June #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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I say box but actually this month it’s NOT a box, and there’s no little booklet to explain the items instead, due to the world’s crisis, they are making all beauty edits digital for the foreseeable future.

So this month we got a strong turquoise plastic bag, which in line with their theme staycation is perfect. A decent sized wash bag that can be used on any holiday. The colour is a perfect summer colour.

Josh Wood Colour Everything Mask (30ml) – worth £6

Designed for use on every shade of hair, this hair mask has been created to lock-in colour, add shine, hydrate and deeply condition. It’s the perfect ‘does-it-all’ treatment.

* Once I dye my hair purple again, I’m going to try this out

Glov Rainbow Drop Brush – worth £10

Perfect for use on both wet and dry hair, this Glov brush glides through your hair without pulling or tugging. Palm-sized and great to fit in your handbag, use throughout the day to detangle your locks.

*Worth nothing that for arthritis sufferers like me, that it’s easier to hold than conventional brushes.

Polaar Very High Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ (20ml) – worth £13.44

Lightweight and non-greasy in texture, this Polaar sun cream applies easily, sinks into the skin quickly and offers strong protection against harmful sun damage.

* Shame it’s raining now, but definitely worth keeping aside for sunny days.

Ultrasun SPF30 Lip Protect – worth £8

Simultaneously reducing inflammation and moisturising any dryness, this Ultrasun lip balm is designed specifically to protect your pout from the elements.

* I feel this could be used on my Tattoo for extra protection, and ears or nose for added spf.

Molton Brown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath and Shower Gel (100ml) – worth £10

This luxurious bodywash will leave your skin feeling fresh, pampered and smelling amazing. Uniquely and delicately scented with Sea Fennel and Cypress, your body will feel nourished, moisturised and revitalised in equal measures.

* Molton Brown is also a perfect pamper, reminds me of holidays as I usually take them with us.

Shangpree Aroma Blend Calming/Moisture Mask (worth £2.50) OR OhK! Jeju Island Hydrogel Mask (worth £6)

In this month’s limited-edition travel bag find a sheet-mask from spa and skincare experts Shangpree, or cruelty-free Korean brand Oh! K. These masks will leave you with a glowing, softer, and more hydrated complexion after just one use.

* I got Aroma Blend with Rosewood oil, Ylang Ylang oil and Rosa Damascena Flower Water.

No sneak peek for next month, so that’s a shame. Pretty impressed with this months box.

May #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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This is the 1 I was waiting for, and I’m chuffed to bits with it.

Get lost in the wilderness and embrace the power of plants this month with our May ‘Botanical’ Edition Beauty Box…

Specially curated with a focus on natural, sustainable products that are free from toxins, this Beauty Box is filled with 6 fantastic beauty treats suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. Plus, this month’s box is worth over an incredible £142! Get yours today from just £13…

It is my own personal subscription box, that I pay for.

I knew this product was coming, as it was the sneak peek last month.

#Avant Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Resurfacing Duo Moisturiser 50ml rrp £100

One of my FAVOURITES, super pleased to see this in again. Get a bright and smooth complexion with this richly packed anti aging moisturiser. My skin will be thanking this!!


#Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face Mask 20ml rrp £9.40

Suitable for all skin types, but especially great for sensitive skin (I will be eager to test this, as most I can’t use due to MCAS) hydrates and cools for the ultimate pampering and nourishing feel.

#BalanceMe Hyaluronic Plumping Mist 10ml rrp £10

An award winning skin quenching, brightening and incredibly hydrating facial mist. Designed to replace the toner, or fix make up in place and refresh your face throughout the day.

I can see this being a handbag favourite, for when we get our lives back to normal.

#DrLipp 100% Natural Moisturizing Colour Lip Tint in Sweet Potato 3ml rrp £3

A subtle pop of colour with ultra hydration lip tint, totally natural with only 4 ingredients, cruelty free too.

#Eyeko Mini Eyebrow Gel rrp £10

Always a needed everyday product, a decent eyebrow gel to tame the beasts, gives a long lasting hold without flakiness or the nasty stiffness you often find.

#Magn!ToneLondon Wipe Our Eco Friendly Microfiber Cleansing Cloth rrp £10

I confess, I use cloths and sponge type products now for all my cleansing. So I was really pleased to see this included. It feels so soft and lovely. I can’t wait to try it out.

And finally here is June’s Sneak Peek, it’s #MoltonBrown Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath and Shower Gel rrp £10

Can’t wait!!

19 Weeks #Etoricoxib

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I’ve had to finally ring the GPs as I’ve been struggling a lot pain wise, out of sheer desperation I rang before putting in my repeat. I can honestly say I’m having the biggest flare I’ve personally ever had. Wonder if it’s lockdown related?

After a lengthy intro on covid and how to ring 111, I finally got to a human to book a telephone appointment, and it was literally in 5 mins, so that was fast.

We talked through the pros and cons on all other meds I’ve tried in the past, like pregablin (made me slur and fall over, not good when you already have mobility issues) amitriptyline (groggy forgetful and felt like death) naproxen (heart racing and no sleep for days)

We’ve sadly concluded that while steroid injections are NOT allowed here, I have to go and use the pain killer ladder,which is my splints gel paracetamol, etoricoxib and tramadol (reluctant to use as I hate the side effects) I had no choice but to agree.

They sent me a new gel to try, Ive only had over the counter ibuprofen gel before. Now I have this

Still testing my #SimplyCBD and it’s been just over 2 weeks, I will say no change yet in pain levels, but as ever some things take time. Perhaps while in a huge flare it’s unfair to judge, so I’m going to continue and try and get on top of this flare up, and see how it all goes. I’d rather this work than me taking tramadol again!! It took a lot of pain sweat and tears to come off that.

April #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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Yay it’s beauty box time, and what a perfect pick me up, it’s very much needed and wanted.

Cute spring colours, I love this box. I’m sure to keep it.

As soon as I saw #Ameliorate in I was super excited. It’s a cream I buy over and over again. I usually buy 200ml which is too big to carry around so this at 30ml is brilliant. Rrp £4 For 30ml

Especially made for keratosis Pilaris this is the dry bumpy skin on your upperarms. It uses magic acid to get rid of dry skin cells and reveal renewed healthy skin. I use this on my legs, as surgery has left them dry and feeling blah. The only cream I’ve found to work on them.

#Starskin 100% Camellia 2 step oil sheet mask Rrp £9.00

Getting our glow back with a 2 step facial sheet mask, put the oil on first to massage into skin, to target dry patches, revive dull skin and soothe into radiance. Then put the sheet mask and relax for 15mins.

#VintageCosmeticsCompany Tweezers Rrp £8.00 I actually needed these, so it’s great timing. A brilliant slant so I know they will be as precise as I need them to be.

#Minetan Coffee Scrub 30g Rrp £9.95

Getting a caffeine kick in a different way? Exfoliate from head to toe with this caffeine scrub, perfect prep for tanning. Or just to feel summer ready.

#BellaPierre Peach Blossom Palette Rrp £28.99

Made exclusively for look fantastic it’s a small palette with 3 shimmer and 1 matte, weightless and bendable the shadows feel lovely. Perfect size for a handbag and with handy mirror too.

#ErnoLazlo Hydraphel skin supplement 15ml Rrp £5.58

A calming toner for dry and sensitive skin. It will hydrate and repair your complexion after your cleansing routine. I have tried these before and always loved them. Cooling and nourishing I find them.

Sneak Peek for next month. Is a HOLY GRAIL item I love. I swear it saved my skin in Rhodes in 2018. It’s #Avant Ultimate Hyaluronic Acid Resurfacing Duo Moisturiser RRP £100 For 50ml. So there’s no better time to join.

#SelfIsolation Third Onto the Fourth Week

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As our third week is ending, and we are going onto our fourth.

I’ve watched a lot of Netflix while resting hips and hands (both have flared up massively this last week) along with daily headaches??

So I’ve binged all #TigerKing

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, titled onscreen as simply Tiger King, is a 2020 true crime documentary miniseries about the life of zookeeper Joe Exotic. The series focuses on the small but deeply interconnected society of Big Cat conservationists like Carole Baskin, owner of Big Cat Rescue, and collectors such as Joe Exotic, whom Baskin accuses of abusing and exploiting wild animals. It gets Wild.

It was BONKERS, but I enjoyed it.

#Freud


While investigating several disappearances and murders in Vienna, young Sigmund Freud and a psychic medium become entangled in an occult conspiracy.

I LOVED this, it’s German but easy to follow subtitles (best thing about netflix) it was dark, mysterious and supernatural.

#HowToFixADrugScandal

Two drug lab chemists’ crimes cripple a state’s judicial system and blur the lines of justice for lawyers, officials and thousands of prison inmates.

I thought Tiger King was NUTS but this was way more intense and crazy!!

Now what else can I watch I wonder?

The Moon Killer by Frances Lloyd #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED as always all opinions are my own. I love murder mysteries, so I always enjoy them.

The Moon Killer (Inspector Dawes #5) by Frances Lloyd

SIX VICTIMS . . . ONE VERY TWISTED MURDER METHOD.

FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR FRANCES LLOYD

A series of apparently motiveless murders in London.

The only thing linking them is the method — all the victims are killed in a very unusual way.

Detective Inspector Jack Dawes and his sidekick, Detective Sergeant “Bugsy” Malone, face their most baffling case yet.

They discover that the victims do have a connection. And all the murders take place during the night of a full moon.

The Murder Investigation Team call on the assistance of a psychological profiler, the tall, extremely athletic, Cressida Davenport.

Based on her work, the detectives take a huge risk, putting one of their team’s lives at stake to lure the murderer out of hiding.

WHY DOES THE KILLER USE THIS BIZARRE M.O.?

Discover one of the most enjoyable and gripping murder mysteries you’ll read this year!

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, JR Ellis, Angela Marsons or Faith Martin.

MEET THE DETECTIVE
Detective Inspector Jack Dawes, tall and handsome, looks like the fuzz even when he’s off-duty. He rose up through the ranks at Scotland Yard and now is a well-respected detective in the murder squad. A career copper, he was married to the job until he met Coriander during a money laundering investigation, the case which earned him his promotion to DI. He has logical analytical skills. She has intuitive people skills. So he bounces ideas off her. They make a formidable and funny couple whose skills combine to solve crimes.

DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JACK DAWES MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: THE GREEK ISLAND KILLER
Book 2: THE BLUEBELL KILLER
Book 3: THE SHETLAND KILLER
Book 4: THE GALLOWS GREEN KILLER
Book 5: THE MOON KILLER

Author Bio

FRANCES LLOYD
Frances Lloyd was born in Essex but now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She was educated in Cheltenham where she studied English and Classics.
Frances has always been a writer. The day job was in government communications. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer, and began by writing short stories, but her ambition was always to write murder mysteries. She now writes full time and has published six crime novels.
Married three times but now a widow, Frances’ hobbies are reading, travelling and wine tasting.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franlloydmysteries/

My Review

What a bizarre MO, very unique and I can honestly say I’ve not read one like it before. Weird twist

From the off I was gripped, and what perfect timing as the story kicks off on Good Friday which we’ve just had too. And the Pink Full Moon.

I definitely would read more, the writing style was dark and gritty, and I felt part of the London underworld at times. The police are gruff and stereotypical but I felt warmth and familiarity with it.

I think I loved the pathologist the most, so dry and stern. This was an Easter treat, reading in the sunshine, with rum and pineapple, I could of been anywhere. Totally lost in the story.

Glass Dolls by D E White #BlogBookTour

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#ADGIFTED although gifted it is reviewed freely by myself, and all opinions are my own.

I’ve honestly never come across this Author, and I have no idea what the theme was before I stated I would do it. I simply stated a yes, as frankly I need the distraction and I’m open to new authors and genres.

After reading the theme, it’s definitely my kind of book. I do love a murder mystery.

What is it about?

GLASS DOLLS BY D E WHITE

ONE OF THE MOST ELECTRIFYING THRILLERS YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR

A teenage girl is found murdered, encased in glass.

Detective Dove Milson is called out to the chilling crime scene by the Devon coast. The murder is a replica of the work of serial killer Peter Hayworth, known as the Glass Doll murderer. He would be the prime suspect . . . but he’s already dead.

FOUR YEARS AGO DETECTIVE DOVE MILSON’S NIECE WAS KILLED BY THE GLASS DOLL MURDERER

Now Dove leads the case. It’s her first job as part of the Major Crimes Team. She is recovering from a breakdown a few months earlier.

Then another Glass Doll is found in an isolated cove.

A TWISTED COPYCAT KILLER?

Dove finds her family is at the heart of this new case. The latest Glass Doll victims both worked at her sister Gaia’s strip club.
The club’s manager found the second Glass Doll. He claims to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, but Dove doesn’t believe in coincidences.

THEN DOVE’S SURVIVING NIECE DISAPPEARS

Will she become the next Glass Doll?

Time is running out for her niece. Dove must race to catch a killer before it’s too late. Then a new lead tears a hole in the case.

Discover a brand new thriller with a jaw-dropping twist you won’t see coming.

Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter, K.L. Slater, Robert Bryndza, Helen Fields and Angela Marsons.

The Author

Daisy White Biog 2020
Daisy White started writing fifteen years ago, scribbling ideas at work on the night shift, firstly flying as cabin crew, and latterly working for the Ambulance Service.
Her 1960’s cosy mystery trilogy, The Ruby Baker Mysteries, was published in 2017 by Joffe Books, followed by psychological thrillers Remember Me and The Forgotten Child (HarperCollins) in 2019.
Daisy’s new crime thriller GLASS DOLLS, (Joffe Books), is out at the end of March 2020, and is the first in the DC. Dove Milson series.
Daisy is a multi- award-winning entrepreneur, and loves inspiring new writers to put pen to paper to start their own creative journey. She is represented by The Kate Nash Literary Agency.
Website; www.daisywhiteauthor.co.uk
Social Media;
https://www.facebook.com/DaisyWhiteAuthor
https://twitter.com/DEWhiteAuthor
https://www.instagram.com/daisywhiteauthor/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisy-white-b6764059/
For book enquiries; lina@katenashlit.co.uk
For speaking engagements please contact; kaye@andromedatalent.com
To contact Daisy; daisy@daisywhiteauthor.co.uk

My Review

Totally new author to me, so I had no experience of the writing style or pace, but I will say I enjoyed it. The pace and back tacking to clues and threads of evidence, were fast paced and perfect to keep you hooked.

Dove is a character we can all identify with, juggling family, and work. I love that they touched on mental health and being scarred both mentally and physically.

You end up sucipious of everyone, questioning their motives all through out. I loved it kept me on my toes!!

The story for me was original and unique, which I think is very hard in this genre.

A great read to take my mind off reality for a wee while, is frankly a godsend at the moment.

March #LookFantastic Beauty Box

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Before the world changed, I decided to go back to my subscription boxes, and obviously I returned to Look Fantastic as I’ve always found the right mix of skincare, hair care and make up items for myself. And better sizes so better value too.

The box is iconic design specifically for international women’s day. I will be saving this for sure.

No Elle magazine anymore, but I’ll be honest I never really enjoyed them anyways, so that’s a good change for me. Less paper waste.

As usual there is a reason I wanted this box, and it was this single item. I wanted to try out some good eye creams.

#Madara Time Miracle Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream 15ml rrp £35.00

It targets signs of tiredness and ageing, while tackling the fine lines and wrinkles. Have more radiant and younger looking skin.

#Rituals The Ritual Of Ayurveda Shower Gel Oil 75ml rrp £4.90

Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil scent this shower oil, it will nourish the skin leaving it hydrated and smooth. Add a few drops in to hands and massage in circular motions, When It contacts with water it foams up, leaving the body feeling refreshed and smelling divine.

#GrowGorgeous Repair Strengthening Hair and Scalp Mask 30ml rrp £3.75

Get visibly thicker and more nourished hair from this unique mask. Formulated with Caffeine that stimulates the scalp to help the roots. Whereas Oat lipids will lock in moisture and Hyaluronic acids for that silky soft finish. Leave on the hair 10mins after massaging into damp hair.

#Hairburst Healthy Hair Vitamins 15 day supply rrp £12.49

To combat the effects of hair styling, and heated appliances which give the hair a fried feeling, and excessive colouring. When taken regularly they say 98% of users see faster hair growth.

#Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm 20ml rrp £13.00

Taking your facial cleansing to the next level with a luxurious skin brightening cleansing balm. Bee Venom has powerful anti-aging properties that smooth complexion and plumps up fine lines, while decongesting your skin of impurities and dirt. This balm transforms into a milky cleanser.

#ElizabethArden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster 5ml rrp £7.50

Designed to restore your skins natural ability to repair and renew, it’s the perfect skin booster, with less irritation and reducing the appearance of damaged skin.

This item came with the box but no info about it in the box, so I don’t know it’s RRP price.

A gentle yet effective re-texturing mask infused with extracts of papaya and fresh grapefruit as well as flower acids derived from revitalizing hibiscus. The rich texture reveals fresh and brighter looking skin. The face looks smooth, clear, and radiant. Crafted in Switzerland with the highest quality pure botanicals.

72.7% Natural including a rosewater base

I’m loving having this box, it’s a thread of normalcy to cling too in an uncertain world. And for sure the stress and anxiety will play havoc with my skin and arthritis flare ups, so anything that helps me stay into a normal routine, is a huge hit for me right now.

10 years of #SBS #TheoPaphitis #PartTwo

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As previously said in prior post, I recently went to #smallbusinesssunday meet up which is hosted by former Dragon Theo Paphitis.

We arrived a bit later, while Google were doing their presentation, I arrived later as I knew it was already a bit of a long day for me, with missing an hour or two.

Some talks ran over sadly so it was less dinner time for us to eat. But the crowd didn’t seem to mind.

We saw the fabulous stats of what it means to be a winner, I’m 1 of 3000 so I do feel special, that little old me with my jewellery, caught his business eye.

We had a presentation from LinkedIn but I confess it didn’t help me understand any better.

The food was great, though the queue for it, not so much. Never had a chance with the cakes. Had a beautiful glass of bubbly though, and gorgeous (The best) coffee.

Next up for fireside chat was Sara Davies

She was a breath of fresh air, and coming from a crafters background I felt I could identify with her more. The chat was super informative, and well worth listening too.

We left after this, as my poor body couldn’t cope anymore, so time for me to retreat. It was a shame never got to see some friends, but the time literally flew away with us.

On the way out, we used our token for a goodie bag (system changed from before where you and your plus 1 got one) this time it’s just 1 per business.

Inside the cloth tote bag was all this.

Love the strong sturdy cloth bag.

Metal bottle from DHL, plug adapter from Robert Dyas, card holder from HP, pencils pens notepad and bookmark from Ryman, Pyrex dish and Bamboo cup from Robert Dyas, and Ear phones from Ryman. Screen wipe from Ryman.

10years of #SBS Theo Paphitis #PartOne

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Wow I can’t believe it’s a decade already!!

It’s my 8th one and each time I go, I have an incredible inspiring day. I get to see great friends I’ve made, hear from very successful businesses too.

So what is #sbs??

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons’ Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie, Robert Dyas and latest acquisition London Graphic Centre.

Each week, Theo rewards small businesses that tweet him @TheoPaphitis and describe their businesses in one tweet including the all-important hashtag #SBS. Only tweets made in the time slot between 5.00 PM and 7.30 PM each Sunday count.

Every Monday night at 8pm, Theo reviews and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. As he has around 500k followers, this provides a massive boost to the chosen lucky businesses.

The benefits range from increased Twitter followers, to positive media publicity and crucially for many, increased sales! Of course, none of this is guaranteed as it is largely down to perseverance and hard work. A smidgen of luck comes in handy.

Lots of great businesses that lend their support, advice and mentor us. Fabulous presentations.

We have time to chat with each other, to network, and share our own businesses too.

Before sitting down listening to relevant talks.

There is drinks provided and breaks of course, and even later on the lunch is provided. The food is always outstanding.

THEO-LOGY

Theo says, “I admire people who have passion and energy. If you cannot bore your friends to death about your own small business then something is seriously wrong. I was struck by the number of business owners on Twitter who wanted to tell me about their new products and services. Small Business Sunday was born so that people have a specific time slot to tweet and can pitch their ‘sell’ directly to me.

All my businesses are privately owned and entrepreneurial in spirit. My stationery firm Ryman has thousands of small business customers, which is why they are now kindly sponsoring #SBS. I want to offer benefits to #SBS winners, past and present and the link with the stationery retailer allows me to do this, so thank you CEO Kypros Kyprianou and Co.

My vision is that everyone who has ever won an #SBS re-tweet from me becomes part of a friendly club. Like-minded individuals can share successes and learnings. This website will give a valuable profile to the winners chosen to date and should help those who have not yet won but want some tips on how to do so. You will find news about the latest winners plus events and activities of interest.

I know I have been lucky in business and I am keen now to spread goodwill to others, of course not forgetting that very often, you make your own luck by making use of every opportunity.”