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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Alpha H Liquid Gold v Alpha H Liquid Rose Gold (Limited Edition)




This blog post is going to compare the classic staple Alpha H Liquid Gold with the new, limited edition Liquid Rose Gold.  

Enriched with silk proteins, licorice extract and Glycolic Acid, Liquid Gold (LG) is the "ultimate overnight facial" designed to be used alternate nights without serums or moisturisers.  It gently exfoliates and plumps tired skin, helping to refine the appearance of pores and skin texture.  Liquid Gold aims to revitalise dull, tired skin and is a resurfacing treatment designed to diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. 

The Rose Gold version combines all the resurfacing and smoothing benefits of LG combined with gorgeous smelling botanical oils and weightless moisture.  As soon as i flipped open the bottle I could smell roses and once I had applied it with a cotton pad I felt more relaxed. As this is a night time treatment I could smell a faint aroma of roses as I drifted off to sleep.
I used the original LG on one side of my face, neck, decollete and hand and the Rose Gold on the other.
The original side did feel and look plumped and revitalised, The Rose Gold side also felt softer and silkier.  I preferred the Rose Gold side.
 



I purchased both items myself and the views expressed in this blog post are my own.

Available from:
the original LG is available from Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay,  QVC etc.
the Rose Gold edition is available from QVC UK

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Caudile Divine Oil

 

Divine Oil  (£28) is a multi use dry oil that can be used on the hair, face and body to nourish and moisturise dry skin.  As I use Duralgesic Morphine patches my skin is extremely dry and scaly and the psoriasis has gotten worse do to this and stress relating to ling term illness.  

The oil contains  contains a blend of grape seed, hibiscus, sesame, and argan oils combined with patented grape seed antioxidant polyphenols to leave skin soft, visibly firm, and radiant.  I use on my hair as a night mask and spray on my body after a shower.  It is easy to apply as I can just spray it on and wait for it to dry.  

It smells very fresh and woodsy and the aroma lasts for quite a while. It goes on as a clear oil and when rubbed into the skin leaves it looking moisturised and supple.  I also spray into the length of the length of my hair, using it in the same way as a leave in conditioner.

I purchased this item myself and views expressed in this blog are my own.  Divine Oil is available at Selfrediges, Look Fantastic etc,

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Givenchy Tartine Chocolat Azul Eau de Toilette 50 ml


Givenchy Tartine Chocolat Azul Eau de Toilette is around £23-31 for 50 ml and is available from several perfume and french pharmacy online stores.  This perfume is designed for babies/children so it is alcohol free. It is a gourmand scent.  The top notes are orange, galbanum and lemon. The middle notes are honeysuckle, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley. The base notes are amber, musk, oakmoss and brazilian rosewood. This is a gentle lemony, summery scent. It needs to be reapplied every few hours as the scent does not last long. The bottle is pretty but basic, a no frills but elegant design. I have noticed that when I have been in France a lot of French Pharmacies sell this in a gift set with a coordinating teddy, cloth or baby suit. 

I normally wear this in the summer as due to lack of  alcohol it will not react with the sun and cause irritation on my skin. I always get people asking what I am wearing when I wear this as it is so light, summery,  refreshing, smells edible and is an unusual scent! 


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Chamilia: Alice in Wonderland Charm Beads


The Chamilia Alice in Wonderland charm beads are part of the Disney range and are made of enamel, swarovski elements and enamel.  Prices range from £35-65 per bead.  The cheshire cat is £35 and made out of sterling silver and enamel.  The Drink Me and watch charms are sterling silver and are £45.  The royal flush charm is £35 and is made from sterling silver, enamel and swarovski elements.  The teapot charm (£45) is stering silver and enamel. The mad hatter charm is £40 and is sterling silver and enamel.  The looking glass charm is £45, sterling silver and swarovski elements and the heart is the most expensive at £65 and is made from sterling silver and swarovski elements.  

They are available from Chamilia online store, and instore and online at Earnest Jones and H Samuel.

These are stock photos from the Chamilia Website and I have permission to use them.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Daisy London Alpha Stacking Rings


Daisy London was established in 2009, is a British jewellery brand and now has over 500  stockists worldwide.  Daisy introduced the chakra bracelet to the world and has since expanded its chakra range to include necklaces, earrings and rings.  The company have also collaborated with several celebrities and charitable organisations.

   

The alphabet stacking ring is £37 and is part of the Alpha range which includes sterling silver and 18 gold plate alphabet stud earrings, which measure 3 MM, initial mixed metal rings and mixed metal heart and star rings. The initial ring has a slim sterling silver band and  the initial itself is 18 carat gold plate and measures 3mm. The ring sizes are S, M and L which equates to a UK ring size L, N and P. They are small, light, delicate rings which are well made. As I have mentioned in previous ring posts I have severe neuropathic pain in my hands and this is one of the few rings I can bear to wear for more than a few hours due to the pain in my hands. Although the other 2 Daisy stacking rings are no longer available on their website I have included them in this post to show how my Alpha ring can be stacked and to point out that although I love my rat and frog prince rings I can't wear them for long periods of time it stacked together for more than a few minutes.




Customer service was great. My Alpha ring arrived within 4 days of ordering it. I was notified that it had been dispatched by email. It came in a Jiffy bag, little box and velveteen bag, both of which are embossed with the Daisy London logo. 

I purchased these items myself and the views expressed in this blog are my own. 


Availlable from:Daisy London




Friday, 12 May 2017

Accessorize Kyoto Printed Cross Body Bag



This cross body bag is £29 and is sold by Accessorize. It has a blush pink floral/ bird print, the positioning of which differs on each bag, so I think some look nicer than others! It has a satchel style, adjustable cross the body strap, a turn lock fastening, an inside zipped pocket and several compartments.  It has Valentino style gold  studs across the flap.  It can be wiped clean with a soft dry cloth as it is made from polyurethane, the bag measures 5x15x22cm and the strap up to 60cm.    It is compact, but can fit my itouch, makeup bag and a bottle of water in it.  

  

The matching Kyoto print card holder is £7 and measures 7 x 12cm.  There are several compartments on the outside for cards and a zipped compartment in the middle for coins.  It is made out of the same material as the bag and can wiped clean.

 

The bag is sold out on the Accessorize website but is still available on the House of Fraser
The card holder is available at House of Fraser




Wednesday, 10 May 2017

#Debenhams Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson Large glass Eden print keepsake box




The Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson large glass Eden print keepsake box (£24 down to £19.90 with the 20% off at the moment) is part of the tropical Eden range which consists of 3 different sized keepsake boxes, cushion, dressing table mirror and trinket tray.

      



It is made from glass so can be wiped clean. It has 3 beautifully intricate birds and foliage embossed on the lid of the box, which makes the box look like a little bit of paradise. The inside is covered in a dark velvety material.  There is a silver chain to stop the lid falling too far back.  The large box measures 13.5x17.5x13.5cm.

 

I took the above 2 photos in Debenhams to show that the motif is not just on the top of the box but the foliage/greenery pattern is all over it, it isn't just plain glass. I also took a picture of  the small Eden keepsake box, so you can see the difference in size.

I purchased this item myself and the views expressed in my blog are my own.
Available from Debenhams in store and online