Monday, 29 May 2017

QV Skin Care Through The Generations & GIVEAWAY

QV is one of those staple tried and tested brands that has always played a part in my skin care regime.

It is a skin care brand that is specifically recommended to people with sensitive skin and conditions such as eczema, and as a result QV products are also a lot kinder to people with 'normal' skin too!

If you love QV then keep reading as there is a giveaway at the end of this post to win a generous hamper of QV products.

QV Skin Care Through The Generations

I can't actually remember the first time I used QV. It would have been when I was growing up and living in my childhood home. I just remember that it has always been a part of my life.

Now that I'm grown up, with my own family of three children to look after and set up with good skin care habits QV is still an important part of my life and theirs. 

I started using QV on my children's skin when they were babies and thus they probably won't remember when they first started using it either. They'd just know that QV has always been a part of their lives too!

Being a beauty blogger I trial a large number of skin care and cosmetics products and treatments. 

I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin but every now and then a product or treatment will react and irritate my skin and that's when I reach for my trusted QV range of products.

One recent example of my skin reacting to a beauty treatment was when I started trialing an epilator for the first time last month. My skin reacted with redness and irritation immediately after this treatment and every subsequent epilating session I've done. So to help calm it down and reduce the discomfort I've been using the QV Gentle Wash and QV Skin Lotion each time after I use the epilator. It is so soothing.

QV Skin Lotion & QV Gentle Wash

QV Gentle Wash
This is a lovely and mild soap-free cleanser that maintains your skin's hydration and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, not dry and tight. It is perfect for using on my irritated skin after epilating. 

I also use this QV Gentle Wash in winter when my legs tend to become super dry and dehydrated.

QV Skin Lotion
This is a white, luxuriously light moisturising lotion. It is very easy to apply and is perfect for relieving and helping to prevent dry skin.

It is non greasy and soaks in super fast after a shower or bath so there is no standing around in the nude and waiting for it to absorb.

QV Skin Lotion is most effective in helping to repair my skin, and it feels so soothing after my use of the epilator.

QV Face Gentle Cleanser, Ultra Calming Moisturiser,
Revitalising Eye Cream & Nurturing Night Cream.

QV also have a range of face skin care products including the following.

QV Face Gentle Cleanser
All three of my teen children use this soap free gentle facial cleanser. It is enriched with Vitamin E and leaves the skin fresh, soft and moisturised. Like all QV Face products it is soap, fragrance and colour free, non-comedogenic so it won't block pores, and has been dermatologically tested. I am so happy to have all three of my children, including my boys, in a good facial cleansing routine.

I use this cleanser as well when I feel my face needs some gentle TLC treatment and I need a break from other cleansers I might be trialing.

QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser
This is a great daily non greasy moisturiser that acts to calm and soothe the skin. It is enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 & Vitamin B3. Once again like all these products it is designed for irritated and sensitive skin.

It is suitable for use under makeup.

QV Face Nurturing Night Cream
This night cream contains Vitamin B3 complex and safflower oil. The safflower oil replenishes moisture levels while the Vitamin B3 helps to reduce skin sensitivity. This product also improves skin elasticity and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Yes please!

QV Face Revitalising Eye Cream
This product also contains safflower oil and is formulated to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines for sensitive skin. It has a beautiful lightweight consistency and results in smoother refreshed looking skin. Another product that's perfect for my 40+ year old skin!

QV products are widely available to purchase from chemists nation wide or from the QV online shop.

GIVEAWAY
I love hosting giveaways for my readers and this one is a beauty!

QV are generously providing one hamper of the above products for me to giveaway to a lucky Fabulous and Fun Life reader.

Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter. Tell me in the comments below why you want to win this hamper of gentle QV skin care products. 

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Ingrid.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Good Green Box - April Edition

Oh my goodness!

Or should I say oh my green goodness!

Or more accurately still oh my good green box goodness!

I am loving the Good Green Box natural beauty subscription. I thought the March Edition which I reviewed HERE was amazing but I'm loving the April one even more!

It is jam packed full of natural and organic beauty items. In fact the box didn't even fully shut properly and had to be held shut with string it was that full!



Good Green Box - April Edition

I know it's already late May but I only received this box early May and I can't resist sharing the contents with you as they are that good! 

So let's see what this box contained!

Good Green Box - April Edition Contents


NUORI Vital Foaming Cleanser
I am most excited about this product! It is a full sized 100ml foaming cleanser. Revitalizing & smoothing fruit enzyme complex. It sounds brilliant! 

Moo Goo Cow Lick Lip Balm
This is another full sized product I am very excited about. I have been wanting to try this natural beauty brand for a while and I'm constantly using lip balm especially on the weekends in Autumn and Winter!

I love that it's made from edible ingredients because what goes on the lips gets eaten!

RAW Body Skincare The Original RAW Body Scrub
This scrub is 100% organic and natural and much as I love using body scrubs unfortunately the aroma of coffee gives me a head ache and the main ingredient of this scrub is certified organic coffee beans, together with organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut sugar and natural Himalayan rock salt. 

Oh well, my lucky sister, as my loss is her gain! She will absolutely love this!

Zuanna Cosmetics Smoothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask
This has the main ingredients of Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and Marshmallow Root. It is vegan friendly, free from synthetic ingredients, fragrance, preservatives, sulphates, fillers or any other potential nasties.  

I can see a delightful Sunday pampering session happening this weekend!

Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder
This can be used as a facial detox face mask and spot treatment, and also as a teeth whitening powder. 

I'm intrigued! I'll be getting my black magic beauty game on this weekend with this product!

Organyc Feminine Hygiene Pad & Panty Liner
Made of 100% certified organic cotton, with no synthetics and no toxins these products are breathable and biodegradable. I'm interested to try them out!

Amazing Magnesium Recovery Wipe
I've recently restarted my exercise regime after several months break and this wipe will be most helpful in treating my subsequent muscle cramps and spasms as I push myself to regain my fitness!

PUKKA Detox & PUKKA Tumeric Gold Tea
Now I don't drink coffee as I mentioned before, but I do drink tea and I'm looking forward to trying these flavours which are both new ones to me. They both contain 100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients. Yay sounds perfect!

So you can see why I was excited with the April Good Green Box! I love sampling new brands and products, especially natural and organic products, through beauty subscription boxes. 

If you enjoyed reading this you will also enjoy reading about the W7 Very Vegan Makeup. Click HERE to read. 


Which of the above products appeals to you the most?

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Ingrid.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa Review

Epilation is the removal of hair using an epilator which is an electrical device that mechanically grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and pulls them out! 

Have you ever considered epilation or are you a regular and experienced epilator? If so you may be interested in the new Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa.

Let me share my first hand experience of epilating using the new Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa and let me confess up front - prior to receiving this device I was an epilator virgin.

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa is more than just an epilator however. It's a 4 in 1 full state of the art epilation, exfoliation & massage system with an added bonus facial cleansing brush. It comes with a whopping 12 extras.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa comes with:

  • The Epilator Itself
  • Deep Massage Pad
  • Exfoliation Brush
  • Gentle Exfoliation Brush
  • 2 Hygiene Caps
  • High Frequency Massage Cap
  • Skin Contact Cap
  • Facial Cap
  • Beauty Pouch
  • Facial Cleansing Brush (Battery Operated)
  • Exfoliation Brush 
  • Extra Sensitive Brush

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

Now how did I go using it for the first time ever?

Well never having epilated before I actually read the manual that came with the epilator and I undertook all the tips for novice epilator users:
  • I epilated in the evening so that any possible redness could disappear overnight
  • I relaxed my skin afterwards by using a gentle moisturising cream after epilation
  • I made sure my hairs were between 0.5-5 mm long
  • I ensured my skin was dry and free from grease or cream (Note the epilator can also be used wet but dry sounded easier to me, although wet is recommended to be more relaxing and better for sensitive skin)
  • I stretched my skin where possible whilst epilating
  • I used the massage cap for best skin comfort
  • I used the exfoliation brush 1 day before epilating to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs
  • I also enjoyed using the deep massage body pad to stimulate blood circulation in my legs and leaving my legs feeling soft and smooth
  • I used the slow gentle speed setting
  • And finally, I'm a wimp, I only epilated my legs! I'll build up to epilating the other parts of my body that need hair removal.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

Now here's the question you have all been wanting to ask me I'm sure! 

Did it hurt?

Yes, it did hurt. It was like lots of little needles being inserted into the area I was epilating, namely my legs. But having said that the pain didn't last long and it wasn't as intense as I thought it would be.

I did have to go over parts of my leg more than once to remove all the hairs. I found the light at the front of the epilator most useful in highlighting where the remaining hairs were.

I did get some redness and general skin irritation immediately after epilating but this dissipated within about 30 minutes for me.

My overall conclusion, to be honest is that shaving is quicker, easier and less painful but I'm going to continue with the epilating, of my legs anyway. I'm wanting the long term benefits of epilating, namely the reported sparser less thick hair and the reduced frequency that the hairs reappear. I've also heard that with repeated use the pain of epilating lessens even more.

Are you an epilator user? Do you have any tips or comments about epilating?

Alternatively do you have any questions for me about my experience? 


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Monday, 15 May 2017

How To Winter Proof Your Lips & Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil Review

Winter Proofing Lip Hack

Winter is fast approaching bringing with it bitingly cold temperatures and windy weather. 

Perfect conditions for turning up the indoor heating and snuggling in front of an open fire but not so good in terms of the frequently resulting dry, chapped and flaky lips!

I recently learnt a clever hack for winter proofing my lips and lucky you fabulous reader, I always share any great tips and hacks that I learn along the way with you!

The talented beauty experts at Elizabeth Arden recommend that as you are moisturising your face prior to starting your makeup routine you also moisturise your lips using a clean mascara wand to apply the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour to your lips.

Then after you've applied your foundation, done your eyes, brows and cheeks etc, wipe off any remaining 8 Hour from your lips with a tissue.

Your lips will feel beautifully hydrated, soft and supple. Try it, it works!

The benefit of applying the moisturiser to your lips with a mascara wand instead of your finger is that it will have a gentle exfoliating effect, perfect for eliminating dry chapped flaky lips!


The mascara wand will also have the added benefit of stimulating your lips to give you a bit of a youthful plumping look! Oh yes please!

If you're like me and never have a spare, clean mascara wand on hand you can also use a new clean toothbrush to achieve exactly the same effect when applying the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour.

I love this hack! It works wonders on my lips!

You then apply your lipstick, lip liner or lip oil as desired.

Winter Proofing Lip Hack

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

Now let's move on to review one of the stunning new products that Elizabeth Arden has recently launched, the Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil. It's another great lip product for winter.


The Sheer Kiss Lip Oil is a beautiful new lightweight lip oil that comes in 6 different shades.

Like all Elizabeth Arden cosmetics, not only do these lip oils beautify you with a lightweight sheer lip colour, they also nourish and condition your lips.

They are packed with 5 precious oils including avocado, coconut, peppermint and two different seed oils, to deliver hydration, antioxidants and anti ageing effects for soft, supple, plumped up lips.

These lip oils are also enriched with Vitamin E.

I was lucky to receive the following three shades to trial and share with you.


Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil

 The shades are from top to bottom:
  • Coral Caress 03
  • Purple Serenity 05
  • Pampering Pink 01
I must admit when I first saw Purple Serenity I was a bit alarmed at the shade wondering if I'd ever wear it out in public! But I have and I will wear it again too! 

Although the shades look pigmented and vibrant in their cute packaging, they are actually very sheer when applied, just like their 'Sheer Kiss Lip Oil' name implies.

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil
Pampering Pink, Coral Caress & Purple Serenity Swatches. 

And isn't the unique packaging just the cutest ever! I haven't previously seen anything else quite like it!

The black lid lifts off the bottle and the centre of the packaging where the lip oil sits is squeezy allowing you to push the two sides together to dispense the lip oil out of the top of the round bottle.


Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil in Pampering Pink


You can apply the lip oil directly onto your lips from the bottle, use your finger or use a lip brush.

If you want a stronger lip colour you will need to either define your lips with a lip liner or you can layer the lip oil over a lipstick.

You can also use the lip oil in conjunction with lip liner and lipstick to create an ombre look on your lips.

This lip oil feels so comfortable and nourishing to wear, it's beautifully hydrating which is perfect for the colder Autumn and Winter seasons. You will need to reapply it throughout the day after eating and drinking but with the packaging looking this cute who would mind pulling it out and reapplying?!

Elizabeth Arden products are stocked in both Myer and David Jones stores.

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

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What tips and hacks do you have for surviving through Winter's dehydrating conditions? 

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Ingrid.


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