NutriBullet 1000W


NutriBullet 1000W

NutriBullet – not a craze!!

I purchased a NutriBullet 1 week ago in a bid to motivate myself and totally REBOOT my health whilst on uni vacay.

The model I bought was the NutriBullet 1000W.

How it works:

It is very intuitive

(1) Top up with your desired ingredients to the max line on the cups (I must admit I’ve gone beyond the limit on many occasions as you can see from above – but just be careful about doing so, because the maximum line on the cups account for space required by the actual blending part when you cap the lid on!).

(2) Plug it in and flip the switch, it automatically blitzes and about 1 min it will automatically stop.


  • Space saving design
  • Very simple to use and very simple to clean (no need to take apart everything to clean!)
  • Claim’s to extract the nutrients and optimize nutrition obtained from your juices (I have no way to test this out, so I will trust they’ve done all their research).
  • Very easy to make any creation you like whether its water based or milk based.


  • It is a little louder and I didn’t use any ice cubes – so noise level might be slightly up if you do blitz very solid items.
  • The main negative I noticed is that the juice tends to heat up, and I believe it is from the transfer of heat from the actual extraction cutters motor part of the Nutribullet. All my ingredients aren’t at room temperature, they were taken from the fridge, cut and placed directly into the cups. So I think it is heat from the motor which causes the top of the juice to be slightly warm when you drink it straight from the NutriBullet cup.
  • As part of the heat generated from the motor running the extraction cutters, it therefore forms a slight suction, which I imaging will be more if you are blitzing a hot soup! So just a little caution to slowly open the lid after blitzing is complete!


Overall I’ve been super happy with the NutriBullet. Besides the first few sips being warm from the processing, it is very easy to use – especially for those who have busy mornings, or like efficiency! I have been using this for the week since I got it and have not found it inconvenient to use/clean. So I will be happily using this daily from now on. I will update here again, it any other thoughts come up!

To finish I’d like to share my green juice recipe with you.

NutriBullet 1000W

Makes the perfect single serve

Use the 500ml short cup

1/2 Granny Smith

1/2 Kiwi

1/4 Cucumber

1 Generous handful of spinach

6 small leaves of fresh mint.

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Filtered water

Method: (1) Put all the above ingredients into the NutriBullet Short Cup. (2) Then fill with water to about 1/2 way up to the ‘max’ line of the cup. If the contents have exceeded the max line, I push down on the ingredients a little to make sure the cutter cap can be screwed on easily without pressure. (3) Now plug in, turn on the switch, and it will do the rest itself. (4) ENJOY!


Have you had any experiences with the NutriBullet? What did you like/dislike about it?

All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.



Antipodes cult classics review

Antipodes skincare classics reviews

antipodes water serum worship and hosanna

Antipodes Cult Classics – a review

I’ve been trying out these 4 products from the Antipodes line up over the past few months and am writing to share my opinion on these:

Antipodes Worship Serum

Antipodes Hosanna Serum

Antipodes Joyous Serum

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream

Firstly, Antipodes hails from New Zealand and is an all natural but scientifically backed skincare range (tick for nature, tick for serious skincare science)! These are 2 important factors I look for in any skincare now today. They must be as natural or sourced from natural ingredients and must be able to back up their claims with proven testing.

I have thoroughly enjoyed these 4 products, but my absolute favorite is the Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Eye Cream.

But working backwards – lets start with the water serums – the Worship and Hosanna:

antipodes hosanna and worship serumantipodes hosanna and worship serum

(picture left is Worship and right Hosanna)

TEXTURE: Both are similar consistency – they are water serums, so they are a big plus for those who congest easily (as I do) and they absorb very easily.

SCENT: The scent is natural concoction of spicy, berry, vanilla accents which enables you to connect with nature and if you use it first thing in the morning gives a fresh positive zing to the start of the day. As I have dry skin I used both of these in the morning to help boost moisture (Hosanna) and the antioxidant boost (Worship).

THE SCIENCE:  Hosanna hydrates and having been scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 72%.  And Worship to provide natural antioxidant boosts to keep free radicals at bay, being scientifically shown to inhibit oxidative stress in-vitro by up to 90%.

THE FEELING: When I applied these they absorbed very easily, but because they are water based these have worked better for me in warmer climate and seasons (rather than winter, as I require heavier serum during these months). I also felt a slight tightening effect – I’m not sure if this is the effect intended in terms of stimulating collagen or just the effect of a water serum (as I haven’t previously used a purely water serum before). For this reason I feel these cannot be used by themselves but should be followed with a moisturiser.   However what I did do was to decant a mix of this in a little travel spray and spritz this in the day – this works a wonder!

Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum:

This is a little magical product. Its such a light oil based serum I have found that I have been able to use this (though not everynight) and not congest!

TEXTURE: feels like a luxurious but very light oil.

antipodes joyous protein-rich night serum antipodes joyous protein-rich night serum

THE SCENT: is a gorgeous raspberry seed oil scent with hints of other berries (it has goji, blackcurrant) and a touch of floral (hibiscus) – I love this scent, and it is the perfect scent for the evening – just when you need to take the day off and really relax into a deep sleep.  It’s not a sickly sweet scent but you can smell the fruit. It has a golden smell to it (you’ll have to try it to know what I mean!).

THE SCIENCE: The raspberry smell aint in there for no reason. Anitpodes has done their research and found that the Himalayan goji berry boasts up to 19 amino acids to help optimise your skin’s appearance. Red raspberry seed oil is rich in essential oils which help to promote elastin production.

THE FEELING: as mentioned it is light almost transparent. I only use one small drop and pat it over my face and another drop over the neck and decolette. It really helps to calm the skin, seriously plump it keep it hydrated and soft to touch.   This really has been a joy to use and I highly recommend this.

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream

antipodes manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream

This was my hero product from the Antipodes range (along with the Joyous serum).  It also comes in a surprisingly generous 30ml jar compared to most other eye creams which come in half the size.

TEXTURE: light smooth cream for the eyes. Not oily but sufficient to hydrate the area.

antipodes manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream

THE SCENT: smells exactly like manuka honey, which dissipates quickly. So if you find manuka honey a strong scent – do not worry, it absorbs in nicely and scent does not linger.

THE SCIENCE: Manuka honey was utilised to help fight inflammation and hydrate.  It also contains vitamin A and E which are vital to anti-aging and moisturisation.

THE FEELING: it feels light and delicate, and absorbs easily but sufficiently dense to moisturise the eyes without the congestion which is why I really love this eye cream. Normally creams have a tendency to build up oiliness causing little pimples or milia around the area for me, but this one has not caused any problems and works effectively to hydrate the eye area without sensitivity.

This product was so good, my mum has taken mine to use – so I bought her one too!

Overall I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Antipodes range – my absolute faves are the Manuka eye cream coming 1st for me, followed very closely by the Joyous serum. These are definitely 2 products I will invest in again in my skincare repertoire!

Have you used any Antipodes products yet? I’m really keen to try out more, so look for my next update in the near future 🙂 In the meantime you can discover their full range here.

THank you and have a great one!


All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus


Grown Alchemist Detox Serum – a reflection

grown alchemist detox serum

grown alchemist detox serum

Grown Alchemist


I picked this up from my local chemist. I was attracted by their detail to the active ingredients and of course the naturalness of this brand.  And I was primarily seeking an alternative to the pricey B vitamin I was using at the time but this Grown Detox Serum didn’t cut it.  I have since switched to another now and happily settled on that.


It claims (extracted from their site) and I quote:



So how did I feel? Well actually not much difference to my skin in the end.

Texture: It is lightweight and oil free and does in fact absorb easily – which I really like. Has a brownish tinge as seen in picture below.

BUT my concern is that it formed sediment or it appeared to be the case of ‘contents may settle’ because every morning I picked it up to use, there was a cloudy formation at the bottom of the bottle.  This was evident from time of unboxing.

However please note that it is not a moisturizing serum (not for me anyway and I don’t think it claims that). So I do follow with a serum and moisturizer.

grown alchemist detox serum

The scent is obvious and takes time to get used to:  herby (gernamium like), vinegary.

Overall: The product sounds like a great detoxification for the skin, but I didn’t feel it for my skin (didn’t change anything I could see and this is after 80% use of the bottle), couldn’t get used to the scent, and the cloudy contents made it overall a product which I won’t be  reinvesting in.

I would probably urge you to test a bit first, go to local stockist and try it at the back of your hand and see if its a texture, scent you like.

A little disappointing, but hope this helps in giving you some further information on my personal experiences. This may not be the case for you – if you’ve had better experiences, please let me know! Love to hear any comments/thoughts/feedback.

THank you and have a great one!


All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus


Hydration at any time, anywhere

bioderma hydrabio serum review

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum: A Review

I had the pleasure of trialing this product in preparation for winter and I’m happy to share my thoughts and findings.

I am an advocate for serums. It was what initially saved my skin back in the uni days. I tell this story a lot because it is the truth. I have very dehydrated skin – to the extent where it used to flake around my nose (only the nose area) like I was shedding skin. I know it sounds gross but that was what it was.  I looked online and reached out for my first serum when I had saved enough money on my first job as a uni student. And it was the best purchase ever because with consistent use – though I still have dry skin, that persistent flaking problem has disappeared.

Fastfoward a decade later til today – I have developed a combination skin but with dehydrated areas persistent.  If you take a hydration detector to my skin, it would still show I’m dehydrated. But I do get a shine around the t-zone now. Seeing as cooler temps have hit, this was best time to subject this serum to the test.


bioderma hydrabio serum review

Packaging: This packaging is smart. It’s in a thin – easy to grab pump tube with a smart rotational lock, with a semi gloss not slip body. Great for travelling.

Texture: A semi-transparent gel texture, non-sticky, smooth to spread becoming slightly water like as you work it into skin. This makes it feel soothing and fresh.  It is easily absorbed and finishes matte (refer to pics above).

Scent: Gentle fragrance with a subtle hint of apple – it does contain apple fruit extract.

Result: As this finishes matte, I found this a very good base for makeup. For those of you who have read my other posts, I like to wear a sheer to medium coverage foundation. And if you tend to shine up, this matte finish is a great way to hydrate without the unwanted shine.  This serum has worked well and kept my makeup looking smooth to touch throughout the day. And because it is a matte finish I think this is perfect for summer nights where you definitely don’t want to feel sticky or oily after cleansing in the evening!

Other great points: It is non-comedogenic – so important to me because my skin tends to congest very easily to oils or rich products. It is hypoallergenic and has an allergen-free fragrance.

Tips to use: For morning you a generous pump, let absorb and continue on with your sunscreen and makeup routine.

For summer nights a generous pump comay see this serum sufficient in itself without a moisturiser (esp for those with an oily skin), otherwise for drier skin, spread a thin layer and top up with your evening moisturiser.

For winter evenings a generous pump and top up with your evening moisturiser/oil.


Overall: This is a great serum with a very reasonable price-point – at about $48 for 40ml it is a great serum to have as a staple in your beauty closet! I have yet to try this on a flight, but I think because of its texture and finish, it will be a great product to use on flights to top up and keep skin hydrated without all the excess shine.


I hope this has given more insight, if not a new staple for your beauty wardrobe.

Feel free to share your thoughts below on how you’ve gone with this product or any other of Bioderma’s. I always like learning about how products have worked out for other skin types and/or concerns.


All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.