Saturday, 1 April 2017

Valentus Slim Roast Coffee: A Review.

Lets face it, when it comes to weight loss we’ve given every pills, shakes, juices, lotions and potions on the market a go particularly if your Facebook feeds includes glorious reviews and before and after pics of people who have successfully tried it and from those who are selling it.


A while back, I came across Valentus Slim Roast Coffee and was lucky enough to be sent a box of a month supply to try out. Those that know me well would know that I absolutely love coffee and perhaps love it and drink it a tad too much. So, when I read that it was a coffee that contained ingredients to help you lose weight i was instantly sold. I am going to admit, drinking a specific type of coffee to lose weight sounded too good to be true, but frequently reading positive reviews, I was under the impression that the coffee truly does work.

So, lets get down to the finer details, Valentus Slim Roast Coffee is also sometimes known as SlimROAST or Prevail SlimROAST. It has been rebranded a few times from what I believe as i have come across several different versions on sites like Amazon.

The one pictured below is the one I have been sent and have been drinking.

 

 The company states the following below:

 
 

So, the main concept here is that this coffee will aid people in losing weight as well as doing all the above. The coffee claims to be an appetite suppressant and by doing so people will tend to eat less and consume fewer calories, thus resulting in weight loss. Some of these added ingredients and benefits contained in the coffee are as follows:


·         Garcinia Cambogia.
·         Ginseng 100:1 Extract.
·         L-Carnitine & Chromium.
·         Phaseolamin.
·         Cassiolamine.
·         Green Tea 100:1 Extract.
·         Chlorogenic Acid

**Now, I have been drinking the coffee for a month and therefore feel that this is a sufficient amount of time to write up my findings and come to a final conclusion. Whilst I was sent the coffee for review purposes, it is important to note all thought and opinions on it are merely my own and have not been influenced in any way, shape or form.
I was instructed by rep Ameera to drink this coffee once a day preferably 30-60 minutes before breakfast in the morning. The official site does say however for maximum weight loss results, they recommend drinking three cups a day.
Now, I am not going to lie, at first it took me atleast a few days to get used to the taste. I drank it without sugar. (I guess that’s the whole idea of it, adding sugar will just defeat the purpose) with a tiny splash of semi skimmed milk. I did initially try to drink it black without the milk added but preferred it slightly milky. Sweetners can also be added I was told but I wanted to give it a go properly without adding any form of ‘sweetness’. The coffee doesn't dissolve right away, so you do have to stir it a few times.



 

Although it is not entirely bad tasting, it does taste like very cheap supermarket own brand instant coffee. For an avid strong coffee drinker, the taste of the coffee isn’t particularly strong but still drinkable. Also, it is important to eat healthy alongside drinking this and drinking up to 2 litres of water a day. As I was drinking a months supply, I was also advised to drink it six days straight and then take a break on the 7th day before resuming on the 8th day and so on.

So what happened once I consumed the coffee? Well it certainly suppressed my appetite and I felt I was not as hungry or craving as much. I also did not want to indulge in a big breakfast like porridge or toast like I normally would without the coffee and instead I would tend to reach for a banana to snack on just before midday. Even at lunch, my appetite wasn’t big at all and I would tend to eat just a little. So in terms of an appetite suppressant it worked brilliantly!
In terms of mental alertness and mood elevation I did not notice much if I am being honest. Lets face it, normal coffee makes you alert doesn’t it and can lift your mood, at least it does for me anyway.

So, does the coffee work? To an extent it does yes! Most of the potential comes from the coffee itself and a tiny bit from the carb blocker which helps burns fat. I did also weigh myself before starting my month trial as I really did want to give it a fair go and then weighed myself after a month and the results? Over a stone lost plus 4 inches off the tummy! I do also feel much more energetic too and my skin has improved and I guess a lot of it is down to drinking water every day. In all the excitement, I completely forgot to take a before and after pic....oopps!

Conclusion? All in all, this coffee will make you lose weight since it plays a big part in suppressing your appetite and helping you curb sweet cravings and unnecessary snacking. Its great if you want to kick start a weight loss programme and don’t want the fuss of taking shakes, juices or remembering to take pills. You do need to drink lots of water and eat healthily as it is more of a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. The product is great as it not also contributes to weight loss but is also suitable for 18+, Diabetics, is vegan Friendly, contains no dairy, wheat, spy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish or MSGS.

The product is currently only available to buy through a distributor and I got hold of mine from the lovely Ameera Yousaf. Please do give her a follow on her Facebook page here and contact her should you have any questions or queries regarding the Valentus Slim Roast Coffee. I would like to thank Ameera for giving me the opportunity to trial the coffee and I wish you all the very best of success!

Have you given this coffee a try yet?

Love and lipstick


xxx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Finally..the Anneswer to all your hair problems.

 “Anne’s oils have been a worldwide phenomenal online success with thousands of customers reporting a drastic reduction in hair loss within the first few weeks of using the Anne’s hair oils. Customers suffering with alopecia have reported a marked improvement and hair growth” 

New year, new hair? I do not know about you but one of my new year’s resolutions for 2017 is to take better care of my skin and hair and for me it’s none other than the amazing Anne’s Hair Thickening and Nourishing Growth Oil for my hair.
You may have already read up my past blog posts on these fab products and they still never fail to amaze me even to this day and it is now the only hair oil I reach for time and time again.
So, what is it I hear you ask? Now, you may have seen the little orange coloured pump oil bottles splashed everywhere across social media and girls rocking their heads (and hair!) out of amazement fit for a L’Oreal TV ad.

Source: Shahreen Akhtar Facebook.
 
The miracle in a bottle contains pure Olive, Almond and Castor oil, Vitamin A and E as well as Omega 3, 6, antioxidants and Q10 which is essentially everything your hair needs to be fed to nourish, shine and delay premature greying. These come in both a day version and night time one, which can be purchased as a twin pack and is suitable for both men and women of all ages. The new lighter day oil needs to be applied to wet/dry hair and styled as usual. It can also double up as a finishing oil to banish frizz and add shine and you only need the tiniest amount.
The application process? “It's a twin thing!”“, states Anne, Shahreen Akhtar, the founder and wonder woman behind these oils. Use in conjunction with one another for best results”.  she says.

Directions?  Use the night oil 3 times per week, apply this deep intense treatment overnight and massage well into roots, apply all over the hair and on to the tips. Tie your hair in a loose bun and leave in overnight. Wash and condition your hair as normal in the morning. Apply the day oil on wet hair after towel dry. Apply a small amount into roots and style as usual. A tiny amount can be used on your hair tips as a finishing oil to tame any frizz and add shine especially if using heat styling. To maximise results? Mix a few pumps of both day and night oil and apply using the night method application.
The difference? The difference between the night and day oil is that the day oil is lighter in texture with extra vitamins to ensure your hair is nourished at all times in between washes and protects against environmental damage. The Night oil is a thicker in texture with specialist oils and omega fats to strengthen hair follicles reduce hair fall and with regular use promotes hair density and growth as well as repairs and restores damaged hair.

Source: Shahreen Akhtar Facebook.

 
The lighter day oil or finishing oil can be used in between washing and styling alongside the overnight oil. It is slightly lighter in texture again with an odourless non greasy feel which is what first won me over about the overnight oil. It claims to protect from heat/styling and environmental damage and and UV rays which my poor hair is definitely guilty of. 
The oils have no nasty ingredients or hidden harmful chemicals that may potentially cause damage in the long run, it is perfectly safe to use even on the most sensitive of scalps. One of the main things that appealed to me was that the oil is odourless, if there is one thing that is slightly off putting for me when it comes to hair oils are strong smells that linger on and stain fabrics. Let’s face it we all hate the oils that smell of furniture polish! The good news? The product is free from alcohol which will go down well with those that observe their prayers and perform ablution. 

Now for a bit of nitty gritty, the all important disclaimer: “The Anne’s oils have been approved and certified by Advena Medical Limited UK and complies with the Cosmetic Regulations EU 1223/2009. The oils are manufactured and produced in a UK facility which has a comprehensive quality management system in place and is designed specifically for the production of high quality products. The facility has received more than a dozen industry accreditations and quality certifications and meets the strict UK Health and Safety Legislation. Not tested on animals and contains no alcohol. “In other words? This isn’t some home job it has all been carried out through the proper channels and you have that guarantee and just know you are using a high quality product.  Shahreen has worked awfully hard on this oil venture and clearly her hard work has paid off as she has been shortlisted as a nominee for beauty product of the year award!




 


Truthfully speaking, I was a little dubious at first. Was it too good to be true? Did it really do what it said on the tin? Over the years, like many girls and women, I had tried absolutely everything and anything that claimed to work magic on my hair with nothing that actually did sadly. So what stood out? There was a time where my Facebook news feed was full of pictures and reviews of this oil and all the amazing things it did to women (and men!) and their hair. These pictures and reviews had then rapidly moved over to Snapchat and Instagram with even some well known bloggers and social media influencers swearing by it. You know how they say you see something that many times you actually believe it? Here are just a few others who have shared their honest views of the oils. (*Source- Shahreen Akhtar Facebook)


 


 



 





           








Figure 3  Source: Shahreen Akhtar Facebook
 



Figure 2  Source: Shahreen Akhtar Facebook
 
Anne’s Oils both come in a sturdy plastic pump bottle with a secure lock lid that is child proof and can prevent any accidental spillages which I thought was an excellent feature to have. The product ingredients and directions are clearly listed on the front of the bottle with an expiry date. I really like the consistency of the oil, it is not too thick or runny, it has just the right consistency which makes it very easy to use and apply to the hair. The packaging has also had a little makeover since I last used it with the lids now a glossy black colour which I love!


Figure 4- Source Shahreen Akhtar Facebook



I have tried both the lighter day and night oils numerous times now (in fact, I have lost count) and still get amazed at the results every time. I have noticed a huge difference to the overall condition of my hair. It feels smoother, thicker, more nourished and has fewer breakages. Another amazing discovery is that when blow-drying my hair with a large paddle brush, it dries straight and frizz free so I do not need to reach out for my hair straighteners. I absolutely love how this product is so versatile and has multiple uses. Men are also able to use the oil, it can be applied to strengthen nails, eyebrows and even eyelashes (being careful not to get any product into the eye) since it claims to nourish and thicken the hair. 

These oils have now taken the world by storm with users from all over the world swearing by it and the great things it has done for their hair. Some users have also claimed that their alopecia has reduced by using these oils and that is not hard to believe, these oils really do what they promise. I am certain with continued use of the oil, as well as adequate water and a good balanced diet, the length of my hair will increase over time too.

Currently, the oils are only available online; however with them becoming so popular in such little time, there are now selected agents who the oils can be purchased from! Convenient right? The oils have now even moved to the Middle East! There is currently a website under construction too which will all be up and running in no time so keep an eye out for that.
 

Figure 5  Source: Shahreen Akhtar Facebook
 

 

These oils have worked such a treat for me that I am hoping a similar skin oil range will be launched. We will keep watching this space! It may be useful to know that Shahreen is also a qualified fitness instructor and Nutritional advisor so you are definitely in good hands. Be sure to follow on Facebook at Shahreen Akhtar as well as good old Instagram (@annesoils).
For those looking for a hair miracle look no further, but be mindful for some the process takes time and commitment so patience is key! Keep on oiling and you will soon see the magic in no time!
 
** All images are the copyright of Shahreen Akhtar.