Thursday, 30 November 2017

Daughter Of The Soil

Daughter Of The Soil

Hi Darlings, Daughter Of The Soil is not a brand you may have heard of. It's new and is set to find a top spot in the natural skincare market. With it's ethical priorities the brand comes with a gorgeous story that goes back generations and has the founder CEO Maria Magembe fulfilling a family history dating back to the 1950's in Africa. You can read the brands story

The products are of natural origin and contain rich emollient botanical oils that soften, smooth and improve elasticity in the skin. With no Harsh chemicals, colours or fragrances the brand bring 100% natural beauty principles and ethics to everything they produce.

I have tested out 

Daughter Of The Soil

Daughter Of The Soil Marula Hand Wash Chai Tea 250ml

A gorgeous clean spa like fragrance a little of this hand wash goes a long way so 250ml pump will last literally an age, containing Marula Oil which is said to be known as the miracle oil this hand wash not only cleans your hands it leaves them feeling really soft with no itchy tight feeling to the skin, the oil leaves a light barrier so in most cases there is no need for further cream.

Daughter Of The Soil Baobab And Rooibos Body Wash White Mulberry 250ml

This body wash has a deeper fragrance than the hand wash and is one of those products that has you deep breathing in the shower as the aroma is one that feels good for your soul and lifts your spirits, Baobab oil is said to have high vitamins and anti-ageing oxidants that encourage the skin to be healthy and maintain elasticity. Rooibos Tea is a potent anti-oxidant that is rich in Zinc. 
I found this body wash a real pleasure to use, my skin tends to get really dry and itchy with over processed products and can sometimes be left feeling stripped of all moisture, this however, left is soft and fully moisturised with no dryness.

Both products are suitable for all skin types and are available at  with 15% off your first order.

Lyn x

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Woolroom Mattress

The Woolroom Mattress

Hi Loves,

You could be forgiven for not having seen or heard of The Woolroom. They have four showrooms in the UK and a fabulous website. I had never heard of wool beds or bedding so this was all a new discovery for me and to be honest while I am extremely grateful for my new mattress and bedding I think it was incredibly brave ( generous) of the company to gift them to me. As you my lovely reader know, I am a woman of a certain age and as such we suffer with what only can be described as
* Tropical Moments*   and being all tucked up and cosy in Pure Wool could have really gone one of two ways !

When I first got to see the range I couldn't quite get my head around the fact that it was all British Wool, chemical free and totally natural.  It was a real light bulb moment when the "new" mattress smell was explained to me as fire retardant chemicals, I swear I had never even thought of it. The Woolroom launched the very first range of completely chemical free mattresses in 2015, harnessing the natural flame retardant properties of wool.  You can read their .

Lets start with the mattress, I am using the Exmoor King Size which is hand crafted in England using pure natural hand picked wool fillings and 1000 individually hand nested springs. The cover/ticking is a Merino Wool blend with the  mattress being hand tufted with wool.Being a naturally dry environment dust mites will not inhabit wool bedding making it ideal for allergy sufferers.

The Woolroom Mattress

I have to comment on the delivery aspect of receiving this mattress, I was contacted fully through out the whole process and the delivery was on time to the minute by 2 really efficient chaps who place the mattress on the bed and removed all the packaging without a problem. Customer service at its best.

I have been using the mattress with the Deluxe wool mattress protector. On getting into bed on the first night I immediately thought *too soft*, we both suffer with dodgy backs and Mr LB as you know is always full of aches and pains from his job! So we lay there discussing the fact that the mattress was definitely too soft.  WELL what a JOKE! We both woke up not having remembered anything about the night, and with literally no aches and pains.
My relationship with sleep is not good, often I will fall asleep on the couch and dread going to bed as I know I won't get to sleep for hours listening to a certain person snoring and tossing and turning all night. As much as you may love someone, when they deprive you of sleep you can soon go off them pretty rapidly. We have been sleeping on this mattress now for a couple of weeks and I can honestly say I look forward to going to bed early, it has been a joy.
One of the things that did worry me about a wool bed was heat, as a woman of a certain age, I get hot!  When discussing this mattress with the guys at The Woolroom they assured me that due to it being natural it is heat regulated and I would be fine. I have in the past been offered a memory foam mattress that I declined for this very reason. They were right, I have not overheated at all while sleeping.

I have used this Mattress with the complete bedding range from The Woolroom and can, with my hand on my heart say I have never felt better from getting the perfect nights sleep. Their tag line is
 "This is what happy feels like" and they are not wrong. The company are so confident they offer 100 nights no quibble guarantee if you are not happy and do not sleep better they will collect the mattress and refund you in full. They also offer interest free finance and free delivery.

I have way more to chat to you about on this company but with the fear of making this post too long I have decided to split it into 2 and talk about the bedding in my next post.

How do you sleep? What are your thoughts on mattress types? I would love to hear as this has been a complete revelation to me.

The Woolroom Exmoor 1000 King Size Mattress

Lyn x

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Monday, 27 November 2017

SmoothSkin Bare IPL Device

SmoothSkin Bare IPL Device

Hiya Darlins
This post has just about taken me forever to bring to you. The reason being that I wanted to give this device a seriously good trial before coming to any conclusions.

I don't know if you have ever considered alternative ways of hair removal?  Unwanted hair is the bane of our lives that's for sure! I remember it always being a standing joke that as women we were hairy in the winter as no one would see, but with Gym, Yoga etc there is now a need to be hair free always. Plus I for one hate the feeling of leg or armpit hair at anytime! And don't you always always find that you will get an invite or a doctors visit or something and there is that instant 'frig I need to do my legs' moment that runs through your head.  

SmoothSkin Bare IPL Device

When SmoothSkin Bare offered me the chance to test out the IPL hair removal device I immediately said yes please. Anything to solve this pain in the rear problem was welcomed. Although I must admit to being a little sceptical about the effectiveness of a home device, yes, I've tried home waxing! Heating up the pot etc and no It wasn't a huge success. I also tried the dreaded Epilator!   OMG don't even go there! My daughter swears by hers, mine just made me swear!  That lasted all of two attempts.

The first thing to note about this device is how small and compact it is. It's the size of a ladies shaver and fits comfortably in the hand. A huge plus point is that it has unlimited flashes, some devices run out after a certain amount. I need to explain flashes;  The device flashes a beam of light into the hair follicle which heats up to stop the hair growing back. Do not be alarmed at the words heat up, it is not hot in any way, you feel no pain at all ever.

I have read many reviews of salon treatments that describe the light pulse as being flicked by an elastic band in terms of pain, I don't fancy that at all. And fortunately there was nothing like it with SmoothSkin Bare, at most it feels like a warm sensation, if anything.  

The company claim up to 92% of hair reduction in 4 weeks.

I had never used one of these devices before and have to admit to thinking one treatment and I would be fuzz free. Duh of course it wasn't one treatment! Basically what you do is shave, I did legs and underarms although you can use the device in any area even your face. I don't think it would be advisable to use it on your lady garden but I guess you could ask the company if you were that way inclined (and to be fair it would save having it ripped out!)

So................I set about using the device, as you plug it in you hear a slight sound of the fan, this is to keep it cool. 
On my legs I ran the device upwards in smooth long strokes as though I were shaving. On the underarm area I used a stamping/ dabbing method as it was impossible to do smooth strokes. 
It was so quick and easy it didn't seem right, but it does claim that you only need 10 minutes, and they were right, easy peasy.  Each and every time you shave there is less and less hair. I noticed it first on the underarms, the hair was coming through much less each time and definitely finer. 
The only problem, and it really was the only problem for me, was remembering to do it. I am so used to jumping in the shower, dressing and dashing, this took effort in that I had an extra process to add in. It really was no big deal but it only works if you do it!
I am at the stage now after using the device for 12 treatments, where I struggle to see hairs, I can sometimes feel them slightly if I run a hand up my leg, but they are no longer visible to the eye. To be fair towards the end I was using it at 3 week intervals and would imagine being completely hair free eventually.
 I have truly been shocked that something you can use at home is as effective as this is. I often think of home treatments to be a gimmick and this has 100% proved me to be wrong on that theory. As I say if you are expecting an instant miracle then no, but if you follow the instructions and actually keep at it you will get the results.

Find the Here 

Have you ever tried a home device? let me know.

Lyn  x

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Friday, 24 November 2017

GIVEAWAY L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make-Up Kit

Hi Loves

I am delighted to be able to offer this giveaway from L'Oreal Paris, as you know I have just written a post on this fabulous new range designed specifically for mature skin, you can read my thoughts on it here

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make-Up Kit

Here you have the change to win the entire kit, yes !  everything you see here will be yours.

Simply enter by Rafflecopter below, the winner is picked anonymously by the system at random, and the prize will be sent to the winner direct by L'Oreal Paris.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make-Up Kit

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make-Up Kit

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make-Up Kit

Seriously how perfect is this right on top of Christmas !  This kit is worth a small fortune and I can promise you will love it.

  • 10 Foundations
  • 12 Lipsticks
  • 2 Blushers
  • 2 Mascaras
  • 2 Eyebrow Pencils
  • 6 Lipliners

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can't wait this entire range is available on 3 for 2 offer at 

Good Luck

Lyn x 


Thursday, 23 November 2017

#AD L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Hiya Darlins

As you know I am what is deemed to be an "Older Woman".  Older than what I'm not quite sure, but those of you that know me know this really isn't an issue for me, as oddly enough my insides still feel the same as when I was 20!  I remember years ago asking my Mum when I would feel like a grown up? Her answer was " Oh Lyn you never will"  and it was true. Nowadays I look in the mirror and there is a grown up looking back at me, phew when did that happen?

I think we have all gone through that mirror moment, where you suddenly realise that the texture of your skin isn't quite the same; your lids are not as taught as they once were, but you know what?  I don't flipping care, I love this age, I love the fact that we no longer worry about nipping to the shop with no "face" on.  Nowadays we have so so much choice! We can choose to be the best version of us possible, we can choose to feel gorgeous without the worry of what the world will think of us.  I honestly think that now is the best time to be an "Older woman".  Previous generations had the one compact and same shade of lipstick for years and now we are spoilt for choice, or are we?

There is more makeup than you can shake a stick at on the market today. We could brush, blend, cut crease, contour etc etc. Or do we just look at this array and think hmmm maybe when I was younger!
The thing is all of this gorgeousness is aimed at a different generation, not on purposeI don't think the intention was to exclude us but our needs are different to when we were 20 something.  I think any make up can be worn at any age but I am now doing a happy dance being able to give you the news that we now have our very own High Street range.

L'Oreal  Paris are the first high street brand to take the need of older skin into account and have designed a range of makeup specifically for us. We have different needs and they have addressed these with the creation of L'Oreal Age Perfect Makeup.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up
 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Age Perfect Anti Ageing Radiant Foundation

Available in 13 shades, this medium to full coverage foundation applies really easilyI have tried it with brush, beauty blender and fingers. I prefer a brush and found the application quick and easyI featured a photo of me wearing this on Instagram while I was testing it out, only to be accused by "family" members of using a photo filter (how very rude) and I now regret not stating the #nofilter tag in case anyone else thought the same. This foundation gives you the soft glow finish that blurs fine lines and wrinkles, literally stays put all day way into the night. And quite frankly is like nothing I have experienced before for the price.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Age Perfect Satin Glow Blush

Available in 4 shades, shown here are 110 Peach & 101 Rosewood.
Both of these shades are gently flattering for any complexion. While being powder formula they are soft and blend beautifully. Complete with their own little brush the handy compact can be popped into your bag for a quick brighten up during the day.  Although when I tested these out I didn't feel the need to top up through the day, I just did a quick pep up for the evening. The beauty of this blush is that it has no glitter and just gives a delicate flush to your cheeks.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Age Perfect Lash Magnifier

This mascara is available in Black & Brown. It will give you a great one coat, but if like me you prefer fuller lashes it builds beautifully and I found it perfect with 2 coats. Not only will it give you great looking lashes it contains Pro Keratin & Filloxane which will strengthen the lashes and prevent breakage. I personally think a good mascara is largely based on the brush, this wand has tightly packed soft bristles that coat each lash individually with a tapered end to ensure you get every last tiny lash available.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Age Perfect Brow Magnifier

This Dual end pencil is available in Taupe Grey & Ash Blond. Soft enough not to scratch yet hard enough to stay in place. These pencils really are suited to any complexion and will not give you the look at me in your face brow that has become so fashionable nowadays, but allow you to gently frame the eyes with neat brows that look natural but groomed. The brush end is ideal for brushing before application and tidying up on completion.

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

 L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Make Up

Age Perfect Anti Feathering Lip Liner

Available in 6 shades. One of the nightmares of getting older is having lipstick creep into your lip lines! You start the day looking great but catch a glance in a mirror and whoa, crazy paving!
This lip liner cures that problem once and for all. The soft texture is comfortable to apply, in fact they are so nice you could actually use them as a lipstick or as a base for your lipstick. But as lip liner they work beautifully, giving your lips the fullness and definition that fades as we get grown up.

Age Perfect Le Rouge Lumiere Lipstick 

Available in 12 shades and designed to suit all complexions, this is not just a lipstick! As you can see the centre of the lipstick is filled with moisturising balm that will condition your lips and give a smoother texture. Which is noticeable from the very first wear but will also continue to work over time plumping the look of the lips. I found these super moisturising but not at all greasy. They were comfortable to wear and didn't feel heavy or sticky, more like a lightweight balm but with exceptional colour hold.

So, there we have it.  Finally a High Street range that has taken us from invisible to fabulous. I personally don't think we are invisible, some of the most beautiful women I have ever met have that sparkle in their eyes that comes from knowledge and inner confidence.  I love this new range not only for the products but for what it stands for US, YOU AND ME, my personal favourite is the foundation.

The whole range is currently on offer at

Lyn x 

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Thats'So On The Go Sun Makeup

Thats'So On The Go Sun Makeup

Hi Loves

Do you tan in Winter ?  I know a lot of girls who tan all year round, I personally don't but I do like to have a bit of a tan with a special occasion outfit, and at this time of year there are plenty of reasons to get dolled up.

I have just discovered That'sSo the Italian brand of self tan that won Editors Choice in the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards.  This little can can get you from pale and interesting to riviera glam in 3 hours.  Developed without the ingredient Ethryluose means no more "biscuit" smell and no more streaks, this simple spray can gets into all the nooks and crannies with an ultra fine mist, the fact that the spray is coloured is pretty helpful as you can see where you have been, but it doesn't leave a colour on the skin so you can dress and go without lurking around in the freezing cold hoping no one calls at the door !
 I didn't use a mitt I simply sprayed and smoothed with my hand, the main thing for me with That'sSo is that your skin is instantly moisturised, derived from Sugar Cane and including Aloe Vera this handy can also contains a little peptide called Matrixyl which is said to have anti-ageing properties and brings a delightful fragrance to the spray.  

It did give a great result which had me studying for errors and I have to be fair and say and couldn't find any and it was seriously impressive, this is 100% going to be part of my Christmas outfit look and will more than likely be replaced in time for Summer. 

Check out That'so Here 

Lyn x 

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation

Hi Loves
This time of year foundation tends to be a part of our daily routines  just as cleaning our teeth, in Summer it's an option although I personally find it essential in Winter ( teeth cleaning all seasons :) 

No7 from Boots is well known for its Lift & Luminate skincare range I have written about the serums previously here  I had high hopes for the Lift & Luminate Triple Action Foundation and to be fair I really wasn't disappointed,  a creamy medium coverage which actually builds easily if you need a heavier cover, 14 shades from Calico to Mocha, the range does however err on the light side as Mocha isn't terribly dark so probably not suited to everyone in terms of shade.

Why is it Triple Action I hear you ask ?  or maybe that's just me hearing voices in my head again !

Well there are actually 4 key benefits as far as I can tell so I'm unsure which are the triple.

  • Enriched with skincare ingredients so it actually does your skin good while wearing.
  • Flexible formula that stays in place all day.
  • Light reflecting blurring properties.
  • All day hydration with SPF 15.
It has an air light feel and feels more like applying  skincare than makeup, I tried with brush, blender and fingers, I found a brush to be best personally it blends really easily, lasts right the way through until evening which is pretty good for me as I am a nightmare for touching my face.  There was very little colour change through the day, applying at 7.00 am and by 11.00pm it obviously didn't look as fresh but it was still there giving cover, it tends to ride over the lines and wrinkles rather than instantly sink in,  giving a really smooth finish and definitely diminishing fine lines.

Suitable for all skin types this foundation gives a dewy look to the skin whilst still seeming semi matte, I know that's quite a contradiction but it's the best description I can give it, meaning you don't look over shiny or greasy.

If it looks this good on us oldies I can imagine it being fabulous on younger skin.


Lyn  x

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Friday, 10 November 2017

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

Hiya Darlins

We can be forgiven for not having heard of Tonya Crooks aka The BrowGal here in the UK, if you are one of my stateside readers I am probably preaching to the converted.   I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Tonya at a press event, off her own back she offered to do my brows,  keeping in mind that she had worked all day !  and I can say without any hesitation she is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to chat to, she is one of those women that you would love as a best friend, she is warm, open and incredibly trendy !

She worked her magic while we chatted, men, kids and food, and handed me a mirror when she had finished and quite frankly I could have got a bit emosh, I have never seen them look so good, to the point that I was showing off all over social media and didn't want to remove my makeup that evening.

Brows nowadays have become the number one thing you look at when talking to someone, who ever knew that would happen ?  My own brows are not something that I would say are a feature, they have been abused over the years trying to keep up with trends and most people of my generation will remember plucking to within a single hair line.  I have spent time and effort trying to rectify these mistakes, Tonya didn't bat an eyelid and explained the products she used to give me the "Brows of my life"

The BrowGal Convertible Brow Duo

 This great little palette gives you the option to either use dry powder or mix with water for a pomade, I have tried this both ways, it worked equally as well with either option and the pomade turned out to be better than the one I currently use in that it gave a smoother finish, also you can custom mix the shades for colour perfection. The palette comes in 3 variations, dark hair 01, brown hair 02 and fair hair 03 shown here. Inside the packaging you will find full instructions so it's perfect for even the novice.

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

The BrowGal Eyebrow Pencil 

When is a pencil not just a pencil ?  How many eyebrow pencils do we have to try to get the perfect one ?  I have tried lots, they are either scratchy and you have to get almost sore brows trying to apply them, or so soft it's like applying lipstick only to find it wiped off halfway through the day !

This is pencil paradise, just the right texture and coupled with Brow Gel will last right into the night, apart from the fact that Taupe shown here is a perfect shade for me my favourite thing about this pencil is the built in sharpener, I know this is not a new concept however, this is the only one I have ever experienced that didn't chew up the wood of the pencil !  each and every time you get a perfect precision sharp point enabling you to draw even the tiniest single hair strokes.
Available in 6 shades and complete with capped spoolie brush on the other end ensures you have a smooth finish to the finished brow.

The BrowGal Highlighter Pencil

This amazing double ended chunky pencil is used after your eyebrow pencil and before eyebrow gel, used to give perfect definition and to cover any stray little odd hairs that may need hiding, apply and blend the matte end of the pencil before adding the shimmer end which highlights the brow bone giving a beautifully defined look to your shape, available in Nude/Gold or Champagne/Cherub           ( shown here) if you have never used one of these before you will be shocked by the difference it makes, you suddenly end up with perfect definition and a really professional looking finish.

The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks

The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel 

This clear waterproof gel gives the final touch to your fabulous brows, only a tiny amount is needed to smooth the hairs and fix your brows into place, It has a medium hold so your brows don't look or feel crispy, it doesn't  flake and is specifically designed for use over pencil. If you are a gym lover or keen on exercise you will find this invaluable as it is sweat proof, meaning you keep both brows in class !  used correctly the 5ml tube will last around 60 days.

The BrowGal Brow Brush

This brush has the perfect angle for achieving a perfect look including shading tiny hairs, finished off with the spoolie for completely tidying the finished brow. You will find the spoolie comes into it's own when shaping the brows for plucking or waxing, The BrowGal also supply a range of tools for complete brow perfection.

Just opened in Selfridges London, you can visit the counter for expert advice and tuition or you can find the BrowGal with worldwide shipping

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Top 5 Beauty Favourites in October

Hi Loves

I am so late with this line up It will be December before we know it !  Here are my top 5 favourites for October, I'm sure some of these will be no surprise, and in fact this was particularly hard this time as October was filled with gorgeousness.

Once again in no particular order

XIP Professional Platinum Passion Eyeshadow Collection

Babor Age-ID Serum Foundation

Beauty Expert 12 Days Of Christmas

No Mo -Stache 

Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask

So there we are for another month, I swear I don't know where the weeks are flying to at the moment !

Hope you are all well and happy.

Lyn  x
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