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Degustabox March 2015

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The March Degustabox, as usual, arrived promptly at the end of the month, and was stuffed full of exciting goodies.  A lot of familiar brands cropped up this time, including Jordans, Lindt, Crabbie’s and Brioche Pasquier, but there were also a couple of new brands to try, namely BBQUE and Natvia.  There was also a good balance of food and drink, and sweet and savoury, which is always nice.

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The March box was great value for money, as usual, containing fourteen individual items, with a combined total value of over £24.  Degustabox subscriptions cost an affordable £12.99 per month, which includes delivery, so you’re making a great saving every time.

Jordans Lighter Granola (RRP £3.69)

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Granola is one of my favourite things to have for breakfast, and I’m quite fond of Jordans products, so this was a welcome addition to the box.  This particular granola is strawberry and blueberry flavour, and has 30% less fat than standard granolas, which is great news for the health conscious among us.  I’ve been eating this in the mornings with fruit yoghurt, and it is delicious.  The dried fruit pieces are tasty and plentiful, and soften nicely once wet, without going mushy.  The granola has a great crunch to it and is nice and sweet, but not overly so.  This one gets a big thumbs up from me.

Rating: 9/10

JuiceBurst Juices (RRP £1.25 each)

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These JuiceBurst juices are a quick and easy way of getting one of your five a day.  I received two flavours in my box – cranberry, and mango and lime from the Skinny range, which contains fewer calories but all the goodness.  Mango is one of my favourite juice flavours, so naturally the mango and lime was my favourite.  It was sweet, but this was balanced nicely by the citrus tang of the lime.

Rating: 7/10

BBQUE Original Bavarian Barbecue Sauce (RRP £3.99)

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BBQUE Original Bavarian Barbecue Sauces come in four flavours – grill and beechwood, honey and mustard, chilli and horseradish, and original, which is the flavour I received.  I eat a lot of barbecue sauce so this sauce had a lot to live up to, but it actually ranks quite highly!  It’s runnier than I usually like, which meant it didn’t make a very good topping for my vegetarian chicken New Yorker, but the flavours of cranberries, beer, honey and apples are delicious.  I also really like the bold packaging and branding, although I did have to Google Translate all the German text before eating it, to check whether it was vegetarian!  (It is).

Rating: 8/10

Lindt Lindor Assorted Mini Eggs (RRP £2.00 each)

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I never get bored of finding Lindt products in my Degustabox, and these were the perfect little treat for Easter.  Each bag contains a generous amount of foil wrapped chocolate mini eggs, in three different flavours – milk, dark and white.  Each egg is like a miniature Lindor truffle, and boasts the creamy chocolate and smooth filling that we all know and love.  The gold wrapped, white chocolate ones are my favourite.  Very luxurious, and great to share (if you really want to!)

Rating: 8/10

Maynards Sour Patch Kids (RRP £1.00) and Bassetts Jelly Babies Berry Mix (RRP £1.48)

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Unfortunately neither of these bags of sweets are vegetarian, so I’ll be passing them on to someone else.  It’s a shame really because I love sour sweets, berry flavours, and I was always a fan of Jelly Babies when I wasn’t veggie.  I just hope Maynards and Bassetts decide to add some similar vegetarian-friendly offerings to their ranges soon!

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Fruits (RRP £1.50 each)

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I really like Crabbie’s drinks, and these alcoholic Fruits were the only product in the box that I’d tried before.  Unlike most of Crabbie’s products, these flavours contain no ginger, but are made with real fruit juice, which give them a thirst-quenchingly fresh flavour.  I received two different flavours – raspberry & rhubarb, and black cherry, but they also have a zesty lemon flavour in the range.

Rating: 7/10

Kents Kitchen Posh Noodles (RRP £1.75)

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I had high hopes for these Kents Kitchen Posh Noodles, but they were quite disappointing, and not a patch on the Kabuto Noodles that appeared in the January Box.  The noodles were plentiful and had a great texture, but the positive points stop there.  The Szechuan flavouring was intense, but not in a spicy way.  The flavour actually made my mouth hurt and my tongue feel sore, almost like I was having an allergic reaction, which was incredibly unpleasant.  The noodles were also lacking any vegetables or soy pieces, which made them pretty boring after a while.

Rating: 5/10

Natvia Sweetener (RRP £2.00)

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Natvia is a 100% naturally sourced alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, which is derived from stevia.  Stevia seems to be the ‘in thing’ at the minute, so I was keen to try these sweeteners out.  One of these in coffee is the equivalent of one teaspoon of sugar, and to be honest it’s hard to tell the difference in terms of taste, which can only be a good thing!  And even better is the fact that Natvia contains zero calories.  I think I’ll be using these in baking next to see how they compare to my usual caster sugar.

Rating: 7/10

Brioche Pasquier Baked Bread Bites (RRP 50p each)

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Before now, I’d only ever tried Brioche Pasquier’s sweet breakfast products, so it was nice to try something from their savoury range.  The box contained two of these little bags of bacon flavoured baked bread bites, which will be launching in shops soon.  Despite being a vegetarian, bacon happens to be one of my favourite crisp flavours, and I really enjoyed the smoky taste of these.  They also had a lovely crunch to them.  The bites are healthier than your average crisp, containing less saturated fat, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, and less than 90 calories.  They’re also quite versatile, and work well as a snack, but also as a crouton-type topping for soup.

Rating: 7/10

If you fancy giving Degustabox a go yourself, you can get a £3 discount by entering code 2S7LB at the checkout.  You can also follow Degustabox on Twitter and Facebook for more exclusive offers.

Naomi x

PS. You can check out the rest of my Degustabox reviews here.

*This Degustabox was sent to me for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Easter with Lindt

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Last week I was lucky enough to receive some yummy Lindt Easter treats, via the lovely people at Degustabox.  I love Lindt chocolate, so this came as a welcome surprise!  I was sent a large classic Gold Bunny, as well as a Lindt Gold Bunny Story Book, which is absolutely adorable.

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Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a Lindt Gold Bunny.  The foil wrapper, red bow and little bell are iconic, and the thick, creamy chocolate is delicious.  I always think Lindt’s bunnies are a little bit more luxurious than your average Easter egg, so while they’re great for kids, they’re also ideal for grown ups.

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The Gold Bunny Story Book is like an Easter version of an advent calendar, but isn’t dated, so you can open doors and enjoy the treats as and when you wish.  The book is quite large, and tells an interactive story whereby you have to seek out the hidden gold bunnies, and open the corresponding door when you find one.  The book has eleven doors, each with a treat behind it, and in total you get fifteen treats.  Three mini gold bunnies, two lambs, two chicks, three hollow eggs, and five small solid eggs, which is a decent amount of chocolate.  Each treat is made from Lindt’s signature milk chocolate.

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I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter so far, and I hope you enjoy the bank holiday tomorrow!  What treats have you been enjoying?  Did the Easter Bunny bring you one of his gold babies?

Naomi x

*This Lindt Gold Bunny and Lindt Gold Bunny Story Book were sent to me via Degustabox for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Valentine’s Gift Ideas: Love Hearts Tea Lights

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Valentine’s Day is also my birthday, so happens to be one of my favourite days of the year. As soon as January comes around I start looking forward to that special day in the middle of February, as not only do I get to enjoy it, but it adds a bit of brightness to the gloomy winter for people everywhere! I’m also a firm believer that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be miserable for those who aren’t in a relationship, as it gives you the perfect excuse to treat yourself, or spend time with family or friends.

So, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, over the next week or so I’ll be bringing you my pick of the best, affordable Valentine’s gifts – perfect for your loved one or even for yourself!  Today’s pick is this adorable little set of Love Hearts Tea Lights, available from It’s A Wot.

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Since I moved out of my mum’s house and in with my fiancé, I’ve become more and more interested in interior design, and making my home look pretty, and these tea lights help me do just that.  They come beautifully wrapped in a Love Hearts wrapper, so they look like a super-sized tube of sweets, and inside you get six tea lights, each of which comes in a sturdy plastic holder.

The tea lights come in three colours – pink, purple and blue – with two of each in the pack, and they all have an iconic Love Hearts message printed on top.  The pink ones say “Kiss Me”, the purple ones say “Love Me”, and the blue ones say “Hug Me”.

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Despite their small size, the tea lights burn really well.  I had them on for several hours the other evening and the flame hardly made a dent in the wax, and they don’t produce much smoke, just a steady flame.  My only issue with the candles is that they aren’t scented, but it’s not a deal breaker and I still think they’re lovely.

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At just £1.84 for a set of six, these tea lights would make an ideal Valentine ’s Day ‘stocking filler’ for someone who loves cute and quirky little house gifts.  They’d also be great for adding a touch of romance to your Valentine’s evening, or even just to help you unwind and relax after a busy day.  Want some?  Get them here.

Naomi x

*These Love Hearts Tea Lights were sent to me by It’s A Wot for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

My First Giveaway! – CLOSED

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Hello everyone!

Today I hit the big 100 subscribers with Bewitchery so it is finally time for me to launch my first ever giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who follows my blog… I really do find it amazing that so many of you read and enjoy what I write :)  The prize is small and humble (just like my wage haha), but I hope you like the look of it and will enjoy trying to win it.  As I am an Avon Representative, this first giveaway is Avon themed.  This is what you can win…

  • NEW Colortrend State Of Mind Lip Gloss in ‘Romantic’ – a delicate opal gloss with a hint of pink shimmer.
  • NEW Colortrend State Of Mind Nail Enamel in ‘Romantic’ – a lovely pearly pink polish which is almost a dupe of Models Own ‘Pearly Queen’!
  • Planet Spa Japanese Sake and Rice Facial Duo.
  • Outspoken Intense by Fergie fragrance vial.
  • NEW VIVA by Fergie fragrance vial.
  • And a small bag of Haribo sweets thrown in for good measure!

The giveaway is open internationally, so anybody can enter!  New and old subscribers can enter too, so if you’re not yet following, you can still enter once you’ve done everything to gain your entries!  So how do you enter?  Well, here are the rules…

  • You must be a Bewitchery subscriber to enter.  If you are a WordPress member, just hit the ‘Follow’ button, but if you’re not you can enter your email address to the right of the page and follow that way (Comment with the name of the account you used to subscribe – +1 entry).
  • Follow via Bloglovin’ (Comment with your Bloglovin’ name – +1 entry).
  • Follow me on Twitter.  My username is @Bewitchery_, then Tweet about my giveaway, saying “There is an Avon giveaway happening over at @Bewitchery_! Visit http://bewitchery.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/my-first-giveaway/ to enter!” (Comment with your Twitter username – +2 entries).
  • ‘Like’ me on Facebook here, and leave a message on my wall! (Comment with your Facebook name – +2 entries).
  • Put a link to my giveaway in the sidebar of your blog. (Comment with a link to your blog – +1 entry).
  • Blog about my giveaway and link back to this post. (Comment with a link to your blog post – +3 entries).

That’s a potential 10 entries per person!  Once you’ve done everything you can to earn your entries, comment below with your proof of each entry and an email address for me to contact you on if you win :)  Also, to make the comments a little bit more interesting, please give me a nail art idea to try out :)

The giveaway will run for 30 days and close on the 9th of June.  I will announce the winner a day or two after that.  Thanks again everyone and good luck!

Naomi x

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