Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Free Sample of Garnier B.B. Cream via Facebook!

Just sharing the love...

I had a flyer addressed to me in the mail today. Goodness knows how these companies get my address, but in all fairness to them 9 times out of 10 I am genuinely interested in the product they are trying to tempt me with. Today was Garnier's B.B. Cream. The flyer was advertising that on the Garnier UK facebook page you can sign up to receive a free sample of the cream in the mail. I've got a feeling it will probably be a pathetic little amount of product but hey, it's free and I've always wanted to try a B.B. cream after all the hype on youtube (I watch loads of makeup tutorials and hauls etc). So I signed up and, because I'm a nice person, I thought I would share it with you all :) Please note that the image below is the full size product and I am pretty sure that this is not what we will receive in the post!!

Log on to facebook and search for Garnier UK. 'Like' the page and then fill in your address details. They said that my sample will be with me in 4-12 days. Sorry if there are any international readers of my blog but I am assuming this particular offer is only available in the UK. You'd better hurry as there are only 230,000 samples to give away.

I will keep my eyes peeled for more freebies, until then...


Monday, 27 February 2012

Chemical Peel at Cyfoes Healthcare Ltd Skincare Specialists

Cyfoes Healthcare Ltd

The above information is copied from http://www.cyfoeshealthcare.com/. I have not asked for permission to use this information but hey, what company would say no to free advertising?

Anyways, this blog is about my amazing experience with Cyfoes Healthcare Ltd. I would like to add here that I am not paid by Cyfoes Healthcare to review their products and I paid for all my own treatments. I wanted to have some sort of facial treatment as I am obsessed with beauty and trying to stay young(ish) looking. I am too young for botox or anything along those lines, so I decided, after a consultation with the expert, to have a chemical peel.


I arrived at the premises and was given a warm and friendly welcome. The treatment started with a facial cleansing procedure. It feels like a face massage with some sort of liquid and it is then wiped off. Next comes the chemicals. For the whole treatment I had sticky things over my eyes, which feels a bit weird because you can't open your eyes, but it was ok. The chemical is painted on for a first layer, and dried with a fan, it feels tingly and lovely at this point. There is then a second and third layer of chemicals painted on, also dried with the fan. After this, a few layers of gauze (well it felt like gauze but I couldn't really be sure because my eyes were sort of sellotaped shut haha) were applied to my face. This is when the chemicals start to react and it heats up. It is not an unpleasant feeling, in fact I quite liked the slight burning sensation, it made me feel like it was actually doing some good. Throughout the 20 mins for which I had to keep the gauze on, the specialist (named Andrea) kept applying water to my face to stop the gauze drying out.

Following this, the gauze was taken off and the remainder of the chemicals were wiped away. Next came another really relaxing facial massage with a Vitamin C cream/gel, and finally an application of a moisturiser. I can honestly say it was the most relaxing thing I had ever experienced. Such a lovely calming atmosphere too. If I couldn't feel a few layers of my skin being melted off then I think I might have fallen asleep.

So... The aftercare? Immediately following the procedure my face felt really tight. It was a little red and blotchy which lasted the rest of the day but was gone by the following morning. But oh my days my face felt soft! I couldn't stop feeling my cheeks all day long. They didn't feel like my own cheeks! I was told to apply an SPF25 moisturiser every day (which I have stuck to religiously). A couple of days later I started to peel. It was a bit like peeling off sunburn. It didn't hurt at all and the peeling only lasted 2-3 days. I came out in a couple of spots on my cheek but I had previously read that this was normal as the peel draws all of the toxins out of your skin.

It has now been just over a week since I had my treatment. My face still feels softer than it was before but not as soft as that first day. Even though I didn't have any wrinkles, my face does look a bit different somehow, like in better condition, sort of glowing. I have booked a further 2 peels with about 2 months apart between each. Can't wait for the next one.
The downside? I honestly didn't have any bad experiences. I have read horror stories of chemical peels but I can only go by my own experience which was an extremely relaxing facial massage with what I feel have been very positive outcomes.

The price: I got my peels for £30 each and I booked a course of three peels which came to £90. The peels are normally a bit more expensive than this but I booked them whilst they were on offer for a limited time. Score! :-D The webiste has been under construction lately and I remember asking if the products (such as the vitamin C gel) would be sold by them if we wanted to purchase them separately. Andrea, the specialist, said that all of the products used (apart from the chemicals) would be avaliable to buy on the website soon. Happy days!! I think I have remembered to cover everything here. If there is anything else you would like to know about my experience of a chemical peel, leave a comment below.

You can find Cyfoes Healthcare on Facebook by clicking here.
You can also follow them on Twitter by clicking here.

Hwyl Fawr!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

A Brand Spanking New Start!

Happy Days!!

Well for all of you who still occasionally visit my blog, you will have noticed that the last eight years or so of my life have completely disappeared. That's right! I pressed the delete button (on purpose) and subsequently wiped out almost a decade of my life.

I did this for various reasons... 1) My posting became very sporadic due to work commitments, and I know that this is very frustrating for regular readers. By starting afresh I hope to give myself the well-needed kick up the backside and get back into regular posting. 2) I have changed. Yes. Now before you start thinking I'm going to launch into a spiel about how I have "found myself" or something along those lines, I'll tell you it's much more simple than that. My previous blog was, for the most part, a day to day diary of my student life at university. At the time it satisfied me to post about these things, and I had a LOT of free time to do so, but my life has moved on and my parents now no longer need to check my blog to see what I've been getting up to at the weekends in uni. I have new interests now, and I have better things to moan about than approaching essay deadlines. Don't get me wrong, university was fun, but looking back at my rather random posts I realised that if even I was bored reading them then it was likely that my readers were stifling yawns as they read also. 3) Thirdly, most of my university shenanigans are better forgotten. Leave them in the past where they belong, and leave no written trail :-)

It was strangely theraputic to press that "delete all posts" button. I did it with nervousness, trepidation and a shaking finger. But I did it. So what's in store for the new blog? I have become dangerously obsessed with makeup (well dangerous for my bank balance anyway!). So expect a lot of hauls and reviews in the coming months. Also beauty related, my Sister-in-Law (a qualified nurse) has just done extra training to be able to do non-invasive cosmetic surgery. This includes procedures such as botox and dermafillers, chemical peels and microdermabrasions to name but a few. I couldn't wait to have some 'work' done, so I'll be letting you know what  had done, how much it cost and what the results were like. The other hobby I would like to share with my readers is my love of card-making. I don't get as much time to create my cards as I would like, but when I do I will post pictures along with the tools/materials used plus the method. Another LOVE of mine is shopping. Yes, I shop too much. No I probably cannot afford the amount I buy hence the reason for half of it ending up on Ebay (another obsession!). Therefore I am sure there will be shopping blogs aplenty here. Finally... I like lists. I think it's called OCD. I write lists for absolutely everything, some are very useful, some are downright silly (even though I realise this, I still write them anyway). So it is my guess that half of my lists will end up published on here for the world to see - and laugh at me for it, but I don't care. Oh and finally, finally... There may be occasional soppy blogs where I gush about the love of my life Rohit Thapa. I will warn you in advance when these are approaching so you can get the sick buckets ready. (But he really is amazing!).

Well, I think that's long enough for a first post. My reintegration into the Blogosphere. Take care for now, until next time. Feel free to comment if there is anything that has caught your attention here and you would like me to blog about it. Saying that, I've got a funny feeling all my regular readers have abandoned me - I don't blame them!

Ciao for now ;-)