Category Archives: Health & Beauty

Mono Oils – Organic, Wild Crafted, Raw, Fresh, Outstanding Radiance Oil.

Hello fellow skincare addicts,

Since I started getting the Skin Organics clean Beauty box I have been introduced to some of the most beautiful oils I have ever tried! All made with the brand owners own special blends, for me it is exciting to try them all and these oils are so light and refined they just glide over the skin and sink in like no others.

Mono Oils the Radiance face oil. Mono Oils are Artisan skincare and made in small batches to retain freshness.
They contain organic raw cold processed oils at their very best, they are designed to harness both the body and spirit and they really do! They are addictive! Ones you pick these bottles up you will not want to pick up anything else.

Radiance face oil is an evening oil, it is light and a little goes a very long way, you can really work it over your face giving yourself a good massage, great to use with the Hayo’u beauty restorer I know some of my friends bought.

This oil is perfect for mature ,combination and dry skins like mine(mature/dry). First thing I noticed about this oil was the absolutely beautiful look of the green plant oils within this oil (give it a little shake before using). Seeing this oil so pure appeals not only to the chef in me but to knowing how easily it warms in my hands and then inhaling those oils – such raw freshness, my skin is at the softest and most hydrated it has been for a good few winters at least.

Luxurious, silky and with organic oils of Camelia, Rosehip, Neroli & Sandalwood to mood boost this oil is a blend of 12 oils to immediately nourish the skin and get your glow back. Honestly it has left my skin so well conditioned, calm and glowing and silky smooth. It is also full of these essential omegas/essential fatty acids our skin needs alongside powerful antioxidants. It is infused with Citrine.

Citrine – a warm and comforting stone of abundance, often described as sunshine packed into a crystal. Citrine enhances the whole body’s healing energy and is full of positive vibrations, emitting a warm energy that promotes joy, happiness and optimism, strengthening the inner light, and warding off depression, stress and general unhappiness.

Honestly blown away by this stunning oil, I just want more, completely addictive and I am well and truly hooked on the quality, feel and the incredible mood boost and lift I get off this oil. I naturally radiate towards it every day, they are stunning in every way and I am so pleased to have found them because for now I am ruined for all others!
I am very lucky because this beautiful oil came from a cracking October Autumn Glow – Skin Organics Clean beauty box!
You need to love/adore skincare I think to know you that have something very special here. Something that stops you in your tracks and really fulfills what you and your skin are looking for …

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: HERE

Mono Natural Oils: HERE

Addicted much?
Let the saving up begin!

Bye for now

Nicola x

DECIEM the Turmoil Continues …

Hello everyone,

As you know Deciem is a brand that I have followed passionately from the very beginning. It was a roller coaster ride and so exciting to see what would happen next.

Unfortunately that roller coaster ride has taken a huge nosedive and a turn for the worse (personally speaking) . There are whispers everywhere of Brandon verbally insulting staff and calling them names (allegedly).

You can read my previous post here: Deciem

Then Nicola Kilner/Reddinton JOINT CEO got fired for what seems to be very little. Questioning Brandon’s behavior when he went off the rails somewhat on Instagram, making big decisions on his own without consulting anyone else in the company. Not really how a company works or how to run it. Is that not what people do when you are not being yourself, question you? (for your own sake)

Somewhere after Estee Lauder bought into the company it would seem Brandon has taken issue with having to answer for any of his actions and I still feel it is like a major tantrum and chucking his toys out of the pram. Unfortunately it seems he has hurt a lot of people. People who sang his praise’s and supported him 100% are now leaving his side because he seems to be treating them appallingly.

Victoria Health whom I love is the latest to leave Brandon’s ship. Gill sang about Brandon and his products from the hill tops, she was passionate about it all and we all loved it. We loved the wait-lists and everything about the 2 companies, they went hand in hand really.

Then when the weekly round up emails stopped I really sensed something was wrong and the wind was taken out of Gill’s sails and I mean badly taken out. So much so she stopped those emails.

Today Victoria Health have released this statement:

VH Update – DECIEM

I apologise in advance for sending this email to our entire database, but several thousand of you are on wait lists for products from NIOD, The Ordinary and some of the other DECIEM brands, which is incredibly stressful for each of us as these wait lists go back several months.

I do not wish to extrapolate any further than to say that we will no longer be stocking any of the DECIEM products. If you are on a wait list then we will cancel your order with immediate effect, but please rest assured that we have not debited any monies from your account, which is in line with company policy of only debiting your account once the product has been processed and sent. We will sell through the products that are currently in stock.

At this point I will just say that I am so very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

My heartfelt thanks to those of you who have supported us and been on this journey for three years.

I would also like to thank some very special people around me who gave their all, not least the VH team.

With love

Gill Sinclair
Victoria Health

Now I know for sure that separation did not come easily for Gill, sometimes you can just really sense things aren’t right. I have to wonder who will be next to fall…

Something is fundamentally wrong within Deciem and I only hope someone stops it before it gets destroyed by ego and foolish actions. Who is left to help run an empire?
No man is an island in my book and neither is Brandon!

Just wonder who is going to be next?

Bye for now .. shock & Aw no!

Nicola x

Deciem The Brand That Grew Too Fast!

Hello fellow beauties,

I am sure like me a lot of you have been watching the brand Deciem and its founder Brandon Truaxe start to unravel at the seams. It has been a roller coaster ride from the start with lots of heart stopping thrills and turns.

I have used the brand since it first started 4 years ago and then starting off it had a real cult following. Its buyers were very loyal to the brand and the products. Something I too enjoyed immensely, it was fresh, new, exciting and the products were really good.

From there on the company grew like wildfire, Victoria Health was one of the first to stock this brand and the many products born from the Deciem umbrella – Niod, The Ordinary, Stemm, Hyalmide, Fountain the list goes on ..

Massive wait lists ensued as they moved premises about 3 times as they expanded so rapidly they found it impossible to keep up with demand. Then came the investment with Estee Lauder, a well timed investment that would allow Deciem to build the factories they needed to allow them to mass produce and keep up with supply. They started opening their own shops and moving into America a dream Brandon had always wanted.

But now with such rapid expansion and I mean incredibly rapid success brings its own headaches. Planning ahead, more new launches the company didn’t stop to catch its own breath and they had and still have a wildly galloping horse on their hands! Staff training was something Lauder would help them with immensely I think.

When you create a brand and make it as complicated as Niod it takes time for people to understand them. So when they opened their shops it was dam near impossible to teach their staff straight away. So in a way the knowledge came back and somewhat bit them on the ass.

Might have been ok if they had stopped there and fixed things, put back new launches, got the right training in to staff and waited till they were in their new factory. But no .. someone was on a quest to dominate the US and leaving in their wake a trail of errors that would in my opinion weaken any company.

On they went .. when I say ‘they’ I will say Brandon, Nicola was a joint CEO but the mastermind behind the social media and most of the expansion seemed to be Brandon’s workings, it would seem something he has done a bit too well, while Nicola took to sales, Qvc all over the world,other shopping channels opening shops. Nicola was the beautiful face of the brand, she did her job with passion and love, she loved every single minute, you never saw her not smiling or unwilling to have time for customers, guiding them when needed. I know this because I saw it often in my small Beauty Group on facebook.

Now there are some bad reviews about working for the company and that Brandon personally insulted and abused some of his staff, I can believe this as the pressure on him must have been immense, so much pressure .. stress and pressure can do strange things to people and to peoples heads!

Brandon has done some strange things on Instagram like running his company publicly, making executive decisions with no consultation from his joint CEO or Lauder. So while Brandon’s head is trailing ahead it is leaving behind a weak infrastructure and so many unfixed errors that could implode like a house of cards and it seems a lot of that is happening right now.

Sadly Brandon has fired Nicola, leaving her heartbroken, he continues to carry on in his ‘godlike’ path, insult people and basically acting like a child who is throwing his toys out of his pram. He has turned into a bit of a mega controlling internet whizz who controls the press very well.

Meantime claiming to love everyone on social media and and preach to the masses about love meanwhile cutting out those who cared enough to question him or tell him the truth. It seems Brandon has issues with control and nobody dare question him. That’s alright is you are the sole owner but not so good when other people are working themselves silly for you and the company and you fire them.
There are those who are happy to follow blindly & happily and that is cool but I think this is where I get off the bus at.

Being abusive to female staff, any staff really, calling them names, firing Nicola and being arrogant and rude to people on social media is not good enough really. Will Deciem continue .. probably , you may see lots of the bigger companies pulling out now, even Lauder could pull out, this is not over yet by a long shot .. but for me my journey with Deciem and Niod in particular will end here.

No man is an island and all of this will catch up with Brandon of he doesn’t take care of his best staff and fix the errors that need fixed or the little things will become the big things that can make or break you …Beauty doesn’t rinse off and errors don’t fix themselves ..

Bye for now



Hello Beauties,

Yep .. still freezing! But the sun is shining for a change, happy days!

Botanyblends are a small company based on the beautiful Devon coast.
The owner Katie has a background in sensory integration which deals with how the brain processes sensations like touch and smell that sparked her interest in learning aromatherapy, put these 3 things together and what she has developed a unique talent to create some very special, high potency, organic, raw, luxury & green oils full of active ingredients to really treat the senses and most importantly the skin.

I honestly believe when you only make 3 products (so far) as a brand you have nowhere to hide, they have to be perfection and I believe that they are!

The oil I have and am reviewing is the ‘MERU’ oil, skin balancing and packed full of essential fatty acids and omegas to nourish and strengthen the skin.

‘Mount Meru is said to be gold in colour and so strong it supports the heavens. These golden drops of sunshine restore harmony, vitality and purify the skin, giving it strength and balance.’

I warm about 6 drops of the oil into my hands inhale the fragrance for a moment or 2 and press onto my face taking it down over my neck and chest. First thing I notice is how lovely and light this oil is and how well it glides over my face, plus it sinks in with in 5 minutes leaving my skin so silky soft it is unreal!

With essential oils of Neroli and Lotus flowers to revitalise, refresh, and tone the skin. Peruvian Jojoba, Sacha Inchi & Safflower it is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Because it is so lovely and light you can use it morning and evening, it really does put the glow back into your skin and leaving it feeling so supple and velvety soft, I have loved this from when I first set eyes on it, beautiful in every way!

So that is it for now, have you had the pleasure of trying any of the BOTANYBLEND oils?

MERU – Organic balancing, Skin plumping, nourishing and rich in those fatty omegas older skin needs so much of.

VEGA – Illuminating & Rejuvinating oil which is a nighttime oil for Supple Lucent, glowing skin (sounds so good).

ACESO – Organic, healing face oil for problematic skin or skin that is dealing with a lot of polution, rich in free radical fighting antioxidants. This oil is 100% natural and fragrance free for the most sensitive skins.

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All of BOTANYBLEND’s oils are soil association approved, this year they will be 100% organic soil association approved, they are sustainable, eco friendly & fair trade.

I think the oils and the company are utterly fabulous in the quality of the oils and the blends. They make the oils in small batches to keep them as fresh as possible and the quality just glows out of the bottle.

You can check out this amazing artisan brand here – BOTANYBLENDS

That’s it for now folks, take care

Nicola x

Bio-Extracts Post Summer Skin Offer

Hello beauties,

I don’t know about your weather but it is freezing here and so are my feet lol!

As the heat goes on more and we go in and out of the cold to a dry heat in the house/work and our faces are getting battered with all sorts of weather I would like to recommend this Bio-Extracts Post Summer Skin Set from QVC.

Bio-Extracts are just over a year old now and way ahead in their technologies. It is science meets power plant extracts bring you high powered skin boosters delivered by Phospholipids to create Skin Boosters 5 times more powerful than regular serums, to me they are like a vitamin shot for skin that skin drinks straight up.

They are a vegan brand, but you do not have to be vegan to use this or see and feel the skin benefits from pure plant goodness. But these formulas are so highly scientific and gentle your skin will really benefit from cutting out the chemicals and using clean, green sls and paraben free beauty.

Bio-extracts has put the attitude into Vegan skincare with their cosmeceutical approach to plant powered skincare!

The set consists of –

1 x Bio Extracts Moisturiser (30ml) – in a choice of Light, Normal or Rich. Improves hydration and helps protect skin from external irritants, by helping to reinforce the skin’s own natural barrier.

This cream has a unique multi lamellar system that moisturises all layers of the skin to plump and hydrate. As it travels down through the layers of skin it takes the serums with it to give you nourished skin that is locked in and protected from all weathers

1 x Bio Extracts HA Hydro Boost (10ml) – forms a protective film on the skin and gives intensive hydration. Contains botanical hyaluronic acid.
One of the very first vegan hyaluronic acid’s ever, this really is a shot of pure hydration.

1 x Bio Extracts Anti-Wrinkle Boost (10ml) – helps to refine the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by intrinsic and extrinsic ageing.
Perfect for this time of year when the days are grey and we all start finding faults in the mirror! Great for around the eye area, cheekbones, neck and anywhere you feel needs treated, lips including!

1 x Bio Extracts Anti-Oxidant Boost (10ml) – super concentrated serum which helps to defend your skin against aggressive free radicals from pollution.
This is the perfect answer to skin that is getting challenged in winter weather. It protects the skin from environmental factors. It is a potent mix of minerals, vitamins and flavonoids. It not only protects your skin it also strengthens and revitalizes grey tired skin.

This fabulous set worth £86.50 is on offer at £39.98 QVC, there is no better time to try than at this price for 3 powerful Skin Boosters and your full size face cream to see you through the winter!
You can check it out here on QVC

That’s it for now everyone, take care

Nicola x

NuBo Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser a Hidden Gem You Need to Know About!

Hello fellow beauty lovers,

Nubo is a brand I have been meaning to blog about a lot more than I have. It is a brand with a highly scientific, cosmeceutical grade formulas and products. It is a world class brand in a league of its own.
Marina Nubo who owns the brand is a true front runner in the world of beauty & skincare. She is constantly learning and transforming and evolving the powerful plant actives that she uses in her products.
She really is in a class all of her own!

I have been using the NuBo Exfoliating Cleanser for a while now. I am on my second bottle, the bottle has its own special head that makes the product foam as you express it.
4 pumps is more than enough to do your face neck and decolletage, I often leave it on for 10/15 minutes before my shower as a skin buffing treatment mask. all the glory with none of the scrubbing!

First thing I noticed at the start was the smell of the raw sugar cane which is a natural exfoliating AHA of 10%, it dissolves the glue that keeps old and dead skin-cells on our face that cause a build up around pores and the old skin that settles into fine lines and wrinkles.
This is why acids are such a big buzz word for the skin. I have found some to be full of skin stripping ingredients so I am very wary and careful of what I use.

The natural Glycolic acid in this cleanser does not strip the skin, it helps speed up the renewal of damaged skin-cells, reduces fine lines & wrinkles, improves skin texture, brightens & tones. I have really noticed this after about a week my skin was clearer and so much smoother. It takes years off!

It also contains natural seaweed extract so it is full of vitamins and minerals for the skin, as it takes the old skin away it replenishes the new. Your skin will never ever feel tight or dry after using this, It is a wonderful product.

What makes this extra special also is Marina has added rose hip oil to condition and nourish the skin, it brightens and treats super sensitivity & pigmentation at the same time. You never get any dryness with this exfoliator, it doesn’t upset the skin in any way at all. There is no redness but you do need to take it off with a warm muslin cloth, if you have very sensitive skin then use a muslin cloth you have washed a few times to soften it.

If you love your hair and scalp to be super healthy and shiny then you can use this on your scalp for 10 minutes and your scalp feels so incredibly fresh & clean after as it takes all the dead skin cells of your scalp too and it reboots the natural shine in your hair, it really is a fantastic tip you should try.

This is a simple affordable product if you are serious about your skincare or are on the sensitive skin side then I highly recommend this product. It is as good as any you can get and a lot cheaper than some at £35.
My skin feels amazing and incredibly smooth using this cleanser once a day it is one of those products you use a few times and think to yourself ‘I am never letting this go!’


All of Marina’s products are paraben free, sls free, petrochemical free and cruelty free.
It is very clever skincare from a very clever lady with a big conscience!

Have you tried any NuBo skincare yet? You can check out this fantastic exfoliating cleanser here:
NuBo Harrods

That’s me for now…

Nicola x

Siskyn Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel Toning Body Oil.

Hello Beauties,

Siskyn was created by two sisters Emma & Sarah who had a host of different skin conditions ranging from very dry, combination, to oily, and sensitive!

After trying so many ‘good’ products to help themselves, they found a lot of products lacking in quality and plus found they were full of silicone’s & parabens & preservatives.

So they decided to learn about skincare and about quality ingredients and how that mattered, they decided to start their own range of 100% organic, pure vegan oils of the highest quality there is .. and so Siskyn was born, an ‘eco luxe’ brand bringing you the finest blends of high potency oils from across the world!

As I get older I look more and more to organic products, clean, green beauty that really hydrates my dry skin. Quality of ingredients matter so much more to me now, it has to work.

Ok so back to my Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel toning body oil! I got this in my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box and It smells so good you could eat it. The sweet fennel – that light aniseed cutting across the citrus of the grapefruit is just a heavenly mix and I am hooked.
I am going to have to get a full size.
For me I know something is good when I pick it up time and time again and I do that with this oil … as my mother always said ‘Where the heart lies the feet wander’. So true!

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It is delicious, my skin loves it and drinks it up, it is a blend of 14 organic botanical oils to stimulate, redefine, tone and hydrate your skin. It has black cumin oil & carrot seed oil, well known for their deeply hydrating qualities and as you massage it on with the lovely scent of the sweet fennel & grapefruit you just feel so good using it. This has to be the best body oil product I have picked up and been crazy about in years.

Absolutely mad about this oil and have my eye on a few others too. Currently trying the Frankincense & Jasmine nite oil and I have the Camelia & Safflower hot cloth cleansing oil on the go too, enjoying using a lot of high quality oils at the moment. But right now this body oil is my favourite!

If you love good quality ingredients, organic, vegan or are just learning about how important it is that good quality ingredients make good quality skincare then take a look at Siskyn Oils .. they are winning awards everywhere and it is not hard to see of feel why, they are stunning and they work …

You can find out more about these stunning oils by Siskyn here – Syskin

That is it for now folks