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Unibond Aero 360 Moisture Absorber Refill 29/01/2016

Part Of My Armoury Against Mould

Unibond Aero 360 Moisture Absorber Refill Unibond Aero 360 Moisture Absorber Refill Why I Purchase I live in a 3 storey house, and my husband and I sleep on the top floor in what is a bedroom made during a loft conversion 25 years ago. As we have eaves the wardrobes we have are fitted within the sloping ceilings, and whilst this offers an excellent storage opportunity, it does mean that the outside walls of the wardrobes are literally up against the outside walls of the house. This is why I purchase the Aero 360 moisture absorbing tablets on a regular basis, especially during the winter. Additionally we have an en suite bathroom just off our room, and so moist air radiates from this space, and adds to the level of water within the atmosphere within the wardrobes over time. Sceptical At First I think I was initially sceptical about the product, but other than the purchase of a dehumidifier, I really didn't see there was an alternative, as occasionally I used to notice a powdery mould build up within the wardrobes. The tablets are intended to be used within the moisture absorbing unit that is available for purchase separately. To get started you need this unit, which retails for around £8 which is also approximately the cost of the two replacement tablets that you need to use. I tend to purchase from Amazon as I often have orders with them that total over £20 so it is free delivery, and as I have regular need for these it works out as good value for money. How To Use Use of the product is simplicity itself. ...

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo 22/01/2016

Barely There But So Beautiful

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo. Now that I am in my mid fifties I very rarely use powder to set my foundation or BB cream, as I prefer a dewy finish, and have a tendency towards dry skin especially in the winter months. In fact until last year I probably used it so infrequently that I had stopped thinking about this aspect of make up altogether. Then I came across a wonderful article by model Ruth Crilly where she was talking about illuminating powders, and the wonderful lightening and awakening look they can impart to the skin, and so I decided to take a more detailed look at what was available. I will put a link to her article at the end of this review. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer is a product I use regularly, as it is absolutely wonderful to impart a healthy glow to the skin, and it is very easy to apply and always looks natural. The product I am reviewing is not this well known bronzer but a newer product also made by Guerlain. Ruth mentioned in her video a new product called Terracotta Joli Teint, which she said was a powder duo containing a bronzer and a blush. This she explained belonged to the group of products that no one really imagined could work at all- the barely there subtle items that seek to enhance without being discernible. In the lighter shades they are incredibly pale and, it is not until you actually apply them, stand back and look in the mirror, or ask a friend to comment, that you can really see their benefits. At the ...

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream 09/12/2015

Foundation For All Seasons

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Cream SPF 30. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB cream is absolutely perfect as an everyday make up for summer and winter. I would say, without a doubt, it is my favourite daily foundation, and one that I go back to time and time again, because the results are natural, and after application I find the appearance of my skin to be enhanced, but there is no product layer discernible at all. When I reached my fifties I decided that I was going to have to review some of my make up products, to make sure they were still suitable. I watched a video by make up artist Lisa Eldridge, who stated that less is more, and that it wasn't the aim with mature skin to cover all evils, but to enhance features. With this advice in mind I tried several lighter weight foundations and BB creams, and this is certainly my favourite to date, so let's look at the product details, and then carry on to detail my thoughts and opinions. The Product Guerlain states that the aim for this product is “to make the skin more beautiful than ever” They say that it is imperceptible and subtle, so that it blends in to become a second skin, and that the ingredients smooth and shape the face enhancing the appearance. Finally they state that “The face is dressed in invisible, skin-fusion lingerie." Broad spectrum SPF 30 completes the attributes, and the product is widely sold online and in stores for around £32-£35 for 40ml- ouch the only initial drawback! My Thoughts and Opinions In my ...

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base 17/11/2015

Bright And Light Through The Dark Winter

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base I suppose that using a primer under foundation in the past went against anything that I was really going to consider, as it didn't seem to fit with my simple life, and my desire to use the minimum number of products to look polished. However one chance viewing of a video by model Ruth Crilly changed all that some months ago, as I began to see a different way of creating a natural make up look with greater emphasis on creating a flawless but radiant skin. Being 55 now time is catching up with me, and I am trying to learn about make up techniques that impart moisture and freshness to the skin, illuminating with light, but avoiding the disco ball effect at all costs. The Clarins Instant light boosting complexion base was recommended by Ruth as being an excellent light imparting base for dull and tired winter skin. She stated that this was a lovely base, not too expensive and that it was a perfect base over which to apply foundation. So let's look at the product in detail and discuss my thoughts and opinions about it. I will put a link to her website below if you are interested in researching this product further. The Price Price wise this retails for £23.30 on Escentual.com and this will give you 30mls. This does not sound like a lot for your money, but you only need one pump, and that will cover your entire face. I purchased this almost a year ago, and I still have about a third of a tube remaining. I have already ...

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes 10/11/2015

Peeling Back The Truth About These One Segment At A Time

Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes In recent years my use of facial wipes had significantly declined. I think it is partly due to the fact that many brands do not remove all make up entirely, and there is a need to use cleansers as well to remove waterproof products. In addition I dislike making waste, I have been looking at my bathroom, and trying to buy items with less packaging, even returning to using soap again after so many years of being a dedicated purchaser of shower gels. However, travelling poses challenges for make up users, and wipes are perfect, as they are easy to transport and have the wonderful advantage of being quick and easy. Hence my purchase of Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Wipes, and here began a relationship that has so far seen me purchase multiple packets of these over several months, so let's look at what is good about them. The Yes To Grapefruit range incorporates many products all designed to “ Correct and repair uneven skin tone for a brighter, more glowing complexion” They all have vitamin C as well as Lycopene both found naturally in grapefruit, and they have antioxidant properties that they state will “ help to even skin tone and enhance luminosity, promoting healthier, smoother and softer looking skin.” These properties attracted me initially and prompted me to make that all important first purchase. Easy To Find First of all these are pretty easy to get hold of. Boots stock them, Holland and Barrett, Feel Unique, the online ...

Astypalea, Greece 23/10/2015

Greece As It Was Before Mass Tourism

Astypalea, Greece Astypalea Astypalea is a small island in the Dodecanese islands in Southern Greece. I like to think of myself as a Greek lover, but to be honest I had never heard of the place until this year when I started researching islands to visit that were off the beaten track. In my youth I travelled widely within Greece, spending hours on ferries, disembarking in remote corners of the country where tourists were a rarity. These days though I find the idea of a long ferry journey daunting, so I started looking for islands untouched by tourism, but within a reasonable flight time from Athens. Enter Astypalea 117 nautical miles from Athens, and only less than an hours flying time. I thought I had found paradise and yes I actually had. Low Season Review Please bear in mind that everything I am about to say applies to the off season- October or May, not the summer months when the tourist numbers swell the 1200 population to nearer 7000. This is the time to stay away, if like me you enjoy serenity. In October the temperatures resemble an English summer day- 24 degrees, boiling hot between 12 and 2, but comfortable outside these times, with a definite need for a light sweater after dark. Only one day of rain in two weeks – perfect for us and just right for walking, and for walking this is the place if you like to set off to find the real Greece. What To Expect Astypalea is blessed with a main town that will astound you. Chora is built beneath the ruins of a Venetian castle, and is ...

Pelargonium Attar of Roses 21/09/2015

Tea Like Turkish Delight From This Garden Plant

Pelargonium Attar of Roses Pelargonium 'Attar of Roses' There is something really special about a plant in your garden that fulfils several purposes. Attar Of Roses, a variety of Scented Pelargoniums, is just that - it is a lovely flower that will bloom for many months, it makes wonderful tea, and even better you can use the leaves to flavour recipes, as it has the most beautiful rose scented aroma. Where To Find I discovered this a couple of years ago, and have been using it often ever since, because it is absolutely delicious, and one of my favourite garden plants. You may have to search quite carefully to find it, I found mine in several places. I have a wonderful nursery close to my home called Langthorns Plantery, which is a good place to find this, and many other unusual plants, and a very good online source is Sarah Raven who sells small plug plants in the spring time from her famous garden at Perch Hill. I really love her website, as the plants are high quality. You can order them now for spring delivery - £8.50 for 3 plants, which is excellent value in my opinion. Although there will be a delivery charge I have found that with each order a code is given that allows the next order to be post free, making it very worthwhile to make that initial purchase. How To Grow The plant is a tender perennial, which means it will come back year after year with protection. If you live in the milder south as I do, you may find it overwinters quite happily, but further north you will have to bring it ...

Wilko Seeds Wild Flowers CornFlower Mix 10/09/2015

A Wildflower Meadow In Your Own Garden

Wilko Seeds Wild Flowers CornFlower Mix Wilko Seeds Wild Flowers CornFlower Mix Flower meadows are dying out all over the United Kingdom, but if you are fortunate enough to see one it will take your breath away. All over the Western Isles of Scotland for example, meadows of wild flowers hug the coastline, and you can see poppies and corn marigolds as far as the eye can see. Every year I try to replicate a little of this image in my Essex garden, and for many years I have trusted Wilko to provide me with the seeds to do so. It is an inexpensive purchase, and I have been pleased with the germination levels. At the moment you can buy 3 packets of seed for £2 which is all you need to sow a wide area in your garden. Now Is The Time September is the best time I have found to do this, as the ground is warm and receptive to seeds for germination, but Wilko suggest March to May as being their recommended time. I have tried this, but success is more weather dependant, and what you don't want is a very dry period after sowing as the seeds will be scorched when they are immature, unless you water them copiously, especially the poppies, as these tend to be more tricky to establish. With a little care and attention you can easily create a wild flower meadow in your garden however small, and you can enjoy it for years to come, as although the seeds are annuals, they tend to self sow and proliferate given the right conditions. In addition you will be providing the perfect habitat for wildlife, especially bees that love the ...

Bosch Brilliant Care Keratin Advance Hair Dryer 11/08/2015

Not Just Hot Air

Bosch Brilliant Care Keratin Advance Hair Dryer Bosch Brilliant Care Keratin Advance Hair Dryer Reviewing electrical items is something I rarely do because, I feel for a review to be really helpful, it should include some detail of the longevity of the product. Clearly though this isn't always possible, as is the case with my hair dryer ownership record. When my daughter went to university 12 years ago she announced that her hair dryer was on its last legs, and so I purchased her a new one. I thought I would have it instead for a few months, and last week it died catastrophically with a bang, but it probably was allowed to as I reckon it was 20 years old! In With The New Out With The Old My search for a replacement saw me spoilt for choice. I have shoulder length coloured hair that is prone to frizz, as well as the disease ME, meaning that my arms lack muscle strength, and need products to be light. I was attracted to the Bosch Brilliant Care Keratin Advance Hair Dryer as Bosch is probably my favourite manufacturer for kitchen appliances, although it isn't a company that I would normally associate with hairdressing. The online reviews were positive in the main, and so I parted with £39 to Amazon and waited for my box to arrive. It is available on the internet in other shops, but not widely- for example Argos have it listed but not in stock. I think the salient points with regard to this hair dryer is that it claims to have ionic conditioning technology, which I know is now commonplace on the market. This technology ...

Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara 24/07/2015

Trim The Brush, Shrink The Price - Add More Shades-Then It's Nice

Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Waterproof Mascara, Black. Every summer I purchase a waterproof mascara. Normally hay fever starts for me around the middle of May, so having a waterproof product at the ready is important. As I tend to keep mascaras for 3 months at the most, I can usually get away with one purchase per year, unless I am going abroad outside of the summer months. The rest of the time I don't opt for waterproof, as formulas tend to be better and are generally easier to remove. I have had successes and failures with waterproof mascaras, and in general price is not reflective of performance in my experience. However this year I was drawn to a product by Guerlain, enticed by some good reviews of the non waterproof sister product Cils D'Enfer, a 20% discount code on a cosmetics website, and a good previous experience with Guerlain mascaras in general. At the rather alarming price of £24 this is not a purchase to be taken lightly, but I was sufficiently confident that the product would deliver what I was hoping for, so here is my review. I don't advocate spending a lot of money on cosmetics in general, in fact a lot of my collection is not high end at all, but as I have got older certain products seem to have a higher importance to a finished look on my maturing face, and a really good mascara seems to be one of those items which seems to be the difference between looking awake or completely shattered. Guerlain state that this mascara is “The ultimate weapon of seduction” ...

Amadeus Guest House, Glasgow 16/07/2015

A Gem In Glasgow

Amadeus Guest House, Glasgow Amadeus Guest House Glasgow Glasgow is a place very dear to my heart, and we have spent many very happy days in the city where we have family, and also it is often a convenient stopping place when we are travelling onto the highlands and islands. Although we still do stay in the chain hotels, we have recently found ourselves growing tired of the same colour schemes, and the predictability of the service, and have started to branch out into more unique accommodation. To a great extent this sort of experimentation is not a risk these days with Trip Advisor, as generally places don't hold secrets – you know what to expect. This is how I came to stay at The Amadeus Guest House. Initially recommended by my daughter who had stayed there when attending a wedding, and subsequently researched myself, I was happy to book a stay there and was looking forward to it very much last week when we arrived. The guest house has a Trip Advisor Award For Excellence and has a superb website with an excellent collection of photographs, and this further added to my sense of expectation, and when I tell you everything was faultless I would not be understating myself. Booking Was Excellent We booked on their website and initially I emailed them as we were hoping to check in later than their preferred time. This was dealt with professionally with alternate arrangements given, and I was very impressed indeed. As it happened we were much earlier than planned, as we had come from the Outer Hebrides a ...

englishcherry.co.uk 01/07/2015

Cherries Direct From The Orchards

englishcherry.co.uk English Cherries This time of year I am in my element, sunny yes, Wimbledon yes, but the main reason is that I am obsessed with cherries. I have many trees crammed into my small suburban garden, and this time of year they are just starting to fruit. It is absolutely fantastic and a time of year that I cherish. Not only are these little red balls of summer so beautiful, but they follow on from the most divine blossom that covers the trees in late April. As a small child I remember the simple pleasure of being handed a brown paper bag containing bright red fruits - they were like little treasures, and I have never forgotten that feeling of the crinkly bag and the way they looked inside ruby red and juicy. This review is not however about my cherries, but about those of a family who have devoted themselves to the commercial growing of cherries from their farm in Aspley Guise in the heart of the British countryside in Bedfordshire. Spurred on by a magazine article some years ago that reported a severe lack of English cherries, newly retired pilot Rupert set about planting orchards of cherries. Initially 1000 were planted in 2007 and a further 1000 followed some years later. His daughter gave up her London career to join in the family business, and so the enterprise grew into what it is today- a flourishing British farm devoted to my passion - cherries! A Blossom Walk In May I was lucky enough to attend their open day this year, and to see the blossom in all its glory, and ...

Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead 23/06/2015

Sail Away With Me Up Country!

Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead Up Country Sailing Fleet Dog Lead When my last dog Molly passed away, it was the end of a long era of owning a friend that had long since swapped long walks in the park, with long snoozes by the fire. Her lead was almost an accessory, as I knew she would toddle by my side free from danger. Pebbles her successor is on opposite poles, she is an energetic Shih Tzu puppy who is full of life, and has a desire to investigate all corners of her world. I let her do this in the confines of home and garden, or with supervision in the park, but when walking from A to B she has a harness and lead that is put to the test on a daily basis. She is strong, excitable and determined – a girl with a mind of her own. You have to trust the lead in every situation, and that is why I trust “Up Country” to provide the accessories I need and here is why. You may never have heard of them, and as far as I know you won't find them on the high street too often, but if you know where to look you can find a gem that will last for life. Up Country Yes But Well Worth The Journey! Up Country have been making collars and leads since 1984 from their US factory in Rhode Island. The hallmark of these products is twofold- first quality and second fun- and for me they fulfil both of these perfectly. Started By Alice Nicols a lady with a passion for dogs, the company produces the items they make in their entireity from design through to packing and shipping. Their aim is to make very high quality items so ...

Deep Country: Five Years In The Welsh Hills - Neil Ansell 29/05/2015

Solitude That Turned A Man Into Stone

Deep Country: Five Years In The Welsh Hills - Neil Ansell Deep Country Five Years In The Welsh Hills Being at peace with yourself in total solitude is something many of us never experience or would even want to. I remember when I was a young teenager going with my parents to a service in Dornoch Cathedral - I am not religious, but was moved by the sermon that day inside that majestic building - “The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness” We were told solitude is rejuvenating, loneliness is destructive, and how true I have found that to be as I have gone through life. I am at my happiest in nature surrounded by the sea or the pastures of the countryside simply being, I can walk for miles on my own and be at peace – it is a choice. Loneliness comes from the misery of bereavement, or the isolation that sometimes comes with change, whether that is moving to a new area or job, or just feeling emotionally detached from others. The book I am about to review is the story of Neil Ansell who spent five years in the Welsh hills alone and at peace, and learnt to appreciate and to embrace solitude. The Move To The Country At the age of 30 Neil decided to take a life change, and he moved into the Welsh hills from London into an isolated cottage near Penlan. He had no phone or electricity, and the company he had was provided by the wildlife that he came to know intimately. The book challenges in my mind the traditional view of life that questions what is normal and what is acceptable. In a sense it is a trip down a path in history when ...

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 15/05/2015

The Scenic Route To The Top Shelf With Eyes Wide Open!

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 This review is for a duo eye shadow collection by the respected company BareMinerals. I like the format of shadow duos as they provide a complete look effortlessly, and are an excellent choice for travel as they are like a mini palette. The colours are chosen carefully for you to work well together, so this makes them an excellent choice, especially if you find it difficult when faced with a large palette containing many options. Where To Purchase When I purchased my shadows some time ago the collection was relatively basic with an initial set to choose from, but this has now been enhanced and there are many options available. Availability is of course via the BareMinerals website and other outlets where the recommended price is £20, but less expensive options are available including a fantastic offer on Allbeauty at the moment where they are retailing for just £11.96. Well Presented Presented in a well made sleek black case with a large integral mirror these shadows are also sold with a brush. This is adequate in itself for the application of shadow, but I prefer to use my own brushes but this isn't mandatory. The mirror is of an excellent size, and is perfectly adequate to use for the application of shadow allowing the entire eye to be in view clearly. The reverse side of the palette is clearly labelled, and pictures of the shadows with their corresponding names and shades are depicted on the back. This makes identification simple ...
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