Beauty | 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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Sond …the little life saver for sensitive skin!

A few weeks ago I was asked whether I would like to trail some skincare from the brand Sond who specialise in skincare for people with sensitive skin.

If I’m honest I had never heard of this brand before but was very keen to find out more. I had a quick look on their website  and discovered the following:

  • Sond has a mission to improve the lives of people with sensitive skin. They create products to make sensitive skin look and feel amazing.
  • Their approach to skincare is holistic.
  • Silica  is used in all their products. Silica is a powerful mineral that is naturally present within our bodies. It is essential for collagen production and strong healthy skin.
  • They took the word Sond ( which actually has 2 little dots above the o) from the middle of the German word ‘besonders’ it means special.

I love discovering and trying out new brands. My skin has the ability to be very temperamental and has periods where it can be overly sensitive and spotty.

It sounded like just the ticket.

I plumped for the Firm and Smooth Revitalising Face Serum (£42.00 – 30ml ) which I received along  with a 5ml sample size of the Nourish and Plump Replenishing Face Oil (£34.00 – 30ml)



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Veggicol and H3O Hydration by Rejuvenated…



Veggiecol from Rejuvenated

I’m a big believer in supplements.

I think it is equally as important for our skin  what we put into our bodies  as well as what we put on it.

I’m a big fan of collagen shots which I have been using on and off for the past couple of years.

I’m also a massive fan of Alex Steinherr the beauty editor of Glamour Magazine. She has amazing skin, access to the best of beauty and I stalk follow her on snapchat (asteinherr)

Despite what people think Snapchat isn’t just for the kids. Ok some of the filters are hilarious and I’m guilty of messing around.  I do however  follow a bevvy of  beauty and lifestyle bloggers. I find their snaps are addictive and very informative.

Ms Steinherr’s makeup routines snaps are truly fabulous. If your a makeup junkie like me you will love them.  I swear she creates a glow (on her skin) like no other.

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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!




(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.



Mollie loves the garden…





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. . .







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


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.


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.


 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