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Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

 So, this is my last post of 2017! Can you even believe it's that time of year already? It's already time for me to be saying Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.  I break up from work today and won't be back in until the New Year (pretty unheard of in the NHS). So I am having a total rest from all work and wrapping up blogging today too.

Christmas is ultimately about family time. As a hard working mama I relish the time I spend with Ellie but it is even more special this time of year. I love nothing more than making happy memories for her.

I have a few more presents to wrap and drop off and the big Christmas clean to do and then we are finally finished. Woo! Does anyone else have to deep the clean house before the big day? Just so it can look like a bomb site by 10am Christmas morning?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year presents

We will be spending Christmas Eve relaxing, eating treats and watching Christmas movies. And probably drinking lots of hot chocolates under our blankets too.

Christmas Day we are having the morning at home, just us two. I am so excited to see Ellies face when she opens up her presents. We always have quite a lazy, leisurely morning and I really love it that way.

Once we are finally unwrapped and dressed, no doubt in new Christmas outfits, we are heading up to my mums for Christmas Dinner. It's got to be the best meal of the year, am I right?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Christmas dinner

After spending a few hours with family it's finally time to come back home again and relax. I'm sure there will be more Christmas films or Christmas TV. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

I'm not sure what we will be doing for the rest of the week. Lots of family time, hopefully a few days out. After all the excess food I always need a few outdoor walks to burn of the calories and refresh me.

Once Christmas is over it will be New Years Eve before we know it. I have some friends coming round for a sleepover and wine. It will be a nice change to stay in, in our PJs. Plus no queueing to get in pubs, no heaving bars where you can't move let alone get a seat and no need for taxis home.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year fireworks

Well that's it from me for 2017, I will be back in the New Year and have lots of new content planned.

I'd love to know how you're spending your Christmas Day? Do you have any other plans over the festive season?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

My hairdressing disaster story

 Today's post is a bit different for my blog. It's taken me a good few weeks to write this as I didn't want it to be a huge rant and I've been quite upset about it all. This is my hairdressing disaster story and what to do if it happens to you.

My hairdressing disaster story - before, long blonde hair

My hairdressing disaster story - The background

I moved hairdressers about 2 years ago as I wanted to go to a more modern shop. The new hairdressing shop is really popular in my area and I know a lot of people who go there. A plus for me was they use the new (at the time) Olaplex treatment that claims to reduce damage from bleach and colouring.

My hair has been highlighted bleach blonde for years and the new hairdressers took it to full head of platinum blonde. I needed a couple of full root to tip bleaches to get it platinum but my hair seemed strong and healthy. After that I only needed the roots touching up every 6-8 weeks. I experimented with different coloured toners and had grey, silver and lilac hair that always eventually faded back to blonde.

Every time I had it bleached it burned! My scalp would be bright red, tender and sore for a good few days afterwards. When I mentioned it they told me quite a lot of people had the same problem. At the time it made sense to me that it might burn as, you know, bleach. On the skin.

Looking back now I can see there were a few red flags that I should have picked up on but didn't. Now I can see these are the start of my hairdressing disaster story.

Last summer I had my hair done just before going on holiday. Whilst I was away my hair slowly started to turn a khaki green colour. And the dark green didn't fade out. At the time the hairdressers blamed it on the sun and had to re bleach my hair from root to tip to get rid of it. When I questioned if this was ok I was reassured as they were using Olaplex every time it was bleached.

At Christmas last year on my first wash at home after going to the salon I realised the colour of my hair wasn't right and it seemed really patchy. Some places looked like the roots hadn't had any bleach on at all. So three days after having it done they had to bleach my hair from root to tip to even it back up. I was quite worried about having a full bleach so close to the last bleach and was concerned again about how it would affect my hair but they were very reassuring that it would be ok to do.

There were a few normal trips to the salon until a really major disaster. I had gone for my normal root touch up but after what seemed like a really short time it was being rinsed off. I commented at the time it didn't seem to have been on for long but was told it was definitely time. As they were blow drying my hair they realised the roots hadn't taken at all and were bright orange. The hairdresser decided to put a darker blonde toner on to try even it out and it was left on for about 30 minutes. As it was way past the time I should have been home I said I would dry it myself at home. Once I started blow drying it I knew how bad the colour was. The toner had turned my white blonde hair brown and I still had orange roots.

The next day I went back to complain where they offered to re-bleach it all again. I told them again I was getting concerned about the amount of bleach on my hair, although it seemed fine to me there's always a worry with bleach. This time they agreed and decided it was probably best not to. Unfortunately the only solution was to dye it a really dark brown at the top to cover the orange and I was told the toner would fade out.

Whilst it wasn't an awful colour and it was a good ombre, I hated it!

My hairdressing disaster story - brown ombre

After only a few weeks the brown had faded so I had orange patches again and the toner didn't fade at all. I wasn't comfortable going back to the salon that had caused it but didn't know what else to do. So I went, they re-did the top section even darker to cover it and bleached the ends with a "milder" strength bleach to get the toner out.

Whilst I was happier with my blonde again ends I still hated the top section and didn't want to go back to the salon again.

My hairdressing disaster story - brown ombre

My hairdressing disaster - what happened next

I gave my hair a good few months break to decide what to do. A new shop has opened in my town and I've seen a few people going and recommending it. I had a consultation with them and booked in to have highlights just in the top half to start lightening it.

The highlights were done and they were really happy with how the colour turned out. They also couldn't believe I had been left with orange roots as the bleach took really quickly in my hair to a platinum blonde.

As they were brushing my wet hair before drying and straightening it they realised there was a massive problem. The lower section of my hair was snapping and coming out in handfuls! It was so bad they refused to blow dry it.

After explaining my hair is naturally very curly so I wash it, don't brush it, dry or straighten and leave it curly so hadn't realised it was like this. They took the history of exactly what has been happening at the previous hairdressers. The new salon was shocked to hear how many times it has been bleached root to tip and that toners had been bleached out.

They told me the only option was to cut my hair off above the damage. There was a lot of tears, even the new hairdresser was upset over it. I wasn't charged for my appointment that day and told as soon as I was ready to book in for it cutting. She even said no matter when I want to come I will be squeezed in and that she would even stay late for me. I was also given an intensive treatment mask jar to take home to use every time I wash it for free.

They wanted me to go get my colour card (the history of exactly what has been on my hair every time) from the old salon and then they would book me in.

My hairdressing disaster story - The colour card

It took me a few days to get the courage to go to the old salon. I was upset and angry and didn't really want to see them. As it happens I asked for my card and they let me take a photograph of it. They didn't ask any questions as to why so I didn't need to have worried.

My hairdressing disaster story - colour record card

My hairdressing disaster story - colour record card

Now I'm not a hair dresser so this means nothing to me. But the new salon are horrified by the record. It shows 40% strength bleach has been used almost every time my hair is bleached. (The new salon used 6% bleach). Apparently they shouldn't use 40% bleach any more and it must not touch the skin as it can cause chemical burns. It was painted on my head every single time. It's also not an accurate record as I know there are times I've been that aren't recorded at all.

Once they saw this they knew there definitely was no other option for it but to cut it all off.

My hairdressing disaster story - The restyle

Two weeks after realising the problem with my hair I was sat back in the chair ready to cut it off. She knew how upset and anxious I was about it so before it was even washed she cut the length off quickly and took it away. It was a shock at the time but I'm glad I didn't have to watch my hair falling around me.

Fortunately they managed to keep it a bit longer than originally thought and after an hour I had a new long bob.

Although I'm obviously upset my waist length platinum blonde hair is gone, I now love my new style. It is in amazing condition, looks and feels better and is much easier to manage. The new salon has done an amazing job, especially considering the state it was in.

Here is my on the day before and after. You can really see how bad the damage is when it's blowdried and how thin the ends are from breaking and falling out.

My hairdressing disaster story - before and after

It has really grown on me and I'm loving my cute new look now.

My hairdressing disaster story - after, short blonde bob

Whilst I've lost the length from my hair I do think I've been quite lucky. 40% strength bleach can and does cause chemical burns, scarring and disfiguration and it has been on my scalp every time. I've also found a new salon who seem much more knowledgable, reputable and really care for their customers and their hair.

I have written a complaint letter to the old salon, as yet they haven't replied and reported them to trading standards which the new salon advised me to do.

The most shocking past of my hairdressing disaster story is learning hairdressers in the UK are not regulated. They work with incredibly strong chemicals and there are no laws or bodies protecting customers. There is also nowhere to complain to when things go wrong.

My hairdressing disaster story - What to do if it happens to you

There are some things to do so this doesn't happen in the first place.

  • Always use a reputable salon that someone recommends.
  • Always ask questions. Ask what is being put on your hair. Ask what strength the chemicals are in the products and if they can use a lower strength of something.
  • 40% bleach should not be used and should never touch the skin.
  • Olaplex is not a guarantee. Whilst it can help minimise the damage it doesn't stop it.
  • Bleach shouldn't burn when it is on the scalp. It can tingle and itch but burning is a red flag.
  • Bleach should never be applied over already bleached hair.
  • Whilst mistakes can happen, repeated mistakes shouldn't.
  • If you are uncomfortable or concerned about something find a new salon.
  • A salon quality clarifying shampoo will remove toner. It does not need bleaching out.

And if you realise something is wrong.

  • Tell the salon you are not happy and why. Most salons will offer to try and sort it out for you. You are within your rights to ask for another stylist and to ask for a refund, but they are likely to refuse a refund until they have tried to rectify the problem.
  • Ask for your record card. Hairdressers have to keep them and under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to a copy. (My hint is to take a photograph of it. They are unlikely to give it to you as they will want a copy for their records and leaving it a few days to be copied means it can be changed.)
  • Go to a new salon for a consultation. Take your record so they know exactly what has been done. Take their advice. They have access to professional products and knowledge of what can help. If they suggest a product try it. And if they suggest, like me, nothing can be done to save your hair take their advice and cut it.
  • Invest in professional quality products even once it has been cut. It is likely to still need some extra care for a while.
  • Report any problems to trading standards. If they are left to carry on more customers could end up with the same problems as you.
  • Warn people. I'm not saying go all out but if you know people who go there tell them what has happened to you. It's up to them what they do after they know.

Have you ever had a hairdressing disaster? What did you do about it? And I'd love to know what you think of my new look and your thoughts on my hairdressing disaster story.

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain review

 No kitchen appliance quite has the wow factor like a chocolate fountain. No matter how young or old you are seeing pools of warm liquid chocolate and treats to dip in it instantly makes your mouth water. Me and Ellie have been testing out the Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain to see what we think of it.

Maplin fizz chocolate fountain boxed

The Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain specifics

The Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain is mains operated and it is about 9 inches tall. It is £15.99.

Maplin fizz chocolate fountain

How to use the Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain

Assemble the Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain. Melt chocolate either over a saucepan or in the microwave. Add the liquid chocolate to the fountain and turn on. Watch it cascade and enjoy!

Maplin fizz chocolate fountain

My Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain review

The Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain is really easy to assemble, even if you don't read the instructions. Once you add the molten chocolate it starts flowing within seconds and is ready to use.

We love dipping fruit, biscuits and wafers but our favourite has to be marshmallows. Marshmallow and warm chocolate is just the perfect combination.

Maplin fizz chocolate fountain dipped marshmallow

The instructions recommend using vegetable oil to thin the chocolate out ready to use. We add milk whilst the chocolate is melting and that gets it to a perfect consistency too. Don't add cold milk to already melted chocolate or you will get lumps.

The chocolate stays warm and molten for as long as the fountain is on. I really like that you can turn the motor off and switch it to heat only mode. It means you can stop the cascading chocolate and have a break from eating but keep the chocolate useable.

It is easy to take apart afterwards for washing. My only criticism is that the base doesn't come off as this would make cleaning it even easier.

I can't recommend enough cleaning it as soon as you turn it off. I scrape any left over chocolate into a sandwich bag, put the loose parts in to boiling hot, soapy water and wipe out the base with kitchen roll then a soapy dishcloth.

The chocolate fountain fits back in to the box easily so it can be put away in the kitchen cupboard easily.

The Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain final thoughts

We are loving the chocolate fountain. It's a great treat for me and Ellie and a really good party piece too. I'm sure I will be using it when I have the girls around for drinks or a BBQ. I can see Ellie wanting to get it out at her next sleepover too.

Although it is small it works perfectly and it is a great size to have at home. It still has the wow factor once you turn it on and see the chocolate cascading.

You can get the Maplin Fizz chocolate fountain for £15.99 here and find more novelty cookware that is perfect for parties here.

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Friday, 15 December 2017

B.liv Deep Impact cleanser review

*AD - GIFTED* I'm not sure what it is about this season but I always want to up my skin care game in Winter. Maybe because the cold weather is harsh on the skin? Or maybe with it being dark and miserable I'm home more often? Whatever the reason I love trying new brands and products at the moment. I have been trying the B.liv Deep Impact cleanser and today I'm sharing what I think of it.

Who are B.liv?

B.liv (believe) are a multi award winning cosmeceutical brand that provides hassle free, salon quality formulations and they specialise in pore management. B.liv are based in Malaysia and are firm favourites in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and China. Although they are based in Malaysia they have free international shipping and even have a 30 day money back guarantee.

What is the B.liv Deep Impact cleanser?

B.liv Deep Impact cleanser review

The B.liv Deep Impact cleanser is a deep pore cleanser and massage emulsion. It gently cleanses pores, promotes circulation, smooths the skin and prevents blemishes and pore blockage.

My B.liv Deep Impact cleanser review

B.liv Deep Impact cleanser review

I have been using the B.liv Deep Impact cleanser two or three times a week for the last four weeks. I use the cleanser on a night and afterwards use a thick layer of night cream for a real pampering treat.

Firstly I have to say I love the packaging. The silver box is really sleek and luxurious and the bottle inside is cute. Both in and out the box it looks really good stood on my dressing table.

The formula is quite thick but massages in to the skin really easily and a little goes quite a way. The exfoliating jojoba beads massage the skin but don't feel abrasive and they fully dissolve. It has a fresh scent that does linger for a while but it isn't overpowering. It's easy to wash off and doesn't leave a residue on the skin.

B.liv Deep Impact cleanser review

After using the B.liv Deep Impact cleanser my skin feels really clean and so soft and looks brighter. The cleanser isn't drying out my skin and my face doesn't feel tight after using it. I don't tend to suffer from breakouts so I can't say if it prevents them or not.

I am really happy with the B.liv Deep Impact cleanser. It works really well for my skin and fits in to my skin care routine well. I'm really happy this is an exfoliator without micro beads too as they are so harmful for the environment.

The B.liv Deep Impact is currently on offer for £17.50 for a 50ml bottle. 

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Stag and Raven tattoo art mermaid print

 *AD - GIFTED* If you have been reading my Christmas gift guides you might have already seen todays product in my stocking filler gift guide. Today I am talking about my Stag and Raven Mermaid print by Emily Dawson.

Stag and Raven mermaid art print by Emily Dawson

Who are Stag and Raven?

Stag and Raven are a tattoo art brand who support tattooists and creatives by selling their work. Each piece is commissioned from tattoo artists and turned in to products for customers. Stag and Raven sell art prints, limited edition prints, clothing, mugs, jewellery, cushions, bags and accessories. Their prices are all incredibly reasonable and there is something in every tattoo art style. As well as the online site, they have a store in Afflecks, Manchester and you can also find them at tattoo conventions too.

Stag and Raven postcard

My Stag and Raven Mermaid print by Emily Dawson

My choice from the Stag and Raven prints has to be the mermaid print by Emily Dawson. The print is a beautiful mermaid with gorgeous girly details. The artwork is beautiful and it is a really high quality print. The paper is thick and bright white with really crisp printing details.

Stag and Raven mermaid art print by Emily Dawson

I have my print in a white frame but it will look just as good in a chunky black frame too.

The postcards that come with the print need a mention too. The artwork on these is amazing and I'm going to try and find a use for them. I might laminate this one and use it as a coaster.

Stag and Raven postcard

My Stag and Raven wishlist

I have quite a few other items on my Stag and Raven wishlist that I'm going to treat myself to after Christmas.

Firstly the Aura of Death print by Kasi / Simon Knowles. I really love the watercolour background and geometric pattern.

Stag and Raven Aura of Death print

The Antlers print by Daryl Watson is another print on my wishlist. I'm a bit fan of anything stag, especially at this time of year. The deep jewel colours make the print really eye catching.

Stag and Raven Antlers print

And finally the Tattoo tea mug. I really love that this is the traditional old style tattoo artwork. It will be great to take to work for my cups of tea there.

Stag and Raven tattoo tea mug

My final thoughts on Stag and Raven

I love my mermaid print from Stag and Raven and couldn't be happier with it now it is framed and on display. I highly recommend the artwork from them, especially any fans of tattoo artwork or just art in general. There are lots of choices and something from all genres of tattoo art. Why not see if your favourite tattooist has a piece on there and support them too? The prints will make perfect presents for people or even treats for yourself. Make sure you check out the Stag and Raven site here.

Are you a lover of tattoo artwork? What do you think of my Stag and Raven mermaid print?

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Calverley Arms, Leeds

 What's your favourite meal? Mine has to be the good old British roast dinner. There's nothing more comforting for me than a roast joint of meat, crispy roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. Unfortunately for me Ellie isn't too keen on roast dinners so it's not something I cook often. Recently we went along to The Calverley Arms, Leeds for a family meal out. This is a perfect location for us as I can have my roast and Ellie can have something different.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds

The Calverley Arms, Leeds

The Calverley Arms, Leeds is on the outskirts of Leeds towards Pudsey and is a really pretty, rural location. The pub is a beautiful building from the outside and inside is just stunning. It's really rustic and traditional. There are big, open log fires, comfy chairs and lots of wooden features.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds open log fire

The Calverley Arms, Leeds - Starters

The Calverley Arms has a large choice for starters and there is something for everyone on there, including sharing platters. As we knew we were having a big meal we got a starter to share between us. We have gone for the handmade dough sticks which come with garlic butter, pesto and chipotle chilli mayonnaise for dipping. This isn't a sharing starter but there is more than enough for two.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds handmade dough sticks

The Calverley Arms, Leeds - mains

I obviously have a roast dinner, the roast sirloin on beef. It comes with roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding, roast parsnips, cabbage and carrots. I love the gravy is on the side you so can add as much or as little as you like. I like my Sunday dinner swimming in gravy and there is more than enough for me.

The sirloin is beautiful and melts in the mouth. The potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The yorkshire pudding and vegetables are all cooked perfectly. My only criticism is I would like another slice of meat as I only have three small slices.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds roast sirloin of beef

Ellie has the British beef burger with cheese. This comes with onion rings, chips and barbecue sauce. The portion size is huge and Ellie really enjoyed it all.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds British beef burger

The Calverley Arms, Leeds - final thoughts

Both me and Ellie loved our meal at The Calverley Arms, Leeds. The pub itself is beautiful and in a gorgeous location and the food is really good too. This was our first time visiting but we will  hopefully be back to try more dishes soon.

The Calverley Arms, Leeds views

Are you a fan of the traditional roast? Where is your favourite place for Sunday dinner?

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics

 *AD - GIFTED* Cooking is something me and Ellie love to do together. It's a great mother and daughter activity and eating it all after is pretty amazing too! Cooking yourself from scratch means you know exactly what is in them which I'm always happy to know. Crazy Jack Organics produce fabulous snacking, cooking and baking organic foods free from chemicals. Today we are baking with Crazy Jack Organics.

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics - The products

I have two of Crazy Jack Organics fruit products and two nut products. Dried mango and banana chips are the fruits. Both are very sweet and chewy and perfect for a healthy treat or to bake with.

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics dried mango

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics banana chips

And I have whole blanched hazelnuts and chopped mixed nuts. Nuts aren't something I would eat as a snack but I do use them in baking.

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics whole blanched hazelnuts

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics chopped mixed nuts

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics - Banana and hazelnut flapjack

The first recipe I'm baking with Crazy Jack Organics is a banana and hazelnut flapjack.

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g banana chips
  • 50g chopped hazlenuts
  • 150g oats
  • 125g butter
  • 125g demerara sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp cinnamon

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180.
  • Melt the butter, syrup, sugar, cinnamon and oil in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Smash the banana chips up and stir into the butter mixture along with the oats and hazelnuts.
  • Put the mixture into a greased, small square baking tray and spread it evenly.
  • Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the edges are starting to brown.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes then cut into squares.
Baking with Crazy Jack Organics banana and hazelnut flapjack

The banana chips make the flapjacks really chewy and the hazelnuts add a great crunch to them. You could try drizzling chocolate over the top to make them extra special.

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics - Mango and nut cereal bars

Our next recipe is these mango and nut cereal bars. I'm a huge fan of home-made cereal bars as they are great for snacking and perfect for taking to work too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 50g mixed chopped nuts
  • 50g dried mango
  • 50g seeds (I used a mix of pumpkin and sunflower)
  • 175g oats
  • 75ml golden syrup
  • 100g butter

METHOD

  • Heat the butter and syrup in a saucepan until the butter melts and it's bubbling.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Pour the hot butter mixture over and mix well to combine.
  • Add the mixture to a small, square baking tray with greaseproof paper lining and level.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool for 10 minutes then cut into rectangles.
Baking with Crazy Jack Organics mango and nut cereal bars

The mango adds a real sweetness to the cereal bars. You can substitute the mango for any other fruit like apricots or raisins. To make the cereal bars more indulgent drizzle chocolate over them once they are cool.

Baking with Crazy Jack Organics final thoughts

We are really enjoying baking with Crazy Jack Organics. The products are all great quality and great additions to our recipes. I especially love the banana chips, they add a great flavour and chewiness to recipes.

You can buy Crazy Jack Organics from health food shops and most of the big supermarkets.

Are you a baking fan? Which of my recipes would you like to try for yourself?

If you want to try any of these recipes make sure you pin one of these to your recipe board.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

The Four Fit Health band fitness watch review

*AD - GIFTED* I have been wanting a fitness watch for quite some time now. There always seems to be something else I want more or somewhere else the money needs to be so I never get around to getting one for myself. So Four Fit getting in touch to collaborate is perfect timing. I have the Four Fit Health Band fitness watch and have been wearing it for the last month.

Four Fit Health band fitness watch boxed

The Four Fit Health Band features

Health bands differ from regular fitness watches as they measure lots of different aspects of your body through out the day. They can give a really good impression of your activity and general health.

The Four Fit Health Band has a really impressive array of features.

  • Step tracking
  • GPRS distance tracking
  • Calorie tracking
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Advanced Full sleep Analysis
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Phone link enabled
  • SMS alerts
  • Rapid charge
  • 4 day battery time
  • Stopwatch
  • Water resistant (in cold water only ie. swimming)

Some of the features you can see on the screen of the watch through out the day and some download via bluetooth in to the app on your phone.

Four Fit Health Band review

The Four Fit Health Band is really easy to start. Simply take it out of the box and put it on. Mine didn't need charging but again its really easy to charge if you do need to. The watch has a large screen and you tap it to go through the different options on the watch. Although it has a large screen the Four Fit Health Band doesn't feel heavy or bulky. Once I have it on I forget about wearing it.

Four Fit Health band fitness watch

The app shows the same information as the watch but in much more detail. You can see a summary of each measurement, then click through for the in depth report. It is really easy to swipe through the previous days reports both in the at a glance section and in depth reports. I love this feature as it is really easy to compare data from a few different days or look at patterns in the reports.

Four Fit Health band fitness watch app

I am finding some of the features really useful in the watch. The step counter is brilliant and I am finding myself walking a lot more to try and get my steps up each day. The calorie counter calculates how many calories walking is burning. To be honest it's not a feature I use as I don't tend to track my calories. It will be a great feature for anyone who does though. Both of these features display on the watch. In the app you get the information in more detail, so you can see what times you are most active.

The sleep tracking has been the most eye opening feature for me. I do have awful problems sleeping but seeing how bad it is some nights on my mobile phone screen is quite shocking. On the watch screen you can see how many hours of sleep you had the night before but in the app it really breaks it down. You can see how much light and deep sleep you have had and any times you have been awake. As you can see from my results some nights I have hardly any deep sleep and I'm up quite a lot too.

Four Fit Health band fitness watch app sleep results

The Four Fit Health band also measures blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels. I've found the blood pressure readings to be quite inaccurate for me. I am getting really high blood pressure readings each time I try it. Working in a medical setting means I can check my blood pressure quite easily to compare it to the results. It also means I'm sure nothing measures blood pressure quite like a proper machine. The heart rate and oxygen readings do seem accurate measurements. It does state in the manual that the readings aren't medically accurate and perhaps something I am doing is affecting my results?

The watch is also waterproof in cool water. Unfortunately I haven't been swimming to test this out and didn't want to risk it in the bath.

I connect mine to bluetooth on a morning and on a night to upload the date to the app. This doesn't use very much of the battery so my watch last 4-5 days before it needs charging up again.

Four Fit Health Band final thoughts

All in all I am loving wearing the Four Fit Health Band fitness watch. I'm finding it is encouraging me to move about more and beat the previous days steps.

Whilst the blood pressure feature doesn't seem to be accurate for me that isn't what I am using the band for.

The Four Fit Health Band fitness watch is currently £49, reduced from £99.

If you are looking for a fitness tracker for yourself or for a Christmas gift I recommend checking out the Four Fit range.


*UPDATE* November 2018. Unfortunately after almost a year of use the band has stopped connecting to bluetooth so I can no longer pull the date from it in to the app. Whilst it can still be used a step tracker there is nothing else I would really use it for.

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