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Saturday, 25 March 2017

L'Avoly - The Special One

Hi all!

Hope you've all got lovely things planned for the weekend - it's my birthday tomorrow so I'm spending today catching up on a few jobs, getting my Mother's Day gifts sorted and I'm going to treat myself to a good bath and pamper session later on tonight! I'm quite excited to try out some new bath bombs, turning into such a grandma with my cosy evenings!

Today's review is of a hair wonder product from L'Avoly.

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

I hadn't heard of L'Avoly before receiving this product from Salon Success just before Christmas but the bright packaging caught my eye.

I'm always a bit wary of 'wonder products' as quite often they can completely overload my hair as they're just too heavy. Although it can get quite dry and needs hydration it also gets greasy pretty quickly (hence why I had to get rid of my fringe, far too much effort for me!)

But being the product obsessive that I am I still couldn't wait to try it. After reading the box I was really impressed with the list of benefits:

1. Detangles
2. Prevents split ends
3. Boosts shine
4. Controls frizz
5. Heat protection
6. Moisturising
7. Protects hair colour
8. Protects against damage from salt and chlorine
9. Provides UV protection
10. Primes your hair ready for styling.

Quite a list of desirable qualities don't you think??

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

I've been using the leave in treatment for the last few weeks (actually since January). I apply it onto damp hair before drying it with the hair dryer and it has felt more hydrated and generally in better condition.

This means it is easier to detangle, less frizzy and dare I say it, shinier!

The pump is really sturdy too, I just use one pump for the ends mostly and occasionally all the way through my hair for a boost.

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

L'Avoly 10 in 1 The Special One

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a hair wonder product that is really easy to use and won't overload your hair. I can't vouch for the UV, salt and chlorine protection but generally when your hair is in better condition it won't have split ends and will be more manageable therefore ticking off the other benefits in one swoop.

I don't swim very much any more nor do I get out in the sun often so probably won't be able to test those two but for the other factors it gets a tick from me! I use this once a week now the weather is a bit kinder and will continue to use it.

You can purchase this from any supplier of Salon Success products and I believe it retails for £15

Have you tried this product before? Have you tried anything else from L'Avoly?

Let me know if you have suggestions!

L xxx

This product was given to us for review, but my opinions are honest as always!

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Mother's Day Recommendations

Hi all!

I've done a quick post to share a few Mother's Day ideas that you can send or arrange as a surprise. These are all local to South Wales so are great if you don't want to travel far or give local!

I have personal experience of each of these places, treatments and products so can fully recommend as a gift for your mum (or any other worthy female in your life!)

1) The Vale Resort and Spa

If your mum likes facials, I can recommend the Temple Spa My Kinda Skin Prescriptive Facial at the Vale Resort Spa, you can find the full post by clicking here but it was a 60 minute facial that left me feeling super relaxed. 

Image from the Vale Resort
I've never had a facial this long before and it also included a quick foot rub with some cooling products, a massage of the head, neck and shoulders and also a scalp massage (which might be one of my favourite things ever!)

The spa itself is also a really relaxing place and I could wander around each room having a snooze in the various beds. Definitely a good treat for you and your mum to enjoy together for a pamper!

2) Celtic Manor Resort and Spa

If you're closer to Newport then I can recommend the Celtic Manor for the Signature Revitaliser. This is a 50 minute treatment which includes 25 minutes each of a facial and a massage, it's the best of both worlds and I really enjoyed it.

Image from Visit Wales
The spa is again very luxurious and we particularly liked the separate women's spa area with it's own sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

You can read the whole post of our weekend here, and if you choose to stay over (which we would definitely recommend) you can indulge in one of the best hotel breakfasts I've ever had the pleasure of eating. It had an insane choice and I can thoroughly recommend the pancakes!

3) Honey Bee Beautiful

If you're looking for a gift to send I would wholly recommend the Honey Bee Beautiful range. They have some wonderful products that I've had the pleasure of sampling and with the products being made in Wales from the production of local bees you can be sure they are free from lots of nasty stuff.

You can see my post on their range by clicking here.

Honey Bee Beautiful


You can obviously choose your own products and wrap them up, but I really like the look of the Beauty Box subscriptions. A single box containing 4 products costs £30 but subscriptions can be placed for 3, 6 or 12 months for a really luxurious gift!

There is also a special Mother's Day box for only £25 with free postage, and you can even choose the 4 products to go in it if you don't want the standard four. You can find it by clicking here.

My mum has specifically asked for the biggest bunch of daffodils, so we will be getting her as many as possible!

What will you doing on Mother's Day?

It's actually my birthday too so we are having a general family get together and I'm hoping there will be lots and lots of cake for everyone!

L xxx

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

Hey all

As you'll know by now we love Antipodes so whenever we get the chance to review products we can't wait. The Manuka honey range is one of my favorites and it's lasting so long as the eye cream is a big pot (review Here and all Antipodes posts Here). Antipodes is the brand i turn to now for luxury quality cruelty free skincare.

Avocados are everywhere at the moment, there popular for diet, skincare and hair care. I love eating them but haven't specifically sought out skincare containing avacado oil so couldn't wait to try this out. As I'm loving my Manuka honey day cream I decided to try the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream, I've been testing it for the last month or so now so I could really see the effects it has on my skin.(L got the Rejoice light facial day cream that I'm sure she'll share soon.)

Avocodo oil is full of benefits and contains a whole host of vitamins and antioxidants that help to prevent the destruction of skin cells by neutralising free radicals. Avocodo oil is also packed with fatty acids which mositurise and have regenerative properties. It also contains compounds which prevent water loss, reduce age spots and sun damage. So they taste good and can help with aging!

As well as containing avocado oil it also contains high quality Manuka honey which I explained about the benefits of in the post linked at the top. Manuka honey, avocodo and vinaza grape all help to keep the skin hydrated, problem free and deeply nourished.

So the important part, how does it hold up to amazing claims.... I love it. It's the perfect product to compliment my Manuka honey eye cream and day range. It's thick but sinks into the skin easily without making my skin greasy. I wake up with softer skin and best of all it's not caused any breakouts. My skin loves this. I find sometimes with a thicker consistency and such a hydrating product my skin needs time to get used to it but with this it hasn't. 

It retails for 33.99 for 60mls and a little goes a long way. I've been using the Manuka honey day cream for the past 4 months and still have about half left so these products really last! 

What's your favourite Antipodes product?

Love M


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