A Life With Frills

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

BEAUTY REVIEW: THE BODY SHOP DROPS OF YOUTH BOUNCY SLEEPING MASK

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Review

I love this. Really love it. Did I mention that I love this? I've read so many mixed reviews, and I honestly think most of the negative ones are down to people not understanding how to use and apply this fabulous product.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Review

Yes, the texture is odd and won't be like anything you've seen before. I liken it to a wobbly panna cotta dessert; where if you stick your finger in and make a hole, it will bounce back into shape.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask Texture

All you need to do is use the enclosed spatula to scoop a spatula-end sized amount out (about the size of a 5p coin) let it melt between your hands for a second, then massage into your face like you would a night cream. It is a very cooling treat.

It won't absorb easily like a moisturiser would however, but will leave an almost thin 'film' on your face that at first is quite wet and sticky. I put it on around 30 minutes before going to sleep i.e. letting my face touch the pillows, as this time allows it to absorb into the skin and mostly dry; leaving just a slightly tacky (but not unpleasant) invisible coating on your face.

In the morning, just wash your face as normal and you'll be instantly pleased with the results. This product is incredibly hydrating, and leaves my skin super-smooth and bouncier. It also really glows and looks very healthy after using it. I really can't rate it highly enough.

It contains Edelweiss stem cells that are known to be cell-renewing, and has a refreshing light plant-like smell. If your skin needs a boost of goodness, this is for you. It would be amazing during a long-haul flight too.

Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask costs £22 and is available from The Body Shop. You only use a tiny amount at a time, so this huge 90ml pot will last you ages.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

HAVING A RELAXING CHOCOLATE BREAK

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As you may know by now, I work from home as a fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel journalist and blogger. It's really important for me to seperate the working section of my day at home from my own personal time at home; so at the end of the working day (usually around 6.30pm) I like to take some time out for myself.

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Camille pyjamas review

To wind down I must, firstly, have comfy warm pyjamas on. I am currently loving these taupe ones from Camille (on sale now for £11), as they are so soft and cosy. Plus, they have long sleeves as I get cold very easily. I also need a good book, and something sweet to eat. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I designed three custom chocolates bars (£14.95) on the Chocolat Chocolat website- they are delicious and packed with all my favourite flavours. The chocolate is such good quality and creamy. I had the first bar made of milk chocolate and topped with caramelised pistachios, white chocolate buttons and sea salt; and a second milk chocolate bar topped with white chocolate biscuit balls, milk chocolate honeycomb balls and meringue. Finally, I made my third bar white chocolate and had it topped with coconut flakes, caramelised almonds and dried raspberries. They are truly luxurious, and I will definitely order from Chocolat Chocolat again. Beware if you are ordering the customised bars for a present however; as they do take around two weeks to make and deliver.

Once i'm settled down on the sofa, i'll just spend half an hour reading (and eating chocolate) before getting dinner sorted and watching the soaps on TV.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

SUFFERING FROM HAIR LOSS? LET HAIR TRANSPLANT GLASGOW FIND THE TREATMENT FOR YOU

This is a sponsored post for Hair Transplant Glasgow.


Hair Transplant Glasgow acts as the middle-man between you and their partner hair transplant clinics in Glasgow and Scotland. They offer a free consultation to point you in the right direction, and a whopping (up to) £2000 free voucher towards the cost of your treatment at one of these clinics. How, I hear you ask! Well, I spoke to the Hair Transplant Glasgow team to find out why they do what they do and how it works...

Why did you want to start the Hair Transplant Glasgow business?

Hair Transplant Glasgow started off as an idea during the Summer of 2014. Due to the relationship we have with a particular hair transplant clinic in Scotland, we thought 'why not offer that benefit to other people who are experiencing hair loss and are looking for a treatment that will ensure natural looking results and will stand the test of time'. This is when HTG was born. We decided to offer this benefit in the form of a voucher that is worth up to £2000 off the cost of the hair transplant treatment.
We have friends who have experienced hair loss and we know the psychosomatic implications that it can have on a person. Due to this, we decided on a implementing a voucher website, meaning that the savings can be passed along to the client; making it a much more cost-effective option for people to regain their lost hair and confidence.

People will say that up to a £2000 voucher is too good to be true- so how does it work? How do you partner with clinics to be able to offer them this?

The voucher we offer is up to £2000. The amount the client receives is dependent on the treatment that they require, which is discussed at the free consultation. Each client is different and so the voucher is individually tailored. 
We are able to offer this to clients because of the relationship we have built up with our partner clinics. We receive a discounted rate due to this relationship, which we then pass along to the client in the form of a downloadable voucher. This voucher contains a unique code to them and is also passed along to the clinic automatically so that the client doesn't need to worry about producing the voucher at the appointment. This discount level is based on the treatment required by the client.

What sort of hair loss solutions can be provided by the clinics you partner with?

There are 3 types of hair transplant solutions that we provide to clients who book through our website:

· DHI (Direct Hair Implantation): this is the method we recommend to most of our clients as it carries the best results with the least amount of pain. For more information on this method go to our DHI page.

· FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction): this method is the next best; however it is more prone to leaving 'hole-like' scars in the scalp. 

· FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant aka “Strip Method”): this method is the oldest method and the least used method by our clients. The main reason being that a large scar is left across the 'donor' area of the scalp.

How does suffering from hair loss affect your clients? It must be different between men and women?

As mentioned earlier, the effects are psychosomatic to both genders. They differ depending on personal circumstances; but the general consensus is as follows: 

· Visible signs: these include bald patches, thinning of hair and generally a lack of hair in affected areas of the scalp and/or moustache, beard, eyebrows. 

· Invisible signs: these vary in intensity; but the general feelings are of a loss of confidence/self-esteem, feeling like people are staring at the affected area, anger, self-blame, sadness and even depression and anxiety. These are all psychological signs that people cannot 'see' but are deeply embedded.

Why is the free consultation beneficial to your clients, and what happens during it?

The main diagnosis happens when a client meets with a hair transplant specialist. The specialist will examine all the areas of the client's scalp to determine whether they are suitable for the transplant procedure. We thought about adding a picture field in our form (which we might include at a later date); but currently we believe that by seeing the specialist in person, it provides a bigger benefit to the client. The main reason is because the hair loss specialist will be able to examine all of the scalp in order to determine not only where and how much hair has been lost, but also the 'donor' area capacity- this is the area (usually round the side of the scalp) where hair can be transplanted from and determines whether the client is in a position to proceed or not.

Image Credit: Hair Transplant Glasgow