Nut & Noggin moisturise rich shampoo bar

I was kindly gifted this solid shampoo bar because I wanted to try one, to see whether it would strip my hair like the one I tried and tested from a popular high street brand.

I already love the name, Nut & Noggin l, both slang words for head! Nut & Noggin are based up my neck of the woods, very close to Harrogate in fact, in the lovely city of York. Their products are 100% plastic free, salon quality, SLS free, contain well sourced ingredients, vegan friendly and of course cruelty free!

Nut & Noggin believe that beauty should give back, so £1 from each sale goes to charities that help people living with mental health conditions.

This shampoo claims to give a moisture rich formulation, hydration, PH balance, shine and radiance, organic omega 3 richness, a unique shape that’s avoids the bar turning into mush, superb for travelling, smells natural and easy on all hair types including coloured.

I have to say, that all these claims… are accurate and true to their word. I’ve used this every day since I received it, for almost 2 weeks. The hair on my noggin- see what I did there, feels smooth, clean and my scalp didn’t feel dry, flakey or itchy. It lathers up really really well, I lather twice for my long hair, I condition the ends; which I usually need to do, it didn’t leave a waxy residue on my hair that usually weighs it down and clumps it up. I dry my hair with a hair dryer and it has given me some extra oomph and lift. It feels super clean without stripping. I usually have issues with fragrance, but this mint and pomegranate smells natural and not over powering.

It’s currently £13 on a save and subscribe or £15 for a one time purchase.

I’m so pleased to have been given the opportunity to try this, definitely one to purchase over and over when I use up all my shampoo and conditioner stash. It’s right up there at the top and nothing but high praises for this. Thanks Nut & Noggin and Merry Christmas!

Instant Effects lash and brow volumiser

Instant Effects lash and brow volumiser!

Another one that is very kindly gifted by Hyper marketing who are literally down the road from me, a little village called Boroughbridge!

I’ve seen Instant Effect products in my @lloydspharmacyuk inside my local @sainsburys , occasionally I’d pick them and glanced at the packaging and read the description, but I was also a little cynical, like really… instant?! You sure???!

This retails at £40.00 but there’s a sale on the Instant Effects website and it’s now down to £24.99 (www.myinstanteffects.com) as at today.

Let’s have a look at the claims, thickens lashes by 20% upon 2 mins of application. Lashes and brows are 40% thicker after application, but continue to use for 2 weeks and your lashes will be 20% longer!

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Like the lip plumper this uses a unique patented oxygen transfer technology. I like to use this as a primer, eventually I’ll be giving it a go on my brows.

I like the way it separates my lashes when applying, so the mascara goes on more smoothly and less clumping; which happens all the time because of how short and stumpy my natural lashes are. It lifts my lashes so I’ve no need for a lash curler! I’ve always had short stumpy lashes, so it was nice to finally have some pics of me with lashes! It’s fab!

Thank you for gifting Hyper marketing and giving me a good opportunity to try Instant Effects!

Instant Effects Lip Plumping Treatment

@myinstanteffects Lip plumping treatment

Very kindly gifted by @hypemarketinguk who are literally down the road from me, a little village called #Boroughbridge!

I’ve seen Instant Effect products in my Lloyds Pharmacy inside my local Sainsbury’s, occasionally I’d pick them and glanced at the packaging and read the description, but I was also a little cynical, like really… instant?! You sure???!

This retails at £24.99 but there’s a sale on the Instant Effects website and it’s now down to £14.99 (www.myinstanteffects.com) as at today.

This lip product claims to give plumper lips by 20% in 2 mins, defines the cupid bow and lip contour, increases the natural shade of your lips. How? What is this magic? This lip plumper contains a patented oxygen transfer technology, it uses this and with the aid of hyaluronic acid, it naturally plumps up the lips and locks in the moisture. This doesn’t sting and comes with a brush applicator, you twist the top end to dispense the product. The gloss gives a really nice high shine and doesn’t have a sticky finish. Super safe ingredients which are mainly emollients and barely any fragrance.

I’ve been using it for sometime now, it’s a really nice gloss, the lip plumping is noticeable for me, even more noticeable if you apply lipstick on top. It has a hydrating formulation and doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s also paraben free and cruelty free.

Bare in mind the effects are minimal, don’t expect a lip filler look, but continue to use for long lasting effect.

Thank you for gifting Hyper marketing and giving me a good opportunity to try Instant Effects!

Deaf Identity

I’m so super proud of my good friend @mrlukechristian launching @deafidentity , a fantastic brand with a fantastic message.

I was born partially deaf like my daddy, I have hearing in one ear but this is also slowly deteriorating. That’s more than 50% hearing loss.

I’ve had my fair share of comments, like I’m faking it or I have selective hearing, it used to upset me but now I take it with a pinch of salt.

There was a time when I thought I was missing out, not being able to hear everything in conversations, people think I’m being silly when I repeat something someone else said and I didn’t hear, and it was extremely isolating, when people don’t take the time to hear and speak and especially in groups, but when I did eventually got my hearing aids, I heard many things I didn’t want to hear, so I now pick and choose when I wear my Phonak hearing aids.

One day I want to learn how to lip read and eventually learn British Sign Language, like Luke, I think BSL should be taught in schools.

Luke taught me to sign my name and helped me embrace my deafness, and for that, I’m so grateful to him.

Thank you @deafidentity !

I absolutely love my hoody. Very good quality, and stiff hood that doesn’t loose its shape and it’s also warm, I prefer a big fit so I purchased Black in Size L with personalised spelling of my name.

Sferangs Clearing T Care Cream

Thank you to sister companies Coxir and Skin House for sending this for me to try, apologies if it took longer than expected to review as I wanted to try it longer and consistently for more accurate results. I have been using this consistently for over 2 months now.

This clearing T Care line controls oily sebum and soothes the skin, it’s formulated with naturally derived ingredients. Key ingredients include EGF, Centella Asiatica, Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. This cream is suitable for sensitive and oily skin types.

I really like the packaging, it’s in a simple tube with a sturdy twist lid. The packaging is easy to read and informative. I’ve very impressed with the ingredients list, it’s took up one whole side of the box.

Ingredients include Loess extract, Allantoin, tea tree extract, many plant extracts for their antioxidant properties, Aloe Vera, most of them cause little to no irritation, and Parfum is the last on the list.

Some of you who have followed me for a while will know that I have an allergy with tea tree oil, I had patch tested with this cream prior to using, and funnily enough, my skin did not react. Despite it being quite high up in the list, because of how extensive the ingredients list is, I don’t think the percentage is high to cause any adverse reaction.

I found the cream to be of a thick gel consistency with a silicone texture, it wasn’t watery and it didn’t water down when applied on the skin either. As you can see from the ingredient list the product is quite heavy with non comedogenic silicones. I was able to mix this with oil and it didn’t pill, although this was the final step of my routine.

It is a nice basic light gel moisturiser, it didn’t have a sticky finish and the texture is very pleasant. It does control the amount of shine and sebum produced throughout the day so I don’t have a greasy tzone by late afternoon. A really nice, simple, lightly fragranced, easy to use gel moisturiser for every day use. Will I buy it? I don’t know, on one hand it’s a great safe moisturiser, on the other hand it didn’t wow me.

Thank you Sferangs!

INGREDIENTS: Water, Loess Extract, Butylene glycol, Sadium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, 1.2-Hexanediol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Betaine, Ozokerite, Cyclomethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated polydecene, Trideceth-6, Polymethyl methacrylate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl, Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Citrus Medica Limonum Lemon) Fruit Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ecklonia Cava Extract, Melaleuca Altemifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Paulinia Cupana Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract Honey, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Ligustrum Japonicum Fruit Extract, Elsholtzia Splendens Extract, Saururus Chinensis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Elsholtzia Splendens Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Disodium EDTA Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, sh-Oligopeptide- 1 Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Elhylhexyiglycerin Parfum

Castle Howard Honest Mum Yorkinstameet

The picture of Castle Howard was taken on the morning of Wednesday 7th November, luckily it was a bright and crisp morning. The grounds were beautiful in all its Autumnal Splendour!

I’ve never been to Castle Howard before, I was so close going a few years ago when I heard Jay Chou was getting married there, but by the time we would have set off and arrive, he would have gone by then! Oh well!

I was at Castle Howard for a Yorkinstameet organised by Caroline and Louise , guest starring Vicki Psarias / Honest mum, she wrote the book #Mumboss A guide to surviving and thriving at work and at home.

I really enjoyed spending time with @oleaspa.uk and @mrlukechristian , finally meeting @drviviensabel and chatting away with Vickis Papa G!

I took a lot away from the day, not only has it confirmed ways to deal with negative energies in social media life, but it’s also given me the confidence on ways to move forward with different social media platforms and learn about SEO.

I’m looking forward to visiting Castle Howard when the Christmas decorations are up, also looking forwards to when I can sit and chill with #Mumboss book that she’s so kindly signed for me!

As always thank you to Caroline, Louise and Co who helps with setting up and organising.

The pic of me and Luke; courtesy of Dr Vivien Sabel, wasn’t sure which camera to look in because @charlottenelsonphotography was also taking pics at the same time lol!

Jay Chou, Asia’s King of Pop, signer, actor and composer and Ellie Goulding got married here, I can see why!

Have you been to Castle Howard?

Perricone MD Growth Factor Firming & Lifting serum

I was sent this by Influenster in return for an honest review, I have shared my thoughts on Influenster before posting a more thorough review here.

I’ve never used Perricone MD skincare products before but I have heard of them. The price point didn’t appeal to me and I feel their formulation was rather complex. Knowing what I know now, I wish I looked into the company and the formulations in detail before brushing them to the side.

This serum can be used day and night, it’s the highest potency of Perricone MD signature sciences, I’ve no idea what that means, would be great if anyone can shed any light on this!

This non greasy, lotion consistency serum is formulated to visibly lift and improve plumpness aswell as supporting the skin barrier. It contains Polyamine growth factor and egg shell membrane which helps with the skin elasticity, reduces fine lines and evens out skin tone, it’s also contains encapsulated retinol and niacinamide.

I apply this in my evening regimen, I’ve used this for 2 weeks every day and I have noticed my skin feeling more firm and smooth. There was no undesired peeling or purging.

I really wasn’t a fan of the smell, however I have gotten used to it and the pros outweighs the cons, the con only being the scent!

I will continue to use it, and finish the bottle, I would say at this point in time that I would purchase this myself! I looking forward to seeing further results. Thanks you Influenster!

Olea Spa, Harrogate

I dream of going somewhere, a place where I can close my eyes and fully relax, a place where I can unwind and submerge myself to be at one with my senses.

I went there on Sunday. Totally unprepared for the experience I was about to go through.

Ursula greeted me at the door and invited me to her studio, I was handed a lovely herbal detox tea sweetened to perfection with honey. We sat and chatted as she introduced herself and her methods, I could listen to her voice all day, as I was totally immersed in the calming ambience. She lead me to her treatment room where I laid down, and she started my bespoke facial. Initially I didn’t know what I was expecting as I’m especially fussy with people touching my face, even my hubby doesn’t get to touch my face when I have applied my evening regimen. My stomach grumbled a few times and I was absolutely mortified but Ursula made me feel at ease, the tea was also working!

I had such a relaxing time with the amazing Olea moisture bliss and Olea supreme hydration treatment and in all honesty, I could barely describe it with words. Ursula focussed on my face, neck, shoulders and arms, using a dome tool, her hands, masks and oils containing rich fragrant natural ingredients that draws out the toxins.

Immediately afterwards, my face felt less puffy, so velvety smooth and my head and sinuses felt so light and clear. Most importantly I felt calmer and the tension in my neck and shoulders has disappeared, a feeling that is so rare for me.

What has this incredible being done to me?

Before this treatment, I would have been apprehensive about going to a spa and having treatment. I’ve always felt intimidated by it all. Being at Olea Spa and having such a personalised bespoke treatment, with someone as attentive as Ursula, has opened up my world to spa treatments, however with that said, I will only be returning to Olea Spa.

It’s Tuesday and I’m already planning my next visit! Thank you so much Olea Spa!

This experience was kindly gifted, thought and opinions are my own.

Balmkind

Thank you so much for gifting me these multi-award winning lip balms Balmkind! I absolutely adore lip balms, I’m not one for wearing lip sticks and glosses as my natural lip colour is quite dark, a lip balm is sufficient for every day, especially when I have strong eye make up and I don’t want to look too made up. I apply SPF on my face every single day but I have always neglected my lips, the most I have probably applied to my lips is probably an SPF 10 or nothing at all. I did not know this until now but lips are thin and delicate, they’re only 3 to 5 cell layers thick and produces very little melanin , making our lips more sensitive and exposed to UV rays.

Applying SPF to lips should be just as essential as applying SPF to your face! I know that one question popped into my head when reading about SPF and I’ll answer it now, before I carry on, Balmkind broad spectrum  SPF 20 does not contain oxybenzone or octinoxate which are known to be harmful to coral reefs, they are cruelty free, suitable for vegetarians, recyclable tubes and outer boxes- which were made from recycled card, they don’t contain parabens, mineral oil or petroleum. So many lip balms don’t contain UV protection because they rely on the mineral oils and petroleum to create an artificial barrier to lock in the moisture, but apart from that, it does very little to block the UV rays.

The main ingredients used include Alpine Rose which is organic and sustainably sourced. Alpine Rose gives hydration, reduces environmental damage, increases cell turnover, nourishes and has natural anti-viral properties, reducing the occurrence of cold sores. Lysine is an amino acid and encourages the production of collagen, lovely pillowly soft lips for the win! Amazing hydrating antioxidants such as oat lipids which is rich in ceramides, licorice root, pomegranate sterols and vitamin E. The texture is a thick gel consistency, the scent is a lovely rose but it doesn’t taste of anything, it’s very pleasant to apply.

There is a built in applicator but I always use my finger. These balms are incredibly hydrating and nourishing. Thank you so much Leesa for gifting these and making me aware that lips also need SPF! Balmkind offer worldwide shipping and free standard delivery on all orders.

Gifted in exchange for a review, thoughts and opinions are mine.

Whittaker’s Distillery , Dacre, North Yorkshire

I was invited to the opening of Whittaker’s distillery in the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire, Nidderdale on Yorkshire Day, Thursday 1st August.

“Whittaker’s Distillery is the ONLY distillery in the Harrogate Region with a growing collection of small batch gins and spirits distilled in a Yorkshire-made still named Jezebel using natural spring water from the heart of Nidderdale”

The surrounding scenery is absolutely breath taking, getting to the distillery itself is a beautiful trekking adventure if you wanted to walk it, and why not! We had a wonderful and informative speech from Toby Whittaker, one half of the founders, the other being his wife Jane. You can see the passion and the strive for perfection when he speaks about the process of Gin and Whisky making. You can’t get more Yorkshire than Mr Whittaker himself , it was also his birthday!

I feel more knowledgeable about Gin and I have discovered the beauty of Gin with a good double Dutch tonic water! I had the summer solstice cocktail – grapefruit and pomegranate flavours and the winter solstice- rich in cloves and orange tones. My tastebuds were popping and I have a new found love of Gin!

Thank you Whittaker’s for your hospitality and Congratulations on the opening!

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