B E A U T Y | Neurophroline Serum from GOW for Victoria Health

Morning .. but no doubt by the time this gets published … Good evening !

I’ve got a fab little discovery to share with you today and it’s skincare related.

I was fortunate to receive some products a few weeks ago from Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health.

GOW is a brand I was familiar with but one I had never tried before. I had heard mainly good reports but was excited to try them out for myself … you know have my two-penneth!

I received a couple of products including the Vitamin C Serum [which has been talked about a lot and is a favourite of Nadine Baggots ] but today I’m going to talk to you about the Neurophroline Serum which I am loving.

As I always state – I am not being paid for this post and I am under no obligation to write about it. I just feel it is worth shouting about. I gain nothing from recommending this to you – just a happy heart, after-all sharing is caring!

So first things first Neurophroline Serum retails at £18 for 1 Oz with is just under 30ml. A great size for travel.

It is scent free [if there is a scent it is extremely faint] All the products are cruelty free, suitable for vegetarians and free from alcohol and silicones.

If you are anything like me I bet you are wondering what the heck Neurophroline is and what it does exactly ? I can’t even bloody pronounce it properly, which if you watched my Instagram stories last week was very evident. I hope you had a good old giggle at my expense.

I have undertaken a little ‘Tracey research time‘ because I do like to know these things myself . Here is the official line.

Modern day life can be highly-stressful as we all know ; from job pressure, environment, health or lifestyle.

The main causes of stress on the skin are UV, pollution, smoke, chemicals.

Neurophroline is the first generation of cosmetic active ingredient that is able to block the production of cortisol, the major stress hormone. Basically high levels of cortisol triggers the destruction of collagen [ bad cortisol ! ] which can lead to the formation of lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

Neurophroline visibly improves skin colour, and tone within a short period of time [ as little as 2 weeks] .

Soooooo …you may have read all that and felt slightly confused; thought it sounded like a load of ‘cobble de gook’ … more science than skincare!

In layman’s terms this serum helps break down the baddie Cortisol, so the goodie Collagen can flourish leaving you with more luminous skin! It is a light weight, slightly runny serum that sinks into the skin beautifully, leaving a lovely canvas for the rest of your skincare/makeup .

For me personally a good skin day is one that is spot free, with refined pores. Skin that looks clear, comfortable, hydrated with no redness. Happy skin … and after just a few weeks usage that is what I have.

I have been applying a few pumps of this serum every morning [ and every other evening], after cleansing, before applying my choice of moisturiser. Everyone’s skin is different but for me over the space of just a few days my skin felt calmer , more supple.

Does my skin look more radiant… yes, yes I think it does … if only marginally.

If you have stressed out skin this could be the answer . Your saviour in a little bottle // HERE

You can thank me later – I take credit card or chocolate !

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Tracey x

* The product was kindly gifted to me by Monty PR but as stated all words, thoughts and opinions are strictly my own *

B E A U T Y – Skin Chemists in the spotlight

* CONTAINS – gifted items only

I was kindly gifted the products listed below from Skin Chemists a few months ago [thank you] and was asked to use them for a few weeks then give my honest opinion on how they performed over that period of time

• Anti-aging Caviar Day Moisturiser – 50ml

• Anti-aging Caviar Facial Serum – 30ml

• Anti-aging Caviar Eye Serum – 10ml

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BEAUTY | first impressions of the British Beauty Box

*AD – this post contains gifted items. No payment has been received.

Hey up lovelies,

I’ve not written one of these posts for a while … in fact the last one I wrote was for a couple of purchases I made from Trinny of London at the beginning of last year . So today I thought I’d rectify that and give you my first impressions of The British Beauty Box which I received a few days ago.

Just to warn you this post maybe tinged with Rocky Horror Picture Show narratives as my fabulous BF secured tickets last night for me and a couple of friends to go andsee it at The Lyceum Theatre in a few weeks time. Whoop whoop. [Refer to my previous blog post and you’ll understand my excitement !] Even my dog Mollie is answering to Sweet Transvestite or Frank n Furta!

So anyway back to beauty –

Please remember this is an initial thoughts only post. I’ll review seperate products in future posts when I’ve had a chance to use them for a few months.

The British Beauty Box is on its 2nd edition and is delivered to your door every 3 months so you will receive 4 boxes a year. There are different payment options:

  • Monthly – Pay £25.00 per month
  • Quarterly – Pay £50.00 every 3 months
  • Annually – Pay a one time payment of £175.00

You will receive 5 full-size products in each beauty box . That’s an amazing saving when you consider the  contents are worth over £200.00 [based on RRP.]

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BEAUTY | what’s caught my eye this month

By my own admission I’m somewhat of a beauty and make-up junkie…

I thought it would be grand if today I compiled a list of my current favourite ‘bits and bobs’ This could then double up as a Gift Guide ‘of sorts’. I don’t really do Gift Guides because everybody else does them … and as you know I hate doing what everybody else does.

I believe the best gift you can give someone is your time and your love . That the best things in life are free … I’ll not start harping on about sunsets again. But hey with Christmas just around the corner … it’s the ideal time and these could all be classed as essentials or maintenance products!

So here goes , for transparency purposes some of these were gifted, which I have marked with a *

REN Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Cream – 50ml £46.00 *

An anti-ageing moisturiser for pre- or post-menopausal skin, designed to recharge and replenish.

Sirtuin is designed to repair damage as well as strengthen the skins natural barriers so it could potentially be great for my combination skin.

Contains Natural Bio-Actives :Rice Protein Extract Helps boost energy release for a stronger skin.

Wild West African Yam Replenishes skins lipids to improve moisture and suppleness to reduce fine line and wrinkles visibility

Bio Calcium – Helps to improve lipid barrier function for fuller and plump 

I was sent this moisturiser a couple of months ago and my intentions were to post about it a lot sooner… however around the same time and following a professional facial I had a major, major breakout.

As I’ve documented all over my social media channels it left me with the skin of a pre-menstrual 16-year-old and zapped all my confidence. The spots just kept coming … You’d think at 47 I’d be over this spot malarkey. Appears not.

Thankfully after several weeks of feeling awful my skin is back to its former glory so I have started incorporating Sirtuin Phytohormone back into my skincare routine. I am advised by my Doctor that I am currently going through the peri-menopause so this cream sounds ideal for me. The peri-menopause can last years before the actual daddy itself – the menopause – kicks in!

Good grief …

I’m re-introducing it slowly; following my breakout my skin has become overly sensitive. REN advise you should use it morning and evening on clean skin , but for the past week I have only been using it every other night. I’ve not experienced any problems, or any further breakouts yet [ touch wood ]

It has a beautiful, light texture which is quite rich but that doesn’t leave a film or any greasiness on the skin. My skin feels plumped, hydrated and there’s no tightness.

REN are cruelty free and vegan , they are working towards being 100% recyclable which during the current climate is extremely important to me.

We are off to a good start !

I will keep you posted how I get on over the next few weeks but I wanted to share with you as it would make a lovely gift.

Ideal for :

Your best friend who needs a lift and is also going through the menopause

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara – Full Size £23.00 [ sample size pictured ]

I recently attended a Blogger Event / Master Class at Bobbi Brown in John Lewis , Sheffield where we came away with a sample of the Smokey Eye Mascara each in our goodie bag.

It’s a clump free formula which gives me seriously lush lashes in just one coat. I however apply two because I like to go big … or go home!

It maybe my new favourite! Dare I say I prefer it over Max Factor False Effect Lashes. I’m just hoping that the brush on the full size is the same as on the sample size.

Ideal for :

Your flirty friend … these lashes need to flirt !

CLARINS Joli Rouge Gradation ‘801 Coral Gradation‘ Limited addition lipstick £22.00

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When Sue suggested I try this lipstick I was abit like “ohhh ok … but they’ll see me from Mars! ” It’s not a colour I would normally wear but one my Mum would have desperately tried to get me to wear / buy. She often used to tell me the lipsticks I wore made me look like I’d just been dug up! Funny how the only person who can tell you stuff like that and you do not take offence … is your mum 💗

What can I say I bloody love it. It brightens my face, applies beautifully and the colour lasts.

It features two colours in the one stick and is very moisturising.

It would make an ideal stocking filler … I mean who doesn’t love a new lippy

Ideal for :

Your Pale Friend who needs some colour in their life!

SCOUTING FOR PEARLS – Ruby Leo Drop Earrings £34.00 *

Ok not necessarily beauty related BUT I love these earrings. I was sent them earlier this year and they are amongst the earrings I wear the most. Little fierce leopard heads in your ears … what’s not to love? I’m like my late Grandma Betty when it comes to jewellery – a bit of a magpie.

Scouting For Pearls have some amazing pieces of jewellery and I am reliably informed there are a few pairs of these still available on the website. Quick …Go adopt a leopard.

Ideal for:

The Magpie in your life

ENGLISH MINERAL MAKE UP – Fairy Godmother £55.00 *

This is another product I was sent to try several months ago. It impressed me so much on its first application that I raved about it … and I’m still raving about.

It’s bloody fabulous.

A swipe of this across your face makes your skin look amazing . It’s as though somebody has air brushed you, and it’s not cakey . It’s the perfect highlighter and you can also wear it overnight as a treatment.

Fairy Godmother is not fairy dust [ awww I love the sound of fairy dust ] It contains millions of microscopic prisms which reflect light. This gives the appearance of fewer wrinkles and fine lines. Jobs a good un.

Ideal for :

Everyone … and those who lack glow

MAKEUP REVOLUTION – Glitter Palette – I couldn’t find this exact palette but this is similar – £10 .00

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of glitter would it? I recently won this palette via a competition run by @devotedtopink over on instagram. I love it.

I’ve been having such fun experimenting with looks. Who says you can’t have fun with makeup at any age? Apparently glitter sits in wrinkles and ages us.

I guess it’ll sit in my wrinkles and age me then . What do you think?

It’s worth noting Primark did a fantastic glitter palette last year for a mere £4.00 . It might be worth checking out your local store over the next few weeks.

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Ideal for:

The lady in your life that still believes in Unicorns. The sparklier the better

001 SKINCARE LONDON – CRYOpress and Alpha Glow Flash Facial 50ml *

CRYOpress – £75.00

Alpha Glow Flash Facial – £85.00

This was another set of products I was sent to try a couple of weeks ago and all I can say is I love it. The feeling of the ice cold roller against your skin is one I will never tire off. It’s so envigorating [ especially with a hangover]

I have had a couple of professional cryo treatments in the past and the results where fabulous … so when 001 Skincare approached me to see whether I’d like to review CRYOpress I snapped their hands off.

The official line goes like this

Thanks to its sustained cold temperature at -8 to 2.5°C, CRYOpress biologically triggers the skin for an  intense facial workout, increasing blood circulation and continuously pumping oxygen and nutrients to the skin encouraging lymphatic drainage. CRYOpress ice therapy improves skin’s overall condition at its core and helps skin stay healthy and fresh

It’s so very easy to use too.

You are advised to keep the CRYOpress in the freezer at all times, and to freeze it for atleast 30 minutes before first use.

Apply a generous amount of the Alpha Glow to your face [ it makes the roller glide easier ] and then start rolling with the CRYOpress up and down , side to side, zig zagging around the face and neck area for between 5 and 15 minutes.

It feels wonderful. After continued use pores become more refined, it aids scar recovery and soothes inflammation. Skin is tightened and lifted.

This is another product I will report back on in a few weeks but I wanted to mention as it would make a fabulous gift. If I had to summarise – I’d say I’m a little obsessed.

Ideal for:

Your friend that loves a new gadget and good skin care

So there you have it … did anything catch you eye, or do you currently use any of these? Id love to know your thoughts.

I could have gone on but I think I might do a part 2 next week!

Until next time ,

Tracey x

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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