Category Archives: skin friendly

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

Nicola

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 

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Bye for now

Nicola x

 

The Libbie Club Black Friday Meltdown Offers

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all well wrapped up and toasty! It went down to minus 9 here last night brrrrr!

The Libbie Club has on some incredible Black Friday offers and I will share some in pictures with you on here.

They have a month’s worth of the amazing Dr Dennis Gross exfoliating pads for £25, this is the most amazing deal. These pads really rock so to get them for less than half their usual price is amazing!

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This is top ten selection but there is lots more on the website and the prices are astounding.

So take a look and I hope you find an offer you like as there are so many price drops! Take a look for yourself here The Libbie Club

Bye for now

Nicola x

The English Soap Company Festive Soy Candle and Soap Duo

 

Hello folks,

The English Soap Company is a new brand to me. I was sent the ‘Winter Village’ Duo, which consists of a substantial 260g triple-milled shea butter vegetable soap and a 175g soy wax candle. The candle has a 35 hour burn time, which I think is excellent value for £15 and is a good weighty, solid present to gift to someone.

The fragrance ‘Winter Village’ has a beautiful mulled wine & cinnamon fragrance, which is beautifully balanced both in the soap and the candle. It is not too heavy to be overpowering and it is a unisex fragrance that men will like and use too.

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It is the perfect winter warming fragrance and it just smells so right for this time of year. I love a big bar of soap for beside my bath and the candle in my bedroom for after my bath to snuggle up with when the rain is battering hard on the windows, or it is blowing a gale and freezing outside. This fragrance is gently warming and I love the candle flickering away beside me.

The soap and the candle come in their own little packages, so you can just pop them into a party bag to gift. The English Soap Company have taken the work out of everything for you and if like me you hate wrapping, you’ll find this damn handy lol!

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I love a good spicy Christmas candle for this time of year, they are my favourite, as I really go for rich spicy scents. This month you can get this candle and soap set from the Libbie Club for just £15 here: Libbie Offers

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Whether it is a treat for yourself or a gift, which fragrances will you be burning this winter?

Bye, for now, folks,

Nicola x

 

Just What is the Libbie Club and How Does It All Work?

Hey everyone,

Today I would like to explain what the Libbie Club is and how it works. I have been with it from the very start and I find them really easy to be a part of.

The Libbie Club is a part of Latest In Beauty and You Beauty Box who have brought us some of the best Beauty Boxes there are. LIB is a no subscription box ..they bring us hot trendy boxes if and when they have them and You Beauty offers us a subscription alternative which I love as I can always see the value in these boxes and they bring me fresh, exciting and new skincare.

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So the Libbie Club is their Boutique where they sell high end full sized products and as a Libbie I take the offers and share them around friends, family and fellow skincare and beauty junkies …and that is it really!

You get to really learn about the products and what makes that individual item special, sometimes an insight from the brand as to what makes it tick and I love that sort of thing. I love learning about my skincare and what is in it.

If you convert a sale (you can make a purchase yourself if not) then you get the next month’s box free to review and share and that is basically how it all works. Of course you need to be putting some effort into this and sharing the word but I find everyone in the LC very warm and happy to help with any problems.

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Sophie our Chief Libbie is very approachable, warm and helpful and she is all hands on deck everywhere! She must get it crazy some days lol!

A word on the products. Anything I have had from the Libbie Club has always been really good quality. There is a lean towards natural, organic, cruelty free products and that suits me just fine. I think people are learning a lot more online that these products are the best way to go.

So that is it… simple, easy to do and if you do it right it will reward you back. There is no hard sell here but knowing your products and being able to answer questions gives others who are buying confidence in the products which I think helps a lot.

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There is a small deposit to pay on your first box but the box is always worth a lot more than that, of course months and value vary but once you have paid this and converted a sale then your next box is free and so forth…

I have truly loved trying all the products that have been sent to me by the Libbie Club and I have found some remarkable products that are now staples in my make up & skincare stash.

If you want to take a look at the Libbie Club or some of it’s offers you can find it all here

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Bye for now folks

Nicola x