Tuesday, 29 July 2014

I'm back folks!

Hello to all...   remember me?

I'm back after a very long break. A two year break to be exact... eek!

What have I been doing all this time? Well... working mainly and spending time with my children. I really wasn't planning on having this long a break away from the blogging community to be honest, it just worked out that way. Time certainly does fly over! :-o

I have not been completely AWOL though and have been sneaking peaks at blogs quite frequently.

I'm looking forward to getting my blog back on track and I can't wait to catch up...

Missed you all!


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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Fabulous Glamour Magazine Freebie!


I don't often feel compelled to blog about magazine freebies. Probably because most of the time they are not worth blogging about. However, the freebie on this months Glamour Magazine is so good it is definitely worth a mention.


It is an Intensive Rose Otto Lip Salve by the brand Balance Me.

Balance Me have ''blended super hydrating 100% natural hyaluronic acid and highly emollient and protective pharma grade lanolin to plump and smooth; our trio of organic shea, mango and cocoa butters to soften and protect against the elements; vitamin and essential fatty acid-laden rosehip, jojoba and virgin coconut oils to soothe and hydrate with rose otto, rose geranium and palma rosa to calm and balance.'' source


Comes in a handy slanted applicator and is a lovely thick consistency which stays on the lips for quite some time. It's quite strongly scented with rose though which some may find overpowering, but I love it. It feels so hydrating, penetrates deep down....making my lips feel baby soft and smooth!

This is usually priced at £12.00 so is a real bargain with the Glamour Magazine only costing £2.00. Well worth picking up if you haven't already!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel


To celebrate the award-winning Papaya Enzyme Peel’s 10th Anniversary, Elemis is delighted to present a limited edition bottle designed by British artist Laura Oakes.

As part of the celebration, Elemis have teamed up with the exciting new charity SOCO™ to provide funding for over 50,000 vaccinations for children in Africa.

For every product sold they will provide a 5-in-1 Pentavalent vaccine to immunise a child in Africa against 5 leading diseases and hope to donate 50,000 vaccines through this


Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (£28.60) is a rinse-off exfoliating cream, rich in fruit enzymes, that smooths, conditions and repairs.

Natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating papaya and calming pineapple smooth and clarify the complexion. It also contains nourishing milk protein, anti-oxidant rich vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair and protect skin. Perfect for sensitive or mature complexions and suitable for all skin types.


It is thick and creamy in consistency and is lightly scented as you would expect... fresh and fruity. I apply this after cleansing and leave on for around 15 minutes before wiping off with a muslin cloth and lukewarm water. This product is fantastic for anyone with dry/sensitive skin, as it exfoliates, eating away all dead skin without ever being harsh. I find it non-irritating and after rinsing, my skin is left feeling soft and flake free. I find it is an amazing pick me up for tired/dull skin....think the morning after a night out. My skin literally glows after using this. I also find it doesn't dry my skin out as much as some exfoliators do... It's simply wonderful!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Skin Mask & Repairing Skin Cream


Here are two products from Manuka Doctor's skincare range. Rejuvenating Face Mask and Skin Repairing Cream. Manuka Doctor has 4 separate ranges:  apiclear (balance for troubled skin); apinourish (protect and moisturise the skin); apirevive (restorative natural products);  apiwellness (wellbeing boost)

Both these products are from the apinourish range and contain Bee friendly harvested Bee Venom which has been dubbed as a holistic answer to botox by the press.

Purified Bee Venom is said to act as a skin renewal treatment that nurtures cell regeneration and assists with the renewal of damaged skin cells. Helping to prevent ageing by smoothing out wrinkles and stimulating collagen.

Purified Bee Venom has the following beneficial functions;

• Nurtures cell regeneration
• Activates renewal of damaged skin cells
• Scar reducing effect
• Helps with treatment & reduction of fine lines & wrinkles
• Helps collagen formation
• Reduces skin ageing including photo-ageing

• Supports the healing process (Not to be used on broken skin)
• Anti-inflammatory
• Helps with the elimination & prevention of acne

Should not be used by people allergic to bee stings. source


Manuka Doctor Bee Venom Rejuvenating Skin Mask, £49.99, 50ml

''This intensive moisturising mask contains over 10,000 bee stings per pot!  It's dual action may help reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, while the antioxidant qualities support anti-ageing by promoting cell regeneration. Ongoing weekly use may also may help reduce the appearance of scars.'' source


The Rejuvenating Skin Mask feels more like a very thick cream than a mask. Once a week after cleansing, I simply apply over my face & neck. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes and then rub off gently with upward movements, then lastly, wipe skin clean with damp cloth. It smells amazing and once on, leaves a tingling sensation on my skin which only lasts for a few seconds. After it subsides, I find it dries down and sets, giving my skin an instant tightness. I like to leave on for the full 30 minutes. I have also gone to bed with it on and slept with it overnight.

When removed I do find my skin is brighter and slightly tighter. It leaves my skin looking well nourished and well rested. It's too early to say whether or not it has an anti ageing effect on my skin, as I haven't been using it long enough, only time will tell with that. However, I do find it very moisturising on my dry skin and I feel thoroughly pampered after using it. I'm not going to deny it.....this stuff is very expensive, but if you can afford to buy a pot then go for it. I say it's well worth it.


Manuka Doctor Repairing Skin Cream, £24.99, 50ml 

''This light weight non-greasy cream delivers a perfect balance of intense hydration and purified nutrients that accelerate skin regeneration. In turn, repairing the skin's natural balance and assisting in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and scarring''. source


I find that this moisturiser is the consistency of a thick gel, not a cream as the title suggests. It comes in a handy pump bottle. Only a very small amount is needed to cover the entire face and neck area (around 1/2 pump). It smells wonderful too and is instantly cooling and refreshing to my skin on application. It glides over my skin like silk, which feels so wonderfully soothing.

I've been using this for around 3 weeks now and I can see a definite difference in my skin's appearance. It has not only given my skin much needed moisture, but it has also helped to fade some scars that I'd had for a while caused by the dreaded hormonal zits I sometimes get on my chin. I'd been getting more than usual lately (probably due to stress, and feeling run down) and had some huge ones which left nasty dark marks behind. After using this cream they faded nicely and have now completely disappeared. My skin feels very smooth and soft. I am simply in love with this and will be purchasing a bottle immediately when it runs out.

Anyone else a fan of  Manuka Doctor products?