Monday, 25 September 2017

Calmia Yoga & Wellbeing




Calmia  Yoga & Wellbeing



Hi Loves
As you probably know if you are a regular reader, I have had a few hospital experiences this year, and one has led me to discover I have a bit of a heart problem, this post is not about that as I don't like to dwell on the negative it just explains the reasoning behind my lifestyle changes.

I have almost come to the end of a 3 month journey with a wellness coach, there will be a blog post coming soon about this, during this time it led me back to Yoga, I say led me back, but in all honestly I had dabbled before, I took a few classes at a gym which in all honesty were so embarrassing I ended up doing the "class clown" thing that I always seem to fall back on when I feel out of my depth. I decided that I would try to practise at home and purchased a cheap yoga mat from Amazon and a Gerri Halliwell Yoga DVD - Epic fail, the mat was as thin as cloth and bunched up at every move, and if I could have strangled Ms Halliwell and her irritating self I would have put my hands through the TV screen just to shut her up !  all in all this experience did not lead me to feeling calm or even a little bit Zen like so that was another experience that gathered dust.


Calmia  Yoga & Wellbeing


Yoga was suggested again as part of my introduction back into gentle exercise, I didn't take it too seriously and dragged out Ms Halliwell and my cloth like Mat ( you can imagine my delight ! )  Moving on I am now the proud owner of  a Calmia Eternal Lotus Eco Yoga Mat  and I thought all yoga mats were equal - WRONG.  This mat has made such a huge difference, first and most importantly to my mood, no more irritation at having to stop to straighten out a ruched mat, this lays perfectly flat and still at all times, the lotus design whist being super pretty is there for a reason, the raised pattern is actually grip which aids you in each pose without slipping and sliding, cleverly the more you use your yoga mat the grippier it gets, at 4 mm thick it gives the right amount of depth and comfort with Eco friendly 6P Free and Latex free construction I can imagine this being a trusted friend for years to come.  I am also currently using The Eternal Lotus Yoga Strap   Which aids with deepening stretches, correcting alignment and helping you to hold a pose longer,  I find this essential as a beginner as there are many poses that a strap is needed to help you stay in the pose.  


Calmia  Yoga & Wellbeing


Calmia  Yoga & Wellbeing




Whoever thought that I would actually get into Yoga ?  definitely not me - but I have surprised myself, obviously at 60 I am not as flexible as I would like, but you know what ?   each day is just getting that little bit easier and it's one of those things that you make work for you on a personal level,  Calmia has now become a bit of an addiction for me as well, because not only is the site about Yoga Equipment it is also a fabulous wellbeing site with a fabulous blog by founder Lucy Wakefield, it offers hints and tips at all levels as long as clothing that you wont want to take off.  Take a look and see what you think. https://www.calmia.com/  There is also currently a Sale on !!!

Lyn 💋

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Rimmel Wonder'fully Real Mascara


Rimmel Wonder'fully Real Mascara



Hiya Darlins

It seems like every time you turn on the TV or pop to the shops there is a new mascara on the market, one that promises, to thicken, lengthen, give fuller sexier lashes, etc.


Well, I got caught up in the New From Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real campaign promises, the before and after pictures were stunning, and I have to admit that it has been many many years since I tried anything from Rimmel, they were probably my first foray into the world of makeup and we get seduced over the years by new and exciting launches and wander away from old favourites.

Firstly I love the packaging, anything pink and shiny has my attention straight off, the brush is nothing less than amazing, slender and jam packed with short almost rubber looking bristles, you literally only need to be gentle when applying this mascara, it applies without any persuasion first coat every time, I needed only one coat of this to have me amazed at the length and look of my lashes, it is truly amazing !  However, my joy wasn't to last, withing an hour of being out, my daughter was attacking me with her finger and removing this mascara from my lids and under eyes as though I was a child ! I struggled all day, and kept mopping up the damage, not one to be deterred I tried again the following day, thinking it was my own fault for not wearing an eye primer, nope, same thing happened again with an eye primer, day three I thought I would try it with powder, not that I have a greasy skin but was giving it a good try out, unfortunately the same thing again, the mascara was on my lids just under my brows and again panda style under my lower lashes.

Rimmel Wonder'fully Real Mascara


Here's the thing, I am fortunate in that I am not short in the lash department and do have naturally quite long lashes, and am thinking that this product is so good at adding length it maybe just too much for me and causing the lashes to actually touch my skin, I so so want to love this, as my lashes look nothing less that stunning when wearing it, but unfortunately, my love affair is not to be.

If, however you have shorter lashes that need some oomph I would say at 7.99 give this a try, it's not a bank breaker if you don't like it, and you may be the opposite of me and have total success.

Rimmel Wonderfully Real Mascara

Lyn 💋


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

JD Williams Winter Boots

JD Williams Boots


Hi Loves
JD Williams Boots As much as I am loathed to admit it, Summer is gone and I have begun to think about Winter, packing away all the linens and flip flops is always a tough job and I have to admit I am not one of those people who look forward to the Winter months, I see a lot of comments about loving candles and open fires and while I get it, the thought of being freezing cold and soaked with rain and snow fills me with utter dread.



I have to admit that I am actually pretty chuffed to have seen so many pairs of Hunter Wellies on the internet of late. I had my first pair when I moved from London to the Countryside back in the late 80'/early 90s with my Hunters and Barbour I thought I looked the part commuting up to town in my country gear, those were the days when Hunters only came in the standard green and were an essential item if you lived anywhere near a field !  who knew they would be come the ultimate festival fashion item ?  not that I go to festivals - oh no, I like a bed and clean loo's at my age.


JD Williams Boots

JD Williams Boots


That said I was delighted to find my old favourite boots in a trendy gloss black on the JD Williams website, so now although I still hate Winter with a passion I won't have wet feet, and in fact even look like I'm down with the kids !  to me these are an investment, as you know that they are quality
that will last, my last pair were actually 7 years before they gave up the ghost.  If wellies are not your thing you will still find yourself spoilt for choice with JD Williams in terms of boots and footwear,  I love the fact that they come in width sizes ( we are not all the same standard size ) and there are a ton of brands to choose from. 
Check out the JD Williams boot range here.


Lyn 💋


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Friday, 15 September 2017

Super Facialist Retinol +

Super Facialist Retinol +
Super Facialist Retinol +


Una Brennon, London based facialist started her own skin care range Super Facialist back in 2012 it now has a cult following of loyal dedicated fans, and I wanted to find out why.

The range has something for every skin type and you can mix an match to your hearts content, I have heard a lot about this brand being great skincare at an affordable price, which has to be said is the claim of lots of brands as a great selling point. In this post I am featurning the Retinol + range designed for  Anti-Ageing.  I love and adore anything containing Retinol for me it is the one single ingredient that shows it's working, if you are new to Retinol you are advised to use this product in stages building up to everyday use, My skin is not new to it, so dived straight in.  I have to admit to being slightly cynical when trying this brand, often I am put off rather than sold to when something is so hyped, I tend to think " here we go"  maybe it's age or a cruel life that has made me so cynical ha ha, but whatever it is I am not easily sold.

Firstly I love the packaging which I know isn't important but always helps, I don't usually mention prices in my posts but am making an exception with this range just so that we can see if it's value for money.

Super Facialist Retinol +


Retinol + Anti-Ageing Day Cream 50ml £19.99

Lightweight, easily absorbed and beautifully fragranced this cream literally sank into my skin and disappeared within seconds, it left the skin feeling super moisturised with a good feel to it, you knew there was something there without it being visible, the cream itself contains Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and anti oxidant rich White Tea.  My skin not only felt great all day through to the evening it actually looked brighter and more alive, I tested this under foundation with no primer, both liquid and cream foundation applied beautifully and held in place with no oiliness.


Super Facialist Retinol +

Retinol + Anti-Ageing Night Cream 50ml £19.99

I love the fact the whilst almost identical this jar comes in a darker shade to the day cream, my reasons are that I don't want to be reaching for my reading glasses at night when applying products, and more often than not brands make identical looking products, which frustrate the backside off you if you have to peer at the label to determine day and night!
Oh my lord, this night cream is a star it really will be one that you reach for every night knowing that come morning you will literally be checking out your skin in the mirror, slightly richer than the day cream, although not by much - again your skin drinks it up like a thirsty Cactus, containing Hyaluronic Acid, Sweet Almond Oil, White Tea and White Lupin seed extract to name a few your skin is literally treated to goodness overnight while you sleep.

Super Facialist Retinol +



Retinol + Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum 30ml £16.99

I have used both of the products above alone, and with this serum, great alone, superb with serum, the difference is visible, I have used the serum under both the Day and Night creams on clean skin and it somehow makes a huge difference at locking in moisture. Designed to target wrinkles, uneven skin tone and lack of radiance the serum is sheer perfection, the difference in skin tone and texture is visible, fine lines are softened and your skin is left glowing, even if you are a lover of another brand of moisturiser or night cream I would still recommend using this as a base. Again it is wise to build up to using Retinol if you have sensitive skin or are a new user, and don't forget that you will need an SPF always as your skin will now be more sensitive to UV rays.

Find Super Facialist at Boots.com 

Lyn 💋

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Nads Hair Removal

Nads Hair Removal
Nads Hair Removal 



OK OK I know the name causes a giggle in the UK but Nads is the name of the Australian Hair removal company that started in 1992 by Founder Sue Ismiel, it has become a world leader in the home hair removal market, with a huge range of products that are a solution to any hairy problem :)

I tested 3 products in the vast range and was lucky enough to be able to use Mr LB as a Guinea pig.


Nads Hair Removal


Starting with Nads Facial Hair Removing Creme.
This cream is specifically designed for the delicate facial area (upper lip & chin )  I usually wax my upper lip maybe once or twice a year, it's quite blonde but even so I don't want to see it, I tried this facial cream with a huge amount of hesitation, many years ago I remember my Mum using something on her top lip when I was a child which resulted in her having a huge scab with burnt skin for months, ever since then I have been terrified of facial cream removers, however, I had committed to testing this out, so test it I did. I followed the instructions to the letter and applied the cream in a thick layer to my top lip using the handy in built applicator, the products tells you to leave on for 4 minutes minimum with a maximum of 10 minutes, well given that I was scared to start with I went for four minutes and removed it the very second my timer reached it's ding! you remove with a soft cloth or tissue, I used a cloth and then rinsed thoroughly, I then applied the soothing balm as instructed.
NO redness or irritation occurred,  I was left with one or two hairs that I attacked with tweezers, but to be fair to the product this would not have happened had I left it longer, also there was no horrible hair remover smell which I expected to experience.


Nads Hair Removal


Nads Natural Hair Removal Gel

This tub of gel comes complete with 170g of gel, 5x cotton strips, 1 x spatula and 3 x Nads Cleansing Wipes.  I have no experience of home waxing other than many years ago attempting to use sugar hair removal from The Body Shop which was a total disaster.  This time I used my Guinea Pig tester Mr LB, he has never experienced this method of hair removal and has sworn that he never would, he is a total baby when it comes to anything  like this and yells and shouts if the odd eyebrow is plucked, so I was really looking forward to this !!  The Gel is a no heat product, however we did have to pop it in the microwave for a couple of seconds just to soften it for application, once it was soft it spread easily in the direction of the hair growth, I applied the strip and through crying tears of laughter warned him to get ready, Oh my lord !! literally one rip and it was like I had a rug in my hand, the hairy beastie had a perfectly bare stripe on his back, it literally removed every single hair and left baby soft skin behind. after he has stopped dancing around the bathroom he was highly impressed and said it didn't hurt as much as he expected, so I think it's safe to say that if a woman used this it would be almost pain free !!  It 100% did it's job and left nothing behind.  I didn't continue with his back as I wanted to move onto testing the next product on him.


Nads Hair Removal



Nads For Men Hair Removal Cream.

This product contain Aloe Vera which is known for it's soothing healing qualities. It can be used on a mans back, chest arms and legs. we used it on his back.  ( monkey )  As with the facial cream the recommended time was 4 to 10 minutes, I like to err on the side of caution as it was a new product and went for 4 minutes, in actual fact this was all that was needed, it removed every hair, now he does do this on a regular basis with another hair removal cream brand BUT usually suffers with a bit of soreness and redness, there was nothing like this with the Nads, it does however have a really strong hair removal fragrance which I wasn't keen on while applying, but it didn't last and was easily rinsed away. I do believe he is planning on switching to Nads from his usual brand due to the lack of discomfort when using Nads.

Nads can be found easily in the UK from Boots 

Lyn 💋


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