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On Trial: Guinot Masque Hydra Beaute Radiance Mask

June 22, 2015
Guinot Masque Hydra Beaute

Don’t worry, I’m not about to become a beauty blogger. I don’t know shit about pores, or palettes or pigments. But I felt compelled to tell you about the Guinot Masque Hydra Beaute Radiance Mask (it tires me out just typing that) because it’s blown my mind a little bit. Bear with me. If you’re in the ‘I have no idea about beauty products but I know I should be using them’ camp that I permanently reside in, this might just be a little gem. I’ve always been quite lucky with my skin. And to that end, I’ve always been quite basic in my skincare routine. Apart from a natural and unfortunate tendency to go bright red at any given moment, I’ve avoided serious spots and terrible outbreaks. When I was 12 I bought Superdrug’s own brand tea tree cleansing gel and that served me twice a day, every day, for…

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Food & Drink, Reviews, Wellbeing

Nurture Three Day Juice Cleanse – Nourishment or Nonsense?

July 17, 2014
Ohhhh so pretty! A day's intake. Gulp.

I can already see you rolling your eyes. Juices?! As in… no food?! Well, no solids… yes. For three days. It happened, I did it, and it was amazing for my body, my mind and my blood sugars. More detail on that in a bit, but just what exactly would possess a food loving self-confessed greedy pig to give up foods for 72 hours? Well… Ever since my life-changing visit to the yoga retreat last year I have been paying a lot of attention to what I’m putting into my body in order to make it as nourished it can be so that I feel strong and healthy. Looking at food labels is nothing new in my life, but for many years previously as I battled with my weight I try anything from a zero tolerance carbs policy to drinking shakes – without any concern for the actual ingredients involved.…

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Fitness, Reviews

In A Spin? Review of Psycle London

April 16, 2014
Psycle Quote

One dreary and moody not-quite-spring-yet evening as I scurried out of work with my head down in a hurried bid to dash through the Oxford Circus crush and reach my friend on time, I was halted by a glowing beacon of new shop frontage with clean branding and an enticing air of general wellbeing loveliness. Behold, Psycle. Whaaaaat? Psycle. Psycle presents itself as a low impact, high intensity total body workout on a bike, drawing on concepts popular in the US that are rapidly making their way over here as more and more people swap their brogues for cleats and get pedalling. It’s definitely been the buzz about fitness town – everyone from Vogue to the Evening Standard have been busy praising this 45-minute woop fest since it opened a few weeks ago. But is this anything new? Is it a passing flavour of the month or can it stand the test…

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Food & Drink, Reviews

LivLife Bread – The Low Carber’s Dream?

February 27, 2014
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Bread. Mmmmm… Bread. Lovely, fluffy, crunchy, warm, cuddle-in-your-actual-mouth bread. Like many people, diabetic or not, it’s the stuff of my dreams, and of my nightmares. Over the years me and my body have been rebounding through an intense love-hate carbohydrate relationship. The whole reason I started this site four (FOUR!) years ago was because I’d swallowed Dr Bernstein’s mammoth doorstop of a book and decided that living a life sans potato might improve my blood sugars and make me a healthier, happier person who wasn’t about to go blind. And he was right. Cutting out carbs and increasing my good fats gave me the most stable levels I’d had as an adult; it was quite frankly a revelation for a girl who when she was diagnosed had been told to eat something like 70% carbs in her diet (whaaaat?!). BUT… low carb a la Berstein is a pretty strict regime that is…

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Fitness, Reviews, Travel, Videos, Wellbeing

VIDEO: Yoga Paradise – A Week At Kaliyoga, Spain

August 28, 2013
Kaliyoga

Thanks to the lovely people at Kaliyoga for the most wonderful week in which my eyes were undoubtedly opened. Since I’ve returned I feel like I’ve been living in technicolour. I tried to make this video complete so that you could sit back and enjoy without having to wade through a text blog entry afterwards explaining all the numbers and fun stuff. Sooo, have a watch and please pipe up with your thoughts and comments about yoga, wellness, exercise and diabetes and whether anything I’m jabbering about rings true with you as well. Maybe you aren’t diabetic and you use yoga as a way of keeping your head clear; I’d love to hear from you too! I knew I would enjoy this trip but I did not ever expect it to have such a lasting affect on my lifestyle. Intrigued? Let’s watch… xxx Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Review: No Added Sugar by Fibi Ward

August 5, 2013
Fibi Ward

I’d hazard a guess that most type 1s remember the day they were diagnosed quite vividly. If not the exact details – the smells, the confusion, the fuss, the overriding sense that something was very much going on that was cataclysmically changing life as you knew it up until that point. I don’t remember being told I was diabetic but do I remember a hellova lot from that very strange period. But what about the days, weeks, months after? As you frantically and anxiously adjust to a very new, surreal and at times terrifying world of injections, needles, hypos, blood tests, and the all-consuming numbers game? I don’t remember my first hypo, nor do I remember learning how it felt to have low blood sugars. But I remember sitting in a field not too far from my house about a year after I was diagnosed, not really being able to breathe…

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Reviews, Type 1 Diabetes

All Mouth, No Trousers? – Review of iBG Star

May 28, 2012
Isn't she pretty?

Although the title rather aptly fits a number of the more offensive men I’ve met in my now 25 years, it actually refers to diabetes. Honest. Well, a product for diabetes more specifically. By the way… hi! I won’t waste time apologizing for going AWOL, because I seem to do it to some extent at the beginning of each and every blog post, and quite frankly it’s getting a little bit embarrassing. I started writing this post in the middle of April for god’s sake. The past few weeks have been filled thus: getting to grips with my ridiculously amazing new job (*toot toot* trumpet sound), trekking around various suburbs of North West London trying to find a flat that isn’t mouldy/box-like/astronomically expensive, settling for an amazingly gorgeous place that isn’t at all mouldy or box-like, but DOES mean I’ll be eating beans on toast for the next… erm… three…

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Reviews, Type 1 Diabetes

“Have you had your jab?” – Review of Timesulin

October 1, 2011
Timesulin

We all like to pretend we’re on top on things. On the surface we’re all well put together, uber cool human beings, but it’s like we’re treading water; underneath the surface the legs and arms are frantically flapping around to keep us afloat. I have no problem admitting that this is me. I like to be busy; stimulated and entertained, and as such I have a tendency to say “yes” to everything without really thinking it through, and deal with the juggling (and the consequences) later. And all I have to worry about is work, clothes, boys and such. How I’ll manage when I have actual real responsibilities like a family and a mortgage… well, it’s not like I’m in danger of having to worry about either of those any time soon, and that’s probably for the better! Having diabetes is just another ball to juggle, whether us type 1’s…

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