L’Oréal Hydra Genius Aloe Water Review

I was recommended this to try whilst it was on offer at Boots, it comes nicely boxed in a glass 70ml bottle with a pump lid, I was inclined to try this as the description on the Boots website say:

“The Liquid Care; Fresh as water hydrating as a cream. Locks in Moisture for 72hrs. Enriched with Aloe Water & Hyaluronic Acid. Instantly Refreshes. For Normal to Dry Skin. Inspired by Asian skincare, L’Oréal Paris Laboratories introduces:

THE LIQUID CARE. It delivers pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously – without overloading the skin.

INSTANTLY REFRESHES Immediately absorbed, the water-like texture rehydrates and reinvigorates the skin.

INSTANTLY LOCKS IN MOISTURE The forumla penetrates deelpy for a healthy-looking glow

72HR RECHARGE It releases continuous hydration and drenches the skin with moisture for up to 72 hours”

I personally think this is suited for most skin types; but not all, I’m a huge fan of Hyaluronic acid, although looking at the ingredient list it’s half way down..

“Aqua / Water, Glycerin Soin Testé Sous Contrôle Dermatologique, A Lcoho L Denat., D Imethi Cone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Peg-20 Methyl GlucoseSesquistearate, Peg-60 Hydrogenated CastorOil, Silanetriol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica Dimethyl Silylate [Nano] / Silica DimethylSilylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate , Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, T-Butyl Alcohol, Betula AlbaJuice, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 42090 /Blue 1, Linalool, Limonene, Parfum /Fragrance”

As with all L’Oréal products it’s very heavily fragranced which some people may find off putting if they have a sensitive nose, however for me, it’s a clean fresh scent; just very heavy, this is the Linalool – a synthetic citrus oil; towards the end of the ingredient list. 

They’ve done a bit of a sneaky one, I spot 2 alcohol ingredients, the first; quite highly on the list and the second further down, I don’t quite understand why they continuously add alcohol based ingredients on a moisturiser for dry skin or in any moisturiser for that matter. 

I have used this every morning before my SPF since mid- June when I did a mini post. I love the gel like consistency which is the Aloe Vera element. It feels light as glides on nicely and absorbs rather quickly without leaving a trace of residue or stickyness, just a nice moisturised soft canvas, it also doesn’t pill when applying SPF afterwards.

I’m unsure about recommending this product:


  • Nice consistency
  • Absorbs really well
  • Wonderfully packaged
  • Contains Aloe Vera
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid


  • Contains alcohol 
  • May be too heavily fragranced for sensitive noses
  •  Too many synthetic and unnecessary ingredients
  • Might not be suitable for acne prone skin due to the alcohol content

Have you used this? How did you find it?

It’s currently on offer at Boots – Buy 3 for 2 ( as at time of publishing this blog post).

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Wolds Way Lavender, Wintringham, Malton

If you're looking for something to do that's relaxing and outdoorsy with the kids look no further.

Wolds Way Lavender is situated in Wintringham, Malton, literally down the road from Castle Howard. They have their very own beautiful Lavender gardens, tearoom and distillery.

Make sure you visit their website for opening times as the fields are open on certain days from 2nd April to 29th September.

Admission charges apply to the Lavender fields at £2.50- £3.00 for adults and £1 for children between 5-16 years old with a family ticket at £7. They're dog friendly too! 🐶

The Lavender is in full bloom from the end of July to August, we managed to catch Anne who runs the place with Steve; and they were just about to start harvesting the Lavender this week; as long as there's a couple of rain free days with a bit of sunshine. The distillery is outside with a seating area so you can watch the process.

There's a fantastic giant game maze and a newly completed timber trail play area. Plenty of seats allowing the sights and fragrant scents to be absorbed at a relaxing pace. We try to come once a year, it's just a lovely little place.

We personally love Lavender not because of the smell but also because of its relaxing and healing properties. You can find out more about this here.

Be sure to try out their tea rooms Lavender cake, and stop at their shop before you leave, they do their very own brand of luxurious hand wash, moisturising creams, Lavender honey and of course, their liquid gold of pure Lavender essential oil

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A visit to Lush Cosmetics in Harrogate 

Let's talk about Lush Fresh Hand Made Cosmetics, situated well, just follow the scent… 😊 to 30 Cambridge Street. There are many reasons to love Lush Cosmetics, not only are their products handmade, they are fresh, 100% vegetarian, ethical, the packaging is made out of recyclable material and they're totally, utterly and passionately against animal testing. They have a lovely range of bath and body products on the ground floor, hair and more lush goodies upstairs, be sure to pop upstairs so you don't miss out! 

My favourite ever Lush product is the delightful Snow Fairy, it's vegan friendly, smells of candy and bubblegum sweeties and contains environmentally friendly biodegradable shimmering luster… fairy dust usually available in the Autumn. They also do an amazing purple shampoo called Daddy o, superb for keeping your locks blond and getting rid of the brassiness without drying it out.

I popped into Lush after watching a YouTuber post about mouthwash tabs, they looked fun…I was hooked and needed to get my hands on some. 

What's on earth is mouthwash tabs?! It's mouthwash in tablet form! GENIUS! 

I absolutely love Creme de la menthe, you take a tab, pop it into your mouth take a sip of water to start the fizz, a nibble and a swish swish swizzle before spitting it out. It's like a bath bomb going off inside your mouth, it's pretty awesome, not only does it give you a surprisingly strong minty fresh breath that lasts for some time, it's refreshing and doesn't leave your palette with a bitter aftertaste like normal shop bought mouthwashes do. Creme de la menthe contains peppermint oil and peppermint powder.

I needed to try more, bring in the Pan galactic gargle blaster, the kids will love this one, it's out of this world, the thing is most mouthwashes are boring for grown ups, they don't do fun flavoured, so Lush did something, they made a juicy lemony aniseed tab. This is refreshing and leaves your palette feeling cleansed.

Now you think, this is the end, but I've not finished yet because I need to tell you about Toothy tabs, brushing your teeth ain't going to be boring no more. 

Fun tasting and invigorating mouth experience with Limelight, getting the kids to brush their teeth won't be a chore anymore with this, pop this in, give it a nibble and start brushing with a wet toothbrush. This contains lemon, lime, almond and spearmint oil, it's like a party! 

Lush also make a wonderul triple mint toothy tabs for those who just love minty fresh breath, containing not one, not two, but three types of mint oil, English peppermint, organic peppermint and wild mint in Miles of Smiles, this leaves my mouth feeling cleansed and refreshed, ready to start the day.

Now, if you're like me and worried about teeth stains and it's all about the whitening and brightening  of those pegs, why not go for the BOOM gunpowder toothy tabs, you nibble this and you can just about make out a taste of sea salt, aniseed, a touch of black pepper and a blast of spicy cola, it contains cream of tartar and gunpowder tea and charcoal, we've seen that charcoal is a big hit these days with teeth whitening so I'm going to see what happens after a few weeks.

I think these are great for adults and children alike, they're conveniently packaged and suitable for travel due to liquid restrictions. They're fun, refreshing and environmentally friendly. Pop in to Lush and give them a try!

Thanks for reading, opinions and review expressed are my own, I purchased Boom toothy tabs and Creme  de la menthe, the others were samples; kindly offered by Lush Harrogate for review. Images are my own, please do not reuse without permission and credit.

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Would you try these? Have you tried them already? What do you think of them?

Why I love my Fitbit Charge 2

I've had a fitness tracker for almost 2 years now, my first one was a Fitbit charge HR and I got an upgrade last year to the Fitbit Charge 2.

There was only one reason why I got the Fitbit and it wasn't anything to do with keeping fit. As some of my previous readers know, I'm deaf in one ear, when my alarm goes off in the morning, instead of getting up and turning it off, I've started to roll over on to my good ear to block out the noise and go back to sleep.

I never used to do that but gradually it kept happening and poor hubs has to proper shove me off the bed to wake me up, or pull the duvet off me; and I really hate that; especially on cold mornings, but it gets me up!

The Fitbit has a silent alarm function, you can set as many silent alarms as you want, when it goes off, the Fitbit vibrates on your wrist and you can turn it off by pressing the side button. It's the best ever invention because not only do I actually get out of bed (eventually), it doesn't wake the hubs up either.

The other function that I really like is the sleep monitor, I used to have an app on my phone but never really used it as your phone had to be left on and plugged in. I always have my phone on airplane mode when I sleep, if not I'm unable to fall asleep at all or stay fast asleep for long.

The thing I like about the Fitbit Charge 2 is it has interchangeable straps, I mainly use the one it came with, I bought a pink suede one a couple of months ago but soon got bored of that, so I recently purchased a mesh rose gold one.

I know a few people who have Fitbits that challenge themselves every day to increase their steps. It's great but soon enough they get bored and stop wearing it all together. The novelty just ends up wearing off. On the other hand for someone like me who isn't really competitive with their step count (plus I have good and bad days with my hypermobility syndrome and scoliosis), it's nice to be able to see when I have a good day.

The Apple iwatch does have similar fitness features and more however the reason why I went for Fitbit was because of the battery life. One charge is enough to last for 5 days, whereas one charge lasts probably maximum of 48hours on an iwatch.

You can monitor your water in take, your heart rate and you can also put additional fitness exercises on it, for those who swim, the Fitbit is not yet waterproof, however you're able to log this exercise through the app and it calculates the calories you've burned during that time.

I really enjoy wearing my Fitbit, if they improve features on it, I will probably continue to wear it unless they remove the silent alarm feature; which I doubt they will ever do.

Do you wear fitness tech? Which one do you have?

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Breakfast at Cattlemen’s Harrogate

I love a proper good English Breakfast. There's something about having sausages and bacon with a lovely runny fried egg, it's sunshine and comfort food.

The last time I visited Cattlemen's for breakfast was a couple of years ago, children extra curricular activities in the morning stopped us from going more often and I think they had stopped doing breakfasts for sometime.

My friend was telling me that she was so happy that Cattlemen's were doing their breakfasts again last week and they thought it was absolutely delicious, so we decided to pay them a visit this weekend.

The breakfast is served between 10am and 12pm.

There was a great choice of breakfasts, to be fair, I'm not a fan of too much of choices, being someone who is so indecisive and having eyes bigger than my belly, it does not help at all having an extensive menu.

As always I went for the biggest breakfast that's on there, the hungry cowboy. Three of those for myself, my eldest at 15 and youngest at 10 and a Sheriffs Steak and eggs for the hubs, with tea and fruit juices.

Look! I even took pictures for those whose never seen tea and fruit juices before haha, that's orange (obvs) and Apple (obvs)!!

We didn't have to wait long till the food was served. The service is immaculate as it's always been. We sat near the window and watched the world go by and it was just nice and chilled.

The above was my breakfast; my eldest had exactly the same, there's two streaky bacon on the plate in case you couldn't see, cooked on point, not greasy either, with a delicious serving of black pudding. I'm not a huge fan of black pudding at all, how ever I'm always willing to try things and this was the nicest one I've had.

This was hubs 6oz medium steak and eggs, the steak was a perfect medium he says!

This was my youngest sons breakfast, yep, he's 10 years old, yep, he's just like me, eyes bigger than his belly! Instead of black pudding, he got another hash brown instead.

It was just us throughout the whole time we were there, come on in Harrogate, chill out during the weekend and come for a cooked breakfast at Cattlemen's would you! Give the independents some of your love! ❤️

We were really happy with our breakfasts and went on our merry way, my merry way anyway as we got to do a bit of shopping afterwards. We will pop back very soon!

Views and opinions are ours, the meal was paid for and costs a total of around £34 including tips.

Thanks for reading, do give Cattlemen's a try if you haven't been back for a while!

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Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid – My Review

I could just keep raving on about The Ordinary acids and serums, everything that I purchased so far has made a huge impact on my skin. 

I was on the waiting list for this for around 2 months, it's one of the most highly sought after acids in The Ordinary range. I purchased this from ASOS as soon as I received a tip off from a lovely lady in a Facebook group, I pretty much bought it there and then at 7am in the morning! 

I've used this every single evening since I got it in June, even though I saw results pretty much the next day, I thought I'd give it enough time to see whether it would break me out as I have very oily skin, but it didn't! 

There were loads of recommendations of Pixi Glow Tonic, which also contains glycolic acid. After doing the research, I decided to wait for the TO to come back in to stock instead, not only was Pixi Glow a lot more expensive at £18 for 250mls compared to TOs Glycolic Acid at £7 for 240mls, the concentrate of GA in the TO is 7% and the Pixi is 5%. I also like the fact that TOs products are unscented, no fuss, no frills, just the active ingredients. 

Glycolic Acid is suitable for most skin types, it is part of the AHA family, Alpha hydroxyl acids, naturally found in sugar cane and sugar beets. It exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells encouraging skin turnover, preventing blocked pores resulting in a smoother, even skin texture and tone, as well as reducing the appearance of your pores. 

As I said earlier on the post, I noticed the results the next day, that "glow" that everyone keeps talking about that's usually reserved for pregnant ladies or after a good facial, the healthy radiant skin, it's real, you need this.

I have incorporated this into my evening routine, after my double cleanse, this goes on afterwards before everything else. Bear in mind, like all chemical exfoliants, using a good sun protection factor is very very important. 

Have you used this? How do you find it? If you use Pixi would this be enough for you to give TO a try?

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What’s on my Playlist? August 17

I increased my pay monthly EE contract and received a superb surprise from them, a free 6 month subscription with Apple Music AND EE will also cover the data used to stream it. Of course I’m going to opt in! The subscription is usually £9.99 for an individual membership, click here for more details of different memberships. The cost of this freebie is over £60, how generous of you EE!

Its fairly straight forward to set up. Pop by here, click on the link they sent via SMS and pop in your Apple ID password to get started!

Providing that you continue your subscription to Apple Music ; the music you’ve downloaded can always be kept in your library and played back whenever you wish !

I’m absolutely in love with Apple Music.

I very rarely listen to UK chart music but for the past month I’ve been obsessed with the Kpop R&B Queen that is Ailee.


I’ve downloaded all her albums and collaborations. I adore her voice, her look, personal and style. She’s amazing.

Now Ailee, if you’re reading this, please do a world tour and visit us in the U.K.! ❤️

Whilst browsing the “recommended for you” section, I’m finding new songs from well loved artists such as G Dragon, and I’m discovering new Korean bands and artists.


Will my September play list change? I don’t know but with 6 months worth of free streaming, I may discover different genres and artists along the way.

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