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WEST COAST COOLER FASHION WEEK LAUNCH OF AUTUMN /WINTER 2017

Last Thursday I was Kindly invited to the launch of Belfast fashion week by Cathy Martin, and to say I was excited was an understatement. I personally have never been invited to fashion week before so this is all new to me.  My sister and I were panicking about what we were going to wear as it is such a massive event,  and of course I had to get something new to wear. I got so excited planning my outfit.

Below is what I had chosen –

Top – Marks and Spencer      Skirt – Topshop 

Boots –Next     Jacket – Newlook     Earrings – Topshop


West Coast Cooler Fashion Week brings all kinds of fashion extrodanaires to Belfast and brings everyone together to celebrate the style of the seasons which is Autumn and Winter.

At Belfast fashion week  you will be seeing local designers, local boutiques, high street fashion retailers and some top sponsors. When I arrived  I was greeted with my trusty  favourite West Coast Cooler  at Bullitt Hotel, Followed by food from Linwoodshealthfoods    


Trends for A/W

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DATES  –  FOR WEST COAST COOLER FASHION WEEK A/W 17

#WCCFW falls from the 26th to the 29th of October! It’s going to be bigger and better with a new location.  This autumn’s shows are set in the very beautiful Belfast Cathedral.

I shall see everyone there! I am Looking forward to it.

 

Lucy x

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Hair care – What do I use?

I have had blonde hair for as long as I can remember, and it is so hard to maintain, all you blondies out there will agree.  Although saying that it is by far the best colour to compliment my skin tone, I have tried to darken my hair down, heck I have even dyed it dark brown, but i always go back to my trusty blonde.  I always get asked what products I use so I thought I would chuck them all in to a blog post and you can see how I achieve my Platinum silvery grey hair.

What hair care products do I use?

 

I don’t use a lot of products in my hair as I’m not the person washing it. I have to either rely on my mum or my Fiance to wash my hair and sometimes it can be really time consuming. I have extremely thick hair and its quite long also. It takes about an hour to do my hair and that is why I only get my hair washed once a week. I Sometimes use two shampoos and that is only if I have no Fudge shampoo left.

Down below shows the products I use on a weekly basis.

 

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  • Simple gentle care shampoo – It is honestly the best shampoo, especially if you have a really delicate scalp. It does what it says on the Bottle, so gentle and very cleansing, more so than any shampoo I have ever used.
  • Simple Gentle Care Conditioner – I have to use a conditioner as you would never get a hairbrush though my hair. This is the first conditioner i have ever used were the brush glides straight through. I love it so much. I have re purchased it so many times.

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Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo – It is Hands down the most amazing toning shampoo I have ever  used and have used so so many, in one use, I seen such a difference to my hair, it was no longer brassy and yellow. It was starting to turn the nicest colour. and if you use it, you will see such a massive difference as well. There are quite a lot of toning shampoos that foam and then lose the purple tone but this shampoo stays purple throughout the whole washing process. my Fiance and Mum wear gloves it is that purple ha ha.

To achieve the grey platinum look, you have to keep the clean blonde shampoo on for about 4-5 minutes.


So this brings us to the end, blonde hair is definitely high maintenance and I think its very important to use products to keep it looking healthy.

If you’re local to me, my hairdresser is Deirdre Mccosh in Martinstown and she is the best, she is such a hard worker and pushes her self to the limit! I have been going to her since I was 14 – 15. She is honestly the nicest girl.

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Lucy xo

My summer style picks from George

Sorry guys its been so long since i last blogged.  I have been busy with hospital visits to London and we also added a new addition to our family. We rehomed an elderly cat who was homeless. She came as a girl but we took her to the vets to find out she actually is a he. We laughed so much, so she went from being called Rosie to Rossi.

I have been shopping loads at Asda recently as I do my groceries there, it also happens to be that my Fiance works there part time. Loads of people have been sending me messages about where i get certain bits, I thought I would just write a blog post about George at asda and show you some of the things they have to offer this summer.

Firstly these gimgham trousers – I absolutely love these, you can either dress them up or dress them down.  Take on a relaxed silhouette this season with these printed culotte cropped trousers. They’re the perfect option for parties or relaxing in ultimate style.

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I’m loving the hankerchief hem dresses – I tried to find a link to this dress but it must be sold out 😦 sorry guys. It is so light and airy, especially for people going on foreign holidays this year.

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Both the skirt and the top is from George at Asda – I got so many people asking where my outfit was from and they couldn’t believe that is was from Asda, their jaws dropped when i told them. Its the kind of outfit I just love to wear everyday.

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a11asda 1 Both pairs of cropped culottes are now out of stock, but there is so many to pick from. Some that wouldn’t be my taste but loads that are. Below is the link to different styles –

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All of my opinions are my own – Next week I’m going to be showing my summer picks from TU at Sainsbury’s, so keep your eyes peeled.

 

Lucy xo

Wedding Wednesday – Honeymoons.

Firstly i know its not Wednesday yet, but i have a super busy day tomorrow so i have posted a day early.  I hope you like some of my picks, you will have to tell me which is your favourite, and where did you go on your honeymoon?


The best honeymoons aren’t cheap, but you can definitely  find a bargain. There are many ways of cutting costs. I guess some people don’t have to worry about costs, but if you are like me and have to stick to a budget, I would like to find a really great package deal for the best price.

Saving money on your honeymoon

If you get married in the winter you will  probably spend more on your honeymoon, because you will be wanting to go further afield to get to somewhere hot. So obviously getting married in the summer and taking a honeymoon in Europe, or even in the UK could save you money potentially. Though me being me I want to go away somewhere hot for our honeymoon. We get married next year and can’t decide where we want to go. We are thinking an all inclusive honeymoon as you only have to pay one single price. Some of these are very classy, and you have the advantage of being able to budget more accurately.

Here are some romantic get away honeymoons for 2017/2018, which i think look amazing.

Meeru Island Resort, Maldives

The only resort on the island of Meerufenfushi is Meeru Island Resort.

I know this isn’t a budget hotel, ha ha but you can dream right?

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Maldives: powder white sand and turquoise lagoon. Except here you get four-star quality at three-star prices. An all-inclusive option is the best in my opinion, and look out for complimentary room upgrades. Newlyweds should aim for the Jacuzzi Water Villas or the Honeymoon Suites, a short dhoni boat ride away.

 

Greek islands

For glamour and romance and amazing views to capture it’s hard to beat the island of Santorini. It has some stunning boutique hotels. However, if you’re on a budget and are looking to relax after a stressful wedding, I recommend one of the smaller less developed Greek islands.  We are actually thinking of Santorini for our honeymoon, we just need to bite the bullet and book.

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Villas in Majorca

I personally love Majorca, it holds so many happy memories for me as we got engaged there last summer. It is such a lovely island. Add to that the idyllic beaches, stunning mountains, fabulous local cuisine and to top it all, some of the best villas in the Med for the ultimate in privacy. Many are beautifully restored farmhouses with private pools in charming spots such as Sencelles and Selva.  click this link for some villa holidays in Majorca

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Cuba

Although this is not a cheap honeymoon destination, Cuba is great value and an exciting, fascinating country that combines Caribbean beaches with Latin rhythms, friendly people and colonial sights. 5.0.2

 

Cape Verde Islands

Dotted in the mid Atlantic and with  just six hours flying time from the UK, the Cape Verde islands offer year-round sunshine, dreamy tropical beaches and an exciting mix of influences – African, Brazilian and Portuguese.

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Croatia

The Dalmatian coast of Croatia combines historical cities with sparkling turquoise seas and fabulous hotels. It has all the glamour of Ibiza but at much lower prices.   I think Croatia is one of those places which is missed by so many people, only recently have i heard people going an saying how amazing it is.  I think Croatia is so under rated and deserves so much more.

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I can’t wait to finally book my honeymoon. It is such an exciting time.

Thanks for reading

Lucy xo

 

Life hacks – Living with a physical disability

Living with a physical disability, whether recently developed or since birth is a daily battle. For me especially everyday tasks take more effort and concentration,  some tasks are completely impossible. On this blog post I’m going to be showing you all what makes my days that bit easier, with the things i have bought to help me do the things people take for granted daily.

 

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Sock aid

My life saver when there is no one about to help  me put my socks on. It takes me twice as long to put them on, but i can still do it with this aid.


Patience is key

The most important thing is to be patient. It can take a long time to come to terms with the things you cannot do. I have had FOP since birth and I am now 26. I still haven’t got my head around some things. I shout and cry with frustration over not being able to take my socks off or do my own hair the way i want it.  It is about having faith that things will improve, even if it is one step at a time. It is important that you stay patient with yourself and others when everyday tasks seem much harder. I have to give my parents and Michael a little credit where its due, I am thankful for the things they do on a daily basis for me. The way they put up with me shouting for things that are out of their control and out of mine. It’s just hard not being able to do ‘Normal’ things.

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Head scratcher / Hair brush

Without these everyone around me would be demented with me asking all the time to scratch my head, scratch my leg or back. With my arms fused to by my sides, and my hips and back fused into one position I find it hard to reach places. When I’am itchy, it is the worst feeling not being able to reach. These are a few pounds each and a life saver.

 

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Litter picker 

Most people will look at this and automatically think oh its a litter picker to pick up litter outside. Well you aren’t wrong, but i use it for something completely different. I use it to put things in to the washing machine, as i can’t bend down to put the washing into the washing machine, I then use it to remove the clothes from the machine. I use it to help me reach things from the high shelf in the fridge, I lift Gulliver’s food bowl off the floor when no one is around to help me.

To be honest i love having that little independence and I will try and keep it for as long as possible. I don’t know when FOP is going to become aggressive again, so i need to just live life to the full every single day.

 

What is FOP?

I know most people that follow my blog already know what FOP is, but for those who don’t.

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva  is one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine, causing bone to form in muscles and other connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments.  Bridges of extra bone develop, in many cases, across the joints, progressively restricting movement and forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone.

There are no other known examples in medicine where one normal organ system turns into another.

Most cases of FOP are new. This means that no-one else in the family has FOP.  This happens because unexpected changes (mutations) happen as the genes are passed along from each parent.  Many of these changes, such as the change that leads to FOP, are accidents of nature that happen for no apparent reason.

Children with FOP classically appear normal at birth, except for congenital malformation of the great toes.  However, some rarer atypical cases may not display such malformation.

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During the first or second decade of life, painful swellings that may look like tumours develop over the neck, back and shoulders and mature into bone.

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Key Facts 

  • FOP is one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine.
  • FOP causes bone to form in muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • FOP bone formations progressively restrict movement of sufferers forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone.
  • FOP sufferers classically appear normal at birth except for congenital malformation of the big toes.
  • FOP progression is variable and unpredictable.  One day a person may be able to turn their head or move their arms, the next they become frozen forever in a locked position.
  • FOP affects 1 in 2 million people.  There are just over 700 confirmed cases worldwide, 40 in the UK.
  • FOP research will not only help to find a cure but also other more common bone-related conditions will benefit from discoveries made (fractures, osteoporosis, hip replacement and other forms of heterotopic ossification that occur in trauma and burn victims).
  • FOP does not affect a person’s intelligence.
  • FOP can significantly shorten the life expectancy of sufferers (average life expectancy is about 40 years).

 

An example of the typical progression of FOP

Spontaneous flare-ups of the disease arise in defined temporal and spatial patterns, resulting in ribbons and sheets of bone that fuse the joints of the axial and appendicular skeleton, entombing a patient in a skeleton of heterotopic bone.

How would understanding the cause of bone formation in FOP help others?

The information obtained from studying this disease will have far-reaching implications for the treatment of common disorders such as fractures, osteoporosis, hip replacement surgery and other forms of heterotopic ossification that occur in trauma and burn victims.

Demographics of FOP

Genetic disease affecting 1 in 2 million people

No ethnic, racial or religious patterns

700 confirmed cases across the globe

40 known cases in the United Kingdom and 285 in the United States

Clinical Characteristics of FOP

  • Characteristic malformations of the great toes
  • Flare-ups occur spontaneously or following bodily trauma such as: childhood immunizations, falls while playing, viral illnesses
  • Misdiagnosed in a number of cases as cancer
  • Surgery makes the condition worse
  • There are no effective treatments currently.

 

 

Lucy xo

Things I have been loving through May

I have put a few things together to show you what i have been loving through the month of may. I know its now June but its only 5 days in, just  a tad late.

May wasn’t one of the bests months – but there was a few good parts too.

 

I shall start with Beauty.  I am a woman of 26 years of age and I still struggle with make up, eyeshadow.. lets not even go there, oh and eyebrows. *rolls eyes*

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Fashion

Here is a few pictures of my favourite outfits this month, Due to me getting married, I have a very small budget. It will all be worth it.

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Home 

This month it is pretty much cleaning products that i have been loving, who would have thought I would be so obsessed with cleaning. With a cat you constantly have to clean and keep on top of things, especially with an indoor cat. There is a few edible products and laundry detergent.

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I think I have lost my Blog Mojo a little, but it is slowly coming back and whilst I have been a bit slow with my blog I have been making a little more effort with my Instagram feed.

My head has been other places, my grandmother passing away and health. It hasn’t been awful but i have my good days and bad.

How has everyone else’s month been ?

 

Lucy xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Wednesday – Venues


Wedding Venues  
 I knew from even before Michael and I got engaged where we were going to have our reception, it took Michael a while to Come around to the same idea that i had and wanted for so long. Thankfully he did and he now loves it as much as me. We both made an appointment to go see it and fell so much more in love with it, the surroundings and everything else that came with it.
Although i will be talking about four venues that i love but Drenagh will always be my first.
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 Drenagh –  is a hidden treasure for brides looking for a wedding reception with elegance and sophistication. This wonderfully romantic, exclusive use venue is located on the outskirts of Limavady and accessible from the main Limavady to Derry Road. The dramatic entrance transports you into a pastoral idyll, as the private driveway carries you through its secluded grounds towards the stunning Georgian house. Set within 1000 acres of private gardens and woods, complete with walled garden, stone ruins, Moon Garden and sprawling views. 
It also caters for everyone.  If you are having  a small wedding you can use the stately house for your reception it can hold up to 60 people.
If you are having a much larger wedding this is where the marquee comes in which can hold up to 200 people 
I cannot wait for our wedding day here- ONE year to go. eeeekk
15 Dowland Rd, Limavady BT49 0HP
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Larchfield estate –  It  is an award-winning luxury venue for your wedding or special event.  They believe in exclusive use and personalised service to make your wedding totally out of the ordinary.
Indoor options are the Stables building – licensed for up to  150 people, and the main Larchfield Barn – licensed for up to 250 people.
What a beautiful setting.
Bailliesmills Road
Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Northern Ireland, BT27 6XJ 
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Wool tower – The Wool Tower is situated within 16 acres at Raceview Mill, Broughshane (The Garden Village of Ulster).

The enchanting 200 year old building is steeped in history and is perfect for couples seeking a fresh and exciting venue to host their wedding.

The Wool Tower is the most unique and atmospheric location you could choose for one of the most important days of your life.
The venue can accommodate from 80 to over 200 guests, with loads room for parking and is located only 40 minutes from Belfast, 25 minutes from the International Airport and over an hour to Derry/Londonderry.
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Culloden –  It is nestled high in the Holywood hills, the luxurious Culloden Estate & Spa is the ultimate romantic setting for a wedding venue in Northern Ireland, set in 12 acres of secluded gardens, overlooking Belfast Lough.
They have so many wedding packages available to suit everyone’s budget.
From 24  to 200 people.

I honestly love doing #weddingwednesday its my favourite, since i’m getting married myself. Its so nice to look at other venues available and see what they have to offer. I have picked my venue already but this might help someone else.
Lots of love
Lucy xo

Where have I been?

It has been two months since my last blog post and i’m going to explain why it has been so long when I said I would post twice a week and it hasn’t happened and I’am sorry about that.

I had to go to London because i stupidly banged my knee off the side of a wooden door at my mums house. It  got so swollen which indicates a flare up. I got to London and the next morning i had to go to the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital for Scans. They included an MRI scan and a CT scan. I came out crying from the MRI, it really hurts me and i was so overwhelmed about the whole procedure.  my medication was upped to 20mg and to some  this may seem very low, but trust me it is a nightmare to deal with.

Due to the higher dose a trained nurse from Clementia  comes out to take blood, sometimes its straight forward, other times not so much.

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I came back to the hotel to a phone call from my Dad, he Told me that it wasn’t good news, prior to this my Granny was in hospital getting antibiotics through an Iv drip, for a chest infection. Michael and I were just going down for dinner to the hotel bar, my dad said I’am so sorry love but your granny has Pancreatic cancer. I was like WHAT??? How can this be, I turned and went back to the hotel room and just cried and cried. I thought to myself I cannot lose her, I’am not ready 😦

I was in London and all my family were at home, I felt so far away from everything. I had already had a really bad day before this news.

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Eventually I got home, and I went to visit my Granny in Antrim hospital. I had been warned by family members that my Granny had lost an huge amount of weight. I wasn’t ready for what I was going to witness. She squeezed my hand and said well that was a massive shock wasn’t it? I was trying to hold back the tears as she didn’t need to see how upset i was.

My granny Deteriorated everyday, I couldn’t believe how fast she was going downhill, her wish was to get home and into her own bed and she got her wish but only for  one night as she was in so much pain.

On 28th April 2017 my Precious Granny passed away – Most people knew how much my granny meant to me, and some people may not. My granny was everything to me, she listened to everything i had to say, knew all my secrets, I overshared everything with her, We played silly games together and we enjoyed each others company so much. To lose my Granny Jean has left a massive hole in my life and nothing will ever be the same without her. She told me how excited she was for my wedding and always wondered what she would wear and to know that she will never see me walk down the aisle really breaks my heart and I don’t think i will ever be able to talk about it.

Before she passed away my mum got her finger print, i sent away for a necklace that would contain the print of her finger. I will always have part of my granny with me and to know that gives me comfort.

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I hope to be back blogging more frequently now.

Thank you so much for reading.

Lots of love

Lucy xo

The proposal

We flew out to Majorca on the 12th July 2016 for a week little did I know I would be coming home with a ring on my finger.

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I went in to Adairs jewellers in ballymena with my mum and I was just looking in the window and first of all I always said I wanted a pear shaped setting, but I saw another ring and it was so dainty. I fell in love with it. I sent Michael a picture along with the price and without me knowing he went in and got the ring – 2 days before we were leaving, normally it would take weeks for a ring to be made and ready. I don’t know how he wangled TWO DAYS!


Before we left Michael asked my dad, I always think it shows respect and my dad wanted to be asked ‘the question‘ I knew Michael would be nervous because let’s face it what man isn’t terrified to ask the question. My dad being my dad thrown a few jokes in there and probably made Michael more scared than he already was. My dad said yes and gave him the go ahead to propose on holiday.

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When we got to Majorca Michael had the ring in the suitcase but because I kept going in to the suitcase it was clear to Michael that I was going to find it and ruin the surprise, so he moved it to his backpack and put a lock on it. I kept asking him, why do you have a lock on your bag? There isn’t anything valuable in it ha ha. Oops. I had no idea.


 

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The morning before the proposal Michael kept asking me, do you think the beach would be busy at night? To be honest I didn’t think anything of it and I was totally oblivious to it all. I just answered no I wouldn’t think so. Ha ha We had a really fun day, the sun was shining.

Getting ready for dinner I picked my outfit and put Michael’s outfit together but I didn’t know he had to try and fit a ring box into his pocket. I picked a nice shirt and skinny shorts. We got to the restaurant, it was actually our favourite and we went there 5 evenings out of 7. It was called Diferent. If you ever go to Cala d’or you should definitely try it. The service and the people who worked there was second to none.

Michael below just before the proposal probably in bundle of nerves.  awww ❤

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We finished dinner and started to walk to the beach hand in hand. It was such a lovely evening, the moon was bright and the stars were twinkling. When we got to the beach there was quite a few people taking pictures of how beautiful the moon was over the Mediterranean sea.

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We waited until they had finished taking their pictures and then we would take ours.

Michael suggested we could go and sit on the sunbeds and just take in where we were and our surroundings – It was so beautiful,  we lay and just listened to the waves beat off the rocks. He then handed me this bottle and he said oh someone must have left this here and i was thinking to myself, that is such a shame because someone will be looking for it.

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Then he said to me aren’t you going to open it? I sat there which to Michael probably felt like such a long time. I opened it and to my surprise it said on the little piece of paper         “Will you marry me” I honestly couldn’t believe it, I said yes so fast and put the ring on so quick, Michael laughed at me but i was just so excited. I wanted the whole world to know just how happy  i was and how perfect the proposal was.

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Just after the proposal – poor quality but it was pretty dark.nt

It was the perfect ending to the best holiday we both had ever had.

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Thanks for reading.

Lots of love

Lucy xo

Pure potions review

Hello lovely.
I am going to be talking to you about three products  that I have received from a skincare company named Pure Potions.
Firstly I am going to tell you a little bit about the company and why it was set up.
Pure potions was founded by Natalie Balmond, a mother trying to find  cream to help her daughter’s skin, as her daughter suffers from chronic eczema.
After so many attempts of using  different creams, including ones prescribed by the doctor, nothing seemed to be the perfect cream to take it away.
Natalie began to experiment with different oils and ingredients in the kitchen, until she found something that worked really well on her daughters skin. After that she decided to share this skin care range by setting up a company based around  dry skin conditions.
This brand is vegan friendly and doesn’t test on animals which i was so glad of. Its so hard these days finding a brand that you like that doesn’t test on animals.
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Skin salvation daily moisturising cream £13.99 It contains all the nourishing benefits of Skin Salvation Moisturising Ointment but in a cream version for easy application throughout the day.

It is packed full of skin nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, this gentle yet effective moisturising cream is perfect for daily use to maintain healthy, hydrated and supple skin. Shea butter provides a soft, rich, vegan-friendly base for our special combination of chamomile, nettle, chickweed and calendula herbal tinctures.

Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Cream is free from parabens, petro-chemicals and perfumes, which makes it perfect for dry skin and is also suitable for people who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dry, sore, itchy skin conditions.

Suitable for all areas of the body and all ages, including babies.


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Skin Salvation Hand Cream £10.99 It is an intensive, natural hand cream for moisturising and maintaining healthy skin as part of a daily skincare routine. Hands come into contact with a number of allergens and irritants every day, which can leave them dry, sore and cracked; once the barrier is broken down on the skin of the hands further irritants can get in easily and the problem worsens.

To combat this, we have developed a hand cream that is gentle, unfragranced and deeply moisturising so you can use it as often as you need to without worrying about harsh chemicals or artificial additives. Contains sea buckthorn, shea butter and hemp seed oil which are rich in essential fatty acids, as well as a combination of chickweed, calendula, chamomile and nettle.

Free from parabens, petro-chemicals and perfumes, this Intensive Hand Cream is a little trooper for maintaining soft and supple hands. Its gentle, natural formulation means it is also suitable for people who may be prone to hand eczema, contact dermatitis and cracked skin. Its pocket-sized pot makes this great for use at home, in the workplace and after gardening.

Suitable for all ages including babies.


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 Skin salvation £7.99 is an intensive natural moisturiser formulated to maintain supple, hydrated skin as part of a daily skincare regime. Rich and deeply moisturising, Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment forms a semi-occlusive barrier which protects the skin from everyday external irritants.


It’s gentle formulation means that it is also suitable for people who may be prone to dry, itchy skin or eczema.

  • naturally rich in EFAs
  • provides intensive hydration
  • fragrance and preservative free
  • free from harmful chemicals
  • 100% natural
  • also suitable for those who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, skin rash and any sore skin condition
  • suitable for all ages

Now for the before and after –

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I really recommend these products so much. I will keep raving about them because nothing has helped my skin like they have. It has really helped my skin, it used to be so red and inflamed, dry and flakey and now it’s neither those things

I hope you enjoyed this review.

talk soon

Lucy xo