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PRAI AGELESS Throat and Decolletage Cream & Throat Microdermabrasion Scrub

Hi everyone,

I have been using this PRAI neck and decolletage cream for a about a month along with the PRAI Throat Microdermabrasion Skin Resurfacer for just over a month now and i have to say i am delighted with the results!

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Being 46 i have really started to notice the delicate skin on my neck starting to a bit turkey like :-O oh the horrors!!

I have tried quite a few neck creams Judith Williams, Gatineau but they really didn’t seem to help my issues. Now they hydrated the area alright but they didn’t halt the neck ageing process….. but PRAi has given me the best results yet, so i will be holding on tight to these products for quite some time 🙂

The neck scrub is a lovely refined texture so it doesn’t pull of damage the skin or the neck, there’s no pulling or tugging you just let it glide over your neck and decolletage for a lovely smooth polish and gentle exfoliation of the neck area, you really need to massage this product into your skin and keep on massaging until you can feel the exfoliation start to happen

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It is essential as you get older to exfoliate more as our skin gets drier it gathers in folds and becomes deep wrinkles and a regular gentle exfoliation is much needed in these sensitive areas…to keep the skin fresh, healthy and hydrated!

The neck exfoliator is a very fine light scrub in a less is more sense it lightly polishes the skin, is gentle enough to use every day. By using this product you are gradually erasing  away all the old skin that is clinging to your neck making it look older

PRAI  is the root of a plant that is only harvested every 2 years in Thailand. It is renowned for its skin skin smoothing, restorative and anti-ageing properties. It is certainly fantastic at putting the vitality and elasticity back into my skin!

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The throat cream itself is incredibly light almost gel like, i find the size of about a pea more than does my whole neck and declotte. Less is more with this product and it needs a very light indeed. To put more on would only be a waste of product really.

Not only does my neck look a LOT smoother, it looks incredibly younger too! Gone is the horrible turkey neck formation and i am left with a lovely tightened smooth neck! This is the first neck cream i have ever used that has given me such a powerful result on the area of my neck that most needed improved and that is right down the middle of my throat. It really does look 10 years younger, i am so happy i found these products!

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I truly am!!

Is your neck starting to age you?

Fear not because there is some really fabulous products out there like PRAI that can really help hold the ageing process back or at least hold it back for us for some time to come yet 🙂

It had transformed my neck area ………totally :-)!

You can find more about PRAI here: QVC

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Don’t you just hate admitting that even though your mind is no older your body starts to let you down after 40 lol x

Bye for now fellow beauty Junkies …

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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Laura Geller Glow Box

Hey there fellow beauty addicts :-),

You may be thinking ‘oh god she just loves everything!’, well i do not but……. just because a product is not for me i don’t believe in slating it, i buy my own products and simply choose not to blog about them if i do not like them!

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Anyway i just love this ‘Glow Box’ because it does just that for me! Being very fair i do not suit a heavy use of blusher or something very bright, especially for everyday use and i buy so many trying to find one i will be happy with and will use continually ..

The Laura Geller Glow Box is just perfect for my fair skin (more like this please Laura x) you have tapped into our pale English Rose complections perfectly with this!

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The blush has a very subtle amount of shimmer to give it warmth on my skin, the pigments are pinky/peachy and it gives me a really healthy look .. too much blush on me and i look like i have been out working in the fields all day lol .. big red cheeks haha! It’s  totally buildable up to a full blush look  and beautifully offset with the vanilla/satin highlighter.

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It comes with its own little brush that makes application faultless and it looks flawless on my paler complexion i am so pleased with it.I pick this up every day now when i put makeup on.

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I really hope Laura Geller does more products like this for fairer skinned ladies because i know there is a lot of them in the UK in need of many more products just like this! It used to be available on QVC but i cannot find it for sale anywhere now ..

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Are you pale skinned too? What blushers do you use? Do you find a lot way too dark or bright for your complexion?

Maybe i can help, give me a shout please x

Hope you enjoyed today’s post

Bye for now

Nicola x

This Month’s You Beauty Discovery box .. Handbag Heroes

Hi everyone,

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I really love a monthly gift box coming through my door, it perks me up and gives me something to look forward to and the You Discovery Box is always excellent value for money at just £6.95 delivered!

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First item is a sachet of Cowshed Anti-Ageing perfecting night serum rrp £48, this serum is relatively new to the market i think and just as well it smells good as it is very runny and i appear to be wearing most of it already lol. ( have stolen a pic from YBD as mine is now all messy lol)

It is a lovely light oil you use at night and overnight it tones, balances, plumps, smoothes, firms and improves skin tone, i love an all in one oil but in winter i definitely need a cream over the top as my skin gets extremely dried out, but this looks, sounds and smells good!

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Next up is Gold Collagen~Forte available in Boots this is a liquid drink  beauty supplement for the over 40’s (thats me 🙂 ), Is fortified with collagen, borage oil, vitamin B6 and vitamin D, antioxidants,  sugar free and sweetened with Stevia and it tastes very drinkable indeed, i wish i could afford these all the time because they not only help your hair, skin and nails but your bones and joints too so it really does have an awful lot of health benefits going for it! It is sugar free and sweetened with Stevia,

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Mabye i’l win the lotto someday lol …

Anyway the next item is Crystal Clear intense anti-ageing serum, all oils and serums coming into the winter months is greatly appreciated here as the heat just zaps my skin, so does the wind and rain and thats pretty much what we get in Portrush!

Crystal Clear is loved by Gwinnie Paltrow and Kate Moss apparently and that means i just have to get stuck in and see if i get wonderful skin like they do lol!

But this is right for my skin type which needs a bit  more than just moisturiser. Its a powerful complex of Syn-ake a polypeptide found in the venom of the Temple Viper Snake which has been proven to be very effective in relaxing expression lines by relaxing facial muscles, It olso has Tourmaline (for radiance) , olive oil extract and an oxygen complex to regenerate and brighten.

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Last but not lease it the Illamasqua glamore lipstick in Tease, buttery soft with a lovely satin finish on the lips this nude collection from illamasqua are such a lovely rich, hydrating lipstick, perfect the understated lip and a smokey eye look!

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Well thats it for this months box and what incredible value for money it is!, mine feels more like a tailored anti ageing box than handbag heroes nonetheless it is a fabulous box. It comes with a host of special offers on the products too so make sure you check the leaflets out too …

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The lipstick alone is £18.95 if you were to go buy one so that makes up for the cost of the box x3! Only thing i will say tho is watch the dates on the other products tho because they do not have a very long shelf life! So get them out and use them!

Bye for now

Nicola x

My lovely, New Tarte Palette …

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Hello everyone,

I have been eyeballing this tarte palette for a while its the Sultry Sunset one, its full of lovely neutral wearable shades, a mixture of mattes, shimmers and pearls.

Tarte is pretty new to the UK and only available through QVC, it specialises in ‘good for you glamour’ and boy does it deliver! How fab to finally have it here! It delivers very wearable cosmetics that you can feel really good about wearing …

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The brand is eco friendly, cruelty free, mineral oil free, gluten free, paraben free, sls free, which means it is good for all. It is also infused with vitamins, minerals, Amazonian clay, superfruit plant extracts, essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients.. It is a brand that has started off with the best of intentions and has continued to do so and this is really setting it apart from most others, i have to say i am extremely impressed by this, there is just too many products full of parabens these days that we regularly put into our skin!

But enough about the good stuff and onto the better stuff lol , just look how gorgeous it is…!! the shades are from right to left top row .. Brazil Nut Brown, Golden skies, Exotic Guava, Gilded Sand and Twilight plum and bottom row Bronze Horizon, Taupe Dusk and wild Orchid.

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For me a palette has to be very wearable otherwise i just don’t bother with it, with this palette i get excited everytime i look at it, i will reach for it again and again, it is stunning (to me).

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I am looking forward to trying lots more Tarte from QVC, the mascara looks amazing as does the BB cream and the foundation, oh and the brushes! Those brushes that come WITH the products look so tactile, soft and i cannot wait to own some 🙂

If you have tried this brand i would love to hear what you think of your products please because i am just so in love with my palette …

More Tarte please QVC!!

You can check out all the lovely Tarte and those sexy brushes here qvc

Thats it for now, have a great week everyone!

Bye for now

Nicola x

You Beauty September Discovery Box

Hi everyone,

every month You Beauty in association with You Magazine (Daily Mail), do a little beauty box for  £6.95 delivered! Its a  good value box this price really! You get to select 2 of the products to go into your box and the rest is standard in everyones  boxes.

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I had unsubbed for a while because there seemed to be minimal amounts of the most popular products and unless you were a night bird or an extremely early riser the picks i wanted were pretty much gone by about 10 am the next morning, so you have to be quick!

This month i selected Ark Age Aware Skincare and Body Butter duo in the scent ‘Lounging’ i chose  this first of all because of it being age aware, at 45 i am very edge aware and now need all the help i can get lol . But seriously i do look for products for the more mature skin because it simply needs to be fed a lot more moisture. These products have  lovely aromatic oils like Sandalwood, Patchouli, Neroli, Cedarwood, orange and Bergamot and it really does smell really amazing, it fills your bathroom with this wonderfully relaxing scent!

The body lotion smells pretty much the same, its more of a lotion to me than a butter but all the same its hydrating, very relaxing and it smells beautiful. They are both 30ml so would be fantastic to take for a relaxing weekend away or to just ‘lounge’ about in your jammies chilling….

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My other choice was Germaine De Cappuccini Excel Therapy 02 Continuous Defence Cream and Multi Regenerating Rosehip Oil Duo! (bit of a mouthful that phew) i chose this because i am a massive fan of Rosehip Oil and a girl can never have enough luxurious face oils and secondly it is a new brand to me!

The  Excel Therapy 02 is rich in oxygen to revitalise, nourish and give a more youthful appearance to your skin and i have to wonder does that not just mean its been whipped up ? It is also quite perfumed which is something i tend to be quite wary of as i get skin reactions to scented products, in saying that the scent is a lovely one, its just not for me this product.

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The rosehip oil however …is for me and it is amazing for dehydrated, mature skin, it takes down redness, it soothes and if you have any scarring wither from spots or cuts it will take down the redness of them to! Full of essential Omega 6 fatty acids and Vitamin A , this product is sure to be a winner with me!

The standard items that everyone for with their boxes are Tony and Guy Volume Plumping Whip non sticky or crunchy which is always a winner, (i detest crunchy hair argghhh!)  tho i only use a little serum on my hair these will go into christmas presents!

Crabtree and Evelyn Afternoon Tea, a sachet each of Afternoon Tea and Blackberry Green Tea, i love tea in all forms so these won’t last 2 hours in my house and the blackberry and green tea one promises to be a revelation in antioxidants and flavour!

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Everyone also got a dainty little powder puff and a whopping £25 off a Hello Fresh card for a weekly box to try either vegetarian or a family box, unfortunately its for mainland UK only, so that rules me out living in Northern Ireland, but i have donated to a good friend so all is not lost.

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You can find out about the You Discovery boxes here http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/

Plus i have just noticed they have a fabulous members offer on with a Philip Kingsley Limited Edition Box too, if you have not yet tried this brilliant brand then this is a fantastic valued box to test the water with, if you are already a member the postage is free too so the box just costs £16.95  http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/luxury-boxes

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All things considered this box is incredible value for money and roll on the next one 🙂

Bye for now

Nicola x

SBC Simply Beautiful Collection!

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I love this brand’s products for oh so many reasons! They are super multitasking and the gels can be used right up to your lash line, you can layer them on thick as a face/eye mask and leave to soak in overnight or use under your moisturizer as a boost and tho they are gentle they are also really hard-working ..

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I will start with my Collagen gel, as a light moisturizer alone in summer it is fab, its water based and it sinks straight in helping to boost my skins collagen levels, i use it as a face mask, eye mask, its fab as a decollete mask and really from head to toe and any bits of skin that are starting to sag! It just rocks!!

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Next up is the Arnica Gel and the Arnica bath soak, this set is priceless to me, i have ME and Fybromyalgia and i cannot tell you how many long lonely winter nights this has eased my pains! I have a long soak in the bath and then apply the gel in a thick mask like layer to aching joints, neck, shoulders and my back , it really does help. Arnica really helps bad aches, bruising and general swelling, great on puffy eyes and eyelids too, it has too many good properties to list but this is how i find it helps me.

Jasmine and Evening primrose oil is like a hug in the shower, amazing if you are hormonal, i have a load of shower gels in my bathroom but i find myself regularly reaching for this one, i find it so soothing and you get such a good lather with it, if your hot and sweaty it will leave you refreshingly clean ..

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Last up and i have no picture of this one (as i lent it out) is the Propolis Gel made by bees to protect the hive and keep it healthy, it is to maintain healthy skin and that’s exactly what it does, it’s absolutely incredible at healing cuts that have scabbed over, i lent to it my neighbour as her grand-daughter had fallen over and cut her face and 2 days after using this her scabs were almost gone and lovely healthy skin coming up underneath, its superfast! I see SBC have now brought out a new Propolis shower gel and i will be getting one very soon !

SBC do so many amazing gels like vitamin C, Cucumber, lavender, Aloe Very, Fresh Cotton ect, they all do an amazing job, i buy mine from QVC as the prices are fantastic and they do the giant sizes up to 1 litre which means you can be very generous with them on your skin and they last a very long time

Well thats another of my beauty loves shared! I do love variety and trying lots of new products, do you ?

Bye for now

Nicola x