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Vlog: E.L.F Cosmetics Review

Happy Monday!  I hope the start of a new week is treating you all well.

I’ve got a vlog for you today featuring E.L.F cosmetics who kindly sent me a selection of their range to review.  Enjoy! Smile

 

Just to recap, I was sent:

E.L.F High Definition Powder in clear, £6.00

E.L.F Eyeshadow Duo in Butter Pecan, £1.50

E.L.F All Over Colour Stick in Pink Lemonade, £1.50

E.L.F Eyelid Primer in Sheer, £1.50

E.L.F Studio Powder Brush, £3.75

E.L.F Professional Bronzing and Blending Brush, £1.50

For the cost of these items I was very impressed with the quality of the products.  My only issue being with the Professional Bronzing and Blending Brush with it’s coarse brush and I thought that it was too small as a bronzing brush, but that’s just me.

For a bride on  a budget I think there are definitely products checking out here for that big day!

I hope you enjoyed this vlog, leave me some comments below if you have any ideas on what other vlogs you would like to see on Celery and Cupcakes.  Also, remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

What do you think of E.L.F cosmetics?

Have you tried any of the products that I reviewed?

What did you make of the makeup brushes?

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Total 0% Raspberry and Pomegranate Split Pots Review and GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday guys! I have got something really special for you to welcome the weekend big style!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Total Greek Yoghurt to see if I wanted to try and review one of their latest products, being the new Raspberry and Pomegranate Split Pots. I’m a huge fan of their products and have previous reviewed a selection of yoghurts from their range before which you can read here.

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I was sent a Mount Everest supply of the Raspberry and Pomegranate Split Pots to try out and a big tub of their 0% plain Greek Yoghurt. They all came nicely packaged in a lovely freezer bag that has the characters from their TV advertisement on the front- how cool is that!?

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Normally I try and stay clear from dairy products because of my sinus problems (dairy products promote the formation of mucus) and opt for soy yoghurt instead, so this was a real treat for me!

The split pots make awesome portable breakfasts and on the go snacks. I loved them to make yoghurt messes with fresh fruit with the raspberry and pomegranate compote poured on top.

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I even got a little experimental with the tub of 0% Greek yoghurt and blended it with some fresh mango and coconut milk to make my Mango and Coconut Frozen Yoghurt and it turned out amazingly well.

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When I feel like treating myself I will definitely be looking to buy these again as I loved the flavour of the raspberry and pomegranate together. I would never have thought to put the two fruits together but it works and made a perfect summery combo!

The entire split pots in the range are made using the 0% fat variety which I think is great. The only downside to this split pot in particular is that the pomegranate and raspberry juice in the compote is from concentrate. However I guess you get a healthy balance with the 0% yoghurt and the sweet compote, so it’s all good!

You can pick up the Total 0% Raspberry and Pomegranate Split Pots and other varieties from Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and Tesco for around £1.15.

Generously, as always Total Greek Yoghurt are giving away a month supply of yoghurt to one of my luck readers.

Here are the ways that you can enter:

  • Leave a comment detailing what are your favourite things to put in a yoghurt mess

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel

  • Subscribe to the blog to receive email updates

  • Follow Celery and Cupcakes with Instagram

  • Follow me on twitter and tweet “Check out @celery_cupcakes awesome @TotalGreek giveaway!”

  • Like Celery and Cupcakes on Facebook

  • Link back to this giveaway in a blog post

Each action counts as one entry so please make sure that you remember to leave a separate comment for each giveaway entry as I would hate to miss any!

This giveaway is only open to UK readers (sorry my international friends!) and ends on Thursday 12th July with the winner to be announced the following day.

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Sharpham Park Review and GIVEAWAY!

Two weeks ago I was contacted my Sharpham Park and asked of I would like to review their new Spelt Bran Flakes with Berries cereal. IMG_2648[1]

I have reviewed some of Sharpham Park’s products before which you can read here.  From past experience I knew that their products are of the highest quality so was very happy to be contacted again to try out their new bran flakes.

Since you guys were so amazing and liked my last vlog I thought I would record another installment for you, for this review. 

 

Slightly better than mu last one me thinks, if a little choppy at times! Winking smile

I’ve really been enjoying this cereal and have been eating them not stop.  They are great with the addition of chopped fresh fruit and with nut milks.

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To grab yourself a box of Spelt Bran Flakes with Berries to enter:

  • leave a comment on this post telling me how are you celebrating the Jubilee

  • follow and tweet about this giveaway ensuring that @celery_cupcakes is in the tweet!

  • like Celery and Cupcakes on Facebook

  • Subscribe to Celery and Cupcakes

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel

  • link back to this giveaway in a blog post

Each action counts as one entry so please make sure that you remember to leave a separate comment for each giveaway entry.  This is because I only count the number of comments made on the giveaway as an equivalent to the number of entries- I would hate to miss any!

This giveaway is only open to UK readers (sorry my international friends!) and ends on Tuesday 12th June at midnight with the winner to be announced the next day.

If you would like to become a blog sponsor and advertise your blog or business on Celery and Cupcakes then please visit my sponsorship page or you can email me at celeryandcupcakes@gmail.com for more details.

Good Luck!

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iHerb Product Review

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to review some products of my choice from one of my blog sponsors iHerb.  I am a total fan of this website as it open up so many different food choices to people in the UK,  which we simply cannot get over here or just struggle to find.  So choosing products to review was down the iHerb virtual aisles was obviously so much fun.

First up was the Eden Foods, Organic Pasta Company, Kamut Spirals, $3.47

I am not a big pasta eater to say the least, but every so often I do have the odd cravings for a big bowl of pasta with pesto or a rustic tomato sauce.  I always by wholemeal pasta and never white pasta as I find that it bloats me out too much.  When I saw these organic Kamut Spirals on iHerb I thought they would be interesting to try out.

The kamut used in this particular pasta is organically farmed and milled and makes a great alternative to those who suffer from wheat allergies due to its high water soluble gluten.  It is also one of those special grains that is high in fibre and is also a great source of protein.

I thought this was really delicious and made for quick simple meals with lots of vegetables and a simple sauce.  It has a distinctively nutty taste like most wholegrain pastas and is very satisfyingly filling.  Pasta really is one of those store cupboard basics and I would happily buy this again as it is so budget friendly as an organic food goes and is really tasty product.

After seeing stevia on other blogs and reading how good it was I knew I had to get a bottle of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia, $8.62.

Stevia is a 100% natural alternative to refined sugar and is derived from the leaves of a stevia plant.  Since it is a plant based sweetener it is made from natural extracts and does not contain any nasty chemicals or reagents an is alcohol free.  It has so many great uses and I have been loving it in my smoothie creations recently.    However,  you only need a few drops as it can be very sweet at times so be warned!

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I am a massive fan of Kashi cereal and have tried a few of the different cereals out but was yet to try the Kashi GoLean Toasted Berry Crumble, $4.01.

What I think is great about this cereal range is there high protein content.  There is 9g per serving in this particular box to be exact.  It is just another great way to pack in more protein into your diet and also includes 8g of fibre per serving too.

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Their ethos is to stay fuller for longer which is definitely achievable with this cereal as it contains 18g of wholegrains per serving!  A bowl of this crunchy toasted cereal with cranberries and blueberries with fresh fruit, nut butter and almond milk is definitely a great start to my day.

Another breakfast product that I was dying to try was Bob’s Red Mill, 10 Hot Grain Cereal, $2.58.

If you are trying to get more wholegrains into your diet then this cereal is seriously one for you as it contains wheat, rye, triticale, oats and oat bran, corn, barley, soybean, brown rice, millet and flaxseed…phew! It literally does what it says on the packet! 

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You basically just treat this as you would traditional porridge oats and it can be made on the stove top or in the microwave.  I love mine made with water in the microwave with almond milk stirred in afterwards after it has cooked to make it super creamy and then going a little crazy on the toppings is a must.

Now this one was mainly for Alfie as he adores PB & Co peanut butters and their Cinnamon Raisin Swirl $5.07 was no different.  I have tried all of their flavoured peanut butters in the past and love them.  For me though they are a little bit too sugary and sweet so they are definitely just a treat for me.  But they are great on toast, as toppings for oats and cereals, for dipping fruit in for snacks or just straight up out of the jar.

So thank you iHerb for allowing me to try a selection of amazing products from your site.

Have you tried any of these products before?  What did you think?

Have you ever ordered anything from iHerb before?

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Raw cosmetics-a review

With my lip balm and lipstick collection rapidly expanding at great speed I virtually snapped up the chance to review a new collection of raw lip balms by Hurraw!

Over the years I have used quite an array of lip balms of different brands with differing success for the conditioning of my lips.  Some were too sticky and others just sat there and did nothing, so I have become quite the lip balm snob.

I was sent the Black Cherry lip balm to try out from the lovely folks at Vivapure.  It smells divine and exactly like cherries, based on the natural extracts and essential oils that the balms contain.   It also gives a nice sheer reddish tint to your lips for just that subtle hint of colour.  Great for those who want to try a red lippie but are too scared as they think it may me too bold for them- this makes a great alternative.

To be honest I had never considered using raw cosmetics before and didn’t even know that they existed.  Since experimenting with raw foods a little I thought this would be a great product to try out and got me thinking about what is really in the other variety of lip balms on the market that are not natural or raw.  I was surprised to see that that they are full of petroleum based waxes and a lot of artificial ingredients.

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Hurraw! lip balm is not only natural, but it is also hand mixed, organic, certified vegan and CCIC approved.  It is very easy to apply as it just glides straight off the stick, doesn’t feel sticky or over glossy either.  The lovely sheen that it leaves on the lips leaves a is fill of conditioning goodness.   I have been using this practically everyday and my lips are left feeling great!

To make these lip balms raw they are cold pressed and centrifuged extracted.  The nut and seed oils and butters have been below 118F degrees so that they are still full of their essential enzymes and oils.  The main ingredients in Hurraw! lip balms tend to be almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, cacao butter, caster oil and jojoba oil.  All of the different flavours and smells are derived from natural organic sources and the plastic packaging can also be recycled too- they have thought of everything. 

There is a fab range of 12 flavours to choose from which all come in brightly coloured and fun packaging.  The Chai Spice  and Chocolate flavours sound amazing.  Oh and there is even a Coconut flavour too! You can currently pick up Hurraw! lip balms online on the Vivapure website prices ranging from £3.95 to £4.50. 

Although they are a little more expensive that other lip balm brands out there I think these are definitely worth the extra money as I can definitely feel the difference between a raw balm and the other varieties on the market.  I think I will be treating myself to Hurraw! balm in the future.

Have you used Hurraw! lip balms before?  What did you think?

Have you ever tried out raw cosmetics before?

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