Monday, 29 January 2018

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll On

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll On

Hi Loves
What is they say? the eyes never lie.  It's true but they don't need to spell out all the sleepless nights and stress to everyone we speak to.

Eye cream, do you use them?  I have to be honest and say I have never been a lover, they tend to often make my eyes puffy, at some stages I have even wondered if they are actually needed?  recently I was lucky enough to have a facial at Harvey Nichols and was discussing what I do with my skin and the subject of eye creams came up, she said a lot of people think using their face products all over the face is good enough, but said the molecules in face cream are larger than the ones in eye cream and the skin around the eyes is thinner therefore unable to absorb large molecules!  who knew?

Anyway, I am rambling. As you know from previous posts I am a huge fan of the Japanese brand DHC, I will pop some links below to previous posts if you are interested in taking a look.

This new product from DHC  Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll On has been with me a while and I have to say I'm loving it, the word essence is perfect, as the formula is not a cream, more of a fine lotion. This sits on my bedside table and I apply it while I am in bed.  Why? because the cool metal rollers literally relax and soothe so it feels as though you are treating yourself to an eye massage!  The sensation is lovely, I must admit to rolling away right out to the temples, it's so good :) Another thing, which I probably shouldn't say but you all know me!
Once the container is empty I will of course replace it. BUT I am going to keep the empty container as I think it would be nice to use the roller to apply other potions and lotions.

DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll On

The ingredients in this eye essence are formulated to soften and smooth fine lines around the eyes, containing Pentapeptide 18 which imitates Botox and the softening power of Oat Kernel you will wake up with fresher more relaxed looking skin around your eyes, currently with Free Delivery and 20% discount at

DHC do not test on animals.

Lyn x

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Blush Powder

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Blush Powder

Hiya Beauties
Do you believe in love at first sight?  if your answer was no you may change your mind when you get a look at Too Faced Cosmetics.
Let me introduce you to Peach My Cheeks Melting Blush Powder.

The cream to powder formula literally melts onto your cheeks giving the softest flush of peach, it can be built to whatever depth you prefer and the Peaches and Cream fragrance really is something quite special. The lasting power is impressive, I used this from morning to evening and the blush was visible on my washcloth at makeup removal time, so pretty outstanding in my book.

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Blush Powder
Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Blush Powder

The thing with Too Faced as a brand hits me in terms of desirability, from the packaging to the products themselves. Every little last detail is beautiful, they really do produce  "Objects of Desire"  the only downside is that because these products are so damn gorgeous it can make you reluctant to dip in. Now that's where the problem comes, you could find yourself buying two of everything, one to use and one to keep!!!   I do have to admit to being reluctant to hide them away in a make up bag.

One thing I would say to you as a word of warning, due to the fact that the brand is SO desirable it is a victim of the dupe market, everyone wants Too Faced packaging, and while there are brands out there that will give you a similar look for a fraction of the price, for me it would feel like buying a fake designer handbag from the looky looky men in Ibiza, cute but not quite the same feel good factor.  The other very BIG word of warning, is that the internet is plagued with blatant fake copies, please please don't get caught up in this. You have no clue what dangerous muck you are putting on your face, and bearing in mind that Too Faced are Cruelty Free and Vegan NOTHING from them involves any kind of cruelty. This cannot be said for the countries that produce the fakes!!

Rant over - ha ha 
With 6 shades to choose from I'm sure you will soon be lusting.

Shade shown is So Peachy.

Find Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Blush Here.

Lyn x  

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 Ted Baker Ted Baker

Hi Darlins

You have heard me mention Love The Sales previously, so my passion for this web site is no surprise and you can read my previous thoughts here.

The Beauty of using Love The Sales is that you can find the very best of the high street and designer sales without leaving the house, literally grab a cuppa and browse to your hearts content, my washing machine died just before Christmas, the Mr was to be found searching the Internet for the best deals when suddenly it occurred to me that Love the Sales isn't just about fashion. Bingo best deal found, but washing machines are boring, lets talk about shoes. This is my absolute favourite place for designer shoes at crazy prices, this time I went for a pair of Ted Baker Ballet pumps,  £74.95 with 40% off down to £44.97  the only warning I would give you about using this site is BE QUICK if you see something you want don't hesitate, I have lost a couple of serious bargains by waiting. Ted Baker

Simply search by percentage off up to 70% or brand name, size, colour, style etc.  you will be spoiled for choice, while everyone else is out in the cold and wet, you are sat at home toasty warm getting the best deals delivered to your door!
There is also a facility for you to browse upcoming sales and be notified by email.

Check out 

Lyn x

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Becoming Vegan

Hi Darlins
As many of you know I had some Heart issues in 2017, On reading many many articles on how to reduce high blood pressure the one thing that kept on coming up time and time again was the reduction in meat. At that time I was eating Chicken around 3 times a week,  Bacon every weekend alongside red meat every Sunday, it's fair to say we were having meat or Fish every day of the week, Mr LB took 3 Chicken breasts to work with him everyday as part of his gym protein! to be honest we didn't give it much thought and I believed we were having a balanced diet, I had been raised on meat and two veg.  
I decided to try a strictly vegetarian diet and Mr Lavender Barn soon fell in with it as he will eat whatever is put in front of him :)   after 4 months a Doctors visit confirmed that I had dramatically lowered my blood pressure.  That was the proof I needed to decide that this way of eating was now for life, I wanted to know more and started exploring a Vegan diet, I watched every available video on YouTube regarding animal welfare and that was enough for me, I am not advising you to do the same as it really is quite disturbing.

We have been Vegan now since Christmas, which was interesting as it was our first Christmas meat free, I didn't miss it a bit!  I know a lot of people are doing #Veganuary and am curious to read blogs as to how they are managing, for me personally this has become a lifetime way of eating, giving up meat was easy, dairy not so much. That said I now have Almond milk in tea which I hated at first, but couldn't imagine going without my "cuppa tea"  now it all seems perfectly normal, and whatever food you have you can always find a vegan alternative out there. The one thing I do is make sure we take enough supplements as I would hate to think that something is missing and don't want to undo the good work the diet is doing.

Just on a side note, take a lot of what you see on the internet with an open mind, there can be huge amount of snobbery and judgement attached to the Vegan lifestyle with some people thinking they are holier than God and ready to tear another person down. In my thinking it is a personal choice and not a tool to judge someones lifestyle.  Each to their own.

Have you changed your eating habits ?  If you fancy asking me any questions or chatting on this subject please get in touch via the comments section.

Lyn x 



Hi Loves
I was really pleased to be introduced to the fashion website, to be honest I had not heard of them before BUT I had seen some styles on Instagram and wondered where they were from. Now I know. 
The first thing that took my eye on Instagram and Pinterest was a tee shirt that was kind of a tongue in cheek take on Gucci, I found it on the site and to my delight in came in sizes up to 28. How often do you spot something only to discover it comes in sizes 4/6/8?

The sizing on this site is fabulous they run from size 6 to size 28  and prices start at around £6.00, they have over 25,000 products and ship to 125 countries worldwide.  Free delivery over £40.00 and completely free returns I can't see anything to fault. 

Avery knitted twist front jumper  comes in 7 shades, size 8-10  or 12-14  £24.00

Cher short sleeve guilty slogan tee 6 shades, all sizes up to size 28  £15.00 find it

Jade slogan heart print top, all sizes up to 22. £9.00 find it 

I can't tell you how pleased I was to find these and especially as they come in accessible sizing.

is definitely worth checking out and showing your Daughters, they will love it.

Lyn x 

This post was sponsored by WearAll, thoughts are my own. 


Friday, 19 January 2018

Boots Botanics

Boots Botanics 

Hi Loves
I have had huge pleasure reviewing these products from the Boots Botanics range, the last time I reviewed for Boots was in October last year with the launch of the phenomenally successful YourGoodSkin launch which you can read about here.

The Boots Botanics come in a variety of ranges even down to accessories, all produced in partnership with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Carefully created collections which have been tested on people not animals and contain no parabens will suit every skin type even the most sensitive, the skincare collections are colour co-ordinated.

  • Pink - Brightening
  • Green - Organic
  • Blue - Hydrating
  • Purple - Mature

Hydration Burst 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser 250ml

Designed for dehydrated and sensitive skins this cleanser removes eye make up easily ( not tested on waterproof mascara) removes daily make up and grime while leaving the skin feeling soft and hydrated with no signs of redness or tightening. Alcohol free and infused with Clary Sage known for it's soothing and antiseptic properties this gentle formula has no strong fragrance and left my skin feeling really soft with no irritation at all.

Boots Botanics

80% Organic Eye Cream 15ml

From the Organic collection this soothing eye cream is 80% organic and contains Rosehip, known for it's repairing qualities on fine lines, stretchmarks and scars. The cream absorbs easily leaving the eye area moisturised and hydrated without feeling greasy or leaving a film on the skin. Used mornings either alone or under make up, and in the evenings as part of your night time routine. I didn't notice any real fragrance with this cream so there was nothing to irritate the eyes, and to be honest mine are fairly sensitive when it comes to fragranced products.

93% Organic Hydrating Super Balm 11ml

Super balm really is a fabulous description for what I would call a little pot of miracle, 93% Organic, again containing Rosehip this little pot should stay with you always, it's super convenient for dealing with any areas of dryness on the face or body and is perfect for sore dry lips. It's one of those products that you didn't realise you needed until you try it!

Hydration Burst Day Cream 50ml

Designed for dehydrated and sensitive skin this gel like formula is literally a drink to your skin, it absorbs easily and left my skin feeling super hydrated and soft to the touch, the fragrance is a light delicate floral which is clean and fresh. There is something rather special about the formula of this cream that really leaves you feeling you have soothed your skin and given it the best start to the day, I love this simply for the fact that it does what it says without leaving any signs of greasiness to the skin.

Boots Botanics

Radiant Youth Night Cream 50ml

As you would expect from a night cream this is a much richer formula, that said, it absorbs well and leaves a light film to the skin, it's not so heavy that your pillow will be wearing it. The fragrance is a soothing botanical smell that will allow you to drift off to sleep thinking you are at a luxury spa, both the fragrance and quality of this night cream are that of brands 4 times the price. On waking I had visibly moisturised and hydrated skin which still showed signs of the product on touching. It really was a pleasure to use this at night and I looked forward to drifting off with the comforting fragrance.

I have to say I have been 100% impressed by this range, at first glance ( Boots don't hate me for this) but I think it would be easy to walk past this range on the shelves as while the packaging is nice it doesn't shout out at you.  I also think it would be easy to underestimate the quality given it's low price, but once again as with YourGoodSkin Boots have blown me away with their own brand, I should by now know not to judge a book by it's cover and can honestly say I am delighted to have discovered the Botanics range.

I am also delighted to say that even though the prices are exceptional there is currently 25% off the entire range at 

Lyn x 

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

KNOW Cosmetics

Introducing Know Cosmetics.
I had not heard of this brand so was curious to explore a concept I had never seen before.

Known as the "Fixer Brand"  Know Cosmetics have a solution to every make up problem ensuring that whatever products you are using Know will make them perform at their best. Well known in the U.S.A and a favourite in Sephora, Know are now available here in the UK.

Know Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips

Know Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips

No Bleeding Lips™

If you are a lover of darker shade lipsticks I would imagine that you have suffered at some stage the "lippie creep"  you start off looking stunning and rocking the film star deep lip vibe, to all of a sudden notice that your lippie has decided to creep over your lips in a not very attractive look!
Know Bleeding Lips is a clear twist up pencil that eliminates the need for any coloured lip liner and 100% stops lipstick bleeding, it is such a genius idea. I love it, even though I don't wear dark shades I have used this in place of normal lip liner and it works a treat at giving definition to the lips.

Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows

No Dark Shadows™

The twist click applicator delivers just the right amount of product to the brush for easy application. The formula is available in two shades. Waterproof and Oil Free it blends easily either over or under foundation totally covering any areas of darkness. Perfect as a highlighter to brighten up any dark shadows on the skin.  It really does give a great finish that doesn't look heavy or caked as some concealers can, one of the points I particularly loved about this is is that it doesn't sit in or highlight fine lines.

No Thin Lips™

We have all seen and probably tried lip plumping products, my usual method is to apply, wait for the tingle and keep checking the mirror, not always to any great effect. This liquid works!  My top lip is thinner than my bottom lip so this works beautifully at giving more balance. When I first tried it I did my usual routine but 100% saw an improvement in both texture and definition, my lips were plumped and my top lip visibly has more definition, it won't last all day and will need the odd top up and I have to say could easily become addictive!  as you get to really like the look it leaves you with.

No Bare Brows™

When is a brow pencil not just a brow pencil?  This is a universal buildable shade that should suit everyone. I personally love this as it's a complete 4 in 1  brow kit in one stick, pencil, brow wax, brush and sharpener. The formula is soft with good staying power, especially when waxed and groomed with the brush, the beauty of having the all in one sharpener is that you can have a perfectly sharp point at all times allowing you to draw on tiny individual hairs.

To sum up. These are an unusual addition to your make up kit, and when i first saw them I thought, love the packaging but can't really see the need!  How wrong was I? since using these products I have found them pretty much invaluable especially the lip products. I love it when something you thought you didn't need surprises you and leaves you wondering what you did before you discovered it.

The products shown are available in the UK at LLoyds Pharmacy Here
and at Sephora in the USA

Lyn x

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All In One Gel

Hi Loves
OK, here's the thing. If like me, you have trouble saying let alone spelling Astaxanthin  bare with me while we talk firstly about;

What it is?
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant which is found in marine plants and animals. It is hailed at the King of Carotenoids one of the most powerful antioxidants known in nature, largely found in Lobster, Krill, Crab, Craw fish and Shrimp it is the reason that Flamingos are pink and Red birds retain colour.

Secondly What are the benefits?

You would be surprised at the amount of benefits Astaxanthin provides, here are a few. Bearing in mind that the Antioxidant can also be taken in pill form it has both internal and external qualities.To name a few

  • Increased energy
  • Reduction in the risk of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Improved vision
  • Repair and recovery after injury
  • Reduced signs of ageing
  • Joint support
  • Reduction of skin damage to the skin
  • Reduction of wrinkles and age spots

Reported to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, 550 times stronger than Vitamin E,800 times more powerful than COQ10. You can see that this is a mighty powerful ingredient.

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All In One Gel

DHC have taken the power of Astaxanthin and provided it in an easy to use all in one Collagen Gel.

Pale Salmon pink creamy gel type formula that absorbs really easily and almost vanishes into the skin, you are not left greasy or sticky after using this.  No real fragrance to speak of, so I can't imagine it irritating even the most sensitive skins. You apply after cleansing morning or night and will find that this is one of those products that while it feels nice to use initially, you will reap the benefits over time, and very quickly fall in love with the sheer simplicity of this effective skincare.

My skin literally drinks this up, I have also been able to use it as a stand alone product, simply applying foundation straight away with nothing else! I am not saying this would work long term, but on days when you are in a rush or just simply feel lazy this works a treat.

Find DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All In One Gel HERE

Lyn x 

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Kiko Milano Candy Split Collection

Hiya Darlins

Let's just start by saying, have we ever seen packaging this cute?  I flippin love it. The candy colours really do bring out the girlie side and can't fail to make you smile.

The Candy Split collection is one of 7 from Kiko to celebrate their 20 year anniversary. It is available in store and a few pieces are available online, I will point out the online availability as we go. I very first discovered Kiko some years ago in Ibiza before any stores were here in the UK, it was a bit of an obsession in those days and every holiday produced a huge haul of products that I couldn't get hold of in the UK.  Now of course Kiko is in almost every large town and available online.  If you have never had a play in a Kiko store you really need to try it out!

Candy Split Eyeshadow

Available in 4 shades, this creamy shadow has a fabulous colour payoff, is long lasting and super easy to apply. The tube does not do it justice and the shades have to be tried to be really appreciated.
These are currently half price at £2.90 Here

Candy Split Make Up Blenders

These gorgeous little Macaroon design blenders come in a pack of 2 colours and  really do work beautifully, on first appearance they could be deemed to be novelty items, but the apply liquids with ease, and give a super smooth blended finish. 
Half price Here at £3.40 for 2 

Candy Split Lip Mattifier

This handy little tube will instantly Matte any lipstick quickly and easily giving it a soft cream Matte finish, which means you can have your favourite shades while keeping fully up to date with the Matte lip trend.

On Sale In Store only 

Candy Split Eye Pencil

This twist up eye pencil is available in 4 shades. The colours are a beautiful light shimmer and have simply incredible staying power, they are only budging when you chose to remove them!  easy to apply with a soft consistency these are perfect for precision lining or for those of us that can only manage a smudge.

On Sale at £2.90 in the half price sale here

Candy Split Lip Scrub

This little pot of fruity scrub will get your lips in super smooth condition quickly and easily from the very first use, if you, like me have never been too aware of lip scrubs you are in for a treat, having tried this out it is something that I couldn't be without now, the  effect it has on your lips is visible.

Available in store

Kiko Milano Candy Split Collection

Candy Split Lipstick

Available in 4 shades, highly pigmented, super creamy and fairly long lasting, these have a slight sheen to the cream texture. I love this candy pink shade it really reminds me of the baby doll make up looks of the 70s and smells like candy too.

Kiko Milano Candy Split Collection

Candy Split Nail Lacquer

Available in 4 shades, if you like shimmer and sparkle these Sugar Glaze polishes are 100% for you, literally one coat gives you plenty of sparkle, 2 coats is wow!  long lasting, I got 5 days with no top coat from these, so rally quite impressive, they are also fabulous as a sparkly top coat to any plain nail polish.

Currently 50% off online at £ 1.40 Here

Kiko Milano Candy Split Collection

Candy Split Glowing Face Serum

This Glowing face serum really is a keeper, the twist pink and white serum smells divine, is absorbed super quickly and give your skin a lit from within glow. It brightens your face like nothing else, the thing I love about this serum is that it isn't a shimmery shine like some products that give you a spaceman look, it is literally what it says on the bottle Glowing face Serum.

I really wish this were available online. in store only.

Candy Split Nail Art Stickers

If you like a bit of fun, these are the cutest things ever. A collection of little stickers for your nails in the shapes of cupcakes, lollies, ice creams and sweeties.

In sale at £1.40 Here

To sum up, this is not only cute which I think sometimes deflects when a product works well. But It really is good quality and especially in sale!!   my favourites are without a doubt the Glowing Face Serum, The Beauty Blenders, and the cream eyeshadow which are amazing, oh and also the eye pencil for its sheer staying power.

Kiko really do have a fantastic sale on at the moment, but you need to be quick as these are going to sell out fast.

Find the Kiko Milano Collections here.   With Worldwide delivery.

Lyn x

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Hi Darlins
I have to be honest and say when I first received this mask I was a little bit dubious as I don't really have a problem with congested pores, so couldn't imagine them needing extracting!
This is brilliant as I am now totally addicted to this mask, here's why.

Firstly it's pink, no in all seriousness it isn't just a mask it's a dual action product that you apply like a mask, Murad advise you to apply in the most needed areas, I didn't have any particular areas so I used it all over like a normal face mask, left it for 10 minutes, added warm water and massaged in what turned out to be the most beautifully gentle exfoliator ever!  I am literally obsessed by this product, my skin was left glowing, soft, and not even the tiniest feeling of dryness. It has a gorgeous fresh slightly fruit fragrance and is just a joy to use. Murad advise using 2-3 times a week, you may be tempted to use it more as it is such a delight to use.

Volcanic clay with Pomegranate extract will literally draw any impurities from the skin and the combination of polylactic acid polishing beads will remove any dead cells leaving your skin ready to absorb moisturising products.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I should have taken the photographs of this mask before I had used it half a dozen times, but I wanted to show you what it actually looks like so please forgive the quarter empty pot.

I would 100% buy this again once my pot is empty and am pleased to say it has become part of my routine.

This product has been so popular it is sold out almost everywhere, I found it in stock here

Lyn x 

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