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Updated: 2018-03-26T14:53:25.577+01:00

 



Establishing Boundaries to have a Healthy Relationship

2018-03-25T09:00:01.338+01:00

I have felt a little bored with blogging the past few years, it has changed so much and its become very 'samey' and competitive. I've never been one to follow the crowd, I don't feel the pressure of having to write about a particular topic or be a people pleaser. I set up my blog more than 10 years ago and have always viewed blogging as a hobby and a way of helping others. I like to keep things real and will always give my honest opinion. Recently I've felt inspired to start sharing posts on self awareness, self love and self development. Beauty products can make us feel great & give us a confidence boost, but true Beauty starts from the inside. First topic I'd like to share is about creating boundaries. Healthy boundaries is something I have struggled with growing up. Being a caring person I tend to attract people that use me or take advantage of my kindness. I have realised recently, although I'm still very much caring and kind, I have much healthier boundaries, strength of dealing with difficult situations and I'm not afraid to speak up when necessary.  It's so important to establish boundaries to have a healthy relationship and it is an inherent aspect of self-care. Otherwise, manipulative, abusive & unhealthy relationship patterns are created....this can be related not only to a relationship with a partner but with friends, parents, children 💖 Establishing boundaries means: • having self-respect, self-esteem & self-worth • teaching others how to treat you - instead of letting them treat you anyway they choose • defining what's acceptable and unacceptable to you • placing limits on what you do to others • placing limits on what you do for others • placing limits on what you allow others to do to you • placing limits on what you allow others to do for you • knowing when to speak up for yourself • having the courage to speak up for yourself Boundaries necessary to maintain healthy relationships: • I won't accept anyone verbally abusing me. • I won't accept anyone physically abusing me. • I won't accept anyone emotionally abusing me. • I won't accept anyone making their feelings, thoughts and beliefs my responsibility. • I won't place my partner on a pedestal. • I will not live to please others. • I will take responsibility for my feelings/actions. • I won't put my partner's needs before my own. • I won't cheat on my partner. • I won't accept my partner cheating on me. If I find out, I have to respect myself by leaving or sign us up for relationship counselling. • I will end relationships on good terms.What are your boundaries for a healthy relationship? [...]



Beauty Bargain: Aldi Beauty Lacura Glycolic Acid Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads

2018-03-24T15:55:45.024+00:00

I have been testing a few newly launched beauty bargains from Aldi's Beauty Lacura range over the last couple of months. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much due to the low price but I have been pleasingly surprised! I am super impressed and they are comparable with more expensive premium brands on the market. Aldi Beauty Lacura Glycolic Acid Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads are formulated with Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Fruit Acid blend. These radiance boosting pads help retexture and resurface skin to reveal a brighter and smoother looking complexion. Aldi Lacura Exfoliate Daily Cleansing Pads vs Nip & Fab Daily Cleansing PadsThese new cleansing pads have been inspired by leading beauty brands and cost just £2.49 for a tub of 60 pads and compared to similar Nip and Fab Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads, they cost 80% less which is a steal! I highly recommend these for super smooth soft skin which creates the perfect makeup base. Even more impressive is that Aldi's Lacura range is Leaping Bunny certified, meaning their products are not tested on animals and are cruelty free.Have you been impressed with Aldi's beauty offering?[...]



World's first anti-ageing sandwich!

2018-03-16T14:57:49.594+00:00

BFree has created the world’s first anti-ageing sandwich recipe, packed with healthy ingredients known to help combat the signs of ageing. The youth enhancing sandwiches have been created by Julie Montagu, health and wellness expert and The Future Countess of Sandwich, to address the nation’s obsession with looking and feeling younger. The anti-ageing sandwich (called ‘Roll Back The Clock’) only uses ingredients that can help combat the signs of ageing. These include a gluten and wheat-free BFree Multigrain Wrap (containing a combination of buckwheat and amaranth, both of which support cell repair and combat wrinkles), spinach (the richest vegetable source of antioxidants, known to slow the ageing process), sweet potatoes (loaded with beta-carotene, which helps to prevent the damage caused by free radicals, which age cells over time) and sun-dried tomatoes (bursting with lycopene, that can strengthen the skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen). To celebrate these new sandwiches they were on offer from 14th-16th of March at The Sandwich Spa, the only place in the UK where people can choose from the brand new menu concept offering sandwiches paired and served with complementing beauty and wellbeing treatments. THE FULL SANDWICH SPA MENU: Roll Back the Clock, the anti-ageing wrap – served with a collagen boosting and revitalising facial Mindfulness Bites, a mood-enhancing sandwich – served with a session of mindfulness using uplifting and mood enhancing scents.B.L.T (Beautiful, Long, Tresses), a wrap with hair conditioning and strengthening properties – served with a scalp boosting, antioxidant oil loaded head massage.A Slice of Energy, an energy boosting meal – served with a comforting and anxiety easing neck, shoulder and back massage.Good Gut Club, a bloat-preventing pitta pocket – served with a skin conditioning and inflammation reducing full body wrap.Julie says: “My one piece of advice is always: you are what you eat." BFree aims to make a healthier life easier by providing a fantastic alternative to everyday baked goods, packed with quality ingredients that people can trust, and that are suitable for the whole family.The range is free from wheat and gluten as well as 16 EU allergens. They are also suitable for vegans and high in fibre, low in fat and reduced sugar. BFree products are available at Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. For more information on The Sandwich Spa and to view all of the recipes on offer that have been designed to be easily recreated at home visit:  http://unbouncepages.com/bfree-sandwich-spa/[...]



Freebie Alert: Clinique Lipstick

2018-01-18T15:41:41.171+00:00

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Happy New Year! I wanted to share something to make you smile. Pop to the Clinique counter at Debenhams on Leeds Briggate tomorrow (19th Jan 2018) to claim your free full sized Clinique Lipstick! No purchase necessary but we quick as only a limited amount are up for grabs! 



5 Crystals to Enhance Your Life

2017-12-08T08:30:34.175+00:00

Happy Friday! I'm a great believer in the magic of crystals and with 2018 approaching I thought I would share Sara Doone from The Intuitive Pathfinder's top 5 crystals to help enhance your life. It’s believed by many that crystals help you live a better life, whether that’s by reducing stress or even increasing your luck. There are many ways these magical stones can help you see life in a different way.BLUE LACE AGATE – will help you to speak more freely, getting rid of any anxious thoughts. It will encourage you to be clearer when explaining your feelings. Whether that means telling your crush you have feelings for them, or just being more open with your friends, this is the crystal you need. How it helps: helps you tell your crush you like them. MOONSTONE – A day spa in a crystal, helping you to feel deeply relaxed, especially after a long & stressful day at the office. If you suffer from PMS this stone will help you deal will those mood swings & tension. Rather than savaging your husband for not making the bed AGAIN, you’ll want to kiss him all over! How it helps: eases those PMS symptoms & gets you in tune with your inner goddess. CITRINE – this crystal possesses a beautiful sunny energy. Sometimes known as the Merchants Stone – it can bring a wealth of abundance into your life. If you’re hoping for a pay rise, seeking a promotion or need a boost of confidence then this is the crystal for you. How it helps: boosts your confidence & increases opportunity. ROSE QUARTZ – this crystal is all about self-loving. It encourages you to self- care, helping you to look after yourself and others. It assists you in exploring your inner beauty, supporting you in matters of the heart. How it helps: helps you to feel supported & brings passion/love into your life. MANGANO CALCITE - if you're trying to get over your e. & your heart is still aching, then this Crystal is the one for you. It takes the edge off your emotions, helping you to see things clearly - what an idiot he was to let you go! How it helps: helps you emotionally get over your ex. Do you believe in the power of crystals? What are you favourite crystals? [...]



‪Liz Earle Gift Set half price at Boots‬!

2017-12-07T10:17:45.740+00:00

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Christmas is quickly approaching so thought I'd share this fabulous Boots Star Gift offer from Liz Earle ‬that would make a wonderful present for any beauty lover or skincare junkie. 

‪From today, Thursday 7th Dec 2017 for one week only, Liz Earle are offering their ‬Liz Earle Route to Radiance gift set half price at Boots. Was £60 now £30! 

Find your glow and take cleansing to a new level with this radiant route to clean, balanced feeling skin. Iconic Cleanse & Polish™ deeply cleanses to remove daily grime, pollutants and make up, while Deep Cleansing Mask draws out impurities to leave skin feeling balanced and calm. Explore the benefits of multi-masking with 2 other masks and refresh, soothe and tone with Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic. A bespoke approach for naturally healthy-looking skin.

What’s inside the gift box? Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml, Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic 200ml, Deep Cleansing Mask 75ml, Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml, Brightening Treatment Mask 15ml, 2 Pure Cotton Cloths, 2 Sponges. 

You can purchase the gift set here



Freebie Alert: Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm!

2017-05-10T16:34:48.214+01:00

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Just a heads up that Clinique are offering a free mini 15ml pot of their 'Take the Day Off' cleansing balm on 25th and 26th May! 

Just head to the Clinique counter at John Lewis to take advantage of this freebie* and there's no purchase necessary! 

*whilst stocks last 



Inside & Oat Lifestyle Challenge

2016-05-10T08:40:01.766+01:00

Last week I started the ‘Inside & Oat’ challenge* with Aveeno to try their holistic Lifestyle for one week. This involved swapping my normal moisturisers for Aveeno products and cooking healthy plant-based meals with Honestly Healthy author, Natasha Corrett as well as fitness. I hadn't tried any of the Aveeno products that I was testing before so I was excited to see if they would improve my skin along with the lifestyle changes.The Benefits of Oats In Skincare:Hydrates: helps to restore and protect the skin’s natural barrier helping to prevent water loss and maintain moisture.Soothes: oatmeal is known for its soothing benefits on sensitive skinCleanses: the oat particles adhere to dirt and dead skin cells allowing them to be washed awayProtects: creates a protective film on the surface of the skinBuffers: helps return skin to normal pH levelsAVEENO Daily Moisture SkincareAveeno LotionThe bottle is a huge 500ml. This lotion is thicker in consistency comparison to the daily moisturising lotion. It is suitable for dry and sensitive skin and babies from 3 months who may be prone to eczema. I found I only needed a small amount of this lotion, a little goes a long way, and it has more of a thick cream texture than a lotion. I found it hydrated my skin well and kept it feeling moisturised all day, even in the hot weather we've been having the last few days! It has a slight oat scent and although I liked this product it wasn't my favourite and I found the bottle bulky.Daily Moisturising LotionThis fragrance-free lotion promises to keep dry skin feeling moisturised for 24 hours! I like the pump action bottle as its a lot easier to use. I found I only needed to use a small amount of lotion and it sinks in nicely without feeling greasy. I enjoyed using this product, it was hydrating and very soothing especially after being outside in the sun all day.Moisturising Creamy OilThis was my Favorite product from the range I tested. I loved the thin oily yet creamy consistency, it was easy to apply and it absorbs very quickly without being greasy. It made my skin feel like silk afterwards and even after a few hours I still felt moisturised. I really enjoyed the summery almond oil scent which also lingers on the skin all day.Hand CreamThis rich cream is very thick in texture and so only a tiny amount is needed. Once applied to the skin it absorbs immediately leaving a silky barrier almost that’s not greasy. My hands felt hydrated even after washing hands quite a number of times throughout the day. I was impressed with this product!Lifestyle & DietI have noticed a great improvement in the hydration of my skin the past few days, it's feeling moisturised and looks glowing. Before beginning the challenge, with the change of weather from cold to hot and with the heating and air conditioning at work, my skin was dehydrated and I had dry patches on my legs and arms. The dry patches have cleared up. I feel the combination of introducing the Aveeno skincare, along with the diet changes and I have been drinking more water have all contributed to my improved skin health.I enjoyed the healthy meals I prepared and cooked, although they did take a little longer time to prepare than usual. I found the recipes very filling and they made me feel fuller for longer. I have noticed I have been snacking less. I managed to combine some of the exercises into my day. I generally feel better, healthier, have more energy, been sleeping better and my skin is feel moisturised! I agree that I feel better inside and out as a result of the #InsideAndOat challenge. I feel inspired to keep going with the new lifestyle changes.If you would like to find out more you can visit www.aveeno.co.uk or www.facebook.com/AveenoUK for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinion[...]



AVEENO® INSIDE AND OAT CHALLENGE

2016-05-10T08:44:23.582+01:00

This week I’m taking part in a holistic Inside & Oat AVEENO® skincare and lifestyle challenge*. For the next seven days, I will be using AVEENO skincare products as part of a daily skincare plan and I’ll be reviewing the effects to see if I see an improvement in my skin.AVEENO® have partnered with Dr Shetalo Rajpopat and alkaline chef Natasha Corrett of Honestly Healthy to develop bespoke healthy skincare and lifestyle plans. In addition to testing the skincare products, I have been given some exercises to do and new healthy plant-based recipes to cook. I will be reporting back to see if or how they helped to contribute towards feeling healthier both inside and out as a result of the challenge.AVEENO® believe healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of inner health and daily moisturisation. Wellbeing for skin is our main purpose, and their philosophy is that looking after your body on the inside, as well as the outside, is fundamental in achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin every day.I tend to suffer with dry, dehydrated skin in the winter months or cold weather, so I’m looking forward to testing the products as I have read about Oats being amazing for skin health and for those that suffer with Eczema prone skin. I’m most excited to try their mosturising creamy oil – which contains naturally active oatmeal and sweet almond oil and promises to moisturise like an oil but non greasy and absorbs like a cream which sounds fantastic!The AVEENO® brand unlocks the benefits of oats in skincare. Containing naturally active ingredients, AVEENO® products are specially formulated to gently cleanse and moisturise dry, sensitive and irritated skin. The moisturising products are fast absorbing, non-greasy and provide moisture for 24 hours.I will report back with my #AveenoInsideandOat results with you next week, along with sharing a few skincare tips and healthy recipes! If you would like to find out more you can visit www.aveeno.co.uk or www.facebook.com/AveenoUK for the whole AVEENO® range and the latest updates from the AVEENO brand®*This is a sponsored post in partnership with Aveeno.  All opinions are my own*[...]



GLOSSYBOX The Rose Gold Edit

2015-12-23T15:59:12.077+00:00

For the festive season GLOSSYBOX has launched a Rose Gold Edit in collaboration with Beauty Blogger Really Ree. Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll on (*full size* worth £30.66)This eye roll on promises to instantly soothe and hydrate delicate skin so handy to have during the party season. The cooling gel leaves the most tired of peepers looking refreshed and radiant. I have not heard of this brand before and this eye product is pricey so I'm excited to try and I have high expectations!So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil (*full size* worth £15) This product leaves a gorgeous glow to the skin and is perfect for strobing and highlighting cheekbones. The highlighter is powered by organic chia seed to hydrate and silk peptide to promote skin suppleness and elasticity. The product is formulated without mineral oil and doesn't use parabens or phthalates. This product is perfect for the party season. Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream (worth £10.83)This hybrid oil/cream ensures your complexion stays nourished and protected all winter long. This product contains an indulgent blend of essences from 280 petals! I am really happy to recieve this product as Darphin is a high-end luxury brand with an expensive price tag and this is a product I have not yet tried. This generous sized sample is perfect to use when travelling or a weekend away.Cheeky Chat Me Up Nail Paint (*full size* worth £7)These quick beauty fix nail paints have been developed by the team behind Cowshed. Long-lasting, quick drying and with a super glossy finish I'm looking forward to giving myself a cheeky mani with this pink 'candy shop'!Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off (*full size*worth £2.50)This liquid lipstick gives you the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss, making for the perfect addition to your makeup bag this Christmas. I haven't tried any lip products from this budget friendly brand before, but I am a fan of their mascaras so I have high hopes for this!Bonus Product: Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask (*full size* worth £8.50)As a festive treat there is an extra product to try this month. This mask is an absolute skin saviour during the party season, because they hydrate and pep up pre-party skin and rescue tired 'morning after the night before' complexions. I received 'Red Carpet Ready' I'm excited to try this as each sheet mask is soaked in 30ml of the vitamin-packed serum - the equivalent to a full bottle!I adore the theme on this limited edition GLOSSYBOX and it contained five full sized products of which I haven't tried before! I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to £74.49 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is fabulous value! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. This would make a lovely gift for a beauty loving friend. Looking for the perfect monthly treat? Indulge yourself with one of GLOSSYBOX subscription offers. Choose from a three, six or twelve-month subscription, or why not purchase it as a gift for a beauty-loving friend? What do you think of this special edition box?[...]



Soap & Glory Half Price Star Gift!

2015-12-11T10:54:09.653+00:00

SOAP & GLORY have collaborated with Philip Colbert to creative a limited edition bag 'It's the whole she-bang' gift set. The set includes 9 SOAP & GLORY products:· HAND FOOD™ Hand Cream,· THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter· THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Body Buffer· CLEAN ON ME™ Body Wash· HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream· PEACHES & CLEAN™ Deep Purifying Cleanser· THICK & FAST™ High-Definition Mascara· THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion· SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Gloss in a NEW suits-every-girl shade Rose & ShineThe set is included today in Boots Star Gift offer half price for £30 (normally £60). Offers ends on 17th December 2015 whilst stocks last. Best snap this up fast if you want to be involved as these always sell out in record time! [...]



Review: Kerastraight KS Ultimate Treatment

2015-11-24T12:30:37.295+00:00

Before & After KS Ultimate TreatmentLast month, I was invited to Salon International to try out the Kerastraight Ultimate treatment. Although I didn’t have the KS treatment applied in a typical salon environment, I was impressed with the results and wanted to share my experience.You may remember last year I reviewed the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment and I loved the results! My hair stayed frizz-free, smooth and manageable for just over 4 months. However, I found the after products irritated my scalp so after 2 weeks I stopped using these and used my normal sulphate-free products instead, which I found worked fine. My hair grew in length and looked and felt healthier after the treatment as I didn’t need to use as much heat on my hair.KS Ultimate Treatment promises to transform frizzy, unmanageable hair and dramatically reduced your hair styling routine. This multi-award winning semi-permanent hair repair and smoothing system provides unrivalled condition, strength and shine to all hair types including dry, damaged, coloured, chemically treated and even Afro-Caribbean hair! I was excited to save precious minutes to my morning routine, bidding farewell to frizz and waking up to management, silky smooth and healthy looking hair.The treatment involved having my hair washed with a pre-treatment shampoo, which was left on my hair for 5 minutes to open up my hair cuticles ready for the Keratin treatment to be applied. KS Ultimate Treatment was applied to my hair in small sections and wrapped in a plastic cap and left to work for 45 minutes. The treatment simply feels like a conditioning treatment has been applied and contains no harsh chemicals, so doesn’t burn or sting like some other Keratin or Brazilian Blowdry treatments. The treatment was rinsed for 30 seconds and a conditioner was applied but again just rinsed for 20 seconds and not fully washed out. My hair was then blow-dried and straightened to active and seal in the treatment.After my hair was blow dried, it felt silky smooth and soft, the product is so light in texture that it was impossible to tell that the treatment had been dried into my hair. The whole process took around 3 hours, you are able to shampoo your hair after just 30 minutes and there’s no growing out period, the results naturally fade away. The real test was when I left the venue it began raining, normally my hair would become frizzy and curly yet it stayed straight and smooth! I found the treatment does take some washing out after the process. I would recommend rinsing well for and shampooing your hair twice to ensure the product has been completely removed. Since having the treatment I am pleased that my hair needs minimal styling and heat, I can even leave to dry naturally without my hair becoming frizzy and unmanageable. I'm excited that the results can last up to 4 months and it is recommended to use the after care products to maintain the treatment. If, like me, you suffer with frizzy unmanageable hair then I would definitely recommend this treatment especially since its safe and formaldehyde-free. KS Ultimate Treatment costs from £150. For more information and to find your nearest salon please visit: http://www.kerastraight.com Have you ever thought about trying a Keratin Hair Treatment?[...]



Esthechoc - the World's First Beauty Chocolate!

2015-10-06T12:00:09.726+01:00

National Chocolate Week (12th-18th Oct) is coming up I thought I would share an exciting world’s first! Esthechoc is the first ever anti-ageing functional beauty chocolate created by Cambridge Chocolate Beauty.  Distinctively intense and with a velvety taste, Esthechoc boasts incredible skin enhancing properties. A daily portion increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  After 10 years of extensive research and medical trials, scientists at Cambridge Chocolate Technology have developed the world’s first functional dark chocolate that promotes healthy, smooth and luminous skin. Esthechoc is suitable for all skin types and is clinically proven to work in three weeks! This special chocolate offers a different approach towards skincare - a daily 7.5g portion of Esthechoc increases the level of antioxidants in the skin, improving its microcirculation, raising its oxygen level and preventing ageing.  Esthechoc chocolate contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10kg of raw seaweed and more polyphenols eliminating free radicals than cocoa and 100 grams of dark chocolate. A daily dose helps the skin to regain its firmness, radiance and luminosity, and when regularly used, it protects skin against the ageing process. Esthechoc is a food supplement and should be taken every day alongside daily meals, and not used as a substitute for a varied diet.  Skin ageing is a natural and long-term process that is sped up by various external and internal factors, such as stress, environmental pollution, UV radiation, smoking or poor diet. These factors can cause the skin to lose resiliency and firmness that in turn results in malnutrition and hypoxia of cells and tissues, and a slowing down of skin regeneration. All these processes may be effectively inhibited by exposure to the right amount of Epicatechin Polyphenol and the strongest antioxidant known to science: Astaxanthin.Esthechoc - Cambridge Beauty Chocolate contains 70% cocoa and combines two antioxidants that contain the strongest anti-ageing properties: cocoa flavanols and astaxanthin carotenoid. The anti-ageing properties of cocoa have been known for centuries, however, to provide our bodies with a sufficient amount we would need to eat 100 grams of dark chocolate every day, which may result in significant weight gain (100 grams is equal to over 500 kcal!) One Esthechoc bar of 7.5 grams (38 kcal) is enough. This amount contains the same amount of Astaxanthin as 10Kg of raw seaweed. It slows down or stops the process of free radical formation inside the skin and, therefore, curbs the ageing process.                                                                                                                                   Esthechoc is available exclusively at Harrods priced at £35 for a 3 week supply. What do you think to this new beauty chocolate supplement?[...]



ZEEK App Review - buy gift vouchers below face value & get £5 FREE!

2015-06-12T18:08:12.756+01:00

ZEEK is a new app for smart shopping that helps you to both sell on unwanted gift vouchers for cash and save money by buying vouchers for below face value. The ZEEK App is available to download here for free on both iOS and Android. Selling your unwanted gift vouchersWe all have unused gift vouchers around the house that we may have forgotten about or it could be that you would rather have the cash. Selling on ZEEK is really simple - download the App and list your gift voucher for sale. You will need to provide a photograph of the voucher and enter details such as the face value and expiry date. You then decide how much of a discount you want to offer - the bigger the discount, the faster your voucher will sell! It's worth bearing in mind that Zeek charge a £3 processing fee for selling your voucher, but before you submit your voucher for sale you will see exactly how much money you will be walking away with. As soon as your voucher has sold, you will need to send this to the Zeek team and they post on to the buyer. Buying vouchers for less than face valueI discovered the App today and found it simple, safe and extremely quick to use. I purchased two vouchers from TKMAX with a total face value of £58 for £50 (minus £2 admin fee) so I gained £6. Whilst the savings aren't huge, you can easily save anything from 4% by purchasing your vouchers from Zeek. It seems that you can get a better deal when you purchase a higher the value of voucher. There are lots of high street vouchers to choose from on the App such as IKEA, Boots, Apple, Zara, Amazon, Topshop, Sainsbury's, Cineworld and even Starbucks! If it is a shop you shop regularly at then its worth buying vouchers. Simply choose your voucher or store and find the face value and deal that suits you. You can use your free £5 code (2zxuac) to receive £5 off your first order. Electronic vouchers are delivered immediately and physical vouchers are posted out to you within 7 business days. FREE £5 CodeIf you are interested in trying out ZEEK, I have a free £5 code towards your first purchase once you have downloaded the app, enter code '2zxuac' to get £5 added to your account for free! This voucher can be used against any voucher, but Zeek charge a £1 admin fee, so it is better to go for something with a higher face value to get a better deal. What do you think to the ZEEK App?[...]



Win £200 with Legal & General

2015-06-05T16:06:55.513+01:00


Legal & General have asked me if one of you would like to win £200 – of course you do! That’s £200 to treat yourself to something new ;)

To enter their prize draw they would like to know about your life, share with them your proudest achievements so far and let them know your ambitions. Entering is really simple, answer 8 multiple choice questions below and don’t forget to leave your name and email address in the text box at the end of the survey. If you prefer you can click here to view the survey questions. 

The survey is open to everyone living in UK & Ireland. One random winner will be picked to win £200 and the closing date for entries is midnight 20th June 2015. Good luck!

Create your own user feedback survey



bkr Water Bottles

2015-05-14T19:51:26.442+01:00

bkr is a beauty essential that will change the way you drink water forever. This high-end and chemical-free water bottle is a staple backstage at Fashion Week and loved by A-list celebrities. The world of beauty is filled with expensive treatments, product innovations and the latest skincare revolutions. However, beauty’s most important element - and the real secret to flawless skin is WATER! No product you’re using is going to work if you’re dehydrated. It is recommended that you should drink at least 2 litres of water daily. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t drink near enough water so I’m going to try the 30 day bkr challenge - I’ll report back next month! I will attempt to drink 2 litres of water daily (4 bkr bottles) for 30 days and see if I notice a difference to my skin. bkr is the solution to staying truly hydrated and helps to create the canvas for a gorgeous complexion and should be the first step in any beauty regimen. These beautifully designed bottles are not only this season’s brand new, must-have beauty accessory, but they will also motivate you to drink more water. bkr has already been adopted by a dedicated celebrity following including: Blake Lively, Giselle, Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba. bkr has now launched in the UK exclusively at Selfridges. The concept is really simple. bkr replaces ugly, cheap plastic bottles that are not only harmful to the environment but nasty chemicals can leak from the plastic into the water that you are drinking! The bkr bottle is made from glass, holds half a litre of water (500ml), is re-usable and comes with a coloured soft silicone sleeve.  Each season bkr releases collections inspired by runway trends in New York, London, Paris and Milan – with colours ranging from bold brights to soft hues. It features a small opening for no spill sipping, no-leak seal, is BPA-free and phthalate-free and is even safe to use in a dishwasher. bkr Water Bottle with silicone sleeve (500ml) costs £25 and the limited edition heart design is £28 are available exclusively from Selfridges. What do you think to the bkr concept?[...]



No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum

2015-05-14T19:38:42.286+01:00

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time. An industry first, these groundbreaking results come from a 12 month clinical trial and have been scrutinised by the UK’s advertising industry advisors at the highest level. Last year No7 launched the next generation of its much loved and best-selling serum, No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum, clinically proven to produce even better anti-ageing results than the original. A year on, No7 are excited to reveal an exciting beauty industry first Results, claim…‘No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum is the UK’s first serum clinically proven to deliver anti-wrinkle results that get even better over time.’ Encouraged by the exceptional results after 6 months product use, Boots skincare scientists decided to continue the trial to 12 months, driven by the fact they wanted to see how long the results would continue to get better.The clinical trial took place over 12 months with two groups of volunteers. One group applied the new No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side of their face and the original No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum on the other (double blinded). The other group applied No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum on one side and applied nothing on the other side. Crows feet and under-eye wrinkles were then graded by a dermatologist every month.No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum costs £24.95 for 30ml from Boots.com[...]



My Little Box X L'Occitane

2015-05-13T18:20:24.442+01:00

My Little Box have collaborated with L'Occitane for their May box 'MY LITTLE Provence BOX. Mylittlebox is a hand picked and beautiful designed box of fashion, beauty and lifestyle surprises. With accessories, products and other goodies created exclusively for you and based around a different theme each month. My Little Box costs £11 plus £3.95 (the postage is expensive because it is shipped from France!) and you are able to opt out of the subscription at anytime. This month's Provence theme brings a lovely selection of best-selling mini L'Occitane beauty products, some cute fridge magnets, a DIY bracelet and as usual a magazine, illustrations - all beautifully wrapped up.L'Occitane En Provence Mer & Mistral Shower Gel (worth £3.42)This is the perfect little mini to take on your travels or try before you buy the full size. It's scent is described as 'Summer Holiday in a bottle' which is spot on, it smells exactly like a mix of sand, sea and fresh air!L'Occitane En Provence Roses et Reines Hand and Nail Cream (worth £1.86)This mini hand and nail cream is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, to help nourish, soften and protect the hands while helping to strengthen the nails whilst delicately leaving a rose scent.L'Occitane En Provence Verena Body Lotion (worth £2.40)This citrus fresh mini body lotion smells amazing and good enough to eat! It contains organic verbena extract and ultra nourishing grape seed oil and sinks in quickly without being sticky or greasy.L'Occitane En Provence Verbena Leaf Soap (worth £1.50)Mini soap in the same delicious citrus scent as the Verbena body lotion. It's shaped like a leaf and it not only cleans skin but acts like a scrub and moisturiser too! It contains crushed verbena leaves to exfoliate skin gently and eliminates dryness.The Amazing Pencil (£9)A metallic bronze creamy eyeshadow crayon that promises to stay put all day, and has a neat rotating end so no need for a sharpener.Magnetic Provence (£6)This is a cute - Mix and Match Dress up My Little Doll fridge magnets! I'll be surprising my niece with these magnets - she will love them!The Sunny Cuff (£15)DIY accessory for summer is this embroidery gold cuff bracelet. It comes with two different coloured blue threads and a tutorial to create your own unique bracelet.This box is a lovely mix of the best of L'Occitane En Provence beauty, fashion and lifestyle. The products are worth £39.18 so for £14.95 is good value. I can't recommend My Little Box enough as I think it offers fresh brands I adore the packaging and the fashion and lifestyle element. Check out http://www.mylittlebox.co.uk/ to find out more and to order your box! What do you think to My Little Box?[...]



Hair Super Foods - Eating for Hair Health

2015-05-14T12:28:00.306+01:00

The old saying goes that beauty comes from within and to a certain extent it's true. Eat well, avoid junk food and don't drink too much and you'll probably exude a healthy glow. But did you realise this even holds true for your hair and there are certain 'hair super foods' that can contribute to strong, glossy locks? Include foods rich in the following nutrients regularly in your diet to keep your hair in tip-top condition. Nutrients for Healthy Hair Vitamin E - this fat soluble vitamin will protect your hair from sun damage and keep it strong and healthy by ensuring a good supply of blood to the scalp. You can boost your intake by eating nuts, leafy green vegetables, avocados and seeds.Iron - this essential mineral contributes greatly to a healthy head of hair and people suffering from anaemia are often plagued by hair loss. If you have too little iron in your body, the nutrient rich blood supply that your hair and scalp depend upon will be compromised. The best sources of iron are red meat, poultry and fish, and you can increase the availability of iron to your body by eating these along with Vitamin C at the same time. Vegetarians can get iron from leafy green vegetables, sunflower seeds, nuts, whole grains and, amazingly, dark chocolate.Omega 3 - these fatty acids are essential for healthy cells throughout the body and they contribute substantially to keeping your scalp healthy. Without an adequate supply you run the risk of dry hair and an itchy scalp. The best source is oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herrings. Vegetable sources include walnuts, avocado, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.Protein - this is the basic building block of your hair, so you'll need a diet containing sufficient high quality protein if you want luxuriant hair growth. The tell-tale sign of poor protein levels are dry, weak, brittle hair—or even in extreme cases, hair loss. The best quality proteins come from eggs, poultry, fish, dairy products, nuts and pulses.Biotin - you need this B vitamin for strong hair and a deficiency of biotin will make itself known with weak, brittle hair. Choose whole grain bread for higher levels of biotin and eat eggs, liver and other offal, legumes and chocolate.Zinc - a lack of zinc causes dull, fine hair and premature greying, along with dandruff problems due to a dry scalp. Good sources of zinc include oysters, red meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, nuts, eggs, whole grains and dairy produce.Selenium - this important mineral is a growth booster for hair while being at the same time a potent weapon against dandruff because of its anti-fungal properties. Eat plenty of lean meat, seafood, Brazil nuts, legumes, eggs and seeds.Vitamin C - you already know that Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant but one of its other main roles in the body is to assist with the absorption of iron. Vitamin C is critical for the production of collagen, which is an important factor in growing strong hair. You'll find Vitamin C in a wide range fruits, including strawberries, oranges, blueberries, kiwi fruit, papaya and black currants, along with sweet potatoes and red and yellow peppers. NiceHair is a hair loss prevention specialist website featuring tips, tricks and advice on hair loss prevention, interviews, healthy eating, delicious recipes as well as beauty tips, reviews and lists a number of best vitamins for hair growth. For more information please visit nicehair.org. What are your top tips for Healthy Hair?[...]



GLOSSYBOX The Iconic Hollywood Edit

2015-05-07T20:18:47.108+01:00

GLOSSYBOX is launched the Iconic Hollywood Collection on April 14th 2015. The box is a collector's edition box and is available in 4 different colour ways inspired by the golden age of glamour and the Hollywood greats. GLOSSYBOX has captured the allure of Audrey, the marvel that is Marilyn and the wonder of Grace Kelly to curate the Iconic Hollywood Box. The classic red lipstick, the essential black eyeliner and a warm nude nail polish take over this month‘s box. GLOSSYBOX have hand-picked the best in beauty to help you capture the look of your timeless favourite Hollywood beauty heroes.Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss (*full size* worth £10)I have tried a few items from the Lord & Berry range and all have been excellent quality and well pigmented. This lipstick pencil is described as the 'perfect Marilyn Red'. This modern take on a classic pillar box hue is ideal for Spring. It is in pencil form making the application easier than ever! The lipstick pencil is long-lasting and softening, with a matte finish. POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen (*full size* worth £6.50) I have tired a few of POP Beauty nail polishes but I haven't tried any of their makeup before. Elizabeth Taylor's iconic cat eye has never been easier to recreate thanks to this sooty black kohl pencil from Pop Beauty. Create a flicked wing with one swipe thanks to the high pigment and it's soft texture means its super easy to blend for a smokey effect. Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream (worth £19.50)This cocooning cream quickly replenishes skin, enhancing firmness and boosting luminosity for that sought-after red carpet glow. Any lines and wrinkles appear softened, and thanks to the inclusion of strengthening probiotics, it will keep your skin protected and nourished. I am really happy to recieve this product as Darphin is a high-end luxury brand with an expensive price tag and this is a product I have not yet tried so I have high hopes. This is a really generous sized sample and is perfect for travelling.Color Club Barely There Nail Polish (*full size* worth £4.10)Nude nails are a key trend for this spring, which also has roots in the Hollywood era. This is one of our favourite shades for the coming season and complements any skin tone for a glossy and sophisticated finish. Although I like the nude shade I am not a fan of this brand as I find the polishes chip quite easily. Nougat London Soothing Bath Pearls (worth £3)These bath pearls smell gorgeous and are described as an indulgent pre-event or party treat. These pearls lace the bath with a delicate fragrance and have a very subtle shimmer which stays on skin, creating a limb-lengthening sheen. Bonus Products: Stella & Dot Earrings and Bracelet (*full size* worth £59)There are two bonus products in this box from Stella & Dot. The tropicana-chandelier earrings are worth £40 and would jazz up any outfit with tropical pops of hot pink and spring green. These earrings are versatile chandeliers can be worn various ways as studs, drops or chandeliers. The earrings are a perfect match with the 'Colourblock Cuff' which is worth £19. Colour blocking will never go out of style, and it gives this delicate cuff bracelet the right amount of boldness. Hand wrapped threads are accented with metal studs, allowing this stackable cuff to brighten up your arm party. These jewellery items are one of the bes[...]



My Little Dream Box April 2015

2015-05-02T21:53:59.664+01:00

My Little Box aims to delight and surprise you every month. I would say that My Little Box is definitely the best subscription box to subscribe to as it full of cute surprises, little added details such as illustrations and is a complete delight to receive! Some beauty boxes contain the same brands and it can get a little boring after a while but My Little Box keeps it fresh and I love discovering french brands! My Little Box has a different theme each month and costs £11 plus £3.95 (the postage is expensive because it is shipped from France!) and you are able to opt out of the subscription at anytime. The box is filled with must-have beauty products including ones from their own beauty range 'My Little Beauty', unique fashion & lifestyle accessories, and Illustrations from Kanako. April's My Little Box has a Dream theme and the box is beautifully packaged with the illustrations and little touches which feels like a lot of time and effort has been made to ensure everything is perfect! It contains My Little Box Magazine which looks like a good read and this month as an added bonus a stuffed cloud which when you open you are surprised with a designed inspired gold and red cord necklace 'Bonne Etoile Locket'  by jewellery designer Delphne Pariente (£20). The necklace could also be made into a bracelet if the cord was cut down a little which is what I thought it was originally! The lifestyle piece was a cute stamping kit with a large 12 message rotatable stamp with sweet phrases such as 'Made with Love' and 'Merci Beaucoup' and a small ink pad (£8). In the small printed canvas bag I found a solid soft perfume in the scent 'Copacabana' by Sabe Masson (£15), which smells gorgeous and is a lovely fresh perfume for summer. I am excited to discover this brand since the perfume is alcohol-free, paraben-free and contains natural ingredients and its handy packaging to carry around or use when travelling. It also came with a repairing hair mask for dry ends from My Little Beauty (£7) and a non-drying lip and cheek tint by Lip Balm Loved by Lou Lesage (£8).This box is a lovely mix of beauty, fashion, lifestyle and I adore everything! The dream box was a complete surprise and I delighted with the content along with the packaging and illustrations and attention to detail. This month's products are worth £58 so for £14.95 is amazing value. I can't recommend My Little Box enough! Check out http://www.mylittlebox.co.uk/ to find out more and to order your box! What do you think to My Little Box?[...]



Nail Apothecary from Elegant Touch

2015-05-02T10:19:07.910+01:00

Elegant Touch are launching a Nail Apothecary Treatment range, which is thought as the ‘must-have’ medicine cabinet for your nails. The range consists of the ultimate in nail treatments with a remedy for all common nail concerns. All the products are ‘3 free’ and created with nourishing ingredients designed to strengthen, protect, repair and hydrate nails. The treatments deliver a dramatic difference in minutes and aim to transform your nails from the very first use.My favourite ‘must-have’ product from the new range is the 24K Gold Ridge Filler. Although I don’t suffer with nail ridges, this product is versatile and creates a perfect smooth base and contains tiny flecks of gold shimmer which looks pretty alone or with a French Manicure and topped with the gel effect top coat for a gorgeous shimmer. You can also wear the gold ridge filler underneath or over the top of coloured polishes to add a subtle gold shimmer to your nails.The range includes:Cuticle Elixir (£7.95) this is a nourishing oil that helps condition and moisturise whilst smoothing and soothing damaged cuticles and contains jojoba and vitamin E.Cuticle Eliminator (£7.95) this translucent gel cuticle remover softens overgrown cuticles to help ease removal. Nails are contoured and left looking smooth and clean.24K Gold Ridge Filler (£8.95) this ridge filling base coat creates the perfect canvas whilst protecting and strengthening the nail containing omega 3, keratin amino acid and lingonberry seed oil.Tough flex Base Coat (£6.95) contains a triple complex of plant keratins to help replenish the keratin in nails for structural support and strength, this conditioning base coat improves nail health encouraging healthy growth under nail colour. This is perfect if your nails have been weakened from wearing stick-on, acrylic or gel nails.Super Matte Top Coat (£6.95) formulated without Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP, this top coat creates a smooth matte finish on your manicure.Gel Effect Top Coat (£6.95) formulated with acrylic materials, this top coat has a plumping effect to visibly lift and create a gel like look on the nail when used on top of nail colour. The Nail Apothecary range from Elegant Touch is available exclusively from Boots.com and launches in May 2015. [...]



Monday Manicure: Dalmatian Print Nails

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SS15 NAILS INC BLOSSOM

2015-04-24T22:04:41.801+01:00


NAILS INC have launched 'Blossom Collection' for Spring Summer 2015. A spring bloom of four polishes inspired by the beauty of blossom trees around the world - the epitome of springtime. The blend of fine white particles and blossom-like hues can be worn on their own, or over a favourite spring pastel. This Blossom Collection includes:

CHERRY GARDEN STREET - apricot, hot pink and white
BLOOMSBURY WAY - baby blue, candy floss pink and white
COVENT GARDEN MEWS - pale green and pale pink
COLUMBIA ROAD - lilac, hot pink and white

NAILS INC BLOSSOM polishes cost £14 and are available from BootsJohn Lewis & Look Fantastic. What are your favourite Spring time nail polishes?



Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder

2015-04-14T09:00:08.060+01:00


Kim Kardashian used Urban Decay makeup at her wedding to Kayne and it was revealed this week that Khole Kardashian is also a fan of Urban Decay, especially the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and body.


The Naked Illuminated Power is a lightweight, baked illuminating powder for the face and body that contains a sophisticated, microfine shimmer worthy of the Naked name. To be used on the face and the body for a dusting of iridescent, light-reflecting shimmer that leaves kin smooth, silky and luminous. The powder comes in two shades: Illuminated and Aura and is perfect for summer to create a healthy, sun kissed glow. 

Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder is priced at £22.50 and is available from Selfridges. Have you tried this powder for a healthy glow?