The following articles were authored by Helena

NOTW: Victoria & Albert

Victoria & AlbertVictoria & AlbertColours used:
Nails Inc Victoria & Albert
Models Own Snowflakes


Queen Cleanser & Toner

Every Queen product I have ever tried has been brilliant. My most recent discoveries are the Medicated Cleansing Lotion and Skin Freshener. Queen CosmeticsQueen CosmeticsQueen Cosmetics specialise in products for sensitive skin so like the rest of the range, both products are extremely gentle on your skin. The cleanser is thick and nourishing and can remove even stubborn waterproof mascara. The skin freshener is perfect for removing any last traces of make up which might be left after cleansing.

Sometimes I get allergic reactions to products I try (like the Radical Exfoliating Pads I tried out recently). These Queen products are the only things I can use on my skin in the few days following an allergic reaction and I can always rely on Queen to get my skin back to normal.

The cleanser and toner cost £16.25 for 250ml and they are definitely worth the money. Even though I know I will keep trying other cleansers and toners in my search for the best skin care products, I will always make sure I keep a bottle of each of these in the cupboard!


NOTW: Midnight Sparkles

NOTW: Midnight Sparkles NOTW: Midnight SparklesColours used:
Nicole by OPI, It’s Up To You
Nubar, Hologram Glitter


Instagram Round Up #19

1. Went to see The Lion King in Edinburgh.
2. The Falkirk Wheel.
3. Edinburgh Christmas Market.
4, 5 & 6. Better late than never – Christmas photos!
7 to 12. Skiing for New Year in Montgenevre.


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

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