The following articles were authored by Helena

Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads

I am usually a bit rubbish at remembering to exfoliate. I always have a face scrub/exfoliator in the house but rarely seem to get around to using it! Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads are single use pads so they are really easy to use. You don’t need to spend ages rinsing your face after applying as they don’t have the little particles you get with most exfoliators. This is the first time ever that I have actually stuck to using an exfoliator!Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsRadical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating PadsOn first glance, the pads seem really gentle – they are soft with none of the face scrub particles you usually get. The pads leave a bit of a residue but that sinks in pretty quickly and seems quite moisturising. It is recommended that you use one pad every night after cleansing. The first few times I used them, my face felt lovely and smooth in the morning and I definitely noticed that the pores on my cheeks looked smaller. However, after using the pads for around 5 days, they started to sting when I applied them. I kept going for a couple of days as it wasn’t painful and I thought that maybe it was just the pads doing their job properly. But the stinging got worse and I noticed that I was getting red patches and itchiness. I decided to stop and the itchiness took a few days to go away. I have started using the pads just once a week instead which seems to work much better for me. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin so I am not sure why I have this reaction to the pads. I do like them now that I am not using them as regularly but I am not sure if I would buy them again as every time I use them I am a little worried that the stinging and itchiness might come back. The pads cost £45 for a pack of 60 and you can buy them online or in one of the stores.


Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas Gift Guide1. Jam Classic Wireless Speakers
I love how little space these HMDX speakers take up! You can either use them wirelessly from 10m away or connect to phones / iPods using an aux-in cable. We actually use ours in the kitchen where we are very low on sockets so just recharge every few days. The battery lasts for around 12 hours and the sound quality is good seeing as the actual speaker is so small. I think these would make a great Christmas gift and they come in blue, red, purple, green and grey! RRP £39.99

2. Snuggly Bear Massaging Booties
These slippers from HoMedics are just fantastic! They are warm and cosy and at the same time give you a lovely foot massage! RRP 19.99

3. Fudges crackers
Fudges sell a variety of delicious crackers and biscuits which make lovely Christmas gifts. There is a big range from cheese crackers to florentines and even mince pies. RRP £2.65 for packet pictured

4. Paperblanks
Paperblanks always have a lovely selection of beautiful notepads which make perfect stocking fillers. I love them! RRP £11.99 for design shown

5. Ribbit Handheld Massager
Again from HoMedics, this massager makes a cute stocking filler! It is available in three colours – blue, green or purple. RRP £9.99

6. Green People Nurture and Nourish Gift Set
Green People have quite a few gift sets and lots of great products. This Nurture and Nourish set includes a beautifully scented shower gel and body lotion. RRP £17.95


Instagram Round Up #18

1. The beach at Nairn
2, 3 & 4. Culloden Battle Field
5. Brodie Castle
6, 7 & 8. Crathes Castle
9. Cute tree inside a pub!
10. Forth Bridge
11. Caerphilly Castle
12. Castell Coch
13. Ice wine all the way from Canada!
14. Delicious strawberries and chocolate
15. My new festive earrings!
16. Personalised birthday chocolates from Sent With A Loving Kiss
17. A freezing cold morning walk to work.
18. My new magnetic nail varnish


NOTW: Pink & Patterned

This is a design I did a few weeks ago. I used Models Own Blush Pink topped with Indian Ocean for a bit of shine, and then stamped my pattern on top. It was nice and quick to do and I loved the result!NOTW: Pink & Patterned NOTW: Pink & Patterned


Primavera Bath Oil

I love a hot bubble bath to relax but recently have been trying out the Primevera Bath Oil in Ginger & Lime. Before I tried the Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath and Shower Oils a couple of years ago now, I had convinced myself that I didn’t like bath oils and never went near them. I still don’t like all bath oils but the Primevera Bath Oil is just as good as the Arometherapy Associates version. It smells so good that it makes up for the lack of bubbles and I love that you don’t need to use moisturiser as it is really hydrating. And it leaves your skin scented for a few hours afterwards.Primavera Bath Oil

You can buy the bath oil here for £15 for 100ml. There are also other flavours if Ginger & Lime isn’t your cup of tea. I think the price is really good considering that the Aromatherapy Associates bath oils costs £39 for 55ml and would definitely recommend it.


MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream

First things first – this smells amazing! The MuLondon White Chocoalte Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream is based on shea butter and also includes jojoba oil and coconut butter. It is really great for keeping elbows soft and helping with cracked skin on heels. Cocoa extracts and bourbon vanilla are used to fragrance the cream naturally and it doesn’t contain any mineral oils, parabens, silicones or other man-made chemicals. The cream costs £19 for 60ml and is a really luxurious product that works brilliantly!MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow Balm


Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

I have heard great things about Moroccan argan oil and have been been wanting to try it out for a while now but just never got round to it.  The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil is actually not just argan oil but is a blend of 14 essential oils and plant extracts. Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan OilA small drop is enough for your whole head as it is really concentrated – the first time I used it I made the mistake of putting too much onto my hair so ended up looking more than a little greasy! I can’t decide whether or not I like this product. Some days it seems to work brilliantly and gives my hair a glossy, frizz free shine, but other days it seems to dry out the ends and make my hair really static. I have no idea why this is happening! I think that there must be an exact right amount that you need to apply and some mornings I must be using too little meaning it doesn’t really help my ends. I plan to try the pure Moroccan Oil to see whether that is any better but in the meantime I will make do with the Mark Hill version. The major upside to the Mark Hill oil is that it is around half the price of the pure Moroccan Oil!


NOTW: Textured Pastels

I love using flocking powder to give my nails an unusual effect. It also makes it quite a lot quicker to do my nails as I don’t have to wait for nail polish to fully dry. However, I have been finding that the lighter colour powders look a lot messier around the edges of my nails than the darker ones. I love the colour on my nails this week but wish they were a bit tidier!NOTW - Pastel flocking powder NOTW - Pastel flocking powder


Go Ape

Last weekend I visited Go Ape with a group of friends. The Go Ape site nearest to Aberdeen is in Crathes Castle, about 40 minutes drive from town.  After signing in at the centre and reading the rules of the course, our harnesses were fitted and we spent around half hour with our instructor Dave who showed us how to use the clips attached to our harnesses so that we would be safe on the course. We all climbed on to the practice course to make sure we could work the equipment and were then allowed onto the actual course. Go Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes Castle Go Ape Crathes CastleGo Ape Crathes CastleThe course was made up of a series of ladders to climb up into the trees, rope bridges, tunnels, Tarzan swings and zip wires. There were instructors watching from the ground but we were able to go at our own speed around the course which was good as I was able to take lots of photos without holding anyone up! The Tarzan swings and zip wires were a bit daunting as you have to just step off a platform into nothing (obviously you are still attached to the wire…) but it was brilliant fun! I’d love to go again and I think it is a great day out for all ages! There are Go Ape centres dotted round the UK in 29 locations  and it costs around £30 for the treetop adventure.

We went to Crathes Castle a couple of hours early to have a look around the castle first so here are a couple of photos….Crathes Castle Crathes Castle


The Country Candle Company

The Country Candle Company are based in Wiltshire, England where they create beautifully scented and packaged candles. I have two of their candles from the Celebrations collection. The Country Candle Company The Country Candle CompanyThe Tonka Bean and Vanilla one is my favourite – it also has hints of cinnamon and clove so is a gorgeous Christmas candle without being overly Christmassy, if you know what I mean! The Black Pomegrannate scent is also lovely – it is fruity and reminds me of summer. I think the packaging is really cute and am suprised at how good these candles are as they are so reasonably priced – just £5.99 for a candle that burns for around 20 hours. The Country Candle Company have lots of collections on their website, all well priced and with pretty packaging – I have a long list of ones I want to try next!

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