10,000 Views! Woo-hoo! It’s Time For A Thank You Giveaway!

Hi everybody!

Guess what!

Yesterday my little Katie Rose Loves blog reached a huge milestone. I have received a whopping 10,000 views on my blog and I couldn’t be any happier or prouder than I am right now. This is just a short and sweet post to say a big THANK YOU to all my gorgeous followers, post likers, visitors an contributors and to everybody who has subscribed and commented on my posts, I love you all!

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When I first started this blog just over a year ago now I never thought it would be something I would stick at and I thought I would eventually get bored and that nobody would read my posts, never mind have 10,000 views. I thought I would literally be talking and blogging to myself so I am over the moon with 10,000 views! I’m so pleased with how far my blog has come and hopefully things will get even better.

I will be doing a little giveaway at the end of the month to say thanks so keep your eyes peeled for that. I’m so grateful to you all! Thank you once again!

Lots and lots and lots of love…

 

Katie x

 

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Review: Laila London – Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder

The fab company, Laila London kindly sent me some of their Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder for me to try out and I have used it for a whole week straight, once in the morning and again before bedtime. I have lost count of how many teeth whitening products I have used over the years but I have never tried a charcoal tooth whitening powder before, so I have been extremely excited to give it a whirl and I’m pleased to confirm it hasn’t disappointed.

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What Laila London say:

A natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients normally used in toothpaste. Contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours, and no abrasive baking soda. Uniquely formulated to clean and safely polish teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.
The main ingredient in Laila tooth powder is Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal known for tooth whitening and removing impurities.
⦁ Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins. Activated charcoal can be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis
⦁ White Kaolin Clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium. and it helps to whiten and polish teeth. even those with very sensitive teeth can use this 2x a day without sensitivity issues.
⦁ Calcium Powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten.
⦁ Cloves is naturally antibacterial and gives a great taste.
⦁ Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
⦁ Ginger is an extremely effective solution in the fight against toothache pain.
⦁ Peppermint tastes great and is soothing to the gums and freshens breath.
⦁ Lemon powder – For fresh breath

Thoughts

The charcoal powder comes in a small amber brown glass jar with a screw top lid and the powder inside is a very light grey colour which has a pleasant and mild spicy scent with the slightest hint of natural peppermint. This powder should not be used as a substitute for toothpaste, the powder is fluoride free so you will still need to brush your teeth with toothpaste to protect from cavities. The 60ml jar is only small but there is quite a bit of powder within it and a little goes a long way so I reckon this will last a good while. It’s also 100% completely natural and it is suitable for vegans too.

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To use you simply pour a little of the powder into the palm of your hands and dip your wet toothbrush into the powder. After emptying a little powder into my hands to dip my toothbrush into the powder went everywhere, so I would advise using a little scoop of some sort so there is no product waste. I used a teaspoon. I wouldn’t advise dipping your toothbrush into the jar as this can cause the bacteria growth within the jar, so make sure to pour it into your hand.

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When I began to brush my teeth and gums with the powder I was alarmed when all of my peggies turned dark grey almost black as I really wasn’t expecting that to happen. It was cool having black teeth, ha ha! At first it felt and tasted a little powdery and chalky but after the powder mixed with my saliva the chalkiness soon disappeared and the powder melted. I brushed for about two minutes each time I used it and rinsed my mouth out with water a couple of times afterwards until I was spitting clear water. It left a mild, sweet spice aftertaste in my mouth once I had finished although it didn’t taste bad at all. My toothbrush was stained afterwards but a good rinse under the hot water tap sorted it out.

After the first use I could definitely see a difference. My teeth looked super glossy and polished and although my teeth were already white before I began using the charcoal powder I could definitely see they had lightened a little bit more and  they looked a-lot cleaner and smoother. My teeth were left clean and polished and the appearance of my teeth and gums had improved  even after the first use. After a weeks use my teeth are looking amazing as are my gums and there has been no damage to my tooth enamel, I’m happy that this powder is replacing all the lost minerals from my teeth through bleaching thus making them stronger and hopefully with longer use, the powder will maintain my white smile.

Would I buy again?

I would buy it again, yes. I think it is great value for money at £8.95 and it is much safer and gentler on my teeth than whitening gels are. I got mine here. You can also pick up a jar at your local Boots.

This is the first time I have used a Laila London product but I will definitely be trying out some of their other stuff, their Rose Coconut Body Scrub sounds too lush and their Lip Butters and Honey & Coconut Herbal Face Mask are on my wish list too.
Check out the website – www.lailalondon.com.

Disclosure: This was gifted to me by Laila London for review purposes.

Fragrance Free & Hypoallergenic | Body Deodorant Roll On from Crystal – Review

Hey, hey..

So, another deodorant review today as I’m still on the hunt for one that doesn’t kick off my parfum allergies as well as finding one that is long lasting, gentle on my sensitive skin and keeps my sweaty pits stink-free.

What I’ve been using?

Two weeks ago I started using the hypoallergenic and fragrance free Body Deodorant Roll On from Crystal and I have mixed feelings about it to be honest, I came across the deodorant on Amazon UK and I was expecting nothing but good results from it. I had the impression that it was the perfect deodorant for those with sensitive skin, skin disorders and fragrance allergies.

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What Crystal say:

Crystal is the world’s leading natural mineral salt deodorant for a reason. It works to prevent odour while other products attempt to mask it or plug pores with aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Crystal is safe, healthy and totally effective. That’s why millions around the world use it every day. What makes our award-winning products so special? Unlike most products, Crystal prevents odour before it starts by creating a layer of odour-killing barrier that lasts all day. Our best-selling product, this Crystal-infused unscented Body Deodorant Roll-On goes on lightly, unlike most roll-ons sold today. It’s smooth rolling ball feels great going on, while the power of 100% natural mineral salts naturally eliminate odours all day long’.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Potassium Alum, Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Zinc Gluconate.

What I liked?

I liked how it was fragrance free so it didn’t cause me any migraines like most other deodorants do. It really doesn’t smell of anything at all and unlike other deodorants, it contains a very small list of ingredients. It didn’t sting or irritate my sensitive skin and it didn’t leave a sticky, wet residue after applying it. The packaging is attractive and I love the purple colour of the lid and the fact it is a unisex deodorant.

What I didn’t like?

Sadly, this deodorant didn’t keep my pits dry and I had sweat patches within half an hour of applying, which was pretty embarrassing. I do sweat easily but I even found I had sweat patches when just sitting down watching TV.

Also, it didn’t keep the B.O at bay! Within an hour of applying the roll on to my armpits, shortly after the sweat patches appeared came the pong. I shower twice daily, morning and evening but whilst I was trialling this I lost count of how many showers I took and I certainly wouldn’t feel comfortable enough to go about my day or exercising whilst wearing this as I really don’t trust that it will keep me smelling fresh. You girls ever took a shower and forgotten to apply deodorant. Well, basically I felt like I had no deodorant on at all.

I definitely won’t be buying it again and the two I bought will not be getting used anytime soon but I do really like the idea of fragrance free deodorants so I will definitely try some of the other deodorants by Chrystal, they have quite a few different ones so maybe next time I’ll get a spray instead and read a couple of reviews before I purchase another.

Where to buy?

If you still want Crystal’s fragrance free body deodorant in your life regardless of my review you can get it here from Amazon UK. It’s £7.19 for two 50ml bottles.

I bought mine for £2.99 each on Amazon Pantry right here which is a pantry and grocery store which is available to Prime members only.

If you gorgeous girls have any recommendations of some fragrance free deodorants that actually work, I would love to hear about them!

Love Katie x

Disclosure: I bought this deodorant.

 

Beauty On A Budget | Poundland Bargain | Revitalising Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner from Xpel Hair Care – Review

 

Hey hey,

Hope you are all having a gorge day so far! I’ve got another review for you beauties today – I’ve been trying out a new shampoo & conditioner so I thought I’d let you all know about them.

I’ve been using the Revitalising Coconut Water Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner for the last two weeks now and it is the first time I have ever used any products from Xpel Hair Care, to be honest I had never heard of the brand before. I bought them both at Poundland for 99p each and when I noticed ‘Coconut Water’ written on the bottles, you know I just had to buy them. I love everything coconut – it has helped my psoriasis and skin out a lot so I have got myself a little obsession with it!

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First Impressions:

I think the bottles look so much more expensive than they are. The shampoo was only 99p and the conditioner was another 99p, which you really can’t complain about, can you. If these were priced at, say, £4.99 each I reckon I would still purchase them, I’m a sucker for coconut ha ha. The bottles look good and there is 400ml of product in each bottle so they are pretty good sized for the price.

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They do have some questionable ingredients in them and I do try my best to use natural products so my scalp psoriasis and skin doesn’t become irritated but what the hell. I will do some research on the ingredients list and update the post once I have read up on each one.

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What I thought?

The shampoo itself has a clear, runny consistency and it smells slightly of coconut. It lathers well but I found that I needed to use a lot of it to remove all oil and grease from my hair. When washing I didn’t feel as though my hair and scalp was being cleansed and the shampoo lathered more at the ends of my hair than it did at the roots so I applied more to my roots than was probably needed. Luckily though, when I washed the shampoo off my scalp felt cleansed and my hair was sleek to touch and didn’t have a rough texture.

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The conditioner is a basic white colour which looked a bit on the cheap side although once I applied it to my hair, it coated each strand well and spread easily. It wasn’t runny or drippy and it felt moisturising and hydrating. Like the shampoo it has a light coconut scent although the shampoo smells a bit stronger than the conditioner. When I washed the conditioner off, my hair felt conditioned and I was happy that my usually tatty hair was easy to comb. I’ve been leaving my hair to dry naturally and it felt soft to touch once it had dried and easy to style. My hair was also shinier too, I was happy about that. There wasn’t really a coconut scent left on my hair afterwards but it did smell nice and clean so that will do me.

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Would I buy again?

Overall, I’m pleased with the shampoo and conditioner and I would buy them both again, they aren’t the best I have ever used but I did like them and they are a bargain at 99p each!

I really do love my shopping sprees at the likes of Poundland, B&M and Home Bargains and it is truly amazing what you can get on the cheap in these saver stores.

What’s the best beauty bargains you guys have picked up from Poundland?

Love Katie x

Disclosure: I bought these.

14 Day CocoTox | Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil Pulling Kit from Nutrient Wise – Review

Hey hey,

I was approached by the fab company Nutrient Wise a few weeks ago and I was asked if I would like to try out their Cocotox ‘Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil’ Pulling  Kit so I have been oil pulling like mad these last two weeks and ditched the peroxide gels.

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The Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil come in a resealable foil bag and there are fourteen 10 ml individually sealed sachets included which works out as one a day for two weeks. Oil pulling maintains teeth and gums keeping them in a clean & healthy condition, helps to remove plaque, toxins and bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue and it helps to reduce build up on teeth as well as fighting stinky, bad breath. Oil pulling also reduces & soothes any dryness in your mouth and it can soothe chapped lips too.

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Ingredients:

Nothing but natural ingredients.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil. (Free from gluten, wheat & dairy)

How to use?

Take an individual sachet and cut or tear the sachet along the dotted line, squeezing the oil into your mouth. Swirl the oil around your mouth for 5-15 minutes and spit out, rinsing your mouth.

Thoughts:

Thanks to the peppermint oil, the contents in the little sachets smell minty fresh, it is a very refreshing, mild and pleasant scent and it is a bit similar to how toothpaste / chewing gum smells. Before tearing open the sachets, the oil may not be completely melted at first and it may still be in its solid form in some areas but it melts easily. It is a clear and transparent in appearance and it has a runny, oily consitency once it has melted. I have oil pulled before using just virgin coconut oil from a tub and I never added peppermint oil. Personally, I would actually prefer these if they didn’t have peppermint oil but it does and it has helped to freshen my stinky breath so I really can’t complain. I love how it tastes when I first put it in my mouth and I dont mind the peppermint whilst pulling but once my twenty minutes is up I have to rinse my mouth straight away with water as I’m not a fan of the peppermint aftertaste.

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After the first go my teeth looked so much cleaner and by the 7th day I was suprised at how whiter my teeth appeared, they looked glossy, clean and polished and my gums looked a healthier pink colour and my stinky breath improved, according to the boyfriend!

At £19.99 the kit is expensive and you could probably buy yourself a tub of virgin coconut oil which will last longer than 14 days and much cheaper to buy but I have found the sachets have come in handy for me, especially when travelling or whenever I’m on the go. I’m now on my last sachet right now but I have vowed to take up oil pulling daily as my oral health is so much better now than it was two weeks ago and I really do recommend it.

 

You can buy your own 14 day CocoTox from Nutrient Wise right here.

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This Coconut Oil Pulling Kit was gifted to me by Nutrient Wise, all opinions are my own.

 

Blue Leather Charm Bracelet (Triple Wrap) – My Endless Jewelry – Review(@EndlessBrand)

 

 

Hey chicks,

I hope you’re all having a gorge day!

It has been absolute milleniums since I posted a jewellery review on my blog hasn’t it! I’m so overdue a little jewellery post! The bracelet I’m reviewing today is the Blue Leather Charm Bracelet (Triple Wrap) and it’s from My Endless Jewelry retailing at £55. This has been my everyday bracelet this summer so I thought I’d show it off to you all as it really is a different yet lovely piece of arm candy.

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Lucky me won the bracelet a few months ago after entering a Facebook giveaway over on Market Cross Jewellers and I’m very grateful and thrilled to be gifted this gorgeous bracelet, I love entering giveaways and I’m like a Cheshire cat when I’m lucky. I’ve actually won quite a few giveaway and most of them have been truly amazing prizes. I even won a holiday last year where I got to go dolphin spotting with the boyf.

You guys should check out my twitter page as I retweet loads of giveaways that I know you would just love. Give me a follow – @KatieRoseLovesx.

So yeah, I was over the bloody moon when I was chosen as a winner for this bracelet and I’m so glad I entered the giveaway. You’ve gotta be in it to win it, hey! And let’s be honest, all of us girlies love a freebie don’t we? Especially when it’s pretty jewellery!

About the bracelet:

First impressions: The gift box was stunning and so cute and I just fell in love with it straight away even before I clapped eyes on the bracelet. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and this one had me from the word go! I really think this would make the perfect gift for someone especially if you suffer with lazyitis as it comes gift wrapped already – Endless Jewelry do your dirty work for you and save you the job, ha-ha.

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The bracelet itself is designed to wrap around the wrist three times and is made from the finest quality durable leather with a soft filling to ensure the bracelet moulds to the wrist. The lock is stainless steel with a magnetic fastening and it is engraved with the Endless Jewelry logo. My bracelet is navy although there are lots of different designs and colours to choose from. I love it! It is different and unique to what I usually buy and to be truthful it is not something I would usually buy as it is quite different to what I normally go for but I love it all the same.

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It is pretty bare right now as I only have one charm for it at the moment, but I’ve been browsing through their huge collection of charms on the website and I’ve got my eye on few pretty ones. All of the classic Endless and Jennifer Lopez collection charms fit on the three string bracelet. Here’s a couple of my favourite charms.

 

Jennifer Lopez also designs bracelets and charms for My Endless Jewelry and they are pretty gorgeous. You can check out J-Lo’s collection here.

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Where to buy?

You can get one on the website. They have lots of other designs and colours too plus a huge collection of pretty charms. The triple wrap bracelet retails at around £55, it will be cheaper for a single or double wrap bracelet. The charms are a bit on the expensive side costing between £20-£160 but they are gorgeous and I’m allowed to treat myself! Here’s the website -> www.myendlessjewellery.com

If you guys are wondering where I purchased my Michael Kors heartbreaker bracelet which can also be seen in my pictures, I got it from America on the REVOLVE clothing website. They ship to the UK and it is one of my fave places to shop for jewellery, shoes, clothes and accessories. Here’s the website -> www.revolve.com

Do you like this bracelet?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: I won this.