Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique store sells a lovely selection of skin care products. The company began as an old world apothecary in 1851 in New York and is now found all over the world.

I am a firm believer that if you look after your skin you can keep it looking youthful. My skin care regime began in my teens. I ensure I cleanse and moisturise daily.  I am sure this has made all the difference to the way my skin looks today. Recently I made a visit to Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique for an evening event. This is the second beauty event I have been to recently. The other was the launch of the Urban Decay Jean Michel Basquiat range.

Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique is on Blackett Street in the centre of the city, near to Grey’s Monument. I have always found Kiehl’s intriguing, with it’s skeleton in the window, but have never been in. I was looking forward to finding out more about their products.

Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique

Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique is a mix of modern products and old apothecary style. The firm began in New York as an apothecary 160 years ago. In 1851 they were dispensing medicine to the people of the East Village. In the 1920’s they began to their own develop skin care lines in the 1920’s. Today Kiehl’s are known for a number of cult products. The skeleton in the window, Mr Bones, is a tribute to Kiehl’s origins. He signifies the research into chemistry, pharmacology and medicine. While he is a perfect replica skeleton he is not made of real human bones. He does add a quirky touch to the store entrance

Mr Bones in Kiehl's Newcastle

The Alchemist Newcastle

On entering the store The Alchemist greeted us with a cheeky cocktail. The Alchemist are a new addition to the food and drink scene in Newcastle. They can be found in the new Grey’s Quarter in Eldon Square. It is one of those places that is on my list to go and visit soon.

The making of the pink frothy bubble bath cocktail was a showy affair involving lots of frothing and bubbles. The end result was delicious, reminiscent of candy floss. The cocktail contains gin, Chambord and Aperol with apple and some secret ingredients. Having made an aperol spritz before I should have realised that was one of the ingredients.  Kiehl’s also got a lovely cake to go along with the cocktail.

The Alchemist at Kiehl's Newcastle

The Alchemist at Kiehls, Newcastle

The Alchemist at Kiehls Newcastle

Cake at Kiehls, Newcastle

Kiehl’s Products

After enjoying cake and a cocktail I had a look round the store. Kiehl’s consultants were on hand to give a skin care consultation. They test your skin with little pads to find out what type of skin you have. The pads measure the amount of oil in your skin. My skin is dry.

The store is cleverly set out in sections which put together all the products for one skin type. This makes it super easy to see all the relevant products and to pick up something that might be suitable. Each of the products has information beside them so you can easily find out what they do.  There is even a section for men. The Kiehl’s consultants are super helpful and recommend products to try.

I love the mix of sleek modern shelves with quirky old fashioned touches beside them. Sleek skin care jars are stand along side old style apothecary bottles. Models of biplanes and old style pharmaceutical adverts line the walls along with photos from the time Kiehl’s began.  It gives the store a quirky and welcoming feel.

Kiehls skincare

Kiehl's Newcastle Boutique

Kiehsl NEwcastle Boutique

Kiehls Newcastle Boutique

Kiehls Newcastle boutique

I left with a bunch of skincare samples to try out. So far I have tried the Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream. This is a moisturiser that contains “Resurrection Flower”. It is meant to help stop the signs of ageing  and it works really well. My skin looks much firmer with less fine lines. I am sure I will be popping back into Kiehl’s Newcastle Boutique soon.

Thanks to Kiehl’s for a lovely night.


With these six tips for getting your sun summer ready you will be happy to wear summer clothes and make the most of the sunshine.

It looks like Spring is finally here. The last few days have been lovely and sunny. Spring flowers are appearing in gardens and the birds are starting to think about building nests. It is lovely to see the sun again. Once the sun starts coming out we start to think about bringing out our summer clothes. Jumpers and boots which were perfect for the winter are too heavy for the sunshine. Lighter clothing means the chance to show off our skin again. Sadly over the winter the skin often gets neglected and it needs a little pampering to get it looking good again. I have put together some tips for getting your skin summer ready. If you start now your skin will be looking good in time for the summer.

Six Tips for getting your skin summer ready.

Follow these six tips for getting your skin summer ready and you will be ready to bare in the summer.


Wearing layers of clothing over the winter can cause dead skin cells to build up, leaving our skin looking dull and lifeless. Exfoliating regularly will remove the dead skin cells making your skin look fresher and younger. Choosing the right exfoliating scrub is half the battle. I like to use one with natural ingredients like this Crazy Angel Halo Polish Scrub (RRP £10.10). It is infused with Sesame and Bearberry which moisturise your skin.  Soft white pearl beads will  gently remove dead skin cells. It works really well on my skin making it feel softer and smoother giving it the perfect boost for the summer.


Crasy Angel Halo Polish Exfloiating Scrub


Invest in an exfoliating scrub that uses natural ingredients, like sugar and salt (not beads) and apply all over your face and body while you’re in the shower. Keep in mind that the skin on your face, neck and chest is thinner than the rest of the skin on your body, so use something that’s more gentle in these areas. Pay special attention to dry spots like your elbows and feet. A body brush can really help get these areas looking soft and smooth.


The summer sun acts to dry out skin. Prevent this happening by making sure you moisturise in the morning and evening. This will make your skin look fresher and make your tan last longer. It will also make your skin feel softer. Why not use a moisturiser than also contains self tan to get that golden sunkissed glow without the sun. It will build your tan up gradually without adding extra time to your beauty regime. I have been trying out Crazy Angel Golden Tease Gradual Tan (RRP £11.00).  The mild tanning agents have given my skin a lovely streak free golden glow.   It works really well as a moisturiser as it is enriched with Bearberry, Shea Butter and Vitamin E.  The smell is nice as well, unlike some fake tans.

 Crazy Angel Golden Tease Gradual tan



Water is important to your body. Over half your body is made up of water and without it your body can’t function correctly. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired and bring on headaches. Lack of water can also leave your skin feeling dry and tight. In the summer your body is losing water as sweat due to the warmer conditions. This needs replacing to keep you looking and feeling your best. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day or more if you can manage it. Your skin will thank you for it.


The ultraviolet rays from the sun can have a harmful effect on the skin. As well as causing sunburn if you stay out too long they also have an ageing effect on the skin. Make sure that you apply sunscreen before you go outside. Don’t forget the ultraviolet rays are still present, even on cloudy days. It is good practice to always apply sunscreen and reapply every two hours if you are outside for a long time.

Apply a tan

Nothing makes you feel like Summer has come more than a tanned skin. Getting a tan naturally can take a while and is not good for your skin. If you don’t have the patience to use a gradual tan why not fake it? Crazy Angel Bronze Instant Airbrush Self Tan (RRP £15.30) is a great way to get an instant bronze glow that develops after two hours into a natural looking tan. It is easy to spray on with the 360° spray allowing you to apply it to difficult to reach areas. As well as tanning agents it contains  Aloe Vera and Vitamin E  to moisturise your skin and produce long lasing results.
Crazy Angel Bronze Instant Airbrush Self Tan

Don’t forget your feet

Feet are on show over the summer when you wear strappy sandals. Often the skin on the feet suffers from being in boots all winter. The result is hard skin patches that look unsightly. Invest in a pedicure or buy a tool to help you remove hard skin from your feet. The Micro Pedi  is one tool that does a good job. Don’t forget to moisturise your feet and invest in a manicure. Coloured nails look really nice with sandals.

If you start practising these six tips for getting your skin summer ready you should have skin to show off once summer comes. Do you have any other tips to add? Let me know below.

Six tips for getting your skin summer ready


I was sent some Crazy Angel products to try out at home. I did not have to say anything nice and my opinions are my own.




A good skin care routine should be an important part of your daily life. You skin has to deal with a lot, rain, wind and sunshine. A little help will keep it looking at it’s best. My mum taught me the importance of a good skin care routine as a teenager. Now I am in my forties I can see how invaluable her advice was. My skin has remained reasonably fresh.

Unfortunately as you age your skin starts to lose its elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear. The body starts to produce less collagen which helps your skin stay elastic. You can get products that help increase the collagen in your body like Vida Glow. Starting a good skin care routine early in life is the best way to keep skin looking youthful.

Taking care of your skin with Clinique

My skincare routine has always been simple. I make sure I cleanse and moisturise my skin twice a day. I also exfoliate my skin once a week. My skin is prone to dryness and can be sensitive so I make sure I pick products suitable for my skin type. I also make sure I drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. This routine has gone a long way to keep my skin young.

Recently I have been trying out two Clinque skin care products, Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream. Clinque is not a brand I have tried before but I have to say I have been impressed with the results.

Skin care with Clinique

Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm RRP £22.00 is a lovely lightweight cleansing balm. It comes in dramatic purple packaging which looks great on my shelf. The tub is a lovely size, wide and flat, so there is no chance of knocking if off accidentally.

Clinque dramatically different cleansing balm

Inside the cleansing balm is very smooth and white, looking almost greasy. A small amount applied onto your skin feels lovely. It glides easily over your skin and removes every last speck of make up and dirt. It is almost as if the balm is changing to a silky oil as you use it.

The cleansing balm rinses off easily and leaves your skin feeling really soft. Only a very small amount is needed to cleanse your face so the tub will last for a long time. I really liked the fact that my skin felt really clean after using this product and it was not left feeling dry and tight. I would definitely use this product again.

Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream

Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream RRP £25.00 comes in green box which contains a small glass pot. On opening the cream I was surprised to find it was yellow in colour, I am used to white creams.  Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Cream is meant to be used on dry skin, it combines all day protection with skin strengthening ingredients which help to keep the skin younger and more resilient.

The cream feels lovely going on the the skin. It is creamy and sinks in quickly leaving no residue behind. It made my skin feel soft and the dryness disappeared, an effect that lasted all day. For a dry skin this product is ideal and certainly worked well for me.

Have you tried Clinique products before? Do you have a favourite? Let me know below.

I was sent the products in return for an honest review but my opinions are my own. I was not obliged to say anything nice.



Don’t you hate the way that your body starts to let you down as you get older. Inside you feel the same as you did when you were eighteen, ready to take on the world. It is only when you look in the mirror that you see the signs of age.  Fine wrinkles appear on the skin and you realise you must laugh too much. The odd grey hair sneaks onto your head and the next thing you know there are loads of them. The reason the skin shows signs of age is down to collagen. Collagen is a protein produced by the body and it helps keep skin soft and supple. As we get older the amount of collagen produced by the body decreases which results in weakened nails, lackluster hair, fine lines, wrinkles and joint problems. All the signs of getting older.  Luckily the beauty industry has come up with several clever ideas to help replace the collagen in the body like Jivesse marine collagen cream which I tried recently.  The most effective way of replacing collagen in the body has got to be though a well formulated supplement. Recently I have been trying out Vida Glow which is a daily supplement which works with your body to help boost your collagen levels.

Vida Glow

Vida Glow Marine Collagen Sachets

Vida Glow claim that regular use of the sachets will help to reduce the signs of ageing, improving skin elasticity, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and even reducing the appearance of cellulite. It has got to be worth a go, right? To aid in this process Vida Glow contains marine collagen, Acai, Green Tea and Hyaluronic Acid. Vida Glow is available in a number of different flavours, natural, blueberry, peach and pineapple. I tried the natural and the blueberry flavour. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and contain lots of vitamin C so will also help benefit your skin. Inside the box the Vida Glow comes in small sachets which contain powder. These can be added to water, food or smoothies. You can take between one and three sachets a day depending how damaged you feel your skin is.

Vida Glow
I really like the sachets, they are small and easy to slip into your handbag. This enables you to take them when you wish. Each box contains 30 3g sachets. The sachets contain a powder that can easily be sprinkled onto food. When added into water they dissolve really quickly and the taste is nice. The blueberry flavour does taste of blueberry and there is no hint of fish at all. I really did expect marine collagen to taste fishy, but it didn’t.

Vida Glow

Vida Glow

What do I think of Vida Glow?

I have been trying Vida Glow for just over a month, just taking a sachet a day. I have seen my hair get thicker, my nails are much stronger and do not break as easily. More importantly my skin feels and looks hydrated and visibly glowing. I have also seen a reduction in the fine lines that had started appearing. I am really impressed with Vida Glow and it is so easy to use and travel friendly as well.


Vida Glow costs £33.95  for 30 sachets and is available from their website  All four flavours are available and they ship worldwide.

I was sent some Vida Glow to try in return for an honest review. I was not obliged to say anything nice.



For a long time people have been searching for the secret for eternal youth. Part of the lore of Alchemy involved the Philosophers Stone which not only could turn base metal into gold but was the elixir of life allowing regeneration and possibly immortality. As you get older wrinkles inevitable appear on your skin and you start to feel like King Canute trying to hold back the tide. Now I am in my forties I am always looking for ways to keep my skin looking youthful. Luckily I do not have many wrinkles yet which I put down to a good skin care regime since my teens. I always make the time to cleanse and moisturise my skin. I do have some fine lines appearing and when I was asked if I wanted to try Jivesse Marine Collagen Cream I was happy to.
JivesseJivesse Marine Collagen cream has the bold claim that it contains the science of youth. It is an anti-aging and hydrating cream that acts to rejuvenate your skin and increase the production of collagen. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity and is found naturally in  skin.  As well as marine collagen the Jivesse cream contains an essential herb elixir which acts to boost your skins renewal making it appear fresher and clearer and help to reduce acne scars. Using the cream regularly should result in the skin appearing firmer and more youthful, with visible wrinkles being reduced. I was looking forward to seeing how well it worked. I have previously tried Qsilica Pro Collagen which is a food supplement so I was aware collagen worked well with my skin. I wanted to see if using it in a cream format would make any difference.

JivesseThe first thing I noticed about the product was the gorgeous packaging. The white box with its simple logo and band of blue looks stylish and elegant. The pot inside is a lovely green blue colour which reminds me of the sea The gold  lid adds a luxury feel. I would be happy to have this on display in my bathroom or dressing table.

JivesseOn opening the lid I was expecting to see the cream but the jar uses a unique design which prevents the cream coming in contact with the air. This protects the cream from exposure to light and contamination which makes the active ingredients in the cream last longer. To get the cream out of the jar you press down on the plastic and a pump action will release a little bit of the cream. It is only a little bit as well and this is ideal for making sure you do not use too much. Indeed you only need to use a little to make your skin feel pampered.

JivesseWhen I first used the cream I was struck by the smell. It is a lovely smell that reminded me of a sea breeze on a summers day. It made the cream a pleasure to use and the smell lingered on my skin for a while after use. The cream is absorbed quickly and left my skin feeling velvety soft afterwards. My skin did not feel at all sticky after using the cream and my skin felt soft all day. After a week of use I can see and feel the difference in my skin, it is definitely looking more youthful. I always wondered if it was worth paying more for a moisturising cream, thinking they were much of a muchness. This cream has impressed me and it is worth paying more for. I expect that the pot will last a while as I have not needed to use much cream daily to make my skin feel soft.

I was sent the cream in return for an honest review, my opinions are my own.