Sunday, 20 May 2018

Skin care for a certain age

(The) change is coming, time to invest

I recently hit a big birthday (50) and have noticed some changes in me.  Whilst I am not officially in the menopause yet I am definitely getting nearer to the end of my peri-menopause.

If you are younger than 45 you can probably stop reading this post now (!) - your time will come but for now, don't stress about it.

Not that getting older is a bad thing, definitely not and always better than the alternative!

In a way, we all start to age from the day we are born - but technically I think our early years are known as growing!  

However, it's a fact that our skin starts to loose collagen from our 20's. And then the menopause comes along...

Hormonal changes can have a negative effect on the skin. Be warned, reading about the effects of 'the change' can be a bit all doom and gloom. 

I don't quite know yet what it is going to do to my skin.  I do feel that overall my skin feels a bit thinner, and more delicate, it definitely takes longer to heal and I tend to bruise more easily than I used to.

So my birthday got me thinking about skincare specifically aimed at the menopause.

Which lead me to invest in my first menopause-specific skincare product.

Stratum Complete Hand Cream

I am seldom found without a tube of hand cream somewhere on my person and this is my latest.

The 75ml tube states 4 benefits:
  • Anti-ageing peptides
  • UV blocking SPF
  • Nail strengthening
  • Age spot removal
It also contains Matrixyl which is a trademarked peptide shown to reduce wrinkles - this is face grade hand cream.

I love hard working products and always try and buy a hand cream that talks about hand and nail benefits.  

The UV filter is great (although I would like to see a factor number).  As your hands are nearly always exposed they can be in danger of sun damage.  My advice, apply SPF to (the back of) your hands if your current hand cream is lacking.

So far so good and it is a lovely hand cream, rich but not too greasy and easily absorbed leaving my skin super soft.  But it's not budget - £18.

The thing is, I purchased this hand cream specifically as I know that my hormones etc are changing and it will inevitably be having a negative effect on my skin.  I'm looking to negate the changes in my skin as much as possible - so this is investment skincare

Apart from the high price point the only thing I don't like about are the words 'Menopause Skin Care' on the tube!  Maybe I am being over sensitive, or maybe it's just my age?!

Find out more at


Our skin goes through various changes throughout our lives - and there seems to be a product for every age.  If you have any products you swear by I need to know! so please leave me a comment below: x


Monday, 14 May 2018

Heliocare 360

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Sun protection... I thought I was pretty near perfect when it came to protecting my skin.  So imagine my horror when a dermatologist recently said to me that I actually had sun damage.

I've never, ever, had a tan and coming back from holiday as pale as the day I left is my idea of a holiday well spent!

Living in the UK I have in the past tended to only apply a high factor (i.e. 30+ SPF ) during our actual sunny months.

Turns out my pale and never tanned skin was starting to show signs of sun damage.

My last holiday to Spain was evident to the dermatologist, who also pointed out the sun damage on my right side, "Do you spend a lot of time in the car?" - UV rays penetrate glass 😱

Time to up my game.

Heliocare 360ΒΊ  

I've used the original Heliocare (tinted) before and I liked it however, a new regime justified a new product πŸ˜€

I choose Heliocare 360ΒΊ as it offers UVA/UVB/HEvis/IR-A protection all at 50+.  Lets break this down:-

UV, are ultra-violet rays. The 'A' rays are the longer ones that travel deeper into your skin and can cause the skin to age quicker.  Think A for Ageing.

Think B for burning, these rays are shorter and are the ones that can burn.  Burnt skin is damaged skin and this can lead to skin nasties (maybe skin cancers).

HEvis and IR-A? 
I have never heard of these two before, however I had been reading quite a lot about the effects of 'blue light' from phones etc.πŸ“±

I'm not sure what my thoughts are really about these two, however if I can find something that is going to offer protection against them (whether they are that bad or not), then why not?

Heliocare Say:
HEvis - High energy visible light can penetrate deep into the skin.  HEvis can be emitted from the sun but also indoor light (e.g. computers, LED etc)

IR-A - Infrared radiation, much the same definition as HEvis but also emitted through heat and thermal radiation

That's the science bit for you πŸ€“ but I can't really write about Heliocare without mentioning Fernblock.

All the products in the Heliocare range contain Fernblock, which is a natural antioxidant, an extract of Polypodium leucotomos (which is a fern🌱)

Antioxidants are great protectors for your skin as they help mop up the free radicals which can lead to premature skin ageing. In short they help prevent cell damage.

Heliocare 360ΒΊ Fluid Cream SPF50+

This non tinted cream is really easy and pleasant to apply, not thick or greasy etc. and it hasn't made me spotty.

I'm applying it after my moisturiser and it sits wells under my make up - i.e. it doesn't make my base slide off my face!

As with any SPF product it is only going to protect the skin that you apply it too, so I make sure that I am very methodical in my application.

I pay particular attention to my forehead, crows feet and around my lips - I'm thinking of those nasty vertical lip lines that I am starting to see.

Preventative care

As I've got older I'm all about preserving my skin - hence my obsession (in case you don't already know) with collagen.

Whilst I do wish for the skin I had at 25 I realise it can't be, but I also know that in another 25 years I will be wishing back for the skin I have now.

So, without going to extreme lengths, I am going to do all I can to 'age well'.
Sun Protection is at the top of my list, and I've now resolved to wear an SPF of 50+, 365 days a year.


When do you use an SPF?  Do you tan? Fake or real? Please feel free to leave a comment


Monday, 7 May 2018

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen *

DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All in One GelπŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

DHC the Japanese skin care range have added an everything to everyone moisturiser that I have been trying for the last couple of months.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one cream

Its called Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel (I'm going to call it Astaxanthin Collagen from now).

I am very familiar with, and some would say a tad obsessed with collagen!  If you want soft, smooth and firm skin, then you need collagen.  However, Astaxanthin is a new word for me and even more confusing for my spell checker!!

It's not a made up word though! Astaxanthin is a reddish pigment that belong to a group of chemicals called carotenoids and causes the pink or red colour in salmon, lobsters etc. (DHC Astaxanthin is from algae).  It is also a powerful antioxidant, and antioxidants are known for their anti ageing properties.

Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals which damage skin cells.

Vitamin C (also an antioxidant) is often a partner to collagen as it helps with collagen production.  DHC state that Astaxanthin is considered to be 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C πŸ‘

So partner that with hydrolysed collagen and you have the making of a couple of super heroes for your skin and it's fight against ageing.

so... that explains the colour!

My first impression of Astaxanthin Collagen was the colour, apricot.

Whilst I liked the playful colour I did initially think it looked a bit artificial (i.e. colour added just for... colours sake) but now knowing about the properties of Astaxanthin itself it makes sense, it's that colour because of the ingredients.

There is no real scent to speak of.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel

Astaxanthin Collagen and me

The pot itself is supersize, for your £40 you get 120g of cream which is hefty.

The label says it will be fine for 6 months, but I always screw on the lid tight, keep it out of the sun etc (and I don't share) so I expect this is going to last me quite a bit longer.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel

I really like the texture of this gel like cream and my skin has only reacted positively in the 2 months or so I have been trying it.

I use quite a lot of the cream because my skin is quite dry and the gel like formula is not greasy at all and my skin drinks it up.

As you should I am extending the use to include my jaw line, under my chin and my neck.

On first use the product gave my skin a glow.  I am very pale and I did wonder if it was just adding colour but this isn't the case.

Astaxanthin Collagen is quite happy to act as a base for my foundation, make up etc and has been doing an excellent job at keeping my dry skin hydrated.

Fine to use am or pm but there's no SPF so I always top it off with an SPF cream.

Astaxanthin has been a new discovery (and spelling) for me, I'm going to be looking out for it in other products however.

I love using any product that offers me collagen and this cream does that along with the antioxidant properties of Astaxanthin.

To find out more information about DHC Astaxanthin Collagen and other products (I love their best selling Cleansing Oil) please visit the DHC website.
Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel
* post includes a PR sample

Monday, 30 April 2018

CND Vinylux polish - the icing on the cake*

Sugar sweetness

CND the brand behind Shellac™(and it still feels sooo wrong to put normal shoes straight back on after a pedicure) also do a weekly at home polish range - Vinylux™.

The Vinylux range of at home polishes offer long lasting and chip resistant colours for your fingers and toes.
CND Vinylux weekly polish pink and yellow
A simple two step system which not only gives you great chip resistant colour but also nail care. Infused with keratin, jojoba oil and vitamin E, to help keep your nails flexible and hydrated.

Perfectly on trend and in time for spring, CND have four new sugar pastel colours in their range.

CND Vinylux spring 2018 range

  • Candied - a sugar pink
  • Jellied - a yellow cream
  • Taffy - light pastel duck egg blue
  • Gummi - a solid pastel lilac cream

I've been having a play with Candied (pink) and Jellied (Yellow)

CND Vinylux Candied and Jellied Reach for the starts Old English Company coaste

The process

CND Vinylux weekly colour and top coat

As with any manicure make sure your nails are perfectly polish free, clean and dry.  You don't need and should not apply any kind of base coat.

Step 1 - Colour
Give the bottle a really good shake and off you go.  Apply the colour, and a thin coat.  The colour went on really easily - the brush is a nice fat little chap and due to its ergonomic design really hugged my nails.

One coat already looked good but even better with the (recommended) second coat.

I waited about 5 mins between coats and then about 2 minutes before...

Step 2 - Top Coat
This goes on looking like clear nail varnish but is your top coat and sealer to lock in the polish.

After about 10 minutes I felt the varnish was dry enough to move!  And it must have been as I noticed the next day there were zero smudges etc which is a bit of a first for me.

Below is a picture of Candied on my nails the morning after - so technically Day 2 (which was a Monday in case you need to know).
CND Vinylux weekly colour and top coat Candied Pink

Hardworking hands

Like you my hands are pretty much on the move all the time - housework, typing, gardening (it is spring), dog stroking, cooking etc.

I do try and take care of may nails and manicure of course (i.e. no nail biting, picking cuticles etc) but once my colour is applied I like to be able to forget about it.
CND Vinylux Candied pink and Jellied yellow polish, Old English Company make up bag
I kept my nails pink until Friday so 6 days but can confirm they were still looking good.  Out of the two colours I was drawn to the pink, but it is my favourite colour so I had no choice!

I applied it to my toes as well and 2 weeks on - no chips.

I think the pink shade really suits my pale colouring, and the yellow will look great in the summer when I have a bit of colour (fake tan of course).

You can find the Vinylux range (more colours and top coat, £10.95) at www.cultbeauty or from a pro salon via


PS. The make up bag, coasters and mirrors are from
PPS. Three french fancies were harmed in the making of this post!

* post includes PR samples

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Old English Company be beautiful*πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Made in Britiain 

The world is a truly wonderful place and we're all used to getting what we want from the around the world.  Be it pineapples from Costa Rica πŸ‡¨πŸ‡·, cuteness from Korea (and skincare) or the finest champagne 🍾 from well France (otherwise it's just sparkling wine!)

However I am a British and I do like it when I come across a brand that is home made, and in the case of the Old English Company the clue is in the name - Made in Britain.

Stationery and more

Old English are a stationery and homeware company creating rather lovely hand lettered products.  Formed in London they are now based in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

From cards, to coasters, to key-rings and mugs, they make such lovely things.  Gifts for You, for Him, for Her and You again. πŸ˜‰

My recent finds

Old English have a range of fab make up bags/pouches £12.95 (equally good as pen cases, nail care packs etc).  Which as a Beauty Blogger of course appealed to me.

Made from 100% cotton and with wording on both sides they are a really useful size 22 x 16 cm

I don't know about you but I have duplicate make up bags stocked with the exactly the same essentials (mirror, hand cream lip liner etc) to save me swapping contents when I change bags.

Old English Company Made in Britain
Old English Company Made in Britain

These bags from Old English are perfect.  Room for all my essentials plus I love the big bold quotes which I tend to agree with (most of the time !!)

I have recently had a make up bag spring clean (quite liberating) and have chucked out my old grubby make up bags.

They have happily been replaced with these two smart black ones ones 'You Beauty' & 'Hot Mess' - there are more to choose from HERE

Old English Company Made in Britain make up bags
Any make up bag worth it's salt has to include a mirror and Old English have six to choose from all priced at £4.00.  My favourites are Be You and You look Scrumptious.

These mirrors are compact cuteness, 55mm across so can easily fit in your pocket on the days that you are travelling light.
Old English Company Made in Britain mirrors and a coaster

Reach for the Stars

Old English Company Made in Britain Reach for the stars coaster
This quote means a lot to me, and to have it on a coaster on my desk with my favourite mug makes me smile:

a) My favourite colours are pink and black
b) I agree with and the words, to me it means keep on trying and doing what you love
c) It makes me start singing S Club! and there ain't no party like an S Club party ! πŸŽ‰

Old English have a huge range of coasters & placemats to choose from,  you and your favourite mug should have a browse HERE.☕️

To view the full range of Old English Company products all made in Britain please visit them at πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

* post includes PR samples


Monday, 16 April 2018

Dafna's moisturiser Plus Plus Plus*

About Dafna's

There is a real person behind Dafna's skincare - and that's Dafna who created her anti-ageing line based on the Ayurvedic philosophy.  Her products are not only designed to be good for your skin but also for your general wellbeing.

Luckily for us Dafna hasn't kept her Personal Skincare range to herself and I have recently been introduced to her Beyond Skin Deep Moisture +

Dafna's Beyond Skin Deep Moisture +
(emphasis on the plus)

We all want our skin care to perform but when it's also a pleasure to use that's a skin care win/win ! πŸ‘
Dafna's Moisture Plus

In a smart black jar (to protect the precious contents against UV rays) Moisture Plus includes 19 carefully selected ingredients.

A biggie in the jar for me is Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a super hydrater and helps with collagen production.  Dafna's HA is a bit special though as it is 'low molecular' so it gets in deeper to your skin which helps even more with skin plumping.

This award winning moisturiser also includes Neroli essential oil (one of my favourite smells) plus lots of other natural and organic ingredients such as Aloe, Bamboo, Argan and Rosemary oils.
Dafna's Moisture Plus

Look, feel & smell

You really do need to inhale this skincare as it smells D-I-V-I-N-E, and it is meant too.  Part of the ritual that Dafna's suggest to applying Moisture Plus is to breathe it in.

Dafna's products are of course made to perform but they are also made to be enjoyed and to make you feel great.

There is a video on the ritual of applying Moisture Plus on the Dafna's website.  Although whether you decide to do it their way or your way, it is a pleasure to use.

This first time I smelt it, it took me back to the first time I ever tried Decleor Armoessence Neroli which I fell in love with about 25 years ago.  This smell of Moisture Plus had a similar impact, wonderful.

Along with my senses my skin loves it too, and it's silky texture is easily absorbed into my (on the dry side) skin.
Dafna's Moisture Plus
Dafna's Moisture Plus

This is how I apply my Moisture Plus

I take a small amount (it is rich so you don't need much) and smooth it across my palms.
Next I cup my face and do some deep breathing to inhale that lovely scent.
Then I press  it into my skin - neck, forehead cheeks
And finally with fingers tips I gently massage it in.

I must admit, because I love using it so much I often repeat the process again (or just give the jar a good sniff!!)

It's also really nice to use on my hands if I feel like a really good pamper.

Perfect to use AM or PM, due to the relaxing and Ahh.. feeling it gives,  I am choosing to use this at night as I have more time to enjoy using it then and it sets me up for sweet dreams. πŸ’€

Dafna's Skincare

Moisture Plus is also available in a Lighter Lotion.

Other products included in the range (not tried by me... yet) are:

  • Recovery Cleanser - a balm to milk cleanser
  • Nutrition - a specific night cream all about repair
  • Eye cream
  • Face Serum
  • Revival - a face mask with bio-active ingredients and Hyaluronic Acid

You can shop the full range and find out more about Dafna's skin philosophy at

PS. Naturally, Dafna's are against any sort of animal testing, products are free from skin nasties and all products are 'made in Spain with love and devotion'. 

"Gracias Dafna's".


*post includes a PR Sample


Monday, 9 April 2018

Invisalign - Update #5

3 months to Go

(My fifth Invisalign update for you - if you would like to read previous posts please click HERE)

I have just put Tray 31 in, and that's Tray 31 of 43, so I have 12 trays left!
Invisalign packet with notes and a 2018 moomin calendar

When I committed to Invisalign, I started off with 43 trays and instructions to change trays every 2 weeks.  That equated to 86 weeks, which is 19 months, a year and a half, whichever way you say it it is a fair amount of time...

Luckily for me things changed and I was allowed to speed things up and go for a weekly tray change, which means here I am with just 3 months left :)

Whilst I am getting excited that the end is coming, it has, so far, been a breeze.  If I was still looking at a 2019 finish it wouldn't be all doom and gloom.

This is how I do it

Some trays have been harder to put in than others, but I haven't yet had one I haven't been able to fit.

The general advice is to put new trays in last thing at night which I used to do.  However as my night time routine is pretty lengthy, I now put my new tray in after dinner.

It can sometimes take a while to get a new tray in, plus once fitted you need to use a chewie to really get it into place.  If I am being rushed (i.e. "Turn off the light Emily"), I find it harder to do.
a chewie and moomin tray

Fortunately getting trays in after the first time has never been a problem.

I use my thumb and index finger on my left hand to get trays in and out (I'm right handed).  My nails have suffered a bit, my orthodontist did give me an aligner tool, but I just couldn't get on with it.

Notes to self

Invisalign packet with notes and a 2018 moomin calendar
Each and every tray comes in a numbered packet, and there is a notes box on the packet that is begging to be written in.

My trays came in 4 boxes and at the end of each box I write myself little notes on each of the new packets as I line them up ready to go in!

The notes can be anything from a reminder, a countdown or a motivational quote from me to me...

Previous notes I have written have been:

  • Are you back at the Gym?
  • You're in Spain!
  • Buy some SPF 50
  • What's your weight?
  • Did you remember to fix the skirting?

They can be and often are a bit random, I often think 'what were you thinking about ?', but it makes Monday change over day a bit more fun and not just another week nearer my goal.

The Answers

  • Are you back at the Gym? - Yes :)
  • You're in Spain! - Majorca to be precise and it was lovely, thank you 😎
  • Buy some SPF 50 - Still using up old stock, but when I do it will be Heliocare 360 or Skin Tech Melablock
  • What's your weight? - Stable! 
  • Did you remember to fix the skirting? - Skirting Board in the downstairs loo - Yes of course, no one else was going to do it!
PS. This is my penultimate Invisalign post πŸ‘ 😁
PPS. My Othodontist is
PPPS. I ❤️Moomins in case you couldn't tell!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Say 'Aloe to Great skin - Forever *

Who are Forever?

Founded in 1978 Forever are best known for their Aloe Vera Gel drink, known for it's health giving properties and containing 96% pure Aloe Vera.

Forever are the largest manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera, so they know their product and have diversified in the last 40 years into quite a few areas which include nutritional and weight management products and now skincare, under the name Infinite.

Infinite Skincare

Infinite by Forever

My local Forever representative Claire kindly sent me a set of Infinite products to try.

Now, I'm always happy to try and review products, but what made me even more super excited than usual were words, like 'Hydrating' , 'Firming', 'Vitamin C' and... 'Collagen' πŸ˜€πŸ‘

True to it's origins each skincare product in the  Infinite range contains Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice to be very precise) as it's first ingredient.  More often than not it will be Aqua (water).

I have come across Aloe Vera once before in Maui hair products, which made my hair super soft, hydrated and manageable so I had high hopes for Infinite before I had even dispensed, applied or smoothed a drop...

Infinite Advanced Skincare Care System

Infinite by Forever
The system is a combination of 4 products that you can purchase as a set, or as singles - which is useful as who finishes all their products at the same time?

Hydrating Cleanser

Infinite by Forever Hydrating Cleanser
Smart purple and silver packaging which at first it annoyed me a bit!?   You see the top (silver part which I will also confusingly call the bottom) doesn't come off, you twist the top and squeeze the tube and the cleanser comes out.

This does cause a bit of a messy bottom - to get over this (worse problems to have!) you just need to get all the product residue off the bottom (or do I mean top!) before you put in on the shelf (or you could just lie it on its side πŸ˜†)

The cleanser itself is really good.  It is a creamy consistency containing as expected Aloe Vera but also other hydrating ingredients such as cocoa, sunflower oil and Vitamin E.

To use you just add water,  it doesn't produce much foam but turns into a milky (fragrance free) face wash.

Now I have got past my issue with the packaging (!) I'm really enjoying using this.

My skin feels clean and soft after use, which is what you want from a face wash, plus it hasn't reacted (i.e. no spots or day patches).

Firming Serum

This is my Step 2.

In case you don't already know, apply serum before moisturiser on your face and neck...

I've always known that the skin on your neck can give away your age, but I admit over the years I have been a bit hit and miss with applying products here - and it is starting to show πŸ˜”

I wish I could turn back time but at least I can try and slow things down.  If you don't already apply products to your neck - start NOW!

Like any product applied to your neck you are trying to defy gravity - long upward strokes are what's required.

A good serum for your face (and neck), not too runny, easily absorbed.

Restoring Creme

Step 3 is moisturiser (no SPF).  Once again Forever have come up with some pretty unique packaging.

To me the packaging for this moisturiser looks more like a jar or a bottle of tablets.  You dispense the product by pressing down on the lid.

I have now discovered there is a logic to the packaging... give the top a full press and  you get the correct amount to use.
Infinite by Forever

This moisturiser has some great anti ageing ingredients (over 15).

It contains acai, pomegranate and vitamin B3 which Forever say helps even out skin tone.

I've been a bit spotty recently and have a few red marks on my face, which I think they have started to fade a bit quicker than usual, plus my skin tone is looking more even.

Fragrance free my skin loves this and it drinks it in, it doesn't sit on the skin and therefore makes a great base for foundation.

Firming Complex

Infinite by Forever Firming Complex
Step 4.  I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that most of us have a daily skincare routine which is at least Two Step - Cleanser + Moisturiser.

You may also apply a serum, and hopefully a daily SPF, but - "Do you take a collagen supplement?"

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will no doubt be aware that I will do almost anything (!) to get more collagen into me.

Collagen is what keeps skin looking good, soft but also firm.  We also need it for our joints and ligaments but it does gradually decline as we get older - and by older I mean from your 20's,  so few of us are immune.

Forever Firming Complex tablets not only containing collagen (🐟) but also Vitamin C.  Vitamin C helps support your body to produce more collagen so it is the perfect partner.

The tablets also include biotin which is great for hair.

Easy to take, 2 tablets a day, gluten free.

I'm convinced that taking a collagen supplement makes my skin feel and look better, and of course that is ALL of my skin.

A new discovery

Forever Catalogue
I hadn't heard of Infinite by Forever before.  Discovering a new brand is always very exciting and especially when they are appealing to my skin care concerns - i.e. getting older.

All of the products I've tried are excellent - My Favourite?  It's between the Restoring Creme and the Firming Complex (tablets).

The Advanced Skin Care set is a great way to discover the whole range, it contains full size products (which you can purchase separately):
  • Hydrating Cleanser 118ml
  • Firming Serum 30ml
  • Restoring Creme 48g
  • Firming Complex 60 tablets 
To find out more or to purchase please contact Claire:

Claire Wright Da Silva
07478 768 815

Or go shopping today at : Forever

*Post includes PR sample


Monday, 26 March 2018

Doctors orders - Skinade*

Let's get back to Great Skin

You know me and my love of the squidgy stuff - collagen that is.  It's what makes our skin soft and smooth but also firm and when you're young you just take it for granted.

Slowly yet inevitably your collagen starts to decline (from about 25) but you don't really notice for a while and then suddenly one day you do!! 😱

The first sign for me wasn't fine lines (but they are part of it) but my skin looked flat, dull and *sigh* starting to sag a bit.

Fortunately modern science is moving on and with a good skin care regime, wearing an SPF (every day) not smoking and trying to eat healthily (most of time πŸ˜‰) we are all looking better for longer.

Say 'cheers' to skinade

I am a real advocate of getting collagen into me, and I have tried Skinade before and really rate it.

In case you don't already know it's a daily collagen drink (containing marine 🐟 collagen) that not only tastes great but it works.

Recently whilst visiting the rather wonderful Dr Aarti Narayan-Denning we got on the subject of skin laxity and the causes which in the main is down to a reduction in collagen and how Skinade can help...


Now I'm no Doctor but I do spend way too much time looking at my face and as I've got older I know it is no longer a case of 'mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?' - (really ? as IF it ever was!!)

You see, I'm in my fifties and do (begrudgingly) accept I can't have my 25 year old skin back, but I am determined to do the best I can for it and this where Skinade comes to my aid.

I've taken 'breaks' from Skinade in the past but always when I start taking it again I think, 'Why did I stop?'

With most things in life cost is a factor.  A 30 day supply is £105 which works out at £3.50 a day which really isn't that much for younger skin but is quite an initial outlay.

But you get more than just collagen for your money...   Skinade also contains a vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9 & B12) plus vitamin C and fatty acids omega 3 & 6.

Plus - if you buy a 90 day course from Dr Aarti's webpage you get a discount  - click here

How to take

It's a drink so you simply drink it!

Each daily bottle is pre mixed and tastes lovely - fruity.  I take mine first thing in the morning replacing my breakfast coffee.   I used to take it first thing in the morning with my coffee - but this isn't good advice.

Skinade advise to avoid caffeine an hour before and after drinking it as caffeine can hinder the absorption of the collagen.

What I now do is take a home made coffee to work to replace the Costa I use to buy first thing in the morning, which is saving me £2.50 a day

For those of you on the go there is also a travel pack (which you mix with water) which is hand luggage friendly ✈️

Benefits all over

Taking Skinade will improve all of your skin πŸ˜€
It isn't just the skin on your face that will get a collagen boost but also your neck, arms, bust etc - you will definitely become a lot more stroke-able.

Another happy side effect I find is the condition of my hair and nails improves.

If you would like to try Skinade or want more information on ageing well (and science stuff) please visit Dr Aarti Narayan-Denning's website -
*post includes PR sample


Monday, 19 March 2018

in my late 20's - Invisalign update #4

I'm falling apart!! πŸ˜†

Here is an update I wasn't expecting to to write - my tooth's fallen out!

That's not good is it? 

OK so I have exaggerated a little, let me explain...

My front two teeth are crowned and each of the teeth either side are veneers.  This work was done about 17 years ago.

My orthodontist did warn me that Invisalign might add 'stress' on my crowns and veneers which could mean they might came out.  However I am not convinced that the loss was down to that, as other factors were at play...

Do you Floss?

Flossing is the boss when it comes to taking care of your teeth (and gums).

I use Glide From Crest Dental Floss  a dental tape and floss every day, which I actually enjoy.  Invisalign has made it so much easier to do this as my teeth are moving so the gaps between my teeth have widened (in a good way).

Pre Invisalign flossing wasn't so good so I used a Phillips Airfloss - it's a great tool if you don't like to floss.

The Airfloss squirts a fine high pressure jet of water (or mouthwash) between your teeth.  Due to the design of the head/tip you can precisely aim and fire - so you get in all the gaps to blast out whatever is there.

Keep you finger on the trigger and it produces an even blast at regular intervals - so no squirting water up your nose or in your eye.  As I said as great device - until it breaks down :(
My Airfloss was about 4 years old when it died.  

The Airfloss didn't have a lot of competition when I originally purchased it, but there are quite a few similar devices now on the market.  Whilst I thought I wanted to buy another device* I didn't want to  spend as much second time round.  

After reading a number of reviews on Amazon I purchased a YOHOOLYO Water Flosser at £29.99 it is half the price of the Philips device.

I liked the price and the look of this device.  It is quite large but not too big for the bathroom shelf and seemed to have a few features.

After charging for 3 hours I used it for the first (and last) time.  It gets through a lot of water and makes for quite a wet and messy time, but I expect with practice that would get better.  

The water jet itself was continuous as opposed to the regular pulse of the airfloss, but I didn't think it felt as powerful and it was definitely not as easy to aim.  

I went round my teeth a few times and then when I was just starting to think I would stop, I felt it - off came my front veneer...

Luckily for me I realised straight away and the tap was not running, so after a lot of faffing I managed to retrieve my veneer from the bottle trap - that tiny piece of porcelain costs about £300 so well worth the effort.  

Needless to say the YOHOOLYO flosser was packed up and returned to Amazon who have refunded me.  My dentist charged me £20 to stick the veneer back on so no harm done.

I was worried at first that the Invisalign tray would not go back in but my dentist advised me to put it straight back in as it meant the veneer was cemented in to the correct place.

All this was a week ago, at first I was very worried about taking the Invisalign trays in and out but now I have got used to it again.

Before I even started using Invisalign I had started saving up as I know my crowns and veneers will need replacing.  Like any 'cosmetic' work they don't last forever.

This is my first problem with Invisalign, and I'm not even sure it was, plus it's Monday so change over day which is 'Hello' tray Number 28 and only... 15 trays (and that equals weeks) to go.


*πŸ€”Would I buy another flosser?  If I did it would be a Phillips Airflows but for now I will continue with manual flossing

(post includes some affiliated links)


Monday, 12 March 2018

Real coffee and I'm on the go! ☕️

C-O-f-f-e-e coffee and apple on moomin tray

Like a lot of you I seem to be powered by coffee, although I have really cut back on my caffeine habit and only try to drink de-caff after 2pm.

I used to think I was immune to the effects of caffeine until I started to drink decent coffee at home via my Nespresso machine.  

Coffee - how do you take yours?

There is nothing fancy about me! No lattes, cappuccinos or flat whites here.  I take my coffee black with a splash of skimmed milk, an americano with skinny milk, if I am ordering one at the counter.

Out and about

I recently purchased a Wacaco nanopress to help fill a hole in my coffee habit.  

It is going to fill that hotel room void where you have a kettle but sachets of instant coffee.   You see my Nespresso machine has turned me into a coffee snob!!


The original Wacaco nanopress is designed to make an expresso from ground coffee but they also have an adapter that can take Nespresso style pods (any Nespresso style of pod).

I purchased my machine from Bear & Bear in a bundle which comprised of:
  • Wacaco nanopress machine
  • Carry case
  • Nespresso pod adapter

It takes a bit of work

If you have a Nespresso machine you will know how simple it is to use - pod in, press start - you have coffee πŸ˜ƒ☕️

The nanopress is totally manual, no plugs, no batteries.  It's easy to use, and if you are dedicated to a decent drink it's worth the effort.  This is how it goes:
  • Fill the water tank with boiling water, screw it on.
  • Put a pod into the adapter, screw that on.
  • Unlock the piston
  • Pump out the coffee (if you've ever used an old fashioned bicycle pump you will know the action)
The first 10 pumps are a breeze, after these the coffee starts to dispense and requires a little (but not supreme) effort.  You have used up all the water when the coffee stops coming.

One go will be enough for an expresso but as I like a bigger drink, I refill the water tank again (keep the pod in) and re-pump.  Then just add more hot water and a splash of milk.
Wacaco nanopress

Drink up

What I really like about the nanopress is I know what I am going to get, as it tastes exactly the same as the coffee at home.

After use you should clean the machine which could be a bit of a faff if you were using ground coffee but because I use a pod there is hardly any mess.

One downside for me is the carry case. It only fits the machine with the ground coffee adapter so it is not big enough for the nespresso one.  So I have to carry that separately (it does come with a little pouch).
Wacaco nanopress
Waco nanopress adapter

As I've said this will be coming away with me to hotels and self catering holidays - where I have a kettle.  Remember this machine does not boil the water.

Decent coffee, like putting on SPF, it's a daily essential for me.


Thanks for reading, if you have any comments please let me know, I'll get back to you as soon as I've finished my cuppa!

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