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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

Mono Oils – Organic, Wild Crafted, Raw, Fresh, Outstanding Radiance Oil.

Hello fellow skincare addicts,

Since I started getting the Skin Organics clean Beauty box I have been introduced to some of the most beautiful oils I have ever tried! All made with the brand owners own special blends, for me it is exciting to try them all and these oils are so light and refined they just glide over the skin and sink in like no others.

Mono Oils the Radiance face oil. Mono Oils are Artisan skincare and made in small batches to retain freshness.
They contain organic raw cold processed oils at their very best, they are designed to harness both the body and spirit and they really do! They are addictive! Ones you pick these bottles up you will not want to pick up anything else.

Radiance face oil is an evening oil, it is light and a little goes a very long way, you can really work it over your face giving yourself a good massage, great to use with the Hayo’u beauty restorer I know some of my friends bought.

This oil is perfect for mature ,combination and dry skins like mine(mature/dry). First thing I noticed about this oil was the absolutely beautiful look of the green plant oils within this oil (give it a little shake before using). Seeing this oil so pure appeals not only to the chef in me but to knowing how easily it warms in my hands and then inhaling those oils – such raw freshness, my skin is at the softest and most hydrated it has been for a good few winters at least.

Luxurious, silky and with organic oils of Camelia, Rosehip, Neroli & Sandalwood to mood boost this oil is a blend of 12 oils to immediately nourish the skin and get your glow back. Honestly it has left my skin so well conditioned, calm and glowing and silky smooth. It is also full of these essential omegas/essential fatty acids our skin needs alongside powerful antioxidants. It is infused with Citrine.

Citrine – a warm and comforting stone of abundance, often described as sunshine packed into a crystal. Citrine enhances the whole body’s healing energy and is full of positive vibrations, emitting a warm energy that promotes joy, happiness and optimism, strengthening the inner light, and warding off depression, stress and general unhappiness.

Honestly blown away by this stunning oil, I just want more, completely addictive and I am well and truly hooked on the quality, feel and the incredible mood boost and lift I get off this oil. I naturally radiate towards it every day, they are stunning in every way and I am so pleased to have found them because for now I am ruined for all others!
I am very lucky because this beautiful oil came from a cracking October Autumn Glow – Skin Organics Clean beauty box!
You need to love/adore skincare I think to know you that have something very special here. Something that stops you in your tracks and really fulfills what you and your skin are looking for …

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: HERE

Mono Natural Oils: HERE

Addicted much?
Let the saving up begin!

Bye for now

Nicola x

Skin Organics February Beauty Box – Love Yourself.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

This month’s February Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is another cracking box giving me exciting new products that I haven’t tried before! I just love it as I adore skincare and this brings me fresh & exciting new products to try.

So this month’s box is based around ‘Love yourself’ we all get caught up in the stresses of the world and taking some time out to take care of ourselves is something we rarely do, as we are too busy running around after everyone else! So what could be better than a lovely box of wonderful products to help us to take that time out and have a chill.

My first product is Inner Senses Organics limited Edition Sensual Body oil – made especially for this box! Firstly it has a good top on it so you can’t knock it over and lose half the oil. This sensual blend includes clary sage, ylang ylang, Patchouli. It goes onto the skin like silk and the wonderful fragrance lingers lightly your skin. I adore patchouli so when I use this and get that lovely waft of the patchouli I am a happy girl, very mood boosting. (which I need right now).
SKINORG1 gets you 15% off on their website.

Love to Cleanse by Guiltless Skin – Organic Rosehip Cleansing Gel, this is one where the jury is still out. Made for the most sensitive of skins this has organic rosehip oil in. It has a really good grip factor on the skin meaning you can give your skin a really good massage with this product and when I say ‘grips the skin’ I mean you can feel it under your fingers and it is pulling all the dirt out of pores as you massage which is really good particularity for sensitive congested skins. It emulsifies really easily rinsing clean off the skin and no dry feeling or tightness. I need to use it some more to decide if it is for me tho.
SKINORGANICS15 gets you 15% off on their website .

Make Skincare Fresh Floral Mist & Toner – Well now this is a bit of a revelation! Firstly the bottle is absolutely stunning. I had a look on their website and all their products come in brightly coloured bottles and jars. I love that, so fresh! The bottle contains pure floral waters. I much prefer floral waters to toners as I don’t like a lot of alcohol & preservatives in toners. I like to give my skin a good spritz with a product like this and let it soak in and it is another step of hydration, contains – Rose, Geranium and Lavender Flower Water, so I really love this and the pop of colour on the bottle does the soul good .. a fantastic price of £10 for 100ml.
SKINORHANICS15 gets you 15% off on their website !

Juno Skincare – Illumine lip glaze – is a beautiful nourishing balm for the lips. It is a beautiful fresh rose colour in the pot. It has just enough colour to brighten the lips a bit and the hint of colour makes lips look younger and bright. I love this product because of how it makes my lips feel, soft and conditioned so I keep it close by me always. The name Juno is a goddess and protector of women who keeps watch over us, I like that as I like strong women who support each other. I need to check out other products in this brand, I get such a lovely vibe off it.
SKINORGANICS10 gets you 10% off on their website.

Last but my no means least is the Seed of Life Holistic Health – Eternal Rose Bathing Salts. I love my bath salts and this is wonderfully fragrant and luxurious it has Neroli, Grapefruit,palmarosa & Frankincense,& rose damascena, super mood boosting oils plus pink Himalayan salt, Epsom salts & dead sea salt this gave me such a luxurious soothing bath and every time I went into my bathroom I could still smell the beautiful oils … ahhh heaven nothing like a bath with great salts in to take the ache out of your bones!
SK10 for 10% off on the website.

I absolutely love this box! It brings me new and beautiful organic, clean products to try every month. The owner wants to be different and bring new products from smaller Artisan brands. I have had so many beautiful things in every box I can only rave it about it. It is streets ahead of any other boxes out there bringing me something to get really excited about it every month!

The February box is sold out but you can sign up for the March box and NICOLA10 gets you 10% off your first box. You can check out more about the products here: Skin Organics Clean Organic Beauty Box

That is it for now folks, keep warm!

Nicola x


Hello Beauties,

Yep .. still freezing! But the sun is shining for a change, happy days!

Botanyblends are a small company based on the beautiful Devon coast.
The owner Katie has a background in sensory integration which deals with how the brain processes sensations like touch and smell that sparked her interest in learning aromatherapy, put these 3 things together and what she has developed a unique talent to create some very special, high potency, organic, raw, luxury & green oils full of active ingredients to really treat the senses and most importantly the skin.

I honestly believe when you only make 3 products (so far) as a brand you have nowhere to hide, they have to be perfection and I believe that they are!

The oil I have and am reviewing is the ‘MERU’ oil, skin balancing and packed full of essential fatty acids and omegas to nourish and strengthen the skin.

‘Mount Meru is said to be gold in colour and so strong it supports the heavens. These golden drops of sunshine restore harmony, vitality and purify the skin, giving it strength and balance.’

I warm about 6 drops of the oil into my hands inhale the fragrance for a moment or 2 and press onto my face taking it down over my neck and chest. First thing I notice is how lovely and light this oil is and how well it glides over my face, plus it sinks in with in 5 minutes leaving my skin so silky soft it is unreal!

With essential oils of Neroli and Lotus flowers to revitalise, refresh, and tone the skin. Peruvian Jojoba, Sacha Inchi & Safflower it is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Because it is so lovely and light you can use it morning and evening, it really does put the glow back into your skin and leaving it feeling so supple and velvety soft, I have loved this from when I first set eyes on it, beautiful in every way!

So that is it for now, have you had the pleasure of trying any of the BOTANYBLEND oils?

MERU – Organic balancing, Skin plumping, nourishing and rich in those fatty omegas older skin needs so much of.

VEGA – Illuminating & Rejuvinating oil which is a nighttime oil for Supple Lucent, glowing skin (sounds so good).

ACESO – Organic, healing face oil for problematic skin or skin that is dealing with a lot of polution, rich in free radical fighting antioxidants. This oil is 100% natural and fragrance free for the most sensitive skins.

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All of BOTANYBLEND’s oils are soil association approved, this year they will be 100% organic soil association approved, they are sustainable, eco friendly & fair trade.

I think the oils and the company are utterly fabulous in the quality of the oils and the blends. They make the oils in small batches to keep them as fresh as possible and the quality just glows out of the bottle.

You can check out this amazing artisan brand here – BOTANYBLENDS

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

Skin Organics -Clean & Natural Beauty Box Competition!


Hello Beauties,

Today I have a competition for you! Yay!

It is for a Skin Organics Beauty Box. I have to say, I have been seriously impressed with the box I was sent and I have decided to subscribe, as I just love organics and clean products. Our skins readily accept these products and they work so much better on the skin (no harsh parabens).

Every month, you get sent 5 organic and clean products for just £21 plus £3.95 shipping .. For organic products that is a pretty amazing price, as it really can be much more expensive for niche, purer products. Funny how you have to pay more for products in their natural state and not filled with ingredients to really dry your skin out and irritate it!

Everything about this box feels smart, clean and beautiful. I am absolutely loving the 5 products I was sent. They are all award winning products, which I will list below, as you will receive the same box if you win.

Siskyn Camelia & Safflower Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil – a skin-brightening cleansing oil, that is gentle enough to take over your eyes to remove your eye makeup too. I don’t know about you, but sometimes  I think it is a pain having to get a lot of different cleansers out at bedtime!

Terre Verdi Acqua Di Rose Balancing Mist – Anyone who knows me, knows I am crazy about rose water and this one is lovely and pure as it just contains pure Damask Rosewater. I will be buying this in a full size as it has not left my side since it arrived (alcohol free).

Freyaluna Tea Tree and Peppermint Refreshing Foot Scrub – when I opened the box I could smell the beautiful peppermint coming from this … it is a brown sugar scrub and with it being so hot at the minute, it is a real treat to refresh hot tired feet. The good thing about a sugar scrub is it goes all creamy on the feet as the sugar dissolves leaving so silky smooth.

Kathy Sue Ann’s Anti-Ageing Eye Balm – Now this is a bit different to what I am used to, but I think it is a very good product. Particularly where I live, on the coast, it can get very windy and you can get watery eyes that sting and get very irritated. In an emergency, great on lips or other patches of irritated skin too.

Last up is Maggie Ann’s Nail Polish in Grace – A beautiful bright pink for summer! Free from 6, this nail polish is Peta approved gel polish and its formula is streak free and super glossy.

So how do you enter to win this box? Just like the skin Organics facebook page HERE & Subscribe to their website HERE (wait for the pop up to appear) and like my Facebook page too HERE and leave a comment on the competition on my facebook page to say you have entered all the conditions and give the competition a share.

Winner will be drawn at random in on Friday evening (4th of August), good luck everyone ❤ . You can also get 10% off one of The Skin Organics with code firstbox10.

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