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Chris James 12 Day Cleanse


After having enjoyed the festive period a little too much and followed by a whole week of birthday celebrations, by mid January I was desperate to return to my healthy eating routine.

So to get myself back on the right track, I gave my very first detox/cleanse a go and started the Chris James 12 Day Cleanse. I was really excited to start the cleanse but also slightly apprehensive as I really wasn't sure what to expect, would it be impossible to follow? would I be hungry all the time? would it even do anything? you can imagine the rest.

The purpose of the 12 day program is to reduce acid forming foods in the diet, including meat, dairy, bread, pasta, alcohol and caffeine and replace them with alkaline ones in order to get the foods functioning at optimum level. The cleanse is split into 4 stages, which made it really easy to keep motivated and on track. 

Whilst on the cleanse, I started each morning with hot lemon and water and lots of different supplements, it definitely took a couple of days to get used to take so many supplements but once I had adjusted it wasn't so bad. For the first half of the cleanse I was mainly eating porridge and smoothies for breakfast, LOTS of veg, grains and salads for lunch and dinner and then fruit or nuts for snacking. So in actual fact it wasn't too restricting and I could eat as much as I wanted as long as it was in my allowed list. With the 12 Day programe came clear guidelines on which foods you could and couldn't eat along with Chris's own recommended recipes.

A couple of days in and I definitely noticed that my cravings had lessened. I was saying no to chocolate, cakes and biscuits in the office, which was groundbreaking and I felt more alert and even lighter. I think I saw the most difference in the first couple of days and I definitely did feel more toned. By the juicing phase of the cleanse (days 6-9), things did become more difficult and I completely see why Chris recommends doing this phase over a quiet weekend if possible. During this point of the cleanse I did begin to feel quite tired and with a very busy job and social life it was hard to keep on track. I also found it hard to keep explaining to friends about why I had to skip our regular coffee, brunch and dinner dates. It's also worth mentioning that throughout the cleanse I had to prep all my meals in advance and be super organised. There were many trips to the supermarket to stock up on fresh produce and although this wasn't something I personally minded, it's just something to keep in mind if you want to give the cleanse a go yourself.


Now having completed the cleanse, I'd say I was happy with the results and it was a real eye opener on how certain foods can make you feel and can impact the body. I'll be honest and say my eating has gone back downhill in comparison to what it was like whilst I was on the cleanse but as we all know life on the go can mean that making the right choices can be challenging. I would definitely recommend the cleanse to others and now that I know exactly what to expect, I'd love to try it again when perhaps I can enjoy a more peaceful and restful 12 days.
If any of you have given cleansing a go then please do let me know by either leaving a comment below or tweeting me @phoebe151

If you're interested in learning more check out the Chris James site for info on the cleanse and Chris’ Yoga Retreat breaks, one of which is in the Himalayas and looks incredible! 

New Skincare Additions


Over the last couple of months, this cold winter weather has leaded to me making a few changes to my skincare regime. I have introduced three new products all of which have some really lovely hydrating properties.

The first is a the Origins A Perfect World moisturiser, which is packed with antioxidants and White Tea. This helps combat the damage of free radicals and so can help the skin looking younger for longer. A great option if you are starting to think about anti-ageing products but perhaps don't actually need them just yet (lucky you!).

Next is Suti's Rejuvenate Organic Face Oil, which is suitable for all skin types. This has so many wonderful properties, it's hard to know where to begin. It can help to minimise wrinkles, reduce scarring as well as also prevent premature ageing. To use you simply apply a few drops to the face after cleansing and toning, either morning or night and rub into the face using an upwards movement. I love this especially for when I want to try a facial massage.


Finally is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, again this can be used morning or night and is suitable for all skin types. It's really lovely when used under your makeup and eye concealers and definitely one to not be without.


What new products have you been trying lately?



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Soap and Glory Face Balms



I am a huge fan of Soap and Glory, from their body scrubs to body butters I can't say there is a product that I don't love. More recently, I have been trying some of their products for the face and I have been equally impressed.

The first is their Bright Here, Bright Now Instant Radiance Energy Boosting Balm, which can be used like a moisturiser or instead it can be mixed with makeup. It's great for making dull skin look more luminous, so a good for using the morning after the night before. I really like this and at £12, I think it's definitely reasonably priced, however if I am completely honest it does not quite match up to the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

Next is Glow Job, which is probably my favourite of the two. This 'morning moisture flash' gives the complexion a gorgeous sunkissed look. You only need to apply a pea sized amount to the face and it can be used either on its own or under makeup. This is definitely great all year round either when your skin needs a boost in the winter, or if you already have a tan during this summer then this could be used instead of your usual foundation.

Have you tried either of these? What other Soap and Glory products would you recommend?

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Current Favourites


There are so many products that I'm loving at the moment and simply couldn't be without, so narrowing it down is always tricky...

 Firstly I have to mention the Origins Clear Improvement Mask, which has been an absolute lifesaver this winter. My skin has been so temperamental that this has really helped to balance the skin, especially mid-break out. 

Next is Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, which is literally THE best mascara I have tried in a while. So definitely a must-have for party season. 

I've also been enjoying Champney's Energising Lime Hydrating Body Gel. I find that this is really great to use ahead of a night out as you can guarantee your legs will look fabulous in your LBD. 

Last but not least is the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer Kit. I use light to medium peach in the corrector and warm beige in the concealer. I find these are so great in the colder months at hiding those bags and dark circles, whether they be from too many Christmas parties, or if you simply struggle to wake up in the mornings. This combo will make you look like you have got your 8 hours in and nobody has to know!  

What products have you been loving lately?

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Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo & Conditioner


As you all probably know, I am really fussy when it comes to what products I use on my hair. I tend to steer away from products that are packed with silicones, parabens and sulphates and so where possible I opt for natural and organic products.

Sometimes this can get pricey but one range I do like that doesn't have to break the bank is The Body Shop Radiance Eclat Shampoo and Conditioner. With continued use and a weekly treatment, this duo will keep your hair shiny and nourished, especially if you have coloured or over-processed hair.

Let me know if you too have tried these or which hair products you would recommend...

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Alpha H Protection Plus Daily SPF50


Just because it's winter, it doesn't mean you can skip your daily SPF. This year my go-to product has to be the Alpha H Protection Plus Daily SPF15+.

Blended with Mango Seed Butter, Pomegranate and other powerful antioxidants, this offers broad spectrum protection against UV damage as well as protecting the skin from free radical aggression. Also, unlike other SPF's, this has a non-whitening formula, which leaves the skin soft, smooth and looking youthful.

I apply this each morning after cleansing and before my usual moisturiser, it's very nourishing on the skin, which is great for the colder months and it is suitable for all skin types. I'd always recommend using a SPF alongside your moisturiser, even if said moisturiser or even your foundation claims to have SPF protection as by doing so you can guarantee you are protecting your skin as much as possible. After all prevention is always better then cure right?

Let me know what you think about SPF's and if you have a favourite?


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Tips to Restore Hair Back to Health


If you have dry or damaged hair as a result of colouring your hair, heat styling or even just from environmental factors taking their toll, then here are a few tips to help your hair get healthier and maybe even a bit longer too! 
  1. Avoid hair products that contain silicones - these mask the hair and ultimately are the cause of split ends. Opt for brands which use more natural ingredients. I like Phyto, Michael Van Clarke and my new favourite brand, Leonor Greyl.
  2. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week, or twice if needed! This is key to restoring moisture back into the hair. My current favourite (pictured above) is the HER Trecento Treatment
  3. Use a Leave in Conditioner, especially when you don't have time for a treatment. I love the above leave in cream from Klorane. Applied whilst hair is still damp, this is packed with natural goodness and smells gorgeous too.
  4. Go au natural and avoid using heated appliances when possible and if you can't resist, then ALWAYS use a heat protecting spray.
  5. Cut back on styling products as using too many can cause product to build up. Instead opt for a nourishing styling creme or just one good quality product that suits your hair type. For me nothing beats the Leonor Greyl Styling Creme for Dry Hair.
I'm not an expert on this matter but I have definitely seen the benefits from following the above. Unfortunately it is not a quick fix but over time my once frazzled and dead looking hair now actually has less split ends, more movement and seems to be getting a little longer too!

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