Holiday Essentials SS16

With a girls weekend in Ibiza just around the corner, it is time to step up the style stakes with beautiful accessories and prepare my pale, tired little body for a few days in the sun! Click on the titles for more information…

RAE Feather Beach Bag, £195

I’ve been following this stylish brand on Instagram for some time now and as soon as I spotted my favourite “Lady of London” Caroline Stanbury sporting the personalised basket, I knew I had to get my hand on a version of my own! I have gone for the monogram canvas shopper – perfect as my carry on luggage and will look super stylish besides the pool.

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Victoria’s Secret Bikini

I’ve only recently discovered the Victoria’s Secret range of swimwear and now can’t imagine going anywhere else for instant poolside style. I really struggle to find a good fitting bikini, but the supportive cups and adjustable tie straps make these a perfect fit for any size.

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Arbonne Sea Salt Scrub, £24

A good exfoliation is my essential ‘must do’ before a holiday to revive and refresh my skin. This is absolutely the best body scrub I have ever used. The sea salt will massage away dead skin and wake tired cells, whilst the natural oils including avocado and safflower seed will deeply moisturise leaving you feeling brand new. The smell is divine! As with all of the Arbonne products, the ingredients are botanical and vegan friendly.

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The Beach People Roundie Towel, £90

I’m hoping the weather will be warm enough to sit on the beach and enjoy this stylish round towel with fringed detail. It’s made by an Australian brand called The Beach People, it’s so much easier to lounge around on than your usual towel but rolls up just as compact.

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Renewing Body Gelée, £34

One to pack is this gorgeous tub of moisturising heaven. Specially formulated to sooth sun exposed skin and rehydrate after sports. Everyone that tries this can’t believe how far such a small amount goes, it’s incredibly easy to apply and absorbs instantly leaving you with an all over dewy glow.

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Sensi Studio Woven Straw Clutch, £115

This gorgeous clutch bag has summer holiday written all over it! Teamed with a simple summer dress or ripped pair of jeans, it will add instant summer glam to a throw on outfit. I can already see it resting on the table next to my Long Island Iced Tea:)

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Review: RE9 Advanced Anti Ageing Range

It’s no secret, I am wholeheartedly in love with the entire Arbonne range of products. As a brand, Arbonne tick every one of my consumer boxes. The range is cruelty free, vegan friendly and is free of toxic nasties found in almost all leading premium beauty brands. Since using Arbonne, I have become very conscious of the ingredients in products I use and can say with complete certainty that I shall never go back to a skincare product that is not made with botanical ingredients.

The RE9 collection is by far the hero in the Arbonne range, the results can be seen on some people in just a matter of days. I have been using this range religiously morning and night for 4 weeks now and my skin is the best it’s been for years. The first few days of trying the products, I had a bit of a breakout in spots, I had faith that this was simply down to such active ingredients clearing my skin of the toxins deeply imbedded. I persevered and within a week my face was clear of spots and looked healthier than ever.

Here is my new routine!

I start off with the RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser, £33 and use this as a face wash morning and night. This lather’s beautifully and removes all traces of make up and impurities.

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Next up is a quick mist with the RE9 Regenerating Toner, £29,  rich in antioxidants and works to balance your PH levels.

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On to the RE9 Intensive Renewal Serum, £48 – probably the most active of all the steps – this absorbs deep into the skin and supports your natural collagen and has been proven to visibly firm and lift skin.

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A quick dab of the RE9 Corrective Eye Creme, £46, under and above my eyes for fine lines and dark circles. Some friends I have introduced these products to felt this working as soon as they applied it!

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And finally the RE9 Restorative Day Creme, £42, with SPF 20. This leaves my skin feeling moisturised and radiant. Honestly, I have never known a moisturiser to instantly give such a brilliant finish to my complexion.

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Don’t take just my word for it, the RE9 range came number 1 in an independent clinical trial against the leading department store brand for getting better results in achieving a younger looking complexion across 4 weeks. Check this out here along with some before and after pics!

*****Super Special Offer!*****

Individually these products seem quite expensive, but if you wanted the full range with night cream there is currently a special offer price of £213 which also includes the Genius Intelligence Nightly Resurfacing pads (normal price £87 and is AMAZING on acne scars and age spots!) PLUS a free gift of your choice! If you went for this offer you would automatically become a Preffered Client and get 20% off future orders (normal price is £17 to get this discount for a year).

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To take advantage of this offer drop me an email and I’ll set you up to make sure you get the freebies! fayejacobs@hotmail.com

If you wanted to ease into this range, then the prices start from just £29. If you were dissatisfied with the results – Arbonne offer a 45 day money back guarantee which is an incredibly bold move by a beauty brand – they are pretty confident in their products!

Just do me a favour, check the ingredients in the products you are using. If at any point they mention mineral oils or parabens (these are usually listed as methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben) then run for the hills. Parabens are toxic preservatives offering a longer shelf life for your products – traces of parabens have been found in breast tumours. And mineral oil is basically a by-product of petrol and is nothing more than a cost effective bulking agent!

If you have any questions at all about this range or might be interested in trying a sample before buying, then feel free to get in touch at fayejacobs@hotmail.com

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Too embarrassed to put a ‘before’ shot up!

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Network Marketing With Arbonne: What Is It All About?

Last month I joined the Network Marketing hype and decided to set myself up as an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Network Marketing essentially means utilising the network you have to promote a product. There are no catches in this, it’s simply an alternative method for brands to sell their product outside of the ‘normal’ retail channels. I have had a lot of questions about my decision to join this scheme so thought I would put together a post for my network to read to get a very honest and better understanding of how this system works and why it is right for me.

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My Story…

It was at a children’s birthday party that I first met Nina, my sponsor. We started chatting about life, kids, work, the usual chat – and we discovered we had lots in common, mutual friends, career plans, and the desire to earn extra money for a more luxury lifestyle! She briefly spoke to me about her career as a Makeup Artist and said that she also works as a Vice President for Arbonne. It all sounded very glam and it certainly explained the Chanel hand bag and brand new Merc😉 She asked me to get in touch with an opportunity for how I can get in on the action!

We met up and I grilled Nina on the ins and outs of the Arbonne industry and how someone like me could work with a brand like this. So here are the facts as I understand them…

Arbonne is a luxury beauty, skincare and nutrition brand with a fancy Swiss heritage (the reason the Swiss bit is relevant is because anyone in the “beauty know” understands that to be Swiss approved means the product has to be EXCEPTIONAL!). The products are designed for the whole family; men, woman and children. But it was the cruelty free aspect that really impressed me when talking about this brand. All the ingredients are botanical and the brand has never and will never test on animals. Arbonne is the Number 1 approved beauty brand by PETA – and you do not get a bigger endorsement than that… The science that goes into these products is fascinating and has certainly made me think twice about the ingredients in the other products I have been using.

I have tried a number of Arbonne products and can say hand on heart – I am massively impressed, so much so I have made the switch from many of my long time favourite luxury products to Arbonne equivalents.

So How Does It Work As A Business?

Basically Arbonne rely on Network Marketing to generate sales. They don’t waste their budget on advertising and all the usual channels of getting their products in store – instead they get their loyal fans to recommend the products and in return for this, the fans get a rather hefty commission bonus! In the US they are already the 4th most popular beauty brand which is seriously impressive when the leading 3 brands sell through the more usual channels and media advertising. This really is a case of the product selling itself.

What Do I have To Do? 

Essentially you buy your own website, mine is fayejacobs.arbonne.com this cost me £56. Now I have my site, my job is to direct people to this site to generate sales, and for every sale I make, I get a commission. And that is it. My job is done. There is no exchange of cash, no dispatching of products, no stock issues, the order goes directly to Arbonne and they take care of everything – I just get a figure into my bank account at the end of the month. This very quickly adds up! In addition, if I introduce new people to represent this brand, I also get a commission on the sales they generate. And if they introduce someone; I get the commission on those sales too! The year on year growth of this brand is insane, and once you are in – you’re in, those sales just keep on coming and everyone feels the benefits.

Now when I get to this point in my explanation of the Arbonne scheme – I’m hit with ‘Oh OK like a pyramid scheme?’ well I’m embarrassed to say, I dont really understand the whole pyramid scheme thing, all I know is that this was made illegal in the 80’s due to people losing fortunes, so I can say with total certainty – this is not a pyramid scheme! It quickly became apparent to me that those suggesting this, actually didn’t know themselves what a pyramid scheme is, but it’s natural that sometimes there will be negativity with the unknown and that is just something that comes with the job when talking to people about this business. There is no risk, as other than the £56 to buy your site, there are no other costs you need to pay. You may choose to buy some samples (using a big discount) so that you can let people try the products, but it is not essential. So when I hear that there are reviews online saying this is a scam and not to do it because you’ll lose all your money, I get really confused?! as there is no money to invest!

Why This Is Right For Me…

The result of this type of work is 100% effort led. Meaning the more you put in, the more you will get out. With 3 kids under 5, I can’t commit to more than 8 hours a week on this, there is no one to tell you to do more or less, you are totally your own boss which suits me!

My background and my current profession is as a freelance digital marketing consultant, so I plan to use the knowledge I have to drive traffic to the site, but having said that, there is no denying that the real success of this business comes from personal recommendations and a good network of supportive friends and family. My husband has been so supportive throughout my journey so far, he has already put me in touch with new clients from his office that will only use Vegan friendly products! Your network is far greater than you initially think…:)

Last week I hosted my first party with the help of Nina and I loved every minute of it – I thought I would keep this business purely digital – but the make up & skincare masterclass combined with bucks fizz and home made cupcakes (Arbonne themed and made by my lovely friend!) was such a wonderful girly night that I intend to host one of these every month! (ps – Do get in touch if you would like to host one of these with your friends!)

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Could It Work For You?

Absolutely. If you have an interest in beauty, skincare or nutrition and a supportive network of friends and family, it’s a really fun lifestyle job that if you really wanted to put the time into, could quite literally change your life. There are 4 tiers in the Arbonne heirachy, and it if you want it badly enough, it doesn’t take long to climb them as it is completely limitless how far you can go. Nina, the friend that introduced me, picked up the keys to her White Mercedes just 25 months after joining Arbonne (a little perk for the Vice Presidents!) and with 3 young boys, a baby on the way and a profession as a make up artist – I fully believe her when she says she honestly doesn’t put more than 15 hours a week into this. She is currently soaking up the atmosphere at the Arbonne conference in Vegas which I will be attending next year.

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This is Nina in the middle after being awarded her white Mercedes!

I have been doing this for less than 6 weeks and have already introduced 5 friends to this opportunity, like me they fell in love with the products and could instantly see the potential in the business. One of them has already introduced 2 further friends! You see how quickly this grows!? And this brand is global, so if you are reading this in Australia – get in touch!

I hope that I have given justice with my explanation of this venture, it’s so hard not to come across as a door to door sales person when trying to talk about this on paper! If you have any questions and think this might be quite a nice type of work to fit around your lifestyle, or might just be interested in giving the products a go, then please do get in touch!

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Mother’s Day Luxury Gift Guide

Well that came around quickly! With so little time to prepare after Valentine’s Day, I have put together a last minute luxury gift guide to include items that will easily be delivered in time for the big day. Click on any of the links for further details.

Liberty Print Wash Bag, £45 

This coated cotton wash bag is so beautiful and a sure winner for Mother’s Day, it has 2 large see through zipped compartments and can be hung on the wall with an optional hook.

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The ultimate retro accessory with all the modern day technology, perfect for the bedroom or kitchen. 91ki8CI6jRL._SL1500_.jpg

 

Tillyanna Personalised Make Up Bag, £16

Spacious enough for all her beauty essentials and compact enough to carry around in her hand bag.

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ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy, £35

Give the gift of beauty sleep! Just launched, this magic cream is to be applied before bed 2 – 3 times a week to give you visibly hydrated and luminous skin – what mum doesn’t need a bit of that in her life!

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Shearer Candles, Amazon UK £7 

For a small token gift, you can’t go wrong with a special candle to sit on the mantle piece that will fill the room with a sweet aroma.
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All the best things come in small packages! Every mum would be delighted to receive a new luxury lippy and the Dior Baume collection are a personal favourite of mine.

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Pepper Alley Metallic Tote Bag, £95

This practical leather tote bag is the perfect gift for a stylish yummy mummy!

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Fulton’s Umbrella, Amazon UK £22

This stylish umbrella is the perfect accessory on the school run, just in time for the April showers!

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The White Company Scent Diffuser, £25 

For the mum that loves gifts for the home, The White Company do a huge selection of beautiful diffusers and candles. FLDDI_AW13_1_EF.jpeg

Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery, £140 

Carrie Elizabeth have a stunning collection of very special jewellery. This gold locket can be personalised with her initial and has a secret diamond on the back.

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11 Stylish Gifts For Valentine’s Day 2016

I personally love Valentine’s Day, all of the fun with none of the pressure. It really doesn’t matter what gift you buy for your loved one, or how much it cost, just that you spared a thought to get something you know they’d like! Well I have put together 11 rather fabulous gift ideas for him and for her to help you on your way to a lovely Valentine’s Day together.

See below for prices and links to site.

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1. LSA International, £42

Flutes are soooo 2015, so if you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic meal at home, splash out on drinking your pink champagne out of these super stylish saucers with rose gold edges. 

2. Prestat Heart Assortment, £16.50

If it’s a chocaholic you are dating, then spoil them with the ultimate Prestat truffles. The packaging reminds me of something straight out of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

3. Filofax Tablet Case, Raspberry, from £30

Stylish and practical, this is such a fun present and will be appreciated long after Valentine’s Day.

4. Susie Watson Lovebird Cushion, £34 

Cosy on up over one of these beautiful love bird embroidered cushions from Susie Watson, such a thoughtful gift for someone who enjoys gifts for the home.

5. Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil, £40

For some serious luxury and a clever alternative to the dozen red roses, get the Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil. Anything from this site is such a special gift and will arrive beautifully gift wrapped.

6. Susie Watson Hand Painted Mug, £15

For a small token gift, you really can’t go wrong with a stylish mug from the Susie Watson pottery collection.

7. Dolce and Gabanna The One For Him £26, Amazon.co.uk

For the man in your life, spoil him with his (and your) favourite bottled scent.

8. Bloom & Wild Flowers, From £30

If it’s flowers you’re after then head straight to Bloom & Wild for a whole new way of buying your flowers. Not only is the price very reasonable compared to your usual mainstream sites at this time of year, you could opt for a 3 month flower subscription for an extra special gift.

9. Cinema Lightbox A4, The Little House Shop, £30 

I love the idea of leaving each other personal messages on this little Cinema Lightbox, and for making movie nights that little bit more of an occasion!

10. Chupi Heart Ring, £79 

Whatever the occasion, jewellery is pretty much always the answer. This gorgeous 18k gold plated heart ring is such a gorgeous present for your sweetheart! (Look out for this brand – they have a truly beautiful collection of elegant  jewellery.)

11. Nike Women’s Running Shoes, from £70.64

For extra brownie points this Valentine’s Day, think outside the box and go for a regular gift, but get it in pink! Like these fabulous Nike trainers from Amazon UK available from their new Running department.

Elf Magic Twitter Party

I am so excited to be hosting my first ever Twitter Party! Today at 4pm, I, alongside a number of other Mummy Bloggers will be sharing the festive cheer and spreading the word about the long standing Christmas Tradition that is Elf Magic.

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These little Elves make the build up to Christmas even more exciting for the whole family. We chose a little girl Elf with blonde hair who is named Meridy. Little Meridy will be introduced to Scarlett and Savannah on the 1st December when I will tell them all about the magic this little Elf holds…

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Not only can the girls play with this christmas doll in their own imaginative way, (it comes with it’s own bed, blanket, a passport and even some snow flakes fresh from the North Pole), they are going to love waking up each morning to discover the antics little Meridy has been up to whilst they were sleeping.

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Last year my Facebook news feed was filled with brilliant ideas from parents taking part in the Elf Magic. For example, one mummy had a particularly naughty little Elf who had cracked open the Quality Streets and could be found under the tree covered in wrappers next to an empty tin! Another Elf left little notes to the children that they could take to school that day and another was found in the morning enjoying a tea party with other soft toys belonging to the children. These adventurous little Elves can be hidden around the house waiting to be found by some very excited children the next morning. There is no end of fun to be had with these Elves and I can not wait to get started with ours!

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This is our first year with Elf Magic, so if you have any ideas for our little Meridy that will make the festive time even more magical for the girls then please share in the comments below and join in the #ElfMagic Twitter party at 4pm to get some ideas of your own!

You can pick up your Magic Elf from www.happymummy.com where this is a huge selection to choose from starting at just £15.99.

 

Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Less Than £50

November is a busy time of year for us bloggers whilst we frantically put together our Christmas Gift Guides. This year, with the blogosphere already crammed with exciting ideas for what to buy, I thought I would do something a little different and set myself the challenge of finding beautiful gifts for less than £50. More and more families are doing Secret Santa now, so here are some suggestions of special presents that won’t break the bank this Christmas! (click on the links for more information).

ESPA Moisturiser, £45

If it’s skincare you are looking for, you can’t go wrong choosing from the ESPA Skincare range. This is their latest product, the Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser designed to hydrate and restore balance for beautiful skin (I have this – it’s amazing!). It is suitable for any skin type and any age making this the perfect gift for all women!

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Susie Watson Salad Bowl, £45

For the home maker, I suggest anything from the wonderful Susie Watson collection. This gorgeous hand made salad bowl in the iconic Honey Bees design is the perfect addition to your dining collection.

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Rocknife Ceramic Knife, from £19.99

You don’t need to be a professional chef to appreciate a good knife, and these fabulous printed blades arrive individually gift wrapped in a branded Rocknife box (with matching plasters for just in case!) making it a special and unusual Christmas gift.

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Retro 746 Telephone, £42

If you are looking for something a little different this year and have a strict budget of £50, this quality retro phone by Wild & Wolf would make a gorgeous gift and is available along with a number of other unique and stylish ideas at Flamingo Gifts.

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Haig Club Whiskey, £35

For the hard-to-buy-for gentlemen in your life, how about this limited edition Haig Club Whiskey? With the support of David Beckham as the official ambassador (and part owner) of the brand, this luxury whiskey is guaranteed to make it in to a lot of Christmas stockings this year… Check out Amazon.co.uk for the best prices.

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Corioliss Electrocurl Curling Wand, Hairtrade.com £49

This motorised curling wand is currently in the sale on Hairtrade.com keeping it under the £50 mark and has had rave reviews. For looser, more natural curls and extra volume, go for the 32mm barrel.

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Metallic Clutch Bag. £32

This beautiful leather clutch bag can be personalised and is an absolute bargain at just £32 by Lilly Belle.

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Jawbone Fitness Tracking Wristband, £35

So I have just joined the fitness tracking brigade and sport the Jawbone UP 2 which I absolutely love, but if you are looking to spend less than £50, I have just seen this Small UP which is an absolute bargain in the sale on Amazon.co.uk!

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Charlotte Tilbury, Bar of Gold, £32

As a blogger, I come across a lot of beauty products but this skin gilding highlighter is quite possibly the most beautiful piece of make up I have ever seen… Steer clear of the Charlotte Tilbury site, you will want EVERYTHING on it.

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Hunter Umbrella, £32 

The great british winter essential… The Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella is available in several colours and is perfect for storing in the car for those wet school runs! At just £32 you could team this with a pair of cosy fleece boot socks to reach the £50 budget.

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For more gift ideas, please check out my other blog over on the Huffington Post! x