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Weleda Almond Facial Oil 19/06/2017

Weleda Almond Facial Oil for gentle moisturising

Weleda Almond Facial Oil Weleda Almond Facial Oil I have a small sample of this facial oil which I got through one of my visits to Weleda recently. I have had some before but am always pleased to be given extras. ~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT WELEDA ~*~*~*~*~ Weleda has been going many years and was originally started by Rudolph Steiner n 1921 in Austria as a pharmaceutical company. Weleda's products are created using the principles of principles of anthroposophic medicine. This is a holistic approach based on products made using ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature. “A medical system that complements conventional medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products....... The therapy method of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance between four organisational principles: the physical level; life forces level, or vitality; mental level and individual level or ego. The goal of therapy is to restore the necessary equilibrium when these four principles are out of balance.” Weleda use only natural products and most are organic. They source their products from around the world and pay above fair prices for their ingredients. They use no preservatives, parabens or any mineral based ingredients in their products. Thy do not test on animals or allow any of their ingredients to be tested on them either. “Whether it’s through fair trade, biodynamic cultivation or the supportive development of our employees – sustainability is part of ...

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum 18/06/2017

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence - truly divine and decadent

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum This little sample was given to me by the lovely lady in Debenhams when I last visited. I do like Marc Jacobs perfumes so was very happy with this one. With a name like 'Decadence' I was expecting great things from this one. I spotted the beautiful packaging on my daughter's dressing table when I was staying with her and thought how original it was. ~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT MARC JACOBS ~*~*~*~*~*~ Marc Jacobs was born and brought up in New York and is a fashion designer. He has worked as a designer for Luis Vuitton but now has his own fashion label and fashion house. By 2013, there were 285 Marc Jacobs retail stores in 60 countries. Marc Jacobs has his own range of fashion, watches, bags,beauty products and of course perfumes. ~*~*~*~*~*~ ABOUT DECADENCE ~*~*~*~*~*~ Unlike other Marc Jacobs perfumes this is a far more mature sort of bottle and fragrance. Decadence is sexy, sensual and sophisticated. The fragrance as created by by Annie Buzantian who has created a few perfumes for Estee lauder and almost all Marc Jacobs fragrances and also Ann Gottlieb who has created many fragrances for Calvin Klein, Impulse, Coty and of course Marc Jacobs. The face of the campaign shot by Steven Meisel is Adriana Lima who is a Brazilian model and actress, who worked as a Victoria's Secret Angel since 1999, as a spokes model for Maybelline cosmetics since 2003 and also for being in the Super Bowl and Kia Motors commercials. ~*~*~*~*~*~ THE ...

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth 17/06/2017

Plimouth Plantation - how the Pilgrim fathers settled and more

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Plimouth plantation - Massachusets Plimoth Plantation 137 Warren Avenue Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 746-1622 This is one of those re enactment type places that America does very well on the whole. We have visited a few over the years including Jamestown, Williamsburg and a number of Civil War sites as well. I find US history fascinating as not only did I study this at university but it also falls in a time frame I can take on board mentally, ancient history is like a story whereas I can empathise with people and comprehend events within the last couple of hundred years. ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT PLIMOUTH PLANTATION ~~~&&&~~~ This is a recreation of the original settlement built by the Pilgrim fathers who sailed to America in 1620 aboard “ The Mayflower” to start a new life free from religious persecution as they were Quakers. There are a number of actors in costume of the day who are being specific people from the time. They talk in the way they have researched that the Pilgrim fathers talked and they answer questions in character. ~~~~&&&~~~ OPENING TIMES AND PRICES ~~~&&&~~~~ They are open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m and this is their 70th season so it has been going for some years now. The season goes from late March through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The ticket you buy to Plimoth Plantation single site includes: 17th Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Visitor Center featuring exhibits, shops, and dining, Craft Center, Nye ...

Fisher-Price Bounce And Spin Zebra 15/06/2017

Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Zebra to train young rodeo riders

Fisher-Price Bounce And Spin Zebra Fisher Price Bounce and Spin Zebra This particular Bounce and Spin Zebra was my granddaughter' first birthday present from her Mum and at the time they lived with us. She is now 7 years old and it has survived her 2 year brther and now my step daughter has taken it to the playgroup she runs so more children can enjoy I and she has a little bit more room in their very well supplied playroom at home. ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT FISHER PRICE ~~~&&&~~~ This is an American company which has been owned by Mattel ( of Barbie fame) since 1993. It is a well established firm and was started in 1930 Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Margaret Evans Price, and Helen Schell. Poor old Helen Schell didn't get any part of the company named after her it seems. Thy began making wooden toys originally but in the 1950s plastic ones became more popular because they were more colourful, easy to mold to different shapes and easy to clean. Fisher-Price has created approximately 5,000 different toys since the early 1930s. My childhood favourite was the viewmaster and of course most people will know their Chatterphone which they have altered slightly over the years but are still selling despite modern phones looking nothing like that now. ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT THE ZEBRA IN QUESTION ~~~&&&~~~ This is a ride on toy but one that you bounce on and it stays put rather than a wheeled one that moves around. The zebra sits on a large green plastic field or platform which makes it sturdy enough for most toddlers to bounce ...

Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum 13/06/2017

Green Keratin hyaluronic C facial serum

Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum Green Keratin Hyaluronic C Facial Serum I have bought a number of products from this company through amazon and so far not one has disappointed me. This is a highly concentrated facial serum and one of a number they make. I bought these products at greatly reduced price through a site offering items reduced in return for reviews on amazon. They have recently changed the rues and now you no longer need to write a review and strangely the companies are responding by offering fewer products and making the deal less sweet!! As a method of advertising it was great as I would never have bothered trying these products before ut having found them I have repurchased them. ~~~&&&~~ ABOUT GREEN KERATIN ~~~&&&~~~ I have never heard of this company before buying these through the reviewing site but now I have found them I have re purchased them as I have found them to be excellent quality. The company first began to sell their natural skincare range in 2008 after Anderson Lira and fellow Co-Founder Glen Keeble began hand making skincare products for family and friends and met with great feedback. “The idea was simple: to create effective organic skincare products out of the highest quality natural ingredients. Because, you only get out of your skin what you put into it, and your skin deserves the best.” Their products are made with the highest quality, certified organic and natural ingredients. They promise their products are free from: parabens, Methylisothiazolinone, SLS & ...

Reclaim (DVD) 11/06/2017

RECLAIM - but don't re watch

Reclaim (DVD) RECLAIM This is film we came upon when browsing through either Netflicks or Amazon Prime one evening recently and it sounded quite good and we like John Cusack so it got a vote of approval for a watch from us both that night. ~~~&&&~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~&&&~~~ RATING :15 LENGTH :1h 36 min GENRE : Action, Adventure, Crime WRITERS: Luke Davies, Carmine Gaeta DIRECTOR: Alan White STARRING: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre TAGLINES: “Reclaim What's Yours.” ~~~&&&~~~ THE STORY ~~~&&&~~~ A young couple arrive in Puerto Rico or Dominican Republic ( it is filmed in the former but may be meant to be the latter ) to collect the young child they are adopting. They spend some time on the island waiting for the company to sort out the legal paperwork and getting to know the young girl. Strange things begin to happen, the husband is beaten up and arrested and then the young girl is kidnapped. The couple go to the police and them spend some time trying to locate the young girl and get her back . Is this just a random kidnapping or is it something much more sinister and bigger ? Will they get the young girl back and is she going to be okay? You will have to watch the film to see for yourself. ~~~&&&~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~&&&~~~ The setting is beautiful with perfect blue skies and great scenery. The couple Steven, played by Ryan Phillippe and Shannon, played by Rachelle Lefevreare the perfect couple, excited to finally get a child but the little girl, Nina played by ...

Carolina Herrera 212 Vip Men Eau de Toilette 10/06/2017

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Men .. VIP not "very impressive perfume"

Carolina Herrera 212 Vip Men Eau de Toilette Carolina Herrera 212 Vip Men Eau de Toilette This is yet another of my small samples I am working my way through. I must have about 70 of these so plan to spread the joy out as reading similar reviews gets tedious. I have to admit that prior to receiving this sample I had never heard of the Carolina Herrera brand so had to check it out on line. ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT CAROLINA HERRERA ~~~&&&~~~ Like so many brands creating scents these days this started as fashion brand originally and in fact is still really a fashion brand. Carolina Herrera was born in Venezuela and is the founder of the fashion house. Prior to starting her fashion house she mixed with the rich and famous such as with Mick and Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, at Studio 54. She was considered a very classy and fashionable dresser and was named on the International Best Dressed List in 1972,and elected to its Hall of Fame in 1980 Her friend, the editor in chief of Vogue suggested she start her own fashion hose and so Carolina Herrera was born. She seems very well connected as she designed Jackie Kennedy's daughter's wedding dress and has dressed a number of the First Ladies including Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush ,Michelle Obama and even Melania Trump. She also designed the dress Bella wears for her wedding to Edward in Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 in 2011. “Herrera has the best taste in fashion. Today anything goes, but Carolina Herrera knows how to make a woman into a lady” ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT 212 VIP MEN EDT ...

Natchez Trace Parkway, Canton 09/06/2017

Natchez Trace Parkway - interesting Scenic Drive

Natchez Trace Parkway, Canton Natchez Trace We spent a few days in Natchez as part of our road trip of the Southern US states. We actually had a day longer as one of the places we were meant to be going to from new Orleans was badly flooded so we gave that a miss and had an extra night in new Orleans and an extra night in Natchez as that would mean every other place we booked along the rout could stay as it was. Prior to planning our trip I had never heard of the Natchez Trace. Our trip had a few main focuses of interest, the Blues trail, Civil Rights places of interest and Civil war places of interest. Natchez fitted in to all three for different reasons. ~~~&&&~~~ WHAT IS THE NATCHEZ TRACE?~~~&&&~~~ The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive or walking route through three states. It starts in Natchez Mississippi, passes through part of Alabama to end in Nashville, Tennessee. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" which was a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today it is a designated National Scenic Trail it is not a long, continuous footpath, and in fact there re only about 60 miles of trail segments along the route specifically for hiking and horseback riding, the rest is well maintained road. The access points along the Parkway are limited to around fifty spots. The Parkway reaches the cities of Natchez and Nashville and along the way Jackson and Tupelo, ...

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream 07/06/2017

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream WELEDA POMEGRANATE FIRMING DAY CREAM I have just finished this sample sized tube of Weleda Pomegranate Firming Day Cream so thought I had better write my views before I throw out the empty tube and forget how my skin felt after using this. It is no secret to anyone who regularly reads my views that I rate Weleda very highly and admire their ethics and honest approach towards their customers. This pomegranate range is designed for those in the 40s to 50s age range and until the Evening Primrose range was brought out this was Weleda's range that catered for the oldest age group. Personally I am happy with both ranges as they are both full of great natural ingredients to help ageing skin. ~~~&&&~~~ ABOUT WELEDA ~~~&&&~~~ Weleda was founded by Rudolph Steiner back in 1921 and originally it was a pharmaceutical business creating products for anthroposophical healing. This is a way of looking after your health from the belifs of Rudolf Steiner which encourages individual to see their body, mind and spirit “as intrinsically linked to our world; all part of our holistic system. “ They grew most of their own ingredients organically in their own gardens and I have visited those in Derbyshire a few times.. Those they do not grow themselves they buy at above fair trade prices from growers who have organic farms around the world. Their products are 100% natural with no added fillers or preservatives or petroleum based oils in them at all. Their products and ingredients are not ...

Selma (DVD) 06/06/2017

"SELMA" - A March that brought about the Voting Rights Act

Selma (DVD) SELMA When we were on recent drive tour of the Deep Southern states in the USA we spent some time in a number of places that played a big art in the battle for Civil Rights. I studied American Studies at University so have been interesting in US history and so a lot of our trips involves some sort of historical visiting. I am still shocked at how recently these events happened really as it was all so horrific and cruel. When we came back home having visited Martin Luther King's home and parish as well as the Martin Luther King centre in Atlanta and the Rosa Parks museum we decided we would watch the film “Selma” which was such a huge and awful event in this Civil Right's story in the USA. ~*&~*&~*&~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~&*~&*~&*~ RATING :12A LENGTH :2h 8min GENRE :| Drama , History, Biography RELEASED : 2015 DIRECTOR: Ava DuVernay WRITERS: Paul Webb STARRING: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth TAGLINES: “One dream can change the world.” “The gripping story of Martin Luther King Jr's historic struggle for equality.” ~*&~*&~*&~~ THE STORY ~~&*~&*~&*~ This is the true story of the three months in 1965 during which time Martin Luther King Jnr led a peaceful protest against the restrictions suffered by Blacks in the USA. This discrimination had been going on for years and despite laws saying it was illegal this still continued. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade discrimination in voting on the basis of race, but it continued so Civil Rights leaders decided they ...

Agent Provocateur Maitresse Eau de Parfum 04/06/2017

Agent Provocateur Maitresse EDP - one for the mistress

Agent Provocateur Maitresse Eau de Parfum Agent Provocateur Maitresse Eau de Parfum I was lucky enough to get a small three set sample set of Agent Provocateur perfumes in the post. There were three different scents in the set and this Maitresse was one of them. Each sample help 1.5 fl oz so it was quite a generous sample size and I had plenty of experience of the perfume as I find these 1.5 ml sample sizes give me several sprays so depending on how often I apply the sent I can get two or three days usage from each spray sample vial. &*&*&*&~~~ ABOUT AGENT PROVOCATEUR ~~~&*&*&*& This brand is best known for its sexy lingerie and ladies nightwear, Bridal accessories and swimwear really but they added in perfumes to add that extra sensual aroma to those wearing their clothing items. The lingerie company was founded in England in 1994 by Joseph Corré the son of Vivienne Westwood and his then wife and Serena Rees. &*&*&*&~~~ CREATING MAITRESSE ~~~&*&*&*& This is possibly the most recent of the Agent Provocateur perfumes and was launched in 2006. The 'nose' creating this perfume is Christian Provenzano. At the time of this perfume launch Kate moss was the model used in their promotions but she was replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal and then Daisy Lowe. Kylie Minogue was before Kate Moss. &*&*&*&~~~ PACKAGING ~~~&*&*&*& This perfume comes in a similar shaped tear drop, egg or grenade shaped bottle as their previous perfumes. This one is gold with red text in curly cursive scrip with the name of the perfume and a ...

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie 03/06/2017

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie OAK ALLEY PLANTATION 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 "Grande Dame of the Great River Road"... This old plantation house in Louisiana was one we planned to visit before we left the UK . It is most famous for its fabulous drive bordered with Southern oak trees. The plantation is about 30 miles from New Orleans and there are directions on their website. We used our own sat nav and it got us there with no problem. ~~~~~~ A POTTED HISTORY ~~~~~ Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, was built in the 1830s by the Roman family who owned many properties in and around New Orleans . Apart from the owners this plantation was also home to over one hundred house and field slaves . The house was originally built by sugar planters with over hundred slaves working there. Sugar plantation slaves had hard lives and often suffered awful conditions. In fact Louisiana had a reputation along the eastern seaboard as a death sentence for any slave unlucky enough to be sent there. House slaves fared a lot better and generally had much easier lives but were still slaves. It was abandoned for many years after the Civil war as the Roman family must have lost their fortune at that time. The property was bought by the Stewart family in 1925, as their home and cattle ranch. It was Josaphine Stewart who with her nephew in 1969 formed the non profit foundation which would mean that the antebellum house and the immediate 25 historic acres would be made open to the public so that the history could ...

Nuxe Honey Lip Balm (Baume Levres Reve De Miel) 01/06/2017

Nuxe Honey Lip Balm - rich and nourishing

Nuxe Honey Lip Balm (Baume Levres Reve De Miel) Nuxe Honey Lip Balm (Baume Levres Reve De Miel) This fabulous pot of lip protecting gold was one of the products in my Beauty Advent calendar last year and probably my favourite product from that calendar. ~~~~~~~WHAT NUXE SAY ~~~~~~~ “This best-selling balm with Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and most damaged lips. Thanks to its unique texture and subtle taste of refreshing grapefruit, it really is a beauty must have. “ ~~~~~~ ABOUT “NUXE” THE COMPANY ~~~~~~ This company was founded in Paris after Aliza Jabès discovered NUXE, as a small formulation laboratory in Paris in 1990 ad used this s a start for the company we now know as NUXE The name comes from is a combination of natural and luxury. Ms Jabès's aim was to create” ultra-feminine skincare which would be based on a pharmaceutical approach: nature, innovation, evaluation, accessibility and sensory experience .” She says her products come from here belief that the power of plants are the to effective natural beauty products. She states her products are based on “5 fundamentals - nature, innovation, evaluation, accessibility and sensory experience, that, day after day, inspire my beauty philosophy and provide my focus for building the NUXE brand.” ~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~ This comes in golden coloured outer box with the product and company names as well as some product information. On the top is a beehive design in a ...

Room (DVD) 30/05/2017

"ROOM" but not with a view!

Room (DVD) ROOM - THE FILM I read the book that the film I based on a couple of years ago and found it disturbing but very compelling reading and since the film was released I was interested in seeing how they adapted it as so many films are disappointing if you have read the book first. This came onto amazon or netflicks and so I suggested to my husband that we should watch it. Ý¢~Ý¢~Ý¢~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~ Ý¢~Ý¢~Ý¢ RATING :15 LENGTH :1h 58min GENRE :| Drama RELEASED : 15 January 2016 DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson WRITERS: Emma Donoghue both screenplay and novel STARRING: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers TAGLINE : “Love knows no boundaries “ and “ Survive is only the beginning” Ý¢~Ý¢~Ý¢~~~ THE STORY ~~~ Ý¢~Ý¢~Ý¢ A young girl has been kept in garage by one of these weirdo men and after some time she has a baby of his. He ' visits' her at night and brings basic food and other things but they are locked in and can see nothing of the outside world except through a small skylight. In order to protect her young son, Jack, Ma/Joy, the Mum tells him that what he sees on the television is not real and of course he has never seen anywhere except this room which is his home. He callas things by their name so a plate is simply plate and pencil and book etc kind of personification of these items. One day she decided enough is enough and plan her escape which requires the young lad's cooperation. She has to re educate him and explain that they are trapped in the room ...

William Johnson House, Natchez 28/05/2017

William Johnson House, Natchez

William Johnson House, Natchez WILLIAM JOHNSON HOUSE - NATCHEZ Natchez National Historical Park William Johnson House 210 State Street Natchez, Mississippi 39120 (601) 445-5345 When we were planning our driving tour in Southern USA Natchez was included and as we had t cancel one of our stops because of flooding we ended up spending an extra night in Natchez so had plenty of time to explore in and around this city. The B&B we stayed in was just a street away from this place and was one of the places we visited which we had not planned before we left for the trip. I had not heard of William Johnson before visiting his house but what an amazing man he was. ~~~&&&*** WHO WAS WILLIAM JOHNSON? ***&&&~~~ In the commercial district of antebellum Natchez on State street was the home and barber shop of William Johnson and this building has been maintained and set up as a museum by the National Parks Service. William Johnson was a black man born the son of a mulatto slave woman, he was given his freedom at age eleven and also gained the same name as his former owner, possible his father He was known as the Barber of Natchez as he learned this skill from another freed slave. He became a well respected and a well to do businessman by the end of his life but was always still a black man in a very white society . What makes him particularly interesting is that he kept a very comprehensive diary of his life so historians have been able to learn a lot about him and the times he lived through in Natchez from this ...
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