Sunday, 14 December 2014

Nola Vodka Spritz - 81 calories per 175ml

I was recently sent a 'Nola's Night In Kit' from the people who make Nola Vodka Spritz to enjoy a night in with my friends with some bottles/cans of Nola Vodka Spritz, some snacks from Propercorn and a gorgeous scented candle.

I hadn't tried Nola Vodka Spritz before so I didn't really know what to expect. It comes in two flavours - Raspberry and Elderflower and Watermelon and Strawberry.  Both were light, refreshing, fruity and easy to drink, it was about -2 when we had our night in (obviously it wasn't -2 inside so glad to be having a night in!) and I think these drinks would be even better in summer.

On the front of each can it says there are 81 calories in 175ml but each can is 250ml so more like 115 calories per can which still isn't a lot of calories especially when you compare it to something like wine, I just think it's a bit misleading as some of my friends were like "oh wow 81 calories per can?" which at first glance it looks like.

My favourite was by far the Watermelon and Strawberry, which I knew would be the case before I even tried them as I love those flavours and I'm not hugely keen on raspberry or elderflower, it's still pretty nice but I probably wouldn't buy it again whereas I'd definitely buy the strawberry and watermelon one!  I really enjoyed it and so did my friends, everyone was pleasantly surprised that it tasted so nice as a lower calories drink.

The 700ml bottles are currently on offer for £5 each in Asda and Tesco so I might pick some Strawberry and Watermelon bottles up to enjoy over Christmas.  I'm not a big drinker at all - I probably have alcohol once every few months if that but I did enjoy these and there'll be so many calories involved over Christmas I might as well save some on alcohol too!

Remember if you do end up trying these or having some nights in/out over Christmas remember to drink responsibly and stay safe!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves Wand

I've been looking for a larger barelled tong for a while because I really like loose waves that don't look too over-styled or ringlety so when I was offered the chance to try out the new BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves tong I was excited!

It has a 34mm tourmaline-ceramic coated barrel, much wider than a normal tong, has five variable heat settings (ideal for me as I try and repair my hair after 9 month of bleaching it platinum and over-processing my hair), it heats up in 30 seconds and it doesn't have a "clamp" that holds your hair so no kinks in your hair and a natural curl that just looks like your hair falls like that (#IWokeUpLikeDis).  Packaging is gorgeous too as you can see!

It comes with a little heat proof glove that stops you burning your hand as you wrap and as I mentioned it has no clamp so you wrap your hair from the top down and hold it in place which at first I didn't like because I wasn't used to it at all but now I've done it a few times it's really quick, these come with clear instructions too.  Here's a how to vid from BaByliss that shows what I mean perfectly:

Here's the result on my hair - this was a lazy Sunday where I still wanted to look nice but not like I'd put loads of effort in:
This has quickly become my go-to hair curler for a natural, everyday look (sorry hot rollers and my other curling tongs) - it's really quick and easy to do my hair.  Throw in a bit of backcombing and it's perfect for an effortless evening look too!  I find the curls easily last all day without dropping if I add a bit of hairspray.  The fact it doesnt have a clamp adds to the natural look too - you can easily just fool people into thinking you just have naturally nice wavy hair.
One thing I would say is that it's really only suitable if you have long hair, anything above your shoulders would struggle to fit around the barrel more than once I think, it is big!
The BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves Wand costs around £30 - for more information visit or to purchase visit  


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