Natural Haircare Review – Boucleme Curl Defining Gel (with flaxseed)

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When I applied this Boucleme Curl Defining Gel (with flaxseed) to wet hair it helped my natural curls to form so easily I was amazed!

However, I noticed my hair lacked it’s usual shine and then went frizzy in the rain. Usually the rain just revives any gel I use but not this one.

The next morning when I woke my curls were dull and stretched out, although they remained perfect nearer my roots.

So for my hair type, this gel is perfect for a night out but not over several days. I think my thick, dry, coarse hair needs lightly oiling and then a moisturising curl cream instead.

If you have fine hair which gets overloaded with products easily, then I highly recommend this for you.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Basic List Of Ingredients to Replicate Takeaway Favourites at Home

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As you probably know I ‘don’t do cooking’ because Im too neurodiverse to function…in the kitchen for very long. So every ingredient here is incredibly simple to ‘cook’ and combine to make something tasty.

Everything here is dairy and gluten free apart from Amy’s Kitchen Rice Mac and Cheese which has dairy.

Dirty Nachos

Manosmasa Tortillas or any wholegrain Nachos

Vivera Greek Style Kebab strips

Tesco Smashed Avocado

Mexicana Jalepeno Cheese or a cheddar substitute

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce or Salsa

Pad Thai Style Noodles

Rice Noodles

Kikkoman Tamari (gf soy sauce)

Sesame Oil

Salted Roasted Peanuts (not shown) to be crushed up on top

Sririacha Sauce (not shown)

Mixed Frozen Veg

Fresh Spring Onion (not shown)

Wicked Kitchen Garlic & Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast) just a sprinkle

Stacked Burger

Genius Bread/Buns/Muffins

This Bacon

Vivera Greek Kebab Strips

Vegan Cheese of your choice

Smashed Avocado

Pret Spicy Tomato Sauce

Satay Sauce Noodles

Rice Noodles

Mixed Frozen Veg

Tamari Sauce (gf soy sauce)

Meridian Peanut Butter

Sririacha Sauce

Amys Kitchen Rice Mac n’ Cheese Ready Meal

I’ve bought great gluten free pasta but I find making dairy-free cheese sauce (that I actually like) so faffy! I’m going to try using vegan cream cheese or vegan mayo instead with rice milk and nutrional yeast. Wish me luck!

I hope you’ve found this basic list of ingredients for takeaway favourites helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

Neal’s Yard Remedies – Wild Rose Beauty Balm

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I’ve found Neals Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm 50g £38 to be the most thorough and gentlest exfoliating cleanser out there.

I rarely wear makeup but when I’ve done a full face (including powder) I find it so easy to remove with this.

I also use it on a daily basis on any dry patches (especially if I’ve been using air-con or central heating) and blemishes.

Another use I’ve found is that it calms any itchy areas from bites or allergies (along with an antihistamine of course).

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Sustainable glass packaging

What’s your hero product?

I was gifted this particular jar at a press event but have bought several before.

✨🦇✨Chrissie✨🦇✨

Cruelty-free Daily Essential – Faith in Nature Blue Cedar Soap

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Anyone else obsessed with the scent of Cedar? This Faith in Nature soap is perfect for everyday use and not too expensive as it lasts for ages.

  • Recycled cardboard box
  • No drying SLS
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • No nasty parabens
  • BUAV approved
  • Vegan

✨🦇✨Chrissie✨🦇✨

Honi Sushi – Manchester

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I love sushi but was finding it hard to get interesting, vegetarian sushi etc. delivered to East-Central Manchester, until I found Honi Sushi on Deliveroo. They are a London sushi restaurant who have now branched out, up North.

My Order

Sea Salted Edamame (they come in the pods so you bite the ends off and squeeze out the beans, a nice thing to occupy yourself with when watching trashy TV), with Spicy Sauce (one little taste made my whole head feel like a volcano!)

Avocado Roll x6

Vegetable Special Roll x 5

Strawberry Cheesecake Mochi (little, squishy balls of heaven)

This is the freshest and most creative veggie sushi I’ve eaten for a long time!

Honi Sushi has had 15% off its entire menu for a while now, which I’m glad about as I hate paying restaurant prices for takeaway (when there is also a minimum order price and delivery charge).

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I also recommend Sake, 4 Ashton Rd, Droylesden, Mcr

✨🦇✨Chrissie✨🦇✨

The Best Lip Balms and Oils for Under £10

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After a lot of trial and error, I’ve gotten together the best lip balms and oils for Autumn and Winter, all under a tenner!

The Body Shop – Hemp Balm £4.50

Yaoh! – Mango (Hemp) Balm £2.95

Weleda – Pomegranate Oil US travel size $2.99

(UK big version £26.25)

e.l.f. – Hydrating Core Lip Shine £6.00

Lottie London – Oil Slick £5.95

Badger Balm – Lip Tint $5.49

(Available in UK from some Holland and Barrett shops)

Bleach London – Coconut Bowl £4.65

Do you use any of these? If not, which lip products do you recommend?

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

What Does Someone Who is Plant Based and Gluten-free Actually Eat?! A Look Inside my Fridge and Cupboard

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Even if you have a vegetarian, gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet (mine is for ethical and food intolerance reasons), there are still so many things you can eat! So I thought I’d share my tiny fridge and stupidly large cupboard with you.

Top (left to right) Nairn’s Whole Grain (gf) Crackers, Momasa Lemon and Peppercorn tortilla chips, Biona Fruit Bears, Kind Dark Choc, Nuts & Sea Salt, Pulsin Brownie Peanut & Choc Chip.

Middle Asda Sesame Oil, Felippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wicked Kitchen Garlic and Herb Nooch (nutritional yeast which gives things a cheesy taste like mild Parmesan), Nice and Easy Cheese Flavour Sauce Mix, Amy’s Kitchen Tomato Soup, Amy’s Kitchen Lentil Soup, Amoy Rice Noodles.

Bottom Kikkoman Gluten Free Soy Sauce, Le Conserve Detla Nonna Green (vegan) Pesto, Nice and Easy Chickpea and Vegetable Curry, Garlic cloves (I prefer garlic purée in a tube lol), Tilda Microwave Mushroom Rice, Morrison’s Hot Paprika, Ground Black Pepper.

Top shelf Vitalite spread, Clover spread (my Dad’s), mushrooms, gluten free Peroni, radishes.

Middle shelf Olives, bananas (no idea ?!), more beer, guacamole, humus, halloumi (the blokes), Vivera kebab strips.

Bottom shelf Always some kind of energy drink, cranberry and apple sauce, jars of antipasti, spring onions, bell (sweet) pepper.

In the door Fresh orange and mango juice, eye gel (so cooling!), Mayo, sriracha, chilli oil.

Nearly every item here was bought from either Asda, Morrison’s or Tesco but the dairy free guacamole was from Ocado (as I don’t have the time and energy to make it myself).

I hope this post helps to make any transitions in your diet and/or lifestyle a little easier!

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

The Best Tinted Lipbalm Ever!

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This Hydrating Core Lipshine from @elfcosmetics is the best tinted lipbalm I’ve used for a very longtime.

This stick is hydrating anyway but the adorable little heart in the middle gives even more hydration.

There are a good choice of colours but seeing as we are going into Autumn I chose this burgundy, bordering on burnt-orange shade called ‘Happy’. It looks warm and naturally flattering on darker skin tones or more vibrant and vampy on paler skin tones. These Lip Shines have a good depth of colour which is easily buildable.

This can get a bit messy and don’t expect it to dry down but it’s not sticky and doesn’t have a funky smell or flavour so I love it!

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I’ve Found the Holy Grail of Highlighters!

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Revolution Highlighter Reloaded in Raise The Bar, is like applying sunshine to your skin.

I’ve never before

a) Used a highlighter which looks like I am so naturally radiant

b) Found one which matches my cool, olive skin properly

c) Found a powder one which blends really well and isn’t drying

This is amazing!

Here I’m standing in front of a big window but on a very gloomy day and I’m not wearing any foundation or concealer JUST THE HIGHLIGHTER (photo makes me seem a little more warm toned than I actually am).

Because it includescool – almost green – tones it reduces the appearance of slight red patches too!

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Cruelty free and vegan

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨

The Best Gluten Free Pizza in Manchester

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I’m so glad I’ve come across Ask Italian, a nationwide restaurant chain that has wonderful vegetarian options, a gluten-free pizza and pasta menu, plus a vegan menu.

This is their Non-Gluten Verdure pizza, with mushroom, red pepper, black olives, artichoke, mozzarella and basil (£9.95) You can add any extra topping and a spicy tomato dip to your order for around a quid each.

This has to be the best gluten-free base that I’ve ever tasted. It’s thin, floppy but still slightly crispy, like a traditional Italian base. It doesn’t have that thick, flowery texture that gf takeaway bases have.

Ask Italian, One Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RG

0161 236 6600

✨💙✨Chrissie✨💙✨