My visit to Yuva Medispa – Alderley Edge

Sometimes you visit a place and the minute you step foot through the front door you just know it’s going to be a good experience.

This was the case last week when we [ Sue, Julie & I ] made our way across the Pennines for my date at a Yuva Medispa, Alderley Edge.

First impressions definitely do count ; the warm welcome we received from Lorna the Clinic Manager, and the beautiful, stylish reception that greeted us were second to non.

I mean just look at it… beautiful hues of cream and gold with accents of pink and green courtesy of the numerous plants and succulents.

It also smells delicious thanks to the various diffusers scattered around the premises.

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Daily Dose of Beauty – Absolute Collagen

I’ve always looked after my skin. However getting a plague of acne in my early twenties [ I was a late starter ] sent me on the verge of obsessive.

The acne made me feel like an ugly buggy and on the very bad days I hid myself away. I’ve even be known to cancel days/nights out when I was feeling particularly horrendous.

Luckily I don’t have acne anymore but I have been left with some scarring, discolouration and I still get the odd breakout. It may sound daft but my life seems to have been ruled by my skin, my mood dependent on how ‘it’ decided to play that day.

This year, as I turn 47, I decided it was time to take charge & up the ante. As well as up-grading my skin care which has included having a nurse strength TCA peel, microdermabrasion and a hydra facial. I also believe it’s what you put into your body that affects your skin.

Perfect timing then that Absolute Collagen got in touch asking whether I’d like to trail their products for a couple of weeks.

Of course I said yes and my box of collagen arrived a couple of days later.

I love the bright packaging and like the girlie-girl I am was swooning over the cover models hair and eye-makeup. As Mum used to say ‘ fabulous, just fabulous

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Repose yourself for a good cause …

Hello Lovelies,

Can you believe it’s Friday already?! It only seems 2 minutes since I was recovering from my hangover … induced last Friday. Saying that hangovers in my 40’s do seem to take a chuffing week to  disappear.

I’ve had a lovely day . I met up with one of my mum’s best friends Anne. [ a beautiful soul inside & out] I’m making a conscious effort to do so; it’s what Mum would have wanted.

We sat and chatted [mainly about Mum] drank  copious amounts of coffee and I came home with a new book ‘Be a unicorn & live life on the bright side’ …

as you do at 46!

So I thought I’d pop on here today to tell you all about a rather fabulous offer Temple Spa has on.

October is Baby Loss Awareness Month; between Friday 13th and Sunday 22nd of October, it’s buy 1 get 1 free on Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream. Even better for every Repose sold 10% of the sale will be donated to The Mariposa Trust. 

The primary function of the charity is to support anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. Continue reading

Peeling away the years … with Medispa S10

You all know about my love/hate relationship with my skin, or rather hate/hate. It hates me and at times I hate it. 

I’m 46 and despite looking after my complexion like I would do a diamond ring ….I still get the odd annoying pimple. Grrrrr

I have light scarring caused by acne in my early twenties,some discoloration and fine lines around my eyes . The last few months spent looking after and then losing mum have also left my skin [and I] looking somewhat ‘tired and drawn’

It was perfect timing then that the ladies at Medispa S10 got in touch to see whether I would like a peel in exchange for a review. It’s something I’ve contemplated on several occasions but something I’ve  always talked myself out of. It looks painful and your face basically falls off.

After a consultation and coffee with Juliet & Emma the date was booked.

Peel here I come!

At this point I need to mention customer care. These ladies are seriously lovely, know their stuff and go above and beyond to make sure your looked after / book the right treatment for you . I had a course of Derma roller with them a couple of years ago [a treat to myself with my redundancy money!] and trust them completely. You can read about my experience of Derma roller // here

And yes they confirmed a peel is [ momentarily] painful and your face does fall off !

So what is a TCA Peel:

Basically a TCA chemical peel uses trichloroacetic acid to dry the top layers of skin so they peel off over a period of several days. [7% trichloroacetic acid and 2% salicylic acid paired with 4% retinol] The treatment is used to reduce discolouration, improve  melasma , and reduce fine lines.

I was booked in last Thursday evening. The whole process only takes a few minutes. I was extremely nervous at the thought of having acid wiped all over my face and could feel myself getting hot and panicky.

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Winter Sun Fun…

This year for all sorts of reasons , but mainly because non of us can face it without mum. We are going to leave on a jet plane and spend Christmas abroad somewhere hot.

Mum was our Christmas .

She was ‘Mrs Christmas’.

She adored it. She always had the best, most tastefully dressed tree [always red  and gold ], ensured the house was lit up like Blackpool, and her giddiness was infectious. Family was everything to mum and she ensured we always had the best time.

I tend to get my own way and have spent every single Christmas Day at Mum and Dads, bar one when I went to my ex-husbands house for Christmas lunch. I hated every single minute of it. Not because they did anything wrong, it just wasn’t the same without my mum around.

I’m positively dreading this year , the first year without her.

It’ll never be easy but I’m kinda guessing this year will be tough for us all. Firsts always are.

We [ dad, BF & brother] made a collective decision that this year we would take ourselves out of our usual surroundings and do something we’ve never done before. Hence a week abroad is on the cards. It’s new, there are no memories of mum there. [though I’m sure we will all be thinking about her.] It will still be absolutely gut wrenching her not being there with us …

I love Christmas but quite frankly this year I could take it or leave it.

So while I’d normally start looking for a warm, snug yet stylish outfit with an elasticated expanding waistband;  this year that will be substituted for a new bikini, sandals and a good false tan.  Continue reading

Updates & Beauty Banter…

This blog post is brought to you by a rather discruntled and fed up Tracey.

Since mum left us [ I still can’t say died, it’s far too final and blunt] I’ve been trying really hard to wake up each morning with a smile; to think happy thoughts.

Obviously I’ve not always succeeded and on quite a few days I’ve been in tears before it’s even turned 10.00am. I’m a lady in grieving and I take it this is normal behaviour.

To make matters worse,  today I’ve woken up to a poorly Mollie [ dog ] she’s struggling to walk on her back leg and looks and probably feels the same as me.

Very Fed up.

It’s just another worry I could do without. I love the bones off that little fur lady and couldn’t bear it if anything happened to her. I’m currently sat typing with her next to me, that way I can keep my beady eye on her.

I’ve cried, I’ve had coffee. Normality is resumed… for a few hours anyway.

So anyway today I thought I’d share some beauty products with you. I’ve been using all of these on and off for the past couple of months.

Just to clarify [ I know their are skeptics out there who think Bloggers only feature gifted goods] Non of the products featured were gifted by a brand.

I love them, I buy them and I use them. Simples!

So without sounding like a chuffing record [ I do , I know ! ] the stress from the last few months has really taken a negative toll on my already shitty skin.

A few weeks ago I had a major, MAJOR break out. I’m 46 please stop. Lots of lump, bumps and white heads around my chin and jawline , some of which turned into angry red spots.

Due to lack of sleep I’m hollow and dark under my eyes . I look drained, spotty and knackered. I sound delightful don’t I?

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