Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

If you read my blog regularly, cast your mind back to early December when I wrote all about tracking my sleep and how it was benefitting my sleeping pattern and habits. Now I’m back for another sleep related feature but this time it’s all about the thing you sleep on; your mattress!

Hopefully you are aware that having a bad mattress can give you back problems as well as a bad sleeping pattern, but if you’ve paid attention to any of those bed adverts on the TV, you’ll know that you should change your mattress every 8 years roughly. 8 years ago, Bob & I were 18 and lived at home with hand me down mattresses as you do, and unsurprisingly when we bought our first house last year, one of said hand me down’s came with us.

Fast forward 6 months and the lovely folks at Leesa dropped me an email to offer me one of their amazing mattresses: BRILLIANT!

(how the Leesa Mattress arrived – can you believe it’s in there?!)

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“Men are made out of time”

A quote to which my fiancé Laura would add “a lot of time”, however this is the motto Detomaso watches work too, as they say “Detomaso marks the man!”

Detomaso asked Laura a while back if I could write a review on one of their watches for them, to which I was more than happy to help out with.

Detomaso is a German watch company whose namesake is of course Argentinian Alejandro De Tomaso who moved to Italy and became a racing driver. He went on to create some of the most elegant yet muscular cars built, so good even the king of rock Elvis Presley bought one.

So no pressure on the watch, but German engineering living up to the name of an ex racing drivers creation that the king of rock loved and bought; I was expecting good things to say the least.

Now on to the watch which as you can see by the picture below, is a very good-looking time piece with dark red/brown leather strap and rose gold frame. It makes anyone look twice to tell the time.

As standard the watch is elegantly basic but comes with everything you expect and with a positive spin:

1. Hand times – Contrast of white to black background for easier sight

2. Date – circular spin with the current date highlighted in red

3. Day – likewise circular spin with the current day highlighted in red

4. Hour lines – contrasted white thick lines for easy time telling

5. Battery – I have had it 6 months now and not had to reset the time once nor replace it

This watch takes the Italian racing style of the red/brown leather and gold whilst keeping German efficiency of practical contrasts from the black base and white and looks fantastic on. At work I have had a lot of my colleagues ask after it both male and female so it must be doing something right.

However there is room for improvement.

It is a miss that there is no standard stop watch, especially one which is playing on racing style, a stop watch would be better. There are other watches Detomaso sell that do offer this but I feel all should come with all their watches due to the nature of their brand, even if just intended for work.

Secondly and finally I have worn this for 6 months (summer and winter) and I must say in cold to normal temperatures it is brilliant. However come hot weather this is where the watches strap need improving or replacing. You can see that the dye from the strap has worn onto the skin and boy was it difficult to get off.

So to wind this up…

I find this watch great for work and casual evenings with friends however I would recommend getting a new strap if you live somewhere warm, which is a shame as the strap really makes it. So overall living in the north of England this watch is fine for me 8 out of 12 months then I swap back to another. However for £100 off Amazon it is a great buy for good working, good-looking watch to be added to your collection.


*the watch was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all thoughts are my own*

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Putting Herbalife Skin to the Test

It’s safe to say I hate my skin. I know most people would change their boobs/nose etc but I’d just quite like skin that doesn’t get a billion spots on it. I’m always looking out for products that will help me to achieve this in a non surgical way (I’m aware I can’t just replace my skin!) and the latest on my list has been Herbalife’s Skin range.

I’ve heard the name Herbalife thrashed about before but never have I thought “Oh let me just check out if they do skincare!” I was pleasantly surprised recently to find out not only do they have their own range but their cleansers are also sulfate free, a thing I’m pretty obsessed with at the minute.

Now it’s time for the test and the results. The products trialled were the Soothing Aloe Cleanser (aloe is another favourite of mine), the Daily Glow Moisturiser and the Replenishing Night Cream.


I tested them out for just over 2 weeks to try to get an accurate result to share and have a before picture (shield your eyes) and an after picture to show off the results.

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So as you can see from my horrendous starting photo, my skin was in bad condition at the start of this trial. I actually took this photo a few days into starting the products just because it was in its worst state for a long time. I persevered though and just over 2 weeks later, you can see the products really worked and my skin looked so much better.

I like that the cleanser is super gentle on my skin and the aloe really did soothe my skin. The only thing I did differently instruction wise was rather than using it twice a day, I only used it once. Mainly because on a morning my skin was really bad and I found just soap and water worked better then. I still used my moisturiser and night cream as followed and again, love that they don’t leave my skin feeling greasy or slathered in product. The photo below is the different products on the back of my hand to show their consistency. The middle blob is the daily glow moisturiser which did have a glow to it which I like. The replenishing night cream was lovely and white and really left my skin feeling smooth.


Having always had the impression that Herbalife was just a health company, I have been surprised by everything I’ve learnt about the company using the products and it’s only made me want to try some more of them out. They do an amazing sounding mint clay mask and a berry scrub that I need to get my hands on and try out now.

I hope like me, you’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand and what they actually offer. I will definitely carry on using these products and purchase more in the future.

Laura x

*These products were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. The photos and opinions are a true reflection of the product trial and are my own*


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