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Eden’s Semilla Review

Eden’s Semilla have a range of oils including Jobobo, Vitamin C and Rosehip. I was sent the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid serums to test. At first I was sceptical as although I have used oils on my hair and for aromatherapy I had never tried them on my skin because I have sensitive skin.

Seeing the ingredients of the serums was a huge positive for me knowing that there is only a very small chance my skin could be irritated by the serum.

Vitamin C

The ingredients include Aloe Vera extract, Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Rosehip Oil.

I used this product every morning before applying any moisturisers and other skincare products. After a few days I noticed a difference in how bright my skin looked and also how I had a natural glow on my face.

A little goes a long way with the oils so only a couple of drops is needed to successfully cover your face. The formula absorbs well and doesn’t linger on skin, which was a huge relief for me as I thought it would leave behind a residue.

It felt nice to awaken my face up to a nice oil skincare routine and I noticed that the serum has reduced the redness around my breakouts and shrunk my pores.  It is a really hydrating residue and my skin now looks and feels healthier.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The packaging boasts that will reduce fine lines and wrinkles and eliminate dry patches. I immediately started using the product and every evening before bed I would cleanse my face then spread the serum evenly and leave it to soak in. Now I have always loved using essential oils and using a product such as this one that has natural and organic ingredients is something that does attract me in terms of purchasing beauty products.

After using the product every day for over a week I have noticed huge changes. My skin feels softer, firmer and my dry patches have completely disappeared.

The only concern I had about using the serums was that I was worried it would make my skin greasy however the formula does not leave any residue, it isn’t sticky and I was so pleased it didn’t leave my skin with excess shine and make it look greasy.

I recommend adding serums into your beauty regime if you haven’t already and if you have then go ahead try the range from Eden’s Semilla! The products suited my skin types and really worked for me, overall I had really positive experience with the oils and I can’t wait to experiment more with serums.

Have you used serums before?

Thanks for reading,

Gee

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*I was sent this product in exchange for an honest and genuine review. All opinions are my own*

“Why am I yellow?”

After a long weekend of binge drinking, eating takeaways and not sleeping much its to safe to say I wasn’t feeling my best. However I didn’t expect to wake up on a Monday morning with unbearable stomach cramps and yellow eyes and skin. It didn’t take long until I was at the doctors having blood tests to find out why I was looking like a Simpsons character.

The jaundice faded but I was diagnosed with a minor condition called Gilbert’s Syndrome.

Gilbert’s syndrome is when the yellow substance found naturally in the blood (Bilirubin) increases and starts to build up. It is a genetic disorder that’s hereditary and according to UK statistics around 1 in 20 people have Gilbert’s.

It took me a while to understand what it was, and accept the changes that I had to make to my diet in order to avoid this short period of jaundice and fatigue. There are a few symptoms of Gilbert’s including nausea, dizziness, IBS, brain fog, and fatigue. Although Gilbert’s is not a medicated condition it helps to know what triggers you may have and how you can prevent feeling unwell.

I took the steps to cut out alcohol, fatty and oily foods (only sticking to the good fats) and anything made with MSG. My doctor recommended the Paleo diet, and although I had heard from other GS sufferers it worked well, unfortunately after my 3 month trial it made me feel worse.

It’s been a year and a half since my diagnosis and I feel healthier than I have ever felt before. Of course I treat myself to the occasional chicken kebab and my diet isn’t too strict but all the little things I have changed have paid off.

GS doesn’t pose a risk to health and doesn’t cause complications, yes there are some medications I now can’t take but overall GS hasn’t restricted my life whatsoever.

My message to other GS sufferers is look at changing your diet, take care of your body and you will feel fine. Just because you get diagnosed or labelled as something it doesn’t mean that you can’t carry on living your life, and there is plenty of other illnesses in the world that are far worse than a having a few days of jaundice and fatigue.

To anyone else that may think they have GS, go and get tested and then find out what triggers your symptoms so you can change it.

I’m happy my body reacted the way it did otherwise nothing would have changed and I would living an unhealthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading, leave a comment below and tell me all about health issues you may face and how you cope with them.

Gee

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14 things I’m thankful for on the 14th.

Hey everyone,

I have been super duper busy these past few weeks working hard and also having lots of events and arrangements to attend. I thought I would write a quick blog post listing the things I’m thankful for especially in light of what has been happening around the world these past few days.

I’m thankful for…

♥  My family and friends always.

That I have a roof over my head and a place I call home.

Positive vibes

My new work related adventure (working for a company writing content, creating graphics and managing social media accounts)

Future plans and dreams slowly falling into place.

Being lucky enough to travel, see places and spend time with family (holiday in August)

Nature

Books. Reading is a great escape for me and I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t read.

My freedom. To speak my mind, do what I want and write freely is of huge importance to me especially as a female and I will always have my independence.

Balance and moderation.

My body and mind. Both of which aren’t perfect but it’s a working progress but I’m pleased that I feel and look healthy and happy.

Support

Baths. Alchemy baths and LUSH baths are just too perfect for me. The little things count.

Myself. It is hugely important to love yourself and take care of yourself.

 

I love writing these lists because they keep me so grounded. Even if you are having a bad day/week/month/year look around you and remind yourself of what you do have instead of what you don’t. 

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment below.

Thanks,

Gee

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Review: Pure chimp super tea.

As an avid tea drinker I was delighted to be very kindly sent a pouch of matcha green tea by the pure chimp company who specialise in tea and skincare products.

This is more than you average green tea as it is 100% natural ground tea leaves and one cup of matcha is the equivalent of drinking 10 cups of your standard green tea! It has 137 times more antioxidants and is vegan friendly not to mention it boosts metabolism.

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I was surprised to see that the tea comes in powder form and is the brightest green you could imagine. The vivid colour remains long after adding your hot water and leaving it to stand. It reminded me of the powder paints you could get in primary school!

After frothing it up with a whisk and adding a squeeze of grapefruit it made a pleasant and smooth hot drink. It was nice not having to wait for a teabag to brew (I’m not impatient or anything!) and be able to enjoy it straight away.

I experimented with adding it into a smoothie to turn it into a super drink, giving me a boost of energy in the mornings. The great thing about teas in general is that you can add whatever fruits and flavours you like if you get bored and have it hot or ice cold.

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Overall I think Matcha green tea is the most flavoursome green tea I have tasted so far and I highly recommend it over any green tea teabags. If you are looking for a smooth blended tea and a healthier alternative with more benefits then I think Matcha tea is the one for you!

30g pouch is £6.95.


Comment below with what tea you recommend!

Gee

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Half Marathon Tips.

On Sunday I finally completed my half marathon after months of training and weeks of fundraising. I ran it in 2hrs and 18 minutes which was a huge achievement for me considering it was my first. I had family and friends supporting me and spurring me on at the end and it was one of the best moments I have ever had. I feel as if I have accomplished so much and I am more motivated than ever to push my boundaries and do things I never thought I could. I raised roughly £200 for Kidney Research UK and myself and the people around me are extremely proud.

 

Now for anyone who is currently training for a long distance run or are planning to in the future I thought I would share some tips and advice.

  • Do actually train for it! It is important to train for at least 6 weeks beforehand if you aren’t a strong runner. You don’t have to run the full distance e.g. I ran a maximum of 10 miles and the last 3 were fueled on crowd motivation alone. Any cardio will help  build your stamina and strengthen your muscles so you don’t get an injury.
  • Wear comfy clothes.  Wear clothing that is comfortable to run in, suitable for the weather and doesn’t just look the part. I would also recommend trying trainers and clothing beforehand so you know you are used to the feel then you won’t get any nasty surprises on the day.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others! Finishing the race alone is a huge achievement for anyone so don’t compare your finishing times to others. Be proud of yourself that you completed it!
  • Nutrition. Eating a healthy balanced diet is important whilst training for the race as I don’t drink or smoke I think this personally helped my training but don’t do anything that will make you unhappy. Another tip I have is do carb load! I started to increase my carbs 5 days before the race so my body had time to store them. It is important not to overloads as this will leave you feeling bloated and groggy. However bagels, pasta and granola are ideal pre-race fuel.
  • Stay hydrated and pick a mid race snack. As you will be sweating lots it is important to stay hydrated and replenish the fluids you have lost. Do drink lots of water in advance to the race and small regular sips throughout. At the event I did they had energy sachets that were added to the water. I chose not to drink them as I had tried them in advance and they didn’t agree with my digestion. Many runners have mid races snacks whether that be jelly babies, gummy bears or energy gels. I had energy tablets that you can just pop into your mouth and they really do give you a well needed boost especially when you are at the the 10th mile!
  • Plan a post race treat. Whether that be a massage, a manicure or a celebratory drink, it is important to relax, indulge and congratulate yourself on your accomplishment. I had a post race tea (my mum had a vodka) and then an afternoon nap and a takeaway in the evening with family.
  • Enjoy yourself! Family and friends told me that on the day I was one of the only people that crossed that finish line with a smile on my face and my arms in the a celebratory cheer. Remember the reason you are doing this and do enjoy yourself. If you are in pain or you feel too tired then slow down and pace yourself. There maybe be plenty of future races you can push yourself harder in but for now your first run is a special achievement so smile and enjoy it!

 

You can read my story on the reason why I ran and where I got my inspiration on previous blog posts and on the Kidney Research UK facebook page.

 

Happy running!!

Gee

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Fundraising and training for the Half Marathon.

Next month I will be running the Worthing Half Marathon and raising money for Kidney Research UK.

Two years ago my Dad had a double kidney transplant after spending so many years on dialysis. I watched him gain his health and strength back and now I think it’s time for me to give back.

Running a half marathon is something I have always wanted to do, and when I signed up in October it was only natural for me to want to fundraise for a kidney charity.

I chose Kidney Research UK because the money they raise goes towards finding a cure and finding better treatments for people who have kidney disease.

More than 6,000 people, that’s around 90% of the total organ waiting list, are waiting for a kidney, yet less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

3,000 people a year die while on dialysis and more than 350 people a year die while waiting for a kidney transplant, that’s one person every day.

My dad was given a new lease of life and now I want to raise as much money as I can to support the charity that can give someone else the same.

kidney research

Kidney Research UK were kind enough to send me a running vest and fundraising pack and Jamie bought me some new running gear to get me motivated!

running map

 

I have been training since the beginning of November and I am aiming to finish in 2hrs 15 minutes! With only 4 weeks to go as long as I can maintain my pace I should achieve my time!

I will be running alongside (or maybe slightly ahead) my mum and my fundraising goal is £150. I would love to meet this target and would be extremely grateful if you could support, share or even donate to the cause.

My justgiving page.

Thanks,

Gee

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