Five Autumn beauty must haves

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With the onset of Autumn, my skin feels like it has had a battering. Too much sun over the summer in combination with the heating coming on has left me feeling like a dried up leaf. So before you hide yourself under a cosy jumper and 100 denier tights for hibernation. Why not try out my five Autumn Beauty must haves.autumn beauty must haves (1)

Flip flop feet?

autumn beauty must havesI know my feet don’t look their best after a summer wearing flip flops. Especially my heels which are a far cry from baby soft at the moment. So why not get them back to beautiful, whilst slipping on your boots? These beautyfeet socks, seem totally bonkers and I must admit feel a bit weird when you first slip them on. However I’ve worn them about seven times now and my heels feel amazing.

Starting to look like Rudolf?

autumn beauty must havesAs soon as the seasons change I end up getting a cold. Blowing my nose all the time and the effect of going from hot houses to the cold outside wreaks my skin and leaves me with red patches. I have also noticed little spider veins that I am not happy about. So it’s time to tackle my skin and get it looking healthy again with the help of Couperose and Thread veins balm.

Super dry skin?

The moisture seems to have left my skin. So I need to get back into the routine of moisturising every day. Rather than just hiding my legs away in tights and boots and forgetting about them. It’s hard to resist the beautiful smell of this Rose geranium moisturiser by No frills. So it might not be such a hard job after all. autumn beauty must haves

Get some Beauty sleep.

Struggling to get a good nights sleep? I know I can’t sleep unless the room is completely dark. Hubby has a tendency to bring the phone up to bed. So this eye mask is a must have. Plus if you need to have a quick cat nap in the day it won’t smudge your eye make up.autumn beauty must must haves



Final Autumn Beauty Must have

There is a temptation to stay indoors once the weather turns colder but you shouldn’t. My final Autumn Beauty must have is get some fresh air. With the wind in your hair and lungs full of clean crisp air you’ll have the ruddy complexion of a beautiful farmers daughter. Take my word for it you’ll be re-energised. autumn beauty must haves

What are your beauty recommendations for the colder months?

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3 great 5 minute beauty fixes

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If you are anything like me, you will find it hard to carve out any time to spend on yourself. Let alone any time for your beauty regime! Since having kids and hitting my thirties I recognise that any time spent on me and my appearance is precious. Which is why I love things that can be done in five minutes or under but have great effects. Why do I love things that are five minutes and under? This is exactly the amount of time for the kids to realise I’ve disappeared to my bathroom and for the to be banging on the door with apparent urgent questions that need answering. So these are my favourite three great 5 minute beauty fixes.5 minute beauty fixes

Beauty fix number one.

5 minute beauty fixesI love a hair mask! I have the kind of hair that is prone to drying out and looking like a ball of fuzz on the top of my head if not given enough moisture. Especially after the summer, my hair is crying out for some extra love. Which is why I would put this Hair Jazz masque at the top of my 5 minute beauty fixes. 5 minute beauty fixes

Easy to apply and smelling great. This Jazz Hair masque is rich and thick. I can feel my hair sucking all the moisture up as I slather it on. The great this about a hair mask is that if the kids do come knocking on the bathroom door. Wrapping your hair up in a top knot you are able to answer the most urgent questions with some dignity intact.

Beauty fix number two – Painting my toenails!

I really love to paint my toenails. Even in the middle of winter. There is something quite special about doing something so frivolous, that no one might see see them. Once they are encased in thick tights and boots. But I love to waggle my painted nails at myself when I lie in bed.

Finally, painting my toenails is achievable in under five minutes thanks to Nails Inc. Gel effect polish.

It drys like a dream and if your really pushed for time one coat can be enough to give great coverage. I am currently loving Portobello Terrace as it goes so well with the last of my tan. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than getting gels done and a lot less damaging to your nails.

Final 5 minute beauty fix – face mask.

I have loved face masks ever since I was a teenager and have tried them all. From jelly like ones to clay masks and more recently sheet masks. A great one to do with your girls friends or one your own. One plus point I’ve found about having a face mask these days is it’s a great way to scare your kids! Especially the peeling ones!

My two current favourites would be Barefaced Dead sea mud face mask. For total relaxation.

Or if your prefer sheet masks. I like TONYMOLY’s I’m Real sheet masks for great hydration.

Do you have any great 5 minute beauty fixes? I’d love you to share them with me.5 minute beauty fixes

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Creative corner – No Frills Cosmetics

Something a bit different this week in creative corner. The first cosmetic crafter to take part in my interview series. Ann from No Frills Cosmetics has an inspiring story and amazingly scented products. I love the Rose Geranium Moisturiser! no frills cosmetics

1. Introduce yourself.

No frills cosmetics Hello everyone. I’m Ann and I make natural moisturiser. I live in Liskeard, Cornwall. I am happily married with 2 dogs with which we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

2. Tell us a bit about No Frills Cosmetics.

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I started making natural moisturiser a year ago so my business is in its infancy. I have 4 fragrances and I sell through my website and also locally through a health shop in Liskeard ‘The Natural Way’ and ‘Trevallick’s Farm Shop’ in Pensilva.

3. What made you start your own business?

This venture started when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During treatment I was advised to be careful what I used on my skin as it would be very sensitive. There are a lot of natural products on the market but they are often very expensive. Having been involved in manufacturing for over 30 years, I had a light bulb moment and thought ‘I can make this myself’. I am passionate about making affordable
natural products.

4. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

I am a registered Pharmacy Technician and have worked in product manufacturing for over 30 years. Having manufactured external products including creams, ointments, lotions and potions. I have transferred these skills to natural moisturiser, but of course it is all a learning experience
with different ingredients and different regulations to work with.

5. Explain your creative process.

Has included reading the European Cosmetic Regulations (no
mean feat!) which includes information about good manufacturing practice, what ingredients can and can’t be used and in what percentage, labelling, safety assessments. I have produced a technical file with all the necessary information including worksheets and labels.

My moisturiser has a safety assessment and preservative challenge test and is registered on the European Cosmetics Portal. That may not sound creative but is necessary for user safety. The best and most creative bit is making the product and the lovely aroma of essential oils.

6. Describe your typical day.

This is at my day job as Deputy Production Manager in Pharmacy
in the NHS, but you don’t really want to know about that! I don’t work on Wednesdays so I devote this time to No Frills Cosmetics. I get up early because I am a morning person. Try to get as much as possible done before lunch so I can take my dogs out in the afternoon. Then I continue until I am happy with what I have achieved.

I may be manufacturing a batch of moisturiser or I may work on marketing which I find the most difficult – getting my product known about. A local regional magazine is currently interested in writing an article about No Frills Cosmetics which is fantastic. I may visit my suppliers hoping to top them up with stock. I may have orders to pack up and send off, so a trip to the Post Office is necessary.

7. What’s your biggest seller?

No frills cosmeticsRose Geranium Moisturiser (RG) closely followed by Neroli (Ne).

8. What have been the high and low points of running your own business?

High points are when a customer gives me some positive feedback. It gives me a boost. I approached my local health shop in January and they agreed to stock my product. They excitedly rang me on the first day to say one had already been sold! I give a donation to my local Breast Cancer Support Group to say thank you for supporting me during a difficult time. It’s nice to put
some money into their account. Low point, My first foray into at a charity fun day. No sales and hardly anyone came to look at my wares! It was a good learning experience though.

9. What would be your top tips for running your own creative business?

Never give up. Believe in yourself and your product. Take what others say with a pinch of salt. Advice may be useful but not always.

10. What are your aspirations?

To have a range of natural cosmetic products which may have to wait until I retire. Currently I am dipping my toes into the water.

11. Where can we find you? Twitter @AnnNoFrills


Ann has kindly offered a chance to win one of her Moisturisers.

You can enter multiple times using the entry options shown.  The winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. The Winner will be contacted by No Frills Cosmetics  to send them the prize. Full terms and conditions can be found in the widget.

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One Moisturiser in the scent of your choice  –  no monetary exchange available

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MUA lipstick review

Post in collaboration with WOW FreeStuff

Often Lipstick appears in many women’s must have lists for makeup. However, until recently it didn’t come high in my makeup priorities. Mascara would be my go to item of choice, then followed by lip balm. It wasn’t until I hit my thirties and suddenly I felt the need for a little more make up. Then I got to love the power of a good lipstick. Which is why I was happy to do this MUA lipstick review. MUA lipstick review

Power of a good lipstick

I love how lipstick can change the look and mood of your whole being. I love a great red for nights out and a bit of drama. Mocha colours for the winter months to warm up my skin tone and Nudes for the summer.

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MUA lipstick review.

My thoughts on this MUA lipstick shade 14 bare. It goes on really well and gives great coverage. It didn’t dry out my lips which I find some lipsticks do, it also didn’t have a strong smell which I can find off putting on lipsticks. The only downside was the shade, which at the moment doesn’t go with my tan. I will definitely be rocking this lipstick by the time Autumn rolls around and my tan has faded.

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Conditioning body scrub review

After a summer of some sun and a bucket load of fake tan my skin is looking a bit worse for wear and could do with a treat. I love to find something that fits easily into my already pushed for time beauty routine. Malee’s conditioning body scrub turned out to be ideal for this.body scrub

I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and this body scrub is just gorgeous. The beautiful white and marbled green box and pot make it something you’d be happy to have on the side in your bathroom. (If my hubby let me!)

When it arrived I’d barely taken off the outer film before I could already smell the gorgeous scent of citrus and mint. It transported me to a luxury spa, if only in my mind. This is very much a treat product making even the most hurried of showers in the morning a delight.body scrub

It is a great body scrub, you can see by the texture of it. You can see the salt and sugar grains in it. Not disappointing like some body scrubs I’ve used that feel like they have a few grans of sand in. It left my skin soft and looking nourished.

Would I recommend this body scrub?

You can see why they they got highly commended in the 2016 beauty awards. This is a great indulgent product, ideal for a bit of me time. It’s definitely going on my list of things to buy for the ladies in my life this Christmas. As I don’t know a woman who would turn their nose up. Who could resist the sweet scent and soft skin this conditioning body scrub will give them?body scrub

I was sent this Malee Conditioning body scrub in exchange for my honest opinion. You can find out more by reading my advertising and disclosure policy.

The perfect summer nails

Sponsored post for Destination2.*

Summer is the time when I allow myself to have nails. As I’ve said before being a food teacher means I can’t wear polish when I’m working and most often my nails are very short from all the hard work they go through. So when the holidays arrive all I want is to get the perfect summer nails.perfect summer nails

What would my perfect summer nails be?

My perfect summer nails can be summed up by this great picture of the Maldives. Not only is this where I’d like to be in the holidays. Here’s hoping but also this inspired what my perfect summer nails would be like.perfect summer nails


Not being a great nail artist, when given the choice I’d go to the nail bar to get them done. There is something fabulous about taking a short amount of time out for something that is just for me.

In the summer, I like my nails to be slightly longer than I have at work, but not so long that I can’t function. I love to get gels in the summer as they stand up better to the efects of the sun, sea and sand. I would have them shaped with gently curved sides. Then painted in a tropical blue with golden sand coloured tips would be fabulous. I might even go the island look and get a palm tree accent nail. Wouldn’t that be perfect?

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Jamberry nail wraps review

As a Food teacher I often have the most terrible nails. With all the washing up and hand washing my nails take a battering. So I only really get nice nails in the summer holidays. Instead I often paint my toenails and flash them around in sparkly shoes. Which is why me and my toes were delighted to test out Jamberry nail wraps.jamberry nail wraps

I have only ever had my nails professionally done once and that was for my wedding. Partly it’s the price but also the time it takes. Having the chance of having nails that look professional that I can do at home sounded great.

I have often looked admiringly at other peoples nail art and hats off to anyone who can actually do their own nails so creatively. Sometimes it’s a struggle for me to get a decent coat on my nails before the kids need something and at least one of them has got smudged.

No smudges with Jamberry nail wraps, as they are made of foil and applied in a completely different manner.

You have to prepare your nails first by pushing back the cuticles and making sure they are absolutely clean with alcohol wipes.jamberry nail wraps

Then you cut the foils, choosing the size most suitable for each nail. Heat briefly with a hairdryer and then push down to smooth out. Finally you heat them again and file off any excess.

Initially it was a bit of a faff and the first few nails took about ten minutes. However I did get faster and decided to do my nails as well as my toes.

The results.

I am really pleased with my toes. I love the design and then look really professional. I’ve had them on for a week now and they are not budging. I can’t quite say the same for my hands though. One load of washing up and they started to lift so I removed them.jamberry nail wraps

My verdict on Jamberry nail wraps.

If your into your nails and don’t do a lot of washing up they’d be perfect for you. Myself? I’d probably do them for a wedding or special occasion not a regular thing as I can’t find the time to spend on them.

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I was sent the nail wraps in exchange for my honest review. For further information please read my advertising and disclosure policy.

Review Etern’l Hair care

Review for Etern’l Haircare*

I recently bought an amazing hair do book and have been working my way through some of the new braids and styles for the summer. My only problem with it was my hair wasn’t long enough for some of the styles. I had thought I had long hair as it hangs past my shoulders, but unfortunately not long enough for some of the more complex styles.

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Aside from buying hair extensions or waiting till next summer and not having my hair cut for a year. Could there be another solution? Possibly with the help of Etern’l hair care which I had been sent to review. I received a bottle of shampoo, serum and a big tub of hair mask. All of which were meant to promote hair growth.


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They came beautifully packed and all smelt great. I started with the hair serum straight away as this was simple massaged into the scalp at bedtime. Slightly strange sensation going to bed with damp roots but not unpleasant and really quick to do.
The next morning I realised I should measure my hair so I could really see if they did improve growth. So my first measurement from root to tip of my longest hair was 18”.


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I kept up with the serum at night and used the mask and shampoo in the week. Only doing my hair twice a week as it goes too frizzy otherwise. I loved the hair mask and it left my hair well conditioned and shiny.


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I was pleased with how committed I stayed to using this and kept it up for four weeks. My thoughts on my hair were positive. It felt soft, shiny and looked it good condition. But had it made my hair grow? Could I now braid my Rapunzel locks into all manner of Dutch braids.

Review results.

Remember my hair at the beginning was 18”. So my final measurement was…18”. Nothing, not even the 1/4 of an inch hair growth you should expect in a month.
A shame really but it wont stop me using it as I’m loving my hair at the moment.

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cocobelle baby coconut oil review

cocobelle baby coconut oil review*

Is it just me or do everyone’s bathroom cabinets seem to spill their contents every time you open them? Recently it has become a real problem and hubby has complained that he has no room for the three things he wants in the cabinet.
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With lotions for this and creams for that it can get hard to manage all the different products and that’s just the kids. I am a sucker I think for packaging and product claims. But I think times are changing in the Cartwright’s cabinet.
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Coconut oil review

We were asked to review cocobelle baby organic coconut oil. My boys have inherited my dry skin and were eczema prone when they were babies. So I always look for products that will moisturise their skin but not irritate it. This coconut oil is perfect. A little goes a long way and it’s quick to soak in. Which is great for kids as the boys hate a bit fuss and don’t like anything that leaves them greasy. So it was a winner for them
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I know it’s meant to be for the kids but it might just of migrated to my bathroom cabinet recently. I love the smell of coconut and it is great for sorting out my dry mum knees. (anyone else get them?) Plus it’s working it’s way at softening my feet and taming my summer frizz. (It’s the humidity)

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So I can massively reduce the number of products I need in my cabinet as this does so many jobs for both me and the boys. There might even be room for hubby to have more than one bottle of aftershave!We were sent the cocobelle baby organic coconut oil in exchange for our honest review. You can read more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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Can I grow better brows?

Review post for Epibrow*

A few years back I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about my brows. She couldn’t believe the way I wore mine. Hers were plucked to a really thin line across her head and mine well weren’t. Not that I had a Frieda Carlo mono brow going on, they were shaped but considerably thicker than most peoples at the time.
Can I grow better brows?
How times change and suddenly it’s all about the brows and now my friends are desperately trying to regrow them, colouring them in where they won’t grow back.

Mine on the other hand have remained almost unchanged, apart from a little sparser in places. There has been a big surge of new products for your eyebrows and eyelashes and not surprisingly many are trying to make the claim they can help you get bigger, lusher and younger looking brows and lashes.

Can this be true?

I was happy to test out some of these claims when I was sent Epibrow Ultimate Lash and Epibrow Brow Design Serum to review.
This is what they say about them;

‘nourishing formula gets to work, feeding the hair follicles and leaving you with longer, thicker, fuller, darker lashes’

‘important nutrients for hair growth, to help speed up the process and give you a thicker, fuller shape’

Like I said my brows are a little sparser than they once were, my right brow always seems to get a line in it and my lashes, well who wouldn’t want longer more fluttering beauties without having to wear falsies.

Brows results.

Can I grow better brows?
Day one – here is my before pic of my brows and lashes. Never had I thought this photo would be so difficult to take. Must convince hubby to help me in future. I’ve kept it black and white so as to not scare you with my dubious skin tones.

The brow serum was easy to apply and went easily into my bedtime routine. You simply painted it on and them massaged it in. Again I never fail to amuse hubby with all this fussing, he’s brushed his teeth in two minutes and is happily tucked in bed. I’m rubbing my eyebrows! It smelt of rosemary and hubby claimed it made him feel hungry every night.

The eyelash serum was a little trickier. You had to paint it onto the base of your lashes at night. My hand is a little wobbly, this is why I don’t do liquid eye liner and one night I got in in my eye. Not recommended. Stung like hell. Also having something wet on my lashes kept making me want to rub them. Try and avoid doing this.


So I’ve been doing this for nearly four weeks now and this is the result.

Can I grow better brows?

As you can see, there really hasn’t been any change. I was a little surprised when I compared the photos as I had convince myself that my brows if not my lashes had become thicker. For the photos I have deliberately worn no makeup and tried to photograph using the same lighting conditions, no filters apart from setting it to black and white and you can see they are almost identical.
Can I grow better brows?
So could I grow better brows and lashes? It would seem not. I’ll have to stick to mascara and occasionally colouring in my brows.
I was sent the Epibrow Ultimate Lash and Epibrow Brow Design Serum in exchange for my honest review. You can find out more by reading my advertising and disclosure policy.
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