A Life With Frills

Monday, 30 March 2015


I wanted to share with you a few accessories that I've picked up in the past week to update my wardrobe for Spring and the brighter weather.

I love this cute little orange crossbody bag (£35) from the SS15 Star by Julian McDonald collection at Designers by Debenhams. I'll be able to take this colour right through into Autumn too. It's just big enough to hold my phone, cards/money and makeup essentials; so perfect for a night out.

This bold pink and red heart print scarf (£8.99) from Flamingo Gifts is just my style. It's a 'happy' scarf, and I'm going to be wearing it all through Spring to add some colour and keep the inevitable winds out.

Finally, I got another scarf- this one has a cute delicate floral print, and I love the super-soft crinkled fabric. It's from the Country Rose collection at Edinburgh Woolen Mill, and is £12. I think both my new scarves go well with the orange bag too, don't you think?

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Sunday, 29 March 2015


This week I'm giving away one of my favourite products to one of my readers- Bare Minerals Stroke of Light (£22). Stroke of Light in shade Luminous 1, is a pink-toned under-eye brightening concealer that illuminates and diffuses dark circles. It's amazing, and an instant awakener.

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Thursday, 26 March 2015


Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness

I got the chance to review these new Yves Rocher day and night moisturising creams, and they intrigued me, so I jumped right in. First, they are France's No.1-selling skincare brand, and what do we always say about French women? Secondly, they are all-natural, with a focus on using home-grown botanicals.

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness Day Cream

I have been testing out both day and night creams (£29 each) from the Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness range. They promise to significantly reduce wrinkles, plump and firm skin, and hydrate. Now, I am only 30, and have no wrinkles yet, so I cannot comment on their effectiveness at tackling those that have already formed. I, however, wanted to try these creams out as a preventative measure, to keep my skin plump and firm.

Yves Rocher say that the star ingredient in these creams is mesembryanthemum crystallinum (otherwise known as the 'crystalline ice' or 'life plant'). It is supposed to stimulate the skin's protein and activate the cell mechanisms that fight wrinkles. Not being a scientist, I turned to skincare expert Charlotte Lewis from TestedBeauty.com to find out if this ingredient is actually 'all that', and it seems it is: "Found in South African desserts the 'life plant' has been picked up by beauty companies for its unusual skill of being able to adapt and grow in different conditions - an exciting anti-ageing ingredient. Extractions of the plant have been added to beauty products to stimulate proteins in the skin to reduce wrinkles and keep skin firm".

Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal Wrinkles & Firmness Night Cream

These botanical-scented creams have definitely made my skin feel very hydrated, and firmer too. My favourite is the thicker night cream, as in the morning following use, my skin is especially plump- like it's had a good drink of a healthy liquid.

I have long been an advocate of using both a day and a night cream, and I asked Charlotte what the differences were: "Most night moisturisers combat two things; anti-ageing and moisture. Thirsty skin will definitely benefit from a night moisturiser as the added nourishment overnight will leave skin feeling soft and supple...[night creams] do not have SPF in them and are generally thicker and more hydrating. Most night creams may have a higher level of active ingredients, as the skin is not exposed to the sun, therefore irritation is reduced and the product can work into the skin whilst you sleep".

If you are looking for a new skincare regime that will deeply moisturise and hydrate your skin whilst also offering anti-aging benefits, I'd definitely recommend giving these luxurious-feeling creams a try.

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