Sunday 7 August 2022

Sanctuary Spa Signature Natural Oils


Sanctuary Spa has had a makeover, and boy do they look the part! I've been using these Signature Natural Oils products over the last few weeks, and I have to say that I'm in love with all three. Here's why... 

- The Ultra Rich Body Oil Spray is great for a quick spritz when in a rush. Give the bottle a shake, a few sprays over the legs & body, quick rub in and you're good to go. 
- The Ultra Rich Body Butter gives a more indulgent feel. It's really creamy, but not runny, and feels like silk when applied. Coupled with its amazing moisturising ability, it leaves skin feeling super soft, calm and perfectly hydrated - and it lasts all day!
- My favourite of the three is the Salt Scrub! I use this a few times a week because I simply love how it leaves my skin. It's not scratchy like some others I've tried, and gently exfoliates the skin whilst leaving a gorgeous satin sheen. The intense moisture this provides is unreal, and the scaly patches I often get down my shins looked as smooth as the rest of my legs. This sort of gives skin a protective barrier too, so you know it will nourish and protect all day long.

These are suitable for any skin type in my opinion, and I found they worked particularly well on my dry skin.

Talk, talk and talk some more!!

This is a rather personal post for me, but one which I really felt the need to write after recently losing my beloved Grandma.

You see, although my Grandma was 96 years old, we always thought she was as strong as an ox and would probably outlive us all. However, after recovering from COVID, she caught pneumonia, and within a couple of weeks sadly passed away, as she simply didn't have the strength to fight it. When the realisation hit us that she was close to the end, it suddenly dawned on us that she'd never discussed her final wishes with anyone! So, despite her being weak, my sister tried asking, and the most we got, was that she wished to be cremated, but that was it. We also found to our horror, that she rarely talked about herself or her childhood! She knew everything there was to know about us, about her neighbours, her friends etc, but she shared very little of herself, so we knew nothing.

Hence this post 😢 

When it came to arranging the funeral, we had no idea what she would have wanted, so we just had to do the best we could. The trouble with this was that we felt so damn guilty! What if she didn't like those songs? What if she wanted it in a church? What if the flowers were wrong? The questions we raised with ourselves were endless, and sadly, ones we'd never know the answers to, so can only hope that we did her proud.

You can avoid all this by simply talking. Don't sit quietly on the sidelines, tell your story, make someone listen!

Talk to your friends and family, tell them what you love, what you hate, how you feel, your favourite colour/music/book/food etc, tell it all and then tell it some more!! And for those who are being talked to, LISTEN, take notice, remember and admire. I'm guilty of rolling my eyes when my Gran started talking on occasions, but if I could turn back time, I would listen intently, make a mental note, and most of all, ask more questions. 

I really can't stress enough how important communication is between people, and I wouldn't like anyone else to feel the guilt that myself and my family have been feeling since my Grandma passed, so do me a favour and just talk.

Finishing Touch Flawless Brows


I was lucky enough to receive this Finishing Touch Flawless Brows to try out, and for me, it's been a game changer!

Firstly, it's super stylish in this stunning rose gold colour, and the design is so slender and sleek making it really easy to hold. 

The tip is slender enough to get really close to the brow line, and there's an LED light so you can spot even the lightest, finest of hairs without any problems. 

It's also really simple to operate using the sliding on/off switch located on the handle...

So, you now know it looks the part, but did it work? Well for me, yes! I've plucked my eyebrows for many years now, and due to this, I seem to have stretched my eyelids slightly. The Flawless Brows glides easily over the skin, removing the hairs as it goes. I did have to pluck the odd one or two more coarse hairs, but overall, I was really pleased with the results. Due to the fine nib, shaping my brows was really easy and I didn't end up with any great chunks missing! It's also really lightweight, so can be popped in your handbag for any emergencies. 

This may not work for everyone, but those with fine hairs should definitely feel the benefits. My one piece of advice would be to take it slowly! These things can't be rushed, and if you take it slow, you're less likely to miss any hairs.

Check out the full range of products, and learn more about Flawless Beauty by clicking HERE 

Wednesday 16 June 2021

New Lenor Outdoorable


I was recently lucky enough to be chosen by Supersavvyme to review this new Lenor Outdoorable in Spring Awakening. To be honest, I was somewhat sceptical that something I used in my wash, could suddenly make my clothes smell like they'd been dried outdoors when the hadn't! Obviously, I couldn't wait to try this out, and as luck would have it, the day after receiving it the heavens opened and I couldn't peg my washing out.

I followed the guidelines as to the amount used, and waited patiently for the wash to finish. I had already planned on washing towels, I just hadn't anticipated the great British weather! From the bottle, this smells pretty strong and may not be to everyones' taste. For me personally, I loved the strength and the fact it's quite crisp and fresh. 

From thee second I opened the washer door, the glorious scent of Spring Awakening filled my nostrils and my kitchen. I did find it stronger than the regular Lenor, but like I say, I prefer a whole lot of scent on my washing. Whilst on the radiators, this made my whole home smell so welcoming! I opened the front door to deliveries, and could see their noses twitching as I did so - not that I could blame them lol 

Once dried, I think it's safe to say that they genuinely did smell like they'd been line dried, only I knew they hadn't! Putting my family to a blind smell test, I laid out a few towels, some of which had been washed in standard Lenor Spring Awakening, and some washed using the new Outdoorable. They genuinely could not tell the difference, and to be honest, I wouldn't have been able to myself had I not known! Not only did they smell 'outdoorsy', but they also held the same softness I get from drying outside. 

This is definitely something I'll be sticking with, especially when the weather resorts to what we know best!

Have you tried any of the new Outdoorable yet? I'd love to know what you thought!

Friday 2 April 2021


 Read, Write, Walk North East is an initiative set up by the author of the fabulous DCI Ryan series, LJ Ross. If you've not read any of these books yet, then you really should, and if you have, then you'll know that they've been set in some amazing scenic places around the North East of England. That's where this initiative comes into play. You can visit some of the places mentioned in the series, and complete a book trail on your mobile or GPS device - a blummin great idea if you ask me! Not only that, but if you solve clues along the way and uncover the hidden word, you simply email it to LJ Ross, and she'll send you a free book!! You really can't go wrong!! To find out more, simply click here

On top of all that, I am running a giveaway over on my Instagram feed where you can win a whole host of goodies including a full set of signed DCI Ryan books, scented candles, alcohol & gift vouchers to name but a few. I really wish I could enter as its such a fantastic prize lol 

Prize contents

This giveaway ends on 12th April 2021, so get your entries in now to be in with a chance of winning all these goodies! Click here and good luck!