Review

Beauty Blvd Products Review

I woke up yesterday morning to a very much needed, very lovely package having been delivered by the post man.  My parcel was from a fabulous UK company Beauty Blvd or alternatively known Glitter Lips UK, the girls had sent me a range of Hydra Gel facial, lip, eye and neck masks.  My God what a dream!!!! my prayers were answered, it was pamper time!!!!!!

As a mum of 6 just the joy of having a shower without an audience or a screaming baby is enough to make my day a triumph, this was a different matter all together.  These products demanded peace, tranquillity, quiet and ALONE time!!!!! something im really not accustomed to, but desire on a daily basis.

So i waited patiently to open my package until all the sprogs were off on their own little jaunts, after examining each package and taking in the glory of the gorgeous packaging (sparkles are always a winner). I carefully placed them away until the children’s bed time, id quietly remove them from their safe place every once in a while filling myself with giddy excitement at the thought of a well deserved relax and pamper.

Once our bedroom routine had clearly finished and id had a shower, i was well and truly ready to relax, my hair was tied back the TV was on with Coronation Street ready to play and the couch was beckoning me, so it began, my night of indulgence.

The first product i tried was the ‘Divine Hydra Gel Gold Radiance Face Mask‘, this mini gold face staring back at me was covered in what looked like glitter, gold sparkly pieces looked like they were floating around and made the mask look far less scary than it first seemed.

very unflattering mug shot!!!!!

I opened the package to find it was very wet and cool, perfect as the product was recommended for dehydrated skin, package instructions suggest popping the mask in the fridge which i personally did not do, i’m what my mum would call “very nesh” so i like warmth all the time, i found the mask cool enough for my personal preference and i think if it had been any colder i would have been uncomfortable wearing it, but that’s just me, i know a lot of other people who would love it that way, so it really is down to personal choice.

I found lying down with the mask on was more comfortable (as per instructions) as the solution on the mask was beginning to drip off my chin whilst sat up, so it was a perfect excuse to just spread out and enjoy the rest.  Every now and again i did need to readjust the mask, the holes carved out for eyes nose and mouth are obviously just a general guide so my button nose and pea head did make it slide off a little.

The serum used in the products contains antioxidants to help re hydrate skin and along with toners and collagen boosts it can also prevent ageing as well as plumping the skin and helping any fine lines or wrinkles disappear.

After a little while i almost forgot i was wearing the mask, i was lost in my soaps and had no other choice but to chill and relax.  I left it on for approximately 50 minutes, it can be left on for up to 4 hours but with other products to test i felt nearly an hour was a good start.  As i removed the mask i could feel the difference already, my face first felt very wet, but quickly dried and soaked into my skin. My skin felt like silk, i suffer from dry skin on and around my nose and middle of my forehead, even before putting on my foundation i have to moisturise and its not always guaranteed to keep my skin smooth, this mask worked a treat, my dry skin was soothed and felt lovely. While i don’t really have many fine lines or wrinkles at this stage, i did feel like my skin was a lot plumper than normal as well as smoother.

The following day i expected the results to have disappeared as is normal with facial treatments but i can honestly say my skin felt just as lovely as it did the previous evening, i even commented to my husband how nice my make up felt that day, it was as if id slept in the mask all night.

In my opinion this face mask comes highly recommended, having compared it to other products on the market i can safely say its more unique, you have no choice but to relax and take time out and the results are fantastic, i felt like a benefited a lot from this product.  I don’t wear make up every day but when i do i do wear a lot so my pores were in dire need of unclogging and i can say hand on heart this product did just that, plus what other item on the market calls for relaxation for up to 4 hours at a time!!!!

Next i tried the Divine Hydra Gel Neck Mask, now if i was buying the products for non blogging reasons i would have probably wore the face and neck masks at the same time, but i felt reviewing them separately would give me a better idea of how they worked.

Much the same look as the facial mask, the neck mask is how you would expect it, in a neck shape so easy to apply, gold flakes were visible and looked really, really pretty, once placed on the skin you are transformed into some futuristic character that is highlighted completely in gold, much like Avatar but not Blue!!!!.

Again as per instructions, the mask is very wet so lie down and possibly place a towel at the back of your neck for any solution that escapes.  The instructions and results are the same as the face mask, i would imagine by pairing them up at the same time would be a lovely experience, very cool and therapeutic, once again a perfect excuse just to relax and literally chill!!!

The Divine Hydra Gel Eye Mask is where i became a little confused, not because of anything to do with the product or instructions, i have to hold my hands up and blame stupidity on my part.  The instructions and photographic packaging state clearly that the mask is for UNDER the eyes, my lack of judgement and gung ho’ness resulted in me placing the mask OVER my eyes and wondering why the solution was a little bit stingy, it took my 10 year old daughter to walk in and shout at me that they in fact go UNDER my eyes for me to realise that it is always a good idea to read instructions even if you do think you know what you are doing.

Obviously I knew what I was doing, NOT!!!!

I have to say that this product was in fact my absolute favourite of the four sent to me, i felt so refreshed, awake and alert it was unreal.  I suffer a lot with my eyes as i do wear glasses and i dont have a great deal of sleep for most of the time, late nights and early mornings can make my eyes feel saggy , tender and at times my skin a little bit thin.  This product literally reversed everything, my bags felt tighter, my skin felt smooth and i just generally felt like under my eyes had a new lease of life.  If i was to shout it from the hills about any of these products, this would be a must have for anyone that likes to look after their skin, its fabulous and such a treat for tired eyes like mine.

I did it!!!!!

The final product from my parcel was the Divine Hydra Gel Lip Mask, much to the amusement of my husband who thought i looked like Mick Jagger gone wrong, it actually felt really lovely on my lips, to the point i could have left it on all night.  At the start of my treatment my lips were feeling a little dry i do wear red lipstick on a regular basis and the particular brand i wear (mentioning no names) can spread onto my skin after a full day of wear.  I have to say this mask did in fact remove the staining id acquired today from wearing quite a few layers of gloss. The aim of the mask is to plump, moisture, contour and repair damaged lips, now while my lips did feel plumper i cant say they visibly looked any different but the dryness had gone and they did overall look a lot smoother than they did at the start, i also noticed the dry skin around my mouth seemed also to be repaired, most likely to be from the antioxidants contained in the ingredients.

Mick Jagger eat your heart out!!!!

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Another point i must mention is that in each package there is in fact two masks for you to try, with the exception of the face mask (just the 1), so if like my husband, the man in your life likes to look after his skin, you can in fact make your relax night for the two of you, throwing in plenty of chocolate and vast amounts of Prosecco will result in an extra fabulous, alternative date night.

Overall i would say these are really lovely products to use either for yourself or as presents for relatives and friends, your skin will feel refreshed, plumper, smoother, cleaner and rejuvenated, and as mentioned earlier you yourself will feel chilled, calm and relaxed after each treatment, so that is always a bonus from my perspective.

I have posted links for the products within this blog (just click the blue buttons) as well as Beauty Blvd themselves, they are so lovely and helpful and i can’t thank them enough for my lovely treatments.

From a very tired mummy (and hubby) i’m now off for a very relaxed, contented sleep.

Sweet Dreams!!!!

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

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House Proud Mummy cleaning hints and Tips

Hi everyone, I’ve posted the link to a new group I’ve started on Facebook.  I’ve called the group House Proud mummy (because i am one) Cleaning Hints and Tips.  (click here)

I love cleaning and i’m a bit obsessed with cleaning products in particular at the moment Lavender Zoflora.  This is a platform for me to pick up new tips for my own home and to give anyone that needs help with their own, a helping hand.  The easier we can make cleaning the better, so hopefully this will help.

 

Please add yourselves and share any posts you think we might find helpful.

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

 

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The Weekend Off

I’m on my “Let’s get rid of this baby weight diet” and up to now i’m doing well if i do say so myself. I’ve lost quite a few pounds now and my clothes are feeling distinctively bigger on me.

I’m sticking to my protein shakes during the day and reasonably low carb meal of an evening , the only thing i will admit to missing is snacks.  I do become quite hungry late afternoon and late on in the evening.

Previously the hubby and I would stuff our faces watching telly while we drank copious amounts of sugary coffee (well i did, the hubby goes without).  I could easily eat a huge slice of cake as well as a large bar of Dairy Nut to myself, then if i was staying up particularly late more biscuits or even a late night take away on a few occasions, the latter didn’t happen very often but it did happen.

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The more i write about my diet, the more i see how i got as fat as i am.  I love food (obviously) and although i do love a lot of healthy food  such as veggies and salad, i also love all the wrong foods. Pasta, bread (oh i love you bread), cheese (oh i love you too cheese), cake, chocolate, chocolate biscuits, pizza, oat biscuits, Indian food and all the munchies that go with it.

While i do like a wide range of food i tend to stick to the same crap all the time.  I’ll have a huge plate of bolognaise and justify the cake and biccies afterwards because i had a massive pile of salad to go with it, not to mention the garlic bread the salad was wedged between.  I’m opening my own eyes the more i write, im literally shocked by myself.

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Anyway enough of the being down on myself, i have literally done a u turn on my habits, except on Saturday night when i allow myself the evening off after being weighed at tea time.  Only then can i have whatever i want to eat and copious amounts of red wine to wash it down with if i feel like it.

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Weigh In Day!!!!! That’s me 4th from the front with the “why did i eat that bastard Frey Bentos pie” look on her face.  (i dont like Frey Bentos pies by the way but you get what i’m saying).

But i must admit, as the weeks are going by i’m finding it more difficult to enjoy the fabulous tasting shite i used to eat, my body just can’t seem to take it, it literally goes into sheer panic.  Last Saturday evening for example i was weighed to find i’d lost a good 5 lbs so i decided a takeaway of tikka burger and chips and a few slices of pizza thrown in, along with some chocolate cookies, a hand full of popcorn and a bottle of red wine would be my treat of the day.  Over a few hours i ate and drank it all along with sugary coke, by the time id put the last piece of food into my mouth i literally couldn’t move.  That’s weird i used to easily be able to do this.

I was watching a film with my hubby and my eldest son (Trainspotting 2 for anyone interested and it was alright, not as good as the first), All i could do was lie back with my legs up on Anthony like a literal couch potato, King Eddie’s had nothing on me, i felt vile.  I was hot, beyond thirsty (more coke thanks) and my stomach was a huge ball that was uncomfortable to say the least.

5198855-mr-and-mrs-potato-head-620x350 Me, just not on a couch, i literally was Mrs Potato Head watching a film.

I went to bed about two hours after the film finished and the food had gone, i was still the same my body seemed to go into shock, i felt like if someone squeezed me i’d pop.  I lay in bed for a good hour or so just trying to get my greedy, overindulged body comfortable.  Throwing in a little panic attack, I think i fell asleep from exhaustion eventually,  i couldn’t help but wonder how i used to eat like that? on a regular basis, how do i have panic attacks from just being full? and i think it’s my body’s response to the wear and tear i’m putting on it, it’s telling me to stop, to look after it, it’s my body’s way of telling me that what i’m doing is wrong.

I got up the next day and instead of repeating my usual habit of “oh it’s Monday tomorrow i’ll start then”, i got straight back on it, bottle of water and a protein shake down the neck and i was right back on track, i also felt so much better in myself by doing so.  My day actually lifted, i felt in a better mood and my head and body felt a little clearer.

I will still have Saturday nights off, its something i need to do or i won’t stick to my plan throughout the week, and every diet i have ever done has involved me having a night off, it’s just now i will limit myself to a couple of treats instead of a whole weeks worth in one go. I need to remind myself that not everything fits in my mouth and my belly.

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note to self!!!!

Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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I am very proud to announce that I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  This was very unexpected as im a relative newbie, but I’ve certainly enjoyed writing my post and reading posts that other nominees have posted.

Firstly a huge shout out to Teeshares for my nomination, it was and is greatly appreciated, for anyone who hasn’t already checked out their blog on the link above, you won’t be disappointed i promise.

Secondly, as part of the nomination i have to answer 11 questions set for me, so here goes:

1.What made you start your blog

I have 6 children and i have quite a busy life, we have a happy home and share quite a lot of funny times and i always felt like i should be sharing those moments, even if it was just for myself to read back on as the kids got older.  I also loved the freedom of being able to write about literally anything i wanted, i had complete freedom and i loved it.

2.What’s your most favourite post you’ve written?

I thin my favourite post I’ve written has to be my Saturday Morning Chaos blog post. Its a recurring situation i find myself in a lot of the time, it literally is chaotic, i wrote the blog when i had not long had my most recent baby and was settling into mummy hood as a mummy of 6, which at first i did struggle with a tiny bit, the remainder of the day i’m writing about was in fact a good day, the chaos i wrote about disappeared as the day went on, and for me it sums our family up and gives me a warm little feeling in my tummy as how lucky i am to have this experience.

3.What are your top 3 hobbies?

First and foremost, writing, closely followed by drawing and lastly reading.  All of which i need to be left alone for so i do have to set out a time each day to be able to do this and keep my sanity ha ha.

4.If you were to name one person as your favourite person, who would they be AND WHY?

My favourite person is my husband Anthony.  I couldn’t say why but since the day we met I’ve never tired of his company.  He’s my go to person for literally EVERYTHING!!!!! We spent a period of time as friends and i think that built the foundation to our relationship, we do everything together.  From changing my dressing after our babies births to checking my piles (no i’m not joking) he does anything i ask him to.

Although the days of him writing me love notes and poetry just because he felt like it are no more, he can be incredibly romantic and thoughtful.  He knows me better than anybody and has seen every side to me possible, good and bad, and he’s never got up and ran away.

He took on my eldest 3 children as his own (i was married previously) and he’s never treated any of them differently to his own biological children and i will always be grateful for that.

There are many sides to Anthony and i’m lucky to say i’m the person who can say they’ve seen them all. He’s my best friend and we are both very passionate about each other, within minutes of our first ever conversation we both agreed we felt like we had known each other forever and hopefully we are one of the lucky ones and our “old school” relationship will forever remain like that.

5.What’s your favourite colour?

I have a few but i’d probably say clothing wise, black, black and more black with a splash of red for good measure.  For my home i would say grey, cream and any other pastel colours that take my fancy at the time.

6.If you were to eat one food item for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Buttered Toast, Thick white bread, would never tire of it.

7.Who did you look up to growing up, and why?

Marilyn Monroe (apart from the being dead bit), i thought she was beautiful, the mystery surrounding her death mesmerised me and still does to this day.  She lived in an era i would kill to go back in time to, she was so glamorous and literally lit up a room.  I just thought she was timeless and i loved that about her, my obsession grew and grew and even at 35 years old i’m still transfixed on her life story and the red lipstick!!!!.

8.What’s your biggest wish in life?

To have a long, happy, healthy life and watch my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up into beautiful people with wonderful lives.

9. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes totally. I fell in love with my husband before i’d even met him (we spoke on the phone for 3 weeks before eventually meeting up) and i told him on our first date that i loved him and was going to marry him.  I wasn’t wrong!!!!!!

10. What are you most proud of in your life?

My children and the life I’ve built for them.

11.What’s been your favourite holiday destination so far?

Id say Florida, in my late teens my mum and dad took me there twice and the second time i was about to turn 18 and it was the last family holiday we had where it was just the three of us (i’m an only child).

So there are may questions answered, all that’s left to do now is nominate 11 fabulous blogs, which you will find below, click the links and have a good mooch, lets show them as much support as we can:

  1. tring tot spot
  2. Muma on the Edge
  3. Confessions of a working Mum
  4. Too much (mothering) Information
  5. Mother of all Lists
  6. Mama, Eden & Me 
  7. just saying mum
  8. bigbawdyburlybeauty
  9. Be healthy Live Happy
  10. yummy lummy
  11. Cate in the Kitchen 

For all you fabulous bloggers that i’ve nominated, here are my 11 questions to you:

  1. Other than blogging, what do you spend your day doing?
  2. What is your favourite blogger?
  3. Who inspires you in life?
  4. 3 desert Island foods?
  5. What is your best trait?
  6. What is your worst?
  7. What perks you up on a bad day?
  8. What item could you not live without in life?
  9. Who puts the biggest smile on your face?
  10. Whats your signature dish if you are cooking for friends and family?
  11. Whats your biggest dream for the future?

Now for the 4 very simple rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (that would be me).
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

That’s it, simple as!!!! hope you all enjoy taking part, i’m really looking forward to all the replies.  Please feel free to comment, all comments are welcome (apart from nasty ones but i’m sure we won’t have any of those!!!!)

Enjoy Purdey Makes 6 xxxxxx