Breville Blend Active Personal Blender | Product Review

I'm a huge fan of smoothies; although I also love a good, fresh, veggie juice (and the nutritional benefits of juicing are hard to ignore), the amount of fruit required to make a good juice has never sat particularly well with me, and cleaning out a juicer full of mulch first thing in the morning isn't exactly my idea of a good time. And, on days when I've taken just a little too long to perfect my eyeliner and am running slightly(!) late, even cleaning out a blender isn't an option.
That's why, when I spotted the Breville Blend Active under my 'suggested' items on Amazon, I knew I had to snap it up.
The concept behind the Breville Blend Active Personal Blender is pretty simple; throw your ingredients straight into the bottle, screw on the blade attachment, lock it in to the base of the blender, and whip up a delicious smoothie in a matter of seconds. Then, when you've got the smoothie to a consistency you like, rinse off the blade (much quicker than rinsing out an entire blender), attach the lid to your bottle, and go.
I have to say, the Breville Blend Active is easily my favourite purchase over the past few months. It's cut my morning routine in half, easily, and the containers are the perfect size to throw into my handbag if I'm out. The blender itself is perfect, too; it crushes ice easily, and blends fruit and veg smoothly in a matter of minutes. The bottles are airtight, and the blades are so so easy to clean.

Would I recommend it? 100%. If you're into your smoothies or shakes, this is an ideal product; and, being so affordable, it'd be great for smoothie newbies who're looking for a way to incorporate fruit and veg into their diet.
The Breville Blend Active Personal Blender is currently available for £22.48 over at Amazon (here).
Are you a smoothie fan? Or is juicing more your thing?
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Lush 'Godiva' Shampoo Bar | Product Review

Despite having been a serious Lush fan for years, I'll admit to being a little set in my ways; I have a few 'tried and tested' products that I swear by, but rarely ever branch out into anything new from their selection. Obviously, this self-deprivation couldn't last forever, and it wasn't long before I found myself browsing my local store for the product I'd been most curious about for the longest time; Lush shampoo bars.

Now, solid shampoos are not an area I have much expertise in, so when perusing the selection, I found myself going purely by smell, and 'Godiva', bursting full of jasmine, cocoa butter, and hibiscus extract, definitely beat the competition by miles. 

For anyone else who's a bit of a newbie in the shampoo bar world, a quick how to: wet your hair as you usually would, then take the bar and rub it directly onto the scalp in a circular motion. This will provide the best lather, but if you're sharing the product and worried about hygiene, you can also lather the bar up between your hands and massage into the hair. 

Personally,  my biggest concern when trying out a new hair product is how it will interact with my hair dye; will it fade it? Dry it out? 
In reality,  this bar did neither; whilst it did leave my hair squeaky clean, and I'll admit it felt a little dry just after washing,  by the time it dried, it felt plenty soft, and my colour was just as intense as it always was. 
The real bonus, though? The smell. By some miracle, it manages to stay just as intense in the hair as it is in the store (you'll have to go in and get a whiff to believe just how amazing it is ), and now the scent of jasmine follows me whenever I go!
The 'Godiva' shampoo bar is available from Lush stores for £6.50, or on the Lush online store, here.
Have you tried the Lush shampoo bars?
Do you ever get stuck in a rut with your favourite brands?
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