Review: Isabella by Isabella Rosselini EDP

Isabella by Isabella Rossellini EDP was released in 2002 but has since been discounted. I’ll apologise now for any product lust that I’m about to create but I couldn’t resist reviewing this.

Isabella contains top notes of mandarin orange and lemon and middle notes of tonka bean, white magnolia, Heliotrope and tobacco. It’s base notes are made up of Iris, oakmoss, musk and vetiver.

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Insomnia: Yes, I’m still awake

Here we are again, it’s gone 5 am and I’m still awake. If previous nights are anything to go by then this means there’s no chance of me sleeping at all.

Insomnia is something that has visited my life over the years, usually in short bursts, but it’s been a constant foe (I almost said companion but it’s not exactly friendly) since January. 

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Review: The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying Oil

I’ve been on the hunt for a new hair serum, cream or oil since deciding that the stale ashtray smell of the Joico Re:Nu Fullness and Body Primer wasn’t for me so I was delighted when The Body Shop sent me one of their new Beautifying Oils* to try. 

Available in 11 scents, I received the Moringa one, these dry oils can be used on  the body, face and hair. Containing a blend of three lightweight nut oils, Community Fair Trade Marula Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, they claim to instantly moisturise, smooth and illuminate. The Community Fair Trade Marula Oil is sourced from the Eudafano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.

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Melanoma Awareness Month: Eau Thermale Avene Suncare Range

According to a recent survey* a whopping 77% of Irish people don’t apply any sunscreen when heading out for their lunch hour. This is despite the sun being at its most harmful during this time.

The survey also showed that 53% admit that they’ve been sunburnt, at least once, in the last five years. This is a shockingly high number especially considering the increase in the incidences of skin cancer in recent years.

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Pushing through it

Last week I was all gung-ho about feeling the fear and doing it anyway and this week…well this week isn’t going so great. 

Don’t get me wrong, my life is no longer on hold and I’m still working on and doing the things that I was talking about but this past week has been harder than I was expecting.

Last night I wrote a blog post that I’m not sure will ever see the light of day. Although I have made a deal to leave it for a while and then see how I feel on re-reading it. Who knows, maybe the act of writing it alone will prove to be enough for me.

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Review: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

In a case of good timing, The Body Shop Coconut Butter* (RRP €18.95 for 200ml) arrived at my door the same day I ran out of my trusty La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm so I was looking forward to trying it out.

If you’re a long time fan of The Body Shop Body Butters then you’ll have noticed that the packaging has undergone a bit of a revamp. They’ve gone for a more streamlined and understated look and I must say that I like it, especially the matte feel of tub.

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SOS Save Our Skin: Melanoma Awareness Month

Today marks the beginning of Melanoma Awareness Month, a global initiative to promote the early detection and prevention of skin cancer. In Ireland, the campaign is being driven by La Roche-Posay, the Melanoma Trust, the Irish Cancer Society, Dr. Patrick Ormond Consultant Dermatologist and with the support of the Department of Health.

The above video has been developed by La Roche-Posay, as part of its SOS Save Our Skin public awareness campaign and highlights the particular risk to Irish men.

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Feel the fear and do it anyway!

It has been a strange month, there’s been good days and bad days, but despite my best laid plans I’ve been letting the bad days dwell on me more than I probably should considering the good days actually outnumbered them.

Family and friends have been really supportive, something I’ll always be grateful for, but, me being me, I tend to get over reliant on others at times like this. Everyone needs a support system around them, I don’t deny that, but there’s a difference between accepting help when you truly need and becoming dependent on others to get you through even the simplest of things. It’s a fine line and one that I’m very close to crossing so it’s time for a change.

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Public displays of affection

Reading this post over on F is for… got me thinking about public displays of affection and they’re not something I normally give much thought to.

It’s not something that bothers me; gay, straight, trans, bisexual, or none of these, I’m unlikely to pay attention to whose hand you’re holding or mouth you’re kissing. Unless you’re actually standing in my way in the street or sitting in front of me in the cinema and distracting me from the movie then my view is do whatever makes you happy with whoever makes you happy (as long as you realise you’re in public obviously). Even then you can continue to do as you please but be prepared for me to ask you to move out of my way first.

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The weirdest week

It kinda crept up on me and, suddenly, hit me full force across the head all at the same time. It’s possible that there were little signs that I didn’t pick up on, actually if I’m being honest then I definitely missed a sign or two but the first I realised anything was really wrong was when the floaty feeling reared its head on Monday morning.

It’s like I’m in the corner of the room watching everything that happens, both, around me and to me but I’m not inside my own head enough to be in real control of any of it.


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