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.

Post contains brand/agency sample supplied for review. no affiliate links.
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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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Friday, 15 March 2019

Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™ Makeup Blending Brush




Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush
Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush



Hiya Darlins, 

Hope you are well? I have wanted this product for the longest time so was absolutely delighted to get to test it out for the blog!

As you know I recently reviewed the Magnitone Barefaced 2 Cleansing Brush which I am using on a daily basis and I can't see that changing, I now have a new daily obsession this time in the makeup department. 




Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush
Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush

Blending foundation is not something quite as simple nowadays as it used to be, back in my day, yes, yes I know that was a long time ago!  we only had the choice of fingers to apply our foundation, or your Nana used to use a  puff for her powder which took the place of foundation.  My lord things are a bit different now, blenders, brushes every permutation of sponge, I have even seen a BOILED EGG be used on Instagram!  The thing is, we want perfection - everyone wants that flawless skin look regardless of age and our expectations of our makeup are so much higher now, I very much doubt you see anyone with a distinct line between face and neck like you used to?  we blend for all we are worth!  and to that end the Magnitone Blend Up is a gift from the gods.


Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush

Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush



The sleek design is easy and comfortable to use the BlendUp works at 250 Vibra-Sonic™ movements per second to achieve a flawless blend while at the same time gently stimulating the skin for a healthy glow.  To ensure that you are not spreading germs or bacteria on the skin the BlendUp brush heads are treated with Biomaster® and antibacterial shield which is based on silver-ion technology. Biomaster®  never leaks or washes away so you know your brush head it protected for life.



Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush
Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush

Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush

Magnitone Blend Up Vibra-Sonic™  Makeup Blending Brush


The brush works with both liquid and powders to seamlessly blend like a professional, I love the fact that it does all the work for you so that when you leave the house and catch a glimpse of your face you are never caught out with any glaring streaks - yes we have all done it!  With 2 speeds plus a cleaning mode you will get to grips with this tool in no time at all and it won't be long before you wonder how you did without it, trust me this is no gimmick, it works!  Charged by USB in 2 hours you will get a full 100 minutes use which in terms of applying makeup is forever.

Each brush comes with it's own registration card where you can register your product online for a complimentary extended guarantee.


Magnitone BlendUp is available at






Lyn 

x


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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare



Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare
Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare 


Hi Loves

How are you doing?  This was a really interesting discovery for me in terms of skincare and one which to be honest I thought sounded really complicated and confusing as I had never really looked into Ayurveda very deeply, on researching and discovering these products the principles turned out to be really simple and actually made sense if you are a person that likes to live a simple natural balanced lifestyle.  Which I do think more and more people are turning to nowadays as the world can be often a busy hectic place!





Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare
Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare 


Basics of Ayurveda 


Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old natural and holistic approach to life, it’s rooted in India’s Vedic culture. The principles of Ayurveda are based on nature’s five elements and three life-energies. Following these age-old rules will not only create harmony in the body, but will also allow you to a balance and peace-loving lifestyle. From diet to exercise to mental composure. The three main life energies are Vata(wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha(earth). Each human being has a prevailing dosha that shapes our minds and bodies. For example, someone with a dominant Vata energy will have smaller bone structure and are likely to be thin, light and energetic. Pitta energies are intense and intellectual creatures.  When Kapha is dominant, that person tends to be a nurturer with an easy-going nature.


On to the products.

Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare is based on the 3 life energies and to make life really simple for us they have a questionnaire on their website samayaayurveda.com/ that you follow to discover your Dosha type.  The skincare ranges are specifically tailored to each type.

Interestingly when I completed the survey my Dosha was Kapha and the skincare range turned out to be for oily skin, which I am not, my skin has always been pretty normal. But I thought for the purposes of this trial I would trust the process and not question it.  Now this really is quite interesting, the skincare was brilliant for me, I absolutely convinced myself it would be too harsh, not at all, and something that has just this second occurred to me as I am writing this post is that currently I am on a huge amount of medication including steroids which could be the reason the questionnaire picked up on my change?  no clue but it worked!



Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare
Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare 



I started out with;  
Samaya Hydrating Cleanser Kapha 100ml

Firstly the packaging on these products is beautiful, simple Eco friendly glass bottles, housed in protective card tubes, I keep mine in the tubes to protect from light damage.

A couple of pumps of the cleanser applied to dry skin melts away makeup and grime, developed with powerful Ayurvedic botanicals such as Ashwagandha, Sandalwood, Vetivert and Frankincense to hydrate and soften the skin, simply apply, massage in with the hands and rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.



Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare
Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare 


Samaya Anti-Ageing Skin Cream Kapha 50ml

The formula is lightweight and literally melts into the skin, it has a clean fresh botanical fragrance that has an uplifting effect as you apply, I actually used this alone with no other serums or primers and it worked really well under make up as it leaves a dry soft base to the skin. Used both morning and night there is no need for further products should you wish to keep your routine simple and effective. The same botanical ingredients run throughout the range.



Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare
Samaya Ayurvedic Skincare 



Samaya Renewing Exfoliant Kapha 50ml

I used 2-3 times a week although you can use it every other day, or indeed leave it on overnight for a deeper treatment. This enzyme filled exfoliant contains no grit or grains and works literally on the power of the enzymes to remove dead lifeless skin which leaves you looking dull and tired, in all honesty I am in love with this product, apply, leave 20 minutes and rinse away with warm water and a washcloth, pat dry and look in the mirror!  your skin will look paler more balanced, refreshed and feel fantastic. 
Pineapple enzymes, Sodium Hyaluranate, Aloe & Jojoba combine with botanical ingredients to unclog every pore.

When using there was a very slight tingle which I actually enjoy, the product dries down while it is doing it's work.


I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering this range and really quite like the simplicity of the routine, it is a change from over complicated skincare routines which can come in as many as 10 stages!  sometimes in life it's nice to keep it simple :)

https://www.samayaayurveda.com/
Lyn x



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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Little Life Update (chat)




Hi Loves,

How are you?

I wanted to pop this quick post out just to cover my reasons for being semi AWOL this last week!
It has been a little bit hectic here to say the least, we have been waiting for my youngest daughter to complete on her first property, it was promised before Christmas but what with the legal stuff they decided it would be a good idea to exchange and complete on the same day!!! so of course it was all hands to the deck. achieving this at 26 on her own has been nothing less than a miracle. A brief rundown of why I say this.  My girl suffers from BPD which is a mental health condition, she was with her boyfriend for 7 years  to discover he was online chatting to a woman in another country, the upshot being he moved abroad, leaving the girl with a huge rent and a flat full of his old crap, and a broken soul!  what is it they say about women being strong when they need to be?  after licking her wounds and having some strange experiences with Internet dating she decided enough was enough. after lengthy discussions she bought a caravan!   yep, don't ask - Mum can  live in the garden?  sounds nuts right?  the thing is at the time of her moving back, I already had my eldest Grandaughter living with me ( who has now left me to live with her lovely fella bloody miles away!) and my 3rd bedroom is a smallish office, plus my daughter has two cats that walk on leads!  that couldn't live inside with us due to cat/dog and my passion for having doors and windows open........ anyway- she bought it and moved it in LOL, fortunately we managed to hide it away in the garden so we didn't look like a holiday camp, sorted her water, had extra power put in the house, decorated it pink and white and the rest was history, she literally saved like a mad woman to get her deposit. The flat is beautiful and I am so very proud to see where she is today, the end of the relationship turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She is doing an Open University degree in marketing so now has more space for her papers n stuff!

While this is going on over the space of a week, I get to go to hospital on an emergency with this stupid condition Ulcerative Colitis, I won't bore you but the needless to say the timing was a nightmare, and on moving in day I had already promised my youngest Grandaughter that we would go buy her prom dress, and a promise is a promise right?  she has her dress, is over the moon and I can't wait to show off her photo's when the time comes!  We didn't have the fun of such things in my day but I get to live another life through the girls LOL. And to end the week it will be my only Son's 30th birthday, so a visit and a day out is planned, I can't wait!

Well that's me this week, hopefully normal life (whatever that is) will resume.  I hope your week has been blessed with good things.

Lyn  x 




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Monday, 4 March 2019

Beatitude Peace

Beatitude Peace
Beatitude Peace




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Hi Loves,

I don't know about you but sleep is something of a pain for me, when I was younger I could literally sleep for England 12-14 hours was easy! nowadays I'm lucky if I can get 4 and that's usually broken by at least one trip in the night to the cold tiled space.  I am no Maggie Thatcher and four hours is not cutting it;  it means that by 4.30 in the afternoon I dare not sit down or I will without even realising be drifting off, also I can't help thinking that everything to do with health and maintaining wellness always put a good 7 or 8 hours at the top of the list, no wonder I feel like an empty old shuck in the afternoons!


Beatitude are not a new brand to me, I have had the pleasure of experiencing the Christmas Comfort Candle and a small sample of Bath Oil you can read about those here.
This time around I have been trying out a combination of Beatitude Peace Pillow Spray & Room Spray alongside Beatitude Peace Dispersing Bath Oil.


Beatitude Peace
Beatitude Peace


Let's just start with how beautiful this bottle of Aromatherapy Bath Oil looks - it's like having a bottle of very expensive perfume sitting on the bathroom shelf. The 50ml bottle will provide you with about 10 baths you really only need the tiniest amount and the room is filled with relaxing aroma. The oil disperses into the water leaving no greasy residue but manages to fully moisturise and soften your skin while bathing.
Simply lie back close your eyes and let the combination of essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain and Cedarwoood clear your mind of any of the day's stresses and strains, when treating yourself to an Aromatherapy bath I think it's best to announce to the household that you are taking a bath, in other words "please leave me alone" you need this time to unwind and calm any racing thoughts that are going through your head.  Before entering the bath I gave my pillows a spritz with the Peace Pillow Spray and added a few sprays to the bedroom and closed the door.

Beatitude Peace
Beatitude Peace



I honestly wish I could bottle the feeling of laying in that fragrant water, wrapping in a warm dressing gown and entering the bedroom!  It was like a spa experience like no other, you are literally enveloped in aromatherapy fragrances that melt away anything that could possibly be causing you stress. 

Bingo!  I slept like a baby, I didn't even make one trip to the loo which in itself is a miracle, I don't remember dreaming or turning over on if fact anything at all!
I woke naturally after 9 hours!!!!!!!!  yep 9 hours it was like being knocked out with some sort of pill, I honestly couldn't believe it.  I think if you were to do the ritual every single night it may lose the impact, but for me 2-3 times a week will be perfect, in fact it will be quite an exciting thought to look forward to during the day knowing that whatever the day throws at you will float out of the window when you set up your bedtime ritual.


Beatitude Peace
Beatitude Peace


I know people look forward to going to bed, but getting excited about it is a whole new novelty for me.

The Company are giving 10% discount to readers of the blog and also include free samples with orders and free delivery on orders over £30.00 

  use code Lavenderbarn19  https://www.beatitude.co.uk


Lyn  x


This post was written in collaboration with Beatitude, the company had no input on my thoughts or words.  Link is not affiliated I make no money from you using it.
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