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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Simply the best!

Bare Minerals Powder Foundation

My opening statement for this review is quite simply – I am in love with this foundation and will continue to wear it for the rest of my life!

If I could personify Bare Minerals, then in my World this foundation would be a defined, immaculate hunk of perfection, whom I would spend all my time with, just gazing at them with utter envy and never-ending love ♡

There are many mineral powder foundations out there nowadays, I have tried a few different brands but I always come back to Bare Minerals powder foundation.  My eczema and dry skin doesn’t stand out when I wear it, it hides all blemishes, it doesn’t clog my skin and I can use a little sweep for a light covering or build up for maximum coverage.

My shade is ‘Fairly Light’, it blends to my skin tone perfectly without looking like I’ve gone 10 rounds with a bag of cheesy Dorito’s.

I’ve got quite a collection of Bare Mineral brushes, at the moment I’m using the ‘Heavenly Face Brush’ which is a stubby, easy to hold style which is pretty much ‘goof-proof’!

Just shake a little powder into the lid and remember the Bare Minerals mantra ‘SWIRL – TAP – BUFF’, first swirl the brush in the lid to pick up the powder that you have shaken out, then tap off the excess and finally buff onto your skin.  You can continue to do this until you’re happy with the amount of coverage you have.  I start with my cheeks and then buff inwards towards my nose and mouth and then blend onto my forehead.  I usually use 4-5 ‘lids’ of powder to get the coverage I prefer.

To set my foundation I use Bare Minerals ‘Mineral Veil’, which is a translucent fixing powder that finishes off my foundation perfectly.

What I love about Bare Minerals is that if my face needs re-touching during the day I can just sprinkle a little of the powder into the lid and buff onto where I need it, just to freshen it up if needs be.  When I used cream foundations this wasn’t an option, unless I was after the claggy, plastercine looking foundation effect!  I found it just over-loaded my face with product.  Bare Minerals doesn’t give that appearance when I reapply, it just adds a little more coverage to the layer already there.

The ‘Click-Lock’ function, on the 8g tubs, means I can carry it with me in my make-up bag without it completely emptying itself into the lid.  Just a little twist of the lid and it opens it up as much as I need.

This foundation is award winning and it is easy to see why once you have tried it out.  Acne, eczema, rosacea and other skin problems are all Bare Minerals ‘friendly’, unlike a lot of other brands out there that can add to your problems.  They also have a matte version for those who suffer from oily skin.

I adore it and I always have at least another 2 tubs in my cosmetic case ready for when I run out!

Bare Minerals also boast that it is ‘so natural you can sleep in it’, I can testify that this is correct!  I first started to use this foundation near Christmas time some years back and due to partaking in too much fun I did end up sleeping in it quite a few times after some late nights of merriment.  It didn’t make my skin clogged up or irritated  …It’s a shame that couldn’t be said for the rest of me during those festivities!

If you fancy a change of foundation, give Bare Minerals a try.  You won’t be disappointed 🙂