Collagen+ Beauty Milk – A Review


I was delighted to receive a case of Collagen+ Beauty Milk to try and review.


Collagen+ Beauty Milk is a unique drink which is enriched with essential vitamins, antioxidants and what is known as hunger fighting proteins!  Now anything that keeps my hunger pangs at bay is really a must try from me!




What’s in the drink?

The following ingredients can be found in this delicious strawberry drink:


Hydrolysed Collagen

Most skin support products come in the form of creams and only benefit the surface of the skin. Collagen+ Beauty Milk contains Hydrolysed Collagen which helps support the skin from the inside out and can support improved skin elasticity and hydration.


High in Protein

Collagen+ Beauty Milk contains nearly 12g or high quality protein from collagen and fresh milk protein sources. Proteins provide the essential building blocks of your body, your muscles, your bones, your skin, your hair and almost every organ, cell, and tissue in your body. Consuming enough protein each day is essential to your inner and outer health. What’s more, protein can also help keep you fuller for longer meaning you’re less likely to reach for those unhealthy treats!


Green Tea Extract

Green Tea Extract is a powerful and natural antioxidant and can help defend your body against the damaging effects free radicals. What’s more, green tea extract has also been linked to the promotion of a healthier metabolism which results in a greater ability to lose weight.


Vitamins & Minerals

Collagen+ Beauty Milk is also bursting with all important vitamins and minerals to help keep your immune system in tip top shape.


The Benefits

Since taking the drink I have noticed the following benefits for me, remember these may be different for each person:


Fuller for longer:  each bottle has 12g of protein and as has been proven protein helps you feel fuller for longer, I noticed this was certainly the case for me when taking the Collagen+ Beauty Milk.


Healthy Immune System:  before taking the Collagen+ Beauty Milk I had been fighting the cold, I must say that after a few days it was gone and I believe the vitamins in the milk certainly helped me.  Each bottle contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and B Vitamins.


For busy mums:  I must say that as a busy working mum there are days when I don’t have time for breakfast or when I skip lunch and then make up for it later!  I found that having a few bottles of Collagen+ Beauty Milk in my bag I could take a healthy milk drink which meant I didn’t eat junk later!  It is so convenient and healthy too!



Each bottle of Collagen + Beauty Milk contains:

  • 12g essential protein
  • 5000mg skin firming collagen
  • Antioxidant green tea extracts
  • Vitamins & minerals
  • 112 calories


I certainly recommend the Collagen+ Beauty Milk for anyone wanting to stay healthy, increase their vitamin intake or anyone who is busy – it’s certainly a great convenient healthy drink that as a bonus will support your skin too.


To view and buy the product visit:

You can buy a case of 12 now for a reduced price of £10 – rrp is normally £24!






1984 by George Orwell – A Review

Why on earth has it taken me so long to read 1984?  I really don’t have an answer to that question but whatever made me buy it recently I am thankful.

1984 is about a dystopian world that is so plausible it sent shivers through my body as I read parts of it, I could sense a world that could so easily be close to our own.

Published in 1949, Orwell set the novel in the totalitarian state Oceania with Big Brother’s surveillance state and craving for power taking over media, rewriting history, removing people from existence and manipulation not just of public opinion but of truth.

It is an absorbing story that hocks you right away as you ponder the fate of the protagonist, Winston Smith and his girlfriend Julia as they attempt to break away from the party rules to freedom.  Both Winston and Julia are low level ranking workers in the ‘Party’ and while the main topics covered are the controls of Big Brother it is so much more than that as we are immersed in the lives of Julia and Winston and their attempts to defy Big Brother.  You certainly empathize with both characters as they try to rebel against the control of Big Brother in their lives and minds with ‘Thought Crimes’.

Winston and Julia are eventually caught and we are introduced to the lengths Big Brother will go to in order to control every aspect of people’s lives including the torturous Room 101.

For me there are some similarities in 1984 and today, of course the main one being the surveillance and today with 24/7 CCTV, the leaks from Snowden, PRISM, NSA etc on how governments are tapping phones, accessing our internet history etc.  I will let you draw your own conclusions on how close we are to 1984.

Another topic covered in the book about Big Brother’s world is the endless war with different enemies – is it possible to draw a conclusion with today’s ‘war on terror’?  Does this keep us all in a state of fear and willing to allow governments to legitimize their surveillance on us?

Control of the media in 1984 is necessary and absolute to control the population.  Winston’s job is to rewrite the press stories, rewrite people out of history, rewrite facts – so are these facts anymore?  Does this resemble what is now known as ‘fake news’ or ‘alternative facts’?

For me, 1984 was deeply troubling and deeply moving.

Have you read it?  What did you think of it?  Would you consider reading it now?  I would love to hear your thoughts.


Elf x






Trend-Setting Music Artists in 2017


Pushing the boundaries is one thing, doing it effectively, poignantly and with panache so that others will follow you, is something else entirely. Today’s music scene isn’t short on artists trying to be different, but every so often we see someone carrying it off with a certain style, either providing something totally unique or combining a blend of influences and references in a quite brilliant way, and we sit up and take notice., an independent music news site, like to champion new music and trendsetters, so here they list five artists evolving rapidly in 2017 and who they expect other performers to be emulating by the end of the year.

Rag ‘n Bone Man

For Rag ‘n Bone Man – real name Rory Graham – the rise to the top has been a slow burner. The 32-year-old from Brighton has been on the fringes of the UK hip hop scene working with various artists and producers for nearly a decade, but it was only in 2013, having signed a publishing deal, that he had designs on a full-time career in music. Even then, two EPs in 2014 and 2015 showed only steady progress, but the almighty smash that was 2016’s ‘Human’ single has now propelled Rag ‘n Bone Man onto a Brit Award for 2017’s Breakthrough Artist. The 2017 album ‘Human’ delivers on its promise to be an ‘eclectic’ album with many influences not necessarily like the single, but certainly there is a soulful groove, hip-hop flavours and a unique voice that explodes with the richness of a Blues singer from the 1950s.

Nadia Rose

This 23-year-old UK rapper from Croydon is causing quite a stir already as the cousin of Stormzy, but is expected to make a name for herself in 2017, with debut EP ‘Highly Flammable’ showcasing a rare talent. According to recent interviews Nadia used to sleep with a dictionary under her pillow, and it certainly shows, with confident wordplay and verbal panache offering a compelling mixture of Missy Elliot and Eminem in her unique delivery, which is still unquestionably now. It seems a certainty that Nadia will be omni-present this year, having already frequented the festival scene in 2016, so keep an ear and an eye out.

Twenty One Pilots

Formed in 2009, the American duo Twenty One Pilots are another artist that has enjoyed a none-too-brisk rise to prominence. But things are meant to happen when they’re meant to happen, and for Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph that was the 2015 album ‘Blurryface’. The hit singles ‘Stressed Out’ and Ride’ lead to a raft of Grammy nominations and widespread recognition for their mix of hip hop and indie/alternative rock and their innovative use of keyboards. Critics have found it hard to pin them down to a specific genre, which probably underlines their star quality, and with deep lyrics and messages and their self-stated aim to produce music that “makes people think”, Twenty One Pilots are certainly a band we would like others to imitate.

Melanie Martinez

Despite being eliminated from The Voice in 2012, this 21-year-old US singer songwriter has used that experience to motivate a single-minded onslaught on music listeners. Described as “twisted lullabies” and with a feverish nightmare quality, Martinez brings personal stories and a heavy hip hop influence to her music. ‘Dollhouse’ was her most successful single in 2014, but her debut album ‘Cry Baby’ in 2015 brought widespread attention. Martinez adopts an almost Bowie-like alter ego with her striking two-tone hair, and she describes the protagonist from ‘Cry Baby’ as a “fairytale” version of herself. Taking inspiration from Lana Del Ray, Fiona Apple and Ariana Grande, Martinez has created a fascinating character and we can’t wait to follow her story.


As a former singer in Acid Jazz band Crisp, Sia found herself in London in 1997 struggling to kickstart a solo career. But seven albums later, the 41-year-old Australian has finally broken through, with her hip hop, funk and soul combination really making waves. After song writing for other artists for a couple of years, Sia’s sixth album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ made the right impact in 2014, with the hit single ‘Chandelier’ demonstrating the hills and valleys of her amazing vocal range, and the explosion of her unusual delivery took her into the US charts. Her seventh album ‘This Is Acting’ perfectly illustrates the thoughtful self-analysis that is sure to maintain her ascent on to big things in 2017.


This is a sponsored post by Get To The Front which is a 24/7 online music news magazine.







I hate cleaning windows, I hate cleaning windows, I hate, I hate, I hate cleaning windows!


I think you all now know what rarely gets done in our house.  Living in a bungalow there is no excuse for hiring a window cleaner so to actually see out the windows I decided to look up what options there might be for making this job quick and easy!


What has come back time and again is cleaning windows the old-fashioned way with water, vinegar and newspaper!


So I wanted to share my routine with you which hopefully will make this job easier for you as it has started to become for me.


  1. Firstly, pick a cloudy day to clean the windows as direct sun makes the water dry too quickly which leaves streaks behind!
  2. Autumn time I have noted an increase in spiders and cobwebs so the first task is to take a brush and sweep all the cobwebs away from the window frames.
  3. In a bowl put in some hot water then add a few drops of vinegar, simply use a cloth and clean the window.
  4. Before the water dries use a sheet of old newspaper to buff dry to a shine.


You will have clean and streak free windows – hoorah!


I would also encourage you to stay clear of all those chemical cleaning products and opt instead for more traditional cleaning, here are some ideas for you:

  • Lemons help you get rid of lime scale, soak a cloth in lemon juice and use to clean your bathroom taps or shower hose!
  • You can clean brass with a little bit of salt and white vinegar, test it first though.
  • Did you know that using bicarbonate of soda removes tea stains? Just rub some of it around the cup with a little water then rinse.


Happy Cleaning.


Elf x


cleaning windows


A Review of Vintage Style Cornish Art Posters

The internet has opened up so much to us, from new music, new film, new ways of publishing and of course ways for artists to reach new audiences.

While many of us may not have time to visit an art gallery – a virtual gallery is different.  I was lucky enough to be asked to review the virtual John Dyer Art Gallery set up by John Dyer and his wife Joanne  Short.

While predominantly online, you can also visit the work by appointment if you happen to be in Falmouth, Cornwall.  These artists are Cornwall’s most established and acclaimed.

Their virtual art gallery will appeal to experienced and newcomers to find original contemporary work, you decide what you like and then checkout as you would with any online purchase.  It will arrive within a few days securely wrapped and ready to be placed on your wall where it will look magnificent.

The John Dyer Art Gallery has a tremendous amount of great art, I was gifted a Vintage Style Poster of St Ives and what a fantastic and unique poster!  The sensation of the vintage style posters of various locations in Cornwall is a treat to see, the vivid colours, the attention to detail is so great you could almost be there.  Indeed, the very decision to take well known locations in Cornwall and use them in a vintage style works extremely well and will appeal to many.



The whole John Dyer Art Gallery website is inviting with the beautiful artwork of John, Joanne and Ted taking centre stage. I defy anyone not to be impressed with the art work here.

I was so delighted to review the vintage style poster, the work is exciting, thrilling and oozes energy and excitement, it is also both unique and a contemporary piece of art.

Anyone seriously interested in art owes the John Dyer Art Gallery a visit to view their beautiful work for yourself.