Monday, 29 May 2017

QV Skin Care Through The Generations & GIVEAWAY

QV is one of those staple tried and tested brands that has always played a part in my skin care regime.

It is a skin care brand that is specifically recommended to people with sensitive skin and conditions such as eczema, and as a result QV products are also a lot kinder to people with 'normal' skin too!

If you love QV then keep reading as there is a giveaway at the end of this post to win a generous hamper of QV products.

QV Skin Care Through The Generations

I can't actually remember the first time I used QV. It would have been when I was growing up and living in my childhood home. I just remember that it has always been a part of my life.

Now that I'm grown up, with my own family of three children to look after and set up with good skin care habits QV is still an important part of my life and theirs. 

I started using QV on my children's skin when they were babies and thus they probably won't remember when they first started using it either. They'd just know that QV has always been a part of their lives too!

Being a beauty blogger I trial a large number of skin care and cosmetics products and treatments. 

I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin but every now and then a product or treatment will react and irritate my skin and that's when I reach for my trusted QV range of products.

One recent example of my skin reacting to a beauty treatment was when I started trialing an epilator for the first time last month. My skin reacted with redness and irritation immediately after this treatment and every subsequent epilating session I've done. So to help calm it down and reduce the discomfort I've been using the QV Gentle Wash and QV Skin Lotion each time after I use the epilator. It is so soothing.

QV Skin Lotion & QV Gentle Wash

QV Gentle Wash
This is a lovely and mild soap-free cleanser that maintains your skin's hydration and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, not dry and tight. It is perfect for using on my irritated skin after epilating. 

I also use this QV Gentle Wash in winter when my legs tend to become super dry and dehydrated.

QV Skin Lotion
This is a white, luxuriously light moisturising lotion. It is very easy to apply and is perfect for relieving and helping to prevent dry skin.

It is non greasy and soaks in super fast after a shower or bath so there is no standing around in the nude and waiting for it to absorb.

QV Skin Lotion is most effective in helping to repair my skin, and it feels so soothing after my use of the epilator.

QV Face Gentle Cleanser, Ultra Calming Moisturiser,
Revitalising Eye Cream & Nurturing Night Cream.

QV also have a range of face skin care products including the following.

QV Face Gentle Cleanser
All three of my teen children use this soap free gentle facial cleanser. It is enriched with Vitamin E and leaves the skin fresh, soft and moisturised. Like all QV Face products it is soap, fragrance and colour free, non-comedogenic so it won't block pores, and has been dermatologically tested. I am so happy to have all three of my children, including my boys, in a good facial cleansing routine.

I use this cleanser as well when I feel my face needs some gentle TLC treatment and I need a break from other cleansers I might be trialing.

QV Face Ultra Calming Moisturiser
This is a great daily non greasy moisturiser that acts to calm and soothe the skin. It is enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 & Vitamin B3. Once again like all these products it is designed for irritated and sensitive skin.

It is suitable for use under makeup.

QV Face Nurturing Night Cream
This night cream contains Vitamin B3 complex and safflower oil. The safflower oil replenishes moisture levels while the Vitamin B3 helps to reduce skin sensitivity. This product also improves skin elasticity and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Yes please!

QV Face Revitalising Eye Cream
This product also contains safflower oil and is formulated to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines for sensitive skin. It has a beautiful lightweight consistency and results in smoother refreshed looking skin. Another product that's perfect for my 40+ year old skin!

QV products are widely available to purchase from chemists nation wide or from the QV online shop.

GIVEAWAY
I love hosting giveaways for my readers and this one is a beauty!

QV are generously providing one hamper of the above products for me to giveaway to a lucky Fabulous and Fun Life reader.

Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter. Tell me in the comments below why you want to win this hamper of gentle QV skin care products. 

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Ingrid.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 107 Link Up

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness 107 Link Up!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one beauty related post each. 

All non-bloggers are also most welcome to visit the link up and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blog posts written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.

Monday Makeup Madness 107 Link Up 

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

The four most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up were:

Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.
If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email or message asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 




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Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

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Ingrid

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Good Green Box - April Edition

Oh my goodness!

Or should I say oh my green goodness!

Or more accurately still oh my good green box goodness!

I am loving the Good Green Box natural beauty subscription. I thought the March Edition which I reviewed HERE was amazing but I'm loving the April one even more!

It is jam packed full of natural and organic beauty items. In fact the box didn't even fully shut properly and had to be held shut with string it was that full!



Good Green Box - April Edition

I know it's already late May but I only received this box early May and I can't resist sharing the contents with you as they are that good! 

So let's see what this box contained!

Good Green Box - April Edition Contents


NUORI Vital Foaming Cleanser
I am most excited about this product! It is a full sized 100ml foaming cleanser. Revitalizing & smoothing fruit enzyme complex. It sounds brilliant! 

Moo Goo Cow Lick Lip Balm
This is another full sized product I am very excited about. I have been wanting to try this natural beauty brand for a while and I'm constantly using lip balm especially on the weekends in Autumn and Winter!

I love that it's made from edible ingredients because what goes on the lips gets eaten!

RAW Body Skincare The Original RAW Body Scrub
This scrub is 100% organic and natural and much as I love using body scrubs unfortunately the aroma of coffee gives me a head ache and the main ingredient of this scrub is certified organic coffee beans, together with organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut sugar and natural Himalayan rock salt. 

Oh well, my lucky sister, as my loss is her gain! She will absolutely love this!

Zuanna Cosmetics Smoothing Minerals Exfoliating Mask
This has the main ingredients of Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and Marshmallow Root. It is vegan friendly, free from synthetic ingredients, fragrance, preservatives, sulphates, fillers or any other potential nasties.  

I can see a delightful Sunday pampering session happening this weekend!

Keeko Oil Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder
This can be used as a facial detox face mask and spot treatment, and also as a teeth whitening powder. 

I'm intrigued! I'll be getting my black magic beauty game on this weekend with this product!

Organyc Feminine Hygiene Pad & Panty Liner
Made of 100% certified organic cotton, with no synthetics and no toxins these products are breathable and biodegradable. I'm interested to try them out!

Amazing Magnesium Recovery Wipe
I've recently restarted my exercise regime after several months break and this wipe will be most helpful in treating my subsequent muscle cramps and spasms as I push myself to regain my fitness!

PUKKA Detox & PUKKA Tumeric Gold Tea
Now I don't drink coffee as I mentioned before, but I do drink tea and I'm looking forward to trying these flavours which are both new ones to me. They both contain 100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients. Yay sounds perfect!

So you can see why I was excited with the April Good Green Box! I love sampling new brands and products, especially natural and organic products, through beauty subscription boxes. 

If you are interested in trying one of these boxes for yourself, click HERE to head over to the Good Green Box website to check out what's in this month's box. 

Click HERE to discover the three ways of subscribing. 

You can use the code TRYGOODGREENBOX10 to receive your first box for just $10.


Which of the above products appeals to you the most?

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Ingrid.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa Review

Epilation is the removal of hair using an epilator which is an electrical device that mechanically grasps multiple hairs simultaneously and pulls them out! 

Have you ever considered epilation or are you a regular and experienced epilator? If so you may be interested in the new Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa.

Let me share my first hand experience of epilating using the new Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa and let me confess up front - prior to receiving this device I was an epilator virgin.

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa is more than just an epilator however. It's a 4 in 1 full state of the art epilation, exfoliation & massage system with an added bonus facial cleansing brush. It comes with a whopping 12 extras.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

The Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa comes with:

  • The Epilator Itself
  • Deep Massage Pad
  • Exfoliation Brush
  • Gentle Exfoliation Brush
  • 2 Hygiene Caps
  • High Frequency Massage Cap
  • Skin Contact Cap
  • Facial Cap
  • Beauty Pouch
  • Facial Cleansing Brush (Battery Operated)
  • Exfoliation Brush 
  • Extra Sensitive Brush

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

Now how did I go using it for the first time ever?

Well never having epilated before I actually read the manual that came with the epilator and I undertook all the tips for novice epilator users:
  • I epilated in the evening so that any possible redness could disappear overnight
  • I relaxed my skin afterwards by using a gentle moisturising cream after epilation
  • I made sure my hairs were between 0.5-5 mm long
  • I ensured my skin was dry and free from grease or cream (Note the epilator can also be used wet but dry sounded easier to me, although wet is recommended to be more relaxing and better for sensitive skin)
  • I stretched my skin where possible whilst epilating
  • I used the massage cap for best skin comfort
  • I used the exfoliation brush 1 day before epilating to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs
  • I also enjoyed using the deep massage body pad to stimulate blood circulation in my legs and leaving my legs feeling soft and smooth
  • I used the slow gentle speed setting
  • And finally, I'm a wimp, I only epilated my legs! I'll build up to epilating the other parts of my body that need hair removal.

Braun Silk-épil 9 SkinSpa

Now here's the question you have all been wanting to ask me I'm sure! 

Did it hurt?

Yes, it did hurt. It was like lots of little needles being inserted into the area I was epilating, namely my legs. But having said that the pain didn't last long and it wasn't as intense as I thought it would be.

I did have to go over parts of my leg more than once to remove all the hairs. I found the light at the front of the epilator most useful in highlighting where the remaining hairs were.

I did get some redness and general skin irritation immediately after epilating but this dissipated within about 30 minutes for me.

My overall conclusion, to be honest is that shaving is quicker, easier and less painful but I'm going to continue with the epilating, of my legs anyway. I'm wanting the long term benefits of epilating, namely the reported sparser less thick hair and the reduced frequency that the hairs reappear. I've also heard that with repeated use the pain of epilating lessens even more.

Are you an epilator user? Do you have any tips or comments about epilating?

Alternatively do you have any questions for me about my experience? 


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Ingrid.

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