Last week the Forest, this week the Lakes…

I’ve never been to the Lake District and had it not been for the Mr I may never have done.

Following our week spent in a log cabin in Keldy Forest, North Yorkshire he surprised me by booking  a further week away to rest and recuperate.

Truth be known I hadn’t had the best nights sleep in the forest. I was mostly spooked. Forests are beautiful but they also give me the ibby jibbys; I’ve never been the same  since I watched Evil Dead!

When darkness descended , it blinking descended. It was pitch black outside and my imagination ran amok as I looked into the trees and they (or something )  appeared to look back!.

The hot tub was amazing to start with but the novelty soon wore off, as did the Mr’s  jokes about the man sat watching me from the trees in a ski mask!

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(Above) Home last week…

So here I am sat in ‘Biskey Dip’ a beautiful, cosy yet ultra modern cottage In the heart of Bowness -On- Windermere.

It’s not the slightest bit scary and they have street lighting . Yay! which by the way we could do with in the bathroom. The only negative I have with the cottage is the appalling bathroom lighting. It’s bad. O.K and there’s some pretty odd people walking about but it makes for great people watching from any of the numerous coffee bars scattered up and down the main high street.

The Mr has done good.

It really is ‘home from home’ only it’s a dam sight nicer than mine. . . and it’s ours for a whole week.

It was definitely worth the 2 hour drive from Sheffield. I more or less got home from the forest, had a wee, grabbed a drink, kissed and cuddled my cats, Frankie and Lola (I missed them) before jumping back in the car en-route to Cumbria..

The Mr’s presently got his head buried in a laptop as he has a bit of work to complete. There’s no rest for the wicked! so I’m going to share a few pics with you.

Here’s the lovely cottage itself.

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Mollie loves the garden…

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We are planning to explore the area around Windermere over the next week, but what we have seen so far has been very beautiful…even in the rain!

England really is stunning in places and I’m a sucker for a nice view. The Mr laughs at me for pointing out the obvious. ‘Oh look its so  beautiful ‘ seems to be  coming out of my mouth on replay.

The weather has been very temperamental . Glorious sunshine one minute, followed by a good drenching the next. If you happen to bump into me while I’m here please excuse the hair!

While my skin, thankfully, is benefitting from all the fresh air, my hair however  has turned into a mass of uncontrollable frizz.! Add to my misery the fact that my hairdresser went scissor happy just before the hols and has cut my fringe stupidly short. I look like a simpleton!

Here’s a little taster to wet your appetite (of the scenery not my hair!) Delicious if a little eerie at times. . .

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I’m sure they’ll be loads more pictures and if your lucky (or rather unlucky) maybe a piccy of my hair! If nothing else you can have a giggle at my expense.

Until next time from the glorious lakes, Tracey x

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QUEEN COSMETICS – Sensiderma Renew and Refine. A Right Royal Review…

After suffering from sensitive skin and eczema for a period of time I was over the moon when I stumbled upon Queen Cosmetics. I immediately purchased their eye make up remover and loved it. Queen Cosmetics are experts in skincare for sensitive skin, their products are as pure as possible, leaving out all the unnecessary perfumes, preservatives and additives (all the bad stuff) and they’re not tested on animals.

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So when Tracey and I were approached to try out and review their Sensiderma Renew and Refine Moisturiser, we were hardly going to say no were we.  I must apologise to Queen Cosmetics as I have had this moisturiser for a while but been unable to do an honest review as I was also trying out other products. I did try it initially but found it too rich when used with the other products I was trying so for the last few weeks Renew and Refine has had my undivided attention.

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What Queen Cosmetics say:

Sensiderma Renew & Refine adheres to Queen’s philosophy of making products which are unique in a) their purity (nothing unnecessary goes in e.g. perfume, essential oils, masking fragrance, extracts and high levels of preservatives) so as to reduce irritation to sensitive skin types and b) their higher concentrations of those ingredients which actually work and which skin needs to remain soothed and moisturised. It contains peptides which work on reducing the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles without causing irritation to sensitive skin.

Skin feels softer and smoother immediately and, used twice a day for 28 days, the appearance of lines and wrinkles are reduced.

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What Liz says:

I know I shouldn’t have been surprised but I was. To start with, the packaging, although quite simple in its design, looks rather chic and classy.  Just plain white with a silver lid and a pump action dispenser…less is more!! The pump delivers just the right amount with 2 squirts to cover the whole face and neck area. As they’ve left out all the smelly stuff, there’s just a whiff of clean and fresh (if that makes sense). The cream itself is quite a thick consistency but is absorbed into the skin quite easily, without too much rubbing in. It doesn’t feel at all greasy and does not leave a coating on top of the skin that ‘rubs up’ like some creams do.

I’m always quite nervous of using the same moisturiser for day time as I do on a night mainly because I have to put make up on top of it for daytime. I should also point out here that as Queen do not use additives, there’s no SPF in this moisturiser – I’m Ok with this as I wear a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation and the one I use has an SPF of 20. I did think that my tinted moisturiser as well as the Renew and Refine might be a tad too much for my skin but they worked fine together and my obviously thirsty skin just absorbed them both providing a good base for the rest of my make up.

Although I haven’t suffered from any eczema outbreaks for a number of months now, my skin can still be dry and/or sensitive at times but I can honestly say that my skin has felt soft and smooth and had a ‘glow’ after each use of Renew and Refine. I’m not sure that lines and wrinkles appear any more reduced than with any other moisturiser (or ever will just with the use of creams…I have resorted to other measures to reduce those babies) but I am more than happy to use this as my day AND night time moisturiser.

45ml is only £36.95 but what I also like about Queen Cosmetics is the fact that they do sample pots which are an ideal way to try out a few different products without breaking the bank – they’re also fab for holidays too (save the luggage allowance for the shoes!!)

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What Tracey says:

I passed the cream onto my mum as she has fairly dry skin; I found it slightly too greasy for mine and unfortunately it did bring me out in a few spots. My skin is very temperamental!

I thought mum would appreciate it, unlike me she doesn’t spend a  fortune on skin care but is always grateful for any ‘hand-me-downs’. She had recently undertaken a 5-week course of radio-therapy which had left her washed out and her skin was not its usual glowing self. It was being quite erratic, blotchy and prone to flaring up.

What can I say she loved it. Her overall verdict was that it was fabulous, in her words  it left my skin so soft and just well … nice (She isn’t like me and doesn’t get that excited about face creams) Most importantly it didn’t bring her out in spots ,hives or bumps and it definitely calmed her skin down leaving it more uniform. She slowly but surely started to get her glow back. She has used the whole bottle and has been quite vocal that she would definitely purchase again.

I asked her if she had got to mark it out of 10 what would she give it and she said ……10! Praise indeed.

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Collagen Wave…My Appointment with A Fairy Godmother

Wednesday night I met my fairy godmother.

You’ve maybe met her before as she is the angel of a lady who rescued Tracey’s brow’s a few weeks ago. Tracey has raved about her every day since. I was lucky enough to meet her in the flesh and let her wave her magic wand on me too.

Wendy had kindly offered Tracey a Collagen Wave session to review, which Tracey obviously jumped at the chance of having. Unfortunately for Trace but luckily for me (in the kindest sense of the word – and I’m honestly not gloating), she was unable to have the treatment due to her having Cataplexy.

Selfless Tracey who had obviously seen my wrinkles and sagging skin, recognised my need and immediately put me forward for the session instead…such a pal!!

My natural nosiness got the better of me – I grabbed my computer and Googled to see what it was that she had volunteered me for. Collagen Wave is a treatment that combines radio frequency and ultrasound waves to heat up the deeper layers of the skin and helps to encourage the production of new collagen. Apparently an effective way of long term skin tightening and lifting. A kind of microwave for the face!! Hhhmmm…sounds intriguing doesn’t it?

So last night I followed Tracey down the M1 to a suburb of Sheffield and was introduced to the very glamorous, very bubbly and very wonderful Wendy Mordue in her little ‘boudoiresque’ salon. With the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes, she greeted us, settled us down with a cuppa and explained the treatment in full.

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All settled on the couch and with Tracey in situ taking photos, Wendy got started and removed the remnants of my day’s makeup. She then placed a large metal plate down the back of my dress which was attached to an ultrasound machine behind me. It sounds uncomfortable doesn’t it but I can honestly say that I couldn’t feel it at all. I was then laid back down while Wendy explained what she would do next.

I seem to have unknowingly matched my outfit to the salon…

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My face was smothered in a gel which would help Wendy slide the probe around my face. I was told that I would feel the probe (which was also attached to the ultrasound machine) heat up but if it got too hot, just to let her know and not to pull away. For 40 minutes, she firmly but gently slid the probe across my skin, paying extra attention to my areas of concern. I actually found the whole procedure very relaxing and therapeutic…not at all painful – even when she turned the heat up!

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With the gunky gel all washed off and a Dermalogica moisturiser smoothed in, I finally got to look in the mirror.

I had been a bit sceptical so was delighted when I saw the results. I kind of expected to look like a cooked chicken with the amount of heat that was applied but no, not a frazzled hen in sight. My jowls, while not quite of bloodhound proportions, had been saggier than I would have liked, however they were the first thing I noticed when I looked at my reflection. A complete lack of jowls…yipppeeee!! On closer inspection my cheeks looks more plumped and my brows (despite already being not as droopy thanks to recent Botox) appeared higher too.

My god it works.

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Wendy doesn’t really agree with courses of treatment as like she said, everyone’s face and skin reacts differently to the treatment, however it would be beneficial to have a few consecutive sessions and then maintained with a treatment maybe only once or twice a year. The results are long lasting and should give noticeable improvement over a period of time.

I’ve already booked in for a 2nd session next month….Tracey is not being left out next time either – Wendy is going to be doing a new face peel on her.

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 As this is the only salon in Yorkshire to offer Collagen Wave and Wendy is also busy with HD Brows and permanent make up, appointments fill up fast. To book your appointment with our fairy godmother, call Wendy on………..07788 921990