Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Venetian Collection by Norvell Tanning*

Self-tanning virgin

If you're a regular reader of my blog (thank you) you will no doubt be aware that preserving my skin is my beauty biggie - and I don't tan.

I'm obsessive about wearing sun protection every day on my face (SPF 50+ ).  During the summer if I have any extra flesh on show, then that gets the SPF 50+ treatment too.  Needless to say, I always look pale.

Why not tan?

I love the look of bronzed skin on others, but I could never get the golden look from sun bathing.  I am so pale I don't tan, but I do most definitely burn.

Sunburnt skin is damaged skin and UV damage will deplete the collagen in your skin, which is already on the decline from your 20's.  Plus there is the connection with UV sun damage and skin nasties, so I abstain when it comes to getting a tan.

Why not self-tan then?

I've had a bit of a hang-up with self-tanners and having never had a tan I wasn't sure if it would even suit me.

Plus I remember the self-tanners of my youth, these were not very nice - smelly, sticky, streaky and turned you orange.  Times have moved on but my opinion was still stuck in the late 80's, until now...

The Venetian Collection by Norvell Tanning

What a great introduction to self-tanning.

Norvell are the number 1 professional brand, and this year are tanning the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.

I've been testing two products from their Venetian range. The Self Tanning Mousse (£25.99) and 4-Faces spray (£9.99), both are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G (makes me think I've been missing out  - I can have, and suit a tan!)

Self Tanning Mousse

The key ingredient in this luxurious mousse is VIO-7™ which is a unique blend of anti-orange bronzer pigments, designed to give a very natural golden tan.

The first time I applied the mousse I used my hands but I did follow the instructions to try and protect them from staining. It did work but during the application I was concerned about staining so was a bit cautious with my application.  For a first attempt it was OK but a bit patchy as I had missed bits.

A quick trip to Superdrug resulted in the purchase of an Australis double-sided application mitt on offer at £3.95.  The mitt is lovely and soft plus it's washable.

My second application was much better.  Because I was using a mitt I wasn't worried about getting brown palms and nails so I was more thorough and generous with my application.

You do need to make sure your skin is hydrated pre-application so I happily slathered on my Hempz Milk & Honey body moisturiser.

The mousse looks dark when dispensed but once on my skin it went a lovely golden colour - very natural.

Because it has a bronzer it gives instant colour and you can easily spot where you have been.  Using the mitt I was able to diffuse at the edges so my tan blended with the non tanned skin.

I showered off the next day, nothing had rubbed off on the bed sheets and I had a gorgeous golden looking tan.

Venetian 4-Faces Mist

I also tried the 4-Faces mist.

You could just spray this direct to your face however I preferred to use a makeup sponge for a lovely and very natural sun kissed glow.

As I am naturally pale, and have fine lines I didn't apply the mist to my whole face, just the areas that would catch the sun IF I ever let it!

Don't be scared, the mist looks very dark but it does dry to a lovely golden colour - promise.

Personally I don't think a full face of tan would suit me.

However,  I admit a bit of subtle "sunshine" on my skin does pep me up - ie. "you look well"


How long has this been going on?

As I said I am a self-tan newbie so can't compare Norvell to other products. I do however live with a self tan and spray tan fan, so I also gave Mr BeautyBoo an all over treatment with the mousse.
(although he did look a bit alarmed when I approached him with my mitt and told him to strip!)

I think the Norvell gives him a much more natural look than his normal self-tan and even the spray gun tan.  Plus it seems to be wearing off in a very even way - it isn't going patchy.

He is very impressed with the results and loves how long the colour lasts.


Regardless of whether you are a newbie self-tanner (like me) or are already a golden god or goddess, I think you will love the Venetian range by Norvell.

They are great products, easy to use and give really natural long lasting results.

But do remember they DON'T offer any sun protection.

Other products in the Norvell Venetian range include:

Sunless Mist : £35.99
A tanning mist with a micro-fine spray, with no orange.

Sunless Colour Extender : £19.99
A rich moisturiser mixed with an effective amount of DHA to prolong your Venetian tan.

To shop the full range and for more information please visit :

*post includes PR sample


Monday, 3 September 2018

Hempz Aromabody Milk & Honey *

Your skin, it covers all of you.  So why do we often neglect it and concentrate on just the bits we tend to look at the most - ie our faces?

Ok so the answer to that question is pretty obvious.  Your face is, in your face so to speak, and always on display.

However, who doesn't want to be soft and silky all over?  Ready to reveal all (or just flash some flesh) when the time is right?  This is where you need a product that is not only effective but easy and a pleasure to use...

Welcome to the land of (Hempz) Milk & Honey 

Hempz Milk & Honey body moisturser
Having established that all-round gorgeousness does not stop at your face, you need a moisturiser that does the job (smooth, soft, comfortable skin).  But why not also look for one that is a daily treat to you look forward to using  - enter Hempz.

Milk & Honey Herbal Body Moisturiser

Part of the Hempz Aromabody range Hempz Milk & Honey Body Moisturiser (£23.99) is aimed at dry and tired skin (that's me).

The 500ml bottle comes with a pump dispenser.  It's a sturdy bottle which sits nicely on the bathroom sink whilst I pump away!  The pump makes it really easy to use and believe me you are going to want to, it is pretty addictive stuff!

First off the smell.  It smells fantastic,  good enough to eat (don't), yes it does smell of milk and honey but to me it really smells of biscuits, and super yummy ones at that.

The texture of the moisturiser is satisfyingly thick, but it doesn't sit on the skin, it's easily absorbed and leaves my skin feeling very spoilt and soft.

Of course, with application you get to inhale the fragrance which is great, and the scent lingers- it all feels very indulgent.  I like to apply it post evening shower and then getting into bed cocooned in this stuff is a lovely way to drift off to sleep.
Hempz Milk & Honey body moisturser

Hempz Milk & Honey body moisturser

Hemp Oil

Pure natural Hemp seed oil is a key ingredient in Hempz products.  Hemp (yes from the cannabis plant) is a great source of vitamins including Vitamin E.

It's also one of the best sources of essential fatty acids - Omega 3 & 6.

Other natural ingredients include jojoba & avocado oils, shea and cocoa butter.  All of which provide super softness but also antioxidant properties that will nourish your skin leaving it soft, smooth, strokeable and smelling divine!

Other products in the Hempz Milk & Honey range include:

  • Exfoliating Herbal Body Whip | £17.99
  • Herbal Body Wash | £15.99
  • Herbal Hand & Foot Creme | £7.49

100% vegan 🐰, paraben and gluten-free.
For more information on Hempz and its range of products and to buy please visit :

*Post includes PR sample


Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Wake up happy 😊 with (no) Frownies*

The lines on my face

Every line tells a story, or so they say.  I think my story therfore would be of a life full of wonderment, surprises and laughter!

You see I don't really have any frown lines as such.  The lines I do have are:
  • above my eyebrows - surprise lines
  • around my eyes - laughter lines
The ones above my eyebrows bother me, enough to recently have a full fringe cut back in after years of having a side one.  I would like to impove these lines.

Botox? It freezes your face and isn't really recommended above the eyebrows as it could lead to eyebrow droop 😱 - just not worth the risk. Plus as I say it freezes your face, and my eyebrows do like to wriggle and move so it's not an option for me.

My laughter lines don't really bother me anymore, they used to when I was younger, but my main concern now is dark circles (and people telling me I look tired, when I'm not).


Frownies Facial patches, forehead and between the eyes
Frownies are a great brand and name but not just for Frown lines - their patches are for any line you would like to see softened in a natural way that you control.

I've used Frownies in the past (they've been around since 1889!)  Over the years the brand has stayed true to its original product but has also expanded it's range which now includes products for both your face and body (including great value packs and bundles).  To shop the full range please click HERE

My lines

I was recently sent a box of Frownies Patches 'for the forehead and between the eyes', so just the job for the lines above my eyebrows.  They would also be perfect for horizontal forehead lines and the lines that run up between the eyebrows (sometimes referred to as 'elevens').  

If I was looking to treat my laughter or smile lines Frownies do a different shape of facial patch for these areas.


In case you don't know how Frownies work they are really easy, you just stick them on your lines.
Frownies Facial patches, forehead and between the eyes, face wash and rose water hydrator

However as with a lot of things a little preparation goes a long way.  Frownies give you full instructions on how to apply your patches for the best result:

Skin needs to be clean and dry.  Included with my box of Frownies was a bottle of their PH Balancing Face Wash.  This lovely addition to the range does a great job cleaning my face and it smells d-i-v-i-n-e.

On reading the label I discovered it is an organic face wash containing lavender, tangerine, apple, grapefruit and lemon - hence the lovely fruity smell. Plus it's Vegan 🐰
Frownies Facial patches, forehead and between the eyes, face wash and rose water hydrator

The next recommended but optional step is to moisturise your face with a product that is not greasy - Frownies Face and Neck Moisturiser would be a good choice.

Next is to give your lines a gentle massage to stimulate circulation and help relax the facial muscles.  A quick rub with a finger is how I do it.

Now for the fun part - sticking the Frownies patch onto that line to shut it down!

The patches need to stick to your skin and have a shiny side that you need to moisten.  You could use water (don't lick it) however they have a rather lovely rose water spray specifically for the job.

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator (organic and vegan) comes in a spray pump and contains - as you would expect, rose water but  also Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E which all help to plump up the lines whilst the Frownie holds it down!
Frownies Facial patches, forehead and between the eyes and rose water hydrator

Next, you stretch out the skin to try to separate the lines and then you whack on the patch.

Instructions state leave them on for at least 3 hours, as I said I do overnight.  In the morning remove and discard the patch.

The patches are made of unbleached natural kraft paper so whilst they are one use you can recycle them.


Frownies recommend you leave the patches on for a least 3 hours, but ideally overnight.  They are designed to smooth out the skin and therefore lessen the lines. 

The lines above my eyebrows... they don't come and go, they are wrinkles.  I didn't expect them to disappear they are too deep, but I was looking for them to soften.  A lesser type of line or fine line would not put up such resistance!

Below are some photos which show the before and after - and after only one day of use.
It speaks volumes doesn't it - they do look better in the morning.

The light in the photos is different as one was taken at night, the other in the morning.  I have 3 lines and the bottom line is the worse.   I can really see an improvment πŸ˜€
Frownies before and after
Left night before : Right the morning after
I used two patches above each eyebrow.
Frownies facial patches on face above eyebrow

A box of Frownies Facial Patches for the forehead and between the eyes (rrp £20.95) contains 144 patches.  Enough for over a month worth of sleeps and some very good mornings πŸ˜‰.

Just remember to take them off before you leave the house!

*post includes PR samples


Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Proaura Vitamin C serum with Astaxanthin*

3-day skin care trial?

Proaura Vitamin C with Astaxanthin
This review has been written after only 3 days of use!

Ok I know,  3 days seems too short for a skincare review, product review and usually, I would agree.  Skincare products, if they are going to make a visible difference need time to work.  I usually like to review products after 4/6 weeks, so why am I breaking my own rules...πŸ€”

Proaura Vitamin C with Astaxanthin serum

Proaura Vitamin C with Astaxanthin
You probably already know about the antioxidant skincare properties of Vitamin C.

You may already know about the 'new' super antioxidant Astaxanthin (I've written about this before in my DHC post.)

And you even may have already read as I had of Proaura's Vitamin C serum (rrp £25) and claims of  'visible results in... 3 days..'

So after only 3 days of use I thought I would give you my honest take on it ...

Genie in a bottle?

Proaura Vitamin C with Astaxanthin, Mulberry Antony bag in Oxblood Louboutinpiegalle
The serum is in a bottle with a dropper, you get a generous amount, 30ml.  The bottle is not clear which is important as the contents are vulnerable to sun damage 😎 (aren't we all).

You need to keep it out of direct sunlight and below 25°C.  It could benefit from being in the fridge but I am far too lazy in the morning to plod to the fridge, I always keep my skincare next to the bed.

The ingredients all stated on the bottle include - Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Astaxanthin, which in 2018 are pretty much everything you looking for if you want plump, hydrated bouncy skin.

Hyaluronic Acid simply put it is a super hydrater (don't be put off by acid, it's anything but harsh).  It locks moisture into your skin and holds it there.  And of course, hydrated/moisturised skin means good looking/healthy skin.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant so it will mop up any skin damage and protect and brighten your skin.  Big plus πŸ‘ it also aids collagen synthesis (production).

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant like Vitamin C, but clinically proven to be 60 times (!) more powerful.

First Use

This is a fragrance-free serum (it really has no scent).  You apply it to clean dry skin before moisturiser and SPF (I've been using it in the mornings).

The serum itself is a good consistency, not runny, feels a tad sticky when first applied but once it is dry (in a few seconds) my skin felt good... very good.

In fact, good enough for me to skip moisturiser and just go for my SPF 50.

Also worth noting no tingling.  I have found some Vitamin C serums quite ouchy in the past.  I will tolerate a bit of a tingle but I tried one (from Obagi) that just basically stung, enough for me to discontinue use... nothing like that with Proaura.

3rd use (day 3)

After 3 days I don't think my skin has transformed, however after each use it has felt very comfortable and hydrated.

As I said good enough to skip moisturiser (and my skin is prone to dryness).  Any product that lets me skip a step gets a big thumbs up from me, especially as recently my skin has been a bit congested.  It is good to be able to par back on the products.

Plus, I wear foundation every day (YSL Touche Eclat, it's the best) and I have noticed that my foundation is gliding across my skin - as opposed to sinking in.  Another indication that the serum is hydrating my skin.

Long-term benefits

I've got high hopes for this serum post day 3, and I am going to continue using it, so you can expect another review in about 5 weeksπŸ—“.

The benefits of the Vitamin C and Astaxanthin are going to be more evident long term. Age prevention (or ageing well) is not how about how you look now, but how you are going to look in the years to come.

What I have noticed, and not within 3 days but after the first use, is more hydrated skin - which is great.
Proaura Vitamin C with Astaxanthin, Mulberry Antony bag in Oxblood, Louboutin pigalle

Personally, I think everyone could benefit from adding a Vitamin C serum to their skincare routine... And this one from Proaura is a goodie with the added benefit of Hyaluronic Acid and the new antioxidant powerhouse that is Astaxanthin.

For more information on Proarua,  its products and to purchase please visit

* post includes a PR sample and some affiliated links


Monday, 13 August 2018

Carriere Motion 3D Appliance

Where are the after photos?

My Invisalign treatment finished in June when I had my ‘de-bond’ appointment. The de-bond is when they remove the attachments (aka buttons) which I had on my teeth (painless).

After that, I had a small metal bar fitted to the back of my bottom teeth and was given a couple of retainers to wear at night only, but every night.

Therefore this should be the post when I finally show you my before and after photos, but they are very obviously missing...

The journey continues

I should have been all smiles at the end of my treatment but I wasn’t. I liked the way my teeth looked but I wasn't 100% happy.

Part of the problem is when you start thinking about fixing your teeth you start looking at pictures of teeth, and a lot of that involves pictures of perfect teeth.

I was happy with my bottom teeth but thought my top teeth actually looked better when I was wearing the upper Invisalign tray - and that can’t be right, can it?

I felt the ‘problem’ was with a couple of teeth on my right side that were still sitting back and not giving me the wide smile I wanted.

I had already signed a form to say I was happy with my treatment.  I was a bit worried but felt I had to speak again to my orthodontist as the end result wasn’t what I had hoped for.

My orthodontist was fine and could see my point of view – phew!  He gave me a couple of options to think about. One at no extra cost and the other at an extra £500.

The first option was to correct my top teeth ‘a bit’ with more Invisalign trays (about 6 months).  However, I was told the real problem was my over-jet (front teeth sticking out) and the second option would address that.

He informed me that there was now a device that could fix my overjet, the Carriere Motion 3D Class II appliance (which wasn't available at the start of my treatment).  The option would mean wearing the motion appliance motion device and dental elastics for 3/4 months and afterwards wearing Invisalign for a further 6 months.

He said this would give me the best result possible.  I may not ever have 'perfect' teeth but they should be as good as they can be.

I was reluctant to spend more money but I felt that having already been through 12 months of treatment I might as well carry on.  Wearing the Invisalign trays had been such an easy experience, why not do it all again?

Carriere Motion 3D Appliance

This device is proper orthodontics. It does not compare to Invisalign at all.  I have been wearing it for 2 weeks so far and... I really don't like it;

It is visible
I was given the option of a metal or plastic version, I went for plastic (thank goodness) but it is still pretty visible.  If I had gone for metal I would have asked for it to be removed by now.

Its bonded to my teeth which now look quite yellow which I hope is the glue – I am going to ask my orthodontist at my 4 week review.

Smiling you can see it, if I laugh you can also see the elastics.
carriere motion 3d appliance and dental elastics
It's not very pretty πŸ˜”
You can’t take it out / It could break
Whilst the term wearing the device is used, you can't stop wearing it - it is glued in.  Only to be removed by your orthodontist at the end of use.

I was warned that it could break (metal is more robust) and that I have to be careful when biting into  ‘hard’ foods – ie apples, crusty bread etc.  My front teeth are crowned so I always cut up apples etc.  That said I am being ultra careful as I know if I break it the cost will be £60 to have it replaced.

You have to wear dental elastics
I really struggled with these at first, 2 weeks in things have improved though.  However, you HAVE to wear them but also change them regularly for the device to work.  The appliance without the dental elastics is useless.

You can't eat with elastics in but you can drink with them (but not sugary drinks).

It hurts
After about one day of wearing the appliance, I got a whole load of ulcers under my tongue.  Fortunately, I found at my local Boots the Chemist orthodontic wax which saved the day.

For the first week of wearing the device my teeth really hurt. Too tender to eat anything remotely hard, and in the mornings my whole jaw ached.  It hurt enough for me to take painkillers which I never had to do with Invisalign.

One week in the pain eased off but I started waking up to find I have been biting my bottom lip.

All this pain is for some gain though.  It is a sign (I hope) that teeth are moving which of course is the intention.

Things will get worse before they get better
Because my top back teeth are moving I am starting to get gaps in my front teeth (it does make flossing easier).  So, for now, my teeth are starting to look worse.

Plus I have a load of junk fitted in my mouth!

How long?
Originally I was told I would need to wear the motion appliance for 3/4 months depending on how fast my teeth moved.  Movement is quicker in children, longer in adults.  I am determined to wear my elastics and keep changing them every 3 hours.  I hope that I will be 3 months.

Back to Invisalign

Once the happy day comes when the motion appliance is removed I will be back to wearing Invisalign again.  Having been through it once already it does not bother me a bit.

As I said earlier Invisalign was easy, and I would recommend it to anyone.

As for the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance...  I'm not sure, I will let you know when I get to the end.


If you have any questions about Invisalign or the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance please leave me a comment.


Monday, 6 August 2018

The Timeless Truth about Sheet Masks*

Sheet Masks

Hurrah! for the easy peasy (no more squeezy) sheet mask.  Before sheet masks came along you had to apply your face mask from either a jar/tube etc (not the hardest job in the world!) but sheet masks are just so much easier...

One of the many things I love about sheet masks is the fact that they never let you down.  By which I mean as each mask is individually packed they don't dry up or go off - a perfect mask each and every time πŸ˜€.
Timeless Truth Sheet masks

Think about it, how many times have you started a face mask with every intention to use it at least once a week; but when you do get round to opening it again you find it has all but dried out?

Sheet masks whilst they do make you look like a horror film extra are a breeze to use and give you an instant dose of hydration to pep up your mind, skin and spirits.

Super convenient to use just take it out of the packet and apply it to your face.  I find that once on they stay in place so I can either get on with my day (but remember to avoid neighbours, postman and small children), or have a well-earned rest.

(Cockapoos  πŸΆ seem unfazed by them)

My kind of menu

Timeless Truth Sheet Masks menu information card
Timeless Truth (award winnersπŸ†) offer a whole range of sheet masks covering all skin types:

Black Charcoal Masks 

Charcoal, which is super good at drawing dirt and grubbiness out of your pores has its own section of Time Truth sheet masks, and guess what - they are BLACK!

The one I recently tried also contained gold leaf -  bling it on!  It left my skin super hydrated afterwards - it really left my skin with a glow.

!! WARNING - scary blogger photo below!!
Timeless Truth Black Charcoal gold hydrating sheet mask

Soft Touch Series

Designed to meet your skin needs and made of cotton.

Under the banner 'anti-ageing' there is a collagen one which of course delighted me.  Another lovely mask to use.

The Collagen Q10 Perfecting Peptide mask left my skin feeling super spoilt, plumped and hydrated after use.
Timeless Truth Collagen and Q10 Sheet Mask

Bio-Cellulose Masks

These masks are made of bio-cellulose fibre which fit your skin like... a second skin.  The close fit ensures that the masks contents only has one way to go - into your skin.

Partial masks

Sometimes you just need a little extra help?  Hands, feet, chest, lips and eyes all have a specialised sheet mask.

I recently tried the eye mask, a bio-cellulose mask with collagen which was super hydrating and left my ageing eye area looking brighter.
Timeless Truth Partial mask bio cellulose collagen eye mask
Timeless Truth - have a fab range,  truly a mask for everyone.  To browse the Timeless Truth range head over to

I try and apply a mask once a week, and always take at least one on holiday with me (another plus of sheet masks, really portable).

But.... When do you use yours?

*post includes PR sample


Monday, 30 July 2018

New rules for exfoliation


You more than likely already know that earlier this year the UK government introduced a ban on the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of some cosmetic products.

A full ban on the sale of products containing microbeads came into force this month.

Of course what the ban doesn't do is stop anyone using any microbead products already purchased.  The only people that can enforce that ban is us, the end user.

It was my choice of course but I decided I would stop using them (as opposed to using them up).  I binned the contents and then recycled/binned the empty packaging.  My home is microbead free.

Summer skin

I don't know about you but my skin has been playing up a bit recently during the rather lovely (and unusual for the UK) very hot weather.  I have been suffering from a lot of milia, blackheads and spots...

I mainly blame the heat and that I am seldom not wearing foundation.  However, I  also think I might need to change my SPF to an oil-free or mineral based one.

To combat my skin now I need to up my exfoliation game to deal with the problem, and that is where a decent exfoliator comes in to play.

Post microbead purge - time to go shopping πŸ˜€ for a new exfoliator, which led me to purchase Modern Friction by Origins.

Modern Friction (nature's gentle dermabrasion)

Origins (part of Estee Lauder) have been around since the 1990s.  I remember when they first appeared and were a bit of a cult brand, now they are well established.

I purchased quite a small tube of Modern Friction (50ml) which cost me £11.75 from the Cosmetics Company Store at Bicester Shopping Village.

Amongst other things it contains rice starch, aloe and lemon oil.  It is highly fragranced (of lemons) which is a nice zingy smell.

Not for daily use, Origins recommend using a couple of times a week.  You can either apply the paste like substance direct to your skin and then massage, or apply it diluted with a little water.

I add water as I find the paste a little difficult to move.  Whichever way you do it you need to rinse it off with lots of water.

Not that you should use this around your eyes but be careful as I did get some in my eyes (during rinsing) and it really stung.

I have only just started to use this so haven't seen any results yet.  I am hoping that adding this into my routine with some daily exfoliation (via a glycolic face wash.. to be reviewed later) the milia will start to shift... or I may have to go and have them extracted.


For more information on the ban on microbeads click HERE


Monday, 23 July 2018

Where did the last 6 months go!?! *

2018 Beauty Goals update

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post called 2018 wish list.
1 jan 2018 date

It's now July, over half the year gone.  And today I just sent my first email with the word Christmas in it!

I thought I would review my goals and see how I am getting along. In a word - poorly.

There were just 3 things on my list:
  • Protein supplement
  • Esho Sculpt
  • Bum Bum cream
I kept my list short as I wanted it to be achievable - turns out so far it is  0 out of 3!


I never purchased the that I referred to but I did buy The Slender Blend as it was on offer and had the words low calorie, low fat on the package.

Getting it home and reading up on it (bad blogger) I realised it was kind of a weight loss drink.  I wasn't planning to use it as a meal supplement as I have always found it more interesting to eat rather than drink my calories.

Nevertheless, I decided to try it.  I had purchased the vanilla flavour and it tasted really nice but I found after a few days it started to give me really bad stomach cramps πŸ™

I persevered with it as I thought maybe I needed to get used to it, but my tummy continued to grumble.

A few days in I started to go off the taste, probably because it was making me feel grotty.  I stopped using it after about 2 weeks.

I'm not sure why it didn't like me or maybe I couldn't tolerate the whey.   I haven't felt the need to invest in another protein powder again - the experience has put me off.

I am trying to eat more protein and include it at every meal time - easy to do eggs, natural yoghurt etc.

Esho Sculpt

I did try and purchase this but was never able to find it, and now realise that the link on my original post is broken πŸ™

After doing some research it transpires that Esho Scuplt has been discontinued - so maybe it wasn't as good as all the hype?  I may never know.

So now I am left pondering on purchasing  Gold Collagen lip balm which is from Gold Collagen better known for their daily collagen drinks.

Gold Collagen Anti Ageing Lip Voulmiser claims to increase hydration, volume and reduce lip lines.

RRP is £19 so it's an investment.  Not as easy to purchase locally unless Harrods is your local but you can buy it online.

If I get it I shall definitely be writing a review, but I am still not sure.

Bum Bum cream

This is still very much on my list.  I've read all the fantastic reviews about the smell, I have not experienced the scent myself, and I would like to before I buy it.  Again tricky to buy apart from online in the UK, but I have a plan...

I am going to New York later in the year and my number one tourist attraction has to be a trip to the big apple's biggest Sephora on 34th street. πŸŽπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

However, if the big apple lets me down I shall have no choice but to bite it - right on the Bum Bum!

I need your help πŸ™

I need your help lovely readers.  Below is a list of questions from me to you below.  If you can help please leave me a comment:
  • What is the best protein powder?
  • Esho Scuplt - was it any good?
  • Collagen Gold lip balm - have you tried it?
  • Can you recommend me a lip plumper?
  • Have you used  Bum Bum Cream ?  What's it like and is it as good as they say?
Thank you in advance xx

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Ingrowing hairs? call the Skin Doctors *

Ingrow Go by Skin Doctors

Skin Doctors Ingrow Go
Summer skin, whether you like to get a tan, fake it (safer) or just get your legs out, it needs to be smooth and that often means shaving or waxing.

If you suffer from ingrowing hairs or 'razor bumps' hair removal is not doing you any favours - but once you've started would you really dare to go natural?  Each to their own, but for me, however hairy legs and armpits are not an option (although I am not immune to a few prickles! 🌡)

The problem with ingrowing hairs starts when you remove the hair and then it starts to grow the wrong way.  Growing the wrong way means the hair can start to grow round the follicle and then it finds it hard to get out from under your skin, (curly hair is rather prone to this).

To get over the problem you need to give those hairs an easy exit and that is where Ingrow Go by Skin Doctors is your new best friend.
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go CDN 7 day polish jellied Old English prints coaster

Simply put it is a powerful exfoliator that will whisk away the dead skin cells and therefore allow the hairs an easy escape route.  And just as they pop up to the surface you can attack them again with your razor!!

No fuss application

Hair removal is a bit of a faff, often messy, sometimes painful and more often than not a chore.

Ingrow go, however is super simple to use πŸ‘ Just apply it via a cotton wool pad directly to your skin.
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go CND 7 day polish candied

It smells quite strong and 'medical', the first ingredient is alcohol, (the smell doesn't linger on application).  Bear in mind as there is alcohol, don't apply it to broken skin, sunburnt skin or immediately after hair removal (😑 ouch)

The instructions say do a skin patch test and wait 24 hours - which is very good advice.... personally I didn't bother as I know my skin is pretty tough...
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go instructions

You can use this a couple of days after hair removal on areas that are prone to razor bumps and/or ingrowing hairs.

Or as I did a few days before hair removal as a preventative measure and to ensure your skin is super smooth and exfoliated.  Exfoliated skin means brighter skin, which in turns looks more touchable...

Fine to use (after that recommended patch test) on legs, bikini line, underarms.  Also OK for beards.

PS Good to know:
  • Made in the UK
  • Period After Opening - 12 months
  • 120ml bottle rrp £12.99 also available as a spray

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Mavadry - this works πŸ’…πŸ»

Mavala Mavadry

I am a big fan of the Swiss nailcare brand Mavala, and I try to ensure my manicure set is never without a bottle of Mavadry.
Mavadry, Handcream, burts bees, pusheen

I recently made another re-purchase of Mavadry from for £7.95.

Whilst I try and plan my nail painting for a sensible time, real life always gets in the way and something needs picking up, prodding or scratching!  Who really has time to w-a-i-t for their nails to dry?

On the rare occasions when I find my bottle of Mavadry has run out I quickly remember how frustrating it is waiting for things to dry, and more often than not I end up with a bodged paint job. πŸ™

Easy top coat

Hurray for Mavadry!
Mavadry, burts bees, pusheenMavadry

It's super simple to use; paint your nails, wait one minute and then apply as a final top coat.  It's pink in the bottle but colourless when applied.

As well as making your nails touch dry in about a minute it also makes them super glossy and helps prevent polish chipping.  I tend to find my manicure is totally acceptable for at least 6 days with this.

I can't rate this stuff enough, I pray it never becomes discontinued.  However, Mavala has been in the nail beauty business for over 50 years so (beautifully manicured fingers crossed) I hope it's future is secure.
Mavadry, pusheen

If you paint your nails and don't want your hard work to be wasted YOU need this.


Good to know:
10ml bottle - which tends to last me about 6 months
PAO label - Period After Opening = 24 months


Monday, 2 July 2018

Protect your pout * πŸ’‹

Curious thing.  I used to work with a lady who wore a stick of Lypsyl round her neck.  It was the original Lypsyl in a dark blue tube, hung around her neck in a pouch that she had made for it.

I guess she felt she couldn't be without it...

Fast forward 30 years or so and I'm with her on the can't do without it thing.  However, I prefer to keep mine in my makeup bag or pocket.
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect


It's been around (established 1891) and (back in the day) if you were talking about chapped lips then you didn't say lip balm you said Lypsyl (a bit like Hoover when you really should say vacuum).

Lypsyl still make their original product but have introduced a few more options in their lip care range.

Along with balm in sticks, they also do cute mirror compacts and cold sore gel when things get a bit more serious.

Their sticks come in:
  • Original;
  • Strawberry & Pomegranate;
  • Coconut & Almond;
  • Cherry & Almond;
  • Cucumber & Aloe.
All of the above are SPF 15πŸ‘
But, they also make an SPF50 stick with Vanilla - SPF Sun Protect (and that's the one I've got).
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect

SPF Sun Protection

Skin, hair, face, body, lips all need protection from the sun.

Sun damage attacks collagen, and you need and want collagen to keep skin soft, plump and... kissable.
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect

Lypsyl Sun Protect (£4.99) offers SPF50 sun protection against UVA (A for ageing) and UVB (B burning) rays.  It also contains Aloe Vera to sooth which you will appreciate if the sun has dried you out a bit, and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant.

It is lovely and soft to apply thanks to the added shea and cocoa butters.  Gently and naturally scented with vanilla.

If you want to protect your lips against dryness, ageing and burning (ouch)  - get yourself some Lypsl and keep it handy.

Where to keep it? That's down to you...!


PS good to know:
  • Period after opening (PAO), 12 months
  • Water resistant 
  • Safe for children over 3
  • Does not contain preservatives or artificial colours
  • Dermatologically tested
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Monday, 25 June 2018

Label Lover?

PAO labels

Following up on my post last week about sun-cream I thought I would write a little more about PAO labels.

PAO stands for Period After Opening and pops up on many cosmetic products in Europe.  A result of a European directive so you aren't going to see them on non-European packaging.

I do think they are a good idea, but I don't always abide by them and certainly don't get too stressed about them; an 'out of date' lipstick is less of a danger to me than an out of date egg! πŸ”
Rimmel lipstick, old english prints coaster, revlon Lip powder

Like a lot of you I enjoy buying makeup and often treat myself to new skincare products etc.  I do go through those stages when I think 'Enough!' I need to use up all my products before I add any more to my stockpile.  But I never deny myself for very long and the spending soon resumes.

Therefore if I were to follow the PAO labels to the letter (or should that be number) I would find myself throwing away a lot of half-used, sometimes barely touched products - and that simply ain't going to happen!

When I do take notice

If a product has an active ingredient or a lot of natural ingredients I do take more notice of the PAO label.  I tend to think rightly or wrongly that active means 'live' and things that live, die!

Natural products which are great tend to have fewer preservatives so may 'go off' sooner.

Sun Cream: I  always buy new sun cream every year as I want the sun protection to still work.  My current Heilocare 360 SPF50 has a PAO label of 9 months, but I use this on my face every day, so I'll be on another tube before the 9 months is up.

And when I don't...

Make-up, this is when I take little or no notice.  I try not to be in a make-up rut but am sure some of my eyeshadows must be coming up to at least 10 years old!  If I were a professional make-up artist I would take more notice, however I don't share my products and only ever use them on me, but I do keep my makeup brushes scrupulously clean.

PAO labels in action

Two recent buys in the last month have been a Rimmel Lipstick 'moisture renew' 126 Pink Lane, £6.49 which I purchased as it has 'ta-dah' added SPF.
Revlon Lip Powder, Rimmel lipstick
Rimmel Lipstick

The PAO label says 30M, 30 months aka 2 and a half years.  I really like the colour, texture and feel of this one.  It might be all used up in 30 months, maybe not; either way, it's a keeper.

Revlon Lip Powder, 102 Peach Pucker, £8.99. I can barely read the PAO label on this one but it says 24M.  I am sure that this will last way beyond then. Not sure what could go wrong with lip powder?

The colours are really pretty, I need to play around a bit more with them.  The gold is my favourite so far.
Revlon Lip Powder, Rimmel lipstick

PAO labels - you know they exist now, but whether you actually care?  That is down to you, Beautiful.

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