Treasure Tress February Review: Shea Moisture
It’s been over a year since I signed up to Treasure Tress and I’m a fan, I love the fact that most of the products I receive I would never buy myself. I’m a massive fan of the unknown, I love waiting for my box to come seeing whats inside and then getting to try them out.
February box was full of Shea Moisture.
Shea Moisture was one of the first products I bought when I first went natural, I can remember ordering it online as back then you could only get it imported from America. I had spent hours on YouTube watching video after video on how to style natural hair and what products to use. I remember everyone raving about Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus so I bought the whole range and it wasn’t cheap but I had to have it.
When it finally came I remember falling in love with how good it smelled.
I’m not going to lie and say I loved every product in the range but I do still buy Shea Moisture and it was nice to get this range this month.
This months box consist of 4 Jamaican Black Castor Oil range. The only product in this range that I’ve tried previously was the Shampoo.
This Sulfate free, clarifying shampoo removes buildup, while infusing the hair with moisture.
I’ve been using this Shampoo on and off for just over a year now, The thing I love most about the Shampoo is how clean my hair feels after using it, for me, this is a deep cleaning Shampoo it leaves my hair feeling like all the build-up has been removed. That is also one of the main reasons why this is not in my top 3 Shampoo, although my hair always feels so clean after using it also feels a little dry. I know this Shampoo has Black Jamaican Castor Oil in it but unlike other Shampoo which is infused with Oils, this Shampoo leave my hair feeling like it needs oil put back into it. I do like this Shampoo and will continue to use it, it’s just not the best out there.
This deep conditioning Masque restores strength and resilience to damaged, brittle or chemically processed hair
Now, this Hair Mask surprised me, I’ve tried a few of Shea Moisture Hair Mask and I’m just not a fan. For some strange reason, every Shea Moisture Mask has left my hair knotty, unmanageable and just not nice but this was not the case with Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Mask, when I applied it to my hair I was not expecting a lot from this and was really with another conditioner to help save my hair. I put a really genius amount on my hair and just let it sit for a few minutes before I even tried putting a brush to my hair, I was so shocked when the brush went through my hair, don’t get me wrong there were knots there always is. My hair was manageable and felt soft and healthy I don’t know what they have done to this Mask but it is defiantly a keeper the only bad thing which I didn’t like was the smell and I know that’s just a personal thing and does not affect how good this Mask was in my hair.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner is a reparative leave-in conditioner softens and detangles hair while controlling frizz. Perfect for those who regularly colour, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy styles.
This precious oil based lotion protects while restoring moisture and lustrous shine to dull, damaged or chemically processed hair. Perfect for those who regularly colour, straighten, perm or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly or wavy natural styles. Nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil, certified organic Shea Butter and stimulating Peppermint combine in an ultra-moisturizing formula to protect against the damaging effects of high heat styling, while increasing hair’s resistance to breakage.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner & Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Styling Lotion I used as one I mixed the two together and applied a genius amount to my hair.What can I say I LOVED these two together my hair loved these to together.
My curls were soft and defined, I had little to no frizz.
This only thing I don’t love about these products was the smell, but it seems I’m the only one as every wash day when I went into work everyone keeps saying how nice I smelled & the only thing I had changed was the products in my hair.
Now this is what my hair looks like after the wash and conditioning process
As you can see the front is wavy, the middle is frizzy and the back is more curly.
There was not a lot of difference with my hair before and after the product was in.
My hair doesn’t like a lot being done to it, I can do the wash and go, the wash and blow dry or the finger twist that’s it anything else and my hair is a bloody mess, so for me every hair product has to be able to withhold these hairstyles and my hair not to be frizzy crazy looking which I tell you some product really do, do.
Wash & Go
Now, this is my number one go-to hairstyle, I’m lazy and like the fact I can wash my hair and put some product into my hair and that’s it I’m out the door.
This was my hair once it was dry.
This hairstyle lasted 3 days before it was put in a bun. This is a good amount of time for my hair to last in a wash and go. These products made my hair more manageable and keep my curl pattern lasting for a full 3 days.
I did try out the two other hairstyle that I do and they both come out pretty good, the hairstyle lasted 3+ days which is amazing for me as sometimes I only get a one day wear.
This product worked really well with my hair and is a keeper
Tasty Tuesday: Nutty Porridge
The weather has been so cold lately that all I want is hot comfort food but as I’ve been trying to keep my carbs low it’s not the easiest thing to do. The other day at work one of my work colleagues bought Pret’s Coconut Porridge and was pretty disappointed with they said it was tasteless and had nobody to it.
That night I went to the Pret website to see what was in there Coconut Porridge.
It was made of Gluten-Free Jumbo Oats, Red Quinoa with Coconut Milk & Coconut Water
I really like the idea behind this and it kind of reminded me the Joe Wicks Reduced Carbs Oatmeal I made last year.
I decided I would work on my own version of the two.
I decided to skip the Jumbo Oats and just go for a nutty version and added Avocado for a creamy texture.
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Hazelnuts
- 1/2 Cup Roasted Sliced Almonds
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- 1 Avocardo
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamen
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- Handful Raspberries
- Combined all ingredients apart from the Raspberries in a large sauce pan.
- Cook on low for 10 minutes.
- Serve in a bowl and top with an handful of Raspberries
Tasty Tuesday: Chicken with Creamy Mushroom & Tarragon
If you have been following my blog for sometimes, you will know that I’m a big fan of Joe Wicks books I’ve been slowly making my way though the book.
Last week I decided to give his Chicken with Creamy Mushroom & Tarragon a try, and I wasn’t too impressed the only word I can use is bland, it had no flavour at all I was really disappointed.
The first thing the recipe called for was to boil the Chicken, sorry but I don’t do boiled Chicken it is not done in my house that is a BIG FAT NO unless it soup which this was not.
If you know me you know I’m not the type of person to give up on something if I don’t like it I will keep on trying it in different ways until it is to my liking and so that what I set out to do.
Yesterday I retried the recipe my way.
What can I say it came out delicious this is now a 100% keeper.
So what did I do what was so different I added Onions & Chili to the sauce and I seasoned the Chicken before frying it, that’s right I fried my Chicken I also skipped on the Spanish as I forgot to buy some, but it was still very nice without it.
- 1/2 Red Onion, diced
- 3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- 1 Large Red Chili, diced
- 4 Chicken Thighs
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 Tablespoons of Smoked Paprika
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 300g Button Mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 Cup of White Wine
- 150g Double Cream
- 1 Spring of Tarragon
- Heat 1 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil in a larger frying pan.
- While the Oil is heating up season the Chicken with the Salt, Pepper & Smoked Paprika.
- Heat the Onion, Garlic & Chili on a medium heat until they start to soften.
- Removed from pan and add 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil to heat.
- Once warm add the Chicken and cook on each side for 3 minutes.
- Once brown add to a baking tray and put into the oven on gas mark 4.
- Add the Onions, Garlic & Chili.
- Add the Mushrooms and cook until brown.
- Turn the heat to High and add the White Wine and keep stirring until well mix.
- Once the Wine begins to evaporate add the Double Cream.
- Let cook for 2-3 minutes add the Tarragon and stir well.
- Remove the Chicken from the oven and cut into slices.
- Stir into the Cream mix and cook for a further 3 minute.
Tasty Tuesday: Chicken with Spicy Tomato & Spinach
For the past week I’ve been keeping it low carbs and so far it’s going pretty well, I don’t really feel like I’m missing anything. I do like my late night treats but I’ve given them up with is for the best it’s a bad habit I picked up while at university and never seemed to drop.
My vegetarian days haven’t been as many as I’d of liked, I’ve achieved two so far might try to make today one.
Last week Saturday I made Chicken with Spicy Tomato & Spinach must admit it was pretty good and I would definitely make it again.
If you like spicy tomato flavors then this is a dish for you
Tasty Tuesday: Chicken with Spicy Tomato & Spinach
2 TB Olive Oil
4 Chicken Thighs
3 Cloves of Garlic finely sliced
2 Red Chilies diced
1 Large Red Onion diced
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 TB of Smoked Paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 of White Wine
2 Lager handfuls of Spinach
Heat 1 TB of Olive Oil in a frying pan once hot add the Onion, Garlic & Chilli and cook for 3 minutes
Removed the Onion mixture and add more Oil
Place the Chicken Thighs and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes
Add back the Onion mix and add the tin of Tomatoes
Let simmer for 5 minutes
Add the Salt, Pepper and Smoked Paprika mix well
add the White Wine and cook for another 3 minutes
Finally add the Spanish for the last 2 minutes
If your not doing low carbs server with Baby New Potatoes
- 2 TB Olive Oil
- 4 Chicken Thighs
- 3 Cloves of Garlic finely sliced
- 2 Red Chilies diced
- 1 Large Red Onion diced
- 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 TB of Smoked Paprika
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1/4 of White Wine
- 2 Lager handfuls of Spinach
- Heat 1 TB of Olive Oil in a frying pan once hot add the Onion, Garlic & Chilli and cook for 3 minutes
- Removed the Onion mixture and add more Oil
- Place the Chicken Thighs and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes
- Add back the Onion mix and add the tin of Tomatoes
- Let simmer for 5 minutes
- Add the Salt, Pepper and Smoked Paprika mix well
- add the White Wine and cook for another 3 minutes
- Finally add the Spanish for the last 2 minutes
- If your not doing low carbs server with Baby New Potatoes
Food Journal with Butter Coconut Oil Recipe
I’ve decided to keep a food journal of all the times I eat; this way nothing is going into my mouth without me first taking a picture as I need to be accountable of what I put in my body.
I will be using my IG account @carlene_eatsthis as my journal, each night I will share what I have eaten and drank on that day.
The plan is to share two recipes a week; these will most likely go live on Tuesdays like always and on a Fridays.
I’m currently on my sixth days of low carbs and it’s going well.
I haven’t been feeling hungry or haven’t had any side effects as yet.
I’ve decided to do interval fasting Monday to Friday keeping an 8-hour window to eat and on the weekends being a little more flexible.
I start each morning with a shot of apple cider vinegar it may not taste nice but the health benefits outweigh the taste.
I’m also taking Coconut oil tables as they are supposed to be good for you.
After my shot, I’ve been having my own version of bulletproof coffee, which I will share with you. I quite enjoy my coffee and for me is a relaxing drink before I start my day.
I also find that the coffee keeps me going until lunchtime which I take at around 2.
So far I’ve not been feeling hungry and I haven’t experienced any side effects.
I’ve been keeping my lunches relatively small as I want to have a bigger dinner as it’s night time when I get the urge to binge.
BREAKFAST: Apple Cider Vinegar & Bulletproof Coffee.
Day Two Meat Free
BREAKFAST: Apple Cider Vinegar &Bulletproof Coffee.
BREAKFAST: Apple Cider Vinegar & Bulletproof Coffee.
DRINK: Coffee & Water
Butter & Coconut Coffee
1 & a half cups of brewed coffee
15g of Coconut
15g of Butter
I use a French Press to brew my coffee I then put the coffee, butter and coconut into a blender and blend for 10 Seconds
I then have a creamy coconutie coffee.
Today is Ash Wednesday which means it’s time to give up something for Lent; I’m not a religious person in any shape or form, but once a year I like to give something up for the six weeks of Lent. I think it a show if strength on my part to see if I have the willpower to give something up for that length of time.
Last year I failed I don’t think I lasted a week if I’m honest, this year I want to show my self that I can do it.
The past week I’ve been toying with ideas of what I could give up, I knew it had to be food base as I have issues with food so it only made sense to do something I would find hard to do.
The two main ideas I had was no carbs or cutting out meat, I thought long and hard about what to give up as I do love carbs and I do love meat, but one had to go.
I’ve decided to go with the carbs but I’m also going to cut out meat every other day which I’m going to find challenging, but I think I can do it.
I’ve also decided to give up alcohol which I think will be the easy part.
To help and keep me on track I’m going to take pictures of everything I eat each day so that I don’t just put food in my mouth but think about it first.
Today is day one, and I’ve decided to go meat free
What are you giving up for Lent?
Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
Over the weekend I was baking vanilla cupcakes when I realised I hadn’t done chocolate in like forever, so I decided to switch it up and do a batch of both.
I’ll be honest with you I can be real lazy at times and having to do more than one recipe just isn’t something I always want to do so I’ve come up with a way to turn my vanilla cupcakes in chocolate cupcakes and yes they do taste very yummy.
Before I start making the vanilla batter, I will mix two tablespoons of cocoa powder and three to four tablespoons of boiling water to make a slightly runny paste.
While that is cooling I make these Vanilla Cupcakes
Once I’ve made the batter I add in the cocoa paste and bake as usual.
These always come out rich chocolatey and moist.
Now the fun bit begins decorating them.
Hope you enjoy.
At the beginning of this year, I made a promise to myself that I would cook or bake more. The plan was to eat more fresh. By making 75% of my food I would know what I was putting into my body. So far I’ve been keeping to this, and I’m loving every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong there are days when I just don’t want to cook but most of the time I really enjoy it.
I’ve managed to prepare three meals each week with one of them being from the simple cook box, and then I try to make something new I always make sure that cook in bulk so that I can freeze it or have it the next day, that way I don’t have to cook every night.
I think I’ve done pretty well so far as only one meal has been a letdown and that was from my Simply Cook box but to get honest I just might of been me gave a off day.
Most weekends I bake, most of the time it will be some kind of cupcakes as I live making cupcakes as they are just easy, but every now and then I was do something a little different this weekend I was quite busy as I made cupcakes for a few friends as bday presents and also decided I would give something new a go.
These were screaming out to me to be made. I love Peanut Butter who doesn’t! Plus these cookies only required 3 ingredient which is a win win in my eyes. I love anything which takes the minimum effect sometimes you just want an easy life and this was one of them times where I wanted to make something quick and easy.
These were so easy to make. I did use I Chucky Peanut Butter as that is my favourite 😋.
These may not be the most beautiful looking cookies, but I do promise they were delicious 🤤 they were crunchy, crumbly but soft and oh so peanut buttery just plain tasty hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
- 250g Crunchy Peanut Butter
- 100g Granulated Sugar
- 1 large Egg
- In a mixer combined together the peanut butter, sugar and the egg.
- Form the dough into 1 tablespoon sized balls and place them 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
- Press them down with a fork to make a crosshatch pattern.
- Bake for 12 minutes on gas mark 4.
- Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Workout Wednesday HIIT 120
Wednesday is weigh in day for me it’s the day when I see how good I’ve been with dropping the pounds. That is a lie I am a slave to the scales I weight myself every day sometimes twice, the scale determine what workout I do in the morning, they help me choose what to eat depending on what I weighting. I know this is a really unhealthy way to live.
Today I stepped on my scales and it read LO which means the batteries had run out, I started looking for new batteries as my search was not going to well I was starting to stress I needed batteries as I I had to know how much I weighed I was actually started feeling like I was going to have a panic attack over not finding batteries, that’s when I realised that this is not right behavior and that I needed to take a minute or two.
This got me thinking that maybe it time to give the scales a rest and rely on other methods of seeing my weight loss because my relationship with the scales is not healthy.
What I did was measure myself I used to measure myself weekly but only started back again two weeks ago. I’m going to let the tape measure and photos be my guild. I’m going to take a break from the scales and regain a healthy relationship with food and exercise without the scale determine how I live.
This is going to be really hard for me as I like to see the numbers on my scales drop but I also need to be healthy mentally and living my life based on what the scales say isn’t healthy.
I’m going to scales detox.
Today I don’t know if I lost any weight but what I do know is I’m 4inchs small then I was last week.
After stressing out and not really know what I was doing I decided that I would do a fit test to see what my fitness levels are at as I haven’t done one in a really long time, I’d downloaded an app called SoSweat I’d set up the app but saw there was a fitness test but hadn’t got around to giving it a go, today I decided I would try out the fitness test and see how fit I am .
The test was pretty simple 4 exercises which were timed.
- 10 Press Up 00:37
- 50 Jumping Jacks 00:48
- 10 Diamond Sit Ups 00:34
- 25 Squats 01:07
That was how simple it was, I then got back my result which to me seem a little out there.
Now, these were my result, is it just me or does this not sound right to you, me in the top 27% of Athletes yeah right.
After taking the test I did my usually HIIT session
- Dancing Dog 6/5/5
- Staddle & Sweep 6/6/6
- Dumbbell Squat Front Raises 9/9/11
- Side High Knees 83/72/73
- Split Jack Curls 12/11/14
- Lateral Dumbbell Raises 8/8/9
- Stationary Lunges Left 14/15/17
- Stationary Lunges Right 14/15/16
- Suitcase Deadlifts14/13/11
- Kettle Narrow Deadlifts 10/10/9
These are my numbers what are yours!