Friday, 20 January 2017

Sensodyne Pronamel - Protect Your Enamel

I have been trialling Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste and Mouthwash for the last few weeks. Protecting my teeth from acid erosion is something that I feel personally is important to me as I do like to eat a lot of fruit. And of course who doesn't want to give their teeth the best protection wherever possible?

Sensodyne Pronamel promises healthy, stronger and better protected enamel*

* Pronamel has a unique formulation. It helps minerals penetrate deep into the enamel surface, activelt strengthening and re-hardening weakened enamel, making it stronger, healthier and better protected from the effects of everyday acids.

Did you know...

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. If not protected over time it can be weakened and erode.

Enamel is the white, mineral rich, outer layer of our teeth that protects the dentine underneath.

Acid erosion is caused by eating and drinking acidic foods such as fruit juice, fizzy drinks and even salad foods.

Yellow and dull enamel can be a sign of acid erosion.

It's important that we start protecting our enamel against acids to help stop acid erosion getting any worse.

Brushing twice a day with Pronamel helps to

Protect from the effects of acid erosion
Maintain healthy teeth and gums
Rebuilds enamel strength for strong white teeth
Clean and freshen your mouth
Restores natural whiteness
Provide cavity protection.

My thoughts 

Pronamel has a nice and refreshing mint taste and leaves my teeth feeling polished and smooth, a good and effective toothpaste. My teeth look brighter. I really like using it and would purchase. Used in conjunction with Pronamel Mouthwash (alcohol free) which has a gentle mint taste,  mouth feels super clean and fresh.

Pronamel is available in a few different variants which I am looking forward to trying.

*PR Sample 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Breakfast Face Masks 3 x 10ml - Review

This pack of face masks were sent to me along with my Alpro Dairy Alternative Goodies and I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised at how nice and effective they are!

There are 3 face masks in the pack and I have got two applications in each so six face masks if you think of it that way...

Yoghurt - This is a smooth(ie) mask and smells so delicious and a little bit like a vanilla yoghurt. It's nice and creamy to apply. The result is gorgeously soft and silky skin, skin feels hydrated and looks bright and clear. I was surprised actually as this is such a gentle mask.

Coffee - Another great smelling mask that has a wonderful, light coffee aroma - oh my! Once again this is a smooth, creamy mask and works in exactly the same way as the yoghurt version. Good results. It cleans out pores without you even realising.

Oatty - This mask contains bits so it is gritty but not overly so, just a great scrub feel when you rinse it off. A nice smell like the other two. It leaves skin super soft and clear.

All in all, these are so gentle, effective and such a pleasure to use.

Breakfast Face Masks are available from Asos, Prezzybox and various online sites at around £6

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ferrari Fragrance iPhone Case - Gift Idea

A perfect gift idea for this Valentine's Day that will satisfy a man's love of fast cars, gadgets and smelling good!

The Ferrari Fragrance iPhone case is award winning and innovative...

This Ferrari Fragrance iPhone case also doubles as you guessed it, a fragrance dispenser. Your man will not only look stylish he will smell incredibly alluring on the go. This gorgeous scent - Ferrari Black opens with fresh notes of lime, bergamot and red apple, boasting a delicious and spicy heart of cinnamon, cardamom and jasmine rose and finally base notes of masculinity and warmth of cedarwood, amyris wood, amber and vanilla.  Mmm, mmm.

The case is soft to touch and is a protective cover for the phone.

Also available in Ferrari Red, the cover is suitable for iPhones 6/6S and comes with an extra 25ml refill.

Ferrari Fragrance iphone Case 25ml RRP £30 and is available from Boots, The Perfume Shop and online. 

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation Review

Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on No7 Airbrush Away Foundation and how I think it is a pretty good dupe for a luxury brand's own foundation....

No7 say 

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation glides over the skin like liquid silk.

It delivers buildable coverage whilst blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Clever optical blurring powders give a velvet yet radiant finish, like your complexion has been placed into soft focus.

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation also contains Berryflux Vita to hydrate and care for skin. Non pore blocking. Hypo-allergenic.

How to Use

For Best Results
Always shake before use
To draw the foundation up in to the dropper ensure that the cap is fully screwed down
Squeeze the bulb gently to dispense a few drops onto the back of your hand and then, starting from the centre of your face, blend outwards using a foundation brush.

My thoughts 

As you will see from the swatches the foundation is fairly runny, thus it is easy to apply and glide over the skin, blending in without any drag. It's quite strange really as even though it blends and leaves a nice, flawless finish, it feels as though it is sitting on top of the skin if you happen to touch your skin.

The finish is ever so slightly powdery but bright and radiant and the look lasts all day. It smooths lines, hides pores, covers redness and looks really natural. My skin but better and who doesn't want that!?

I really like it for an everyday foundation. As I mentioned right at the very top, I found this really similar in texture and finish to the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation and it is half the price!

Below I have added swatches and a full face shot of me wearing No7 Airbrush Away Foundation.

The shade I am wearing is Calico 

Swatch of Calico 

Calico blended 

Wearing No7 Airbrush Away Foundation in Calico

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation 30ml costs £16.50 

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review

Always on the lookout for a new cleanser I was intrigued by the latest launch by skincare brand Simple - Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil. I do like oil based cleansers and so the last time I was in the supermarket I saw it was on offer and picked up a bottle to try.

Simple say 

Simple’s Hydrating cleansing oil is made with pure grape-seed oil and enriched with vitamin A & E. The formulation helps to dissolve impurities, removing make up, leaving your skin clean and instantly hydrated.
When rinsed with water our Cleansing oil is transformed into a milky texture so it won’t leave your skin dry or greasy, just clean and fresh.
For perfectly clean, nourished and smooth skin. Perfect for sensitive skin.
And as always for Simple, there’s no artificial perfumes or colours and no harsh chemicals, so it won’t upset your skin.

Suitable for all skin types and daily use.

My thoughts

There is no real scent to this light oil cleanser, as it is of course Simple. If I had to describe what it smelt like I would say like The Body Shop's Sesame Oil (anyone remember that?)

You apply the oil to dry skin and massage it on, then wet skin with warm water and watch it emulsify into a milky based cleanser. I tried it on a day I wasn't wearing makeup, a light makeup day and a day when I had full makeup - liquid liner, eye shadow. The day I had full makeup on I also had face paints applied to my skin as I was at a party.. what better time to test its effectiveness and claims! 

All I can say is that this cleansing oil made light work of the full makeup and face paint - as soon as I applied the oil to my skin the makeup was disappearing before my very eyes. It is also really gentle and left my skin feeling clean,  lovely and soft and not tight at all. There is no oily/greasy residue either which I know some people are concerned about if they use an oil based cleanser

An effective and gentle cleanser.

Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil 125ml rrp £6.99 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Snow Globe - A Christmas Short Story

Snow Globe

Lissy felt a strong tug at her arm as Max dragged her along the street. Max was late and didn't have time for his little girl to be dawdling. It was Saturday morning (Lissy knew this because her teacher had told all the children to have a lovely weekend) and being the last one before Christmas the town was heaving with shoppers. In front of Lissy were a sea of bellies, she looked up to see some smiley faces but many look pained with the strain of Christmas etched onto their faces.  Lissy stole one last glance back before she was carried away through the crowds. Out of the corner of her eye she could still just see the Little Christmas Shop, her favourite shop in town. It had appeared a month ago and no one knew the owner. She had been looking at the pretty and colourful little snow globe that had a twirling pink ballerina in a pink tutu and soldier inside it. She wished for this snow globe more than anything this Christmas. Although one of the smallest gifts in the store, in the window it proudly took centre stage. Lissy wanted to be a ballerina when she grew up, her after school class was the thing she loved to do best. 'Mummy probably would have bought it for me' she thought, then she felt a tear well in her eye. She missed mummy and recently daddy rarely had time for her.

Max felt bad, he hadn't wanted to get Lissy up early this morning but he just had one major project to complete this week before he could relax and enjoy time with Lissy. It was so important he had to make a visit to the office at the weekend, next year he promised himself he would make more time for his wonderful little girl. Dropping her off at the babysitter, Irene, he kissed Lissy on the cheek and vowed to return soon. 'Daddy won't be long, now why don't you play with Oscar and the time will pass quickly.' 'Thanks Irene, I owe you one!' 'No problem Max, take your time.' And with that the door closed behind him and he was gone.

Lissy looked at Oscar, he had a mean look on his face. The kind of look that she understood to mean 'you better not touch any of my toys'. She was glad she had insisted on bringing her rag doll. Not only was it for playing with, it was a great source of comfort when she was alone. Lissy whispered into Daisy's ear. 'Don't worry Daisy, daddy will be back soon. Don't look at Oscar, he is not very nice!' Max grinned as he listened and then went back to playing with his cars. Lissy began telling Daisy all about the snow globe. Irene smiled as she listened, she made a mental note to send Max a text later telling him what the little girl had been saying, she was certain that Max would have been oblivious to it and she didn't want Lissy to be sad on Christmas Day.

In the Little Christmas Shop  Marnie took the musical snow globe out of the window so she could wind it up again. She didn't mind having to do it quite often, truth be told it was one of her favourite items in the shop too. As she placed it back in the window she couldn't help thinking about the pretty little girl who had been entranced with it earlier in the day. She smiled as she also thought of the handsome man that had pulled the little girl away. It had been busy in the shop. with lots of items selling, but no one had yet to buy this sweet festive gift. If it still hadn't sold by Christmas Eve Marnie decided she would have it for herself. From the way the little girl had been gazing at the snow globe, she hoped the man would return to buy it for her. She wondered if there was any way she could get a message to him?

Max was working hard but heard his phone bleep with a text alert, he instantly checked his phone in case something was up with Lissy. It was Irene with the message about the snow globe. He hadn't a clue what she was referring too. Had he been too wrapped up in his thoughts. He would pass by the shop again on the way home, he would take a look then.

That evening, once Lissy had been picked up, they walked back through the town. The Christmas Lights were twinkling and a jolly, portly Santa was handing out sweets. It was so magical to Lissy and this time Max let her take her time. She stopped in front of Santa 'Ho, ho, ho hello there! Now have you written your list to Santa ?' Lissy nodded in awe, unable to speak. She desperately wanted to tell him about the snow globe. Max got his phone out 'Lissy, stand next to Santa, I'll take a picture'
Lissy moved closer and Santa bent down to be the same height - she leaned in and whispered 'A snow globe from the Little Christmas Shop, it's not on my list though' Santa turned to her in surprise, what a sweet child he thought, 'You will get your wish, I promise.' He squeezed her arm, turned to the camera and they both smiled as Max took the photo.

As they passed by the Little Christmas Shop Lissy was disappointed, the shutter was down. She couldn't see inside. At that moment Marnie came out of the door next to the shop. She lived above the shop. She smiled at the little girl and her dad. She really wanted to say something but now was not the time. Max also wanted to say something but suddenly his mouth had become dry, he had never noticed the strikingly attractive woman who worked in the shop. He mumbled some words, Marnie thought she could make out 'Oh you are closed?' She replied in her American accent 'Yes, sorry. I closed a little early. Last ballet practice this evening. I can't be late,. We are open tomorrow, you should pop in'. She hadn't meant to sound abrupt and the conversation played out in her head all the way to the theatre. She sped off as fast as her feet could carry her, she really couldn't be late.

Lissy's eyes lit up, a real life ballerina. She had met a real life ballerina. Max looked down at Lissy 'Never mind Lissy, we will come back tomorrow.'

Except they didn't return the next day, or the next. That night Lissy had come down with a temperature and a mystery illness and had had to go to hospital when she wasn't getting any better. Max was fraught with worry, worrying about his little girl and hating the fact that he still had to work. Between him and Irene they covered visiting times but Lissy wasn't even awake most of the time so she barely knew he was there. He completely forgot about the snow globe and Marnie. Not having to go to Irene's house he bypassed town entirely. He was struggling to concentrate on his work but was forcing himself to focus. Just a few more days.

Marnie was disappointed that she hadn't seen the lovely family again, she had felt sure they would return the next day and when they hadn't she thought they would come back on the Monday. The week passed quickly, by day she was in the shop serving customers picking up last minute things. By night she was dancing to a packed theatre. She didn't stop thinking about the two of them however and was secretly pleased that no one had bought the ballerina snow globe.

On Friday afternoon a phone call interrupted Max's train of thought. He was tired, exhausted. He was just waiting for one last email to action with which he could then close his laptop and put the year behind him. He rubbed his eyes and stretched. 'Max speaking' 'Good news Mr Timpson. There's been a Christmas miracle. Your daughter has woken up, no sign of anything wrong. She wants to see you right , best news however is she has been allowed to go home for Christmas.'

Max perked up instantly and straightened his crumpled worn out body 'What? Really? Oh that is just the most amazing news. I will come just as soon as I can. Tell her her daddy is on her way.'

As soon as the email came through  he sighed with relief. Closing his laptop, he turned off the lights in his office, wished the security guard a Merry Christmas and drove to the hospital.

Sat on the bed, dressed and ready to leave hospital,  Lissy was beaming and Max knew she was better as her eyes glowed with happiness and her cheeks were rosy.

'Daddy!' She put her arms up towards him and gave him a huge, tight hug. 'Daddy?' 'Yes Lissy?' 'Did you buy my snow globe?' Max's stomach sank, his heart lurched and he felt sick. How on earth had he forgotten about the snow globe ? He had to be honest with his little girl. '|No Lissy, I am sorry. I promise you though we shall go out first thing tomorrow and get it' Lissy's lip quivered, her head dropped. Max felt more than awful that he had let his girl down. In quiet tones she replied 'Santa promised me I would get it, but what if someone has bought it already?' 'Well then let's hope they haven't. If they have, I am sure there is bound to be something else in that lovely shop that you would like.' Lissy nodded but deep down in heart she thought 'But that was what I really liked.'

It was Christmas Eve and Marnie came down the stairs of her flat to open the shop up for the last time this year. To her immense surprise there were keen shoppers already waiting for her to open. She felt butterflies and her cheeks redden as she realised it was the man and his little girl. Max felt a warmth in his stomach too as he saw Marnie. As she spoke he realised how much he loved her gorgeous accent.

'Well hello there! I wasn't expecting to see you again!' Lissy looked up at the pretty face 'I've been in hospital. I've come for the snow globe, the ballerina one. Do you still have it?'

Marnie pulled up the shutters and to Lissy's relief it was still there, taking pride of place in the centre of the window display.

Marnie took Lissy's hand 'We do! And I can't think of a nicer little girl to give it a home' Lissy felt Marnie's soft, warm hands wrapped around hers. 'You are a ballerina, I want to be a ballerina when I grow up.'

Marnie had a thought 'Yes I am! Actually I am performing in the Nutcracker this year. We are performing until New Year at Mason's Theatre. Why don't I get you some tickets so you can come watch, would you like that?'

Lissy nodded furiously, she turned to Max 'Daddy, can we go. Please say we can?' 'Of course we can darling'. Max was happy, he wanted to get to know this nice lady better, he extended his hand to Marnie 'I am Max by the way and this is Lissy.' Marnie held out her hand 'Marnie, a pleasure to meet you both. Now let's get this snow globe wrapped up for you.'

Max spoke once more, nervously this time. It had been a long time since he had chatted to someone as beautiful as Marnie. 'I was wondering...'


'I was wondering if you would like to join Lissy and me for Christmas Day?' Marnie didn't say anything in reply. 'I mean, that is, if you are not doing anything?'

Marnie was shocked and felt her cheeks redden once more 'I would love to, as it happens it was going to be a meal for one' she laughed. This Christmas was going to be wonderful, she could just feel it.

Lissy jumped in happiness 'It's going to be a GREAT Christmas' She had already warmed to the kind lady owner of the Little Christmas Shop and she could tell her daddy had too.

Lissy held on tightly to her snow globe, as if her life depended on it, as they hurried home. That evening she put it in the window, lights all around it and played it, over and over until she went to bed. Yes, when she grew up she was going to be in the Nutcracker too. As Max tucked her into bed she looked out of her window into the night sky and whispered 'Thank you Santa!'

Merry Christmas

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*An original work of fiction, all rights reserved.

Friday, 16 December 2016

L'Occitane - My Top Three Christmas Gifts

No Christmas is complete without a gift or two from fabulous skincare company L'Occitane, as always if you pop in store or head online it will not be difficult to pick up the perfect gift at any budget!

Here are my top three gift ideas but hurry as L'Occitane always sell out very fast!

For men 


Coming in a signature L'Occitane gift box there is no need to wrap this gorgeous gift - Sophisticated for the discerning gentleman in your life - this spicy fragrance takes distilled lavender and blends with nutmeg, black pepper and smoked woods. Provence through and through.
  • 100ml L’Occitan Eau de Toilette
  • 250ml L’Occitan Shower Gel
  • 100g L’Occitan Soap 
  • 30ml L’Occitan After Shave Balm


If ever there was a brand that knows how to do floral it is L'Occitane - Containing
Rose, Violet and saffron, these three flowers from the heart of Provence encapsulate the sensual Arlésienne fragrance

• 250ml Arlésienne Delightful Bath & Shower Gel
• 30ml Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream
• 14ml Arlésienne Delicious Gloss.

And finally my personal favourite from the collections 


A box full of Almond delicious delights that will leave skin delicately scented and incredibly smooth, once again presented in a special signature gift box. 

• 250ml Almond Shower Oil
• 100ml Almond Milk Concentrate
• 50g Almond Delicious Soap
• 30ml Almond Delicious Hands


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