Get Your Paws On This Beauty Bargain!


As I aged another year recently, another haul of beauty products were happily received! ☺

One of the gifts I unwrapped was this fabulous little tube of fantastic from PapayaGold, their Paw Paw moisturising balm is packed with Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+ and Australia’s Paw Paw (Papaya) fruit which contains Papain that helps to lower inflammation and improve healing from burns and cuts.  We’ve all read about the benefits of Manuka Honey with its antibacterial, antiseptic and amongst others, healing properties.  I took a spoonful a day while I was really ill to ward off the pains of inflammation in my body and it helped me feel better on the inside, to combine this with papaya and formulate a topical balm sounds like a match made in heaven …and it is!

With no parabens or sulphates, containing Pharmaceutical Grade Petrolatum, Carica Papaya (paw paw) fruit extract, Bees Wax, Bio Active Manuka Honey 20+ and Potassium Sorbate – the balm is clear with a texture like petroleum jelly (but not as greasy) and doesn’t have a scent or taste to it.

My lips are constantly cracked and dry and I am forever trying out different brands of lotions and potions, first off I used this balm on my lips and instantly felt the nourishment, after regular applying my lips felt softer and no more peeling.  The combination of weather changes as well as air-con and central heating mean it’s a constant battle to keep my lips and skin looking healthy.

Paw Paw balm can also be used by people who are prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, the skin in between my fingers gets so dry and flakes off so I started popping some balm on before I went to bed and after a few days my skin had rehydrated, as had the eczema on my cheek which had refused to budge for a few weeks no matter what I put on it!

My husband suffers from very itchy eczema on his neck which flares up quite badly from time to time, especially when he scratches his neck while sleep.  For a few nights in a row I popped some Paw Paw on before he went to bed and after a few days it looked so much better and the itching had subsided, in fact, it was barely visible.

I don’t think I can be without Paw Paw now I’ve seen, first-hand, how well it works.  I carry it in my handbag in the day and transfer to my bedside table in the evening – where I go, it goes!

My lips are still feeling soft and the itchy eczema that appears on my face, hands and arms is kept at bay with a few applications when needed.  You don’t need to use very much so this 25g tube will last quite a while.

I’ve found using this balm has very similar effects to when I use Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream – which is quite something seeing as 8-Hour Cream has quite an iconic status!

And a final bit of fabulous is that you can find this on the high street too!  Mine was bought from Superdrug at a very purse-friendly £5.99!

If you’re suffering from dry and/or cracked skin go ahead and try out this amazing bargain.  It’s now listed on my beauty ‘repeat-prescription’ ☺

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Scrub a dub-dub, a sweet sugar rub! – Bliss Lip Scrub Review

Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub 15ml – £12

These tough winter months have caused havoc trying to keep my poor lips from peeling, cracking and generally looking like two very red overcooked sausages that words come out of, instead of a smooth, supple pout that is my preference when having to speak to people.

I’m a lip-balm-a-holic and love trying out new brands.  The state of my skin called for something with a little extra power though, and so I stumbled upon Bliss Fabulips Sugar Scrub, after a quick read through I’d ordered a pot.

I have tried out two lip exfoliators before, one was Benefit’s Lipscription which was a very lovely product that gave brilliant results (and now discontinued!) And also Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation which is a very good one too that I use before bed.  I did feel my lips needed an exfoliator to rid the dryness and the dead skin cells that seemed to be clogging my skin and hindering the healing of where they had cracked and peeled.  I needed something more ‘heavy-duty’ as the Ole one hadn’t helped as much as usual …I was in dire need of some lip product help!

As soon as the pot from Bliss arrived I opened it up and first point of call was a good sniff (vanilla + orange flavoured) – and it does smell delicious, which is always a good start!  I read the write-up online and after I’d taken my make-up off applied a medium layer over my lips, then (with clean pinkies) massaged the sugar scrub as directed in circular motions over my lips, it felt nice, although with the almond and walnut shell in it does have a slight gritty feel but it isn’t unpleasant.  I carried on over my lips and on the inner parts where they were really dry and flaky and also massaged a little over my lip-line too.  After the scrub had been layered on and then rubbed in I got a clean little flannel, soaked it in warm water and gently wiped the scrub off.

Even after that first use of Fabulips Scrub my lips felt smoother and hydrated.  The jojoba seed, olive oils, shea and cocoa butters plus vitamins A, C and E nourish and condition your lips and I could feel all of the benefits (still needing more applications, but so much better than before) I followed up with a nice juicy layer of Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, a multi-taker of magnificence and also a wonderful balm for lips.

I have found myself using the sugar scrub as a usual lip balm too at times, if I get a bit that hasn’t any ‘scrubby’ bits in I’ll put it on and let it sink in.  I use it throughout the day and as I can’t easily get a warmed flannel at work I have a supply of fragrance-free face wipes that I use to take the scrub off after massaging in.

Since regular use I’ve noticed a difference and my pout is definitely sporting a more positive looking pose!

I would recommend trying out Bliss Fabulips Scrub, it smells lovely, it works and you don’t need very much of it.

There is, to my delight, a whole range of Fabulips including balm and lip cleanser …I must admit they are extremely tempting!  Another entry on the ever-increasing wish-lish☺

My only qualm (and it’s a tidgy one) would be having an implement to apply the scrub with, I do have a lot of applicators from past products so I use one of those – OR another idea would be to treat yourself to a pack of the Cadbury’s ‘Egg ‘n’ Spoon’ chocolates as the cute purple spoon would make a great little applicator to get the scrub out of the pot …and you can legitimately buy chocolate! – It’s for ESSENTIAL application of treatment to help your weather-blighted lips get their bounce back☺ Go on, treat yourself… to both!

To sum up, I’m very impressed and I really like this lip scrub, it’s not too harsh and it does work – which is the ultimate goal when we’re paying out for products.  The price I’m also happy with for how much it’s softened and helped my skin problem when nothing else had enough effect or noticeable difference.

My lips are now on their way to looking fab-u-lipious!

So thank you Bliss.  One day my wish-lish will be fulfilled with the whole set in my grasp and will make me a happy, smiley, soft-lipped Haystack ☺

Visit Bliss here to read more on their lip range and more!