.June Flavrbox | What’s Inside.
It’s Flavrbox time again and the June Box* is quite exotic! For those who don’t know, Flavrbox are a food subscription box that deliver full sized gourmet treats from across the UK every month right to your door for you to taste. Here at xameliax HQ (aka my bedroom) we look forward to them every single month and June’s box has been no exception!
Date & Almond Wedge by De Juan - I thought this was cheese at first and i got really excited but it’s not, it’s a date and almond wedge which coincidentally does still go very well on your cheeseboard! It’s an interesting invention and i actually really enjoyed it with a bit of mature cheddar and crackers as an after dinner snack - it’s (as you would expect) very nutty and fruity which goes very well with a good brie! I would definitely consider looking out for something like this again for any winter dinner parties.
Pistachio Cocoa Turkish Delight also by Arabica - Love love love this stuff! It tastes like a super soft nougat and i nearly demolished the whole bag in one go! I adore pistachios and this is rolled in loads of them with a coconutty sweet chewy centre - and they’re vegan friendly too, the perfect after dinner treat with a coffee.
Wild Sumac by Arabica - This is an interesting fruity little spice that apparently goes great with lamb. It smells incredible but I haven’t actually had a chance to try it out just yet. Always love these kinds of jars as they make wonderful go-to cupboard staples when you want to jazz up a piece of meat for dinner. 
Ali Oli Garlic Mayonnaise by Dellicioso - I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get a jar of Ali Oli in my life! Joe and i lived off this stuff in Greece and were gutted when we couldn’t get it at home. It’s like a garlic mayonnaise with a more authentic taste than your standard Hellman’s squeezy jar. Fantastic for serving with cut dried meats or on a fresh summer salad and also very effective at keeping vampires at bay.
Fire Crackers by Captain Tiptoes - I’ve seriously saved the best product till last this month, these crackers are absolutely incredible. Similar to a snack found in my old Graze box deliveries but a giant bag of them i couldn’t put them down! They’re nobbly, crunchy, sweet and firey that are a match made in a heaven with a cold beer out in the garden. I love these and i will be ordering an entire shipment of them for the summer months. They also have a giant mustache on the packaging, sold. 
You can sign up for the next Flavrbox delivery on their website HERE for just £18 +p&p!
Did you receive June’s box? What was your favourite item?
Tweet us @xameliax @flavrbox and tell us your favourite foodie bits from this box! #juneflavrbox
xax 

.June Flavrbox | What’s Inside.

It’s Flavrbox time again and the June Box* is quite exotic! For those who don’t know, Flavrbox are a food subscription box that deliver full sized gourmet treats from across the UK every month right to your door for you to taste. Here at xameliax HQ (aka my bedroom) we look forward to them every single month and June’s box has been no exception!

Date & Almond Wedge by De Juan - I thought this was cheese at first and i got really excited but it’s not, it’s a date and almond wedge which coincidentally does still go very well on your cheeseboard! It’s an interesting invention and i actually really enjoyed it with a bit of mature cheddar and crackers as an after dinner snack - it’s (as you would expect) very nutty and fruity which goes very well with a good brie! I would definitely consider looking out for something like this again for any winter dinner parties.

Pistachio Cocoa Turkish Delight also by Arabica - Love love love this stuff! It tastes like a super soft nougat and i nearly demolished the whole bag in one go! I adore pistachios and this is rolled in loads of them with a coconutty sweet chewy centre - and they’re vegan friendly too, the perfect after dinner treat with a coffee.

Wild Sumac by Arabica - This is an interesting fruity little spice that apparently goes great with lamb. It smells incredible but I haven’t actually had a chance to try it out just yet. Always love these kinds of jars as they make wonderful go-to cupboard staples when you want to jazz up a piece of meat for dinner. 

Ali Oli Garlic Mayonnaise by Dellicioso - I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get a jar of Ali Oli in my life! Joe and i lived off this stuff in Greece and were gutted when we couldn’t get it at home. It’s like a garlic mayonnaise with a more authentic taste than your standard Hellman’s squeezy jar. Fantastic for serving with cut dried meats or on a fresh summer salad and also very effective at keeping vampires at bay.

Fire Crackers by Captain Tiptoes - I’ve seriously saved the best product till last this month, these crackers are absolutely incredible. Similar to a snack found in my old Graze box deliveries but a giant bag of them i couldn’t put them down! They’re nobbly, crunchy, sweet and firey that are a match made in a heaven with a cold beer out in the garden. I love these and i will be ordering an entire shipment of them for the summer months. They also have a giant mustache on the packaging, sold. 

You can sign up for the next Flavrbox delivery on their website HERE for just £18 +p&p!

Did you receive June’s box? What was your favourite item?

Tweet us @xameliax @flavrbox and tell us your favourite foodie bits from this box! #juneflavrbox

xax 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
.My New Luxury Summer Love | NEOM Wild Mint & Mandarin Body Scrub.
Over the past year I’ve picked up a real penchant for pampering and for me a luxurious body scrub is the crème de la crème. I’ve found a couple in the past that have truly excited me including Neom’s Real Luxury Body Scrub* and to my glee they’ve only gone and released another one with this stunning Great Day Wild Mint & Mandarin Body Scrub* (£34)! 
You many have also noticed the super slick new packaging design that comes along with this new scent – I absolutely love it! With their new white and black labels NEOM now fits in right at home on the shelf with my other higher end beauty products and looks incredibly smart. Fancy new labels aside, a scrub is only as good as in contents and I’m happy to report that this beautiful new scent is simply to die for.  It smells like summer wandering through an orchard with a mojito in hand - a real zingy, refreshing scent and as always the essential oils leave your skin feeling so soft after use I often find I can skip moisturiser altogether. I like to use mine before a night out as a luxury way to pamper and invigorate me into the party mood! 

A little goes a long way with NEOM scrubs so although the £34 price tag may seem a little daunting in comparison to those you find on the shelf in Boots, you really do get what you pay for. A fantastic way to exfoliate and moisturise your skin and add a little bit of luxury into your shower session with a scent that fills the room as soon as you open the lid. I’m crossing fingers NEOM keep bringing out scrubs for all their scent ranges because I will quite happily work my way through every single one!
You can find all of NEOM’s stunning candles and skin care products on their website here - they’re fast becoming one of my absolute favourite brands.
Have you tried this new body scrub scent? What’s your favourite NEOM product?
Tweet us @xameliax @NEOMOrganics #GreatDayScrub
xax

.My New Luxury Summer Love | NEOM Wild Mint & Mandarin Body Scrub.

Over the past year I’ve picked up a real penchant for pampering and for me a luxurious body scrub is the crème de la crème. I’ve found a couple in the past that have truly excited me including Neom’s Real Luxury Body Scrub* and to my glee they’ve only gone and released another one with this stunning Great Day Wild Mint & Mandarin Body Scrub* (£34)! 

You many have also noticed the super slick new packaging design that comes along with this new scent – I absolutely love it! With their new white and black labels NEOM now fits in right at home on the shelf with my other higher end beauty products and looks incredibly smart. Fancy new labels aside, a scrub is only as good as in contents and I’m happy to report that this beautiful new scent is simply to die for.  It smells like summer wandering through an orchard with a mojito in hand - a real zingy, refreshing scent and as always the essential oils leave your skin feeling so soft after use I often find I can skip moisturiser altogether. I like to use mine before a night out as a luxury way to pamper and invigorate me into the party mood! 

A little goes a long way with NEOM scrubs so although the £34 price tag may seem a little daunting in comparison to those you find on the shelf in Boots, you really do get what you pay for. A fantastic way to exfoliate and moisturise your skin and add a little bit of luxury into your shower session with a scent that fills the room as soon as you open the lid. I’m crossing fingers NEOM keep bringing out scrubs for all their scent ranges because I will quite happily work my way through every single one!

You can find all of NEOM’s stunning candles and skin care products on their website here - they’re fast becoming one of my absolute favourite brands.

Have you tried this new body scrub scent? What’s your favourite NEOM product?

Tweet us @xameliax @NEOMOrganics #GreatDayScrub

xax

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — 1 note

.My Kayla Itsines Journey. 

No weekend in photos post today as I didn’t really take many piccies over the past couple of days – too busy out enjoying the sunshine with birthday meals, garden DIY for Joe and lots of cuddles! Instead I wanted to tell you about a brand new blog I’ve started to document my journey through the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide! 

For those who don’t know, Kayla Itsines is an Australian personal trainer who’s Instagram account (@kayla_itsines) is filled with inspirational fitness photos and incredible transformations of normal girls who have toned up using her workout guide. I’ve been looking for something to get me out of my fitness rut for a while as I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my healthy eating and going to the gym. My next kickboxing belt is set to be a tough one so I bought Kayla’s Guide in the hopes of building strength to help me progress in my sport and of course tone up a bit more for the summer. I went for the full bundle – both her training and nutritional guide – and have been working through it for the past week…just 11 more to go! 

As so many of you seem quite interested in the programme and what it entails I’ve started another blog that you can find right HERE with regular updates, progress photos and inside tips from a normal working girl on a budget testing out the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide 12 week programme. 

So join me along my fitness journey on my Facebook Page, direct on Tumblr, or via Bloglovin and let’s get buff for summer!

Have you used Kayla’s guide? Did you make it to the end?

 xax

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Monday, July 28, 2014 — 1 note

.How to Style Your Kimono | Mini Haul.

A mini haul with New Look* to show you two very different and easy ways to style your Kimono! Find my kimono and the rest of the range on the New Look website here!

Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more videos!

Which outfit is your favourite?

Tweet me @xameliax #newlookkimono

xax

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
.Pick Your Poison | The Elderflower Gintlime Fizz.
For my birthday the lovely Beth bought me a little cocktail kit and started me off on a delicious new boozy hobby! A few weeks and a shaker/muddler/strainer upgrade later I’m mastering classics left right and centre and even designing my own delicious creations…such as this summer beaut - The Elderflower Gintlime Fizz!
Shopping List:
1 shot good quality gin (Greenalls or Bombay Sapphire work well)
1/2 shot elderflower cordial
Handful of mint leaves
Half a lime
Good slice of cucumber (and one to garnish)
Topped up with prosecco (or champagne if you’re feelin’ fancy!)
How To:
Muddle together the mint and cucumber and squeeze in your lime. Add your gin and cordial with some ice and sh-sh-sh-shake it! Strain into a chilled martini glass, top up with fizz  and garnish with a slice of cucumber to serve!
Fresh, zesty and smooth this is the perfect English summer garden cocktail ideal for sipping outside with some cakes or alfresco nibbles.
So what are you waiting for? Get out your best gin and start shaking - Happy Friday folks!
Let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me a picture and mini review @xameliax on twitter! 
#gintlimefizz 
xax 

.Pick Your Poison | The Elderflower Gintlime Fizz.

For my birthday the lovely Beth bought me a little cocktail kit and started me off on a delicious new boozy hobby! A few weeks and a shaker/muddler/strainer upgrade later I’m mastering classics left right and centre and even designing my own delicious creations…such as this summer beaut - The Elderflower Gintlime Fizz!

Shopping List:

1 shot good quality gin (Greenalls or Bombay Sapphire work well)

1/2 shot elderflower cordial

Handful of mint leaves

Half a lime

Good slice of cucumber (and one to garnish)

Topped up with prosecco (or champagne if you’re feelin’ fancy!)

How To:

Muddle together the mint and cucumber and squeeze in your lime. Add your gin and cordial with some ice and sh-sh-sh-shake it! Strain into a chilled martini glass, top up with fizz  and garnish with a slice of cucumber to serve!

Fresh, zesty and smooth this is the perfect English summer garden cocktail ideal for sipping outside with some cakes or alfresco nibbles.

So what are you waiting for? Get out your best gin and start shaking - Happy Friday folks!

Let me know what you think in the comments or tweet me a picture and mini review @xameliax on twitter!

#gintlimefizz

xax 

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Friday, July 25, 2014 — 2 notes

.Haircare For Hardcore Humidity | Lee Stafford Frizz Off Range.

This hot weather is absolutely glorious but it’s reaking havoc with my hair! The humidity and looming thunderstorms have been causing frizz like no other and I’ve been forced to tie my hair back most days to avoid looking like Hermoine Granger circa years one and two!

But never fear because Lee Stafford have created a whole range of haircare to help combat frizz and I’ve been testing them to see if they can help us frizzy females!

Frizz off Shampoo and Conditioner* (£9.99 each) - I noticed a difference in the frizziness of my hair after just one use of this shampoo and conditioner set. Although it doesn’t lather up as well as i’d like, the shampoo leaves your hair feeling super clean while the conditioner gives you a brilliant boost of moisture. After drying my hair was smooth and frizz free (even at the ends) and stayed frizz free even when the thunderstorms rolled in and the humidity went through the roof. A great pair for an instant de-frizz effect! 

Intensive Treatment Mask* (£12.99) - I love a good hair mask and this one does exactly what it says on the tin. It leaves your hair and ends feeling moisturised and frizz free with a bit more intensity than the conditioner above. It does (like a lot of Lee Stafford products i’ve tried) have a slightly mannish smell which isn’t really my cup of tea so this becomes more of a practical product rather than one for pampering. But it works really well and is easy to slap on while you’re exfoliating leaving it to work it’s magic.

Smoothing Keratin Spray* (£10.99) - I don’t like to put loads of products on my hair after washing but this has actually proven really great for taming frizz before i put my hair into my velcro rollers. I love my rollers but sometimes the ends of my hair can look a little frazzled when i take them out, but Mr Stafford’s Keratin smoothing spray helps to tame my flyaway ends and leave my hair looking even more healthy than with just the shampoo and conditioner alone. Definitely one i’ve been reaching for in the warmer weather and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or weighed down either which is another beauty bonus. 

You can find the Lee Stafford Frizz Off range on their website here and in Boots starting from £9.99!

Have you tried any of the Lee Stafford Frizz Off range? Which is your favourite product?

Tweet me @xameliax and let me know your thoughts! #frizzoff

xax

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Thursday, July 24, 2014