Here I am, bringing you more vegan snacks, these ones are gluten free too so really good if you are dairy intolerant and eat gluten free too!

I honestly never knew there were so many snack bars out there and I love trying new ones. I am really impressed with this brand as they have such yummy flavours!

Good full stop create fruit and nut snack bars that are good for you, just as the name states. They are vegan, so no dairy and also gluten free. You can get them in Holland and Barrett and also a lot of health stores or direct from them online.

The flavours are:

Choc & mint

Fiery choc & chilli

Raspberry

Double choc

Cherry & maple

Mocha & caffeine

Mixed nuts

Double choc & chilli

Choc & orange

The texture of the bars reminds me of Nakd bars but not as wet, quite often the Nakd ones can be a bit wet if you know what I mean? These ones are the perfect texture and consistency.

My favourite is the Choc & orange, in fact I like anything chocolate flavoured! I like how the flavours aren’t too overpowering. I previously tried some sort of mint chocolate health bar and the mint was way too strong but good full stop have god the flavour balance just right.

I like how they have so many flavours are mixing things together like chilli and chocolate or cherry and maple. Sometimes I like to have chocolate ones rather than fruit themed bars as a treat. They are all good for you though and don’t have any added sugar which is great!

I will definitely bee looking for these when I next go to Holland and Barrett.

Sarah x

You know me, always testing new skincare to try and banish my acne for good. Nearly 30 years old, I would really have hoped to have grown out of acne by now! My latest product I think is helping is this serum from Spa marine skincare:

It is described as “A multi-functional anti-inflammatory concentrate of hibiscus flower and green tea acids fortified with salicylic acid to gradually exfoliate skin, even tone, smooth wrinkles and fine lines and decongest pores. Ideal for the treatment of most skin conditions. Flower Peel comes in a soothing seaweed based gel which prevents any skin irritation.” – http://www.veganbeautyskincare.co.uk

This sounds great for acne, anti aging, pigmentation, whatever your skin concern is!

I have used it a few times over the last couple of weeks and can honestly say I have noticed a difference. It really helps to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of your face and leaves your skin looking fresh and brighter. Usually things like this can be a little irritating but I had no problem using this.

It is easy to use, I was expecting to wash it off as it was described as a peel but you actually just apply it after cleansing your face and leave it to soak in. I like using it before bed a couple of nights a week. You can use your moisturiser after you apply the serum if needed and I can see a difference when I wake up.

Things like this I think they seem to work better if you only use 1 or 2 times a week as if you start using something daily your skin will become used to it and it wont work, this is why I always switch up my acne routine.

Really impressed with this and it looks like they do a lot of other great products from looking online, they are all vegan too!

Sarah x

September brings us sexual health awareness month. It is so important if you are having sex that you are aware of STDs(sexually transmitted diseases).

With more and more hormonal contraceptives available: the pill, implant, coil etc people are choosing these methods over the classic condom. These contraceptives can be extremely appealing. Imagine having the implant placed in your arm and being covered for three years… sounds amazing. It is great for someone like me, I am married and have one sexual partner but if you aren’t in a regular relationship you need to also be thinking about who you are sexually active with. You can’t tell if someone has a STD by looking at them. It is important when you change sexual partners to get them/yourself checked out.

STDs should not be a taboo subject, it’s something we should talk about openly with friends, family, or medical professionals. Sex is something people should enjoy and not something people should be embarrassed about discussing.

STD tests usually vary depending on what you are being tested for but with STD Check based in the USA they can check your blood or urine and make it so simple and easy. Peace of mind is so important and it can be nerve racking going to a doctors and not knowing how a test is performed or if you need to take your clothes off or what’s going to happen.

It can be embarrassing going to the doctors for something sexual related. I remember going for a smear test and I was so terrified the nurse was going to judge me and look at my lady parts and what underwear I had, she really did not care, they are there to do a job and in a professional manner. I would much prefer if a test was needed that I could do it from home!

With online STD tests you can get results in a couple of days and it’s so convenient. It is as simple as ordering a test online and then having your sample taken at your nearest testing lab location, and then awaiting your results in a couple of days.

100% Confidential STD Testing

5 Minute Testing with Results in 1 to 2 days

All Tests are FDA-Approved

Same Day STD Testing Available

Over 4,500 Testing Centers Nationwide

I wish they did something like this in the UK, I think a lot more people would get tested if it was this easy rather than having to get an appointment with a doctor or at a special clinic to have swabs and other tests performed.

Sarah x

Another product from Eco cosmetics that I have been trying is their hair mousse. This is a vegan/ natural product designed to be used on any hair type.

I like to use this mousse if I blow dry my hair. It helps to keep the frizz at bay and leaves my hair feeling soft and looking more manageable and shiny. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy like I always expect mousse to. it just helps to tame the flyaways and strengthen your hair.

Benefits
For all hair types
Easy to Use
Gives Volume and Gloss
Non sticky
No Synthetic Dyes, Perfumes and Preservatives
No PEG and Parabens
GMO Free
No Petroleum, paraffin and silicon derivatives

“The natural and organic hair mousse contains precious organic goji berries and pomegranate, these ingredients help to strengthen and stimulate hair growth by improving the circulation to your scalp.” – www.pravera.co.uk

What is your favorite hair product right now?

Sarah x

Whether you’ve finally decided to adopt a dog for the first time, or whether you’re an experienced dog owner looking for a new friend, there is always a list of essentials you should buy. Indeed, welcoming a new dog into your family requires a little planning, both for yourself and for your furry pet. One of the most common mistakes that people make, when it comes to preparing the house for their dog, is to forget to consider your pet’s tastes. Picture the scene with a dear friend instead of an animal. If you knew your friend was staying overnight, you’d make sure to know what they prefer to eat and drink for breakfast or if they need anything in the guest bedroom. Consequently, it’s essential to add choice and diversity to your pet’s welcoming pack too.

Make your new pup(s) feel welcome

#1. Your new friend might be nervous

Whether you’re adopting a puppy directly from a breeder or you’ve chosen to take a senior dog from a shelter, you want to put yourself in your dog’s shoes — or paws. Your pup is about to discover a new environment and a new family. Of course, it will be exciting. But at first, the experience is likely to be stressful for a couple of days until your new friend gets used to you and its new home. But you can help the accommodation process to go smoothly with a calming diffuser that actively de-stresses your pet. Just prepare the house by plugging one or more diffuser throughout the property – depending on its size, you might need more than one.

#2. Everyone needs a comfy bed

Do you sleep best on your back, your belly or your side? You probably know the answer to the question. But can you say the same about your dog? You need to create a comfy nest for your pet which typically includes good pillows for dogs and a little blanket. You’ll find that most dogs feel more confident with a brand new bed – it’s best not to re-use the pillow from your previous dog as the odor might be confusing at first. You need to keep your options open too, with a quality bed, a throw and maybe also one of your old sweaters to reassure your dog.

#3. Several culinary options

What will your dog eat? The truth is that you don’t know until you’ve tried it. While it’s true that dogs may not have the same developed palate than people, most of them have specific tastes. You can make it easy for your friend to discover new food by buying small portions in multipack offers. This will allow you to find out whether your pup prefers chicken, beef, carrots, or even cereals. Additionally, you can also introduce healthier alternatives for dogs that have been used to wet food only.

#4. Toys, toys, toys

Dogs like to play. But they all have a favorite toy. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a selection of toys to welcome your pet: A soft toy, a ball, and something to chew and pull.

The bottom line is that all dogs are different. You should also cater to a few possibilities when you adopt a new friend, from whether or not they might be stressed to the type of food they might like.

Sarah x