Sunday, 17 June 2018

12 months of Sun Protection πŸ—“

Do you check your cosmetic labels?

I expect you are pretty good at checking the Best Before/Use by Dates on food but do you know that your cosmetics can expire too and many products have a label telling you when by?

Period After Opening (PAO)

That's what the symbol is called that you may find on many of your cosmetics products.

If there, the symbol will contain a number and the letter 'M' which stands for month.  Therefore 12M equals 12 months.  Which actually means once opened the product is good for 12 months and after that, you should, ideally, stop using it...
12 months PAO label

For this to work of course you have to remember when you first opened the product!  For me sun-tan lotion is pretty easy to remember - it was last year.

Which leads me to always buy a new tube of sun-tan lotion annually.  And for Summer 2018 it has been Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50.

But you don't sunbathe?

I always protect my face every day with SPF 50 and I don't go on holiday wanting or aiming to get a tan, but I also don't want to avoid the sun, and definitely never want to burn.  Hence I do buy and apply sun-tan lotion.

Vichy Ideal Soleil

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50
Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50
This is a big tube, 300ml, and I doubt I will use it all (PAO label is 12m).  I purchased it because:

  • it was on offer (£14 rrp £19);
  • it is a good brand;
  • it is SPF50, UVA and UVB;
  • it says 'Fresh Hydrating Milk' on the label.

Reading the ingredients also told me it contains titanium dioxide which means it is a mineral rather than a chemical suncream.

It is a good product and it does the job - been on holiday came back the same colour as when I left πŸ‘.  But I am disappointed by the description on the label calling it "milk"...

It isn't a milky texture, it's a cream.  It is easily absorbed and doesn't feel too greasy, however, it does make my skin feel just a tad sticky which wasn't what I hoped for.
Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50

I will carry on using it for this year but I wouldn't buy it again, due to its lack of promise on its consistency.  It will be thrown away (in the recycling) at the end of its 12 month period, just as the label dictates.

If you want to know more about PAO labels click HERE.

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Monday, 11 June 2018

Happy Birthday 2 me πŸŽ‚

I'm Two!

I started my blog in 2016 and here I am happily still reviewing products, taking photographs and posting weekly - time flies. (To read my Happy 1st Birthday post, please click here)
When I started blogging I had just the idea of a 'Beauty Blog' - which is a pretty vast subject.

Whilst I do describe myself as a Beauty Blogger I feel that BeautyBoo44 has morphed and found it's 'niche' as a skincare blog, aimed at preventative skin care and ageing well.

In case you don't already know my skincare pet subjects are:
  • Collagen
  • Sun Protection
You will find plenty of posts about these all over the blog - you can use the labels in the side bar to find them.

What to blog about?

Someone recently asked me - "How do I know what to write about?"
An easy to answer quesion.  I blog about what I'm currently interested in or super excited about. Which is why for example recent posts have started to appear about 'Hormonal Skincare' 😜 (it's my age)!

Non Beauty posts

A significant change for me in the last 12 months is I have 'cleaned up' my diet - and in doing so lost... around 30lbs.

Whilst I can't say I am a fully fledged member of the Clean Eating movment I am eating soooo much less processed food and more or less cut out refined sugars - yep, that's sweets, chocolate and even birthday cake!

Therefore you will find the occasional healthy receipe cropping up under Lifestyle.

All Posts

Whatever my posts are about they are always going to be beauty related, written by me and giving my personal opinon.  I will also continue to take the photos and provide the props!

So it's "Happy Birthday to me" and "Thank You" for reading.

I plan to continue to post every Monday and I hope that you continue to enjoy reading.
Thank you πŸ™

Emily
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Getting older? 'Doughnut' Worry! 🍩

Hormonal Skincare

I'm 50, and I honestly don't think I have a hang-up about my age.  However, if like me you are a little older than you were (!) you may have been privy to some negative age comments e.g. things going downhill after a 'certain age' πŸ˜±

So far, I haven't woken up one morning to find my arse on the floor or my boobs at my waist!! But, I have noticed subtle changes in the firmness of my skin, thickness and definitely some skin laxity aka sagging.

In part it is gravity, in part it is time and of course, age and hormones (blah blah blah) come into it.

The Years Ahead

I am all for prevention which is why:

  • I have applied sun cream to my face since I was 16 (daily);
  • Gave up smoking in my 30's (completely);
  • Alcohol in my 40's (virtually);
  • Sugar (refined) in my 50's.

Recently I've been reading up on skincare for the menopausal, or in my case, nearly menopausal woman.

Everything points to my concern that declining hormones are likely to affect my skin and not in a good way.

All this reading led me to learn about Genistein.  Obtained from Soya beans and said to fight the signs of ageing; by stimulating collagen production and therefore helping with skin texture, firmness etc. πŸ‘

I've never used a product containing Genistein before.  There are a number of products out there but many with a pretty hefty price tag  - some at three figures! £££

Flavonex cream

As you may already know I love a foreign pharmacy.  My idea of holiday heaven shopping is an afternoon browsing the isles of any non-UK chemist.

Whilst I can't be on holiday all of the time, I can be online most of it and am often found browsing one of my favourite 'pharmacy' websites www.sanareva.co.uk

This is where I found and purchased  πŸ› Flavonex anti-sagging, firming cream 200ml at about £20.

Made by a company called Auriga it contains my sought for ingredient Genistein.

The instruction with Flavonex (I purchased the 200ml pump dispenser) comes with a precaution - "If you have a history of breast cancer, seek your doctor's advice".

I'm avoiding applying this to my breasts.  It goes on my stomach and tops of my arms, and then a quick swoosh up my neck.

Has it worked?  I'm not expecting a miracle, I don't expect to see any difference now.  What I am hoping for is prevention, to stop, or at least delay any sagging that may be inevitable as time goes by.

I hope that I won't be agreeing, or joining in with the, "and then you get to 50 and everything starts to drop" brigade anytime soon.

Watch this space!

😱😱😱

If you have any #StopTheDrop tips you would like to share - please leave me a comment below.

Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for reading πŸ’‹




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Monday, 28 May 2018

the art of sun protection

Sunshine, it tends to make us feel better plus we need some rays for Vitamin D production.  However, sun damage is one of the major causes of premature skin ageing.

Therefore sun protection shouldn’t be reserved just for holidays and summer months but I feel is an every day essential come rain or shine – every day is the perfect time to apply your (UV) sun protection.


Gone are the days when sun creams were thick gloopy pore clogging creams, there are so more great products on the market to choose from.

You may already have an SPF added to your moisturiser or make up which is great, but you need to consider carefully if that is going to be enough? 

If a product just says UV protection it's unlikely to give you the protection you need – even on those dull and cloudy days.  UV rays are there regardless of whether you can see the sun; The sun has always got his hat on.

You can easily find SPF protection on the High Street from higher end brands such as Clinique, Clarins and Estee Lauder to more budget brands at the supermarket.

For my face I stick to an SPF of at least 30 every single day.  I have naturally very pale skin, the type that would never tan, so I like to err on the side of caution.

I have just started using an SPF 50 cream from Heliocare, which is a paraben free light non-tinted cream.


When I feel like a little bit of colour I reach for Tropic Skin Care Tinted Skin Shade SPF50.

Whilst you are applying UV protection don’t just protect your face but also think about those other areas that can tend to give away our age – in particular the neck and hands.

When buying hand cream I always look out for one with UV protection – Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF25 is anaffordable choice.

Don’t forget lips, apply and reapply an SPF lip balm often – I like UltraSun and Malibu fruit flavoured lip balms.

And finally your hair – UV rays will not do you any favours if you colour your hair and generally they may dry it out. 

Many shampoos and conditioners have added UV; Also look out for it in serums and hair sprays such as L'Oreal Elnett UV Filter Coloured Hair 


Whatever you decide to do – don’t avoid enjoying the sunshine just remember to protect your skin, as you are going to be wearing it for a very long time.
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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Skin care for a certain age

(The) change is coming, time to invest

I recently hit a big birthday (50) and have noticed some changes in me.  Whilst I am not officially in the menopause yet I am definitely getting nearer to the end of my peri-menopause.

If you are younger than 45 you can probably stop reading this post now (!) - your time will come but for now, don't stress about it.

Not that getting older is a bad thing, definitely not and always better than the alternative!

In a way, we all start to age from the day we are born - but technically I think our early years are known as growing!  

However, it's a fact that our skin starts to loose collagen from our 20's. And then the menopause comes along...

Hormonal changes can have a negative effect on the skin. Be warned, reading about the effects of 'the change' can be a bit all doom and gloom. 

I don't quite know yet what it is going to do to my skin.  I do feel that overall my skin feels a bit thinner, and more delicate, it definitely takes longer to heal and I tend to bruise more easily than I used to.

So my birthday got me thinking about skincare specifically aimed at the menopause.

Which lead me to invest in my first menopause-specific skincare product.

Stratum Complete Hand Cream

I am seldom found without a tube of hand cream somewhere on my person and this is my latest.

The 75ml tube states 4 benefits:
  • Anti-ageing peptides
  • UV blocking SPF
  • Nail strengthening
  • Age spot removal
It also contains Matrixyl which is a trademarked peptide shown to reduce wrinkles - this is face grade hand cream.

I love hard working products and always try and buy a hand cream that talks about hand and nail benefits.  

The UV filter is great (although I would like to see a factor number).  As your hands are nearly always exposed they can be in danger of sun damage.  My advice, apply SPF to (the back of) your hands if your current hand cream is lacking.

So far so good and it is a lovely hand cream, rich but not too greasy and easily absorbed leaving my skin super soft.  But it's not budget - £18.

The thing is, I purchased this hand cream specifically as I know that my hormones etc are changing and it will inevitably be having a negative effect on my skin.  I'm looking to negate the changes in my skin as much as possible - so this is investment skincare

Apart from the high price point the only thing I don't like about are the words 'Menopause Skin Care' on the tube!  Maybe I am being over sensitive, or maybe it's just my age?!

Find out more at  www.strumc.com

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Our skin goes through various changes throughout our lives - and there seems to be a product for every age.  If you have any products you swear by I need to know! so please leave me a comment below: x

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Heliocare 360

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Sun protection... I thought I was pretty near perfect when it came to protecting my skin.  So imagine my horror when a dermatologist recently said to me that I actually had sun damage.

I've never, ever, had a tan and coming back from holiday as pale as the day I left is my idea of a holiday well spent!

Living in the UK I have in the past tended to only apply a high factor (i.e. 30+ SPF ) during our actual sunny months.

Turns out my pale and never tanned skin was starting to show signs of sun damage.

My last holiday to Spain was evident to the dermatologist, who also pointed out the sun damage on my right side, "Do you spend a lot of time in the car?" - UV rays penetrate glass 😱

Time to up my game.

Heliocare 360ΒΊ  

I've used the original Heliocare (tinted) before and I liked it however, a new regime justified a new product πŸ˜€

I choose Heliocare 360ΒΊ as it offers UVA/UVB/HEvis/IR-A protection all at 50+.  Lets break this down:-

UVA
UV, are ultra-violet rays. The 'A' rays are the longer ones that travel deeper into your skin and can cause the skin to age quicker.  Think A for Ageing.

UVB
Think B for burning, these rays are shorter and are the ones that can burn.  Burnt skin is damaged skin and this can lead to skin nasties (maybe skin cancers).

HEvis and IR-A? 
I have never heard of these two before, however I had been reading quite a lot about the effects of 'blue light' from phones etc.πŸ“±

I'm not sure what my thoughts are really about these two, however if I can find something that is going to offer protection against them (whether they are that bad or not), then why not?

Heliocare Say:
HEvis - High energy visible light can penetrate deep into the skin.  HEvis can be emitted from the sun but also indoor light (e.g. computers, LED etc)

IR-A - Infrared radiation, much the same definition as HEvis but also emitted through heat and thermal radiation

That's the science bit for you πŸ€“ but I can't really write about Heliocare without mentioning Fernblock.

All the products in the Heliocare range contain Fernblock, which is a natural antioxidant, an extract of Polypodium leucotomos (which is a fern🌱)

Antioxidants are great protectors for your skin as they help mop up the free radicals which can lead to premature skin ageing. In short they help prevent cell damage.

Heliocare 360ΒΊ Fluid Cream SPF50+

This non tinted cream is really easy and pleasant to apply, not thick or greasy etc. and it hasn't made me spotty.

I'm applying it after my moisturiser and it sits wells under my make up - i.e. it doesn't make my base slide off my face!

As with any SPF product it is only going to protect the skin that you apply it too, so I make sure that I am very methodical in my application.

I pay particular attention to my forehead, crows feet and around my lips - I'm thinking of those nasty vertical lip lines that I am starting to see.

Preventative care

As I've got older I'm all about preserving my skin - hence my obsession (in case you don't already know) with collagen.

Whilst I do wish for the skin I had at 25 I realise it can't be, but I also know that in another 25 years I will be wishing back for the skin I have now.

So, without going to extreme lengths, I am going to do all I can to 'age well'.
Sun Protection is at the top of my list, and I've now resolved to wear an SPF of 50+, 365 days a year.

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When do you use an SPF?  Do you tan? Fake or real? Please feel free to leave a comment

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Monday, 7 May 2018

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen *

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All in One GelπŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

DHC the Japanese skin care range have added an everything to everyone moisturiser that I have been trying for the last couple of months.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one cream

Its called Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel (I'm going to call it Astaxanthin Collagen from now).

I am very familiar with, and some would say a tad obsessed with collagen!  If you want soft, smooth and firm skin, then you need collagen.  However, Astaxanthin is a new word for me and even more confusing for my spell checker!!

It's not a made up word though! Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that belong to a group of chemicals called carotenoids and causes the pink or red colour in salmon, lobsters etc. (DHC Astaxanthin is from algae).  It is also a powerful antioxidant, and antioxidants are known for their anti ageing properties.

Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals which damage skin cells.

Vitamin C (also an antioxidant) is often a partner to collagen as it helps with collagen production.  DHC state that Astaxanthin is considered to be 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C πŸ‘

So partner that with hydrolysed collagen and you have the making of a couple of super heroes for your skin and it's fight against ageing.

so... that explains the colour!

My first impression of Astaxanthin Collagen was the colour, apricot.

Whilst I liked the playful colour I did initially think it looked a bit artificial (i.e. colour added just for... colours sake) but now knowing about the properties of Astaxanthin itself it makes sense, it's that colour because of the ingredients.

There is no real scent to speak of.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel

Astaxanthin Collagen and me

The pot itself is supersize, for your £40 you get 120g of cream which is hefty.

The label says it will be fine for 6 months, but I always screw on the lid tight, keep it out of the sun etc (and I don't share) so I expect this is going to last me quite a bit longer.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel

I really like the texture of this gel like cream and my skin has only reacted positively in the 2 months or so I have been trying it.

I use quite a lot of the cream because my skin is quite dry and the gel like formula is not greasy at all and my skin drinks it up.

As you should I am extending the use to include my jaw line, under my chin and my neck.

On first use the product gave my skin a glow.  I am very pale and I did wonder if it was just adding colour but this isn't the case.

Astaxanthin Collagen is quite happy to act as a base for my foundation, make up etc and has been doing an excellent job at keeping my dry skin hydrated.

Fine to use am or pm but there's no SPF so I always top it off with an SPF cream.

Astaxanthin has been a new discovery (and spelling) for me, I'm going to be looking out for it in other products however.

I love using any product that offers me collagen and this cream does that along with the antioxidant properties of Astaxanthin.

To find out more information about DHC Astaxanthin Collagen and other products (I love their best selling Cleansing Oil) please visit the DHC website.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel
* post includes a PR sample
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Monday, 30 April 2018

CND Vinylux polish - the icing on the cake*

Sugar sweetness

CND the brand behind Shellac™(and it still feels sooo wrong to put normal shoes straight back on after a pedicure) also do a weekly at home polish range - Vinylux™.

The Vinylux range of at home polishes offer long lasting and chip resistant colours for your fingers and toes.
CND Vinylux weekly polish pink and yellow
A simple two step system which not only gives you great chip resistant colour but also nail care. Infused with keratin, jojoba oil and vitamin E, to help keep your nails flexible and hydrated.

Perfectly on trend and in time for spring, CND have four new sugar pastel colours in their range.

CND Vinylux spring 2018 range

  • Candied - a sugar pink
  • Jellied - a yellow cream
  • Taffy - light pastel duck egg blue
  • Gummi - a solid pastel lilac cream

I've been having a play with Candied (pink) and Jellied (Yellow)

CND Vinylux Candied and Jellied Reach for the starts Old English Company coaste

The process

CND Vinylux weekly colour and top coat

As with any manicure make sure your nails are perfectly polish free, clean and dry.  You don't need and should not apply any kind of base coat.

Step 1 - Colour
Give the bottle a really good shake and off you go.  Apply the colour, and a thin coat.  The colour went on really easily - the brush is a nice fat little chap and due to its ergonomic design really hugged my nails.

One coat already looked good but even better with the (recommended) second coat.

I waited about 5 mins between coats and then about 2 minutes before...

Step 2 - Top Coat
This goes on looking like clear nail varnish but is your top coat and sealer to lock in the polish.

After about 10 minutes I felt the varnish was dry enough to move!  And it must have been as I noticed the next day there were zero smudges etc which is a bit of a first for me.

Below is a picture of Candied on my nails the morning after - so technically Day 2 (which was a Monday in case you need to know).
CND Vinylux weekly colour and top coat Candied Pink

Hardworking hands

Like you my hands are pretty much on the move all the time - housework, typing, gardening (it is spring), dog stroking, cooking etc.

I do try and take care of may nails and manicure of course (i.e. no nail biting, picking cuticles etc) but once my colour is applied I like to be able to forget about it.
CND Vinylux Candied pink and Jellied yellow polish, Old English Company make up bag
I kept my nails pink until Friday so 6 days but can confirm they were still looking good.  Out of the two colours I was drawn to the pink, but it is my favourite colour so I had no choice!

I applied it to my toes as well and 2 weeks on - no chips.

I think the pink shade really suits my pale colouring, and the yellow will look great in the summer when I have a bit of colour (fake tan of course).

You can find the Vinylux range (more colours and top coat, £10.95) at www.cultbeauty or from a pro salon via www.lovecnd.com

πŸ’…πŸ’–πŸŒΈ

PS. The make up bag, coasters and mirrors are from www.oldenglishprints.com.
PPS. Three french fancies were harmed in the making of this post!

* post includes PR samples
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Old English Company be beautiful*πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Made in Britiain 

The world is a truly wonderful place and we're all used to getting what we want from the around the world.  Be it pineapples from Costa Rica πŸ‡¨πŸ‡·, cuteness from Korea (and skincare) or the finest champagne 🍾 from well France (otherwise it's just sparkling wine!)

However I am a British and I do like it when I come across a brand that is home made, and in the case of the Old English Company the clue is in the name - Made in Britain.

Stationery and more

Old English are a stationery and homeware company creating rather lovely hand lettered products.  Formed in London they are now based in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

From cards, to coasters, to key-rings and mugs, they make such lovely things.  Gifts for You, for Him, for Her and You again. πŸ˜‰

My recent finds

Old English have a range of fab make up bags/pouches £12.95 (equally good as pen cases, nail care packs etc).  Which as a Beauty Blogger of course appealed to me.

Made from 100% cotton and with wording on both sides they are a really useful size 22 x 16 cm

I don't know about you but I have duplicate make up bags stocked with the exactly the same essentials (mirror, hand cream lip liner etc) to save me swapping contents when I change bags.

Old English Company Made in Britain
Old English Company Made in Britain

These bags from Old English are perfect.  Room for all my essentials plus I love the big bold quotes which I tend to agree with (most of the time !!)

I have recently had a make up bag spring clean (quite liberating) and have chucked out my old grubby make up bags.

They have happily been replaced with these two smart black ones ones 'You Beauty' & 'Hot Mess' - there are more to choose from HERE

Old English Company Made in Britain make up bags
Any make up bag worth it's salt has to include a mirror and Old English have six to choose from all priced at £4.00.  My favourites are Be You and You look Scrumptious.

These mirrors are compact cuteness, 55mm across so can easily fit in your pocket on the days that you are travelling light.
Old English Company Made in Britain mirrors and a coaster

Reach for the Stars

Old English Company Made in Britain Reach for the stars coaster
This quote means a lot to me, and to have it on a coaster on my desk with my favourite mug makes me smile:

a) My favourite colours are pink and black
b) I agree with and the words, to me it means keep on trying and doing what you love
c) It makes me start singing S Club! and there ain't no party like an S Club party ! πŸŽ‰

Old English have a huge range of coasters & placemats to choose from,  you and your favourite mug should have a browse HERE.☕️

To view the full range of Old English Company products all made in Britain please visit them at www.oldenglishprints.com πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


* post includes PR samples




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Monday, 16 April 2018

Dafna's moisturiser Plus Plus Plus*

About Dafna's

There is a real person behind Dafna's skincare - and that's Dafna who created her anti-ageing line based on the Ayurvedic philosophy.  Her products are not only designed to be good for your skin but also for your general wellbeing.

Luckily for us Dafna hasn't kept her Personal Skincare range to herself and I have recently been introduced to her Beyond Skin Deep Moisture +

Dafna's Beyond Skin Deep Moisture +
(emphasis on the plus)

We all want our skin care to perform but when it's also a pleasure to use that's a skin care win/win ! πŸ‘
Dafna's Moisture Plus

In a smart black jar (to protect the precious contents against UV rays) Moisture Plus includes 19 carefully selected ingredients.

A biggie in the jar for me is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a super hydrater and helps with collagen production.  Dafna's HA is a bit special though as it is 'low molecular' so it gets in deeper to your skin which helps even more with skin plumping.

This award winning moisturiser also includes Neroli essential oil (one of my favourite smells) plus lots of other natural and organic ingredients such as Aloe, Bamboo, Argan and Rosemary oils.
Dafna's Moisture Plus

Look, feel & smell

You really do need to inhale this skincare as it smells D-I-V-I-N-E, and it is meant too.  Part of the ritual that Dafna's suggest to applying Moisture Plus is to breathe it in.

Dafna's products are of course made to perform but they are also made to be enjoyed and to make you feel great.

There is a video on the ritual of applying Moisture Plus on the Dafna's website.  Although whether you decide to do it their way or your way, it is a pleasure to use.

This first time I smelt it, it took me back to the first time I ever tried Decleor Armoessence Neroli which I fell in love with about 25 years ago.  This smell of Moisture Plus had a similar impact, wonderful.

Along with my senses my skin loves it too, and it's silky texture is easily absorbed into my (on the dry side) skin.
Dafna's Moisture Plus
Dafna's Moisture Plus

This is how I apply my Moisture Plus

I take a small amount (it is rich so you don't need much) and smooth it across my palms.
Next I cup my face and do some deep breathing to inhale that lovely scent.
Then I press  it into my skin - neck, forehead cheeks
And finally with fingers tips I gently massage it in.

I must admit, because I love using it so much I often repeat the process again (or just give the jar a good sniff!!)

It's also really nice to use on my hands if I feel like a really good pamper.

Perfect to use AM or PM, due to the relaxing and Ahh.. feeling it gives,  I am choosing to use this at night as I have more time to enjoy using it then and it sets me up for sweet dreams. πŸ’€

Dafna's Skincare

Moisture Plus is also available in a Lighter Lotion.

Other products included in the range (not tried by me... yet) are:

  • Recovery Cleanser - a balm to milk cleanser
  • Nutrition - a specific night cream all about repair
  • Eye cream
  • Face Serum
  • Revival - a face mask with bio-active ingredients and Hyaluronic Acid

You can shop the full range and find out more about Dafna's skin philosophy at www.dafnaskincare.com

PS. Naturally, Dafna's are against any sort of animal testing, products are free from skin nasties and all products are 'made in Spain with love and devotion'. 

"Gracias Dafna's".

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸ°πŸŒ»

*post includes a PR Sample








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Monday, 9 April 2018

Invisalign - Update #5

3 months to Go

(My fifth Invisalign update for you - if you would like to read previous posts please click HERE)

I have just put Tray 31 in, and that's Tray 31 of 43, so I have 12 trays left!
Invisalign packet with notes and a 2018 moomin calendar

When I committed to Invisalign, I started off with 43 trays and instructions to change trays every 2 weeks.  That equated to 86 weeks, which is 19 months, a year and a half, whichever way you say it it is a fair amount of time...

Luckily for me things changed and I was allowed to speed things up and go for a weekly tray change, which means here I am with just 3 months left :)

Whilst I am getting excited that the end is coming, it has, so far, been a breeze.  If I was still looking at a 2019 finish it wouldn't be all doom and gloom.

This is how I do it

Some trays have been harder to put in than others, but I haven't yet had one I haven't been able to fit.

The general advice is to put new trays in last thing at night which I used to do.  However as my night time routine is pretty lengthy, I now put my new tray in after dinner.

It can sometimes take a while to get a new tray in, plus once fitted you need to use a chewie to really get it into place.  If I am being rushed (i.e. "Turn off the light Emily"), I find it harder to do.
a chewie and moomin tray

Fortunately getting trays in after the first time has never been a problem.

I use my thumb and index finger on my left hand to get trays in and out (I'm right handed).  My nails have suffered a bit, my orthodontist did give me an aligner tool, but I just couldn't get on with it.

Notes to self

Invisalign packet with notes and a 2018 moomin calendar
Each and every tray comes in a numbered packet, and there is a notes box on the packet that is begging to be written in.

My trays came in 4 boxes and at the end of each box I write myself little notes on each of the new packets as I line them up ready to go in!

The notes can be anything from a reminder, a countdown or a motivational quote from me to me...

Previous notes I have written have been:

  • Are you back at the Gym?
  • You're in Spain!
  • Buy some SPF 50
  • What's your weight?
  • Did you remember to fix the skirting?

They can be and often are a bit random, I often think 'what were you thinking about ?', but it makes Monday change over day a bit more fun and not just another week nearer my goal.

The Answers

  • Are you back at the Gym? - Yes :)
  • You're in Spain! - Majorca to be precise and it was lovely, thank you 😎
  • Buy some SPF 50 - Still using up old stock, but when I do it will be Heliocare 360 or Skin Tech Melablock
  • What's your weight? - Stable! 
  • Did you remember to fix the skirting? - Skirting Board in the downstairs loo - Yes of course, no one else was going to do it!
PS. This is my penultimate Invisalign post πŸ‘ 😁
PPS. My Othodontist is www.grahamgardnerorthodontics.co.uk
PPPS. I ❤️Moomins in case you couldn't tell!
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Monday, 2 April 2018

Say 'Aloe to Great skin - Forever *

Who are Forever?

Founded in 1978 Forever are best known for their Aloe Vera Gel drink, known for it's health giving properties and containing 96% pure Aloe Vera.

Forever are the largest manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera, so they know their product and have diversified in the last 40 years into quite a few areas which include nutritional and weight management products and now skincare, under the name Infinite.

Infinite Skincare

Infinite by Forever

My local Forever representative Claire kindly sent me a set of Infinite products to try.

Now, I'm always happy to try and review products, but what made me even more super excited than usual were words, like 'Hydrating' , 'Firming', 'Vitamin C' and... 'Collagen' πŸ˜€πŸ‘

True to it's origins each skincare product in the  Infinite range contains Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice to be very precise) as it's first ingredient.  More often than not it will be Aqua (water).

I have come across Aloe Vera once before in Maui hair products, which made my hair super soft, hydrated and manageable so I had high hopes for Infinite before I had even dispensed, applied or smoothed a drop...

Infinite Advanced Skincare Care System

Infinite by Forever
The system is a combination of 4 products that you can purchase as a set, or as singles - which is useful as who finishes all their products at the same time?

Hydrating Cleanser

Infinite by Forever Hydrating Cleanser
Smart purple and silver packaging which at first it annoyed me a bit!?   You see the top (silver part which I will also confusingly call the bottom) doesn't come off, you twist the top and squeeze the tube and the cleanser comes out.

This does cause a bit of a messy bottom - to get over this (worse problems to have!) you just need to get all the product residue off the bottom (or do I mean top!) before you put in on the shelf (or you could just lie it on its side πŸ˜†)

The cleanser itself is really good.  It is a creamy consistency containing as expected Aloe Vera but also other hydrating ingredients such as cocoa, sunflower oil and Vitamin E.

To use you just add water,  it doesn't produce much foam but turns into a milky (fragrance free) face wash.

Now I have got past my issue with the packaging (!) I'm really enjoying using this.

My skin feels clean and soft after use, which is what you want from a face wash, plus it hasn't reacted (i.e. no spots or day patches).

Firming Serum

This is my Step 2.

In case you don't already know, apply serum before moisturiser on your face and neck...

I've always known that the skin on your neck can give away your age, but I admit over the years I have been a bit hit and miss with applying products here - and it is starting to show πŸ˜”

I wish I could turn back time but at least I can try and slow things down.  If you don't already apply products to your neck - start NOW!

Like any product applied to your neck you are trying to defy gravity - long upward strokes are what's required.

A good serum for your face (and neck), not too runny, easily absorbed.

Restoring Creme

Step 3 is moisturiser (no SPF).  Once again Forever have come up with some pretty unique packaging.

To me the packaging for this moisturiser looks more like a jar or a bottle of tablets.  You dispense the product by pressing down on the lid.

I have now discovered there is a logic to the packaging... give the top a full press and  you get the correct amount to use.
Infinite by Forever

This moisturiser has some great anti ageing ingredients (over 15).

It contains acai, pomegranate and vitamin B3 which Forever say helps even out skin tone.

I've been a bit spotty recently and have a few red marks on my face, which I think they have started to fade a bit quicker than usual, plus my skin tone is looking more even.

Fragrance free my skin loves this and it drinks it in, it doesn't sit on the skin and therefore makes a great base for foundation.

Firming Complex

Infinite by Forever Firming Complex
Step 4.  I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that most of us have a daily skincare routine which is at least Two Step - Cleanser + Moisturiser.

You may also apply a serum, and hopefully a daily SPF, but - "Do you take a collagen supplement?"

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will no doubt be aware that I will do almost anything (!) to get more collagen into me.

Collagen is what keeps skin looking good, soft but also firm.  We also need it for our joints and ligaments but it does gradually decline as we get older - and by older I mean from your 20's,  so few of us are immune.

Forever Firming Complex tablets not only containing collagen (🐟) but also Vitamin C.  Vitamin C helps support your body to produce more collagen so it is the perfect partner.

The tablets also include biotin which is great for hair.

Easy to take, 2 tablets a day, gluten free.

I'm convinced that taking a collagen supplement makes my skin feel and look better, and of course that is ALL of my skin.

A new discovery

Forever Catalogue
I hadn't heard of Infinite by Forever before.  Discovering a new brand is always very exciting and especially when they are appealing to my skin care concerns - i.e. getting older.

All of the products I've tried are excellent - My Favourite?  It's between the Restoring Creme and the Firming Complex (tablets).

The Advanced Skin Care set is a great way to discover the whole range, it contains full size products (which you can purchase separately):
  • Hydrating Cleanser 118ml
  • Firming Serum 30ml
  • Restoring Creme 48g
  • Firming Complex 60 tablets 
To find out more or to purchase please contact Claire:

Claire Wright Da Silva
07478 768 815
clairewright2@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.clairedasilva.myforever.biz/store/

Or go shopping today at : Forever


*Post includes PR sample








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