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Nourished Life Deluxe Samples Beauty Box – July 2018 Review

This is by far my favourite box from Nourished Life Beauty so far. I love everything in it! For $25 shipped this box is a steal. Not just because the value is there but for people like me who find one natural/organic skin care product and then are reluctant to change or spend money on something different or new I might not like. For that reason this box is gold.

There was some mix up or delay with this box that has pushed the August delivery date back, I’m not sure what it is, I barely glanced at the lovely email update they sent, all that matters is one box is here and another will arrive in due course.

 

Nourished Life Deluxe Samples Beauty Box – July 2018 Cost $25 (incl shipping)

Retail Value $61.85

Review: Weleda Skin Food 30ml (Travel Size) RRP $14.95

I have this product, in every drawer, bathroom, kitchen in my house and at my office. But where I don’t have it (until now!) is in my purse. This is the BEST skin moisturising product hands down. Its great for hands (especially cuticles), feet, knees, elbows… its great for babies, men and grandmas! I love this product!

I love it even more now its teeny-tiny. Enough said. 

Ingredients: Water, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Cera Alba, Alcohol, Fatty Acid Ester, Glycerin, Limonene*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arginine, Zinc Sulfate, Fragrance*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin* *from natural essential oils

 

Review: Lariese Exhilarating Shower Gel 250ml RRP $13.95

I love the packaging of this product, it looks luxurious which you don’t often get in the organic/natural ranges. It smells heavenly and after reading a little more about it on the website it can also be used as a hand wash which would make it last a lot longer if you weren’t willing to spend $14 on a 250ml of shower gel. This product is certified organic, GMO/GE free and doesn’t test on animals.

I feel like I’m going tick, tick tick down my mental list here. This has everything I love in a product! I can see myself adding this to my go-to list of products. 

Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco Glucoside (coconut oil derived), Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Alpha Olefin (castor oil derived), Sea Salt, Organic Calendula Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract, Organic Rosehip Extract, Glyceryl Oleate (glycerin and natural oils derived), Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, Bush Lime Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Scented Tea Tree Essential Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Parfum (additional vegetable preservative).

 

Review: Eco Modern Essentials Aroma Sinus Clear Blend RRP $16.00

Its hard for me to review this product effectively as I have never had a sinus issue in my life! However my husband does and so I will keep this on hand for when he next needs it and will come back to this page and review. I will say it smells great and the ingredients are safe. 

Ingredients: citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, mentha arvensis (peppermint)

 

Review: Life Basics by Nourished Life Nourishing Body Oil 100ml RRP $16.95

What is this product even for? Do I care? No I don’t! I just want to smell it and rub it all over, its that fantastic.

OK I did have to get my iPhone light out to read the fine print to see what its for Put it is a massage oil or hydrating oil. For use after shower or bath or like me when you want to eat something yummy but don’t want to ingest the calories so you rub this all over you and smell the deliciousness and it satisfies you (sort of).

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Marula), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rosehip), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Limonene *, Linalool *. * Natural Component of Essential Oils.

As mentioned previously this was by far my favourite box from Nourished Life so far and I can’t wait for the August box. 

NOURISHED LIFE DELUXE SAMPLES BEAUTY BOX – MAY 2018 REVIEW

This box is always such good value in terms of items received for the money paid. They also introduce me to so many items that I would never have tried before which I love! I can’t wait to see what arrives at my doorstep each month. Check out the box below:

 

Nourished Life Deluxe Samples Beauty Box – May 2018 Cost $25 (incl shipping)

Retail Value $55.95

 

Review: Salt ‘n Glow Travel Set RRP $39.95

I love this cute little travel set in its own travel beauty bag! I love anything miniature, it’s like some kind of obsession, if it helps me pack light Im going to love it! On top of the cute sizing the ingredients are so pure which I love. There is nothing I can see in the ingredients list (below) that I wouldn’t be happy to use. This set includes a moisturiser, toner and eye serum as well as the carry pouch in the following quantities:

Skin Souffle – Face moisturiser 20ml 
Skin Mist – Rose and Cactus Toner 40ml
Awaken – Coffee Bean Eye Serum 3ml
Carry Light Pouch x1

I also noticed they have 15% off your order if placed on their website, so that might be worth a consideration. 

Ingredients:

Moisturiser – LOVE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OIL, ROSA EGLANTERIA (ROSEHIP) SEED OIL*, CETEARYL OLIVATE (OLIVE EMULSIFIER), SORBITAN OLIVATE (OLIVE EMULSIFIER), GLYCERINE*, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA (KAKADU PLUM) EXTRACT*, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED EXTRACT*, BACKHOUSIA CITIODORA (LEMON MYRTYLE) EXTRACT*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT*,  TOCOPHEROL (VITAMIN E), ACACIA SENEGAL (ARABIC TREE) GUM, GLYCERYL STEARATE (SOY OIL EMULSIFIER), OIL OF: JASMINUM SAMBAC (JASMINE ABSOLUTE), ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE ABSOLUTE), CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (SWEET ORANGE), CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG), ELETTARIA CARDAMOMUM (CARDAMOM) SEED, POGOSTEMON CABLIN (PATCHOULI), EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) BUD, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA  (BERGAMOT – BERGAPTENE FREE), SANTALUM SPICATA (SANDALWOOD). *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS.

Toner – LOVE,  ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE OTTO BULGARIAN) HYDROSOL*, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE) LEAF JUICE*, CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG) WATER, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT*, TERMINALIA FERDINANDIANA (KAKADU PLUM) EXTRACT*, HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES (SEA BUCKTHORN) FRUIT EXTRACT*, PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) SEED EXTRACT*, LACTOBACILLUS/ PAPAYA FRUIT FERMENT. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENTS.

Pete Evans Green Chicken Curry Ready Made Meal Review

Wow, that title was a mouthful and I didn’t even fit it all in! From what I can ascertain the meals are called ‘Pete Evans Healthy Everyday Ready Made Meals.’

In my opinion they need to rethink the branding. Its super confusing. Especially when you search to purchase them and when you search ‘Paleo/Organic  Meal Delivery Pete Evans’ (as I did because I didn’t know what they were called) you get this result right alongside the correct one, and its the one I clicked on first.

It shows all the meals as out of stock so I assumed they had no stock and gave up! Came back a few weeks later and they were still out of stock so that made me question it and I searched further and found the correct website. Somebody in digital marketing isn’t thinking this through IMO.

Ok, to the review:

Today I had the ‘Pete Evans Paleo Healthy Everyday Ready Made Green Chicken Curry Meal.’ (insert exhausted emoticon here).

It looks OK at first glance, kind if odd like it’s shrink wrapped, but I’m reserving judgement.

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You can cook these meals in a microwave (don’t it’s awful for you!), in a pot on a stove in the packaging (I prefer not to do this although Pete assures us this is food grade plastic and has been tested for leaching and doesn’t leach), or you can empty the contents into a pan and cook on the stove. I prefer this option although for today I cooked in water on the stovetop for the purpose of this post.

Simply pop the whole package in simmering water for 10 minutes. Remove, drain on a tea towel, pull back the plastic cover (easy to do, doesn’t get stuck), and eat!

The meal is 400g so a good sized meal for a ready to eat, its no all-you-can-eat buffet, but I am satisfied and don’t feel the need to go to the fridge for a late night snack.

I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t look too appetising after cooking and dumping in a plate, but I’m here for the greater good (reviewing this so you don’t have to eat it if it’s bad), so I dig in.

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The curry sauce is delicious! It’s delicate and full of flavour, mild in spice, (although if your idea of gourmet food is beef ‘n black bean at the local Chinese place you might find too much spice for your liking). There was plenty of sauce, which I loved.

The chicken is full of flavour and mostly tender although I did get two significant sized bits of sinew that were inedible and left on the plate which was kind of annoying. Given the size of the meals every gram counts!

The broccoli had real crunch to it which pleasantly surprised me. I really expected it to be a soggy mess, clearly the Sous-vide (or whatever magic method he uses) worked well, it was perfectly cooked. The beans were a little less crunchy but nothing that bothered me.

The cauliflower rice was in larger chunks than I normally grind myself, and it was better for it. I’ve often done it so fine it ends up kind of gluggy. Apparently this guy is a chef and he knows what he’s doing!

All in all I really enjoyed this meal and give it a 8.5/10.

For more information about the nutritional info etc, please go to the Pete Evans Healthy Everyday website HERE.

I hope this review was helpful to you and would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried of Pete’s ready made Paleo meals. What did you like and not like about them?

TIME: 14 minutes (4 to heat the water and 10 to cook)

DIFFICULTY: Easy. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

APPEARANCE: Looks pretty ordinary, but then what green curry doesn’t?

TASTE: Absolutely delicious with no ‘pre prepared meal’ taste to it

SPICE: Mild

SIZE: At 400g it is a satisfying although not large meal

** All reviews are my honest experience and opinion. I receive no payment or free product from the supplier or distributors for this review. **

Screw the Kale, I Want Chanel

chanelI’ve been wanting this Chanel handbag and have been dropping copious hints to my better half, who is either deaf, stupid or ignoring me. No doubt you can guess which.

So I laid it on a little thick the other day, expressing my need for such a gorgeous item.

“Do you know how much we spent on groceries last month?” he asked.

“No, why?” I replied.

“$2463” he said, his eyes flashing accusingly in my direction. “On groceries. Probably about the same price as that Chanel handbag.”

“$2463 because you will not let so much as a snack of non-organic, processed, pesticide-laden, toxic, possibly GMO food, pass by the lips of anyone in this family.”

“And because this is so important to you I know you wont mind forgoing the Chanel to ensure the ongoing health and wellness of our family.”  Then he turned and walked away.

The crappiest thing about this scenario is that I created it, so I don’t have any argument.

I have to live up to my Organic Diva-ness and commit to healthy food for the family and continue to carry my years-old Louis Vuitton, which really sucks.

(Sorry Louis, no offence.)

Wine Is From Grapes, So It’s Healthy Too

IMG_1992I am the girl munching down some Mary’s Gone Crackers with a great ‘ole dollop of hummus and calling it a ‘treat’.

So much so that I ate a (small) tub of hummus today while listening to a story from my sisters dating life that really requited a bottle of tequila to go with it.  I dug deep and refrained.

I did pull out the red wine though. The story was that jaw dropping. Besides, I figured once we were past noon, it wasn’t considered alcoholism.

Here’s where I start to have a problem. 1 Mary’s cracker is good, 3 are even ok, up to 7 is really not that bad. But, I ate 26. Yes you read that correctly. 26 crackers and a small tub of hummus all by myself. (Cue Celine Dion music.)

To make up for my gorging on health foods (because wine is from grapes so it’s a health food too), I had to forego lunch, and dinner.

So when I bemoan to you (and I will) the fact that I eat right but can never lose weight, feel free to point me in the direction of this post.

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