Can gold toothpaste give you a Hollywood smile? | My Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Gold Trial 

I’m one of those naughty people that will insist on doing all those things the dentist will tell you not to. 

I drink tea and coffee by the bucket load and will partake in more than the odd glass of red wine. I also hate Diet Coke so will always opt for the sugary version. 

In all honesty I don’t deserve a gleaming set of pearly white knashers. That doesn’t stop me wanting them though. Alas I am a bit of a sucker for any dental product that will claim to do just that for me. Consequently over the years I’ve tried my fair share of whitening toothpastes and bleaching strips. 

The later I can not get along with, they make me gag, so I now steer clear of them. 

I still haven’t  come across ‘the’ miracle toothpaste, they either taste vile, make my teeth feel sensitive or don’t actually perform that well.

Like a moth to the flame though my interest was peaked when I was offered the chance to try out Beverly Hills Formula’s  new Perfect White Gold toothpaste. 

Why? Well for a start it contains a very unique ingredient, real gold particles. 

Now that is one I definitely haven’t tried before! 

Intrigued by the science behind why Gold was an ingredient that would make a difference to my teeth I did a little bit of reading up on the subject. Let me tell you  some interesting facts. 

Gold has anti bacterial properties so is great for oral hygiene and fresher smelling breath. 

It also acts as an anti inflammatory and can increase blood flow so can help with achieving healthy gums! 
I didn’t know that! 

As well as containing gold particles Beverly Hills Formula has some other interesting reasons why it is better choice than other whitening toothpastes. 

Did you know that all toothpastes contain an abrasive? This is what provides the cleaning power but actually it can be damaging to our teeth. 

That Yellow appearance many of us Brits suffer from is actually caused by the wearing away of the tooths natural enamel.

In other words regardless of all the other whitening products you use if you have a lack of healthy tooth enamel they aren’t going to work.

Beverly Hills formula has been proven to be the least abrasive toothpaste, currently available on market, in independent tests. You can see results for yourself here

Beverly Hills Formula also contains Sodium Fluoride that actually helps to repair that vitally important tooth enamel whilst preventing the teeth from decay and providing protection from acid attacks. 

Healthy tooth enamel means the active whitening  ingredient hydrated silica can do its job, whilst Pentasodium Triphosphate prevents food settling in teeth and Tetrasodium phosphate helps to prevent tartar build up.

So science lesson over you probably are wondering whether any of this actually works. 

Whislt I cannot say scientifically if my tooth enamel is any healthier I can say that with three weeks of continuous usage so far that I have noticed a big difference in the appearance of my teeth. 

They do have much less of a yellowish tinge, appear less translucent, plus I haven’t experienced any sensitivity either.  I do feel my mouth as whole, feels cleaner and fresher. 

The toothpaste itself tastes nice, it reminds me of spearmint whopper bars. 90’s kids will know the sweets I’m talking about! 

The verdict then…..

I think the claims are true and I will be purchasing this toothpaste for the foreseeable future. 

There is one issue I have though and that is this is that this is not an easy product to find stockists for. I cannot find it listed at boots or superdrug?

The easiest option I’ve found is to purchase a double pack through this seller on Amazon.

Priced at £10.99 including prime shipping  it’s priced fairly when compared with the RRp. 

If you know any easier place for me to repurchase from do let me know. 

The 2017 bucket list

I’m not making any New Years resolutions this year. Why? Well I always break them, so I don’t actually see the point. Instead I’ve created myself a bucket list of 17 things I want to do in 2017. 

I’m not saying I’m going to complete every last one of the items on this list but I’m going to give it a damn good go. 

Some of the items on my list are very simple, others will take a bit of planning. It includes day trips to places that I have been saying I have wanted to visit for goodness knows how long, but never seem to have got around to.

There are some craft activities that I have had the materials at home to do for a crazy long time but still haven’t got round to tackling . 

If I just manage to get half of this list completed this year then I’m in for a fun 2017.

Here goes; 

  1. Go and see the Musical Wicked.
  2. Run 5k.
  3. Learn to cable knit. 
  4. Catch a wave. 
  5. Visit London Zoo.
  6. Take the kids to see ‘the changing of the guards’ at Buckingham Palace. 
  7. Try mashed avocado on toast. How can I claim to be a blogger and never have tried this? 
  8. Make an Origami Crane mobile. 
  9. Visit Tiptree Jam Museum.
  10. Visit Brighton, in particular ‘The Lanes’.
  11. Go for afternoon tea at The Ritz.
  12. Finishing reading the Harry Potter series with my Son. 
  13. Make a Pavlova.
  14. Make a skirt. I have had the material for this for about two years now. 
  15. Paint the bedroom. It hasn’t been done since we moved In ten years ago. I’m desperate to get it done this year. 
  16. Eat fish & chips out of the paper, whislt sat on the seafront and watching the sun go down. 
  17. Last but not least…Visit my family in Ireland. Even if it’s just for 1 night. It’s been far too long! 

So that is everything on my bucket list for 2017. Realistically none of it is that unachievable. I just need to stop putting things off. What do they say? You only live once! 

Diabetic Friendly Christmas Pudding 

Christmas can be a difficult time when you have special dietary requirements. Especially if your a bit of a foodie like my teenage son who has type 1 diabetes. 

This Cookbook written by Stella Bowling and published by diabetes UK had been a godsend since I discovered it. 

It contains some excellent recipes including this fail safe Christmas Pudding recipe, as well as recipes for Christmas cake and mince pies. 
This recipe is always a hit and you honestly cannot tell that it doesn’t contain any added sugar. Perfect! 

Ingredients 

100g plain wholemeal flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice 

100g soft margarine 

2 eggs, beaten 

1 lemon, grated rind and juice 

2tbs brandy

1 Apple, grated

2 large carrots, grated

100g wholemeal breadcrumbs 

50g chopped mixed nuts 

50g glacé cherries, rinsed and chopped 

175g currents

175g sultanas 

225g raisins 

(Makes 20 servings) 


Method 

In a very large bowl sift together the flour salt and spices. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well till evenly combined. 

Divide mixture between two pudding bowls (approx 1 1/2 pint) and cover with grease proof paper and then foil. Secure with string. 

Steam the puddings for approximately 4 1/2 hours. 

The puddings will keep for up to two weeks. Not as long as a traditional pudding, but that is because the sugar that would usually act as a preservative has been left out.

If you are looking for some more inspiration to keep mealtimes interesting whatever time of year I highly recommend checking this book out. 

As all the nutritional information has already been broken down for you it also makes carb counting simpler. 

Rave Review – Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer | #blogmas day 15

Approximately two years ago before starting this blog I attended my very first event, as guest to my already blogging sister Ashliegh. The event was hosted by Cosmopolitan magazine and held at Illamasqua’s flagship store in Beak Street, London. Until then I hadn’t heard of the brand Illamasqua but soon became hooked. One of the products demonstrated that night was their hydra veil primer. It looked amazing but at the time I wasn’t working so couldn’t afford to purchase any at the time. Since then it has remained on my wish list. 

You can imagine my excitement then to see this cute luxury sample size included in Decembers LookFantastic box. 

Priced at £32 for the full 30ml size, even though I’m working now, this is still very much a luxury item for me. It is being reserved for ‘going out out makeup only’. 

I’ve been ‘out out’ twice this past week as part of pre Christmas festivities so indulgently gave this little beauty a run for its money. Oh and boy has it been worth the wait! 

Hydra veil is very much a hybrid product. It is part primer and part skin hydrator. 

The main ingredients include microalgae, vitamins C and B3 that together provide hydration for the skin. 

It has a very unique Gelly like texture that feels very cooling and refreshing on the skin. I like to apply it using a stippling brush and pat it onto my skin. 


Once applied the skin feels super smooth and makes applying foundation so much easier. 

This is the perfect primer for those with skin that is beginning to age. I feel this helps to stop foundation and concealer settling  into my fine lines, especially around the eye area, and gives my makeup a flawless finish. 

I am wearing hydra veil under my makeup in the picture below and love how it looks. It stayed looking great all night even after a few too many beers. 

I might have been an embarrassing drunken oaf in the picture below but hey my foundation was perfect still. 

That picture does make me laugh! 

I’m so pleased I have had the chance to try out Illamasqua Hydra Veil and even more so that it hasn’t disappointed. I shall treasure my little luxury sample size pot keeping it for special occasions. In the mean time I will have to try and save up for a full size. 

1 Dress, so many ways to wear| Project 333

A couple of weeks ago I talked about my latest mad idea to drastically downsize my wardrobe by embarking on my own little project 333 journey. You can read more about what that actually is this blog post here

I am roughly 1 month in to the project and can honestly say this has been one of the most freeing things I have ever done. I am appreciating the items of clothing that I have in my wardrobe and actually enjoying the challenge of mixing and matching to create different looks with the same few clothes. 

One of my most worn pieces is this very basic dress from Joules. I love how versatile it is and the fact that I can create some very different looks with it. 

As it is such a simple shape the dress works well layered with different  jumpers giving it the appearance off a skirt. 

By simply switching out the jumper I wear I can achieve an entirely different look. 

Worn with a leather jacket and long boots this dress doesn’t look out of place heading to the pub either. 

The dress unfortunately is no longer available in the navy colour that I have, but it is still available in two other colours. Either a Grey or a salt wash blue that would  work equally well. 

I hope this post has given you some inspiration to get get the maximum use out of key items I your wardrobe. 

3 Disappointing Beauty Products | #blogmas 13

I have always been a bit reluctant to do a dedicated disappointing beauty products post as it seems a very negative thing to do and I try to keep this blog a positive space. Actually though it is just as important to share the dud products as it is the rave reviews. Not only does it demonstrate honesty but it also might save someone else from wasting their time and money on those duds. 

So enough waffling, here are 3 products I have been very disappointed with. 


L’OREAL Nude magique cushion foundation – 

When this was launched at the start of the year there was a lot of hype around  this foundation. It had been a while since any drug store brand had realeased anything that could be considered innovative. L,Oreal though was ahead of the game in just doing just that with the ‘cushion foundation’. 

Lots of high end brands have released their own version of the cushion foundation  including Mac, YSL and Lancôme. This promised to be a more purse friendly option. Though at £14.99 I still consider this to be expensive for a high street brand. 

Having had a play around with mine for the last month I can honestly say that I don’t ‘get the hype’. I find it difficult to apply enough product with the included sponge to satisfy covering flaws and even with a setting spray it wears off really fast. 

I know this is supposed to a very natural looking light weight finish so perhaps my coverage issue is personal preference, I do expect my foundation to stay put though.

 I also have issues with how little product you get for the price. £14.99 is at the top end of the scale for drug store foundations. It doesn’t actually say on the packaging how much product you are getting for your money, just 14.6g e. In other words no  fluid quantity and this probably includes the weight of the sponges. 

As a consumer you are actually paying for a fancy pants packaging delivery system rather than any product. It is not good value for money. Pheww!! That turned into a bit of a rant. 

Natural Collection Brow Gel dark brown – 

Priced at just £1.99 I had such high hopes for this product as a budget friendly alternative to some of the more expensive brow products on offer. 

It’s not a terrible product but it is a pain in the arse. Application wise it’s great the problem I have is it smudges like a Son of a B! When I was using my Urban Decay all nighter setting spray to set it down it was fine. Since running out of that and using the brow gel with my other options I’m experiencing major smudging again. 

Basically It is far too much of an effort to make this product work hence its made its way to the disappointing product list. Sorry natural collection I usually love your products! 

Avon Advance Techniques Large Barrel Brush – 

So this is the second of these brushes I have had. The first one I sent back thinking perhaps I had just received a dud. Nope! The second brush has recently done exactly the same. Though it did last longer this time. 


As you can see from my picture the glue securing the barrel to the handle keeps coming away. Now I’m not particularly rough with a hair brush, but I do like to pull tight when I rotate the brush so I get a sleek blow dry. I can only assume the glue is melting with the heat of my hairdryer?? However I only ever use it on a medium heat setting so why is this happening?? Im chalking this up as ‘not fit for purpose’. 

Have you tried any of these products and experienced any issues? Maybe you love them so let me know how you make them work for you. 

Lookfantastic December Beauty Box | #blogmas Day 4 

For the past year I have subscribed to LookFantastic’s Beauty Box. As I’m trying to limit the amount of beauty products I have waiting to be used at home I won’t be renewing my subscription. The December #LFxmas box then will be my last. Ironically it is probably one of the best boxes I have received from LookFantastic this year. 

So what’s inside? 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer – I have wanted to try this primer for so long but couldn’t justify spending out £32 on it . I was ridiculously excited to see this in December box then. It is a generous 6ml deluxe sized sample so should give me a chance to throughly try it out.

The Primer has an almost jelly like texture and contains a blend of Vitamin C and B3 and skin nourishing micro algae. My first impressions are very very good. I used this yesterday and my make looked and stayed flawless till I removed it. I’ll let you know my further thoughts after a couple of weeks using this. 

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I have used this pre-shampoo treatment many times before after receiving it in other beauty subscription boxes. It does a great job of adding bounce and volume to my hair without any stickiness. Again the rrp of this product is high so I’m always delighted to receive it in a box. 

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash – Balance me is brand that I tried before and enjoyed. I haven’t tried this cleanser before though so am happy to have the opportunity to try it out. 

It contains grapefruit and frankincense oils which help to gently reduce skin congestion and blemishes. I can often find anti blemish cleansers too harsh for my skin so am hopeful that this will work for me. 

BUBBLE T Bath Bomb – I love a bathbomb so was really pleased to see this included in the box. 

It is free from parabens and SLS so suitable for those with sensitive skin. I can’t comment on the scent yet as it is in a sealed packet but it is Hibiscus and Acai Berry Tea scented. 

Skin Republic Caviar and CoQ10 Sheet Mask – I’m a huge sheet mask fan. This contains an interesting balance of ingredients so I’m expecting it to be good. Caviar is rich in vitamins that provide hydration, whislt Witch Hazel helps to fight blemishes. I’m not sure what CoQ10 is but is is supposed to contribute to skin healthiness. 

Mello Cosmetics Madness Lipstick – I have not seen much from this brand before. So a lipstick is a good introduction to the brand. It is a New Zealand based cruelty free brand that is suitable for vegans and free from parabens. 

This looks like is a true matte red lipstick in the bullet but swatches a little bit on the pink side of red. 

The #LFxmas is such a great box so im finishing my subscription on a high note. There isn’t one product I won’t use. The stand out product for me has to be the Illamasqua hydra veil as it’s been on my wish list for about two years. I will let you know soon how I get on with it over a longer period of time. 

Pre Party Beauty Prep | #Blogmas Day 3

With the Christmas Holiday season rapidly approaching those long awaited parties are starting to happen. I have 3 to attend in the space of a week yay! Obviously then I want to look my best so I have been indulging in some pre party beauty treats. 

My nails really have been shocking of late so were desperately crying out for some TLC. Now was a good time to try out these Strengthen Nail & Cuticle Finger Mask by 7th Heaven. 


These little finger masks are part of the 7th heaven spa range and are aimed at people with damaged nails. That will be me then! 

The pack contains a full set of paper finger masks which contain a blend of Argan and macadamia oils as well as anti-oxidant rich pomegranate extract. 


They looked like they would be very fiddly  to apply but actually they weren’t too bad. I found the best thing to do was pre open all the masks before applying on any of my fingers. Also be aware that they are sized to fit individual fingers and thumbs so don’t mix them up. The finger ones will not fit on your thumbs. 

After relaxing for 15 minutes you then remove the masks and massage the residue into your nails.

This left my nails looking far less dry and brittle making applying my manicure so much easier. Even my cuticles needed little work. 

Priced at £2.49 and available from Ocado and Primark these are a purse friendly treat perfect for when you are in the mood for making that little bit more effort before a special occasion. 

Whilst all the was happening I also used a Moisture Bomb Tissue mask from Garniers  new skin active range. 

This is the perfect inexpensive treat to rehydrate your skin leave it looking extra radiant. 

Key ingredients include Hyalauranic acid, pomegranate extract and plant serum. It is super comfortable and refreshing to wear and really does provide an indulgent pampering session. 

I’ve used these masks a couple of times and love how soft and smooth my skin always feels afterwards. Perfect then for applying flawless party make-up. 

These are so cheap at just the usual rrp of £1.99 and are available from plenty of different retailers. Boots currently have them on offer for 99p so its worth picking up a couple like I did yesterday. I haven’t left a link to Boots.com though as they are not currently on the website. 

Do you have any pre party beauty rituals? If you have any recommendations for budget beauty treats I’d love to hear them. 

The Bloggersxmas2016 Event | #Blogmas Day 2

A couple of weekends ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the #bloggersxmas held at Finches Pub in Finsbury Square, London. 

After getting completely lost, with no Internet connection on my phone so I couldn’t even check google maps,  I finally arrived about 20 minutes late. The hubby had to talk me through directions over the phone in the end! 

Anyway, late and slightly flustered I was greeted by jasmine and Kirsty, authors of Soeursdeluxe.com, who organised the event. They were lovely and very welcoming. 

The event was a chance to meet up with other bloggers and to meet some exciting brands. After a glass of refreshing Apple punch I had a little wander around the brands showcases. There was a good mix of brands I already new and some new discoveries. Here is a quick round up of the best. 

Online boutique  Mikko specialise in luxury fashion created by talented designers from across Europe.

I loved the simplicity of their dresses and super chunky knitwear. Some of the pieces were modelled by Mikko’s representatives who kindly posed for photos. (Sorry I forgot your names) Don’t they look fab though! 

This is defiantly a brand I will be checking out in the future. 

Aromand is a British brand based in Berkshire that create luxury hand made candles, reed diffusers and room sprays. 


The scents are unique and very sophisticated. I had the chance to have a chat with Sue who develops the scents and makes the products. 

She takes inspiration from her husband who is a chef and adopts a similar approach to recipe development when creating new scents. 

My favourite has to be Berries and Black Pepper. Berry scents can often be too sweet and overpowering for me but the addition of black pepper adds a balanced spiciness to the fragrance. 

All of her products are beautifully gift wrapped as well. 

I’m gutted my photography was not up to scratch on the day as it really doesn’t do the brand justice. 

Jewelled Buddha is a brand that has captured my heart. I’m saving my pennies so I can purchase one of their handcrafted sari necklaces in the near future. 

All of the scarves and necklaces are created from repurposed saris meaning each piece is one-of-a-kind. 

Jewelled Budda works in partnership with Indian based social enterprise, Wandering silk, ensuring the skilled women who create each necklace and scarf are paid a fair wage, experience regular employment and safe working conditions. 

The brand is truly inspiring in its promotion of zero waste and empowering of women. 

Annoyingly I was so busy chatting to Harjit about the brand and its work I totally forgot to take any photos of the gorgeous necklaces and scarfs. Do check out their website though here.

I have always been a fan of Joe Browns who were at the event showcasing their Christmas collection. It is Beautiful, with a capital B. 

Other creatives showcasing at the event included; the very talented Sheena Bulsara who creates one-of-a-kind jewellery, Katherine Ellizerbeth Millinery and Gia who were displaying their soon to launch collection of clutch bags. 

Sheena Bulsara’s piece inspired by her time living in Paris
Hats created by Katherine Elizerbeth Millinery


The event was sponsored by jewellerybox.co.uk who provided the bags for our goody bags we were lucky to receive. We were gifted by brands including skinfix, freeman beauty, popband, PNY, yankeecandle and my beauty matches. 


I will let you know how I get on with some of these goodies in the future. Spoiler alert though, I’m already loving the Burt’s Bees lip balm and skinfix handcream. 

5 Stylish Christmas jumpers | #Blogmas Day 1 

So I’m kicking of #blogmas with a round up of some of the best Christmas jumpers available on the high street. 

I love a Christmas jumper but I’m not a huge fan of anything too gaudy. This selection of jumpers have that festive feel whilst still looking super stylish.  

This first one I’m in love with, it’s so pretty! Alas I will be refraining from purchasing one as it doesn’t fit in with my project333. See I’m committed! 

Sequin Graphic Reindeer Sweater – Hollister £29.

Slogan Sweater – Topshop £34.


Sequin Gingerbread man Sweater – Topshop £36.

Strictly speaking this next one isn’t a Christmas jumper. It has the feel of one though and who could resist the star of John Lewis’s Christmas advert ‘Buster the dog’? 

 

Buster the Boxer Sweater -John Lewis £49.

Who knew a Christmas jumper could be ‘dressy’? This one from Coast at John Lewis proves that they can be. 


Black festive embellishment jumper – Coast @ John Lewis £79

This is my Christmas Jumper for 2016. It is from Joules so I can wear it at work. Unfortunately it’s not actually on the website at the moment as they had a half price offer on Cyber Monday so most of the sweaters sold out. I know there are still some available in store though. 

 I love it as its a little bit cheeky!



Game Bird Sweater – Joules £49.95. 

Do you like a Christmas jumper? Are you a gaudier the better or do you like to keep it simple? 

Image sources: retail websites for illustration purposes 

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