Beauty | Trufflelixir – Reveal your best skin …

I’m excited to share with you a skin-care product I’ve been using for the past month. It only launched today and I’ve been keeping ‘her’ identity firmly under wraps!

I feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity… anybody who knows me knows I’m skincare obsessed and just LOVE trying something new. [They also know I can’t hold my own water so keeping this under wraps has been a little victory to me! ]

It maybe my history of living with bad skin in the past that led me down this path. The constant search for products and treatments that deliver better skin … who knows ? but it’s one I enjoy pursuing.

So without further ado let me introduce you to … [drum roll ]

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Beauty | What’s in your makeup bag?

When Joanne from Opposable Thumbs recently did a blog post on what’s in her makeup bag she tagged a few of her fellow bloggers to join in. Of course I jumped at the the chance; nosy by name, nosy by nature. It’s something that fascinates me. What do ‘real’ people actually put on their faces?

How about you?

Do you want to see what’s in my makeup bag ?

Yes … great stuff please walk this way.

No … you have my permission to leave now

First up I just need to clarify I have loads of makeup in boxes scattered all around the bedroom. Tonnes of the bloody stuff. Drives the BF crazy.

I’ve not featured any eyeshadow palettes ; I apply eye shadow in the morning and leave the sets behind on my dressing room table. You can read all about my eye-makeup routine // HERE

I don’t wear foundation so there’s non of that featured either.

This is the [rather mucky …in need of a wash ] makeup bag I won. Yay go me. This is the one I carry around with me on a daily basis. This is the makeup I tend to wear most days; I use for touch ups when I’m out etc.

All these products have been bought by myself.

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Spring is in the air … oh I could crush a grape!

I was born in December.

December 1970.

It was a good year or that’s what I tell anybody that will listen. I’m most definitely an “ice, ice baby” . I love the cosy winter months, snuggled up close to the fire.

December born and bred.

However while I adore donning big chunky – lived in jumpers 24/7 , sipping hot chocolate on repeat and ‘doing’ everything by candlelight… by the end of January I am seriously hankering after a little sunshine on my [ SPF’d 50] face, to feel the sand between my toes.

To get outside.

Breathe the warm air.

Walk up a mountain.

Explore.

Eat fish & chips out of newspaper…

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Beauty | My favourite make up discovery of 2017 is . . .

I’d like to think that amongst all the products I tested last year there were a few stand out favourites. Products I would repurchase again and again.

I am lucky that as a fairly established blogger I get sent a lot of ‘goodies’ from brands / PR companies keen for me to review their goods. However being the skincare / make-up junkie I am I also tend to purchase A LOT myself .

I like to mess what can I say? Nothing excites me more than getting my mitts on a  product by a brand I’ve not encountered before.

My favourite discovery of 2017 is one I bought myself and only chanced upon at the beginning of December. It was a recommendation by the skin care guru Nadine Baggot . Not personally of course, on one of her You Tube videos.

Stretch Concealer by Glossier- £15.00 plus postage

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Beauty | 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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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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