Tried and Tested: Maui Moisture Bamboo Fibers Collection

As some of you probably know, I really enjoy trying new hair products.  A couple of weeks ago, I came across the Maui Moisture range. The range consists of shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments. What really intrigued me was that all Maui moisture products are made with 100% pure aloe juice and are infused with pure Coconut Water instead of regular water. The range doesn’t include any:

  • mineral oils
  • silicones
  • sulfate surfactants
  • synthetic dyes

There are five ranges available however as I have fine hair, I decided to try the Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Collection.

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The range helps to enhance and strengthen your hair and gives a fuller-looking hair that smells amazing and looks healthy. It consists of:

  • Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Shampoo (385 ml)
  • Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Conditioner (385 ml)
  • Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore Bamboo Fibers Blow-out mist (236 ml)

The unique blend of aloe vera juice, infused with coconut water, bamboo fibers, castor oil and neem oil helps to strengthen hair and encourage healthy-looking glow.

Result:

If you are looking for a natural, vegan friendly range of hair care then you should definitely give ‘maui moisture’ a go. The range not only smells sensational but it also helps you to gently cleanse, restore and rejuvenate your hair. My hair looks fuller and feels thicker and stronger and I’ve only been using it for slightly over 2 week now.

Give it a go!

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Ross & Ross – Wedding Anniversary Foodie Gift Idea

It is our first wedding anniversary next week. My husband is a git of a computer geek so he requested some vouchers so he can buy a new gaming equipment. I wanted to also get him something he can enjoy straight away and as both myself and my husband are massive foodies I decided to get him The XL Man Box from Ross and Ross.

Company:

Ross & Ross is a small, multi award winning fine food company based in the Cotswolds. It specializes in Wedding & Event Catering and Handmade British food gifts. The company has just won 2 stars in The Great Taste Awards for their BBQ Salt and The Cotswold Pig-the beer that goes into a lot of the hampers. In addition, Ross and Ross won some other awards including:

  • Winner of ‘Gift of the Year’ Food & Drink Award 2017 (Homemade Curing Kit, Salmon)
  • Finalists of Best Independent Retailer Award at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

The owners Ross Bearman and Ross Whitmill share a passion for great British food. They have worked in the fine food industry for over 15 years. Their website offers a range of fine-food gift boxes and last year they expanded the popular Man Box collection to include a cider variety in addition to launching The Homemade Curing Kit.

Who are the boxes for?

The boxes are suitable for any male that enjoy a quality food and beverage. Ross & Ross range ranges from themed Father’s Day and Wedding boxes (for Ushers, Best Man, Father of the Bride) to generic boxes suitable for any occasion.

I decided to get my husband The XL Man Box described on the website as:

‘It’s BIG, it’s spicy and totally separates the men from the boys.’

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The XL Man Box contains:

  • Premium Cotswold Lager, 5.0% 330ml Made by The Cotswold Brewing Co, Bourton on the Water. A smooth, subtle lager with a soft, fruity flavour. Additive free, preservative free and unpasteurised for the freshest, truest possible taste.
  • Cotswold Pig Ale, 4.4%, 500ml Made by Stratford-upon-Avon Brewery
  • British Charcuterie 100g – Original Salami Made by the Cotswold Curer, Cirencester. Artisan producer of salami and chorizo made from locally sourced free range pork in the Cotswolds.
  • British Charcuterie 100g – Spicy Chorizo Made by the Cotswold Curer, Cirencester. Artisan producer of salami and chorizo made from locally sourced free range pork in the Cotswolds.
  • Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling – Original 60g Pork Scratchings made from 100% prime British pork skin from the finest British pigs.
  • Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling – Jalapeno Chilli 60g Pork Scratchings made from 100% prime British pork skin from the finest British pigs.
  • Plum Chutney 115g jar Slow cooked Cotswold plums with spices and apples. A great all-rounder for cheeses and terrines.

Prices:

All Ross & Ross boxes are reasonably priced and offer a great selection of gifts ranging from £20-40.

Please refer to the website for more details.

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Tried and Tested: Paul Mitchell Limited Edition STYLE DUOS

I love trying new hair products and today I would like to tell you about a limited edition style Duos from ‘ON THE HORIZON’ Paul Mitchell’s range.

Paul Mitchell launched 3 different styling duos to meet the needs of its clients:

  1. Refresh and boost
  2. Stay Smooth
  3. Voluminous Vibes

I decided to try 2 of these limited edition sets.

Firstly, I tried ‘Refresh and boost’ set consisting of:

  • Paul Mitchell’s ‘Super Skinny’ Serum – this lightweight serum conditions your hair and leaves them shiny and silky. It creates frizz-free effect in any weather. In addition, this serum also speeds up drying so you will get lovely smooth results in less time. It comes in a handy 150ml bottle with a pump.
  • Paul Mitchell’s ‘Hot Off The Press’ -is a great heat protector so if you style your hair often then you should definitely try it. It protects your hair from damage caused by heat styling and boosts your hair’s strength.

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Secondly, I tried ‘Stay Strong’ hairspray and ‘Dry Wash’ that are part of the ‘Refresh and Boost’ set.

  • Paul Mitchell’s ‘Express Dry Stay Strong Hairspray’ is a strong-hold spray that offers the ultimate style support and provides maximum control and volume. I really love this product as it holds my hair perfectly in place and adds extra movement to it.
  • Paul Mitchell’s ‘Dry Wash’. This is definitely the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It has a lovely, clean hair smell and it leaves my hair looking like they’ve just been washed. It is colourless so it is ideal for anyone and it doesn’t matter what colour hair they have. It is suitable for all hair types and it makes my hair look beautiful and fresh.

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Result:

No matter what your styling concerns are, Paul Mitchell’s limited edition sets provide something for anyone. I’ve been using them for a while now and it would be difficult to move back to using any other products. I truly recommend them and as the products come in summer limited edition sets you are able to buy them at the special price now.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Charlotte’s Web Jewellery – perfect anniversary gift

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Lots of you are asking me for an advice on what to get for your partner’s birthdays, anniversaries etc. As my 1st wedding anniversary approaches, I am also struggling to find something that my husband will like and enjoy. On another note, I have recently helped my colleague to find a perfect anniversary gift for his wife from Charlotte’s Web Jewellery collection.

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Designer:

Charlotte’s Web began to create her own bespoke collection of jewellery and clothing after one her trips to India. She started promoting her range during the intimate jewellery parties and on the London markets. Charlotte’s passion for travel, adventure and fashion is reflected in her designs.

Collection:

Charlotte´s Web jewellery collection aims to aid mindfulness and creating contemporary yet bohemian style pieces which have strong spiritual connections. She uses the powerful gemstones, which have been recognised for centuries as having healing, empowering or calming qualities means that our jewellery is not simply designed to enchant the eye, but to sustain personal strength and growth at the same time.

Charlotte´s Web jewellery collection includes pendants, earrings, rings, bangles. All pieces are created consciously in India by talented local craftsmen who are treated well and fairly paid.

Charlotte’s collection is perfect for a gift especially if you are celebrating an important milestone in your marriage.

  • 7th Year – Copper – there is a lot of jewellery in Charlotte’s collection that features copper.
  • 25th – Silver – all of Charlotte Web’s jewellery is handmade from Sterling Silver.
  • 30th – Pearl – Charlotte uses Pearls in a lot of her designs.

Who is it for?

Charlotte´s Web’s jewellery pieces can be worn by anyone. Her pieces are modern, chic and combine unique, enchanting designs with well-being. I ordered a couple of items from the website:

  • Rajput half hoop mixed metal earrings.
  • Rajput mixed metal spinning charm necklace.

They are both made from sterling silver 925 including posts & butterfly backs, Brass, Copper & Turquoise. They arrived in a lovely white box and were wrapped up some black tissue paper.

Prices:

Charlotte´s Web’s jewellery collection is reasonably priced and offers a great selection of gifts ranging from £25.

Please refer to the website for more details.

Website:

https://charlotteswebuk.com

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: Paul Mitchell’s Limited Edition Hair Brushes

Today I would like to tell you about a limited edition Hair Brushes from Paul Mitchell’s collection. They are bohoo-inspired to help you create festival ready looks at the comfort of your home and on the go.

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Paul Mitchell launched two summery hair brushes. I have fine, long hair I just love their Limited Edition 427 Paddle Brush. It is designed for medium to long hair styles and gives your hair a movement and volume that other brushes won’t. It is perfect for blow-drying my hair and it provides a nice, smooth finish. It is pretty lightweight to enable anyone, painless styling.

The second brush that Paul Mitchell launched this summer is a Limited Edition 413 Sculpting Brush. This brush is an essential in any handbag and its vibrant coral colour makes it looks very stylish. It detangles your wet or dry strands in no time. It is also great for blow-drying and finishing and as it is quite slim, it has a permanent place in my gym bag.

Result:

Paul Mitchell’s limited edition brushes are the new essential tools for anyone who wishes to get a nice, smooth finished styles and add some movement to their hair. They are this summer’s ‘must-have accessories’.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: Jan Marini Rejuvenate & Protect Duo

Today I would like to tell you about the Jan Marini Rejuvenate & Protect Serum and Moisturiser that I’ve tried recently. I love trying new products so I was really looking forward to trying this range.

Firstly, I applied C-ESTA Serum based on vitamin C and DMAE – a powerful antioxidant cocktail which neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage. Other ingredients of this serum include: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins (B6 & E), Tyrosine and Zinc. They are great if you wish to prevent premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. C-ESTA Serum is a perfect solution for younger, healthier looking skin and it protects your skin against future damage. In addition, Hyaluronic Acid stimulates collagen production for firmer, more resilient skin.

Secondly, I applied Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant over my Elemis moisturiser. It is a great weightless, daily face sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection. This invisible revolutionary shield offers unequalled skin protection against toxins and decrease the risk of cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant is fast-absorbing and it contains microscopic particles for additional oil control. It can be worn with or without makeup.

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Price:

£95.00 for both products and currently you can also get a free cleanser if you purchase a set.

Website:

https://www.dermacaredirect.co.uk/jan-marini-rejuvenate-protect.html

Overall result:

I have been using Jan Marini Rejuvenate & Protect Duo for over 3 weeks now. My skin looks radiant and has a more even tone. I have a combination skin so I was worried at first whether the products will be too heavy but they are both suitable for all skin types and absorb quickly.
My skin looks younger and I’ve already seen an improvement. My fine lines seem less visible and my skin is lastingly glowing with youthful beauty. I even declined to wear make-up over the weekend as I like how radiant and fresh I look.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Image Consultant Suggestions: High class work-wear for busy business women

If you are constantly worried about your work-wear choices and they give you unnecessary headache then this post is for you. The ultimate busy businesswoman wardrobe requires a combination of comfort, style and personal flair and it is all about finding what works for you. I put together a shortlist of few investment buys that will make you look polished and professional at the office.

A dress / a suit
The office is not the place for a fashion parade and if you are a busy business woman then you need to get a work-wear that is comfortable, flexible, doesn’t need to be dry-cleaned and doesn’t crease easily. In order to do so I would advise you to invest in a few high-quality suit or dress that is specifically designed for the busy businesswomen. I personally love wearing dresses and this Ralph Lauren is just perfect as it doesn’t crease, looks stylish and it can be worn with lots of different accessories.

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I recently took it on my business trip to Washington D.C. and it looked flawless and wasn’t creased after over 20 hours in my suitcase.

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I would suggest that you choose dresses (such as little black dresses) which can be easily transformed from smart to smart-casual so you can also use them for after work-drinks or visiting friends.
http://www.ralphlauren.co.uk/

Handbag
Finding the right handbag to carry all of your workday essentials that looks professional and stylish might be challenging. Knomo has the perfect solution if you are looking for simple and exclusive design. Knomo’s aim is to create bags and accessories tailored to suit the modern fashion-forward woman. I recently received a black leather Knomo Audley handbag which is just the right size to store all my office must-haves, laptop, cosmetic bag etc. besides looking really sleek and professional. I travel a lot and 99% of the time have problems with finding a high quality laptop bag. Knomo Audley bag combines both stylish handbag and a laptop bag in one simple and timeless design. The bag is made from the highest quality, soft leather.

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It bridges the gap between classic and chic making it ideal for the office, with build-up features like:
• Easy access front pockets with RFID blocking -perfect for storing your bank cards, phone etc. to protect you from the identity theft;
• Padded laptop section- it easily fits my Microsoft Surface laptop (14-inch) and a separate pocket makes it easy to grab on the go and kept separate from everything else that you carry in.
• Detachable strap- I personally prefer to use my bag without a strap however for these moments for when you want to be hands free, you can attach the strap and turn this handbag into a cross body bag.
The interior design of Knomo Audrey’s bag is all that you need. It has 2 exterior pockets (one with RFID blocking). The main section of Knomo Audrey’s bag has a padded segment laptop or 14-inch tablet as well as a zipped pocket for small items.

https://www.knomobags.com/

Comfortable shoes
I like wearing stylish heels but can you really manage wearing them all day long without ending up with tired feet? The answer is: I don’t think so. My solution to this is to wear stylish court shoes or designer heels for meetings with clients and having a pair of flats for when I busy around the office or on the move. Valentino’s ‘The Rockstud’ flats are a faultless solution and I absolutely loved their feminine, modern feel. For the last few months, it seems like I’ve been wearing them constantly as they are extremely comfortable. They come in a range of colours but I decided to get a pair from the beige and black palette. Valentino’s ‘The Rockstud’ flats are trimmed with gold pyramid studs which are galvanized to never lose their shine.

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They are a perfect alternative to hills or court shoes and look timelessly elegant to any of your the office.
They are quite costly (£585) but definitely worth the investment.
https://www.valentino.com/gb/shop/women/shoes

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I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline