Friday, 31 March 2017

Solait Dry Oil | Solait Two Sided Mitt | Solait Tanning Wipes. Superdrug


Solait Dry Oil | Solait Two Sided Mitt | Solait Tanning Wipes. Superdrug

Hi Loves

I don't know about you but I am beginning to get a little bit excited every time the sun pops it head out lately, it feels like forever that we have been layered in jumpers and hibernating.

If you are anything like me with this excitement also comes dread, the dread that is.....exposing the white bits, who knew your legs could turn almost blue white ?  as wrong as it is, I like to tan, despite the pale and interesting looks the magazines bring us, I feel better with a tan, well obviously at the moment it can't be real, so for the sake of not scaring the neighbours I always fake it first off.  Again this is something that can fill you with dread, patchy bits alongside orange knees, heels and palms !


Solait Dry Oil | Solait Two Sided Mitt | Solait Tanning Wipes. Superdrug



I have recently discovered the Solait range from Superdrug, and the super impressive Solait Dry Oil, which as it turns out is the easiest thing to use ever ! firstly the smell is great ( no biscuit smell ) instead a tropical fruity holiday fragrance, if that makes sense ?  The product is lightly tanned in colour which allows you to easily see where it is being applied, preventing any missing patches.

I used the spray directly onto my body which I had previously exfoliated, I then used the double sided tanning mitt to smooth it all over ensuring no patches, this product is not oily or greasy it absorbs really well and has moisturising properties such as Argan Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, it intstantly gives you a glow which develops further over time, unlike most tanning products I used this during the day as it was easy just to get dressed and go with no mess.

Solait Dry Oil | Solait Two Sided Mitt | Solait Tanning Wipes. Superdrug



Solait Dry Oil | Solait Two Sided Mitt | Solait Tanning Wipes. Superdrug


The result is a healthy looking golden colour that lasts for days, if you are a lover of darker tans you can apply this in several applications.  In order to keep the tan topped up I have been using the Solait tanning wipes for a quick whip over, nothing could be easier to use than these, although be sure to wash your hands as you are touching the product while using. Again these have a good fragrance and deliver a great colour, they can be used alone if you want a quick and easy tanning method, I am looking forward to using both of these products to keep a real tan going, once the sun really does it's thing.


Check out the  Superdrug Solait  range here 

Lyn 💋





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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 💋


Post contains Brand / PR Samples + affiliate links unless otherwise stated

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette

Hi Loves,

I wanted to do a giveaway as a thank you to the fabulous readers of the blog, this time there are more than one way to enter so you can get multiple chances.


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


This Giorgio Armani  " Eyes to Kill " Eye Palette is simply gorgeous, the perfect amount of shimmer in the top three pastels combined with the chocolate brown matte, flip the lid to reveal the shades, flip the shades to reveal 2 double ended applicators, all complete with a compact mirror.



 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


At the closing date the raffle copter picks the winner at random, so the more you enter the more chances you have. UK Only. Winner must make contact within 48 hours or a re draw will take place.


 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette



 GIVEAWAY FREEBIE COMPETITION WIN Giorgio Armani Palette


Good Luck, have a bit of fun with it, and thank you for reading the blog.

Lyn 💋






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DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish | DHC Olive Body Butter


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter
DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter 

Hiya Gorgeous 

What is it about a bit of sunshine that suddenly sends us into body panic ?  all those area's that you know you should have look after over Winter are suddenly looking a bit dry and grim, if you are anything like me I know you meant to do it everyday, but somehow just didn't, way warmer to jump out of the shower and straight into something cosy, I know that feeling !


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter


DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter



But now we have those neglected bits to deal with before we face exposing them to daylight, as regular readers know I am addicted to exfoliation of every kind be it face or body, and my favourites from Japan DHC skincare have just launched the most beautiful body scrub/polish.  As we have come to love from them it is based on Olive Oil, contains both Vitamin E and Lavender Oil and the scrubby part is made up of both large and small grains of corn cob powder, I am in love with this it exfoliates without being harsh it has the fragrance of Lavender although not heavy in a granny Lavender bag way, but gentle and soothing, once you have exfoliated and rinsed you could at this stage leave your skin with nothing on as you will be left soft and smooth and the product does leave a moisture layer on the skin: 
DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter



DHC Olive Corn Body Scrub and Polish  |  DHC Olive Body Butter


 However if like me you need a little more care and attention to counteract the naughty neglect you can then follow with with Olive Body Butter either all over or on specific areas that need extra help, I found this perfect for knees, heels, elbows and shins, while it is called butter I would describe it more as a balm and a tiny bit really does go a long way, I can imagine this tub lasting me ages, it literally melts into the skin leaving it soft to the touch.

Check out my other posts on  the DHC brand here 

www.dhcuk.co.uk

Have you tried anything from DHC  ? let me know your thoughts.

Lyn 💋


Post contains Brand / PR samples unless otherwise stated.
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette


Hi Loves 
Continuing my thoughts on the New Gosh Copenhagen SS17 range it was time to discover the new Eye Expressions Palettes, here I have 2 out of the 3 to show you,
although I will add a picture from Gosh at the end of this post showing you the missing one.

This is 001 Back to Nature all palettes come in three matte shades and one highlight.

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 001 Back to Nature 

They are butter soft and really well pigmented, there was hardly any fall out at all when using these, in fact it is almost like applying a cream. As you can see 
each palette has been designed in complimenting shades in line with the Urban Nature theme of the 2017 Spring/Summer collection.

Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 003 Urban Nature 

One of my favourite things about the quad palettes is that they are all product and don't contain either a useless little brush or those horrible sponge applicators that no one ever uses,  take note Dior you could learn from this ☺


Gosh SS17 Eye Shadow Palette
Gosh 002 Thunderstorm ( pic credit Superdrug )



Gosh eyeshadow brush
Gosh eyeshadow brush





The Gosh eyeshadow sweep 017 brush is the perfect match for this or any other shadow in your collection, the soft synthetic bristles pick up perfectly and are soft and gentle on the lid, the handle is perfectly weighted with an easy non slip grip.




At £8.99 these represent great value. Find the Gosh SS17 Eyeshadow here 


Lyn 💋




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Thursday, 16 March 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


Hiya Gorgeous

I was desperate to try the new L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation as I had read some amazing reviews from Bloggers and the thing that attracted me was that they were saying while it gives full coverage and has a matte look the finish is dewy rather than flat matte. I know for sure I can't wear flat matte as it highlights lines, making me look like the living dead.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


At £7.99 I thought it was a bargain, I don't "need" full coverage per say, but if I am going to wear a foundation I like to see it,  the texture of this is almost a thick mousse I applied it using 3 different methods, firstly with fingers, that was a definite no from me, it was like plastering a wall, a brush again made it way too thick and heavy, a damp beauty blender seemed the way to go, it gave a nice finish, not the kind of finish that you do a double take but it was nice, it did do what it says and gave full coverage that lasted, for that I would give it a huge thumbs up, it didn't need touching up at all during the day and lasted well into the night, what it did do on me however was creep into the lines, is this the fault of the foundation ?  I don't think it is, they don't claim it to be for mature skin but it didn't work for me, I have now tried it about 5 times and nope, it's not one that would buy again.  Sorry L'Oreal this time I am not a fan.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation 


If you are of younger years I would give this a try, all those blogs can't be wrong, it just didn't work for my skin which is Normal/Mature.

Lyn 💋

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Burt's Bees Lipstick



Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick



Hi Loves

Burt's Bees, what do you think of when you hear this name ?  if like me, just lip balm springs to mind, you will probably be as surprised as I was to discover this beautiful company is much much more than that. You can read their gorgeous story here 


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 515 Tulip Tide


The latest addition are 18 shades of highly pigmented moisturising lipsticks that while looking fabulous will nourish your lips for up to eight hours !  I have been testing out 3 of these of late and have to say I have been incredibly impressed, they colour like the very best lipstick but feel lightweight and nourishing while you wear them, it feels as though you are wearing nothing at all.  I adore the packaging, and you will need to forgive me as I have just realised I have photographed them upside down, not that they look any less gorgeous, they remind me of little coloured Bee hives.


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 524 Wine Wave 


They are 100% natural, and packed full of moisturising ingredients including Raspberry seed oils, Beeswax and Moringa, all encased in the prettiest recyclable packaging, so not only doing your lips good, the packaging won't harm the environment.


Burt's Bees Lipstick
Burt's Bees Lipstick Shade 501 Blush Basin

I am surprised just how much I love these and excited to look into this brand a whole lot more, if this is an example of Burt's Bees goodness then I'm in ! 

Check them out here with Free Delivery Burt's Bees Lipstick 

Are you a Burt's Bees Lover ? have you tried any other products from the brand ? do let me know x

Lyn 💋

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