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Real Kombucha

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Have you noticed that increasingly at events or in restaurants, where once there would be a choice of either red or white, or perhaps champagne with the non-alcoholic options of water or maybe juice sitting forlorn alongside? Well things have taken a welcome turn with some very exciting new offerings to tickle our taste buds whilst giving our livers the night off, welcome Real Kombucha.

This company has taken the concept and is firing it up to new heights. Real Kombucha was established in 2016 by David Begg, a self-proclaimed foodie who having given up the sauce, found that he missed the opportunity to pair various foods with something decent to drink. A family holiday to India provided the real impetus for developing a tea which would offer up similar depths of flavour that we enjoy in wine, but without the alcohol, that then could sit alongside different dishes. Working alongside Adrian Hodgson, an expert in nutrition, and Will Battle, a tea expert, this entrepreneurial team came up with three delicious choices: Dry Dragon, Royal Flush and Smoke House all who’s flavours are derived from the fermentation of high-end teas. Our favourite at The Amazing Blog, came in as Royal Flush, but that is probably because we are huge fans of Darjeeling, which is the primary ingredient here. But where this range stands out from the crowd is its versatility, not simply with any type of food, but also in opening up new avenues for cocktails, aperitifs and even desert wines, all alcohol free.

Got your interest? Then click here, if you order by 3pm, you’re promised our Real Kombucha will be with you the next day. The choice of a case of 6 or 12 bottles. As a starter, why not try the half-mixed case at £12.69 (6 bottles) so you can thoroughly enjoy each option? A case of 12 will cost £24.39 with delivery from £4.99

Eleni and Chris facemasks : Glow, Detox, Hydration

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If you keep up with us here at The Amazing Blog, you'll know we're fans of the Scandinavian hair and skincare brand Eleni and Chris So naturally we were thrilled that we get to review all three of their new Sincell Face Masks. These sheet masks are perfect for a quick and easy pick me up for any age or skin type and can be easily catered to your skincare needs, whether you need some added Glow, a Detox, or a bit more of a Hydration boost.  

What makes these sheet masks stand out amongst the crowd are the pure ingredients that are only found in the dreamlike landscape of Scandinavia. Your skin will quickly crave unique ingredients like the cloudberry extract found in the Glow Sincell Mask, which is renowned for its ability to increase cell production by 22% within 24 hours to smooth your skin tone, leaving you with nothing but a natural glow. Scandinavian glacier water and SEA3Oil are two more key ingredients carefully sourced in Scandinavia and then infused in the ultra-fine fibres of each mask to retain the delicate osmotic balance of your skin.

The Detox Sincell Mask is also packed with grapefruit, oat and liquorice root extracts, which protect your skin against all those toxins and free radicals. Last, but certainly not least, the creamy Hydrating Sincell Mask is sure to bring back that much needed moisture that the winter weather has sucked away. The apple extract, cocoa butter, hyaluronic acid and sage leaf extract will instantly rehydrate your skin while also improving its ability to keep that moisture in its place.

These user-friendly sheet masks go on dry skin; no water necessary means one less step. These sheet masks give a great creamy consistency, they also don't contain any fragrance or mineral oils which is a huge plus. Leave on the face for 15-20 minutes, remove and gently massage any excess into the skin. Eleni and Chris recommend using the mask 1-2 times a week for good results. If you’d like to get your hands on these revolutionary sheet masks first, you can purchase them individually for £9 or a 6-pack for £49 here.

Rosehip Oil, Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C and cellular radiance serum - [A'kin]

The idea of 'pure' ingredients may not seem like something you’ve thought about, or if you have, it might sound like a fanciful dream, but we here at The Amazing Blog have found the reality. [A’kin] is a brand which defines itself by its dedication to “the power of purity.” Their products undertake a unique process to ensure that their ingredients are: properly researched for their health and beauty benefits, extracted in their purest and most beneficial form, and selected and tested for synergy and skin compatibility. As such we had high hopes and expectations for the two oils and one serum we tried.

Both of the [A’kin] Oils we tried used Rosehip as the basis of the products, but both achieved different results. Rosehip is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids which help to give skin a youthful and healthy glow. Rosehip is also full of Omega 3, 6, and 9 which help to restore moisture as well as nurturing and rejuvenating the appearance of skin. The first Rosehip based oil we tried was the Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C, and we can honestly say it did everything it said and more! Our skin felt brighter and clearer, as the Vitamin C in the oil acts as a powerful reviving antioxidant helping to neutralise free radicals, clear up the skin, all the while keeping it hydrated and fed! While the Brightening Rosehip Oil with vitamin C is suitable for all skin, the Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil is better suited for dry and or sensitive skin types. This oil left our skin feeling smooth and deeply hydrated. The oil is enriched with pure active botanicals and contains only two ingredients: rosa canina seed (rosehip) extract and rosemary leaf extract. [A'kin] Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil has a concentration of Omega essential fatty acids that is no less than 80%!! This award winning Rosehip oil helps to restore moisture and helps reduce the visible signs of aging. The result is vibrant, glowing and healthy radiant looking skin.

The [A’kin] Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum was a fantastic anti-aging serum that completely rejuvenated our skin, restoring youthfulness. The powerful serum combines 6 organic and certified extracts: pomegranate amaranth, seabuckthorn, rosehip, calendula, and chamomile. All of which help to moisturise skin, while firming it up. It’s no wonder, therefore, that in a recent study on 32 women aged 50 and over, the serum was shown to improve skin texture by 84%, skin radiance by 69% and reduce wrinkles by 22% over a three month period. What more could you want from an all natural anti-aging serum!

You can purchase [A'kin]'s revitalising cellular radiance serum here for £26.00 their brightening rosehip oil with vitamin C here for £24.00 and their pure radiance rosehip oil here for £18.00

Percy Nobleman - Beard Care Range

Here at The Amazing Blog, we're loving the fact that men's grooming habits are becoming more and more prominent. From beard decorations to a perfectly slicked back hairstyle, men's grooming trends are really becoming a talking point, which obviously the men here in the office love. Naturally, with trends come products, so we're happy to sport a perfectly preened beard thanks to the Percy Nobleman natural beard care range. 

Whatever you beard needs, Percy Nobleman’s beard care range has it covered, with a comprehensive collection consisting of a Premium Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Beard Wash, Moustache Wax and a Beard Comb. Formulated with the finest of natural ingredients, Nobleman's beard wash cleanses your facial hair without stripping it of its natural oils, as, let's face it, why should it be treated with any less care than the hair on your head? Team it up with the premium beard oil to thicken the beard, for a more intensive treatment which is best applied with the exotic pud wood beard comb. To give your beard an immaculate finish, worthy of any gentleman, the beard balm further conditions your facial hair before you style as you wish with the moustache wax. We particularly love that the products also give out a mild citrus scent, so as well as looking dapper, you'll be smelling fresh too.

We're pleased to finally give our beards the grooming care they need, thanks to this suave collection of products, perfect for any gentleman. Get the range herewith prices ranging from £16.99 to £24.99.

Tom Cridland - Luxury Menswear Collection

Founded in 2014, Tom Cridland is an affordable and stylish range of menswear. It is something that I as the only chap at The Amazing Blog want to let all and sundry know about. Tom is also a bit of PR whiz, and has cleverly gained a celebrity following with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Hugh Grant, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Nile Rodgers and Ben Stiller.  Not bad for a 25 year old modern languages graduate!  Tom has built up his brand all on his own and on 14th January he launched in the Concept Store in the Kings Road, Chelsea  - where his brand will be residing there for two months.

There is more than meets the eye to Tom Cridland’s luxury menswear collection. The 30 year Sweatshirt has only recently launched this year, which is sustainably made with premium organic cotton crewneck, backed up with a 30 year guarantee. No wear and tear for 30 years? Almost sounds too good to be true. With the sweaters costing around £65 if by any chance your trusty sweatshirt gets a tear on the left arm, not to worry just send it back to the shop, they will repair and send it back, completely free of charge.  It seems that Tom Cridland’s success is booming and we can only expect more from him in this year.

What I particularly love are the organic cotton trousers at £89 (see above pic of Electric Blue pair) they are a good slim fit, the material feels soft they are a really affordable price for truly really luxurious product. Tom personally oversees all the designs and manufacture in Portugal so you know that the quality will be top-notch. Tempted? Then hurry over to Kings Road and check the new 2016 collection out for yourself, or buy a sweatshirt online here