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January Empties, Empties, Empties 11 -25

Hello fellow Beauties,

As some of you know I am making a really conscious effort to use things up before I open any more (mostly lol).

So lets get into it … Ooh! organic Argan face oil was ok, I wouldn’t rush out and buy I think there is better out there (sorry).

Aurelia Cell Repair night oil
, smells incredible and it is a beautiful oil but at the moment there is so many great face oils out there I just want to try new ones. I can’t imagine what it is like to have to battle for your place in the beauty world but Aurelia do beautiful things and I love their deodorant too.

Aurelia Firm and Revitalise dry body oil
, beautiful and the Neroli is heavenly in these products, they smell incredible but this is a bit on the pricey side! ( I love things I can’t afford lol)

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser love taking my makeup off with this on the evening and inhaling the beautiful organic oils in this to relax and take the day off. It is a beautiful cleanser that leaves your skin nourished and glowing!

Alpha H Rose Essential Cleansing Balm a wonderful first cleanse full of soothing rose for the skin and the soul, works really well over the skin and comes off easily .. I would repurchase this.

Sisley Neck Cream Enriched Formula, I get the Sisley beauty box every month, I plan on blogging about it but I wanted to gather up a few bits that match together first. This leaves my neck very smooth, plumped & hydrated.

Goldfaden MD brightening Elixir this super lightweight serum brightens and smooths skin. I have used a few things from this brand now and I really like it and hope at some point to try more.

Strivectin eye concentrate for wrinkles I loved this, easy absorbed it plumped and smoothed my under and upper eye really well. Would I buy it? Yes I probably would.

Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye loved the fragrance of this and it left eye area really silky soft and firmed, brightened. It really does do a fabulous job but it is super expensive but I can see why.

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Stemm Shampoo & Conditioner most people know I love this. It is a product that has no sls in it so it doesn’t foam as much as a regular shampoo but it cleanses my hair brilliantly and the scent of the oils does not linger on your hair.
Conditioner I find very nourishing, it took a few uses before I could really feel it start to nourish the ends of my hair but my results are now fabulous and I have already repurchased and it is on its way! My hair is brighter, shinier, in better condition and shiner and all over much, much healthier!

Nubo White Diamond Ice-Glow Mask, this is an OMG mask! It is not a mask you use before bed, it is a mask you use when you are going places or are going to be photographed.
It gives you an icy cool blast that really kick starts the skin, you look and feel younger after this as it relaxes your facial muscles (we carry so much tension in out faces)softening how we look, it exfoliates, brightens, plumps up the skin. This to date is the most incredible mask I have ever used, it does so many things and you do really look more relaxed and have less tension in your face after . Diamond by name & diamond by nature!

Beatitude Peace Bath Oil, Beatitude so some really beautiful oils that smell and feel really luxurious so I love them.

Erno Lazlo Phelityl Cleansing Oil, first thing it smells so good! I had a lovely white soap I used with this and it was amazing too,left my skin feeling so nourished and soft it was unreal, skin looked and felt so hydrated, brightened and calm and happy. It was a shame tho how the soap broke down with this but that aside this is a great duo particularly if you have sensitive or very dry skin.

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And that is it phew! As you can see I am making a real effort t o use up and get rid of the older bits I have had for a while. I call it making space for 2018 lol ..

I feel good I got to the bottom of all of these and I have more to come before I allow myself to open any more!

That’s it for now folks, take care

Nicola x

New Year Beauty Clear Out!

Hello everyone,

Been a while since I blogged but I have been ill and I also broke my laptop by accidentally throwing a glass of water over it! Needless to say i’l appreciate this one all the more!

So my aim is simply out with anything old and in with the new and what I thought of those products so here goes ..


Gatineau Aquamemory, not sure why I didn’t feel the love for this as much as I should have, perhaps it got a bit lost in with other things because I know lots of other ladies on my beauty group love it.

Hyasoft Gel by The Hero Project, really like this, oil free and very hydrating great for around tired eyes during the day too just dab on and let is sink in on top of your makeup. Good on any dry spots, red skin.

Kerataise conditioner, nice but not sure I would rush out & buy.

Murad AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser. I think this was a bit lost on me as I was using other acids too so never got or felt the benefit.

Omorovicza refining face polish, love it and would buy, will be cutting this open tonight to get the last out of it! Have some more.

Nubo Oxygen Boost an expensive product but I would save for it in a heartbeat and probably will. Has the finest hyaluronic acid in the world in it. Results are instant, It changed my neck and really plumped my skin up. Takes years off!

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Sachajuan colour save shampoo, love the fragrance and left my hair lovely and clean. I really, really love the once a week deep conditioning mask from this brand it leaves my hair so conditioned and silky soft.

L’Occitaine Neroli & Orchadee bath cream .. did nothing for me would not repurchase.

This Works Deep Sleep Shower Gel .. I like it but would I buy again? Not sure as I have a lot of other sleep products to try out!

Nude Perfect Cleanse Jelly a lovely cleansing oil, a great first cleanse I feel this brand has gotten a bit lost in the crows which is a shame as their products are good also liked their face oils.

Omorovicza Cleansing foam love this, gives a creamy foam and leaves skin feeling lovely and clean, already have a back up of this!

So I am happy with myself that I have made a start ..overhaul is now in action!
Getting to the bottom of certain products is an achievement as I tend to buy more, I am a sucker for a good bargain!!

Anyone else doing the same?

Happy New Year to you all!

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


NIOD Today’s Special Value on QVC for 19th July 2017

Hello everyone,

Niod launches it’s second tsv on Qvc from midnight the 19th of July. This company just goes from strength to strength bringing us exciting new products and launches and I just love watching it grow as I feel we really needed something different in the skincare world and they have done just that.

I also like that they will never put in any ingredients that don’t need to be there like fillers, petrochemicals, fragrances ect. Just what needs to be in there to make a change on your skin. They don’t treat specific skin types …they treat skin to give you the best possible skin that you can have! 

So onto the products!

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 15ml – CIAS- This is a real staple in my skincare this works on skin health, you use this first on your skin and it works on repairing the skin from ageing, fine lines wrinkles, skin tone, it works to make your skin the best skin it can be. It is a staple in my skincare.

You use CIAS morning and evening and it goes on before anything else on naked skin, wait 30 seconds and then continue onto MMHC2

Next is a new product it is the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid 2 15 ml  – So this product has recently been upgraded by NIOD (they will always give you the best product that they can). It contains 15 different forms of hyaluronic acid in different weights and forms to tackle skin hydration on all different layers of the skin.

I have been using MMHC2 this since it came out and I find it lighter, smoother, silkier and less tacky on my skin. Worth mentioning here all forms of HA are somewhat tacky. This is the big long drink of hydration my thirsty skin needs, love it!

NIOD Mastic Must 90ml – I think one of the most important things I have learnt since I started my Niod journey is environmental factors and the effects they have on skin. We don’t think when we are out and about about the pollutants hitting our skin on a daily basis but they do and they really irritate our skin so good face masks are an essential.

Plus as we age our pores get bigger . sad but true! Mastic Must clears out skin and pores .. it really gets down and into the dirt and pollution that has been sitting on our skin for years and gives you super clean skin and clean pores .. a clean pore is a smaller pore!! So the cleaner you work to keep them the smaller they will be.

This is best used in the morning or just before a big night out to give you really smooth, glowing skin and your pores all minimised to greatest effect.

Finally there is the NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% – Known on Instagram as Selfie Serum and rightly so as it pixelates and blurs imperfections on your skin. If you log on and watch the demo on QVC for it you can see as Nicola spreads it out on her hand how that really works and bounces the light back off your face making you look your very best. I do love this product and you only need one drop into your primer or moisturiser to blur fine lines and imperfections, A lady should never go anywhere without it, even with no make up on this will make your skin look better. 

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So that is it folks .. another exciting NIOD tsv .. oh and the price, well if you were to buy individually they would cost £110 for one day on the 19th of July you can pick up these products for an amazing £40!

This link will go live at 10 am 16h of July and you can purchase your TSV from here NIOD TSV

Just to add I already own all of the products in this tsv and I have reviewed them from long term use. Oh and the Founder Brandon will be there live on Q too .. sooo excited to hear his thought processes behind his products!!

Bye for now

Nicola xx

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.


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.


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.


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



Balance Active Formula Skincare – Budget Skincare without Compromise!

Hello Beauties,

I have recently been trying out a brand that is new to me, called Balance Active Formula Skincare. I have to confess to being a bit of a skincare snob and always wanting what I hope is the most effective products for 47 year old skin.

Well the Balance Active Skincare set is just that. It is very cost effective skincare, without some of the frills, but all of the quality and latest ingredients packed in. 

It can be found in Savers, Home Bargains, Fragrance Direct and Just Beauty. I am honestly surprised by how good this is! I thought it might not be enough for my thirsty skin, but it was very skin nourishing and light on the skin too. It sank in really well and left my skin soft to the touch and hydrated. These qualities are a must have in any skincare product for me. At 47, most important is hydration!

So the first item is Bye Bye Tired Eyes; it is a lovely light, cooling gel like texture, a nice wake up for the eyes in the morning. It has Syn-Ake Venom & active levels levels of Eyepro 3x in. It brightens, refreshes and helps with under eye dark circles, but most importantly it firms and nourishes. I was really surprised how good it was, I felt it helped firm and brighten my whole under eye area and what value at just £2.99!

So my next item is the Wrinkle-Freeze Serum with again Syn-Ake @ 4%, a synthetic form of snake venom. It helps relax the deeper face muscles and when they relax our faces look less tense, more relaxed and youthful. The serum is light, easy to apply and there is a real cooling and freshness to these products that I like.

This serum aims to relax facial muscles, reduce frown lines & crow’s feet. It felt soft & cooling, absorbed into the skin really well. Impressed again!

Lastly is the Instant Effect Wrinkle Killer and it is like a balm that goes on top of everything that gives an immediate  ‘flash effect’  lifting and smoothing line filler. It again has the active Syn-ake formula, MATRIXYL & Synthe. Packed full of active ingredients this has caught my interest the most, as it gives powerful skincare results through the day. It is light, fresh, skin nourishing with a great delivery system and I get a slight tingle with it approx £4.74.

It is full of wrinkle relaxing and plumping peptides, that tackle anti-aging on the face by relaxing the facial expression muscles and plumping the skin from underneath, making you look younger, brighter and fresher.

You can use this by patting it over areas you want to treat, like crow’s feet, nasolabial lines and any wrinkles you want to treat. It can also be used on the neck and chest to smooth out sun damage and wrinkles there too, just £3.49!

Over time, the longer you use these products, the better the results you will get on your skin. I thought I would try these products and think ‘meh’ but I don’t. I have to think it is very clever and a very affordable price range for all.

Oh and it is also paraben free, most important, so it will not cause a lot of skin irritations that some creams do .. this range is not to be snuffed at! It is a hard working synergy of products to help you battle the daily process of ageing!

That is it for now folks!

Take care,

Nicola x

Your Chance to try some Bio_Extracts Vegan Skincare!


Hello Beauties, There is an ocean of skincare out there promising to look after your skin for you, but very few do. Bio-Extracts take a very scientific approach of what really works on skin!

Bio-Extracts is a new and exciting brand, that is free of parabens, petrochemicals and silicones that bulk products out and they are giving you the chance to try the serums and face creams that they make.

This is an opportunity to try samples from the QVC Super Serum Collection, featuring three boosters – super charged serums to be added to any skincare regime or makeup. Anti-Oxidant, Glow and Firming Boosts work for any age and skin type. The set on QVC comprises all three products in full size and offers a great saving of £23.50! QVC price is £35 for the whole collection with a luxury cosmetic bag and 3 moisturiser samples. If you buy the boosters separately, they are £19.50 each.

 Bio-Extracts will be featured on QVC on 23rd February at 8 pm, make sure & tune in to learn more about this brand!


Really hope you love this brand as much as I do!

Good luck!

Bye for now

Nicola x