Monday, 27 March 2017

Routine Love it or Hate it




Hiya Loves

Just thought I would put these thoughts out there as it is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to recently.  

 Routine do you love it ? or do you fight against it ?
Like it or not from small children our lives are ruled by it, probably starting with your Mum  feeding you every four hours
 ( that's deep ) but seriously every single aspect of our lives is routine in one way or another, from getting ready to get to school on time as a child, to the 9-5 we find ourselves in as adults, on a personal level I have always hated routine, it has always felt as though life was forcing me into this box of doing the " right " thing, my kids were at school on time, sometimes mistakenly on a Saturday :)  I was never late for work/appointments etc as though there was a prize for perfection at the end of it, I did it all, hating every single second of this forced lifestyle, my poor children ( I was a single parent for 10 years ) had weekdays full of  "hurry up we are going to be late" to weekends of  " Mum when are we having dinner ?"    at weekends I rebelled the forced perfection and timing went out of the window.
Eventually the birdies flew the nest, I was working full time in my own business and had the opportunity to really kick back and do things my way, other than being at work on time, I could pretty much do as I pleased, so what did I do ?  came home from work at the same time, put the kettle on at the same time everyday and arrived at the gym at the same time every day, taking Thursday nights off from the gym to clean the house as though my life depended on it, for it to be nice to come home to on Friday nights with the weekend ahead !  what on earth ?  I was giving myself the one thing I had spent my life rebelling against.

Moving on, I am now at home full time blogging, I can get up whenever I want, eat when it suits, in truth do whatever I want whenever I want, apart from 5.00 when "him indoors" arrives home and dinner is on the table by 5.30 my life is pretty much chaos, and guess what ?  yep you guessed, I hate it !  it's all so disorganised I feel lost, I feel as though I have lost purpose and wander aimlessly through most days not achieving very much at all, everyday blends into the next, unless I go into London for a blogger event or meeting.  Every Sunday night I go to bed with the thought that this week I shall get up at a certain time and work my day in a timed list, LOL truth being told the man brings me tea and 5.30 I spend hours on social media before even thinking about starting the day, and every day when he returns at 5.00 I berate myself for having wasted yet another day with no plan, don't get me wrong, everything gets done, the house is clean, we are fed and watered, my animals are not due to be taken by the RSPCA but it all happens in a very as and when style, and I DON'T like it........ ha ha, well who knew eh ?  after years and years of fighting routine, it has taken me until 60 to realise I actually need it !

Please do give me your thoughts on this topic, if you didn't lose the will to live reading this I congratulate you, I know it was a long one.

Lyn 💋

Image Credit The Odyssey Online
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Friday, 24 March 2017

So Eco Foundation Brush

So Eco Foundation Brush
So Eco Foundation Brush






Hi Darlins

Eco friendly make up brushes, how odd is it that this has never occurred to me before, I would like to think that I do my bit for the environment, I have various recycle bins, I put the food waste out every week, and I don't buy carrier bags, but in terms of being Eco Friendly that's a pretty miserable effort in truth.


So Eco Foundation Brush
So Eco Foundation Brush


I had never before even thought about something like a make up brush until the lovely people at So Eco introduced me to their brushes.


So Eco Foundation Brush
So Eco Foundation Brush


With 100% recyclable packaging, All of the components of the brush have been responsibly and ethically sourced, Sustainable bio degradable materials from PEFC Sources, even the little window on the box is made of corn starch.
Bamboo Handles, recycled Aluminium Ferrules and Taklon Bristles, I had to search Taklon and I found this.
Taklon is the common name for a synthetic fiber used in artist-quality paint, makeup and pin stripe brushes.


So Eco Foundation Brush
So Eco Foundation Brush


Even the printing on the packages is from Vegetable Ink.

So, how does the brush perform ?
Amazingly well I have to say, the Bamboo handle is lovely to hold and is especially shaped for comfort, but the best thing is that it won't roll off your table onto the floor !

The bristles are so soft it's hard to imagine they are synthetic, they pick up product really well and leave a smooth line free finish.   I can't get over the fact that this brush is only £3.99 

Find these fab brushes by clicking the links below.

So Eco Foundation Brush

So Eco Face Brush Set

Is having Eco friendly brushes something you have ever considered ?

Lyn 💋

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It

 The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It



Hiya Darlins
I wanted to bring you this quick post as I have had a lot of questions regarding Deciem and especially The Ordinary. As you already know Deciem is one of my very favourite skincare brands and over the course of the blog it has been featured quite a few times, when The Ordinary was first launched I did a little post on my first purchases from the range, but as always with this innovative company you are often left wondering, when, and how to use the products, as with today's skincare we now understand the art of layering and with that said, I wanted to bring you this guide to using the products in The Ordinary range with confidence.

With prices averaging at under £10.00 you are giving your skin serious love without breaking the bank.  Hopefully this guide will help you when making your skincare choices, please don't be too impressed, I stole it from the Deciem website.

 The Ordinary Skincare from Deciem | How to Use It

I have just placed a little order for a few bits as I wanted to try out the two primers in The Ordinary range also the Gylcolic Acid 7% toning solution, of course these will feature on the blog at a later date.

The Guide 

Example regimen for general signs of age: 
AM: Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5; PM: Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Example regimen for pigmentation issues:
AM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%; PM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% or Advanced Retinoid 2%
Example regimen for dehydration: 
AM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA; PM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Note: If using CAIS from our NIOD brand, it is important that CAIS is applied at least 30 seconds before the application of the following products from The Ordinary: Lactic Acid 5%/10% + HA 2%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.


ProductFormatRegimen StepConflictsTime of Use
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
100% Plant-Derived SqualaneOilAfter Water Solutions-Any Time
Advanced Retinoid 2%EmulsionBefore Oils/Creams-PM Only
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling SolutionWater SolutionUse as a masque and rinse off-Ideally PM
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HAWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution 5%Anhydrous SolutionAfter Water Solutions-2-3 times a week, PM
Argireline Solution 10%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin FOil SolutionAfter Water Solutions-AM and/or PM
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%SuspensionAfter Water Solutions-Ideally PM
BuffetWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Caffeine Gel 5% + EGCGWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning SolutionWater SolutionAfter cleansing, before serums-Ideally PM
High-Adherence Silicone PrimerEmulsionLast step of skincare as a makeup primer-Any Time
High-Spreadability Fluid PrimerAnhydrous SolutionLast step of skincare as a makeup primer-Any Time
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-Ideally PM
Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%Water SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-Ideally PM
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%EmulsionAfter Water Solutions-AM and PM
Matrixyl 10% + HAWater SolutionBefore Oils/Creams-AM and PM
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HAEmulsionLast step of skincare as a moisturizer (before makeup primer)-AM and PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%Water SolutionBefore Oils/CreamsVitamin CAM and/or PM
Retinol 1%EmulsionBefore Oils/Creams-PM Only
Salicylic Acid 2% SolutionWater SolutionAfter cleansing, before creams-AM and PM
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%SuspensionAfter Water SolutionsNiacinamideIdeally PM

I hope this helps a bit, but do take a look at what Deciem have to offer The Ordinary also the next bit of exciting news that I am desperately waiting to be released in April are the gorgeous looking new Ordinary  Colours foundations, the range of shades is fantastic.


The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem
The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem

The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem
The Ordinary Colours Foundation by Deciem


Lyn 💋












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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Grey Hair Colour from Colour Freedom Metallic Glory

Hiya Darlins,

Grey hair, at one time we did everything humanly possible to cover it up, nowadays us oldies are bang on trend, unfortunately unlike some of the gorgeous older models we are not completely grey, just that horrible peppered look that shows through roots, if like me,  you would be happy to be all over grey our luck is in.



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom

Currently there are a huge array of products promising the all over grey look, trust me I have tried most of them over the last 9 months when I decided to ditch the blonde in favour of grey.  My Twitter and YouTube followers will have heard about and seen my attempts, I have certainly given Marge Simpson a run for her money, 90% of current on the market products have given me every permutation of Blue or Purple, even some of the shampoos that claim to remove the brass tones out of blonde in favour of Ash have given me lilac locks !!!!



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


Well no more !

I am here to tell you I have just discovered the VERY BEST home colour for grey, Once again I picked this up thinking "here we go"  The box looked so promising I thought it was just another gimmick on the grey trend train.


Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom

Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


This product is the absolute bees knees, it gave me the perfect shade of silver grey all over and turned out identical to the shade shown on the box.......that never happens, and not a single hint of blue or lilac, I must admit to getting pretty excited as it was developing, it was GREY while it was doing it's magic, no purple in sight.

It washed out like a dream, and I was literally left with the colour I would have wished for had I have gone to the Salon.



Grey Hair Colour from Metallic Glory | Colour Freedom


 Colour Freedom comes in 5 shades of grey, so whether you want light grey, graphite grey through to black, you will find the perfect shade of grey for you.

Get Colour Freedom Here 


Love n Hugz
Lyn x

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Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara

Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara


How many mascara's do we buy in the hope of finding the holy grail of lashes ?  I can't even count how many I have tried this year and to be honest most don't event make the pages of this blog, if I don't like something I am sure as heck not going to write about it.


Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara



Kevyn Aucoin is a brand that I don't have a huge amount of experience with but being a top Hollywood make up artist to the likes of Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford for Vogue he clearly knows a thing or twelve about make up, there is however one product from the brand that I wouldn't live without and that is the Sensual Skin Enhancer I was convinced I had written about this but having done a search I realise I haven't so will remedy that soon, back to the Expert Mascara;


Kevin Aucoin The Expert Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara


It comes in the shades Black and Bloodroses I tried Black and found it to be the deepest shade of black ever, it has a curved double sided brush which applies the thick creamy formula in one coat, two coats and you really are looking at a night time wow effect, it thickens, lengthens and curls the lashes in a pretty impressive one coat, I personally love a curved brush as long as it isn't over thick and bushy and I found this one perfect in that it didn't place the formula anywhere other than my lashes, it latest exceptionally well through a full day with no Panda eye or flaking and when it came to the evening I literally added another coat and was good to go.
Fragrance and Paraben free I would imagine it would be suitable for even the most sensitive eyes.

Find Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara Here 

Lyn 💋


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