Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

Favourites | April 2017

Hello and welcome to a new series on my blog! Here I will be rounding up my monthly favourites from the previous month. April was a busy one for me in terms of trying out new products – I received some new things for my birthday and was also sent a few little PR packages. I hope you enjoy this roundup – let me know your favourites from April too – I love discovering new things!

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo 18 Colour Eyeshadow and Lipstick Palette

My husband bought me this beautiful eyeshadow and lipstick combo palette from BH Cosmetics and Shaaanxo. Shaaanxo is one of my favourite beauty gurus from YouTube and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check her out – her tutorials are incredible!

The palette contains 9 eyeshadows (3 matte and 6 shimmer) and 9 stunning lipstick colours. I am just in love with this palette – it’s perfect for everyday wear and the pigmentation on the shadows is incredible. The palette is an amazing price on BeautyBay.com too – just £18.00 with free delivery. I highly recommend this one. You can buy your own here.

100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil

This was another birthday gift from my lovely husband. I had been after some of this oil for a while as I heard that it does wonderful things for your skin. As the only plant in the world known to produce a wax similar to our own skin’s sebum, it is able to penetrate deep into the skin.  It also contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, and Vitamin A, D and E. I use it on my face every other evening and I can’t believe the effect is has had already, in just a matter of weeks. It has reduced redness on my cheeks, I have had less breakouts on my chin and forehead and my skin is just amazingly smooth and soft. I’m so impressed! I know that my husband purchased this from Holland and Barrett, but you can pick one up online here.

SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara

As I am currently on unpaid maternity leave, money is pretty much non-existent. So when I ran out of mascara, I desperately searched the web for a good and cheaper alternative. I came across a few reviews of this SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD mascara and I have to agree with the good ratings. I have very short and stumpy lashes, so I’m always looking for a mascara that will add length to the lashes, without weighing them down. This one separates my lashes and makes them extra long. I’ll use it in a tutorial soon! You can buy yours here.

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts – Goddess of Love Highlighter

I cannot stop wearing this highlighter. It is so beautiful. It’s gold with a peachy/pink reflect. It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. You get 10g of product, which will last you a long time. Once again, this product is available at my favourite beauty website – TAM Beauty here. You can also purchase it at Superdrug.

Makeup Revolution Duo Brow Pencil Light Brown

I always prefer to draw on my eyebrows with a pencil and was excited to try this Makeup Revolution one. I got it in the shade light brown, which is actually a perfect match for me. I really like that it has a little spooly brush on the end. It’s always good to start your eyebrow routine the right way by brushing your brows into place. Once again, this pencil has excellent pigmentation and very little product is needed on each eyebrow. Buy yours here.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit – Ultra Fair C01

Oh my goodness, this little kit is fantastic! It is just £3 and for this you get a lot of pigment for your money! The kit contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush. I originally bought this for the blush, which is pink with a stunning peach reflect. It really warms up the skin and gives a healthy glow. However, I have also been reaching for the bronzer everyday as it’s a gorgeous tone on my skin. And now for the highlighter… It’s blinding! I think it is actually one of the most pigmented and stunning highlighters in my whole collection (and I own a lot of them!). Buy yours here

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Vow

These new lipsticks from Makeup Revolution really remind me of the Charlotte Tilbury ones, but are a fraction of the price at £4. They are velvety soft and glide onto the lips. I have it in the shade Vow, which is a brown nude. This is very long wearing and I find it to be nourishing on my lips. I’m hoping to buy a couple more shades from the range in the future. Buy yours here.

Oh K! Sweet Peach Detangle BrushOh K! Sweet Peach Detangle Brush

This cute little detangling brush was from my sister, on my birthday. It smells like peaches! It is so adorable and just shows how well my sister really knows me – I love anything with a cute, happy face on it! It also does a good job of detangling my crazy hair too. I love it!  Buy one for yourself here.

Other favourites this month include –

Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

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Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette Night | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

Benecos Natural Beauty – Product Reviews

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Kerry x

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Essibea | Unique and Pretty Pieces for your ‘Girl-Cave’ 

A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely message on Instagram from Stacey of the online store Essibea asking to share one of my photos of her shop page. I felt so flattered that someone liked both my photography and the makeup look I had created (see the look here). This was also a huge compliment because Stacey is super talented herself – her online store is beautiful, with carefully selected quirky and unique products, all shown off perfectly with her brilliant photography. Stacey was lovely enough to send me a box of treats and I thought I’d share a few with you today!

Beauty Junky Vanilla Lip Balm

I’ve owned this lip balm before and was so sad when it ran out. My local Boots stores don’t stock it anymore, so I couldn’t get my hands on a replacement. I was so happy to see that Essibea sell them though! Along with other Beauty Junky products, including other flavours of balm and hand creams. This lip balm is so adorable to look at – I just love the rose gold packaging and the domed balm inside. It is very softening on the lips too. Also in this photo you can see a keyring from Sass & Belle and door sign, both from Essibea (not currently on the website). Buy your lip balm here.

Mermaid Makeup Brush

This is by far my favourite Essibea product to date! It is just exactly what I look for in a makeup brush – soft bristles, good quality and the shape of a mermaid’s tail! It is also available in a rose gold option (which I’ll be purchasing soon!). I’ve found that this brush is brilliant for applying highlight to the cheekbones. Buy your own here.

Oh K! Nail Polish Remover Pot

I love the brand Oh K! They make cute, Korean inspired products for the home and beauty. This little nail polish remover pot is scented with jasmine, so doesn’t have that horrible nail polish remover smell, we all have to suffer through. It is a brilliantly quick way to remove your nail varnish, just open the lid, stick your nail in the sponge, twist your finger and Ta-Dah! Your polish is gone! Very handy for on the go. Buy yours here.

OH K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask

As you know, I love sheet masks and coconut – so combine the two and I’m in heaven! You get three masks inside the pack, which makes them excellent value for money. The masks are very cooling and nourishing. I did mine before bed and woke up with very soft skin. They also smell amazing! The masks mould to your skin and should be left on for up to 20 minutes. Just remove the mask afterwards and massage the leftover product into your face and neck – no rinsing required! Buy your own pack of masks here.

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I hope that this sneak peek of some of the beautiful products available on the Essibea store has made you want to take a look at the site. Stacey set this business up on her own and has worked hard to make it as perfect as it is. She was inspired by women having their own ‘girl cave’ and beautiful things to go inside it. Why should men have all the cool stuff, hey? Check out the website here. I’ve heard whispers that Stacey will soon be making and selling her own range of phone cases (lots of glitter included!).

Take a look also at her Instagram for beautiful photography and products – @essibeaofficial

Kerry x

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Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

I am very excited to be sharing this product with you. The Basic Beauty Tools Spongedry is a brilliant little device which holds your Foundation Blender whilst it dries, after cleaning and use. The product was designed by Chantal of Basic Beauty Tools, who was frustrated by the lack of tools available to care for the sponges that consumers sell to beauty lovers. She wanted to make a product that was nice to look at, appealing to all age groups and easy to take on your travels. This design has certainly achieved all that!

Basic Beauty Tools also have their own range of Foundation Blenders which have a unique design – they are teardrop shaped with a flat edge. This design makes it brilliant for getting into hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the nose. The sponge is made from materials which make it quick-drying, but also strong and more durable than other sponges already on the market.

I can honestly say (and you know I’ll always give my honest opinion on products), that this is the best beauty sponge I’ve ever used. I’ve tried the original Beauty Blender, Spectrum’s Unicorn Tears along with others from Primark, etc and this one beats them hands down. The sponge is so incredibly soft, it hardly absorbs any of the product – spreading it evenly over your skin. I also use it to set my under-eye concealer with powder and it distributes this amazingly well too.

In the photo below, I have wet the purple sponge ready for use and placed it next to a dry version. It expands so much!

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The innovative Spongedry itself is very easy to use. The packaging provides simple step-by-step instructions for use. You simply just press the little feet to get the rings into position and your sponge will sit safely inside.

Tucked inside the packaging is also a cute little travel pouch, so your Spongedry can go wherever you go!

Every now and then, you get a gem of a product launched into the world of beauty and this is definitely one of them. The Spongedry looks so cute in my beauty area and I love that I can clean my sponge and know that it will be dry quickly without worrying it will roll off somewhere and never return (I’ve lost many sponges this way!).

The Foundation Blender itself is just fantastic – I’ll never use anything else now. I also have a special discount code so that you can get one for yourself FREE if you buy a Spongedry. To claim, just add your code in the ‘add note to seller’ box at checkout.

For a pink sponge use the code – KERRYPINK

For a purple sponge use the code – KERRYPURPLE

For a black sponge use the code – KERRYBLACK

To buy your Spongedry, visit the Basic Beauty Tools website here.

Kerry x

 

Two Little Boys Ltd | Award Winning Stationery and Gifts

Two Little Boys was set up by Sarah Watts, a mother of triplets, in 2002. Sarah had noticed a gap in the market for well designed and even silly products for children and so set up the business creating activity books, snap cards and memory books to record your child’s progression through life. The business has since grown and she now sells a very large variety of products – see for yourself here.

After a brief conversation with Sarah, she soon learnt that I was a primary school teacher and so knew how much I love my stationery! She was kind enough to send me a variety of beautiful notebooks – including these amazing mini quote notebooks (which had my husband giggling!).

The notebooks are perfectly sized for travel and would fit well in a handbag/nappy change bag/man-bag, etc. There are 30 120gsm pages which are lined and perfect for all your Very Important Notes. There are a lot of quotation note books to choose from, all with hilarious references from films and general life quotes (be prepared for a few very appropriate swear words too!). To view the large selection of books from the ‘Stationery Lovers of the World Unite!’ collection, click here.

As you all know by now, I’m a huge geek and I’m never afraid to admit it. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead (although recent series’ have started getting a bit too gory for me!) and when I saw the How to… collection of stationery, featuring this set of How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, I was very excited!

I received the A4 refill pad –

And the How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Notebook

Both books come jammed packed with paper and a hilarious comic style strip on the front cover. The cartoon is satirical and very funny, poking fun with a fondness at the daftness of zombie films and TV shows in general. I love how colorful these front covers are and have already thought of a few people I would gift more of these to.

There are other funny instructional notebooks in the How to… collection and you can check them out here.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website Two Little Boys here – you’ll definitely find a gift for a loved one, I can guarantee it. There are pencils, books, mugs, memory books, wedding gifts and children’s activity books to name but a few.

Kerry x

Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics 35F Palette | Review, Swatches and Tutorial

 

 

Here it is! The third installment on my series of reviews, swatches and tutorials on the Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes. This one is the 35F – a palette containing 35 beautiful and versatile shades. There are seven highly pigmented matte shades and 28 shimmer shades.

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This palette is right up my street as it contains orange-toned, warm and Autumnal themed tones which are my go-to colours. I find these colours really make my blue eyes pop and are just stunning to work with and create beautiful looks.

I randomly swatched some of my stand-out shimmer shades below –

Here are six of the seven matte tones (I couldn’t swatch the first colour as it is a perfect match for my skin tone and wasn’t showing up on camera!) –

As usual, I had a go at creating a simple, but statement eye look with this palette. I added eyeliner this time (something I’m terrified to do!) but you can recreate this look without it.

  1. I used one of the lightest matte orange shades in my crease

2. I then deepened the outer crease colour with the next matte orange shade along in the palette

3. I used a pink, shimmer shade all over my lid and blended up to the crease. This pink shade is gorgeous! It has a peachy/gold duochrome shimmer to it which, when it catches the light, is blinding!

4. I deepened the outer V colour with a purple shade from the far left column of the palette and also ran this along my lower lashline

5. Finally, I attempted eyeliner – sorry I’m no good at applying this!

Ta-Dah!

Once again, Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics haven’t failed to impress me with yet another beautiful palette. The colours and pigmentation are just brilliant. The quality and range of colours present endless looks and they send my creative mind into overdrive!

If you would like to purchase the Glitz Cosmetics 35F palette for yourself for only £13.99, then click here.

Kerry x

Read Part One of this series here and Part Two here.

Makeup Tutorial for Sunset Eyes using the Belle’s Beauty & Glitz Cosmetics 12P Pigmented Vibrant Palette

Today I will be showing you how to create a Sunset Eyeshadow look with this beautiful Glitz Cosmetics 12P palette from Belle’s Beauty. This is my second post about the gorgeous palettes from Belle’s Beauty and you can read my first post here.

Once again, we have another top-quality, stunning 12 colour eyeshadow palette. This one features 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades – all bright and bold!

I have swatched all the shades from left to right, starting on the top row.

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12P Swatches taken with a camera flash

As the weather is getting progressively warmer and more sunny, I thought it was only appropriate to create an eyeshadow look that reflects a sunset. Please let me know if you have a go at this – I’d love to see what you achieve – I may even feature your photos on the blog!

Step 1 – Apply the pink shade along the lashline and blend around halfway up the eyelid

Step 2 – Take the muted orange shade just above the pink and blend up into the lower part of the crease

Step 3 – Now take the bolder orange shade and emphasise the outer crease and eyelid with it. Use a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – stick with it as you’ll tidy it up at the end

Step 4 – Use the yellow shade above all the previous colours and on the brow bone. Be quite light-handed with this colour, you want it to be subtle

Step 5 – Tidy under the eyebrow using a small brush and the white shade

Step 6 – To create an ‘ocean’ effect use the blue, teal and purple along your lower lash line. I did this in sections and blended them at the edges for an ombre effect

Ta-Dah!

The colours in this palette are super pigmented and were just so perfect for this eye look. They blend so beautifully too which means the ombre effect needed was easy to achieve. This look is just perfect for Summer – whether that be on holiday, evenings out or festivals. I can’t wait to recreate it again using other colours from the palette. I also think it would look great with black winged eyeliner – or even gold!

To buy your own Glitz Cosmetics 12P Palette visit Belle’s beauty here. Be sure to check out their other palettes too – some are in the sale! I will be featuring another palette in a tutorial soon – subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!

Kerry x

Boxie – Unboxing a *NEW* Subscription Box

1st May 2017 will see the launch of a new and exciting subscription box called Boxie. I was very excited to be sent the box early in order to unbox it for you guys. So let’s get started!

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These Boxie boxes are aimed at teenagers (and tweenagers – which I still was when I received this!) and are full of goodies any girl would love. The products change every month and include goodies such as – fashion items, cosmetics and toiletries, accessories, stationery, jewellery, lifestyle products, confectionery and more!

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This month’s box contained some pretty impressive items – full sized cosmetics and cute gifts and accessories. The value of all the items in the box comes to £47.50 and the box itself costs £19.95 (plus P+P) to purchase. If you sign up for multiple months worth of boxes, they do work out cheaper. You’ll also only have to pay P+P on your first box with a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

* Keep reading for a unique 15% off code*

Let’s get stuck into all the goodies – I know you’re dying to see!

w7 Beat It! Natural Nudes Eye Colour Palette RRP £9.99

 

I was pretty gobsmacked to find such a beautiful, full sized eyeshadow palette in this box. It is absolutely stunning and perfect for all skin tones too. Excellent for girls just getting into makeup as it also comes with a double ended makeup application brush and sponge. This palette will cost you £9.99 in shops – so to receive it in a subscription box that costs only £19.95 is pretty good going!

Saffron Natural False Eyelashes RRP £2.99

I know that as a teenager (and I’m sure my sister will also agree) I would have absolutely loved these false eyelashes. They’re super easy to apply and add volume to your natural lashes without looking OTT. I really used to struggle to apply lashes when I was younger – and even now – because they were always too big and bulky for my untrained eyelashes. These are pretty fool-proof and come with a good glue to hold them in place all day.

Sass & Belle Friends… Items

These are lovely items to display in your bedroom or share with your bestie. I love Sass & Belle trinkets and these are no exception to that. You will receive –

  • Sass & Belle Best Friends Postcard RRP £1.00
  • Sass & Belle Friends Heart Decoration RRP £2.00
  • Sass & Belle Friends Trinket Dish RRP £3.00

Tinc Cloud Keyring and Phone Sock

This cloud keyring from Tinc is just ADORABLE! It RRPs at £4.95. It has a white patch on the back, which acts as a name tag – handy for school bags or locker keys! I have been using the phone sock (RRP £4.95) every time I go out. It has a handy clip on it and also a detachable neck strap. I have clipped it inside my handbag, so I know my phone is always attached to me and safe. This phone sock also does a great job of protecting your screen from scratches and dirt. You can also store your iPod in there!

A Selection of Cosmetics

As you know, makeup is my passion so I was especially excited to see so many makeup items inside the box!

  • Tanya Burr for Eye Candy Lip Gloss RRP £5.99
  • Royal Lashed Out Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen RRP £3.99
  • Covershoot Mascara RRP £3.00
  • w7 King Kohl Eyeliner Pencil RRP £3.00

Royal Lashed Out Eyelash Curlers RRP £4.99

I have always had a bit of a phobia of eyelash curlers – I’m sure at least one of you will understand this irrational fear? I have never owned a decent pair to be honest until I tried these ones. They are so gentle and easy to use! They have spring handles which makes them easy to control. They also gave my very straight eyelashes a decent curl which, together with my mascara, really made my eyes pop. I love them!

Isn’t this just a brilliant subscription box? I’m so impressed with the contents and know that a lot of hard-work and deep thought has gone into the selection of contents. I know my teenage self would have loved this box and I would have really enjoyed playing and experimenting with the items inside. I enjoyed it at 29 years old!

To order your own Boxie box or subscription, visit the website here. To get a bonus 15% off your first box use the code Kerry15 at the checkout.

Make sure to follow Boxie on social media for details of the launch –

Instagram – @teenboxie

Facebook – Boxie

Twitter – @teenboxie

Kerry x

 

Makeup Revolution ~ I Heart Makeup – Unicorn Love Palette with Swatches! 

Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!

Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.

You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.

I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.

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Unicorn Love Palette – Taken with a camera flash

The shades I am particularly impressed with are –

  • Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
  • Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
  • Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
  • Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
  • Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white

I created this look with the palette, here’s how –

  1. All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
  2. In the crease, use Flutter
  3. On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
  4. To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
  5. Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
  6. To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
  7. Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!

As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.

You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.


Kerry x

Transforme UK – Biotin For Hair, Skin and Nails 

Before pregnancy my hair was as strong and long as a pony’s mane, my nails were as sharp as daggers and my skin, well that wasn’t too different to the average girl – hormonally challenged, sometimes dry, sometimes oily. Since having Baby J, my hair is weaker and my nails snap at the word ‘Boo’! When I was offered some Biotin supplements to try by Transforme, I couldn’t say no!

These supplements are for the improvement in the condition of your hair, skin and nails and contain coconut oil (as you all know by now – my fave thing ever!). You receive 360 capsules in a bottle (almost a year’s worth!) and you take just one a day.

These little drops of sunshine contain ingredients that not only promote hair growth they also strengthen hair and reduce hair loss! The ingredient Biotin is also known as B7 and has many health and beauty benefits for both men and women.

Some more benefits are explained in this Transforme video below:

Transforme are a UK based, family-run business and trusted brand for over 15 years. They sell first class products that are exceptional quality and excellent value for money – often 80% cheaper than high street retailers. They also sell supplements and minerals, vitamins, natural beauty products and health packs. You can search by your condition on their website and find suitable products for you too. Visit the main Transforme site here.

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I have been taking the Biotin For hair, Skin and Nails supplements for over two weeks now and have been amazed with the results. My skin is really clear, just the odd (normal) imperfections here and there. I have also noticed a massive difference in my nail strength – I’m enjoying wearing nail varnish again without my nails snapping underneath and chipping the paint. My hair is glossy, thick and feeling stronger than ever – if you don’t believe me give these babies a go yourself! They are £13.99 a bottle  – a brilliant price considering you get almost a year’s worth of supplements. You can purchase them here.

Let me know your results!

Kerry x