Staying fabulous at 50+

Bioderma Créaline H2O

I have been wanting to try this make-up remover for a long time.  Bloggers and make-up artists alike rave about it regarding it's ability to remove make-up effectively and efficiently whilst be kind and gentle to the skin.  It's not the easiest of products to obtain in the UK, it is very expensive to purchase in USA and super cheap to buy in France.  

I found an ebay seller HERE  I paid £12.95 plus £3.30 delivery, the product was delivered within 2 days of ordering.


review of bioderma crealine h20

What they say ......

 At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, SensibioH2O micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).

 Soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.

 Sensibio H2O guarantees excellent cutaneous and ocular tolerance (tested under ophthalmological supervision).

 Sensibio H2O is an ultra-mild cleansing formula, use it with the utmost care.
Soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O and cleanse the face and eyes and/or remove any make-up.
Repeat the application until the cotton pad remains clean.

 Sensibio H2O needs no rinsing, but it is essential to dry your skin. Dry gently. Dab your face with a clean cotton towel.

 Sensibio H2O can be used daily, morning and evening.

What I say ......

It has no fragrance and actually just looks like a bottle of water.  This product really does remove every last trace of make-up, even the most stubborn, waterproof mascara.  There is no irritation to skin or eyes and skin does not feel tight or dry after use.

My only gripe with this product is the amount of cotton wool pads that are used.  to completely remove every last trace of make up I can easily get through 6 - 8 pads.

I would definitely recommend this product and at £12.95 for 500ml the price is excellent.  If you or someone you know is going to France then pick it up there where it retails for about 5 Euros.

Tamzin Lillywhite Christmas Gift Ideas

What do you buy the girl who has everything?  A piece from Tamzin Lillywhite of course, especially if you're looking for something a little bit different.

Tamzin Lillywhite areion bag

Areion Bag £365.00

That's a pretty hefty price tag for a bag but this bag is a limited edition bag, there will only be 10 of them made, so you're not just buying a bag, you're investing in a collectors piece.

If your budget will not stretch that far then look at the gorgeous pieces of leather jewellery.
tamzin lillywhite helios bangle
Helios Bangle £42.00


tamzin lillywhite leather bangle
Leather Bangle With Small Brass Studs £24.50



tamzin lillywhite medium stud bangle
Leather Bangle With Medium Studs £28.00

The Bangles circumference measures 8.5" but all bangles can be made to custom size if required.

So if you would like something a little bit different for Christmas or if you want to buy an unusual gift for a friend or a loved one then pop over to www.tamzinlillywhite.co.uk where you will find lots of fabulous pieces with prices to suit every budget.


Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Cleanser

The key to a good skin care regime is to start with a good cleanser.  I like my cleanser to be effective but as natural as possible and if it offers anti-ageing benefits too, then even better.


review of yes to blueberries age refresh cleanser

This cleanser is formulated with Apple, which is rich in Polyphonel Antioxidants and natural AHA's, this helps to brighten and refresh the skin's surface.  It also contains Lemon Peel which helps to cleanse the skin.

yes to blueberries age refresh cleanser ingredients

This product is Paraben, Petroleum and SLS free.

The cleanser is a lovely creamy consistency with a fresh fruity smell, it spreads really well on the skin and is very effective at cleansing away light make up.  Although it didn't irritate my eyes it was not very good at removing mascara.  I found the best way of using this cleanser was to remove all of my make up first and use this for the second cleanse.  My skin is left feeling lovely and soft, with an unmistakable glow, it's also really hydrated.

I would recommend this Anti Ageing Cleanser if you are on a beauty budget, at only £12.99 for 127g you get a lot of product for your money.  This is an amazing price point for an Anti Ageing Product that is 95% natural.

For more information and to see the other products in the Yes To Blueberries range please visit www.victoriahealth.com





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Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Gifts

So the countdown to Christmas begins.  I love Christmas and if I only had to buy gifts for myself then there wouldn't be a problem.  I get very frustrated at having to come up with something fabulous to give to another.  So to make my life easier, this year I have decided to give gifts that I would love to receive myself.  Aromatherapy Associates is a brand I fell in love with earlier in the year and I was delighted to be sent  two products from The Shinning Stars Christmas Collection.  First up is this little beauty.

aromatherapy associates bath oil


I reviewed the mini selection of the Bath & Shower Oils some months ago.  Deep Relax is one of my favourite oils and I have decided to save this one for Boxing Day, after all the preparations for Christmas day, when all the shopping, cooking and hosting is over, I can think of nothing nicer than immersing myself into a bath containing Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, ahh bliss.  This would be a perfect present for a busy mum, a stressed out daughter, a fussy aunt or a  hard to please grandma.  At just £10 this won't break the bank and I'm sure whoever the lucky recipient is will be eternally grateful for this little bottle of luxury.

bath oil from aromatherapy associates


Next up is the most gorgeous candle I have ever used.

aromatherapy associates candle

I was sent the Indulgence Candle which is infused with Jasmine and Geranium.  Now for the past month I have been having my whole house decorated, re-carpeted and new flooring put down.  Each time I walked in my front door I was greeted by the smell of gloss paint mixed with that new carpet smell and floor glue, not the most pleasant of fragrances.  Well on Saturday all of the work was finally finished so on Sunday I decided to finally light this candle.

candle from aromatherapy associates


Wow, within 5 minutes my lounge was filled with the most beautiful aroma, Geranium is one of my favourite aromatherapy oils and although the fragrance from the candle was not over powering I really could smell the Geranium over the Jasmine, they marry together beautifully and the result is a very luxurious, indulgent aroma. About 30 minutes after lighting the candle I went upstairs and was delighted that the fragrance had wandered all through the house totally eliminating the smell of the paint etc.

The candle has up to 30 hours of burning time and retails at £25.50 now I know that may seem rather expensive for a candle but when you measure that against the actually quality of the candle then I think it is worth every penny.  I would be over the moon if there was one of these under my tree on Christmas morning.


Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Gifts are available at Aromatherapy Associates Boutique & Treatment Rooms, 5 Montpelier Street,London SW7 1EX. T: 020 7838 1117

Liberty, Space NK, Fortnum & Mason and selected spas nationwide.

Or online at www.aromatherapyassociates.com






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Could You Be The New Face Of Colour Couture?



Colour Couture Reveal New High Definition Catwalk Collection at Clothes Show Live and Launch Competition to Find New Cover Girl


Do you fancy the chance to be the cover model for a global, best-selling product?  One lucky aspiring model has the opportunity to win Colour Couture's national competition.

To promote the competition, the Colour Couture team will be using the latest augmented reality technology to enable visitors to The Clothes Show Live 2011, at the NEC, the chance to become instant cover girl billboard stars live at the show - putting them on the first step to becoming a top model!

The cover girl competition will give the winning entrant a professional model experience, including full make-over, styling, photo shoot and portfolio pictures. The lucky winner will see herself on products stocked in high street stores across the world and enjoy a complete set of Catwalk Collection Colour Couture Cosmetics.

Entrants can also download the Colour Couture Cover Girl iPhone app to create and upload their winning headshot or visit Colour Couture Cosmetics’ Facebook competition page.

A shortlist will be chosen based on the entrants who have received the most public votes or ‘Likes’ via Facebook. The final 20 will be judged by Colour Couture’s expert panel of judges from the world of fashion, beauty and TV. The winner will be judged on her personality, style and character and will be announced in January 2012.

Competition judge Stephanie Finnan, author and fashion careers expert, say's “This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for a break into a very tough industry and who wants to have fun and learn more about professional modelling. The judges involved will all provide the winner with a wealth of experience and advice and it is a great chance to get a rising star noticed”.

Creative Director for Colour Couture, Paul Salmon added “To celebrate the launch of our new High Definition cosmetics range and Cover Girl competition, for a limited time we are offering all web purchases over £20 an exclusive free cosmetic gift.”




The Competition is open to anyone 16 or over. Visit: www.facebook.com/colourcouturecosmetics for more information.


Visit the Colour Couture stand at The Clothes Show Live, Birmingham NEC, 2-7 December 2011


So come on girls strike a pose and get entering.  If any of my readers enter this competition then please let me know so that I can vote for.  Good luck you gorgeous girls.

Laptop Trays From KIco

I don't know about you but I spend an unhealthy amount of time on my lap top.  A few weeks ago I noticed a reddish/purple mark on my left leg, it didn't take long to work out that this little mark was caused by the heat emitted from my lap top.  I decided that I needed a lap top tray, I had a look in the usual High Street stores and couldn't see anything that I really liked.  I then had a rummage around the internet and found a fabulous site that had an array of lap top tray designs and also gave you the option of designing your own.  I toyed with the idea of having a tray with a photograph of my blog on it, but eventually came up with this :-


keep calm and carry on blogging laptop tray from Kico

As you can see there is a bean bag attached to the bottom of the tray.  It is very lightweight and really comfortable once on your lap.

I purchased this one for my daughter.


keep calm and call batman laptop tray from Kico


This one is from their standard stock range and she absolutely loves it.

I paid £25.99 for the Batman tray and £28.99 for the Custom Keep Calm Tray.  P&P is £3.76 and I think this is regardless of how many trays you order.  I placed my order last Wednesday evening and the trays arrived on Saturday morning.

So, if you're struggling for present ideas why not pop over to www.kico-laptrays.co.uk

The Winner of The MAC Eye Shadow and Lipstick is..............

There were 211 correct entries into my giveaway.  Random Org selected entry number 177 and the winner is................




SKINSCRUBS
@Skinscrubs

Can you please email me and let me know your choice of Lipstick and Eye Shadow shade from The MAC website I will then order your chosen items and have them delivered directly to you.

PLEASE NOTE:- I will not be sending any emails in relation to this giveaway, if you receive an email in relation to this giveaway giving you an opportunity to win a consolation prize, please do not click on the link as it will be a virus/spam email.

Thank you to everyone who entered and look out for a special giveaway at the end of December when the winner will win something special purchased from my upcoming trip to New York.


The Pure Emporia Winter Skincare Collection

This post is from The Pure Emporia, a website created for you to buy all your natural and organic skincare products in one place.  The website is very informative and there is even a section telling you which ingredients to avoid.  So without further ado, read The Pure Emporia recommendations on how to care for your skin during the winter months.

Autumn has arrived after finally pushing out the last of the summer sun, and can’t we feel the difference. Along with the Autumn leaves falling, the cold wind and the heating being turned on comes with it a change in our skincare routines.

Whether you spend your whole life in doors or outside, the changing of the seasons will have an effect on your skin.
In addition to the cold, windy outdoor air, your skin will also respond to the drier indoor atmosphere that results from the heating, fireplace and other heat sources that suck humidity from the air.

The way that winter affects your skin depends on your skin type as well as the severity of the weather where you live. It’s all about understanding what your skin needs to look and feel good. Even if you’ve never noticed any visible changes in your skin with the changing seasons, your skin can respond differently to seasons as you age or if you are going through other changes such as medication or stress.

The cooling of outside temperatures, the wind and then the addition of indoor heating may lead to dry itchy skin. While many will reach for extra moisturiser this may not be the only answer:

Exfoliate:
Often! Regular exfoliation enhances your skin’s ability to absorb moisturiser. You may want to do this just on your face, but your whole body will benefit from a regular exfoliation after wearing all of those thick winter clothes. Try the award winning Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser to keep your face looking smooth and wrinkle free.



Ingredients
Use the most natural product that you can buy. Many of the chemicals added to your skincare and beauty products can actually cause dry skin, excema, psoriasis and a whole myriad of other side effects. By avoiding these you will be doing yourself a big favour. All of the products sold at The Pure Emporia are checked for ‘nasty’ ingredients so that you don’t have to worry about them.

Lotions with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Avocado Oil, are ideal for your body.  Erbaviva Breathe Body Lotion with Almond Oil is perfect to nourish and moisturise your skin during the winter. Avoid irritating minerals and chemicals, such as alcohol based toners if you have sensitive or dry skin as they can take away your natural oils. Mind you, I would say to avoid irritating minerals and chemicals at any time of the year!

Cleanse
With really sensitive skin opt for a milk or foaming cleanser and an alcohol free toner. You should find these to be gentler and less drying on your skin. Try Suki Creamy Foaming Cleanser, a luxurious hydrating cleanser for your face.




Moisturise
Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body from the inside. But you also need to look after the outside:


Eyes
Sunglasses and a hydrating eye cream are a must for the winter season if you want to keep your eye area from lines and wrinkles. Try Kimia Precious Eye Serum an intense eye serum that penetrates the skin to reduce lines and wrinkles.



Lips
Lips can get really dehydrated during winter months. To protect from dehydration always keep a hydrating lip balm close by. Look for balms made with Beeswax or Shea Butter such as Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm in a pot.



Face
Moisturise as regularly as your skin needs it. You may need to use a thicker moisturiser such as a night cream or a facial serum such as Essential Care Superfruit Concentrate to ensure that your skin gets the moisture it needs.



Cover
When applied to dry, winter skin, foundation can appear caked and flakey. To avoid this parched appearance, always apply face makeup following moisturiser and even add a bit of lotion to your liquid foundation to help maintain all day hydration. If you would rather have a more natural appearance then Suki Tinted Moisturiser contains grapeseed and jojoba oils to maintain moisture levels but also gives that natural even skin tone appearance.


Wash
Stick with creamy moisturising cleansers to keep your skin hydrated. Avoid alcohol based soaps if you are sensitive as these will only dry your skin. Try Erbaviva Breathe Body Wash for a refreshing bath or shower.
Don’t forget to keep the water cool and your shower short to avoid dehydrating your skin. Hot baths, however nice will only dry your skin.




Now hopefully, you will be looking hydrated and gorgeous for the coming festive season.


Go and have a look at the vast array of natural products available for all members of your family at www.thepureemporia.com you can also follow them on Twitter 



£500 worth of Orly Nail Polish! Now That's What I call a Giveaway

Do you ladies have space for another 50 bottles of Nail Polish? You do?  Then this giveaway is for you.


Click *like* on the Orly Facebook Page or *tweet* the above tweet to the Orly Twitter Page

MAC Eye Shadow & Lipstick Giveaway Reminder

Don't forget my MAC One Year Blogoversay Giveaway ends on 23rd November 2011

for details please click HERE

Good luck everyone xxx


Refuge's 40th Birthday - Forty Years Against Domestic Violence




Refuge is celebrating it's 40th year against Domestic Violence.  They have a birthday wish list and your support could help more than you could ever know.

Refuge is a charity that is very close to my own heart.  As some of you may or may not know, when I am not blogging about all things beauty, I work as a civillian investigator for my local police force.  In my role I investigate allegations of Domestic Abuse and deal with perpetrators and victims of Domestic Abuse on a daily basis.  I know first hand about the outstanding work that Refuge does and I also know that without them offering their services the lives of many women and children would be in serious danger.

Securing funds for Refuge is becoming more difficult in this economic climate and there is a real risk that their already meagre funds will be cut even further as local authorities make even more budget cuts.  The implications of this do not bear thinking about.

A few weeks ago I dealt with a perpetrator who had beaten and strangled his partner, after he left the property she managed to contact the police and he was arrested.  Because he denied the offence in interview and gave an account of how her injuries were caused, the Crown Prosecution Service would not give me an immediate charging decision, because of this decision I had no option but to release him from custody on bail for further enquiries to made.  Refuge was called upon to provide safe and secure accommodation for the victim, as I felt that she was in immediate danger from the perpetrator.

Without Refuge this victim and countless others would be in extreme danger from their violent partners.

So how can you help to ensure that this wonderful organisation is able to continue offering this invaluable service to women and children around the country?  Well, there of lots of ways you can help out, including:-

Skydive

Buy a Christmas present for a woman or child in one of the refuges from John Lewis on Gift List 478985

Text a donation by texting REFU40 £2 to 70070 (text any amount from £1 to £10)

There are lots of other ways to raise money and support this very worthy cause.  Just visit www.refuge.org.uk

Hopefully none of you will ever need to call upon the services of Refuge, but please spare a thought for the 1 in 4 women that are suffering Domestic Abuse on a daily basis!

Anything that you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any form of Domestic Abuse then please go to the Refuge Get Help Now Page



Yes To Carrots Feel The C Pampering Spa Manicure

No time for a salon Manicure?  No Problem! Yes to Carrots Feel The C Pampering Spa Manicure is the answer.  This product claims to exfoliate, smooth and hydrate just like a professional spa.  It contains dead Sea Salts, Organic Carrot, Fig, Jojoba, Almond and Olive Oil to nourish even the driest skin.

At this time of year our hands need all the help they can get.



review of yes to carrots feel the c pampering spa manicure

Once mixed this product has a beautiful consistency, just the right ratio of oil to scrub.  Just place one teaspoonful in the palm of your hand and then gently massage as if washing your hands, pay particular attention to the cuticle area, rinse hands and pat dry, then massage in your  favourite hand cream.

It smells absolutely wonderful and feels really nourishing.  Once rinsed away hands look and feel amazing.  I've been using this product 2 or 3 times a week and it has really helped to keep the dryness at bay.   I have also used this product on my feet and elbows.  It's perfect as a pre tanning treatment.

ingredients of yes to carrots feel the c pampering spa manicure

There are no preservatives and no nasties in this product.

Feel The C is available at www.victoriahealth.com and retails at £13.40 for a huge 250ml pot.



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Free Shampoo & Conditioner From Klorane. UPDATE - OFFER CLOSED

Apparently the below offer is now CLOSED due to an overwhelming response.  It would also appear that all bloggers were mislead into believing that Klorane would be sending out full size products, they have now confirmed that they will be sample sizes only!!  Sorry about this lovelies.

Yes that's right, a free shampoo and conditioner worth £12.50 when you register at the Klorane website.



This offer is only open to UK residents.  Just click HERE to register and your free gift will be sent to you.


Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Beetle Juice, Models Own New Collection

I love that film, I think I love this collection of nail polishes more though!

I ordered the whole collection yesterday and was thrilled when they arrived this morning.  Without further ado let's see what all the fuss is about and whether or not the polishes live up to the hype.



models own beetle juice aqua violet swatch



models own beetle juice emerald black swatch



models own beetle juice golden green swatch



models own beetle juice pinky brown swatch



models own beetle juice purple blue swatch

All the above swatches have no top coat, they applied like a dream, consistency is not too thick and they are all shown with 3 coats.  I love all of them but I think my favourite at the moment is the Aqua Violet, absolutely gorgeous.

I purchased all 5 of the polishes from Models Own Website and I got all 5 polishes and a base and top coat for £20 plus £2.95 postage, a huge saving of £10

Will you be purchasing Beetle Juice and which one is your favourite?  Let me know in the comments.

Star With Cheryl In The New L'ORÉAL Paris Casting Créme Gloss Advert



Cast Yourself alongside Cheryl in the next L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss advert




L’Oréal Paris is looking for three girls to star in the next Casting Crème Gloss advert alongside spokesmodel, Cheryl Cole. From 31 October to 27th November, fans of Casting Crème Gloss will be able to cast themselves in the role of either: deep brunette, fiery redhead or honey blonde.

To enter visit http://www.facebook.com/LOrealParisUK and click on the application button which appears on the left hand side of the page, follow the steps to enter and upload a picture of yourself then ask friends and family to cast their vote from the 28thNovember to 4th December 2011.

The most popular brunettes, redheads and blondes will be shortlisted for a L’Oréal Paris Casting Day where you will receive a makeover by our hair & makeup artists in preparation for a live audition, in front of a panel of judges. This will be your chance to go in front of the camera and tell us why you love Casting Crème Gloss. And yes, you can even utter those famous words, "Because you're worth it!'

The winners will then be chosen to appear in an exclusive new L’Oréal Paris advert alongside Cheryl. Who knows, you could be the next colour crush!

Let me know if you enter the competition so that I can vote for you.



Jainnisa.......The Essence Of Thailand

This luxury brand is set to launch in the UK very soon.  I was sent two products to try, the Gently Exfoliating Body Polish and the Invigorating Deep Body Scrub and I was quite excited at the prospect of having my bathroom transformed into a Thai Spa.

Jainnisa uses Thailand's rich heritage of natural plant and marine ingredients, harnessing their nutrients and blending their extracts and oils to create luxurious bath and body ranges.

There are two collections in the range, Calming and Relaxing and Stimulating and Refreshing.

The Calming and Relaxing collection contains Frangipani, Ylang Ylang, Tuberose, Blue Lotus and Jasmine.

The Stimulating and Refreshing collection contains Exotic Herbs, Lime, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Frangipani, Blue Lotus and Wild Orchid.


review of jainnisa gently exfoliating body polish

The first product I tried was from the Calming and Relaxing Collection.  This really is a gentle body polish.  It has the most diving aroma and feels gentle and soothing on the skin.  This product is absolutely perfect if you like to exfoliate every day as it is very gently on the skin.  My only issue with this product is that the square bottle is quite large, the product inside is quite thick and it is really difficult to hold and squeeze the bottle in the shower.


review of jannisa invigorating deep body scrub

The Invigorating Deep Body Scrub from the Stimulating and Refreshing Collection was my favourite product of the two.  When you open the jar it doesn't look like a normal body scrub, it looks more like a very thick cream.  Once you start to spread it on the skin you can feel it is giving your skin a thorough scrub without being too abrasive.  The fragrance of this product is beautiful and still apparent a couple of hours later.

Prices start from £15

The Jainnisa website is due to go live very soon www.jainnisa.com  

You can also visit their FACEBOOK page to keep up to day with their product launches.







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One Year Blogoversary Giveaway (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED)

I cannot believe that it has been a year since I first dipped my toe into the sea of blogging.  I am amazed that during the past 12 months my little old blog has grown into something that I am very proud of.  I never thought that a year down the road I would have this many followers, I never dreamed that I would be invited to such fabulous events and work with some of the loveliest people in  PR.

To celebrate I have decided to have a little giveaway.  So here is what you can win.



Yes you gorgeous lot, the winner gets to choose one Lipstick and one Eye Shadow of their choice from the MAC website


All you need to do to enter this giveaway is follow this blog by GFC  (I will be checking)

Leave a comment asking to be entered into the giveaway including your GFC name.

Please leave me a way of contacting you if you are the winner, either a Twitter name or an email address.

For an extra entry please tweet 'I just entered the MAC giveaway from @jadlgw over at http://www.lovelustandfairydust.com/?spref=tw '

This giveaway is open worldwide.
This giveaway will end at midnight GMT on Wednesday 23rd November 2011
The winner will be chosen by Random Org.
The winner will have 48 hours to contact me, if no contact is made I reserve the right to draw another winner.

Good luck everyone and thank you again for all your support.



Cellu Smooth From The Beauty Works

Cellulite, the curse of women everywhere, fat, thin, young or old, cellulite does not discriminate and we've all tried various treatments to get rid of it.  I have to say that none of the treatments that I have tried have made a scrap of difference to the little bit of cellulite that I have at the top of my legs.  Admittedly I have never tried any electrical appliances to rid myself of my orange peel, only lotions, potions and brushes.  The lotions, potions and brushes have usually made a difference in the texture of my skin but they haven't dealt with the actual cellulite.

So, as you can imagine when I was sent the Cellu Smooth to try I was a bit sceptical and also a tad nervous.


review of cellu smooth from the beauty works


On opening the box I was surprised to see only 2 buttons, one for power and one for intensity, the instruction leaflet is also super easy to understand.  It comes with 250ml of conductive gel.

What they say......


  • Body shaping
  • Smooth firm appearance
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation
  • When used in conjunction with diet and exercise, Cellu-Smooth will improve body shape by mobilzing the Cellulite
  • Mobilizs fatty deposits allowing them to exit the body naturally
  • On a gentle setting it will relax tired and aching muscles
  • Treatments of 15 minutes daily for just a few weeks, can work wonders on your body
  • Helps give your skin a healthier and smooth appearance
  • No vigorous massaging
  • No painful pummelling
  • No harsh body scrubs

What I say......

When I switched it on I thought it was broken, there was no noise, no movement, nothing, then I read the instructions again.  I put a thin layer of gel on my area of concern, switched the unit on and opted for high intensity and just moved the unit around on my thigh for the recommended 15 minutes.  After a few minutes there was a lovely, comforting warmth on the area that I was treating.  Now 15 minutes each leg every night for 2 weeks is a huge commitment.  I would use this every night in my lounge whilst watching TV, with the curtains closed of course.  After 2 weeks I have to say I did notice a marked improvement, not only in the texture of my skin but also in it's appearance, although I still have cellulite it is a lot less noticeable and the skin feels much tighter and smoother in that area.  I am now using the unit a couple of times a week as a maintenance programme.

I have also used the unit on my shoulders as I carry all of my tension in my shoulders.  It is perfect for relaxing muscles in that area after a long hard day at work.

You maybe surprised to learn that this magic little machine retails at only £49.99 and is available at The Beauty Works



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Skin Science Bio Active Marine Foaming Enzyme Cleanser

A little while ago I entered Cupcake and Marigold's blog competition over at hangupsandhandbags.com if you don't follow these lovely ladies then you should pop over to their blog immediately and see what you are missing.  I was absolutely delighted when I won as the prize on offer was a product from the Skin Science range.  I have previously reviewed Skin Science Bio Active Renewal Complex and Skin Science Bio Active Quicklift Mask and absolutely loved the products, so I was really looking forward to trying the Bio Active Enzyme Cleanser.


review of skin science bio active marine foaming enzyme cleanser


What they say...... Skin Science Bio Active Marine Foaming Enzyme Cleanser incorporates breakthrough ingredient, Zonase X™, which contains an enzyme that mimics the skin's own natural exfoliation process and gently detaches dead skin cells without harming the living skin cells beneath. Zonase X™ is the only enzyme in the world that possesses the ability to differentiate between healthy active skin cells and unhealthy deteriorating ones and so stops at the dead skin layer. Working at a skin friendly pH, Zonase X™ draws moisture into the skin, leaving it rejuvenated, replenished and smoother. The cleanser also incorporates Skin Science’s core ingredient and nature’s most powerful antioxidant, Spermine, which delays skin ageing by 20%.


What I say...... I'm not a huge fan of face washes to take off my make up so I remove all of my make up with my usual cleanser and then I use the Skin Science Enzyme Cleanser.  One pump of the product is more than enough for your face and neck, I have in fact now started using just half a pump.  There is no real fragrance to the product, which I actually prefer in a face wash.  The product itself is a very thick clear gel, which then foams once water is added.  The product feels nice and light on the face and the foam has a very luxurious feel to it.  After rinsing with warm water my skin feels really clean, looks really clean and glowing and there is no drying or tightness afterwards.  After a week of using this product twice a day I started to notice a real big difference in the texture of my skin, I find that I no longer have to use a separate exfoliator and the brown sun spot I had on the top of my cheek has faded significantly.  I have now started to use the product to wash the backs of my hands to see if it will have the same effect on the brown spots on my hands.  


Now the only downside of this product is the price, it's £46 for 200ml is it worth it?  If you are under 30 years old and have no concerns about ageing then probably not, on the other hand if you are a woman of a *certain age* then it is absolutely worth it.  In my opinion a good skincare regime always starts with a good cleanser.  I could go to any High Street Chemist and pick up 200ml of cleanser for less than £5 but as a woman of a *certain age* this would be false economy for me.  I need a cleanser that is going to help tackle more than just removing my make up and this cleanser ticks all of the boxes for me.  I estimate that a 200ml bottle is going to last me 5-6 months so overall I think it is fabulous value for money.


A massive thank you to Cupcake and Marigold and don't forget to pop over to their lovely blog at  hangupsandhandbags.com 


B Organic Skincare Hydrating Face Cream & Eye Cream

This is the second time that I have reviewed products from the B Organic Skincare Range.  The first time round I tried the luxury bath & body products.  You can see my review of those products HERE

I know how hard Aycin has been working this year to add more products to her completely natural range and I was very excited when she sent me the eye cream and the moisturiser to try.


review of B organic hydrating face cream


I absolutely love the packaging.  Not only is it funky and stylish but check out the hidden dispenser.  One twist of the lid and up pops the pump.  Absolutely ingenious.  No spillages, no mess and no cross contamination.  Absolutely perfect if you're travelling.





review of B organic hydrating eye cream

Enough about the packaging, now for the products.

The organic face cream has a lovely texture, it smells absolutely delicious and it just feels so comforting on the skin.  It is absolutely full of goodness like Rosehip and Avocado Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rose and Lavender Oil.  When I have been working all day I like to come home and remove all of my make up and put a thick layer of this on and use as a nourishing mask, if my skin is really dry then after about 10 minutes I usually find that my skin has absorbed most of the cream.

The organic eye cream is perfect if like me, you suffer from dryness around the eyes.  This contains Macademia, Rosehip and Apricot Kernel Oils with a touch of cucumber oil providing rich vitamin C.  I take this cream to work with me and pat it around my eyes over my make up if I feel that the skin around my eyes is starting to dry out.

All of Aycin's products were developed especially for sensitive, dry, eczema and dermatitis skin types.  The products are 100% natural and contain no nasties whatsoever.

The Face Cream retails at £20 for 30ml

The Eye Cream retails at £17 for 15ml

For more imformation about these products, the full list of ingredients and to view the complete range please visit www.b-organic.co.uk

You can follow B Organic Skincare on FACEBOOK and TWITTER




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Diva Professional Stay Hot Rollers

Last week I posted a review of Diva Profession Big Hot Wand  This week I'll be showing you the Diva Professional Stay Hot Rollers, once again as tested by my daughter, Amy.

So first of all let me show you the actual rollers.

review of diva professional stay hot rollers

As you can see you receive 8 large Rollers, 6 medium rollers and 6 small rollers.  20 professional colour coded pins, you also get 6 spare pins and 10 butterfly clips.

The on off switch lights up when on and there is a heat ready indicator.  If you look closely at the middle picture you will see that the large roller in the top right hand corner has a green dot on top of it, this roller must always be in that position before switching on.  Switch the unit on and close the lid, the rollers take around 10 minutes to heat up, the green dot on the large pink roller will turn a grey/white colour when the rollers are heated and ready to use.

When Amy first tried these she could not get any curl out of them at all, after reading the instructions properly she realised where she was going wrong, they recommend using on clean, almost dry hair.  So she blow dried her hair almost dry and then put the rollers in.  The result is as below, she had loads more volume and a nice natural wave.

results of diva professional stay hot rollers



Amy is really pleased with these rollers, they are a staple part of her going out routine and if the curls she achieves aren't 'curly' enough she'll just boost them with the Diva Professional Big Hot Wand.

The Stay Hot Rollers are available at www.sallyexpress.com until 26th October 2011 they are on special offer for £34.99 RRP is £37.99

Visit Diva Pro on their FACEBOOK PAGE and on their TWITTER PAGE where you can find out more about all their products and enter their regular giveaways.





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Abahna White Grapefruit & May Chang Eau De Parfum

I was recently asked if I would like to try a product from Abahna, of course I said yes, after looking at their website I waited expectantly for a luxurious bath product to arrive.  If you're wondering why I was expecting a bath product it's because when you go to the Abahna Website it says Abahna, the ceremony of bathing.

When this little beauty arrived I was surprised but delighted.

review of abhana white grapefruit and may chang eau de parfum


Look at that gorgeous packaging.  This would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

Now let me tell you a little about the company.  They do not use SLS, SLES, Parabens, Petrochemicals or artificial colours.  They use the finest essential oils and are against animal testing.

The fragrance that I was sent is White Grapefruit and May Change, it is absolutely lovely.  When first applied the grapefruit is very apparent, it actually made my mouth water, after about 20 minutes the fragrance dried down to a lovely, creamy, lemony aroma.  The fragrance is very uplifting and refreshing, absolutely perfect if you start to flag a bit at the end of the day.  The aroma is long lasting and I can still smell it on the scarf that I was wearing the first time I used this.

I received a 10ml atomiser, which retails at  £15.00 and you can also purchase a 50ml bottle for £30.00

You can also purchase the bath foam, body lotion and scented candle to compliment each perfume.

Fragrances to choose from also include Mandarin & Sicillian Bergamot, Lilac Rose & Geranium and  Frangipani & Orange Blossom (that one is on my wish list).

Postage and packaging is free and the products arrive beautifully gift wrapped.

Pop over to the Abahna Website and have a look at their wonderful range of products.



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Cash For Shopping via Quidco

I tend to do most of my shopping on-line, holidays, food shopping, beauty products, gifts, books, you name it I buy it.  The only thing I don't buy on-line is clothes and shoes for myself.

A couple of years ago I signed up to Quidco after a work colleague told me how to earn cashback whilst shopping on-line.  I opened an account and I haven't looked back since.  I average about £50-£100 a month in cashback, more if I have purchased holidays or insurance.  Now I always use my cashback to treat myself to something nice, or I save it to spend on products in duty free when I go away.

It is so simple to use Quidco just open an account and type the name of the on-line shop you want to go to in the search box, then just shop as normal, your order and payment is then tracked and a month later your cashback is paid direct into your account.

All of the main high street and on-line stores are on there, you can even get cashback on purchases you make through QVC.  As well as cashback you can get special discount codes so you make double savings.  With Christmas just around the corner sign up now and earn yourselves some money to spend in the sales.

Just go to the Quidco Website and get shopping girls.


Diva Professional Styling Big Hot Wand

Quite a few weeks ago I was sent two items from Diva Professional Styling to try.  The Big Hot Wand and the Stay Hot Rollers.  Now before I got round to trying either of these products I had a major hair cut and as a result I have enrolled my daughter, Amy, to road test these products.

So first up is the Diva Pro Styling Big Hot Wand.

First impressions are it's pink, a very stylish, professional looking pink.  It's not too heavy so no aching arms, easy to use controls, it comes with a little heat protection stand and a finger protector.

It has a 19 - 32mm curling wand, it is ready to use in 30 seconds, LED indicator light flashes until the selected temperature has been reached, 25 heat settings, a cool tip and a 3 m salon length swivel cord.


review of diva professional styling big hot wand


To switch on you just press and hold the black button for about 10 seconds, select desired temperature and wait until the light stops flashing.  Use on dry hair.  Wind hair around the the heated barrel, allow 10 seconds for the curl to form then allow hair to cool before styling.  Amy has really straight hair and she was able to achieve these results on her first use of the styling wand.  Amy found the finger protectors difficult to get on with so she risked removing her fingerprints and used the wand without the protector.  The cool tip on the wand helped to minimise the risk of burnt fingers and I'm happy to report her fingerprints are still intact.

results of diva professional styling big hot wand

Since these pictures were taken Amy has used the styling wand many times and the results have just got better and better.  Amy recommends that you use a heat protection product on your hair as this wand really does get hot.

Maintenance of the wand is simple, just wipe clean any build up of styling product with a damp cloth once the wand is cool.

Diva Pro Styling Big Hot Wand is available at www.sallyexpress.com for £39.98

You can visit Diva Pro Styling on their Facebook Page  and Twitter Page where you will find information about all of their products, they also host fabulous giveaways.

Review of the Diva Pro Stay Hot Rollers coming soon.





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