Saturday, 22 October 2016

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow + Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow + Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain The Lavender Barn

Hi My Loves

As you know from previous posts I am really quite getting into Vincent Longo Cosmetics since their launch in the UK from the US this year, You can see previous posts here or by using the search bar on the blog.

This time round I have been playing with the beauty that is Pearl X Eyeshadow in the shade Gypsy Rose £19.00, now I say shade but really should be quoting shades, there are a myriad to choose from in this beautiful hand made Italian compact, and I bet you will love this !  No two compacts can ever be 100%  identical !!!!!! 

This shadow is so finely milled it almost cream in texture, the pigmentation is out of this world and if you like a little bit of shine glam then this is for you. Long wearing and easy to apply, I found no crease lines or fading with this shadow even after a good few hours and that was without a lid primer :)  If you are not a huge shadow wearer just take a small liner brush and run it along the top lash line and a little under the bottom lashes to just give your eyes a wide awake treatment with a little added glamour. Nothing about this product will ever look harsh or overdone.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow + Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain The Lavender Barn

One of the great things about the way these are made is that you can either simply sweep or swirl your brush to mix the shades into one, or you can use a tiny brush and pick out the individual specs of pigment, it is one of those products that you could quite easily get lost in by staring at it, It resembles a thousand tiny gems all compressed into one elegant little package.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow + Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain The Lavender Barn

Next up, is The Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in the shade Baby Boo £18.50.  Right........I was really unsure about this when I first saw it, I am a lover of all things shiny when it comes to lips and am not really into anything dark or matte, on opening I am left thinking, not a chance !!!!   but being the brave soul that I am I gave it a whirl, hmmm first impressions, is this really make up ?  OK so this may be completely wrong and the company may well recoil in horror but it has become my absolute ultimate gym product, bare with me lol.

Vincent Longo Pearl X Eyeshadow + Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain The Lavender Barn

I am one of those people who can't stand to see a whole full face of make up in the gym, the thought of all that make up seeping it's way into my sweaty pores is the stuff of nightmares, BUT being of a *Cough* certain age, I cannot go out 100% bare faced, firstly I look like a new born Piglet and secondly I feel like rubbish when I see myself in those vile huge mirrors they insist on having !
OMG this lip and cheek stain is the wonder product for those times when you want a face but don't want a face, or if you are a lady that needs a lil lil something just to perk up your colour.  It makes you look good but with magic trickery that makes you look like no effort or make up was used !  genius.  The stain gives you fresh natural coloured lips while lasting forever, and a tiny weeny bit applied to the apples of your cheeks gives you enough to look glowing without the half marathon look.

Vincent Longo is available Here At Cult Beauty

Love n Hugz

Lyn x


Friday, 21 October 2016

A very hard post to write

Hiya Darlins

As I write this post I am sat in a hospital bed feeling somewhat of a fraud, I am in an isolated care room on the acute medical unit of my Local Hospital ( if it's good enough for Peter Andre it's good enough for me )

As you know if you are regular reader, my attitude to life is one of tongue in cheek humour with a huge dose of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, I tend not to take life too seriously and my blog posts never contain anything too personal, as I think who wants to hear about the crappy bit's of someone else's life ?  we have all been through our own battles, each and every one of you have had huge problems in your life so I'm sure you don't need mine too.

My reason for writing this ?  I don't know to be 100% truthful, maybe I feel like a fraud on more than one front, here's the thing, I have had a condition called Ulcerative Colitis for around 11 years, for those of you that don't know what it is, it's a lifelong condition similar to Crones Disease,  It is not something I speak about ever, outside of my immediate family, I like to pretend to be the life n soul of the party, probably with too much Prosecco and the biggest mouth :)  this illness in truth is a twat and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, I am not going into the gory details, needless to say it's shit LOL

The second reason I feel like a fraud is that, in a way I have learnt to live with this as best I can, not to speak about it and just crack on, however having recently had some more biopsies, I had a conversation yesterday with the hospital that resulted in me being given a couple of hours to pack a bag and get here, after various tests blah blah, i get informed that I am staying until they can get the condition under control, which is definitely a week if I am lucky, or could take weeks!................

Ha  ha they don't know me, there is no way on gods earth I will be here weeks, I have shizz to do.

I am at this moment a little bit stressed as I have some fabulous events next week that I so don't want to miss as I am looking forward to meeting so many on my online friends, so keep your fingers crossed for me that I will be out n about with a glass in hand by next week.

If by any chance you are reading this and expecting work from me, please bare with, I will do my best to keep doing my thang, but with no products and camera here things maybe a bit slow :) 

All I can say is thank the gods for the internet, I would be going out of my mind without you all.

Love n hugz
Lyn  x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Skin by Herbalife

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

Herbalife ?  what's the first thing you think of ? certainly not skincare I'll bet.

The company will hate me for saying this but I was very underwhelmed at the thought of trying this, and I thought, if I am honest it was a bit of a gimmick.  Well shame on me, I am embarrassed to even admit that I thought that in the first place as I definitely did the company an injustice, which just proves first thoughts aren't always the right ones, and you would have thought at this age I would have known that !

Basically the range comes as a simple numbered step by step process, making it simple to do as much or as little as you like within your routine.

Starting  Step 1  cleanse   Polishing Citrus Cleanser. Normal/Oil skin 150 ml
A beautifully fragranced clear gel formula containing Jojoba beads, I love this with a passion, probably because I am cleanser obsessed and love anything citrus, it did a good job at cleansing, I used it as a second cleanse after an oil.  It says it removes make up, which it does, but I am a belt n braces type of gal when it comes to cleansing, however I did use this as a stand alone cleanse in the morning and it was fabulous, fresh and fruity, the perfect wake up call, my skin was not even slightly dry or itchy, it was left feeling squeaky clean as you would expect from a non cream.  I am going to be sad faced when this runs out if I am truthful.

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

Step 2 is the Tone Phase, I tried Energising Herbal Toner  50 ml  A spritz bottle that can be spritzed directly onto the face or soaked onto cotton wool if you prefer. Containing Aloe and vitamins B3, C and E it does have a slight herbal fragrance to it, it worked beautifully leaving my skin feeling quite moist and refreshed, the only downside is that it is only a 50 ml bottle so would run out quite quickly if used twice a day.

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

Step 3 is the Treat Phase which contains a Line Minimising Serum 50 ml 

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

Step 4 is the Target Stage which includes 2 different eye treatments I tried out Hydrating Eye Cream 15 ml  this little pump action bottle produces the exact amount needed for each eye in one pump, I would say almost fragrance free, a light delicate eye cream that applied well and didn't give me puffy eyes as some creams do. Containing Vitamins B3, C, E, Aloe Vera, and Macadamia nut oil,and Cucumber extract, it has a super cooling effect on the eye area.

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

Step 5 is the Moisturising Stage  where you can chose from Daily moisturiser, SPF Cream or Night Cream, I tested out the Replenishing Night Cream 50 ml & Daily Glow Moisturiser 50 ml

Again a pump action container that delivers just the right amount to smooth your face and neck, a further pump will cover the decolletage, as you would expect for night a rich ( but not thick and greasy ) formula, with a very delicate subtle almost fruit fragrance.  The daily Glow moisturiser is almost identical but in a much lighter formulation that disappears quickly into the skin leaving it touchably soft. These two  products claim that you will see a difference in 7 days !!!!!!!  HUGE claim in my opinion.

Skin by Herbalife The Lavender Barn

I would quite frankly say that  this stage is the star of the show, they are a delight to use and really do leave you touching your skin when you wake up and wanting to check the mirror throughout the day,  any misgivings I had about this range were beginning to wane at the Polishing Citrus Cleanser, but a complete turn around happened with these creams, I would BUY them for sure, and the 7 day claim ? well yes I would 100% give it to them !

find out more about Herbalife Skin Products Here

Love Lyn x


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fountain from Deciem

Fountain  from Deciem The Lavender Barn

OK Lovelies

what diminishes with age ?  nope, not memory, girlish figure, or the will to live !

It is Hyaluronic Acid, yes yes I know you probably know that, but for those of us that don't, why do you need this magic substance ?  well grab a cuppa and let's chat.

Hyaluronic acid

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA; conjugate base hyaluronate), also called hyaluronan, is ananionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective,epithelial, and neural tissues. It is unique among glycosaminoglycans in that it is nonsulfated, forms in the plasma membrane instead of the Golgi, and can be very large, with its molecular weight often reaching the millions.[2] One of the chief components of theextracellular matrix, hyaluronan contributes significantly to cell proliferation and migration, and may also be involved in the progression of some malignant tumors.[3]

Fountain  from Deciem The Lavender Barn

That's boring, In a nutshell it's all down to moisture, Hyaluronic Acid is purely and simply the magic that keeps your skin retaining moisture, It will retain 1000 times it's weight in water, as we age we lose suppleness and firmness and no matter how good we are with out 8 glasses of water a day, your skin will age due to lack of moisture, we all know of topical products that contain Hyaluronic Acid, as it really does seem to be the buzz ingredient of the moment, but what if there were something you could take on a daily basis that is literally moisturising you from the inside out ? 
 When we talk about moisture it is not only the skin that benefits, our joints, eyes, and bodily functions are all aided by Hyaluronic Acid.

Fountain  from Deciem The Lavender Barn

Dah Dah  in steps Fountain..... Hyaluronic Molecule Dietary Supplement that you literally take daily, 2 teaspoons. neat or mixed with your favourite juice. Ginger flavour which really isn't unpleasant even tho I detest Ginger :)
How brilliant is that ? 

240ml bottle contains  Water, Sweetner Xylitol, Hyaluronic Acid, Ginger Flavour,Zingiber Officionale Root Oil, Preservative Posassium Sorbate, Preservative Citric Acid.

Having tried this I am keen to explore the other Molecules in the Fountain range, The Happy Molecule sounds really interesting so watch this space.

Love n Hugz
Lyn x


The Ordinary from Deciem

These I had to share, I have just been online shopping having heard the news that one of my absolute favourite skincare brands have introduced a new range that is accessible to any budget THE ORDINARY by Deciem is anything but ordinary, full of the best ingredients at prices that I first thought were mistakes.

I chose a couple of bits just to sample the range there are 10 items in the collection.

For  "him indoors" I chose Buffet at 12.70 a complete collection making it simple for him to have a "go to" product.


I will of course be reporting on this at a later date.

For me Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% I really fancy a gentle peel/exfoliate. 

Click here for Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% £5.80

Watch this space for reviews soon :)

Lyn x


We have both been using these products as I said previously Mr LB has been using Buffet Multi Technology Peptide Serum, he loves it it sinks in quite quickly, actually improves the look and feel of his skin, I do use him a lot as a tester this time he has decided that this product is a keeper, I tried it a couple of times and although I loved the way it made my skin feel I wasn't keen on the fragrance which is a bit chemical for my taste, that aside for the price you really are getting fabulous quality skincare that works.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Was my product of choice from this new range, I do love anything that offers to peel or exfoliate, please do note this product is not suitable if you have sensitive skin, breakouts or any kind of skin damage, it is also available in a lower 5% formula.  For comprehensive advise please see the Deciem website, this review is based on my skin only, which is pretty normal but with age can look a little dry and dull.

This product put paid to any dullness, I love it, it to me is a bargain version of some other high end Acid products, the result is the same in that it literally eats away dead or dry skin leaving you smooth and glowing.

Reading back on this I realise I may have made it sound a little scary, I promise you it isn't, your face wont peel off, you are not left red or sore, although you may feel a little tingle it is by no means unpleasant, as I say it just leaves you looking fresh and glowy.

I have placed links above for you to look at these and other products in The Ordinary Range, which is 100% far from ordinary :)

Love Lyn x

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