protect those pretty pillowcases.

The results? Well yes, colour me impressed. Literally. Even before I popped on my pjs and jumped into bed I felt like this was already getting to work. Applying this to freshly cleansed, dry skin felt so hydrating and a real treat. This wonder product stimulates the repair/renewal process and is a welcome moisture boost leaving skin feeling clear, fresh and radiant. I mean, everyone could do with even a hint of J-LO glow from time to time, right?

My one and only niggle, the price. Don't get me wrong, I am a true subscriber to the school of "you get what you pay for." With oils and serums flooding our shelves I definitely believe in the quality and sound nature of the ingredients used in this magic potion, I just don't buy into the price. But that's just me.

With similar releases from the brand hitting the higher end of the price point for luxury beauty boffins, I would maintain that nothing can be so good it warrants a £85 price tag leaving me almost frightened to use a drop. Perhaps this is something Sunday Riley will consider when working on future releases, however they might stand true and cater for the high end market and be content with that. For me, I try to avoid falling head over heels in love with products I know I can't sustain in my routine. With many high end temptations luring our senses, consumers can feel bullied into purchase simply because it is the latest craze. Don't feel pressure to bow to the hype, stretch beyond your reach and be left with strong case of buyers remorse.

That being said, if you adore skin care and can't rest until you view the results for yourself, I'm not going to stop you. It could be the perfect addition to sneak onto that gift list, if someone else is footing the tab...

Well played Sunday Riley. I really enjoyed using this product and would consider visiting it again if feeling flush. If this baby falls within your budget forget about the price tag, it's not about the money, money, money $$$...

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

How can I connect with Sunday Riley?
Facebook: Sunday Riley
Twitter: @sundayriley
Instagram: @sundayriley

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Copenhagen: City Guide

So you have decided that now is the time to visit wonderful Copenhagen!
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