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Alyson Hogg – From Insult to Success & MBE!

Hello fellow tanning addicts!!

Today I want to tell you a story, one that started with a hurtful insult that put a woman on a quest to develop the most perfect tan shades for all including the worlds top actress and actors!

Once upon a time there was a young woman who had just gotten married and had arrived happy & joyous home from her honeymoon in South Africa. She was glowing and enjoying one of the happiest times of her life
Until someone really offended and insulted her that is! They told her her tan was a ‘tea stained shade’ which she hated. Looking back I think this was a pivotal point that drove Alison to create the products she still does today!

I thought she looked fantastic, tall, modelesque, tanned and she always struck me as a woman who had her act together. She was a TV presenter on UTV and even had some fashion features on the UTV channel.

After a while Alyson and her husband separated and she moved up to Belfast where she met and married a businessman – where work on Vita Liberata began which was to be the first no odor, non toxic, organic self tan.

What makes this story extra special for me – she gets our pale Irish skins and has developed tans for Every skintone!
The pHenomenal tanning mousse is the best I have found. No orange glow, just a beautiful natural golden healthy looking tan and that right there is what gets me! How good that mousse is, I can pop it on and get the most natural shade for me! With Alyson it is personal and therefore it has to suit everyone!

And it fades evenly ..

Alyson keeps her products organic, paraben free, alcohol free & chemical free. So far I have tried the –
Self tanning anti-age serum drops which you can use at night or just add into your skincare when needed to get a lovely glow come up when needed, very natural and of course buildable. For my face these are a godsend.

Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask which I add some of the anti-age serum drops too to boost my colour overnight. All t he goodness of a night cream with a healthy glow packed in.

The very unique Trystals – Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals that you can use to tan and colour your face and they gently develop into a gradual tan. Lots use them to contour and it leaves that gentle contour on your face when you are bare-skinned, a great way to look better with no makeup on.

The pHenomenal tanning mousse, is the easiest mousse to use, application is so easy, it rinses off to leave an incredible even finish on the skin, it doesn’t stink and it faces evenly so you don’t have a load of patchy skin. Even my brother uses the mousse it on his legs (shhh don’t tell him I told you lol). He too loves the fact you just cannot tell it is fake tan!

Then there is the beautiful Body Blur than can make anyone look so much healthier in seconds, I am addicted to this. In all honesty some days I just do the bits that hit the daylight and that people are seeing (are we not all a bit guilty of this?) it is a priceless product that lasts forever, great mixed in with some primer under makeup too and it doesn’t budge the whole day.

Irish people trying to get a suntan is no easy task! We go red and our skin falls off! Vita Liberata makes it so incredibly easy for us to catch up with the rest of the world in the tan & glow stakes, a beautiful healthy look.

Vita Liberata sold for an undisclosed sum to Crown Laboratories Inc in Tennessee,in 2003, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused in dermatology. She has now earned herself the title of President of Consumer Brands at Crown!

From starting of in a rural town to international business woman, Tanning the most beautiful long way Such a strong dynamic woman. From small town Northern Ireland to Glamour Town Hollywood A-Lister’s USA and a LOT of hard work in-between!

Tanning for me is a trust thing, I have tried so many of the wrong products that now I have used Vita Liberata I would find it very hard to use anything else. It gets me and I get it and trust it!

If you have not tried Vita Liberata I highly recommend that you do for that beautiful, healthy golden glow that she has mastered so well. Alyson has come such a very long way since she was hurt by that insult but somehow I think reflecting back she might be pleased it happened now!

A great quote from Alyson – ‘At the end of my life if I can say I made women smile that will be very satisfying’ Well you have Alison, you have made me and a lot of people I know incredibly relieved there is something out there that suits them and they can use with confidence. Yoou earned your MBE well!

I just want to say amazing and well done to Alyson, so good to see a success story come out of something that at the time was very hurtful and thank Alyson for the most amazing tanning products that I just am addicted to!

That’s it for now folks take care

Nicola x

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

It is that time of the month where I get super excited when my Skin Organics Box lands at my door! This box gives me a real buzz and I avoid all spoilers (mostly). Back in the day when beauty boxes first started you used to get such a rush opening some like the Feel Unique Box, it was fab.
Then after a while you started to get lots of repeats and the thrill was lost! Well I have found that lovely rush of excitement with this Skin Organics Box .. Organic, Clean, Niche, Artisan smaller brands that are working very hard to get noticed and I have had some really stunning, beautiful products in this box, it makes me happy!

So lets get down to whats in the box! The theme of this box is Restore, Soothe & Repair.

Siskyn 100% organic – Frankincense & Jasmine Overnight Skin Boosting Facial oil – and it is full sized 30ml. This brand was new to me before I started getting this box and oh boy what a gem to find, their oils are stunning and award winning. I have used their Camellia & Safflower cleansing oil and the stunning Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel toning body oil. These oils have won a lot of awards and it is so easy to see why.
Blended with 18 plant & flower oils the Frankincense & Jasmine night oil Has powerful healing & regenerating qualities, including organic rosehip, calendula, baobab to increase collagen production, sooth and keep skin healthy. This is a really well thought out beauty night boost and it smells incredible too.

Nadarra Organic Lavender, Chamomile & Oat Bath Bag – A blend of organic lavender, chamomile and oats you just pop this bag into your bath or foot bath and let the ingredients sooth body and mind. Oats are fantastic at skin softening while the Lavender & Chamomile relaxes and soothes mind & soul.
You can use this bag twice but use it within 2 days of first use.

Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot – (I wish I had the eye sight to read the back of the card lol) Anyhoo this is interesting! It contains only 3 products Rhassoul Moroccan soap clay – which is super rich in silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, lithium to help nourish skin.
Raspberry powder – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, Iron, phosphorus & calcium, it has skin stimulating properties and is very good on red skin and can reduce sebum levels.
Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot that protects skin and holds in moisture.
So what I thought was a simple mask is actually a very clever mask indeed and the 3 ingredients form a very powerful balancing synergy on your skin – WOW!

Pinks Boutique, Organic Cuticle Oil – This is a lovely silky oil and a little goes a long way! I get very dry cuticles and feeling this on my skin it has instantly hydrated all the dry bits that were really annoying me.
Full of essential fatty acids, carrot oil, Vitamin E & Rose mosqueta which is full of fatty acids for the skin and helps skin regeneration. I really like this oil and I will have to get myself some more of this because I have been using a lot of oils on my cuticles and very little sunk in or nourished, this one really has made an instant difference, 5 hours later my cuticles still feel like they are hydrated and softer.

Ezapenaturals Rosemary Body Butter – LOVE!! I love Rosemary for so many reasons other than just cooking with it, i’l often throw some into my bath too as it revives frazzled mind and peps you up again, it also helps repair and protect your skin. It melts deliciously onto the skin turning into a fragrant, nourishing skin moisturiser, it is feels so luxurious on my skin and super hydrating.

Pink & Green skincare Relax & Restore Bath oil – a lovely blend of Bergamont & Lavender, this blend of oils is a recharge for the body & mind, perfect! I get a lot of mental and physical fatigue so products like this are perfect for me.

Well once again I got that wonderful rush of excitement with my Skin Organics box! There is lots of new, niche, Artisan brands to learn about and some real loves like the Syskin oils.
I truly love this box for the new products it brings to my door and for the quality of the products too!
There is a card inside with discounts off all of the companies in the box and it is just hard to beat for freshness and well I think it has become my all time favourite beauty box ever, I just love it!

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What do you think of the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box?
There is also a card with some lovely discounts from the brands in the box which is good.

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This box not surprisingly was sold out over a week before it shipped so if you want to sign up for next month you can find it here & NICOLA10 will get you a further 10% off – Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box

That’s it for now everyone

Nicola x

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Hello beauties,

Been a while since my last blog post but onwards and upwards as they say!

I have been using this Tatcha luminous dewy skin mist for a while now and have been reading a bit about the brand.

Tatcha came to life from a Japanese lady, Victoria Tsai who had enough of life in the fast lane and wanted simplicity and authenticity in her life, she also suffered from chronic dermatitis and from there she began to learn about the importance of good skin ingredients and of course well-being.

An encounter with a modern day Geisha changed her life. She started reading about a different approach to skincare, routines and rituals that for centuries has been kept and handed down from woman to woman.

Tried and tested formulas, simple, pure and effective and cutting out the need for a lot of the preservatives and harsh ingredients in a lot of today’s skincare.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist is a silky spray-on moisturiser for anti-ageing and dry/combination skin it is made with squaline, red algae and an anti-ageing ingredient called HADASEI-3 Complex, which is known as a powerful trilogy of Japanese ingredients – it also protects the skin and keeps it dewy and glowing. It is formulated with over 20% botanical oils and Hyaluronic Acid.

It delivers a lovely light but hydrating mist to the skin and can be used on top or under makeup throughout the day. This is such a fantastic product to stop your skin from drying out and keep you looking fresh and dewy.

It smells heavenly and I can really feel the benefit of the mist on my face. It is softer and more hydrated, which coming into the winter season is something I find incredibly important.

It is free from parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances & sulphates, anything that can really irritate sensitive skin.

I am a face mist addict – I find the right ones an excellent way to get extra hydration into my skin and to give a boost during the day too. Tatcha has lots of vitamins and hydrants in which makes it a skin lovers gem of a mist.

This mist is absolutely beautiful and after learning a bit about the brand it is something in time I would love to try a lot more of. It is not available in the UK yet but fingers crossed it will be at some point soon! Right now you can get it here in Sephora.

Have you tried any Tatcha skincare?

I love that Tatcha’s ingredients have stood the test of time and are well proven to be effective and that it has that wonderful balance that Victoria Tsai has applied to her skincare and her life.

That’s my thoughts for today, bye for now


Bio-Extracts 3 Piece Advanced Eye Contour Collection

Hello everyone,

I have been using Bio-Extracts now since the brand launched earlier this year.So when they sent me their latest  3 piece eye contour set I was beyond excited to  get to try them.

Bio-Extracts are not just purely plant derived products, they can take the most powerful plant extracts purest plant molecules that are highly supercharged into a Booster serum or cream to give you the most powerful, freshest bio actives in their products and  this is why anyone who has had the pleasure of trying these products are seriously raving about them. They see instant and continued results!

Boosters – these Concentrated Serums are as much a part of your skin care regimen as your cleanser and moisturizer are. They’re the ultimate way to combat your skin’s reactions to the effects of weather, hormonal imbalances and lifestyle aggressors

So the eye boosters first – they are designed to tackle the main 7 areas of ageing on the eye area that are – 

– puffiness
– crepiness, hooded eye lids
– lines and wrinkles
– crows feet
– eye bags
– under eye shadows
– pigmentation

Eye Contour Brightening boost – This works on dark circles, puffiness, dullness, fatigue, environmental stresses and loss of elasticity. It leaves your eyes bright and fresh, it is a real wake  up for tired eyes. The Phospholipid delivery system means it goes straight into the skin and gets to work instantly.


The second serum is The Lift and Firm boost oh it is fabulous I could feel this tightening my under eye area from the very first use. With essence of snake flower this Booster serum it works on firming and contouring below and above the eyes to give us a more youthful look and it really does work, this I can really vouch for because I can feel it.


Last but not least is the Bio-Extracts Age Defying Eye Cream this amazing cream is what you add your serums to on the lid of your jar of cream. You just mix a pea sized amount of the cream with a drop of each of the serums and then apply to the eye area.


With White Lily bio-extract, Brazilian Ginseng to energise the skin Bio-Available plus a very special addition of Vitamin K which will boost microcirculation, improve the work of the blood vessels to help erase the eye bags and shadows under the eye (Yes!). I get very dark inner circles on my eyes and this will be a real godsend!

You will notice that it all sinks so quickly and that your whole eye area is refreshed, nourished and definitely firmer. The Age Defying Cream uses a multi Lamellar structure to deliver vitamins, minerals, your eye serums to all layers of skin on the eye area (remember this name because pretty soon everyone is going to want to use this technology) . It acts like a second skin pushing in your vitamins and minerals  where they need to be (into your skin’s layers) plus it acts like a shield protecting the skin from harmful pollutants that can irritate and destroy the delicate skins structures.

These products come from a woman with a highly scientific background. Everything is perfectly balanced to be its most effective on the skin and designed to give our skin everything it needs to be healthy and nourished. Each pump of serum is at its freshest to give you the most powerful bioactives you can possibly get.

It is super intelligent skincare that is paraben, petrochemical and non gmo free. It is pure vegan plant power! You do not have to be vegan to use this sort of skincare and you will still reap the benefits of super effective skin care on your face, because it is plant based is is far more readily accepted into your skin.

All things considered   this set comes at an incredible price on QVC of just £38.94 for 3 of the finest anti ageing eye skincare products. I just think you would be mad not to give this a go and see for yourself how powerful it really is.

You can find it here: Bio-Extracts 3 Piece Advanced Eye Contour Collection

That is it for now peeps,

Nicola x



Stemm High Density Stimuli Set for Blonde Hair

Hey everyone,

I have this past month been using the Stemm hair range for blonde hair. I  have tried a lot of expensive hair care this last 30 years or so and had pretty much given up on finding anything that would make my very fine curly hair volume and life.

It had gotten to the stage where a ponytail was pretty much as far as I got with it because to try and nourish the curls and the fact I had it coloured it pretty much just went lank and lifeless and had started to look extremely thin and I hated it.

So I started using Stemm as it claims to help with hair loss. lack of volume, condition. I warn you now these are hair treatments that really get down and tackle hair issues. They smell very different to what you may be used to but they have worked for me where I thought nothing would work and that overrides everything, plus it is important to know the smell of the ingredients does not linger on your hair in any way.

There is so much science behind these products is is impossible for me to cover it all. But I can tell you what they have done for me and I can back it up with a couple of pictures.

So the first product is Stemm Density Stimuli  a powerful hair serum that you massage into your scalp every evening. It combines vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides, polyphenols and other vitamins to help hair regain its thickest, fullest & strongest look.

This is to give your hair follicles everything it needs to produce strong healthy hair!

I have found this is pretty much absorbed by morning. I do not wash my hair every day so I tend to use this every other evening. (plus the ocd part of me is trying to make the bottle last along with the shampoo and conditioner) You only need a little and you massage it in.

High Amino Shampoo is a concentrated product to gently cleanse the hair and scalp without damaging it, it works by supplementing the hair with the natural amino acids and nutrients our hair needs to keep it healthy, full glossy, soft & shiny.

All these products are sulphate free and the shampoo tho it cleanses the hair well it doesn’t foam up a lot . It doesn’t smell of flowers and exotic places either but I don’t really care about that and for very good reason I will get to soon …

Gold Fulvic Conditioner – for Blonde Hair is a rinse off conditioner with no build up on the hair associated with other hair conditioners. It will never give you lank hair! Lank hair is the bane of my life with curls .. you have to condition them and this pulls the curl down leaving it very lank.

So while the serum and shampoo both work on the scalp, getting it healthy and keeping it healthy and cleansing. The Fulvic conditioner, it specifically targets the damaged parts of our hair. The over heat treated/coloured/weak hair shaft. It works on fine flyaway hair and damaged hair. It restores strength and volume.

Now having most of the hair problems that have been mentioned above I cannot believe the change in my hair!! They call this skincare for hair .. well I can only agree fully as I feel like it has taken 30 years off and given me the hair I had in my 20’s and that is really saying something.

My hair  much stronger my hair is, the shine it has, the volume and the LIFE,vitality, softness and shine this has given my hair. It looks and feels fully restored back to a former crowning glory I thought I would never see again.

Ok so it smells of the natural and some organic ingredients in the bottle but it is oh so worth it but there is no sulphates or parabens in here of fake perfumes and it is a complete hair treatment system and it is the first one I have tried that has ever lived up to what it promises.
This is my hair before and then after I have been using Stemm for over a month.

Before as you can see my hair is super fine and breaks very easily & limp. Below are the after pictures where you can visibly see how much stronger my hair is and how much vitality and shine has been restored!



I cannot recommend these enough to anyone with blonde coloured hair that needs strengthened and the health and vitality but back into their hair. There is also a set for darker head of hair as well.

The only place I can see this trio set available at the moment is QVC and it is the best value to buy them all together Stemm on Qvc

I can honestly say these products have totally surprised me and blown me away. I am still in awe every time I look at my hair … amazing!

Have you tried Stemm yet? If you suffer from low hair self esteem and your hair has lost its former glory, then like me then you need to try these ..

That is it for now folks

Nicola x


New Bio-Extracts Super Serum launch Sunday the 22nd on QVC!

Hello Beauties,

There is a fabulous Bio-Extracts Trio launching on Sunday morning the 22 of January at 10am on QVC. If you have not heard of this new brand it brings pure vegan plant power packed with nutrients to you in a wide range of serums so you can be in complete control of what you put onto your skin and give it what it really needs.

I use these serums and I love them. They are vegan and free from any parabens, petrochemicals or any other nasties that can go into skincare to preserve it.

The serums are best used with the Bio-Extracts face cream, but they can be slotted into any skincare routine and that is what makes this set fantastic.

The Firming Boost I use on my number 11’s and from the cheekbones down over my neck, as that is where I need firming most .. below cheeks, under chin, neck and around my mouth. I can feel this working and have done from my very first use.

Anti-Oxidant: This works on stressed skin, should it be the stresses of weather, life (oh boy I need this at the moment) or environmental toxins.

As you get older, your skin’s ability to fight these toxins becomes weaker and ages the skin. This serum feeds the skin cells that protect your skin against the damaging effects of oxidative stress and helps prevent premature ageing on the skin (most important). It fights pigmentation, balances skin tone, dehydration & takes down enlarged, clogged pores!

Finally there is Glow Boost .. to beat the winter dullness of our skins! This intensive illuminating serum I use as an overnight treatment, under my regular serums and creams. It works to bring oxygen to the skin, it really brightens your skin and it really works to revitalise and refresh skin, putting your glow back.

You can also add 1 pump of your favourite serum to your foundation to give it a super healthy dewy finish. Or of your skin tends to dry out during the day you can refresh it by gently patting your serum over your foundation during the day too.

Anyone who wants to know what I have been using recently, I have found these serums to be fantastic and great value! They give pure nutrition to the skin and I love them. Yes I have some other items slotted in, but these go on first every time! The set comes with some skincare samples and a lovely soft vegan-leather bag.

The set will be just  £35 for 3 targeted serums that will illuminate your skin.You can find the details here Super Serums Trio 


Bye for now

Nicola x


MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual with Bamboo Cloth.

Hey there Beauties,

I hope you are all well?

I usually do a spending ban in January, but I haven’t this year and have picked up a few nice bits, not necessarily in the sales. I got 20% off the Guerlain Meteorites Spring Glow Blush and a Mac Amber Eye Palette and I am impatiently awaiting my Postie this morning ..

Meantime, you gotta have something equally good to take all this beautiful make up off with and the MOA Daily Cleansing Ritual is beautiful and just the ticket!



You warm a pea sized amount of the balm in your fingertips, then massage it onto your skin and watch it slowly dissolve your make up. You can take it up over your eyes and lashes too and it is great for getting every last bit of mascara off.

At this point I get an old cloth and take the worst of the make up off my face and then go in with a little more balm to make sure it is getting into the pores and getting all my make up off completely.

Not let’s talk about the cloth. I love bamboo cloths, they are antibacterial, sustainable, eco friendly and super soft and I just love them. This is my cleansing cloth of choice; I have about 20.

This cloth gives a bit of gentle exfoliation on one side and the other side is as soft and light as a cloud .. it is that ahhhhhh moment, when you press a hot cloth onto your skin and the balm starts to melt and you inhale the lovely gentle oils in this balm. Press the cloth on for a few moments if you can and then slowly work to take any make up residue left on your face.


Skin feels super clean after this and velvety soft, all the old oils and grime from the day are gone and you feel totally refreshed and relaxed .. it is a wonderful way to end a stressful day, as a balm like this not only cleans the skin, but it helps your whole being to relax.

Suitable for all skin types & free from any nasties, this balm will not irritate your face. It is as good for oily skin as it is for dry or problematic skin, it cleans, purifies the skin and soothes it at the same time.

There is 10% off The MOA Daily Cleansing Balm this month and you can check it out here January’s Libbie Offers .. it comes with the fantastic white cloth too which is a good substantial size to work with.

That’s it for now folks

Nicola x