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A.S Apothecary THE Face Cream!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and getting ready for Autumn & Winter and getting ‘Hygge with it!’ I have just bought a nice bright purple ultra fluffie bead spread for my bed which my cats will steal on me! I am sure come the cold weather we will all be glued to it lol.

Come Autumn I am always planning what skincare I need to take me through the days where my heating is on full blast because it really dries my skin out. So when I tried this A.S Apothecary face cream I had a real oh WOW moment!

Amanda Saurin is a true Apothecary who grows, distils her own plants. She instinctively knows when to harvest them and when you are nurturing your products from seed to harvesting and making your own skincare from absolute scratch the results are truly amazing, they really speak for themselves.

Wildcrafted, organic, made in small batches to ensure the finest quality that I honestly believe the quality shines through in every single product I have tried from this brand. It smells incredible a beautiful mix of flower and plant & herbs and really uplifting. It just smells so fresh and beautiful.

Secondly you see the lovely texture of the cream you just know it is going to be nourishing but it feels so light and it goes a long way on your skin. It is lovely and silken, hydrating and nourishing it sinks into the skin straight away.

I get no residue sitting on my skin after this. I just get skin that looks hydrated, radiant and nourished. It is designed for mature skin and my skin simply loves it. I think until you have tried a product like this you are really missing out compared to mass produced and full of chemicals skincare, the difference is immense.

This has to be one of the most beautiful face creams I have tried for all of those reasons above. For me it is the perfect hydrating face cream that is a treat and an absolute pleasure to use and that fragrance ….

I look forward to trying more of this brand as everything I have tried so far has been so truly divine on my skin and the botanical s smell so incredible it is a brand I just want lots more of, it is beautiful I cannot imagine anyone trying this and not loving it!

Have you tried A.S Apothecary yet? If so what did you think if it?
You can check out the A.S Apothecary website here – A.S Apothecary

That’s it for now everyone, take care,

Nicola xx

American English Luxury Vegan Youth Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.

Hello beauty lovers, 

In January I was very lucky and won a competition of some American English hair care products. At first I thought they can’t be better than what I am using! But I can very happily say that hands down they are and in fact they are much better! 

So today I want to talk about the American English Youth repair Shampoo & Conditioner – Youth Repair is a shampoo for colour treated hair. I have the most awkward hair in the world, it is superfine, lots of it, it is curly and extremely prone to frizz, it is the bane of my life it really is. Given that I live by the sea side, add in the wind and sea air, mostly my hair is in a ponytail because to keep it neat is endless when you factor in so many things. 

So the youth repair shampoo is rich in vitamin C & Omegas 3,6 and 9, it is for dry colour treated hair and is full of vitamins and amino acids to not only effectively cleanse  your hair but to help repair your hair back to a more youthful natural state. It helps to re-hydrate your hair and to strengthen the hair and help prevent breaking and snapping. 

Effectively this is high end luxury vegan shampoo hair care, free from sulphates & parabens it  has a lovely fresh unisex fragrance. I have found a little goes a long way, it gives a great lather and leaves hair feeling super clean. You can feel it has done a really good job in the shower, you get that incredibly clean feeling to your hair and scalp. Worth noting that is also has UVA & UVB protection built in too and it is ph balanced which really helps close down the cuticle locking in moisture and helping your hair colour to last longer.

American English Youth Repair Conditioner,restores elasticity with Boabab (tree of life) .Rich in vitamins A,C & E plus omegas 3,6,7, & 9 intensely conditioning  restoring, strength and vitality!

OMG I love this conditioner. It is rich and luxurious, it coats the hair really well  and you just know by how it feels on the hair it is doing your hair good! It is skincare for your hair and you can feel it instantly when you apply it to  your hair. 

Again it has that fresh revitalising scent and it feels like you are massaging beautiful silky oils and proteins into your hair , it can also be left on for longer and used as a hair mask too. 

I have personally for my hair type have found very few products that make my hair feel conditioned, the hair cuticles all appear to be flattened and running the right way My hair looks glossy and conditioned right down to the ends and I have less frizz than ever and that can be a real issue for me I am not big on a lot of hair products, just some serum or a conditioning spritz.

I honestly didn’t think I could find better than I had been using but I genuinely have, in fact it my hair looks and feels even better and the ladies in my beauty group will know this. I will more than happily buy this for myself and keep on using because not only is it vegan, clean and cruelty free it does what it says on the bottle and it is an absolute pleasure to use and my hair looks shiny, healthy, conditioned and lovely and clean! 

You can find American English products at Asos or John Lewis 

That is it for today folks, bye for now 

Nicola x

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

Kiss The Moon After Dark Bath Oil LOVE Rejuvenate with Rose & Frankincense.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

Kiss the moon are a lifestyle brand and sleep experts and they put all their knowledge into their products to help people be able to switch off, relax and get a better nights sleep. To look after body and soul.
They recognize that everyone is different, has different needs in todays never ending stressful world. For some like me it is pain & anxiety that affects my sleep, for others it is stress, jet lagged or you just cannot switch off.

I can’t get enough of this bath oil from Kiss The Moon, the fragrance of LOVE Rose & Frankincense is utterly heavenly and I can think of no better way to take the day off bathing in a beautiful oil like this it really does help me relax and the scent is so mood lifting, it really is from first smell.

The Rose, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang fill my bathroom & flat with the soothing essential oils that are so mellow & soothing while coconut oil & Jojoba nourish & hydrate my skin skin.

What I love about this is it is a light oil formula, it does nourish your skin but it doesn’t leave your bath like an oil slick and I much prefer that to a heavier oil.

I also have this in a hand cream which is coming to an end (sob) and will need to get some more because it is the most fabulous night treatment for hands. Super nourishing but again very easily absorbed into the skin and the wonderful scent relaxes and calms the mind to help me get off to sleep.

These products are treatments to help aid sleep and I love them, they are high grade quality oils and all natural too.
All Kiss The Moon’s products are vegan, cruelty free,paraben free, natural,Leaping bunny accredited!
The products feel and are Feel & smell beautiful and luxurious and it feels like you are doing something good for yourself when you use them .. a lovely luxurious treat to help you sleep!

If you check their website on a Friday they usually have a good offer on,you can check it out here – Kiss The Moon
At the moment there is a free LOVE hand cream with every offer, I highly recommend it, truly beautiful and so hydrating & soothing.

This is a Luxe brand doing some really beautiful blends and if you struggle with sleep then their products are definitely worth checking out!

That’s it for now folks

Nicola x

DECIEM’s 5 Piece Heroes Collection, First Ever TSV on QVC!

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

Well it has finally happened!! Deciem are doing their first ever TSV on QVC on the 23rd of January (pre-sale at 10am) .. Yikes! So they are calling this a beauty box and it show cases some of their best products across the vast umbrella of products that they now do.

So whats in the box you say!

Well the first product is the AHA30% & BHA2% Peeling solution 30ml. Oh this is the most fabulous beetroot red shade, definitely very unique and it is a really good product for exfoliating the skin and it is also really good for clearing out and dissolving the dirt in pores too. I have found this mask leaves my skin incredibly smooth, brightened and conditioned. It is different to anything else I have used due to the colour but that is a part of the fun of the mask, skincare should be fun at times.. Grab a glass of vino and go for it .. your skin will thank you in the morning!(even if your head is sore).

Next up is NIOD MMHC2 – Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex 2, 30ml, this is the updated version of MMHC and it has 15 different Hyaluronic compounds, precursors all in a highly charged peptide delivery system.
This product hydrates the skin on a multi dimensional level – in other words it doesn’t just hydrate the top layer of skin it goes down & hydrates the skin on many different levels and layers plumping it up and keeping it hydrated all day. I have been using this since it came out.
I was caught in the stampede and I didn’t care I wanted some!
I am waiting on the CIAS 2 as well…
Particularly good if you are stuck on the North West Coast of Ireland and it is baltic and the heating is on full blast, a product as good as this is a must!

The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry – Hand Cream this is skincare usually reserved for your face in a hand cream. It is completely anti-ageing and the results are fantastic! If your hands are dry and you can see them starting to age.. get this on and put some gloves on top at night and you will have hands that look 10 years younger by the morning, brighter, more youthful and silky soft .. Oh yes please!

Hylamide HA BLUR – Oh wow! I have just tried this product and I am amazed at how my face looks and feels, it looks younger, smoother and velvety smooth. I tried some on my hand too to really see if I could see what it does and I can! Results are immediate and my hand looks smoother and younger. No wonder this has won awards it is a really remarkable product .. why did I not pick up on this before? I have a new love for sure .I do know of others in my beauty group who have tried this and swear by it but I had never gotten round to trying it as well .. so many products Deciem now sells!
Ha Blur is a prismatic blurring surface finisher, you can use it under your makeup as a primer, mix it in with your foundation to give flawless finishes. and you can also take a little and tap it on gently to areas of concern that you want to Blur like your number 11’s, corners of mouth and really you just dab a very small amount where you need it. You can also just wear it on bare skin to give you a ‘softer focus’ complexion.
It also has Hyaluronic Acid in to keep skin glowing, the results are truly amazing.

Last up but by no means least is Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid from the Fountain range , 240ml – I LOVE these vitamin drink suppliments and I have 3 on the go right now including this one (God bless Black Friday lol) Again this is an award winning product it tastes lightly of ginger and it is packed full of Hyaluronic acid. 2 teaspoons a day in juice or water ect .. i just take mine off the spoon and have a glass of water after. I really do feel my skin is in better condition all over for taking this.
What I love about this is it not only benefits your skin but your whole well being, joints, bones, skin the lot so I love that is is multi purpose and vegan.

All of Deciem’s products are cruelty free & lots of them are vegan,some are organic, they are carving their own path in the beauty world and are not afraid if they don’t like something not to do it.
Their aim is to bring the consumer the best and most innovative products that they can, I like clean beauty but I also like some good science behind a product too and Deciem offers me this by the bag full.

This is a fabulous TSV the value combined of products is £110 and on the 27th of January it will be just £39.96 which is exceptional value!
I will put the link here when it goes live and that’s it for now ..Deciem 5 Piece Hero’s Collection!

Will you be treating yourself to this cracking TSV?

Bye for now

Nicola x

The Natural Beauty Box

Hello fellow Beauty addicts and stashers,

Hope you have had a good new year, but I am not sorry to see January half over as it is a long boring old month. Well at least we have made it past Blue Monday (the most miserable day of the year). There is a blizzard blowing outside and I am glad I am inside & warm and toasty oh and that a have a beauty box to check over and review.

So the Natural Beauty Box has been running for about a year now, it is a vegan & cruelty free, it costs £24.95 a month and you get 5 products Organic/Clean/ in the box.
The theme for this box was Hygge Moments which in Ireland means – getting, comfy, warm and toasty, we been doing it for years!

The first item is Coopers Calm Atmosphere Room Mist – a blend of 5 essential oils – Lavender, Bergamont, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary & Frankincense. I really love the scent of this and keep it by my laptop for times of stress .. lol!
This is my first time trying this brand and will be taking a look at their other products.

Made By Coopers Vanilla Rose Bath Salts – these smelled fantastic and looked pretty too but the elephant in the room for me was the rose petals or flower petals in the packet. I just think they go slimy and clog the plughole up.
But they have Pink Himalayan salts, Dead Sea Salts, Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang there is lots there to love but lose the bits that linger after please x

MONO Rose Cucumber cleansing oil & Cloth – this is a new brand to me, well not quite as I found I have a face oil as well I had overlooked. It smells amazing and is lovely and light on the skin and left my face feeling refreshed and super clean! So will be nice to try both together to get a real feel of the brand, there is a fab story behind the brand and the products.
Very interested to see that their formulas are infused with the high vibrational energy of crystals and jewels! They use in their products to work in synergy with the natural sometimes raw ingredients. I adore this sort of thing and I am definitely working on being a more spiritual better person this year, so this is a brand I will want to know a lot more about. Also comes with a big soft bamboo cloth. I could go on about this brand a lot more but I feel it needs its own blog post and more!

Guiltless Skin Clarity Organic oil (full size) – I have one of these oils on the go at the moment and have tried a few times, they aim to restore skin harmony and nourish with this oil. Luckily I am not someone who gets a lot of spots but I do sometimes get some redness and this oil is lovely and soothing.
This product is full of cold pressed organic virgin oils so these are the finest quality of oils you can put on your face really, they don’t come much purer than that! With Prickly Pear, Moringa, Nigella Sativia & Camelia this oil works for troubles skin to kill spots, take down redness and restore skin back to good health.

Spacemask – Interstellar Relaxation! I have already bought a box of these after first reading about them in the Victoria Health Newsletter, I bought them instantly and omggg!! They are a real turn everything off lie down and just enjoy the ride!
They slowly warm when you put them on and as they warm you just find yourself completely relaxing and transported to planet chill. A fabulous thing to use at bedtime to switch the day off. Honestly I love them and I will be buying more!
Take me to your leader!!

There was also a couple of extra Mono free samples in this box, there is no date on when this box was out but you can find out more about this box here – NM10 gets you 10% off as well.

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There is a lot to talk about in these natural boxes and a lot more I want to find out about certain products too!

That’s it for now folks!

Nicola x

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.

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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.

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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.

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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