Friday, 22 March 2019

DAFNA'S Beyond Skin Deep Recovery Cleanser



Hi to your gorgeous self,

Let's talk about cleansing, well.....not the whole routine of cleansing, I want to chat specifically about Dafna's Beyond Skin Deep Recovery Cleanser.

I have trialled  Dafna's-Revival Bio-active Beauty Mask. previously and fell in love, this time I have to say it's love again. On first appearance you look at this balm cleanser and think Oh Oh I have seen this before, however.......dig a little deeper and you will discover that this is not like another balm you may have tried, it's different.

Why?  I hear you ask......well I like to think you asked that anyway!




This cleansing balm is a dual use nutrition formula packed with cruelty free 100% pure bio essential oils with no parabens, mineral oil, asaline, petroleum, silicones SLG or any other artificial ingredients. This is a balm to milk cleanser that when applied to the skin literally melts away grime and make up, you simply use a pea sized amount of the balm, a spatula is supplied to save you contaminating the jar with your fingers, rub onto dry skin and leave for a few seconds to work it's magic, you can leave the balm for around 2 minutes for a deeper cleanse, and this is where the dual use comes into play, once your skin is cleansed you can then apply the balm to your dry skin and leave overnight for super hydration, what you will find is the fragrance will help to calm your mind and sooth your senses, the lemongrass and citric oil fragrance really does have a relaxing effect making you want to breathe extra deeply.





The product comes in 50ml black glass jar which not only looks good it protects the formula from harmful daylight, as you are only using the smallest amount it will last you the full 6 month shelf life easily.

Lyn x


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Aromatherapy Associates Body Brush



Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush
Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush

Hi Loves,

I have been looking into the benefits of dry body brushing for the longest time, this natural way of removing dead skin cells, improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage has been a wellbeing ritual for those in the know for years, I can forgive myself a little for being late to this party as I did attempt dry body brushing with a cheap hand held battery gizmo, that to be fair was more of a tickle than a brush!

This time I have been standing in the bath dry brushing as though my life depended on it!  what a satisfying experience, oh my goodness I knew I had dry skin, but seriously I am a flipping lizard, hence the standing IN the bath, I literally couldn't believe my eyes at how much I was shedding, come to think of it now I am writing this it's actually quite revolting and I should probably be embarrassed, ha!  you know by now I have no shame when it comes to over sharing.



Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush
Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush

My latest love is my BEAUTIFUL Aromatheraphy Associates Body Brush, it is a fabulously chunky wooden hand held brush with pure cactus bristles which leave your skin  feeling totally refreshed and alive ready to absorb your favoured moisturising method after showering. Here's the thing, don't think you can just pick up a brush and start scrubbing away at your skin as though it was laundry! NO, the method is to start are the ankles and work your way up towards the heart.  If you are interested there are lots of demonstration videos on YouTube, I didn't make one of these for you as nobody wants or needs to see that! - trust me LOL



Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush
Aromatherapy Associates  Body Brush

Seriously, if you have never tried body brushing DO IT, your skin will thank you for it, and it's actually quite fun and therapeutic.


www.aromatherapyassociates.com


Lyn x   


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Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer

Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer
Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer 


OK,  let's start by addressing the whole dupe controversy as I am well aware that I will get snarky comments from people that absolutely hate the idea of dupes/copies.  It's something that nowadays seems to be everywhere, from Primark to MakeUp Revolution, W7 and more. 

My feelings on this topic?  are if I'm honest mixed, I do feel incredibly bad for small brands that come up with a fabulous idea and then get it copied at a super cheap price, that said I also feel the quality is never as good and if a person could afford the real thing then I am convinced that would be their first choice.  I also 100% remember a time when putting something for £5.99 in my weekly shop would have been considered a serious luxury and that not everyone has the funds to buy the top of the range, OR are as fortunate as us bloggers who are sent it for free!  I think it's easy to become a snob about something you are not spending your hard earned cash on.

So. For the purpose of my blog I will sometimes buy these products as I want to compare them to the real deal.



Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer


Starting with Aldi Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer £5.99 this is quite clearly a copy of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer £26.00

Both come in Black & White packaging both are 30ml  and both have Dimethicone  and Dimethicone Vinyl in the top 5 ingredients. Dimethicone (also called polymethylsiloxane) is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent this is what makes the primer leave a smooth finish you will also find it in hair conditioners. 



Lacura Snapshot Ready Primer


I did a trial of these using one on each side of my face under foundation for a full day and evening.

On application the Smashbox feels drier to the touch and the Lacura more slippery. The application of foundation was pretty similar although I got a more even finish with the Smashbox side, the Lacura side was a little patchy.  The wear test was the interesting one as both held their own right the way through to the evening although the Lacura didn't stand up as well as Smashbox in leaving a flawless finish.

Verdict: For the finished look Smashbox wins hands down, BUT if you had never used Smashbox you would be seriously impressed by Lacura, I used an even amount of product on both sides of the face and feel I could have achieved a better look on the Lacura side had I used more product.


Both Brands are Cruelty Free. Smashbox is owned by Estee Lauder.

Smashbox online here



What are your thoughts on Dupes? good or bad? let me know in the comments.


Lyn x


Both products purchased by me. 


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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Graces London CBD Oil



Graces London CBD Oil
Graces London CBD Oil 



Hiya Darlins,

Hope you are well and happy?  I was recently invited to an event which due to stupid illness I was unable to attend, as I have mentioned before I don't go to many events nowadays as travelling into London has to be for something worthwhile, not just the opening of an envelope!  This event I was sorry to miss as I could have got up close and personal with the brand founder Shiona Redmond. Founded in 2016.  (next time)

The reason I am so interested in CBD Oil is that the little I have  dabbled in with regards to skincare I have found personally amazing and it has developed my interest no end!  I am seriously keen to go down the indigestible route as I have read such positive reviews in terms of health care and pain management.  Expect to hear more about Graces London, currently they are available online direct or from psychicsisters.co.uk.  I have been using the CBD Oil Roller ball for a good few weeks the directions are to use as and when desired  and contain a high concentrated CBD (cannabidiol) plant extract is added to encourage skin cannabinoid receptors to promote natural skin healing and balance.  Said to be beneficial to anti-ageing, skin health and balance as well as anti-inflammatory benefits.

Graces London CBD Oil


Enriched with Organic cold pressed Hemp seed oil, Argan oil, Almond oil, Lavender essential oil, Lemon essential oil, Lemongrass essential oil and Cannabidiol whole plant extract! applied in a simple roller ball applicator I have been using this on both my face and hands!  yes hands don't laugh I wanted to test the effectiveness on pain, I have joint pain in my and due to my illness.  On my skin the oil literally melts in without leaving a greasy mess, my face has a more relaxed look to it - no it isn't high on drugs lol  and my hands?  I kid you not!!!!!!!! better, not a miracle cure but definitely relief in joint pain, I have used it possibly 3-4 times a day and I think the massaging effect of the roller is of additional benefit.


Graces London CBD Oil
Graces London CBD Oil 


The website is coming soon but you can get in touch directly by email at hello@graceslondon


I am so looking forward to trying more from the brand- as rumour has it there is more to look forward to in the near future!


Do you have experience of CBD?  I would really love to hear about it.

Lyn  x 



Image credits Graces London. Currently no access to my camera.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Stopping to smell the roses.



Hi Loves,

As I write this post I am in a hospital bed....boo hoo, no sympathy needed the reason I mention this is that I clearly needed this time of peace and quite to reflect on a few things.

How often do we really deep down appreciate what we have?  obviously during this boring period I have been addicted to the Internet as a way to while away the hours and a few consumerism posts got me really thinking, we all flick through images on the net at a million miles an hour nowadays and if you like something it's simply a case of click and buy, there is usually a shopping link supplied for you and no doubt your card is pre-programmed in, click and it's yours, gone are the days of wanting a certain item, going to every shop in Town and ending up buying it from the very first shop you saw it in, or even HEAVEN FORBID you should actually go away and think about the intended purchase overnight just to make sure you really want it!  We are already looking at the next thing while waiting on the delivery of the first.  I'm not knocking this at all, if this s your bag as it was mine when I was younger and it makes you happy fair play to you, enjoy the rush :)

I got to thinking how odd it is for me now I have reached a certain age not to lust after objects so much, don't get me wrong if I want something I want it yesterday and to be fair it's usually something fairly pricey like a camera or something, and yes I get the rush!  but everything else I can walk away from without a thought, recently we went to a shopping outlet where the Mister was trying to buy me some Jimmy Choo's don't get me wrong 20 years ago I would have slept and bathed in those buggers but on that day all I could think of was all the unworn lovelies I have at home, my girls were like "what is WRONG with you?"   I truthfully think as we get older our wants and needs change massively, I had no idea it would happen and that priorities would change so much.  

While sitting here I suddenly had a huge rush of gratitude that my 3 children are all happy and doing well at the same time, it tends to often be like spinning plates - right now my ducks are in a row!  and I so very proud of them, as a single Mum there were times when my priorities were food and heat so today I am grateful for being able to turn the heating up if I need it, and not fearing the bailiffs at the door.  All of my life all I have ever wanted was happy children and the ability to pay bills before the knock on the door and suddenly it occurred to me today that I am there.  Don't read this the wrong way and think we are minted, far from it but from where I was to where I am now I feel blessed, for the last 8 years I have been with a man that would put my needs above any of his and for that I am grateful.

So, advise from an old bird!  using a very overused  cliche stop and smell the roses......................just sometimes. You may be surprised at what you discover.

Lyn  x
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