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Chilly’s Bottle Review | Are They Worth The Hype?

I am weak, WEAK I tell you. Did I need to spend £25 on rose gold chrome Chilly’s Bottle? No. Did I do it anyway? Of course I did.

To be fair I have wanted one for AGES and after having a little browse I found that £25 was actually pretty average for a thermal water bottle. But Chilly’s water bottles aren’t just any water bottles. They’re Instagram sensations, #bottlegoals if you will, and you know me – I’m a sucker for the gram. After having mine for just over a month I thought I would share with you guys my thoughts and ask the big question – are they REALLY worth the hype? 

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The Promise. 

So if you have a little look on Chilly’s website you will see that they promise 4 main things.

  1. Your bottle will keep your ice-cold drinks ‘ice-cold’ for up to 24 hours, regardless of the outside temperature due to fancy double-walled vacuum insulation. All sounds a bit too much like physics to me. 
  2. Your bottle with keep your tea or coffee hot for up to 12 hours. Think of all the money I’m going to save not having to go to Costa every morning. 
  3. Your bottle will not leak OR produce any condensation meaning you can just throw it in your bag and you’re good to go.
  4. Your bottle is made from safe, quality materials that aren’t going to leave a nasty taste in your mouth.

A month down the line I have definitely put my bottle to the test. So let’s see how it held up…

‘Your bottle will keep your ice-cold drinks ‘ice-cold’ for up to 24 hours…’

24 hours might be a little optimistic but to be honest my drink has never lasted that long. I did leave it for about 15 hours when I was testing it and it was still ice cold but then I wanted to use my bottle so I couldn’t leave it any longer. Even so, 15 hours in the heat we were having in the UK when I did this little experiment is bloody impressive so hats off to them.

I have had flasks in my time before but in terms of keeping drinks cold, this one is without a doubt the best.

‘Your bottle with keep your tea or coffee hot for up to 12 hours…’

Now this claim I was unconvinced by so I really decided to put it to the test. I put boiling water in my Chilly’s bottle and left it over night (probably not 12 hours because, you know, who is lucky enough to get 12 hours sleep?). The next morning I went to give it a try and I can confirm that IT WAS HOT. Not AS hot as it had been but come on, who wants to drink boiling water anyway?

In fact, the bottle works so well that I would actually warn you to be careful. I made my current coffee an hour ago and I am still blowing on it and keeping the lid off. These bottles really do keep your drinks very, VERY hot. Fair play, Chilly’s, fair play. 

‘Your bottle will not leak OR produce any condensation…’

The straw that broke the camels back and led this camel to buying a Chilly’s bottle in the first place was yet another water bottle that leaked everywhere. Yes, it was £4 but I can’t actually take it anywhere with me because it leaves all my stuff dripping. I decided it was time to bite to bullet and get myself a Chilly’s bottle and, true to their word, there has never been ANY leakage or condensation.

The bottle is always a perfect temperature to hold and always perfectly dry. I throw it in my bag and know that when I get to work all of my belongings will still be nice and dry. For me, this made the £25 price tag worth it!

‘Your bottle is made from safe, quality materials…’

It’s a full house for the Chilly’s Bottles. I LOVE my bottle, not only is it really durable but it has never left a bad taste in my mouth (even right at the beginning) and it is bloody STUNNING. Anything rose gold gets a huge yes from me but they have so many different styles that there is one to suit everybody. Not to mention since having my bottle I have seriously cut down on my plastic usage. I take it into coffee shops and I never buy water bottles anymore so everyone is a winner.

I am so so pleased with my Chilly’s bottle. I know they’re a little bit of an investment but I truly love them. I worked out how much I was spending on coffee and I had saved the money I spent on the bottle in under 2 weeks, which is INSANE. If you don’t want to join the Chilly’s family (you indie so and so you) then don’t worry because there are loads of similar products out there. I can’t say whether they work as well or whether they are as gorgeous but definitely have a browse. 

For those of you wanting to get your hands on my exact bottle, the link is here.

Until next time guys! 

Jamie x 

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High-End Make Up Products I’m Lusting Over.

High-end make up. If you’re anything like me owning a lot of the sort after make up products from high end brands is a bit of a pipe dream. As much as I would love to splash the cash on a fancy lippy or foundation, the reality is I cannot justify it – especially when a lot of drug store make up does a pretty god job (MUA I’m looking at you)! This doesn’t mean I don’t browse beautybay.com, drooling over the latest high end releases. I thought today I would share with you guys high end make up products I have recently been lusting over. You know, just in case anyone’s looking at buying me a gift or something… 
Primer
Let’s start at the very beginning, as Mary Poppins said, this is a very good place to start. So first things first; primer. I have been eyeing up the Becca Backlight Priming Filter for a while now. At $38, it’s a little steep but it has got some impressive reviews. Becca is one of my absolute favourite brands when it comes to give my skin a glow and this primer is supposed to do just that. I have pretty dull skin that tends to get a little dry around my nose and so I adore a dewy make up look. It is water-based and contains small, pearlescent filters that are supposed to leave your skin glowing and your flaws blurred – sounds good to me. 
Eyebrows 
Next up I’m going to go for eyebrows. The Tom Ford Brow Sculptor sounds right up my street and has been raved about by all the beauty mags this year. It has a rectangle pencil can be used to draw on singular hairs and a spoolie on the end to blend out the pigment, which would be perfect for my preferred, day time feathery finish. As if that was’t enough there’s even a sharpener to keep the tip nice and pointy – that makes it worth the £40, right? 
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Eyeshadow
Now for the eye shadow palette I have been dreaming of having in my collection since the beginning of time. There are loads of high-end palettes I would adore, but this one always catches my eye and I have never seen a bad review yet. At £43, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is a little steeper than my go to, trusty MUA collection. However, the colours are absolutely stunning and are supposed to have a creamy formula with great pigment. You’ve probably seen this palette before but if not it has a gorgeous selection of shadows ranging from cranberry/pink to brown toned hues and has a combination of both matte and shimmer finishes the shadows – an Instagrammers dream. 
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Mascara
I find mascaras really touch and go. Usually I can make them work but it is hard to find a really good one. Rumour has it that the Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced can offer just that. It comes in at £23 and is the brands best selling mascara. Apparently just two coats of this magically stuff make you look like you’re wearing false lashes, which is handy as I am terrible at applying falsies. This mascara is supposed to give volume, length and colour, which is basically everything you could ever want from a mascara – whether it’s better than sex? I’ll get back to you on that one. 
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Concealer
This one was easy! I adore YouTuber Kathleen Lights and she raves about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer all the time – even calling it her favourite concealer ever, which is seriously saying something giving her huge make up collection! It comes in at £22, which when compared to everything else so far is positively cheap! It’s packed with shea butter so is meant to be super nourishing whilst offering full coverage that supposedly doesn’t flake or crack! All of that and it’s vegan – everyone’s a winner! 
Foundation
I don’t mind spending a little more on my foundation as I think it can make or break a make up look, even so £42 is a little steep. The Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation has been raved about in the world of beauty and is recommend by make up artists and beauty bloggers alike. It’s meant to be an illuminating foundation that doesn’t crease and stays looking natural for the whole day. As I’ve already mentioned, I love a natural, dewy make up look but I still want a medium-full coverage so this sounds absolutely perfect. If I had to pick only one product from this post it would probably be this!
Bronzer
I have a very pale skin tone and so bronzer is an absolute must! I tend to stick with the drug store brands for this as they tend to do the job just fine. However, I would certainly not say no to the Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna. Known for being a cult classic, this bronzer gives a semi-sheer natural finish, which would be perfect for both day and night make up looks. I have seen beauty bloggers rave about this as an all over bronzer (great for those no make up make up days) and as a contour. When something is this versatile you can justify spending £29 – right?
Blusher
If I had to sacrifice one of the make up items on the list it would probably be a blusher, however, I have recently started reaching for my blush collection more and more and I think the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush would make a lovely new addition to the ever-growing family. It’s £25, which is expensive, let’s be honest but the reviews are absolutely fab! It’s meant to last all day (clues in the name I suppose) and have a beautiful and easy to blend formula. After some serious consideration I think I would probably go for Risque as I adore a peachy blush and find this suits my yellow undertone better than a pink blush.
Highlighter
Now for one of my favourite make up products in the whole entire world – highlighter! I love highlight and so picking just one high end product to share with you guys was tough. I was really torn between 2 in particular but decided to go for the Dior Nude Air Luminizer that comes in at £39.50. I went for this one because the reviews are glowing (excuse the pun) and it promises everything that I look for in a highlight. Rather than looking ‘sparkly’, I prefer more of a glow that blends into my skin and this offers just that. The shimmers within in are meant to be some of the finest out there and that means it doesn’t pick up texture but just leaves that sexy, wet look – dreamy. 
Lipliner 
Nearly there, I promise! For lip liner I have chosen the NARS Velvet Lip Liner that comes in at £18. The product comes in loads of different shades so you’d have to stock up on a few (darn it!) if you want one for every lipstick in your collection. I’ve chosen this one as it is meant to keep your lips moist due to its creamy formula, which is perfect if you are applying a matte lipstick over the top as these can be a little drying, and it will keep your lippy looking good all day – pucker up people. 
Lipstick 
Last but not least it’s time for the lipstick. I decided to go for a nude that I would wear on a day to day basis in the form of the Matte Revolution Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk, coming in at £24. Described as a colour to suit everyone, this lipstick is another cult favourite, plus it comes in super pretty packaging (always a bonus). It’s a more pinky/brown nude, which is perfect for my skin tone and although reviews aren’t all happy with the fact it might not be as matte as promised, this just makes me want it all the more! I tend to avoid matte lipsticks as I find them drying, but this is meant to have a slight sheen to it (sounds a bit like a satin finish) which makes it all the more appealing.

 

So that’s that. A full face of high-end make up products I am totally lusting over. If I was to get all of these products it would set me back a cool £343.50. I think I’ll probably be sticking to the drug store for a little while longer. A girl can dream though, right? Let me know if you have tried any of these and whether you think they’re worth then money. If not, what would make it on your list? Until next time. 

Jamie x

 

Favourites Of The Month | July.

Hey guys, how are we all?

It’s time for my favourites of the month again. I’m loving writing these posts and sharing what I’ve been loving – it is a great chance to reflect on the month (and also to judge myself in hindsight for how much money I have spent on new beauty bits and bobs – not quite as fun!). I have been super excited for this one as I always find I get a lot more experimental with my beauty, skincare and fitness regime during the summer months – must be the warm weather inspiring me! This month has been no exception and a lot of categories have actually got an overall winner and a runner up in them.

  I have a lot to share this month so I’ll get straight into it. 

Fashion

My fashion favourites are usually something that I have been wearing a lot, however, this month is a little different for two reasons. First, July saw me chilling by the side of the pool in my scruffs a hell of a lot (I am definitely not one to be seen in heels and jewellery by the side of the pool) and as much as ‘oversized, ugly t shirt’ is a staple part of my wardrobe, it doesn’t exactly scream fashion. Second, I have been eyeing these trends for a long time but I have also just moved into my first ever house and so funds are a little short to say the least! I did still want to share them with you guys because I think they’re really cool!

Ever since I saw Dani Dyer rocking that denim jacket/skirt coord I have been seriously lusting after one! It also just so happens that after Dani Dyer rocked that denim jacket/skirt coord that they popped up literally everywhere – what are the chances, ey? I have been searching the internet and one of my favourites is this Red Contrast Stitch cropped denim jacket and denim skirt. I am a huge fan of wearing red and this coord from MissGuided is such a beauty! For both it would come in at £57, which is okay…I guess. 

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If you don’t fancy red, head over to PrettyLittleThing and check out their gorgeous pink one! This one comes in at £50 so with the £7 you save you could buy yourself… well, not a lot but still. They also have one in white, leopard print, pale pink check (very ‘Clueless’) and a questionable blue one. Each to their own I guess…

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Make Up 

Although I tend to wear less make up during the summer months, I have actually been experimenting with a lot of products throughout July. This months winner is a little bit of a surprise to me. I’ve actually had it for a long time but I have always avoided it due to the fact I cannot stand the packaging! However, I decided to give it a go and the product itself is stunning. The Benefit Sugarbomb Blush has been my go to blusher this month and even featured in my graduation day make up look. It’s a stunning mix of four shimmering shades of peach, bronze/plum, pink and rose together and so acts as a bronzer (and even highlighter) and well as a blush. It’s described as giving an ‘instant sugary flush’ and it really does do just that. It is packed with subtle, beautiful shimmers and the shade range is super versatile.

Look at that peachy glow! 

I’ve used this product almost every single day this month, whether I am wanting a soft glow to compliment a ‘no make up’ make up day or whether I am heading on a night out. If you’re loving peachy summer glowsI would seriously recommend picking this up. You know,if you can get past the packaging…

Although Benefit have stolen the show for me this month, Laritzy Cosmetics came in a close second and so has bagged itself a spot as my runner up. I received their NUE nude eyeshadow collection in lasts months The Pip Box and I knew straight away I was going to love it. For starters the palette is vegan, which is great! It is also full of super pretty, neutral shades that are so wearable. As I mentioned over on my Instagram, it is not the most highly pigmented palette (one of the reasons it did not bag first place) but it is easy to build up and it leaves next to no fallout, which is great. The neutral browns and coppers are great for everyday where and you can actually get quite a lot of different looks.

Apart from the pigmentation, another reason this palette did not bag first place is the price. I did not pay retail price for this product but if you did it would come in at £35.99, which I think is a little pricey. The colours are nice and I have worn it a lot over the month but I still find myself reaching for last month’s favourite, the MUA eyeshadow palette in Burning Embers. This palette has 25 gorgeous shades and are so much more versatile and affordable (it’s only £8). Neither come with a mirror, which I don’t mind when it’s £8, but I would have liked to have seen a mirror and slightly more sophisticated packaging on the Laritzy palette. This is not to say this palette isn’t good (it did make it to runner up for heavens sake!) but these are just some of the reasons it was pipped to the post.

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Still my go to eye shadow palette! 

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Exercise 

Whilst at University I spent a lot of time in exercise classes but now I have come back I’ve had to wave goodbye to Les Mills (at least for now anyway) and go back to my home gym. This has meant a serious change to my exercise regime, which has worked wonders in shocking my body and helping me to start seeing results again. Throughout July I did a lot of HIIT and functional training at home (climbing in and out of wholes, lifting logs and all that jazz) and resistance training at the gym. Whilst I have been really enjoying both of them and every single session has been different and pushed my body in new and challenging ways, the winner for July is functional training.

If you’ve not heard of functional training before and are wondering why in gods name I am jumping in and out of holes, don’t worry! Functional training is basically adapting training to mimic everyday actions. Basically moving fitness outside of the gym. You’re still building strength, power and mobility but in a way that is more suited to ‘real world’ fitness requirements. There’s a lot of bending, sitting, reaching, balancing and unilateral training! It’s challenging but really good fun and has helped me see some serious results over the past month or so.

For more information on functional training and how you can incorporate it into your work out, check out this post. It’s full of top tips, advice and videos to help make your training more functional.

Music 

Leaving University has meant many things. My working weeks now consist of a lot more than 9 hours, I can’t afford to recklessly go for 5 coffees a day to avoid the library and I’m no longer on the radio every week. The latter has seriously impacted my knowledge of new music. As you might remember from a few months back, my music taste is very much that of a 50 year old man. I have, however, been loving a very recent album that I think you should all be listening to!

 

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High as Hope is the newest album from Florence and The Machine (you know, dog days are over and all of that!) and it is truly beautiful – I swear it actually gave me goosebumps! I always loved her music and find her voice so haunting and soothing. The album has some wonderful songs on it – you might have already heard Hunger, one of my favourites on the album. If you enjoy indie rock and older songs from Florence then I’m sure you will love this album.

Skin Care 

My July favourite when it comes to skincare is an oldie but a goldie. I have very fair, sensitive skin and I don’t really tan. I kind of tend to go a nice shade of salmon covered in little spots instead – get in line boys. The Dove Summer Revived, however, is my go to gradual tan and moisturiser as it gives me a nice, healthy glow and means you can look at my legs without having to protect your eyes from the glaring white.

It’s super easy to apply and, even with my lazy application style (splurt on, rub it in a bit and hope for the best), has never left me looking streaky unlike other false tans. It’s super affordable, super moisturising and super natural! I was using this for the whole of July and every evening when I was away on my holiday to keep my skin healthy and smooth. I like to think I will continue to use this throughout the year to keep up the glow all year round but, who knows, I’m pretty lazy…

So there you have it, some of my July favourites. What do you think? Were you loving last months The Pip Box? The warmer weather got you loving going out for walks rather than hitting up the gym? Can’t get past the Benefit blusher packaging to purchase sugarbomb?

Let me know and, as always, I also want to know what you guys have been loving this month. 

Jamie x 

1, 2, FRÉ: Skin Care For Women Who Sweat.

I never really thought about what sweating and running around all the time was doing to my skin. I would rock up to the gym with the make up I had had on all day and then stay in that make up until I went to bed that night. Yeah, I know… this is gross in hindsight but it’s oh so practical. Anyway, my skin was suffering. I have been really lucky with my skin and never really suffered from spots. However, recently I have been struggling with spots, dry skin and black heads. I put 2 and 2 together and decided it really was time for me to start taking care of my skin the same way as I take care of my body. A few weeks ago now the lovely folks at FRÉ sent me over their 3-step solution for skin that sweats and I decided to share my thoughts with you guys.

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Spoiler: I am impressed. 

Before I get into reviewing the products, I thought I would share with you a little bit about the ethos behind the brand.

‘FRÉ has emerged out of admiration for active women, through a willingness to promote authentic beauty in motion, a drive to refresh the skincare industry and express positive social values all over the world, and the clear and obvious need for a line of facial skincare products that will take sweat and exercise-induced damages into account. After all, no woman wants her face to suffer for the sake of her body…’ – FRÉ

Yeah, I can get on board with that. And if this empowering ethos supporting strong women isn’t enough, the products are also vegan AND for every purchase of their products, they plant an Argan tree to help replenish the forest. All the more reason to treat yourself to some new skincare, right? Plus, the packaging is really sleek and elegant… I really care about packaging, okay?

This is all very nice, Jamie… but why do I need special skincare? Well, when you work out (especially if you’re an outdoors sort of gal) your skin is subject to extra damage. These products are specifically designed to revive your skin after your workout and protect you from issues such as photo-sensitivity, dark spots, irritation, breakouts, over-redness and premature ageing. Now it is nice whether I am training outside a lot more, so this is great, but I also think these products are fab for those girls who might be training (and sweating) in your make up.

Now on to the products. So I got gifted the 1, 2, FRÉ set (which I would definitely recommend if you can!). In this set you get an SPF30 moisturiser, a daily facial cleanser and a gorgeous replenishing serum.

The moisturiser, other wise known as ‘Protect Me’ should be used daily in the morning and as well as SPF30, it also has strong anti-aging properties (it’s never too early!). I would using this product in the morning before my makeup and it kept my skin feeling super smooth without feeling greasy or sticky. I found that when I was training, my complexion stayed a lot more even and I did not find moisturiser remnants dripping off my face as I have done in the past.

Next up is ‘Purify Me’ – your daily facial cleanser. This can be applied morning, evenings and post-workout. If I was going straight home after a workout I would use this product then, but most of the time it would be an evening thing. It felt so gentle on my face but helped remove all the rubbish I had left on my face. As it isn’t harsh at all, I use this product every day and it is fab. I think if you can only get one of these products it it this one I would recommend. It purifies your skin and pores, prevent post-workout breakouts and calms skin.

And finally it is the ‘Revive Me’, which  is your deep replenishing serum that builds your skin resilience and fights the signs of ageing whilst creating a natural glow. I ma not one to go out without make up but this serum really did give my skin life and made it feel smooth and dewy without being greasy. I use this product every evening after cleansing my face.   with exceptional anti-wrinkles and skin tightening powers. It creates a natural healthy glow.

These products are not cheap and I was lucky enough to have been sent them to try out, but honestly I really do recommend them. I have pretty sensitive skin and have been in search of something like this for a while. My skin is looking loads better and finally has some life back, even after a full day of training and revising. Thank you FRÉ, you guys are fab! 

Jamie x 

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‘Worth a Shot?’ Two Weeks With Apple Cider Vinegar…

Happy Friday guys and gals. So here on Jamie Lee Jenkins Fitness we like to test out the latest health trends to see if they really are worth the hype. I say we, it’s just me really, but my point still stands.

As you have probably seen if you have been anywhere near a fitness Instagram or Holland and Barrett store, Apple Cider Vinegar is the new craze. People are downing shots or blending it up in a smoothie, whatever it takes to get their daily dose of the good stuff.

I did a bit of reading on this and apparently it comes with a load of health benefits. It can help with weight loss, bloating, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure and relieving symptoms of acid reflux just to name a few.

Sounds good, right? Well, I thought I would give it a go and let you guys know whether I think Apple Cider Vinegar is ‘worth a shot’. 

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Days 1-4

So far I am yet to venture into the land of vinegar smoothies and so it has just been a shot of straight vinegar. Go hard or go home as they say.

I’ll be honest, it burns a little and doesn’t exactly taste great but I have definitely done worse (Aloe Vera juice, I’m looking at you!). I’ve picked up some fruit and veggies so tomorrow I can make myself a kale and vinegar smoothie and be the real definition of #health.

In terms of any health benefits, I do feel a little less bloated but that could also be down to the fact I spent all last week shoving Easter eggs in my mouth… I think it is too soon to tell. I don’t feel worse but right now I can’t say as I am feeling dramatically better and toilet wise, we have yet to have any miracles. If you know what I mean… 

Days 4-8

So it’s been just over a week now and I have finally ventured into the world of vinegar smoothies. You know what, they’re not that bad. I made mine with spinach, kale, vinegar, apple, pear and banana and it was decent. Nothing to write home about but certainly better than chucking it back straight. Kind of like vodka and lemonade. You still know it’s there but you don’t made that weird face as you question why you’re drinking something that is making your throat burn.

In terms of the health benefits, well, I am one happy girl. I’m not feeling half as bloated as I was before and toilet time is becoming a lot more regular and, well… satisfactory. I wouldn’t say my bloat has completely disappeared and it has certainly not proven to be a miracle cure just yet but I really am seeing some benefits.

Days 8-12

I have two days left of my trial and I am pretty sure I will carry on with my shot of vinegar every morning. I’ve got used to the taste now and don’t mess around with smoothies unless I am really in the mood. I just chuck it back and then have a glass of water ready to wash it down with.

I am seeing all the same health benefits that I saw in days 4-8, just even more so now. I assume this is because it’s had time to get into my system now and work its magic.

One thing I have started to think about is what this is doing to my poor teeth! I’m making sure I am brushing straight after and so I don’t think it is going to be too much of a problem unless I start gargling with it (which trust me I am not going to be doing). I have read that some people use a straw to prevent it damaging their teeth but I have yet to try this. Who knows, might be something I try in the future if I keep it up.

Days 12-14 

And I have finished… 14 days later and I have finished my Apple Cider Vinegar trial. So, was it worth a shot? You know what, I have to say yes. I’ll be honest, as much as I wanted to find something that was going to get rid of my bloating and help me go to the loo, I was not convinced it was going to be apple cider vinegar but I really have being pleasantly surprised!

Like I said, it is not a miracle cure. I’m still bloating a little but not half as much as I was and even when I do it is settling down a lot quicker. I also cannot report that it has cured my IBS, however, it has definitely helped with going to the toilet.

So, yeah… apple cider vinegar has earned itself a spot in my daily routine. It might not be a porn star martini but hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. 

Jamie x 

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