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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

Little Ondine Nail polish in Red Red Wine

Hey everyone,

I have to confess I am not the best at nail art or having perfectly manicured nails all the time. Having been a chef for over 20 years I was just never one who got round to sitting working with them because as soon as I had the polish on and nailed .. it was time to get it off in a hurry and back to work .. add in they are thin and bendy.. it is just not my strong point at all!




Now in saying that, I do like nail polish and now have quite a stash of polish! I am a magpie for some glittery nails .. I can’t mess up a sheer nude glittery nail lol! Somehow Little Ondine have managed to suspend pure organic colour pigments in a resin and water base to bring incredible polishes with amazing depths of colour and gloss.

So when I got sent Little Ondine nail polishes to try I have been kinda obsessed since for many reasons ( I have a few of these now). If I make a mess I can quickly peel it off (often) If I change my mind on colour (often) I can just peel it off and start again!

Add to this there is no odour so you can do your nails anywhere now there is also no need for smelly old nail polish remover either!

If you are a hardcore Shellac polish sort of a girl who gets 3 weeks out of a manicure, then this won’t be for you!



If you are a woman who likes a weekend manicure and needs to take it off Sunday night in a panic then this is your sort of fuss free and care free nail polish that gives you a superb high gloss finish and colour and does its job incredibly well.

I got this polish in Red Red Wine a beautiful deep Burgundy shade that is rich, luxurious, glossy and expensive looking. The depth of colour just mesmerises me .. it really does and it is an all year round shade.

I get about 3 days out of one of these Little Ondine manicures and that suits me fine as by that time I want a different colour on. You could of course extend the life of these polishes by sealing them in with a top coat & base coat plus the glitters will always be more hard wearing.

But for me this is what nail polish should be .. fun frivolous and never tied down to any shade for too long, that suits me and I am sure a lot of other people perfectly ..


There is 10% off some of these Little Ondine Nail Polishes and base coat duos with this month’s Libbie Club and I highly recommend you check them out . the organic pigments in the shades are so different and mesmerising .. I love them..

You can check them out here please My Libbie Club Offers Have you tried the Little Ondine yet?

Take care

You can check them out here please  My Libbie Club Offers

Have you tried the Little Ondine yet?

Take care for now and much love

Nicola x