Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Too Faced Pretty Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss



Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss
Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss


Hiya Darlins,

When Too Faced bring out newness I'm diving in face first!

The new Pretty Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Glosses are my latest acquisition from the Too Faced Store at Bluewater alongside the fab Too Faced loves London makeup bag. The Pretty Rich range consists of a new eyeshadow Palette, lip glosses and highlighters. Which are obviously all to die for!



Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss


These are the newest of the shades in the range that are only available currently in store or on the Too Faced US site here Too Faced  I have bought from the US site here in the UK with no problems at all, postage was around £6.00 there were no customs charges, so if you can't get to a store and want the latest products it makes sense to order it direct.  There are 6 shades also on Debenhams Here although gorgeous the ones shown in this post are not yet available.


Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss
Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss All The Stars

Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss
All The Stars


These Glosses have the best pigment and shine of any gloss I have previously tried, filled with light reflecting  glitter and pearl.  As always with Too Faced the fragrance is fabulous, this time it's a light  candy fragrance, they are perfect either worn alone or as a topper over your favourite lipstick. 


Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss
Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss Sunset Crush


Too Faced Pretty  Rich & Dazzling High Shine Sparkle Lip Gloss
Sunset Crush 

Shown here are All The Stars & Sunset Crush. 


Lyn x 


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Monday, 28 January 2019

NYK1 Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum



NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum
NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum


Hi Loves,

Everyone wants long lush eyelashes and fashionably shaped bows nowadays, I guess that in itself is nothing new, however now you don't have to put up with whatever you were given by nature in terms of short sparse lashes or spindly brows, technology has come to the rescue.


Or has it?  I was really sceptical about trying out this serum as I honestly didn't think anything could make a difference worth talking about, there are quite a few brands popping up on the market and they are not cheap, so it's kind of a risk in the hopes that it works.  I was offered Lashforce serum from NYKI to try out over a few weeks which I have.  Let me start by saying I am fortunate enough to have fairly decent lashes but the brows!  well they were in definite need of help and as you know I am mid way through the micoblading process to aid them.



NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum
NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum




NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum
NYK1  Lashforce Eyelash & Brow Growth Serum


I started using Lashforce as instructed twice daily, the clear serum has no obvious fragrance, is clear and comes with a fabulously fine long bristled brush applicator to allow you to get right into the lash line, you are instructed to apply the serum as you would a liquid liner as close to the roots as possible and on the brows to the base of the root.  The serum contains stimulants to encourage growth at the root follicle by increasing blood flow and nourishment they receive with B vitamins included.  I struggled to use the serum twice a day on my lashes it was making my eyes a little irritated the brows were fine but the lashes were having non of it,  I used it once a day for the first week and then went back to twice a day with no problems at all.  The company say you will see maximum results within 6 weeks I have been using the serum now for over 6 weeks and the results are crazy!  I did see an almost instant improvement though within the first couple of weeks and one thing I have really noticed is that my lashes are hardly falling out, I know they do due to the natural process but now it seems that the lashes have pre prepared for the shedding with new lashes so there are no visible signs of loss.  The actual length of the lashes have improved greatly to the point that on applying mascara I can see a huge difference and to be honest I thought they were OK before I started this process.



The brows have not fared quite as well but in truth they were abused in the 70s plucked to almost nothing and have never really been the same since so it was a lot to ask to see a massive difference,  the texture of the brow hair does seem a little softer though so maybe that could be new hairs coming through? 

All in all I have to say this is a pretty impressive product, it works without a shadow of a doubt, whether it is better or worse than any other brand I couldn't tell you, but It worked for me.


Check out NKY1 Lashforce Here 

Lyn   x



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Sunday, 27 January 2019

Transparency In Blogging





Hi Loves,

If you are a blogger you may want to skip this post as most of it won't be news to you in view of the recent guidelines we are all talking about.  This post is to ensure that I have complete transparency on my blog and that there is no confusion for readers as to my intentions with the blog.

Firstly let me just say, I am not here to sell to you.  I am not an influencer I am well aware that my readers are intelligent enough to choose where they put their hard earned pounds and nothing I say or do will change that!  (AS IT SHOULD BE)  This blog is to showcase products that I have used and my thoughts,  it has never been a space to slate products or brands, if I don't like something I simply don't write about it.

I think that as bloggers we assume (which is always the wrong thing to do)  that everyone knows where our products come from, this clearly isn't always the case.  Before I started blogging I often heard " Nan Zoella uses XYZ product, little did my small person know that Zoella was given these products for free or in some cases paid to talk about them,  popular bloggers get to go on the most exotic press paid trips where everything is laid on even the designer handbags left on the bed as a little token gift!!!  of course the brand will say there is no obligation to write about the trip, knowing full well that these girls will post every last detail on every social media channel they work with, it's an unspoken given,  and that's OK as long as it's made clear to readers that they have been given all this stuff by the brand.  NOTHING in blogging is free, we are sent products to test, try and hopefully love, there is no guarantee for the sender that a great review will be the result of the send out.  More often than not we are contacted by brands or PR agencies and asked would we like to sample XYZ and at that point we can either say yes please or no thank you, there is no obligation to accept everything you are offered and it would be daft to do so.  Often times things will just turn up that you weren't expecting and of course it is then your choice to review or not.  

We MUST tell you if we have been paid to write about a product, you will see a title with something like #AD #Spons #collab, I personally prefer #AD  to me that's the clearest way,  on each and every blog post I will finish by saying products have been provided by brand/PR,  if not I tell you I bought it, also affiliate links,  this is where we place a link for you to find the product should you wish to, this is a form of income which for huge bloggers/inflencers can be a decent amount of money, for small average bloggers you would be lucky to make a couple of quid a week.  The amount is pennies in commission but it aids to the running costs of a blog.

Actually putting this in words it seem like common sense, easy to understand and easy for bloggers to follow the rules, but no!  some people are shady, they want you the reader to think that they spend £7k on an outfit and that you should be aiming to do the same LOL  all the while clicking on the links that will earn them commission.  There is nothing wrong in any of this if they were honest!  that way you the reader have the choice to support the blogger or not.

On a personal level I have been examining some huge bloggers that I personally follow and have discovered a real lack of honesty, it has never occurred to me before as I assume that everyone knows how the industry works, wrong!  Can I just take this time to say if at any point you feel by blog is not clear or honest, mail me, get in touch, tell me I'm wrong. At the end of the day this blog would not exist without you and there is no way I would want to deceive.


Lyn   x 




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Friday, 25 January 2019

Maria Nila Silver Hair Care


Maria Nila Silver Hair Care
Maria Nila Silver Hair Care


Hiya Darlin

If you are a regular visitor to my little space on the inter webby you will know that I strive for grey hair perfection.  As my hair is now almost grey I lighten it a couple of times a year and usually add a grey permanent colour to it, this time around I wanted to see if it were possible to achieve a silver grey without the use of a permanent dye,  really in an attempt to be a little kinder to my hair.

I have had the pleasure of trying out the Swedish brand Maria Nila if you have not heard of the brand, love all things vegan, cruelty free and hair related then head on over and take a look. It has been a truly fantastic discovery for me and one that I will very much stick with!  you don't often hear that from a blogger.

I started out by full on bleaching so as to start with a completely fresh base of not so glamorous yellow blonde, anyone that is  fake blonde knows the pains of getting a blonde shade with no signs of yellow or brass, it's nigh on impossible.  In this case I wanted to see if the Maria Nila products had the capability of changing the colour and not just toning it down as a lot of purple shampoos do.  I used  3 steps to achieve a true silver grey and it worked beautifully.  If you want just toned down blonde with no yellow you could skip the middle step that I took.

Firstly I shampooed with Maria Nila Sheer Silver Shampoo 350ml


Maria Nila Silver Hair Care
Maria Nila Sheer Silver Shampoo



A deep purple toning shampoo that I totally recommend wearing gloves with, you don't need a lot of product to get a full head of purple foam, if you have never used a purple shampoo before this can be a little scary, but worry not once it's rinsed away all the purple will vanish. The beauty of this shampoo is that it brings a glorious shine to blonde hair which is almost impossible to get with a regular shampoo.




Maria Nila Silver Hair Care
Maria Nila Colour  Refresh Peal Silver


Second stage I applied Maria Nila Colour Refresh 300ml  in Pearl Silver, this rich creamy mask comes with gloves to prevent staining of the hands, it is an absolute joy to use, it feels thick and luxurious on application, not only does it add colour pigments it deeply conditions and nourishes the hair, apply to towel dried hair and leave for 4-10 minutes depending on shade level required, I left it on for 10 minutes. 




Maria Nila Silver Hair Care
Maria Nila Sheer Silver Conditioner

Next came Maria Nila Sheer Silver Conditioner 300ml

I actually think the sizing of this conditioner is pretty genius, how often are you left with a ton of conditioner after your shampoo bottle is empty? Violet pigments and blackberry extract work alongside the shampoo to detangle and smooth the hair, leaving it with a mirror shine and feeling beautifully clean and swishy.



Maria Nila Silver Hair Care
End Result



These products all contain Colour Guard Complex, which protects the hair from environmental damage and reduces the loss of colour through washing, heat and UV rays. Whatever your hair colour from pink to black this brand has the products to protect and enhance your shade.


https://marianila.com

Products available in the UK Here 


Lyn  x


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Monday, 21 January 2019

Thank You And Forgive Me






Hi Loves

I actually didn't think anyone would notice that I had kind of gone a little quiet of late, but from the many gorgeous emails I have had I thought it may be easier to do a little explanation.

In fact I need to vanish more often as my blog views have never been higher?  what's that all about? the less you work the more popular your blog?  that can't be right lol.  New Year is always a funny old time for me, I am not one of these people that bounce into the New Year with the New Year New Me attitude, quite the reverse, I do acknowledge after all these years that I NEVER do well in the Winter, it puts me into a deep black hole,  New Year seems to turn the hole into a giant crevasse that I struggle to get out of, only being made worse by the guilt I suffer knowing I have so many products waiting to be tested and reviewed I constantly live with the fear that I am letting people down.  I did however try and overcome the pity party this year with a diary and plans, only to be blessed with this stinking cold virus that everyone seems to have at the moment,  due to my IBD I am blessed with little to no immune system which means if it's out there I will catch it, and once caught my stupid body can't naturally fight it off so I get the joy for longer. Just greedy :)

While I am in my dark hole I do peep out and keep an eye on social media which of course isn't always healthy, as it's the usual everyone else is having a fabulous time thing.  Of course we know their not but it highlights the hole.  I also see many many bloggers churning out daily content like steam trains, churning out probably isn't the nicest term but that's sometimes how it looks by the lack of enthusiasm for the products being written about.  In truth I am jealous,  my whole family have had to listen to me clack on about my biggest failure in terms of blogging.  I am NOT consistent, I know this and have yet to accept it, I try I really do,  I am 100% aware that this is the number one key to successful blogging, therefore I will never be a successful blogger, whatever that means?  I know this is a huge failure on my part, my lord there are enough bloggers out there selling blogging tips to know that consistency is key.  But unfortunately for me what you see is what you get and I am not one one of the fake it till you make crowd, so do I accept my failings?  Nah I'm a Capricorn and as such I'm a stubborn old goat, so once again in 2019 I will be attempting to cure my failings,  but please forgive me if I fall short once again,  62 years of having the same personality is a big thing to change.  I can only write, speak and act with honestly, often much to my detriment as the world seems to want everything sugar coated nowadays.  


In a nutshell, she's back.  Thank you all for your love and support,  I struggled to write this post but thought without explanation me bouncing back on the scene all glitter and sprinkles could seem a little odd.


Lyn   x
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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror

Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror

Hi Loves,

Just sometimes something comes along that combines good looks and practicality, Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 detangling brush & mirror by Hair Secretz is just that thing!


Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror

I have totally fallen for this magical little hair brush tool, not only does it detangle even the messiest hair  wet or dry with ease it has a removable brush to make cleaning super simple, it flips open to reveal a handy mirror,  with another twist, your brush pops back inside the pod to keep it clean.  I think the company really did miss a trick as it's actually 3 in 1. Inside is a compartment big enough to hold a mirror or folded notes and coins, a super handy storage space, encased in a gloss finish diamond shape holder. Each one is adorned with a Crystal from Swarovski for that extra Diamond touch.  

Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror

Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror

Hair Podz Diamond Edition 2 in 1 Detangling Brush & Mirror


These are just fabulous really well made and well designed the pod has a super tactile feel to it and sits really comfortably withing the palm of your hand.  Available in  Sugar White, Powder Pink & Cherry Red  HERE

These clever little brushes have been both deigned and made in England.


Lyn x 


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Monday, 7 January 2019

New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies

New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies



Hi Darlin,

I don't know about you but I do love a supplement, I honestly feel that nowadays no matter how hard you try with healthy eating, diets etc,  today's food is seriously lacking in everything we need. With that in mind I was delighted to try out Hair Volume Gummies from New Nordic.



New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies

These gummies if I'm honest are totally like sweets so 100% enjoyable, they taste of fruity Apple and
 as they are sugar coated it tends to be something to look forward to rather than a chore to take them! Containing Biotin, Zinc, Apple and herbs these supplements are designed to maintain healthy looking normal hair, they make no false statements about hair growth etc, they simply state that they are a food supplement to maintain normal hair.  This is breath of fresh air to me as I would far rather a product be simple in its claims rather than full of pseudo scientific claims as many product on the market today tend to do.


New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies


I have been enjoying these gummies for a few weeks now and whilst I can't shout from the rooftops that my hair is floor length and shines like a mirror, I feel better for knowing that I am taking something that helps my hair at the root follicle. Hair loss is a common problem with menopause that I would rather avoid if possible!  It could be optimistic on my part but at least I feel that I am doing something to help my hair and there are no chemicals in the gummies, only natural ingredients so they must be be doing something good:)


New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies Here

Lyn x 



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Thursday, 3 January 2019

e.l.f Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask



e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask
e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask


Hiya Lovely,

How funny that when we think of e.l.f we tend to think usually of makeup?  I have had a bit of a long term love affair with e.l.f ever since first discovering them in the states, anytime anyone went over I used to pass my list on and be desperate for my goodies to return, no such problem nowadays as e.l.f is readily available in the U.K



e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask
e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask




e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask
e.l.f   Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask

e.l.f Marsh-Mellow Soothing Mask 50g

If you are like me and love a mask containing clay then this will be right up your street, the smooth white formula contains Kaolin, Shea butter and Licorice root extract to draw out impurities and soften the skin at the same time, It's one of those masks that is gentle yet at the same time you feel it drawing out all the crud and nasties from your pores, a thin layer applied for 10 -15 minutes is all that is needed, rinse away with warm water and you are left with spotlessly clean skin which feels super smooth to the touch, no tightness or redness at all to the skin, used 2-3 times a week your skin will thank you for it. 

Contains No Parabens, Sulphates or Phthalates and is completely cruelty free and vegan.

When it comes to value for money skincare you would be hard pressed to beat e.l.f it really is worth taking a look into.




Check out e.l.f HERE


Lyn x



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Glowing Skin With EMMA HARDIE



Glowing  Skin With EMMA HARDIE
Glowing  Skin With EMMA HARDIE



Hi Loves,

It's the time of year when we have overindulged, had too many late nights and can generally look and feel a little lack lustre.  Emma Hardie Skincare has always been right up there bringing us products to bring back a glow to the skin and these three are guaranteed to bring results and get you glowing again ready to face the New Year and all that it has to offer.


Glowing  Skin With EMMA HARDIE

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Brilliance Facial Oil 30ml

This fine lightweight golden oil brings an instantly radiant glow to the skin. A complex mix of 9 essential oils have been blended to to this delightful facial oil.   Used twice a day it not only moisturises it helps relieve the look of fine lines and wrinkles giving the skin a relaxed refreshed look.  A couple of drops can be added to your daily moisturiser for an added boots of moisturisation leaving the skin touchable soft and supple. Ideal for this time of year when cold winds and changes in temperature due to central heating can cause havoc with moisture levels.




Glowing  Skin With EMMA HARDIE

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Midas Touch Face Serum 2 x 15ml

This click pen applicator means that you won't waste any product by over application, it also allows the product to stay absolutely fresh on each application.  Containing Moringa Seed Oil and  Pepper fruit extract which assist in plumping the skin leaving it looking fresh and radiant, this serum is used daily directly onto the skin or added to your foundation for an extra glow. This is one of those products that give you instant visible results and it's one you will find yourself reaching for as you get to love the results you see in the mirror.

Glowing  Skin With EMMA HARDIE



Emma Hardie Amazing Face Plump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist 90ml

Using this mist on a daily basis is a true hydration life saver!  Please read my Initial  thoughts on this Here


All in all these three products give you every drop of hydration your skin could possibly need to keep it fresh and plump, dehydrated dull looking skin is ageing, Emma Hardie products bring back the freshness that you thought was possibly lost. 


Cruelty Free.

Check out the Emma Hardie Range Here 


Lyn  xx



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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Well that was 2018






Hiya Darlins

I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year and while I appreciate I am kind of late with this I have to admit to being so switched off an zoned out over the Christmas/New Year Period I am only just starting to get back to normal.  Everyone has gone back to work and the house is empty for the first time in ages, it feels odd but I actually love it, I am quite happy rambling away to myself while I get stuff done, most often to ask myself why I walked into a room as I stand there gazing like an idiot.

2018.......Well I don't have a lot to say on the subject, it came and went as they all do, I had a couple of amazing bits of family news last year, my son got engaged my youngest daughter got her first mortgage! and my eldest daughter realised her ambition of being successfully self employed, how they grow up eh?  I think that's one of the reasons I struggle with Christmas. I miss the excitement of little kids with the build up and planning.  Grown ups are no where near as much fun and don't enjoy parading on Christmas Eve in their brand new nightwear!  why do we do that?  clean sheets and new jim jams?  Lord knows where it came from,  also the complete cleaning frenzy we go into before the big day, what's that all about?  the buggers are only going to come and make a huge happy mess again.  I adore beyond words being surrounded by my children and grandchildren on Christmas Day which is also my birthday but have to admit to not having the energy of a couple of years ago, rather than me doing the Christmas Dinner we now go out to eat which is a huge rest for me being waited on, but I do feel guilty as I hate seeing other people work at Christmas.  A hefty tip goes a little way to ease my guilt. 

I hope your year had moments of sheer joy and not too many moments of misery.  For those of you suffering with pain of any description or MH problems I am with you and wish you a beautiful happy 2019.

Lyn x 

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