Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gazelli White Oil Illuminating Skin Polish!

Hello everyone,

I was lucky enough to get chosen to trial the Gazelli White Oil Serum so when i saw that http://www.latestinbeauty.com/  were giving away a free Gazelli White Oil Illuminating Skin Polish worth £35 with The Glamour Beauty Edit box i thought well why not buy that and give the 2 products a really good go together and that’s just what i did 🙂

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Firstly here is what i thought of the Skin Polish  … The white oil is a medicinal healing oil unique to Azerbaijan and it is unique to Gazelli’s products, it is known to improve the skins ability to regenerate itself and to help the skin absorb nutrients thus helping the skin retain moisture, youthful elasticity and health!

The Illuminating Perfecting Skin Polish,is a rice powder polish and that means it is extremely gentle on my skin, perfect for anyone with thread veins (ME) , sensitivity to their skin or oily skin types as that rice powder is really going to gently clean out pores!

It is a white lightly scented cream and it sloughs all the dead skin cells leave skin looking really smooth, soft and polished …

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Only thing i will say is use in the shower as its not so easy to get it all removed off your face with just a hot cloth. But it really is a remarkable face scrub, smells amazing too and its full of healthy products like Red grape extract to lock in moisture and brighten skin tone , The Regenerative Gazelli White Oil to nourish and rejuvenate and the Rice Powder to clean out pores and gently smooth away dead skin cells revealing a much brighter, refreshed skin…

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My face definitely looked brighter and smoother, feels softer and has been very ‘glowy’ i have really noticed this, even when i have been under the weather my skin has stayed looking incredibly healthy and it really does look more youthful .. it has been noticed when i have been out!

I do rate this scrub a lot its a scrub i can use often, its gentle but so amazingly skin smoothing and calming, it is quite remarkable how good it leaves your skin looking and feeling .. really impressed 🙂 !

Another tip is it’s also meant to be really good used on the back of your hands to make them look and feel more youthful too, i must give this a go too  …

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You can find out lots more abut the Gazelli products here: Gazelli White Oil

I am  quite blown away with how they have  made my skin feel and look, i would have had over looked these products if it hadn’t been for the skin trial and the freebie but i have to say i am delighted i have not found them as they are pretty fabulous and i would gladly repurchase them 🙂

Have you tried Gazelli White Oil Products yet?

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

Timeless Truth Bio Cellulose Mask

Hello everyone,

I have been trying some of these masks for quite some time now thanks to Tracey McAlpine who first put one in a beauty bundle I bought from her!

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There is a whole website dedicated to these wonderful masks and they are so amazingly good. The mask I want to tell you about today is one of their luxury face masks. It is a Bio Cellulose Nanoscopic Fiber Cloth which fits really well onto your face allowing deeper penetration of the serum to maximise effect.

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This mask is specifically for the more mature skin, it has an ingredient called EGF serum (think the expensive Bio Effect)  which is highly praised for its ability to repair and allow new cell growth, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, improve skin texture and plump the skin making it look visibly younger and healthier.

It is also packed with Hyaluronic acid which holds up to 100 times its own weight in moisture so it really delivers a powerful punch of goodness to the skin.

To use you peel off one side of the protective covering and apply the mask to your face smoothing it on as you go and when you have that done you then remove the second layer and that’s the mask firmly on your face, any extra juice dripping off, massage it down into my neck and decollete so i don’t waste and of the precious elixir.

The pictures below are not fabulous but what the mask does however is, i just wanted to show the 2 peel off material layers and the actual mask itself to give you a good idea of how it is and what to do ..

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When I took the mask off I let my skin dry and then applied my night cream on top to seal everything in and really let the goodness of this mask work in my face overnight! If you’re in a rush and going out the results are pretty instant, you can put your makeup on pretty much as soon as it has dried in.

After using this my skin looked and felt amazing! It was plumped, skin tone was improved and it was a lot more youthful in general, peachy soft and it glowed. Perfect for a once a week much-needed weekend skin boost and for big nights out with your girlfriends when you know there is going to be pictures taken and you want to shine!

But who needs a special occasion to shine, it’s so lovely to treat yourself all the tie 🙂

This mask is such an amazing boost anytime, designed for mature skin and skin damage it has worked wonders on mine and left it so plumped, with very visibly improved, silky soft skin tone! In finding this mask I have now discovered a whole website dedicated to Masks!! there is also some under eye masks, masks for all skins including oily or acne prone too.

There is a choice of Fusion Masks and Luxury Masks, masks for every skin type… some under eye masks, oily or acne prone skin so it really is worth taking a look!

Now I have this website I do not want to lose it and it’s safely bookmarked because it is a real hidden gem for me, as I get older i need skin boosting masks like this more and more.. you can have a look and find out a lot more about these masks here Timeless Truth Face Masks and you can also say ‘hi’ to the very lovely Angela who runs the company on twitter https://twitter.com/TTBeautyMasks who will be more than happy to help you!

Have you tried TT masks yet?

Bye for now

Nicola x

Bodhi and Birch Siam Ginger Bath and Shower Therapy

Hello everyone,

Bodhi and Birch is a fantastic company with a wonderful ethos and approach to their Eco Luxe products and they just for me get better and better!

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Elijah Choo draws his inspiration from the healing power of nature, traditional botanical remedies bringing together Eastern and Western skincare and wellbeing philosophies. Each ingredient is ethically sourced from sustainable origins.

My Siam ginger is a wonderfully invigorating, joint warming, aromatic shower gel, it’s not sugar coated ginger its pure kickass ginger which the chef in me really loves  and need to help warm and the senses and ease a sore, tired body!

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Made with the Galangal root (gingery), sharp Cardamon Pod and Kaffir Lime Leaf, Turmeric and Lactic Acid   this shower gel is all i hoped it would be, really invigorating, warming, uplifting and my skin never fails to feel fantastic after really clean and fresh, it is free from phthalates, parabens, sulfates, synthetic colours or fragrances so its very non drying on your skin too, it is just 100% pure luxe and indulgence for the body and mind, beautiful product.

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The fresh scent and spice not only lingers in my bathroom after (the sign of a good pure scent) but lightly on my skin, i just love that warming gingery kick so much!

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I also bought a Bamboo Cotton Flannel, as you can see from the picture it is a decent sized flannel, it really massages your skin in the shower, exfoliating  and cleansing as it goes, i have found it also soaps up really well with the Siam Ginger shower gel, really helps get circulation going bringing blood and oxygen to the surface for the skin, improving texture and clarity. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial  too. I really love this cloth in the shower to get me really clean and fresh after, i will be repurchasing this cloth for sure its sooo good!

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Last but not least Bodhi and Birch have now branched out into skincare and i was lucky enough to get a couple of samples of their Rosa Rosa Clarifying Cleanser and The Rosa Rosa daily moisturiser and WOW a beautiful sensory experience for the senses as well as the skin, they smell so completely fresh and light.

Infused with vitamin enriched Rosehip oil, Damask Rose, Orange Blossom and Camomile, the scent is divine and once you inhale your whole body just sigh’s out the day! The cleanser lightly foams when mixed with water and the day cream is so light but thoroughly hydrating giving a beautiful luster to my skin … not to save up for some :-), a completely indulgent, luxurious pair of products ❤

If you have not tried Bodhi and Birch before and want lovely clean, fresh, healthy skin without the parabens and sulfates then i cannot recommend this brand highly enough, it is in many ways considered purchases but boy does it deliver on what they say the product is and what it will do for you … sure aren’t we worth it after all?

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A truly wonderful multi sensory treat for the body and mind ❤ , you can read lots more about all their  wonderful products here which are produced in the UK!  :Bodhi and Birch

Do you own any Bodhi and Birch?

If so do you love it?

Have you tried their new skincare range yet?

Why I Blog .. simple pleasures :-)

Hello everyone,

One of the Admin on the UK Bloggers (fantastic group for all bloggers) asked last week what made their members blog? It can take me a while to think about things and get an answer straight in my head so here are the results of my thinking!

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I have Me & Fibromyalgia, I also have chronic degenerative disc disease in my lower back and in my neck too, everything I have seems to cause me no end of pain, plus i seem to be very anemic a lot!

I don’t mean a little bit of pain i take 50mg of morphine a day for it, I never get a full nights sleep because of it, I have had nerves cauterised, discs decompressed, physiotherapy which was hell on earth and wrecked me for months after…

The fatigue or exhaustion is overwhelming, it can take hours to plan or get myself into the shower, I sometimes don’t even feel refreshed after, just even more pain and exhaustion its a never-ending cycle of pain and complete exhaustion.

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After a really bad spell that had laid me up in bed badly, I looked in the mirror and realised it had been such a long time since I had seen myself … the real me!!

All I saw was greyness and pain….. i still get weeks like this a lot but if i can focus for an hour on my blog then i have achieved even the smallest thing and i don’t beat myself up so much.

I had totally lost myself to pain, it had completely taken my over and from that day on I made a promise to myself that no matter what or how bad I was I would do one simple thing and that was to wash my face, I realise a simple task such as  this sounds like nothing to a normal person but it was a big thing for me and the start of trying to be kind to myself and look after myself better!

I knew if I managed to make it out my front door then at least I wouldn’t be ashamed to meet people because I could always tie my hair back but grey pallor and a face that showed only pain would have stopped me going out on the days that I could get out.

So that’s where it all started for me and as my love of skin care and beauty products grew that is where I have found my joy, passion and escapism, which for me has grown and grown.

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I have never been a lazy person and always worked hard all my life, i have gone from working at 100mph to -100mph, it has been very hard to take in and understand, gone are my real life friends, the either got fed up with my being ill or didn’t believe me and i was just a joke to them, same with the rest of my family, it would be a cold day in hell before any of them would ask how i was or showed any care, all learnt the hard way …

Now I blog to not only natter about what I love but to keep my brain ticking over, it is and can be a major battle to get the words on the page, bit like trying to see though pea soup …

I’d like to thank anyone who has taken the time to read any of my blog posts, I really appreciate it and i would also like to thank my brother Lennie who supports me endlessly and were it not for him I would not be here and my 3 beautiful cats who make my flat a home (they are spoilt rotten 🙂 )

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I have also met some truly incredible women online too, good friends like Sarah, Ame, Kayla, Sam, Diane, Jan,  Nikki TaylorTracey McAlpine and all of the girls in my little beauty group!!

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Little things and small blessings all add up and I am grateful for every one of them … so this is truly why I blog 🙂 to be able to see and think through the pain and exhaustion, every time I hit that publish button I get a massive sense of achievement that I managed to get a blog post done!

I am on an eternal quest for fantastic beauty products to help body and mind ..

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Why do you blog? I would love to hear what started you off on your journey x

I have not written this post for sympathy i am way beyond that now thankfully, just a little understanding  for the  illness and for others hopefully …  it is a very hard fought socially isolating illness and not enough is known about it but we all live in hope that someday a solution will be found!

Bye for now

Nicola x

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Hi everyone,

I am a big lover of the elemis face masks, scrubs and this wonderful Papaya Enzyme Peel is multi award winning and it does all the hard work for you!

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Natural fruit enzymes of Papaya and Pineapple are fantastic for nibbling off all your old skin. If you have a bit of raised skin or bumps around your pores,  this product is really good at working on those areas and dissolving the skin, making the pores look a lot smaller and flatter .. which can only be a good thing for all of us 🙂

It is a light peachy toned creamy mask for the face and neck, some also use it on the backs of their hands and it is meant to be fantastic on extremely dry heels on your feet tho i have never been that extravagant with it …

It also contains nourishing milk proteins to help condition the skin , antioxidant rich vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair and protect this skin, its paraben and sls free, contains no mineral oils, artificial colours or silicones.

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All you have to do is apply a thin layer (it doesn’t need to be thick as that’s just a waste of product) a couple of times a week and it does everything for you, just apply to clean toned skin  and leave for 15 mins and i take mine off with a hot cloth for super soft, peachy skin.

I sometimes like to use my Gentle Rose Exfoliator mixed with a little warm water and applied to the face when taking the face mask off for an even softer, smoother finish to my skin, it just seems to help target any stubborn areas that just need some gentle encouragement to be on their way, it will give you super smooth radiant skin …

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This product is perfect for my skin as its so gentle but effective and someone who has more mature skin i have more old skin to get removed, my skin is drier, the skin that sticks and forms fine lines and wrinkles and this is why i love it so!

You can find the enzyme peel on QVC or Time To Spa, i always find QVC has the best deals and offers and that makes it all a lot more affordable but it seems to be out of stock there for now but it is in stock on  Time To Spa  Papaya Enzyme Peel

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Oh and just incase anyone doesn’t know there is a fabulous Elemis offer coming up on QVC tonight!!

It’s under £40 and on  its also on 4 easy payments, it is incredible value, Elemis like to really push the boat out every christmas on QVC, it is a truly wonderful gift for yourself or for someone you love dearly. I think the value speaks for itself in the picture …  QVC

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My Lucky Win from The Strawberry Blonde Blog :-)

Hello everyone,

I generally never win much but last week I hit the jackpot with a pretty fantastic win from Nic who owns Strawberry Blonde Beauty Blog and what I was lucky enough to win was 3 Sleek Palettes and a lip gloss!!

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I am really chuffed to bits with these products  they are bang on trend from the new Sleek range colour wise….. modern, trendy and very wearable, I still can’t believe i have won this 🙂

The first palette is called Dancing Till Dusk, it has a contour shade a blush and 4 eye shadows, everything is  multi purpose and highly pigmented , all lovely soft buttery textures and i know i will use these eye shadow shades a lot, brown/taupes and shimmers. The cheek shade is a beautiful rose gold (nars orgasm dupe) with a lovely soft shimmer effect, very flattering on the skin !

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The See You at midnight again is such richly pigmented buttery formulas, you barely need to touch them to get colour pay off, there is a stunning vibrant purple eye shadow  in this one that i am really drawn to, a  shimmering plummy toned one, a beautiful gold and a slate blue, a deep peony shade of blush (Nars super orgasm dupe) and a light tan for contouring.

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I keep taking them all out of their boxes and admiring then they are just so full of colour and life!

The lip gloss is in shade Maria Maria no22, i wasn’t too sure if i would like this or not as i am not very good with bright colours (I’m getting there) it is multi tonal and it lights my whole face up and makes my skin look even better than it really is (bit under the weather), i have taken to my new lip gloss like a fish to water and can’t wait for an excuse to get out somewhere and get it on ……

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Last but i think its my favourite as i was actually going to buy this for myself is The Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals, its just perfect and so subtle if you use it lightly or build it up as you need.!

The packaging on this one is very sleek by design, its a bronze shade and if looks and feels very expensive and its just perfect for the highlighters inside.

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Theres Platinum for your brow bones, Antique Bronze for the tops of your cheeks, a beautiful soft Royal Gold for along the bridge of your nose  and to highlight your cupid’s box you have the Renaissance Gold!

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You only need the lightest touch with these and they are stunning, stunning, stunning and of course you can put them where you want really, there are no rules and you know your face best!

Well was that a fantastic prize or what??

A HUGE thank you to Nic i really am delighted with my prize and i shall have hours and hours of fun with it!

Have you tried the new Sleek Palettes? Or the Stunning Highlighters?

Bye for now

Nicola xx

Novembers Love Lula Beauty Box

Hello everyone,

I really look forward to my Love Lula Beauty Box every month as it is always amazing value, all the products are Soil Association Approved, Organic, Vegan. Love Lula has just won a big award too! The Best Retail Innovation Award in Association with Pure Beauty Magazine so well done to everyone at Love Lula!

Right back to this months box 🙂

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First up is Barefoot Sos Face & Body Rescue Cream, Intensively rich this cream is very pure and good for eczema & psoriasis prone skins like mine, it sank rapidly into my skin and did not leave an oily residue, it has very little to no scent, can be used on face of body to deeply hydrate so perfect for the upcoming winter months.

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Jason Brightening Apricot Wash is a gentle soap free foaming scrub, gentle enough to use every day. Brightening Apricot oil and refined Walnut powder deep cleanse to slough away makeup, dirt and old skin cells to leave a cleaner brighter complexion, a lovely natural facial exfoliation for every day super smooth skin!

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Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo I meant to use this today to see how it left my hair (i forgot) but it promises to deeply hydrate and leave my hair silky soft, it looks very glossy and it seems to have a lot of silk proteins in and it smells pretty fab too … promising!

Living Nature Nourishing Hand Cream is a light blend of Manuka Honey and Larch tree extract, to help repair and protect dry, chapped hands, sinks into the skin wonderfully, i have been using this all weekend and really like it, I don’t know about you but I generally find the purer the creams with no preservatives etc… it always seems better absorbed into my hands and or body!

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Last and by no means least is a brand that is right up my street called Suti, it uses all cold pressed, natural, organic oils. Designed to nurture body, mind and spirit (oh yes please).

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This beautiful natural cleansing balm with Chamomile,Calendula and Lavender is such a powerful healing, protecting, skin strengthening formula it smells incredible and is so pure! Warm some on your fingertips and massage over your face to cleanse. I would not use this to remove heavy make up but as a second cleanse or a cleanse for skin with no make up on used with a hot cloth it leaves your skin as smooth as a peach , it is really beautiful and refined and will really get into pores and creases to beautifully cleanse your face, can also be used as a moisturizer for problem areas of skin on the body too if you love organic pure balms items then this brand really is worth reading into!!

Again for £12.95 delivered this box punches well above its weight with the purest of ingredients and organic produce,There is also 20% off all the brands in the box if you wish to purchase something you love!

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Plus a £25 discount card off Hello Fresh for the Vegetarian or family box on sign up, i seem to be getting lots of these but sadly they don’t deliver to Northern Ireland:-/

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If you too love learning and finding out more about organic products you can sign up for the monthly box here  Love Lula Beauty Box

That’s it for this months box, once again I am delighted with this box! Did you get a Love Lula Box?
What did you think of yours?

Bye for now

Nicola