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How we treat our skin during autumn and winter determines a lot of things not least how much work we need to do to get it spring/summer ready!  A lot can happen during the cold winter months that are cause for concern, these can be skin dryness, rashes, dull and dried out hair and pale, oh so pale skin.  But if you use the right products coming up to summer you can make sure you are summer ready.

The following products were gifted to me and I have been trying them out on my own skin and hair.  I’m the perfect guinea pig because my hair and skin have suffered over the winter.  Have a read and let me know what you think.  Thoughts and words are my own.



Lusso Tan

Lusso tan

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I’m pale white.  And while pale is interesting to me, I often need a little help when spring/summer comes along especially when I kick off the boots and start wearing dresses and skirts.  I often think to myself why didn’t I take more care of my skin over the winter?  However, the lovely people at Lusso Tan send me some product to try and I am hooked.  Not to mention they are based in Northern Ireland – where I live.  It’s always a delight finding local products and supporting local business.  The Flawless Tanning Mitt and Tan product is really easy to use and gives a lovely glow.  I also love the fact the product is organic and paraben free! Do you fancy £5 off a purchase at Lusso Tan?  Visit the Lusso Tan Shop here and enter HAPPYBLOGGING to receive £5 off all purchases over £15.00.


The Perfume Studio Make Your Own Fragrance

make your own perfume

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You don’t have to follow the crowd this summer.  Why not make your own bespoke perfume?  My lovely hubby bought me a perfume making gift set for Christmas and I loved it.  I’ve made my own special blends that no-one else has.  So to get this one from The Perfume Studio is fantastic. You will get the highest quality perfume ingredients, designed to help you blend a fragrance as individual as you are.  As well as stunning fragrances you will also receive a beautiful glass atomiser, pipettes, scent strips and easy to follow instructions!  Honestly this really will make you stand out from the crowd!  You can visit The Perfume Studio here to view the wonderful array of kits.




Natural World Range of Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner

coconut range

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Oh my goodness.  The smell of coconut just takes me back to summer.  This product is no exception.  The smell lasts forever too.  It has made such a different to my hair in the two weeks I have been using it.  They refer to it as superfood for the hair and I agree with them.  It has turned my hair from dull and dry to soft smoother and with a lovely shine!  You can get your hands on it here.


Herbal Henna Hair Treatments

henna hair treatment

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There are times when my hair needs a little extra TLC.  That’s where the Herbal Henna Hair Treatment comes in.  Henna powder comes from a bush called Lawsonia inermis found in India, North Africa and the Middle East.  It is blended with Himalayan herbs to nourish, condition hair naturally. After trying this it left my hair really silky smooth!  At only £2.99 over on Beauty Base it’s a must have product.


Salcura Skincare

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My skin has really suffered over this winter.  No wonder since this winter has lasted 6 weeks longer than last!  I was starting to worry that we would never see the sun!  Which is why I was delighted to try the Salcura Skincare.  Bioskin has been developed to fix dry and damaged skin.  I have to say I’m thrilled at the results already and I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks.  If you’d like to give it a go head over here to get yours.



Joico Luster Lock

Joico K Pak Colour

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Over the years I have coloured my hair but haven’t done so in a while and I see some grey hairs coming through!  I tried the new Joico Luster Lock and am delighted to say that it seems to be preserving my natural colour.  I use this on a weekly basis as a more luxourious treatment to my hair.  It harnesses the power of Manketti and ARgan Oils to give your hair a lovely shine!   You can buy yours here.


It Really Works Vitamins


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For the men in your life, It Really Works Vitamins  are ideal for healthy, strong hair.  They have been featured in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness Magazines and Esquire Magazine.  All ingredients in the supplements are 100% natural, Kosher, Halal and Vegan friendly. They even offer a 90 day back money guarantee. These are ideal products that will ensure thick healthy and strong hair.



Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Cocolicious Shampoo & Conditioner


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There seems to be a trend going on here!  I adore coconut everything so I’m delighted to also recommend this amazing shampoo and conditioner Cocolicious.  With hydrating coconut oil extract formula this really does leave your hair clean, super-soft and super-shiny.  Best of all you can pick these up in your local supermarket too!  An easy way to get a fantastic product.


Impact3 Shampoo & Condioner

impact 3 shampoo

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This shampoo and conditioner is sulphate and paraben free.  The shampoo contains 3 natural oils, coconut, olive and sweet almond.  These products are so gentle on my hair, it’s hard to believe I’m using them at all!  My hair had an incredible shine and felt really lightweight and with more volume!  You can explore the range here.



Swish to Go

swish to go

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I don’t know about you but I sometimes feel the need to brush my teeth at work.  It probably has to do with whatever large sandwich I’m eating!  I used the Swish to Go range which is a unique waterless, powder system that turns to liquid on the tongue.  You swish it round your mouth for 10 seconds, you can also swallow it and hey presto your teeth are cleaned and you have fresh breath.  Have to say it’s a great product and so handy to keep in your bag too!  You can try Swish to Go here.


Sun care


Image courtesy of SunSense

When you find a brand from Australia specialising in sunscreen you know you have a winner.  After all they have more sun than us!  We all know that we need to product ourselves from UV rays all year round so I was delighted to receive this product from Sunsense to give it a go.  Of course we haven’t had much sun yet but I’ve been using it on my face and think it’s a great product.  My children have fair skin so this will be ideal for them too.  You can try it out by ordering Sunsense Ultra here.
Image courtesy of Boots
Nivea is another sunscreen stable that I use to protect myself.  Their products for children are just great and so easy to put on.  I often opt for sunscreen from different ranges for different parts of my body – just to make sure I’m protected.  You can see the fantastic Nivea range here.

Skin Solutions with Palmers

palmers skincare

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How on earth do we manage to get such dry skin over the autumn and winter?  I was so pleased to try Palmers Skin Smoothing Lotion for my whole body.  I really needed it!  It was as if my skin needed a very long drink.  Well Palmer’s is doing the trick.  What I love about this product too is that it is ethically sourced cocoa butter and shea butter.  It has certainly helped to replenish my skin and it’s starting to look good enough to take off all the winter layers!  You can get yours here.

Itch Relief Moisturiser


Image courtesy of Suu Balm

My skin is all over the place at the moment.  Just about a month ago I came out in a really bad rash.  I had no idea where it came from.  In fact this year has been awful for rashes.  This is where this little wonder comes in.  Suu Balm™  is a rapid itch relief moisturiser designed for dry, itchy or sensitive skin. Vegan friendly, it’s an over the counter moisturiser that’s free from steroids and its non-greasy formula means its pleasant on skin. I think it has been the harsh weather that has contributed to my skin conditions.  I’m pleased to report that Suu Balm is most certainly one to have on hand to manage skin flare-ups!

Summer Fragrance

ted baker sweet treats perfume

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Smells are provactive which is why I change my perfume in summer.  I adore the more flower and sweet frangrances so the Ted Baker Sweet Treats range is a must.  The Ella fragrance is an intoxicating cocktail of bergamot and cassis, with orange blossom, jasmine and rose.  Basenotes include sandalwood and vanilla. Polly is more fruity with top notes of soft mandarin, red berries and peach.  Middle notes include white jasmine, honeysuckle and peony. With base notes of vanilla and white musk.  Mia opens with notes of lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant, with rose and freesia, leaving behind a stunning base of patchouli and golden amber.  Honestly these fragrances will have you thinking of summer all day long over the coming months even if the sun isn’t shining!  Get your Ted Baker Sweet Treat range here.

Hübner’s Silicea Hair, Skin, Nails & Bones Supplement

I have been using Silica for a while now.  It is great for supporting the formation of collagen and elastin, strengthen skin, hair, nails and bones, and encourage the body to hold on to water and other vital nutrients.  I have to say that I am over the moon with these supplements as I have noticed a marked difference in my hair, skin and nails.  It will certainly be a supplement I will keep on buying.  You can get yours from www.healthy2u.co.uk.

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  1. Karen Barrett
    April 24, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Looking forward to it, I have family over from Australia

  2. Tracy Nixon
    April 24, 2018 / 8:52 am

    Yes! It has been a very long winter and I have two little chihuahua puppies, who hate the cold and need to run about in the Summer sunshine!

  3. lesley renshaw
    April 24, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Oh yeah! Bring on the sunshine x

  4. Lindsey stuart
    April 24, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I am almost ready for summer! I am off to get my hair cut and coloured this weekend, I am tanning, nails done and getting on with the gardening! Happy Summer
    These hair goodies sound wonderful.

  5. Angela Treadway
    April 24, 2018 / 9:24 am

    no not really lol x

  6. Susan Lloyd
    April 24, 2018 / 9:47 am

    No, it always catches me out and I have a sudden rush to buy sunscreen x

  7. Angie Mcdonald
    April 24, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Yes! More than ready!

  8. Elizabeth Smith
    April 24, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Oh yes, fed up with winter clothes, winter fruit and veg and winter weather!

  9. Ruth Wollerton
    April 24, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I can’t wait for the sunshine, the hotter weather, the family barbecues and the family fun. Summer here I come xxx

  10. Jen Oconnell
    April 24, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Yes! Definitely ready! All my summer clothes are out – shame I can’t wear them yet!

  11. Alica
    April 24, 2018 / 11:58 am

    It has been a very long and hard winter! I am so ready for summer now! 🙂

  12. Annabel Greaves
    April 24, 2018 / 1:24 pm

    I really am ready for some sun and summer fun

  13. john prendergast
    April 24, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    yes can’t wait for summer

  14. Deborah Clarke
    April 24, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I’m very much looking forward to the warmer weather. Need to drop a dress size or 2 though lol

  15. Susan Smith
    April 24, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Yes, i am always ready for summer

  16. pete c
    April 24, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    almost, though the holiday is planned!

  17. Emma C
    April 24, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I thought I was until we had some sunny weather last week and I realised my summer wardrobe is in serious need of updating!

  18. Solange
    April 24, 2018 / 5:46 pm

    Yes, I’m ready.

  19. Julia Lawson
    April 24, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Hell yeah! 😀 Especially after all the recent, endless cold weather!

  20. Sarah Roberts
    April 25, 2018 / 12:42 am

    Absolutely! carnt wait to be able to leave a coat a home and put my sandels on and get some sun 🙂

  21. Lynsey Buchanan
    April 25, 2018 / 1:31 am

    Yes more than ready for summer. it was a very long winter this year with all the late snow

  22. Alice Gilkes
    April 25, 2018 / 5:24 am

    We have already had our summer which was last week. 🙂
    Jokes aside, yes I am definitely ready for summer.

  23. Sadiyya Maryam
    April 25, 2018 / 6:22 am

    Weather wise yes most definitely as it’s been a long winter.

  24. charlotte
    April 25, 2018 / 10:33 am

    im always ready for summer 😛 who isnt, being prepared on the other hand is a different story haha

  25. April 25, 2018 / 11:17 am

    I’m definitely not ready for summer! Dreading the regular leg-shaving haha cracking out the extra thick moisturiser in preparation!

  26. Sheena Batey
    April 25, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    I can’t wait bring it on!

  27. Margaret Clarkson
    April 26, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Yes, it’s been a long winter!

  28. Craig Havery
    April 26, 2018 / 10:34 am

    After what seems like a long winter you bet

  29. nicola rupawala
    April 26, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    yes definitely after the long winter!

  30. jo liddement
    April 26, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    It has seemed like a very long winter and i am looking forward to feeling some sun on my face and getting outside. I have been buying a few new summer tops and some new sandals this week and looking forward to it being warm enough to wear them soon.

  31. Katerina Economides
    April 28, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Yes I cant wait. x

  32. April 29, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    Nope. lol I still have everything to buy x

  33. janine atkin
    April 29, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    yes im ready. im looking forward to it

  34. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    April 29, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Oh yes! Holiday to Morocco booked… cannot wait ! xx

  35. cheryl hadfield
    April 29, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    Yes, I have 2 family holidays booked for this year, so excited

    April 30, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I have to admit I struggle with the heat but it will be nice to sit in the garden and enjoy the flowers

  37. Hayley F
    April 30, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Definitely now. It’s been a long winter x

  38. Kat Comer
    May 1, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I love summer but I hate the effect on my pale skin. Hate greasy sunscreen!

  39. Sandra Foreman
    May 1, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    I am but my body if far from it

  40. Wise Ways
    May 1, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    It’s been a long winter so I’m ready for some sunshine

  41. Kim M
    May 2, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Can’t wait to spend more time in the garden – feel so much better in the sunshine x

  42. debbie smith
    May 2, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    not yet i get really dry skin in the winter so i have been scrubbing up and moisturising too get my skin summer ready fab giveaway thankyou xx

  43. maria blythin
    May 2, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    yes x just need some sun now

  44. Jessica Barber
    May 3, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Ready for the warm weather and sunshine…definitely!! My spring cleaning however… is somewhat behind!!

  45. Denfor Hopkins
    May 5, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    Can’t wait for summer to arrrive.

  46. claire woods
    May 6, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    No. My feet look awful.

  47. tony martin
    May 7, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Am I ever ready for it haha

  48. Leila Benhamida
    May 7, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    Oh yes. Really looking forward to it. I feel that it already started 😀

  49. Jessica W.
    May 8, 2018 / 1:36 am

    Yes, I’m armed with sunscreen and ready for the heat!

  50. Jessica W.
    May 8, 2018 / 1:36 am

    Yes, I’m armed with sunscreen and ready for the heat!

  51. Pamela Gossage
    May 8, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Yes Yes ! IGot it all ready. Shorts / T shirts /Dresses / Swimwear . Got it all ready

  52. ElizM
    May 8, 2018 / 6:27 am

    No! still struggling with spring’s hay fever!

  53. Kimberly Meadows
    May 8, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Looking forward to summer after thus ling cold winter.

  54. May 8, 2018 / 6:52 am

    Lovely to get summer clothes out and put away all the winter Woolies!

  55. Lynne Manton
    May 8, 2018 / 6:59 am


  56. Laura Jeffs
    May 8, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Must admit I am not ready for summer at all!

  57. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    May 8, 2018 / 7:04 am

    Packing away winter clothes already !.

  58. Cherry Lloyd
    May 8, 2018 / 7:05 am

    I’m always ready for summer, I absolutely love it.

  59. Karen Hughes
    May 8, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Am always ready for summer. As soon as the temperature goes into double figures, I start to look at all the summer clothes in the shops

  60. Andrea Fletcher
    May 8, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Yes definitely its been a long winter.

  61. Charlotte G
    May 8, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Always ready for Summer! Can’t wait to be abroad and just relax

  62. Donna S
    May 8, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Yes, I’m ready, can’t wait 🙂

  63. Sandra Jo Siddall
    May 8, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Oh yes I am 😎

  64. Judith Allen
    May 8, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I don’t do well in hot sunshine, but I really have had enough of snow and cold, so yes, I’m ready!

  65. Kerry H
    May 9, 2018 / 12:07 am

    I’m ready for the longer days and better weather. It will be nice to get some more exercise!

  66. Lucy
    May 9, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Yes! I’ve been packing for my holiday today and am definitely feeling ready 🙂

  67. Samantha Atherton
    May 11, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Probably not!

  68. Oli Marshall
    May 12, 2018 / 9:40 am

    I am ready for my sunshine but not quite ready with all UV protection etc that my family and I need. This TRULY WONDERFUL prize would make our summer unforgettable knowing we are completely spoiled.

  69. Lynn Neal
    May 12, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Yes, I love spending more time outside!

  70. Yolanda Davis
    May 12, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    yes. new clothes, sandals ect. bring it on

  71. paula cheadle
    May 13, 2018 / 10:26 am

    yep I am ready, even got some suncream

  72. Liam Fitzpatrick
    May 13, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I’m ready for summer, but my skin’s not, I burn like a lobster!

  73. Nikki Hayes
    May 13, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Not really, I need to start getting the winter clothes packed away and I need to get a ton of stuff before we go on holiday in July 😀

  74. Susan B
    May 14, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I am always ready for summer. It is the most fabulous of all seasons and try to make the most of it.

  75. Sophie Roberts
    May 14, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    I am! I can’t wait for my birthday and the 2 holidays I’m going on!

  76. Lizzy Cooper
    May 14, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    No not yet! I need so much, just haven’t got around to it

  77. Mark Mccaffery
    May 16, 2018 / 3:25 am

    Yeah, and I just can’t wait.

  78. Alison Johnson
    May 18, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    I’m looking forward to summer after all the rain & cold wind. Don’t know whether I’m ‘ready’ yet though!

    May 20, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Most definitely I’m ready for the summer

  80. Rachael Sexey
    May 20, 2018 / 3:43 pm

    Yes I am Wahoo bring on the sunshine 💝

  81. Sarah Mccaffery
    May 20, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    It’s more like, is the summer ready for me!

  82. Margaret Mccaffery
    May 20, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I’m ready, I’m just waiting for a decent long spell of sunny weather.

  83. Vicky Cole
    May 22, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Yes can’t wait to wear my summer dresses

  84. Ruth Harwood
    May 24, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Yes, I’ve got my chair and my sandals and dresses all set out to wear!

  85. Mandy Betts
    May 24, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Yes, but I am not ready for hay fever!

  86. Cassandra D
    May 24, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Yes, I am ready for summer.

  87. Tania Atfield
    May 25, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Definitely ready

  88. Liam Fitzpatrick
    May 26, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I’m perfectly ready, just hope I don’t sunburn!

  89. Amanda Gregory
    May 26, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I am more than ready for summer.

  90. Debi Newman
    May 26, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Yes and can’t wait for it to get here x

  91. Libby Alexander
    May 26, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    There is no way I’m ready for summer. I have to de-frizz my hair, de-fuzz my legs and de-bloat my carb tummy. I should be all done by November. 🙂

  92. Samantha R
    May 27, 2018 / 10:23 am

    I’m definitely not ready for summer – I need a new wardrobe to start.

  93. Marie Rungapadiachy
    May 27, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    I am so ready for Summer, especially after all the dark Winter days we have had.

  94. Kelly Hirst
    May 27, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I’m ready for summer – I’m always ready for sunshine and fun!

  95. Keith Hunt
    May 27, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Yes always stock up in the winter

  96. Dani S
    May 28, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    So ready for summer!

  97. Anthea Holloway
    May 28, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Yes I am ready but my garden is not quite there yet!

  98. Hazel Rea
    May 28, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Not quite – have to stay out of the sun until some minor surgery on my face has healed. Other than that I am!

  99. Kirsteen Mackay
    May 28, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Yes, I’m so over the cold weather. I can’t wait for days at the beach and cycling in the sun.

  100. nicky pearce
    May 29, 2018 / 11:08 am

    always ready for summer

  101. Irene Murdoch
    May 29, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I love the Summer as long as I don’t burn!

  102. astrid c
    May 29, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    kinda, im not as slim as i had hoped to be!! x

  103. Laura Pritchard
    May 29, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Not really, I need some TLC!

  104. Sheri Darby
    May 29, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    No – I never am, it always comes as a wonderful surprise

  105. michelle o'neill
    May 30, 2018 / 5:36 am

    no where near!! lol

  106. Helen Jones
    May 30, 2018 / 9:09 am

    I’m ready and embracing it, stocked up with sun protection, New sandals and floaty dresses

  107. Christina Palmer
    May 30, 2018 / 11:14 am

    Yes I am ready for it and looking forward to its arrival

  108. Teresa B
    May 30, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I can’t wait for some sunshine!

  109. Caroline Shepherd
    May 30, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    Yeah! So ready! Bring it on…

  110. sharon martin
    May 30, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    sort of ready for summer, still need to get some new sunscreen though

  111. Emma Kinsey
    May 30, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    i love summer so much

    May 30, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    We have already been away so are looking forward to some good weather here so we can get into the garden in the evenings

    May 30, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Yes, but we have a taste of summer weather then it’s back to warmer clothing!

  114. Helena Gilbert
    May 30, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    yes…..longing for some long spells of sunshine to make us all smile !

  115. Natalie Crossan
    May 30, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    No, never!

  116. Dawn Samples
    May 30, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    It feels like summers arrived early in recent weeks but still not prepared my skin for the summer and in need of some waxing and exfoliating x

  117. Kerry Webber
    May 30, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I’m never ready for anything!!

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