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Sorry for a small gap in my input. Mum has been in hospital again- the sad reality of dementia. Am catching up slowly.

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

Bright And Light Through The Dark Winter

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

Pelargonium Attar of Roses 21/09/2015

Tea Like Turkish Delight From This Garden Plant

Wilko Seeds Wild Flowers CornFlower Mix 10/09/2015

A Wildflower Meadow In Your Own Garden

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

Not Just Hot Air

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 ... 01/07/2015

Cherries Direct From The Orchards

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!

Kerastase Discipline Keratine Thermique 11/05/2015

Discipline For Hair- Let's Do Some Straight Talking!

Naturally European Luxury Hand Wash 29/04/2015

Fresh and Lovely - A Verbena Handwash For A Good Price.

The Lodge On The Loch Hotel, Onich 15/04/2015

A Secret Deal I Am Whispering About!

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