Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum

Liz Earle Superskin face serum is said to give you radiant, youthful-looking skin which sounds great doesn’t it? my skin has lost it’s radiance recently and I’m always looking for a magic potion to bring back my youthful looks so I’ve been trying it out to see if it does actually live up to its claims.

Liz Earle superskin Serum

I won’t lie, when I first pumped some of the serum out on to my hand I was a little bit put off by the colour which is kind of taupe.  I’m used to a clear serum so wasn’t expecting the colour at all, once you get past the initial shock of a coloured serum you then realise that it’s not just a coloured serum it’s also scented.  I’ve waxed lyrical about my background in complementary therapy so scent, especially the scent of natural oils and botanical ingredients really doesn’t bother me at all in fact I really like them so as you can imagine I do like the scent of this product which is more fruity than floral.


Liz Earle superskin face serum

So how does the superskin face serum work and how can it help my skin? It even’s out  skin tone with the Persian silk tree extract which helps to fight the visible signs of fatigue, such as a dull complexion.  Stress is one of the causes of my dull complexion, I’ve been under a lot of stress at work recently since taking on some new clients and as a consequence my skin has really lost it’s brightness.

My chin area is sagging a bit, I put weight on then lost some and my skin didn’t really recover, the pomegranate flower extract can help to boost collagen which in turn can lift and firm the skin. The rhubarb extract helps hydrate the skin which plumps and smoothes it out, my skin craves hydration and has done ever since I hit my thirties.

I’ve used the superskin face serum daily for 7 days so far, I find all I need is one pump of the product which I apply all over my face with my fingertips, I like to press it in to the skin after a light smoothing over and I leave it for around 5 minutes to fully absorb before applying my moisturiser.  The serum isn’t oily or sticky like some I have used in the past, it’s more of a cross between a gel and light cream which absorbs incredibly well into the skin.

Liz Earle superskin serum

After just one week my skin brightness has already improved and I’ve noticed some firmness to my face especially around my chin and jaw area. I’m quite happy to go out without using foundation or tinted moisturiser as my skin tone has improved and my redness has calmed down. I’ve even had a few people commenting on how healthy I look and it’s certainly not down to my diet this week!

It’s incredibly refreshing to use a skincare product that lives up to it’s claims and I’m looking forward to using this into winter as that’s when my skin really takes a bashing due to central heating and the weather outside.

The Liz Earle superskin face serum retails at £48

*I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network which is a group of parent bloggers picked by Mumsnet to review products, services, events and brands. I have not paid for the product however this has in no way affected my opinion of the brand. As always my review is honest and impartial.


Tips For Decorating A Rented Property

As many of you know, we relocated to the midlands over 3 years ago. We didn’t know it at the time but we moved to a really expensive area, expensive for both renting and buying a home. Rental prices in our area are from around £1000 a month for a 2 bed and if we wanted to buy a property we would need a 3 bed house preferably with outdoor space, prices start from £350,000 so at the moment buying is not an option until we have a considerable deposit saved.

Although our landlord does increase his prices yearly we are confident that our property is available long term and we’re incredibly happy here, the home décor isn’t my personal taste but I don’t have the time to do any decorating so I have always tried to make our rental feel more like a home by using some clever tips to put my own stamp on the property.

tips for decorating a rented property

Decorate with colour

Most landlords wont let you decorate their property and the one’s that do usually insist you paint it back to the original colour on your departure. Unless your home is painted a ghastly colour  It’s not worth your time, effort, or money to paint, decorating a home is expensive and there are better things to spend your money on. I don’t personally have a problem with neutral colours in the home although I do dislike our woodchip wallpaper very much, no one want’s to live in a home with no colour so take advantage of colourful paintings, frames, vases, candles and flowers which will inject a bit of colour into your room.  I love some of the prints you can buy from Etsy and by popping them in a frame from Ikea you can have a fabulous feature for very little money.  Tip: I use Command picture strips to hang my pictures and frames

hanging pictures in a rented home

Add your own soft furnishings

So we have ruled out decorating as an option, what else can we do to put our own stamp on a property? We add soft furnishings. Our property has pretty decent curtains and blinds so I’ve never felt the need to change them. If your property has dated soft furnishings you can pick up bargains from Ebay or Ikea that wont break the bank. Tip: If your curtains are thin and unlined you can make them look more luxurious by adding a blackout lining, this will also help to keep warmth in the room when winter comes around.

Cushions are another good investment, if you have a plain sofa or bed coverings try adding some colourful scatter cushions or throws that match your colour palette, you can change these seasonally.  I have a Nordic style throw and cushions for the bedroom that I bring out from November until January and some fur throws and cushions for the sofa and chairs in the lounge.

furnishing a rented home

Utilise Storage

If you’re renting an unfurnished property the chances are that you will only have basic storage, we have a large cupboard under the stairs that houses our vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket, ironing board and clothes my children have outgrown and a cupboard at the top of the stairs where we keep towels.   Ikea and Argos have some great cubed storage solutions that work well in smaller spaces. Tip: if something doesn’t have a home and you can’t find one for it you might want to consider giving it away.

Inject colour into the floor

When you can’t do any decorating to the walls of the house why not decorate the floor? A colourful rug can really add a lot to a room, we have beige carpets throughout the house which looks rather boring with our neutral coloured furniture so by adding a statement rug in the lounge it really brightens up the room. Tip: choose something that is simple and matches your colour palette.

I love pinning my home décor ideas on Pinterest so if you’re looking for inspiration you can check out my boards here.

Do you rent? How do you put your own touches in the property to make it feel more like home?

You Beauty Box September Edition

I only found out about the You Beauty members box a couple of weeks ago when I saw the August edition on one of the blogs I follow.  Although you don’t get a huge box full of items like other beauty boxes on the market, the two items you do get are selected by yourself from a good range of products, You beauty then throw in a few samples for you to try.  The majority of items available for selection are full size but there are some good travel/trial sizes in the mix too if you’re looking for something a bit different.

This beauty box Isn’t like like some of the other big players in the beauty box market that I’ve tried and fallen out with very quickly as it’s not full of samples that I won’t use.  I have a cupboard full of samples that are not suitable for my skin/hair type and a range of beauty products that don’t suit my colouring, it’s just wasted money that I could have spent on something else.  The concept of the You Beauty members box really appeals to me as do all of the contents of previous boxes.  One of the main selling points for me is the fact it costs £6.95 each month which is the cheapest subscription box I’ve purchased and I’m really glad I did because it’s an awesome box.

Each month you need to  click on the “Beauty Box” tab on the website to be directed to the page that lists that months beauty sample products which have all been picked by the You magazine beauty editors, there are around 10 things to choose from so if you’re a fan of skincare/beauty you shouldn’t find it hard to pick something that suits your skin type.

You’re able to pick 2 beauty products you would like to receive in your beauty box however the products are only available whilst stocks last, so it’s a good idea to log-in early on in the month to select your products.  If you don’t pick 2 specific items then You Beauty will send 2 surprise beauty samples from the available items that month.

You beauty box September

I selected my two items myself and picked the Urban Veda soothing day cream (£18.99) which was a full size 50ml pot and the AA Skincare seaweed & aloe eye gel (£6.96) which again was a full size 50ml tube.

The soothing day cream claims to helps to reduce fine lines and is ideal for dry and sensitive skin so I’m looking forward to trying this out, it contains a lot of essential oils including some of my favourites clary sage and sandalwood.

The eye gel is something I probably something I wouldn’t have picked if I spotted it in a shop as it’s another item that needs to be added to a make up removal regime but having said that I think it is something that I’ll enjoy using to remove my eye make up as the skin around my eyes are a real problem area for me when it comes to sensitivity and some of my cleansers are not sensitive enough.

I received a decent sized sample of The Body Shop Oils of Life which contains black cumin seed oil, camellia seed oil and rosehip seed oil.  I have tried this a couple of times so far and it’s a really lovely oil to use, not at all greasy and it doesn’t cause any irritation to my skin, I can see myself buying the full sized version of this to replace my Trilogy rosehip oil.

Previous boxes have included some of my favourite brands like Green People, INIKA, Melvita, Aromatherapy Associates and Paul Mitchell so I’m really excited for the October box and can’t wait to see what brands are available.  Have you tried You Beauty boxes yet? Do any of the items I received appeal to you?


*I paid for this box myself



Rainy Day Activities For Toddlers

I think we can safely say that Summer is now over, Autumn officially starts on the 23rd September and if previous years are anything to go by I think we may be in for some rainy days so how do you keep your children amused when the weather is awful outside?  Arthur is 2 and he knows what he likes to do when it comes to activities, he loves to be outside so any indoor activities need to really capture his attention or he gets bored.  Below I have listed some of my favourite rainy day activities for toddlers that will hopefully give you some ideas about what you can do with your own children when it’s cold and wet outside.

rainy day

Just because it’s cold and wet doesn’t mean you have to say indoors, one of our favourite rainy day activities is put on our waterproof coats and trousers and a pair of wellington boots and go puddle jumping, I have to admit that I sometimes enjoy this more than Arthur and I do get some funny looks but as long as he is having fun I don’t care what people think.

The next activity isn’t just a rainy day activity but I find that it’s appreciated more when it’s wet outside.  We love to bake and there is nothing better on a cold and wet day than a freshly baked loaf or some cupcakes to enjoy whilst looking out of the window.  I take my mixing bowl to the kitchen table so Arthur can get involved with the mixing, I find this safer than letting him stand on a chair against the worktop.

Playing with branded playdough is an activity that I really don’t enjoy, it drives me mad when the colours get mixed so to save my sanity and allow Arthur to mix his colours I have resorted to making my own dough which can be disposed of after use.  I add glitter, colour and scent to my playdough and Arthur really enjoys to make a mess with it, it’s non toxic too so I don’t worry if any gets ingested accidentally although it doesn’t taste very good.

When I was little my favourite activity was making pasta pictures with spaghetti and Farfalline, pasta shapes are now available in all shapes and sizes and you can make some great pictures using different shaped pieces of pasta, I usually need to help Arthur with the PVA glue but he does the sticking all by himself.

My final rainy day activity is one that you can probably remember playing as a child and it’s indoor camping or making a den, We take a superking size sheet and drape it over the table and chairs and climb inside with the cushions, the toys usually end up coming in too which doesn’t leave much room but it does keep Arthur entertained for a few hours and if you sense your child is getting bored you can turn it into the gruffalos house or turn it into one of the three little pigs houses.

What was your favourite rainy day activity as a child and what activities do you do with your children?



Why I Don’t Want My Teenager To Grow Up

My daughter Lucie started year 11 last week, this is her final year at school before starting 6th form and I’m finding it a little difficult to come to terms with.  My teenager is growing up and I don’t like it one bit.  When I was younger I didn’t want to be a mother, I’m not maternal so having a family was not one of my goals, don’t get me wrong I adore my children and would do anything for them but I never planned to be a mother, fate chose me to be a mother if you believe in that sort of thing.


Lucie is no longer the caterpillar she once was, she is no longer a child yet she is not yet an adult, she’s grown so much over the past couple of years physically, emotionally and intellectually and I wish there was some way to stop this because selfishly I’m not ready for her to become an adult.  Parenting is hard and it doesn’t seem to get any easier as your children get older, I often find myself wondering how my own parents handled being parents, my mum seemed to take everything in her stride with her calm and collected personality and I wish I was more like her.

As silly as it sounds, I feel like I haven’t had enough time with my daughter.  Yes I’ve had 15 years but it’s just not enough for me. I know a lot of how I’m feeling is the regret I spoke about in this post, sadness that I wasn’t there more when she was younger and that I didn’t cherish every second I had with her.  When you have a baby everyone tells you to enjoy every second and I’ve made sure to do this with Arthur, I’m probably quite overbearing sometimes but the relationship that I have with Arthur is very different than the one I had with Lucie.

I was a very traditional mainstream parent with Lucie and there is nothing wrong with that, I parented her in a similar way to how my mother parented me and that worked for us at the time.  Lucie has grown up to be a strong, opinionated, confident individual and that’s exactly what I wanted her to be.  I consider myself to be a gentle parent now, some may say I’m an attachment parent but whatever title you wish to stamp me with I’m not the same parent I was 15 years ago.  I wish I had savoured every second I had with Lucie but I didn’t I willed her to grow and learn, I couldn’t wait for her to walk and talk and it’s something I haven’t done with Arthur.

Having a teenager makes me feel old but I’m not old and I don’t feel any different to the way I did in my 20’s, maybe this is why I want to keep my children as children as sometimes I don’t want to grow up myself.

Does there ever come a time when you feel ready for your child to grow up? Am I alone in my selfish thoughts?